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Sat October 12, 2013
Arrest Made in Case of Arkansas Power Grid Saboteur
Authorities Saturday arrested the man they believe is responsible for a series of disruptions to the power grid in Central Arkansas. KUAR's Jacob Kauffman has more.
U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer announced the arrest of 37 year old Jason Woodring of Jacksonville. Thyer said the arrest was made after an explosion near Woodring's house drew the attention of agents who observed a type of blue hose similar to that used in previous incidents.
It's anticipated an initial federal court appearance will take place Tuesday. Woodring faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Over 13 federal, state, and local agencies assisted in the investigation, including the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Woodring is alleged to have undertaken multiple acts of sabotage on the power grid since August 21st. Entergy has estimated thousands had power disruptions as a result of over $2 million worth of accumulated damages.