Army Night Stalkers Vincent Marketta & Tyler Shelton ID’d As Black Hawk Crash Victims

SAN CLEMENTE ISLAND, CA. (THECOUNT) — Staff Sgt. Vincent P. Marketta of Brick, New Jersey, and Sgt. Tyler M. Shelton, of San Bernardino, California, have been identified as the two members of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne) killed Aug, 27 in a Black Hawk helicopter crash near San Clemente Island.

Marketta, 33, Shelton, 22, were killed during an aircraft mishap while training in California, officials announced Saturday morning.

Marketta and Shelton were killed late Thursday during aviation training on San Clemente Island, according to an Army Special Operations Command media release. Three other soldiers were injured in the mishap, the Army announced on Friday, according to Army Times.

“The loss of Staff Sgt. Marketta and Sgt. Shelton has left a scar in this Regiment that will never completely heal,” said Col. Andrew R. Graham, commander of the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), according to the media release. “Their level of dedication to the 160th SOAR (A) and their exemplary service in the Army is the embodiment of what it means to be a Night Stalker and a Soldier.”


Geo quick facts: San Clemente Island is the southernmost of the Channel Islands of California. It is owned and operated by the United States Navy, and is a part of Los Angeles County. It is administered by Naval Base Coronado. Defined by the United States Census Bureau as Block Group 2 of Census Tract 5991 of Los Angeles County, California, it is 21 miles (34 km) long and contains 147.13 km2 (56.81 sq mi) of land. The island is officially uninhabited as of 2000 U.S. Census. It is estimated, however, that the number of military and civilian personnel present on the island at any given time is at least 300. The city of San Clemente in Orange County, California is named after the island – wikipedia.

Glee Star Naya Rivera ‘Presumed Dead’ After Young Son Found Adrift On CA Boat

VENTURA COUNTY, CA. (THECOUNT) — Glee actress, Naya Rivera, 33, is presumed dead after her 4-year-old son was found adrift on a boat in Lake Piru in Ventura County Wednesday, officials said.

Deputies received a call of a child found alone on a boat in the lake around 6 p.m., said Cpt. Eric Buschow of the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. The boy was adrift for about three hours until someone on another boat found him and notified authorities, officials at the scene said, reports KTLA.

A search and rescue dive team searched the lake as they were unable to locate the child’s parents, officials said. The department tweeted that they were searching for a possible drowning victim.


Geo quick facts: Ventura County is a county in the southern part of the U.S. state of California. As of the 2010 census, the population was 823,318. The largest city is Oxnard, and the county seat is the city of Ventura – Wikipedia.

TX Man Donald James Long ID’d As Victim In Saturday Morning Canton Fatal Single-Vehicle Crash

VAN ZANDT COUNTY, TX. (THECOUNT) — Donald James Long, of Eustace, Texas, has been identified as the victim in a fatal single-vehicle crash in Van Zandt County Saturday morning.

Long, 29, was killed in a single-vehicle crash near Canton, Texas Saturday.

According to reports, Long was operating a Hyundai Sonata on SH-198 north of Canton, when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed centerlines and exited the roadway around 6:15 a.m. Saturday.

The vehicle then entered a culvert sending it into a driveway. The vehicle then went airborne before making contact with a fencepost and a tree.

Long was pronounced Long at the scene of blunt force trauma injuries.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Van Zandt County is a county located in the U.S. state of Texas, in the northeastern part of the state. As of the 2010 census, its population was 52,579. Its county seat is Canton. The county is named for Isaac Van Zandt, a member of the Congress of the Republic of Texas – Wikipedia.

California Coronavirus Case Confirmed By CDC

ORANGE COUNTY, CA. (THECOUNT) — Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the third case of coronavirus in the U.S. in Orange County, California early Sunday.

The patient, a traveler from Wuhan, China, is currently in isolation in an Orange County hospital and listed in “good condition,” the OC Health Care Agency Communicable Disease Control Division announced in a press release Sunday.

“The OC Health Care Agency’s (HCA) Communicable Disease Control Division received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) this evening that an Orange County, California case has tested positive for the novel coronavirus,” the agency said.

The figures reported Sunday morning cover the previous 24 hours and mark an increase of 15 deaths and 688 cases for a total of 1,975 infections, reports ABCChicago.


Geo quick facts: Orange County is a region in Southern California. It’s known for Anaheim’s Disneyland Resort, a huge complex of rides, restaurants and shops. Nearby, in Buena Park, is Knott’s Berry Farm, a large theme park. Cities with surf beaches include Huntington Beach, with its surfing museum. Newport Beach’s boat-filled harbor sits opposite Balboa Peninsula. Laguna Beach has tide pools and oceanfront Crystal Cove State Park – wikipedia.

Disneyland CA Worker Suffers Serious Injuries Thursday After Steel Plate Falls In Trench Collapse ‘Life Threatening’

ANAHEIM, CA. (THECOUNT) — A Disneyland Anaheim worker was seriously injured in a trench collapse early Thursday morning.

The unidentified man suffered life-threatening injuries Thursday morning after a trench collapse caused a large steel plate to fall on him Thursday morning before 3:30 a.m.

Paramedics were called to the park about 3:20 a.m., where they located the injured man and rushed him to a hospital, according to a Metro Net Fire dispatcher. Metro Net Fire Dispatch provides 911 fire and paramedic dispatch services to eight Orange County cities, including Anaheim, reports FoxLA.

The employee went into cardiac arrest and paramedics provided CPR, it was reported.


Geo quick facts: Anaheim is a city outside Los Angeles, in Southern California. It’s home to the Disneyland Resort, a massive complex of family-friendly, Disney-themed rides, restaurants, hotels and shops. The city’s also home to pro sports teams. The Honda Center is the indoor arena where the Anaheim Ducks hockey team plays, and Angel Stadium is the home field of the Los Angeles Angels baseball team – wikipedia.

Missing CA Woman Kristen Kendall ID’d Owner Of Crash Crashed Vehicle Off Big Sur Cliff

SANTA CRUZ, CA. (THECOUNT) — Kristen Kendall of Santa Cruz has been identified as the victim in a fatal Bir Sur vehicle plunge.

The vehicle belonging to Kendall, 37, was located at the bottom of a Big Sur cliff without a body, police have been looking for where the driver may be, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.

Friends of Kendall say she worked as a medical assistant in San Jose and was originally from Philadelphia but moved out here for a job nine years ago.

A missing persons report has been filed with police, and her whereabouts and the crash are still under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Big Sur is a rugged stretch of California’s central coast between Carmel and San Simeon. Bordered to the east by the Santa Lucia Mountains and the west by the Pacific Ocean, it’s traversed by narrow, 2-lane State Route 1, known for winding turns, seaside cliffs and views of the often-misty coastline. The sparsely populated region has numerous state parks for hiking, camping and beachcombing – wikipedia.

CA Man Gustavo Blanco ID’d As DUI Suspect That Caused Saturday Fatal Fresno Crash

FRESNO, CA. (THECOUNT) — Gustavo Blanco has been identified as the DUI suspect responsible for a fatal crash in southeast Fresno Saturday night.

Blanco, 31, is accused of running a red light at Kings Canyon Road and Maple Avenue, slamming his car into another car. The driver of the other car died and has not been identified.

The passenger of the other vehicle remains at Community Regional Medical Center in critical condition, but stable, reports YourCentralValley.

Blanco is charged with felony vehicular manslaughter.

“The at fault driver was found to be under the influence and charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI,” says Fresno Police Lt. Bill Dooley.

He was booked in Fresno County Jail.


Geo quick facts: Fresno is a city in California’s San Joaquin Valley. Created in the early 1900s, Forestiere Underground Gardens consists of Roman-catacombs-inspired subterranean passages and courtyards. Fresno Chaffee Zoo has sea lions and a stingray touch pool. Sprawling, trail-lined Woodward Park is home to the Shinzen Japanese Garden. The city is a base for Yosemite National Park, with its waterfalls and giant rock formations – wikipedia.

CA Teen Cameron Wittmann ID’d As Victim Found Shot Dead In Fairfield Tuesday

FAIRFIELD, CA. (THECOUNT) — Cameron Fritzjames Wittmann of Fairfield, California, has been identified as the teenager found deceased in Fairfield Tuesday morning, according to reports.

Wittmann, 18, was found dead in the area of Kansas Street and Tyler Street, in Fairfield, Tuesday.

Fairfield police said Wittmann was found shot dead in the 1000 block of First Street, where two males, ages 15 and 16, sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Four other teens, ranging in age for 15-18, were detained at the scene, according to CBSlocal.

Officers found Wittmann around the same time after responding reports of a vehicle collision.

Wittmann was pronounced dead at the scene of gunshot injuries.

The investigation into the shootings is ongoing.

Officials release no motive or suspect information.

No arrests have been announced.

Anyone with possible information should contact police at 911.

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

Anyone with information is urged to call the Fairfield Police Investigations Bureau at (707) 428-7600, Solano Crime Stoppers at (707) 644-7867, or text “TIPFAIRFIELDPD” followed by your information to 888777.

Geo quick facts: Fairfield is a city in, and the county seat of, Solano County, California, in the North Bay sub-region of the San Francisco Bay Area – Wikipedia.

Netflix Jailbirds Star Inmate Megan ‘Monster’ Hawkins Arrested In Elk Grove Bank Incident GTA Drugs

ELK GROVE, CA. (THECOUNT) — Megan “Monster” Hawkins has been identified as the suspect arrested Friday at an Elk Grove, California bank after a witness recognized her from the Netflix show “Jailbirds.”

Authorities say, Hawkins was taken into custody on suspicion of unlawfully using personal information after attempting to open a checking and savings account in Elk Grove on Friday.

Reports say, the credentials Hawkins presented to identified herself while opening the account belonged to somebody else – and bank employees knew it – because they recognised her as appearing in the Netflix hit real-life prison drama.

Hawkins was arrested Friday on suspicion of possession of a stolen vehicle, unlawful use of personal identifying information and violating her probation.

The teller told dispatch that she became suspicious of the woman and called police. A witness said they recognized the suspect as Hawkins from “Jailbirds,” a show that focuses on incarcerated women inside the Sacramento County Jail. When officers arrived at the scene, the suspect had walked out of the bank and left in a vehicle. Police then learned the vehicle the woman had was reported stolen, reports FoxLA.

Authorities said Hawkins was detained after being located a short distance from the bank. Officers then conducted a search of her vehicle and discovered several credit cards in different individuals names. She was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance.

She was booked into the city’s main jail.


Geo quick facts: Elk Grove is a city in Sacramento County, California, located just south of the state capital of Sacramento. It is part of the Sacramento–Arden-Arcade–Roseville Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2018, the population of the city was estimated at 173,702 – Wikipedia.

D.C. Soldier 1st Lt. Hugh C. McDowell ID’d As Victim In Camp Pendleton Rollover Training Accident

CAMP PENDLETON NORTH, CA. (THECOUNT) — 1st Lt. Hugh C. McDowell, of Washington, DC, has been identified as the marine killed in a Friday morning Camp Pendleton training accident that also wounded six other Marines.

1st Lt. McDowell, a platoon commander, was assigned to the 1st Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, when his Light Armored Vehicle rolled over at around 9 a.m., according to the 1st Marine Division.

McDowell joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 2017, and has received awards including the National Defense Service Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

The six injured Marines were taken to Scripps Memorial Hospital La Jolla. Officials said their injuries were not serious.

The 1st Marine Division said Friday that all were in stable condition, reports NBCLosAngeles.

“We recognize that military operations are inherently dangerous and we take extreme precautions to ensure the safety and welfare of our Marines. This is a tragic accident and we are heartbroken at the loss of a member of our Marine Corps family. We will do all we can to comfort the family, friends and colleagues of Lt McDowell,” a statement from 1st Marine Division said.

Camp Pendleton officials are investigating the circumstances of the accident.

Geo quick facts: Camp Pendleton North is a census-designated place in San Diego County, California, located at the southeast corner of the Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton. It is relatively north to the CDP Camp Pendleton South. The population was 5,200 at the 2010 census, down from 8,197 at the 2000 census – Wikipedia.