Wednesday, May 19, 2004

Public safety briefs

Woman sentenced for false report to police

A Northern Kentucky woman who called police to Westwood for an alleged robbery - which ended in a youth being charged with shooting at a Cincinnati police officer - will spend 30 days in jail for making a false police report.

Frances Brammer, 36, pleaded no contest and was convicted on a charge of falsification Monday, according to court records.

Hamilton County Municipal Judge Karla Grady sentenced Brammer to 30 days in jail, a year of probation and drug treatment.

Brammer reported a robbery in Westwood on March 6 after a failed drug transaction, Cincinnati police said.

She accused 17-year-old Fred Harris of robbing her of a $50 money order.

When Harris was arrested and put in the back of a police cruiser, he pulled a hidden gun and shot at an officer, according to police. One bullet hit a woman standing nearby. She was not seriously injured.

Harris was indicted in April on two charges of attempted murder, three charges of felonious assault, carrying a concealed weapon and escape. He has not yet gone to trial.

Fire trucks sent to address in wrong state

CONSTANCE - When a Northern Kentucky resident called 911 Tuesday morning to report his house was ablaze, firefighters responded.

Fire trucks sped to the 4400 block of River Road - in Ohio.

But the fire was in the corresponding block of River Road in Kentucky.

The acting director of the Boone County 911 center said the mix-up was caused because the 911 call was placed on a mobile phone. Dispatchers can find an address if a caller uses a land line, but not when the caller is using a cell phone.

"We are not pointing our finger at Cincinnati dispatch," said acting director Mike Stem.

Emergency personnel figured out the mistake when the homeowner saw emergency lights of the Ohio fire trucks across the river as he stood on his front lawn in Kentucky. He then tried to put out the fire with a garden hose.

It took at least 20 minutes from the time the call was made for Hebron's fire trucks to get to the burning home. By that time, the wood-frame home was a total loss.

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