Police: Man electrocuted during wire theft attempt

Authorities have determined that a 29-year-old Ypsilanti Township man was electrocuted as he and accomplices were trying to steal copper wire from a Washtenaw County warehouse.
AP Wire
Feb 14, 2014

Police have ruled Matthew Vair's death an accident.

Sgt. Geoff Fox of the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Department said Vair's body was found Dec. 20 on the ground near open power cabinets in the abandoned building in Scio Township, west of Ann Arbor. An investigation showed that several other people had been in the warehouse and fled after Vair was electrocuted.

Four other men — ages 22 to 41 — have since been arrested and arraigned on breaking and entering charges.

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Former Grandhavenite

This is quite shocking to hear. I guess it takes a spark of genius to insulate oneself from bad decisions. Since these guys were conducting themselves in such a direct manner instead of alternating their crimes, it's not surprising that the results were less than electrifying.

Vladtheimp

An insightful analysis making the right connections, Sparky!

Tri-cities realist

Not bad for a GHAPS educated statistician! Way to stay grounded.

LessThanAmused

Touché!

Former Grandhavenite

Ohm my, thanks guys! If some copper thieves tried to give me any static I wouldn't hesitate to amp up my game and show them watts up. Crimes like this have an almost electric magnetism to them, but if these guys had paid more attention to current events they may have had a more realistic view of both their potential and their capacitance to pull off this caper. I think these energetic young gentlemen should be inducted to the short list for the Darwin Awards despite their circuitous path to fame.

Tri-cities realist

Encore. Encore!

Former Grandhavenite

I'll do my best to rectify the current situation by unleashing a battery of highly charged statements with the potential to induce change and invert the power structure. As a parallel, any electrical engineer has the potential to be discharged for making a series of insensitive remarks, so some of these high voltage lines may blow a fuse. Guess I should be more respectful of these guys considering that their best laid plans were inverted, resulting in a terminal situation. Their minds must have been spinning like turbines when they generated this farad plan. I'd like to be on the same wavelength, but the frequency of change tends to be inversely related to it, and the amplitude of one's actions plays a role in defining the characteristic curves in the arc of history. When you have mega hours to do wattever it's tempting to alternate your energy between crimes in a very direct manner, although in fairness they weren't exactly insulated from the day-to-day resistance to change in the power structure.

I'll try to conduct my impulses in a more positive manner, although it's easy to let your current thoughts flow toward the negative. These guys decided to use the nuclear option and as a result they got a lump of coal in their stockings. Clearly they didn't realize the power of these big energy companies and how they can act as a circuit breaker to the legislative process. As an anti-authoritarian I've done whatever I can to impede and resist Ohm's law with every utility.

These guys better hope their cellmates don't have an affinity for baked beans, or they may have a dangerous amount of natural gas being generated, but I guess they could just relay their objections regarding the energy leaking from their cellmates' cathodes. Fortunately even in prison they won't have to operate in a vacuum since they allow "conjugal visits", although some of the ladies who date prisoners turn out to be trans sisters despite their frequency of having characteristic curves. The truth hertz, and for this particular gentleman it killohertz. Guess it's just a sine of the times.

LessThanAmused

LOL....You sure you're not living in Colorado or Washington state? :-)

Former Grandhavenite

Hah, I wish! Although I do generally try to trip on acid before making any important decisions. I'm also pretty fond of Cheetos, The Grateful Dead, Fat Tire beer, and skiing so I could probably manage to pose as a native Coloradan if the need arises.

LessThanAmused

Sounds like you got it covered. Thanks for the laugh. :-)

Tri-cities realist

Are you sure you're a statistician? Thanks for the laugh and the literary lightning rods.

Former Grandhavenite

Oh noes how did this get here I am not good with computars!!1! It's odd that there doesn't seem to be an option to delete one of your own posts though.

Former Grandhavenite

d'oh!

Lanivan

It appears you are experiencing efficiency droop. Time for lights out, but before your bright light is dimmed, I would like to thank you for the laughs, and to express my appreciation for your unflickering luminosity - you are a real energy star.

LessThanAmused

Hey! just had fantastic idea for you! How about you use your multitude of computer related skills and write us up a forum structure program with some post 1997 functionality?

Nothing overtly fancy, just something that will allow us, the uses, to actually follow a thread without GPS, maybe a way to delete a post if we have a moment of clarity, or remorse and a way to search for topics by being able to go to any page at any time without going thru 40 pages.....one. page. at. a. time.

Those are just off my wishlist, I'm sure if you put out a request for feedback you'd get more than enough input to keep you busy for weeks, if not months. In your spare time of course...

THEN, you could donate this program to the Tribune out of the goodness of your heart, to your old hometown, your alma mater and become a local hero. So then, the next time you come home we could have a day in your honor and maybe, if you play your cards right, a statue in your likeness to forever grace a couple square feet of waterfront property!

I like it....when can you start? :-)

Former Grandhavenite

I'm not sure they'd want a deviant statistical type handling the coding though, given the Trib's deterministic view of functions that serve to integrate the community with respect to any variable. This forum does tend to regress toward a mean set of values though. I may be a square always sipping CHI and rooting around with estimates of variance, but I don't think I'm exponentially more deviant than the average. Of course I do have roughly the standard deviation and have made a lot of the standard errors that teenagers make. My place got raided and unfortunately one of the papers seized gave them a pretty solid case that I'd been breaking the Law of Total Covariance. Of course they tried to claim it was a distribution, and they weighed my entire notebook instead of just the page with the illegal covariance estimates in an effort to increase the charges. I was just trying to do a simple two-way ANOVA test, but instead I got a one-way ticket to jail. Fortunately I'm pretty comfortable with spreadsheets so I didn't feel too out place in this block of cells. I joined up with the Frequentists in prison as a matter of survival, although they also usually had better weed than the Bayesians and it was cool to be the alpha male in that population once folks realized I could generate a pretty sharp sawtooth function to shank somebody if necessary.

Fortunately sum of the squares running our society realize that deviant sets of values can be useful to the authorities on occasion, which is why the order wasn't given to round up our whole ranks yet. I'm confident that we're witnessing an interval in which nontraditional beliefs have gained more of an expected value. My ANOVAs tend to swing two ways if you know what I mean, and homoscedastic relationships are now more normally distributed across the population, except of course in Texas as they have an indefinite commitment to integration and their upper bound of tolerance isn't biased in favor of the outliers like me. I guess this hypothesis could be tested if they ever nullify their ban on a left-tailed distribution of political views. It seems like a mean mode of operation, and is probably derivative of similar polices in Oklahoma. Down there I've seen people throw their uncleaned raw data into the median while driving. I guess every area gets to choose its own critical values.

Not to put too fine a point on this estimate, but it's a standard error to assume someone's following a binomial lifestyle just because they like show tunes. When the beta distribution of the new Trib site goes live it could hopefully be a function that would generate some moments. If the Trib ever decides to distribute a uniform to me I might take them up on it, but for now I'm just a humble Student conducting a test of various T's (I'm an Earl Grey man myself). It would be significant to be able to head for the beach to soak up some of the sun's gamma distribution and check out some of well defined curves in the area, but sometimes the QED of folks waiting to get in is quite long-tailed. I've always been a fan of joint distributions, but unfortunately cops harass you despite the obviously marginal value of it. If Michigan ever repeals Zipf's law or at least decriminalizes the worst aspects of Taylor's law I could see returning to my point of origin, assuming of course I could coordinate the arrangements for the plane. The biggest problem with Taylor's law is that it's so discriminatory. Nerds are over 20 times as likely to get busted relative to football jocks according to the Innocence Project.

LessThanAmused

Yeah, that what I was thinking. :-O

What's the chance I could talk you into mailing me a bit of whatever it is you're smoking??? It's been a bad day here and I'd love to alter my consciousness enough to understand your thesis here more fully than I am currently able to at this time......

Tri-cities realist

My eyes start to gloss over after reading about ANOVA's and covariance, brings back memories of Stats in college, and although I passed, the concepts never became second nature to me. I do appreciate those who fully comprehend them, funny how different minds work.

Former Grandhavenite

I work with the stuff all day and my eyes tend to gloss over too. A lot of the concepts in statistics and information theory as a whole are really interesting, but the teaching of math and stats generally isn't all that great at the high school or college level. I think part of the reason so many people "hate math" is that most math/stats profs have an almost total inability to describe the concepts graphically or verbally, and often just jump right into the formulas and proofs without even spending a few minutes talking about what we're actually doing and why. If you can't describe the concept without using even a single formula then something's wrong. For verbal or visually oriented learners it's an uphill battle.

It's a good field job-wise, although I'd prefer to move into software development (games specifically) if my partners and I ever manage to release something that actually sells. I've made a few small apps for iOS and Android devices as a side job but have yet to make any money.

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