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911 Cell Calls Jumping River

HEBRON, Ky. (AP) - Emergency officials in northern Kentucky are advising residents to make nine-one-one calls from land lines.

That's because some emergency calls made from cell phones end up going to dispatchers in the Cincinnati area.

The Hamilton County Dispatch operations director says radio waves don't know the Ohio River is there.

Postcards have been sent to two-thousand homes in northern Kentucky, reminding residents of their closeness to Ohio and advising them to tell nine-one-one operators where they are when calling with an emergency.

Duplicate street names also can be a problem. A call several years ago about a house fire on a River Road in Kentucky was answered by Hamilton County, which dispatched fire trucks to River Road in Ohio.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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