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Firefighter accused of reporting fake fire to earn paycheck

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SOUTH AMHERST, Ohio (AP) — A northeast Ohio auxiliary firefighter has been charged after allegedly reporting a fake fire so he could earn a paycheck.

Twenty-seven-year old Dean Evans of Lorain is charged with inducing panic and making false alarms.

Lorain County sheriff's deputies tell The Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria (http://bit.ly/1NeJxyw ) that Evans said he reported the fake fire in April with the hopes he would be called to respond and earn $500. But the South Amherst Fire Department where Evans worked wasn't one of the two departments dispatched to the purported blaze.

Police reports say investigators looking into the false alarm traced the 911 call to a phone number that Evans had listed on his auxiliary firefighter application.

Court records show no attorney for Evans, who pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday.

Information from: The Chronicle-Telegram, http://www.chronicletelegram.com

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