Police: Man arrested after refusing to leave Perry Nuclear Power Plant, claiming to have a bomb

Michael D. Fogelsong
Michael D. Fogelsong((Source: Lake County Sheriff's Office))
Updated: Apr. 8, 2021 at 10:14 AM EDT
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NORTH PERRY, Ohio (WOIO) - Authorities arrested a 33-year-old man Wednesday evening after he drove onto Perry Nuclear Power Plant property and said he had a bomb, according to police.

Michael D. Fogelsong, of Adrian, Michigan, showed up at Perry Nuclear Power Plant around 6 p.m. Wednesday and refused to leave, police said.

When plant security confronted Fogelsong, he claimed to have a bomb in the trailer attached to his pickup truck, police said.

The Painesville FBI, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, North Perry and Perry Village police departments, and the Lake County Bomb Squad responded to the property to investigate the claim, according to police.

Authorities did not find a bomb, police said. “We want to ensure everyone that there is no ongoing threat or imminent threat to the Perry Nuclear Power Plant,” Lake County Sheriff’s Office said in a press release.

Fogelsong is in Lake County Jail, according to police. He is facing charges of making false alarms and aggravated trespass. Additional charges may be filed, police said.

Jason Copsey of Falls Communications released this statement about the incident:

At approximately 6 PM Wednesday evening, two individuals mistakenly drove onto the property of the Perry Nuclear Power Plant.  Plant security notified local authorities. It was determined the individuals posed no credible threat to the plant or public safety.

Authorities cleared the scene at Perry Nuclear Power Plant around 11 p.m. Wednesday.

Lake County Sheriff’s Office continues investigating this incident.

Perry Nuclear Power Plant is located at 10 Center Road in North Perry Village.

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