Homeless man faces prison for false bomb threat at hospital.

April 29, 2019

Homeless man faces prison for false bomb threat at hospital.


By Allison Scarbrough, Editor

LUDINGTON – A 55-year-old homeless man who was arrested by the Ludington Police Department for allegedly making a false bomb threat in the emergency room admitting area of Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital has been arraigned in 79th District Court.

Richard William Kuehler is charged with a felony of “false report or threat of terrorism,” said Magistrate Glenn Jackson III. The maximum penalty for a conviction is 20 years in prison.

Kuehler is lodged in the Mason County Jail on a $50,000/10 percent bond and is scheduled for a preliminary exam May 15 at 11:15 a.m.

“It was very quickly determined it was false,” said Ludington Police Chief Mark Barnett. There was no evacuation from the building. “There was no danger,” he said. The incident occurred Sunday, April 28, shortly before 3 a.m.

“He told admitting staff he had a bomb,” the chief said in an apparent attempt at expediting medical services.

Kuehler was also arrested on a bench warrant issued in Oceana County’s 78th District Court.

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