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t Nevada Bell explains phone service disruption NCRH employees implicated in neglect case According to Nye County Sheriff Wade Lieseke, the Attorney General's office issued a warrant for an individual and served it at around 11:00 a.m. Tuesday. The subject apprehended was described as a female with the last name of Paul. Nye County Detention Center would not release the subject's fh'st name. "From what I understand, it involved the alleged abuse of an elderly patient," Lieseke said. The PVGazette contacted the hospital and spoke with Interim Administrator Bill Welch. He said that he was re- quested by the Attorney General's Office not to speak about the events that took place for at least five days. "I usually try to cooperate with the newspapers, but this time, rve been asked not to comment. We are working closely with the Attorney General's Office in this matter." The PVGazette will be looking into this matter and will update the situation as it occurs. The Attorney General's Office is expected to issued a statement sometime next week. by Andy. Holtmann PVG Staff. Several employees of the Nye County Regional Hospital in Tonopah are under scrutiny by the state Attorney General's Office after an investigation and apparent arrest on Tuesday, November 25. There are unconfu'med reports from the Attorney General's Office that at least one and possibly as many as three employees of the hospital were under criminal investigation as of late Tuesday night. The one alleged arrest involved what was said to be a female employee of the hospital. Sources close to the PVGazette indicated that two charges were filed; criminal ne- glect of a patient and abuse, neglect and exploitation of patients. The Attorney General's Office did confu'm that criminal complaints were filed with the Medicaid Fraud unit and that Timothy Terry was in charge of the investigation. Neither Terry or Medicaid attorney Mark Kemberling were available for comment. by Andy Holtmann PVG Staff Roughly 650 Pahrump residents were without phone ser- vice for part of last week. According to Nevada Bell represen- tatives though, this outage was no accident. The disconnection was part of Nevada Bell's plan to bring advanced communication technology to the Pahrump area. At midnight on Saturday, November 15 the phone company switched to a Digital Multi-plexing System (DMS). This new system allows for digital and fiber optic technology to be used in association with communications. In order to complete the switch, Nevada Bell had to transfer equipment to a new facility on the corner of Wilson and Blagg Roads. The switch caused phone disconnections to several customers, mostly on the west end of town. So what does this switch mean to Nevada Bell customers in Pahrump? According to John Hull, director of external affairs for Nevada Bell, phone and intcrnct users will have many more options and special features to choose from. Some of them include caller ID, automatic cail return, repeat dialing, select call forwarding and fast track internet access lines. "I think users will find that despite the inconvenience, there is a lot of benefit to the new system," Hull said. "Pahrump is one of our larger service areas and we wanted to make sum that we arc providing the most up:to-date ice as ible," During the outage, Nevada Bell offered its customers free local calls from eight pay phones at the Smith's shopping center at 601 South Highway 160. Those affected by the outage will also be credited their monthly recurring charges for November. According to Nevada Bell spokeswoman Maria Chacon, all service was restored to their customers by 1:00 p.m. Saturday, November 22. Nevada Bell said that there were few com- plaints and the switch was completed without many residents even knowing about it. "The change gives Pahrump the full range of custom calling features available," Chacon said. "From now on, basically , what any metropolitan city can get, so can Pahrump." Not everyone though was as pleased with the change as Nevada Bell representatives. Kenneth Jennings said he wasn't thrilled about his week long disconnection from the outside world. "I was pretty disappointed when I picked up the phone to make my weekly call to my son in Michigan and found that I had no service," he sai& "I know that it will benefit in the long run but in the meantime, some of us have to suffer." Nevada Bell said they are committed to their customers and that this was a necessary inconvenience that would ultimately offer convenience. "No one wants to he without phone service and we regret this inconvenience to our customers," said Dick Bostdorff, vice president and general manager of Nevada Bell. "It's important that our customers know we'U go the extra mile for them. We are committed to providing our customers with the highest quality of service, whatever the circumstance. The Nice wo z00.o Rvorg00. All the Amenities lhughty lho Nov. & Nov. |pro - I,[idn00t