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UPDATE: Police say McDowell power line deliberately cut


UPDATE: WELCH (WVVA) - Police in McDowell County now say a power line originally thought to be brought down by a train was deliberately cut.

A suspect, Jonathan Burchette was arrested at the scene in Hemphill Wednesday.

McDowell County 911 dispatch told WVVA News Wednesday that a train had clipped a low-lying power line. However, after authorities arrived on they discovered the line had been deliberately severed.

Electrical service was disrupted to hundreds of customers in the county, including Mount View High School, MCNB Bank and Walmart.

The McDowell County court system was also disrupted.

Two officers suffered injuries while apprehending the suspect. Officer A.D. Perry was transported to Welch Emergency Hospital. Chief E.A. Muncy received minor injuries.

The incident occurred around 1:38 p.m. Power was restored around 5 p.m.


ORIGINAL REPORT: HEMPHILL (WVVA) - Power was disrupted in the Hemphill area of McDowell County after a train clipped a low-lying power line Wednesday, 911 dispatch said.

According to Appalachian Power's outage map, approximately 400 customers were without power in the county Wednesday afternoon.

There was no word on when service would be restored.

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