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January 10, 2002
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An attack on a Nashville synagogue was thwarted. Michael Edward Smith, 33, was arrested last Friday after someone notified police that he was sitting in his car with a rifle pointed at the Sherith Israel Congregation synagogue. Police found guns, ammunition and surgical gloves in Smith’s car. They also uncovered 5 buried stockpiles of his hand grenades and bomb making material south of Nashville, along with more explosives and white supremacist literature in his home. Among other counts, Smith was charged Monday with unlawful weapons possession and was being held without bond. Smith’s family told detectives he is a former mental patient.

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