February 20, 2013

Oakland woman arrested for repeatedly misusing 911

She called 911 four times in thirteen months, police say

By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling mhhetling@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

Police say the Oakland woman they arrested two weeks ago for repeatedly dialing 911 without a good reason was arrested again Tuesday for the same crime.

In all, Roxane Marie Montgomery, 45, has been charged with misuse of the emergency 911 system four times in the past 13 months.

Oakland police Capt. Rick Stubbert said police have limited options in dealing with those who repeatedly commit relatively minor crimes that unnecessarily tie up police resources that should be directed elsewhere.

"We still have to respond," he said. "It really could be an emergency this time."

Stubbert said it is up to the courts to impose sentences in a way that curbs the criminal behavior.

Montgomery also was charged with assault and refusing to submit to arrest on Tuesday by members of the Oakland and Augusta police departments.

Oakland police went to Montgomery's home on Hussey Hill Road shortly before 5 p.m., after Montgomery allegedly called 911 twice in a five-minute period, leaving the connection open without speaking both times.

Montgomery, who was described as uncooperative, was taken to MaineGeneral Medical Center's emergency room in Augusta to be evaluated, according to Stubbert.

While Montgomery was at the hospital, Augusta police said, she assaulted an emergency room employee, who suffered minor injuries and did not require hospitalization.

She was charged with assault and violating conditions of release and taken to the Kennebec County jail, according to Augusta police Deputy Chief Jared Mills. On Wednesday, Montgomery posted bail and was released, according to jail officials.

On Feb. 7, police gave Montgomery an oral warning for misuse of 911, then arrested her later that evening. She also was charged twice in January 2012 with the same crime.

In April, a court ordered her to serve 10 days in jail for the misdemeanor.

Matt Hongoltz-Hetling -- 861-9287

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