Detective who worked on local bomb threats case honored for her service

OTTAWA COUNTY, MICH. - A local Ottawa County Sheriff's Department detective has been honored for her work on a bomb threats case that spanned over two years. 

Detective Kerri Cannata received the "Distinguished Service Medal Award" on Sunday. She was nominated following her extensive work on a case that spread over two-years.

The case involved "swatting calls" with bomb threats, murders and shootings, a threatening call to an FBI agent's home, and forced several schools and organizations to close down -- including Michigan State University, Western Michigan University, two local television stations and 3 major airports.

Det. Cannata spent hours tracking information in chat rooms, executing search warrants and tracking back hundreds of IP addresses and other information looking for the suspect. 

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The FBI said Cannata's work and skill was a major component that led directly to the identification and arrest of the suspect, who went by the name Ransom. He was based in the London England area. He was charged and convicted on terrorism-related charges. 

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April Stevens is a multi-platform producer at WZZM 13. Have a news tip? Email news@wzzm13.com, visit our Facebook page or Twitter.

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