Hiker Plummets 1,000 Feet to Her Death After Slipping on Ledge: “She Was Screaming”

A woman plummeted 1,000 feet to her death after slipping off the edge of a cliff while hiking on a mountain in Italy.

“The news that arrived this evening of the tragic death of the young Maria Cristina Masocco, which took place in the afternoon in the mountains, strikes us in a truly profound way,” lamented Viviana Fusaro, the mayor of Feltre, Belluno, located in the region of Veneto, where the accident took place.

The disaster occurred around 4 p.m. on Sunday while Masocco, who lived in Feltre, was hiking with three friends in the Dolomites, the highest peak in which measures nearly 11,000 feet tall, Newsflash reported.

They were reportedly walking single file along a ledge through a pass, when the alpinist slipped and fell “screaming” into a ravine and out of sight, witnesses told the outlet.

Her horrified hiking companions subsequently called emergency services, who dispatched a rescue helicopter to the scene. However, by the time they reached Masocco, she was already dead, per their reports.

Needless to say, the community was rocked by the mountaineer’s untimely passing.

“In these hours, no words can soothe the intimate suffering of the mother, younger sister and friends,” mourned Fusaro. “I want to express to them the sincere closeness of the entire community, who joins in an embrace to their great pain.”

The tragedy follows a rash of hiking deaths around the globe.

The accident occurred while Mariacristina Masocco, 26, slipped while hiking with friends in the Dolomites in Italy.

In September, a 79-year-old man fell to his death while hiking with his two daughters at Purling Brook Falls in Springbrook, Australia.

Meanwhile, in August, two hikers died days apart after falling off separate cliffs located less than five miles apart in Oregon.

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Tom Brady’s Charity is Under Fire

Star NFL quarterback Tom Brady has had a rough year. The seven-time Super Bowl champ came out of retirement—reportedly wrecking his marriage to supermodel Gisele Bündchen—to play a rocky season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. And the player and his ex-wife could now lose their sizable investment in collapsed cryptocurrency exchange FTX, which filed for bankruptcy and is reportedly missing at least $1 billion in client funds. The couple took an equity stake in FTX last year as part of a deal that made them brand ambassadors. On Tuesday, investors filed a class-action lawsuit against Brady, Bündchen, and FTX’s other celebrity endorsers.

These may not be the 45-year-old’s only setbacks. Public records for Brady’s charity reviewed by The Daily Beast reveal that his sports therapy and wellness company TB12, Inc., was in the red as recently as 2020, with a negative balance of $7 million in net assets.

Meanwhile, his TB12 Foundation—lately in the news for installing his “TB12 Method” for injury recovery and prevention in select Florida schools—has doubled its revenues in recent years with donations from just a handful of supporters, including multimillionaire YouTube personality Logan Thirtyacre, who shelled out $200,000. (The Brady superfan once paid $800,000 to a charity auction to dine with the GOAT and interviewed him over Zoom in at least one YouTube video.) Canadian billionaire Lino Saputo Jr., a Porsche-loving hockey fanatic who helms the Saputo cheese company, donated $250,000.

Other donations included $10,000 each from the NFL Foundation, Fox Sports (where Brady will reportedly star as a lead analyst post-career), and Federico Laurencich, a helicopter pilot in Costa Rica, where Brady and Bündchen owned a hilltop mansion.

Brady, who earned $350 million during his two decades with the New England Patriots, has given a small fraction of his riches to his own charity, with little over $200,000 in donations, according to the TB12 Foundation’s tax filings.

The quarterback’s for-profit company TB12, Inc. is the sole provider of “sports therapy” sessions for the TB12 Foundation. Since it launched in 2015, the foundation has paid Brady’s firm a total of more than $1.6 million for its services, and it’s the only company listed as an “independent contractor” for such treatments.

Some of the charity’s directors are paid employees of TB12, Inc., tax filings show.

Alex Guerrero, Brady’s longtime “body coach” and company co-founder, and TB12, Inc.’s then-CEO John Burns became directors of the nonprofit in July 2021, and the charity’s tax records indicate TB12, Inc. paid them $497,461 and $630,846 respectively. (Both Brady and Guerrero are each listed in the 2021 tax form as a “majority owner” of TB12, Inc.)

Laurie Styron, executive director of independent nonprofit monitor CharityWatch, told The Daily Beast that it isn’t common for a company to create a public charity, which then pays the company for its services. “I can say that I haven’t come across this type of arrangement too often in my 19 years of nonprofit financial analysis in a watchdog role,” Styron said.

“A charity’s board members have a fiduciary duty to act in the best interest of the charity at all times,” Styron added. “Doing so becomes more complicated when there are competing interests between nonprofit and for-profit legal entities, particularly when the two organizations share key staff who have to balance their fiduciary duties between the two. It has the potential to get tricky if there aren’t adequate safeguards in place.”

As part of its filings with the state of Massachusetts, the nonprofit has also presented a glimpse into the finances of TB12, Inc., which it lists as a related organization to the TB12 Foundation. The for-profit nutrition and wellness company sells things like a $160 vibrating “pliability” roller, $60 plant-based protein powder, and $200 sessions with its body coaches.

Brady founded TB12, Inc. in 2013 to sell supplements and fitness equipment with Guerrero, who was previously in the FTC’s crosshairs for falsely claiming to be a medical doctor and peddling dietary supplement capsules he claimed could cure cancer. Guerrero, called a “snake oil salesman” by some media organizations, later went on to sell a drink that could supposedly prevent concussions that Brady endorsed. The product, called NeuroSafe, advertised on its packaging as a “seatbelt for your brain.” It wasn’t available for long; Guerrero stopped selling it in 2012 after the FTC sent his lawyer a letter that stated, in part, “we have concluded that your client did not possess competent and reliable scientific evidence to substantiate the extraordinary claims for NeuroSafe.”

Guerrero’s scandals didn’t seem to hamper his ties to Brady. The former Patriot’s 2017 book, The TB12 Method: How to Achieve a Lifetime of Sustained Peak Performance, details his exercise and nutrition program developed with Guerrero and their concept of “muscle pliability.” According to the duo, softer, more pliable muscles lead to optimal performance and protect against injury—an assertion some experts have called pseudoscience.

Brady opened his TB12 Sports Therapy Center outside of Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, in fall of 2013, and, in an atypical agreement for the NFL, the Patriots paid Guerrero and TB12 staff to provide treatment for multiple players. Six years later, TB12, Inc. opened another location in Boston’s affluent Back Bay neighborhood, and the wellness company now offers its “body coaches” at some Equinox gyms in New York, luxury hotel Wynn Las Vegas, and Philadelphia’s Vincera Institute, a clinic for core muscle injuries.

As TB12, Inc. began to expand and forge corporate partnerships, the liabilities on the company’s balance sheet also grew, public records show.

TB12, Inc.’s net assets were listed at $862,460 in the foundation’s 2015 state charity records, and more than $2.17 million in 2016.

In 2017, TB12, Inc.’s net assets jumped to over $5.72 million before dropping to $3.62 million the next year. In 2019, the records show, TB12, Inc.’s net assets plummeted to $176,435 and a year later had a negative balance of $7.41 million.

It’s unclear how TB12, Inc. ended up with a potential $7 million liability. Asked for comment, a spokesperson for TB12 would only say that the company’s assets do not impact its charitable foundation.

“When a charity has a related for-profit legal entity,” Styron said, “it can turn into an accountability black hole.”

“If the charity is granting or reimbursing funds to the for-profit entity, and the for-profit is then paying money to other companies or individuals, there is a danger that charitable dollars are indirectly subsidizing the expenses of the for-profit,” she added. “Money is fungible.”

For its part, the foundation told The Daily Beast that donations do not cover any expenses or salaries for TB12, Inc.

Before the reported negative balance, Brady was under fire during the COVID-19 pandemic when it was revealed TB12, Inc. received nearly $1 million in loans from the federal Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program. Data from the SBA shows TB12, Inc.’s loan of $960,000, which the company claimed would support 80 jobs, was forgiven. The loan was approved on April 15, 2020, about four weeks after Brady signed a two-year, $50-million contract with the Buccaneers, and three months after TB12, Inc. acquired the nutrition and wellness company VitalFit for an undisclosed sum.

Days before TB12, Inc. snagged the controversial PPP loan, a spokeswoman for the company told the Tampa Bay Business Journal that it was opening a location in Tampa and also eyeing setting up in New York and Los Angeles. Brady and Guerrero opened the TB12 Performance & Recovery in Tampa that August.

Styron said that the charity could be indirectly subsidizing TB12, Inc. employees’ compensation if it’s paying the for-profit for services, while also providing publicity for Brady’s training methods.

“Charities have pretty wide latitude to decide what programs they want to conduct without breaking any laws or hard rules,” Styron told The Daily Beast. “But there is still a question of whether or not it is ethical for a charity to focus so much of its resources on programs that provide publicity for its founder. The answer really depends on how much public good is being provided and whether or not this publicity is what is driving the charity’s decisions about what programs to conduct.”

“In this case, the person who appears to be benefiting from the public goodwill isn’t providing significant funding to the organization.”

According to its latest tax filings, the objective of Brady’s charity is to “educate and inspire athletes to excel in both sports and life.” The mission statement adds, “We provide access to athletic, rehabilitation, and nutrition resources that empowers those at-risk due to economic or health-related obstacles, to reach their performance and life goals.”

In 2021, according to tax forms, that mission included helping “individuals through our scholarship program” and serving student athletes from high schools in Brockton and Malden, Massachusetts. The latest filing says that “25 high school coaches also benefited from a training session at both schools,” “a strength and conditioning training program for all Brockton athletes started” in 2022 for winter, spring and summer sports, and that the foundation donated TB12 equipment to “a number of schools” and nonprofits.

The foundation said it’s also “developing multiple partnerships” including with the Tampa Police Athletic League; Pinellas Education Foundation and the Pinellas School District; Operation Healing Forces, a nonprofit dedicated to members of the Special Forces; and the U.S. Special Operations Command Warrior Care Program at MacDill Air Force Base.

“350+ impacted in 2021,” the tax filing states.

“I can say that I haven’t come across this type of arrangement too often in my 19 years of nonprofit financial analysis in a watchdog role.”

TB12 Foundation’s social media includes photos and video of TB12 Inc. coaches training student athletes—including those from Brockton High—with stretching sessions and using Brady’s pliability rollers at TB12 facilities. “As part of our commitment to empower anyone to live pain-free and perform their best, we recognized an opportunity over the last year to step up and support underserved communities around our home in the Greater Boston area,” TB12, Inc. wrote on its website in June 2021. “TB12 and the TB12 Foundation got right to work and developed a program to sponsor and host young scholar-athletes from the city of Brockton, MA throughout their school year.”

As one local news outlet reported, in 2020, the sports company’s employees also visited Brockton Public Schools to give out TB12 merchandise when families picked up free breakfast and lunches provided by the district in light of COVID school closures.

A TB12 spokesperson said Brady and Guerrero created the charity to bring the TB12 Method to people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford it, across 9,700 treatment sessions valued at over $1.6 million. The representative added that in 2020, the foundation refocused on expanding its services beyond athletes to first responders, members of the military, and other clients in need of long-term care.

The foundation, they added, receives backing from individual and corporate donors, fundraising dinners and auctions, a grant from the NFL Foundation, and proceeds from Brady’s events and endorsements.

Still, Brady’s personal funding of his own charity appears limited. The foundation’s tax records indicate that Brady—among the highest paid players in the NFL, in part thanks to endorsement deals and businesses he co-founded other than TB12 such as his NFT startup Autograph, content company 199 Productions, and new clothing line BRADY, which sells $100 cotton hoodies—gave a total of $101,793 to the group between 2017 and 2019.

“A lot of philanthropy is some combination of providing public good while garnering public goodwill for a charity’s funders,” Styron said. “But in this case, the person who appears to be benefiting from the public goodwill isn’t providing significant funding to the organization.”

Brady and Bündchen, who alone is worth $400 million, were previously called out in a New York Post report for donating only a sliver of their wealth to their own charities—including the Luz Foundation, of which Bündchen is president. Gisele Inc., a company owned by Bündchen, donated $350,647 to her nonprofit’s coffers in 2019. That year, records show, Luz’s sole $80,000 donation went to a Bon and Tibetan Buddhist group formerly known as “Pointing Out The Great Way Foundation.”

Financial data from the IRS, posted on ProPublica’s Nonprofit Explorer, reveal the Luz Foundation’s revenues skyrocketed to more than $5 million in 2020, while its expenses totaled just $280,948. Bündchen’s representatives could not be reached for comment, and an accountant for the charity declined to comment.

Separately, in 2015 tax filings, Brady’s private Change The World Foundation Trust listed a $100,000 donation to the TB12 Foundation.

But, as the Boston Globe noted in an eyebrow-raising report, much of Change The World’s funding came not from Brady but from Best Buddies International, a nonprofit for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities for which he has raised money.

Records show that in 2015, when Brady’s trust funded the TB12 Foundation, that money came from a hefty donation from Best Buddies, which was the only source of contributions for Brady’s private trust that year with a donation of $500,000.

From 2011 through 2016, Best Buddies paid Brady’s charitable trust $2.75 million, and according to the Globe, pledged an additional $500,000 in 2017.

What hasn’t been reported, however, is that Best Buddies likely gave Brady’s trust at least $1 million more in the years to come. The group’s tax filings reviewed by The Daily Beast show donations of $500,000 in 2018 and 2019 to a “JBV Charitable Gift Fund.” The address and federal tax identification number listed for that entity matches Change The World.

“When a charity has a related for-profit legal entity, it can turn into an accountability black hole.”

Anthony Kennedy Shriver, the founder, chairman and CEO of Best Buddies, told the Globe that he expected Best Buddies to pay Brady’s trust $500,000 annually. “I think it has been a smart move, because we have been able to provide services to tens of thousands of people because of Tom, while keeping him engaged and helping him pursue some of his own interests,” Shriver said in 2017. “It has been super-beneficial to us and him.”

It’s unclear why Best Buddies’ grants to Brady’s trust are listed under a different name. The nonprofit didn’t return messages left by The Daily Beast.

In 2017, Brady’s Change The World trust also donated $300,000 to an entity called the “JBV Charitable Fund.”

State and federal tax records reveal that the TB12 Foundation’s revenues are growing. The nonprofit had contributions of $348,161 in 2016—when $80,778 of the foundation’s $113,786 in expenses went to TB12, Inc. for sports therapy services. TB12, Inc. got an additional $6,600 for fundraising costs.

In 2017 and 2018, contributions totaled $246,893 and $95,629 respectively; those years, the foundation paid TB12, Inc. $285,469 and $322,031. The foundation received $382,292 in contributions in 2019 and paid TB12, Inc. $424,921.

Revenues for the foundation ballooned to $676,324 in 2020, and it paid TB12, Inc. $372,931 for “health and wellness services.” That year, the charity’s expenses totaled $483,496. The rest of the spending went to its accounting firm, fundraising, and management costs. (A little over $20,000 went to Anchor Foundation Consulting, the consulting firm run by TB12 Foundation executive director Lisa Borges.)

In 2021, the charity’s contributions and event revenue reached $1 million. That year, TB12, Inc. received $129,406 as an independent contractor out of the foundation’s reported $308,859 in expenses. Other expenditures included $4,900 in salaries and wages, $17,531 for accounting, and $168,908 in “other” costs. Tax records show Borges’ firm also received $70,284 for consulting services that year.

According to charity tax filings, TB12, Inc. also owed the foundation money. Independent accountants’ review reports, produced as part of state filings, indicated that TB12, Inc. owed the charity a gift of about $11,700 in 2019, as well as $16,200 in 2020.

This year, 10 middle and high schools in Pinellas County, Florida, are incorporating TB12 methods into their physical education and health curricula as part of a pilot program. According to reports, the TB12 Foundation is funding the training of school staff and providing the schools with $30,000 in equipment.

“I feel like everything I’ve learned over the course of 23 years in football has and will allow me to continue to help people in different ways,” Brady told the Associated Press in September. “I think starting young is really important, educating people on what works as opposed to the way things have always been.”

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Hockey Star Rushed to Hospital After Opponent Skates Over Wrist

Edmonton Oilers forward Evander Kane was rushed to the hospital after suffering a deep cut to his left wrist during his team’s win against the Tampa Bay Lightning on Tuesday.

The 31-year-old sustained the injury in the second period after he fell to the ice during a collision. In the resulting scramble for the puck, opponent Pat Maroon accidentally skated over Kane’s wrist and a pool of blood instantly formed on the ice.

A clearly concerned Kane immediately got up and rushed to the medical staff holding his wrist. He was later admitted to the hospital.

“After suffering a wrist injury early in the second period, Evander Kane is stable and has been transported to hospital for a procedure later this evening,” the Oilers said on Twitter shortly after the incident.

The Oilers went on to earn a hard-fought victory at the Amalie Arena in Florida, but the team’s thoughts were with Kane after the game.

“First and foremost, everyone on our team, everyone in our organization […] are thinking about Evander Kane,” Oilers coach Jay Woodcroft told reporters.

“When an accident like that happens on the ice, that’s where our first thought is. It’s never fun to see one of your teammates in that kind of position.

Kane rushed to the bench after his wrist was cut.

“Shout out to the great medical staff that we have in our organization and people here at the arena who were quick to respond and to make sure he’s okay.

“The news that I’ve received so far, and it’s very limited, is that he’s in a good spot and he’s getting well taken care of.”

Players close to Kane looked shocked by the injury and many beckoned for medical staff to rush to his assistance.

“The medical staff were amazing and got him the help he needed right away, so we’re very thankful,” goaltender Jack Campbell told reporters.

According to NHL.com, Kane signed a four-year deal worth $20.5 million earlier this year. He currently has five goals and eight assists in 13 games this season.

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Supermarket Stabbing Leaves One Dead – Injures Famous Football Player and Several Others

One person has died and at least four others injured – some seriously – in a stabbing in a supermarket near Milan, northern Italy, reports in local media say.

They say a 30-year-old cashier of the Carrefour supermarket died after a man started attacking people in Assago.

Among the injured was Pablo Mari, a football player on loan from Arsenal.

A 46-year-old suspect has been detained. Police have ruled out any terrorist motive.

The attacker has had mental health problems, the reports say.

They say he started stabbing people at random at about 18:30 local time (16:30 GMT) at a Carrefour in a local shopping centre.

Screams were reportedly heard inside the centre, as terrified visitors tried to flee in panic.

The attacker is reported to have been detained by several customers and handed over to police who arrived at the scene.

Mari, a 29-year-old Spanish defender, is said to have suffered a stab wound to the back – but his injuries are not life-threatening. He is now recovering in hospital.

He joined Arsenal from Brazilian side Flamengo in January 2020. He has only played 19 times for the Gunners.

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta said: “I just found out. I know Edu [Arsenal technical director] has been in touch with his relatives. He’s in hospital but he seems to be okay.”

In a tweet, Monza CEO Adriano Galliani said: “Dear Pablo, we are all here close to you and your family, we love you, keep fighting as you know how to do, you are a warrior and you will get well soon.”

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Two College Football Players Among Victims in Fatal Car Crash

Two Indiana State football players, Christian Eubanks,18,  and Caleb VanHooser, 19, were among three students killed in a single-vehicle car crash.

In an Aug. 22 statement, officials announced that Eubanks and VanHooser died following the crash, which took place on Aug. 21, ESPN reported. That day, their vehicle went off a state highway and struck a tree in Riley–approximately 10 miles from Indiana State’s Terre Haute campus. Virgo County Sheriff John Plasse said when deputies arrived, the car was on fire, and two passengers–later confirmed to be the 18 and 19-year-old college football players–were pronounced dead at the scene.

“It is a terrible day for Indiana State football and a devastating loss for both the Eubanks and the VanHooser families,” the Sycamores football coach Curt Mallory said in a statement. “Both young men were quality individuals who were loved and respected by their teammates and this staff. To say they will be missed is an understatement.”

Eubanks was reportedly a freshman linebacker who previously attended Warren Township High School, and VanHooser was a freshman defensive back who previously went to Lakota East.

The third car crash victim was identified as Jayden Musili (19). Musili was reportedly a sophomore who became an Indiana State student in 2022 and wasn’t on the football team, the university said.

Two others who were injured in the crash–redshirt freshman running back John Moore (10) and a redshirt freshman linebacker Omarion Dixon (20)–were reportedly out of intensive care but remained hospitalized in serious condition.

University president Deborah J. Curtis called the incident a tragedy and added that “the Sycamore family is mourning.”

WTHR anchor Gina Glaros shared a photo of students gathering outside Indiana State’s football stadium for a vigil in honor of the crash victims.

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Reporter Injured in Failed Stunt at Stadium – VIDEO

A reporter for the LA Dodgers baseball team was left rolling around on the ground, clutching his side after what should have been a fun trip down the Milwaukee Brewers home run slide took a dangerous turn.

The slide, located in American Family Field is typically reserved for the Brewers mascot to victoriously slide down after each home run.

But since the Dodgers were in town for the away game, field reporter David Vassegh volunteered to try it out for himself.

Vassegh even tweeted an ominous picture of the slide the day before, scoping it out in preparation.

On Wednesday, before the game commenced, Vassegh made his way to the top of Brewers Slide and immediately regretted the decision.

Vassegh can be heard screaming “holy crap, holy crap, holy crap,” while spinning down, before eventually careening into the landing zone. reporter smashed his right shoulder in the video that was later shown during the game’s broadcast.

Fellow Dodgers reporters, Joe Davis and Nomar Garciaparra, couldn’t contain their laughter when watching the clip playback.

That was until the camera cut away to Vassegh, standing on the field in a full arm cast, waving to the camera.

“Hi, guys,” he said, “I do my own stunts, Tom Cruise style!”

It was later revealed that Vassegh sustained two fractures to his wrist and arm along with six fractured ribs.

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Former NFL Player Indicted for Murder

Former NFL tight end Kevin Ware was indicted in the murder of his girlfriend, Taylor Pomaski, who was found dead in Texas last year.

A grand jury also hit Ware with tampering with evidence, specifically a corpse, charges.

“Prosecutors presented the evidence to a Harris County grand jury, which determined there was sufficient evidence for criminal charges,” said Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg. “We will follow the evidence wherever it leads and apply the law equally to all.”

Ware, who played for Washington and San Francisco from 2003 to 2004, faces at least 15 years to life in prison.

Pomaski was missing for seven months after she was last seen at a party at her home in Spring, Texas in April 2021.

Authorities reportedly suspected foul play in Pomaski’s disappearance while prosecutors identified Ware as a suspect in June 2021.

Kevin Ware Mugshot

The 29-year-old’s remains were found in north Harris County on Dec. 2021.

Ware is currently being jailed on gun and drug charges in Montgomery County, north of Houston. These charges are unrelated, NBC news reports.

Taylor Pomaski

“We encourage anyone who has knowledge of what happened between Kevin and Taylor to come forward,” Lacy Johnson, a prosecutor handling the case, said in a statement on Thursday, as reported by NBC News.

Ware has not played in the NFL since 2004.

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Soccer Legend, Hope Solo, Sent to Prison

Soccer legend Hope Solo pled guilty in Forsyth County District Court on Monday to driving while impaired and was given a sentence of 30 days, according to a statement released by Forsyth County District Attorney Jim O’Neill.

On March 31, an officer with the Winston-Salem Police Department was flagged down by a person who pointed to a woman passed out behind the wheel of a car in the parking lot of the Walmart on Parkway Village Circle.

The officer found Hope Amelia Stevens, known professionally as Hope Solo, passed out in the driver’s seat with the engine running. Solo is the former for goalkeeper for the United States women’s national soccer team. She was in net for them from 2000-16, is a World Cup Champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist.

Solo made 202 appearances with the national team, with 153 wins and an international-record 102 shutouts. 

Two small children were asleep in the backseat: twins Vittorio Genghis and Lozen Orianna Judith Stevens.

Once Solo was woken up and she rolled down the car window, the officer noticed a strong odor of alcohol coming from the vehicle.

Another officer with the Winston-Salem Police Department arrived and tried to investigate the circumstances. Once Solo was out of the vehicle, however, she refused to perform sobriety tests.

Solo was then placed under arrest and taken to the Magistrate’s Office. She refused to submit to a breathalyzer test.

An officer applied for, and was granted, a search warrant for a blood sample. The defendant had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.24. The test showed the defendant also had Delta-9 THC in her system at the time of the offense.

The children were picked up from the scene by Solo’s husband.

Forsyth County Chief District Court Judge Victoria L. Roemer sentenced Solo to a term of 24 months that was suspended for 24 months in accordance with a Level 1 DWI sentencing.

As a special condition of probation, Solo received an active sentence of 30 days in late April.

She was also ordered to:

  • Obtain a substance abuse assessment and complete all recommended treatment;
  • Surrender her driver’s license and not operate a motor vehicle until properly licensed to do so;
  • Pay the costs of court a $2,500 fine and a $600 fee for the costs of the lab results.

Solo received credit for 30 days at an in-patient rehabilitation facility. She released the following statement after her sentence, her representative said:

“It’s been a long road, but I’m slowly coming back from taking time off. I pride myself in motherhood and what my husband and I have done day in and day out for over two years throughout the pandemic with two-year old twins. While I’m proud of us, it was incredibly hard and I made a huge mistake. Easily the worst mistake of my life. I underestimated what a destructive part of my life alcohol had become.

The upside of making a mistake this big is that hard lessons are learned quickly. Learning these lessons has been difficult, and at times, very painful. 

I want to thank my beautifully strong husband for supporting me through this in so many meaningful ways and my mom for being there for us, always. I want to thank all the friends who showed me support and also the ones who pushed me to take the hardest steps. 

I want to thank my fans. The stories you shared and your faith in me meant a great deal.

I would like to thank my attorneys, Rich Nichols, Jim Trusty and Chris Clifton, for understanding that putting my mental and emotional well being first is most important to me and my family. I look forward to opening up and sharing more with everyone in the coming weeks.

I also want to thank all the wonderful women I met during my time at the Hope Valley treatment facility and specifically to my counselor, Billie Lawson. The women at Hope Valley are true leaders in their professions, filled with knowledge and insight on how to live a more healthy life balanced with kindness, empathy, tough love and understanding. Their no nonsense way of leading is a leadership style I have always admired and respected. I continue to be a student of the greatest school called life and I will continue to learn and grow from these experiences.  I will continue to gain empathy, knowledge, and stories to share. I consider this a gift to pass it on to others because pain shared is pain lessened.”

The State was represented by Assistant District Attorney Kevin Olsen and the defendant was represented by local attorneys Chris Clifton and Ken Tisdale.

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NBA Star Charged with Domestic Violence and Child Abuse

NBA player Miles Bridges was charged Tuesday with multiple counts of domestic violence and child abuse stemming from an attack on his girlfriend last month, prosecutors said.

Bridges, 24, was charged with two counts of child abuse and one count of domestic violence for attacking his girlfriend, stemming from an incident in late June, according to a statement from the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office. Bridges surrendered to Los Angeles police last month and is scheduled to be arraigned at the Airport Courthouse on Wednesday.

Prosecutors included an allegation that Bridges, the starting power forward for the Charlotte Hornets, caused great bodily injury to his girlfriend. It was unclear Tuesday what the child abuse counts stemmed from. Prosecutors said the children were present during the assault.

Mychelle Johnson, Miles Bridges’ girlfriend shows her injuries

The district attorney’s office did not respond to requests for comment or provide a copy of the criminal complaint against Bridges.

The attack happened on either June 27 and 28, according to the district attorney’s office. The victim and Bridges have two children together, prosecutors said in the statement.

It was not immediately clear who Bridges’ defense attorney was. Bridges was last released from custody in lieu of $130,000 bail

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Olympian Brutally Attacked by Homeless Man

A former Olympic volleyball player is recovering after she says she was attacked and brutally beaten by a homeless man in downtown Los Angeles.

Kim Glass said she was leaving lunch with a friend on Saturday when the man ran up out of nowhere and threw a metal object at her, believed to be a pipe, that then hit her face.

A group of strangers came to her aid until paramedics arrived and other people held down the man who allegedly attacked her until police got to the scene.

In a video posted to social media, Glass could be seen with one eye nearly swollen shut. She says the attack left her with a fractured cheek and she also had to get stitches.

Despite those injuries, Glass said she is OK and it could’ve been much worse.

“Guys, just be safe out there… I wasn’t ready for it and there’s a lot of mentally ill people on these streets right now,” she said in the video.

Eyewitness News reached out to the Los Angeles Police Department about the incident, but hasn’t heard back yet.

Kim Glass

Glass won a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics on the U.S.A. women’s indoor volleyball team. She’s also done some modeling in her career, once appearing in a Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue.

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