Charges filed against man who allegedly had chemicals in his basement
GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- Five charges were filed Wednesday against a Green Bay man who police say was living with hundreds of dangerous chemicals.
The charges against Michael Anderson, 38, come three weeks after hazmat teams searched his mom's west side home. Anderson lives in the basement with his girlfriend, Jennifer Gross. Police were originally called there for a domestic disturbance.
Anderson was charged with intimidating a victim by using or attempting force, disorderly conduct and criminal damage to property, all with domestic abuse enhancers; being a felon in possession of a firearm; and conspiracy to possess the precursors to make methamphetamine.
When Hazmat and SWAT team members initially found the chemicals in the basement of the Redwood Drive home, they were concerned explosives were being made. However, investigators now believe the chemicals were to make methamphetamine.
Prosecutors have said Anderson is an Aryan Brotherhood member and has threatened to throw acid on police.
In a newly filed criminal complaint, one investigator describes the basement as having "an uncountable amount of chemicals which could be purchased at local stores along with unknown liquids and solids which had been manufactured in the basement. The deputy also says, "when reviewing the chemicals needed for various manners of methamphetamine manufacture, it was observed that the majority of the materials needed were present."
Police asked Anderson what the chemicals were for. According to the complaint, Anderson told them "he has developed a process in which he is able to transfer photographic images onto glass or animal horns.” Anderson says he sells them on Facebook under the name Titletown gifts.
“He has had a career as a welder,” said Alli Pederson, the public defender with Anderson in court. “He graduated school for that.”
Anderson denied any drug use, outside of prescribed ADHD medication, according to the complaint. Police say Anderson also “made the comment to me that he was telling me everything he knows about the chemicals as he did not want to see anyone hurt.”
The criminal complaint shows police didn't find any drug-making evidence on Anderson's phone. However, it shows Gross's phone visited several meth-making related websites.
Police are recommending Gross be charged with conspiracy to possess materials for the manufacturing of methamphetamine. Gross has previously been charged with disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer in relation to the case.
According to the criminal complaint, police also found a large knife and sword with Nazi Swastikas on them.
Police also said they found a gun, however, Anderson's public defender claimed it was not a gun. The court commissioner said a charge of a felon possessing a gun would remain.
“Saying these weren't explosives, they were methamphetamine production, I don't know if that really is something that helps Mr. Anderson's case as far as bond,” said Paul Burke, a Brown County Court Commissioner.
Anderson's bond remains at $25,000 cash. He's due back in court in two weeks.
FOX 11's Ben Krumholz is in court and will have the latest details tonight on FOX 11 News at Nine and Ten.