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Keyword: domestic extremist threats & trends

Police arrested a man Wednesday morning in connection with a suspicious device found earlier in the week.

Maynard Police said William O’Neil, 51 of Maynard, is charged with placing an explosive device and possessing an explosive device, and that more charges may follow.

He was ordered held pending a dangerousness hearing in Concord District Court Wednesday.

He was arrested at his Demars Street home around 5:30 a.m., two days after a neighbor called 911 to report a suspicious package left on his porch.

The Massachusetts State Police Bomb Squad rendered that device safe, and authorities said a fingerprint found on that device linked it to O’Neil.

Read more: CBS Boston

A man with connections to a white supremacy group was arrested in Myrtle Beach Wednesday after purchasing a gun from an undercover FBI agent, apparently intending to commit an attack “in the spirit of Dylann Roof.”

Benjamin Thomas Samuel McDowell, 29, from Conway, was arrested at around 5 p.m. Wednesday by the FBI, according to records from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

Read more: WMBF

An Indianapolis man accused of plotting domestic terrorism was sentenced on unrelated charges Friday.

Christopher Byrne, 31, received a five-year sentence for charges of operating a vehicle after being a habitual traffic offender, a Level 6 felony, and carrying a handgun as a convicted felon, a Level 5 felony, according to the Johnson County Prosecutor's Office.

The sentences for the two charges, which stem from a February 2015 arrest, will be served concurrently, with Byrne spending 3 1/2 years in prison and an additional 1 1/2 years suspended on probation.

He will also be required to undergo a mental health assessment and treatment on probation.

Byrne was arrested Aug. 15 after officers with the Greenwood Police Department noticed a car driving suspiciously through the parking lot at the Greenwood Park Mall. When officers stopped him and asked for identification, he refused, telling officers he was a "sovereign national."

Read more: Indianapolis Star

German police are raiding homes and offices linked to a group of anti-government extremists suspected of trying to establish their own state.  Police say 15 premises in the states of Bavaria, Baden-Wuerttemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate are being searched.

Upper Bavaria police said Tuesday some of the searches are being conducted with tactical response units present due to the possibility that the suspects might act violently.  Seven people are suspected of engaging in forgery by producing documents purportedly issued by the "German Reich." Nine others are suspected sympathizers or customers.

German authorities have expressed growing concern about the grouping, which has been compared to the U.S. sovereign citizen movement.

Read more: New York Times

The wife of the Orlando nightclub shooter, who was extensively questioned by federal agents in the days after the massacre, has been arrested by the FBI on in connection with the attack, authorities said Monday.

Noor Salman was taken into custody Monday morning in the San Francisco Bay area and is facing charges in Florida including obstruction of justice. A Twitter post from the United States attorney's office in Orlando said Salman will make her initial court appearance Tuesday morning in Oakland, California.

Noor Salman moved to California after her husband, Omar Mateen, was killed in a shootout with SWAT team members during the June 12 massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

FBI agents repeatedly questioned Salman in the aftermath of the shooting about whether she had advance knowledge of her husband's plans. Salman told The New York Times in an interview published last fall that she knew her husband had watched jihadist videos but that she was "unaware of everything" regarding his intent to shoot up the club. She also said he had physically abused her.

"Noor Salman had no foreknowledge nor could she predict what Omar Mateen intended to do that tragic night," her attorney, Linda Moreno, said in a statement.

Read more:  AP News