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FBI Gate-Crashing Suspect Set For Federal Court Appearance

PITTSBURGH (AP) - An Ohio man charged with ramming a dump truck through the security gate of the FBI's Pittsburgh field office this past summer is set to appear before a federal magistrate.

Forty-nine-year-old Thomas Ross, of New Waterford, was indicted in January on a charge of willfully injuring or committing depredation against any property of the United States.

He faces a preliminary hearing March 23 on separate charges in state court for the incident July 26 in which he claimed to have a bomb when Pittsburgh police stopped him for running red lights, only to drive away and smash into the FBI gate. No explosives were found.

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Ross faces up to 10 years in prison on the federal charge that's prompting his initial appearance Friday afternoon.

He's represented by the federal public defender's office which doesn't comment.

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