A Macon woman who since early June is said to have inundated the county’s 911 emergency line with about 150 calls was arrested Thursday night for the second time this week.
Toshiba L. Smith, 41, who lives in Pendleton Homes on Houston Avenue, was locked up Tuesday evening after reportedly calling 911 to complain about a neighbor harassing her.
Bibb County sheriff’s deputies, some of whom were well familiar with Smith from her allegedly excessive calls, arrested her that night for abusing the emergency service.
Smith, according to a sheriff’s report, had complained that one of her neighbors was using a recording device she called an “incinerator” to pick on her.
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Smith got out of jail Wednesday evening after posting $1,300 bond.
But she was back in the county lockup Thursday night, charged again with making false reports on 911. She was released on $3,250 bond about 2:30 a.m. Friday.
The reason for her most recent call for help was not immediately known, authorities said Friday.
“If she’d stay in the jail long enough, we could probably get her some help,” Bibb Sheriff David Davis said.
Knocks at Smith’s apartment door went unanswered Friday afternoon.
The sheriff said that in recent weeks the frequency of Smith’s 911 calls was “getting extreme.” Arresting her, Davis said, was a last resort.
Karen Durham, assistant director of the county’s 911 service, has worked around dispatchers nearly four decades.
She said when callers abuse 911, they typically at least think they have a problem.
“I guess this is a number they know where somebody is always gonna be there,” Durham said.
“It’s our job, of course, to answer every call. But when a person calls 911 and they don’t have an emergency, it ties up all your resources.”
Durham said that from time to time emergency operators encounter their share of callers who, day after day and sometimes more, dial 911 for no apparent reason.
“They appear out of nowhere,” Durham said. “And then at some point, you don’t know when, you don’t hear from them anymore.”
To contact writer Joe Kovac Jr., call 744-4397 or find him on Twitter@joekovacjr.