IN Deputy James Driver ID’d As Victim In Monday Bloomington On-Duty Vehicle Crash

MONROE COUNTY, IN. (THECOUNT) — Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy James Driver has been identified as the victim in a Monday vehicle crash in Monroe County, Indiana.

Driver, 38, was on-duty, when he was involved in a fatal vehicle crash while responding to another crash in Van Buren Township on Monday.

Driver was on-duty responding to a vehicle-crash with lights and sirens, when his cruiser was involved in separate crash around 4 p.m. near IN-45 and West Eller Road in Bloomington.

Driver was transported to IU Health Bloomington Hospital where he was later pronounced dead of blunt force trauma injuries.

Further details of the wreck were not provided by officials.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Friends and colleagues took to Facebook to remember Driver:


geo quick facts: Monroe County is a county in the U.S. state of Indiana. In 1910 the US Census Bureau calculated the nation’s mean population center to lie in Monroe County. The population was 137,974 at the 2010 United States Census. The county seat is Bloomington – Wikipedia.

TN Woman Ellen Abbott ID’d As Pedestrian In Monday Night Nashville Fatal Vehicle Strike

DAVIDSON COUNTY, TN. (THECOUNT) — Ellen Abbott has been identified as the pedestrian fatally struck Monday night in Davidson County.

Abbott, 56, was killed after she was struck by a vehicle near Nashville Monday night.

According to reports, Abbott was on-foot with her husband in the area of Nolensville Pike and Lords Chapel Drive in Nashville, when she was struck by a vehicle, operated by 28-year-old Shannon Holt around 6:40 p.m. Monday.

Abbott was transported to an area hospital where she was pronounced dead of blunt force trauma injuries.

Potential charges against Holt are pending the completion of the investigation and consultation with the District Attorney’s Office.


Geo quick facts: Davidson County is a county in the U.S. state of Tennessee. It is located in the heart of Middle Tennessee. As of the 2010 census, the population was 626,681, making it the second-most populous county in Tennessee, after Shelby County. Its county seat is Nashville, the state capital – Wikipedia.

MN Man In Custody After Child Thrown Off ‘Mall Of America’ 3rd Level

BLOOMINGTON, MN. (THECOUNT) — A 5-year-old child suffered life-threatening injuries when, according to witnesses, a man either threw or pushed the child from the third floor of the Mall of America in Bloomington, Minnesota. A suspect in the case has been taken into custody.

Bloomington police Chief Jeff Potts told reporters that police were called to the mall at 10:17 a.m. local time, and initial information suggested a child had fallen from the third level of the mall’s interior to the first level.

Additional information from witnesses indicated the 5-year-old might have been pushed or thrown, Potts said.

“The child did suffer significant injuries,” Potts said. “The child has been transported to the hospital and has been receiving care.”

According to police, the person suspected of pushing or throwing the child “took off running immediately after the incident.” The suspect, a 24-year-old man, was soon found inside the mall transit station and was taken into custody, according to WXYZ.

He’s currently at the Bloomington Police Department, Potts said, and authorities don’t believe there is any further threat to the public.

“At this time, we do not believe that there is a relationship between the child or the family of the child,” Potts said, emphasizing that police believe this to be an “isolated incident.”

The suspect’s identity was not immediately provided.

The area where the fall occurred has been closed.


Geo quick facts: Bloomington is the fifth largest city, as of 2016 estimates, in the U.S. state of Minnesota. It is located in Hennepin County on the north bank of the Minnesota River, above its confluence with the Mississippi River. Bloomington lies 10 miles south of downtown Minneapolis – Wikipedia.

R.I.P. REO Speedwagon Guitarist Gary Richrath Wrote Take It on the Run

Gary Richrath, guitarist for REO Speedwagon during their heyday, has passed away. He was 65.

Richrath was responsible for penning the group’s mega-classic tune ‘Take It on the Run.’ A cause of death has not yet been released.

Gary Richrath reo speedwagon

Richrath was with the band until 1989. He went on to release a solo album, “Only The Strong Survive.”

‘I feel so sad. Gary was both a unique guitarist and songwriter, and the embodiment of the tough guy with a heart of gold. I learned most of what I know about being in a rock band from Gary Richrath,’ REO Speedwagon’s lead singer, Kevin Cronin, wrote on the band’s Facebook page.

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SHAMELESS? Company Selling Gold ‘CECIL THE LION’ Cellphone

They say it’s to “celebrate the life of Cecil the Lion,” but others are saying it’s a shameless product meant to capitalize on his his death..

Introducing the new 24k gold edition ‘Cecil The Lion’ Cellphone plated by a company called, “Goldgenie.”

Goldgenie cecil the lion cellphone

According to the company, they plan on donating a portion of the proceeds of this special limited edition phone to Friends of Hwange, benefitting efforts to conserve Zimbabwe. Continue reading

Dentist Who Killed Cecil Paid $127K To Settle SEXUAL HARASSMENT Suit

Following an unprecedented social media backlash for his role in the death of Cecil the lion, it has been revealed Dr. Walter Palmer was sued in 2009 and paid out $127,500 to settle a sexual harassment claim by one of his longtime female employees.

The now infamous Minnesota dentist who gained worldwide notoriety for killing the most famous and beloved lion in all of Africa, made the sizely settlement to a former employee at his Minneapolis practice who alleged that he subjected her to ‘ongoing and unwelcome sexual harassment, including unwanted verbal comments and physical conduct involving the woman’s lady parts.

Dr. Walter Palmer photo

The woman alleged that Dr. Palmer, who has gone into hiding since he slaughtered Cecil the lion, was asked to stop his behavior, but continued. Continue reading

Dentist Office Sprouts Overnight MEMORIAL FOR CECIL The Lion

The office of Dr. Walter James Palmer, the dentist who killed beloved lion, Cecil, has become a makeshift memorial in the lion’s memory.

The River Bluff Dental office in Bloomington, Minnesota, sprouted the beautiful scene overnight as mourners honored the slain Zimbabwean lion – While sending his killer a powerful message.


Stuffed animals, flowers and a tiny lion wearing pants adorned the usually mundane setting. A note, written in blood-red paint hanging on the door reads, “You are a coward and a killer.”

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