Bomb case moves forward

ESCANABA – A 28-year-old Rapid River man, accused of attempting to manufacture a bomb last spring, was bound over from Delta County District Court to circuit court Wednesday.

James Bugg, 28, was arrested on June 7 on one count of attempted weapons/dangerous weapons for allegedly attempting to manufacture a bomb in a May 25 incident, according to Michigan State Police.

During his preliminary examination in district court Wednesday, he was bound over on an amended count of attempted possession/manufacture of an explosive or incendiary device with malicious intent.

Judge Glenn Pearson bound the case over to the higher court, basing his decision on testimony from witnesses who said Bugg had made statements about making bombs and had made Facebook entries referencing the Boston bombing.

“I believe there was an attempt to make a bomb,” said Pearson, adding that he has to take the defendant at his word. The judge also ordered Bugg undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

According to an investigation by troopers, who were assisted by FBI and ATF officers, Bugg allegedly made threats on the Internet to build an explosive device and attempt to harm people at a public venue.

In addition to the Facebook entries, Wednesday’s testimony related to four empty fire extinguishers Bugg had in his possession and allegedly stated would make “good bombs.”

Bugg remains lodged in the Delta County Jail in lieu of a $50,000 cash bond.