The men considered a series of plots over several months before deciding to target a Route 82 bridge that crosses from Brecksville to Sagamore Hills over the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, the FBI said in a news release.
Douglas L. Wright, 26; Brandon L. Baxter, 20; and Anthony Hayne, 35, were arrested by members of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force Monday night on charges of conspiracy and attempted use of explosive materials to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce. Also arrested were Connor C. Stevens, 20, and Joshua S. Stafford, 23.
"The public was never in danger from explosive devices," the FBI said in a news release. The defendants were "closely monitored by law enforcement," and the explosives planned in the operation were "inoperable and posed no threat to the public," according to the release.
Fox News reported it is unknown if the bridge incident was connected to Occupy Wall Street's plans for nationwide protests Tuesday.
At the news conference held at 10 am on Tuesday, the FBI said distracting smoke bombs were to be set off, and with the initial idea to have corporate signs on top of Cleveland buildings bombed. Later, the bridge bombing plan was put into place.
"Cuyahoga" is usually said to mean "crooked river." The history is a bit more complex. The river has had many spellings for its name which is translated into numerous meanings.
“Cayagaga” was the first name by which the Mohawk Indians (who are in the Iroquois Nation) designated the stream that sprang from the northern part of what is now Portage County and proceeded west and south through the gorge and over the falls called “Coppacaw” to the junction with the Little Cuyahoga, and then north again to enter into the lake later to be known as "Erie."
This explanation of the word meaning "crooked" from which Cuyahoga Falls got its name, was given by James Smith. James Smith was captured by the Indians in 1755 and escaped in 1759. He writes of one of explorations of the area, "We turned up the Cayagaga and hunted for several days until we came to the junction in the Cayagaga. The upland is hilly and second - and third-grade land; the timber chiefly black oak, white oak, hickory, and dogwood."
An educated Seneca Indian (another Iroquois Nation group) claimed that the name "Cayohaga" meant to the Senecas "The Place of the Jaw Bone," and was thus applied to the river and the locality of Cleveland, because in the dim past before the Whiteman came, the jaw bone and other portions of a mastodon were found near the river about five miles from its mouth."