Four arrested in DeSoto County 911 prank

HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) - Two teenagers and two children have been charged with making bogus telephone calls to the DeSoto County 9-1-1 system.

Authorities say at least 60 bogus calls were made between June and December 2006.  The arrests were announced Tuesday.

18-year-old Alex Tunstall and an unidentified 17-year-old girl were charged as adults.

Sheriff's Department Lieutenant Michael Gurley says Tunstall is in jail and the 17-year-old is out on bond.

Gurley says the children -- ages 7 and 11 -- were referred to youth court. Officials say the four suspects are related.

Gurley says the calls were made on inactive cell phones, often in the middle of the night.

He says public safety workers were sent on wild goose chases looking for house fires, stabbings, shootings and car accidents that didn't exist.

Gurley says prosecutors will seek felony indictments of Tunstall and the 17-year-old by a grand jury.

The maximum penalty is a 10-thousand dollar fine and/or three years in prison for each count. Each call could be a separate count.

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