A West Manchester Township firefighter told police that after he started making false calls to 911 in late 2018, it “started to get out of control,” according to charging documents.
Isaiah Smith, 18, of the 1600 block of Filbert Street, West York, faces one count each of false alarm to agency of public safety and disorderly conduct – hazardous/physically offensive condition, documents state.
Smith has a preliminary hearing before District Judge Keith L. Albright scheduled for April 2, according to online court dockets.
Charging documents list the calls allegedly made by Smith as:
Dec. 22 at 9:59 p.m. at Church Road and Broad Street – gas leak.
Jan. 9 at 11:55 p.m. at Planet Fitness, 2130 White St. – gas leak.
Jan. 10 at 9:29 p.m. at North Baker and East Berlin roads – barn fire.
Jan. 18 at 10:21 p.m. at Derry and Church roads – house fire.
Jan. 19 at 10:07 p.m. at Sunset Lane and Derry Road – car crash.
Jan. 31 at 7:21 a.m. at Wyndham Garden Hotel, 2000 Loucks Road – gas leak.
West Manchester Township Police began investigating after township Fire Chief Cliff Laughman told them on Jan. 25 that Smith, one of his firefighters, had made several false calls to the York County 911 Center’s non-emergency numbers.
On Feb. 7, police interviewed Smith, who said he called in a gas leak to 911 because he smelled something, documents state.
“When asked why he called the non emergency number and provided a false name and phone number he had no good reason,” according to documents.
Police went through the six calls to 911 with Smith, and he said he made them, but that the information was either provided to him on Snapchat or text by a friend whose name he could not provide, documents state.
“He finally admitted on the last call we discussed the Wyndham Garden call that he was bored and called the call into York County Control,” documents state. “While speaking too (sic) Isaiah he admitted it started to get out of control and he knew he needed to quit but did not think it was a serious criminal issue.”
Police said Smith was remorseful for his actions. Although Smith was not required to do so, he provided a statement expressing his remorse, according to documents.
Smith could not be reached for comment.