The Central Police Department is apologizing to citizens who can't get through on the emergency line. They say it's tied up with calls from people who heeded the suggestion from the mother of a controversial pastor to call them.
"Magi Spell, mother of Pastor Tony Spell of Life Tabernacle Church has posted the Central Police Department's phone number on her Facebook page encouraging everyone to call our Department. This phone number is the line we receive all of our calls on including our emergency calls from Citizens needing our assistance or help due to a life changing emergency. If you can not reach us due to our lines being tied up please keep trying. If you have an emergency please call 911. Again we are sorry for any inconvenience this may cause," the chief wrote on the post.
Tony Spell held services in violation of the state's stay-at-home order. He later was arrested and cited for allegedly backing a bus toward a protester near his church. He was placed on house arrest for that charge, and allegedly violated it on Sunday when he held church again. You can read our latest story here.
Here's the post from the police chief:
Here's the post from Magi Spell: