Woman accused of threatening to ‘blow up’ Norfolk Police Department

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Bridget Amelia Toole, 45, (also known as Bridget Herron) is accused of threatening to bomb the Norfolk Police Department on March 21, 2017. (Courtesy of the NPD).
Bridget Amelia Toole, 45, (also known as Bridget Herron) is accused of threatening to bomb the Norfolk Police Department on March 21, 2017. (Courtesy of the NPD).

NORFOLK — A woman convicted of threatening to hurt Norfolk police officers in the past is now charged with threatening to blow up the city’s police department.

Bridget Amelia Toole, 45, (also known as Bridget Herron) is accused of threatening to bomb the Norfolk Police Department on March 21, according to documents filed in Norfolk Circuit Court.

Toole is accused of sending threats to “blow up” the police department to 13NewsNow WVEC via phone. Police believe she also sent an email to other media stations, according to court documents.

WVEC contacted police about the threat and forwarded them Toole’s email address and phone number, court documents state.

Toole was arrested the same day and charged with threatening to bomb or burn, which is a felony offense. She is scheduled to appear in Norfolk General District Court on May 4.

The March incident wasn’t the first time Toole threatened the NPD.

On Oct. 18, 2010 she pleaded guilty to threatening to kill police officers via an email. Court documents show that on Aug. 17, 2010, Herron sent a threatening email to the NPD.

She wrote: “Please sent a warning to all of the Norfolk Police Department that if they should came [sic] to my house to illegally seize my property that is my man. When they return to the police department they will be returning through the U.S. Postal mail in the form of pin boxes… I will meet the Norfolk Police gunfire with gunfire… If one should come on my street. They will get clocked.”

Herron was sentenced to three years in jail, with all but seven months suspended. She was also on supervised probation for three years.

Herron was also convicted of misdemeanor threatening to kill in December 2016, although the details of that case were unknown to Southside Daily at the time of publication.

Mayfield may be reached at adrienne.m@southsidedaily.com.

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Adrienne Mayfield is an award-winning, multi-media journalist hailing from Clermont, Fla. She moved to Lynchburg, Va. on a whim when she was 19, and worked her way to Hampton Roads in 2013. Adrienne is passionate about telling people stories via covering public safety and the judicial system. She isn’t afraid to take a heads-on approach to covering crime, including knocking on doors to get the details police aren’t sharing. Adrienne is a 2014 Old Dominion University graduate who still lives within walking distance of the college. You may see her cruising around Downtown Norfolk on her bike, enjoying a sandwich from Grilled Cheese Bistro or playing fetch with her dog, Greta, at the Colonial Place dog park.