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West Olive man arraigned on terrorism charge

By Audra Gamble/The Holland Sentinel • Jan 22, 2018 at 8:15 PM

WEST OLIVE — A West Olive man has been arraigned on a terrorism charge following a standoff late last week in Olive Township.

Ryan Charles Dime, 31, was arrested by the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office after deputies and a tactical unit stopped his vehicle at about 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, on 120th Avenue near Polk Street. Dime surrendered peacefully about a half-hour later after talking to a Sheriff’s Office negotiator.

The standoff began after the Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into a domestic violence matter on Jan. 18 at Dime’s West Olive residence, where Dime allegedly became threatening over a child custody case. Dime threatened police officers, family members and Child Protective Services workers, police said.

When police stopped Dime’s vehicle the next day, they found multiple weapons in the vehicle, but no firearms.

The roadway was closed for about an hour during the standoff.

Dime has been charged with making threats of terrorism and being a fourth-offense habitual offender. He was arraigned in front of Judge Craig Bunce late Friday in Grand Haven District Court, where his bond was set at $40,000 cash surety. He is currently in custody at the Ottawa County Jail.

Dime has several former criminal charges on his record in Ottawa County, including guilty pleas for being a felon in possession of a weapon and threatening a Family Independence Agency employee in 2017. He also has pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace, driving with an invalid license, and using marijuana between 2010 and 2014.

Making threats of terrorism is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $20,000. Because Dime is listed as a fourth-offense habitual offender and the original charge has a maximum of more than 15 years in prison, he is facing up to a sentence of life in prison if he is convicted.

Dime will appear in the 58th District Court in Grand Haven for a probable cause conference on Thursday, Jan. 25.

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