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Date: Jun 29, 2021

Federal prosecutors said in a sentencing memorandum filed this week that a man caught with explosive arrows in his South Side home is an “ongoing danger to the community.”

The memorandum said that despite a plea of guilty and acceptance of responsibility by Oliver Smith, 52, his past record of making the devices and having guns despite being on probation and not being allowed to should sway Judge Solomon Oliver Jr. from giving him a sentence below the sentencing guidelines in the case, for which he can receive a sentence of 33 to 41 months in prison.

“Simply, Smith poses an ongoing danger to the community,” prosecutors wrote in the memorandum, which was filed this week in the U.S. Northern District Court of Ohio.

Read more: WKBN (Youngstown, OH)

A man convicted of terrorism offenses after sharing explosives and firearms manuals in extreme right wing chat groups online has been jailed.

Michael Nugent, 38 of Ashford, Surrey, U.K., ran and was active on a number of extreme right wing chat groups on the Telegram app. He used different personas in the chat rooms to express his racist views and hatred of ethnic minorities and shared terrorist-related documents with others. But he was identified and arrested after Metropolitan Police (Met) Counter Terrorism officers linked the various online accounts to Nugent’s real-world identity.

On June 23, 2021, he was sentenced to three-and-a-half years imprisonment at Kingston Crown Court.

Commander Richard Smith, who leads the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command, said: “Nugent freely shared his abhorrent extremist views with others over a messaging app, and he passed on manuals detailing how to produce deadly weapons and explosive devices.

Read more: Homeland Security Today

German investigators said Tuesday they suspected an Islamic extremist motive behind a knife attack last week by a Somali man that left three women dead in the southern city of Würzburg.

“The Bavarian Central Office for Extremism and Terrorism has taken over the probe because an Islamist motive is likely,” a joint statement from Bavarian state prosecutors and the state crime investigations office said.

A 24-year-old man on Friday went on a knife rampage in Würzburg, Bavaria, stabbing three women to death and leaving six other people seriously injured.

The suspect, a Somali who arrived in Germany in 2015, struck in the city centre on Friday evening, first at a household goods store before moving on to a bank.

Read more: The Local

A 14-year-old schoolboy from Derbyshire set up a far-right chat group which encouraged fellow teenagers to launch terrorist attacks, a court has heard.

The youth, who cannot be named because of his age, set up and managed the channel on messaging app Telegram.

The channel was said to be of an extreme right-wing and "openly racist nature" and the youth boasted online that his criminal record would be cleared when he reached 18.

He vetted like-minded individuals before allowing them entry to private chat groups where there was discussion about "doing something" against ethnic minorities and talk about weapons, prosecutors said.

He downloaded a "leaderboard" of far-right killers and told members of one far-right group that he wanted to go down to his local skatepark and launch an attack.

Read more: Sky News (via MSN)

What is described as an 'explosive device set to activate at a later time' was found at Wylie Park. On Friday morning Wylie Park Campground in Aberdeen post on their Facebook page that at approximately 8 am staff at Wylie Park located a suspicious object within the park boundaries.

They stated that out of an abundance of caution Wylie Park will be closed until further notice. The device was determined to be an explosive device.

Around 1 pm Wylie Park reopened then at 3 pm Storybook Land reopened. Dakota News Now is reporting that other city parks were also searched for possible devices and none were found.

Read More: KSOO (Sioux Falls)