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Officials won’t waive repeated emergency call fines

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A medical manufacturing company in Greenwood asked the city to waive a fine for repeated false emergency calls to police, but their request was denied.

Advantis Medical has paid two $50 fines for a mistake that has been corrected, and was appealing a third fine, said Mike Keene, who was representing the company.

Advantis, located at 2121 Southtech Drive, had nine false alarms that resulted in unnecessary police runs in 2013, including the most recent one on Dec. 27, Greenwood Police Chief John Laut said.

When the security system at the building was accidentally set off in 2013, the call center that gets the alarm notifications called the police instead of calling Keene first, he said. In one instance, an employee who didn’t have a code to deactivate the system tripped the alarm, and the security company called the police, he said. Other calls were when a new alarm system was being installed, he said. The problems have been corrected, he said.

Seven of the false alarms happened after the city started fining businesses and residents $50 after two false 911 calls in March, Laut said.

The city board of public works and safety denied Keene’s appeal. The board didn’t want to waive the fine because of the number of false alarms Advantis Medical had, board president Kevin Hoover said.

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