Trial postponed for IR man accused of terrorism threat

MICHAEL GORDON

CRYSTAL FALLS — A new trial date has been set for an Iron River man who reportedly threatened to “shoot up” the Ski Brule resort southwest of Iron River.

Michael Steven Gordon, 23, agreed to postpone his trial from this week to Aug. 28 and 29 after a new defense attorney, Michael Scholke, was appointed to represent him.

Gordon is charged with false report or threat of terrorism, a 20-year felony; possession of marijuana, a one-year misdemeanor; and a habitual offender-second status, which increases the maximum penalty on the felony to 30 years.

One of Gordon’s co-workers at Ski Brule previously testified he saw a verbal argument the morning of Feb. 24 between Gordon and a member of management.

When Gordon and the co-worker were talking together later that day, Gordon reportedly started making “idle threats of physical harm” to the manager, the co-worker testified.

This escalated to Gordon threatening the manager’s life, his own life and the lives of Ski Brule guests by saying he would “shoot up Ski Brule,” according to the co-worker.

The co-worker then filed an incident report at the lodge, which informed the Iron County Sheriff’s Office.

Nikki Younk can be reached at 906-774-2772, ext. 41, or nyounk@ironmountaindailynews.com.

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