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Five face charges in prank 911 calls

July 28, 2006|by KAREN HANNA

Five people who allegedly used a computer to place prank 911 calls have been charged, according to Hagerstown Assistant Fire Marshal Richard L. Miller.

Daniel Lucas, 19, of 32 Madison Ave. in Hagerstown; Clinton Morningstar, 21, of 819 Washington St. in Hagerstown; Kenny Uhler, 19, of 402 Mitchell Ave. Apt. B in Hagerstown; and two 17-year-old boys from Hagerstown each were charged with one count of making a false alarm and conspiring to make a report of a false alarm, Miller said Thursday.

Lucas, Morningstar and Uhler also were charged with contributing to the delinquency of minors.

During calls allegedly placed June 23 and 24 from a computer at Holiday Inn Express in Hagerstown, the suspects allegedly placed several false alarm calls, including a report that Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant had blown up, Miller said.

The suspects also claimed a house on Mitchell Avenue in Hagerstown was on fire, and that a man was shooting people with an assault rifle at the hotel, Miller said.

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According to Miller, a dispatcher who called Buffalo Wild Wings Restaurant when information from the computer-placed call was relayed by an operator discovered the claim was a hoax. The fire department subpoenaed information about the computer, which led them to the five suspects, he said.

The alleged false alarm calls were the first the department has investigated involving a computer, Miller said.

Charges of placing a false alarm or conspiring to place a false alarm each carry maximum penalties of five years in jail and $5,000 in fines, he said.

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