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March 20, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The family of a 19-year-old student killed by electrocution in an allegedly faulty fountain on the campus of a Georgia technical college reached a record $1.4-million settlement with the state in a wrongful-death lawsuit, an attorney told The Times this week. Adriana Rhine died as her 3-year-old son, Zi'Quan, watched at South Georgia Technical College in Americus. She was a student at the school but had been on campus that day in late September 2012 to donate blood and celebrate the birthday of her sister Jasmine, also a student there.
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March 20, 2014 | By Paresh Dave
The family of a 19-year-old student killed by electrocution in an allegedly faulty fountain on the campus of a Georgia technical college reached a record $1.4-million settlement with the state in a wrongful-death lawsuit, an attorney told The Times this week. Adriana Rhine died as her 3-year-old son, Zi'Quan, watched at South Georgia Technical College in Americus. She was a student at the school but had been on campus that day in late September 2012 to donate blood and celebrate the birthday of her sister Jasmine, also a student there.
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February 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The Nebraska Supreme Court ruled that electrocution is cruel and unusual punishment, outlawing the electric chair in the only state using it as its sole means of execution. The state's death penalty remains legal, but another method must be approved. The evidence shows that electrocution inflicts "intense pain and agonizing suffering," the court said. "Condemned prisoners must not be tortured to death, regardless of their crimes," Justice William M. Connolly wrote in the 6-1 opinion.
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February 9, 2014 | By Angel Jennings
A Tustin man who was electrocuted while taking photos from a tree has been identified by the Orange County coroner's office. David Strohm Jr., 27, was discovered in the tree by family members about 8:40 a.m. Sunday, according to the coroner. He was tangled in electrical wire that ran through the tree and was not moving. It took firefighters about an hour using special equipment to remove Strohm's body from the tree in the 15600 block of South California Street, said Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority.
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August 23, 1991 | Associated Press
A convicted killer died in Virginia's electric chair Thursday night, but only after prison officials carried out the electrocution procedure twice. A physician at Greensville Correctional Center checked Derick Lynn Peterson's pulse and determined he was still alive after being given the normal dose of electricity used to execute people, so the executioner pulled the switch again.
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August 25, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson and Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
Relatives of Stacey L. Schreiber, a Valley Village woman who died trying to save others after a fiery traffic accident this week, remembered her Friday as a warm, loving person who always did her best to help others. "She was just very giving of everything she had to the world," Karina Kausch, 33, said of Schreiber, her older sister. "She wanted it to be a better place and she did that by example. And she did that obviously in this case. " Schreiber, 39, was identified by authorities Friday as one of two women electrocuted when they came into contact with water electrified in the aftermath of the accident Wednesday.
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August 3, 1999 | Times Staff and Wire Reports
A U.S. soldier was electrocuted in southeast Kosovo when the radio antenna on his armored patrol vehicle touched an overhead power line, a spokesman for the NATO-led peace force said Monday. He said the identity of the soldier, who died Sunday night, was being withheld pending notification of his family. It was the third death of an American military peacekeeper in Kosovo, a province of Serbia, the main Yugoslav republic.
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April 13, 2001 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Huntington Beach plant nursery employee was electrocuted Thursday and a co-worker hospitalized with burns after a tree they were moving became tangled in overhead power lines, authorities said. The man killed was identified as Mario Negrete, 51, of Stanton. The accident happened about 1:15 p.m. at Monroe Pacific Nursery, 10449 Adams St.
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August 23, 1987 | Associated Press
Martha Place of Brooklyn, N.Y., the first woman put to death by electrocution, was executed at Sing Sing in 1899 for the murder of her stepdaughter.
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November 30, 1993 | THUAN LE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man who died after being jolted by 66,000 volts of electricity at a Southern California Edison Co. substation on Thanksgiving Day was still unidentified Monday, police said. The electrocution occurred shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday when the man climbed over a fence surrounding the substation in the 900 block of Laguna Canyon Road and crawled onto an 8-foot-high circuit breaker, Capt. Bill Cavenaugh said. The man then either touched or came within six inches of a transformer.
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February 9, 2014 | By Angel Jennings
A 27-year-old Tustin man was electrocuted while taking photos of a sunset from a tree in his backyard, authorities said. It took firefighters about an hour using special equipment to remove the unidentified victim's body from the tree in the 15600 block of South California Street, said Capt. Steve Concialdi of the Orange County Fire Authority. Family members, who had spent hours looking for the victim, called the Fire Department about 8:40 a.m. after they made the gruesome discovery, he said.
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December 11, 2013 | By Ruben Vives
Los Angeles County coroner officials say a man found dead inside a Long Beach church last week died from an accidental electrocution. Jose Israel Mejias, 36, of Downey, was found dead about 8:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the attic of Ministerio Bautista Logos at 901 E. South St. The man was the son of Jose A. Mejias Sr., a pastor at the church, according to Jose Mejias' uncle, 48-year-old Luis Galvez. Mystery had surrounded Mejias' death after authorities said they were unsure how he was electrocuted because he wasn't working with electrical wiring or electricity.
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July 25, 2013 | By Veronica Rocha and Jason Wells
A 19-year-old driver who crashed into a utility pole in Valley Village has been ordered to stand trial for manslaughter in the deaths of two women who tried to come to his aid, only to be electrocuted by downed power lines. Arman Samsonian of Glendale slammed his sport utility vehicle into a light pole and nearby fire hydrant last Aug. 22. After the violent crash , two women ran toward the SUV to render aid, officials said. Both of the would-be rescuers, Irma Zamora and Stacey Schreiber, were killed instantly when they stepped into a pool of water that had been electrified by 4,800 volts from the fallen power line.
BUSINESS
July 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez and Andrea Chang
Monday tech news kicked off with a significant price cut to the Microsoft Surface RT tablet and a report that a woman in China was electrocuted while using her iPhone. Microsoft cuts price of Surface RT by $150 Microsoft reduced the price of its Surface RT tablets this weekend by $150. It's cheapest model now starts at $349, but there are plenty of other great tablets that start around that price. Chinese woman electrocuted using iPhone A 23-year-old woman in China was reportedly killed when she answered a call on her iPhone 5 while it was plugged into the wall for recharging.
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July 15, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
Apple said it plans to investigate the death of a 23-year-old Chinese woman who reportedly was electrocuted while taking a phone call on her iPhone 5 as it was charging. Ma Ailun, a China Southern Airlines flight attendant from China's Xinjiang region, was electrocuted Thursday when she answered a call on her smartphone, Chinese state media reported, quoting local police. According to  Reuters , Apple said it would cooperate with authorities investigating the incident. PHOTOS: Auctioned Apple items "We are deeply saddened to learn of this tragic incident and offer our condolences to the Ma family," Apple told Reuters in an email.
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August 25, 2012 | By Rebecca Trounson and Sam Quinones, Los Angeles Times
Relatives of Stacey L. Schreiber, a Valley Village woman who died trying to save others after a fiery traffic accident this week, remembered her Friday as a warm, loving person who always did her best to help others. "She was just very giving of everything she had to the world," Karina Kausch, 33, said of Schreiber, her older sister. "She wanted it to be a better place and she did that by example. And she did that obviously in this case. " Schreiber, 39, was identified by authorities Friday as one of two women electrocuted when they came into contact with water electrified in the aftermath of the accident Wednesday.
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October 22, 1995
A handyman died on Saturday, apparently of electrocution, while working in the crawl space beneath an apartment building, authorities said. "The area was wet and near some electrical wiring," said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey. The handyman had started to work on the plumbing of the building in the 9600 block of Woodman Avenue around 2 p.m., Humphrey said. When the apartment building owner returned after 7 p.m.
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July 2, 1991
An electrical contracting company has been charged with safety violations stemming from the death of a worker who was electrocuted when he drilled into a 4,800-volt power line. The city attorney's office filed the nine-count criminal complaint against Steiny and Co., a Los Angeles-based electrical contracting and engineering firm that was working last summer on construction of a UCLA dormitory. Also named were Steiny's project foreman, Kenneth Seeley, 36, and its project manager, James Duff, 36.
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June 28, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
A cause of death has been determined for an 11-year-old upstate New York girl who died Wednesday while playing miniature golf in Orlando, Fla.; she was electrocuted, officials have determined. The child, identified as Ashton Jojo of Latham, N.Y., apparently had reached into a small pond at the Orange Lake Resort to retrieve her golf ball, Florida officials told the Orlando Sentinel. The Orange-Osceola Medical Examiner announced the cause of death on  Thursday. Orange County code enforcement officers inspected the pond and found possible violations, the newspaper said.
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July 31, 2010 | By Sam Allen, Los Angeles Times
A botched attempt to tamper with a gas meter resulted in a massive explosion at a South Los Angeles building Friday morning, killing one man and severely injuring another, authorities said. Gas service was cut off Thursday at JL Spray after the metal-coating business failed to pay its monthly bill, Southern California Gas Co. spokesman Dennis Lord said. Sometime after that, the meter outside the plant was manipulated so gas bypassed the regulator and flowed into the building at a powerful rate.
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