“No Weapons Other Than a Purse.”


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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