1 soldier killed, 7 injured in Fort Bragg training
Fort Bragg, N.C. — A training exercise involving demolitions killed one special operations soldier and injured seven others at the Army’s largest base Thursday, just a day after 15 Marines were hurt in a fire while training in California.
The soldiers were taken to several hospitals, including the Womack Army Medical Center on base for treatment, said Lt. Col. Rob Bockholt, a spokesman for the U.S. Army’s Special Operations Command, which is based at Fort Bragg in North Carolina.
Staff Sgt. Alexander P. Dalida, 32, of Dunstable, Massachusetts, was killed during the exercise, Bockholt said. The cause of death is under investigation. Dalida, who enlisted in 2006, was assigned to 1st Special Warfare Training Group (Airborne).
Bockholt didn’t know the extent of the other soldiers’ injuries.
Initial reports said the injuries happened in an explosion, but Bockholt says he could not confirm that.
Pardoned sheriff hits speaking tour
Las Vegas — Former metro Phoenix Sheriff Joe Arpaio is returning to the spotlight with public appearances in Arizona, Nevada and California following his pardon from President Donald Trump, including a Las Vegas event this weekend that was moved because of security concerns.
The president pardoned Arpaio last month following his federal conviction in an Arizona immigration case, prompting outrage among Latinos and civil rights organizations nationally. A judge found Arpaio’s office racially profiled Hispanic drivers in traffic stops, and he was convicted of contempt of court for disobeying a court order to halt the traffic stops.
Arpaio has since vowed to remain active politically without saying whether he’ll run for office again — and he is hitting the road for a Saturday event that has already generated controversy. The 85-year-old lawman will receive a “Courage Under Fire” award Saturday from a conservative-libertarian group in Las Vegas, on the same day that Mexican Independence Day celebrations take place across the city.
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