February 7, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

BOISE, [ID]--A former leader of an Idaho militia group (III Percenters) who authorities say kept rent payments meant for clients of his now-defunct property-management companies was arrested Tuesday and jailed in Boise. Brandon R. Curtiss, 43, of Payette, is charged with 19 felony counts of grand theft, one for each of 19 victims, said Deputy Ada County Prosecutor Shelley Akamatsu. Curtiss is accused of stealing $87,000 in all. He was being held on $150,000 bail. If convicted, he faces up to 14 years in prison on each count. The Idaho State Police spent nearly two years investigating Curtiss, a former police officer in North Idaho who later led a group called 3% of Idaho, a branch of a milit  

February 2, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

ISABELLA, [MI]--A January vote for officers overseeing an Isabella County gun club will stand after a judge denied a motion challenging the validity of the election amid a battle for control of the Black Creek Conservation Club. A lawsuit filed last summer by longtime members and officers contends the eastern Isabella County club was being taken over by militia members who sought to change the initiatives and direction. A court-ordered election on Jan. 8 – which included a specific voting procedure laid out by Isabella County Judge Eric Janes – saw representatives from the defendants’ side resoundingly defeat plaintiff candidates for office. After, the plaintiffs asked the court to ord  

January 31, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

SEATTLE, [WA]--The Army has agreed to pay $4 million to settle a lawsuit by the families of a Marysville man and his girlfriend who were killed in 2011 by a group of renegade soldiers — led by another Washington man — intent on overthrowing the government and starting a race war. The unusual settlement, reached after months of mediation, includes $1.7 million for the family of Michael Roark, a former Marysville soldier who became entangled with the group of extremists soldiers while stationed at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Roark was killed by the group of soldiers — along with his 17-year-old girlfriend, Tiffany York — because the extremist soldiers worried they couldn’t trust him.  

January 30, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

FORT MYERS, [FL]--A former Southwest Florida militia leader's latest appeal to be removed from Death Row was denied, the state attorney's office said Tuesday. According to a press release, Kevin Foster was the ringleader of the "Lords of Chaos." The "Lords of Chaos" was a self-proclaimed militia group from the 1990s whose mission was to create disorder through criminal acts in the Fort Myers community. The state attorney's office said that Schwebes caught Foster and other members of the "Lords of Chaos" getting ready to vandalize the high school and set the auditorium on fire. After that incident, the group planned the murder of Schwebes. Foster and the group tracked down where Schwebes liv  

January 13, 2018 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

MT. PLEASANT, [MI]--Black Creek Conservation Club will start the new year with a fresh slate of officers after a court-ordered vote by membership this week, the latest in a lawsuit pitting members of the club against each other. That suit – filed last summer by long-time members and officers – contends the eastern Isabella County club was being taken over by militia members who sought to change the initiatives and direction. Those plaintiffs claim in the law suit that members of the Black Creek Volunteers began infiltrating the club over the last four to six years, boosting membership to take over the board and hosting tactical and submachine gun training, contrary to the spirit of the o  

December 1, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

BERKELEY, [CA]--When right-wing firebrand Ben Shapiro's speech at UC Berkeley drew hundreds of angry protesters this September, he wasn’t left to fend for himself. According to Jim Gilchrist, co-founder of the Arizona-based Minuteman Project, in addition to campus police and other official personnel, agents allied with his own group’s cause were on hand to quietly assess the scene. Dressing like students and wearing hidden body cameras, they set out to “record any violent thugs as they commit felonies,” Gilchrist said. The Minutemen and other Arizona-based, militia-style groups are perhaps best known for roving the border region with guns, camouflage uniforms, and hiking boots to sta  

November 25, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

PORTLAND, [OR]--U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown sentenced defendant Darryl Thorn on Tuesday to a year and a half in federal prison followed by three years supervised release for his role in last year’s occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Following prison time, Brown ordered Thorn be released to a halfway house for up to 90 days. In March, a jury found Thorn guilty of conspiracy to impede federal officers as well as carrying a firearm in a federal facility. Both are felonies. Brown also found Thorn guilty of two misdemeanors: trespassing and tampering with vehicles and equipment. Prior to his trial, prosecutors offered Thorn a deal: He could plead guilty to trespassing,  

November 24, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

PORTLAND, [OR]--A man who tried to get Mormon church leaders to mediate an end to last year’s occupation of a federal wildlife center in Oregon by armed militants was sentenced on Wednesday to two years on probation for his own brief role in the takeover. Wesley Kjar, 33, a Utah native who prosecutors said acted as a bodyguard for occupation leader Ammon Bundy in the early days of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge siege, pleaded guilty last June to a single count of conspiracy to impede federal officers. The charge carries a maximum penalty of six years in prison. Federal prosecutors had recommended Kjar (pronounced “Care”) be confined to his home during the first five months of his  

November 23, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

ATLANTA, [GA]--There are more than 500 armed militia groups in the U.S. CBS46 wanted to break through the stereotypes and find out what a typical militia group believes. So I went to a training site in Alabama to spend time with the III% Security Force, which is a very tight-knit group. I met the leader of the militia during my coverage of Charlottesville. I kept in touch with him for months and was able to earn his trust. So, I took it a step further and asked him if I could train with the force. There was some back and forth, but I did it, and it was a day I'll never forget. As bullets fly, the men become brothers in battle.  "I've been in situations where I felt helpless, I felt defense  

November 17, 2017 Posted by Daryl Johnson  in Militia Movement

BAY CITY, [MI]--With a pot leaf inked onto the back of his shorn head, Theodore J. Visner testified he did indeed break the law by repeatedly selling medical marijuana to undercover cops. He asserted, however, that he does not believe such conduct is in fact illegal. Such was one of many bizarre aspects in the Nov. 16 continuation of Visner's preliminary examination. The hearing began Oct. 26, at which point the 50-year-old defendant with professed militia leanings represented himself and called Bay County District Judge Mark E. Janer a "grammar teacher" and a criminal, and called Bay County Assistant Prosecutor Bernard J. Coppolino "a dork." Visner is charged with 16 counts -- eight counts