Wet wires resulting in fake 911 calls

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Dispatchers in western Kentucky must send a law enforcement officer to every 911 call received from a landline telephone, even when there's no sound from a caller on the other end.

Recently, though, occupants claim they never called 911. And, in some cases, the calls have come from vacant lots.

Ohio County 911 Dispatch Director Carol Smith told the Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1bgQ7Fp ) that wet phone wires are triggering the phantom calls. Dispatch directors in Daviess, Muhlenberg and McLean counties have reported a similar phenomenon.

Daviess County 911 Director Paul Nave says the ghost calls tie up deputies and officers and potentially keep them away from actual calls.

AT&T spokeswoman Cathy Lewandowski says the company is not aware of the problem.

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