Friday, August 22, 2014

Deputies Find Bodies In Master Bedroom

"VERONA, VA — On Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 2241 HRS, the Augusta County Sheriff's Office responded to a single family home in the 100 Block of Oak Crest Drive in Verona, for a report that two individuals had been discovered in the home deceased. Responding Deputies arrived at the scene and discovered the bodies of a 56-year-old man and a 56-year-old woman, both were found in the master bedroom of the residence and both had died from gunshot wounds.

"A weapon was recovered at the scene. Investigators responded to the scene and processed the scene overnight. Preliminary on scene investigation point towards a murder suicide and the investigation is ongoing.

"The male and female victims were transported to the Office of The Chief Medical Examiner in Roanoke for autopsies, and preliminary autopsy results are pending as is notification of the victim's next of kin."


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Neighbors Found Dead In Adjacent Backyards

"STRAWBERRY, CA — A murder/suicide investigation was underway Thursday as authorities found the bodies of two neighbors in their Strawberry backyards.

"Marin County sheriff's detectives, who were investigating the shooting death of a resident found in the backyard of 154 Carlotta Circle about 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, discovered the body of a resident next door at 152 Carlotta in his yard Thursday morning.

"A rifle was found alongside the body at 152 Carlotta.

"Sheriff's Lt. Doug Pittman said events that unfolded at 152 and 154 Carlotta Circle were unclear, but added there is a `high probability` the case involved a murder/suicide. The two were apparently neighbors.

"`At this point, there is no search for a suspect,` Pittman said. `We have no information to believe we have any suspect at large or that the community is in danger.`

"Pittman said he had no information on the relationship of the two men, or whether there had been issues involving the pair. `I'm unaware of any ongoing dispute between them,` he said. Identities of the two were not released.

"`We're trying to figure out what we have here,` Pittman added."

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Dispatchers Hear Gunshots During 911 Call

"TOWNSHEND, VT — Vermont State Police are investigating an incident that left two people dead.

"Police said they received a 911 call around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday from a Grafton Road residence requesting help. The dispatcher said they heard what they believed to be gunshots while on the phone. The call then ended abruptly by the caller, according to police.

"Police from the Brattleboro Barracks responded to the residence and found a male, identified as 26-year-old Shane Brodeur, deceased outside of an apparent gunshot wound. A female, identified as 20-year-old Katelyn McFadden, was found unresponsive inside the residence of an apparent gunshot wound, police said.

"McFadden was transported to Grace Cottage Hospital and then airlifted to Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center. Police said she later succumbed to her injuries.

"The autopsy and subsequent investigation revealed McFadden died of a gunshot wound to the head and a second gunshot injury to the neck. The cause of death was determined to be a gunshot wound to the head, and the manner of death was homicide.

"The autopsy and investigation into Brodeur's death revealed Brodeur died as a result of a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, and the manner of death was a suicide.

"The investigation revealed Brodeur was responsible for McFadden's gunshot wounds before fatally injuring himself. Police said Brodeur made the initial 911 call regarding disagreements between himself and McFadden.

"Police said Brodeur and McFadden were in a relationship and lived together at the Grafton Road residence."


Elderly Couple Had Serious Medical Issues

"BOONVILLE, NC — Around 8 a.m. Wednesday, local law enforcement responded to a 911 call at a residence at the intersection of Center and Sprouse roads. Upon entering the home, officers discovered the body of a deceased elderly female and an elderly male with a gunshot wound. The male was transported to the hospital and subsequently died from his injuries.

"No names have been released as yet, and the investigation is ongoing, but Yadkin County Sheriff Ricky Oliver did indicate that it appeared to be a murder/suicide and that both individuals had serious medical issues prior to their deaths."


Murder Suspect Charged After Botched Suicide Bid

"LAUREL, MD — A man allegedly shot and killed another man who was dating his estranged wife before attempting to take his own life in Laurel Wednesday night, Anne Arundel County police said.

"The victim, Howard Richard Popp Jr., 39, from Owings Mills, was found in the roadway in the 3300 block of Sudlersville South around 10:40 p.m., police said. He was lifeless when police arrived and was later pronounced dead at the Maryland Shock Trauma Center. The suspect was also taken to Shock Trauma with life-threatening injuries and has been charged with first- and second-degree murder, among other charges, police said.

"Police identified the suspect as Robert Babauta Mendiola, 39, of Laurel. His charges have not yet appeared in online court records and it could not be determined whether he had obtained a lawyer.

"Police said Mendiola's wife had separated from him in July and obtained a final protective order, but Mendiola continued to attempt to reunite with her as she began dating Popp. Mendiola's estranged wife and Popp were sitting in a car when Mendiola approached, and Popp was shot multiple times with a handgun after the two had gotten out of the car.

"Mendiola fled the scene and barricaded himself in a shed in the 300 block of Old Line Avenue, and when police broke into the shed, Mendiola had shot himself."

From the Baltimore Sun...