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1 arrested, 3 sought in fake 911 calls

Arson investigators have arrested a Louisville man and are looking for three of his friends in a series of phony fire calls that go back to 2011.

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Arson investigators have arrested a Louisville man and are looking for three of his friends in a series of phony fire calls that go back to 2011.

WLKY-TV reported the arrest of 20-year-old Melvin Wilson on three counts of wanton endangerment.

Louisville Fire Department Maj. Henry Ott said the four friends made 11 calls, the latest coming last week, all of them saying a house was on fire or an explosion had occurred in one specific neighborhood.

One of the calls was to Paul Knowles' house. Knowles told the station he was watching television when several fire engines rolled up, along with police officers. They were responding because someone called in a fire at Knowles' address and the caller said he was trapped in the basement.


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