AUGUSTA, ME. (THECOUNT) — Elizabeth A. Munster, has been identified as the body found August 23 in Augusta.
Munster was last seen by family and friends July 31. She was reported missing August 2, according to reports.
Officials identified the body as Elizabeth A. Munster, who was known to frequent Augusta. Continue reading
CHAPEL HILL, NC. (THECOUNT) — Cammy Lee Morgan, 25, Mary Frances Rosen, 23, and Shannon Maclaughlin, 24, all face charges of resisting, delaying or obstructing an officer after they were arrested during a large protest Thursday over the Silent Sam Confederate statue at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
None of the suspects attend or are affiliated with the university, according to a press release from the school.
Dueling demonstrations protested from about 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. at McCorkle Place Thursday, just 10 days the Confederate statue was pulled down by protesters on Aug. 20.
About 300 people attended. Police sprayed pepper spray near the Morehead Planetarium parking lot to maintain order, according to the university. Several people were arrested during protests over the Confederate statue at a rally over the weekend. Continue reading
ANAHEIM, CA. (THECOUNT) — Here the statement from Scott Trowbridge, portfolio creative executive at Walt Disney Imagineering, confirming that after 60 years dry, Disneyland plans to starts serving alcohol.
If you want a tall cold one you’ll have to visit Oga’s Cantina, opening in 2019.
No self-respecting remote outpost on the edge of the galaxy would call itself a smuggler’s planet without a cantina, and Black Spire Outpost is no exception. Today, I’m pleased to share more details for Oga’s Cantina, which will be serving pilots, bounty hunters, smugglers, locals and galactic travelers alike, when it opens in 2019.
Visitors come to this notorious local watering hole to unwind, conduct shady business, and maybe even encounter a friend…or a foe. Run by an intriguing alien proprietor, Oga Garra, the cantina adheres to a strict code of conduct that tries to keep its unruly patrons in check. But with a history of being a smugglers’ safe haven and a popular stopping point for those seeking to avoid the authorities, you can bet that the cantina has a story or two to tell. Continue reading
CHELSEA, Manhattan (THECOUNT) — NBA player J.R. Smith remanded himself into police custody Friday morning in connection with an incident where he allegedly threw a cellphone to the ground back in July, police said.
Smith, who plays for the Cleveland Cavaliers and used to be on the New York Knicks, allegedly snatched a phone from someone standing outside of 114 Tenth Ave. in Chelsea and threw it across the street into a construction site, causing the device’s screen to break, police said. It happened on July 29.
Smith turned himself into police with an attorney at about 10:15 a.m. Friday and was issued desk appearance ticket, police said. The 32-year-old New Jersey native has been charged with criminal mischief. Continue reading
RICHMOND, VA. (THECOUNT) — Steven P. Richards Jr., has been identified as the motorcyclist killed following an evening Richmond motorcycle crash Wednesday.
Richards, 34, was traveling near 1700 Westover Hills Blvd, Richmond, VA, when, for an unknown reason, lost control of his motorcycle and exited the roadway. The bike came to a rest after striking a tree, according to Richmond police.
Richards was thrown from the bike in the wreck. First responders arrived on-scene and later transported the victim to an area hospital where he was later pronounced dead of blunt force trauma injuries consistent with the crash.
Richmond police tweeted the driver died in a single-vehicle crash in the 1700 block of Westover Hills, and the road will be closed in both directions until around midnight. Continue reading
GREENSBORO, NC. (THECOUNT) — Ronald Bernard McCray, of Greensboro, has been identified as the homicide victim Friday.
McCray, 36, was found deceased around 6:45 a.m. by Greensboro police who said they are investigating the death as a homicide.
The fatal incident occurred at 2707 Patio Place, Greensboro, NC, Friday morning.
The victim has been identified as Ronald Bernard McCray, 36, of Greensboro. The call was received at 6:43 a.m. Upon arrival, officers located one victim who was taken to a local hospital. Continue reading
PASADENA, CA. (THECOUNT) — A welfare check by the South Pasadena Police Department of actress and former regular on the popular TV drama ER, Vanessa Marquez, turned fatal Thursday when a “distraught and disabled” Marquez allegedly pulled out a “BB-type” gun, causing an officer to open fire in response, according to police.
While police have only described the victim as a 49-year-old Hispanic woman, a source identified the woman as Marquez, whose other credits include hit film, “Stand and Deliver.”
No officers were injured in the incident. Continue reading
RICHMOND, VA. (THECOUNT) — A judge has ruled a Richmond Place Police officer was justified when he shot and killed Marcus Peters alongside Interstate 95 in Richmond, a Use of Force investigation conducted by Richmond Commonwealth’s Attorney Michael Herring determined, wtvr is reporting.
Peters, 24, was unclothed and unarmed, but acting “erratically and dangerously” when he was killed by Richmond Place officer, Michael Nyantakyi, according to the report.
“Regardless of the cause of Mr. Peters’ behavior, whether it was the result of a mental health crisis or whether it was drug induced, he was acting erratically and dangerously. In no way are we suggesting that individuals suffering from mental illness should be killed by law enforcement. Indeed, like most Richmonders, we are very disturbed by the outcome, particularly because Mr. Peters was an accomplished young man devoted to public service,” the report stated. “However, under certain circumstances, individuals in a compromised or deteriorated mental state may pose an imminent risk of death or serious bodily injury to an officer, which may justify the use of deadly force. In those situations, officers should appreciate the signs of underlying mental illness, but they must nevertheless respond to hazards they reasonably perceive.” Continue reading
SALEM, OR. (THECOUNT) — TheDailyCaller is reporting, the man suspected of killing an Oregon couple, Logan and Jessi Wilson, in a high-speed drunk driving collision earlier in August, is an illegal immigrant from Mexico, according to ICE agents.
Eduardo de la Lima Vargas, 39, allegedly ran a red light on a state highway in Salem, Oregon, on Aug. 19, striking a motorcycle being driven by Logan Wilson, 34, and his wife Jessi, 32. The collision tossed the Wilsons from the motorcycle, fatally injuring both.
Vargas blew a .10 blood alcohol level on a breathalyzer roughly two hours after the crash, according to a Salem police report. Investigators believe he was probably driving at twice the legal alcohol limit at the time he crashed into the Wilsons, who are survived by four young children.
“On August 23, 2018, ICE deportation officers lodged an immigration detainer with the Marion County Jail on Eduardo De la Lima Vargas, following his arrest for DUI resulting in death,” agency spokesperson Lori Haley said in a statement, according to Cross. “Mr. De la Lima Vargas is a citizen of Mexico illegally residing in the United States.” Continue reading
CHARLESTON, WV. (THECOUNT) – Chelsea Ambriz, a meteorologist at West Virginia TV station, WSAZ, is accused of shoving news anchor, Erica Bivens, with such force, she suffered a fractured skull.
Ambriz, 26, is charged with misdemeanor battery following an on-set brawl that left the female anchor with a ruptured eardrum and skull fracture.
A criminal complaint says Ambriz, who works as an on-air forecaster for WSAZ-TV, shoved station anchor Erica Bivens on Sunday. The complaint says Bivens suffered a ruptured eardrum and skull fracture in the fight. It doesn’t say what caused the dispute or where it happened. Continue reading