TALLAHASSEE, FL. (THECOUNT) — In a video that went viral on social media, a barefoot toddler gets out of a vehicle and walks toward police officers with her hands up. It looks as though she’s standing in the street without anyone trying to help her, reports MyFox8.
But more video, this time from a Florida police officer’s body camera, tells a very different story.
Tallahassee officers responding to a reported theft by an armed man on Thursday pulled over a suspect’s truck, police said. Among those inside were two small children, a 2-year-old girl and 1-year-old boy.
As officers arrest a suspect, who can be heard on the video saying he is the children’s father, the girl gets out of the truck and walks toward police, with her hands up.
In the video of the traffic stop recorded by a passerby, someone can be heard saying “She’s trying to get out. Oh, my God! She’s trying to get out, but she can’t because she’s little,” and “Ooh, she’s holding her hands up.”
Police are seen aiming their guns at the vehicle as the little girl stops near an officer.
WASHINGTON, DC. (THECOUNT) — A fire Sunday morning in Northwest Washington, D.C., damaged studios for Fox News, forcing “Fox News Sunday” to relocate its broadcast to a local affiliate’s studio, thehill is reporting.
“Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace addressed the fire to kick off his popular Sunday’s program saying the fire forced him and his crew to abruptly move to another location for broadcast.
“If things look a little bit different here today that’s because of the fact that we had a fire — yes, a fire — in our building on North Capitol Street, and so we’re over at our wonderful affiliate WTTG,” Wallace said.
The fire also shuttered C-SPAN and MSNBC, who all share the same address.
D.C. Fire and EMS tweeted that an electrical fire broke out in the 8th floor television studio but nobody was injured.
Steve Scully, the political editor for C-SPAN, tweeted shortly after 7 a.m. that the Fox News and C-SPAN studios sustained “extensive damage,” and MSNBC’s studio took on “extensive smoke and water damage.” Continue reading
COLUMBIA, SC. (THECOUNT) — Darren D. Calhoun has been identified as the victim in an fatal domestic-related shooting at an Columbia, South Carolina, apartment complex.
Calhoun, 29, was found suffering from at least one gunshot wound at the North Pointe Estates on the 100 block of Ripplemeyer Avenue around 10 a.m. Saturday morning after police responded to calls of shots fired.
The victim was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead of gunshot injuries.
An autopsy confirmed that the cause of death was a gunshot wound to the upper body, reports wistv.
Investigators with the Columbia Police Department are calling the deadly incident an isolated fatal domestic-related shooting.
CPD is continuing to interview witnesses regarding the circumstances of the incident.
Anyone with tips that could help this investigation is encouraged to contact Crimestoppers by calling 1-888-CRIME-SC (888-274-6372). Your identity will be kept anonymous, and if your tip leads to an arrest, you could be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000. Continue reading
CANBY, OR. (THECOUNT) — Mark Leo Gregory Gago has been identified as the suspect shot dead by Clackamas County deputies late Saturday night after murdering three individuals, including a 9-month-old girl.
In a scene that authorities described as “horrible,” Gago, 42, was apparently attempting to kill another child when he was shot and killed by deputies at the scene. That child’s life was saved, officials said.
The homicide victims were identified Sunday morning as Olivia Lynn Rose Gago, 9 months old; Shaina E. Sweitzer, 31; Jerry William Bremer, 66; and 64-year-old, Pamela Denise.
According to early reports, the domestic violence incident happened close to 10:15 p.m. Saturday at a home in the 32000 block of South Barlow Road, reports KGW.
The surviving child and an unidentified adult female were transported to an area hospital for treatment.
Authorities were investigating the incident as “extreme domestic violence.”
Anyone with possible information should contact police at 911. Continue reading
JACKSONVILLE, FL. (THECOUNT) — Jacoby Lamar King, 26, has been identified as the deceased suspect who killed his 33-year-old ex-boyfriend, Ryan Mark Chesser and another man, before turning the gun on himself early Sunday in Jacksonville, Florida.
Eric James Bryant was identified as the third deceased victim.
The sheriff’s office said the early morning shooting occurred after King spotted Chesser, (pictured above,) out and about with three other individuals.
King then followed the group back to Chesser’s home where he opened fire on four individuals before fatally shooting himself.
In all, the incident left three people dead and two people injured, First Coast News reports.
The injured individuals were not identified. They were transported to an area hospital and remain in critical condition as of Sunday afternoon.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with possible information on the deadly incident should contact police at 911.
Chesser’s Facebook was placed in “remembrance” mode as family members and friends remembered the beloved man. Click on his photo above to go to that Facebook post.
Jacksonville is a large city in northeastern Florida where the St. John’s River meets the Atlantic Ocean. A regional business center, it has many museums and cultural offerings. Swimming and surfing are popular at nearby barrier island beaches such as Jacksonville Beach and Neptune Beach. Championship golf courses in the area include Ponte Vedra Beach’s TPC Sawgrass, headquarters of the PGA Tour, according to wikipedia.
ABILENE, TX. (THECOUNT) — Adrian Jasso, of Abilene, Texas, has been identified as the victim shot in the head while at MC Sports Bar and Taqueria in Abilene, Texas early Sunday morning.
Jasso, 27, was shot and killed around 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning at the troubled nightspot, located at, 4025 N 1st St, Abilene, TX, on Sunday.
Police responded to calls of a large fight at the bar and subsequent shots fired.
Upon arrival, Jasso was found suffering from a head wound.
Jasso was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead of gunshot injuries.
Police took four persons of persons of interest into custody at that location, including the alleged shooter from the bar, Continue reading
HOUSTON, TX. (THECOUNT) — Israel Suarez Lugo has been identified as the Texas man facing intoxication assault charges after running a red light and plowing into another car early Sunday morning, according to officials.
Lugo, 35, was jailed Sunday morning following a fatal crash that occurred around 1:15 a.m. at the intersection of Harrisburg Boulevard and 75th Street, Houston, TX.
A 5-year-old female passenger was transported to an area hospital in grave condition.
Sean Teare, chief of Harris County District Attorney’s Office Vehicular Crimes Division, said investigators believe the driver of a red pickup truck was intoxicated, and witnesses stated Lugo broadsided a sedan carrying two children. Continue reading
SURRY COUNTY, NC. (THECOUNT) — Benny Gray Sprinkle has been identified as the tow truck driver struck by a vehicle while loading up another vehicle, according to the Surry County Emergency Services.
Sprinkle, 59, was hit by an oncoming vehicle while on State Hwy 268, in Elkin, NC, around 7:30 p.m. on Saturday.
Officials said the driver of the vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities, reports MyFox8.
Sprinkle was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple blunt force trauma injuries suffered in the collision.
The wreck is still being investigated by Elkin police and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Anyone with possible information may contact police at 911. Continue reading
DEKALB COUNTY, IN. (THECOUNT) — Robert William Penland of Pleasant Lake, Indiana, has been identified as the body pulled from Terry Lake, in Hamilton, Indiana on Saturday.
A death investigation is underway after the body belonging to Penland, 45, was recovered from Terry Lake on Saturday in what authorities say is a possible drowning.
Hamilton Police Department responded at approximately 10:10 a.m. to reports of an unattended ice fishing sled near the Hamilton Fish and Game Club on Terry Lake.
Arriving officers discovered possible evidence showing that an ice fisherman had fallen through the ice, reports ABC57.
Penland was pronounced deceased at 11:04 a.m. by DeKalb EMS.
The investigation is ongoing.
Anyone with possible information on the case may contact police at 911.
Hamilton is a town located on the border of Steuben County, Indiana and DeKalb County, Indiana. In Steuben County, it is in Otsego Township, and in DeKalb County it is in Franklin Township. The population was 1,532 at the 2010 census, source Wikipedia.
DETROIT, MI. (THECOUNT) — World champion American figure skater, John Coughlin, who was recently suspended from his sport, committed suicide Friday, according to his sister.
Coughlin’s death coincided with the start of the 2019 US Figure Skating Championships in Detroit.
“My wonderful strong, amazingly compassionate brother John Coughlin took his own life earlier today. I have no words. I love you John…” his sister, Angela Laune, said late Friday in a Facebook post.
A day before his death, Coughlin, 33, was temporarily suspended from US figure skating by the US Center for SafeSport amid a pending grievance, US Figure Skating officials said without disclosing details of the matter. The center is a US Olympic Committee agency with oversight of sexual misconduct and other abuse allegations reported to national governing bodies.
“We are stunned at the news of the death of two-time US pairs champion John Coughlin,” US Figure Skating said Saturday in a statement. “Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies are with his father Mike, sister Angela and the rest of his family. Out of respect to the family, we will have no further comment until a later time.” Continue reading