Man accused of bogus gunshot call to 911
Walter McCallister, 52, called 911 Thursday evening and began gasping for air, telling a dispatcher, "I been shot."
An ambulance, fire engine and 16 deputies drove with lights and sirens blazing to McCallister's home on Cockleshell Drive, where for two hours they searched door to door.
Finally, they found him — sleeping in a back bedroom. He was drunk, the deputies reported. "I called 911," he said, "but it was not that important." He changed his story, saying he had been stabbed, not shot.
Deputies charged him with misuse of 911 and filing a false report and took him to the Land O'Lakes jail, where he remained on Friday in lieu of $5,150 bail. Deputies said he had wasted $500 in emergency services.
Before taking him to jail, deputies searched him and reported finding a small knife spotted with his own blood. He changed his story a third time: "I was robbed."
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Driver wakes up to child neglect charge
A woman was charged with child neglect after she was found passed out at the wheel of a car with a 4-year-old girl inside, deputies said.
Rebecca Joy Rowe, 25, was discovered by nurses at the A to Z Pediatric Clinic on Rowan Road. She told deputies she was very tired and had fallen asleep but had not taken any medications. Deputies later found in her car a bottle of alprazolam, an antianxiety drug branded as Xanax, which she said she was holding for a friend.
The girl, who was not identified, was taken into the nurses' office. The woman was charged with neglect and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. She remained at the Land O'Lakes jail on Friday in lieu of $12,000 bail.