“Report of food on the stove.”


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

Report of food on the stove.”

Regarding stolen car, the pastor was driving around, said the Lord told him to take a right. Sure enough, there it was.”

COP: “My computer won’t let me code this out.” DISPATCHER: “No problem. You fight crime, I’ll type.”

Apparently the female keeps bothering him. He wants to hurt her is she won’t stop bothering him.”

Call about some metal shavings behind the Salvation Army. If they turn out to be gold shavings, I’ll take care of the evidence.”

Broad and Fitzhugh for some dancin’ in the street.”

Naked intox telling the complainant… well… unintelligible things.”

530 pounds and she looks like a boy.”

DISPATCHER: “Says he’s drunk and his face is busted.” COP: “10-4 for the busted face intox.”

Call for a vicious dog. She owns the dog, but apparently it’s not letting her into her own basement.”

Got a call saying the person was unconscious and had been vomiting. When I asked if they were breathing, I got a bunch of giggling, so I guess that means yes.”

Report of a bonfire, also known as a recreational fire.”

Person stuck in the bathtub. They’re not answering.”

Females fighting in the snow out front.”

Okay, now we’re cookin’ with oil.”


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