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Centralia Chronicle (Newspaper) - December 15, 2001, Centralia, Washington A2 a the chronicle Centralia Chehalis wash., saturday . 15, 2001 local / Northwest commentary Lewis county sheriff 911 hang ups false alarms or real emergencies when i first started in Law enforcement there was no 911 system and i remember the logistical difficulty of trying to get one. Countywide. With several Telephone systems in play. It took years. Later the system went to e-911, or enhanced 911, which provides information to the dispatcher such As the address even if the caller cannot speak or does no to know it. It was a Good upgrade. Today the 911 system has gone from Nice to have to an essential service pretty quickly with Many people alive because it works pretty Well. The system is used constantly and answered by professionals who can do a number of things on the phone including assist with first Aid cardiopulmonary resuscitation and even help deliver a baby. And. In the next few years there is a requirement the system be Able to locate cell phone callers in the same Way. Someone will Call and through the magic of wireless technology the dispatch Center within just a few feet will know where the caller is located. Think about that. You Are in a Field on a Mountain hiking on a Trail or driving along in a unfamiliar place and need 911, they will know exactly where you Are. While this technology sounds Good it does comes with some problems because As the number of Calls go up the number of responders probably won t. When burglar and panic alarms first became popular they were useful and helped catch burglars. But they were and Are activated sometimes when no crime is occurring or by Accident. The alarm activation generates a police response even to false ones. The significant number of false alarms has led to better response policies and unfortunately an occasional police car Accident. So what do false alarms and e-911 have in common false alarms or in this Case 911 hang ups often Lead to an emergency response and the vast majority of them Are also false. But Don t confuse real 911 Calls with 911 hang up Calls. The 911 Calls Are real Calls for help and 911 hang ups Are Calls from a phone and often Are just an open line a Tisdial or a technical problem. Sometimes the line is Busy which can mean someone simply mind baled the phone on the Call Back so we have to physically go and see if there is a problem. In the Case of e-911, pets and kids dealing technical glitches Power failures and mis dials occur at a rate that sometimes has All deputies responding to a �?o911 hang up Quot Call at the same time. In the past couple of weeks this problem has occurred a couple of times i know about. So far this year we have had 1,039 Calls concluded As false. When we can resolve the Call Over the phone it can be taken care of fairly quickly. But sometimes we can t and May have to respond to a false report while other real Calls Are pending. We have discussed this problem and not yet found an acceptable solution. If these were alarms we could notify the owner we Arentt responding anymore or Only As we have time because of the false Calls. But with 911 hang ups we can to be sure they Aren t real. So we have to go Check. When cell phones Are added to the mix it will aggravate the problem. And like the Story of the Little boy who cried Wolf if the system cries Wolf too often it wont be of any value because we wont be Able to Chase them All. A a a John Mccroskey is Lew is county sheriff. He May he reached by email at By John Mccroskey sex Walter Reed doctor convicted of dereliction of duty in death fort Lewis apr a former Walter Reed army medical Center doctor has been convicted of dereliction of duty but acquitted of negligent homicide in the 1998 Case of a teen age girl who died after routine surgery. Capt. Michael g. Hamner will be dismissed from the service said fort Lewis spokesman Joe Hitt. He was convicted wednesday and sentenced thursday by col. Theodore Dixon in a proceeding at fort Lewis where the Case had been moved from Washington . Katie tyra of Fairfax county va., went to Walter Reed Hospital in Washington. . For removal of a benign cyst on her neck. She was transferred to another Hospital and died 13 Days after the april 1998 surgery. Hamner. An Anaesthesiologist was convicted of dereliction of duty for failing to properly administer the Antibiotic Clin Damyin. Hitt said. He was also convicted of five counts of making false official statements. A the lied about How much of a powerful Antibiotic he had administered to the girl and How fast a said Hitt. The sentence will be reviewed by the fort Lewis commander. It. Gen. James Hill who May Lessen the penalty but cannot increase it Hitt said. The Case will also be sent to a military appeals court in Washington dc., for review. Hamner s attorney Frank spinner was not immediately available for comment. The army alleged that Hamner improperly administered an Antibiotic failed to Call prom pay for assistance when the girl went into cardiac arrest and lied about the circumstances to doctors trying to save her. The army originally charged Hamner with involuntary manslaughter. However in january an army judge in Washington. ., blocked his court martial on that change. The judge ruled that the involvement of top Pentagon officials May have tainted the decision to prosecute the Anaesthesiologist. The Case was then reassigned to army prosecutors at fort Lewis. While malpractice allegations against military physicians Are common an army doctor has not been criminally charged in a medical Case in at least three decades military officials have said. Please Recycle this newspaper. 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Highs 42-47 lows 37-42 twin cities data statistics through 9pm yesterday for the Centralia fire department temperature High yesterday .47 average High .47 record High 60 1939, 1980 Low yesterday.41 average Low.34 record Low .12 1932 barometer. 29 30 precipitation total yesterday.0.21 average .0.25 record.1.85 1955 month to Date.5 65 Normal month to Date 3 72 year to Date. 38 80 Normal year to Date. 40 04 All maps. Forecast and data provided by acc weather. Inc. 6 2001 sunday monday tuesday wednesday it might Shower Early. Ram. Perhaps heavy. Ram possible especially late. Morning ram. Highs 47-52 lows 35-40 highs 40-45 lows 30-35 highs 40-45 lows 32-37 highs 40-45 lows 32-39 River stages readings at 6 pm yesterday for the latest information on gauge Heights and the rate of flow of selected local Rivers and others in Western Washington Call the steel headers and Whitewater hotline in Seattle at 526-8530 gauge it. Flood stage 24 or. Change site Chehalis at Mellen St 62 18 65 0 up 7 72 Skookumchuck at Pearl St 81 59 85.0 up 4 78 Colwitz at Randle 10 88 18 0 up 5 32 Colwitz at Packwood 4 79 10.5 up 212 Colwitz at Mayfield dam 14 64 cts a a up 0 97 Burn bans i for the latest information on burning bans and restrictions in the Lewis and Thurston county areas Call the number below that corresponds to your location of your location is not listed Call your local fire department Centralia. 330-7681 Olympia air pollution 438-8768 Chehalis. 748-3394 dept Nat res 1-800-323-2876 Lewis county. 740-1146 Iii weather trivia q Al the North pole the breath from Santa s Reindeer could cause what across the Region shown is today s weather temperatures Are today s highs and tonight s lows 6o Jaa Pusey Sun Sunset tonight 4 24 . Spokane 32/30 a i Sunrise tomorrow 7 50 olympic 45/44 Aberdeen 47/45. A a a Centralia 46/42 yest. City Hilo prep Bell Ogham 44 41 053 Hoquiam 45 41 018 Ocean shores 46 40 0.17 Olympia 46 39 006 port Angeles 45 39 too Portland or 43 38 033 Seattle 45 39 0.11 Spokane 36 32 035 Vancouver b 45 40 0 45 Walla Walla 52 39 007 Wenatchee 43 31 008 Yakima 46 38 001 Moon first full last new 22 30 Jan 5 Jan 13 t Yakima 36/32 a Stormy weekend is store for the Region As Pacific moisture streams Inland. Rain will fall much of today and tonight with Snow Levels rising to near 4,000 feet by the end of today and holding steady tonight additional rain will tall tomorrow and tomorrow night with the increased risk of flooding. Weather w a sunny pc partly Cloudy a Cloudy so showers. 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