EXCLUSIVE REPORT: A Ho-Ho-Kus man who caused a pair of mid-90s blackouts that affected more than 32,000 Bergen County customers is accused of storing up his own excrement and shooting it at his neighbor’s house in a dispute over a heating pipe.
News of the Wednesday arrest of William J. Krywos, 42, were first reported here exclusively yesterday.
More details emerged this morning.
“There is a pipe on his neighbor’s house that emits a little bit of steam,” Krywos’s attorney, Frank Lucianna, told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “It’s connected with his heating system.”
After getting into a dispute over the pipe with his 47-year-old Duncan Road neighbor, authorities allege, Krywos used some type of launcher to fire it at the man’s house and backyard swing set.
“This is only an allegation by the state,” Lucianna said today. “Under no circumstances does Mr. Krywos admit to these allegations.”
Authorities originally charged Krywos with two first-degree counts of illegally disseminating hazardous waste and a third-degree child endangerment charge.
Two weeks ago, Superior Court Judge James J. Guida dismissed the first-degree charges, saying that the statutes applied were intended to be used against terrorists. The judge set a Sept. 8 trial date on the child endangerment count.
This week, Ho-Ho-Kus police returned to Krywos’s home with a search warrant. They found two vats of feces, which they photographed, and re-arrested Krywos on stalking and criminal mischief charges charges.
Krywos posted $15,000 bail and was released from the Bergen County Jail yesterday. He’s due back in court in Hackensack on May 18.
Psychological evaluations have concluded that the community college dropout isn’t a danger to himself or to others, authorities have said. He has collected disability much of his adult life and has taken on odd jobs for neighbors, according to Lucianna.
Described at the time as intelligent but neurologically impaired and emotionally disturbed, Krywos received probation and was fined $700 in 1996 after admitting that he switched off electricity to tens of thousands of utility customers during five break-ins at PSE&G substations in Paramus and Waldwick three years earlier.
Those affected included the Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, the Paramus Park Mall and individual homes and businesses in Ho-Ho-Kus, Midland Park, Ridgewood, Saddle River and Waldwick. Traffic lights and police communications were affected, as well. No injuries were reported.
Police also charged Krywos with possession of an unexploded pipe bomb that they said was planted near the annual Lions Club carnival outside Waldwick High School.
Krywos, whose late father had been vice president and chief chemist for United-Guardian Inc. in Saddle Brook, has been charged with at least five other felonies since then — and was convicted of making threats in 2004 after being charged with arson, stalking and criminal attempt, records show.
MUGSHOT: Courtesy BERGEN COUNTY SHERIFF
CLIFFVIEW PILOT Courthouse Reporter Mary K. Miraglia contributed to this story.
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