Victim in Texas parade crash accused of lying about receiving Purple Heart

An ex-police officer from Georgia who was injured in a train accident during a veterans parade in Texas is accused of lying about receiving a Purple Heart medal and was arrested Wednesday, Cherokee County sheriff’s officials said. Former Holly Springs police officer Shane Ladner, 40, was never awarded a Purple Heart and is charged with four counts of theft by deception, false swearing and giving a false statement to police, Cherokee County Sheriff’s Lt. Jay Baker said. Ladner presented a military discharge form claiming that he was the recipient of the honor when he applied for a free Purple Heart license plate in 2009, Baker said, adding that Army officials have no record of the form that Ladner presented to get the plate. Ladner and his wife, Meg, were among those injured in a mid-November train crash in Midland, Texas, that killed four people. One of Meg Ladner’s legs had to be amputated. Continue Reading

Body found may be New York Angel Flight crash victim, sheriff says

Authorities say they believe they’ve found the body of a cancer patient missing since a small plane crashed last month in upstate New York. Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey tells local media outlets the remains found Wednesday near an ice cream stand a mile from the main wreck site are likely those of 64-year-old Frank Amerosa. Amerosa was on the Angel Flight with his wife, 58-year-old Evelyn Amerosa. They were heading home to Rome, N.Y., after treatment in the Boston area when the Piper PA 34 went down an hour west of Albany in the rural town Ephratah on May 24. The bodies of Evelyn Amerosa and 70-year-old volunteer pilot John Campbell of Stamford, Conn., were found the next day. Continue Reading

Escaped convict found guilty of Massachusetts barbershop murder

A Massachusetts man who escaped from prison has been convicted of killing a barbershop customer, wounding the barber and then injuring two officers during a shootout with police. A Hampden Superior Court jury found 27-year-old Tamik Kirkland of Springfield guilty Wednesday of charges including murder and armed assault with intent to murder. He was sentenced to the life without parole. Authorities say Kirkland escaped from a minimum-security prison in April 2011. Five days later he went into a Springfield barbershop and wounded a barber and fatally shot a customer. Continue Reading

Florida man executed for prison guard's 1987 murder

A man who orchestrated a prison van ambush in 1987 in an attempt to free a prisoner has been executed. William Van Poyck died at 7:24 p.m. Wednesday by injection at the Florida State Prison. The 58-year-old was convicted of murdering prison guard Fred Griffis. His case garnered international attention because Van Poyck published three books and maintained a blog while on death row. Van Poyck and Frank Valdes ambushed a prison van outside a West Palm Beach doctor’s office in a failed attempt to free James O’Brien. Continue Reading

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Gov. Signs Largest Tax Cut in Iowa History

Iowa Governor Terry Branstad has signed the largest tax cut in Iowa history. The signing ceremony was today in Hiawatha at Hawkeye Ready Mix Concrete. Branstad said today that the tax relief bill will put more money in the pockets of Iowa families, and make it easier for Iowa businesses to invest and grow in the state. Over 10 years, the bill will provide an estimated $4.4-billion in property tax relief to Iowa’s hardworking taxpayers. Also according to a press release from the governors office, every class of property will see permanent property tax relief. Continue Reading

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Oldest Person Died Today

Jiroemon Kimura of Tokyo, died today at age 116. He was born in 1897 and hold’s the record for the world’s oldest person. An Iowa woman was the current holder of the world record, but was passed by Kimura last December. He has been battling pneumonia since last month. On his 115th birthday, Kimura told reporters he was keeping his mind fit by learning English. Continue Reading

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New “Choose Life” Iowa License Plates

If you ordered a “Choose Life” Iowa license plate, you’ll be hearing from your local county treasurer soon because the plates have arrived. On the left side of the plate, there is a crayon drawing of two children. Underneath it, in a crayon font, are the words “Choose Life”. The plates are available at all county offices across Iowa. You can also order them online. Continue Reading

2 men arrested after missing Indiana teen found dead in body of water

A southwestern Indiana police chief said late Tuesday that a 19-year-old woman whose body was found a few days after she vanished apparently died from asphyxiation. Linton Police Chief Troy Jerrell said family members identified the body found Monday as that of Katelyn Wolfe, who went missing after apparently posting on Facebook that she was being followed. Indiana conservation officers recovered Wolfe’s body from a body of water in rural Sullivan County, Jerrell said. Two men were being held in connection with her death. Jordan W. Buskirk, 26, and Randal E. Crosley, 25, were arrested Monday night on preliminary charges of murder. Continue Reading

Czechs present bicycle that can fly

Is it a bike? Is it a plane? Three Czech companies have teamed up to make a prototype of an electric bicycle that successfully took off Wednesday inside an exhibition hall in Prague and landed safely after a remote-controlled, five-minute flight. Looking like a heavy mountain bike, it weighs 95 kilograms (209 pounds). It has two battery-power propellers in the front, two in the back and one each on the sides. Continue Reading