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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Man Accused of Threatening to Blow Up
BRMC, Church Waives Hearing

The Bradford man charged for threatening staff at Bradford Regional Medical Center three times, and also for threatening to blow up a church has waived his preliminary hearings.

On the morning of March 2 39-year-old Richard Lewis interrupted a service at Grace Lutheran Church on Mechanic Street by shouting that he was going to blow up the church, according to papers provided to WESB by District Judge Dominic Cercone's office. Several parishioners were able to get him into a private area of the church, and then took him to BRMC. At the hospital, he was screaming profanities, threatening to kill the staff and also threatening to blow up the hospital.

Then on the afternoon of March 8 he went to the emergency room and again threatened to blow up the hospital. He also threatened to rip off Dr. Roger LaRoche’s limbs.

A third incident at the hospital landed Lewis in jail. His bail is a total of $90,000.

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