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Late night December 18th 2007 through early morning of the 19th West Liberty Police Department Senior Telecommunicator Jackie Mayberry received and managed several 911 calls from a deactivated cellular telephone handset. The callers first reported a house fire, then later a shooting with an individual down and lying in the road, along with other calls. The callers also made racist remarks referring to the shooters identity. 

 Senior Telecommunicator Mayberry determined the emergency being reported was occurring on Quesinberry Road located within Rowan County. Thus he informed Morehead / Rowan County Emergency Services whom dispatched five fire apparatuses from Morehead & Elliottvile Fire Departments, one ambulance with a crew of two, Rowan County Deputy Sheriff and a Kentucky State Trooper all responded in an emergency fashion only to discover there was not an actual emergency occurring.

 The West Liberty Police Department initiated an investigation and was joined by Rowan County Officials.   Investigators were armed with voice recordings, the calls point of origin and a serial number of the cellular handset.  On December 20th, 2007, West Liberty investigators charged 21 year old Joseph R Ferguson of Dayton Ohio with the charge of Falsely Reporting an Incident.  On December 21st a juvenile petition was obtained for a 17 year old from Dayton, Ohio, also charging him with Falsely Reporting an Incident.

 Assistant Chief of Police Wayne Lewis reminds everyone that when an emergency vehicle operates in an emergency manner it is not without risk to both emergency personnel and the public. So when irresponsible individuals place false calls West Liberty will devote resources necessary to track them down and bring them before a Judge.




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