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Phony Call Reported Capital Heights House Fire

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Landover – A high-ranking member of the Prince George’s County Fire Department has been accused of making a fake 911 call reporting a fire. Maj. Cornelius Jackson is charged with making a false 911 call. That call was placed while he was allegedly at the Bowie home of another fire department employee.

The June 7 call was placed by a man who called himself Lucas and was reporting a house fire in Capital Heights.

Sources said investigators are trying to determine if that call was placed so that a specific engine company would respond.

State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey said the charges are serious.

“We’ve got dispatchers who are heavily burdened already here in the county,” said State’s Attorney Glenn Ivey. “We certainly don’t want people making false reports. But these are just allegations in this case at this point, and we’ll be taking a look to make sure it’s appropriate to move forward.”

Jackson has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Making a false 911 call is a misdemeanor punishable by five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

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