March 7, 2014
THURMOND, W.Va. (AP) -- Police in Fayette County say a man was electrocuted when he picked up a live power line that he had shot down in order to steal copper from it.
Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler says the man's body was found Wednesday in Thurmond. On Thursday the sheriff's office identified him as 22-year-old Dalton Newhouse of Oak Hill.
Kessler says Newhouse and an accomplice planned to strip the line of its copper wiring to later sell as scrap metal.
Kessler says Newhouse was killed instantly when he picked up the power line.
Media outlets report the accomplice was charged with an attempt to commit a felony, conspiracy to commit a felony and disruption of a public utility.