WILKES-BARRE — An Edwardsville police officer and the borough council president testified Thursday they heard Fred Polisky threaten to kill an officer.
But Polisky, 68, of Zerby Avenue, Edwardsville, said he never made such a threat.
Polisky appeared Thursday for a preliminary hearing in Wilkes-Barre before District Judge Martin Kane, who forwarded a single count of terroristic threats to Luzerne County Court.
The proceeding was moved to Kane from District Judge Paul Roberts, who handles civil and criminal cases in Kingston and Edwardsville, due to a conflict of interest with the District Attorney’s Office.
Assistant District Attorney Mamie Phillips said Roberts was a victim in an unrelated case she prosecuted in 2013.
Edwardsville police said Polisky arrived at a borough council meeting on April 10 and during public comment addressed council about receiving a letter from attorney Mark Mack. The letter advised Polisky to “stop and desist” harassing certain police officers.
Officer John Fronzoni and Council President John Stochla said Polisky verbally threatened to kill officer Michael Lehman if Lehman stepped onto his property.
“He said if Michael Lehman steps foot on his property, he would kill him,” Stochla testified.
He said Polisky also said he wanted to “body slam” officer Ryan Mohovich, which Stochla said he took as a joke.
Fronzoni said Polisky made derogatory comments about Lehman before saying he would kill Lehman. Fronzoni spoke to Polisky outside council chambers and told Polisky he can’t be making threatening statements toward anyone.
“I asked Fred, ‘Is that a warning or a promise?’ and he said, ‘I promise to kill him,’ ” Fronzoni said.
Polisky’s attorney, Michael C. Kostelaba, asked Fronzoni what was the crime his client committed.
“I would say a threat of committing homicide,” Fronzoni replied.
After the hearing, Polisky said he made no such threat. He is free on $15,000 bail.
Court records indicate the District Attorney’s Office withdrew charges of harassment, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct against Polisky on May 22, 2008, after he was arrested for allegedly punching Edwardsville officer Ian Byczek during a disturbance on Zerby Avenue on May 20, 2007.