South side man electrocuted at substation
YOUNGSTOWN — A 50-year-old South Side man was electrocuted at 3:36 a.m. today at the Ohio Edison Oak Hill Avenue substation after using bolt cutters to cut the fence in an attempt to steal copper power lines, police said.
The victim, James O. Leach of East Auburndale Avenue, was dead at the scene and still smoldering when Ohio Edison crews arrived, police said. The bolt cutters were stuck to his neck, reports show. The substation is on Oak Hill Avenue at the corner of Carroll Street on the South Side.
Paul Harkey, Ohio Edison spokesman, said a power outage at the substation occurred at 3:36 am and affected 1,571 customers in the Youngstown-Boardman area. A circuit breaker that tripped caused the outage. Power was restored at 3:43 a.m.
Rick Jamrozik, a Mahoning County coroner’s investigator called to the scene around 4 a.m., said he placed the time of death to coincide with the outage.
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