Friday, October 31, 2014

County phones online after Thursday outage

By DOUG CARDER, Herald Staff Writer | 11/1/2013

A possible thief who intentionally sliced a fiber optic line Thursday morning in the 1200 block of South Main Street in Ottawa put a crimp in the county’s wheels of justice for a brief period.

The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, Franklin County District Court and the Franklin County Adult Detention Center were unable to take calls while the fiber optic line was down Thursday, Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said.

The county’s dispatch center and 911 service still were operational throughout the ordeal. Crews were working to get the problem fixed as quick as possible, Richards reported 11 a.m. Thursday.

“We got our fiber optic [service] back between midnight and 1 [a.m. Friday],” Richards said Friday.

The Ottawa Police Department’s investigation of the crime is ongoing, one police official said Friday afternoon.

“It was a fiber line that was intentionally cut,” Capt. Adam Weingartner, with the Ottawa Police Department, said. “We suspect it was someone looking for copper wire.”

Police are asking for residents’ assistance in the case.

“If anyone was on the [Prairie Spirit Rail Trail Thursday] and may have seen anything suspicious, they are asked to contact the Ottawa Police Department,” Weingartner said.

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