Man killed in Inver Grove Heights condo fire is identified

The Inver Grove Heights fire chief says a man killed in a condominium fire Sunday night may not have died if the building had sprinklers.

Firefighters found Timothy Wagner, 64, dead inside one of the units when they arrived on the 3800 block of Conroy Trail.

A neighbor called in the fire about 8:50 p.m. Two crews arrived and found “heavy fire and smoke” in one of the condominiums, said Fire Chief Judy Thill.

One crew knocked down the blaze and a second crew went inside and found Wagner, Thill said.

Investigators are still trying to determine what caused the fire, which was contained to the unit where Wagner was found. There were no other injuries, Thill said.

The condominium was built in the 1970s and sprinklers were not required at that time.

“There is a high likelihood that fire sprinklers would have prevented the fire from growing very big

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Caltrans contractor killed in hit-and-run crash on 110 Freeway

Authorities are searching for a driver who struck and killed a Caltrans contract worker on the 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles just after midnight Wednesday.



a street filled with traffic at night: Traffic is stopped on the 110 Freeway on Wednesday morning after a Caltrans contract worker was struck and killed by a vehicle while closing a lane near 3rd Street. (KTLA)


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Traffic is stopped on the 110 Freeway on Wednesday morning after a Caltrans contract worker was struck and killed by a vehicle while closing a lane near 3rd Street. (KTLA)

The 48-year-old worker was on the roadway setting up to close a lane near 3rd Street when he was struck by a passing vehicle heading south, according to a statement issued by the California Highway Patrol. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The dead man’s name is being withheld pending notification of the next of kin, officials said. He was a resident of Fallbrook.

Authorities are searching for a dark SUV in

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Murphy to replace leaders of veterans homes where Covid killed nearly 200 residents


New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy tours an emergency field hospital.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy tours an emergency field hospital. | Michael Mancuso-Pool/Getty Images

After months of public outcry, new leadership will be coming to the New Jersey veterans homes that were the site of two of the deadliest outbreaks of the coronavirus in the state.

Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday announced new administrators will be named at the New Jersey Veterans Memorial Homes at Paramus and Menlo Park as part of a broader shakeup of a department that was scorched for its handling of Covid-19. An estimated 190 residents at the two facilities have died of Covid-19, representing roughly a third of their population.

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Within the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs, which oversees both homes as well as a third in Vineland, Murphy is elevating Lisa J. Hou to interim adjutant general and commissioner, replacing Major General Jemal Beale.

The New Jersey Globe was first to

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Family of contractor killed in F-16 strafing accident will get payout in settlement with Air Force

The family of a contractor who was killed in a strafing accident during a 2017 Air Force training exercise has reached a settlement in a wrongful death lawsuit against the service.

Charles Holbrook, a retired Air Force master sergeant and tactical air control party airman, was fatally shot Jan. 31, 2017, at the White Sands Missile Range near Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico. An F-16 Fighting Falcon, flown by a student pilot on a nighttime training mission, mistook a row of rental cars in an observation area for the target and fired on them.

Holbrook was struck in the head with a 20mm round at about 7:18 p.m. and died an hour and a half later at the Gerald Champion Regional Medical Center in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

His wife of more than 22 years, Belen, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Air Force and two unidentified F-16

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Air Force to Pay Out $25 Million for Accidental F-16 Strafing Run That Killed Contractor

The family of a U.S. contractor accidentally killed during an Air Force live-fire training exercise will receive nearly $25 million from the U.S. government, a district judge ruled this week.

Charles Holbrook, a retired master sergeant and former Tactical Air Control Party airman, died Jan. 31, 2017, at White Sands Missile Range, New Mexico, after an F-16 Fighting Falcon student pilot incorrectly identified the target location during the nighttime training, instead shooting at Holbrook’s location, according to court documents.

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Holbrook, who was working as a contractor for Sensors Unlimited, now a division of Raytheon Technologies, was killed when the student “mistook the line of rental cars for the similarly aligned target and was ordered to fire at the group, blowing up one of the rental cars and striking Holbrook in the head with a 20 mm round,”

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Air Force pays widow after contractor killed in F-16 training exercise

  • The US government will pay $24.6 million to the widow of an Air Force contractor who was killed after an F-16 accidentally strafed his position, court records show.
  • The US government, through the Air Force, “was responsible for the acts and omissions” that occured during the live-fire nighttime training exercise in January 2017, a judge said.
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The US government will pay $24.6 million to the widow of an Air Force contractor who was killed after an F-16 accidentally strafed his position with 20 mm rounds, court records show.

Retired Master Sgt. Charles “Chuck” Holbrook, a former Tactical Air Control Party airman turned defense contractor, was killed during a nighttime live-fire training exercise at the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico on January 31, 2017.

Holbrook was killed “when an F-16 student pilot mistook the line of rental cars for the similarly aligned

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