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Man electrocuted at Hoke County power substation

Posted August 14, 2010

— A 23-year-old man died after being electrocuted while trying to steal copper wiring from a power substation near Raeford early Saturday, according to Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin.

The sheriff said that William Joshua Reavis, of Aberdeen, was cutting copper grounding from an electrical substation, at 106 N. Horace Walters Road, around 4 a.m. He was electrocuted and fell 10 feet to the ground.

Reavis was found dead by friend, Peterkin said.

The substation belongs to the Lumbee River Electric Member Corporation. Company spokesman Walter White said a chain and lock on a 7- to 8-foot fence surrounding the substation appeared to have been cut.

Peterkin said the investigation was ongoing.


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  • mad_dash Aug 16, 2010

    Well, he wont do that again...

  • rtpduder Aug 16, 2010

    So it was the 10 foot fall that killed him?

  • shortcake53 Aug 16, 2010

    Stealing and got hurt?? Kinda hard to work up sympathy for this one.

  • Lightfoot3 Aug 16, 2010

    Found by friend? Yea, right. Probably should say found by accomplice in crime.

  • josephlawrence43 Aug 16, 2010

    shocking--absolutely shocking.