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Town at loss after women call police to get personal favors

By Mason White 6:03 PM August 21, 2013
Jeanie Dufresne 

By: Sarah Weiss
(Scroll down for video) Emergency workers are here to help people in need, but some women have started using emergency workers for personal favors.

These women might just need to go out and get themselves men to help them with the simple things in life.

Jeanie Dufresne of Hooksett, New Hampshire, called police ten times this month, but this time Hooksett Police said that she has gone too far. Dufresne was arrested over the weekend after she called police and asked for a pen.

“I just want a simple thing,” Dufresne told the police dispatcher. “What is it?” He asked. “A pen,” she said.
The dispatcher was shocked and frustrated. “You want a pen?” the dispatcher asked. “You dialed 911 because you want a pen? Did you realize that it is definitely not an emergency. You are tying up a 911 line because you need a pen,” the dispatcher said.

Hooksett Police chief Peter Bartlett said that officers have to respond to all 911 calls and that these bogus calls may delay getting help to these who really need it. Officers decided it was time to arrest Dufresne since this was the tenth time she called police this month, every time with different non-emergency request.

Dufresne was arrested for misuse of 911. She was held in lieu of $5,000 cash bail.
In a similar incident, another Hooksett, New Hampshire woman was arrested for calling police because she wanted help ordering Chinese food.

Elizabeth Niemi, 57, called 911 to get medical help. When the fire department arrived, they learned that she just wanted help in ordering chinese food. She was also charged with misuse of 911.

“Hopefully holding these people accountable for what they have done we can get the word out there that the emergency system is to be used only for emergency calls and services, not for something frivolous,” Bartlett said.
Maybe the community can set up a dating service for older women.