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A 67-year-old Roswell man claimed he was only trying to be a “patriot” when he planted a bomb at a local park, according to a federal complaint against him.  Michael C. Sibley, 67, was arrested Saturday for allegedly leaving an explosive device at Vickory Creek Park in November, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.  “The defendant allegedly placed a bag containing what appeared to be pipe bombs in Vickery Creek Park,” Horn said in an emailed statement. “This arrest should reassure the community that serious crimes like this will be investigated thoroughly and all leads followed to identify the perpetrator.”

A mother and daughter walking in the park spotted the backpack Nov. 4 and called police, an FBI spokesman previously said. The Cobb County police bomb squad was called to the scene.  Inside the backpack, investigators found materials to make a bomb. The items detonated, according to police.  The backpack also contained an Atlanta Falcons schedule, a MARTA schedule and other papers, books and clothing, investigators said Monday.

Read more: Atlanta Journal Constitution

A Utah man accused of wanting to kill police officers and blow up a police station to trigger an uprising against the government has pleaded guilty to a felony charge.

John Huggins entered the plea to possession of an unregistered destructive device in Salt Lake City federal court last week in a plea agreement. In return, prosecutors dropped felony charges of possession of explosives by a restricted person and unlawful distribution of information about making explosive devices.  Huggins faces up to 10 years in prison when he's sentenced May 14, the Standard-Examiner newspaper of Ogden reported

He was arrested in July after police received a tip from a "concerned citizen" that Huggins talked about assassinating two officers and blowing up the police station in his hometown of Tremonton, which is about 75 miles north of Salt Lake City. He also threatened to blow up bridges and other infrastructure to prevent emergency responders from being able to help, according to court records.

Read more: KSL

A U.S. veteran is putting out a call to fight the Islamic State on the extremists' own turf.  Sean Rowe of Jacksonville, who said he served in the Army eight years, is looking for a few good vets with a minimum of four years of military experience.

"There has been strong support and numerous veterans who are interested in going," said Rowe, who started the group Veterans against ISIS but is the only one who has committed to the fight so far. "I will be talking with them and screening them. I want to keep it small and simple."  The kidnappings, beheadings and other violence attributed to Islamic extremists recently motivated him to take action, he said.

"I'm not scared of these guys," he said. "They can come for me if they want, but I am going to take the fight to them."

Read More:  USA Today

The FBI says one man is in custody for firing shots that damaged a National Security Agency (NSA) building.  The spy agency reported damage to its building in Fort Meade, Maryland on Tuesday.  The man is believed to be responsible for shooting a truck in a separate incident about 12 miles (19 km) away.  Police are investigating whether he is linked to similar incidents over the past few weeks.  Authorities have not released the identity of the man who was taken into custody on Tuesday night.

Around 14:40 local time (19:40 GMT) on Tuesday, a truck was struck by gunfire which resulted in one person being transported to hospital for injuries sustained from broken glass.  Later in the day, gunfire was reported along the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, a major connection between Washington, DC and Baltimore. The NSA reported damage to its building, but said no one was injured.  Authorities are investigating the damage to see "if it is damage from shots fired," US Park Police spokeswoman Sgt Lelani Woods said.

Last week, a man was injured after his vehicle was fired upon, resulting in shattered glass that injured the driver, and on Monday shots were fired near a cinema in the area.  It is not clear where or how the suspect was detained.

Source:  BBC News

The man who allegedly ambushed deputies in a Publix parking lot before he was shot dead claimed to be a "sovereign citizen," Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings said.  "It means that in many regards, they do not recognize the existing government," Demings said.

Deputies still have not released the identity of the shooter, saying only that he was 46 years old and was known to deputies.  At a news conference Monday, Demings said authorities plan to investigate the man's apparent anti-government leanings.

Read more: WESH Orlando