Ga. woman jailed after calling 911 150 times

She was arrested for improper use of emergency service and claims a neighbor was harassing her

By Joe Kovac Jr.
The Macon Telegraph

MACON, Ga. — There was no emergency when the cops wheeled up at Toshiba L. Smith’s Houston Avenue apartment one evening earlier this week.

But then it seems there never is when they’re sent to her place.

Since early June, Smith, 41, has allegedly dialed 911 about 150 times.

She was arrested Tuesday for improper use of the emergency service.

Bibb County sheriff’s deputies have warned Smith before and told her she could be locked up for making false reports.

On Tuesday evening, Smith called for help with a neighbor in Pendleton Homes, who she claimed was using “a recording device” to “pick on her,” a sheriff’s report said.

The deputy who answered the call radioed dispatchers, who informed him how many times Smith has called 911 in recent months.

“Deputies have responded to Smith’s apartment sometimes back to back in one shift,” the Tuesday incident report said, adding that Smith had called 911 twice in the past hour.

Smith, 41, who couldn’t be reached for comment Wednesday afternoon because she was in jail, was being held in lieu of $1,300 bond.

When the 65-year-old neighbor Smith accused of harassing her answered her door Wednesday, the neighbor said of Smith, “I’m familiar with her real well. ... She seems real sensible to me to do such silly stuff.”

The neighbor, Barbara Parham, has told Smith to stay away from her place there on the northwest edge of the duplex-style projects.

“Because she was using off me,” Parham said.

She said Smith never paid her back after borrowing cigarettes, food, coffee, sugar and flour, which Parham said Smith ate straight from the bag.

Parham said Smith started calling the law “because she can’t get her way.”

“She ain’t crazy,” Parham said. “She’s a devil. ... She’s trying to get my name in the paper now.”

Parham said it seems like the police are sent there “every day, all day long” and “every night, all night long.”

Of Smith’s arrest, Parham said, “She brought that on herself. I tried to get her to go to church with me. She won’t go. .. I said, ‘The devil at you, girl. You need to go to church every chance you can get.’”


©2015 The Macon Telegraph (Macon, Ga.)

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