North Haven Man Faces Multiple Charges After Southampton Town Police Receive Threatening Phone Calls


Southampton Town Police arrested a North Haven man at around 10:30 p.m. Saturday after authorities said he called the department’s emergency phone lines approximately 60 times over 90 minutes earlier that night and threatened to kill police officers.

Michael Ballard, 55, repeatedly called the police to berate the dispatchers and threaten officers, Southampton Town Police Sergeant Michael Burns said this week.

Sgt. Burns explained that Mr. Ballard, who was previously arrested by the Town Police on similar charges, was unhappy with the emergency response times of officers and the department in general. According to police, he said, “I would like to kill 18 of you guys,” and “I hope to God some [expletive] pulls the trigger and puts a hole in your head.” Additionally, he yelled a plethora of other profanities at the dispatchers, police said.

Mr. Ballard was charged with second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, two counts of second-degree aggravated harassment and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors, as well as second-degree harassment, a violation, according to authorities.

Sgt. Burns said Mr. Ballard was arraigned Sunday morning in Southampton Town Justice Court and was being held at the Suffolk County Jail in Riverside after failing to post $400 bail.

Alisha Steindecker contributed reporting to this story.

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