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Hazleton man charged with threatening DA

February 16. 2013 6:30PM

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HAZLETON – A city man was charged Tuesday night with directing threats at Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis.

Sean Donahue, 43, of Cleveland Street, was arraigned before District Judge Joseph Zola on a misdemeanor charge of terroristic threats and a summary charge of harassment.

Donahue was lodged at the Luzerne County Correctional Facility for lack of $100,000 bail. He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Aug. 29 before Zola.

According to the criminal complaint fled by Hazleton Detective Lt. Kenneth Zipovsky, on Aug. 17 Donahue sent an email to Salavantis.

The district attorney notified police she was concerned and alarmed about the threats made, and she believed they were directed toward her.

Police said Donahue threatened to engage in a gunfight with police officers if the district attorney did not do as he wanted and made "not-so-veiled" threats that people would be killed if he did not get the actions he demanded.

Several other emails were sent to Salavantis after the initial email.

Salavantis said Wednesday she could not comment on the allegations because she is the victim in the case.

The email sent to Salavantis on Aug. 17 was also sent by Donahue to several media outlets, North Penn Legal services, the FBI and several local legislators.

In the letter, Donahue talks about injustices by Hazleton Career Link and Hazleton police he allegedly endured. Donahue alleges he is being ignored over complaints made as a result of being "threatened" by city police and Career Link workers.

"This is illegal. This is harassment. This is official oppression … . I will ring the bell that is heard around the world and your summary denial of my rights will be physically challenged," Donahue wrote. "I will not stand there and die at the hands of a corporal of any other officers in a firing line intended to keep me from using my rights. Give me liberty or give me death, but not necessarily my own!"

Donahue, in the two-and-a-half-page letter, also requests that the county sheriff give him access to a locker of weapons, as well as the FBI providing him with a bullet-proof vest and other gear.

"The FBI may ship the Kevlar items and accompanying webbing and vest vis UPS. It may not include electronic surveillance devices. I forbid it," Donahue wrote. "The sheriff may deliver two weapons and associated equipment and ammunition."

Donahue says one weapon must be a black rifle and the other a .45-caliber pistol.

"The sheriff must grant me an exception, allowing me to jog and walk the streets with gear and weapons when I leave the house and all law enforcement must be told to stay away from me," he wrote.

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