911, We Have Dirty Dishes in the Sink

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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:


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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“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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“No Weapons Other Than a Purse.”

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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:


 

Where about you is?”

Left the hospital with an IV in his arm.”

Guy is wearing black pants and has a Marge Simpson-like hairdo.”

Male. Hand stuck in a snow blower.”

Man is telling people he’s going to put a needle in their heart.”

Two people fighting. No weapons other than a purse.”

Report of a van with a refrigerator strapped to the top of it and a male riding in the refrigerator.”

Clerk says customer is stuttering and drooling on himself.”

Arrested for harassment. He threw a full cup of soda on an employee of Taco Bell at the drive-thru window.”

They say they’re gonna whup ‘er.”

People arguing and fighting with darts.”

Sunglasses and a Frank Sinatra-style hat.”

Possibly violent male jumping on the car and smashing it.”

The mother hit the daughter in the head with a makeup bag.”

Man found another man going through his refrigerator.”

Man with black shorts and a white t-shirt over his head, laying cones down to block traffic.”

He apparently has a bead up his nose, partially obstructing.”

She’s hearing dead voices and says those dead voices want to kill her.”

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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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