Female Russian National Arrested In DC Identified As Mariia Butina (Pictured)

The Justice Department charged a Russian national with conspiracy to act as an agent of the Russian Federation within the United States without prior notification.

Mariia Butina, who lives in Washington, D.C., was arrested on Sunday and charged with developing relationships with U.S. persons and infiltrating organizations having influence in American politics, for the purpose of advancing the interests of the Russian Federation.

Butina, 29, ran a Russian pro-gun group that was investigated over whether it helped funnel money to President Donald Trump via the National Rifle Association, according to a McClatchy report. source

Son Of Greek Billionaire Socrates P. Kokkalis Found Dead In Cleveland Key Center Marriott

CLEVELAND, OH. (THECOUNT) — Socrates S. Kokkalis, the son of tycoon Socrates P. Kokkalis, was found dead Saturday night at the Marriott Hotel, authorities confirmed.

Kokkalis, 34, was found dead Saturday at a downtown Cleveland hotel while in town on business. He was the vice president of the Greek Olympiacos football club.

A statement provided to CNN Greece by the Kokkalis Foundation translates to: “The Kokkalis family, with deep sorrow, announces the sudden death of Socrates S. Kokkalis, 34, during a business trip to Cleveland, USA, Saturday July 14, 2018.” Continue reading

Female TX Mattress Firm Manager Found Murdered Inside Willowbrook Mall Store

HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) — Authorities are investigating the killing of a Mattress Firm store manager who was found shot to death inside her Willowbrook store, Houston police say.

The shooting happened on Saturday at the location on 7592 FM 1960, Houston, TX, across from Willowbrook Mall.

Officials say the woman’s body was found between two mattresses in the back office. There’s no word yet on the circumstances surrounding her death. Continue reading

WATCH: “Hero” Fresno Gas Station Clerk Hides Woman During FOILED Armed Kidnapping

FRESNO, CA. (THECOUNT) — Quick thinking Fresno, CA, gas station clerk, Savannah Pritchett, is being hailed as a hero after snapping into action when a woman, shaking with fear, pleaded for help to hide her from kidnappers.

Surveillance video shows an unidentified woman walking into the Northern California gas station and talking to the clerk inside. Armed kidnappers were trailing the victim and lurking just outside the business’s door.

Pritchett locks the store’s front door and walks the woman towards the restroom, locking her inside and giving her a cell phone to call 911. Then the clerk lets the alleged kidnappers into the store.

“I knew that if I left the door locked they would have caught on to something and probably took off. So I went back up there, and I unlocked the door. They seriously had no idea that I knew anything,” said Pritchett. Continue reading

Lafayette Man “Albert Pickney” ID’d As Pedestrian Struck And Killed On I-10 Grosse Tete Sunday

GROSSE TETE, LA (THECOUNT) — The Lafayette man struck and killed while walking on I-10 in Grosse Tete, LA, has been identified as Albert Pickney.

Pickney, 28, was killed after getting hit by two vehicles Sunday night, according to police.

Louisiana State Police identified the victim as Albert Pickney II, 28, of Lafayette. Continue reading

Hamilton Harbour Downing Victim ID’d As Former NHL Goalie Ray Emery

HAMILTON, CA. (THECOUNT) — The Hamilton hockey community is mourning the death of former NHL goalie, Ray Emery, from Cayuga, after he was identified as the Hamilton Harbour drowning victim Sunday morning.

Emery, 35, was named as the body pulled from the harbor near Leander Boat Club, located at, 50 Leander Dr, Hamilton, ON, Canada.

Hamilton police posted to social media at 4:23 p.m. Sunday that their divers had recovered the body of a male swimmer near Leander Boat Club. Police say the man in his 30s failed to emerge from an early morning swim around the docks of the Royal Hamilton Yacht Club. The man was with a group visiting a friend’s boat when they decided to jump in the water around 6:30 a.m. Sunday. Continue reading

Conor McGregor Attends World Cup As “Personal Guest Of President Putin”

MOSCOW, RU. (THECOUNT) — UFC fighter, Conor McGregor, attended World Cup final in person this weekend, showing up as a personal guest President Vladimir Putin.

McGregor, 30, posted a photo of himself Sunday alongside Russia’s president, 65, posing in a classic tough guy stance with the man he refers to as “one of the greatest leaders of our time.”

Conor’s caption read … “Today I was invited to the World Cup final as a guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin. This man is one of the greatest leaders of our time and I was honored to attend such a landmark event alongside him. Today was an honor for me Mr. Putin. Thank you and congratulations on an amazing World Cup.” Continue reading

ID’d: Weymouth MA Police Officer Dead After Hit With Rock, Shot, Suspect In Custody

WAYMOUTH, MA. (THECOUNT) — A Massachusetts police department is mourning the loss of one of its own after a Weymouth police officer and a bystander were shot to death Sunday during a foot chase with a suspect following a car crash.

The Weymouth officer, 42-year-old Michael Chesna, was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was pronounced dead from his injuries.

The suspect, identified as Emanuel Lopes, 20, (pictured here,) struck Officer Chesna in the head with a large stone before stealing the his gun and shooting him several times, according to local reports.

A bullet also fatally struck a woman who was inside her home in Weymouth. Lopes was taken into custody and is expected in court on Monday. Continue reading

WA Family Members Killed In Kalama I-5 Rollover Crash Identified

KALAMA, WA. (THECOUNT) — The several members of a family that were killed in a rollover crash on I-5 north near Kalama, Washington, Saturday evening, have been identified.

Oferia U. Nuusolia, 60, and Lokeni A. Nuusolia, 65, were killed along with a 5-year-old child, after a vehicle operated by Daryl M. Tuimavave, 36, crashed while traveling on I-5 near Kalama.

The dead are reportedly the grandparents of the child who also died. The driver, Tuimavave, is said to be the mother of the children and the daughter of the deceased.

A Washington State Patrol official said an SUV carrying 6 people — 3 adults and 3 children — crashed and rolled over several times. Tuimavave was driving with her three kids and her parents.

Five people in the SUV were not wearing safety harnesses at the time of the crash and were subsequently ejected from the vehicle.

Investigators believe Daryl Tuimavave became distracted by something in the car and when she refocused on the road, traffic had slowed and she overcorrected, leading her SUV into the median. Troopers said the SUV rolled at possibly twice before coming to a rest on its top. Continue reading