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Ohio grand jury gets guardsman's explosives case

Jan. 10, 2014 - 12:57PM   |  
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LONDON, OHIO — The case against an Indiana National Guardsman being held in central Ohio on explosives charges after police say they found nearly 50 bombs and four guns in his vehicle will go a county grand jury, a judge ruled Friday.

Andrew Scott Boguslawski, 43, appeared for a preliminary hearing in Madison County Municipal Court, and his case was bound over to the grand jury, according to the clerk's office.

Boguslawski is being held on a $1 million bond. The prosecutor in the case and the suspect's attorney did not immediately respond to messages left Friday with their offices.

Boguslawski, who gave a Moores Hill, Ind., address, was arrested late Jan. 1 after a State Highway Patrol trooper in Ohio stopped him for going 85 mph in a 70-mph zone on Interstate 70 just west of Columbus.

Authorities say they found 48 explosives, four guns and a remote detonation device when they searched the vehicle. Boguslawski had worked at an Indiana National Guard training center near Butlerville, Ind., and indicated to troopers that he had items for training purposes.

The Indiana National Guard said he received military intelligence training and had served there since 2007, after transferring from the Tennessee National Guard. He joined the Pennsylvania National Guard out of high school and also served in the Ohio National Guard, according to Indiana guard records. Officials at Wright State University near Dayton said he earned a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership in 2006.

Boguslawski had been in the Indiana guard's medical discharge unit since November, but a guard spokeswoman said she couldn't discuss his medical condition.

During the traffic stop, Boguslawski told Trooper William Scott Davis that he didn't have weapons, but Davis spotted the butt of a gun tucked between the man's legs.

Davis then held Boguslawski at gunpoint and called for backup, leading to a search that police say turned up the explosives and weapons. The Ohio fire marshal's office and federal agents soon joined the search.

The U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched his home in Indiana after his arrest, but the warrant has been sealed by a federal judge.

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