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November 19, 2012

City man held in 'copycat' bomb threats

BEVERLY — A woman’s threat to bomb Beverly Hospital has allegedly moved a Gloucester man to do the same thing.

In what police describe as a “copycat” crime, Mark S. Fuller, 61, is accused in two counts of making a bomb threat.

Police say Fuller saw a story in Saturday’s Salem News about Ashley Galvin, 20, of 15 Broadway, Beverly, who was taken into custody Thursday after threatening specific police officers, their cruisers and, finally, Beverly Hospital.

She is said to have cited “perceived unjust treatment” and threatened to blow up public buildings.

Likewise, police said, Fuller called the hospital claiming that he suffered bad treatment in the past. He also endorsed Galvin’s threat to the point of threatening to bomb the hospital himself, according to police.

Galvin, who police said sent her threats via email, faces 10 counts of making threats that encompass the Beverly Public Library, as well.

Fuller, who was living at the Cape Ann Motor Inn, according to police, was taken into custody by the Gloucester Police Department. He is currently being held at Middleton Jail.

Fuller has previously written a number of letters to the editor that appeared in the Times, speaking out against what he viewed as a disparity regarding access to health care and, at one point, what he called “collusion” between health care providers and insurers. But none of the letters made any specific or threatening references to Beverly Hospital or to Gloucester’s Addison Gilbert Hospital, which, like Beverly, is part of Northeast Health System and now the newly merged Lahey Health System.

The arrest of Galvin last week came after a tense, two-day investigation that forced partial lockdowns at Beverly Hospital and the Beverly Public Library.

Galvin 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.

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