Malfunction knocks out telephone service

Wednesday, January 5th 2000, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

(Enid-AP) -- A malfunctioning phone system, not a Y-Two-K bug, knocked out telephone service today in Garfield County's courthouse. County officers carried cellular phones so they could make outgoing calls, a day after some feared a Y-Two-K glitch could knock out computers and telephone systems in offices.

Residents trying to call the courthouse didn't know what was wrong. All they heard was a ringing tone. County residents couldn't get in touch with the sheriff's office if they had an emergency or a crime to report. Taxpayers with questions about property taxes that are due could not call the treasurer's office. Jailers on the top floor of the five-story courthouse were given cellular phones so they could stay in touch with the office.