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Pasco men find prank 911 calls mean trouble

Got a score to settle?

Don't want your girlfriend to find out the real reason the TV is missing?

Don't call 911. According to authorities, two men found out the hard way this week that filing a false police report doesn't solve the problem.

It just creates a new one.

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The first call came in about 7:30 p.m. Tuesday from an address on 20th Street in Zephyrhills. William E. Boyle, who is 41 and disabled, told dispatchers that a man he knew came into his house with a gun and demanded his television.

But when Zephyrhills police officers questioned Boyle, his story didn't add up and he admitted he made it all up, the report said. The television was actually taken for an outstanding debt to a drug dealer for crack cocaine, the report said.

Boyle had been smoking crack with the dealer earlier that day, he told officers. He called 911 to report the TV stolen "to avoid conflict with his live-in girlfriend," the report states.

Boyle was charged with making a false report to a law enforcement officer and making a false 911 call, both first degree misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in jail and $1,000 in fines.

He was held at the Pasco County Jail in lieu of $300 bail.

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The second call came in a little after 10 p.m. Tuesday from a Quick Stop convenience store in New Port Richey. Richard E. Vidal, a 21-year-old tree cutter, called 911 and said he saw an ex-roommate shoot and kill somebody, a New Port Richey police report says.

Six police officers responded. Vidal told them he saw a man kill someone with two point-blank shots to the head.

But Vidal's story was inconsistent, according to the police report. Officers found the ex-roommate, and he denied shooting anyone. The report states that, after being interviewed, Vidal admitted the call was bogus.

He did it "because he was angry at his ex-roommate and wanted to get him in trouble," the report states.

Vidal is charged with making a false report to a law enforcement officer about a capital felony, a third degree felony punishable by up to five years in prison and up to $5,000 in fines.

He was held in the Land O'Lakes jail in lieu of $5,000 bail.

Pasco men find prank 911 calls mean trouble 04/08/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, April 8, 2009 10:20pm]
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