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South Side man electrocuted at substation

Published: Thu, September 13, 2007 @ 9:04 a.m.

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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1tinny(2 comments)posted 8 years, 9 months ago

Thats a little harsh there texastruck....I may get mad at some people but never wish death on them. Sometimes not knowing the whole story can revise your feelings about the situation. Maybe there was the possiblity that this person did this trying to get money to feed a family or there is also the possibilty that this person was a drug addict and wanted more drugs....but either way it proves that society is lacking in something ....but attitudes like that doesn't help a dang thing but eventually comes around to kick you right in the behind.

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2anonymous(15 comments)posted 8 years, 9 months ago

Texastruck, how would you know if he was stealing to feed his drug addiction? And if that's the case, it's still no reason to wish death on anyone or to say they got their "just rewards". That's pretty ignorant of you. Looks like your the crackhead after all. Get a Life, would you?

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