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Turkey into electrical wires knocks out power to Sonoma County's 911 system

A wild turkey that flew into power lines knocked out Sonoma County's high-tech emergency 911 dispatch system Sunday night and crippled operations at the courthouse and county jail Monday.

The power blackout was compounded when the county's massive and expensive emergency backup power system failed.

On Monday, with computers out, traffic court was greatly curtailed, court calendars and proceedings had to be recorded by hand and jail inmates missed morning court appearances.

"And all because of a turkey," said Jose Guillen, court executive officer.

The 7:59 p.m. Sunday blackout affected almost 2,000 homes and businesses, including the county's computer aided dispatch system used by nearly all public safety departments in the county.


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