Josh Holt and his wife returned home to Salt Lake after being imprisoned in Venezuela without trial for nearly two years. He also met with President Donald Trump in Washington on Monday after receiving medical care. Holt traveled to Caracas back in June 2016 to marry his now wife, Thamy Caleno, whom he met online while trying to improve his Spanish. The two were arrested and jailed after being accused of hiding weapons at Caleno’s house. The U.S. believed Venezuela used Holt as a bargaining chip to change Washington’s sanction policy against Venezuela.
Officials have discovered a skeleton of a man who was crushed by an enormous rock while trying to flee the explosion of Mt. Vesuvius in A.D. 79. Archaeologists inspected the man to be over the age of 30 and had his chest crushed by the stone. His head has not yet been found. Massimo Osanna, general director of the site, called it “an exceptional find,” that contributes to a better “picture of the history and civilization of the age.”
A man who was released from prison on a two-day leave attacked and killed two female police officers and a bystander in Belgium. The man, identified as Benjamin Herman, snuck up behind the two police officers and stabbed them several times. He then took their service weapons and shot them and a bystander dead. The assailant also injured several other officers before police shot and killed him. Herman was a multiple repeat offender who had been incarcerated since 2003.
Hurricane Maria is trending on Twitter due to a Harvard study that estimates nearly 6,000 people died as a result of its devastations, 70 times higher than the official government death toll of 64.
A suspect in two armed robberies was shot by Cottonwood Heights police while trying to flee on his motorcycle. The suspect, identified as Zane James, 19, is in fair condition and the officer was not injured.