If You Call 911 By Accident…

Stay on the line and tell them what happened. 30% of Eaton County 911 calls are accidental and wasting resources.

“Don’t hang up, stay on the line,” said Stahelin. “These calls happen all the time. We’re not offended, we’re not upset, and no one’s going to be in trouble. Just stay on the line and explain that it was an accident. If you hang up, then we’re forced to follow our procedure, and potentially you could have a few officers showing up at your door.”

A hangup has to be treated like a possible hostage situation.

Calling 911 is now as easy as hitting a button on your phone, or tapping the side of your smartwatch. This simple access to 911 is meant to get you help in an emergency quickly. But it’s slowing things down for emergency workers. Emergency dispatch lines are clogged up with hundreds of accidental calls every day.

You can turn those features off. (When did calling a 3-digit number become such a problem?)

If 30 percent of their calls are bogus, you can see how that might impact their ability to actually handle an emergency.

Stahelin says Eaton County 911 gets around 13,000 unintentional calls a year, and that his estimate of 30% is very comparable with other dispatch centers around the country.


Alligators in the News

Gators in Miami. Gators in the Midwest. Lots of gators in the news lately.

The alligator that made headlines in Chicago a few weeks back was captured and sent to Florida. Alligator found in Humboldt Park Lagoon gets full health exam at University of Florida.

Veterinarians said the gator, nicknamed “Chance the Snapper” by Chicagoans, seemed to be in good health after his exam, but they won’t know for sure until his blood work comes back from review.

Another gator in the Midwest – this one in Michigan. Michigan man fatally shoots alligator that lunged at him on rural property.

According to the Tuscola County Sheriff’s Office, the alligator escaped from a fenced enclosure at a nearby property where an exotic animal rescue was operating, WSBT reported.

And a “rumor” of a gator in Oklahoma. Is there an alligator in Lake Thunderbird?.

Facebook user Jackie Dawson shared an image that she said her niece took of an alligator in Lake Thunderbird.

Keith Thomas, Fisheries Biologist for Lake Thunderbird said there is nothing official on the supposed sighting right now, but the game warden and state park officials are looking into it.

A 9-foot gator in Miami isn’t usually news. Alligator spotted in SW Miami-Dade leaves community concerned.

A witness spotted the 9-foot gator in the area of Southwest 57th Avenue and 34th Street at around 6:30 a.m. while he was on his way to work.

And another 9-foot gator in Coral Gables. Giant Alligator Captured After It Takes Stroll Down Coral Gables Sidewalk. (And 9 feet really doesn’t qualify as “giant.”)

Video of the gator, which is about 9-feet long, was first posted on the social media site @OnlyInDade.

How Old Do You Have To Be To Defend Yourself?

Because the Left wants to limit kids’ access to the tools of self-defense. 15-year-old shot dad in self-defense in Cass County, police say.

The juvenile, who police did not identify, shot his father, James Hodges Jr. 37, in defense of himself and another person, Cass County Sheriff’s Department said in an updated press release on the incident.

The case is still under investigation, but cops have no plans to arrest the kid.

UPDATE: As I noted in the comments, this is a “domestic situation.”

The “How Dare You Live Without Me Attitude” Never Turns Out Well

In this case, it cost him his life. Ex-boyfriend killed after forcing way into home in search of ex-girlfriend.

He was armed. He pushed his way into a home looking for his ex-girlfriend. (Apparently he didn’t understand the meaning of the “ex” part.)

Police tell FOX 2 that their initial investigation shows the 39-year-old homeowner shot the man after he entered the home. At this point the homeowner is not in custody as police are investigating — this as a likely case of self defense.

Self-defense, and defense of family, is a human-right.

Another Failure of the Victim-selection Process

19-year-old shot by Detroit homeowner during alleged attempted break in.

So a teenager, or a legal adult? Teenager sounds worse.

A teenager has been shot allegedly trying to break into a Detroit home, according to police.

But the real story is that a legal adult was shot will committing a felony.

Detroit police say a 19-year-old man sustained a gunshot wound while reportedly attempting to break into a home in the 20000 block of Avon.

You can’t blame the folks writing headlines. This is the reporter who tried to exercise some spin.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

Self-defense is Legal in Michigan

But then I thought it was. Macomb County Prosecutor won’t charge gas station clerk who shot armed robbery suspect.

The media is hung up on how many times he was shot. The DA – in this case – not so much.

The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office agreed with the sheriff, saying the 25-year-old Detroit man who shot an armed robbery suspect inside a Mount Clemens gas station will not be charged.

The prosecutor made the announcement Friday, one day after the sheriff’s office presented findings that showed the robbery suspect had been shot six times.

This determination was made pretty quickly. The robbery took place in March.

The guy who got shot is going to face numerous charges, including armed robbery and weapons violations.

Self-defense is a human-right. Good Guys 1, Bad Guys 0.

He Suffered a Failure of the Victim-selection Process

He thought being armed himself, it would be easy to hold up a gas station. He was wrong. Macomb County gas station clerk shoots masked robber 6 times, police say.

He was wearing a mask, and he was armed with a .22 revolver when he entered the store.

Police said the robbery suspect, a 27-year-old Clinton Township man, is in a hospital. He’s in critical condition but is stable, officials said. He is also a possible suspect in several recent similar incidents, police said.

The clerk was armed with a 9mm handgun, and shot the would-be bad-guy 6 times.

Self-defense is a human-right, but I’m sure the investigation will go on for a while.