FBI: Downed Cabot transmission line cut intentionally

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    Photo Gallery: Part of Hwy. 321 closed due to downed power lines

    Video: FBI: Downed Cabot transmission line cut intentionally

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    CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) - The FBI said a downed Entergy transmission line that closed Highway 321 for most of Wednesday was intentionally cut.

    Investigators believe someone climbed a 100-foot tower, severed the line with a saw or similar object, and removed several bolts at the base of the tower. The incident caused a headache for many commuters in the Cabot area and a potential danger to the community.

    "There has been a lot of traffic," said Lt. Brent Lucas of the Cabot Police Department. "This road is one of our major thoroughfares on the south end of town. Of course when this shut down, we had to divert all traffic back into town which put a major overload on our inner-city area of our side streets."

    Drivers weren't the only ones affected by the road closure. Some businesses along the closed stretch of highway had a slow day on Wednesday despite the fact that Cabot police were letting motorists through the roadblock to patronize those businesses.

    "We have to pay bills you know?" said Vaquero's Mexican Grill Manager Christopher Plazola, who estimated Wednesday's lost business cost the restaurant thousands of dollars. "The servers make the minimum wage plus they have to make their tips, and if they don't have tips you know they have to pay their rent and stuff like that, so I've been telling them to wait a little bit to see what the police and the Entergy guys say about opening the road."

    The FBI, Cabot Police and the Lonoke County Sheriff's Office are asking for the public's help in their investigation. They believe someone may have seen a person or vehicle in the area during the early morning hours Wednesday. Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at (501) 221-9100 or Little.Rock@ic.fbi.gov.

    THV11 will continue to follow this story and bring you more information as soon as it becomes available on www.THV11.com.

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