(DetroitNews) – Adrian — This small town in rural southeastern Michigan is known mostly for Adrian College and corn farms, but it’s no stranger to controversial anti-government movements.
The raid of an alleged Christian extremist group, Hutaree, has shocked residents of the small community of about 22,500 residents.
“I don’t know what they were doing, but they apparently hadn’t caused any trouble here that anyone knew of,” said Peter Hayes of Hayes Insurance Agency in downtown Adrian.
“Frankly, it seemed like a lot of overkill to me this weekend,” Hayes said about the raid. “Cars, trucks, a helicopter — why, they had more people out there than there was in church Sunday.”
Adrian, the Lenawee County seat, is the home base of the Rev. Rick Strawcutter, whose low-power radio station “Radio Free Lenawee” garnered attention for broadcasts stridently denouncing the federal government before it was shut down by the FCC in 2001 because it hadn’t obtained the proper broadcast license.
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