Category: Militia Groups

Wife accuses federal agents of conspiracy against spouse

Feds were seeking evidence to keep militia leader in prison, wife claims Daily Press & Argus, Nov. 10, 2002 http://www.dailypressandargus.com/ By Kasey MacAllister The wife of imprisoned former militia activist Mark Koernke says the Wednesday seizure on her home by special agents was nothing more than a conspiracy by the federal government to extend her husband’s jail sentence. “They have been looking for an opportunity to come into the house to see what we have,” said Nancy Koernke, who lives at the 4500 block of Dexter-Pinckney Road in Webster Township, just south of Livingston County. “This was their window of

Feds raid home of militia chief

U.S. Marshal’s remove firearms from home of imprisoned militia activist Daily Press & Argus, Nov. 8, 2002 http://www.dailypressandargus.com/ By Kasey MacAllister Firearms and an assortment of radio broadcast equipment were among the items reportedly confiscated by federal agents in two separate searches of the home of imprisoned militia activist Mark Koernke Wednesday in Webster Township, south of Pinckney just across the county line. The short-wave radio station and Web site “Patriot Broadcasting Network,” operated by Koernke prior to his imprisonment and later by his family, were shut down during the initial seizure by the U.S. Marshal’s office. Agents acted in

Bomb material linked to militia

The Jackson Citizen Patriot, Nov. 3, 2002 http://www.mlive.com/ By Steven Hepker A 56-year-old retired teacher says bomb materials found in a hole on her property Thursday were her late husband’s and they were stolen from her barn. “I moved the stuff out of the house and into the barn 30 days after my husband died, and someone must have broken in and taken it,” she said. The newspaper is not using her name because police have not charged her with any crime. The woman was shocked early Thursday morning when she said dozens of state, local and federal officers entered

Author sees much to fear in hate groups on U.S. soil

A Rulo, Neb., survivalist cult is among those profiled in “The Terrorist Next Door.” Omaha World-Herald, Sep. 8, 2002 http://– BROKEN URL yellowbrix.com -/pages/newsreal/Story.nsp?story_id=32820545 Daniel Levitas gets a lot of mail from hate groups delivered to his Atlanta, Ga., post office box. He expects it. He subscribes to it. Levitas gets newsletters, videotapes, audiotapes and other hate material. He does not leave it openly on his coffee table. Neighbors do not see it and need not fear him. Levitas is a watchdog. Often called as an expert witness in federal and state courts, he delves into the innards of such

State militia on decline after leader imprisoned

Outfit tries to regroup, but few are interested The Courier-Journal, Sep. 8, 2002 http://www.courier-journal.com/ LEXINGTON, Ky. — The militia movement in Kentucky, once a stronghold of paramilitary activity in the United States, appears to be waning. With former Kentucky State Militia commander Charlie Puckett in prison and Steve Anderson — another high-profile member of the group — being sought as a fugitive, the militia is in disarray, despite recent efforts to regroup. The state militia is dead without Puckett’s leadership, militiaman Roger Shanks of Lancaster said recently when Puckett was sentenced to 30 months in prison on federal weapons charges.

Waning interest, arrests leading to decline of militia

By Associated Press, Sep, 9, 2002 http://www.maysville-online.com/ LEXINGTON – The militia movement in Kentucky is waning due to a fading national interest and some high-profile arrests, experts and militia members say. With former Kentucky State Militia commander Charlie Puckett in prison and Steve Anderson – another high-profile member of the group – being sought as a fugitive, the militia is in disarray, despite recent efforts to regroup. The state militia is dead without Puckett’s leadership, militiaman Roger Shanks of Lancaster said. Puckett was sentenced to 30 months in prison on federal weapons charges. “It’s not anymore,” Shanks said when asked

Militia founder still sees plots in government

Billings Gazette, Sep. 1, 2002 http://www.billingsgazette.com/ By ROB CHANEY, Of The Missoulian The spotlight may have drifted away from the Militia of Montana, but co-founder John Trochmann is still focused on government corruption, United Nations conspiracies and other “threats to liberty.” The Noxon resident and former snowmobile parts maker spoke to the Missoula County Republicans’ Pachyderm Club on Friday about his suspicions of an international plot to put most of the United States off limits to human use in favor of “biosphere reserves, buffer zones, corridors for wildlife passage and zones of cooperation.” “It’s the biggest land-grab ever without a

Former Ky. Militia Leader Sentenced

ASSOCIATED PRESS, Aug. 29, 2002 http://www.nytimes.com/aponline/national/AP-Militia-Leader.html LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — The former commander of the Kentucky State Militia was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison Thursday on federal weapons charges. Charles N. Puckett, 55, pleaded guilty in May to two weapons charges and one count of intimidating a witness. Eight charges involving guns, pipe bombs and almost 35,000 rounds of ammunition were dropped. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms seized guns and other weapons from Puckett’s home in November. Authorities alleged Puckett was barred from owning the weapons because of a previous felony conviction. Puckett initially argued the

Mich. militia founder heads for Alaska

Norman Olson plans ‘strategic retreat’ after group casts him aside AP, Aug. 28, 2002 http://www.detnews.com/2002/metro/0208/28/c07-572797.htm TRAVERSE CITY — In the mid-1990s, Norman Olson lorded over the Michigan Militia, a brash, camouflage-clad preacher and gun dealer who railed at the government and trained his troops in the north woods. By decade’s end, the militia’s main body had cast aside its founder, accusing Olson of being too radical and self-serving. Now the 55-year-old Olson has raised the white flag in his home state and plans a move to the Alaskan wilderness. “Everybody understands what strategic retreat is all about,” Olson said Monday.