OH Man Brandon Sconfienza ID’d As Victim In Thursday Springfield Fatal Motorcycle Crash

CLARK COUNTY, OH. (THECOUNT) — Brandon Sconfienza, of Springfield, Ohio, has been identified as the victim in a Thursday morning fatal motorcycle crash in Clark County.

Sconfienza, 26, was killed in a single-motorcycle crash in German Township Thursday morning.

According to reports, Sconfienza was operating a Yamaha motorcycle on Ironwood Dr near Upper Valley Pike in Springfield, when for unknown reasons, the bike crossed centerlines and exited the roadway around 5 a.m. Thursday. The bike then rolled over multiple times ejecting the rider.

Sconfienza was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Geo quick facts: Clark County is a county located in the west central portion of the U.S. state of Ohio. As of the 2010 census, the population was 138,333. Its county seat is Springfield. The county was created on March 1, 1818, and was named for General George Rogers Clark, a hero of the American Revolution – Wikipedia.

‘My 600-lb. Life’ Star Coliesa McMillian Dead At 41

LOUISIANA. (THECOUNT) — Coliesa McMillian, the woman who appeared earlier this year on Season 8 of “My 600-lb. Life,” has died … according to Thursday morning reports. She was 41.

McMillian’s mother told media outlets her daughter passed away Tuesday at a hospital in Louisiana.

According to family members, McMillian suffered complications afterward and ended up on life support. Though her family said she was recovering, they said it was going to be a very long and difficult road ahead.

Coliesa’s exact cause of death is unknown at this time. Her funeral services will be held on Thursday and Friday in Plaquemine, LA.

Via TMZ:

Coliesa was 643 lbs. when she appeared on the TLC show back in March. A mother of 4 daughters, she decided to do the show after a lifetime of eating to deal with trauma in order to regain control of her life for her girls.

Shortly before appearing, she suffered a heart attack and the loss of her fiance in a car accident … and things only got harder for her after she opted for surgery to aid in her weight loss.

McMillian is survived by her 4 daughters and several brothers and sisters.

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Karl Jordan GA Suspect In Triple-Shooting Robs McDonough Waffle House Shoots Woman In Head Thursday Morning

CLAYTON COUNTY, GA. (THECOUNT) — Karl Jordan, the suspect wanted in a triple shooting Wednesday night in Clayton County, Georgia, is now suspected of robbing the Glynn Court Waffle House and shooting a woman in the head on Thursday.

Authorities are warning the public to be on alert for Jordan, a dangerous suspect who is now accused of shooting a total of four people, including a child.

Jordan, 26, was being sought by police after being accused in a triple shooting Wednesday night on Glynn Court in Clayton County. Thursday morning Jordan robbed a Waffle House at 2045 Highway 155 in McDonough. He then shot another woman in the head and stole her car, a black 2011 Dodge Avenger with Georgia tag RXE-4055.

Jordan has hazel eyes, is about 5 foot 9 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds.

Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hills says Jordan is an “extreme danger to public safety.”

If you see Jordan, authorities are warning you to not approach him, but dial 911 as soon as it is safely possible to do so. If anyone has any information concerning Jordan’s whereabouts, please contact the Fugitive Squad at 770-477-4477.

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Geo quick facts: Clayton County is located in the north central portion of the U.S. state of Georgia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 259,424. The county seat is Jonesboro. Clayton County is included in the Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, GA Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.

IA Man Todd Murray ID’d As Victim In Wednesday Night Creston Fatal Vehicle Collision

UNION COUNTY, IA. (THECOUNT) — Todd Michael Murray, of Creston, Iowa, has been identified as the victim in a Wednesday night fatal vehicle crash in Union County.

Murray, 25, was killed in a two-vehicle crash near Creston Wednesday night.

According to reports, Murray was operating a Chevy Impala on Highway 34 near Creston, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed centerlines and into opposing lanes around 11:30 p.m. Wednesday. The vehicle then made head-on contact with a Kenworth semi-tractor operated by 42-year-old William J. Caraway of Bondurant.

Murray was pronounced dead at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries.

Caraway was not injured in the collision.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Geo quick facts: Union County is a county located in the southern part of the U.S. state of Iowa. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,534. The county seat is Creston. Organized at a time of tensions before the Civil War, the county was named in 1853 for the union that people wanted to preserve – Wikipedia.

WWE ‘Road Warrior Animal’ Joe Laurinaitis Dead At 60

CHICAGO, IL. (THECOUNT) — Joseph Michael Laurinaitis, AKA, WWE wrestler, Road Warrior Animal, has died. He was 60.

The cause of Laurinaitis’ death has not been disclosed.

Via ESPN:

Laurinaitis was part of one of the most successful tag teams in pro wrestling history, The Road Warriors — also known as the Legion of Doom in WWE. He tagged with Mike “Road Warrior Hawk” Hegstrand, who died in 2003.

Hulk Hogan tweeted his condolences, saying, “RIP Animal, love you my brother, I know you and Hawk have a lot of unfinished business to take care of! God speed and blessings to your beautiful family.”

Known for their rough and tough, take-no-prisoners personas, as well as their face paint and spikes, Laurinaitis and Hegstrand were dominant, particularly in the 1980s, becoming tag-team champions in the AWA, NWA, WCW and WWE. The Road Warriors were a popular team both stateside and in Japan, where they were often featured attractions.

The Road Warriors were inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2011 and received tag team of the year honors from Pro Wrestling Illustrated from 1983 to 1985 and in 1988.

Laurinaitis’ son James played parts of eight seasons as a linebacker in the NFL, including seven as a starter with the Rams. James Laurinaitis was a second-round draft pick of the Rams in 2009 after an outstanding college career at Ohio State, where he was a three-time All-American and two-time Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

A cause of death was not provided.

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R.I.P. ‘Brian’s Song’ Gale Sayers Dead At 77

CHICAGO, IL. (THECOUNT) — Chicago Bears Hall of Fame running back Gale Sayers, one of the most electrifying players in NFL history, died Wednesday, according to NFL.com.

Pro Football Hall of Fame president David Baker announced Sayers’ death. No cause was provided.

“All those who love the game of football mourn the loss of one of the greatest to ever play this game with the passing of Chicago Bears legend Gale Sayers,” Baker said in a statement. “He was the very essence of a team player — quiet, unassuming and always ready to compliment a teammate for a key block. Gale was an extraordinary man who overcame a great deal of adversity during his NFL career and life.

“The “Kansas Comet” burst onto the scene in the National Football League and captured the attention of all of America. Despite playing only 68 NFL games because of an injury-shortened career, Gale was a clear-cut — and first-ballot — Hall of Famer for his accomplishments on the field and for the man of character he was in life.

“The entire Pro Football Hall of Fame family mourns the passing of Gale. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Ardie, and their entire family. We will forever keep his legacy alive to serve as inspiration for future generations. The Hall of Fame flag will fly at half-staff until he is laid to rest.”

Body Of Missing LA Woman Jennifer Dunman Found Wednesday

CADDO PARISH, LA. (THECOUNT) — The body of missing Shreveport, Louisiana woman, Jennifer Dunman, has been located Wednesday morning in Caddo Parish.

The body of Dunman, who went missing one day after celebrating her 41st birthday, was found shortly after midnight on Wednesday at Ochsner-LSU Health Shreveport.

Dunman, aka, Jennifer Cowart, was last was seen Saturday near her home, located at, 358 Arthur Avenue in Shreveport.

Below is a statement from SPD:

“Arriving officers made contact with hospital police who advised that they located Ms. Dunman in a secured area of the hospital. Detectives with the homicide division responded and conducted their preliminary investigation. The scene was processed by Crime Scene Investigators. There were no obvious signs of foul play. The Caddo Parish Coroner’s Office took possession of the decedent and an autopsy will be performed.”

A cause of death was not provided.

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Geo quick facts: Caddo Parish is a parish located in the northwest corner of the U.S. state of Louisiana. As of the 2010 census, the population was 254,969, making it the fourth-most populous parish in Louisiana. The parish seat is Shreveport, which developed along the Red River – Wikipedia.

Alarm After Oregon Fires Found Burning Underground [VIDEO]

DETROIT, OR. (THECOUNT) — The oregon fires are still burning – You just might not be able to see them.

Volunteer firefighter Don Tesdal, with the Idanha-Detroit Fire District, visited Detroit, Oregon over the weekend doing fire mop up when he came across a serious problem many might have so far overlooked.

Via KING5:

From above the mound it looked like a little smoke. But below it was an active fire just waiting for the chance to get out.

“If you didn’t know any better, you could probably find yourself with two legs knee deep in one of those holes,” he said. “And it doesn’t take long at 1,200 degrees to burn the shoes right off your feet.”

Tesdal has been posting videos on his Facebook page to inform the community of what is going on in Detroit. One of his first posts was last week showing what the fire did to his own home.

“The reason I’ve been posting these videos is to give the community an idea of what’s going on,” he said.

In this case, what’s going on underground, where you can’t see. Hidden fires in root systems could burn undetected for months.

“I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if we still have a lot of this stuff going on well into February,” Tesdal said.

These hidden fires pose a danger not only to those walking on the ground above them, but for anyone even near them.

“It becomes like clay, you walk over the top of it and it just breaks, it’s real fragile,” Tesdal said. “So, it wouldn’t take very much for a very dangerous tree to just topple down onto the highway.”

Because the fire district is all volunteer, it has nowhere near the number of chainsaws and forestry tools it needs to deal with the dangerous trees. It’s hoping donations will help with that, because the firefighters’ work is far from over.

Geo quick facts: Detroit is a city in Marion County, Oregon, United States. It was named for Detroit, Michigan, in the 1890s because of the large number of people from Michigan in the community. The population was 202 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Salem Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.

NY Teen Stephanie Gil ID’d As Victim In Monday Night Fatal Bronx Motorcycle Crash

THE BRONX, NY (THECOUNT) — Stephanie Gil, of The Bronx, New York, has been identified as the victim in a fatal Monday night motorcycle crash.

Gil, 18, was killed, in a motorcycle crash that also seriously injured her 20-year-old passenger Monday night.

According to reports, Gil was operating a motorcycle on Hunts Point Avenue near Bryant Avenue in The Bronx, when the bike came into rear-end contact with a parked flatbed truck around 9:20 p.m. Monday.

Both riders were ejected from the bike during the collision.

Gil and her passenger were transported to an area hospital where Gil was pronounced dead of blunt force trauma head injuries. He passenger remains hospitalized with unknown head trauma injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Geo quick facts: The Bronx is a borough of New York City. It’s known for Yankee Stadium, the home field of the New York Yankees baseball team. Dating from 1899, the vast Bronx Zoo houses hundreds of species of animals. Nearby, the sprawling New York Botanical Garden features a landmark greenhouse with rainforest and cactus displays. By the Hudson River, Wave Hill is a landscaped public garden with wooded paths and a cultural center – wikipedia.

NE Man Nick Scarpino ID’d As Victim In Mondy Lincoln Fatal Motorcycle Collision

SARPY COUNTY, NE. (THECOUNT) — Nicholas Scarpino, of Omaha, Nebraska, has been identified as the victim in a fatal Monday motorcycle collision in Sarpy County.

Scarpino, 23, was killed in a motorcycle crash involving a vehicle near Omaha late Monday afternoon.

According to reports, Scarpino was operating a motorcycle on South 132nd Street near Harrison Street in Omaha, when the bike came into contact with a Mazda 3 around 4:30 p.m. Monday.

The operator of the Mazda, a 74-year-old Bellevue woman, suffered minor injuries in the collision.

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

Friends and family members took to Facebook to remember “Pino:”

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

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Geo quick facts: Sarpy County is a county in the U.S. state of Nebraska. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 158,840, making it the third-most populous county in Nebraska. Its county seat is Papillion. Sarpy County is part of the Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.