Kansas law makes some false police calls felony

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WICHITA, Kan. (AP) -

Kansas law makes some false calls to police a felony that can be punished up to 13 months in prison for a first-time offender.

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In Kansas, it is a misdemeanor to make a false call for emergency, fire or police services. It's a felony to use an electronic device or software to conceal the caller's identity.

It's a more severe felony if the call falsely claims to be about violent crime or an immediate danger to a person. While a 13-month prison sentence is possible, the presumed sentence is probation.

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