Former firefighter charged with making bogus police callsBy Mason White 4:35 AM March 5, 2013
By: Moses Gold
(Scroll down for video) A man was arrested and charged with making false police calls related charges after he was caught calling in bogus emergency incidents, according to police reports in Pennsylvania.
The State Police of Luzerne County charged a Nanticoke man they said was caught on surveillance camera making three false emergency calls to 911 in three months.
Officials in the office of a district judge in Nanticoke said that Lee Beatty was charged with creating false alarms and endangering rescuers.
An employee and a resident of Nanticoke Villa said that the 50-year-old man lives at the personal care facility.
The fire chief at the Plymouth Township Fire Station and Rescue said that Beatty was a former volunteer, but would not say when or why he left the department.
Police accused Beatty of using a pay phone outside a convenience store near the fire department to make the bogus calls.
According to investigators, Beatty called 911 and said there was a pileup on Route 11, reported that a car had crashed into the Susquehanna River and told dispatchers that a van was on fire outside a restaurant near West Nanticoke.
Authorities said that firefighters found nothing happening when responded to the three calls and volunteers put themselves at risk when they spent hours in boats in the search of a submerged car.