The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia


April 23, 2014

Woman charged for false bobcat emergency

A Mercer County woman was charged Tuesday with falsely reporting an emergency after police said she made up a story about a bobcat in a neighbor’s house.

Goldie Dillow, 57, of Lashmeet, called and reported that her neighbors had a bobcat under the bed and it would not come out. She also told 911 dispatchers that the bobcat was aggressive and attempted to bite her friend, according to a Mercer County Sheriff’s office criminal complaint.

According to the complaint, Dillow’s neighbor, Terri Patterson, had been in an argument with Dillow the day before regarding Dillow driving up and down the roadway too fast and Dillow was upset that the Pattersons had put a speed bump in the driveway.

“The lady was just calling to try and get her neighbor in trouble because she was upset. So she said there was a bobcat in the house,” Trooper G.W. Wood of the Princeton State Police Detachment said.

Patterson let authorities search her house and police were unable to locate a bobcat.

Dillow was arraigned Tuesday before Mercer County Magistrate Charles Poe who set bond for the woman at $1,000.

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