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Bogus crash call prompts investigation

VanNess said the County Sheriff's Office, with the assistance of LaFlure's agency, have launched a criminal investigation and that the perpetrator, if identified, would be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law - perhaps prompting a felony charge.

The calls had a fair amount of background noise, including music presumably from a radio playing in the background.

LaFlure said that the county owns old two-way radios, without caller i.d. capability, installed in dozens of fire trucks and ambulances operated by many volunteer emergency responder agencies.

He said that Warren County will soon be abandoning these units - no longer offering service or support for them.

"We're getting out of the radio business," he said.

Within months, LaFlure said, the county will be requiring that all emergency agencies in Warren County procure and use the newer radio systems, and they will eventually be locking out radios from access to central dispatch that are not authorized.

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