Man arrested with 'clandestine laboratory' touts 'Nordic Pride'; woman found hiding in home

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - Green Bay Police have identified a man arrested at the scene of a home where hazardous chemicals were found as Michael Tracy Anderson.

The mugshot to the left from 2012 shows Anderson's tattoos with white supremacist imagery.

Anderson, 38, appeared in court Friday afternoon for a probable cause hearing related to a disorderly conduct charge and domestic violence. Police also found a firearm in the home, so he'll be charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, Police Capt. Jeremy Muraski said.

A search of jail records related to Anderson's criminal history turned up mugshot photos showing Anderson’s tattoos of swastikas and other white supremacist imagery, including the words "Nordic Pride" on his arms. The mugshots, which are public record, stem from a 2012 arrest for Disorderly Conduct.

A Facebook page believed to be Anderson's contains anti-Semitic content.

Police, SWAT, bomb squad members and hazmat workers were back at the home on the 1200-block of Redwood Ave. Friday to classify the chemicals and see what they can learn about what Muraski described as a "clandestine laboratory."

At Anderson's court appearance on Friday, a prosecutor said one of the chemicals tested from the home came back highly explosive (see related story).

Police say there were household and industrial chemicals, in powder and liquid form, that are legal to own but could be volatile if mixed. Police don't know yet what they were being used for -- such as explosives or methamphetamines.

Police won't reveal the makeup of the chemical lab until test results come back. However, police said they were given the all-clear that they do not pose a danger in their present form.

"Some of those materials have been taken as samples and will be going through laboratory settings, things of that nature. As of this point, though, the house is safe, the neighborhood is safe," Muraski said.

Police will be investigating papers and phone records to help determine the motive behind the collection of chemicals.

Action 2 News reporter Cearron Bagenda says Fire and EMS crews arrived at the scene shortly after noon and removed someone from the home. That person was not identified. Police say the woman was hiding in the basement and was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.

They do not know if she concealed herself while police were there Thursday or if she returned to the home at some time. Detectives are questioning her.

Watch the police news conference:

On Thursday, the Green Bay Fire Department Hazardous Materials Team, the Brown/Outagamie County Bomb Squad and the SWAT team were all called to the scene near the corner of Redwood and 9th.

Redwood was closed for much of the day. Neighbors were finally able to return after 5 p.m.

"Any time we run into chemicals that we're not quite sure what we are, obviously we want to take every precaution," Capt. Jeremy Muraski, Green Bay Police Department, said.

Officers did not identify the materials discovered in the home.

"They discovered a large volume of hazardous-type chemicals in the basement of the residence. Things that we're not used seeing -- you know, normal cleaning chemicals and things like that -- but things that were more hazardous or volatile in nature," Muraski said.

Click here to watch an interview with Capt. Muraski.

This started as a call about a domestic dispute between a man and a woman. Officers responded to the home in the 1200-block of Redwood Dr and saw a vehicle leaving the home. Police followed the car as it looped around the block. A woman got out of the car and ran back into the house.

Muraski says the woman was "scantily-clad" -- not dressed for cold weather. Police followed her inside the house to check on her well-being. That's when they found the chemicals.

Muraski says they the chemicals -- both in powder and liquid form -- were stored in large jars.

"The chemicals as they sit individually might not pose a hazard, but the tricky part is if they would come in contact with each other, if any of them were spilled, if they're in containers that are breaking down or not really designed to handle that type of chemical. In a household situation that's something you worry about much more so than in an actual chemistry lab," Muraski says.

Police don't know if the man involved in the domestic dispute owns the home in question but say he has regular access. He was taken into custody and Muraski said he is "known to officers."

"The male was apparently described as being somewhat verbal to officers, but I'm not aware of any deployment of weaponry or anything like that."

The woman was not arrested.

Local agencies are waiting for instructions from federal authorities on the next steps in dealing with the recovered chemicals.

"Whenever you find a bunch of industrial-type chemicals, you know, it could be something very innocuous. It could be something where somebody is running some sort of small business out of their home. It could be something people are using to manufacture drugs or of course in a much more severe situation possibly manufacturing explosives-type devices. As of this time, we don't have any conclusion that any of those things is going on," Muraski said.

Action 2 News will continue to follow this developing story. Stay with us for updates.




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