Vandalism causes AT&T outages

Danville cut wires similar to San Jose incident

Danville police are looking for suspects in three separate incidents of vandalism involving AT&T junction boxes in town.

Sgt. Dan Hoffman said the first incident occurred April 2 at the box near the intersection of Greenbrook Drive and Paraiso Drive. The second occurrence was April 3 at the intersection of Town and Country Drive and San Ramon Valley Boulevard. The third was April 5 on Camino Tassajara and Ramon Road. In all three cases, the vandalism occurred at night, between the hours of 9:30 p.m. and 8 a.m.

Hoffman said that in all three incidents, wires providing television and high speed Internet were cut but no phone lines were severed. The outages lasted an hour or two and affected a few hundred business and residential customers.

The Danville Police Department is working with AT&T security officials on the case. It is not known if the incidents in Danville are related to a major attack in San Jose on Thursday that resulted in a massive service loss to thousands of customers. AT&T is currently offering a $250,000 reward for information regarding the San Jose incident.

Hoffman said that they are looking at all possible angles in the case, but he did say that the boxes were not broken into and that it takes a knowledge of the junction boxes and a specialized tool to get into them without causing damage.

Using information given by AT&T security, patrol officers will be detailed to potential target sites around the area in order to give them increased protection.

Hoffman suggested that residents who see work crews near the junction boxes be mindful of whether the crews are displaying any identification. Any suspicious activity should be reported to the police immediately. Call 314-3700.


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Apr 13, 2009 at 12:00 pm

Neighborhood Invitation - FOR WEDNESDAY APRIL 15

Dear Friends and Neighbors,

On Wednesday, April 15, 2009 there will be a Tea Party at the intersection of Hartz Ave. and Diablo Rd. to protest the reckless and irresponsible spending that is going on in our state and Washington D.C. This Tea Party is in support of Tea Parties being held across the U.S. on tax day, April 15.

Everyone is welcome! This is not a liberal or conservative, Democrat or Republican protest activity. There is enough blame to go around in D.C. We are truly concerned about the direction or country is going and the future burden we are placing on our children, and rather than feel helpless victims, we need to take action that can make our voices heard as they are supposed to be.

The schedule of events is as follows:

12:00- 2:30 pm Meet at the intersection (sidewalk)

4:00 - 6:00 pm Meet at the intersection (sidewalk)

Put it on your calendar. Please bring your sign. Use your imagination but be sensitive to other protester’s feelings!

Please RSVP to or (925) 930-9002 indicating how many adults and children you plan to bring. Please just stop by to watch if you want. The more the better. Sign or no sign.

Thank you!

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Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Apr 13, 2009 at 12:01 pm

SORRY! Meant to post the above comment in the "State, National..." section.

I had chosen that section from the drop-down menu, but the comment posted here.


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Posted by Logan Waters
a resident of another community
on Apr 13, 2009 at 1:29 pm

To Rick: Please realize that these so-called tea parties are being financed by wealthy Republican elites, simply interested in getting Democrats out of office.

Try this... bring a sign that says "Soak the rich!". Watch what happens.

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Posted by Matt
a resident of another community
on Apr 15, 2009 at 9:39 am

To Logan: The financing of Tea Parties is a myth. Most parties do not need to be financed as average Americans are just meeting up at public places to protest. Also, if being financed by a wealthy partisan invalidates grassroots movements, George Soros has invalidated all Democratic movements.

If you think taxes and spending are out of control, please come to our Tea Parties regaurdless of the lies being spread about them.

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