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Man charged with Federal Felony for Jamming CellPhones....

Discussion in 'Survival Communications' started by BTPost, Mar 10, 2016.

  1. BTPost

    BTPost Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    CHICAGO (CBS) –A 63-year-old Chicago man was charged Tuesday with using an illegal device to get some peace and quiet on the CTA.

    CBS 2’s Audrina Bigos reports it isn’t the first time the man has been accused of jamming cell phones and lots of complaints about dropped calls raised some eyebrows.

    With a ball cap and business casual attire, the certified public accountant Dennis Nicholl walked out of jail after being charged with a felony for use of a signal jamming device.

    Keegan Goudie says the device, “stuck out like a sore thumb” so much so that he and his brother blogged about it on thesixthirty.com after spotting it on the CTA Red Line.

    “He seemed to be up to no good,” Chas said. “It seemed like this device was something he shouldn’t have his hands on.”

    Cell phone jammers are sold online for anywhere between $30 and $300. Federal law prohibits anyone from selling, buying or operating the devices. They block cell phone reception, police radios and emergency calls.

    “I think it does go to show in terms of security and terrorist threats in any major city what any person is capable of,” said Keegan.

    For months, Chicago Police investigated complaints about dropped calls on the Red Line. Then, a 911 caller flagged police about the now notorious Nicholl. Undercover officers arrested him on a CTA platform Tuesday and he is now facing a felony charge.

    “He had no malicious intent to really hurt anybody,” said attorney Charles Lauer.

    His attorney says Nicholl was just annoyed by all the people on their cell phones and used the jammer to get a little peace and quiet.

    According to the FCC, cell phone jammers can face prison time and significant fines, $16,000 for each violation or as high as $112,000 for using the device just once.

    Nicholl left jail Wednesday night after bonding out.
  2. duane

    duane Monkey++

    You are much more likely to be prosecuted in the good ole USA for serious crimes like having your life savings in cash or using a cell phone jammer than than minor ones like lying to congress under oath or being FBI agents and falsifying official reports. We have to keep our priorities straight you realize.
  3. Cruisin Sloth

    Cruisin Sloth Special & Slow

    Fool : He made it so obvious .[​IMG] Mine is hidden and works so well in nice quite restaurants. There is a time & place when I use mine !
    Thmstr likes this.
  4. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    Stupid is as stupid does..
  5. stg58

    stg58 Monkey+++ Site Supporter+ Founding Member

    There have been guys arrested running jammers in cars during rush hours claiming they wanted folks to pay more attention to the traffic and stop texting.
    Motomom34 likes this.
  6. ghrit

    ghrit Ambulatory anachronism Administrator Founding Member

    That would rack up as a valid reason to me. Too bad they are illegal.
    Yard Dart and stg58 like this.
  7. Tikka

    Tikka Monkey+++

    Cell phones have the ability to make people stupid. They can have a conversation with the passenger; looking at them, using their hands. They maintain their speed and stay in their lane.
    As soon as they use the phone, their speed varies and they wander.
  8. Brokor

    Brokor Live Free or Cry Moderator Site Supporter+++ Founding Member

    Just think, we are only 1 EMP away from reality.
    Hoping for the sun, will accept anything man-made.
    Too many ZOMBIE clones with smart phones. It's insanity.
    VisuTrac and oldawg like this.
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