Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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November 25, 2013

Two rescue squad members arrested for incursion into law enforcement radio system

TAZEWELL, Va. —  Two local rescue squad members have been indicted for their unauthorized incursion into the local law enforcement radio system, officers with the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office said today.

Carlos Darnell Baker, no age available, of Berwind and Nathaniel Layne Dunford, no age available, of Cedar Bluff, Va., were both charged with use of computer to convert property/program of another (Tazewell County Sheriff’s Office) and maliciously make an unauthorized copy of property/program of another, according to a press release issued today by the sheriff’s office.

The charges stem from an investigation into the unauthorized use and copying of the sheriff’s office channels on their rescue squad radios. It has since been learned that Baker and Dunford also allegedly programmed the Tazewell Police Department, Russell County Fire and EMS, and the Virginia State Police channels into their radios. Charges from Russell County and the Virginia State Police are pending.

While the frequencies to law enforcement agencies are available online from the FCC, the encryption keys used to secure those radio transmissions are proprietary. A person can have that information only if he or she has expressed written permission, according to the sheriff’s office release.

Dunford is free on an unsecured bond, and Baker was freed on a $1,000 secured bond, according to the sheriff’s office release. Both men are awaiting future court dates.


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