WILKES-BARRE — Richard Seiwell, accused of writing bomb threats on the Crestwood High School bathroom wall in 2013 and of running a mobile methamphetamine lab near the Dorrance Township municipal building in 2014, pleaded no contest to the first charge and guilty to the second Monday morning.
According to the police affidavit there were three threats in two schools: “Bomb in school” was found written in a high school bathroom stall April 18, 2013, and above a middle school urinal on May 8 that year, while “Ricin is in the school” was found on the back of a stall door in a high school bathroom.
Police questioning led to Seiwell, who initially denied involvement, claimed he was in the “underground” in the school and would let them know if he heard anything, and refused to take a lie detector test on religious grounds, according to the affidavit filed by Wright Township police on May 15, 2013.
Eight months later, in January 2014, Seiwell landed in trouble again when, according to Pennsylvania State Police, a secretary in the Dorrance Township Municipal building saw two vehicles parking to the side of the building.
When police arrived and approached the vehicles they found Joseph Estok, of Wright Township, and Seiwell, of Dorrance Township, inside Estok’s vehicle. Police say they found methamphetamine on Seiwell and equipment for making meth in Seiwell’s vehicle.
According to the affidavit, Seiwell initially implicated Estok in the alleged meth lab. Seiwell later told police he lied and said the equipment was solely his and that Estok had not been involved in making meth. Estok has not been charged.
Seiwell entered his pleas before Luzerne County Judge Fred Pierantoni, who set sentencing for Oct. 14.