Police: Man Calls 911 Nine Times for Cheeseburger

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NEW CASTLE, Ind. (WISH) – A New Castle man’s hunger for a cheeseburger landed him in jail. Fifty two-year-old Gregory Jackson Sr. was so hungry this past Friday night, he called 911 to get it. Not just once, but according to the New Castle Police incident report, nine times in about a 90 minute span. Instead of sending him a cheeseburger, however, New Castle police sent an officer to Jackson’s apartment and arrested him.

Friday night, New Castle 911 emergency dispatchers got a phone call from Gregory Jackson Sr.  The 911 calls obtained by 24-Hour News 8 show at first, the dispatcher didn’t know it was him.

DispatcherDo you have an emergency sir, because you dialed 911.
GregoryI dialed 911.
DispatcherYeah you dialed 911. 

Much of what Jackson said was hard to understand.

DispatcherI don’t, I am not understanding a word your saying sir.
Gregory(unintelligible)
DispatcherOK, what did you need? 

The dispatcher worked to try and figure it out.

DispatcherOK, so why did you call 911 for, what do you need. 
DispatcherDo you have an emergency?
GregoryA cheeseburger.
DispatcherHave a good day.  

But Gregory didn’t give up.  He called back again. .

Dispatcher:  911, Your emergency.
GregYes, I just spoke with you. You hung up on me.
DispatcherWell I asked if you had an emergency. You said no, you needed a cheeseburger. So we don’t take cheeseburger orders. 

And again.

DispatcherYou know if you give me some information maybe we can try and help you out. 

Eventually, the dispatcher found out the man on the phone was very familiar to the New Castle Police Dept.

Gregory Jackson Sr. is a man with a long criminal history, mostly alcohol related.  Jackson did serve time in prison for theft, dealing a controlled substance and criminal recklessness.  The dispatcher was afraid Jackson hadn’t had anything to eat in a long time, so they sent an officer to his apartment.

DispatcherYou hear them knocking?
GregYes.

Jackson has an extensive arrest and conviction record.  It turns out, he was wanted on a warrant for failing to appear at a court hearing issued two days before making the emergency cheeseburger calls. Now, he is being held in the Henry County Jail, awaiting an appearance scheduled for Wednesday. Police didn’t immediately arrest Jackson on any preliminary charges related to the 911 calls.

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Mayor Charged for Drunken Tantrum Over Milkshake

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ATWATER, Calif. – Craig Mooneyham, who was filling in as mayor of Atwater, Calif., is accused of throwing a drunken fit over a $7 milkshake, CBS Sacramento reports.

According to the station, witnesses say the mayor was so mad about having to pay $7 for a banana milkshake, he started cursing and nearly got into a fight. “He was just throwing the f-bombs and pretty much everything else,” Liliana Gracian, an employee of Fosters Freeze, a fast-food chain, told the station.

Mooneyham reportedly swore he was overcharged for extra toppings and flavors.

“…He was really angry, and was like ‘you’re stealing from me,'” Gracian said. The station reports Gracian said she could smell alcohol on him. When other witnesses tried to calm him down, Mooneyham reportedly challenged them to a fight.

Mooneyham drove off before police arrived, but they caught up with him at his home later. According to the police report, he came to the door wearing a t-shirt and boxers, asked police what was going on, and then asked if he could go inside and get some pants.

The station reports cops say he came back out fully-dressed and then said he had to take a phone call, went inside and locked the door, refusing to come back out.

Mooneyham, who filed papers to run for district supervisor next year, told a local paper he believes the allegations are politically motivated. The mayor Pro Tem is charged with disturbing the peace, a misdemeanor. Police say he refused to submit to a field sobriety test when they confronted him at his home, the station reports.