KEWANEE (AP) — The Henry County coroner says a Kewanee man was apparently electrocuted when an aluminum ladder he was carrying contacted a power line.
Henry County Coroner Dave Johnson told the Journal Star in Peoria that Curtis W. English, 39, of Kewanee was pronounced dead Sunday. Mr. Johnson said "all indications are that he was electrocuted."
Mr. Johnson said firefighters took Mr. English to the hospital after the incident happened in a house's side yard. An inquest will be scheduled; Ameren Illinois, Kewanee Police and the coroner's office are investigating.
Today is Saturday, Aug. 23, the 235th day of 2014. There are 130 days left in the year.
1864 -- 150 years ago: Telegraph reports state that, about 6 o'clock on the evening of the 20th, Quantrill, with about 800 of his thieves and robbers, surrounded Lawrence, Kan., and burned it to the ground. 1889 -- 125 years ago: Newton Beer's production of "Lost in London," which had a successful run for three seasons, was presented at Harper's Theater. 1914 -- 100 years ago: The German army commanded by Fran Duke Albrecht of Wurtemburg defeated the French army at Neufchmtenu. 1939 -- 75 years ago: John Deere Harvester Works in East Moline is starting a four-story, $104,000 addition to the combine assembly building. 1964 -- 50 years ago: Short Hills Country Club held onto its lead yesterday despite a rally by host Davenport Country Club and claimed the team title in the Sunshine Cup golf series. 1989 -- 25 years ago: Quad-Citians can look forward to more excitement and fun at this year's Rock Island Labor Day parade at 9:30 a.m. Sept 4, say organizers. This years theme is "Celebrate Rock Island."