April 20, 2018
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Calais police want help in 911 investigation

By Diana Graettinger

CALAIS, Maine — The Calais Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying a juvenile who used a cell phone to call 911 nine times, hanging up each time.

Officer Bob Fitzsimmons said the calls were made early Monday morning to the Maine State Police dispatch service in Orono.

“They triangulated the position on the Charlotte Road so it was a school bus either headed to Baileyville or Calais,” the Calais officer said. He said dispatchers were able to identify the calls as coming from a school bus because the line was kept open long enough for dispatchers to identify certain sounds.

Students were interviewed, but no one was identified.

Fitzsimmons said the calls were made from an expired Tracfone, a prepaid cell phone. The number is 346-7180. “The only number they can dial out on it is 911,” he said. Police are trying to trace the phone to its owner.

The officer said the department has spent considerable time and resources and now is asking for help. If caught, the student who is responsible for the calls could be charged with filing a false report.

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