Hesperia police locate four juveniles responsible for prank calls to 911 from cell phone

News headline from the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department:

On April 15th at approximately 8:20 p.m., Deputies from the Hesperia Police Department were dispatched to a wireless 911 hang up.  The caller was screaming and then the call ended abruptly.

Within a 1 hour period, that same cell phone called 911 16 times.

Since the wireless phone is mobile, by utilizing cell phone towers, deputies determined the calls originated in the area of Mono Drive and Calpella Avenue.  Deputy Thomas Levan was able to narrow the search by using coordinates from all of the calls to an address in the 8100 block of Calpella Avenue.

At the residence, Deputy Levan and Sergeant Kevin Ferber located the cell phone and the 4 juveniles who, in addition to these 16 calls, had made numerous prank 911 calls over the past month.

The juveniles were counseled and the parents confiscated the cell phone.

As required by the FCC (Federal Communications Commission), all cell phones have the ability to make a 911 call even if the service on the phone is disconnected .

Those who misuse 911 are subject to arrest, can be imprisoned and upon conviction are liable for all costs incurred by any unnecessary emergency response.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012


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