NRL Rugby Player Rowan Baxter Involved In Horror AU Murder-Suicide Involving Wife & Children

BRISBANE, AU. (THECOUNT) — Rowan Baxter, his wife and their three young children are dead after the ex-National Rugby League player committed a horrifying murder-suicide in Brisbane, Australia on Wednesday.

According to reports, Baxter, 42, doused a vehicle containing his wife, Hannah, and his three children and then set it ablaze before killing himself with a knife in Brisbane, Australia on Wednesday.

Baxter locked his family in a vehicle, filled a gas can with gasoline, and setting it alight, according to multiple reports.

Police said in a statement they were called to a car fire about 8.30 a.m. local time Wednesday and three children aged six, four and three were found dead inside, reports KYMA.

Baxter was later found with self-inflicted stab wounds and died along with his children at the scene.

Hannah Baxter, 31, was transported to an area hospital where she later died of thermal injuries.

ABC Australia reports Hannah Baxter had escaped from the vehicle at the time and yelled “he’s poured petrol on me.

Police said early investigations indicate Hannah was operating the vehicle and her husband was in the front passenger seat prior to the incident.

The husband and wife ran a fitness company, Integr8, based in Brisbane.

Following his playing career, Baxter worked as a fitness coach for NRL, Super Rugby and Australian Football League (AFL) teams around Australia.

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Geo quick facts: Brisbane, capital of Queensland, is a large city on the Brisbane River. Clustered in its Southbank cultural precinct are the Queensland Museum and Sciencentre, with noted interactive exhibitions. Another South Bank cultural institution is Queensland Gallery of Modern Art, among Australia’s major contemporary art museums. Looming over the city is Mt. Coot-tha, site of Brisbane Botanic Gardens – wikipedia.

OR Coulson Aviation C-130 Hercules Crashes In Australia While Fighting Wildfire

NEW SOUTH WALES, AUS. (THECOUNT) — Coulson Aviation of Oregon has confirmed one of their C-130 Hercules aerial water tankers crashed while battling the devastating wildfires in New South Wales, Australia on Thursday.

Coulson said in a statement that three fatalities were reported in the crash describing it as “extensive.”

The tanker departed from Richmond, New South Wales, and was on a firebombing mission in the Snowy Monaro area when it went down Thursday.

Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons said in a news conference Thursday that contact was lost with the aircraft a little before 1:30 p.m. local time, adding that there’s still no indication of what caused the crash, reports YahooNews.

“The only thing I have from the field reports are that the plane came down, it’s crashed and there was a large fireball associated with that crash,” he said. “Unfortunately, all we’ve been able to do is locate the wreckage and the crash site, and we have not been able to locate any survivors.”

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Geo quick facts: New South Wales is a southeastern Australian state, distinguished by its coastal cities and national parks. Sydney, its capital, is home to iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Inland are the rugged Blue Mountains, rainforests and outback towns where opals are mined. Along the coastline are long surfing beaches. The Hunter Valley region, in the north, has dozens of wineries – wikipedia.

Hillsong Church Worship Leader Chelsea Taylor Suffers Brain Aneurysm ‘Became Unwell’ While Delivering Service

SIDNEY, AU. (THECOUNT) — Chelsea Taylor, Hillsong Church worship leader, was rushed to a hospital after suffering an apparent brain aneurysm.

Taylor, who is a member of the worship team at Hillsong’s flagship “Hills” campus in Sydney, Australia, appeared to become unwell after leading worship on Sunday, before being rushed to hospital in critical condition.

“I am actually speechless right now,” wrote Hillsong United member Matty Crocker on Instagram, reports FaithWire.

“We were leading worship together yesterday morning and then we both walked off seperate sides of the stage. Halfway through the message I got a text saying you wouldn’t be up there with us when we go back up. I thought you had fainted and that was it. I only found out in the last few hours how serious it was…”

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Geo quick facts: New South Wales is a southeastern Australian state, distinguished by its coastal cities and national parks. Sydney, its capital, is home to iconic structures such as the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge. Inland are the rugged Blue Mountains, rainforests and outback towns where opals are mined. Along the coastline are long surfing beaches. The Hunter Valley region, in the north, has dozens of wineries – wikipedia.

AU ‘Home and Away’ Star Ben Unwin Dead At 41

GOLD COAST, AU. (THECOUNT) — Former “Home and Away” actor, Ben Unwin, has died.

‘Onion’ Unwin, 41, was found dead close to Australia’s eastern Gold Coast on August 14.

The cast of the popular Australian soap have paid tribute to the actor who played the rebellious Jesse McGregor between 1996 and 2000 and again from 2002 and 2005.

Kimberley Cooper, who played Gypsy Nash in the well-loved series, paid tribute to her former co-star on Instagram.

Sharing a picture of a magazine cover she shared with Unwin, she wrote: “My first TV week cover was with you, reports ITV.

“We had years of laughter, be it giggles on set trying to get through scenes as lovers or doubled over belly laughs at the pubs after work.

“I will be sad for now, but I promise to tell stories of great joy about our times together.

“You forever hold a special place in my heart. Love you Onion.”

Unwin’s cause of death was not provided by officials.

His death is not being treated as suspicious.

Geo quick facts: The Gold Coast is a metropolitan region south of Brisbane on Australia’s east coast. It’s famed for its long sandy beaches, surfing spots and elaborate system of inland canals and waterways. It’s also home to theme parks such as Dreamworld, Sea World and Wet’n’Wild. Inland, hiking trails crisscross Lamington National Park’s mountain ridges and valleys, home to rare birds and rainforest – wikipedia.

AU Pedestrians Malcolm & Esme Beck ID’d As Victims In Fatal Christmas Eve Collision

QUEENSLAND, AU. (THECOUNT) — Malcolm and Esme Beck have been identified as the Cairns couple struck and killed by a car in a Christmas Eve in Mysterton.

The Becks, aged mid-70s, were struck by a blue Mazda SUB as they crossed Ross River Rd at Mysterton, about 7.10 p.m. after departing a neighborhood Christmas Eve church service.

The couple’s daughter reportedly witnessed the accident and watched in horror as a blue SUV hit her parents, killing them instantly.

Police said the couple had come all the way from Cairns to visit their daughter for the holiday season.

Despite their efforts, first responders were unable to revive the couple.

The driver of the Mazda was tested for drugs and alcohol but he returned a negative reading.

His vehicle was seized by police as part of a forensic crash unit investigation. Continue reading

ISIS Claims Responsibility For St. Cloud Mall Mass Stabbing

A wing of terror group ISIS claimed responsibility for a mass stabbing that left eight people hospitalized in Minnesota. The attacker, who was dressed in a private security uniform, made reference to “Allah,” victims and witnesses reported.

ISIS claimed the person who conducted the stabbing was a “soldier of the Islamic State,” according to a statement posted online Sunday.

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The statement by the Amaq agency follows a pattern of ISIS-related media claiming responsibility for what appear to be the acts of individuals across Europe in the past few months. Continue reading

Explosion Gunfire ERUPT American University of Afghanistan Campus Burning

An explosion and subsequent gunshots have occurred at 7:50 p.m. local time at the American University of Afghanistan complex in Kabul.

Eyewitnesses on the scene say fires are burning on the campus.

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Ambulances, security forces and search and rescue teams are en route to the university. The blast occurred at 7:50 p.m. local, when students were gathering and eating together. Continue reading

Olympics Swimmers IRKED After Rio Pools TURN GREEN

Athletes competing in the Rio Olympics are seeing red after the diving pool turned a murky shade of green. Now the water polo pool has also turned the uninviting shade of yuck.

Officials say the pools are safe to swim and the greenish water is simply algae. Come again?

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Speaking with the Associated Press after yesterday’s algae problem, Olympic spokesperson Mario Andrada says that the puke-green hue was caused by a “proliferation of algae” primarily because of “heat and a lack of wind.” Continue reading

Johnny Depp’s Mom Grew Up In an Appalachian Shack But He Gave Her A Fairy Tale Life

It would be an understatement to say that Johnny Depp doted on his beloved mother, Betty Sue Palmer, who died earlier this week. Not only did the superstar take his mother as his date to countless major Hollywood functions, he also spent lavishly on her as well tattooing her name inside of a heart on his left arm.

Palmer, who had been ailing for some time, died in the morning hours Friday, May 20. She was 81. Only days later would Depp’s wife, Amber Heard, file for divorce after 15 months of marriage. But I digress.

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Depp had an especially close relationship with his mother, who was a frequent guest of the actor at various Hollywood functions over the years. Continue reading

AC/DC Cancels US Tour Over Singer’s “Total Hearing Loss”

Hard rockers, AC/DC, have announced that they are canceling the remainder of their U.S. tour over the prospect of frontman Brian Johnson‘s “total hearing loss.”

Johnson has been advised by his medical team to stop touring immediately or risk completely losing his hearing.

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The same release says that dates through early April, when AC/DC was set to play Madison Square Garden in New York City, “will be made up later in the year, likely with a guest vocalist.” Continue reading