Case involving man charged with nuclear plant bomb threat moved to Lake County Courts

Case involving man charged with nuclear plant bomb threat moved to Lake County Courts

NORTH PERRY, Ohio (WOIO) - The 33-year-old Michigan man accused of driving onto the Perry Nuclear Power Plant property and telling security he had a bomb was back in court on Tuesday morning.

Michael Fogelsong waived his preliminary hearing with Painesville Municipal Courts, meaning the case will be reviewed by a Lake County Court of Common Pleas grand jury.

The suspect’s attorney asked for a bond lower than the $100,000 bail that was set due to his cancer diagnosis and medical appointments, but the judge said Fogelsong remains a flight risk and must remain monitored.

The judge also suggested on Tuesday that Fogelsong, who was ordered to undergo an immediate mental health evaluation following his initial court appearance, may have to go through another exam.

Tuesday’s pre-trial court hearing was much more tame than Fogelsong’s initial appearance. He was initially arraigned by former Judge Michael Cicconetti, who presided over court in place of the normal Painesville Municipal Court judge while absent on vacation.

The retired judge, like he has in many of his past cases, made Fogelsong’s initial appearance memorable.

The suspect begged with Cicconetti for his release, claiming he is suffering from mental health issues.

“I’m sick and damn tired of people coming in here, them saying they have mental health issues, then we release them out. And what happens? They end up shooting people,” the judge responded.

The suspect also claimed he is not even sure how he ended up in Lake County at the Perry Nuclear Power Plant.

Investigators said Fogelsong drove a pick-up truck, which was pulling an enclosed trailer, to the power plant in early April.

When confronted by security, the Lake County sheriff said Fogelsong told officials he had a bomb in the trailer and he refused to leave.

Lake County Sheriff deputies, the Lake County Bomb Squad and agents with the Painesville Branch of the FBI responded to the plant and checked the trailer, eventually determining that it did not contain any dangerous material.

Fogelsong is charged with making false alarms and aggravated trespass. Judge Cicconetti said he expects federal charges to be presented against Fogelsong.

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