A Summerfield man has found himself behind bars following charges of Misuse of 911.
On September 28, 2023, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested 56-year-old James William Jubane for eight counts of Misuse of 911.
On September 25, deputies responded to a dispute between Jubane and his neighbor. During the investigation, Jubane tried ordering the deputies to conduct their investigation as he demanded. While deputies were still on-scene and conducting their investigation, Jubane began to call 911. Deputies explained to Jubane that if he had concerns he wanted addressed by a supervisor, he could call the Sheriff’s non-emergency number, which deputies offered to write down for him. Jubane told deputies he knew the number. Before leaving the scene, deputies also explained to Jubane that calling 911 for non-emergency reasons would constitute the crime of Misuse of 911.
Beginning approximately an hour after deputies left and continuing over the course of the next 2 days, Jubane called 911 multiple times for non-emergency reasons. These calls had the effect of potentially taking emergency call-takers away from answering calls from persons who were in actual need of emergency services.
During one of his calls, Jubane told the emergency call-taker, “You want to charge me with abuse of 911? Go for it!” During another call, Jubane told the emergency call-taker, “I’m gonna keep calling 911 back! You can charge me all you want!” So, due to Jubane’s repeated misuse and continuing misuse of 911, deputies obtained a warrant for his arrest, charging him with eight counts of misuse of 911.
Jubane was taken into custody at his residence and transported to the Marion County Jail. He is being held on an $8,000 bond.