— Chief Berkihiser?
— Why, yes it is!
— This is Tom Knapp, ace reporter for LNP!
— I thought you covered cats and dogs, Tom. And hedgehogs and sugar gliders! Why are you calling the police?
— I’m calling about the fire.
— Did you say “fire?” Oh, no! Did the mayor change her mind about me being chief? I wondered why she picked me. I have a terrible record.
— I think you were the cheapest candidate and the city is running out of money, chief. But no, no, she’s not firing you. I’m calling about the arson fire set at city hall. You were there for the Mayor’s press conference yesterday.
— Yes, I remember that!
— What is the status of the investigation?
— Tom, we’ve been working around the clock. Our detectives have not slept. We are following up on every lead. We are knocking on every door. We are doing old-fashioned police legwork. Um…to be truthful, Tom, we don’t have a clue. Have you heard anything?
— Was the arsonist caught on the cameras, chief?
— Cameras? What cameras, Tom?
— You know – the Safety Coalition cameras!
— Oh, those? Those are just for the tourists, Tom! It makes them feel safe. Tom, I’m scared. What if the arsonist sets our station on fire? Oh, somebody help us!
— Thanks for the update, Chief! Gotta go – it’s deadline time!
To be continued…