Garrison man charged with menacing utility workers

A Garrison man was charged today with aggravated harassment for allegedly threatening to take utility workers hostage if they didn't restore his electricity.Walter Barrett, 57, appeared before a judge in Cold Spring after allegedly posting the volatile comments on Facebook. His attorney, Gordon Fine, says his client was just venting his frustration with Central Hudson Gas and Electric.Barrett was apparently upset he had lost power for six days like thousands of people across the Hudson Valley after the October snowstorm."I don't think he ever intended to yield this kind of attention," Fire says. Barrett was arrested last week. Ironically, his power was turned back on moments after he was taken into custody. He now faces a year behind bars if convicted. Barrett's next court appearance has been set for Dec. 14, when he's expected to plead not guilty.

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