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April 21, 2013
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Police Blotter Summit County: School receives phony calls

Editor's note: The police blotter is written from incident reports provided by local police departments and the Summit County Sheriff's Office. All individuals named are presumed innocent until proven guilty.

Telephony takeover

Silverthorne Elementary School lost all access to its phone system April 11, when an unidentified entity attacked its phone lines.

School officials called the police after receiving repeated calls from an unidentified individual claiming to be from a debt collection company trying to reach one of the teachers. The teacher had never done business with the company and didn't know why they would be calling, according to a report from the Silverthorne Police Department.

When school officials relayed that information to the caller, the person hung up. Almost immediately all of the school's phone lines lit up with calls from the same company, the report states.

Authorities called the attack a Telephony Denial of Service Attack, having recently been alerted by the FBI that a similar strike had been launched against police departments and safety agencies across the country, according to the report.

Officers tried to speak with the caller to gather information about his or her location, but the person on the other end of the line was uncooperative and return calls to the number revealed it to be fictitious, the report states.

Authorities filed a report and the school was forced to unplug their phones and secure a new temporary phone number.

Son accused of pill pilfering

Authorities arrested the son of a woman who reported her supply of a form of Xanax missing from her bathroom April 10, after he allegedly admitted to stealing the prescription pills and distributing them to a friend.

The son told authorities he took 30 pills from his mother's supply of 60+ pills prior to a party, taking several of them himself and giving several more to a friend to get high, according to a report from the Summit County Sheriff's Office.

But the son said he only removed a portion of the pills in his mother's supply. She reported two full prescription bottles, her entire stock of pills, missing, leaving roughly half the prescription drugs unaccounted for, according to the report.

The mother did not want to press charges for theft, but the son was arrested on the charge of distribution of a schedule IV substance, the report states.


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The Summit Daily Updated Apr 21, 2013 11:41PM Published Apr 21, 2013 11:39PM Copyright 2013 The Summit Daily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.