Royal Oak man arraigned on charges of making church bomb threats
Rochester Hills — A Royal Oak man was arraigned Sunday on charges related to bomb threats atnine churches in Royal Oak on Friday, authorities said.
Adam Laird, 33, was arraigned by Magistrate Clement Waldmann of 52/3 District Court on eight counts of false report or threat of terrorism, a felony that carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison, Royal Oak police said in a statement. Laird also was charged with one count of malicious use of telecommunications, a misdemeanor, which carries a penalty of up to six months in jail.
Laird was being held at the Oakland County Jail, police said.
Bond was set at $500,000, no 10%, police said. His next court appearance is scheduled at 9 a.m. Oct. 14 before Judge Derek Meinecke of 44th District Court in Royal Oak.
Laird was arrested Friday after allegedly sending bomb threats to nine churches in Royal Oak earlier that day, police said.
The houses of worship reported receiving the emailed threats between 12:28 p.m. and 2:53 p.m. on Oct. 4 and immediately called police, city officials said in a statement.
According to the release, those targeted were: First Congregational Church, St. Mary Catholic Church, Calvary Christian Church, Unity of Royal Oak, Central Oaks Community Church, Royal Oak First Methodist Church, Woodside Bible Church, Starr Presbyterian Church and St. John's Episcopal Church.
Royal Oak officers and detectives worked with the FBI. Within hours, their investigation led to the arrest of Laird, authorities said.