.223-caliber altered to fire .50-caliber 29JanUpdate: BRANCHBURG -- The Virginia man who allegedly had an arsenal of weapons and a map of a U.S. Army base stashed in motel room when he was arrested earlier this week appeared today in federal court, where authorities charged him with being a convicted felon in possession of weapons. It was the second court appearance this week for Woodson, who deserted the Navy in 1989 and was on the run for eight years. Full Story: http://www.newsrunner.com/display-article/?eUrl=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.nj.com%2Fnews%2Findex.ssf%2F2010%2F01%2Fvirginia_man_with_weapons_cach_2.html&eSrc=NJ.com&eTitle=Virginia+man+accused+of+having+weapons+cache+in+N.J.+motel+makes+first+court+appearance 27th Jan update: Forrest said the rifle Woodson was carrying had a defaced serial number and had been altered to fire .50-caliber ammunition. When detectives later searched his room at the Red Mill Inn in Branchburg, they seized another Bushmaster .308-caliber semiautomatic rifle with a defaced serial number, a 37 mm Cobray grenade launcher, a second bulletproof vest, a Russian-made night vision scope, a police scanner, maps of a U.S. military facility and hundreds of rounds of .50-caliber and .308-caliber ammunition. They also found a Middle Eastern-style headdress, according to CNN *************** 1st question: how does one convert a .223 to .50? Just located the answer: http://www.safetyharborfirearms.com/UltraMag_50/ultramag_50.html 2nd question: do you need a class III for a grenade launcher? ******************************* Man Arrested After Weapons, Map of U.S. Military Facility Seized From N.J. Motel Room Tuesday , January 26, 2010 Authorities in central New Jersey seized a cache of weapons and ammunition including rifles, a grenade launcher and a night vision scope from the motel room of a Virginia man arrested early Monday by officers responding to a report of a suspicious person, MyFoxDC.com reported. Somerset County Prosecutor Wayne Forrest said Lloyd R. Woodson, 43, of Reston, Va., also had maps of a U.S. military facility and a town in another state. A judge set Woodson's bail Tuesday at $75,000. Forrest said Woodson was wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying a semiautomatic Bushmaster rifle concealed under his green, military-style jacket when officers encountered him at a Quick Chek store in Branchburg shortly before 4 a.m. Monday. As officers started to question him, Woodson fled on foot toward a nearby trailer park, Forrest said. Officers found him hiding in some bushes and tackled him when he tried to run away again. The officers used pepper spray to subdue him. Forrest said the .223-caliber assault rifle that Woodson was carrying had a defaced serial number and had been altered to fire .50-caliber ammunition. Detectives later searched the room where Woodson had been staying at the Red Mill Inn in Branchburg. Forrest said they seized another Bushmaster .308-caliber semiautomatic rifle with a defaced serial number, a 37 mm Cobray grenade launcher, a second bulletproof vest, a Russian-made night vision scope, a police scanner, a map of a U.S. military installation and a map of an out-of-state civilian community, a Middle Eastern red and white colored traditional headdress and hundreds of rounds of .50-caliber and .308-caliber ammunition. Woodson is being held at the Somerset County Jail on numerous charges, including unlawful possession of weapons, possession of prohibited weapons, obstruction of justice and resisting arrest. A judge set Woodson's bail at $75,000. Forrest said investigators from the FBI and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have joined the investigation. The FBI issued a statement: "Presently, there does not appear to be a link to terrorism; Woodson does not appear to have a link to any known terrorist groups, nor a specific terrorist plot. However, the matter is still under investigation and these should only be considered preliminary findings. It is possible that Mr. Woodson could face federal gun charges, but that has yet to be determined. At this time, the matter is being worked as a state case out of the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office." Authorities in New Jersey say Woodson's last known address is on Generation Drive in Reston. On Monday night, Fox 5 went to that neighborhood, but residents we spoke with did not recognize Woodson's photograph. Police ask anyone with information to contact Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-8477.