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(Toledo News Now) -
Amber Alerts officials in
Ohio have decided to stop sending alert text messages between the hours of
midnight and 6 a.m. after complaints earlier this week.
Early Tuesday morning, an
alert was sent to Ohioans, and some were not pleased. The alerts are set to
automatically send to cell phones that are in the wireless emergency alert
In order to have an alert
sent out, there must have been an abduction, the individual calling it in must
know the victim, and must have enough information to provide a description of
the suspect or the vehicle being used.
The Wood County Sheriff
says there have been issues with Amber Alerts in the past. He has personally
received an alert on his phone that was not for his area, and he says the
technology still needs to be improved. But getting the message out there is
"When there is a child
abducted, time is of the essence," said Sheriff Mark Wasylyshyn. "We know every
hour that we wait on getting a child after they've been truly abducted, the
greater the chance is that the child's not going to be found alive."
Many other states don't
allow Amber Alerts at certain hours of the night, as well.