- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 31, 2017

LAKESIDE, Ore. (AP) - The Coos County Sheriff’s Office says copper thieves caused more than 500 residents to lose landline-telephone service over the weekend.

Lakeside residents with a 759 landline prefix were unable to dial 911 or make long distance phone calls on Saturday, leading the sheriff’s office to place a dispatcher at Lakeside Library.

The World newspaper reports (https://is.gd/c3E2bu ) the dispatcher forwarded emergency calls to the Coquille dispatch center until service was restored the following day.

Investigators found that thieves near Lakeside Cemetery put a ladder near a utility pole, then climbed up and cut the lines. Once the lines were on the ground, the thieves stole 400 feet of wiring in plastic sheaths.

Lakeside is a small city 15 miles north of Coos Bay.


Information from: The World, https://www.theworldlink.com

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