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The Shocking Truth

Posted on September 8, 2012 at 3:40 AM

NBCSL Policy Committee Jurisdiction: Energy, Transportation, and Environment

Applicable Resolution: ETE-12-05

Background

Everyone has felt some low level form of static electricity, such electrostatic shock when touching a metal object in the winter. But, touching a light post, manhole cover, or fence...

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Family Wants Lawmakers To Pass A Bill Protecting People From Stray Voltage

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 1:30 PM

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (WJZ) — The family of a Baltimore County teenager electrocuted in a city park is pushing lawmakers to prevent it from happening again.

 

Weijia Jiang has more on the huge rally to help them fight.

 

Deanna Green would have turned 20 this week, but her life was cut short at 14 when she was electrocuted by stray voltage.

 

“We don’t want this to happen again. We don’t want anyone to feel how we feel...

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WUSA 9 Wins Murrow Award For Hidden Dangers Story

Posted on April 19, 2012 at 1:30 PM

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- 9News Now's Consumer unit featuring Lesli Foster is a recipient of a 2012 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award. The Radio Television Digital News Association officially announced the honor on Thursday.

 

Since 1971, the Radio Television Digital News Association has given the Edward R. Murrow Awards to various electronic journalism outlets. According to RTNDA, "Murrow's pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. M...

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Family of girl electricuted after leaning on fence is pushing for tougher inspection law

Posted on March 15, 2012 at 12:10 PM

A committee vote on a bill that would require utilities to inspect all underground power cables for stray voltage could come as early as today.


The family of Deanna Green is pushing for the bill. Green was just 14 years old when she touched a fence at a softball field in Druid Hill Park back in May of 2006. The fence had been electrified by a damaged underground cable.


Green died at the softball field; her mother saw it happen.


“Sh...

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Contact Voltage: The Invisible Danger That Killed Our Daughter

Posted on March 14, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Huffington Post: By Mr. Anthony “Bubba’ Green & Mrs. Nancy A. Green

 

On May 5, 2006, our daughter, Deanna Camille Green, was electrocuted and killed after she touched a normal everyday fence that was electrified by current leaking from a faulty underground electric cable. We now know, this dangerous condition known as “contact voltage” has taken the lives of countlesspeople and pets across the country.

 

May 5 started as a typical...

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WJZ Investigation Uncovers Decaying Wires Emitting Electrical Currents

Posted on October 26, 2011 at 12:45 PM

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — There’s action taken following a WJZ investigation. Now Baltimore City and BGE take steps in response to dangerous stray voltage found across the city.

Vic Carter reports it is electricity that has the potential to kill.

A WJZ investigation uncovers decaying wires emitting dangerous — even deadly — electrical currents all over the city of Baltimore.

The death of 14-year-old Deanna Greene brought the severity of t...

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Court Case Continues In Death Of 14-Year-Old Girl Electrocuted In City Park

Posted on October 18, 2011 at 6:25 PM

BALTIMORE (WJZ)– The family of a Baltimore girl electrocuted in a city park is back in court. Fourteen-year-old Deanna Green was the victim of faulty underground electric lines.

Pat Warren reports on court arguments heard Friday.

Circuit Court Judge John Miller had a lot of questions for attorneys on both sides.

The parents of Deanna Green have been in and out of court since 2006.

“It’s a wound that continues to be re-ope...

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New Regulation Could Enforce Continuous Stray Voltage Checks

Posted on July 7, 2011 at 10:40 AM

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—The parents of a teen killed in a Baltimore City park want to make sure it never happens again. Their 14-year-old daughter was electrocuted when she touched a metal fence.

Jessica Kartalija explains how a new regulation could keep electricity in check.

At a Public Service Commission hearing, the Green family urged state and private companies to continually check for stray voltage.

Four years ago, Deanna Green touched a fence on a ba...

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Family Continues Fight For Answers 5 Years After Stray Voltage Kills Teen

Posted on May 4, 2011 at 11:05 PM

BALTIMORE (WJZ)—It was five years ago that a young Baltimore teenager was killed by the stray electrical voltage underground a baseball field in Druid Hill Park. Now her family and their attorneys say they’re still fighting to get answers in their daughter’s death.

Derek Valcourt explains their battle is with the city over releasing important records. They say the city is withholding information about electrical repairs in the park both before and after their da...

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Parents Speak Out in Electrocution of Teen

Posted on April 5, 2011 at 12:43 PM

"Every day that goes by I think of Deanna. Every day I come to work, I have to pass through the park. Everyday," said Nancy Arrington-Green.

 

In the week following Deanna’s death, the city tried to explain how it happened---how a metal pole sank into the ground until it came to rest on a buried electric line.

 

The family filed a wrongful death suit naming the city BG&E and a local electrical contractor who had done some work at the field… ...

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