A 48-year-old Montrose man, who police say made a bomb threat against a Tunkhannock credit union last fall entered a guilty plea Friday to terroristic threats.
Craig Martin Bauer, of Valley Road, appeared before President Judge Russell Shurtleff in the Wyoming County Court of Common Pleas.
According to court records, at 2:53 p.m. on Sept. 20, 2018, the P&G Employees Federal Credit Union on Lane Hill Road received a phone call which stated “there is a bomb in the parking lot” and then the caller hung up the phone.
The bank was evacuated and employees assembled across the street with Lane Hill Road closed to traffic.
Police from Tunkhannock Township and Borough as well as the State Police searched the grounds and perimeter of the bank. Employees were then brought two at a time to look into their vehicles with police for anything that appeared suspicious.
Tunkhannock TownshipPolice Sgt. Robert Reimiller followed leads in the case for a week after doing a forensic search of the phone number behind the call to the credit union which also had calls on it to Bauer’s brother-in-law and father.
When initially confronted Bauer told police that he did not make the threatening call, and anyone could have made it on the phone which he said he left in his vehicle.
On Friday, Judge Shurtleff told Bauer that the felony terroristic threats charge carried a maximum penalty of seven years in prison and $15,000 in fines.
He is to be sentenced on Nov. 6.
Others entering guilty pleas before Judge Shurtleff:
*George Ronald Charney, 72, of Monroe Township, pleaded guilty to criminal solicitation/prostitution on Aug. 16, 2018.
*John Jay Dalton, 55, of Nicholson, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance on Oct. 2, 2018.
*Alyssa M. Duffy, 30, of Clarks Summit, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance on July 11.
*Leo Joseph Harvey II, 44, of Dushore, pleaded guilty to DUI on May 2.
*Kelly Annette Jones, 51, of Wilkes-Barre, pleaded guilty to theft by deception on July 7, 2018.
*Octavier Michael Kaufman, 25, of Noxen, pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance on April9.
*Steven Andrew Lane, 31, of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on March 20.
*Skylar Allen Latini, 23, of Wyalusing, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Dec. 23, 2018.
*Sarah Sue Paddleford, 40 of Tunkhannock, pleaded guilty to criminal conspiracy to commit delivery of a controlled substance on May 9, 2018; and to possession of drug paraphernalia on Aug. 23, 2018. She was immediately sentenced to Treatment Court Intermediate Punishment of 30 months, commencing with 90 days house arrest and a $500 fine for the May 9 case; and 12 months intermediate punishment commencing with 90 days house arrest and a $500 fine for the Aug. 23 case. The IP sentences were to be served concurrently and the house arrests were to be served consecutively.
*David John Pilcavage, 46, of Plymouth, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance, second offense, on Oct. 15, 2018.
*Dylan Scott Rust, 24, of Hoffman Estates, Ill., pleaded guilty to DUI on May 18.
*Genevieve Victoria Toole, 39, of Scranton, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance on Dec. 27, 2018.
*Ashley Nicole Turner, 22, of Forkston Township, pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia on Oct. 7, 2017; and to unauthorized use of automobiles and other vehicles on Nov. 26, 2018.
*Joshua David Tyler, 30, of Meshoppen, pleaded guilty to DUI, second offense, on June 15.
*Allen Leon Wilson III, 46, of Noxen, pleaded guilty to DUI of a controlled substance, second offense, on May 1, 2018.