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Parker County woman reporting intruder calls 911, receives no answer
The Dallas Morning News ^ | March 6, 2009 | CHRIS HAWES

Posted on 03/06/2009 9:49:40 AM PST by Texican72

PARKER COUNTY – As an intruder roamed around her home, a woman repeatedly dialed 911 and received no answer.

Laverne Hokett woke up one February night to the sound of someone breaking down her back door.

"It's a thousand wonders I haven't had a heart attack," she said with tears welling up in her eyes. "I was so afraid."

After dialing 911 several times with no answer, Hokett called her daughter, Deborah Turpin, who lives nearby. Hokett then tried 911 again as the man inside her home screamed.

As Turpin and her husband headed to her mother's home, Hokett sat alone in her dark room and decided to call her neighbor.

"Well, he couldn't find the bullets to the gun," she said of her neighbor.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: banglist; dial911anddie
When seconds are needed...
1 posted on 03/06/2009 9:49:41 AM PST by Texican72
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To: Texican72

lets put them in charge of healthcare


2 posted on 03/06/2009 9:50:27 AM PST by GeronL (Will bankrupting America lead to socialism?)
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To: Texican72

Sarah Brady thinks this scenario is just fine. Wait for the police to come, she says. Nice to live in that fantasy world.


3 posted on 03/06/2009 9:50:44 AM PST by TNCMAXQ
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To: Texican72

... the police are minutes away


4 posted on 03/06/2009 9:51:40 AM PST by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs. Emmanuel = Haldeman?)
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To: NonValueAdded; Texican72

and I guess that should now be “hours away”


5 posted on 03/06/2009 9:52:18 AM PST by NonValueAdded (May God save America from its government; this is no time for Obamateurs. Emmanuel = Haldeman?)
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To: Texican72

Obama's Fault


6 posted on 03/06/2009 9:52:32 AM PST by Diogenesis ("All governments suffer a recurring problem: Power attracts pathological personalities." - Dune)
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To: Texican72

This is what you get when you depend on Government


7 posted on 03/06/2009 9:53:12 AM PST by ConservativeMan55
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To: Texican72

They were probably busy taking a call from a McDonald’s customer who couldn’t get McNuggets...


8 posted on 03/06/2009 9:53:16 AM PST by Hoosier Catholic Momma (Arkansas resident of Hoosier upbringing--Yankee with a southern twang)
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To: Texican72

Another ad for gun ownership.

Never heard about the delay with cell phones before.


9 posted on 03/06/2009 9:53:25 AM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: Texican72

Next time, just dial .357.


10 posted on 03/06/2009 9:53:34 AM PST by SIDENET (I am just a monkey man, I'm glad you are a monkey woman, too.)
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To: Texican72

She should have dialed Remington 870.......


11 posted on 03/06/2009 9:53:36 AM PST by Natural Law
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To: Texican72
When seconds count the police are only minutes away.

That's the old saying. But in this case they weren't there at all.

12 posted on 03/06/2009 9:54:44 AM PST by MeganC (Palin-Limbaugh 2012)
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To: Texican72; SunkenCiv

Spread the word: WE are our own first line of defense. Each individual’s safety is the responsibility of each individual, then of each other, then of local law enforcement. Be prepared!


13 posted on 03/06/2009 9:55:05 AM PST by ValerieTexas
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To: Natural Law
Great minds think alike.

;-)

14 posted on 03/06/2009 9:55:14 AM PST by SIDENET (I am just a monkey man, I'm glad you are a monkey woman, too.)
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To: Texican72

911 is a joke.


15 posted on 03/06/2009 9:55:17 AM PST by dfwgator (1996 2006 2008 - Good Things Come in Threes)
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To: Texican72

What a silly neighbor; I know exactly where the bullets are, they’re in the gun! I keep gas in my car too because I may need to use it.


16 posted on 03/06/2009 9:56:24 AM PST by jjones9853
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To: Texican72
Deputies arrived 13 minutes later

Don't anyone ever tell me I don't need a gun.

17 posted on 03/06/2009 9:56:26 AM PST by MeganC (Palin-Limbaugh 2012)
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To: Texican72
Morgan said cellphone calls can take up to 30 seconds to connect in the dispatch center.

I never thought about a delay. 30-seconds would seem like an hour under those circumstances.

18 posted on 03/06/2009 9:57:42 AM PST by donna (Spending: 28% US government; 12% state-county-city = government consumes 40% of 2009 economy!)
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To: ValerieTexas
WE are our own first line of defense.

Yep ... if a crime is committed against you, or some natural disaster befalls you the "First Responder" is ...

YOU.

19 posted on 03/06/2009 9:58:37 AM PST by ArrogantBustard (Western Civilization is Aborting, Buggering, and Contracepting itself out of existence.)
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To: Texican72; dfwgator

Any idea where this was? Aledo, the Annettas, W’ford, etc


20 posted on 03/06/2009 9:58:56 AM PST by stainlessbanner
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To: Texican72
Hokett said she hopes she never needs 911 again. But just in case, she said her daughter bought her a shotgun that she has places near her bed.

And that, kiddies, is the moral of the story.

Dial 911 so they'll know where to go and draw the chalk outline around your corpse.

21 posted on 03/06/2009 9:59:26 AM PST by AreaMan
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To: stainlessbanner

911 must have been busy taking calls from McDonalds customers


22 posted on 03/06/2009 10:00:22 AM PST by Nashvegas (What do you get if you offer a liberal a penny for their thoughts? Change)
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To: Texican72
“Well, he couldn't find the bullets to the gun,”

This is the way the gov’t wants us to store our firearms unloaded and separate from the ammo. An unloaded gun is nothing more than an expensive club.

23 posted on 03/06/2009 10:01:46 AM PST by gc4nra
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To: dfwgator
911 is a joke.

Here in PA, the joke is, 911 is the number you call for cleanup.

24 posted on 03/06/2009 10:02:26 AM PST by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (American Revolution II -- overdue.)
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To: Nashvegas

“Where be my McNuggets?”


25 posted on 03/06/2009 10:02:29 AM PST by SIDENET (I am just a monkey man, I'm glad you are a monkey woman, too.)
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To: Texican72

Taxpayer calls 911 asking for government to stop stealing money. Gets no answer.


26 posted on 03/06/2009 10:03:39 AM PST by MeneMeneTekelUpharsin (Freedom is the freedom to discipline yourself so others don't have to do it for you.)
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To: donna
Morgan said cellphone calls can take up to 30 seconds to connect in the dispatch center. I never thought about a delay. 30-seconds would seem like an hour under those circumstances.

But ... she managed to get a hold of her daughter and neighbor no problem ... multiple calls to 911 don't work, but calls to two other people do? And the police are blaming her cell phone? Funny.

27 posted on 03/06/2009 10:04:06 AM PST by lkco (Go Dino!)
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To: AreaMan
But just in case, she said her daughter bought her a shotgun that she has places near her bed.

I wonder if the damn thing is even loaded.

It's shocking how many people keep an unloaded gun "at the ready" for home defense.

28 posted on 03/06/2009 10:04:39 AM PST by SIDENET (I am just a monkey man, I'm glad you are a monkey woman, too.)
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To: Texican72
People don't understand the purpose of the 911 emergency number. There was a thread about it just yesterday. To repeat: call 911 to complain about the service at a chain restaurant like McDonald's!
29 posted on 03/06/2009 10:06:19 AM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Texican72
After dialing 911 several times with no answer, Hokett called her daughter, Deborah Turpin, who lives nearby. Hokett then tried 911 again as the man inside her home screamed. ... "This is Parker County 911," a dispatcher said. "Your phone is dialing 911, is there an emergency?"
"Someone's broken into my mother's home," Turpin replied. "I'm sitting here with a gun on him, and if he doesn't behave I'm going to kill him. ... We've both got guns on him. He's sitting here crying and bawling."
Deputies arrived 13 minutes later and arrested the intruder.

"I thought the communications officers did a good job," said Capt. Mike Morgan of the Parker County sheriff's office.

Will AG, Eric Holder, please pick up the White Courtesy Phone.

30 posted on 03/06/2009 10:06:36 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Texican72

Make sure your neighbor always knows where his ammunition is stored. Ahem. That burglar is unsuited to the task. He screams. Then he cries. She could have probably taken care of him with one nice, heavy saucepan if her aim was at all accurate.


31 posted on 03/06/2009 10:08:59 AM PST by La Lydia
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To: Texican72
Morgan said cellphone calls can take up to 30 seconds to connect in the dispatch center.

Well, that's nice to know when some thug is busting down your door in the middle of the night.

32 posted on 03/06/2009 10:10:08 AM PST by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: Texican72

This is a great example of how we can rely on government /s off


33 posted on 03/06/2009 10:10:17 AM PST by Real Cynic No More (The only thing standing between us and complete victory over the evildoers is POLITICS!)
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To: SIDENET
just dial .357

That number's in my speed dial, but I like to dial 1911 more.

34 posted on 03/06/2009 10:23:35 AM PST by Hardastarboard (The Fairness Doctrine isn't about "Fairness" - it's about Doctrine.)
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To: Texican72
"Hokett said she hopes she never needs 911 again. But just in case, she said her daughter bought her a shotgun that she has places near her bed."

Well, thank goodness the lady wasn't hurt, and the purchase of the shotgun is the silver lining in an otherwise dark cloud experience.

35 posted on 03/06/2009 10:32:32 AM PST by Mila
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To: Texican72; Black Agnes

36 posted on 03/06/2009 10:35:08 AM PST by Travis McGee (www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com)
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To: lkco

I wonder if the 911 system is using old equipment.


37 posted on 03/06/2009 10:43:17 AM PST by donna (Spending: 28% US government; 12% state-county-city = government consumes 40% of 2009 economy!)
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To: donna
"Morgan said cellphone calls can take up to 30 seconds to connect in the dispatch center. "

Wonder why it takes so long; a regular call doesn't. Why the difference?

38 posted on 03/06/2009 10:49:19 AM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: Texican72

Better to be armed with a good firearm and a cell phone. The criminal and the victim are the first to arrive at the crime scene. The police come later...often too late.

39 posted on 03/06/2009 10:55:27 AM PST by Myrddin
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To: jackibutterfly
Wonder why it takes so long; a regular call doesn't. Why the difference?

The telephone switch has to map your incoming 911 call to the correct law enforcement agency, look up your premises address and route the call to the agency. Once the phone starts ringing, a dispatcher has to answer. You might have only a single dispatcher covering police/fire/EMS/911/admin phones+radio+administrative tasks. My wife is a dispatcher and deals with this issue 5 days a week. Once your call is answered, you still have to assess the emergency and contact an officer in the field to answer the call...if you have one free to take the call. There's no guarantee that your resources aren't already committed to a call in progress.

40 posted on 03/06/2009 11:01:47 AM PST by Myrddin
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To: Texican72; All

WTH is the point of paying taxes? That is what they are supposed to be for.

The govt has let its citizens down in EVERY way possible.


41 posted on 03/06/2009 11:05:27 AM PST by Red in Blue PA (If guns cause crime, then all of mine are defective.)
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To: Texican72

Good grief! I’d shoot first, call 911 later.


42 posted on 03/06/2009 11:10:56 AM PST by Pythia
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To: dfwgator
911 is a joke

Yep. Lots of police departments now tell you to call 911 for any police need, rather than only in real emergencies. Some don't even publish a number to call for less serious events.

Not hard to figure out what happens when the emergency number becomes the everything number.

43 posted on 03/06/2009 2:03:08 PM PST by ChildOfThe60s (If you can remember the 60s........you weren't really there)
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To: Myrddin

Thank you.


44 posted on 03/06/2009 4:15:55 PM PST by jackibutterfly
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To: Texican72

About a year ago, in Madison,WI a nice college student studying to be a doctor, was being murdered in her apartment in the middle of the day, she was able to dial 911 as she was being attacked, the 911 operator hung up on her. Not only that, the operator did not follow procedure and call the number back. The poor girl’s boyfriend discovered her body. Perp still at large one year later. Liberal land. No justice for the innocent.


45 posted on 03/06/2009 5:31:41 PM PST by TheConservativeParty (Democrats are bastard coated bastards with bastard filling.)
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To: Texican72

Don’t call 911, use 1911.

Although I don’t want to even think of shooting a 1911 indoors at night, sans ear muffs. But I’ll do it if necessary.


46 posted on 03/06/2009 6:07:19 PM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Condor51
"Someone's broken into my mother's home," Turpin replied. "I'm sitting here with a gun on him, and if he doesn't behave I'm going to kill him. ... We've both got guns on him. He's sitting here crying and bawling."

I wonder if you can sue an intruder for the cost of getting the brown and yellow stains out of your carpet?

47 posted on 03/06/2009 6:11:55 PM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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To: Red in Blue PA
WTH is the point of paying taxes?

To pay someone to come take away the body(ies) and maybe clean up the mess. The police have no ability to affect whose body that might be.

In this case, if the intruder had not immediately submitted to the armed daughter and son-in-law, it would have been his. If he'd been truly interested in killing her, it would have been the "old lady".

48 posted on 03/06/2009 6:16:00 PM PST by El Gato ("The Second Amendment is the RESET button of the United States Constitution." -- Doug McKay)
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