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Weirton Police Charge Man for Phoning in Fake Hostage Situation


 Making a false police report is a serious crime. Not only does it tie up valuable resources, it wastes the time and the money of our first responders. 

That’s happened just recently to the Weirton Police Department. False reports happen more often than officers would like. On Saturday night, police said Douglas Spanovich called the Weirton Police Department about a woman being stabbed and held hostage in the basement.

Police sent five units, plus fire and EMS crews. But it turned out, Spanovich made a drunk phone call to dispatch.

Weirton Police Chief Rob Alexander said his department takes these kind of calls very seriously. “Emotions are high everybody is trying to find this woman so that they can render first aid and take care of the situation and here it was a false report,” he said.

Officers checked numerous houses on Stroud Avenue, trying to find this woman who was supposedly stabbed. Finally, dispatch was able to trace the phone number back to Spanovich.

Spanovich is now charged with filing a false police report and giving false information to a law enforcement officer conducting a felony investigation.

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