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Rochelle Davis (Sarah from the first Crow film) will be part of a panel during Scarefest08 in Orlando (image above from last year’s program). Check out the site later in the year for details as they are added. In the mean time, click here for list of known guests.
Thanks to Frank for the heads up on Rochelle. We are pulling together all the questions sent in for her and will get those forwarded on.
As you know, Frank has kept up contact with Rochelle Davis since we learned of all the legal issues she was going through last year. As we reported last week, she is on the road to getting her life back on track. Frank contacted Rochelle recently about doing an interview. She has agreed! We want to solicit questions from fellow fans to ask her (to be approved by her manager of course). So we need you to get those questions in to me at firstname.lastname@example.org . We will use as many questions as we can. This is going to be a great opportunity for fans to catch up with one of the most beloved actors/actresses from the first film.
Thanks to Frank for this update on Bai Ling. Here is the latest. Let’s hope this is the last we see of her in trouble.
Also an update from Frank on the latest with Rochelle Davis (Sarah from the first film). She is doing well with plans to marry. She has gone through a lot of stuff over the last year but it appears things are on the right track. I spoke with Robert Zuckerman and let him know about the issues Rochelle was having last year. He was able to make contact and I know he reached out with a lot of love to her. Our personal wishes and prayers are with Rochelle and hope for nothing but the best for her and her son and the new life they are about to have.
As you know, we have followed the recent troubles that Rochelle Davis (real name Andrea Ruano) has endured since Oct 26th, 2006. The upshot of everything, given all of the charges that were being leveled at her (I saw the transcript and it read like a laundry list from hell), she ended up only being charged with conspiracy and child endangerment. These were far lessor charges than what she could have seen thrown at her.
Recently, Frank spoke to Rochelle’s manager Jaine Flanagan. By her own account, Jaine has been more of a friend than a manager to Rochelle over the last 10 years. Jaine reports that Rochelle suffered a great deal after Brandon’s death. They had become close friends and Rochelle described herself as one of Brandon’s biggest fans. According to Jaine, Rochelle had a hard time after the accident auditioning for other parts. Her heart just was not into it. Though things came to a head on October 26th of last year with her arrest, Rochelle had other challenges that she had endured since her last acting job on The Crow. Finally, it was a lack in judgement which cost her dearly when the people whom she had become friends with turned out to be some pretty unsavory characters. She has learned a valuable lesson through the course of the events that have transpired over the last 8 months.
Will she act ever again? Who knows. Right now, she is just trying to get her life back on track for her and her son Destin. We hope that she will feel up to talking with fans in the coming months. I know that she is loved by the fan base and everyone is pulling for her to get back on her feet. When I was visiting with Robert Zuckerman he mentioned how much he would love to reach out to her now. I hope she knows how much she is loved, by those who know her and by those who have never met her. We are all a family and when one of your family hurts, everyone hurts.
I pray for nothing but the best for Rochelle and Destin.
Here is an article sent in from Frank that gives you a little detail on the video/DVD producers Hart Sharp, who will be putting out the complete series DVD of THE CROW: STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN.
I am in the process of putting together an update on Andrea (Drea) Ruano, otherwise known as “Sarah” from the first CROW film (her professional name that most CROW fans know her as is Rochelle Davis). She has been released with time served. Frank has been trying to reach her via her manager. He obtained a copy of the court docket that details everything that went on and continues to transpire in regard to her case. We will give you a synopsis of that, but will not go into major detail out of respect for Andrea’s privacy. The important thing now is that she be allowed to move forward and hopefully put all this stuff behind her. I will have that article up by this weekend.
Take care & God bless
Frank forwarded me this information that was posted by the The Intelligencer (Doylestown, PA). For those that have not kept up with this story, Rochelle Davis, real name Andrea “Drea” Ruano, was arrested a long with a number of gang members for basically running a drug house. Drea (Rochelle) contends she was a part of this out of fear for her own safety and that of her daughter. The sentencing has been handed down in the case and Drea received time served to 23 months in the county prison. We pray that she is able to get the time served and does not have to leave her son. It is just very ironic how this whole situation mirrors that of her character’s mom Darla from THE CROW.
We hope and pray that Drea can use this as a way to get herself straightened out. While Robert Zuckerman was visiting with me in January I told him about Drea’s problems and he was dismayed. He would like to speak with her.
Thanks again to Frank here is the full story:
Intelligencer, The (Doylestown, PA)
February 13, 2007
9 Bloods sentenced for selling heroin
Members of the “Sex, Money, Murder” faction of the street gang pleaded guilty to drugs and weapons charges.
They set up shop in Bucks County because the prices were better and the customers plentiful. Now nine people linked to the infamous Bloods street gang are in prison for selling heroin at a Penndel apartment complex.
“This was a sophisticated operation and they were growing,” said Senior Deputy District Attorney Robert James. “They sold their product here because their customers were here.”
The defendants, all members or associates of the Trenton-based “Sex, Money, Murder” faction of the Bloods, pleaded guilty to drugs and weapons charges in Bucks County Court in Doylestown.
Their arrests were the result of a two-month undercover sting at the Oxford Grant apartments that showed that the Bloods were raking in at least $12,250 a week selling heroin to a steady stream of customers coming and going from a vacant apartment.
During the sting, the gang members became suspicious of an undercover police detective who had infiltrated their operation and searched his clothes. Had they found anything that identified him as a cop, he could have been killed, James said.
Sentenced Monday by county Judge Albert Cepparulo were:
* Taquan “Skeeno/Blaze/Sparks” Owens, 22, of Trenton; four to eight years in a state prison.
* Rashawn “S” Biggs, 28, of Trenton; six to 15 years.
* David “Dip” Owens, 19, of Penndel; 71/2 to 20 years.
* Terrell “Mack” Owens, 21, of Penndel; four to 20 years.
* James “Hood” Harris, 27, of Trenton; two to five years.
* Darryl Martin, 28, of Bristol Township; 21/2 to five years.
* William “Jerzy” Murphy, 27, Trenton; 11/2 to five years.
* Oscar “Yorel” Holland, 26, of Trenton; six to 23 months in Bucks County Prison.
* Andrea “Drea” Ruano, 26, of Penndel; time served to 23 months in the county prison.
The defendants’ sentences varied depending on their prior criminal record and level of involvement in the operation.
According to court records, the gang began selling heroin, crack, powder cocaine and marijuana at Oxford Grant in June. Confidential informants tipped off police to the Bloods’ presence soon after, and the investigation began.
The gang kept a strict hierarchy, with the leaders rarely interacting with the “fiends,” or customers, leaving that work to the “goonies,” or underlings, in the organization.
The same bag of heroin that fetches between $5 to $7 on a Trenton street corner sells for at least $10 in Bucks, James said. That’s why the Bloods are eager to establish their turf here, and often scope out neighborhoods with small police departments like Penndel and Morrisville to base their operations.
We have an update on Crow alum Rochelle Davis (real name Andrea “Drea” Ruano). Seems she is going to need quite a bit of money to get out of the trouble she is in. We hope that she can overcome all this, get back on to a positive path. Not only for her, but for her son who is an innocent victim caught up in the middle of all this stuff.
Getting everyone caught up on some old news here. This was first brought to my attention by TheCrowTV and was posted on the Chamberoom by Dark Soul back on 1 November. Rochelle Davis (real name Andrea Ruano) has fallen on some bad times. Read the story below. It almost reads like something from an alternative sequel from the first Crow film. Very ironic. We hope for the best for Rochelle/Andrea.
Mom says daughter helped Bloods out of fear
Bucks County Courier Times
DRUG BUST IN PENNDEL
The woman who let a group of Bloods street gang members deal drugs out of her apartment once played a little girl who needed protection from a superhero in the 1994 movie “The Crow.”
But when Andrea Ruano feared getting robbed this summer, she didn’t turn to a superhero.
Ruano’s mother, Maun Flanagan, says her daughter had actually let the “Sex, Money, Murder” gang members live in the apartment because she was afraid of getting robbed.
The 26-year-old Penndel woman and four alleged members of the Bloods street gang — Oscar “Leroy” Holland, 26, also known as Yorrel; William Elon Murphy, 27, aka Jerzy; and brothers Darryl Dwain Owens, 21, known as D, and David Lamar Owens, 19, known as Dip — were arraigned Friday on charges that they were involved in a corrupt organization dealing heroin and cocaine out of Ruano’s Oxford Grant Apartment following a two-month undercover investigation.
Ruano also faces child endangerment charges for allegedly keeping her 3-year-old son in the apartment during drug deals and at least one robbery — the very thing her mother said Ruano thought the Bloods would prevent.
“It’s quite a fall,” Flanagan said outside the courtroom Friday morning. “We knew something, nothing good was going on over there because she had a gun to her head a couple weeks ago.”
The apartment, where police said as much as $2,500 worth of heroin was sold daily, was robbed the night of Sept. 19. A group of men from another gang armed with an assault rifle and a shotgun broke into the apartment, tied one gang member up and stole at least $1,000 worth of “rent money,” police said.
In a taped copy of the 911 call that night one gang member’s voice can be heard whispering. But the dispatcher could barely hear the man and asked him to repeat himself. He whispered again, slightly louder, “Help. We’re being robbed.” But when police showed up to investigate the incident, the victims could only describe the robbers as “black males.”
Police said Ruano’s 3-year-old son Destin was in the apartment that night.
“Everyone was telling her she was hanging out with these guys who weren’t really her friends,” Flanagan said.
Police investigated the alleged drug deals out of Apartment 146 for two months before raiding it Thursday. They seized a cell phone used for drug deals, a .45 caliber semiautomatic pistol, heroin, cocaine and several pieces of gang paraphernalia. They also found pictures of Ruano with actor Brandon Lee and Ruano’s film resume under the stage name Rochelle Davis.
Flanagan said her daughter was traumatized when Lee was accidentally killed on the set when he was hit by a round from a prop gun during an action scene. Ruano had to go back and film the final scene with a body double replacing Lee. Flanagan said she’s never been in a film since.
Flanagan said Destin is staying with her and his father at their Middletown house.
Ruano and the Bloods are each in Bucks County prison on $1 million bail.