Militia members face charges involving explosive devices

CINCINNATI (AP) — Authorities say a federal grand jury has indicted two members of an Ohio militia group on charges involving explosive devices.

The federal indictment unsealed Monday in Cincinnati charges 37-year-old Ryan King, of Franklin, and 53-year-old Randy Goodman, of Ripley, with conspiracy to possess a destructive device in violation of the National Firearms Act and possession of an unregistered destructive device.

A Justice Department news release says the men established a United Sheepdogs of Ohio militia group subset they referred to as the “Special Projects Team” and advocated the team construct and use explosives they called “crater makers.”

Authorities allege the men tested the devices at Goodman’s home last month and discussed construction and ignition methods.

Messages left for both men’s attorneys weren’t immediately returned.