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UPDATE: Name of man electrocuted released

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THURMOND (WVVA) - Authorities have released the name of the man electrocuted while apparently trying to steal copper from an transmission line.

Sheriff Steve Kessler tells WVVA News that 22-year-old Dalton Newhouse of Oak Hill was found dead at the remote site in the Beury Mountain area near Thurmond Wednesday.

Newhouse's body was sent to the state medical examiner's office.


THURMOND (WVVA) - Police are investigating the death of an individual in Fayette County who was apparently electrocuted while attempting to steal copper wire.

The Fayette County Sheriff's Department responded to the call in the Beury Mountain area, near Thurmond around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Upon arrival an individual was found entangled in a high-voltage transmission line. The individual was pronounced dead at the scene.

Based on their preliminary investigation, police say the deceased individual and an accomplice -- identified as 22-year-old Charles Raymond Norris -- were apparently attempting to steal copper wire by using a rifle to shoot down the power line.

The name of the victim has not yet been released, pending notification of next-of-kin.

Norris faces felony charges of attempting to commit a felony, conspiracy to commit a felony and disruption of a public utility.

Appalachian Power spokesperson Phil Moye told WVVA News that approximately 50 customers in the immediate area were without power for more than three hours during an outage that resulted from the attempted theft.

Service has since been restored.

Anyone with information regarding this incident may contact the Fayette County Sheriff's Office at 304-574-4216, Crimestoppers at 304-255-STOP or contact the sheriff's office website at www.fayettesheriffwv.net.

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