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Southern Utah News Front Page: September 29, 2016
Criminal act leads to Garkane power outage
Around 12:40 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 25, power was knocked out for thousands of residents in Garkane’s southern system, which includes Kanab, Big Water, Orderville, Glendale, Hatch, and surrounding towns in Garfield County. It was determined that the main transformer was shot with a high-powered rifle in multiple places. Garkane is working with local police authorities and possibly federal authorities to find the individual(s) responsible. This is a very serious criminal offense that will bring a severe punishment to those found guilty.
Garkane was able to restore power around 8 p.m. by installing a portable substation. A portable substation is a very complex and multi-faceted piece of equipment that is very useful for cases like this. Crews were able to quickly install it to reduce outage time and have power restored before dark. Because of the extensive damage to the original transformer, repairs will be ongoing for the next 12 months.
Garkane wishes to reiterate the serious nature of this type of criminal offense. Any sort of vandalism made to electricity equipment is considered a criminal offense and is punishable by law. If anyone has any information regarding this incident, we invite you to call the Kane County Sheriff’s Department at 435-644-4999.
You can also send tips anonymously by texting 847411. Simply type in KANE, enter a space, then type your tip and hit send. The keyword KANE must be included. When the text message is sent to the Sheriff’s Office, the tipster’s cellular phone number is completely anonymous and is never received by the Sheriff’s Office.
For any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 435-644-5026.