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Bank robbery charges dismissed, but 70-year-old man held

Posted at 12:09 PM, Apr 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-20 12:09:06-04

A 70-year-old man is expected to remain behind bars despite a decision by a federal judge to dismiss charges that he robbed three northern Michigan banks.

The Traverse City Record-Eagle reports a judge in Traverse City set a $100,000 bond Thursday on an unrelated possession of a stun gun charge.

William Minore told the court the high bond is "ridiculous."

The robberies occurred in 2015 and 2016 in Empire and Lake Ann, small towns west of Traverse City.

Authorities say he distracted police with phony reports of crimes, including a school shooting.

The charges in that case were dismissed Wednesday in Grand Rapids.

Minore denies the allegations and says someone set him up.

Leelanau County prosecutors, who initially pursued a bank robbery case against Minore, could take it up again.