In stiff competition, today’s “say, what?” news award goes to Onamia where James Richard Thoen, 23, of Onamia, has been charged with possession of bombs, bomb-making materials and a sawed-off shotgun, according to the Mille Lacs Messenger.
Acting on a tip, police found a sawed-off shotgun and “bomb-making materials including plastic and metal pipes, BBs, rubber balls, plastic balls, bullets, shotgun shells and shell components, gunpowder and other items.”
He apparently was turned in by an acquaintance who couldn’t take a little joke.
According to the complaint, the reporting party told Barnes that Thoen threw a bomb in her general direction while she was sitting in a lawn chair in her yard. She was uninjured, but the bomb went off and blew a leg off the lawn chair.
He could get 20 years in prison if he’s ever found.