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Charges filed in Hoke electrocution

Posted December 1, 2010

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— A Moore County man was charged Tuesday with obstruction of justice in connection with the electrocution of another man at a Hoke County power substation in August, authorities said Wednesday.

William Joshua Reavis, of Aberdeen, was killed on Aug. 14 while trying to steal copper wiring from a Lumbee River Electric Member Corporation substation near Raeford.

Hoke County deputies say Jonathan Tyler Overton, a friend of Reavis, was taking part in the wiring theft and removed wire cutters and some wire from the scene before deputies arrived. Overton also gave a false statement to investigators, authorities said.

Overton, 20, of 9307 Calloway Road in Aberdeen, also has been charged with misdemeanor larceny, possession of stolen property and injuring wires or fixtures of a utility. He was released on a $25,000 bond.

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  • Sherlock Dec 2, 2010

    Yes

  • Combat MP Dec 1, 2010

    Sherlock, Do you live in Hoke County? Have you ever had any dealings with HCSO or Raeford PD? I do and I have, the Sheriff is very professional and so is his staff. Raeford PD has had it's ups and downs but they continue to raise the bar and drive crime out. I am curious on what you based your statement on?

  • dwr1964 Dec 1, 2010

    I'm suprised that Hoke county detectives could really find a criminal, The Raeford City cops are the only ones that can find "criminals according to their "Big" Chief. The only way these 2 department could get anyone is that they turned themselves in. Both of these department are a joke to LEO's every day every where".

    Just curious sherlock, I moved here from Wyoming, so is there proof to back up your statement? I honestly do not know. If there is, please enlighten me for future reference.

  • notagain1903 Dec 1, 2010

    William Joshua Reavis, of Aberdeen, was killed on Aug. 14 while trying to steal copper wiring from a Lumbee River Electric Member Corporation substation near Raeford.

    Now that is natures justice for you!!!!

  • EasyGoer Dec 1, 2010

    Stupid is as stupid does.

  • Sherlock Dec 1, 2010

    I'm suprised that Hoke county detectives could really find a criminal, The Raeford City cops are the only ones that can find criminals according to their "Big" Chief. The only way these 2 department could get anyone is that they turned themselves in. Both of these department are a joke to LEO's every day every where.

  • airbornemonty Dec 1, 2010

    The thief was released on a $25,000.00 dollars bond, surely the bond had to be unsecured. It just isn't possible that someone as low as a copper wire thief would have that kind of money handy.

    I just wish the media would state whether a bond is a secure bond or it isn't that way I wouldn't laugh so loud. Oh yeah, I'm still laughing....

  • GWALLY Dec 1, 2010

    A fine example of how the gene pool self corrects.....but only as long as man does NO social engineering!!!!!

  • haleibc Dec 1, 2010

    Well now the taxpayers will only have to pay for one trail.

  • dwr1964 Dec 1, 2010

    Another great example of smart criminals.