Police pranked by 'violence' call in central Pennsylvania


BOALSBURG, Pa. — Police in several central Pennsylvania communities are trying to trace a prank emergency call that prompted several departments to respond, some in tactical gear.

State College police Chief Tom King tells the Centre Daily Times that his department and the Centre County sheriff's office were called Thursday about threatened gun violence at an apartment in Harris Township. That's near Boalsburg, about 130 miles east of Pittsburgh.

The area's tactical response team gathered at the Boalsburg Fire Company, then went to the apartment where police found the resident cooperative and no other evidence of a crime.

King says there was never a threat to the community.

As for the phone call, King says, "We believe it was a false call to law enforcement about a crime of violence."