MI Man Alex Richards ID’d As Victim In Sunday Crystal Motor Speedway SUV Crash

MONTCALM COUNTY, MI. (THECOUNT) — Alex Richards, of Hubbardston, Michigan, has been identified as the victim in a fatal vehicle crash in Montcalm County Sunday morning.

Richards, 26, was killed in a Sunday morning crash that also seriously injured another individual in Crystal Township.

According to reports, Richards was traveling in the rear of an SUV along with two others at the Crystal Motor Speedway, when the vehicle accelerated ejecting the passengers around 5 a.m. Sunday.

Richards was pronounced dead of injuries suffered in the incident.

A unnamed 26-year-old man of Vestaburg sustained serious injuries and was transported an area hospital.

A third victim, a 25-year-old woman of Sheridan, was not injured.

The 30-year-old man from Ionia, was taken into custody for operating while intoxicated causing death. He is being held at the Montcalm County Jail.

Friends and family members took to Facebook to remember Richards:

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Montcalm County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 63,342. The county is geographically located in the West Michigan region of the Lower Peninsula. The county seat is Stanton, and the largest city is Greenville – Wikipedia.

MI Man Darnell Johnson ID’d As Victim In Wednesday Morning Niles Fatal Wrong-Way Crash

NILES CHARTER TOWNSHIP, MI. (THECOUNT) — Darnell D. Johnson of Benton Harbor, Michigan, has been identified as the victim in a fatal Wednesday morning two-vehicle wrong-way crash in Niles Township.

Johnson, 28, was killed in a Wednesday morning wrong-way crash near Niles.

According to reports, a 29 year-old woman operating an SUV was traveling the wrong-way for unknown reasons on the St Joseph Valley Pkwy in Niles around 3 a.m. Wednesday. The vehicle then came into head-on contact with Johnson’s vehicle.

The female driver, who was not identified, was transported to an area hospital with unknown non-life threatening injuries.

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

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Niles Charter Township is a charter township of Berrien County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 14,164 at the 2010 census. On June 5, 2006, the township board voted unanimously to approve a resolution for Niles Township to become Niles Charter Township – Wikipedia.

Viral Detroit Bus Driver Who Complained Of Coughing Passenger Dead Of Coronavirus

DETROIT, MI. (THECOUNT) — Jason Hargrove, the Detroit, Michigan bus driver who went viral after releasing a video venting about a coughing passenger, has died after contracting coronavirus.

Hargrove, 50, said in a March 21 video that he was upset a female passenger had taken no measures to cover her persistent coughing when she was aboard his bus.

“For us to get through this and get over this, y’all need to take this seriously,” he said with an expletive thrown in. … There’s folks dying out here.”

Four days later Hargrove contracted COVID-19. He died on Wednesday.

It isn’t clear how he contracted COVID-19.

Hargrove posted his video before the mayor ordered the changes. “It’s something that I’m going to think about for a long time,” the mayor later commented.


Geo quick facts: Detroit is the largest city in the midwestern state of Michigan. Near Downtown, the neoclassical Detroit Institute of Arts is famed for the Detroit Industry Murals painted by Diego Rivera, and inspired by the city’s ties to the auto industry, giving it the nickname “Motor City.” Detroit is also the birthplace of Motown Records, whose chart-topping history is on display at their original headquarters, Hitsville U.S.A. – wikipedia.

FM92.3 DJ & Wayne County MI Cop Donafay Collins Dies Of Complications Coronavirus

WAYNE COUNTY, MI. (THECOUNT) — – Cmdr. Donafay Collins of the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office and a former radio DJ from FM92.3, died from the coronavirus Wednesday.

Officials say, Collins, 63, of Warren, a 30-year veteran and married father of four, died after recently contracting COVID-19.

Via FOX2:

“It is with deep sorrow and sadness for the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO) that we inform the community of the passing of Commander Donafay Collins,” the office said in a statement. “Collins has been a valued member of our team for almost 30 years, and will truly be missed. He leaves behind a loving wife and four children.”

Collins retired from radio in late March 2019.

The Wayne County Sheriff’s Office has 18 employees who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to the department.


Geo quick facts: Wayne County is the most populous county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of 2018, the United States Census estimated its population as 1,753,893 making it the 19th-most populous county in the United States – Wikipedia.

MI Woman Diane Romain ID’d As Victim In Monday Fatal Delta Twp Crash ‘Alcohol Speed’ Factors

DELTA TOWNSHIP, MI. (THECOUNT) — Diane Romain, of Caro, Michigan, has been identified as the victim killed in a two-vehicle crash in Delta Charter Township Monday morning.

Romain, 77, was killed in a Monday morning two-vehicle crash in Delta Township.

According to reports, Romain was operating a vehicle on West Saginaw Highway when she attempted to turn onto Interstate 96. The vehicle then collided with another vehicle around 6:30 a.m. Monday.

Eaton County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Jerri Nesbitt said she wasn’t aware of any other serious injuries sustained in the crash, reports LansingStateJournal.

Police said they believe speed and alcohol may have been factors in the crash.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Delta Charter Township, officially known as the Charter Township of Delta and commonly known as simply Delta Township, is a charter township of Eaton County in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 32,408 making it the most populous municipality in Eaton County – Wikipedia.

Grand Rapids Child Seriously Injured In Thursday Morning Hit-And-Run ‘Left Bleeding In Roadway’

GRAND RAPIDS, MI. (THECOUNT) — A child is seriously injured in Grand Rapids, Michigan, after being struck by a hit-and-run driver Thursday morning.

Grand Rapids Police say, the child was on the way to school, when the collision occurred in Grand Rapids. The driver then fled the scene leaving the child seriously injured in the street.

The incident happened the intersection of Cherry Street Southeast & Madison Avenue Southeast in Grand Rapids, Ave around 7:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

The child was transported Code 3 to an area hospital and is expected to survive.

Police are searching for the driver involved in the crash believed to be operating a black Ford Escape that fled the scene north on Madison.

Anyone with information on that vehicle is asked to contact silent observer at (616) 774-2345. (source)


Geo quick facts: Grand Rapids is a Michigan city on the Grand River, east of Lake Michigan. On the outskirts, the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park has a tropical conservatory and multiple gardens. Its art collection includes works by Auguste Rodin, Henry Moore and Ai Weiwei. Downtown, the Grand Rapids Art Museum spotlights Michigan artists in its rotating shows. Grand Rapids is known for many breweries dotted around town – wikipedia.

MI Police Release Horror Details Of Kevin Bacon Death Scene ‘Hanging Naked From Ceiling’

BENNINGTON TOWNSHIP, MI. (THECOUNT) — Court documents reveal that police arrived to the home of Mark Latunski home to perform a welfare check and to see if missing Swartz Creek man, Kevin Bacon, was at the residence.

Police entered the residence and found Bacon, 25, hanging naked from the ceiling while suffering from multiple stab wounds.

Latunski informed police he murdered Bacon by stabbing him with a knife in the back one time then slitting his throat.

Latunski said he wrapped rope around Bacon’s ankles and hung him from the rafters on the ceiling, reports WILX.

He also admitted to using the knife to cut off his testicles and eating them later.

Latunski, 50, was charged with one count of open murder and one count of mutilation of a human body. He was arrested that Saturday after police found Bacon’s body in the basement.

Bacon was last seen just after 5 p.m. Christmas Eve. Family said Bacon was on his way to meet a stranger he met on a dating app and failed returned home.

According to Michigan State Police, Bacon was located dead early on Saturday at a home in Bennington Township in Shiawassee County after going on a blind date.

The 50-year-old from Bennington Township was jailed on murder charges, according to MSP.

Bacon’s parents located his vehicle in the Family Dollar parking lot in Swartz Creek. They said the clothes he was wearing when he left were inside the car, as well as his shoes, cell phone, credit cards and cash.

Michigan State Police and local authorities are investigating.


Geo quick facts: Swartz Creek is a city in Genesee County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 5,758 at the 2010 census. The city is a suburb of Flint and has incorporated land formerly within Flint Charter Township, Gaines Township, and Clayton Township, but is administratively autonomous from all three – Wikipedia.

MI Man Gary ‘Green Ooze’ Sayers Reports To Prison Tells Judge ‘Embarrassed To Be Felon’

WARREN, MI. (THECOUNT) — Gary Sayers, the man whose electroplating services company is responsible for the “green ooze,” aka, hexavalent chromium, leaked on to I-696 in Madison Heights in November, has reported to federal prison.

Prison records show Sayers, 77, is located at the federal prison in Morgantown, W.V.

In November, Sayers pleaded guilty to one count of illegally storing hazardous materials at Electroplating Services on 10 Mile Rd in Madison Heights, Michigan.

Last month, the green ooze starting leaking out on the highway. Officials determined the ooze was hexavalent chromium.

“He stands before this Honorable Court contrite, humbled, and embarrassed to be a convicted felon. He feels the stigma of being labeled as such at this late age. He is proud of his country and now feels branded as a felon for the rest of his life and shamed with no hope of expungement,” his attorney write in a sentencing memorandum filed in federal court, reports WXYZ.

“He is 77 years old and has lost his business which was the vehicle of his criminality. A term of incarceration is not necessary to protect the public here,” his attorney added.


Geo quick facts: Madison Heights is a city in Oakland County in the U.S. state of Michigan. It is a suburb of Detroit. As of the 2010 census, its population was 29,694 – Wikipedia.

Central Michigan U Student Timothy LaPointe ID’d As Victim In Gratiot Double-Fatal Crash

GRATIOT, MI. (THECOUNT) — Timothy LaPointe has been identified as the Central Michigan University student killed in a head-on double-fatal crash in Gratiot County on Monday.

LaPointe, 20, was killed in a vehicle crash on US-127 near State Street in Pine River Township on Monday.

According to police, LaPointe, a junior at CMU, was traveling in a vehicle on US-127 on Monday morning around 10:30 a.m., when for unknown reasons, the vehicle crossed centerlines and into opposing lanes. The vehicle then struck a pickup truck head-on, police said.

LaPointe was pronounced dead at the scene, according to CmLife.

The crash also killed the driver of the pickup truck, who police identified as 26-year-old Zachary Morgan, of Gladwin.

Morgan was pronounced dead after being transported by ambulance to the Gratiot MidMichigan Medical Center.

Police said both drivers were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Gratiot County is a county in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 census, the population was 42,476. The county seat is Ithaca, although its most populous city is Alma – Wikipedia.

Shiawassee Co 911 Dispatcher Troy Gorden Dies After Donated Kidney Fails

SHIAWASSEE COUNTY, MI. (THECOUNT) — Troy Gorden, the Shiawassee County 911 dispatcher who received a kidney donation from a woman he helped during an emergency, died over the weekend, according to reports. He was 52.

Gorden died after the kidney he received from emergency medical technician Traci Settlemyre began to fail.

Gorden worked 30 years in public safety received the long-awaited kidney transplant back in 2017. He returned to work at the Shiawassee County Central Dispatch in January 2018 with the new kidney, reports ABC12.

Settlemyre is now facing health challenges of her own with a diagnosis last summer of stage 4 brain cancer.


Geo quick facts: Shiawassee is a county located in the U.S. state of Michigan. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 70,648. The county seat is Corunna, and the largest city in the county is Owosso. In 2010, the center of population of Michigan was located in Shiawassee County, in Bennington Township – Wikipedia.