MI Man Daniel Sprecksel ID’s As Body Found Wednesday Along Racine Lake Michigan

WAYLAND, MI. (THECOUNT) — Daniel Sprecksel, of Racine, MI, has been identified as the body found on the Lake Michigan shoreline on Wednesday, according to Michigan State Police.

Sprecksel, 59, had last been seen fishing on a pier in Racine on Oct. 13, officials say.

A missing person report was filed by Racine police on Oct. 17. and the body was later located on the water’s edge north of South Haven, in Allegan County.

Police say their preliminary investigation “does not indicate any suspicion surrounding his death, which remains under investigation.”

The Michigan State Police Missing Persons Unit, the county Medical Examiner’s office and law-enforcement agencies around Lake Michigan assisted with the investigation. Continue reading

OR Woman Cassidy McMillan ID’d As Pedestrian Struck And Killed Tuesday In Portland

PORTLAND, OR. (THECOUNT) — A Portland Police press release has identified the pedestrian who died following a traffic crash on Tuesday as Cassidy N. McMillan of Portland.

McMillan, 27, was struck and killed by a vehicle while on foot on NE Airport Way and NE 138th Ave, in Portland, OR, on Tuesday.

She was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries consistent with the crash.

A member of the Oregon State Medical Examiner’s Office determined McMillan’s death was a result of injuries suffered during the traffic crash. Continue reading

OH Man Shot Dead Thursday Outside Portland Dream On Saloon Identified As Ed Taylor Jr.

PORTLAND, OR. (THECOUNT) — Edward L. Taylor Jr. has been identified as the Portland man shot and killed outside a Portland saloon early Thursday morning.

Taylor, 26, was shot and killed outside a southeast Portland’s Dream On Saloon gentlemen’s club.

Police responded to reports of shots fired at the club early Thursday morning. Upon arrival, Taylor was locate suffering from at least one gunshot wound.

Police said they found evidence of a shooting in the parking lot.

An autopsy determined Taylor died from homicidal violence as a result of gunfire.

At around 1:54 a.m. Thursday, officers responded to the Dream On Saloon, located at 15900 block of Southeast Stark Street, following multiple reports of gunfire. When officers arrived to the area, they found a man on the sidewalk on the north side of the strip club. Emergency medical personnel pronounced Edward L. Taylor Jr. of Portland dead at the scene. Continue reading

Model, Ex Ditty GF Kim Porter Dead In LA Of Possible Cardiac Arrest

LOS ANGELES, CA. (THECOUNT) — Model Kim Porter, ex-girlfriend of Sean Combs and mother of four, has died.

TMZ broke the news Thursday, reporting that help rushed to Porter’s LA home after receiving a call about a patient in cardiac arrest.

Porter had reportedly been suffering from pneumonia for several weeks, but her cause of death is still unclear. Porter’s rep, Cindi Berger, confirmed her death in a statement to TMZ: “Sadly, I can confirm the passing of Kim Porter. I ask that you give the families privacy at this time.” Continue reading

OR Pedestrian Victoria Lynn Pettibone ID’d As Victim Struck By Pair Of Portland Vehicles Wednesday

PORTLAND, OR. (THECOUNT) — Victoria Lynn Pettibone has been identified as the woman struck by 2 vehicles in Northeast Portland Wednesday evening.

Pettibone, 66, was killed by a pair of drivers who initially left the scene but have since cooperated with police.

Pettibone was walking on NE 162nd near Halsey Street, Portland, OR when she was hit by one vehicle and then another, authorities said.

At first, both drivers fled the scene, but Thursday morning officials said they later contacted police and are cooperating. Continue reading

REPORT Missing Spanish Teacher Patrick Braxton-Andrew Found Dead In Chihuahua, Mexico

URIQUE, MX. (THECOUNT) — A Facebook page that provides updates for a local Spanish teacher missing in Mexico reports 34-year-old Patrick Braxton-Andrew is dead in Urique, Chihuahua, Mexico.

Reports say the person who runs the Facebook account and confirms the information on the page.

According to the Facebook post, Braxton-Andrew “died on October 28th at the hands of a criminal organization that operates in the area where he was traveling.”

The page said the search continues to recover his body so they can bring him back home.

The Facebook page wrote:

The family would like to thank the Chihuahua Governor and Attorney General for their unwavering commitment to locating Patrick.

Patrick died doing what he loved—traveling and meeting people. Join us in celebrating his life as he would want us to do. We will always remember Patrick and his joy for life. We love you PBA. Continue reading

Former RI First Lady Suzanne Carcieri Passes Away Thursday Morning

RHODE ISLAND, DC. (THECOUNT) — Former Rhode Island first lady Suzanne Carcieri has died.

Sue Carcieri was in her mid-70s. She and her husband were high school sweethearts growing up in East Greenwich.

Amy Kempe, a former aide to Republican Gov. Don Carcieri, said Mrs. Carcieri died in the early morning hours Thursday. A spokesman for Democratic Gov. Gina Raimondo confirmed her death. They did not immediately have other details. Continue reading

IL Man Larry Williams ID’d As Pedestrian Struck And Killed Weds Near Decatur Tate & Lyle Research Center

DECATUR, IL. (THECOUNT) — Larry C. Williams has been identified as the pedestrian struck and killed near Tate & Lyle Research Center Wednesday.

At approximately 11:43 AM on Wednesday, officers responded reports of a traffic crash that occurred at the intersection of E. Eldorado and N. 24th St, in Decatur, IL.

Upon arrival, it was discovered that a full size pickup truck struck a pedestrian standing near the intersection. The pedestrian was later identified as 48-year-old Williams.

Initial investigation shows the following; the 55 year old man was traveling east in the 2300 block of E. Eldorado St. The 48 year old pedestrian was standing on the sidewalk on N. 24th St. just south of E. Eldorado St. The pick-up truck left the roadway to the south and was unable to maintain control. The pick-up subsequently continued through the boulevard and front yards on the south side of the 2300 block of E. Eldorado striking the pedestrian on the sidewalk. Continue reading

CA “Rio Mobility” CEO Bart Kylstra ID’d As Wednesday San Francisco Homicide Victim

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. (THECOUNT) — Bart Kylstra, CEO of Rio Mobility, a Northern California wheelchair startup company, has been identified as the victim found dead in an apparent homicide in San Francisco Wednesday night.

Kylstra, 52, was found dead in a homicide Wednesday night in San Francisco’s Mid-Market neighborhood, authorities said.

Officers responded at 11:30 p.m. to the 1000 block of Market Street and pronounced the man dead at the scene. The city medical examiner identified the victim as San Francisco resident Bart Kylstra.

A LinkedIn profile for Kylstra shows that he was CEO of Rio Mobility, a wheelchair mobility startup located on the same block as the crime.

The Rio website identified the photo above as Kylstra. Local reports say the victim is male. We are working to get more facts. Continue reading

Legendary Country Star Roy Clark Passes Away In Tulsa Oklahoma

TULSA, OK. (THECOUNT) — Roy Clark, country guitar virtuoso, ‘Hee Haw‘ star, has died.

Publicist Jeremy Westby said Clark died Thursday due to complications from pneumonia at home in Tulsa, Okla.

Clark was “Hee Haw” host or co-host for its entire 24-year run. The country music and comedy show’s last new episode aired in 1993, though reruns continued for a few years thereafter. Continue reading