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Lake Hiawatha Man Interrupted Radio Frequency During Active Fire, Cops Say

Investigation found 31-year-old had "several" scanning and two-way radio devices, police report.

A Lake Hiawatha man has been arrested and accused of interfering with firefighter operations when he allegedly began broadcasting over radio frequencies needed by the emergency responders during an active fire, Parsippany police said.

Three Parsippany fire districts responded to an electrical fire on April 23 at 11:24 a.m. on Pomeroy Road, and while firefighters operated inside the building, an individual began broadcasting on the fire department’s frequency, police said.

The broadcasts interrupted the communication between firefighters and caused confusion at the scene, police said. An investigation led to the arrest of John Weigel, 31, who was charged with interception or use of official communications.

During the investigation, Weigel was found to be in possession of several scanning devices and two-way radios programmed with emergency frequencies from local municipalities, police said. All devices were seized from Weigel.

He was released and given a court appearance.

For questions about this post, email jason.koestenblatt@patch.com.

VTXRover May 03, 2014 at 10:56 AM
Obviously using those channel is stupid, but is it ilegal to simply own these radios and listening to them?

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