Watch ‘Seattle Is Dying’ KOMO Documentary On Shocking Homeless Crisis Going Viral

SEATTLE, WA. (THECOUNT) — Via Eric Johnson KOMO reporter: Seattle Is Dying. It’s a harsh title. Someone on social media even called it a “hopeless” title. I’ll admit to you that I wrestled with the name for some time. Too dramatic, I wondered? Too dark? In the end I went with it because I believe it to be true. I believe that Seattle is dying. Rotting from within.

It’s about citizens who don’t feel safe taking their families into downtown Seattle. It’s about parents who won’t take their children into the public parks they pay for. It’s about filth and degradation all around us. And theft and crime. It’s about people who don’t feel protected anymore, who don’t feel like their voices are being heard.

This program is not about demonizing those who are struggling with addiction and homelessness and mental illness. On the contrary. Instead, it asks the question, “Why aren’t we doing more? Why don’t we have the courage to intervene in lives that are, in the face of a grave sickness, reeling out of control?”

It’s called, Seattle is Dying, and I believe the title to be true. But it’s not a hopeless program. There are ideas and concepts in the show that could start conversations about change.

WI Doctor Thomas Strick Arrested Charged 5 Felony Counts Writing Himself Fentanyl Patch Scripts

WAUSAU, WI. (THECOUNT) — Wausau doctor Thomas Strick was arrested and charged with five felonies, after allegedly partaking in prescription fraud while at Aspirus Wausau Hospital, on Pine Ridge Boulevard, in Wausau, WI.

Strick is accused of writing prescriptions for fentanyl patches to patients who would then turn them over to him for his own use.

In turn, Strick allegedly offered free at home visits to some of those cooperating patients.

According to court documents, the fraud dates back to before 2013 while Strick was an Aspirus employee. In that time, Strick allegedly received hundreds of fentanyl patches he prescribed to several different patients, reports WAOW.

Some of the patients allege that Strick threatened them if they did not provide him with the fentanyl patches.

This is not the first time Strick has faced charges related to prescription fraud.

In 2004, Strick was convicted of seven misdemeanor charges for prescribing drugs for his own use.

Aspirus would not confirm employment dates, but did release a statement to News 9 which reads:

“Providing excellent patient care is at the heart of everything we do.

The situation involving our former physician causes us great concern and reinforces our focus on how we serve patients. We continue to work closely with our physician leaders to monitor the way all our providers prescribe medication, and we regularly evaluate and strengthen our internal protocols.

When we discovered the issue, we immediately launched an internal investigation and notified local and state authorities. We are cooperating fully with law enforcement and must defer any specific questions about the case to them out of respect for the legal process.

Opioid abuse is a national crisis, and we are aware of the tragic impact it has on people and families across the country. We would like to encourage anyone who is struggling with addiction to prescription painkillers to seek help immediately. We have posted a list of community addiction resources to our website www.aspirus.org.”

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Geo quick facts: Wausau is a city straddling the Wisconsin River in central Wisconsin. The Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum displays nature-inspired paintings and sculptures. West, the Yawkey House Museum preserves a grand 1901 home built in the neoclassical style. Opposite, the Woodson History Center has a library and exhibit area. Southwest, Rib Mountain State Park includes trails, an observation tower and the Granite Peak Ski Area – wikipedia.

Juan Manuel Flores Del Of Mexico ID’d In WA Police-Involved Shooting That Killed Kittitas County Sheriff’s Deputy

ELLENSBURG, WA. (THECOUNT) — Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro, of Mexico, has been identified as the man who died as a result of an Ellensburg, WA shootout, in which Kittitas County sheriff’s deputy Ryan Thompson was also shot and killed.

The federal government confirmed Del Toro, 29, who also wounded a Kittitas police officer in the central Washington state shootout, was in the United States illegally on a work visa overstay. Kittitas police officer Benito Chavez was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after the shooting and is now recovering from a gunshot that fractured his femur.

The agency says it has no record of Flores Del Toro leaving the country or extending his visa.

The agency says he entered the U.S. in 2014 at Laredo, Texas, on a temporary agricultural worker visa.

Del Toro resided in Ellensburg, Washington, reports Q13Fox.

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Geo quick facts: Ellensburg is a city in and county seat of Kittitas County, Washington, United States. The population was 20,326 in a 2017 census estimate. Located just east of the Cascade Range on Interstate 90, Ellensburg is the most centrally located city in the state, and is the home of Central Washington University – Wikipedia.

AR Man Quinton Laird ID’d As Suspect Dead After Pepper Sprayed By Augusta Police

AUGUSTA, AR. (THECOUNT) — Quinton Laird has been identified as the man who died after apparently being pepper sprayed during an arrested by Augusta police officers.

Laird, 38, died in an area hospital after being pepper sprayed Thursday morning after police responded to calls of a disturbance at 601 Hough Street, in Augusta.

According to a statement from Arkansas State Police, Augusta police officers responded sometime after 3 a.m. when a resident inside the house reported a prowler outside the location. Laird was later accused of kicking a door open and going to bed.

According to the release, Laird was removed from the house by police and reportedly began to resist while officer attempted to cuff him. An officer to apply a chemical agent (pepper spray) to Laird who eventually became unresponsive.

Officers began life-saving measures and called for an ambulance to transport Laird to Searcy where a physician pronounced Laird dead at 4:47 a.m., reports Fox16.

The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory has been requested to determine manner and cause of death.

Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division have been assigned to the case and will present their findings to the Woodruff County Prosecuting Attorney.

Friends and family took to Facebook to remember Laird:

Geo quick facts: Augusta is a city in Woodruff County, Arkansas, United States, located on the east bank of the White River. The population was 2,693 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Woodruff County – Wikipedia.

TN Volunteers DB Kenneth George Jr Arrested Charged Felony Battery On Police Officer

MIAMI BEACH, FL. (THECOUNT) — Tennessee defensive back Kenneth George Jr. was arrested before 3:30 a.m. on Thursday on felony charges of battery on an officer and resisting an officer with violence.

George, 22, allegedly punched a police officer on the side of the head while resisting arrest garnering misdemeanor charges of resisting an officer without violence and disorderly conduct, according to police in Miami Beach, Florida.

According to the police report: officer Denny Hernandez was guiding George toward the sidewalk as other officers attempted to place a violent subject into custody, when George punched Hernandez with a closed fist on the left side of the head and knocked the police radio out of his hand. Hernandez grabbed George and ripped his shirt, but George got away before other officers stopped him. Hernandez suffered three significant cuts on his knees and elbow, reports WDEF.

Miami Beach police spokesman Ernesto Rodriguez said Hernandez has been treated at a hospital and released.

Former ‘Love & Hip Hop’ Star Arrested After Showing Up To Court Appearance Drunk

ATLANTA, GA. (THECOUNT) — Former “Love & Hip Hop” star, Tommie Lee, was arrested while appearing in court on a charge of public drunkenness.

Lee, 34, returned to jail for being “extremely drunk” during a court appearance, reported TMZ Thursday.

The former ‘Love & Hip Hop’ star showed up to court last week in Cobb County, GA for a hearing in her child abuse criminal case. Law enforcement sources told TMZ Lee appeared “intoxicated,” so much so, the judge ordered her to undergo drug and alcohol testing immediately. She failed in-court testing.

Lee’s BAC was reportedly 0.16 which is twice the legal limit which constituted a violation of her bond. Lee was taken into custody while inside the courtroom. No bail was set.

Lee was attempting to gain approval in a move to California for work while she was out on bond, but a judge denied her request, citing her previous record.

She’s currently facing multiple charges of child abuse for her October 2018 arrest.

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AZ Police Officer Paul Rutherford ID’d As Victim In Thursday Morning Fatal Phoenix Crash

PHOENIX, AZ. (THECOUNT) — Phoenix police officer, Paul Rutherford, has been identified as the victim killed in a crash Thursday morning in Phoenix, Arizona.

Rutherford, 51, had exited his vehicle near 75th Avenue and Indian School Road, in Phoenix, to assist the victims of an auto accident when another vehicle slammed into him.

At this time, details surrounding the crash at unknown.

The driver who struck the officer stayed on the scene and is cooperating with investigators, reports AZFamily.

Rutherford was transported to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead of multiple blunt force trauma injuries.

Rutherford served almost 23 years with the Phoenix Police Department. He leaves behind a wife and two adult children.

The investigation is ongoing.

Geo quick facts: Phoenix is the capital of the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona. Known for its year-round sun and warm temperatures, it anchors a sprawling, multi-city metropolitan area known as the Valley of the Sun. It’s known for high-end spa resorts, Jack Nicklaus–designed golf courses and vibrant nightclubs. Other highlights include the Desert Botanical Garden, displaying cacti and numerous native plants – wikipedia.

PA Man ‘Isaiah Angry’ Under Arrested In Thursday Shooting Death Of New Castle Man Todd Walker

NEW CASTLE, PA. (THECOUNT) — Todd Walker has been identified as the victim of a fatal New Castle, Pennsylvania shooting on Thursday morning.

Walker, 32, was found shot dead inside a home in New Castle on Thursday morning, police said.

Isaiah Angry (pictured) been arrested in the deadly shooting.

Officers were called just before 8:30 a.m. to the home on North Lee Avenue, where Walker’s body was found with gunshot wounds.

Angry fled the home following the shooting. Detectives determined he was their suspect with the help of witnesses who picked him out of photo lineups, authorities said.

After a “be on the lookout” was put out for Angry, a police officer received information that a man was in a wooded area off Boston Avenue. The officer located the man, who turned out to be Angry, and took him into custody, reports WPXI.

Charges against Angry include criminal homicide.

The investigation is ongoing.

Friends and family members took to Facebook to remember Walker:

Geo quick facts: New Castle is a city in and the county seat of Lawrence County, Pennsylvania, United States, 50 miles northwest of Pittsburgh and near the Pennsylvania–Ohio border just 18 miles east of Youngstown, Ohio. The population was 23,128 as of the 2010 census. It is the commercial center of a fertile agricultural region – Wikipedia.

NJ China Dragon Restaurant Owner Fei ‘Peter’ Ni ID’d As Victim In Fatal Monroe SUV-VS-Semi Crash

TRENTON, NJ. (THECOUNT) — New Jersey China Dragon restaurant owner, Fei “Peter” Ni, has been identified as the victim in a fatal crash near Monroe, New Jersey on Wednesday.

Ni, 39, was killed following a two-vehicle crash involving a semi-tractor while traveling on Interstate 75 near Monroe on Wednesday.

Ni’s Toyota SUV slammed into a semi-truck that was illegally parked at the entrance of an I-75 rest area near Monroe.

Michael Vosburg, 36, Lawrence, Mich., claimed he was sleeping in his 18-wheeler when he was awoken by an impact to the rear vehicle. He was uninjured in the deadly crash.

Vosburg was issued a traffic citation for parking in a no-parking zone, according to reporting by Journal-News.

The restaurant will be closed for three days, according to a sign on the front door:

A sign on the door says the restaurant will be closed for three days due to a family emergency. Another sign says donations are being accepted at Trenton’s Domino’s Pizza, which used to be located next to China Dragon before the pizza chain opened a new location on State Street.Three large poster boards read “Trenton Loves You,” and more than 100 people wrote notes to Ni and hi family.

The investigation is ongoing.

Geo quick facts: Trenton is the capital city of the U.S. state of New Jersey and the county seat of Mercer County. it briefly served as the capital of the United States in 1784 – Wikipedia.

PA Mom Sara Packer Told Daughter Being Fatally Strangled By BF During Sex Assault ‘It’s Okay To Go’

DOYLESTOWN, PA. (THECOUNT) — Sara Packer, the mother of a girl who was raped, murdered and dismembered, testified Wednesday that she helped plot the attack and carry it out.

A smirking Packer admitted to police telling her daughter before her death that “I can’t help you anymore,” and it was “Okay to go.”

Packer calmly recounted how she watched her boyfriend sexually assault her daughter, 14-year-old Grace Packer, then strangle her in a hot attic outside Philadelphia. She said Grace looked at her as she was being choked to death, and Sara Packer took her hand and telling her it was “Okay” to die.

“Grace had become, for lack of a better word, a non-entity,” Sara Packer said in a monotone. “She just didn’t exist anymore. I wanted her to go away,” reports KABC.

Sara Packer’s testimony came at a sentencing hearing for Jacob Sullivan, who pleaded guilty to rape, first-degree murder and other offenses in Grace’s death. Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Sullivan. The defense is seeking life in prison.

Sara Packer has agreed to plead guilty to first-degree murder in exchange for a life sentence.

Geo quick facts: Doylestown is a borough and the county seat of Bucks County in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. It is located 35 miles north of Center City Philadelphia and 80 miles southwest of New York City. As of the 2010 census, the borough population was 8,380 – Wikipedia.