Bridge Bomb Plot Plea, Colorado Gun Demands, E-Mail Overload

The five men accused of trying to blow up a Cleveland-area bridge went before a judge Wednesday morning. 26-year-old Douglas L. Wright, 20-year-old Brandon L. Baxter, 35-year-old Anthony Hayne, 20-year-old Connor C. Stevens and Joshua S. Stafford are facing federal charges for plotting to blow up the Brecksville bridge. Anthony Hayne pleaded guilty to three counts during the hearing. About a dozen protestors - who claim the men were framed - picketed outside the courthouse. According to the indictment, the five men conspired between February 20 and April 30, 2012 to use two improvised explosive devices containing C-4 plastic explosives on the Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge.

The demand for guns has spiked in Colorado following the mass shooting at a premiere of The Dark Knight Rises in Aurora. The Colorado Bureau of Investigation approved background checks for nearly 3,000 people who wanted to purchase firearms between Friday and Sunday, according to The Denver Post. It was close to a 40 percent increase when compared to the previous two weekends. An employee of a gun store in Parker, CO, told Denver Post he found 15 to 20 people waiting outside when he opened Friday.

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Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager