Entries in San Bernardino (2)


Man Cuts Live Wire, Leaves Thousands Without Power

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock (SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) -- A suspected copper thief is in critical condition after cutting into a live wire, leaving thousands in San Bernardino, Calif., without power, police said.

The man, who climbed a power pole, was hit with 33,000 volts of electricity when he cut a live wire and is now hospitalized, police said.

“It caused the subject to be thrown quite some distance.  When initial responding officers and medical personnel arrived on scene, he was actively on fire,” said Police Lt. Mike Madden.

More than 2,300 Edison customers in the central district of San Bernardino were without power for more than an hour.

“It does have very dire consequences and this happens … it’s not just a matter of if this will happen, but when — if subjects continue to engage in this type of activity,” Madden said.

“We have had prior incidents such as this.  This was just a dramatic reminder of how dangerous this type of criminal activity is,” Madden added.

Copper theft is common across the country. Scrap metal can be sold for up to four dollars a pound.

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Downed Power Lines Kill Three

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.) -- Officials say three members of a San Bernardino family died Friday when they were checking out downed power lines in their backyard.  Officials say high winds overnight knocked down tree limbs and power lines in the area.

Local reports say there were small fires on the lawn and the homeowner went outside to inspect them.  The fires were apparently caused by the downed wires.  When the man came into contact with the lines, he was killed.  Apparently the man inadvertently touched the 16,000 volt line and died first.  His wife rushed out to help him, not realizing what had happened.  She too was immediately electrocuted.  That scenario played out one more time when their 21-year-old son was also killed.  They are identified as 44-year-old Steven Vego, 43-year-old Sharon Vego and their son, Jonathan Cole. 

Two other family members, a 10-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl, were in the house and are uninjured.  They were in the care of other family members on Saturday.

Steven Vego's brother, Frank, was furious on Saturday, telling ABC News affiliate KABC-TV that this is the second time the line has come down on the house.  Southern California Edison is investigating. 

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