WRIGHT TWP. - An 18-year-old former student at Crestwood High School accused of making threats against the school waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday.
Richard M. Seiwell, of Alberdeen Road, waived two counts each of bomb threats, false alarm to agency of public safety, institutional vandalism, criminal mischief and terroristic threats, and one count each of intimidation of a witness and false reports to Luzerne County Court.
Wright Township police allege Seiwell had written on the restroom wall “bomb in school” on April 18. Students were evacuated from the building and were later sent home.
No bomb was found after a search.
On May 8, a middle school student reported another “bomb in school” sign in a boy’s restroom. The school was evacuated and no bomb was found.
A student on May 9 reported a sign that read, “Ricin is in the school” was on the back of a bathroom stall door. The school was evacuated and no toxic chemicals were found.
Police received an anonymous tip on May 9 identifying Seiwell as making the threats. Police obtained writing samples from on of Seiwell’s teachers and found matches in style, according to the criminal complaint.
Seiwell was arrested from the school’s cafeteria on May 15. He remains free on $25,000 bail.
A formal arraignment is scheduled in county court on Sept. 27.