LEWISTON, Maine — A local man was arrested for the third time early Friday morning on a charge of abusing the 911 call system.
Police charged Jeffrey Baumer, 58, after he called 911 three times between midnight and 1:36 a.m. Friday for nonemergencies.
Baumer first called shortly after midnight, asking if there was an officer on duty.
When police went to his Wellman Street home, Baumer told them that he wanted to establish a neighborhood crime watch unit. The responding officers told him that 911 should be called only in the case of an emergency, Lt. Mark Cornelio said.
Baumer called the emergency line again at 12:40 a.m., hanging up immediately, and once more at 1:36 a.m., this time saying he had received a voice message from an Auburn police officer whose name he could not remember, Cornelio said.
After the third call, police went to arrest Baumer at his home, but did not find him there, Cornelio said.
Police were alerted that Baumer had returned home when he later called the station’s nonemergency line. He was arrested at 3:19 a.m. and charged with misuse of the E-911 system, a misdemeanor.
Baumer was charged with the crime twice in 2010 — once on Aug. 28, and again on Sept. 1. The first charge was dismissed as part of a plea agreement; he pleaded guilty to the second, Cornelio said.
“We don’t charge too many people with it,” Cornelio said.
“Usually after the first time” police tell people to call 911 for emergencies only, “they get it,” he said.
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