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Fruitport man turns himself in after making terrorist threats in court

During his Probable Cause Conference, Daniel Callahan, 59, of Fruitport, turned himself in at Kent County 61st District Court on a $500,000 bond with a GPS tether. He was charged with threatening gun violence over the course of his appeal in a separate case against the State of Michigan.  

On February 15, while appearing before the Michigan Court of Appeals 3rd District Court in Grand Rapids for a separate issue, Callahan expressed frustration with the government by asking on the record, “What is it going to take, somebody to get shot before the State acts on it?” On February 23, Callahan filed a pleading in the same case, stating that if the Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court did not act lawfully, they and other entities would earn a “future Performance Award for MSU Stage Act 2, West Michigan 2023.” 

Callahan was arrested on March 4 on the following charges: 

• False Report or Threat of Terrorism and Computers, a 20-year felony.

• Using a Computer to Commit, a maximum 20-year felony. 


Ex-Detroit officer sentenced in towing bribery scheme

DETROIT (AP) — A former Detroit police officer has been sentenced to two years and three months in prison for his role in a bribery conspiracy intended to break rules and steer cars to a favored towing company.

Daniel Vickers' sentence was announced this week by the U.S. Attorney's office in Detroit.

Vickers and former Detroit police Lt. John F. Kennedy agreed to accept money and other items from a towing company in exchange for towing service referrals, according to the government.

The evidence included secretly recorded phone conversations in which referrals were made to a towing company that was not on the police department's rotation list. It can be lucrative work: Towing companies can charge storage fees until a car is claimed and even sell a vehicle at auction after a certain period.

Vickers, 54, accepted more than $3,400 in payments from a towing company in 2018, authorities said.

Kennedy at one point commanded the police department's Public Integrity Unit. He accepted nearly $15,000 in bribes. The government said he was supposed to be investigating the towing company. Kennedy pleaded guilty last summer to the bribery conspiracy and faces an April 18 sentencing.

Six people have been charged as part of the federal government's investigation.

City Councilman Andre Spivey pleaded guilty in 2021 to accepting $36,000 in bribes related to oversight of towing policy. Spivey resigned.

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