Gilbert Arenas avoids jail time for gun charge

Plus, 11 people killed in an accident on a Kentucky highway, and Syracuse University and LeMoyne students bring hope to Bellevue Middle School Academy Students.

Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas does not have to serve jail time for a felony gun charge, says Judge Robert E. Morin says Arenas has to serve 30 days in a halfway house and register as a gun offender.

He was also sentenced to two years of probation, he must do 400 hours of community service, and he has to give $5,000 to victims of the violent crimes fund.

Prosecutors wanted Arenas to spend around 3 months in jail because they say he lied about to incident and he already has a previous gun charge on his record. Arenas' lawyers thought probation and community service would be a reasonable punishment. They said he was playing a misguided joke on a teammate, and he did not intend to harm anyone.

Arenas could have received as much as five years in prison. 

11 people killed in an accident on a Kentucky highway

11 people died when a truck crashed head-on into a church van on Kentucky interstate 65 at 5:30 a.m. CT, according to the USA Today. The truck caused the accident when it crossed the median on the highway.

The Mennonite church van was heading to a wedding in Iowa at the time of the collision. State Police Trooper Charles Swiney says two children survived the accident. They were both taken to the hospital and released around 10 a.m., according to hospital worker Joe Middleton.

Pastor Leroy Kauffman says three young children ages one, three, and five were killed. A couple engaged and planning to have a wedding in July also died.

The National Transportation Safety Board says it was forming a team to examine the crash.


Syracuse University and LeMoyne College students bring hope to Bellevue Middle School Academy students

Bellevue Middle School Academy students spent today with 17 students from Syracuse University and LeMoyne College in an event called "Experience the H.Y.P.E -- Helping Youth Pursue Excellence."

The students from Lamba Sigma Upsilon fraternity, Mu Sigma Upsilon sorority, and other student groups worked with 111 Bellevue eighth graders, says The Post-Standard. The college students ate breakfast and lunch with the eighth graders and also attended their classes.

In the afternoon, the Bellevue students played a volleyball match against the college students. The main purpose of the event is for the college students to serve as role models for the younger students. They spoke at assemblies during the day trying to motivate the Bellevue students to think about going to college and eventually earning a degree.


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