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Ossining Woman Threatens to Jump Off Bridge w/ Kids

A woman's disturbing threats to a Con Ed employee had law enforcement on high alert this morning.

An Ossining woman told a Con Ed employee that she was going to take her kids and jump off the Bear Mountain Bridge this morning. Police say the woman made the statement after Con Ed cut off electricity to her home. The unidentified woman made the threat around 9:30 a.m.

"Her power was shut off. I guess she uttered statements to a Con Ed employee, which caused them to call us," said Ossining Police Lt. Michael McElroy.

After the Ossining Police Department was informed of the disturbing statements, they began investigating and simultaneously notified State Police.  State Police sent two patrols from their Cortlandt barracks to the Bear Mountain Bridge so they could be on the lookout for an emotionally disturbed person with children in a car.

After about an hour, police were able to locate the woman at her job in Ossining. After questioning her, and checking on the safety of her children at school, they found that she and her children were not at risk.

"She made some alarming statements to Con Ed. They contacted us. But apparently everyone is okay," said Ossining Police Lt. Michael McElroy.

Authorities say the woman will not be charged in connection with the incident.

Vegas July 31, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Thank you President Obama for our robust economy!
Joe Taxpayer July 31, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Hope and Change 2012
Chris Clement August 01, 2012 at 09:34 AM
How many time have we heard "I'll kill you!" uttered from one friend to another, from parent to child, etc. Used to mean absolutely nothing, whereas today it could be considered a threat. Good that police checked out woman's utterance to be on safe side. But that she could be charged, for what? If someone doesn't pay rent landlord must take tenants to court to evict them. Why can Con Ed just shut off a person's electric or gas without going to court? Utilities (gas, electric, water) are important for survival. These days a cell phone and designer sneakers are more important to people than paying their utility bills. Poor sense of priorities, in my opinion.
Eliz Frank August 01, 2012 at 10:25 AM
Charged for what? For expressing her frustration/desperation over such a terrible situation? She's a mom with young children, and having her electricity cut off means she can't even prepare a hot meal for them. With so many people struggling in our difficult economy, the high cost of gas and electricity, and the huge amounts Con Ed charges for their services, Con Ed really needs to find a more humane way to work with people who have no other way of paying their bill. My heart goes out to the lady, and I'm glad the Ossining police checked in to make sure she and her kids are okay.
NorthCountyHound August 01, 2012 at 01:17 PM
She should switch to Ambit for her energy. Much cheaper per KW.
Jim August 01, 2012 at 02:33 PM
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Charmae August 02, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Im just greatful to God that she didn't do what she said. In today's society people are so stressed out that they are giving up hope. Remember there is always hope. Con Edison is a very large company. They have a responsibility to their employees just as we as individual have a responsiblity to ourselves and our families. Too many people just don't know how or are unwilling to set priorities. It is possible that maybe she just doesn't earn enough money. We don't know all the circumstances. But, there is one thing I do know and that is Con Ed will work with you. As I forestated if there is a will there is a way. Don't ever give up HOPE.
AndYouWannaBeMyLatexSalesman August 02, 2012 at 05:49 AM
Yeah Con Ed will work with you... as will the banks, they're just like family. Don't give up call Con Ed after they cut off your power, tell them you're gonna jump the bridge and they'll make arrangements for you to get arrested. Con Ed will work with you????? Charmae, go sell crazy some where else we're all stocked up here. People are going to be dropping off that bridge like raindrops, get used to it.
Francis T McVetty August 02, 2012 at 12:49 PM
Chris, the utilities just don't shut off your service like that. You are jumping to conclusions. What could she be charged with , making unfounded threats against her children and wasting the time and resources of emergency workers. What if an incident happened and the police were off investigating this incident?
Chris Clement August 02, 2012 at 04:28 PM
@Francis T McVetty, who wrote "Chris, the utilities just don't shut off your service like that. You are jumping to conclusions." I respectfully disagree. Neighbor owed Con Ed $600. Neighbor was sent 3 warning letters that gas would be shut off. Letters were ignored. Con Ed gained access to house & turned off gas. Neighbor could no longer cook on gas stov and did not have hot water to shower. As for what she could be charged with, it possibly could be endangering the life of a child. Woman did not make an "unfounded threat against her children". She spoke her words to a third party, the Con Ed worker, who in turn reported it to the police.
C Gajowski August 04, 2012 at 12:36 PM
A missed point here: that Con Ed WORKER who reported the possible threat has undoubtedly heard all sorts of comments --- he or she was so worried this time that s/he decided they had to call for some sort of assistance. Maybe not the right type ( perhaps a referral to the Department of Social Services might have been a possibility,), but I think that that person was simply worried. What would you do if a distressed parent made a comment like that to you - and seemed to be serious?

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