Philadel­phia man in­dicted on charges he threat­ened Le­high County of­fi­cials

The Morning Call - - LOCAL NEWS - By Peter Hall Morn­ing Call re­porter Peter Hall can be reached at 610-8206581 or [email protected]

Al­len­town — A Philadel­phia man who al­legedly threat­ened Le­high County of­fi­cials in a se­ries of tele­phone mes­sages this sum­mer has been in­dicted in fed­eral court.

Sa­muel S. Meeker, 37, is charged in U.S. Dis­trict Court in Al­len­town with four counts of in­ter­state com­mu­ni­ca­tion of threats, which carry a max­i­mum sen­tence of five years in prison.

Meeker, who was ar­rested in Au­gust and ini­tially charged in Le­high County Court with mak­ing ter­ror­is­tic threats, has been held with­out bail since he was ar­raigned in fed­eral court Aug. 26.

Court doc­u­ments say Meeker left voice­mail mes­sages July 22 and Aug. 9 at the Le­high County Gov­ern­ment Cen­ter in which he al­legedly threat­ened a county so­lic­i­tor with force if she did not pay him a set­tle­ment in a pur­ported law­suit.

In the first of the mes­sages, Meeker ac­cused of­fi­cials in Le­high, Northamp­ton County and Al­len­town of be­ing com­plicit in a con­spir­acy to mur­der his fa­ther, ac­cord­ing to court records. In the sec­ond, Meeker al­legedly said he wanted Le­high County “swept from the map,” and to­tally de­stroyed by geno­cide.

When U.S. Mar­shals at­tempted to ar­rest him, Meeker bar­ri­caded him­self in his Philadel­phia apart­ment, pros­e­cu­tors said in a mo­tion seek­ing his de­ten­tion pend­ing trial.

U.S. Mag­is­trate Judge Henry S. Perkin noted in a de­ten­tion order that Meeker has a lengthy crim­i­nal record, in­clud­ing five con­vic­tions of mis­de­meanor drug charges, theft, tres­pass­ing and crim­i­nal mis­chief, stem­ming from an in­ci­dent last year in­volv­ing his el­derly fa­ther’s prop­erty.

Perkin also noted Meeker owns three guns that the FBI was un­able to lo­cate.

Meeker is rep­re­sented by fed­eral de­fender James J. McHugh Jr., who could not be reached Fri­day.

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