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Local Companies | Article published October 4, 2002
Terrorism ruled out in nuke plant incident

By STEVE MURPHY
BLADE STAFF WRITER


OAK HARBOR, Ohio - Authorities have ruled out terrorism in the arrest of a Davis-Besse job applicant who tried to take a loaded handgun onto the grounds of the nuclear power plant.

Horace Makodym, 54, an Argentine citizen who lives in Parma, Ohio, told officers he didn’t know it was illegal to carry a concealed weapon, Ottawa County Sheriff Craig Emahiser said yesterday.

"We’re pretty satisfied with his story," Sheriff Emahiser said. "The FBI spent a substantial amount of time with this gentleman, and when they left here, the indication was that they were satisfied he had no ties to any terrorist organizations or any terrorist inclinations."

Mr. Makodym was arrested Wednesday afternoon outside the nuclear plant after Davis-Besse security officers did a routine search of his van. He is charged with carrying a concealed weapon and improper transportation of a weapon, both first-degree misdemeanors that carry a maximum penalty of six months in jail. He remained in the Ottawa County jail yesterday on $8,000 bond.

Sheriff Emahiser said Mr. Makodym arrived at the plant about 12:30 p.m. for a scheduled interview for a security guard’s position. Mr. Makodym is an unemployed security guard who has worked in the Cleveland area.

When the man called to schedule his interview, "he was told at that time he was going to need a picture ID to get in, and the fact that his vehicle would be searched," Sheriff Emahiser said. "And knowing all that, he still carried a concealed weapon under the seat of his car."

After the gun was found, plant security checked the van with a machine that detected possible traces of explosives. A bomb-detection dog from the University of Toledo also detected possible explosives but none was found in a later search by a Toledo police bomb squad.

Sheriff Emahiser said the traces might have come from nitroglycerin pills found on Mr. Makodym.


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