Jacksonville Beach native among 7 killed in helicopter crash in Iraq

Master Sgt. William Posch was one of seven U.S. airmen killed when their helicopter crashed in Iraq Thursday. The 36-year-old grew up in Jacksonville Beach before starting his military career.

Posch was a pararescue craftsman with the Air Force Reserve Command’s 308th rescue squadron at Patrick Air Force Base.

He was also a member of the Volunteer Life Saving Corps in Jacksonville Beach and graduated from Fletcher High School, which is where he met Chris Griffith.

“He’s a good dude. All-around good guy and it shows with his success in his military career and it shows in that article you commented on my Facebook those accomplishments he has done for military and our country is stellar,” Griffith said.

Posch was one of the Air Force’s 12 Outstanding Airmen of the Year for 2014. He received that honor for leading a crisis evacuation of more than 120 Americans from the U.S. Embassy in the South Sudan capital of Juba.

“It’s kind of a sinking in our community, a lot of friends and everybody knew him and we all are tight-knit and it’s hard to think about,” Griffith said.

Posh is one of two men from Florida who died in the crash of the HH-60 Pave Hawk helicopter Thursday during a troop transport mission in Iraq.

The other is Staff Sgt. Carl Enis from Tallahassee, 31. Both were from the 920th Rescue Wing.

The cause of the crash is under investigation.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott said, “The loss of Master Sgt. William R. Posch, Staff Sgt. Carl Enis and their fellow armed service members is devastating. The deaths of these brave men serve as a solemn reminder of the sacrifice and commitment made by our nation’s military to secure and protect the freedom we all cherish as Americans. Ann and I know Staff Sgt. Enis’ family personally, and we grieve with them today. I ask that every Floridian pause to remember Master Sgt. William R. Posch and Staff Sgt. Enis and all of those lost in this tragedy.”

Scott is ordering the lowering of flags to honor the memory of the airmen in the coming days.

WATCH: Baby eagle hatches in Washington, D.C.

People from around the world flocked to a live stream on Saturday to witness the hatching of a new eaglet.

The nest is located on the property of the D.C Police Academy.

The Earth Conservation Corps posted on its Facebook page that Liberty and Justice, a pair of bald eagles, welcomed the baby, referred to as ECC3. That’s the temporary name for the bird, but the center has already decided the eaglet’s real name will be Spirit.

All eyes continue to be on the live stream as a second egg is expected to hatch soon, possibly today.

25 dead horses found on Eastern Maryland property

Authorities in Wicomico County, Maryland, are investigating why 25 dead horses were found on a property Friday.

The tip came after a caller called WBOC-TV about the property. The station then flew its helicopter over the property and noticed the dead horses and many other horses that appeared malnourished on the property. The TV station then called the police.

Sheriff Mike Lewis told the TV station that his deputies had been called to the house numerous times in the past, but never for a call or complaint this extreme.

“Not a few times. Not a dozen times. But dozens of times over the years. And these horses have gotten out dozens of times and they have trampled people’s flower beds and trampled their yards. There have been several near accidents with the horses in the roadway,” Sheriff Lewis said.

Read more on this story on WBOC.com.

Georgia lawmakers mull paper ballot voting system

Georgia lawmakers are considering a proposal that would move the state from its 16-year-old electronic voting system to one that uses paper ballots.

Republican Rep. Ed Setzler of Acworth says the measure will ensure election results can be audited and bolster voter confidence. The measure has already passed the Senate.

Georgia currently uses a system that lacks a clear record of voter intent, making it difficult to audit or verify results, according to Marian Schneider, president of transparent-election advocacy group Verified Voting.

Georgia is not alone in not having a paper trail. A tight U.S. House race in Western Pennsylvania last week was called into question by GOP officials who say they were looking into alleged voting irregularities. In that race, Democrat Conor Lamb declared victory in a GOP stronghold.