UPS Employee Barbara Phillips ID’d As Victim In Monday Hodgkins Murder-Suicide

COOK COUNTY, IL. (THECOUNT) — Barbara Phillips has been identified as the victim in a Monday murder-suicide at the USP facility in Cook County, Illinois. Fabian Young has been identified as the deceased shooter.

Phillips, 30, was shot dead by 27-year-old Young who then turned the weapon on himself Monday near Hodgkins.

According to reports, police responded to a call of shots fired at the UPS sorting facility, located at 1 UPS Way in Hodgkins, Monday around 1 p.m. When they arrived, two individuals were found in a vehicle suffering from apparent gunshot injuries.

Both Phillips and Young were pronounced dead at the scene of gunshot injuries. A semi-automatic handgun was also recovered near their bodies.

Phillips was a UPS employee, police said.

“We are deeply saddened by the incident that occurred this afternoon, and we are cooperating with the responding authorities,” a UPS spokesman said in a statement.

The cause of the deadly incident remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Cook County is the most populous county in the U.S. state of Illinois and the second-most-populous county in the United States after Los Angeles County, California. As of 2019, the population was 5,150,233 – Wikipedia.

MN Man Kevin Vereecke ID’d As Suspect In Tuesday St Paul Fatal Hit-And-Run Of Russell Bangert

RAMSEY COUNTY, MN. (THECOUNT) — Kevin Chad Vereecke, of Saint Paul, Minnesota, has been identified as the suspect in a fatal pedestrian hit-and-run vehicle strike on Tuesday.

Vereecke, 46, is accused of impaired driving after a vehicle he was operating struck and killed Minneapolis man, 61-year-old Russell William Bangert Tuesday afternoon in St. Paul.

According to St. Paul officials, officers responded to a report of a fatal hit-and-run vehicle crash involving a pedestrian around 4:45 p.m. on the 600 block of Vandalia Street. When first responders arrived, Bangert was found suffering from blunt force trauma injuries. He was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators later located Vereecke’s vehicle displaying incriminating damage based on surveillance video near the scene of the deadly crash.

Vereecke was taken into custody at his residence near Myrtle Avenue and Vandalia Street. He was booked into Ramsey County Jail on probable cause criminal vehicular operation. Other charges are likely forthcoming.

The cause of the crash remains under investigation.


Geo quick facts: Ramsey County is a county located in the U.S. state of Minnesota. As of the 2010 census, the population was 508,640, making it the second-most populous county in Minnesota. Its county seat and largest city is St. Paul, the state capital – Wikipedia.

MN Father Kristopher Taylor ID’d As Suspect In Saint Paul Hot Car Child Death

SAINT PAUL, MN. (THECOUNT) — Kristopher Taylor, from Apple Valley, Minnesota, has been identified as the father accused of leaving his son, 4-year-old Riley Taylor, in a hot vehicle worked at CHS Field in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Riley died while sitting in a hot car for several hours while his 26-year-old father worked at CHS Field, according to KSTP.

According to the criminal complaint, Taylor – who was arrested at the hospital – said he and his son had gone to an event at which he was scheduled to work at CHS Field Saturday. He said that he got his son settled on the outfield grass where he could see him. When the boy said he was tired, Taylor allegedly said he took him to the vehicle. The complaint claims he told police he “hit the automatic window and thought he left it cracked maybe 1/2 or 1/4 of an inch.” He then allegedly “gave the boy a blanket and a hand-held gaming system to entertain him if he didn’t sleep.”

The complaint states that when Taylor returned to the vehicle after getting done with work around 5:15 p.m., he called his son’s name and got no response. He then found his son had no pulse, which led him to place the boy in the front passenger seat and drive to the hospital, holding his son’s hand en route.

But a police sergeant later spoke to two of his co-workers, who both said Taylor never left his shift, the complaint claims. And, in a second conversation with the sergeant, Taylor allegedly admitted he had left his son in the vehicle for the entirety of his shift.

According to the complaint, the Ramsey County Medical Examiner determined the cause of the boy’s death to be probable hyperthermia.

Taylor was charged Monday in Ramsey County. He is facing a second-degree manslaughter charge as he made his first court appearance Monday afternoon. Bail was set at $25,000 without conditions.

His next appearance is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Friday.

MN Man Eddie Smith ID’d As Victim In Wednesday Fatal St. Paul Shooting

ST PAUL, MN. (THECOUNT) — Eddie Cortez Smith, of St. Paul, MN, has been identified as the man found suffering from at least one gunshot wound Wednesday night.

Smith, 40, was killed in a shooting Wednesday night on the 800 block of Rice Street, in Saint Paul, MN.

Police reported they were called to the scene around 11 p.m. Wednesday on a report of a man shot. At the scene, officers found Cortez with a gunshot wound, as well as two handguns.

The department provided the identification in a tweet Friday. A suspect, Dewayne Anthony Ivory, was arrested in connection to the shooting Thursday. Continue reading

Serious Accident As Greyhound Bus Overturns in San Jose, CA

A Greyhound bus has overturned on U.S. Highway 101 at state Route 85 in San Jose, CA, causing major traffic delays.

Firefighters were seen trying to access passengers through the vehicle’s roof trapdoor. There is no official report on how many people were traveling on the bus and how many may have incurred injuries at this time. (Updated below.)

Greyhound Bus Overturns in San Jose CA

According to the CHP, two of the roughly 40 passengers aboard the Greyhound bus were killed. A Greyhound spokeswoman said she was looking into the matter and didn’t immediately confirm it was a Greyhound bus. h/t nbcbayarea