Widespread service outage for Verizon Wireless customers

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FLORIDA – Verizon Wireless customers in Southwest Florida were impacted by a widespread service outage Thursday (April 12) night.

The outage was affecting cellular users from the Tampa Bay area south to at least as far as Punta Gorda, including Sarasota and Manatee Counties.

Area police departments and sheriff’s offices were unable to send or receive calls or messages to affected Verizon customers.

The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office reported that the outage was the result of a cut fiber–optic line, and Verizon estimated that the repair could take several hours to complete.

According to a Verizon Spokeswoman, Engineers were able to identify and resolve the issue and service was restored by 2:45 a.m. the next morning.

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Kathy Leon
New York born, morning anchor Kathy Leon has lived in Florida more than half her life and Sarasota is truly her home. She joined the Herald-Tribune in 2003 after her son was born, choosing to take a break from TV news after 10 years at Sarasota's WWSB, as a reporter and its first morning anchor. But, after a 10 month break, the opportunity to work together with paper and web reporters lured her back. She’s almost done it all; Weekend anchor, morning anchor, executive producer and even a weather forecaster! Along the way Kathy won an Associated Press award for Best Sports story, as well as five others for hard news. Still as a wife, and working mom of 2, she’s always striving to find the right balance. And, with all the resources Sarasota has to offer the hardest part is taking advantage of it all. Contact Kathy at Kathy.Leon@snntv.com

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