Pine Co. Man Charged with 21 Terrorism-Related Felonies

Updated: 12/16/2013 4:49 PM
Created: 12/16/2013 4:16 PM
By: Megan Stewart

The Braham man who allegedly shut down a Pine County courthouse has been charged with 21 felonies related to terrorism and weapons of mass destruction, according to Pine County officials.

According to police, Johnnie Earl Long mailed six envelopes containing white powder to the courthouse on Nov. 19, causing an evacuation. Long was arrested for the incident Dec. 12.

The courthouse incident was linked to an ongoing investigation of Long that included threats of terrorism, reckless disregard and real or simulated weapons of mass destruction, according to the criminal complaint.

According to the complaint, the incidents stem from Long's separation from his wife, Joann Heurung, in the summer of 2012. Heurung began to date Patrick Barton and the two moved in with Heurung's mother.

As Long and Heurung began divorce proceedings, an order for protection was issued against Long in September 2012 by Heurung's attorney, Carrie Doom.

Doom received a letter at her business address in Isanti in July. When she opened the letter, a white powder spilled on her and a message, "U R DEAD" was inside the envelope. Doom withdrew from Heurung's representation after the letter was received.

Later in July, a device that appeared to be a bomb was found on Doom's neighbor's driveway. The object was a cardboard canister with "CARRIE DOOM" written on it.

In August, authorities were dispatched to Long's house in Braham on three separate occasions. According to the complaint, in each instance Long said he found a suspicious jug with a liquid inside it at the end of his driveway. Long said he thought Barton left it there.

On Aug. 22, an acquaintance of Long, Jeffrey Selvog, called in a bomb threat after his son found a suspicious device on the driveway. Selvog said he suspected Long was the one who left the object. He said Long had been acting weird since his wife left him.

Authorities worked with Selvog to meet with Long. Selvog said Long told him he made two chemical bombs.

In September, Pine County Sheriff Robin Cole received an email that stated there was a bomb in the courthouse. The email was attributed to Long, according to the complaint.

Long also allegedly sent threatening messages, claiming to be Barton in at least one, to his son's girlfriend. Long later took responsibility for the messages after the girlfriend's dad said he was going to hire a private investigator.

On Nov. 25, Long called police to say he had been kidnapped by an armed gunman and had just been released. He blamed his ex-wife and Barton for the incident. He reported being the victim of another kidnapping incident earlier in December, according to authorities.

Police said Long's motive for the perceived terrorism was to get his good reputation back and gain sympathy from those around him.

In addition to the felonies, Long has also been charged with two misdemeanors of falsely reporting a crime.

Photo: Pine County Sheriff's Office

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