State government comes down to vandalism

Take a break from state property taxes, the state smoking ban proposal and Philadelphia exemption for a moment and enjoy some good old vandalism.

HARRISBURG — The phone and power lines were cut in the district office of state Rep. Jim Marshall, R-Beaver, just before 4 a.m. today.

“Somebody had to know what they were doing,” said Gina Kane, the manager of Marshall’s office at 1612 7th Ave in Beaver Falls. “Everything was cut except for the main power line, which would have electrocuted them pretty good.”

Kane found the office’s electrical box on the ground near the rear employee entrance when she arrived at 8:20 this morning. It was confirmed by the office’s phone service provider that service was cut at 3:47 a.m., Kane said.

Nothing was taken and police found no evidence of forced entry, she said.

By 10:30 power was returned and by noon all office activities had resumed.

Police noted a string of burglary attempts over the past two weeks in the area and the office’s alarm could have scared those involved, Kane said.

“But they didn’t even try to get in here.”

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