Madison
60° F
Partly Cloudy
Partly Cloudy
Advertisement

Police: Woman arrested for making 39 false 911 calls

By Margo Spann, mspann@wisctv.com
Published On: Aug 28 2013 08:13:03 PM CDT
Updated On: Aug 28 2013 08:39:21 PM CDT

Photo courtesy Rock County Sheriff's Office

Anna Farmer

JANESVILLE, Wis. -

Janesville police are searching for the truth behind nearly 40 emergency calls made earlier this week.

Investigators said 44-year-old Anna Farmer made the calls from a disposable cellphone. Many were hangups but during the others, the caller cried for help before hanging up.

The 39 false emergency calls were placed between 3 p.m. Monday afternoon and 7 p.m. on Tuesday, all from the same phone number, police said.

Police said it didn't take them long to figure out the calls were fake.

Many of the calls came from Farmer's south-side home and officers were dispatched to places in her neighborhood.

"Eventually the officers connected the dots and realized that the same person kept showing up at every one of these," said Deputy Chief Dan Davis, of the Janesville Police Department.

In Rock County Court Wednesday, a judge issued a $500 signature bond and ordered her to stay off the phone. Farmer told the judge she would not to do it anymore.

Those who know her were shocked to learn she had been arrested.

"I heard some kids were messing around with a cellular phone. They found some phone out of the garbage," said her stepfather Willie Ellison.

Property manager Shirley Mould was shocked by the allegations. She said she's known Farmer for more than 20 years.

"I would like to know the truth. That's all I want to know," said Mould.

According to police, the maximum sentence for making a false 911 call is 90 days in jail, but the penalty increases to 6 years in prison for each additional fake call.

Advertisement
  • Marysville Pilchuck school shooting 4

    KOMO

    2 dead in school shooting near Seattle, sources say

    A school shooting has been reported at Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington, about 35 miles north of Seattle.

  • Craig Spencer

    CNN

    America's Ebola patients

    An American doctor who was working with Ebola patients in Guinea was been diagnosed with the disease after returning to New York. Learn more about him and America's other Ebola victims.

  • Hot peppers

    Karimala/iStock

    Notable food recalls

    A North Carolina producer of peppers and hot sauces is voluntarily recalling 6,215 pounds of fresh serrano chili peppers because some tested positive for salmonella. Here are other notable food recalls that made headlines.

  • jack-o-lantern Halloween pumpkin

    Juliet James/SXC

    Halloween

    Games, recipes, trick-or-treating, scary movies and everything else you need to make your Halloween extra spooky.

  • Politician, politics, debate, election

    iStock / bns124

    Election Coverage

    Get up-to-date on political stories, Reality Check the latest political ads, learn about the candidates and find election results in our special section.

  • Ebola virus pink

    CDC

    Ebola special coverage

    Get the latest news on the Ebola outbreak and resources to help you learn more about the deadly virus.

Advertisement