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Who is James Ricky Meade ll? A member from the Ohio National Guard has been detained for threatening to crash a jet.

Who is James Ricky Meade ll? A member from the Ohio National Guard has been detained for threatening to crash a jet.
Who is James Ricky Meade ll? A member from the Ohio National Guard has been detained for threatening to crash a jet.

An Ohio Army National Guard man has been charged with threatening to crash a stolen jet onto the Anheuser-Busch factory on Columbus’ North Side. In Franklin County Municipal Court, James Ricky Meade II, 26, of Chesterhill, Morgan County, was charged with making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony. A Columbus police officer alleged in a March 30 court complaint that Meade made posts on social media in December indicating he planned to steal a plane and crash it into the Anheuser-Busch factory on Schrock Road. According to the lawsuit, a lady saw the posters and informed the police and the Ohio National Guard.

James Ricky Meade ll Arrested and charged:

According to Charles Sanso, a deputy supervisor with the US Marshals Service who oversees SO FAST, Meade was arrested Monday at his home in Chesterhill, about 90 miles southeast of Columbus, by members of the Ohio Highway Patrol, the patrol special response team, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and the Southern Ohio Fugitive Apprehension Strike Team, or FAST. According to Sanso, Meade was arrested in Zanesville and will be brought to Franklin County to face charges. According to Franklin County Municipal Court documents, a warrant for Meade’s arrest was issued on March 30, the same day the complaint against him was submitted.

According to Stephanie Beougher, a spokesperson for the Ohio National Guard, Meade enrolled in the Ohio Army National Guard in 2017 and is an air defense combat management system operator with the 2nd Battalion, 174th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, headquartered in McConnelsville, Morgan County. In the last week, Meade is the second member of the Guard to be detained and accused of making a terrorist threat. Thomas Develin, 24, of Columbus’ northwest side, was arrested on March 30 for threatening Columbus Torah Academy, a private Jewish faith-based school at 181 Noe Bixby Road. According to court documents, Develin worked as a security guard at the East Side School.

Further investigation must be taken:

According to Beougher, both soldiers are still in the Ohio Army National Guard, but their security clearances have been halted, as have any beneficial moves such as promotions or transfers. “We are completely working with the criminal investigations, and when the cases are completed, we will determine any necessary military discipline or administrative action,” Beougher added.  In addition, he propagated hate online, according to Joel Marcovitch, president and CEO of the charity Jewish Columbus.

“We are quite grateful to the person who followed the guideline of ‘if you see something, say something,'” Marcovitch added, referring to the lady who informed law authorities about Meade’s posts. “They took the time and effort to think about our community and institutions, and we’re thankful.”

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