LA Mourning Passing Of Bob Hancock Beloved Mandeville Veterinarian Dies Suddenly

MANDEVILLE, LA. (THECOUNT) — Bob Hancock, a beloved Mandeville, Louisiana, veterinarian, has passed away Sunday morning, according to local reports.

Hancock, 43, died after undergoing surgery late last week to have a kidney removed after doctors discovered a tumor.

His wife, Jen Hancock, said on Facebook that doctors discovered that the tumor had taken over the left side of his belly and had adhered to at least one vital artery as well as a portion of his intestines, reports WGNO.

Hancock was the founder and owner of South Paws Veterinary Surgical Specialists, one of the few clinic in the country with a hyperbaric chamber to help animals with their post-op recoveries.

As much as he loved helping animals, he loved his wife and kids more. And his new swimming pool that entertained all of them. Rare was the conversation with Dr. Bob that didn’t include at least one of those topics.

The South Paws Veterinary Surgical Specialists clinic is hosting a memorial blood drive for Dr. Bob. It’s Thursday, June 20, at noon at the clinic, 2631 North Causeway Blvd. in Mandeville.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Geo quick facts: Mandeville is a small city in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana, United States. The population was 11,560 at the 2010 census. Mandeville is located on the North Shore of Lake Pontchartrain, south of Interstate 12. It is across the lake from the city of New Orleans and its south shore suburbs – Wikipedia.

Salem PD Asks For Public’s Help Locating Young Mother & Son Missing Since May 13

SALEM, OR. (THECOUNT) — Oregon mom Karissa Alyn Fretwell and her 3-year-old son Billy have not been seen or heard from since May 13. Friends describe the young mother as someone with a strong work ethic who would “never miss work.”

The family of Fretwell, 25, and son William reported them missing last week and now the Salem police are asking for the public to report any additional information on the two.

A friend who regularly babysat William said she last spoke to Fretwell on May 11 when the mother inquired about installing a security camera system at her place of residence. On May 17 the friend was supposed to watch William – but never heard back from Fretwell.

A neighbor reported to police two months ago, “We heard a man and woman arguing incredibly loud. The man was swearing a lot and there was a kid crying in the background, and the woman was yelling at him to get out of her apartment,” reports MyFox8.

Authorities aren’t releasing much information, including whether any of Fretwell’s personal belongings are missing, but a white Grand Am registered to her is still parked on the street in front of her apartment, and a green Mercury Mountaineer parked in front of it has a college financial aid application on its passenger seat that appears to have been signed by Fretwell.

Her friend says Fretwell works as an overnight security guard while studying education at Western Oregon University, and adds, “She has a strong work ethic. She’d never miss work.”

According to facebook Fretwell resides in McMinnville, Oregon, and attended Western Oregon University. She previously worked as a driver for Jimmy John’s and was a security guard and Cascade Steel Rolling Mills.

Anyone with possible information should contact Salem police on their non-emergency line at (503) 588-6123.

Geo quick facts: Salem is the capital city of Oregon. Set amid a park with gardens, the domed Oregon State Capitol contains a collection of art by Oregon artists. The Hallie Ford Museum of Art includes works by Pacific Northwest and Native American artists. The Willamette Heritage Center includes a Victorian wool mill, plus 19th-century homes with period furnishings. The Bush House Museum is an Italianate mansion built in 1878 – wikipedia.

FL Family Of Toddler Killed At Brandon Waffle House In March Lose Another Child In Family Pool

BRANDON, FL. (THECOUNT) — Little Jeremiah Rios was killed on March 12 after his father, Guillermo Junior Montoya Rios, 29, accidentally ran over him in the parking lot of a Brandon, Florida Waffle House. And now the same family has suffered another devastating loss after their 1-year-old drowned in a family swimming pool.

The family of six children, aged 1-11, were at their grandparents home in Hillsborough County over the recent holiday when the tragic drowning occurred.

On the afternoon of the tragic incident, the two oldest children were playing at the swimming pool while the younger ones were playing with a water hose near the house, reported the Tampa Bay Times. At about 7 p.m., everyone except the youngest child came inside the house to change into dry clothes.

Shortly after, the mother found him unresponsive in the pool. The family gave him CPR before the paramedics arrived but he was pronounced dead at the hospital, reports TheEpochTimes.

In mid-March, 3-year-old Jeremiah was accidentally run over and killed by his father with the family SUV at a Waffle House parking lot in Brandon.

The accident inflicted severe head injuries on the child and he was pronounced dead shortly after at the Brandon Regional Hospital, according to reports.

Geo quick facts: Brandon is an unincorporated community and census-designated place in Hillsborough County, Florida, United States. It is part of the Tampa–St. Petersburg–Clearwater Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2010 census, the CDP had a population of 103,483, up from 77,895 at the 2000 census – Wikipedia.

FL Woman Keli Machado Dies In Hospital Following Tragic April 20 N Fort Myers Jeep Crash

NORTH FORT MYERS, FL. (THECOUNT) — Keli Machado, of North Port, Florida, has died in a hospital after being injured in a single-vehicle crash that killed her husband, Tito, last Saturday in North Fort Myers.

Jesus “Tito” Machado, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The serious crash also left one child in critical condition in North Fort Myers April 20.

According to Florida Highway Patrol, Jesus was driving south on the inside left turn lane in a Jeep Wrangler at U.S. 41 and Avenue A in North Fort Myers.

FHP says the Jeep hit the median curb and the driver lost control, rolling over off the roadway.

Jesus was ejected about 30 feet from the Jeep, which came to a rest in a ditch, reports WinkNews.

A 5-year-old girl, is in critical condition, and two other children, 11- and 8-year-old boys, suffered minor injuries.

If anyone has information regarding this crash contact the Florida Highway Patrol (239) 344-1730 or SWFL Crime Stoppers at 1-800-780-TIPS (8477).

A GoFundMe account has been setup to help with funeral expenses and to care for the children left behind.

Via GoFundMe:

Last night, my brother, sister-in-law, two nephews, and little niece were involved in a deadly car accident. Unfortunately, my brother, Jesus Machado didn’t make it. My sister-in-law, Keli Machado is in critical condition. She has a severed spine and broken arms and legs. We don’t know if she will make it. Our family is destroyed. My brother was an extremely dedicated father and husband. He was hard-working, he was loving, and lived for his family. We ask you to please pray for my sister-in-law as we don’t know what will happen from here on out but we have faith in God that she will come out of this situation victorious as she is a strong woman. She is currently in surgery as she also has internal bleeding. My niece, Khaleesi, I’ve been told is still in critical condition. The boys’ injuries are non-critical, thank God. Our family is completely unprepared for such tragedy and at this moment we also ask that you find it in your hearts to help us give my brother the burial that he so very much deserves. We don’t know how we will go on without him. We will keep you posted on my sister-in-law, Keli’s progress. Funds from this fundraiser will be handed personally to my stepmother, Silvia Pintado for funeral expenses, the children’s needs and/ or any other expenses incurred by this tragedy.

UPDATE: It is with a heavy heart that we inform everyone that our Keli has passed on to be with my brother, Jesus (Tito). We now have to fight and care for their 3 babies and give them the wonderful life their parents did. Thank you all again for all of your love and support. Your prayers have kept our family strong. We are so grateful.

Rita Noda
Weston, FL

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

Geo quick facts: North Fort Myers is a census-designated place in Lee County, Florida, United States. The population was 36,609 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Cape Coral-Fort Myers, Florida Metropolitan Statistical Area – Wikipedia.

KS Woman Hannah Lager ID’d As Trinity Catholic HS Teacher Killed In Wednesday Valley Falls Crash

ATCHISON, KS. (THECOUNT) — Hannah Lager, from Atchison, Kansas, has been identified as the victim in a fatal Wednesday vehicle crash near Valley Falls, Kansas.

Lager, 24, was involved in a fatal wreck that occurred shortly after 7:30 on Kansas 4 in Valley Falls, Kansas on Wednesday morning.

According to the Kansas Highway Patrol, Lager was in a Chevrolet Impala traveling on KS-4 when she attempted to pass a semi tractor-trailer, Her vehicle then over-corrected and lost control.

The semi then collided with the passenger side of Lager’s car.

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

The driver of the semi was transported to an area hospital with unknown injuries.

According to Facebook, Lager was a Spanish teacher at Trinity Catholic High School.

A graduate of Benedictine College, a school teacher, a wife, and a mother-to-be, Lager taught Spanish as a high school teacher, working at both Valley Falls and Jefferson County North, according to the websites for the two school districts, reports KQ2.

Both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

According to the statement, she and her husband, Austin, a graduate and current employee of the college, were expecting their first child in a few months. The couple, residents of Atchison, had been married since June of last year.

A special prayer service was held Wednesday evening at the Abbey Church.

The investigation is ongoing.

Geo quick facts: Valley Falls is a city in Jefferson County, Kansas, United States. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 1,192 – Wikipedia.

NC Teen Ian Lewis Found Dead After Emerald Isle Drowning Paige Merical Clinging To Life After Underwater 14 Minutes

EMERALD ISLE, NC. (THECOUNT) — Ian Lewis, 18, from Wake Forest, had been swimming with a group of friends at Emerald Isle coast near the beach strand when a rip current carried two individuals off the North Carolina coast.

Paige Merical, 17, was recovered Sunday after reportedly being underwater for 14 minutes. Lewis was located dead early Monday morning, officials said.

Merical is alive but said to have suffered brain damage.

A group of friends were swimming along the Emerald Isle coast when witnesses said the victims were swept out by a rip current.

Authorities rescued Merical but had no luck finding Frazier until Monday.

Merical was transported to Carteret Health Care and later transferred to Vidant Medical Center, in Greenville North Carolina. She was listed in serious condition, reports WSOCTV.

Emerald Isle officials released the following statement:

“The Town of Emerald Isle would like to extend our sincere condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Lewis, as well as our continued support and prayers to the family and friends of Ms. Merical.”

No other information was provided by officials.

Geo quick facts: Emerald Isle is a town on Bogue Banks Island, part of North Carolina’s Crystal Coast. The Bogue Inlet Pier is a popular fishing spot, with views of the Atlantic Ocean. The Western and Eastern Ocean Regional Accesses are public entry points to the beach, a water sports hub. Emerald Isle Woods Park has a disc golf course and a dock, plus shoreline and forest trails, including part of the North Carolina Birding Trail – wikipedia.

Beloved Westfield NJ HS Principal Derrick Nelson Tragically Dies After Donating Bone Marrow To Ailing Teen

WESTFIELD, NJ. (THECOUNT) — Westfield High School principal Derrick Nelson has passed away after lapsing into a coma following a procedure to donate bone marrow to a 14-year-old boy.

Nelson, 44, died Sunday, from complications two months after donating his bone marrow to help the teen in France.

The beloved principal opened his eyes after the surgery in February, but he was unable to speak or move. He slipped into a coma as his family kept vigil in his hospital room, reports Local10.

In an interview with the student newspaper, Nelson talked about why he was donating to help a boy he had never met.

“If it’s just a little bit of pain for a little bit of time that can give someone years of joy, it’s all worth it,” said Nelson.

Not only was Nelson the principal at Westfield, but he also served as an officer in the U.S. Army Reserve for more than 20 years and had just re-enlisted, according to the report.

Geo quick facts: Westfield is a town in Union County of New Jersey, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the town’s population was 30,316, reflecting an increase of 672 from the 29,644 counted in the 2000 Census, which had in turn increased by 774 from the 28,870 counted in the 1990 Census -Wikipedia.

Brock Currens Four Oaks NC Teen Volunteer Firefighter South Johnston HS Student Dies In ‘Galot Crash Derby’ ATV Accident

JOHNSTON COUNTY, NC. (THECOUNT) — Brock Currens, a Four Oaks Fire volunteer firefighter and student at South Johnston High School, has been killed in an ATV accident in Benson, North Carolina.

Currens, 17, was traveling on an ATV to a fire when the fatal crash occurred during a North Carolina “Galot Crash Derby” racing event, reports say.

Currens was riding at the Galot Motorsports Park in Johnston County, according to the Four Oaks Fire Department.

The victim was landing the ATV after performing a jump, when for unknown reasons, he slammed on the brakes and was launched over the handrails landing on his head.

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

“Brock will be missed by everyone,” the fire department said in a Facebook post. “I ask that you please keep in your prayers Rhonda and Anthony Lee as well Michael Currens. Please pray for our fire family as we try to heal,” reports MyFox8.

The teenager was an avid fisherman who loved the outdoors and making his truck louder, according to Four Oaks Fire.

Geo quick facts: Four Oaks is a town in Johnston County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 1,921, up from 1,424 at the 2000 census – Wikipedia.

AR Man Quinton Laird ID’d As Suspect Dead After Pepper Sprayed By Augusta Police

AUGUSTA, AR. (THECOUNT) — Quinton Laird has been identified as the man who died after apparently being pepper sprayed during an arrested by Augusta police officers.

Laird, 38, died in an area hospital after being pepper sprayed Thursday morning after police responded to calls of a disturbance at 601 Hough Street, in Augusta.

According to a statement from Arkansas State Police, Augusta police officers responded sometime after 3 a.m. when a resident inside the house reported a prowler outside the location. Laird was later accused of kicking a door open and going to bed.

According to the release, Laird was removed from the house by police and reportedly began to resist while officer attempted to cuff him. An officer to apply a chemical agent (pepper spray) to Laird who eventually became unresponsive.

Officers began life-saving measures and called for an ambulance to transport Laird to Searcy where a physician pronounced Laird dead at 4:47 a.m., reports Fox16.

The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory has been requested to determine manner and cause of death.

Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division have been assigned to the case and will present their findings to the Woodruff County Prosecuting Attorney.

Friends and family took to Facebook to remember Laird:

Geo quick facts: Augusta is a city in Woodruff County, Arkansas, United States, located on the east bank of the White River. The population was 2,693 at the 2000 census. The city is the county seat of Woodruff County – Wikipedia.

NJ China Dragon Restaurant Owner Fei ‘Peter’ Ni ID’d As Victim In Fatal Monroe SUV-VS-Semi Crash

TRENTON, NJ. (THECOUNT) — New Jersey China Dragon restaurant owner, Fei “Peter” Ni, has been identified as the victim in a fatal crash near Monroe, New Jersey on Wednesday.

Ni, 39, was killed following a two-vehicle crash involving a semi-tractor while traveling on Interstate 75 near Monroe on Wednesday.

Ni’s Toyota SUV slammed into a semi-truck that was illegally parked at the entrance of an I-75 rest area near Monroe.

Michael Vosburg, 36, Lawrence, Mich., claimed he was sleeping in his 18-wheeler when he was awoken by an impact to the rear vehicle. He was uninjured in the deadly crash.

Vosburg was issued a traffic citation for parking in a no-parking zone, according to reporting by Journal-News.

The restaurant will be closed for three days, according to a sign on the front door:

A sign on the door says the restaurant will be closed for three days due to a family emergency. Another sign says donations are being accepted at Trenton’s Domino’s Pizza, which used to be located next to China Dragon before the pizza chain opened a new location on State Street.Three large poster boards read “Trenton Loves You,” and more than 100 people wrote notes to Ni and hi family.

The investigation is ongoing.

Geo quick facts: Trenton is the capital city of the U.S. state of New Jersey and the county seat of Mercer County. it briefly served as the capital of the United States in 1784 – Wikipedia.