Stearns County Used Phone Calls to Alert Waite Park Residents About a Fugitive
ST. CLOUD -- Some Waite Park residents got a voicemail from the Stearns County Sheriff's Office Sunday as officers were searching for a fugitive.
Thirty-three-year-old Kyle Whalen was arrested after a police chase through Waite Park. But, the sheriff's office used an automated phone calling system to alert some neighborhoods that a man wanted by police was on the loose in their area.
Captain Jon Lentz says it's a good way to send a mass alert either informing people of a dangerous situation or to alert law enforcement if they see anything suspicious.
However, some residents say they never received the message. Captain Lentz says unfortunately, their system only works with landline telephones at this time and mobile-only users aren't in their system.