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  • Alabama man nearly killed after sleeping with phone charging in bed

    04/03/2017 10:14:46 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 38 replies
    WAAY-TV via WTTV TV ^ | Monday, April 3, 2017 | CBS4 WEB
    HUNTSVILLE, AL. – An Alabama man was nearly electrocuted after falling asleep with his iPhone and charging cord in bed, WAAY-TV reports. Last week Wiley Day, 32, fell asleep with his dog tag around his neck. His iPhone was connected to its charger and an extension cord near his head. While he was sleeping, the chain to his dog tag slipped between the charger and the extension cord. The contact sent a surge of electricity through his body. “And my necklace became the conductor. And it somehow, some way, jolted me over here to the floor,” Day told WAAY-TV. Thankfully,...
  • Execution statute, with firing squad, heads to Miss governor

    03/28/2017 5:05:59 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 28, 2017 7:56 PM EDT | Sarah Smith and Jeff Amy
    Lawmakers want Mississippi to change how it handles executions, with changes meant to overcome legal challenges to execution drugs, and possibly allow the state to use electrocution and the firing squad as death penalty methods. The Senate agreed on Tuesday to changes to HB 638, sending it to Gov. Phil Bryant for his approval or veto after the House agreed Monday. The measure lists four preferred execution methods. The first is lethal injection using a three-drug mixture. After that, in order, the bill specifies poison gas, electrocution and firing squad as execution methods. The bill is a response to lawsuits...
  • Mississippi considers firing squad as method of execution

    02/10/2017 12:27:23 AM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 61 replies
    Associated Press ^ | February 9, 2017 | By EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi lawmakers are advancing a proposal to add firing squad, electrocution and gas chamber as execution methods in case a court blocks the use of lethal injection drugs. House Bill 638 is a response to lawsuits filed by "liberal, left-wing radicals," said House Judiciary B Committee Chairman Andy Gipson, a Republican. The bill passed the House amid opposition Wednesday, and it moves to the Senate for more debate. Lethal injection is Mississippi's only execution method. The state faces lawsuits claiming the drugs it plans to use would violate constitutional prohibitions against cruel and unusual punishment. Mississippi...
  • Apple investigating iPhone 5 user death by electrocution

    07/15/2013 9:40:56 AM PDT · by topher · 80 replies | July 15, 2013 |
    Apple said Monday it would investigate claims that a Chinese woman was killed by an electric shock she received when answering a call while the device was charging. The claim quickly drew attention after a woman in the western region of Xinjiang wrote about the death of her 23-year-old sister Ma Ailun on China's popular microblog service Sina Weibo. "We will fully investigate and cooperate with authorities in this matter," said Apple's Beijing-based spokeswoman Carolyn Wu, offering condolences to the family.
  • Detasseler's father sues over teenager's death

    08/08/2011 7:01:15 PM PDT · by Western Phil · 20 replies
    Quad City Times (Illinois) ^ | Aug. 5, 2011 | Brian Wellner
    The father of a girl electrocuted while detasseling corn in a Whiteside County farm field is suing Monsanto Co. and four other defendants for negligence. Hannah Kendall, 14, and Jade Garza, 14, both of Sterling, Ill., were killed in the July 25 accident. snip--- Smith said witnesses told him Jade stepped into a puddle that was electrified, and she and Hannah, who grabbed her, were electrocuted. The electrical current came from a damaged meter connected to a central pivot irrigation system, Smith said in the lawsuit. He added that the girls did not necessarily come into contact with the irrigator...
  • 2 men guilty in electrocution at CTA station

    03/15/2011 7:41:03 AM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 11 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | March 14, 2011 | Jason Meisner
    Separate juries found two men guilty of murder today in the electrocution death of a Chicago man who fell onto the tracks during a melee on a CTA Red Line platform. Maurice Evans, 25, and Antwaun Thompson, 29, were among four young men caught on Roosevelt subway station surveillance cameras kicking and beating Daniel McKenzie, 43, before he tumbled onto the electrified third rail. Evans briefly buried his face in his hands and shook his head when the verdict was announced. Hours later, Thompson remained expressionless as his verdict was read aloud.
  • Wash. man electrocuted by urinating on power line

    03/01/2010 3:06:12 PM PST · by Lmo56 · 50 replies · 1,138+ views
    AP ^ | 3/1/2010 | AP
    MONTESANO, Wash. (AP) - Authorities believe a Washington man was killed by accidentally urinating on a downed power line after a car crash. Grays Harbor County sheriff's Deputy Dave Pimentel (PIM'-en-tel) said Monday 50-year-old Roy Messenger was not seriously hurt after he collided with a power pole Friday and called a relative to pull his car from a ditch. However, family members found Messenger electrocuted when they arrived.
  • Fort Lauderdale man electrocuted (Dies trying to set up radio antennas)

    02/28/2010 4:53:02 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 35 replies · 1,004+ views
    South Florida Sun Sentinel ^ | February 28, 2010 | Rachel Hatzipanagos
    A 27-year-old man trying to set up an antenna for a pirate radio station was electrocuted in the backyard of his home Sunday, a Fort Lauderdale police spokesman said. Authorities were called to the home on the 1100 block of Northwest 18th Court about noon, said the spokesman, Frank Sousa. Details were sketchy, but authorities said the electrocution appeared to be accidental.
  • Pueblo man electrocuted while trying to steal wiring

    10/28/2009 11:08:45 AM PDT · by george76 · 33 replies · 1,592+ views
    Denver Post ^ | 10/28/2009 | Howard Pankratz
    A 28-year-old man died early this morning in Pueblo while trying to steal electrical wiring from a high voltage electrical box... The man, Brian Repinski of Pueblo, was brought unconscious to Parkview Hospital suffering from high voltage burns. Duran said interviews were conducted with associates of Repinski. They said the electrocution occurred on Greenhorn Drive while Repinski and an accomplice were attempting to steal the wiring. Detectives are continuing their investigation to determine whether Repinski and his associates were involved in other recent thefts and burglaries.
  • Man vs. Machine: The Death Row Inmate Who Turned His Toilet Into an Electric Chair

    05/22/2009 12:19:14 PM PDT · by MyTwoCopperCoins · 31 replies · 1,576+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | 21 May 2009 | Gizmodo
    Michael Anderson Godwin was a murderer. He was awaiting South Carolina's electric chair in 1989 when he decided to fix his TV set while sitting on his cell's metal toilet. You can probably see where this is going.Being on death row is lonely, so having a TV is important to your sanity. Godwin's was on the fritz, so he decided to multitask by trying to fix it was using the commode.The last stupid decision of his life was to bite down on an exposed wire in the plugged-in TV while sitting on the metal toilet. He was electrocuted instantly,...
  • KBR Possibly To Be Charged With Negligent Homicide [Kellog Brown & Root / AKA Halliburton]

    01/22/2009 8:23:14 PM PST · by smokingfrog · 47 replies · 3,497+ views ^ | Jan. 22, 2009 |
    BREAKING NEWS CNN (January 22/2009) 3:55pm EST: KBR, formally Halliburton, a private contractors, through shoddy work caused electrocution deaths of U.S. soldiers in army bases in Iraq.
  • New York Trooper, Canadian Driver Electrocuted During Flat-Tire Fix

    08/04/2008 5:32:18 PM PDT · by xcamel · 43 replies · 116+ views
    Fox ^ | 08/04/2008 | staff
    OGDENSBURG, N.Y. — A veteran state trooper and a civilian were electrocuted while fixing a flat tire on an antique fire truck when the truck's ladder touched a high-voltage power line, police said. AP via Fox 1 p rule
  • Hybrids Hold Hidden Dangers

    02/21/2008 7:27:30 AM PST · by george76 · 115 replies · 317+ views
    7 NEWS ^ | February 21, 2008 | Theresa Marchetta
    Emergency Responders At Risk. hybrids may also hold a hidden danger if they are involved in a serious accident... a risk of electrocution. "If you don't know what you're doing you can be hurt seriously, if not killed by the voltage," said hybrid-certified mechanic Kevin Klein."There's 330 volts of electricity running through the lines," ... It only takes 50 to 100 volts to kill a person. "My coworkers know when I set these up, nobody's allowed in here but me," said Klein as he set up orange cones around his work area. "We have to wear face protection in case...
  • Nebraska court bans the electric chair

    02/08/2008 6:39:53 PM PST · by plain talk · 38 replies · 144+ views ^ | 2/8/2008 | Bill Mears
    A child killer received a reprieve Friday from the Nebraska Supreme Court, which ruled that electrocution, the state's only means of capital punishment, is unconstitutional. "Old Sparky" was used for 60 years to execute inmates in Texas before it was decommissioned in 1964. Death penalty experts said the ruling is likely to put an end to a form of execution rarely used in the United States in recent years. Lethal injection is administered in 35 of the 36 states that execute condemned prisoners, with Nebraska the sole exception. "It is the hallmark of a civilized society that we punish cruelty...
  • They Risk Electrocution To Escape Zimbabwe

    07/21/2007 7:37:35 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 829+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-21-2007 | Stephen Bevan
    They risk electrocution to escape Zimbabwe By Stephen Bevan in Musina, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 11:56pm BST 21/07/2007 Like the thousands of others who trekked across the border this month, Kudakwashe Vandira brought nothing but the clothes he was wearing and the vague hope of a better life. A man struggles beneath a barbed wire fence, one of three border barriers meant to stop illegal crossings from Zimbabwe to South Africa What little spare cash he had saved up had been stolen by the guma guma - the gangsters who prey on desperate Zimbabweans as they try to flee illegally...
  • Court denies appeal of inmate who says chosen method of death is unconstitutional

    06/19/2007 3:23:46 PM PDT · by SmithL · 20 replies · 621+ views
    Memphis Commercial Appeal ^ | 6/19/7 | Lawrence Buser
    A federal appeals court has turned down the appeal of a death row inmate who has chosen electrocution over lethal injection but now argues that electrocution is unconstitutional. Gary Bradford Cone was convicted in 1982 of bludgeoning to death an elderly Memphis couple -- Shipley and Cleopatra Todd -- while hiding out in their home on Evergreen near Poplar after robbing a jewelry store. The Sixth U.S. Court of Appeals has twice set aside Cone’s death sentence, once ruling that his trial lawyer was ineffective and then again after finding that the jury instructions were unconstitutionally vague. The U.S. Supreme...
  • Pastor electrocuted during baptism [Texas]

    10/30/2005 5:51:37 PM PST · by aculeus · 198 replies · 5,298+ views
    Sydney Morning Herald ^ | October 31, 2005 | AP
    A US pastor performing a baptism was electrocuted inside his Texas church when he grabbed a microphone while partially submerged, a church employee said. The Reverend Kyle Lake, 33, was standing in water up to his shoulder in a baptismal in front of 800 people at University Baptist Church when he was electrocuted yesterday, said Jamie Dudley, a church business administrator. Doctors in the congregation unsuccessfully performed chest compressions for 40 minutes, Dudley said. The woman Lake was baptising was not injured, Dudley said. Pastors at University Baptist Church routinely use a microphone during baptisms, Dudley said. "He was grabbing...
  • Abuse of Power by The Department of Children Services

    07/26/2005 1:09:07 PM PDT · by Mellyn · 19 replies · 966+ views
    Own Experience | July 25, 2005 | Mellyn
    On March 7, 2005, Mr.and Mrs. Miranda arrived home, in Monroe, Walton Co., with their newborn (4th child) bundle of joy. While they're enjoying and bonding with Lil. Alyssa, their two sons were excited to have finally their baby sister home. In the meantime, anxciously awaiting for three o'clock to come, Alyssa's 6 year old sister can't wait to come meet her baby sister. However, within two hours of Alyssa being home, a worker from DEFACS arrives with the sheriffs, and warrant to remove Alyssa from the home.
  • Amish Teen Electrocuted in Ohio

    01/12/2005 12:50:31 PM PST · by jdm · 64 replies · 1,995+ views
    CNN ^ | 01-12-05
    CHARDON, Ohio (AP) - A 17-year-old Amish boy was electrocuted trying to remove a power line that got tangled in his horse-drawn buggy's wheels, authorities said. The boy drove over a power line Tuesday that had sagged down within a foot of the road after separating from a pole, authorities said. The line got stuck in the wheels and stopped the buggy. The boy got out and grabbed the 4,800-volt line in an attempt to remove it from the wheels, the Geauga County Sheriff's office said. He died at the scene. The boy's name was not released because his family...
  • Death Suit Names Utility

    08/28/2003 1:58:04 PM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 15 replies · 1,533+ views
    la times ^ | 8 19 03 | David Reyes
    Family is seeking damages from Southern California Edison in accidental electrocution of an O.C. homeowner John Kincannon was cleaning his pool one day when the Lemon Heights lawyer spotted a palm frond dangling from nearby power lines. Armed with an aluminum pool skimmer, he swung at the debris — and accidentally touched the metal pole to the line, receiving a fatal jolt of electricity. A year later, his widow and three children are seeking general damages from Southern California Edison Co. and others, suggesting that though the homeowner's attempt to knock the branch from the power line was unwise, there...