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.
MIAMI, OK — Police arrested an Illinois man after they discovered bomb-making materials and notes about destroying 48 area churches, according to an arrest affidavit.
Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 23, was charged Friday with possession of an explosive or incendiary devise and violation of the Oklahoma anti-terrorism Act.
Weiler was being held without bail in the Ottawa County jail.
Miami Police Chief George Haralson said the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is leading the investigation.
Haralson said the targets were churches in Ottawa County.
“There are no further threats to the Miami churches or churches in the area,” Haralson said.
Miami police found detailed maps and torn-up pieces of paper in Weiler's motel room, according to an arrest affidavit filed in Ottawa County District Court.
The pieces of paper, when reassembled, were handwritten notes detailing a recipe for making Molotov cocktails and a list of 48 churches, the affidavit states.
The notes also included a hand-drawn map of the churches with a key detailing how many nights the congregations meet and how many people attend, the affidavit states.
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