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December 24, 2013

Calif. woman jailed for calling 911 more than 400 times

She made the 911 calls starting in 2011, sometimes calling as many as six times a day; each time she was helped, medics found no medical issues

Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — A Los Angeles woman who called 911 more than 400 times over the last three years has been sentenced to 180 days in jail, three years of probation and mandatory psychological counseling. 

Linette Young, 43, made the 911 calls starting in 2011, sometimes calling as many as six times a day. And from Jan. 1 to Sept. 13, 2013, she called 911 for paramedics 220 times, according to the Los Angeles city attorney's office. Each time she was helped by paramedics, they found no medical issues. 

"911 is for emergency calls only, and this conviction is part of our work to ensure that the public's lifeline is not abused," City Atty. Mike Feuer said in a statement.

Young was convicted on 12 counts of annoying or harassing 911 calls and 13 counts of making a false emergency report. 

Part of her sentence includes having no contact with the Los Angeles Fire Department and to stop calling 911 for anything other than emergencies.

At times, she had gone to Fire Station 66 on West Slauson Avenue for medical assistance. 

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Jim Leckliter Jim Leckliter Thursday, December 26, 2013 7:43:25 AM I feel this sends the wrong message. I think her mental evaluation is appropriate as she may have an underlying issue like panic disorder. But jail time is inappropriate and telling her no contact with the LA Fire Dept is inappropriate as well. To her, she called because she felt she was experiencing an emergency.
Tony McCormack Tony McCormack Thursday, December 26, 2013 7:53:03 AM Ya, unfortunately 911 abuse is becoming a growing trend
Darren James Darren James Thursday, December 26, 2013 9:07:25 AM Disagree. No free passes when you break the law. Just because one has mental problems that gives you the right to break the law without consequences? Think not.
Catherine Yates Catherine Yates Thursday, December 26, 2013 11:18:25 AM Darren James The woman obviously has some sort of mental condition. She should be living in some sort of assisted living. Her emergencies are real to her.
Dominic Gaurin Dominic Gaurin Thursday, December 26, 2013 11:26:58 AM Catherine Yates, I work as a 911 dispatcher. you would be surprised how many are as sane and competent as anyone, but still do stuff like this out of boredom, or just don't know any better
Kendra Smith Kendra Smith Thursday, December 26, 2013 12:52:12 PM Clearly the woman has issues but I don't think what she got as punishment was too harsh. What if while on one of her bogus calls to 911, there was an actual emergency and someone died because crews were busy helping someone who didn't really need help? Obviously she needs the psych veal and to get some help.
Zoey Bear Tur Zoey Bear Tur Thursday, December 26, 2013 1:18:36 PM In Los Angeles she will be out in 18 days because of jail overcrowding. During that time she'll get a psych evaluation and meds. Diverting paramedic service isn't a victimless crime, but could cost a cardiac arrest victim their life. I'm surprised it too that long to jail her.
L Sydney Peck L Sydney Peck Thursday, December 26, 2013 1:29:14 PM She only got 180 days what bs. She should have been given a year. An her "counseling" is a joke. She is just like a stalker and these types of sentences NEVER deter the individuals.
Jeannie Hopper Jeannie Hopper Thursday, December 26, 2013 5:47:44 PM Does sound like something psychological going on. Went through a problem back in the 80's where i didn't want to be alone. I watched my sister's kids while she worked. I had a fear that I was going to have a stroke or heart attack when I was home by myself. It got to the point where I'd keep one of the boys home with me. Finally my sister told me to get it together and get some help. I did. Now I love my alone time.
Robert Gift Robert Gift Thursday, December 26, 2013 6:29:46 PM What was her concern? (Reason for calling?)
Barbara Reese Barbara Reese Thursday, December 26, 2013 7:23:05 PM I went through a time when I had panic attacks which mocks a heart attack.. I was terrified of being alone and was just about this woman's age. Only I was going to the ER.. I finally got help and was put on meds.. Please don't judge anyone you don't know personally.. It could be a number of medical problems that can cause a feeling of having a heart attack and even a stroke.. Scary when you are alone.. Fear of dying is very, very real....

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