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Feds: Couple damages 4 radio towers stripping out copper

3:43 PM, Nov 15, 2012   |    comments
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CLEVELAND -- Federal officials have charged Thomas M. Carbone, 28, of North Royalton, and Katie M. Stanton, 23, of Cleveland, with the malicious destruction of federally-licensed communications lines.

U.S. Attorney Steve Dettelbach said, "These defendants are accused of breaking into and seriously damaging radio towers."

The indictment charges that on or about August 17 to 18, 2012, Carbone and Stanton unlawfully entered the property of Radio One on Ridge Road in North Royalton and willfully and maliciously destroyed and removed copper material from four radio-station towers situated on the property.

This unlawful removal of copper depleted the signal strength of the supported radio station, thereby impeding the station's ability to broadcast emergency messages, according to the indictment.

Emergency repairs cost nearly $11,000 while permanent repairs will cost an estimated $125,000, according to the indictment.

In addition, the indictment charges that Carbone and Stanton conspired together to commit these unlawful acts.

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