Friday, May 15, 2015

One man dead and another arrested after alleged copper theft

One Martin County man is dead and another is in jail after allegedly stealing copper on May 15 at the Vanlear mine at Meathouse.  Martin County Sheriff's Office says Charlie Walker Jude had climbed a tower at a substation at the mine and after coming in contact with a 70 thousand volt electrical line, Jude died at the scene.
His cousin and alleged accomplice, 27-year-old Steven Michael Jude, was arrested and charged with second-degree burglary, possession of burglar's tools, trespassing, and criminal mischief.  He remains lodged in the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center.