Twining man accused of threatening state government agency Whitmer

A 57-year-old Twining man accused of leaving threatening messages for the governor and saying he would shoot the Unemployment Insurance Agency office has been charged.

Douglas Melrose was charged Monday in the Arenac County 81st District Court with uttering a terrorist threat, a 20-year felony, according to Michigan State Police.

On Friday, troopers at the State Police’s Western Branch Station were made aware of threatening voicemails left by a man, later identified as Melrose, saying they were directed specifically at Governor Gretchen Whitmer. The message included the suspect’s name and phone number. In it, he indicated that he was unhappy with Whitmer regarding the COVID-19 pandemic and other related issues.

After laying out his complaints, he said he planned to load his guns, go to the state capitol and kill anyone he could find at the Unemployment Insurance Agency office, according to Michigan State Police. He went on to state that the state of Michigan would get him the money he felt he owed, or he would go to Lansing and “start shooting.”

After that message ended, he left a second message, authorities said, in which he identified himself again, provided his phone number and indicated he was ready to shoot and kill anyone he found. he could find at the office of the State Unemployment Insurance Agency, then himself.

An Arenac County arrest warrant has been issued for making a terrorist threat – a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

Soldiers from the West Branch station were able to locate the suspect and took him into custody without incident, MSP said. The suspect is currently being held in the Arenac County Jail pending arraignment.