Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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June 18, 2012

Mom of 911 caller charged with retaliation

CROSSVILLE — The mother of a woman who has repeatedly been arrested for making non-emergency phone calls to the Cumberland County Emergency Communications Center found herself behind bars after threatening a Fairfield Glade safety officer last week.

Ruby Norris, 71, 1274 E. Keyes Rd., is charged with one count of retaliation for past action and was placed under $4,000 bond. She is to appear in General Sessions Court on July 2, according to a booking sheet.

Norris is the mother of Reta Fay Harbin who has repeatedly been arrested on charges of calling the E-911 center and hanging up, calling and threatening suicide or calling for non-emergency reasons.

On June 5, Fairfield Glade Public Safety officers were dispatched to the Wilshire Heights area after the 911 center reported receiving a call from Reta Harbin, who they said hung up without speaking to the dispatcher.

Safety Officer Ronnie Schubert made contact with Harbin and Norris in the parking lot of Regions Bank where they both reported no problems, and Harbin denied making the call. Schubert cautioned the two women that if they dialed 911 without an emergency again, warrants would be signed.

A short time later, the emergency communications center contacted Glade safety officers and sheriff's deputies and reported that Norris was on a recorded phone line and had been taped making threats toward Schubert.

Sheriff's deputies located Norris and Schubert signed a warrant for her arrest.

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