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Sunday
Apr212013

Authorities Investigating Plane Crash That Killed Air Force General, Wife

Photo via United States Air Force(WILLIAMSBURG, Va.) -- Federal authorities are investigating the cause of a plane crash in Virginia that killed a decorated Air Force general and his wife.

Maj. Gen. Joseph D. Brown IV, 54, was piloting a Cessna 210 Friday, with his wife, Sue Brown, as his passenger, when the plane crashed near the Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport. The couple and their dog were killed in the crash.

No one on the ground was injured in the crash, but the single-engine plane came close to hitting houses in a retirement community, according to witnesses.

"Another 50 feet, and they would have been in my bedroom," resident Bruce Ward told ABC News affiliate WVEC-TV.

"The fellow next door came knocking on our door, and he says, 'You got a fire extinguisher? There's a plane just crashed next to your house,'" Ward said.

Virginia State Police said officials from the Federal Aviation Administration responded Friday. The crash scene was secured overnight until authorities from the National Transportation Safety Board arrived, according to state police.

The cause of the crash was not yet known.

Brown joined the Air Force in 1980 and rose through the ranks. Since October 2010, he had been the commandant of The Dwight D. Eisenhower School for National Security and Resource Strategy in Washington, D.C.

Throughout his career, he had more than 4,300 hours of experience piloting a variety of aircraft, including B-1s and B-52s.

In a joint statement, Secretary of the Air Force Michael Donley and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III mourned the loss of a couple who "dedicated their lives in service to our nation."

"Their loss will be felt across our Air Force and joint team," they said.

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Tuesday
Feb012011

Study: Red Light Cameras Cut Fatal Crashes

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(ARLINGTON, Va.) -- U.S. cities with red light cameras have fewer fatal crashes than those that don't, according to a new study by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

The study found that the cameras lowered fatal, red light-running crashes by 24 percent and saved 159 lives in 14 of the country's largest cities between 2004 and 2008.

Moreover, the study also found that all fatal crashes at intersections with signals -- not just red light-running crashes -- dropped by 14 percent in cities that had cameras and went up by 2 percent in cities that didn't.

The institute estimates 815 lives could have been saved between the five years studied if red light cameras were operating in all 99 U.S. cities with populations over 200,000.  Today, about 500 cities have the cameras in place.

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Saturday
Jan012011

5 Dead, Including 4 Kids, in Washington State Apartment Fire

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(REDMOND, Wash.) -- Four children and one adult were killed when a fire ripped through an apartment building early Saturday in Redmond, Wash., outside Seattle.

The fire began around 2:30 a.m., according to Redmond police spokesman Lt. Tim Gately. Authorities say the building was not equipped with a sprinkler system.

The children were all under the age of 10. The adult was a 32-year-old man.

One woman was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

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Sunday
Nov142010

November Most Dangerous Month for Deer Collisions

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- Deer hits are not unusual in November. In fact, your chance of hitting a deer rises threefold this month because this is breeding season. Bucks are chasing does and many end up in the middle of the road.

"It's a big problem, particularly this time of year," says Kim Hazelbaker, a senior vice president of the Highway Loss Data Institute. "We see literally hundreds of thousands of claims that cost insurers hundreds of millions of dollars and these of course have to be paid for by all of us who are insured," he says. The average cost of repairs is between $2,500 and $3,000 when an auto and deer collide.

Drivers in nearly half the country have a medium to high chance of having an encounter with a deer on the road. The most dangerous state: West Virginia, where drivers have a one in 42 chance of hitting a deer.

The number of deer and collisions with autos have been increasing the past several years.

About 200 people lose their lives each year in one of these collisions.

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Sunday
Nov142010

Daughter, Two Others Charged in Fatal Attack of Michigan Parents

Paul Skinner, of Yale, Mich., was killed defending his wife, Mara, when two intruders broke into their home and attacked them as they slept, police said. Photo Courtesy - ABC News(YALE, Mich.) -- A Michigan couple's 17-year-old adopted daughter and two other people were charged Sunday in connection to Friday's brutal attack on the couple. Police are still investigating the incident that left the father dead and the mother in critical condition, according to officials.

Jonathan Aaron Kurtz, 18, James Leslie Preston, 18, and Tia Marie-Mitchell Skinner, 17, where charged with open murder, attempted murder and conspiracy to commit murder, according to Sgt. Daniel Drake of the Michigan State Police.

Paul and Mara Skinner were in bed around midnight Thursday when two people in Halloween masks broke into their Yale home through a bedroom window and began stabbing them as they slept, police said. Paul Skinner, 47, was able to rouse himself to fight with the attackers, and was eventually able to drive them out of the house.

The couple's son, who was sleeping in the basement at the time of the attack, heard the commotion as his father was fighting the attackers out of the house and came to help, but too late, police said. Skinner's son tried to revive him, but was unable to.

Mara Skinner, a 44-year-old junior high school teacher, was stabbed more than 20 times, but was expected to recover, police said.

Michigan State Police Det. Pat Young said the Skinners had disapproved of a relationship their adopted daughter, who is their niece, was having, and that "may have been a factor" in the attack.

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