SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 5, 2013

False emergency reports plague police

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — BEVERLY — Police and firefighters were dispatched to a Hale Street residence three times this weekend for what turned out to be false reports of emergencies, police said yesterday.

The false calls were apparently intended to harass somebody at 435 Hale St., where emergency personnel were first dispatched about 10 p.m. Saturday after a report that a 39-year-old woman wasn’t breathing, according to the incident log.

When they arrived, crews determined there was no emergency.

About four hours later, police and firefighters again responded to the address, this time after a report of a residential fire with entrapment.

“Another false call of very serious nature,” police wrote later in the log.

There was another report of a residential fire at the same address over the weekend, though it was unclear exactly when. In that instance, the Malden Fire Department contacted local firefighters after receiving the false report.

Officer Mike Boccuzzi said police were investigating but had encountered difficulty tracing the calls, as they’d been made through Skype, an online communication service.