Mountain Top Man To Stand Trial Over School Threats
WILKES-BARRE — A Mountain Top man accused of threatening to blow up Rice Elementary School and warning of a “major shooting” on the first day of class will stand trial on terroristic threat charges.
Michael John Pac Jr., 30, of 218 Van Ave., Nuangola, on Thursday waived his right to a preliminary hearing, allowing the charges against him to move forward to Luzerne County court. Pac is charged with making bomb threats, terroristic threats, harassment and disorderly conduct.
According to prosecutors, Pac went online and looked up a random number by searching for people in Mountain Top, then called the number and left several threatening messages.
In one call, Pac talked about blowing up the school, while in another he issued a warning: “Rice Elementary. Major shooting will occur on the first day,” prosecutors said.
The Wright Twp. family, which has two children enrolled at Rice Elementary, got the voice messages when they returned from vacation Aug. 18. Pac was arrested Aug. 27, the first day of school.
During questioning, Pac admitted making “bad” phone calls one night while he was bored and drinking a beer, police said.
Court records show that Pac posted his $75,000 bail through a bondsman the day after his arrest.
He is due back in court for his next hearing Nov. 2.