Driver charged with reckless homicide in crash at school bus stop that killed identical twin brothers and sister

first_imgWLS(ROCHESTER, Ind.) — Three children from the same family were killed and a fourth child was seriously injured Tuesday morning when they were struck by a pickup truck as they were about to board a school bus, police said.Identical twin 6-year-old brothers, Xzavier and Mason Ingle, and their 9-year-old sister Alivia Stahl were killed in the incident on a rural road in Indiana, said Sgt. Tony Slocum, the public information officer for the Indiana State Police.An 11-year-old boy, Maverik Lowe, suffered multiple broken bones, said Slocum.The driver of the pickup truck, Alyssa Shepherd, 24, was charged Tuesday afternoon with three counts of reckless homicide, and one misdemeanor count of disregarding a stop sign and causing injury, officials told ABC News.The incident occurred around 7:15 a.m. in Rochester, a city near Fort Wayne, Slocum told reporters at the scene. The injured boy was taken to Parkview Hospital in Fort Wayne by helicopter and was undergoing surgery, Slocum said.The twins’ father came to the scene and identified his children, Slocum said.“Our hearts just break for the families involved here in this tragic situation, and our prayers obviously go out to them,” Slocum said. “It was a tough day to watch the emotions that these family members had to go through and a tough day for first responders. It’s been a while since I’ve seen first responders cry, but I saw some tears shed today because that’s what the situation dictated.”The four children were crossing a two-lane road from a mobile home park where they lived to get to their school bus when they were struck by a Toyota Tacoma truck, police said. A preliminary investigation showed the yellow school bus was in the northbound lane of State Road 25 with its emergency lights flashing and its stop-sign arm out when the children were struck by the southbound truck, Slocum said.Shepherd of Rochester stayed at the scene and has been cooperating with police, said Slocum.All of the children attended Mentone Elementary school in nearby Mentone, Indiana, where Alivia made the honor roll in January.Slocum said the Shepherd submitted to a blood test to determine if drugs or alcohol were involved. He said investigators interviewed her, but he declined to disclose what she said about the crash.“We don’t know why this crash happened as we speak here right now,” Slocum said.Aerial photos from ABC affiliate WLS-TV in Chicago showed a pickup truck with heavy front-end damage at the scene.The Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation posted a statement on Facebook after the incident.“Our school corporation has suffered a tragedy this morning. We have learned of three student fatalities and one student seriously injured and airlifted to a Fort Wayne hospital as they were hit by a vehicle while boarding their bus. We have deployed all school counselors to meet the emotional needs of our staff, students and parents,” the school wrote on Facebook. “We are awaiting to learn more confirmed details but wish to ask the community to come together to pray for the families, our students and our staff.”Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

USA: SPAWAR Awards JEM Increment 2 Deal to General Dynamics

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USA: SPAWAR Awards JEM Increment 2 Deal to General Dynamics View post tag: DYNAMICS General Dynamics Information Technology has been awarded the Joint Effects Model (JEM) Increment 2 contract by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR). April 11, 2014 View post tag: SPAWAR View post tag: Increment 2 View post tag: Defence View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Defense View post tag: General View post tag: JEMcenter_img View post tag: deal View post tag: usa JEM is the U.S. Department of Defense’s primary system for modeling the effects of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) material releases. The cost plus fixed-fee award has a potential value of $23.5 million over five years if all options are exercised.“General Dynamics has a strong foundation of CBRN scientific subject matter experts who understand both the parameters and requirements for successful model development,” said Ed Hudson, vice president and general manager of General Dynamics Information Technology’s Network and Mission Systems sector. Under this contract, General Dynamics will develop software that will serve as the foundation for the JEM Increment 2 System as well as the software architecture for the JEM science and technology (S&T) prototype. The JEM S&T prototype provides rapid CBRN defense planning capabilities to remotely deployed warfighters through easy-to-use web application interfaces. The company will also provide program and systems engineering management support and will serve as the integrator of JEM Increment 2 software. Work will be performed in Middletown, R.I.; Buffalo, N.Y.; and San Diego.[mappress]Press Release, April 11, 2014; Image: Wikimedia Equipment & technology View post tag: Navy USA: SPAWAR Awards JEM Increment 2 Deal to General Dynamics View post tag: Naval View post tag: awards Share this articlelast_img read more

Modest Job Market Anticipated for Burlington

first_imgModest Job Market Anticipated for Burlington December 14, 2004 Burlington area employers expect to hire at a moderate pace during the first quarter of 2005, according to the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey. From January to March, 20% of the companies interviewed plan to hire more employees, while 17% expect to reduce their payrolls, according to Manpower spokesperson Susan Cram. Another 46% expect to maintain their current staff levels and 17% are not certain of their hiring plans. In the Burlington area, employers expect less hiring activity than in the fourth quarter when 27% of the companies interviewed intended to increase headcount, and 13% planned to decrease it,” said Cram. “Employers are more optimistic about hiring than they were a year ago when 13% of companies surveyed thought employment increases were likely and 17% intended to cut back.” For the coming quarter, job prospects appear best in Non-Durable Goods Manufacturing, Wholesale/Retail Trade and Finance/Insurance/Real Estate. Employers in Education plan to reduce staffing levels, while those in Durable Goods Manufacturing and Services voice mixed hiring intentions. Hiring in Construction, Transportation/Public Utilities and Public Administration is expected to remain unchanged.National results of the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey for the first quarter of 2005 predict a slight boost in the hiring pace. Of the 16,000 U.S. employers that were surveyed, 24% anticipate and increase in hiring activity for the first quarter, while 10% expect to decrease staff levels. Fifty-nine percent of employers surveyed foresee no change in job prospects, and 7% are unsure of their hiring plans. When seasonal variations are removed from the data, the outlook for the first three months of 2005 reveals that employer confidence is expected to inch upward from last quarter and improve greatly from a year ago.last_img read more

Op-Ed: Wind Industry Lifts South Dakota

first_imgOp-Ed: Wind Industry Lifts South Dakota FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Watertown Public Opinion:There are few greater economic development opportunities in rural America right now than wind power. Across the country, wind farms are providing a stable source of new revenue for farmers and ranchers, without disturbing their existing operations. These projects inject private capital into rural communities and produce new, family-supporting jobs where they are needed most.This growth occurring in South Dakota is because our region’s electricity providers recognize the benefits that wind energy can have for their customers. Not only is wind a low-cost, reliable source of electricity, it provides a hedge against the volatility of other fuel costs, such as natural gas or coal. Local landowners are also benefiting. Existing S.D. wind projects pay millions annually in land lease payments to rural landowners and millions more to locals, which helps fund vital services, support road improvements, and keep a lid on property taxes. Best of all, as wind energy grows in the state, so too will the money flowing to rural communities. Nationwide, rural landowners receive over $245 million annually from existing wind farms.The benefits of South Dakota’s wind boom don’t end at the project site. The wind industry relies on domestic manufacturing and over 25,000 Americans work to manufacture components for wind turbines. The added income, additional revenue, and new jobs are not coming at the expense of taxpayers, as Johnson asserts. While all forms of domestic energy production receive some form of government incentive, the wind industry has historically received far less than other sources. In fact, less than 3 percent of all federal energy incentives from 1947 to 2015 have gone to wind energy. It’s also important to understand that the primary federal incentive for wind development, the Production Tax Credit, only pays for power produced and is working as intended by helping spur wind development and lower energy costs. Indeed, the value of this tax credit flows directly through to ratepayers. Moreover, the credit has succeeded in driving the innovation and growth needed to push the cost of wind power down 66 percent since 2009. As a result, the wind industry agreed to support a phasedown of the incentive at the end of 2015 and the PTC is now set to completely phase out by the end of 2019. More: Wind energy good for the state and the nationlast_img read more

New EPA plan not likely to help Montana’s Colstrip coal plant

first_imgNew EPA plan not likely to help Montana’s Colstrip coal plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Montana Standard:President Donald Trump’s plan to replace Obama-era air pollution rules with coal-friendly policies got a mixed reception by Montana officials uncertain what the changes would mean for the Colstrip Power Plant.Republicans praised Trump’s plans to scrap former President Barrack Obama’s Clean Power Plan as good news for coal power. Though never carried out, the Obama rules called for dramatically cutting carbon dioxide, a major contributor to climate change.Montanans had expected the Obama rules to finish off Colstrip Power Plant and likely its host community of 2,300 as well, as the state cut carbon dioxide emissions 47 percent to comply with federal law.Colstrip has four generating units. The oldest two are scheduled for retirement no later than 2022 as part of a legal settlement with the Sierra Club and Montana Environmental Information Center over air pollution. Its newer units are offline for failing to clear federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS. The shutdown will be two months long next week. The Affordable Clean Energy Rule does not address MATS.Talen Energy, which operates Colstrip Power Plant and has significant ownership share, did not respond to a request for comment, which Lee Montana Newspapers made by phone and email Tuesday.The change from Obama’s coal pollution rules to Trump’s coal pollution rules isn’t likely to help Colstrip as it struggles with multiple challenges, said Seth Feaster, energy data analyst for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “In terms of the big picture, it doesn’t really change the underlying pressures on the utilities, and particularly Colstrip, that are facing things like customer calls to divest in coal and restructure assets,” Feaster said. “It’s one thing to set policies that try to help, but it’s not a bailout and it’s not going to make power plants any younger.”More: Trump’s coal-friendly pollution rules get mixed reviews in Montana, may not save Colstriplast_img read more

Should EMV chip cardholders be allowed to change PIN at ATM?

first_imgWhether or not to offer EMV chip cardholders the ability to change their PIN at the ATM is one of many considerations facing the U.S. payments industry as it continues on the path to EMV migration.To provide direction to ATM owners and issuers planning to enable EMV PIN change at the ATM, the EMV Migration Forum recently issued a white paper on the subject.“In order to make an informed decision, it is important for ATM owners and issuers to understand how this service functions in the magnetic stripe world today, and what should be considered when deciding if, where, when and how to offer PIN change at the ATM when implementing EMV chip technology,” EMV Migration Forum Director Randy Vanderhoof, said in a press release.In addition to PIN change and unblock information, the paper takes a closer look at: continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Govt expects onion surplus as West Nusa Tenggara enters harvest season

first_imgThe Agriculture Ministry reported Thursday that the onion supply was estimated to exceed consumption by 5,745 tons between May and August as producing provinces experienced the harvest season.Farmers on Sumbawa Island in West Nusa Tenggara, the country’s third-largest onion-producing province, had produced at least 1,300 tons as of Tuesday. In 2019, the island, a key onion-producing region in the province, produced around 24,100 tons, a 4.3 percent increase from a year earlier.“I am ordering the executives of the Agriculture Ministry to work with the regional administration in order to make West Nusa Tenggara a cornerstone of the national food [supply],” Agriculture Minister Syahrul Yasin Limpo was quoted as saying in a statement on Thursday. However, the price of onion has yet to fall to its previous level. In May, onions sold for an average of Rp 53,450 (US$3.65) per kilogram, 43.8 percent higher than the average price over the same period last year, according to the Information Center for Strategic Food Prices (PIHPS), the government’s tracker of key commodity prices.Although the price increase might affect consumers, it was deemed helpful for farmers as it could allow them to prosper, said Indah Damayanti Putri, the regent of Bima, another key onion-producing region in the province.“We really hope to have the support from the Agriculture Ministry for our farmers in terms of seeds, fertilizers or agricultural tools and machines, and we are also grateful for the support for us and our farmers,” Indah said on Thursday.The Jokowi administration has committed to providing Rp 300,000 in cash assistance per farmer to help 2.7 million farmers stay afloat during the economic downturn caused by the pandemic.Topics : “Therefore, the agricultural performance should improve so that the production of the province’s main commodities like onion, corn and rice will increase.”West Nusa Tenggara’s onion supply is important for the government as it seeks to stabilize prices and avoid shortages of key commodities during the coronavirus pandemic. But the unfavorable dry season may hinder efforts to stabilize production.In late April, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo reported that only one province faced an excess demand of onion.last_img read more

Jaro house yields dead body

first_imgResponding police officers did not findany wounds on Tumangan’s body suggestive of murder. It was Tumangan’s employer who found himlifeless inside a comfort room around 4 p.m. on Dec. 10.  Police identified him as 45-year-old EdgarTumangan of Barangay Sto. Domingo, Barotac Viejo, Iloilo. It was however not immediately clear iffoul play was ruled out in his death./PN ILOILO City – A household helper wasfound dead inside his employer’s house in Barangay Cubay, Jaro district. last_img

NBA Draft 2019: 3 players with boom or bust potential

first_imgThree players with boom or bust potentialBol BolAt 7-2 and 235 pounds with athleticism to boot, this one should be easy. Bol Bol has the size to dominate inside and be the odd type of player who can run the court despite being absolutely massive. But here’s the issue, for one he is fragile, and two he is incredibly raw.Coming out of Bishop Miege High School just outside of Kansas City, Kansas, Bol played against competition that simply wasn’t up to snuff for him. Private schools play alongside public schools in the state, and at the 4A level, Bol simply didn’t see great competition. That’s why he transferred to Mater Dei and then to Findlay Prep. He needed to see better competition and he went out and found it.But he didn’t play his whole life in tough competition and wasn’t truly tested until he got to college when he went to Oregon. And he showed he could play well there averaging 21.0 points and 9.6 rebounds. However, he played just nine games before getting hurt and he showed what a lot of scouts feared in his time there as well. He doesn’t want to play inside. He likes to shoot the 3 and doesn’t play with the physicality someone of his size would be expected to.And then if he is to do that can he stand up to the physical nature inside? There are more questions around Bol Bol than answers, but again, he is 7-2, has the potential to dominate inside and can also shoot the 3-pointer. He has a massive skill set, but will it all come together or will he fall apart?Jarrett CulverCulver could either be the best player to come out of this draft or one who never gets aggressive enough to succeed. Here’s the thing with Culver, where he comes from is both his best asset and his worst. He was a two-star recruit coming out of Lubbock, Texas, but after two years with Texas Tech he was the Big 12 Player of the Year and a Naismith finalist.Here’s the thing though, while he has grown a lot he still has the same issues he had coming out of high school: he’s not nearly aggressive enough on the offensive end and often can get overpowered by NBA-bodied guys like De’Andre Hunter of Virginia showed in the National Championship game.He is still very young and very raw so if a coach sees that and believes he can put on 20 to 30 pounds and maintain the athleticism that makes him as good as he is now he could wind up being absolutely fantastic in the NBA. But if he doesn’t get more aggressive and can’t put on weight — or if he does and slows down — he could be in for a lot of trouble at the NBA level as a man who should be a stretch-four playing at the size of a smaller small forward. NBA Draft 2019: 3 teams with the most on the line NBA Draft 2019: Here’s how Zion Williamson will fit with the Pelicans Part of the fun of the NBA Draft is trying to figure out who is going to be good and who isn’t.It’s easy say guys like LeBron James or Kevin Durant or Zion Williamson will be good, but what about Kawhi Leonard or Marc Gasol?center_img Who are those guys who you thought could be good, but a team was still taking a chance on them by taking them?We’re looking at a few of those guys here, the guys who could be All-Stars in three years or who may never make it out of the G-League. Related News Rui HachimuraThere is a ton to like about Hachimura. As a guy who didn’t start until his last year at Gonzaga, Hachimura took a massive step from Year 2 to Year 3 and showed how he could be a dominant force on the offensive end both featuring post moves and an ability to knock down a shot if you leave him open. He also can run the floor giving teams a lot to dream up with what he could do in a small-ball lineup.But he really is a four who isn’t all that big nor all that athletic. He can struggle defensively at times and may not be quite a good enough shooter to truly be a stretch-four. He could be the type of guy stuck guarding men three inches taller than him who better athletes. That could result in being a mismatch on the floor who can only come off the bench in limited minutes.But if he continues to develop and adjusts to the NBA 3-point line well he could very well be an absolute steal if he falls down the draft. It depends on which team he ends up with though and he’ll need to keep getting better if he wants to be an NBA star.last_img read more

New Tropical Wave off Africa Could Become TS Josephine

first_imgWEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A tropical wave moving away from the African Coast has been given a 60 percent chance for development.Over the next few days, as this tropical wave moves west, it will be in an environment that is favorable for development and may become Tropical Depression No. 11 or possibly Tropical Storm Josephine.However, computer models say it could run into some problems by the end of the week.As the system approaches the Eastern Caribbean, it will encounter some pretty intense wind shear, and at present all the models have it falling apart by Friday or Saturday.So, we’ll continue to watch it, but at the moment it does not look like a threat of any kind to anyone.last_img read more