Vandals responsible for weekend outage

The Uinta County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about vandalism that left hundreds in Uinta County without phone and internet service last weekend. (COURTESY PHOTO/Uinta County Sheriff’s Office)

During the evening hours of Friday, May 7, Century Link experienced an outage that disrupted phone and internet services to many customers, some until Sunday, May 9. This disruption also caused a 911 trunk outage, which caused the inability to reach 911 if your service provider utilized that trunk system.

During their repair and investigation into the outage, Century Link crews discovered mass intentional damages to their fiberoptic lines and materials, located in a rural area in Bridger Valley. It appeared more than one vehicle was involved and present in the area of the damages, possibly even getting stuck. According to the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office, the vandals caused tens of thousands of dollars and affected hundreds of customers. This incident was reported to and is being investigated by the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office.

If you have any information about individuals who may be involved, please contact the Uinta County Sheriff’s Office 307-783-1000, or the information can be reported anonymously to Crime Stoppers by sending a text message to 307-708-2274. Information leading to an arrest could be eligible for a reward. 

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