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Police: New Haven Man Burned Trying To Cut Power Line

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) _ New Haven police say a man trying to cut an electrified power line was severely burned and caused an outage to about 3,000 utility customers.

Police spokesman David Hartman said officers found 24-year-old Sammy Gonzalez just after 4 p.m. Thursday after he called an ambulance to his home, saying he had been burned by electricity. Hartman said Gonzalez told police he was injured when he crossed nearby train tracks.

But Hartman said utility company surveillance tape from the former English power station on Grand Avenue showed Gonzalez trying to cut the line.

Gonzalez was transferred to Bridgeport Burn Center in critical but stable condition with third-degree burns. He faces charges including burglary, attempt to commit larceny and breach of the peace.

Hartman said United Illuminating restored the power by about 7:30 p.m.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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