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    B.C. woman jailed 3 weeks for 9-1-1 addiction

    Canwest News Service Published: Wednesday, November 26, 2008

    NANAIMO, B.C. - Authorities on Vancouver Island hope that three weeks in jail will deter a depressed woman from making unnecessary calls to 911 after she called the emergency line nearly 200 times in 11 months.

    Parksville, B.C., resident Maria C. Linsser, 47, appeared Wednesday in provincial court in Nanaimo, charged with conveying a false message after the calls to 911.

    Crown prosecutor Frank Dubenski said that between April 2007 and March 2008, the Nanaimo emergency dispatch centre documented 181 non-emergency calls from Linsser.

    "The matter is intolerable, police and emergency response personnel are being diverted," he said.

    Defence lawyer Karen Stewart said that Linsser, a Brazilian who married a Canadian man, became severely depressed after her husband became ill - which apparently started her 911 calls. The court also heard that Linsser has a serious alcohol problem.

    In broken English, Linsser apologized to the court.

    In a similar case in Quebec, a judge refused last month to give a nine-month suspended sentence to a woman who called emergency services 10,000 times in a 15-month period, saying she would likely do it again if she didn't get therapy.

    Marie-Eve Dean, 23, is charged with mischief, conspiracy and not complying with an undertaking. The parties are to come back to court with a plan for the woman both sides called "very troubled."

    Nanaimo Daily News and Ottawa Citizen 2008

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    She belongs in the loony bin, not the jail. Question is why did the need almost 200 calls?

    Obviously, the woman had medical problems that were not properly diagnosed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post
    In a similar case in Quebec, a judge refused last month to give a nine-month suspended sentence to a woman who called emergency services 10,000 times in a 15-month period, saying she would likely do it again if she didn't get therapy.
    As a 911 Dispatcher, the real question for me is why Quebec officials let this woman keep calling them on 911 an average of 22 CALLS PER DAY for 15 months before doing anything about it?

    Marie-Eve Dean, 23, is charged with mischief, conspiracy and not complying with an undertaking. The parties are to come back to court with a plan for the woman both sides called "very troubled."

    Nanaimo Daily News and Ottawa Citizen 2008
    I wonder who the conspiracy was with?
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    We actually had a case exactly like this earlier this year.

    A female in our city would keep calling 911 for just about anything, average was 3-4 times a day for about 3 weeks. We kept a record of how many times this person called and she spent some time in jail. After that, she doesn't call anymore.
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    Almost sounds like a munchausen-by-proxy type of mental issue.

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