One person arrested for damaging internet cables in Wausau

UPDATE 8-22-22 – Wood made his initial appearance in a Marathon County Courthouse via Zoom.

Wood pleaded not guilty in the case.

A judge ordered Wood to have no contact with Spectrum, or any property owned by Spectrum or the Kwik Trip on North 6th St. in Wausau.

The court ordered a $5,000 signature bond.

Wood will be back in court this Thursday at 1:30 pm for his final pre-trial hearing. A jury trial is scheduled to begin on Oct. 20.


WAUSAU (WJFW) – One person has been arrested in Wausau following a wide-spread Spectrum internet outage impacting the west side of Wausau and surrounding communities Saturday morning.

George E. Wood, 55, was arrested Saturday afternoon, just hours after police were made aware of the damage.

Early Saturday afternoon, Wausau Police were notified that Spectrum fiber-optic cables providing internet and telecommunications had been intentionally damaged near downtown Wausau. The damage caused service disruption and impacted many individuals and businesses located on the west side of Wausau and surrounding communities.

Full press release from the Wausau Police Department




With help from the city-owned cameras in downtown Wausau, as well as a tip from a citizen, Wood was quickly identified.

The Wausau Police Department is recommending a charge of criminal damage to a utility service to the Marathon County District Attorney’s Office.

Wood will be making his first court appearance Monday, Aug 22 at 2 pm

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