911, We Have Dirty Dishes in the Sink


For years, reporters in the WHAM 1180 radio newsroom in Rochester, New York, documented the wackiest emergency calls overheard on the police scanner:

Call for a black kitchen knife that’s in the sink in the kitchen.”

Domestic. People fighting over the last beer.”

Apartment 2 for natural gas odors coming from the bathroom.”

Supposed to be a naked man at the location with just a towel around his head.”

She said she stabbed a woman on Jay Street about an hour ago and she’d like to report it.”

The gun is as long as his arm.”

The neighbor is going to throw a 6-year-old out the window. Possible family trouble there.”

Your patient may’ve gotten up and run down the street.”

He’s on dialysis and has kidney failure… which would make sense for the dialysis.”

The turkey is now hot footin’ it toward the church across from Warren Avenue.”

He looks like Lurch from the Addams Family.”

Same character came into the gas station and stole some beer. The black man in a green jacket will be wielding a 12-pack of Labbatts.”

Our Father in Heaven auto shop.”

Man threatening to shoot up everyone in the place, but he doesn’t have a gun.”

The guy who lives up there has a female name. He recently changed it to Tina, so he’s flipping on both sides.”

K11 Hollenbeck for the voices coming from Oklahoma.”

Male fallen, can’t get up. He’s too heavy to get up. 300 pounds.”

A report for a bicycle that was stolen, dismantled and set on fire.”


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