Frustrated Garrison Man Charged With Threatening Utility
No one was more frustrated than Putnam Sheriff Don Smith following the freak Halloween weekend storm, or so he thought. The county’s chief lawman lost power to his home in Kent for an entire week.
On Tuesday the sheriff reported the arrest of a Garrison man who, after losing power for six days due to downed wires and utility poles, allegedly sent threatening messages to Central Hudson Gas and Electric Company indicating he would take employees hostage if the electric service to his home on Adrienne Lane was not restored.
Walter Barrett, 57, was charged with aggravated harassment and, following arraignment in Kent Town Court was released without bail pending a Wednesday hearing in Philipstown.
Sheriff Smith told the PCN&R: “Frustrations reached the boiling point for many of us in Putnam County when the power was interrupted for days on end. However we cannot take our frustrations out on those who are working around the clock to try to restore power and right wrong. This was a very difficult situation. The message to be learned is no matter how frustrated we may become, as civilized human beings we must always work within the law.”