WFLA-TV in VENICE, Fla. A central park in the Bay Indies Resort Community is set aside as a memorial to those who have served in the armed forces. The local veterans club came up with a novel Christmas tradition this year by decorating a tree with dog tags bearing the names of veterans who were being honored.
“Everyone loves it,” says Nick Casalinuovo. But when they awoke on Monday, the tree was gone. I wouldn’t call it a nice thing to do. In particular, he said, “to the park’s veteran residents.”Ron Farwell, who served in the Air Force for 21 years, is one of many local veterans.
Really, it was like something out of a science fiction movie. The police showed up while I was having my morning coffee outside, and that’s when I found out what was happening, as Farwell put it.
The officers from the Venice Police Department arrived to take a report on the theft, but they went above and beyond their duties to help the victim.
When the cops found out, they were so distraught that they pooled their resources to replace the tree. This occurred in a span of only two hours. Incredible,” Casalinuovo chimed in.
The tree in the park is once again standing, but it still lacks its customary dog tags. They are very happy that the tree was replaced so quickly after the original was stolen. Really, that’s top-notch. Farwell said, “I don’t think you could have asked for a better group of people.
As Of The Latest Information, The 42-year-Old Pilot Is Still Missing
Chief Charlie Thorpe of the Venice Police Department says that at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, a small single-engine Piper Cherokee aircraft rented and piloted by a 42-year-old man left the Venice Municipal Airport with two other family members aboard.
The aircraft was located about a third of a mile out into the ocean, west of the airport, after hours of searching by U.S. Coast Guard and local rescue crews over the weekend. The authorities estimated the aircraft to be submerged about 15 feet.
A recreational diver discovered the body of a woman who was later confirmed to be the pilot’s relative around the same time police were conducting their investigation into the crash. Eventually, divers from the search and rescue team located the body of a 12-year-old girl with ties to the pilot. The authorities did not provide any further information about their relationship.
A search area of at least five square miles has been established south of where the plane was discovered the day before, according to Thorpe. Time, tides, currents, weather, and other such variables play a significant role.
After the plane’s remains were recovered, the National Transportation Safety Board said they would be transported to a warehouse in Jacksonville for further investigation.
Ohio National Cemetery Tree Theft Deemed “Very Disrespectful”
Around 49,000 American servicemen and women and their families are buried at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman. It is sacred ground for military families and the Department of Veterans Affairs workers who tend to the National Cemetery with such reverence.
To FOX 8, Cemetery Director Jesse Getz said, “It’s very powerful, I know I do get the feeling and many of our employees do when we walk in or drive in, it’s that sense that we have to take care of our veterans and they’re looking at us and they need us.”
Over the course of ten years, the National Cemetery’s expansion of 35 acres will add 20,000 grave sites. The owners of the cemetery were alarmed to learn that, during the night, burglars had broken in and stolen as many as a dozen trees meant for an expansion project to be planted by a sub-contractor.
It’s very disrespectful that someone would come into these grounds and steal something, especially since we make an effort to honor our veterans and I know the community loves our veterans as much as we do. There’s a lot of resentment, a lot of resentment, and you know they fought for our country,” Getz said.
Police in Rittman think the theft occurred between October 13th and 17th, and that the trees were intentionally taken because of their size and weight.
Investigators are currently checking surveillance footage from Medina and Wayne counties to see if they caught a glimpse of the thieves or the vehicle they used to steal the trees from the cemetery.
Those who respect the National Cemetery and the veterans buried there believe that desecrating the grounds will carry severe consequences.
The driver, for reasons that have yet to be determined, lost control of the vehicle as he or she was exiting the freeway, causing the vehicle to go off the road and into the tunnel beneath the freeway. Several times, the car rolled over before finally coming to rest on its wheels.
Police say the driver was ejected from the car and both men were taken to the hospital by EMS, but he later died from his injuries. The passenger’s condition is currently unknown.