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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.

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