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HARASSMENT - POTSDAM - Village police charged Susan L. Koulman, 58, of 18 State St., Potsdam, with two counts of second-degree harassment Friday morning following an investigation into a series of phone calls she reportedly made to the Reachout hotline over the past several months as well as several harassing phone calls she reportedly made to the Canton-Potsdam Hospital outpatient registration desk in the early morning hours of June 2.

Koulman was arraigned and released on her own recognizance after Potsdam Village Justice Nicholas Pignone met in conference behind closed doors with St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Alison B. Appleby and Assistant District Attorney Sara Clothier. Mr. Pignone said prior to her arrest the allegations had been discussed with prosecutors and representatives from the Public Defender’s Office. “We’re trying to come up with a long-term solution,” he said.

Koulman told the court she receives assistance from mental health counselors but denied having a permanent mental defect. “It would be a lot easier if I didn’t live around here,” she suggested.

Koulman allegedly made multiple phone calls to the hospital’s outpatient registration desk between 1:05 a.m. and 4:40 a.m. June 2 and told the patient registration operator that she hoped the clerk would die, that she was glad she worked at the hospital so she could catch every disease possible and die slowly and told the operator she hoped something happened to her when she left work for home.

The Potsdam woman also reportedly made 101 calls to the Reachout hotline between January 2014 and May 16, and Hotline Coordinator Hollis Easter told police 62 of those calls were considered abusive. She was informed on the telephone on April 4 that she was no longer allowed to call the hotline and sent a certified letter containing that same information. Koulman allegedly made 25 calls to Reachout between April 4 and May 16.

She also allegedly made comments about the fate of Mr. Easter and some of his family members in some of those phone calls.

Koulman has been arrested a number of times over the past five years on charges related to allegedly abusive phone calls she has made to institutions and neighbors in Potsdam.

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