World A World War II Nazi tank discovered in a retiree's basement leads to legal spat. There was also a torpedo and an anti-aircraft gun.
Goats got milk, Winnebago Tribe, New Mexico quake : News from around our 50 states
Minnesota’s most populous county boosts incentives for COVID-19 vaccine, oil production is flat in North Dakota because of a workforce shortage, and moreStart the day smarter. Get all the news you need in your inbox each morning.
- An 84-year-old German man is the focus of a legal debate after a raid found a Panther tank in his basement.
- Prosecutors say the retiree broke the German War Weapons Control Act.
- A US museum is interested in buying the tank.
A German retiree is at the center of a legal wrangle after police found World War Two Panther tank, an anti-aircraft gun, and a torpedo in his basement in 2015.
Gun violence in America: Do something
Across the country there is a long list of ideas on how to best reduce gun violence during this nationwide surge. California Assemblymember Marc Levine, a Democrat, is working on a bill that would place a 10% tax on guns and 11% tax on ammunition sales in California. © Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 19: A person holds a "Stop the Violence" sign during the "Stand Up Against Gun Violence" press conference and rally at Bronx Borough Hall on July 19, 2021 in South Bronx in New York City.
A team of prosecutors and lawyers is working to negotiate a penalty for the 84-year-old, which could include a suspended sentence and a fine of up to €500,000 ($594,050).
A debate has arisen whether the military collector has broken Germany's War Weapons Control Act. The defense argues that the weapons are no longer functional, therefore not in breach of this legislation, and would accept a lower fine of €50,000, according to an
However, this is contested by prosecutors, who argue that the weapons could still be used.
A horde of Nazi memorabilia
According to his lawyer, a US museum wants to buy the war-era Panther tank, with militaria collectors interested in the 70 assault rifles and numerous pistols owned by the defendant, Die Welt newspaper reported.
GOP Chairman Defends Comparing Unvaccinated to Jews in Nazi Germany
The controversial Facebook post has been criticized by several top Republican figures in Oklahoma since it was uploaded on Friday.In a Facebook video that spanned close to seven minutes on Sunday, GOP Chairman John Bennett revealed that he was the individual who wrote the controversial social media post uploaded to the Oklahoma Republican Party page on Friday that included a photo of a yellow Star of David with the word "Unvaccinated" on it.
The armaments were discovered in the retiree's basement in 2015 after local authorities were informed of its war-time contents after the property was searched for Nazi-era art,
It took 20 soldiers nine hours to remove the trove of military hardware from the unnamed man's home in Heikendorf, a suburb of Kiel, in Northern Germany.
There was also a horde of Nazi memorabilia, including a bust of Hitler, mannequins in Nazi uniforms, swastika pendants, SS rune-shaped lamps, and a statue of a naked warrior holding a sword in his extended hand that once stood outside Hitler's Chancellery in Berlin, by the dictator's favorite sculptor, Arno Breker,
At the time of the raid, the mayor of Heikendorf, Alexander Orth,that the man once drove the tank in 1978.
When asked his thoughts on the ownership of the tank, the mayor replied, "One loves steam trains, the other old tanks."
The case is set to conclude in August 2021.
Missing 70-Year-Old Woman Found Entombed in Concrete; Caretaker Charged With Murder .
Lynn Gay Keene's family reported her missing on July 30 after not having heard from her since June 14. Police initially discovered that Keene's vehicle was missing from her home and entered it into a database in hopes of tracking it down. The 2000 Lincoln Town Car was eventually discovered on August 2 in Cherokee, North Carolina, abandoned and with two empty concrete bags inside. After obtaining a search warrant for Keene's home, police noticed flies swarming around in the basement. Authorities broke through a mass of concrete in the basement and discovered Keene's body.