911 Call to ‘Test’ Phone Line Leads to Man’s Arrest

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STRONGSVILLE, Ohio — A test to see if his phone line was working led to a Strongsville man’s arrest last week.

Lt. Mark Stepanovich with the Strongsville Police Department says that on January 25, at 5:18 p.m. police received a 911 hang up call.

According to Lt. Stepanovich, Strongsville Police investigate all 911 hang-up calls and when officers called the number back a recording said that the number is temporarily disconnected.

Police went to the address along Prospect Road, where the 911 call originated, to make sure someone was not in distress and found 18-year-old Steven Ralf Franke.

Franke told police he was attempting to see if his land line was working so he dialed 911, said Lt. Stepanovich.

Officers then ran Franke’s record and as it turns out, he had a contempt of court warrant with Strongsville Police.

Franke was taken into custody and booked on the contempt charge.