Air Force to pay $25 million after accidentally killing contractor in F-16 strafing run

An F-16 Viper assigned to the 311th Fighter Squadron, takes off from Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, July 27, 2020

The U.S. 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 20mm 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 target and was ordered to fire at the group, blowing up one of the rental cars and striking Holbrook in the head with a 20mm round,” according to court documents. 

Holbrook died several hours later at

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Air Force Settles $25 Million Lawsuit for F-16 Strafing Run That Killed Contractor

Editor’s Note: Randi McGinn, the family’s lawyer, told on Friday that the family has settled for an undisclosed amount less than $25 million. “$25 million was the initial demand, but the case was never settled for what the demand was,” McGinn said in a phone call, but would not disclose the new amount, citing family privacy. “They have enough to take care of them for the rest of their lives,” she added. The article and headline have been updated to reflect this new reporting.

A district judge ruled this week ruled that the U.S. Air Force was responsible for the death of a U.S. contractor accidentally killed during a live-fire training exercise.

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

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Hollywood Power Couple Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi Lists Their Montecito Home for $39.9 Million

Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi are parting with their Bali-inspired estate.


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After less than two years calling it home,
Ellen DeGeneres
Portia de Rossi
are ready to part with their Bali-inspired estate in the affluent coastal California enclave of Montecito.

The celebrity power couple listed the expansive single-story spread for $39.9 million on Monday, a price that’s nearly $13 million more than the $27 million that they paid for the home in January 2019 through a trust, records with PropertyShark show.

More: NBA Star LeBron James Scores $36.75 Million Beverly Hills Mansion

Described as “warm and modern, timeless and utterly cool,” the pair appear to have spent their two-year tenure renovating and expanding the property by adding an acre of land, bringing the compound’s footprint to more than nine acres, according to the listing with Riskin Partners Estate Group,

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A Big Montecito Estate Sells for Little Over Half Its Original $125 Million Asking Price

One of the largest residential properties in Montecito, Calif., a popular haven for wealthy, has sold for $63.25 million, about half of its original $125 million asking price, property records show.

The roughly 240-acre property initially came on the market in 2014, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Known as Rancho San Carlos, the estate includes a roughly 30,000-square-foot Monterey Colonial-style house with 12 bedrooms, 10 cottages, a small office building, equestrian facilities and about 100 acres of citrus and avocado orchards.

The property is the latest major transaction to close in the Montecito area as Angelenos head to Santa Barbara County amid the pandemic. Actor Rob Lowe and his wife Sheryl Lowe recently sold their Montecito home for $45.5 million, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Rancho San Carlos has enormous scale and a host of quirky amenities. Built around an interior courtyard, the main house has an English-style pub accessed

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Home Chef’s Founder Reveals the Recipe for a $200 Million Sale

a man standing in a kitchen: Patrick Vihtelic, founder of Home Chef.

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Patrick Vihtelic, founder of Home Chef.

A combination of experience and passion enabled Patrick Vihtelic to sell his meal-kit service, Home Chef, to Kroger in 2018.

Editor’s note: The story of Home Chef’s sale is part of a series on Inc. 5000 companies making a big exit. The other articles in the series describe the exit strategies of two other companies: New Belgium Brewing and Nutanix.

  • Meal-Kit Maven: Vihtelic founded Chicago-based meal-kit-delivery service Home Chef in 2013. Five years later, the company claimed the No. 3 spot on the Inc. 5000.
  • Banker, Coder, Founder: After four years as an investment banker, Vihtelic went to computer coding school so that he could build the first version of the company’s website himself.
  • A Multiyear Earn-Out: Kroger, the largest U.S. supermarket chain, acquired Home Chef
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$1.1 Million Solon Home For Sale

SOLON, OH — A $1.1 million home is now on the market in Solon.

The sprawling home is elegant but unpretentious, with space for plenty of guests (six bedrooms and seven full bathrooms). A vaulted great room is sure to delight visitors and is a great place to host an evening with friends.

Learn more about this home below.

  • Address: 7642 Royal Portrush Dr, Solon, Ohio
  • Price: $1,100,000
  • Square Feet: 9400
  • Bedrooms: 6
  • Bathrooms: 7 Full and 3 Half Baths
  • Built: 2004
  • Features: Extraordinary custom stone & brick colonial w/1st floor owners’ suite on exceptional private wooded golf course lot. Elegant but unpretentious. Quality throughout. The grand entry overlooks the bright 2-story living room w/fireplace & wall of windows. The elegantly detailed dining room leads to a true entertainer’s kitchen, open to a massive vaulted great room, flowing effortlessly to the patio. Its well proportioned rooms keep the feeling warm
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Must-See $1.9 Million Home For Sale In Avon Lake

AVON LAKE, OH — A stunning Lake Road home is now on the market in Avon Lake.

For nearly $1.9 million, the brick Georgian colonial, nestled on the shores of Lake Erie, can be your next home. The home comes with a boat house on the water, perfect for entertaining guests or having a peaceful afternoon.

Learn more about this incredible home below!

  • Address: 32136 Lake Rd, Avon Lake, Ohio
  • Price: $1,895,000
  • Square Feet: 6554
  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Bathrooms: 3 Full and 1 Half Baths
  • Built: 1967
  • Features: A winding drive welcomes you to this MAGNIFICENT brick Georgian colonial offering the ultimate in luxurious lakefront living! An open foyer greets you with impressive views! The family/great room with soaring ceilings & warm walnut floors is the most relaxing and comfortable spot in the home w/ stone wall fireplace and unsurpassed lake views. A gourmet kitchen w/ spacious eating area, wet bar,
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Trump got a $21 million tax break for saving the forest outside his N.Y. mansion. Now the deal is under investigation.

The size of Trump’s tax windfall was set by a 2016 appraisal that valued Seven Springs at $56.5 million — more than double the value assessed by the three Westchester County towns that each contained a piece of the property.

The valuation has now become a focal point of what could be one of the most consequential investigations facing President Trump as he heads into the election.

New York Attorney General Letitia James (D) is investigating whether the Trump Organization improperly inflated the value of Seven Springs as part of the conservation easement on the property, according to filings in the case in August. The investigation also scrutinizes valuations, tax burdens and conservation easements at Trump’s holdings in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York City.

Trump’s son Eric, who now helps run the Trump Organization, sat for a deposition in the case Monday.

The Seven Springs appraisal, obtained by The

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Coppell man charged with scamming $17 million in PPP money to buy luxury cars and homes

Federal investigators say a Coppell man fraudulently applied for dozens of federal stimulus PPP grants and received more than $17 million that he spent buying real estate and luxury cars such as a Bentley and a Corvette.

Government prosecutors have now charged dozens of people with fraudulently receiving grants from the Payroll Protection Program.

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Government prosecutors have now charged dozens of people with fraudulently receiving grants from the Payroll Protection Program.

A coalition of federal agencies charged Dinesh Sah, 55, of Coppell, with applying for $24.8 million in PPP loans for 15 businesses that claimed to have more than 500 employees, but in fact, many of the businesses were registered after the CARES Act was passed and did not have any employees, according to court documents detailing the indictment.

“Mr. Sah exploited this terrible pandemic for personal gain – and he should be held accountable to the American people for that behavior,” said U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox in

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A Piece of George Washington’s Original Mount Vernon Estate Is for Sale for $60 Million

Gordon Beall for TTR Sotheby’s International Realty

Ever wonder what it’s like to live like the first president? Now’s your chance!

A piece of George Washington’s original Mount Vernon estate in Alexandria, Virginia, is up for sale. The historic property, which spans 16.5 acres on the Potomac River, is up for sale for $60 million — the most expensive listing price the city has ever seen, according to the Los Angeles Times.

While the Federal-style home on the site, dubbed River View, was actually built in 2018, it is only a few miles away from Washington’s original mansion and is on what was originally part of the Founding Father’s estate.

“A visit to River View reminds us of why Washington boldly proclaimed, ‘I had rather be on my farm than emperor of the world,'” listing agent Heather Corey of TTR Sotheby’s International Realty writes of the property.


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