Beverly, Mass. woman arraigned for threatening emails

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November 16, 2012, 10:17 pm
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(NECN: Alysha Palumbo, Beverly, Mass.) - Beverly Police have been on alert this week after at least nine officers in the department – including the chief - received threatening emails starting Wednesday morning.

"The e-mail stated that police officers were going to be killed," Beverly Police Officer David Costa said.

A second round of emails midday from the same Gmail account sent Beverly Hospital into lock down for 24 hours.

"This one mentioned the possibility of blowing up the hospital," Costa explained.

The deputy fire chief got the next email with a similar threat.

"He was going to be killed and the fire station was going to be blown up, and that point she had been making demands to have us pay to not have this happen," said Officer Costa.

The e-mail demanded that each officer leave $100 in an envelope behind the book drop box at the Beverly Public Library by 8 a.m. Thursday. Instead police set up surveillance, and found a young woman named Ashley Galvin dropping off a book and watching the drop box suspiciously.

"She just said she was waiting for the library to open so there wasn’t much we could do at that point," said Costa.

The emails continued – this time with an attachment.

"It happened to have a picture of the library attached to it," said Officer Costa, "and she said, 'Do you know where this is? I’m about to burn this building down, hope you can get here quick enough.'"

Police rushed to the library and in the process of locking it down, Galvin walked in.

"As we were securing the building, she walks in, sees the police presence and tries to walk out, but at that point the detectives recognized her from the morning and questioned her," Costa said.

Police say Galvin had the exact picture of the library that had been emailed to them on her phone and she admitted to everything.

Library Director Pat Cirone said once they found out what was going on it was a little unsettling, but they’re glad police caught Galvin.

"It was a regular library user as far as we know she had nothing against the library, it’s our understanding it was probably in a sense a cry for attention or a cry for help," said Cirone.
 
Ashley Galvin was arraigned Friday and is being held for a dangerousness hearing next week. Galvin faces ten counts of threatening to kill, ten counts of threatening extortion, and one count each of threatening to bomb a police state, fire station and hospital.

Police say they have had some dealings with Galvin in the past, mostly related to medical issues. They say it appears Galvin's motive was that she was unhappy with the treatment she had received from police, fire, EMS personnel and the hospital and this was her way of getting back at them.

Police say they don't believe she had the means to carry out the threats but they had to take them seriously.

They say she also tried to send e-mails to Governor Deval Patrick, Lt. Governor Tim Murray, President Barack Obama and the FBI, but police say those e-mails bounced back.

Tags: massachusetts, police , Beverly, Alysha Palumbo, threats, death threats , emails, bomb threats, Ashley Galvin
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