Man who allegedly threatened school shooting waives hearing

By Ed Lewis - [email protected]
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WILKES-BARRE — A Mountain Top man who allegedly left threatening voicemails about a major shooting at Rice Elementary School waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Luzerne County Central Court on Thursday.

Rice Township police say Michael John Pac Jr., 30, of Van Avenue, Nuangola, left three voicemails at a residence on Rebel Hill Road on Aug. 17 and 18. The homeowners retrieved the voicemails when they returned home from vacation, court records say.

The first message was inaudible but the second and third voicemails referenced threats toward the elementary school, police said.

Police traced the calls to Pac, who allegedly admitted to leaving the messages because he was “bored.” Pac claimed he randomly called a phone number for the Mountain Top area.

The suspect now faces trial on two counts of terroristic threats, and one count each of bomb threats, harassment and disorderly conduct.

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By Ed Lewis

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