“He is having a fox problem – the animal type.”

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


Says she doesn’t want anyone stealing her cigarettes and coffee and putting poison in them.”

Naked man knocking on the back door. Says he was robbed.”

Looked like a cab driver fighting with a couple of people. Then he went back in the bar.”

He says he’s watching the kids while their mother is out of town and the kids are upset because they don’t like him.”

Holding a rosary and taking off his clothing.”

He was bit in the face and he wants an apology.” (moments later a cop heard on the scanner in a soft voice “I’m sorry”)

She’s trying to kill herself with a shoelace.”

A sewer rat, the size of a large cat, hanging out on the stove.”

I think we’re looking for a big, hairy guy called ‘Grinch’.”

Since you were a young animal control officer, you’ve really come a long way.”

He says he is having a fox problem – the animal type.”

Woman assaulted by her son, daughter and husband.”

Man broke into her apartment; is now trying to sell her microwave on the street.”

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“Loitering with a Purpose.”

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


Man says he needs an ambulance, cuz he’s dying of walking.”

Cop: “I’m looking for a male Korean, about 5’10”, 110 pounds.              Dispatcher: “I know what happened to him. He blew away.”

They recognize him, but he’s not here.”

Woman calling from Toronto thinks she left her iron on. Wants forced entry.”

Loitering with a purpose.”

Has a ruptured dick. Uh… disc!”

624 Scio Stweet…. Uh…. Street.”

The person who stole his phone is trying to sell it back to him.”

Is it enroute (en-rowt) or enroute (en-root)?”

He says he thinks the squirrel is getting impatient.”

He will be the one in a camouflage shirt and underwear on his head.”

Says he shot him with a bow and arrow and he hopes that will deter him.”

You’re not gonna believe this. The guy doin’ crack uptairs – his name is Cornelius McCracken.”

Suicidal female trying to burn herself with an iron.”

In the intersection, there’s a man boxing with himself.”

Kids jumping off a bridge and be advised, some of them are naked.”

Call from a 28-year old female who thinks she has a small camera implanted in her eye.”

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