Ohio Edison turned the power off within five minutes, White said, but the power had been on when the man entered the substation. the lieutenant said it was “by the grace of God that he’s still here.”
White said the sheriff’s office called in two negotiators from the Springfield Police Division who were able to develop a rapport with the man and eventually convince him to climb down.
The man was threatening to jump from the substation, and had a knife, which he threw down after speaking with negotiators, White said.
About 3:40 p.m., the man climbed down safely, and a crowd of onlookers cheered. He had superficial wounds where he may have tried to hurt himself, White said, and he was tired and thirsty from holding himself up on top of the substation.
He was placed in the back of a Clark County Sheriff’s cruiser and White said he was taken to a local hospital for an evaluation.
The sheriff’s office would be consulting with the prosecutor’s office on any potential charges, the lieutenant said.
Traffic in the area was disrupted by the emergency response and because of the power outage.
Northeastern School District, located in the township, reported on its website that its schools — Kenton Ridge, Northridge and Rolling Hills — were without power and phone service.
“All students are safe, and the buildings are operating normally,” the website announcement said.
Northeastern School District spokeswoman Steffanie Stratton said that the district will communicate with families via the district’s all-call system as a result of the phone service outage. Students will be released from the buildings affected by the power outage at their regular times.
White said the man was in extreme danger when he entered the substation.
“If he had touched the wrong two things at same time, it would have been the path of least resistance and he would have been electrocuted,” he said.
The lieutenant was complimentary of the negotiators, saying they did an “absolute quality job” and that he didn’t know how they would have had the situation solved without them.
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A man climbed atop an Ohio Edison power substation in Moorefield Twp., Clark County on Monday, Oct. 11, 2021. After nearly four hours, negotiators talked him down safely. Electricity to nearly 2,500 customers had been cut off during the standoff. MARSHALL GORBY/STAFF
Credit: Marshall Gorby
Credit: Marshall Gorby