BPA Offers Reward for Power-line Sabateurby Associated Press
The World, Serving the South Coast of Oregon, October 31, 2003
PORTLAND -- The Bonneville Power Administration is offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who vandalized BPA's regional high voltage transmission lines in both Washington and Oregon.
The vandalism was found at towers located near The Dalles, Maupin, Boardman and Umatilla and Benton City, Wash. It was similar to damage to PacifiCorp's transmission line near Klamath Falls; the Western Area Power Administration's transmission line near Anderson, Calif.; and a Pacific Gas & Electric line near Sacramento, Calif., the BPA said.
A federal arrest warrant was issued last week for Michael Devlyn Poulin, 62, in the Anderson incident. Poulin, who is wanted for questioning in Oregon as well, was charged with destroying an energy facility, which carries up to a 20-year prison sentence.
Because all the vandalism was similar, the BPA suggested it was likely caused by the same person.
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