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Accused cop killer Eric Frein has reportedly been slapped with new charges of two counts of terrorism — while a charge of attempted homicide has been dropped.  The latest first-degree felony charges are based on the 31-year-old allegedly shooting two Pennsylvania troopers on Sept. 12 "with the purpose of influencing the policy of government,” according to PAHomePage reporter, Eric Deabill.  A letter, allegedly written by Frein to his and addressed to his parents, also captured some of his claimed hatred for the government.

It was produced in a Pike County Courtroom Thursday afternoon, where Frein appeared via video conference, after it was recovered from his hard drive, according to prosecutors.  In it, the so-called survivalist allegedly wrote: "I do not have a death wish but I know the odds. I tried my best to do this thing without getting identified, but if you are reading this then I was not successful."  He adds that if he does survive his mission and "circumstances change ... then I may be able to return one day."  Frein, who surrendered to police on Oct. 30 — capping a 48-day manhunt through the Pocono Mountains — is charged with first-degree murder and various other offenses, including two counts of possession of weapons of mass destruction.

Source: NY Daily News

A 42-year-old Maryland man accused of threatening to kill President Barack Obama and first lady Michele Obama in an explicit email strewn with racist remarks was in custody on Sunday, the United States Secret Service said.
Christopher Perkins O'Brien, of Annapolis, was arrested on Thursday and charged with making a violent threat against the president and threatening bodily harm against the presidential family in an email sent to the White House website on Oct. 16, according to court documents.  O'Brien was also charged with using interstate communications to make the threats, the documents said. 
In the email, Obama is called "stupid" and a racial slur for his handling of ISIS, beheadings in the United States and of the Ebola outbreak before he is threatened with physical violence.  "I ... hope to reach out to slash Michele's throat... You?? I will make a point to behead you, then throw your head into the nearest body of water, as I drive off into Maryland," O'Brien is accused of writing, according to charging documents first reported by The Baltimore Sun. 
O'Brien was convicted in 2007 of manslaughter in the strangulation death of a 32-year-old female friend, the paper has reported. He served part of a 10-year sentence for the crime, which was later reduced to involuntary manslaughter.
Read more: Reuters
The FBI on Thursday added the name of the suspect in last week's ambush of two Pennsylvania troopers to its list of the 10 most wanted fugitives, almost a week after a manhunt began for the person who killed one officer and wounded another.
Eric Matthew Frein, 31, of Canadensis, Pennsylvania, has been identified as the prime suspect in the fatal shooting of Corporal Bryon Dickson, 38, and the wounding of Trooper Alex Douglass, 31, outside a state police barracks in Blooming Grove late last Friday.
Read more: Reuters

He's a survivalist with an extensive shooting background and a grudge against law enforcement, officials say.  And now authorities worry the man suspected of gunning down two Pennsylvania State Police Troopers may be on the hunt for more officers.

Eric Mathew Frein "has made statements about wanting to kill law enforcement officers and also to commit mass acts of murder," Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan told reporters Tuesday.

"He has very strong feelings about law enforcement and seems to be very angry with a lot of things that go on in our society."

Read more: CNN

Police responding to an intrusion alarm at U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver's Kansas City office early Thursday found two broken bottles resembling Molotov cocktails. The alarm sounded about 2:50 a.m. at the office of Cleaver, a Kansas City Democrat, at 101 W. 31st St.
Responding officers found a broken window on the northwest side of the building.  On the ground below the window were two broken liquor bottles - one rum and one Jagermeister - with paper towels sticking out of the necks of the bottles, police said. They resembled Molotov cocktails and the paper towels appeared to have been ignited but extinguished during flight, police said. The only damage was the broken window. There was no fire damage to the building.
"This is the second incident within the last six years," said John Jones, Cleaver's chief of staff.