Danny Wire
Danny Wire

A York City man accused of threatening to blow up three York County police stations told a detective he made the threats because he's psychotic, according to charging documents.

Danny Lynn Wire, 59, of 259 E. King St., remains in York County Prison, charged with three counts each of threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction and risking a catastrophe, and one count of making a terroristic threat causing serious public inconvenience. All three offenses are third-degree felonies.

He also is charged with a second-degree misdemeanor count of reckless endangerment.

Locked up: Wire, who sometimes goes by "Michael," was arraigned Thursday by District Judge David Eshbach, who set bail at $200,000, according to police.

Wire threatened to blow up the Northern York County Regional police station, the Springettsbury Township police station and the Pennsylvania State Police barracks in York, police allege.

"We took the threats seriously," Northern Regional Lt. David Lash said. "We actually had an officer doing periodic checks of the buildings and grounds ... until such time as we could take (Wire) into custody.

"There's no indication he had any explosives or was capable of carrying out an attack," according to Lash.

Called news agency: According to charging documents, Wire called York Newspaper Co.'s circulation department on Tuesday and said he had information that there was a man who had a woman tied up in the back of his car, but that Northern Regional Police let him go.

He called back later and said he would plant a bomb at that police station as "revenge," and also said something to the effect of, "Take my word, by the end of the week I will take all the regional cops out," his arrest affidavit alleges.

A circulation manager told police she believed the caller was trying to reach a news reporter, according to the affidavit.

New 'terrorist group': Wire also left a phone message with the circulation department, saying he was part of a new terrorist group based in Ireland, and saying he is upset at Springettsbury Township Police and with state police for not filing charges against three Springettsbury officers who have been accused in civil court of using excessive force, the affidavit states.

Wire's recorded message threatened to blow up all three stations, police allege.

Northern Regional and Springettsbury Township police tracked him down using his phone number and he was arrested Thursday in York City, police said.

When asked why he left the threatening message, Wire said he did it because he's psychotic, his charging documents allege.

-- Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.