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Illinois man is charged in Oklahoma in church-bombing plot

Miami, OK, police said the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are handling an investigation of a 23-year-old Illinois man after notes about destroying Ottawa County churches were found in his motel room.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Modified: October 5, 2012 at 10:10 pm •  Published: October 5, 2012

Police also found a journal in the motel room.

One entry read, “Self Promote for the next 4 years while beginning list of goals written out in Oklahoma having to do with destroying and removing church buildings from U.S. a tiny bit at a time — setting foundation for the years to follow,” according to the arrest affidavit.

Police found a green military bag in a trash bin at the motel. The bag contained 50 brown glass bottles with gray duct tape attached and a funnel.

An unopened bottle of lighter fluid was found in the bin, and a 5-gallon red gas can was located nearby, the affidavit states.

In the motel room, police found receipts for those items and an empty 20-count case of beer, the affidavit states.

Tom Crowley, an ATF spokesman, said federal charges likely will be filed. has disabled the comments for this article.