Jacksonville man arrested in power grid attacks
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A Jacksonville man has been arrested in connection with a series of power grid attacks in Lonoke County, several media outlets reported Saturday citing a press release from the U.S. Attorney Christopher Thyer’s office.
Jason Woodring, 37, was arrested for “destruction of an energy facility” charges, according to the reports from KUAR and THV.
Lonoke County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to calls about an explosion Friday on John Shelton Road and, with the help of Entergy employees, traced the location of the explosion to an area under power lines near Woodring’s residence. FBI agents and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force team investigated and found a type of blue hose similar to one found at the scene of previous power grid attacks, according to the reports.
Woodring is scheduled for his first court appearance Tuesday. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.