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Oklahoma motel employee reported bombing materials in Ottawa County plot

Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 23, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., is charged with possession of an explosive or incendiary device and violation of the Oklahoma Anti-Terrorism Act. An aunt says Weiler suffers from mental illness.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL Published: October 10, 2012
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/articleid/3717432/1/pictures/1853827">Photo - Ralph Smith, a maintenance worker at the Legacy Inn & Suites, stands in front of the trash bin Tuesday where he found discarded bomb-making materials in Miami, OK. Smith reported the find to authorities last week, and they later arrested Gregory Arthur Weiler II for possession of an explosive device. AP Photo <strong>Justin Juozapavicius</strong>
Ralph Smith, a maintenance worker at the Legacy Inn & Suites, stands in front of the trash bin Tuesday where he found discarded bomb-making materials in Miami, OK. Smith reported the find to authorities last week, and they later arrested Gregory Arthur Weiler II for possession of an explosive device. AP Photo Justin Juozapavicius

The motel sits across the highway from the First Assembly of God.

The bombing plot was mentioned in the Sunday service, said Cheryl Countryman, church secretary.

“We didn't dwell on it,” Countryman said. “We just prayed protection over the church and we had extra security in place at the church.”

Also, the buildings where children and teens meet were on lockdown, she said.

Across town it was business as usual at First Baptist Church, said Chris Carlisle, youth pastor.

Nothing about the plot was mentioned during the service.

Police Chief George Haralson said the listed targets were 46 churches in Miami and two others in Fairland.

“He was going to hit two to three churches a night,” Haralson said.

Haralson said a criminal-background check didn't turn up anything suspicious, but Weiler's Facebook page included a posting dated Sept. 25 that stated, in part:

“And I am telling you that I have not opened a bible (sic) in a while, and I haven't stepped foot into a church building in quite some time — and though I may be very lonely right now, I am hoping that someone, and maybe someday in the future, someone will take notice.”

The post also refers to the “Imperial Catholic Church,” Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr.

Weiler's aunt, Joanne Meyers, told The Chicago Tribune her nephew suffers from mental illness and both of his parents suffered from drug use and committed suicide.

Haralson said he thinks Weiler was acting alone.

“We were very grateful to get this on the front end,” Haralson said.

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