U.P. man charged with possessing bombs

MENOMINEE – A Menominee man was arraigned Monday on a felony charge in connection with explosive devices allegedly found in his apartment last weekend.

Thomas Lee Bebo, 51, 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 Department 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. Police said they found five suspected explosive devices in his apartment Friday night.

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

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

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, Botbyl said.

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