U.P. man arraigned for bomb possession

MENOMINEE – A Menominee man was officially charged Monday in connection with explosive devices found in his apartment last weekend.

Thomas Lee Bebo, 51, of 3625 10th St., Apt. 82, Menominee, was charged with possession of bombs with unlawful intent, a 15-year felony, during his arraignment in Menominee County District Court. He remains lodged in the county jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond.

According to Menominee City Police Chief Brett Botbyl, a neighbor alerted police to the possibility of bombs in Bebo’s apartment to be used to threaten the suspect’s ex-wife. During a police search, five explosive devices were found in his apartment on Friday night.

Tenants in the apartment complex were notified of the bomb search but an evacuation was not ordered, said Botbyl this morning.

“There was no immediate threat to residents,” he explained.

A bomb-detonating squad later set off one of the bombs in a local gravel pit. The other four bombs were defused and turned over to the police department for evidence, said Botbyl.

Bebo is scheduled to appear for a preliminary examination in district court at 1 p.m. on May 9, said a court official.