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Fairbanks man held for threatening shootings at military base, airport

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Daniel Wilson Bradley is being held at Fairbanks Correctional Center on federal charges related to two counts of communicating threats to shoot people at Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam and Honolulu International Airport.

A Fairbanks man has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of threatening to shoot people at a military base in Hawaii and Honolulu International Airport last month.

Forty-one-year-old Daniel Wilson Bradley is being held without bond at Fairbanks Correctional Center. But a federal law enforcement officer says that’s about all he can say about the case.

“Basically, all I can confirm for you is that he’s a prisoner, he’s in U.S. Marshals’ custody, and he’s housed at FCC,” says Randy Coyne, the supervisory deputy U.S. Marshal in Fairbanks.

Coyne confirmed that Bradley was arrested on Nov. 11 on two federal counts of making threats to kill people during two telephone calls he made last month. And Coyne says Bradley pleaded not guilty to those counts during a Nov. 23 arraignment and detention hearing.

“Right now, he’s being held without bond,” Coyne said in Monday interview.

An affidavit filed by Fairbanks-based FBI Special Agent Derik Stone says investigators determined that Bradley made the first threats during a Nov. 8 phone call to a Veterans Administration national crisis hotline. The caller said he was despondent and suicidal over breaking up with a girlfriend who worked at a military installation in Hawaii. Investigators say the caller probably was referring to Joint Base Pearl Harbor Hickam.

Stone says in the affidavit that the caller also threatened to kill others at the installation, including his ex-girlfriend’s husband.

The affidavit says officials with the federal Department of Veterans Affairs believe Bradley also intimated what they called “misdemeanor-level offenses” during three phone calls made earlier in the year. They include one in which the caller identified himself a terrorist and vowed to “shoot up” a VA hospital in update New York.

Stone’s affidavit says investigators also linked Bradley’s phone to another call made November 9th, to the Honolulu International Airport, threatening to “shoot up” that facility.

And the document says on the following day, Nov. 10, a caller using the same phone number also threatened to shoot an employee at Planet Fitness Gymnasium on Airport Way in Fairbanks.

A U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson says Bradley’s next court hearing, a scheduling conference, will be held next month.

Tim Ellis has been working as a KUAC reporter/producer since 2010. He has more than 30 years experience in broadcast, print and online journalism.