County grapples with lost data in computer crash

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Associated Press

Posted on November 23, 2012 at 10:40 AM

ST. JOSEPH, Mo. (AP) -- Buchanan County's law enforcement center is used to dealing with crashes, but one last week has nothing to do with vehicles and could cost the county tens of thousands of dollars.

County Commissioner Ron Hook says it could cost more than $50,000 to pay for overtime to re-enter law enforcement data lost when a computer hard drive crashed and corrupted software programs.

Sheriff Mike Strong says the hard drive started failing two months ago and affected a number of backup systems. The St. Joseph News-Press reports officers have gone back to using paper records.

Lost data includes arrest and booking records, summons information and other records. The county will have to find a way to pay the overtime to re-enter the information, which isn't included in the current budget.

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