Selah man makes 1st court appearance on bomb charge

YAKIMA, Wash. -- A self-described anarchist from Selah made his first appearance in federal court in Yakima, Washington, on a charge he received components to make a bomb.

Forty-one year old Melvin Thomas Neifert pleaded not guilty Friday morning before U.S. Magistrate Judge Mary Dimke.

Neifert was arrested Thursday in Yakima, after being indicted by a federal grand jury. The charge carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison.

The Yakima Herald-Republic says Neifert is accused of receiving potassium nitrate and other components for an "incendiary-explosive device," intending that it would "be used to intimidate another person."

On his Facebook page, Neifert describes himself as an "Insurrectionist at the Cascadian Anarchist Liberation Movement."

Neifert is in the Yakima County jail and a bail hearing was set for Wednesday.