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Grammy Winning ‘Belly’ Actor Louie Rankin Dead In Ontario Car Accident Report

ONTARIO, CAN. (THECOUNT) — Grammy-award winning artist Louie Rankin, perhaps best known for for his role as Ox in the movie “Belly,” died in a car crash in Ontario, Canada, according to reports.

Louie died Monday in a fatal wreck in Ontario, Canada. The crash reportedly involved a transport truck and another vehicle, reported TMZ on Monday.

Louie starred alongside Nas and DMX in the 1998 crime drama “Belly” … and his character, Ox, was a Jamaican kingpin.

R.I.P.

Geo quick facts: Ontario is a province in east-central Canada that borders the U.S. and the Great Lakes. It’s home to Ottawa, Canada’s capital, known for Parliament Hill’s Victorian architecture and the National Gallery, featuring Canadian and indigenous art. Toronto, Ontario’s capital, is home to the 553m-high CN Tower, with expansive views from its revolving restaurant, as well as High Park, site of a rare oak savannah habitat – wikipedia.

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Troy Lee Wilson ‘Serial Shooter Of West Texas’ Arrested Monday Following Road-Side Shootings

ECTOR COUNTY, TX. (THECOUNT) — Troy Lee Wilson is the accused “serial shooter of West Texas” who has been arrested and charged in connection to a series of road-side shootings.

Police say, Wilson, 36, shot at drivers of vehicles pulled over on roads in the Odessa area, according to a report by Heavy.

Described as a “serial shooter” in several media reports, Wilson was taken into custody Friday night. He is being held on $500,000 bond for capital murder, as well as $50,000 bond for evading arrest, Midland County Jail records show.

On Tuesday, September 23, the Ector County Sheriff’s Office reported two vehicle-related shootings at 12:45 a.m. and 7:36 a.m., respectively. There were no injuries. Then, at 4:45 p.m. that same day, another shooting was reported.

The victim in the third shooting told authorities he was parked on the side of the road when he was shot in the stomach by someone. He was treated at the hospital for his injuries.

A fourth shooting was reported on Thursday, September 25. A victim was shot and found dead at the scene.

Wilson has not yet retained legal representation, according to the Midland County court records, where he is being held.

The victim who was killed has been identified as 31-year-old Juan Rosalez. Jesus Alvarado, 42, has been identified as the victim who was shot in the stomach and survived.

“The individual who is responsible is in custody,” Ector County Sheriff Mike Griffis said on Monday, September 30. Griffis did not provide too much information about the case, saying, “We have many more days and weeks ahead of us to confirm some things we need to confirm related to this case so that we can make sure we get a good conviction and this guy goes to prison for the rest of his life. … I want to ensure the public that these people, like this individual, will be held accountable and we’re not going to tolerate this kind of stuff in our hometown.”

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Geo quick facts: Ector County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas. As of 2015, its population was 159,436. Its county seat is Odessa. The county was founded in 1887 and organized in 1891. It is named for Mathew Ector, a Confederate general in the American Civil War – Wikipedia.

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WI Owner Pro Kleen Air Duct Cleaning Waukesha Dennis Huelse ID’d As Victim In Fatal Fire ‘Classic Car Recovered’

WAUKESHA, WI. (THECOUNT) — Dennis Huelse, the owner of Pro Kleen Air Duct Cleaning Waukesha, WI, has been identified as the victim of a University Drive house fire last week, according to reports.

Waukesha police say, Huelse, 62, died under unknown circumstances in a fire that destroyed a home in Waukesha last week, according to officials.

Officials say the exact cause and the circumstances surrounding Huelse’s death are still being investigated.

Following the fire, a 1969 Pontiac Firebird was reported missing from Huelse’s home, located at, 619 S University Dr., in Waukesha, WI. That vehicle has now been recovered. The circumstances surrounding the return of the vehicle were not provided by officials on Monday.

Investigators say an observant citizen noticed the car abandoned in an alleyway — and notified the Milwaukee Police Department. Police recovered the vehicle which was not damaged, reports Fox6Now.

This remains an active investigation — and any assistance that the public can provide would be helpful. The lead detective is Detective Tim Probst who can be reached at 262-524-3814 or tprobst@waukesha-wi.gov.

According to public records, Huelse and his other family member own and operate Pro Kleen Air Duct Cleaning of Waukesha. That business is listed as being located at 1541 Pine St., in Waukesha, WI.

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Geo quick facts: Waukesha is a city in and the county seat of Waukesha County, Wisconsin, United States. It is part of the Milwaukee metropolitan area. Its population was 70,718 at the 2010 census. The city is adjacent to the Town of Waukesha – Wikipedia.

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International Opera Star Jessye Norman Dead At 74

NEW YORK, NY. (THECOUNT) — Jessye Norman – renowned international opera star whose passionate soprano voice won her four Grammy Awards and the National Medal of Arts – has died, according to family spokesperson Gwendolyn Quinn. She was 74.

A statement released to The Associated Press on Monday said Norman died at 7:54 a.m. EDT from septic shock and multi-organ failure secondary to complications of a spinal cord injury she had sustained in 2015. She died at Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York, and was surrounded by loved ones.

“We are so proud of Jessye’s musical achievements and the inspiration that she provided to audiences around the world that will continue to be a source of joy. We are equally proud of her humanitarian endeavors addressing matters such as hunger, homelessness, youth development, and arts and culture education,” the family statement read, reports AP.

Geo quick facts: New York City comprises 5 boroughs sitting where the Hudson River meets the Atlantic Ocean. At its core is Manhattan, a densely populated borough that’s among the world’s major commercial, financial and cultural centers. Its iconic sites include skyscrapers such as the Empire State Building and sprawling Central Park. Broadway theater is staged in neon-lit Times Square – wikipedia.

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Hampton VA Woman Mo Crayton Dies After Attacked By Family Pit Bull Sunday

HAMPTON, VA. (THECOUNT) — Morgan Crayton has been identified as the woman fatally attacked by at least one of the family’s two dogs in Hampton, Virginia on Sunday, according to reports.

“Mo” Crayton, 31, was found suffering from apparent lacerations after an attack from her own dog. She was transported to an area hospital with what first responders called life-threatening injuries. She had been treated for dog bite wounds the day before she was fatally attacked by a different family dog, reports say.

Around 5:15 p.m., officials received a 911 call about an animal attack in the 100 block of Powhatan Parkway.

Crayton died Monday from her injuries sustained at the residence, located at, 137 Powhatan Pkwy in Hampton.

A 68-year-old family member was also attacked by the dog while attempting to help the first victim. Her injuries are non-life-threatening, reports WTKR.

The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was in her backyard with multiple canine’s from the home when the bite occurred. The attacking dog, a 92-pound pit bull, has been removed from the home and is now in the custody of Hampton Animal Control.

Officials said the dog that caused life-threatening injuries will be kept at a shelter for 10 days in quarantine before possibly being euthanized because the owner signed custody over to a shelter.

Friends and family members took to Facebook to remember the beloved woman:

Geo quick facts: Hampton is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 137,438. As one of the seven major cities that compose the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, it is on the southeastern side of the Virginia Peninsula – Wikipedia.

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TX Man Lively James Stratton Accused Of Fatally Shooting 4 Beaumont Roommates Sunday

BEAUMONT, TX. (THECOUNT) — Texas man Lively James Stratton has been identified as the suspect accused of fatally shooting his four roommates after a fight broke out at their Beaumont, Texas home on Sunday, according to Monday reports.

Stratton, 22, was taken into custody and placed on a $4 million dollar bond after allegedly shooting four of his roommates dead on Sunday at a Beaumont residence they shared.

Sunday afternoon, Beaumont police officers responded to reports of several shots fired inside a duplex. When they arrived, officers found Bobby Wyatt, 39, Shannon Sutton, 23, Alvin Lee Bellard, 32, and 33-year-old Elijah Rideau suffering from gunshot wounds. Two of the victims were dead while two others were transported to a local hospital, where they died of their injuries, according to a police news release obtained by PEOPLE.

The group’s fifth roommate, Stratton, was arrested and charged with four counts of murder.

Police believe Stratton opened fire on his roommates after an altercation that day. An officer on patrol that afternoon heard several gunshots and notified dispatch.

“We are sorry for the loss,” Beaumont Police Officer Carol Riley Riley said, according to 12News. “I know this is really hard on a community that’s been rocked with so much devastation during Tropical Storm Imelda and the loss of four lives in our community is just more than I can even console you with. There’s just no words.”

Call logs show police had previously responded to the home nine times before the shooting, the station reports. The calls include reports of shots being fired, disturbances and thefts.

It is unclear whether Stratton has an attorney. His bond has been set for $4 million dollars, or $1 million per victim.

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Geo quick facts: Beaumont is a city in southeastern Texas. It’s known for the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum, a recreated town showing life in the early 1900s, at the start of the Texas oil boom. Downtown, the early-20th-century McFaddin-Ward House, now a museum, reflects the wealth of the family who lived there. The Art Museum of Southeast Texas and the Dishman Art Museum showcase regional and national contemporary art – wikipedia.

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Chicago Woman Jamie Buser ID’d As Body Found Covered In Trash In Gaffney SC Thursday

GAFFNEY, SC. (THECOUNT) — The coroner has identified Jamie Buser, of Chicago, Illinois, as the body found Thursday night covered in trash in a ravine in Gaffney, South Carolina.

Coroner Dennis Fowler said Buser, 35, was reported missing from Charlotte. He said her body was found behind a home on Union Highway.

“The combination of autopsy results, fingerprints and dental records were used to make positive identification of the body that was in a state of decomposition,” Fowler said.

Her body was covered with trash from the ravine, Fowler said. Fowler said Buser’s body had been in the ravine since Sept. 23. She died from a gunshot wound, Fowler said.

A family member told Fowler that Buser left her home in the Chicago area Sept. 19 and went to Charlotte, reports WYFF4.

She had been staying in a motel in Charlotte since that time and was reported missing by a friend Sept. 24 after she didn’t answer phone calls.

Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said Marshall Depree Lee, 42, is in custody and being held on a murder charge in connection with Buser’s death. Mueller said more charges are possible.

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Geo quick facts: Gaffney is a town in and the seat of Cherokee County, South Carolina, United States, in the Upstate region of South Carolina. Gaffney is known as the “Peach Capital of South Carolina”. The population was 12,539 at the 2010 census, with an estimated population of 12,507 in 2018. Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower (formerly the Sears Tower) and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is also renowned for its museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist works – Wikipedia.

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Houston Forever 21 Store Owes $150K In Back Rent According To ‘Eviction Notice’ On Door

HOUSTON, TX. (THECOUNT) — On the heels of clothing store chain Forever 21 announcing bankruptcy, we are learning the Houston Galleria location reportedly owes more than $145,000 in back rent, according to a notice posted on the store’s door.

A nationwide sweep of store closures were announced on Monday after the privately owned company filed for bankruptcy Monday.

In a picture taken by an ABC13 viewer, the notice says the locks to the Galleria store have been changed for “failure to pay delinquent rents” in the amount of $147,890.29.

“If rents and charges are not paid in full within ten (10) days, Tenant relinquishes possession of the premises,” read the notice, which was signed by the Galleria mall manager and dated Thursday, Sept. 26.

Forever 21 filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The privately held company, based in Los Angeles, says it will close up to 178 stores. The company once had more than 800 stores in 57 countries.

The company posted a letter to customers about the bankruptcy on its website. It says anyone with questions about the warranties, products or rewards can contact the Customer Service Department at 1-888-494-3837.

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Geo quick facts: Houston is a large metropolis in Texas, extending to Galveston Bay. It’s closely linked with the Space Center Houston, the coastal visitor center at NASA’s astronaut training and flight control complex. The city’s relatively compact Downtown includes the Theater District, home to the renowned Houston Grand Opera, and the Historic District, with 19th-century architecture and upscale restaurants – wikipedia.

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San Francisco Man Xuehua ‘Edward’ Peng Charged Spying For Chinese Government

SAN FRANCISCO, CA. (THECOUNT) — The Department of Justice unsealed charges today in a criminal complaint charging Xuehua Peng, also known as Edward Peng, 56, for acting as an illegal foreign agent in delivering classified United States national security information to officials of the People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of State Security (MSS).

According to the Breaking911, the case was filed Sept. 24, 2019, and unsealed this morning, Peng, 56, a U.S. citizen living in Hayward, California, acted at the direction and under the control of MSS officials in China in retrieving classified information passed to him by a confidential human source (the source), leaving money behind for the source, or both.

Peng’s activities included one dry run and at least five successful “dead drops” between October 2015 and July 2018. The dead drops occurred in the Bay Area and in Columbus, Georgia.

The table below summarizes the allegations in the complaint about each successful dead drop, including the date of the dead drop, the location of the dead drop, what Peng left in the hotel room, and what Peng retrieved from the hotel:

Date Location Peng Left in the Hotel Peng Retrieved from the Hotel
6/23/2015 Newark, CA n/a Empty package (dry run)
10/24/2015 Newark, CA n/a SD card
4/23/2016 Oakland, CA $20,000 SD card
7/1/2017 Columbus, GA $20,000 n/a
9/9/2017 Columbus, GA $10,000 SD card
6/30/2018 Columbus, GA $20,000 SD card

In the June 23, 2015, “dry run,” no information or money was exchanged. Instead, an empty package was left by the source for Peng at the front desk of a hotel, and Peng later retrieved it. In the first successful dead drop, Peng retrieved a package containing an SD card from the front desk of a hotel. In each of the other four successful dead drops, Peng booked hotel rooms and left a room key to be picked up by the source. Peng then left envelopes of cash in the room, retrieved a secure digital card left there by the source, or both.

In each instance in which he retrieved an SD card from the hotel room, Peng then traveled to Beijing, China, shortly thereafter. The complaint further alleges that Peng was told by an MSS handler, in coded language, where and when to conduct the dead drops, how much money to leave in exchange for the SD cards, and when to return to China to deliver them. As alleged in the Complaint, the FBI secretly filmed Peng conducting some of the dead drops, and intercepted Peng’s telephone conversations with his MSS handlers in China.

On Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, Peng was arrested at his residence in Hayward and made his initial appearance in federal court in San Francisco before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero. Magistrate Judge Spero ordered Peng held without bond pending further proceedings. Peng’s next hearing has been scheduled for Oct. 2, 2019, at 10:30 am before the Honorable Jacqueline Corley, 450 Golden Gate Ave., 15th Floor, for a detention hearing and identification of counsel.

A complaint merely alleges that crimes have been committed, and all defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. If convicted, Peng faces a maximum sentence of 10 years, and a fine of $250,000 for acting as an agent of a foreign government without notifying the United States Attorney General in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 951. However, any sentence following conviction would be imposed by the court after consideration of the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and the federal statute governing the imposition of a sentence, 18 U.S.C. § 3553.

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Geo quick facts: San Francisco, officially City and County of San Francisco and colloquially known as SF, San Fran, or “The City”, is the cultural, commercial, and financial center of Northern California – Wikipedia.

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Eppley Airfield Emergency As United Jet Landing Gear Stuck In Down Position Monday Afternoon

OMAHA, NE. (THECOUNT) — Emergency crews were seen responding in large numbers to Eppley Airfield Monday afternoon after officials say passenger jet’s landing gear malfunctioned shortly after takeoff.

Officials say the affected plane is a United Airlines flight that had taken off from Omaha.

KETV reported seeing a large emergency presence at Eppley Airfield from our SkyCam Network.

Officials said the flight’s landing gear was stuck in the ‘landing’ position.

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Geo quick facts: Omaha is a city in the U.S. state of Nebraska, on the Missouri River close to the Iowa border. A stop on the Lewis & Clark National Historic Trail, it’s known for its pioneer history, museums and cultural centers. The Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium spearheads conservation work and features a big cat complex as well as indoor jungle, rainforest and desert habitats – wikipedia.