Thursday, January 31, 2008

Lonely/horny/broke man
made hundreds of calls to 911.

Cheveon Alonzo Ford, 21, was arrested last July and charged with making obscene and harassing telephone calls. He dialed 911 to chat with dispatchers nearly 300 times in a month. He told authorities he began calling 911 because "I have no minutes on my phone and 911 is a free call."

Ford was held on a $50,000 bond.

Officers used GPS coordinates from Ford's cellphone to track his location to the west Pensacola home where he was arrested. "His phone service had been cut off and 911 was the only number he could dial from the phone," said Bob Boschen, communication chief for Escambia County. Boschen said many of Ford's 292 calls were sexual in nature.

"When he would call and a male dispatcher would answer, he would hang up," he said. "Our policy says that if a caller is belligerent in nature we have to get enough information to process the call and then we can disconnect," he said.

Ford never asked dispatchers for help or indicated he was in trouble. (info from The Associated Press)

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