Police: Man angry over power outage threatened JCP&L

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VERNON, N.J. (AP) -- Authorities say a Sussex County man whose home has been without power since last week's nor'easter threatened to kidnap a utility company employee and blow up a substation.

Vernon police said 63-year-old Robert Winter was charged with making terroristic threats.

Authorities say Winter called Jersey Central Power & Light on Monday and quickly became agitated while speaking with a utility staffer. They say he threatened to kidnap an employee and then indicated that he knew how to make bombs and would blow up a substation so no one could have power.

A JCP&L security investigator soon contacted police and provided them with a recorded copy of the phone call.

Winter was arrested a short time later at his home. It wasn't known Tuesday if he's retained an attorney.

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