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It's lights out at Kitsap County Courthouse

"The Kistap County Courthouse closed temporarily during normal business hours Aug. 16 because of a power outage that morning.Visitors may have read a sign outside the courthouse door that day saying as much, or called ahead, only to find out court services would be unavailable until crews fixed the problem.Sometime after 5 a.m., three worn-out, underground cables located adjacent to the courthouse failed, causing some lights, computers and copy machines to quit working for almost 12 hours, according to a Puget Sound Energy representative.The Sheriff's Office and the Public Works building were not affected by the power outage.But Superior Court clerks and county commissioners staff sat at their desks that morning, flashlights in hand, answering phones and letting prospective customers know services wouldn't be available that day because of the power failure.Judges also continued until Thursday several hearings originally scheduled for Wednesday while crews worked to replace the problem cables.By that afternoon, employees were dismissed for the day.Puget Power crews spent most of the morning determining the cause of the power failure and, once workers discovered the faulty cables, they were replaced and in working order by 4:30 p.m., which is closing time. "

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