Artist transforms helmet into tiara for 5-year-old who was shot in the head

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Kemiyah Edwards is well on the way to recovery after being shot in the head in Henrico County two months ago.

Loved ones say the 5-year-old’s new normal is filled with doctor appointments, re-learning certain activities and information, and wearing a protective helmet nearly every hour of the day.

After hearing about Kemiyah’s story and her remarkable recovery, a local artist wanted to use her passion to spread love to Kemiyah and her family.

Kemiyah Edwards

Kemiyah Edwards

“When I heard, oh my God. It just broke my heart,” said Tami Topalu.

The local artist was touched so deeply, she wanted to do something to make Kemiyah feel special.

She first told Kemiyah’s grandmother about the idea.

“I said, you know she has to wear this helmet, can I decorate it? Paulette said that’s a great idea. But the problem is she can never take it off, only when she sleeps,” Topalu recalled.

As it turns out, that was not a problem at all for Tami Topalu.

In the wee hours of the morning, Topalu transformed Kemiyah’s helmet into a treasured tiara, complete with her favorite colors, pink and purple, and all the bling a little girl could ever want.

The helmet was completed just in time for Kemiyah when she woke up the next morning.

“She ran around the backyard and we’re telling her how beautiful she is. Finally, she goes ‘I don`t know what I look like?’ So, I took her in the house and held her up to a mirror and she said, ‘I’m beautiful!’ So that just meant everything. Staying up till 3 in the morning was worth it,” said Topalu.

The artist also gifted Kemiyah a pink and purple treasure box to store her tiara. A box bearing a very fitting inspirational message: “Nothing is impossible.”

“Once I saw that I knew that nothing would be impossible for her to conquer,” said Topalu.

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Man takes cops on high-speed chase because he ‘didn’t think they could chase him into a different state’

SLIDELL, La. – Police in Louisiana arrested a man accused of dragging an officer with his vehicle and attempting to run over another officer after shoplifting from Walmart.

On Tuesday, Slidell police responded to the Walmart after getting a call about a shoplifting in progress.

Police say they found 51-year-old Robert E. Myers, of Picayune, Mississippi, trying to flee the scene. Two officers approached Myers while he was sitting inside of his 1996 Ford F-150 pickup truck in the parking lot.

When they asked Myers to step out and speak with them, Myers allegedly refused and placed the truck in drive. One officer tried to stop him, but Myers accelerated, dragging the officer for a short distance through the Walmart parking lot, police said. The officer managed to push himself away from the vehicle and out of the path of the wheels.

As Myers aggressively accelerated through the Walmart parking lot, he allegedly attempted to run over another officer who was able to evade him.

Police responding to the scene reported seeing Myers on Gause Boulevard as he was attempting to get onto the I-10 highway. Slidell officers chased Myers into Mississippi, where he ultimately lost control of his truck on Highway 607.

After Myers was taken into custody, he told officers that “he didn’t think they could chase him into a different state,” according to a police news release.

Mississippi Highway Patrol, who assisted Slidell Police during the pursuit, booked Myers for driving with a suspended license, reckless driving, and no insurance.

Once Myers is charged in Mississippi, he will be extradited back to Louisiana where he will face multiple charges from Slidell authorities, including third offense felony theft, aggravated flight from an officer, aggravated battery of a police officer, aggravated assault with a motor vehicle upon a peace officer, no insurance, and driving with a suspended license.

Myers suffered minor injuries during the crash. No Slidell officers were injured during the incident.

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Police executing search warrant on Henrico home in connection to alleged assault

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Henrico Police are executing a search warrant at a Henrico home.

Officers responded to the Eastwood Homes at Castleton subdivision on Thursday morning for a report of an injured female who had been assaulted.

The investigation lead police to the 8100 block of Four Mile Run Parkway where a search warrant has been served.

Police are still investigating this incident and there is currently no threat to the public.

This is a developing story and will be updated as details become available. 

Engineers built a robot fish that powers itself with ‘fake blood’

Robots are taking a step closer to resembling us.

To tackle an energy problem in robots, engineers at Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania turned to human bodies for inspiration.

They designed a robotic lionfish decked out with a system that mimics a human’s vascular system, which transports blood and other nutrients throughout the body.

However, this synthetic vascular system distributes “robot blood,” or energy-dense battery fluid to power the robot, according to the engineers’ study, published Wednesday in science journal Nature.

The soft robot is built from flexible silicon materials, which allow it to bend.

When the engineers tested the battery, they found it will work theoretically for about 40 hours, said Robert Shepherd, director of Cornell’s Organic Robotics Lab and senior author of the paper.

A possible new way to design robots

With the engineers’ biology-inspired advancement, robots could become more autonomous and prevalent in our lives.

Currently, robots are limited because they require a lot of energy. But this study could lead to “increased energy density, autonomy, efficiency and multifunctionality in future robot designs,” according to the study.

“You’ll want (longer power) for search and rescue operations, to locate the source of failure in a nuclear reactor compound, finding people in a plane crash or exploration in space or underwater,” Shepherd said. “These are places that having a robot that can operate for a long time would be important.”

The battery design could also alter robot designs.

“This doesn’t only increase the operating time of a robot but also potentially removes some of the need for wiring,” Shepherd said. “You could distribute power throughout the robot rather than having a central location … which means less electrical resistance and less weight from power wiring.”

The remarkable way Powhatan farm is helping veterans heal

POWHATAN COUNTY, Va. — Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center, nestled in the rolling hills and farmland of Powhatan County, is more than just a horse farm. It’s a place where disabled veterans can ride away from their physical and psychological challenges — at least for a short while.

Three times a month, veterans from McGuire VA Medical Center arrive where they are welcomed with open arms by gentle giants on four legs and a team of volunteers.

Instructor Heidi Carlan provides guidance for novice riders.

“It’s my passion and to see people’s lives change is just beautiful to me,” Carlan said.  “It’s really just is about helping veterans through their physical, emotional or mental disabilities and helping them grow.”

Volunteer Sherry Newark witnesses how riders escape and heal.

 Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center

Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center

“Our first veterans came out in January of 2008,” Newark said. “They go, ‘You know, if I can do this, I can do that other thing I was worried about trying because now I’ve got this disability.’”

Tempestt Giles cannot contain her joy. The 27-year-old is not only lucky to be riding, but the mother of two is grateful to be alive.

“I loved it. I was enjoying myself completely,” Giles said. “I have a traumatic brain injury”

In January, the Air Force veteran’s life nearly ended on a Louisiana highway.

“It was pretty serious,” Giles explained. “The doctors told my parents to prepare for me to die.”

Tempestt Giles

Tempestt Giles

But through her tenacity and will to live, Giles is rebounding.

“I use my attitude to overcome every day,” Giles.

The mother of two credits the staff at Lonesome Dove with helping her get back in the saddle.

“I don’t want people to think that the accident brought me down, so I wanted to keep looking happy and being happy,” Giles said.

Watching Giles and other riders like her inspires volunteers.

“We get as much out of it as the veterans do,” Newark said.

But Newark said the most important person at Lonesome Dove is missing.

“He is here. He is so proud. I’m sure,” Newark said. “His entire focus was building this.”

Veteran Clint Arrington, the founder of the military operation, lost his battle with heart disease two years ago.

Newark said her late partner’s spirit lives on through Lonesome Dove.

“Clint would always say, ‘We want to build, courage, confidence and hope,’” Newark said.

Since Clint’s passing volunteers are doubling their efforts to expand the non-profit, which gallops entirely on donations. If there are doubts about this type of therapy ask, Giles.

Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center

Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center

“I was very excited. I love horses. They’re so beautiful and handsome,” Giles said.

A veteran grabbing recovery by the reigns.

“Yes. Definitely,” Giles said. “If I put my mind to it I can do anything.”

The 6th annual Horses for Heroes Ride on Saturday, Aug. 31  will benefit Lonesome Dove Equestrian Center. Click here for more information about the event.

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Carrie Underwood, NFL and NBC sued over ‘Sunday Night Football’ song

Carrie Underwood, the NFL and NBC have been hit with a lawsuit that accuses them of plagiarizing the “Sunday Night Football” theme song.

Singer Heidi Merrill and three songwriting collaborators filed the lawsuit Wednesday in federal court in Manhattan, claiming she created a song in 2016 called “Game On” and pitched it to Underwood’s producer, Mark Bright, who passed on it.

Merrill alleges that Underwood’s song of the same name, “Game On,” which was played during the opening of “Sunday Night Football” in 2018, is a direct copyright violation of the song she sent over to the country superstar’s team a year earlier.

“This is a blatant attempt by a celebrity singer to rip off other artists’ work, and it won’t be tolerated,” Merrill’s attorney, Sam P. Israel, said in a statement to CNN. “It’s indefensible to steal music created by hard-working songwriters and then broadcast that theft on national television.”

A representative for NBC Sports said the network doesn’t comment on pending litigation.

CNN has reached out to Underwood and the NFL.

Below is Merrill’s song, which the suit says she uploaded to YouTube in 2017.

This is Underwood’s “Game On” from “Sunday Night Football” last year.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages to be determined at trial.

Ferrysburg’s busy Smith bridge closing due to safety concern

FERRYSBURG, Mich.–An historic bridge in Ferrysburg is closing, concerning residents who say emergency response vehicles use it regularly.

But after years of upgrades and no money to pay for them the city says closing the bridge is a matter of safety.

“Box beams are deteriorating so if something goes heavy over a box beam there’s a chance that it could sink,” says Craig Bessinger, Ferrysburg City Manager.

For 150 years, folks have been able to cross a bridge over Smith’s Bayou in Ferrysburg. The bridge now running atop the bayou in Ferrysburg is the fourth rebuild, done in the 70s and adopted by the city in the 80s. A point in time residents say the city should’ve taken advantage of.

“When the city took ownership in 1985 they needed to set aside money each year to plan for this replacement and that didn’t happen,” says Nicole Vandenberg, Ferrysburg resident.

The city has been making improvements on the bridge since they took it from the Ottawa County Road Commission, the most recent in 2008.

Without grants or a milage, the city paid for it.

A recent bridge inspection stated that “the overall condition of the superstructure is serious” and building a new one costs 13 million dollars.

So at a city meeting on Monday  June 17th, the council made the decision to close it until they can find that money.

Ferrysburg resident, Jacob Stearley says that decision was made without public input and looking at all of the options.

“I was taken aback by how quickly the closing happened,” says Stearley,  “There’s an option that the city council has discussed about redecking the bridge that could buy two to five years.

Redecking is what happened in 2008 and this time around it would cost 500 thousand dollars to do.

“The concern is once we put a milling machine on there, it’s going to break the box beams and if we open it and we find that there’s damage with the box beams, then the box beams are going to have to be replaced so instead of doing a 500 thousand dollar project it turns in to 5 or 6 million dollar project,” says Bessinger.

Without a doubt neither the city nor the residents want to see Smith bridge gone but coming up with money to build a new one is a concern.

“It’s kind of heartbreaking because we go across this bridge everyday,” says Vandenberg.

“There’s between 5 to 6 thousand vehicle’s that travel over this on a daily bases so it’s a man hub for both our residents but also the area communities too,” says Ferrysburg Mayor Rebecca Hopp.

Smith’s Bridge will be closed to vehicular traffic on Friday, June 21, at noon. The bridge is being closed due to safety concerns. The bridge will remain open to pedestrian traffic. Detour routes will be West Spring Lake Road to 168th Avenue to VanWagoner Road and 174th
Avenue to VanWagoner Road. The city plans to have a meeting in July discussing the bridge and possibly talking about a milage that will help to put the bridge in place. You can find out more information here.