Kansas Transmitter Copper Thief Faces Federal Charges
November 11, 2011 at 4:20 AM (PT)
A man who stole copper from the transmitter site of two KANSAS radio stations in SEPTEMBER has been indicted and charged by a federal grand jury with one count of attempted damage to a communications system and one count of attempted damage to an energy facility, according to the WICHITA EAGLE.
JEFFREY L. BLAKE allegedly knocked AMERICAN MEDIA INVESTMENTS Country KKOW-F (96.9 THE KOW) and PITTSBURG STATE UNIVERSITY noncommercial KRPS/PITTSBURG, KS off the air after taking copper wiring from their shared transmitter location on SEPTEMBER 7th. The charges became a federal situation because KRPS is part of the Emergency Alert System. BLAKE faces a maximum 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the energy facility charge and 10 years and $250,000 on the communications facility charge.