MOUNT CARMEL — The woman in Northumberland County accused of making several harassing calls to 911 is now telling her side of the story.
Bonnie Ziegler of Mount Carmel was charged for calling 911 seven times in a three-hour period.
Ziegler said the night she made those calls she felt she had been pushed to her limit. She said she’s had ongoing problems with her neighbors and police have failed to stop it. She said she kept calling 911 because she just wanted some help.
Bonnie Ziegler isn’t necessarily defending the numerous calls she made to 911, but she’s explaining what led her to do it.
“When I get that worked up, and I don’t know if this has ever happened to you, but when you get so worked up and you’ve been through so much, and you’re doing everything by yourself and you live by yourself,” said Ziegler.
Ziegler was charged with harassment for making those calls to 911 beginning Saturday night from her home in Mount Carmel.
In one call she said she was dying, hoping to get a quicker response from police. Then in a flood of calls early Sunday morning, she complained that police broke her door when they came to her house.
Ziegler is in the process of selling her Mount Carmel house and said that broken door added stress to an already upsetting night.
“When I saw my door I was like, OK, because I didn’t even sell my house yet. I am not married. I am single. I don’t have a boyfriend. I am doing this all on my own,” said Ziegler.
She’s in the process of moving to Marion Heights because of ongoing problems she said she has with her neighbors in Mount Carmel. She said she’s called police about them several times but nothing has been done. That night she said she felt harassed by them again, so she initially called to report those threats.
“To come home and to listen to it again and be threatened and cursed at,” said Ziegler.
Police said they broke into her house because she failed to answer the door or the phone. Ziegler said she didn’t think they’d respond, because they haven’t in the past.
Still Ziegler said she does realize she let her emotions get the better of her that night.
“I wasn’t even realizing that I was doing that. I have to actually say I have to take my part in that, but I’m angry I never got any help.”
Mount Carmel police did confirm they’ve responded to calls from Ziegler and handled each complaint as best as the situation would allow.
Ziegler faces charges of simple assault, harassment, and disorderly conduct.