Men Arrested in Bridge Bombing Plot Have Ties to Lakewood, Occupy Cleveland

One was involved in Occupy Cleveland protests last summer.

At least two of five men arrested in connection with an alleged plot to blow up a bridge in Brecksville have ties to Lakewood.

Brandon L. Baxter, 20, and Anthony Hayne, 35, — who were arrested along with Douglas L. Wright, 26 — have been known to live in Lakewood.

In all, who are accused of conspiring to use explosives on a bridge in Brecksville in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

On Friday, Baxter celebrated his 20th birthday at the on Detroit Avenue. He was quiet.

He ordered cookies.

Julie Hutchison, the co-owner of the Root, said she knew Baxter from the Occupy Cleveland protests last summer.

She remembers him as a “punk-rock kid,” who “kept to himself.” She said he originally was from Lakewood, but had been living on the streets more recently.

Hutchison said Baxter — and the others she knew who participated in the protests last summer — do not represent the Occupy Cleveland movement. 

 “I knew him to be a part of the Occupy Cleveland movement, but (he) in no way represents Occupy Cleveland,” Hutchison said. “I think it’s bad for any kind of movement to take action like this that could be catastrophic."

Lakewood resident Jamie Kocinski said she first met Baxter at , where they were classmates. She saw him again last summer at the Occupy Cleveland protests.

Hayne approached last year about .

It never came about.

“We’re not doing this to try to force people to join our movement,” he told Lakewood Patch at the time. “We’re just trying to give people who want to join our movement a chance to listen, and we want to listen to what they have to say, as well.”

The FBI said in a press release the public was not in danger, and an undercover FBI employee had controlled the explosive devices. In addition, the explosives were inoperable.

Baxter, Wright and Hayne are being charged with conspiracy and attempted use of explosive materials to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce.

The arrests were made Monday night by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, an FBI press release said.

Connor C. Stevens, 20, and Joshua S. Stafford, 23, also were arrested. Charges are pending.

The men had been monitored by local law enforcement before the arrests. A criminal complaint was filed in the U.S. District Court in Cleveland this morning. The men will appear before a federal magistrate in U.S. District court today.

The defendants considered a variety of plots in the Cleveland area before settling on the state Route 82 bridge from Brecksville to Sagamore Hills in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the release said. The three who are charged with conspiracy are self-proclaimed anarchists. 

Brecksville Patch editor contributed to this story.


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Rick May 02, 2012 at 02:40 PM
The Occupy Movement advocates for the government to forcibly intervene in the voluntary transactions and relationships of individuals, whether in the name of "social" or "environmental" justice, or egalitarianism. Their principles are anything but non-violent. As history clearly shows, when *practiced consistently*, these principles produce forced famines, firing squads, labor camps, and other rights violations. Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge are a prime example of egalitarianism consistently practiced.
Rick May 02, 2012 at 02:42 PM
My favorite image satirizing the Occupy Movement: "From Freedom to Freebies" http://fawstin.blogspot.com/2011/10/from-freedom-to-freebies.html
Michael Rice May 02, 2012 at 02:53 PM
Hatred run rampant in these posts from each and everyone of you. You all have correct answers but do nothing but post on a website. Get involved and stop spreading hate.
Rick May 02, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Brian: "hatred" for what? I have plenty of hatred for those who beg for my rights to be violated, for the destruction of my values. There is nothing wrong with hating someone who attacks your loved ones. The Occupy Movement is an emotional reaction (of hatred) toward the productive for *being* productive. As these representatives of the Movement clearly demonstrate, they would rather tear society down than participate in a rational discussion.
Michael Rice May 02, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Lynn - Grow up. You act like a little kid. Did you even finish high school?
Michael Rice May 02, 2012 at 03:08 PM
I love all the online tough guys and girls. Don't say things you wouldn't say to someones face. Learn to be respectful of other people.
Michael Rice May 02, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Bye Lyn.
Geral Sosbee May 02, 2012 at 03:38 PM
The fbi/cia/police/vigilantes corrupt our laws and our institutions by phony sting operations that are designed to imprison/kill innocent people for show.Citizens are turned against one another and sometimes chaos results. http://sosbeevfbi.ning.com/profiles/blogs/the-fbicia-turn-civil-society http://www.barbarahartwellvscia.blogspot.com/2012/03/cyber-stalker-goon-criminal-harassment.html
AMA May 02, 2012 at 04:28 PM
The banks knowingly lent monies to people who they really knew were not fully qualified,therefore, they defaulted on their loans.
AMA May 02, 2012 at 04:31 PM
What I want to know is how some people are using only their first name and or other names to hide their identities????? What's good for the goose is good for the gander.......... And, please, this is an adult forum, so please respect another's opinion. Thank you.
Timothy Nicholas Hudson May 02, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Brian you have thrown around more insults than anyone else on here. If everyone else here are such morons how is it that you have not made a single statement of fact to back your accusations of hated & bigotry.
Mac May 02, 2012 at 04:44 PM
I wish I was brave like Brian.
tom m May 02, 2012 at 05:17 PM
hey brian ill tell you what I will be at the softball fields at foltz parkway between 8-9pm tonite I will have on a teamsters shirt come on up I have plenty of things to say to your face
Michael O'Shea May 02, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Hey folks: I am the lawyer for Mr. Hayne. If anyone has any information that you think might be helpful to my understanding of this case and him, please feel free to contact me. Thanks. Michael J. O'Shea, Esq. Lipson O'Shea Legal Group Beachcliff Market Square 19300 Detroit Road - Suite 202 Rocky River, Ohio 44116 (440) 356-2700 - office (216) 470-8098 - cell (440) 331-5401 - fax michael@moshea.com www.lipsonoshea.com Facebook: facebook.com/attorneyoshea Twitter: http://twitter.com/mjoesq LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/attorneyoshea
Michael Rice May 02, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Tom M. - What's your name?
Michael Rice May 02, 2012 at 07:42 PM
You should learn to spell and proofread, otherwise the moron statement holds true. The fact you and your cronie friends are attacking people and organizations and claiming they promote violence is, in itself, hatred. I never used the word bigot or bigotry.
Michael Rice May 02, 2012 at 07:43 PM
Mac, brave enough to use my name. Not a nickname my Nana gave to me.
Michael Rice May 02, 2012 at 07:47 PM
Does it matter? Lyn or Lynn? I don't look down on people, I do however, defend people or groups of lies and hate. To say the Occupy Cleveland group promotes violence without proof is ludacris and unintelligent. Fact is I am not even associated with this group nor have I ever been to a rally. I just can't stand people who hide behind the internet to make false claims without proof. Freedom of speech does not include making up lies about a group you might disagree with. Plain and simple.
Michael Rice May 02, 2012 at 07:48 PM
Another ignorant blog spewing hate. Glad you find it funny.
lyn May 02, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Banks lent money out to everyone because "those in government" (I'm not going to debate the politics of it, we all know who) decided they wanted everyone to be able to own a home, a ridiculous concept. You are right -some people just cannot afford it - and the banks should not have been placed in this position and then we would not have had the banking crisis and the eventual economic crisis that followed.
Steve May 02, 2012 at 09:43 PM
@Lyn, you really need to educate yourself about the financial meltdown, as it was the banks that pulled the strings for higher profits than they could ever imagine. And your a college grad, heaven help us all. Still paying for those student loans?
Steve May 02, 2012 at 09:49 PM
I like this guy, very direct...
tom m May 02, 2012 at 10:03 PM
brian ill tell you my name at foltz park tonite ...hope you can make it ...so I can tell you what I think to your face as you asked
tom m May 02, 2012 at 10:11 PM
whats to understand ...the FBI said your client and his friends tried to blow a bridge up with what they thought was a bomb
lyn May 03, 2012 at 12:59 AM
Steve, This is a perfect example of how most Americans just look at the end result of an event, rather than what happened to cause that event, in this case, the banking crisis, to occur. I didn't think I would have to give a history lesson, since it wasn't that long ago and everyone on here likes to talk about how smart they are and point out how stupid the next person is. But I will go ahead and give a brief history lesson now: Under Clinton, the government weakened bank lending standards - Congress weakened Fannie and Freddie standards. In 1995, regulatory changes were made to the CRA (Community Reinvestment Act-1977) the start of trying to give everyone homeownership. In 1999, Bill Clinton expanded the CRA through the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which applies CRA regulations to more banks by preventing them from expanding into mortgages or securities unless they comply with CRA rules (in other words, unless they make more subprime loans, as they did). Subprime - "A type of loan that is offered at a rate above prime to individuals who do not qualify for prime rate loans. Subprime borrowers are often turned away from traditional lenders because of their low credit rating or other factors that suggest that they have a reasonable chance of defaulting on the debt repayment." Interest rates went down. The mess and corruption at Fannie and Freddie. interest rates increase. Lehman, etc. increase their leverage, which increased their risk. (to be continued..)
lyn May 03, 2012 at 01:10 AM
In 2005, Alan Greenspan voices concerns over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.Twenty six Republican Senators plead in a letter "If effective regulatory reform legislation ... is not enacted this year, American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall financial system and the economy as a whole." No vote happened. In 2006, housing market peaks. In 2007, something is not looking good with the mortgage debt. In 2008, Bear Stearns Bailout, the government seizes insolvent Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and places them into conservatorship, and everything else people only remember - with TARP being passed under Bush. I'm sure you will take issue with something I've summarized, but I tried.
lyn May 03, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Did Brian show up?
tom m May 03, 2012 at 02:03 AM
no I guess he did not think anyone would call his bluff
DemetraRenae May 03, 2012 at 07:43 AM
I totallllllly agree! They can't blame Occupy as a mass because of 5 idiots from brecksville.
tom m May 04, 2012 at 10:00 PM
7121 occupy arrests so far not bad for a peaceful group http://stpeteforpeace.org/occupyarrests.sources.html


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