Skip to main content

Minn. lawmakers want tougher penalties for bogus 911 calls

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

A new law would make reporting a fake emergency to 911 dispatchers a gross misdemeanor, the Associated Press reports. If the bogus call causes a serious injury, the prankster could also face felony charges.

The bipartisan measure, which covers both phone calls and text messages, was introduced by Reps. Steve Simon, DFL-St. Louis Park, and Tony Cornish, R-Good Thunder, last week.

The House Public Safety Committee will consider the legislation first.

Next Up

Dean Evason

Tempers flare as Wild hammer Canadiens

Montreal was anything but polite after the Wild picked up an 8-2 victory.

Blaine VFW video screengrab crop N West Twitter

Authorities now looking into MN lawmaker's report of assault

Video shows Rep. Nolan West being grabbed and pushed out of a public event.

TajPharmaImages WIkimedia Commons ivermectin

COVID treatments: Essentia Health to help test 3 existing meds

The clinical trial includes the much-discussed drug ivermectin.

Screen Shot 2022-01-24 at 3.48.57 PM

Suspect crashes into Minneapolis snow plow, fires shots at plow driver

The plow driver was pulled to the side of the road when the incident happened.

cold Minneapolis

Coldest day of the winter is possible this week in Minnesota

An air temp of -30F isn't out of the question too far from the metro.

polley freeborn county jail roster jan 2022 resize

District fires school counselor accused of sexually assaulting student

He's been charged with felony criminal sexual conduct.

Moorhead family

Authorities pinpoint source of CO that killed family of 7

The victims, all members of Hernandez-Pinto family, were found dead in a Moorhead home.

polymet mining

Court issues mixed ruling on PolyMet, orders more analysis on water permit

The court, however, overruled several challenges to the permit.

SPPD Kua person of interest 01-24-2022

Police release images of woman driving stolen Audi that had puppy inside

It's not clear whether she was involved in the vehicle theft.

J R Jones - Anoka County Jail 2021.10.16 - Resize crop

Fatal hit-and-run driver can avoid prison time with plea deal

He was charged with striking and killing a 56-year-old who was walking her dog.

Screen Shot 2022-01-24 at 11.21.49 AM

Alex Rodriguez: 'I'm not a Packers fan'

He was at Lambeau screaming "Cheese!" and "Let's go!" during the playoff game against the 49ers.

Related

Bogus 911 call may have lured officers into stabbing

A female Minneapolis park police officer was stabbed late Tuesday night while confronting a robbery suspect. KARE 11 reports that a 911 call may have been a setup to create an ambush. The suspect was shot and injured by another park police officer, authorities said.

Lawmaker wants death penalty restored in Minnesota

State Rep. Glen Gruenhagen says modern day use of DNA and forensic technology make it unlikely the wrong person will be convicted of murder. He favors a return to the death penalty that Minnesota junked 101 years ago.

House approves tougher penalties on synthetic drugs

An overwhelming majority of Representatives voted on Wednesday to outlaw 250 more chemicals, slap more severe penalties on sellers and make it possible for authorities to quickly add new drugs to the list of banned substances.