Jonesboro man accused of threatening town official, Obama

Posted Aug. 24, 2012, at 4:38 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 24, 2012, at 7:51 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A man is facing a federal gun charge after allegedly walking into the Coast Guard station in Jonesport on Monday and telling Coast Guard personnel that he wanted to shoot a Jonesboro town employee.

Michael Henry Wenrich Jr., 48, of Jonesboro also said that President Barack Obama “needed to be removed by any means necessary,” according to court documents.

Wenrich, aka Michael Jadu, was arrested Thursday and made his first appearance Friday before a federal judge on the charge of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk ordered that he be temporarily held without bail. A bail hearing is scheduled to be held Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Bangor.

Wenrich told Coast Guard personnel that he was “an ‘undercover’ operative of the U.S. government and he needed to speak with the commander in chief,” according to the complaint.

After one member of the Coast Guard saw what he believed to be a handgun in the duffel bag Wenrich was carrying, another asked to search the bag, the complaint states. In it the employee found a .22-caliber revolver, 29 rounds of ammunition, a leafy green substance believed to be marijuana and a white powdery substance in a small vial.

Wenrich was prohibited from possessing guns because of a 1998 conviction in Pontiac, Mich., for fleeing a police officer.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office has asked that Wenrich be held without bail pending the outcome of his case because of his extensive criminal history that includes assault and battery, kidnapping and fleeing a police officer.

If convicted, Wenrich faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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