Woman accused of tying up 911 line
MOUNT CARMEL - A Mount Carmel woman is being charged with misdemeanor counts of assault, disorderly conduct and harassment after she allegedly tied up emergency 911 lines with false reports on Saturday night.
Borough police said Bonnie Ziegler, of 220 E. Avenue, called the emergency 911 line at 10:41 p.m. and said, "I'm dying, I'm dying. Maybe that will get a quicker response," and "never mind, we will be on the news," before terminating the call.
Upon arriving at Ziegler's residence, police were unable to make contact. After all methods of contact were exhausted, police broke down her door.
Ziegler, who was found inside her residence, was neither dying nor did she request medical services, police said.
At 12:09 a.m. Sunday, Ziegler called the emergency 911 line and yelled and screamed for 30 to 40 seconds that she was going to sue the county, the 911 center and the police department for breaking her door
She also told the dispatcher that she was being sarcastic when she made the statement that she was dying.
Patrolman Matthew Dillman called Ziegler and told her to not call the 911 number except for an emergency and to contact the police chief with the complaint about her door.
At 1 a.m., Ziegler called the Northumberland County Communication Center using the seven digit number requesting to speak to a judge.
At 1:13 a.m., Ziegler called the emergency 911 line and complained about the police breaking in her door.
At 1:31 a.m., Ziegler called the Pennsylvania State Police to complain about the police breaking her door. The call was then routed to the county communication center.
At 1:40 a.m. Ziegler called the emergency 911 line claiming to be scared because police broke down her door. When the communications center offered to send police, Ziegler said "No, no, no," and hung up.
At 1:43 a.m., Dillman and officers William Adamski and Kyle Schauer visited Ziegler's residence. She immediately stood up from the kitchen table, yelled and called someone on the telephone, police said.
Ziegler opened her main door and Dillman advised her to stop calling 911. Ziegler then brought her right foot and leg back and kicked the screen door, striking Dillman with it, he reported. The officers then took Ziegler, who they said smelled of alcohol, into custody.
Charges were filed Monday with Magisterial District Judge Hugh A. Jones.