US police arrest soldier after stolen armoured vehicle chase

BBC

A soldier in the US has been arrested after stealing an armoured military vehicle and leading police on a two-hour chase through a busy city.

The vehicle was taken from the Ford Pickett National Guard base in Virginia on Tuesday and was driven at speed through the state capital, Richmond.

Footage posted on social media showed more than a dozen police cars in pursuit of the personnel carrier, which was not equipped with any weapons.

No injuries or crashes were reported.

The dramatic chase came to an end when the driver drove the vehicle on to a central reservation and was surrounded by police, according to local media.

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In a news conference, police spokeswoman Sergeant Keeli Hill told reporters that the suspect was then tasered and later identified as a soldier.

“The military vehicle – which is not a tank – was driven at a maximum speed of about 40mph (65kmh),” she said, adding that it belonged to the Virginia National Guard.

“This is INSANE! Someone has hijacked a ‘Tank-like’ vehicle from Fort Pickett and just drove it by our apartment!” one person wrote.

“It’s never a dull moment in Richmond,” another post read.

The man, who has not been identified, is being held in custody pending charges.

Giant Sculptures On the North Dakota Plains

The Enchanted Highway, North Dakota

The Enchanted Highway is a 32-mile stretch of highway starting at Exit 72 on Interstate 94, about 20 miles east of Dickinson, in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of North Dakota. The paved county highway, which begins near the town of Gladstone and terminates at Regent, features a collection of large scrap metal sculptures depicting geese, deer, pheasants, grasshoppers, Teddy Roosevelt, and even a complete Tin Family. The sculptures were created by retired school teacher Gary Greff, from the town of Regent, who did it in the hopes of putting his hometown prominently on the map and thus prevent it from fading away into obscurity.

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“Pheasants on the Prairie”, one of the sculptures on the Enchanted Highway.

Small towns in the country were slowly being deserted and Gary Greff was worried about this growing trend. So beginning in 1990, he started creating massive metal sculptures that he planned to place along the Regency-Gladstone Road every few miles to arouse the curiosity of drivers and tourist using the road. Gary wants to create ten sculptures. So far, he has completed seven and the eighth one is reportedly in progress. All the sculptures face north, toward the oncoming traffic from the interstate, and each one is accompanied by a pull-out area with place for picnic and tourists to unwind. It was Gary’s idea to rename the road the Enchanted Highway.

Gary is helped by volunteers and local farmers who know about metal works and welding. Some farmers also gave him generous terms on leasing land to erect the work – something like $1 for 20 year lease, with renewal. Local boy scout troops and shop class have helped with some of the signs and picnic tables. But Gary does most of the work and all the maintenance. He cuts the grass under the statues, and builds the parking areas and fences.

Although Gary struggles for money and material for each construction, his dreams are big. Gary eventually wants to add a water park, restaurant, and even an amphitheater. So far he has managed to add a spectacular inn with 19 rooms which should bring him some revenue for all the troubles that he went through.

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“Geese in Flight” has been listed as the largest scrap metal sculpture in the world by the Guinness World Book of Records. The main structure is 154 feet wide and 110 feet tall. The largest goose has a wingspan of 30 feet. It was created in 2001.

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“Deer Crossing” was constructed out of used oil well tanks and erected in 2002. The jumping buck is 75 feet tall and 60 feet long.  The doe is 50 feet long and 50 feet tall.

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“Grasshoppers in the Field” was built in 1999. The structure is 60 feet long and 40 feet tall.

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“Fisherman’s Dream” includes 6 large fish of different sizes including a 60 or 70 foot leaping trout going after a giant dragonfly.

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“Pheasants on the Prairie” is a giant rooster and hen and their three chicks. This work was erected between 1996 and 1997.

 

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“Teddy Roosevelt Rides Again” is a 51-feet tall wire sculpture of Teddy Roosevelt made out of pipes. It was erected in 1993. Roosevelt is accompanied by a small wooden stage coach being pulled by horses.

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“The Tin Family” consisting of a Dad, Mom and a Son, was erected in 1991. The tallest character, the Dad, is 45 feet tall.

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Trumpet-like sounds recorded over Hawaii mountains

Trumpet-like sounds recorded over Hawaii mountains lead to speculation it could be ‘a sign of the second coming’

  • A strange trumpet sound erupted over the skies of Pahala, Hawaii on April 3 
  • The noise made some people wonder if it was a signal of a coming apocalypse
  • Similar noises have been heard multiple times before in Hawaii and other islands 

Could it be a sign of the end of time?

A strange trumpet sound was heard in Hawaii last week – leaving people wondering whether or not it could be a sign of a coming apocalypse.

Youtube channel Snippins News posted a video of the sound, which erupted over the mountains on Pahala on April 3.

Admins said this was far from the first time the sounds have been heard on the island, or in other parts of the world for that matter.

It’s not clear exactly what caused the sounds, or where they might have come from, but it’s possible they were caused by things such as tidal waves, methane explosions, underground earthquakes or shifting sand dunes.

Many people who watched the video noted that the sounds might have come from something unearthly.

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‘Jesus Christ is coming soon. I say it is a trumpet,’ YouTube user ‘Believer John Seventeen’ posted.

But other people wondered if the sounds came from extra terrestrial beings.

The alien-focused YouTube page Secureteam UFO asked if it could share the video on its channel.

One user simply joked: ‘Godzilla,’ about the noises.

I’m putting my money on Godzilla.

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This Is Just Too Weird To Comprehend

Parkland school shooting: Florida killer suspect Nikolas Cruz receives adoring fan mail in prison

Admirers send letters detailing their ‘attraction’ to alleged gunman, including his ‘beautiful eyes’, while offering support and companionship

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Accused Parkland shooter Nikolas Cruz has been receiving volumes of fan mail at the Florida prison where he is being held.

In a pattern seen before with other killers and men accused of violent crimes, Cruz, who is charged with 17 counts of murder for the massacre at the school, has been sent suggestive photographs, greeting cards, encouragement and other kind notes, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, which obtained copies of some of the missives.

Broward County public defender Howard Finkelstein, whose office represents Cruz, said he was concerned about the notoriety Cruz was getting.

“The letters shake me up because they are written by regular, everyday teenage girls from across the nation,” he said. “That scares me. It’s perverted.”

The Sun Sentinel showed a thick stack of hundreds of pages of photocopies of the letters Cruz has been sent.

“You’re in a tough spot, Nik and that is something I know, because I’ve been there myself,” one letter writer wrote to Cruz. “If you need something, I can mail to you … ask. If you need to talk … I’ll listen.”

On 15 March, a person who identified themselves as an 18-year-old woman from Texas wrote: “When I saw your picture on the television, something attracted me to you.”

The letter was inside an envelope decorated with hearts and happy faces, the Sun Sentinel reported.

“Your eyes are beautiful and the freckles on your face make you so handsome.”

Another woman sent Cruz nine suggestive photos, the newspaper reported.

Mr Finkelstein told the Sun Sentinel that the “piles of letters” to Cruz was unlike anything he has seen before.

“In my 40 years as public defender, I’ve never seen this many letters to a defendant,” he said. “Everyone now and then gets a few, but nothing like this.”

Some of the correspondence is also from men. Mr Finkelstein told the newspaper that Cruz, who is on suicide watch, has not seen the letters. The Broward County Jail opens most mail for inmates, the Sun Sentinel reported; mail that is vulgar or deemed a security threat is returned to the sender.

“We read a few religious ones to him that extended wishes for his soul and to come to God, but we have not and will not read him the fan letters or share the photos of scantily-clad teenage girls,” Mr Finkelstein told the newspaper.

The $800 (£568) in Cruz’s commissary account has apparently been sent, at least in part, by fans, Finkelstein said.