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UPDATE: 1 Bridge Bomb Plot Suspect In Ohio Pleads Guilty

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATE: 07/25/2012

AKRON, Ohio (AP) - One of five men charged with plotting to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio has pleaded guilty and will testify against his co-defendants.

The plea by 35-year-old Anthony Hayne came Wednesday in federal court in Akron.

His attorney, Michael O'Shea, says his client hopes to get leniency in return for his testimony.

The five allegedly were working with an FBI informant who provided a dud explosive.

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UPDATE: 6/21/2012

CLEVELAND (AP) - One of five suspects charged with plotting to bomb a highway bridge in Ohio wants to exclude trial evidence that he threatened to bomb his seventh-grade principal.

Attorney Anthony Vegh told a federal judge in Akron that information about the threat by Douglas Wright of Indianapolis when he was 12 years old would prejudice the jury.

The judge said Thursday he will take up the issue next month.

All five men have pleaded not guilty. They allegedly tried to detonate what turned out to be a dud bomb provided by an informant.

Brief details of the alleged school threat were included in a transcript of the FBI's interview of Wright. He told the FBI agent he never carried through on the school threat. No bomb materials were found.

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CLEVELAND (AP) - Federal authorities say the suspects arrested in an alleged plot to blow up a bridge near Cleveland had discussed other potential targets, including a law enforcement center, oil wells, a cargo ship or a new downtown casino.

An affidavit indicates that federal authorities worked with a confidential source who began making contact with the suspects in October and recorded conversations with them over the past three months.

The affidavit alleges one suspect also talked about being part of group planning to cause trouble during an upcoming NATO summit in Chicago.

The FBI says three suspects are self-described anarchists. They were arrested Monday.

Authorities say there was no danger to the public because their explosives were inoperable and were controlled by an undercover FBI employee.

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CLEVELAND (AP) - A member of Occupy Cleveland says that at least some of the five men arrested in an alleged bridge-bombing plot attended the group's events but that their actions don't represent the group.

Occupy Cleveland media coordinator Jacob Wagner says the protest group had no knowledge of the alleged plan to blow up a bridge and would denounce such actions. He says some group members knew the suspects but that the group isn't commenting further.

The FBI says three of the suspects are self-described anarchists. They were arrested Monday.

Authorities say there was no danger to the public because the explosives were inoperable and were controlled by an undercover FBI employee.

The announcement of the arrests came as Occupy demonstrators in other states joined Tuesday protests marking International Workers Day, or May Day.

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CLEVELAND (AP) - Federal authorities say five men have been arrested in an alleged plot to blow up a bridge near Cleveland.

The FBI said Tuesday there was no danger to the public because the explosive devices were inoperable and were controlled by an undercover FBI employee.

Three men were arrested Monday on charges of conspiracy and trying to use explosive to damage property affecting interstate commerce. Charges were pending against two men.

The suspects range in age from 20 and 35. Authorities say at least three are self-described anarchists and are not tied to international terrorism.

The FBI says the target of the plot was a bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in the Brecksville area, roughly 15 miles south of downtown Cleveland.

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CLEVELAND (AP) - Federal authorities say five men have been arrested in an alleged plot to blow up a bridge near Cleveland.

The FBI said Tuesday there was no danger to the public because the explosive devices were inoperable and were controlled by an undercover FBI employee.

The men were arrested Monday on charges of conspiracy and trying to use explosive to damage property affecting interstate commerce. They range in age from 20 and 35. Authorities say at least three of the men are self-described anarchists and are not tied to international terrorism.

The FBI says the target of the plot was a bridge over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in the Brecksville area, roughly 15 miles south of downtown Cleveland.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Justice Department says five men have been arrested in a plot to bomb a bridge outside Cleveland.

A department official says the five men are self-described anarchists and are not tied to international terrorism.

The department says the five men were taken into custody as part of an undercover operation by law enforcement authorities. The official spoke on condition of anonymity about the ongoing case.

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