Police Checking Up on Elderly Couple Cook Them Pasta
Rome PD's Facebook post goes viral
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 8, 2016 4:44 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Someone called Rome police last week after hearing crying and yelling coming from an apartment. But when officers arrived, they found no crime taking place—just an elderly couple lonely and upset by news they were watching on TV, the Telegraph reports. The couple said no one had visited them in months and they were saddened by news stories about war and crime, the Independent reports. So the officers cooked a pasta dinner for Jole, 84, and her husband Michele, 94, and spent some time with them. The department shared a picture of the dinner in a Facebook post that's gone viral.

"It is not always an easy life, especially when the city empties and the neighbors are away on vacation," the post reads. "Jole and Michele are not victims of scams, as often happens to the elderly, and no burglar came in the house. There was no one to save. This time, for the boys in blue there was a more difficult task to perform—two lonely souls to reassure."