Updated: Odd stuff I hear on the police scanner – 911 calls

IMG_20150707_140021The sometimes sad, often odd, occasionally amusing bits and pieces of life in York County, Pennsylvania tweeted while listening to York County Department of Emergency Services, 911 Communications from April 2010 to present while covering news for the York Daily Record/Sunday News.

The 833 tweets almost never made the paper or a web update, but are still a micro slice of life.

Originally posted to twitter @paulkuehnel


July 7
#911call: Man threatens bank staff, says he is going home to get his gun. Bank to police: Let him know he isn’t welcome back
Jun 21
#911call: For a white male wearing red, carrying a newspaper, hugged her and tried to drop his pants
June 15
#911call: For a storage shed that was stolen after it was delivered.
June 14
#911call: Completely nude man in Mercury, asking assistance pumping gas, caller doesn’t have a plate #, just photo “but don’t know of what”
#911call: For a breakin, stolen items include food from the fridge and a bottle of perfume.
June 8
#911call: Caller left VW at repair facility, went to pick up and was told someone else already picked up, he has the title.
June 7
#911call: For a naked man trying to get people to come into his house. Update Police: Disabled man seeking help
#911call: Caller advises that she returned home to fine 12 garbage cans in her back yard and wants police to pick them up.
June 2
#911call: “For kittens being fed by a cat lady, caller says kittens not allowed and wants them removed”
#911call: Caller advises that a completely naked man was standing on car.
May 31
#911call: Police1: Did you just stop a silver Buick for speeding, Police2: yes Police1: just stopped for 75mph if you want to add 2 citation
May 25
#911call: Advises subject is wearing pajama pants, no shirt, looking into car windows, looks intoxicated #MemorialDayWeekend
May 20
#911call: For a gas leak that started yesterday and now it’s worse
May 5
#911call: ….Game commission advises that you are not allowed to shoot an angry turkey on your porch.
#911call: Caller advises that there is a very angry turkey on his porch and he wants to know if he can shoot it.
April 28
#911call: Caller advises tht things were taken out of car, but person left a cell phone and lighter (no better evidence that leaving a cell)
April 27
#911call: Caller advises that a driver followed her around the traffic circle, but then continued on…cancelling call
April 26
#911call: Police: “These people just live 100 miles too close to each other, there isn’t much I can do with these children”
April 20
#911call: Police: “This isn’t a stolen vehicle, they have been sharing it for six years – it’s a domestic issue”
April 15
#911call: “A farmer was spreading manure and the roadway is entirely covered” #Spring in PA
April 13
#911call: For a 15 year old son who won’t help around the house, this has been going on for a year.
#911call: for a pickup truck 12 to 15 inches from the curb
April 12
#911call: The caller believes a vehicle drove past his porch pointing a weapon, the caller has a holstered weapon.
April 8
#911call: For a subject driving off before paying $38 to reset a check engine light (good price?)
April 7
#911call: for a cat that got into a building and had kittens in the drop ceiling.
April 5
#911call: Police: “I’m not going into a church and pull someone out of there with that vague description” #EasterSunday
March 31
#911call: For an 11 yr old daughter who refuses to get out of bed and go to school.
March 30
#911call: For a vehicle hit overnight, note left on vehicle saying they were sorry.
#911call: 2nd call 4 naked man walking. Police: officer keeps confirming short, shorts and long T-shirt. This caller concerned for children.
March 29
#911call: Caller advises a female did his laundry and never returned it
#911call: For a boat trailer taking up six spaces at a church. #PalmSunday
March 25
#911call: Caller arrived at vacant house to find it broken in and guns, knives and bloody sheets in the kitchen.
March 24
#911call: Caller advises that the subject wanted change, said don’t give change, subject said she would get gun, come back and kill her.
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Project Fi review, cell service from Google

IMG_20150625_215033669_HDRI received my Project Fi kit and a Nexus 6 about three weeks ago. I was placed on a list after getting in line the first day offered in April.

Project Fi is cell phone service by Google that is currently by invite only on one handset. the Nexus 6.  Fi combines the resources of first choice WiFi and two cellular networks (Sprint and T-mobile), automatically switching between whichever three networks has the best signal on the fly for voice and data. Simple billing of $20 unlimited talk/text, $10 per gig of cell data.  Unused data is refunded from each $10 increment. Fi easily transitions for use in 120 countries for often the same rate. Fi FAQ 

Project Fi review in short: Fi works and is a good value for a low price. Extremely simple and transparent billing, support is excellent.


Inside the crafty box with the rounded edges is three Googly colored boxes with goodies.

I received the Fi kit with a (surprise) back up battery, head phones and a high quality case for the Nexus 6 with “Fi” molded on the back.

You set up the porting information ahead of time via the Fi desktop website so when you sign on to the phone for the first time the port begins automatically. Complete porting can also be done from the Fi app on the Nexus 6.


The support interface.

I was glad that I had an issue with the porting process as I wanted to try each of the support systems to see how the Google robots that people fear deal with an issue.

Surprise! Living, breathing people that are empowered to fix an issue.

The “phone” option for support: Put in a call back number, and it tells you the waiting time. Each time I tried it, it said one minute and a person called me back in one minute day or night.

After the call, you receive an email that summarizes your issue and you can reply if it was resolved. You receive an optional phone survey at the end of each call.

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Ongoing Project Fi review, Google cell phone service

Project Fi is cell phone service by Google that is currently by invite only on one handset. the Nexus 6.  Fi combines the resources of WiFi and two cellular networks (Sprint and T-mobile) and automatically switches between whichever three networks has the best signal on the fly for voice and data. Simple billing of $20 unlimited talk/text, $10 per gig of cell data, unused refunded, and that rate holds in 120 countries without other charges. Fi FAQ 

Ongoing questions answered: If you buy one gig of data and use less, you will be credited on your next bill for the difference. So 100 mb = $1 which is about what I was doing on my personal phone with ting so my bill would be $21

June 4

I applied for an invite April 22 and received it June 2. Google is trickling out invites and starting with one device for sale to start slow and controlled.

Ordering was super simple. The Nexus 6 was $500, with a choice of 24 payments without interest. There weren’t many choices, the ordering process is basic and just worked.

The unknown with Google is the level of human service. I ran through all the options: Tweet, chat and phone

I think Google has been listening to the fears about robotic Google algorithms controlling support of a cell phone service.

My tweet was answered quickly, even though I didn’t ask a question, with a question. And answered promptly when I replied.

The embedded chat support was quick with a one min wait.

Voice support (24/7) answered right away with a human! who was able to answer my question, no automated menu tree and, no hold time.

The Nexus 6 was $500 through the Google store (or 24 interest free payments), which is very reasonable for the size of the phone and level of unlocked hardware. If you cancel Project Fi, the phone is yours to keep (you have to pay it off under the payment plan).

I have been a fan of the most recent Motorola phones under Google leadership, using two Moto X (first gen) phones for two years. The Moto X  has been my favorite Android phone to date.

My guess is that I will be happy with a similar designed Motorola built Nexus 6. The Nexus 6 was born out of the relationship Google had with Motorola, before they sold the mobility part of Motorola to Lenovo.

Says shipping in 1 to 2 days, check back for updates of this Project Fi review.

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Periscope app presidential realness

Periscope app: Be interesting to watch this election, where candidates are unaware of the reach of a live audience via a smartphone. Live interviews and people’s interpretation from organic sources at any time.

“…presidential candidate Rand Paul stalked off in a huff in the middle of a Periscope interview with The Guardian on Friday, leaving correspondent Paul Lewis to theorize about the candidate’s sudden departure as the lights in the room went out .” – <a href=”http://mashable.com/2015/04/10/rand-paul-guardian-walks-out-periscope/?utm_cid=mash-com-Tw-main-link”>mashable</a>

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chromebookWell that took 10 minutes I doubled the RAM on my $170 Chromebox for $38 from two to four gig.

Cheap or free computing is the best. Runs great.

The last of my regular computers blew a power supply and I get tired of being on mobile all day long and sometimes it’s just nice to have a huge screen and a physical keyboard tosmash on.

Nice link to show how and source to buy

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Meerkat as a journalism tool, Periscope

Meerkat shoots in a horizonal preview but people view in vertical , so make sure the image is loose and in the center.

Meerkat shoots in a horizonal preview but people view in vertical , so make sure the image is loose and in the center.

Meerkat may be broken before it gains any traction.

Meerkat may evolve into a great journalism tool, but Periscope may be the anointed live video streaming service by the Twitter gods over time.

Updated 03/14 @sadandbritish sent me this link:  Twitter Starts breaking Meerkat Features by Limiting Social Graph Access.

And so it goes with new ideas that depend entirely on someone else’s highways. Twitter has their own  idea for live streaming service, Periscope.

Twitter rolled out a similar service after services like Tout, that edits and posts short videos in social streams.

What makes Meerkat so cool, is live interactions with Twitter (what Twitter is breaking).

Notifications in iOS app tell you about streams in your twitter stream.

Notifications in iOS app tell you about streams in your twitter stream. Here Mashable has scheduled a live stream and I was notified and it appears in the app.

Meerkat is more a video live stream extension of Twitter than a stand-alone product.

You log in with your twitter account and the interaction within  Meerkat works with your social stream. Your twitter name is your Meerkat name.

  • Auto posting of live stream to your Twitter account when you start broadcasting.
  • Comments you leave on screen also post to Twitter.
  • You receive notifications from people you follow that they will be scheduling a live stream (see photo)
Stream viewed in iOS

Stream viewed in iOS. Note: you can see all the people watching your stream and comments show on the screen and are posted to your twitter feed in real-time as you broadcast.

Meerkat goes with the vertical video output, like Snapchat because they think people hold their smartphones vertical most of the time so we should just give up and do it too theme.

From the perspective of getting more junk on the internet and gaining followers, Meerkat is successful, but from a journalism perspective it presents new challenges. Throw shooting tight and horizontal panning though the preview frame out the window

Meerkat assumes that you will be far away from your subject, as most smartphone shooters are.

Stream stretched and cropped as viewed in web browsers.

Stream stretched and cropped as viewed in web browsers.

The viewfinder is horizontal while the output video vertical.

Make sure the subject is in the middle! and not too close or you will have your content cropped out into nonsense. If the subject moves, keep it in the center. It makes you almost want to mask out the viewfinder while using it.

When stream has ended you can save to camera roll.

When stream has ended you can save to camera roll.

The web view takes the horizontal preview, outputted into a vertical and stretches it back to a horizontal!. so the image can almost make no sense and is all morphed.

This is mostly a mobile platform.  

When the steam ends, the thumbnail window is back to horizontal. You can save a vertical video to your camera roll.

All of this doesn’t seem to matter to the growing popularity of the service, as it goes with the visual evolution.

You can only produce videos on iOS at the point but you can view live streams on both iOS and Android.

Time will tell if Camp Meerkat or Camp Periscope wins the live streaming Twitter battle. The Periscope kids hold most of the camp door keys at the moment.

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Google wireless network moving closer

Google wireless network may only work (initially) with Nexus 6 smartphones. This would make sense if you are trying to perfect a WiFi + MVNO carrier, to start with one device, a pure Android phone to make sure it works. But if the price is right! this would most likely appeal to Android innovators first anyway.

If it is anything like Republic Wireless which starts at a $5 WiFi only plan,the cost could easily outweigh the limitations.

It may launch later in March . bgr.com

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Tout Android thumbnail pick, gain loss iOS

tout1Tout, a real-time video publishing platform,  updated the Android app with the ability to update thumbnails.

In one way, it is a better method than on iOS in that you can set the thumbnail before you upload the video. On iOS the video auto publishes with a random often not so great thumbnail. Then when you have time you can go back into the app and update it.

You choose the thumbnail from your video tout2timeline or a still from your gallery on the phone, another Android only feature.

On the other hand you can’t update the thumbnail for videos uploaded though the web interface or change the thumbnail once the video is uploaded from the Android app, which you can do on iOS.

But it is an ok trade off for quick publishing. I would rather know the video has the right thumbnail before I upload it, rather than auto publishing with an almost always poor thumbnail selection and getting back to it later after it has had its 15 minutes of fame.

Start editing the thumbnail in the Android app of Tout by clicking on the picture icon in the caption edit field after your clips have been trimmed and placed in order.

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Android, Gmail merging contacts tool

mergeA handy Android, Gmail merging contacts tool.

You have had a Gmail account since 2004, merged earlier email contacts maybe rolled over a list of phone contacts since 1997…  It’s time to clean house.

This easy tool that pulls the contact list out of Gmail and on it’s own page allowing you to do maintenance tasks, specifically merge contacts.

Log into your Gmail account on a web browser and then  contacts.google.com/preview into a new tab.

merge1I condensed 75 contacts with sometimes 3 or 4 entries for the same person. It will compact all the fields into one new contact.

Since the contacts on your Android phone are cloud based off of Gmail, that list updates automatically.

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Net neutrality reminder from Comcast

This is what you don’t want to see from a provider like Comcast that has over half of US broadband customers arstechnica.com

This is why net neutrality is important and should especially be for journalists working in a very mature monopolized market with declining compensation, searching for new ways to survive.

The internet should be one big open pipe and regulated like a utility.

It would be absurd if your gas company could cut off your supply if you didn’t buy a specific brand water heater, or the water company could restrict water if you wanted to use a Delta faucet in your sink instead of a Moen. That is why we need net neutrality.

Comcast: “business terms had not yet been agreed upon.”

“Comcast customers that want to access HBO Go from a PlayStation 4 are hitting a roadblock, the site reported. Other ISPs are serving HBO Go just fine.”

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