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Former WFBL Host Tries to Launch Militia

HANNIBAL — Former WFBL midday talk show host Jon Alvarez wants to start a militia in this small Oswego County village. ┬áThe effort, which is getting reactions from both sides of the fence, managed to catch the attention of the local news media today.

Keith Kobland of Syracuse ABC affiliate NewsChannel 9 says Alvarez refused the opportunity to speak on camera about the effort, but said the militia could wind up being “nothing more than a glorified neighborhood watch” or something powerful enough to respond to emergencies when police or fire officials are unable.

A county legislator says he “would like to find out if it is good or bad.” ┬áThe town supervisor told Kobland he’s afraid “somebody might just go off the deep end.”

This isn’t the first time Alvarez created controversial headlines — shortly before his abrupt resignation from WFBL in March, he made national headlines for establish a Facebook fan page to honor a pilot who crashed a small plane into an IRS office in Texas in February, taking his own life and that of an IRS worker.

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