Man in Coast Guard station crash to stand trial

Associated Press

Hart — A 33-year-old Chicago-area man who authorities say burned down his temporary home in western Michigan before crashing a pickup truck through the gates of a U.S. Coast Guard station has been found competent to stand trial.

Records show that Matthew Krueger now faces an Aug. 17 hearing in circuit court on arson charges. He appeared Tuesday in Oceana County District Court in Hart.

Krueger also faces terrorism threat and property destruction charges in Ottawa County.

A bomb threat was phoned in before Krueger’s pickup crashed Feb. 8 at the Coast Guard’s Grand Haven station near Lake Michigan.

Krueger has been listed as a resident of Westmont, Illinois, but was living in Oceana County, 50 miles north of Grand Haven. That house burned down before the Coast Guard incident.