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Date: Jan 4, 2021

The man police say was responsible for the Christmas morning explosion in downtown Nashville mailed packages before the bombing containing material about his views on bizarre beliefs, according to the FBI.

Federal law enforcement said Saturday the FBI was investigating the mailed materials.

"We're aware the suspect sent materials which espoused his viewpoints to several acquaintances throughout the country," FBI Special Agent Jason Pack said in a statement to the Tennessean.

Anyone who may have received a package or material from Anthony Quinn Warner are encouraged to contact the FBI at  800-CALL-FBI.

Read more: The Tennessean

A man was arrested on Thursday in Colorado Springs for reportedly making threats to use explosives to blow up government buildings.

According to police, the Colorado Springs Police Department - Gold Hill Division was notified by Metro VNI and the FBI JTTF Colorado Springs that a man named Shawn Wallace was on his way to the substation and claimed to have explosives in his truck.

Surveillance cameras spotted his truck, and a high-risk traffic stop was conducted. Wallace was arrested without incident.

Authorities searched his truck and no explosives were found.

Read more: ABC 7 (Denver)

2020 ended with some vandalism in Philadelphia. A group of people dressed in black vandalized at least two federal buildings in Center City on New Year’s Eve, and police said Friday they recovered Molotov cocktails and other suspicious devices as they arrested seven of them.

Officers spotted about 50 people, all in black, around 8:30 p.m. Thursday at the historic U.S. Customs House, police said.

And a 25-year-old man was seen throwing a brick through the windows of a federal building and courthouse shortly before 9 p.m., police said. He fled with a 24-year-old man and two 23-year-old women, all of whom were arrested.

Read more: CBS Philadelphia

Maryland prosecutors on Thursday ruled out criminal charges against a police officer who fatally shot a man during a tactical team’s predawn, no-knock raid on his family’s home, a killing that galvanized a loose network of anti-government extremists this year.

Duncan Socrates Lemp’s family says the 21-year-old was sleeping in his bed next to his girlfriend when a Montgomery County police officer opened fire, but prosecutors concluded that Lemp pointed a rifle at the officer and posed a threat.

Howard County State’s Attorney Rich Gibson Jr.’s office, which reviewed the case and presented evidence to a grand jury, said in a 17-page report that the unidentified officer was justified in using deadly force.

Members of a tactical unit were serving the no-knock search warrant at the Lemp family’s home about 4:30 a.m. on March 12 when the officer fired five shots through a shattered window from outside, hitting Lemp all five times.

Read more: AP