A Braham, Minn., man is facing 23 terroristic threats charges after allegedly sending envelopes containing a white powder to the Pine County Courthouse last month.
Johnnie Earl Long, 45, was arraigned this morning in State District Court in Pine City on 20 counts of terroristic threats, 11 of them involving real or simulated weapons of mass destruction. Long also is charged with two counts of falsely reporting a crime and one count of crimes committed in furtherance of terrorism.
Long appeared before Anoka County Judge Tammi A. Fredrickson. Pine County judges, who investigators said were recipients of some of the envelopes, were removed from the case to avoid a conflict of interest.
Fredrickson set a $500,000 conditional bail and $1 million unconditional bail. Terms of the conditional bail include no alcohol or drug use, random substance tests, no possession of firearms and no out-of-state travel without court approval.
Long was appointed a public defender at the hearing. His next appearance is scheduled for Jan. 6.