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July 7th, 2002

People just amaze me. You'd think this guy lived in one of our undergrad dorms, this sounds exactly like that kind of stunt. Now that I think of it, maybe he is in the dorms at UFL.

Man charged with making 1,100 fake 911 calls

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- A Florida man was charged with making more than 1,100 fake calls to 911, tying up emergency service lines for two days.

Michael A. Holmes, 20, placed the calls June 30 and Monday because he was bored, an Alachua County Sheriff's Office spokesman said.

He was arrested Tuesday and charged with felony extortion and misuse of 911 emergency communications.

"We normally have 190 cell phone calls in a 24-hour period. One night, he gave us over 800," said Sgt. Keith Faulk. "If something really bad had happened, this could have kept somebody from getting help."

Sometimes Holmes would hang up, other times he would call on different phones at the same time and hold them together so dispatchers could hear each other talking, police said.

"My first call was the subject saying, 'Help me, help me. I'm dying,' but it was in a really odd tone of voice -- it sounded almost like he was laughing," said dispatcher Allison Marler.

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