Court charges suspect in attempted bomb manufacturing case

ESCANABA – A 28-year-old Rapid River man was in court Monday for an alleged attempt to manufacture explosive devices.

James Bugg, 28, of 9884 U.S. 2, Rapid River, was arraigned Monday in 94th District Court. He faces one count of attempted weapons/dangerous weapons – miscellaneous, for allegedly attempting to manufacture a bomb or bombshell in a May 25 incident.

The felony carries a maximum punishment of 2 1/2 years in prison and $1,250 in fines.

Bugg remains lodged in the Delta County Jail with bond set at $50,000. He is scheduled for a preliminary examination June 24 at 1:30 p.m.

Bugg was arrested at his residence without incident Friday night by troopers from the Michigan State Police Gladstone Post.

A joint investigation by troopers, along with FBI, and Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (ATF) officers led to his arrest.

The investigation was initiated after Bugg allegedly made threats on the Internet to build an explosive device and attempt to harm people at a public venue.