Suspect Arrested In Crestwood Bomb Threat Investigation
CRESTWOOD SENIOR Richard Michael Seiwell was arrested last week on several charges related to bomb threats at the Crestwood High and Middle schools. Siewell is shown being escorted into the magistarte’s office by Officer Dave Winsock. LUZERNE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY Stephanie Salavantis addressed the media following the arrest of Crestwood senior Richard Michael Siewell on charges related to bomb threats as Wright Twp. Chief Royce Engelr looked on.

Richard Michael Seiwell, an 18 year-old Crestwood High School senior from Alberdeen Road, was arraigned before District  Magisterial Justice Ronald W. Swank on Wednesday, May 15th, on multiple charges relating to bomb and poison threats in the Crestwood High School.

Wright Township Police Sergeant Scott Rozitski and Patrolman Brian Macko filed a total of 12 charges against the student stemming from incidents on April 18 and May 9. The Charges do not include a bomb threat discovered in the Middle School on May 8.

The teenager faces 2 Felony counts of Weapons of Mass Destruction –Threaten to Place or Set; 2 counts of Terroristic Threats; 2 counts of False Alarms to Agency of Public Safety; 1 count of False Report –Falsely Incriminate Another; 1 count of Intimidate a Witness/Victim; and two counts each of Vandalism of an Educational Facility, and Criminal Mischief.

As Judge Swank advised the defendant of the charges against him, Seiwell stood with his hands cuffed behind him. He respectfully addressed the justice as “Sir,” in contrast with the defiance exhibited during interviews according to court documents.

Wright Township authorities, in conjunction with District Attorney  Stefanie J. Salavantis, and Crestwood High School Principal  Chris Gegaris representing Superintendent David McLaughlin-Smith, urged the judge to confine the defendant until his Preliminary Hearing, set for Wednesday, May 22.

DA Salavantis stated, “Your Honorwe have a legitimate concern for the safety of our community.” She asked Gegaris to speak from his “first hand” experience with the young man. He reported, “Without question, the defendant is a threat to Crestwood High School, all of the people in it and the extended community around it.”

Wright Township Ptlm. Macko

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