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Suspected copper thief charged in latest data outage

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:07 a.m. HST, Jan 26, 2013

A 42-year-old homeless man, believed to have caused the telecommunication disruption after a cable was cut near the Honolulu Airport Wednesday night causing 500 Hawaiian Telcom telephone and Internet customers to lose service for nearly 12 hours, was charged Friday with copper theft.

Julian Medina has been charged with a copper theft, a class C felony. His bail was set at $15,000. He was arrested on Kilihau Street at 10:55 p.m. Wednesday, about an hour after the cable was cut.

The fiber-optic communications cable under the viaduct, where the westbound lanes of Nimitz Highway meet the H-1 freeway near Kilihau Street, was cut Wednesday night. Service wasn't fully restored until 8:45 a.m Thursday. Crews had to splice individual strands of fiber-optic cable to repair the break. Data traffic also was rerouted.

Hawaiian Telcom plans to work with police and state authorities to beef up security in an area frequented by the homeless where telecommunications cables have been damaged twice in the past 10 days.

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rayhawaii wrote:
Now he gets free room and board costing us tax payers $55,000.00 a year. What a country.
on January 25,2013 | 11:54AM
sak wrote:
PLUS: Full Dental, Vision, and Medical care with no Co-Pay TOO!
on January 25,2013 | 12:13PM
goodvibrations wrote:
AND free education to get that law degree!
on January 25,2013 | 12:19PM
RichardCory wrote:
If you're all so jealous, then why not go commit a crime and get locked up yourself? I mean, you make it sound like such a great gig, we should all be doing it.
on January 25,2013 | 02:06PM
Publicbraddah wrote:
Passed by that area this morning and could not believe the amount of stuff under that section of the H1. Obviously, homeless are back in force. It is unbelievable.
on January 25,2013 | 01:21PM
entrkn wrote:
drop him off on Kaho'Olawe with a gallon of water...
on January 25,2013 | 02:01PM
Masami wrote:
If there's NO COPPER in a fiber optic cable..........how can he get charged with "copper" theft?
on January 25,2013 | 02:06PM
honopic wrote:
Had one penny on da ground. Oh, wait -- no mo copper in dat, too!
on January 25,2013 | 06:47PM
hanabatadayz wrote:
that's why he'll get off scott free..plus he didn't steal anything
on January 25,2013 | 07:59PM
cojef wrote:
Just malacious vandalism, loitering and p[robably public nuisance.
on January 26,2013 | 10:49AM
bender wrote:
I'm thionking we need to hold classes for the copper thieves so they can differentiate between copper cables and fiber optioc cables.
on January 26,2013 | 11:05AM
hanabatadayz wrote:
why doesn't hawaiian telcom hire their own security since there cables are exposed..don't count on hpd or the state to watch your stuff
on January 25,2013 | 08:02PM
Masami wrote:
I would sure hate for him him to "get off" based on a technicality to resume his vandalism. Sad, but for these individuals it really would make them "better off" and perhaps they're doing this on purpose.
on January 26,2013 | 05:55AM
residenttaxpayer wrote:
Hawaiian Telcom hopefully will erect some kind of security fence or barricade to prevent a repeat of this incident.
on January 26,2013 | 09:19AM
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