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Man Charged With Faking 911 Calls

July 6, 2002

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ A Florida man was charged with faking more than 1,100 calls to 911, tying up emergency service lines for two days.

Michael A. Holmes, 20, placed the calls July 7 and Monday because he was bored, an Alachua County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said.

He was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony extortion and misuse of 911 emergency communications.

``We normally have 190 cell phone calls in a 24-hour period. One night, he gave us over 800,″ said Sgt. Keith Faulk. ``If something really bad had happened, this could have kept somebody from getting help.″

Sometimes Holmes would hang up, other times he would call on different phones at the same time and hold them together so dispatchers could hear each other talking, police said.

``My first call was the subject saying, ‘Help me, help me. I’m dying,’ but it was in a really odd tone of voice _ it sounded almost like he was laughing,″ said dispatcher Allison Marler.

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