December 16, 2018

UT Couple Charged Waterboarding 9-Year-Old Provo Daughter As Form Of Punishment

PROVO, UT. (THECOUNT) — Utah parents, Joseph Maeser Mitchell and Ilaria Catherina Mitchell, 29 and 28, have been identified as the suspects arrested after they allegedly subjected their 9-year-old daughter to waterboarding as a form of punishment.

The couple was booked on one count of child abuse each.

Authorities were contacted earlier this month by CSP officials about concerns involving child abuse, according to statements of probable cause. Police interviewed the 9-year-old girl last week and said she disclosed details of abuse that involved alleged waterboarding in her home in Provo, Utah.

The victim said her father and stepmother punished her on three separate occasions by tying her hands behind her back and holding her down in the bathtub with a towel over her face as they ran water over her face.

“The 9-year-old stated she cannot breathe and it hurts when this happens,” the documents state. Continue reading

December 16, 2018

TX Couple, Mitchel & Terry Sullivan ID’d As Victims Found Dead In Breckenridge Home Friday Son Under Arrest

BRECKENRIDGE, TX. (THECOUNT) — Mitchel and Terry Sullivan have been named as the Breckenridge, TX, couple found dead inside their home Friday.

The Sullivan’s, both 58, were found dead in their Breckenridge home, located on the 600 block of North Front Street, after police were called to the scene on reports of a possible dead person.

The couple’s son, Paxton Lee Sullivan, 28, was arrested Friday and will be arraigned Sunday afternoon.

His charges have not been released.

A visitation for Mitchel and Terry Sullivan will be held from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Monday in the Family Life Center at First Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at First Baptist Church. Continue reading

December 16, 2018

Houston Husband Jimmy Lauder Arrested After Setting House Blaze While Wife And Kids Upstairs

HOUSTON, TX. (THECOUNT) — Jimmy Klayton Lauder, of Rockharbor Lane, has been identified as the suspect arrested and charged with arson and one count of child endangerment after setting fire to a Houston home containing his wife and young children early Sunday morning.

Lauder, 31, has been charged with felony arson after deputies responded to a call of a domestic disturbance around 4:30 a.m. Sunday in the 12100 block of Rockharbor Lane in Harris County.

Police say Lauder set his home on fire while his wife and two children were in an upstairs area of the home.

First responders were able to safely remove a woman and two small children from the home. The fire was contained in the kitchen and did not spread to the rest of the home. Injury information was not provided.

Authorities say when the husband, Jimmy Klayton Lauder returned he appeared to be intoxicated and upset. His wife and two children went upstairs to avoid him. The smoke alarm later went off and his wife called 911. Deputies say Lauder’s family was inside but first responders went in to help them get out safely. The fire was contained in the kitchen and did not spread to the rest of the home. Continue reading

December 16, 2018

AZ Man Matthew Holtson ID’d As Skateboarder Killed In Saturday Phoenix Hit-And-Run Collision

PHOENIX, AZ. (THECOUNT) — Matthew Holtson, has been identified as the skateboarder struck and killed by a vehicle in Phoenix, AZ, Saturday night.

Holtson, 24, was reportedly skateboarding against traffic when he was struck by a vehicle Saturday night near 19th Ave and West Dunlap Avenue, in Phoenix, AZ.

Authorities say the driver of a dark-colored sedan struck the victim and fled the scene.

Holtson was transported to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead of blunt force trauma injuries consistent with the collision..

Police are asking for anyone with possible information on the deadly incident to conant them at 911 immediately. Continue reading

December 16, 2018

CA Officials To Beachgoers “Stay Away From Ocean Or Risk Certain Death” As 50 Foot Waves Forecast Sunday

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. (THECOUNT) — People living in Northern California are being warned to stay away from the ocean this weekend as the National Weather Service says waves could reach up to 50 feet in some areas.

The NWS issued a high surf warning from 9 a.m. Sunday to 9 p.m. Monday. They’re calling it the largest wave event this season.

The largest waves are expected to arrive Sunday night through Monday morning. The NWS says peak swells are expected to reach 17 to 21 feet at 19 to 21 seconds. Large breaking waves could reach 25 to 40 feet in some areas. Favored break points along the coast could see waves up to or exceeding 50 feet.

“A High Surf Warning indicates that dangerous, life-threatening waves will impact the shoreline,” the NWS notice said. “It is advised that people remain off of and away from the shoreline during this event.”

The NWS says the waves will lead to increased wave run-up on beaches. Waves are expected to wash over large rocks and jetties.

People are being urged to stay well away from the water because the waves will be capable of sweeping people into the cold, turbulent ocean water.

One tweet from the NWS warned people to “STAY WELL BACK FROM THE OCEAN OR RISK CERTAIN DEATH.” Continue reading

December 16, 2018

PA Woman Laurel Linsenbach ID’d As Body Found In Newport ‘Undetermined’ Death

NEWPORT, PA. (THECOUNT) — Laurel Linsenbach, of Newport, PA, has been identified as the victim discovered dead by police.

Linsenbach, 62, was found dead and a cause of death is listed as “undetermined,” according to officials.

State Police are investigating the death of a 62-year-old woman from Newport. The cause of the death of Laurel Linsenbach, 62, of 350 Juniata Pkwy E, in Newport, PA, has been ruled ‘undetermined’.

As of Sunday morning, the investigation is still ongoing. Continue reading

December 16, 2018

AR Woman Kayla Morton ID’d As Victim Killed Saturday In Texarkana Single-Vehicle Crash

TEXARKANA, AR. (THECOUNT) — Kayla Michelle Morton, of Texarkana, AR, has been identified as the victim in a single-vehicle crash on Saturday.

Morton, 24, was operating a vehicle early Saturday morning on Realtor Street, in Texarkana, when the fatal crash occurred.

According to a crash report, Morton was traveling eastbound on the I-30 frontage road just after 2:30 a.m., when she failed to negotiate a curve and exited the roadway. The vehicle then collided with a tree before coming to a rest.

Morton was transported to an area hospital where she was later pronounced dead of blunt force trauma injuries consistent with the violent crash.

Kayla Michelle Morton, 24 of Texarkana, Ark., was pronounced dead a St. Michael hospital. Continue reading

December 16, 2018

NY Man Colin Kroll ID’d As ‘HQ Trivia’ CEO Found Dead Sunday In Apparent Drug Overdose

NEW YORK, NY. (THECOUNT) — Colin Kroll, the CEO and co-founder of HQ Trivia has died of an apparent drug overdose, TMZ is reporting.

Kroll, 35, was found lifeless by officials after his girlfriend contacted police early Sunday asking them to perform a welfare check.

Police responded to a downtown Manhattan to perform a welfare check. Once entering the apartment, NYPD investigators found a male victim in his bedroom surrounded by nearby drug paraphernalia.

A police source tells TMZ at this point cops believe the drugs involved were cocaine and heroin, aka, “speedball.”

Kroll was named CEO of HQ Trivia in 2015. The year before, he was fired from Twitter after he was determined to be a “bad manager.” Female employees claimed his behavior made them uncomfortable, however, no sexual harassment claims were ever filed. HQ Trivia was having problems recently. It was steadily losing audience. In January, HQ was in the top 10 list of most downloaded iPhone games. It’s now fluctuating between #250 and 500 in the U.S. Also, Kroll was dealing with an H.R. complaint by an HQ employee for his “aggressive management style.” Continue reading

December 16, 2018

Missing NC Woman Shantika Dunlap ID’d As Body Found In Winston-Salem Dumpster Saturday

FORSYTH COUNTY, NC. (THECOUNT) — Missing North Carolina woman, Shantika Lashae Dunlap, has been identified as the body found in a Winston-Salem dumpster on Saturday.

Dunlap, 30, was the subject of a missing person investigation initiated by family members who reported her disappearance earlier this week.

Deputies with the sheriff’s office and officers with the Winston-Salem Police Department reported discovering the victim’s remains in a dumpster in the 4800 block of Country Club Road on Saturday.

The investigation remains active and ongoing, according to press release from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with any possible information on the case should contact police at 911.

Winston-Salem is a city in North Carolina. At the Old Salem Museum & Gardens, the life of the 18th-century Moravian settlers is re-created through events and restored buildings. The Reynolda House Museum of American Art showcases its collection in a 1917 mansion. Its vast estate includes gardens, shops and restaurants. The hands-on SciWorks science center has a planetarium, outdoor animal habitats and nature trails, according to wikipedia.

December 16, 2018

UT Woman Tequila Garcia ID’d As Pedestrian Found Dead In Front Of West Valley Home Sunday

WEST VALLEY CITY, UT. (THECOUNT) — Tequila Garcia has been identified as the Utah woman killed after being struck by at least one vehicle while in front of her home in West Valley City early Sunday morning.

Garcia, 36, was found by a roommate lying in the street in front of her home suffering from blunt force injuries.

Officers responded to reports of an individual down at a home, in the area of 2855 West 3785 South near Market St. Upon arrival, officials found a 36-year-old woman suffering from extremely serious injuries, according to West Valley City Police.

Arriving medical personnel was unsuccessful in their attempts to revive Garcia and she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say there were reports of an altercation at the residence between the people outside in the cars and someone inside the home shortly before the deadly incident occurred.

It is possible that more than one vehicles struck the victim as they fled the scene. Continue reading