Man Arrested for Making Bogus 911 Calls

Cops say Salino may have been responsible for 300 fake calls

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    Police charged a 37-year-old Mastic man with making dozens of bogus 911 calls, and say he may have made hundreds more. (Published Tuesday, Sep 22, 2009)

    He's the man who cried wolf. Michael Salino was charged with making 31 fake 911 calls in the past three weeks, but cops say he could be responsible for up to 300 bogus calls. 

    The Suffolk County 911 system has been inundated since Aug. 31 with hundreds of false reports of emergencies in Long Island and Manhattan, which included fires, motor vehicle crashes, injured people and robberies in progress, cops said.

    Investigators tracked a bunch of the calls to Salino, who they said used two discarded cell phones to make the fake calls. The 37-year-old Mastic man was arrested yesterday and charged with six counts of falsely reporting an incident in the second degree – a felony -- and 25 counts of falsely reporting an incident in the third degree – a misdemeanor.

    The investigation into Salino is ongoing. Authorities believe he made hundreds of bogus 911 calls, which would've cost him quite a bit had he done so in California, where the cash-strapped city of Vallejo plans to charge people $200 for making fake 911 calls.

    Salino was scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in First District Court in Central Islip. It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer.