Covering Police Activity

So tonight something interesting happened in this little college town.  I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed and what do you know pops up?

Someone posted about heavy police activity in town.

Their post read as:

“On my way to the deli in town, I saw 4 police cars, 2 fire trucks, and the trailways on Main street. I think someone got hit!! :O:”

This was posted just around midnight.  And I had seen it about 25 minutes after it was posted.  So I decided to check Twitter and there were two tweets about it.

The most interesting Tweet was:

“What is happening in New Paltz? Helicopters, 7 police cars, and ambulance and a women screaming outside the middle school. WHAT’S GOING ON?”

So I decided to go into town to investigate.  While I was putting on clothes (I was in pajamas at this time) I could hear a helicopter outside, to me that was a confirmation.

It took me about 15 minutes to walk into town.  When I got to the area by the aforementioned Middle School and the Deli (Convenient Deli) it was bone quiet.  Nothing was stirring.  No police activity.  Convenient is 24 hours, so I went inside and asked the cashier if he had seen or heard anything.  He said someone either got hit by a bus or had a heart attack on it.  Either way they were airlifted to a hospital.  He also gave me the interesting fact that a drug sniffing dog was brought in.

Luckily, I had bumped into my roommate in the deli, who dropped me off back to the dorm.  I proceeded to call the bus company but they shut they closed at midnight.  I then called the town police.  I explained what I heard about the activity and the officer on the end of the line, clearly annoyed and angered said, “We don’t give out that kind of information on the phone.”  I didn’t want to deal with an irate officer so I hung up without pressing any further.  You can bend my back but not break it.

So now what do I do?  I’ve written down my timeline of events and what I know.  I have to go to the bus station tomorrow anyway to take a bus home for the weekend and I plan on doing some more snooping.

What more could I have done?

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