Man charged with pipe bombing in Michigan has been detained

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BAY CITY, Michigan (AP) – A 75-year-old man from northern Michigan who was accused of planting pipe bombs in front of two phone shops was detained pending trial on Friday.

John D. Allen of Whittemore waived his right to a prison hearing in Bay City, MLive.com reported. U.S. District Court judge Patricia T. Morris asked Allen if he agreed not to hold the hearing. He replied, “Maybe at a later date, if that were possible.”

Allen also waived his right to a preliminary examination.

Allen was charged Tuesday with extortion and attempted demolition of buildings. His arrest came after phone shops in Sault Ste. Marie and Cheboygan.

“Allen stated that he created and planted the letters and bombs because he was dissatisfied with all the immoral content, including pornography, on the phones and on cable TV,” the FBI said in a court file.


Handcuffs were also in boxes with the pipe bombs. “HJ” and “Handcuffs Johnny” were on the boxes that apparently referred to Allen, said the FBI. Nobody was hurt.

Allen is also accused of writing letters found on communication towers across Michigan’s upper peninsula last month. The letters contained threats and claimed to be from the “Coalition for Moral Telecommunications”.

Defense attorney Stevens J. Jacobs and Assistant Attorney General J. Michael Buckley called on the court on Friday for Allen to undergo a psychiatric examination to assess his criminal liability.


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