DTV Converter Box Confusion = Danger

Philip Miller Tate Philmt59 at
Sat Feb 21 16:49:11 CST 2009

Crikey, it must have been a good programme - unusual for cable.

Phil M1GWZ

On 21 Feb 2009, at 15:37, andre kesteloot wrote:

>     *Man shoots TV set; standoff ensues
>     *By Jeff Lehr
>     < 
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>     jlehr at <mailto:jlehr at>
>     WEBB CITY, Mo. — A man who was angry about the shut-off of his
>     cable-television service shot his television set Wednesday  
> afternoon
>     and then prompted a two-hour standoff with police before  
> leaving his
>     house and surrendering.
>     The standoff began about 3:30 p.m. at a house on the southwest
>     corner of Ball and Daugherty streets in Webb City.
>       Police Chief Carl Francis said the wife of Walter Hoover, 70,
>       walked to the police station a couple of blocks away and  
> reported
>       that her husband had been drinking, was angry with a shut-off of
>       his cable service, and had gotten his guns out.
>       “He actually fired two rounds before she left the residence,”
>       Francis said.
>       Both rounds apparently were directed at and struck the couple’s
>       television set, he said. He said he did not know why the  
> couple’s
>       cable service had been shut off.
>       A police officer responding to the woman’s report spotted Hoover
>       at the front door of the residence with a handgun. The officer
>       called for assistance rather than approaching the home, and  
> other
>       Webb City police, state patrol officers, Jasper County deputies,
>       and officers from the Duenweg, Duquesne, Carterville and JasCo
>       Metro police departments all responded.
>       Francis said Hoover went back inside the house and returned  
> to the
>       front door a short time later with what officers recognized as a
>       high-powered hunting rifle.
>       The police chief said Hoover’s possession of such a powerful
>       weapon, coupled with information obtained from his wife that he
>       had been in a similar standoff with police on a previous  
> occasion
>       in another Missouri town, led to a decision to call for help  
> from
>       the Joplin Police Department’s special weapons and tactics team,
>       which happened to be assembled for a training day and  
> available on
>       short notice.
>       Francis said officers were not certain at that point if anyone
>       else was in the house with Hoover. His wife told them that a
>       neighbor might be there.
>       A perimeter was set up about a block to a block and a half in  
> each
>       direction, and the SWAT team began evacuating residents of the
>       area from their homes. Francis said police were concerned that
>       rounds from a high-powered rifle could penetrate the walls of
>       nearby homes, and kill or injure someone.
>       Efforts were made to call the house by telephone and talk to
>       Hoover, he said. But officers soon learned from the telephone
>       company that he had either taken his phone off the hook or had
>       ripped the phone line from the wall.
>       About 5:30 p.m., the SWAT team took up a position immediately
>       south of the barricaded man’s home and began urging him by
>       megaphone to come out unarmed and surrender.
>       Around 6 p.m., Hoover did just that, and he was taken into  
> custody
>       without any shots being fired.
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