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November 17, 2012

Beverly police say woman threatened to kill officers, bomb buildings

BEVERLY — A tense, two-day investigation that forced lockdowns at Beverly Hospital and the Beverly Public Library ended with the arrest of a woman who had threatened to kill police officers and firefighters and blow up public buildings.

Ashley Galvin, 20, of 15 Broadway in Beverly, was taken into custody Thursday afternoon after police officers confronted her at the library. Galvin admitted to sending the threatening emails due to “perceived unjust treatment” from police, fire and hospital workers over the last few months, police said.

Galvin was charged with 10 counts of threats to kill, 10 counts of threats of extortion, and one count each of threatening to bomb a police station, fire station and library. She was arraigned yesterday in Salem District Court and ordered held without bail by Judge Robert Brennan until a hearing Friday to determine if she is too dangerous to be released.

The ordeal began Wednesday at about 11 a.m. when several Beverly police officers received threatening emails from a Gmail account, police said.

The emails targeted nine officers, including Police Chief Mark Ray, threatening to kill them and damage police vehicles. About 90 minutes later, another email warned the same officers that Beverly Hospital was “on the list to be blown up.”

The suspect identified him or herself as a “frequent flyer” with the police and hospital and said, “i have so much anger towards you people.” It also said the suspect was close to the police station and would know if any officers came out.

Police immediately notified Beverly Hospital of the threat. Hospital spokesman Gerald Mackillop said the hospital went into a “soft lockdown,” which means all doors except the main entrance were locked.

At 3 p.m., a third email demanded that each officer bring $100 in an envelope with their name on it to the Beverly Public Library on Essex Street between 8 p.m. and 8 a.m. The officers were instructed to leave the envelopes behind the book drop in the parking lot.

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