Mystery drone investigation intensifies after close encounter with medical helicopter

first_imgClayton Sandell/ABC News(DENVER, Colorado) — Colorado authorities say they are stepping up the investigation into suspicious drone activity after a drone reportedly came into “dangerous proximity” to a medical helicopter.“Our operations may include the use of both ground-based teams and aircraft,” the Colorado Department of Public Safety said in a tweet.The new resources are being activated after a Flight for Life pilot told KUSA-TV that on Tuesday near the town of Fort Morgan, he saw a drone pass within one hundred feet of his helicopter.“It could have been a significant impact,” Kathleen Mayer, program director for Flight for Life Colorado, told ABC News. “If that were to come through the windscreen, it could certainly affect everybody inside that aircraft.”The FAA tells ABC News that the agency is looking into the report.“Safety of manned aircraft is the FAA’s top priority and we take all pilot drone-sighting reports seriously,” an agency spokesman said.The FAA said it received approximately 2,150 reports from pilots in 2019 who say they spotted drones, noting that the vast majority cannot be validated.More than 70 local, state and federal officials met on Monday to establish a task force to investigate reported drone sightings over Colorado and Nebraska that began in mid-December.Colorado authorities launched a surveillance plane loaded with high tech sensors and cameras to look for drones earlier this week, but officials say they didn’t find anything out of the ordinary. That hasn’t stopped widespread speculation online, with theories ranging from covert military operations to aliens and other conspiracies.“I have absolutely zero evidence or suspicion that any of the government officials are lying to us,” Colorado Department of Public Safety Executive Director Stan Hilkey told ABC News.So far, however, multiple authorities say haven’t found any evidence to support widespread suspicious drone activity, suggesting that people may be confusing airplanes, stars and even satellites with drones.“There’s a lot of reports out there that have proven to be legitimate manned aircraft or tower lights,” Hilkey said. “But there are some credible reports from people, and accounts of things that can’t be taken lightly.”Colorado officials posted a “frequently asked questions” document on Thursday about drone activity that noted how hard it can be to tell the difference between a drone and a plane, especially at night.“At night, it is very challenging, as the only thing visible are navigation lights and the human mind cannot easily determine how far away the lights are. This causes many lights in the sky, typically commercial aircraft, to be reported as drones,” the document said. “Lights in the sky similar in size to stars are most likely commercial aircraft.”Despite the lack of evidence so far, Hilkey says there is still enough demand among Colorado citizens and local agencies to keep looking, at least for now.“The people and the resources cost money,” Hilkey said. “But people want some answers. That’s what we’re here for.”Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Child injured after running in front of vehicle Monday

first_imgIndianaLocalNews Previous articleIndiana casinos reopen with big changesNext articleMichigan Department of State develops new tool for digital voter registration Brooklyne Beatty By Brooklyne Beatty – June 16, 2020 0 469 Facebook (Photo supplied/Elkhart Truth) A child is injured after running in front of a vehicle in Elkhart County Monday night.Police report the incident happened just after 6 p.m. on Reckell Avenue, west of Berkley Avenue.The child was reportedly running in-between two vehicles parked at the end of a driveway when he ran out into the roadway and into the path of an eastbound Dodge Durango.The child was struck, causing injuries to his head and right side, including his arm and leg. The child was transported to a local hospital for treatment.The driver of the vehicle was not hurt. Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Twittercenter_img TAGS10 Indiana tornadoesBerkley AvenuechildDodge DurangoElkhart CountyIndianaReckell Avenuestruck Facebook Child injured after running in front of vehicle Monday Google+ Pinterest Twitter WhatsApplast_img read more

A 12 month plan is the way to go when selling a home for retirement

first_imgPlanning your retirement lifestyle is the key to a smooth transition.PLAN at least 12 months ahead if you are looking to downsize and move into a retirement village is the sound advice from a real estate agent in the know. Harcourts Pinnacle Aspley agent Marilyn Davies has a passion for helping elderly homeowners sell their home to move into a better lifestyle fit.With a background in retirement villages, having helped many people make the transition into a retirement village and set up the sales training division of a large retirement village chain, Ms Davies understands what her elderly clients are going through when it comes to make the move out of their family home.“I loved working in the retirement village and have a passion on focusing my real estate business in that direction,” Ms Davies said.“When looking at retirement villages a lot of people are very fearful and wondering if this is the end of the line for them, is this their last move?“Retirement villages aren’t nursing homes. A lot of people do think that so there’s a huge fear factor involved in that move and they feel they are leaving their independence behind.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago“The reality is that in a retirement village they are buying lifestyle, independence, facilities and community with like minded people.” Harcouts Pinnacle Aspley real estate agent Marilyn Davies is passionate about helping elderly residents enjoy a great retirement.Ms Davies said it was wise to plan ahead and get ready to make the move while you were able to enjoy all of the facilities on offer and able to make the choices yourself.“The mistake a lot of people make is they leave it until it’s too late to deal with it well,” Ms Davies said.“You don’t want your family to have to pack you up and move you, it’s better to feel in control.”Ms Davies said it was advisable to secure a place in a retirement village and then put your house on the market not the other way around, with villages often giving their prospective residents three months to sell their homes.“In Brisbane you can often get a contract in the first week of a house being on the market, so it’s better to know where you want to move to before putting your house on the market.”Plan at least 12 months out before you are planning on moving. Get some advice on how to declutter your home and prepare it for sale for the best possible outcome and know where you might want to move to, is the advice from Ms Davies.last_img read more

Open Mouth Insert Foot

first_imgI am sure by now you have heard the comments put out by Ohio State President Gee. His remarks about the priests at Notre Dame being angels on weekends but devils during the week would have been bad enough, but then he made some remarks about certain southern schools going to do something but probably wouldn’t because they couldn’t read the instructions. I am paraphrasing his remarks to simplify them for this story or it would become several pages. One of these days, you would think people would learn that even if it was said in jest someone was going to record it and put it out there as gospel. All of us at one time or another has done the same thing. We open our mouth before we engage our brain. Every Purdue grad and every IU grad has done this so many times there could be a book written about the remarks. Notre Dame likes the role of being somewhat independent and it isn’t going to change soon. Every conference has made decisions on how they want to accept athletes; and as long as the NCAA feels they are not breaking the rules, it will not likely change. Every university hopes they can produce national champs and still maintain the highest academic standing there is, but we all know that Princeton will not win many national titles and certain other schools will continue to do so. When it is all said and done, money is what keeps a university open and some get the dollars in different ways than others do. Unfortunately, President Gee was forced to retire over his remarks.last_img read more