Aug 28, 2013
04:08 AMConnecticut Today
Threat to Poison Water at a Connecticut State Park Leads to Madison Man's Arrest
A view of Chatfield Hollow State Part from its page on the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection website.
A Madison man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly threatening to poison the water at Chatfield Hollow State Park in Killingworth.
Wayde A. Isakson, 55, was charged with threatening and breach of peace in the first degree, as well as making terroristic threats after he allegedly sent the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection a torrent of emails Tuesday.“There may have been as many as 100,” said DEEP spokesman Dwayne Gardner.
Gardner said the exact number is hard to pin down, because many emails were sent to many individuals throughout the organization.
Though he said he could not communicate the message of the emails, he said they did not directly threaten individuals, but were threatening toward DEEP in general. “I can say we receive unusual emails and unusual correspondence a lot, but very, very seldom are they threatening,” Gardner said.
“Any time that we receive any kind of a threat we take it seriously,” Gardner said. “And this was a threat that we felt we needed to take very seriously.
Gardner continued: “This is not a drinking water supply, it’s just a swimming area, but because the public uses it we needed to make sure it was safe.”