Hoax Caller Charged in Maine


According to the Lincoln County News, a South Bristol, Maine, man whose 911 call set in motion a wide-ranging, costly search off Pemaquid Point faces a misdemeanor charge of making a false public report. John D. Norwood, 36, was charged with the Class D crime, which carries a maximum penalty of 364 days in jail and a $2,000 fine.

On January 17, 2014, Norwood allegedly reported a sailboat in distress and a person in the water off Pemaquid Point. The call prompted a search that covered 831 nautical miles and involved 40 to 50 people on the ground, about 10 civilian boats, a U.S. Coast Guard vessel and 2 Coast Guard aircraft.

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