on December 30, 2018

Indiana Woman Killed By Lion At NC Conservators Center ID’d As 22-Year-Old Alexandra Black

BURLINGTON, NC. (THECOUNT) — Alexandra Black has been named as the young Indiana woman killed while working at Conservators Center, in Burlington, North Carolina.

Black, 22, was killed after a lion “somehow left a locked space and went to where the humans were and killed the victim,” according to the center.

The victim, from New Palestine, Indiana, had recently graduated from Indiana State University and began working at the Conservators Center for about two weeks, according to the Caswell County Sheriff’s Office.

The center said it happened while a husbandry team led by a professionally trained animal keeper was carrying out a routine enclosure cleaning. Continue reading

on December 30, 2018

TX Couple Tim & Sharon Scarborough ID’d As Victims Found Shot Dead Inside Lubbock Home Saturday Night

LUBBOCK, TX. (THECOUNT) — Tim Scarborough and Sharon Scarborough have been identified as the Texas couple found shot inside a Lubbock residence on Saturday.

The couple were discovered deceased in a Saturday incident that occurred around 9:30 p.m. at 4703 29th St, in Lubbock, TX, which is near Smylie Wilson Middle School.

In a statement, Lubbock Police said it appeared that the victims were the only ones involved in the shooting and there are no outstanding suspects. Police did not elaborate.

Police say 60-year-old Tim Scarborough and 59-year-old Sharon Scarborough were found dead inside the home. Police say both had what appeared to be gunshot wounds. Continue reading

on December 30, 2018

SC Teen Jordan Stackhouse ID’d As Bicyclist Struck In Fatal Saturday Hit-And-Run Collision

FLORENCE, SC. (THECOUNT) — Jordan Stackhouse has been identified as the bicyclist struck late Saturday night in Florence, South Carolina.

Stackhouse, 19, was biking in the area of 200 S Cashua Dr, in Florence, near Krispy Kreme, when he was struck by a hit-and-run vehicle, according to officials.

The victim suffered multiple blunt force injuries in the collision and was transported to an area hospital.

Stackhouse was later pronounced dead as a result of injuries suffered in the collision.

Police say, the driver did not stop following the collision and left the victim injured in the roadway.

The suspect was apprehended a short time later, according to a report.

Charges are expected to be filed in the coming days.

A Stackhouse autopsy is scheduled later this week.

According to the Florence County Coroners Office 19-year-old Jordan Stackhouse was biking in the vicinity of the 2000 block of South Cashua Drive before he was hit by the car. Officials say Stackhouse was rushed to a nearby hospital where he later died as a result of his injuries. Continue reading

on December 30, 2018

LA Police Offer “Free Meth Tests” To Harasha Citizens To Detect “Zika Virus”

HARASHAN, LA. (THECOUNT) — The Harashan Police Department recently posted a curious warning on Facebook that methamphetamines purchased in and around the area of Louisiana – may have been contaminated with the Zika virus.

The post, which appeared on the Harashan Police Department official Facebook page on Saturday, encourages residents to “bring all of your [meth] and they [police] will test it for free.” And if you can’t come to them, they will come to you.

Zika virus disease is mainly spread by mosquitoes. The symptoms, when developed, are generally mild and include fever, rash, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise or headache, according to the World Health Organization. This would be a first that the virus was spread via methamphetamines or any other drug use.

“Please bring all of it to your local Police Department and they will test it for free,” the department said on Facebook. “If you’re not comfortable coming to us, an officer will be glad to come to you and test your Meth in the privacy of your home.” Continue reading

on December 30, 2018

IN Man Thomas Miller ID’d As Victim In Fatal Saturday Two-Vehicle Franklin Crash

JOHNSON COUNTY, IN. (THECOUNT) — Thomas D. Miller, of Trafalgar, Indiana, has been identified as the victim in a two-vehicle crash in Johnson County Saturday night.

Miller, 35, died following a two-vehicle crash that occurred in the 5600 block of S Nineveh Rd, in Franklin, IN, around 8:30 p.m. Saturday.

The crash involved a car and a pickup truck that were traveling in opposite directions on Nineveh Road, deputies said.

According to the sheriff’s office, Miller was operating a passenger vehicle, when for unknown reasons, 36-year-old driver of a pickup truck, Justin A. Mcilquham, of Greenwood, crossed centerlines and collided with Miller head-on.

Mcilquham was transported by helicopter to an area hospital with unknown injuries.

Miller was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple blunt force trauma injuries consistent with the violent crash.

Police on-scene said that impairment did not seem to play a factor in the fatal wreck.

The investigation into the crash remains ongoing. Continue reading

on December 29, 2018

MO Victims In Quadruple-Murder ID’d As St Charles Grandmother, Children

ST LOUIS, MO. (THECOUNT) — Grandmother, Jane Moeckel, 61, Zoe Kasten, 8, and her brother, Jonathan Kasten, 10, all from St. Charles, have been identified as three of four victims fatally shot inside a home.

The fourth victim, an unidentified woman, believed to be the mother, was transported to an area hospital where she later died, said the St. Charles Police Department.

The suspect, identified only as a 46-year-old man, exchanged gunfire with police early Saturday, and was taken into custody seven hours later at a convenience store where he had sought shelter. In the process, he stabbed a woman during an attempted carjacking.

Police stopped the suspect, identified only as a 46-year-old man, as he tried to drive away from the home just after midnight Saturday, and a short gun battle followed. The suspect then fled on foot, tried unsuccessfully to steal a woman’s car, stabbed her and fled again on foot. Her injuries were not life-threatening, authorities said. Continue reading

on December 29, 2018

OH Shock After Wittenberg U Football Player Cosmas “Cossy” Catanzaro Dies In Springfield While Jogging

SPRINGFIELD, OH. (THECOUNT) — Cosmas Catanzaro, a star sophomore Tigers tight end at Wittenberg University, died on Friday while jogging in Springfield, according to an email to students, faculty and staff Saturday.

In the email, Wittenberg President Mike Frandsen wrote, “Cosmas ‘Cossy’ Catanzaro (2021 class) passed away after collapsing while jogging earlier today. We extend our deepest sympathy and prayers to his family, friends, professors, football teammates, and our entire campus community.”

Catanzaro was a popular graduate of Catholic Central High School.

A moment of silence for Catanzaro, 20, was held at the Catholic Central boys basketball game against West Liberty-Salem at Jason Collier Gymnasium and the Wittenberg men’s basketball game against Bryant-Stratton at Pam Evans Smith Arena on Friday night. Continue reading

on December 29, 2018

AL Man Anthony James Anders ID’d As Victim In Saturday Fatal Single-Car

DECATUR, AL. (THECOUNT) — Anthony James Anders, of Hartselle, Alabama, has been identified as the victim in a single-vehicle crash in Morgan County Saturday morning.

Anders, 38, died, when for unknown reasons, a 2002 Honda Accord he was operating exited the roadway on Indian Hills Road and struck a tree.

The victim was not wearing a seatbelt at the time of the crash, according to a report.

Anders was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple blunt force trauma injuries consistent with the violent crash.

No other details were provided by officials.

Respectfully, the above image of the victim was obtained via a public booking photo. Ander was arrested in May of 2018 for “FAILURE TO APPEAR TRAFFIC -SPEEDING 51 MPH IN A 35 MPH ZONE,” according to public records. The photo is only used to further identify the victim and is in no way a sign of disrespect to the victim and or his loved ones.

Anyone with possible information on the fatal crash may contact police at 911. Continue reading

on December 29, 2018

IN Teens Identified As Victims In Friday Farmersburg Single-Vehicle Triple-Fatal Crash

FARMERSBURG, IN. (THECOUNT) — Thomas K. Jaroscak, Kegan T. Ennen and Tyson A. Boyll, all of Farmersburg, Indiana, have been identified as the victims in a Sullivan County single-vehicle crash, according to police.

Jaroscak, 16, was operating a vehicle, with passengers, Ennen, 16, and Boyll, 15, when for unknown reasons, he exited the roadway and struck a tree.

The Sullivan County Sheriff confirmed all three teenages, students at North Central High School and Farmersburg High School, died instantly in the crash Friday.

All three boys died immediately from injuries sustained in the crash, according to a release Saturday from the Sheriff’s Office. Northeast School Corporation is inviting members of the school community to the high school for a vigil for the three boys. The vigil will begin at 3 p.m. on Sunday in the main gym of North Central HS. Continue reading

on December 29, 2018

AZ Teen Brenna Olson ID’d As Victim In Thursday Fatal Phoenix Ejection Crash

PHOENIX, AZ. (THECOUNT) — Brenna Olson has been identified as the victim in a fatal two-vehicle rollover collision in Phoenix on Thursday.

Olson, 18, was ejected from her vehicle in a crash occurring just before 10 p.m. on Thursday, near 43rd Avenue & Thunderbird Road, in Phoenix, AZ.

According to reports, a Toyota Camry was making a left turn onto 43rd Avenue when it collided with a Mercury Mountaineer. The force of the crash caused the 18-year-old driver of the Mountaineer to be ejected from the vehicle, according to the Phoenix Police Department.

Olson was not wearing seatbelt at the time of the violent collision, according to a crash report.

The 22-year-old Camry driver, who was not injured in the crash, is suspect of driving while impaired.

His four passenger were also uninjured in the incident.

Olson was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening blunt force trauma injuries.

She later died of her injuries, according to family members.

Olson’s family and friends held a vigil Friday night at the crash scene. Continue reading