Man faces trial on threats to judge, chief
RON GOWER/TIMES NEWS Officer Tim Wuttke of the Nesquehoning Police Department leads William Campbell, 51, of Stroudsburg, from the office of District Judge Casimir Kosciolek in Lansford. Campbell is facing charges of threatening a Carbon County Judge, Nesquehoning Chief of Police Sean Smith, and Smith's family.
A Stroudsburg man who allegedly threatened a Carbon County judge, Nesquehoning Chief of Police Sean Smith, and Smith's family, waived a preliminary hearing on the charges to Carbon County Court.
William Campbell, 51, of Elm Street, was scheduled to have the hearing before District Judge Casimir Kosciolek in Lansford. Instead, he agreed to have the case heard in Carbon County Court.
Individuals facing criminal hearings have the right to skip the hearing process and have the cases forwarded to court.
Campbell is currently being lodged in the Carbon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $250,000 bail. He faces charges of terroristic threats and retaliation against a prosecutor or judicial official.
The arresting officer is patrolman Timothy Wuttke of the Nesquehoning Police Department.
Wuttke filed the charges against Campbell on July 24 after hearing a message on the police station answering machine.
According to the affidavit, Campbell allegedly left a message directed to Chief Smith during which he is quoted as saying, "I'm calling to let you know how lucky you are that your (sic) still alive. I gave you life, o.k. Either you or your wife and kids, whatever I was gonna either take you out or take out your wife and kids to let you see what is like to go without, ok."
It adds, "and tell Judge Webb he's been lucky too because I gave him life."
Wuttke says in the affidavit that he called Campbell and asked him what the message meant.
"He said that it means exactly what it says, that he was going to kill both Chief Smith and Judge Webb and he wants to let them know that he is giving them life."
Campbell allegedly told Wuttke that the threats were apparently due to a PFA (protection from abuse order) filed against him in the Carbon County court.