Rodeman recordings released

Sgt. Erik Foster told dispatchers: 'They're attacking me'

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911 and dispatch audio from Cargo Rodeman's arrest

— In the July 19 incident that resulted in the arrest of former Oak Creek mayor Kathy "Cargo" Rodeman, Sgt. Erik Foster initially told dispatchers five people were physically attacking him.

Rodeman was detained for driving under the influence of alcohol and resisting arrest, and two other women were accused of obstructing a peace officer. Audio recordings of law enforcement communication and 911 calls during the incident clarify and raise questions about how the situation unfolded.

Foster arrested Rodeman, 54, after she was tased twice. Foster attempted to pull Rodeman over after she failed to signal a right turn in front of the Oak Creek Sinclair, from Lincoln Avenue onto Meyers Street, while driving home from the Colorado Bar, according to sworn affidavits.

"I need cover down here. I'm gonna be on Grant Street. I've got five people who are ... (inaudible) - they're attacking me," Foster said to Routt County Communications.

The timeline of Foster's dispatches, and how they relate to the actual events of the incident, is unclear. Dispatchers were not advised that he was attempting to pull Rodeman over.

Rodeman allegedly sped to her residence and ran inside with passengers Tashena and Shoshanna Montoya, who allegedly sandwiched Foster between the house's door and its frame to prevent him from entering. She was arrested that night on suspicion of misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and obstructing a peace officer. In court documents, Judge Shelley Hill noted that there was probable cause for her arrest, with the handwritten addition "barely."

"My clients never saw five guys - or girls - attacking anybody," said attorney Kris Hammond, who represents Rodeman and the Montoyas.

When asked about the discrepancy, Oak Creek Police Chief Russ Caterinicchio declined to comment about any element of the incident or offer any kind of explanation.

"To make any comments at this time would compromise the investigation," Caterinicchio said.

Last week, Caterinicchio freely discussed the incident, jumping to Foster's defense and justifying his use of the Taser.

It's unclear at exactly what point during the incident Foster contacted Routt County Communications for assistance. Less than a minute elapsed between his first radio transmission, requesting other officers respond to the scene, and Rodeman dialing 911, shortly before 2 a.m. July 19.

"They came running in my house. I do not believe they have a warrant. : I have absolutely no idea why the officers are here. They came through the door; they pushed through the door," Rodeman told dispatchers, according to 911 recordings.

When Foster enters the room, Rodeman can be heard begging for help, saying "You stay right where you're at. Please don't tase us, please don't tase us. Our hands are up."

In the affidavit for warrantless detention authored by Foster on the date of the incident, he states that Rodeman refused to stand from a seated position or turn around and place her hands behind her back when he advised her she was under arrest, and "attempted to repeatedly jerk out of my grasp, placing me in substantial risk of bodily injury."

It was then that Foster took out his Taser and deployed it, after he "repeatedly advised her to turn around and place her hands behind her back," according to the sworn affidavits.

Hammond, who had not yet reviewed the affidavits and all the radio dispatches, was unable to clarify exactly when during the incident that Rodeman was tased. He did note, however, that versions of the events of July 19 "are going to diverge very early on."

"Cargo has committed the most serious crime known to man - and that's pissing off a cop," Hammond said.

Requests for further police reports and video footage of the contact have been denied by Oak Creek police.

Rodeman ultimately was arrested on suspicion of misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, DUI per se, eluding, resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer, and a traffic charge of failure to signal. Tashena Montoya was cited for obstructing a peace officer and for possession of drug paraphernalia.

To date, the town has received multiple verbal complaints about the incident and one very brief written complaint, police commissioner Dave Ege said Thursday. Caterinicchio is investigating the complaint and acquiring additional information, Ege said.

The women are due to make their first appearances in Routt County Court at 9 a.m. Oct. 1.

- To reach Melinda Dudley, call 871-4203

or e-mail mdudley@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

Ms_E_Bronte 5 years, 8 months ago

Has anyone listened to the 911 recordings? Seems like what the Pilot is reporting and what is actually on the tapes aren't the same. Just wondering...

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spukomy 5 years, 8 months ago

Boy is this gonna get ugly. And there's video footage.

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whereisthesno 5 years, 8 months ago

how much liability does the colorado bar/bar tender carry if any? if the alleged and others were allowed to keep drinking and then drive would they(the bar) be responsible for the alleged being in this mess? it appears the dui started it all.impaired choices make everyone suffer. did anyone witness any other substance being consumed that might defray liability away from the bar tender? ex: did they(the alleged) bring their own alcohol or have something in the car? many many unanswered questions. it does appear the officer was barely in the clear. likely a fast emergency situation with not much time to make a perfect arrest but a legal arrest. just because they are women does not down play the danger officers face and likely 911 operators are conditioned to getting the first call of numbers of people as a quick guess from the officer thats being attacked. cojustice we need some legal answers! wish you were working with us on midnight shift.

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Scott Wedel 5 years, 8 months ago

I still say that there are no shortages of other cases in which the observed crimes prior to entering the house did not carry jail time resulted in a judge declaring it was an illegal search and seizure.

From what I can tell, the judge hand wrote "barely" to the police's claim that there was probable cause to arrest Cargo in her house. I don't think the defense has yet made a motion to suppress on the grounds that the police lacked probable cause on DUI when Cargo entered her house and thus while they might have gotten an arrest warrant, they did not meet the higher standard needed to enter the house without a warrant..

Getting an arrest or search warrant is an important safeguard of our constitutional rights. Just because the police would have gotten a warrant does not excuse the fact that they did not get the warrant.

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whereisthesno 5 years, 8 months ago

other question if the alleged was a former mayor with years experience in everyday law enforcement lingo and access to criminal tactics of evasion and case studies and known court proceedings. would the courts view the alleged as some who"has read the books" and a capable game player? or would they believe its possible the alleged said the proper legal known phases that normally allow escape just by coincidence? one more question tonight how prepared is the town budget or the colo.bar if both are found at fault? has this been considered yet?

very sad for all involved. alcohol=much heartache

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handyman 5 years, 8 months ago

whereisthesno - It seems like all of the heartache shouldn't be blamed just on alcohol in this case.

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uporpeopleu 5 years, 8 months ago

don't u get that if erik never called in a traffic stop that maybe there was no infraction, no alluding, no failure to signal, no speeding. if erik watched 3 of them get into the car, where did he get 5 people attacking before he enters the home? y is only 1 charged with assault? erik story sounds like a pack of lies.

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Ms_E_Bronte 5 years, 8 months ago

whereisthesno -- good points you make about Colorado Bar/over serving...not that Jay would knowingly allow this to happen, but it obviously did happen if Ms. Rodeman left the Colorado Bar, drove home (over the legal drinking limit) and alluded the police... Interesting she implicated her two passengers by telling them to exit the vehicle and run into the house because the police couldn't enter without a warrant...also interesting that she had dispatch on the phone to hear her "begging" not to be tased. Something just doesn't add up here. Hope the OCPD's recordings tell the whole story...till then,

Oak Creek 80467 to be continued...

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Dukebets 5 years, 8 months ago

Where are all the supporters of the OCPD today? Foster will be fired, Caternicchio will resign, and the Town just better hope Cargo doesn't take them to the cleaners.

You are quite the man Foster. By the way, so are you Russ for supporting this crap.

Yes, OC needs law enforcment, but not 2 yahoo's with no experience.

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justathought 5 years, 8 months ago

Here's an OCPD supporter, I know the drama queen and her capabilities. Too many of OC's upstanding citizens know how to "play the game" to get settlements while walking to the bank singing "another one bites the dust".

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Dukebets 5 years, 8 months ago

Who's the drama queen justnothought? Your opinions of Cargo have nothing to do with the case. Did you read the article, or are you just reponding to the posts? If you did read the article, do you have a good comprehension of the English language?

Lying vigilante's are not typically a good choice for law enforcement.

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justathought 5 years, 8 months ago

dukebets... And lying "victims" shouldn't always get settlements. Attacking other posters for their opinion and or experiences does not make you more credible, it just shows the type of person you actually are. You may continue trying to belittle others if you please but this is my last response to your pompous writings.

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nmypinon 5 years, 8 months ago

It makes me wonder what the comments would be if it was someone other than Cargo? Someone that is an "upstanding" citizen for example a Dr., teacher,town employee. Would it be ok for that person to be claiming a wrong doing for being treated the way that Cargo is/was being treated. And we can only hope that the chief quits, but I am sure he will stay just like Wall.

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muckermania 5 years, 8 months ago

Webster's dictionary defines barely:

Scarcely and hardly: to barely have enough money! (kinda like the town of OAK CREEK)

Hardly is-- hardly enough evidence like to get a conviction!! (kinda like our police department)

NOW KID'S LET'S LOOK UP LAWSUIT!!!

NA NA NA NA HEY HEY GOOD-BYE!!

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max huppert 5 years, 8 months ago

I am just sad that they dont allow dogs in the Elks Tavern anymore,, Hope this town dont end up like Steamboat.. and we live up the street from Cargo and didnt hear anything that night,, at least they are more quiet then the dogs on the other side of the rail road tracks...

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nmypinon 5 years, 8 months ago

Oh you would be so shocked at how many goody-2-shoes there are that drink & drive. That think they are above the law. Lets see Labor Day is right around the corner. There are a lot of REAL UPSTANDING CITIZENS that are in town over the weekend that think oh they won't pull me over I work at/for so & so, or they had better not pull me over, I know how to handle my booze. And maybe you don't think that a real upstanding citizen would get drunk at a bar but what about at a social gathering ( like Wall ), a back yard bbq, b-day party etc.....

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steamboattalk 5 years, 8 months ago

What do they serve at the Mayor of OC's bar? Cargo was found to be drunk and over the limit for driving, yet one of her friends arrested with her had drug paraphanelia. How do you order that from the Mayor's Bar? Or do you order it from this side of the Bar? How do you own a Bar and represent law, order and community at the town hall? Can you mix good and evil? Yin and Yang? No, you will love one and hate the other. The town hall sits BEHIND the bar for a good reason. Do not kid yourself and think you can run a bar and run a town. The way you run one place is the way you run the other place. Either the bar will uphold the law, or the town hall will uphold the Bar. It will be decided by what is in the person's heart.

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muckermania 5 years, 8 months ago

BEYOND A REASONABLE DOUBT!

it is NOT................barely!

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muckermania 5 years, 8 months ago

In court documents, Judge Shelley Hill noted that there was probable cause for her arrest, with the handwritten addition "barely."

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id04sp 5 years, 8 months ago

Oh, you nasty staff scamps! No sense of humor at all. If Jay Leno or David Letterman had said what I posted, you'd all be repeating it to each other and laughing your heads off.

To the rest of you, I suggested that someone should name a deli sandwich after Cargo. Apparently the ingredients were considered insulting to someone.

What's wrong with corned beef? White bread? A hot dog?

I guess it's the way I put them together. Oh, and the association of the word "trash" with one of the ingredients, maybe?

So, make up your own joke. It was based on the assertion that the officer was squeezed between two of the suspects and a door while trying to enter the residence.

As for the "poor Cargo" comments, if any other public person had pulled a similar stunt, the comments would have been just as brutal. Look at Sheriff Wall's case for confirmation on that one, and he didn't attempt to flee or resist arrest.

The answer is for the Betty Ford Clinic to annex O C and be done with it.

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whereisthesno 5 years, 8 months ago

this weekend will be a good time to visit oak creek. someone said the bars are waiting til guests get drunk then cell phone recording/taping what they say. this stems from trying to get politicians "real opinions" about stratagies on how to rid oak creek from having a police department.if true the recordings are available of anyone at the bars using drugs. also they themselves did not see this.therefore to me its not true.my eyes will need to see it to believe it.

drug use recorded will help prove the mayor/co bar owner not liable or at least not totally liable for the allegeds condition.

if not a millionaire by the mayors money then lets look at the odds of the alleged vacuuming oak creek town/ citizens bucks.

the officer was legally justified. "barely" covers it. legal is legal. no million bucks there.

my guess for the money vacuum at this junction is the attorney.

entities such as towns know their employee did a good job and is innocent. but sometimes its cheaper to settle. if settlement comes right away the client(alleged) would not want to pay the attorney full comp. therefore if attorney stalls out time and it goes at least 6 months with depotstions,statements,evidence,court hearings, expert witnesses and multiple client meetings. the client says 'hey its worth paying them'.

just keep it simple--oak creek citizens now could just make the alleged a millionare by dropping their hard earned money to the alleged in person. all the same in end. if it cost the town it will cost the citizen.

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steamboattalk 5 years, 8 months ago

Oak Creek Motto could change to

WE LOVE CARGO AND THE MILLION WE GAVE HER PROVES IT

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nmypinon 5 years, 8 months ago

Probably don't have to worry about the recordings from the bar or anywhere else, the cops are not usually on duty late at night. (after 8-9 pm) I think it was a fluke that Foster was on duty so late when this occured. By the way nothing against you id but I cannot stand Jay or David. The only thing I have ever seen good on those shows is the animals.

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Ms_E_Bronte 5 years, 8 months ago

nmyopinion: have seen not only OCPD on duty into the wee hours of the morning but also SO's office out here along with CSP. So...whomever gave you the info that 8-9 pm is quitting time is mistaken.

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whereisthesno 5 years, 8 months ago

nmyopinion

its not officers recording its local bar clients recording each other. pretty sneaky.

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id04sp 5 years, 8 months ago

nmy --

I don't watch them either. Remember, I was referring to the Pilot staff.

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mountaingirl33 5 years, 8 months ago

If memory serves Cargo drinks white russians.

The Colorado has nothing on the VFW as far as over serving goes. Jay runs a good business and does abide by the liquor laws. You can't control what people do before they come to the bar.

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nmypinon 5 years, 8 months ago

I am not saying that they go off duty early every night. But I myself have needed an officer many times late at night & ocpd officers are off shift. As far as the SO units yes I do see them late at night & in the wee morning hours. But it is still pretty sad when we have a chief that lives in town & when he is off duty HE IS OFF DUTY.He thinks that this is his town but won't help out if he is not on duty. Give me a break. Officer Rossi is a great asset to this town & hopefully she stays around as an officer.

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nmypinon 5 years, 8 months ago

Just out of curiosity what does the VFW have to do with this? If you are talking about the one in OC it has been closed for years.

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QuitYerWhining 5 years, 8 months ago

Actually a better bumper sticker would be:

Less Cargo...less baggage

Or.....

Mayberry had Otis, we gots Cargo: at least Otis let himself in to jail!

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Dukebets 5 years, 8 months ago

justnothought - You seem to be capable of blasting everyone and anything...............And, then you cry when comments go towards you.

The article seems to support everything Cargo has stated. Eric and Russ, on the other hand, have dug themselves some serious holes. Eric has now been proven a liar. And, Russ stated that he was in full support.

Russ has a mentality very similar to yours. He and you both jump into a fire on all fours...........The heat gets turned up and you take off running.

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mountaingirl33 5 years, 8 months ago

Just talking about the problem of over serving- I am fully aware that the VFW in OC has been closed for years.

I lived in OC for a while, and over serving was always a problem, there is nothing more to do in that town but drink.

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skipole 5 years, 8 months ago

Why are drunks recording what other drunks might say at the bars? Truth injections right on the bar stool? Is there no honor among drunks these days?

People can be jealous and mean spirited towards each other. But then alcohol does allow the true thoughts of a person out>> for all<< to see.

Still shocks me. I lean toward the reason being druggies holding recorded info and grudges on each other.

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skipole 5 years, 8 months ago

By the way anybody seen this happening in The Boat? Hope not.

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justathought 5 years, 8 months ago

Yes, I listened to them. The cop said "I got a (muffled) people". Dispatch then relayed to backup he was being attacked by 5 males. Where dispatch got 5 from the muffled utterance and got the word males from people, I have no clue. The reporter had to stretch it a little to report "5" people, is she by any chance a friend of the alleged victim? Also, on the 911 call, it doesn't sound to me like the "victims" were scared to death nor "cowering" on the floor "begging", sounded a little calm and put on to me. Remember the "don't tase me bro"...

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BoatMaster 5 years, 8 months ago

How do you listen to the recordings?

Are they online?

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Ms_E_Bronte 5 years, 8 months ago

Boatmaster --Under "Sound Clips" next to the article.

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Sewerra 5 years, 8 months ago

Justathought - We all hear what we want to hear... I heard "I got 5 people.......They're attacking me" wih absolutely no reference to the supposed traffic violation that Cargo was getting pulled over for. If Cargo's 911 call sounded "put on" to you, then Foster's dispatch for help deserves the award for worst acting in the world. It's easier to shut your eyes to the injustices being committed by someone you want to respect, than admitting that not all cops have the people's best interest in mind. Many Germans supported Hitler until the end...

You know what else I didn't hear? Any warning whatsoever that Foster was about to use his taser gun. I believe it is state law that an officer must warn his victim before using a potentially lethal weapon on them. In fact, an officer must use the word "taser" at least 3 times before deploying it in order to give his victim a chance to cooperate. Can we say "unnecessary force"?

Let's see... No reference to the supposed traffic violation, a completely fabricated story about 5 people attacking him, entering a house without a warrant, no warning before discharging 100,000 volts into a suspect's leg... Seems to me that Foster had an alternative agenda that night that had less to do with keeping the streets of Oak Creek safe from drunk drivers and more to do with a vengeance against the only person in OC with enough cajones to question his ability to be an "officer of the peace". If we really want to keep OC safe, let's start by firing corrupt cops.

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CoJustice 5 years, 8 months ago

Sounded like she was putting up a good fight, "What are you people doing in my house?", Could you be more confrontational and belligerent.

Lets see, driver, passenger and two adult children makes four, sounds like the officer was out numbered to me.

Sounded like the officer stated "I've got a lot of people here", I never heard five people, the dispatcher was the person that overstated the situation.

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CoJustice 5 years, 8 months ago

Tasers are often used to prevent injury to the officer; the officer was already injured on scene. The taser was completely justified, reasonable and necessary. It did not sound like anyone was submitting peacefully.

Cargo was giving commands "You stay right where you're at".

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CoJustice 5 years, 8 months ago

Cargo: You just picked up someone from the hospital under the influence of alcohol? Sounds like you're not only a danger to the community, but to yourself and your family. Shame on you.

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uporpeopleu 5 years, 8 months ago

cojust-or should i say dan and/or theresa-u got dirt in u're ears? u r made from the same mold as those u support. u're word is as good as erik's. u can't change what is caught on tape but u can try. no 1 is listening.

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CoJustice 5 years, 8 months ago

Urban Dictionary: (u r) Shorthand type used by u-typers, the childish internet users who are too lazy to type the proper amount of letters contained in words. This results in the mutilation of proper written English.

http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=u+r

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prdOCres 5 years, 8 months ago

skipole- Its unfortunate that a few people (cargo) soil the reputation of the good people of Oak Creek. What is even more unfortunate is this is the only thing the arrogant snobs of Steamboat judge Oak Creek by. You should take a hard look at the crime in Steamboat.

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shiftworker 5 years, 8 months ago

This knight in shining armour pulled off the road another person drinking and driving . The school road.The one if in season is traveled by precious "CARGO" called kids that return late from out of town ballgames.Thank God Erik knows which "CARGO" matters. Bless you Erik for caring.

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ringalarm 5 years, 8 months ago

Repeatedly Eric protects and sheilds his town of danger.Repeatedly he gets spit in the eye and cursed. Who among is that strong?

My concern is Erics back injury while on job.These type injuries can linger later years. Whatever workers comp. doesnt pay the allegeds settlement should suffice if Eric has to bring a personal suit agaist the alleged. My guess is Eric will be the millionaire.

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shiftworker 5 years, 8 months ago

Eriks already a millionaire. Clear conscience, treats everyone equal, does his very best in keeping the law although he's not perfect. He sleeps well at night. His family can be quite proud of the way he stands tall in the mist scoffers. Yelp he's worth a million.

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Matthew Stoddard 5 years, 8 months ago

After listening to Foster's call, he clearly stated "5 people." In the following recording, it's the Comm Ctr operator who states "5 males."

As for the 911 call, Cargo is pretty calm...upset sounding, but calm until Foster comes thru the door. Then, she freaks out. You can hear Foster saying, "Turn around," but I could only here it barely over all the other people.

So, she says the police (also using "they" as a plural, even though Foster is the only one there, so they both had initial number of people wrong.) are there and she doesn't know why, but she was obviously out driving, since she admitted to the operator she was picking up people at the hospital.

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