TX Prison Guards Find $18 MILLION Worth Of Cocaine In Donated Dole Banana Shipment

FREEPORT, TX. (THECOUNT) — Two Texas Department of Criminal Justice sergeants stumbled on a massive drug cache hidden among a banana shipment donated to a Freeport prison.

Authorities found nearly $18 million worth of cocaine hidden in several boxes of bananas headed for Texas prisons, officials announced Friday.

Two Texas Department of Criminal Justice sergeants made the massive bust after the Ports of America in Freeport donated the unclaimed pallet of “fruit” to the Texas prison system, according to the Houston Chronicle.

While loading the cargo, one of the sergeants noticed that a box felt different, according to KHOU. When they opened it up they find white powder in green, plastic bags.

“The substance was tested. Cocaine! 540 bundles, $17,820,000 worth, were on the shipment!” The TDCJ tweeted Friday. Continue reading

100 Street Racing Vehicles Block Long Island Express Drive N In Massive Yaphank Bust

YAPHANK, NY. (THECOUNT) — A wild scene in Yaphank Saturday into Sunday after more than 100 vehicles allegedly shut down a roadway for illegal street racing.

Police said they responded to a report of multiple cars racing on Express Drive North at Exit 66 overnight.

Investigators say when they got there they found more than 100 vehicles blocking the roadway from just west of County Road 101 to Lincoln Road. Continue reading

FL Man Sentenced To 20 Years Prison Over Stealing 10 Cartons Cigarettes

PENSACOLA, Fl. (THECOUNT) — Pensacola, Florida man, Robert Spellman, who stole $600 worth of cigarettes from a convenience store, has been sentenced to staggering 20 years in state prison.

A jury in Pensacola convicted Spellman, 48, of burglary and grand theft in August. Authorities say Spellman took 10 cartons of cigarettes from a stock room in the store manager’s office last December. He was sentenced Friday.

The Pensacola News Journal reports that Spellman had 14 felony and 31 misdemeanor convictions prior to the cigarette theft, which qualified him as a habitual felony offender. That led to the lengthy 20-year prison sentence imposed Friday by an Escambia County judge. Continue reading

Cody Wilson Arrested On Return To U.S. TX 3D Gun Blueprints Fugitive Captured Sunday

AUSTIN, TX. (THECOUNT) — Cody Wilson has returned to the United States and was promptly arrested and booked in the Harris County Jail as of 4:20 a.m. Sunday morning.

He has an active warrant out for his arrest in Travis County for felony sexual assault. This after investigators with Austin Police say he paid a 16-year-old girl for sex.

His bond is currently set for $150,000 and he has agreed to personally hire an attorney.

They believe he recently fled to Taiwan after he was tipped off about the warrant by a friend of the victim.

While there, police said Wilson missed a scheduled flight back to the U.S.

“We know Mr. Wilson frequently travels for business, we don’t know why he went to Taiwan. But we do know before he left, he was informed by a friend of the victim that she had spoken to police and police were investigating him for having sex with a minor,” said Commander Troy Officer. Continue reading

OR Woman Arrested 39th Time Following 39 Mile Roseburg Ambulance Joyride “Why Did They Leave It Unlocked?”

ROSEBURG, OR. (THECOUNT) — Oregon woman, Christy Lynn Woods, was charged with stealing an ambulance last Sunday while paramedics performed CPR on an unconscious woman, according to a report.

Woods, 37, of Roseburg, asked officers following her 39th arrest, “Why did they leave it unlocked?.”

According to court documents, Woods drove the ambulance through downtown Roseburg, then proceeded north on Interstate 5, leading police on a high-speed chase for nearly 30 miles – reaching a speed of 85 mph, the newspaper reported. Continue reading

At Least 5 Injured 1 Dead In Bakersfield CA Sunday Morning Shooting

BAKERSFIELD, CA. (THECOUNT) — Bakersfield Police responded to calls of shots fired just after 12:30 a.m. Sunday in Southwest Bakersfield.

Police say, one person was shot dead and at least five more victims wounded, after a shooting in Southwest Bakersfield on Chandler Court near Wilson Road.

Bakersfield Police responded to shots fired just after 12:30 a.m.

When they arrived they found found one victim on scene and witnesses reported more victims had gone to hospital. Continue reading

Oakland Police Say “Sideshow” Crowd “Throwing Bottles, Rocks” “Firing Gunshots” At Officers

OAKLAND, CA. (THECOUNT) — Oakland police officials said officers throughout the city are dealing with “large sideshow activity” at various locations throughout East Oakland early this morning.

Police said people participating in the sideshows are throwing rocks and bottles at officers, and people in the crowds have fired numerous gunshots. Traffic is being impacted at several locations, but police didn’t specify where the activities were taking place.

“Officers are currently dealing with large sideshow activity at various locations in East Oakland

Rocks and bottles are being thrown at officers, and numerous gunshots are being fired by sideshow crowd members. Traffic routes are expected to be impacted at several locations” Continue reading

NC Woman Cynthia Jean Kulan Hopkins ID’d As Victim In Thursday Asheboro Single-Vehicle

ASHEBORO, NC. (THECOUNT)Cynthia Jean Kulan Hopkins, of Sophia, NC, has been identified as the victim in a fatal single-vehicle crash Thursday.

Hopkins, 45, died while operating a vehicle Thursday after troopers say, for unknown reasons, she exited the roadway and drove into a ditch. She was ejected from her vehicle during the violent crash.

Hopkins was driving a 2005 Cadillac SUV at the time. She was taken to Moses Cone Hospital and died, troopers said in a press release. Continue reading

Sprint Car Driver Greg Hodnett Autopsy Report Released Following Thursday Fatal BAPS Crash

YORK, PA. (THECOUNT) — The York County coroner’s office on Saturday released the autopsy on Sprint Car driver Hoyt Greg Hodnett, who died in a crash at BAPS Motor Speedway in Newberry Township on Thursday night.

The autopsy showed the cause of death to be multiple blunt force trauma. The manner of death was ruled accidental.

Hodnett, 49, of Spring Grove, lost control of his vehicle in Turn 1, causing him to hit a wall at high speed, the coroner’s office reported earlier. Hodnett died upon impact, the release said. Continue reading

WATCH: Kid Saves Bobcat From Wildfire – Kid And Bobcat Become Instant BFFs

FEEL GOOD, STORY. (THECOUNT) — The wildfires that burned a large portion of the U.S. continue to threaten people’s lives, homes and they’re not alone, wildfires also greatly affect wildlife, many who are run out of their homes by the flames.

George Kraus surely was not looking to adopt the world’s most thankful bobcat, but that’s exactly what happened after the young man saved the animal from the ravages of a local wildfire.

Before you run out the door or jump online and try to find yourself a friendly bobcat to adopt, keep in mind the animals are considered wild and deemed inappropriate for domestication. Continue reading