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The pilot of an airplane that crash at the Jerome airport yesterday morning refused medical treatment.  Officials say the 1952 antique fixed wing aircraft had one person on board when it left the runway on takeoff and belly flopped through a fence.  Rescue workers on scene say the adult male pilot was identified as 70 year old John O’Connor.  The plane sustained significant damage to the landing gear, propeller and wings.  The FAA is investigating

The investigation continues into the school threat targeting the Twin Falls High school.  Friday, the district closed the school and placed the nearby Sawtooth elementary on Soft Lockdown because of what they said was a threat on social media.  Later it was determined the threat was a hoax.  Now Police are involved and charges could be filed.

The city of Jerome has a new fire chief.  Mike Harrison will replace Jeremy Presnell who resigned in April to pursue other professional opportunities.  Harrison has been with the city since 2008.

The 23 year old Idaho Falls man who was accidently shot while target shooting at the old National Guard Training range has died of his injuries.  Michael Ephram died after a bullet struck him in the head.  Two different groups were target shooting in different areas a few hundred feet apart.  The person responsible for firing the rounds is cooperating with authorities. 

The principal of Star Middle school and his wife have been accused of withholding food from two children.  Tony and Pamela Nelson was also accused of hitting the children hard enough to leave bruises.  A Grand Jury indicted the two on multiple counts of felony injury to a child.  They could face up to ten years in prison for each count if convicted. 

The Twin Falls School district school board has decided to release students an hour early on Mondays next school year.  The decision was made earlier this week.  The district said they will call it Collaboration Monday where they will work to improve classroom instruction.


WEDNESDAY: Clouds and sunshine, breezy, chance of isolated pm rain and storms. Winds: South 10-15 mph. Highs - Valleys: 78 Mountains: 70

WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Evening shower, otherwise mostly cloudy. Winds: South 5-10 mph. Lows - Valleys: 52 Mountains: 43

THURSDAY: Breezy, scattered rain and thunderstorms. Winds: SSE 10-15 mph - High: 70 Low: 44 Mountains - High: 65 Low: 37

FRIDAY: Chilly, breezy with occasional rain showers - High: 55 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 51 Low: 35

SATURDAY: Mix of sunshine and clouds, cool, chance of an isolated shower or storm - High: 62 Low: 41 Mountains - High: 56 Low: 36

SUNDAY: Rain showers and t-storms - High: 60 Low: 39 Mountains - High: 57 Low: 35

MONDAY: Scattered rain and thunderstorms - High: 54 Low: 38 Mountains - High: 56 Low: 37

TUESDAY: Scattered rain and thunderstorms - High: 58 Low: 40 Mountains - High: 55 Low: 36

May 15th: On this day

Born on this day near Henderson, Tennessee, was Richard Edward Arnold, who became known as Eddy Arnold. So-called Nashville sound innovator of the late 1950s, Arnold scored 147 songs on the Billboard country music charts, second only to George Jones and has sold more than 85 million records. He co-wrote with Cindy Walker the country and pop standard "You Don't Know Me" which became a hit for Ray Charles in 1962. He died in a nursing home in Nashville, on May 8, 2008, exactly one week before his 90th birthday.

Born on this day in Crossett, Arkansas, was K.T. Oslin, country music singer and songwriter who is known for a series of top-ten country hits during the late 1980s and early 1990s, four of which topped the chart including her 1990 hit “Come Next Monday.”

At the 5th Annual Grammy Awards held Chicago, Los Angeles and New York, Burl Ives won Best Country & Western Recording for "Funny Way of Laughin'."

Jim Reeves was at #1 on the country charts with "Distant Drums." The track provided the US singer with his only UK #1 hit albeit posthumously in 1966, some two years after his death in a plane crash on 31 July 1964. The song remained in the UK charts for 45 weeks.

Born on this day in Springfield, Massachusetts, was Ashley Gearing, country music artist who made her chart debut in 2003 with the song "Can You Hear Me When I Talk to You?", which peaked at #36 on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles charts. Eleven years old at the time, she became the youngest solo artist to enter the country charts, breaking a record held by Brenda Lee.

Country singer June Carter Cash, the second wife of Johnny Cash, died in Nashville, Tennessee, of complications following heart valve replacement surgery, aged 73. As a member of the Carter Family, she had hits with Johnny Cash, including Grammy Award winning song, "Jackson", "Ring Of Fire", (which she co-wrote about their courtship), and "If I Were A Carpenter."

Jay DeMarcus from Rascal Flatts married Allison Alderson, a former beauty queen who has held the titles Miss Tennessee 1999 and Miss Tennessee USA 2002. DeMarcus met her on the set while filming the video for the Rascal Flatts song, "These Days".

Winners at the 42nd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards hosted by Reba McEntire included: Top Female Vocalist - Carrie Underwood, Top Vocal Duo - Brooks & Dunn, Top Vocal Group - Rascal Flatts, Top Male Vocalist - Brad Paisley, Top New Female Vocalist - Miranda Lambert and Album of the Year went to Carrie Underwood for Some Hearts.

People Magazine reported Canadian singer Shania Twain and her husband, music producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange, had separated after 14 years of marriage. The couple were married on December 28, 1993, after Twain met Lange at Nashville's Fan Fair earlier in the year.

Lyle Lovett was conferred the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by the University of Houston at its general commencement ceremony.Bottom of Form