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Man killed while allegedly stealing copper identified

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The man who was electrocuted on Wednesday, May 8 while allegedly trying to shoot down a high tension wire in the Thurmond area was identified by the Fayette County Sheriff's Office on Thursday.

According deputies the man who was killed was Dalton Newhouse, 22, of Oak Hill.  Deputies believe that Newhouse was trying to steal copper when he was killed.

Fayette County Sheriff's Deputies and investigators with the National Park Service are looking into a death that happened in the Thurmond area on Wednesday, May 8.

According to officials with the Fayette County Sheriff's Office, a person was killed while apparently trying to steal copper.  The incident happened four miles up Beury Mountain, above Thurmond.  Dispatchers tell 59News that emergency responders were dispatched at around 10:33 a.m.

When Rangers and Deputies arrived they found a body tangled up in a high-voltage power line.  Deputies believe that the victim  and another person were trying to steal copper by shooting down the power lines with a rifle.  The victim apparently touched a live power line and was electrocuted.  The victim has not been identified, but deputies said that he is a resident of Fayette County.

The second man, Charles Raymond Norris, 22, of Oak Hill was arrested.  He is charged with Attempt to Commit a Felony, Conspiracy to Commit a Felony and Disruption of a Public Utility.  There is no word on his bond.

Deputies said that the investigation into the copper theft is still open.  Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the Fayette County Sheriff's Officer at 304-574-4216 or CrimeStoppers at 304-255-7867.   Tips can also be submitted at the Crime Tips section of the Sheriff's Office web site.