Friday, July 31, 2009

Death In A Warehouse

"LITTLE FERRY, NJ — Authorities are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving a 55-year-old man and an unidentified woman whose bodies were discovered in a warehouse office on Bergen Turnpike on Friday.

"Police were called to 53 Bergen Turnpike, a single-story brick building near the corner of Main Street at 11:20 a.m. by a woman who said she had gone to the building to look for her estranged husband, authorities said.

"The woman found her husband’s lifeless body lying on a mattress next to the body of a woman with a stab wound, said First Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor William J. Galda. A knife was found near the bodies, he said.

"The man, identified as Kyung Hyung Cho, had no visible injuries and it was not immediately clear how he died, Galda said. The Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office is scheduled to conduct autopsies today on Cho and the woman, whose identity was not released on Friday.

"Galda said Cho had been living in the warehouse office since he moved out of the house he shared with his wife in Ridgefield. It was not immediately clear how long he had been living there, Galda said."


All Six Bullets

"Bargarh, India - Preliminary police investigations into the killing of senior IAS officer Jagadananada Panda and four of his family members in a western Orissa village early this morning seems to be a case of murder-suicide with cops suspecting that Panda might have first killed his father, wife and two sisters and then shot him[self] from a .32 bore pistol. Panda also tried to kill his son 22-year-old Sonu, who is battling for his life at a government hospital in Sambalpur.

"The body of 53-year-old Panda, Protector General of Emigrants in the Ministry of Overseas Affairs, was found in his ancestral home of Deogaon in Bargarh district on Thursday morning along with his wife, his ageing father and two sisters. Police rushed to the two-story home in Deogaon village of western Orissa district of Bargarh in the morning, several hours after the killings.

"`The sight was horrific, blood everywhere. It was ghastly,` said a police official."


Victim Survives Multiple Gunshot Wounds

"WACO, TX - Texas State Technical College police are investigating an attempted murder/suicide in campus housing as crime scene tape surrounds a house in the 300 block of Maxwell Lane.

"TSTC Police Department responded to the house after getting a call of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers found Brenda Beringer suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center and underwent surgery.

"Officers also found Daniel Beringer suffering from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Kristi DeCluitt.

"TSTC Police Department say they are investigating this as an attempted murder/suicide."


Two Bodies But Only One Spent Round

"TUPELO, MS - Sheriff's investigators on Thursday were examining an apparent murder-suicide of a couple near Mooreville.

"Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said deputies arrived on County Road 878 near Mooreville at the home of Collin and Dana Cockrell about 8:30 a.m. and found both of them dead in an upstairs bedroom.

"Dana, 26, was on the bed and Collin, 29, was on the floor, according to Johnson. The two were married.

"Johnson said the shootings possibly happened about 4 a.m., and it was unclear who fired the shots.

"When Collin didn't show up for work at a pallet-making company in Nettleton, Johnson said, co-workers went to his home. After not getting an answer at the door, the sheriff's department was called.

"`The back door was open, so we went in,` said Johnson. `We found both bodies in an upstairs bedroom and we also found a weapon in the same room with one spent round. Those factors lead us to believe that this was a murder-suicide.`

"Johnson said there were no signs of forced entry at the home and nothing inside was disturbed."


Thursday, July 30, 2009

Newlyweds Break Up

"SAN PABLO, CA — Authorities say a 41-year-old San Pablo woman has died after being shot in the head by her husband of one month in a murder-suicide.

"Marlo Schumacker died Thursday morning, two days after her 63-year-old husband, Walter Schumacker shot her at the couple's home before turning the gun on himself in front of family members.

"San Pablo police say the couple, who were married in May, were having an alcohol-fueled argument when the woman told her new husband she was leaving him.

"The man's adult son called 911 to report the shootings. Walter Schumacker died at the scene."

From The Examiner...

Celebration Takes Tragic Turn

"PHOENIX, AZ - Detectives are investigating what they believe to be a murder-attempted suicide at a Phoenix apartment complex.

"It all started with a shots-fired call at the Highland Park apartment complex at 27th and Glendale avenues early Wednesday morning.

"When police arrived on the scene shortly after 3 a.m., they found a woman who had been shot to death. A man was also wounded. Officer Luis Samudio of the Phoenix Police Department said the man's injuries are life-threatening. He reportedly was in extremely critical condition when he was rushed to the hospital.

"`There was an altercation between boyfriend and girlfriend where the boyfriend shot and killed his girlfriend,` Samudio said. `Then in turn, he went in and shot himself, as well.`

"Two young boys -- a 4-year-old and a 1-year-old -- were in the apartment at the time of the shooting. They were not hurt and are now with other family members.

"Neighbors said the couple were celebrating last night before things took a tragic turn.The boyfriend allegedly had just received paternity test results from his two boys, and the girlfriend had won some money in a lawsuit.

"It's not clear yet what sparked the fight that led to the shooting."


Victim's Mother Makes Gruesome Discovery

"Pensacola, FL - Pensacola police have identified the husband and wife found fatally shot this morning inside their Pensacola home.

"Wojciech Dobski, 60, and Joanna Dobski, 50, were found shortly before 8:30 a.m., and investigators believe their deaths were the result of a murder-suicide, Assistant Chief Chip Simmons said.

"Police investigators believe Wojciech shot Joanna — who was found in the couple’s bed — and then shot himself, a Pensacola Police Department news release said.

"Wojciech was found on the living room floor. A handgun was found next to him.

"Simmons said Joanna’s mother discovered the bodies in the Dobskis’ home in the 1000 block of Palisades Drive."


Domestic-Related Murder/Suicide

"Circle Pines, MN - A man and a woman were found dead this morning in Circle Pines in what appears to be a domestic-related murder suicide.

"Police responded to a shooting call at 7:54 a.m. in an apartment complex at 33 Village Parkway, according to the Anoka County sheriff's office, and responding officers found the bodies of an adult male and female at the address.

"Identification is pending notification of next of kin, the sheriff's office said.

"According to WCCO-TV, neighbor Jan Nelson said she knew the woman, a 38-year-old mother of 3, who was trying to get away from the man, 46, for a year. A gun has been recovered."


Grisly Well-Being Check

"DELTONA, FL - A Volusia County school crossing guard supervisor and her boyfriend were found dead in the woman's home Wednesday afternoon, an apparent murder suicide, a Volusia County sheriff's spokesman said.

"Julyann Rivera, 37, and Jesus Negron, 34, were found inside Negron's house at 678 Alexander Ave. about 12:40 p.m. when deputies stopped to make a well-being check, spokesman Brandon Haught said. Sheriff's investigators recovered a handgun at the scene and the preliminary investigation points to murder-suicide.

"The Volusia Medical Examiner's Officer removed the two bodies at 5:38 p.m. Wednesday, and sheriff's spokesman Gary Davidson said autopsies are scheduled for Thursday morning."


Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Shooter Recently Released From Jail

"MCCOMB, MS - We are learning more about the man who kidnapped his estranged wife, shot her to death and then turned the gun on himself. Turns out he has a criminal history and was recently released from jail. The frightening scene played out Wednesday night at the National Inn in McComb.

"Michael Smith had served time behind bars for harassing his estranged wife, Kathryn Smith. He was just released Monday, two days before the violent outbreak in McComb. The 42 year old was from Centreville, Louisiana and served time in that state on charges of stalking and harassing his wife and her boyfriend. Before that, Smith had been charged for trespassing and telephone harassment involving Mrs. Smith's boyfriend.

"`He served some time in jail, got out of jail within the last couple of days and here we are,` said acting McComb Police Chief Gregory Martin.

"Here's what police say happened. Wednesday night, Michael Smith followed Kathryn from South Of The Border restaurant in Saint Francisville where she worked. He forced her off the road, kidnapped her and took her to the National Inn in McComb. When she tried to escape to a restroom near the lobby, Smith chased after her. He shot her multiple times before killing himself.

"Family members tell police Michael and Kathryn Smith were in the process of getting a divorce."


Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Two Dead In New Mexico

"DEMING, NM - Police in Deming believe a man killed his girlfriend before driving away and later turning a gun on himself.

"Officers who responded to a report of shots fired Sunday morning found 33-year-old Leonor Holguin of Deming shot multiple times. She was pronounced dead at Mimbres Memorial Hospital.

"Witnesses reported seeing a black pickup truck fleeing the scene and officers later found a vehicle matching the description.

"Inside the truck, investigators found 32-year-old Manuel Gallosa, also of Deming, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"The bodies were sent to the state Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque for autopsies."


Monday, July 27, 2009

Mother Suspected In Double Murder/Suicide

"CHEYENNE, WY - Cheyenne police found a couple and their 2-year-old son dead at their home on Saturday, victims of an apparent double homicide and suicide.

"At 5 p.m. Saturday, relatives of Kelly J. and Joy M. Hofer of 4715 Hickory Place asked Cheyenne police to check on their welfare. Hickory Place is near the intersection of Dell Range Boulevard and Windmill Road.

"Police say the incident occurred Friday.

"Police walked in the back door of the couple's residence and found Hofer, 28, his 31-year-old wife and their 2-year-old son Gunnar dead.

"They were in the bed in the master bedroom on the second floor.

"The adults suffered single gunshot wounds to the head. Based on the initial investigation, police believe that Joy Hofer shot her husband and then herself, according to a news release.

"As of 4:45 p.m. Sunday, police did not know the cause of death of Gunnar Hofer. There were no visible signs of trauma to the toddler."


Travel Plans Cancelled

"West Philadelphia, PA - A woman who reportedly planned to take her children to Disney World today was shot and killed in West Philadelphia this morning by man who then took his own life with a bullet to the head, police said.

"The woman, 40, was shot shortly before 5:30 a.m. in her black Toyota Camry, which crashed into a stone wall at the corner of Atwood Road and Lebanon Avenue in Overbrook.

"A friend said the woman, who worked as a home health aide, was planning to take her son and daughter to Disney World today and that the gunman was an ex-boyfriend.

"Police said the gunman, 36, shot the woman in the body before shooting himself in the head.

"Both were taken to the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She was pronounced dead just before 6 a.m. He was pronounced at 6:20 a.m.

"`She was good person,` said neighbor Tanya Lawhorn.

"She said the victim often traveled back and forth to New York to care for her parents there and that the trip to Disney World was a gift from her father.

"A friend who asked not to be identified said the gunman had stalked the woman since she ended a relationship about a year ago.

"The victim did not have a restraining order against her her ex-boyfried but planned to get one after returning from Disney World, the friend said."


"Things Were Really Looking Up"

"St. Peter, MN - A four-year-old girl is found clinging to a shirt near a lake in Kasota.

"That discovery led investigators to find her mother dead in a cemetery, and their neighbor dead in his home in St. Peter.

"Darnell Mears told us his family was starting to come together.

"He planned to marry his fiance Michaela Widmer next month.

"`Her last dollar, if you need it, it would be yours. A genuine good person,` said Mears.

"They have a four-year-old child together, named Kassandra, but in the last month, he says his neighbor 53-year-old Rick Tabor tried to get closer to his family.

"Mears wanted to buy a swing set for his 4-year-old daughter Kassandra.

"`The very next morning there was a new swing set on the side walk here, and it said, 'Love, Rick,' on there, on the swing set,`

"Then, there was a trampoline, and Mears says Tabor would ask inappropriate sexual questions about Widmer.

"`That seemed to be kinda the turning point,` he said.

"Mears received what would be the last text from Widmer around 2:00 Saturday afternoon, he says she complained about Tabor.

"When the texts stop, he filed a missing persons report, and that's when investigators told him his daughter was found alone near Lake Emily.

"`The thing is, about Michaela, for her to be separate from Kassandra. I mean she would have to be injured or dead,` he said.

"Investigators checked Tabor's home, Mears says, and found him dead.

"A tip, Mears said, that led investigators to then find Widmer dead in a cemetery in Kasota.

"`Things were really looking up for her, for us,` he said."


Sunday, July 26, 2009

RCMP Cops Find Four Dead

"SLAVE LAKE, Aberta, CA - Cops are coping after finding an entire family dead in their own home today.

"`(Murder-suicide) is likely going to be the finding, but we have to progress in the investigation if that statement is to be definitively stated,` said RCMP spokesman Cpl. Wayne Oakes.

"Slave Lake RCMP got a tip on the killing at 6:30 a.m. today.

"They rushed out a rural home near Smith, 205 km north of Edmonton after calling in emergency response teams from Edmonton and Red Deer, with dog and air support in tow.

"They arrived at 7 a.m. and locked down the property.

"With all officers in place, they entered the home at 2 p.m., finding a ghastly sight.

"`Four members of a family were found deceased,` said Oakes.

"There was no one found alive in the home, and cops haven't run into anybody on the property.

"Oakes said investigators are treating the case as a homicide, but are not looking for any suspects.

"`They don't believe anyone else is at risk,` said Oakes.

"He noted cops had never been called to the home due to domestic violence.

"Cops didn't release any details about the family members. Next of kin are being notified, said Oakes, but he wouldn't say if any residents of the home are unaccounted for."

From The Edmonton Sun...

Murder/Suicide Ends Medical Problems For Three

"EAST POINT, GA - `It's shocking. It's devastating. I mean, it's just emotionally heart wrenching.`

"Neighborhood association president Chaplain Bridgewater speaks for many residents of a quiet street in the Atlanta suburb of East Point when he describes his reactions to the tragedy that happened around 3 pm Sunday at 2867 Stone Drive.

"An couple in their eighties, who've lived there for decades, was celebrating their 57th wedding anniversary with several family members.

"Without warning, the elderly husband suddenly shot to death his 12-year-old grandson, his wife and then himself in the backyard.

"`A fight did not take place; there was no conflict,` says Police Detective Cliff Chandler, `so we're as much at a loss as to why this shooting took place as the family is.`

"Chandler says other family members were inside the house when the backyard shooting happened and they came rushing outside to find the 3 victims.

"Long time neighbors [said] the couple and their grandson all had medical problems."


Grisly Homecoming

"CHINO HILLS, CA - A woman who came home after visiting family Saturday found her husband and 7-year-old daughter dead inside the residence.

"About 9:30 p.m., deputies from the Chino Hills Station responded to the 3600 block of Daisy Road after a 911 call was received from the location.

"Deputies entered the home and found the body of the girl and man in separate rooms in the house. The victims names have not been released.

"The Sheriff's Homicide Detail responded and is conducting what is believed to be a murder suicide incident."

From The Sun...

Saturday, July 25, 2009

Trucker And Lawyer Found Dead

Winnsboro, LA - Louisiana State Police are investigating the shootings of a man and woman who died in Winnsboro on Thursday night.

"Around 8:15 p.m., Franklin Parish sheriff's deputies responded to a domestic disturbance at 118 Muckelrath Road. There, deputies found 33-year-old Laurie Poland and 33-year-old Jason Muckelrath, both from Winnsboro, with gunshot wounds.

"A Franklin Parish coroner pronounced Poland dead at the scene. Muckelrath was taken to Franklin Parish Medical Center, where he died a short time later, according to state police.

"Trooper Mark Dennis said a preliminary investigation suggested the deaths were a murder-suicide, but detectives are still awaiting autopsy results.

"Death notices from Young's Community Funeral Home in Winnsboro indicated Muckelrath worked as a truck driver for the pipeline industry and Poland worked as a lawyer with the Louisiana Department of Social Services. Muckelrath's services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday at Winnsboro Church of Christ. Poland's funeral arrangements were still incomplete Friday night.

"Franklin Parish Chief Deputy Kevin Cobb said he did not know the relationship between Muckelrath and Poland, but he said Muckelrath's father works at the Franklin Parish Detention Center, which prompted deputies to call in state police."


Found On Road Dead

"Fayette County, AL - Authorities have determined that two people found shot to death near Studdards Crossroads in Fayette County on Thursday afternoon were killed in an apparent murder-suicide, said Barry Corkren, chief deputy of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department.

"Deputies responding to a domestic disturbance call on Fayette County Road 63 North, found Jennifer Ivie Nairemore, 35, and Jonathan Brent Nairemore, 39, dead in the road.

"Corkren said the two were married and that although the incident is still under investigation, all evidence points to a murder-suicide. He would not say whether it was the husband or wife who killed the other before taking his or her own life.

"The incident began as one of them walked along County Road 63.

"Two other adults in a passing car offered the walker a ride, Corkren said. Shortly after, the other half of the married couple approached in another vehicle.

"`The vehicles made contact and one vehicle left the roadway,` Corkren said. `The other two were not related to the victims and kind of found themselves in the situation.

"`They were just trying to be Good Samaritans, really.`

"Corkren would not reveal the names of the two people in the passing car but said they were uninjured and taken to a hospital for evaluation."


Friday, July 24, 2009

Message Raised Concern

"Mansfield, NJ - A Mansfield couple was found dead inside their Homestead home by police this morning, Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Mansfield Public Safety Director Richard C. Bendel announced today.

"The fatalities appear to be the result of a murder-suicide scenario, they said. Police found the bodies of Bernard Stilka, 89, and Minnie Stilka, 84, inside their Tallwood Court home at about 11:30 a.m.

"A relative contacted police after receiving a message from one of the decedents that raised concern, police said. The Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office’s Major Crimes Unit and the Mansfield Police Department investigated the incident."


Mom Shoots Tot, Self

"Philadelphia, PA - Montgomery County authorities are investigating the deaths of two people found inside a home Friday morning in the Erdenheim section of Springfield Township.

"Police say they got a 9-1-1 call shortly before seven o’clock from a man inside the house in the 900 block of Bent Lane. When they arrived they found a 30-year-old woman and her three-year-old son dead in the master bedroom of the house. District attorney Risa Ferman says a homicide investigation is now underway and they are waiting for autopsy results…

"`Based on information that was gathered at the scene and evidence that was gathered at the scene investigators have a very strong reason to believe that this will ultimately be ruled a murder-suicide.`

"She would not talk about whether any notes were left in the house. She says investigators are talking to family members to learn more about what may have been going on in the house."


Death In A Gated Community

"Bakersfield, CA - A husband and wife are dead in what is apparently a murder-suicide at the couple's home on the 15000 block of Redwood Springs. The home is in a private gated community.

"Shortly before 4pm a 14-year-old boy heard several gunshots and ran inside the home.

"Sheriff's investigators say the boy found a man dead with a gunshot wound to the head. The man's wife had several gunshots and was initially taken to Mercy Southwest hospital and then to Kern Medical Center where she died.

"Neighbors in the tight knit community were visibly shaken by the incident and were hugging members of the dead couple.

"The California Department of Corrections identified the couple as Angel Santa Cruz, a veteran of the department with a rank of Captain. The wife is identified as Andrea Plaza Santa Cruz also a correctional officer, but CDC could not say how long she was employed there.

"Both worked at Wasco State Prison. The prison was put on lock down after the shooting and remained on lock down status into the evening.

"Sheriff's investigators say it does not appear any one else was inside the home when the shooting happened. No motive for the shooting is yet known."


Another Deadly Breakup

"DALLAS, GA - Dallas police are investigating a domestic murder-suicide.

"Police said Brad Armstrong, 35, shot and killed his 22-year-old ex-girlfriend Heather McCarthy after the couple had broken up. Then Armstrong fatally shot himself.

"Officers responded around 4:30 p.m. Thursday to a report of the bodies being found at the Merchants Courts apartments, police spokesman Sgt. Bill Gorman said.

"The couple had been together for about a year until McCarthy ended the relationship two weeks ago, Gorman said.

"Relatives told police [that] Armstrong was physically abusive, and had attacked McCarthy days before the breakup. Gorman said police have no reports of domestic violence between the couple.

"`She drove him to Tennessee and left him with a friend,` Gorman said. `He came home today.`

"Gorman said McCarthy’s relatives urged her to go to the police the last time the Armstrong attacked her.

"`Had she done that, this might have been avoided today,` Gorman said."


Two Dead After Domestic Violence Call

"BETHESDA, OH - A Bethesda man and his wife are dead after an apparent murder-suicide at their home, Belmont County Sheriff Fred Thompson said Thursday night.

"Sheriff's deputies remained on the scene along Noon Road late into the evening.

"Thompson said it appears the husband shot the wife before shooting himself.

"Deputies had responded to a domestic violence call at the home earlier in the evening, Thompson said.

"Thompson said those officers left once the couple had calmed down.
Less than an hour later, a relative went to the couple's home and found both dead, Thompson said.

"Thompson did not release the names of the victims pending notification of family."


Thursday, July 23, 2009

Three Kids Orphaned

"New Orleans, LA - A man and a woman are dead in an apparent murder-suicide in Harahan, according to authorities.

"Harahan Police officers responded to a home in the 900 block of Oak Avenue in Harahan just after 3 p.m. and found the bodies of the man and the woman in front of the residence, according to Police Chief Peter Dale.

"Authorities have not yet positively identified the victims.

"`It looks like a domestic situation. A male shot the female and then put the gun to his head and shot himself,` Dale said.

"No one else was injured.

"The man and woman were in their mid-to-late 20s. The woman had three children, but they have been accounted for."


Victim Was Held Against Her Will

"McCOMB, MS - Two people are dead in an apparent murder-suicide in McComb. Police Chief Gregory Martin says it happened after midnight Thursday at the National Inn on Delaware Avenue.

"Martin identified the victims as Michael S. Smith, 42, of Centerville and Smith's estranged wife, Katherine L. Smith, 39, who was living in St. Francisville, Louisiana.

"Martin says an initial investigation indicates that Katherine Smith was being held against her will when the couple checked into the motel Wednesday night. She managed to break free and run to the lobby, where someone called police around 12:30 a.m. Thursday.

"Martin says her husband found her there and chased her into a bathroom, where he fatally shot her and then himself.

"Authorities in Louisiana are also investigating reports that Michael Smith had kidnapped his wife before driving her to McComb."


3 Shots, 2 Dead, No Motive

"Nacogdoches, TX - Nacogdoches police are investigating two shooting deaths in the Village Gate subdivision, and officers suspect a murder-suicide.

"Carlton Edwards and his wife, Donnie, were found in their home in the 900 block of Village Gate Circle by their teenage daughter. Nacogdoches police arrived just before 2 a.m., and NPD Lt. Tim Goerner said a handgun was found near the husband.

"Police believe Carlton fired two shots at his wife before shooting himself, but authorities still do not know the motive.

"Art Wheeless, the Edwards' neighbor, called police after the girl came to his house.

"`The oldest child came to the door, ringing the doorbell,` Wheeless said. `I came to the house and ... I went inside with the child. I saw the father was lying there. I took the kids back out of the house.`

"Police collected evidence while the Edwards' two children waited at the Wheeless home with a child protective services worker. Their paternal grandparents came from Tyler to take custody.

"Donnie Edwards worked for Aramark Food Service at SFA. Police did not find employment records for Carlton, Goerner said.

"Neighbors said the Edwards moved into the home last March. The Edwards were leasing the home, which had been recently renovated and placed for sale by owners. Wheeless said he thought the family was building a home somewhere in Nacogdoches and would only be in the Village Gate Circle home a few more months."

Source: The Daily Sentinel...

Two Dead In Texas

"Midlothian, TX - Officers responding to a 911 call at a home found two bodies with gunshot wounds from an apparent murder-suicide, Midlothian police said.

"Authorities went to the 1000 block of Short Line Boulevard about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday.

"Police said the identities of the victims were not being released, pending notification of next of kin. The deaths remain under investigation.

"Midlothian is located in Ellis County and about 25 miles southwest of Dallas.

"No other details were available this morning."


Not So Happy Birthday

"BERTHOUD, CO - Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that happened at a birthday party Wednesday night. The police chief [said] he believes the shooter is the woman's husband.

"Police Chief Glenn Johnson says the police department, fire protection district and EMS got a call about a reported shooting on Weld County Road 7, about a half mile from Highway 56, around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. When crews arrived at the scene, they found the woman's body. Police have not released her name.

"Johnson says the shooting happened outside. At the time of the shooting, there was an adult birthday party in progress. Police say about 20 people were there. No one else was injured.

"Police say they found the suspect shot to death in a nearby mobile home around 10:55 p.m. As of Thursday morning, police say it appears he took his own life.

"Johnson says there hasn't been a homicide in Berthoud in the three and a half years that he has been chief."


Wednesday, July 22, 2009

FBI Investigates Murder/Suicide At Army Base

"FORT LEWIS, WA — A man who fatally shot a civilian vendor at Fort Lewis before shooting himself has died, the Army reported.

"The man, a 59-year-old retired soldier from Lakewood, Pierce County, died just before 4 p.m. at Madigan Army Medical Center. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1992. His identity is being withheld pending notification of next of kin, according to the Army.

"The FBI is investigating the double-shooting which occurred at 11:20 a.m. at the base's main post exchange.

"The woman, a civilian vendor at the post exchange, was pronounced dead shortly after noon, officials said.

"`Preliminary indications are there are two victims, one man and one woman,` said Fort Lewis spokesman Joe Kubistek. `Indications are that the man shot the woman and turned the gun on himself.`"

Source: The Seattle Times...

'Til Death Do Us Part

"SILETZ, OR - A man killed his estranged girlfriend and then himself Tuesday in the western Oregon town of Siletz, police said.

"Wayne Nelson, 45, and Julie McDugle, 27, were found dead outside a home on James Frank Road just before 3:30 p.m., said Detective Tom Harrison in a Toledo Police Department news release.

"Toledo police said they determined Nelson shot his ex-fiancée multiple times and then shot himself once to commit suicide. The bodies were found just a few feet away from each other in the front yard.

"McDugle and Nelson were engaged to be married until the engagement was broken off in June, officers said. McDugle showed up at the Siletz home on Tuesday to move some of her belongings out of the house, according to witnesses.

"Police said they found a letter written by Nelson that was left at the scene. In the letter, he said he was sorry for the murder of McDugle and the pain it caused the family.

"Detectives said they also found an e-mail sent by Nelson to his family in which Nelson said he `would not be able to recover from this one.` The e-mail went on to say that he considered McDugle his `common law wife` and that `till death do us part is a maxim that he intended to uphold,` according to the police department."


Two Dead In Ponca City

"PONCA CITY, OK - Deputies in Kay County are investigating a possible murder-suicide near Ponca City.

"Amy Sue Pameticky, 39, and Clay Donelson, 48, were found at a home about a mile and a half south of Ponca City at 4:40 p.m. Wednesday.

"Pameticky's ex-husband found them, authorities said, and confirmed that Pameticky and Donelson lived together but were not married.

"The cause of death for each person has not been revealed, pending a review from the state medical examiner."


Financial Hardship Pushes Woman Over The Edge

"WALNUT CREEK, CA — A Walnut Creek woman shot and killed her 16-year-old son and then turned the weapon on herself in a murder-suicide at Mt. Diablo State Park, the Contra Costa County Sheriff's Office said.

"The body of Adam Williams, a student at Las Lomas High School, was found Friday night at a park lookout point along with that of his mother, Judith Williams, 51, of Walnut Creek.

"Sheriff's Capt. Daniel Terry said investigators found a suicide note at the Walnut Creek home that the mother and son shared. The handgun used in the shootings was registered to Judith Williams, he said.

"Adam Williams, who would have been a junior at Las Lomas this fall, was a member of the cross-country and track teams. An outpouring of grief appeared on a Facebook page created in his memory.

"His father, Jim Williams said a memorial is set for Friday in Fair Oaks, outside Sacramento, where he lives. Jim and Judith Williams were divorced.

"Jim Williams said that his ex-wife had fallen into dire financial hardships recently."


1 Dead, 1 "Grave" In California

"Visalia, CA - Visalia police have identified both victims of what they are calling an attempted murder-suicide earlier today in west Visalia.

"Earl Mitchell, 23, of Visalia was found dead with a single gunshot wound to the head inside a residence on the 2300 block of Sunnyside Avenue near Sallee Street just after 4:10 p.m., witnesses and police reported.

"Celina Gonzales, 22, also of Visalia, was also found with a gunshot wound to the head at the same location and transported to an unnamed local hospital for treatment. Her condition was termed `grave` by Visalia police.

"Visalia police reported that Mitchell was the likely shooter, killing himself in the process. The case remains under investigation."

From The Visalia Times-Delta...

Monday, July 20, 2009

Victim Survives Double-Murder Suicide

"CLOVER, SC - York County authorities say a man shot his wife and teenage son before turning a hand gun on himself late Sunday.

"Investigators said 46-year-old Gary Gwinn shot 44-year-old Sharon Gwinn and 21-year-old Brenton Gwinn at about 10 p.m. at their home in Clover on Old Cedar Circle off Timber Creek Drive.

"Brenton Gwinn was struck in the abdomen and survived. He is now in fair condition at Carolinas Medical Center.

"Gary and Sharon Gwinn were both pronounced dead at the scene.

"Deputies said Gary Gwinn is the person that called 911 to report the shootings before killing himself. Deputies said although the family was obviously having problems, authorities had not responded to any previous domestic-related calls at the home.
Authorities said the couple has another college-age son who was not home at the time of the shootings."


Trouble In Paradise

"PARADISE HILLS, CA - The deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found early Monday in a Paradise Hills garage are being investigated as a possible murder-suicide... The pair were shot to death, police said.

"Officers received a report at 12:22 a.m. that two people were dead in the 2200 block of Reo Drive, according to San Diego police Sgt. David Jennings.

"Police are unsure how 41-year-old Eustacio Torres and 52-year-old Bernadette Agustin are related, Jensen reported. The bodies were discovered by the man's nephew in a home the nephew owns."


Sunday, July 19, 2009

Another Disturbing Welfare Check

"NEW PORT RICHEY, FL — Pasco sheriff's deputies were on the scene of an apparent murder-suicide early Sunday.

"Deputies received a call about 9 p.m. Saturday to conduct a welfare check at a home at 4455 Grandwood Lane. Deputies discovered the bodies of an elderly woman and a man inside the home, according to a statement from sheriff's officials.

"The cause of death and identities were not released."


Saturday, July 18, 2009

Relationship Unclear In Bloody Murder/Suicide

"Los Angeles, CA - A 5-year-old boy apparently was stabbed to death by a 30-year-old woman... possibly his mother... who then slit her wrists and died, police said today.

"The two were discovered about 9:40 a.m. at a home in the 300 block of Vista Place near Garvanza Park, Los Angeles police Officer Rosario Herrera said.

"Earlier this morning, police had said that a 5-year-old girl had been stabbed by her mother. Later, officials at the scene said the child was a boy whose age has not been confirmed. They also said it is not clear what the child's relationship is to the dead woman.

"The boy had been stabbed multiple times, and the woman's wrists were cut, said Herrera, adding that the information was preliminary.

"There was no immediate word on a motive."


"Foul Play" Suspected

"Pompano Beach, FL - The Broward Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible double murder-suicide in the Palm Aire neighborhood of Pompano Beach.

"Three men were discovered dead in adjacent condominium units at 565 Oaks Lane Friday night, according to BSO spokeswoman Dani Moschella.

"Moschella said Homicide detectives believe foul play was likely involved. They initially said the deaths may have been a double murder-suicide, though they had not ruled on the deaths as of Saturday morning.

"Moschella said BSO's SWAT responded to the scene to ensure the condo units was safe to enter and detectives worked through the night trying to identify the men and determine the circumstances surrounding their deaths."

From The Miami Herald...

Victims "Involved In A Relationship"

"BELMONT, NC – Police said a murder-suicide at an apartment complex on Castleton Court in Gaston County left two people dead. They said the victims, 28-year-old Amanda Leigh Caskey and 30-year-old Terry Anthony Campbell, were involved in a relationship.

"911 dispatchers received a call around 10:30 Friday night that someone had been shot.

"Once on scene, police found two people with gunshot wounds inside the apartment.

"They said 28-year-old Amanda Leigh Caskey died inside the apartment, and her boyfriend, 30-year-old Terry Anthony Campbell, was taken to the hospital where he died a short time later.

"Gaston County police believe Campbell shot Caskey and then turned the weapon on himself.

"This is the second domestic related homicide in Gaston County in the past month."


Massacre Down Under

"Sydney, Australia - POLICE are investigating a possible murder-suicide that has left five people dead, including a mother and her two young sons, in Sydney's northwest.

"The bodies of a woman in her mid-40s, her 12 and nine-year-old sons, a 46-year-old man and 40-year-old woman were found on Saturday morning at a house in quiet, suburban Boundary Road, North Epping.

"A relative of the dead mother made the devastating discovery shortly after 9am (AEST).

"Police, who say the bodies were found in several rooms, believe the tragedy was `domestic related`.

"Part of Boundary St was cordoned off while detectives canvassed neighbours for information.

"Acting Superintendent Stephen Henkel said the possibility of murder-suicide was being investigated and only post-mortem examinations would determine how all five died.

"He declined to comment on the relationship between the victims and would not say what, if any, weapons were used."


Friday, July 17, 2009

Longtime Friendship Ends Abruptly

"ELIZABETHTON, TN – Authorities have released the names of two men who died of gunshot wounds in an apparent murder-suicide on Dry Creek Road overnight.

"According to a news release from the Carter County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to 1180 Dry Creek about 12:07 this morning after receiving reports of a shooting at that location.

"Deputies found one handgun and the bodies of two men.

"The shooter was identified as Robert B. McKinney, 40, 102 Rainbows End, Roan Mountain.

"The other victim was identified as Grover E. Richardson, 56, 1180 Dry Creek.

"Sheriff Chris Mathes said in the news release that the incident appeared to be a murder-suicide, because each victim only had one gunshot wound. The men had seemingly been longtime friends, the news release said."


SWAT Team Too Late Again

"Folsom, CA - Folsom police responded to the Cobblestone Place condominium complex on the 200 block on Wales Drive after reports of screams for help and gunshots were heard about 9 p.m. Thursday.

"Folsom’s SWAT team entered the condominium around 11 p.m. and found a man and a woman dead in what they believe was a murder-suicide.

"The woman's body was found on an upstairs patio while a man's body was found in the adjoining bedroom with a gunshot wound to the head. A handgun was found near his body, according to Folsom Police Officer Jason Browning.

"According to neighbors, a woman was heard screaming `Somebody help me,` before `four or five` gunshots were heard. There was a period of silence and then there was another gunshot.

"Police, believing they may have a hostage situation on their hands, attempted to contact the people inside the condominium, but were unsuccessful. Meanwhile, residents were instructed to either evacuate or to lock themselves in their homes, police officials said.

"Folsom police have responded previously to the same address on a domestic disturbance call.

"According to neighbors, the couple was dating."

From The Folsom Telegraph...

Family And Neighbors "Shell-Shocked"

"LUDHIANA, India - In a spine-chilling incident, poverty apparently forced a 40-year-old drug addict to allegedly stab his wife and two little children to death before setting himself and them on fire. All four of the family belonging to New Angad Colony in Shimlapuri succumbed to injuries.

"According to information, Harcharan Singh Channa, a carpenter, took the drastic step on Wednesday night, leaving his surviving family members and neighbours shell-shocked.

"Said to be in dire straits financially, Channa allegedly killed his wife Harminder Kaur, 35, and kids Jaswinder Kaur, 10, and Manpreet Singh, 6, with a sharp-edged weapon. While Jaswinder was in Class III, Manpreet was a student of Class I in New Senior Secondary School at Shimlapuri, said Channa’s mother Kulwant Kaur."

From The Times of India...

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Victim, Perp Were High School Graduates

"BELTON, MO - A former Mason City woman is dead and her husband is charged with her murder.

"Belton Police found Amber Hartwig, 36 shot to death at her home, just southeast of Kansas City on Tuesday evening.

"Michael Adams, was also found suffering from a gunshot wound and he was taken to a local hospital.

"A neighbor said the couple had been married for several years and had 2 children.

"Both Hartwig and Adams are graduates of Mason City High School.

"Adams is charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action.

"He is currently being held on a $1 million cash bond in the Cass County Jail."


Few Details In Breaking Case

"Asheboro, NC - Two people are dead in what authorities are calling a murder suicide.

"Randolph County sheriff's deputies were sent Thursday to a family fight at 634 Hillary Court in the Asheboro area, according to a news release. Ana Galarza and Adam Almodova, both of Asheboro, were found dead inside the home with apparent gunshot wounds.

"Authorities believe Almodova shot Galarza before shooting himself, according to the release. Their ages and addresses were not immediately available."

Source: News & Record...

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Death In The Attic

"Atlanta, GA - An elderly Avondale Estates man killed his wife Wednesday and then shot himself to death, police said.

"The murder-suicide was discovered shortly after 6:45 p.m. when police were called to a home on the 100 block of Clarendon Avenue for an apparent cardiac arrest. They found the body of a woman, 85, the victim of foul play, police said.

"Later, after securing a search warrant, police found Edward Travis, 86, dead in a crawl space of the attic.

"The name of his wife was not released, but state voter registration records lists an Anne Travis at the same Clarendon address as Edward Travis. Authorities would not say how she was killed.

"A note, apparently written by Travis, was found requesting that he not be revived.

"`Right now we have not found anything that would indicate it is something other than a murder-suicide,` said John Bankhead, spokesman with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation."


Gunfire Ends Custody Dispute

"LEBANON, KY - Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide in Marion County.

"State troopers said they were called to a home in the 2200 block of Danville Highway in response to a shooting at about 2:15 p.m. Wednesday.

"When officers arrived, they found the bodies of James Brady, 30, and Cindy Tucker, 28.

"Investigators said a gun was recovered at the scene and that the victims appeared to have died from gunshot wounds.

"The couple had reportedly been involved in a custody dispute and had been in the Marion County District Court earlier in response to an emergency protective order."


A Tale Of Two Cities

"Madison, WI - Autopsies are scheduled Wednesday for the two victims in what’s being investigated as a murder-suicide Tuesday in McFarland and Madison.

"Robert J. Beaulieu, 61, was found at a South Side Madison apartment, and Shereen C. Beaulieu, 51, was found in a McFarland apartment.

"They were married but living separately during divorce proceedings, according to Madison police.

"Madison police were called shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday by a citizen reporting a shot being fired in the 1100 block of Moorland Road in the Knob Hill apartments. Police spokesman Joel DeSpain said that upon arrival, police found a man with a gunshot wound. The man apparently died a short time later at a local hospital.

"Madison police contacted McFarland police during the investigation. Officers were trying to reach the next of kin when the woman’s body was found, said McFarland Police Chief Gregory Leck. The woman had been shot in the head, Leck said.

"During a search of the Madison address this afternoon, a gun was recovered that police believe was used in the murder-suicide, Leck said."

Source: The Capital Times...

1 Dead, 1 Injured After Domestic Dispute

"Cedar Hill, MO - The Jefferson County police department is investigating an attempted murder-suicide.

"This happened around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the 6000 block of Jenny Court just south of Cedar Hill.

"Authorities [said] they received a call for a domestic dispute at a mobile home. When police arrived to the scene they found a man and a 47-year-old woman in the front yard.

"Authorities [said] that the man set the mobile home on fire and told the woman not to come out. She came out and he shot her in the lower torso. He then killed himself.

"The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The woman was taken to a local hospital. No word yet on her condition."


Police With Battering Ram Find Two Dead

"VERNON, CT — Connecticut police are investigating a homicide-suicide in a Vernon home that involved gunfire following a frantic call to police from a woman inside.

"Sgt. William Meier says police got a 911 call about a domestic disturbance call just before midnight Sunday from a woman who told police two children were inside the house on Gerald Drive, she then began screaming.

"Meier says police arriving at the scene heard several gun shots and decided to rush into the home quickly. Police used a battering ram to force their way in and two girls, aged 9 and 15, were found safe.

"Meier says police found a man and a woman dead of gunshot wounds inside. They've identified the two as 43-year-old Alice Morrin and 45-year-old James Morrin.

"Autopsies are being scheduled."


Tuesday, July 14, 2009

"Domestic Assualt" Leaves Two Dead

"Glen Lyon, PA - The double shooting in Glen Lyon yesterday has been ruled a murder-suicide, Luzerne County Coroner John Corcoran said today.

"Alinda E. Krason, 40, and Florencio Gomez, 50, both of Glen Lyon, died from gunshot wounds, the cororner said after today's autopsies.

"Corcoran said that Gomez shot Krason before shooting himself, but would not comment on the injuries.

"He confirmed that Gomez and Krason were in a relationship and living together, and the deaths appear to be connected to domestic assault.

"Police were dispatched yesterday around 4:25 p.m. to 47 Coal St., Newport Township, for the report of a woman shot two times with an armed man still inside the home. A follow-up dispatch notified responders the man also shot himself and was dead.

"Gomez had threatened to kill Krason in the past, according to arrest records."


Two Dead In "Quiet Neighborhood"

"Gahanna, OH - A woman and her adult son were found dead last night in their Gahanna home in a quiet neighborhood just west of Gahanna-Lincoln High School.

"Detectives are investigating the deaths as a possible murder-suicide, said Gahanna Police Deputy Chief Ken Bell.

"Bell said officers went to 153 Douglas Dr. shortly before 7 p.m. after someone called expressing concern about the homeowner.

"Next-door neighbor Vaughn Dodridge said he made that call after a co-worker of the homeowner, Maureen E. Gilbert, came to his house to say she was worried because Gilbert hadn't shown up for work and wasn't answering her door.

"Dodridge said that he and his wife also had knocked on the door and shouted through open windows. They decided to call police after seeing chairs toppled in the house, he said.

"Bell said that when police arrived, they found Gilbert, 57, and her 20-year-old son, Paul S. Leibrand, dead inside. Bell said both had been shot to death.

"Police will await the results of autopsies today before reaching a conclusion on the circumstances of the deaths, the chief said.

"Dodridge said he saw the body of a woman lying in the doorway when police opened the front door of the house.

"`That's an image I'll never get out of my head,` Dodridge said last night."

From The Columbus Dispatch...

Monday, July 13, 2009

Victim Survives Murder/Suicide Attempt

"Sneads, FL - On July 13, 2009 at approximately 6:33 a.m. the Sneads Police Department received a call from 7892 Broken Oak Dr. reporting that a disturbance was occurring at that residence. Officers from the Sneads Police and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded. When officers arrived it was discovered that Robert Earl Cruse had traveled to this residence on Broken Oak Dr. where his wife, Kenyatta Cruse was staying. This address is the home of Ms. Cruse’s parents. Ms. Cruse’s parents had left the residence to go to work, leaving Ms. Cruse in the residence with her children and sister.

"Ms. Cruse told officers that Robert Earl Cruse had broken into the residence and had attacked her with a knife, stabbing her in the left upper part of her body.

"Just prior to the officers’ arrival, Cruse fled the area on foot. As officers were talking with the victim and accessing the situation they heard a gunshot in a wooded area near the home.

"Officers then found Robert Earl Cruse laying dead on a trail near the residence from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound."

From WMBB 13...

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Couple Had "Prior Verbal Altercations"

"Santa Clarita, CA - A Santa Clarita man apparently killed his wife and then hanged himself in his backyard, authorities said today.

"A relative found the dead woman about 7:13 this morning inside a home in the 28000 block of Creston Court. The relative called authorities, who soon discovered the man hanging in the backyard, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

"The couple were going through a divorce and `had prior verbal altercations,` according to the department.

"The woman suffered blunt-force trauma to the head and chest. Both were pronounced dead at the scene."

Source: Los Angeles Times...

Police Suspect Bitter Custody Battle

"Laidley, Australia - A MAN suspected of a Brisbane murder pointed a high-powered rifle at two Laidley constables moments before turning the gun on himself.

"Police in Laidley had been on the lookout for the fugitive's 1994 Hilux ute following the fatal shooting of 47-year-old Brisbane man Michael Foot on Friday.

"The car was identified on CCTV footage taken near the scene of the shooting and authorities had received information that the driver had links to the Laidley area.

"A police source told The Queensland Times that two senior constables noticed the ute about 8pm and followed it through town at a safe distance.

"They lost sight of the ute, but found it when they returned to the police station on Spicer Street - parked in the back car park.

"The driver then pointed what was thought to have been either a shotgun or high-calibre rifle at the two officers, forcing them to duck for cover.

"A police source said the two officers shouted at the man to drop the weapon before the gun shot rang out.

"The man was later found with a fatal wound to the head.

"He is yet to be formally identified.

"Police said he was a former brother-in-law of Mr Foot, with media reports suggesting the tragic murder-suicide was motivated by a bitter custody battle with Mr Foot's ex-wife, Amanda Hoolahan, for the couple's 18-month-old son."

From The Queensland Times...

Man Jumps To Death After Killing Two

"PRINCE GEORGE'S COUNTY, MD ― An apparent murder-suicide is under investigation in Prince George's County. That's where police say a man killed two of his relatives inside an apartment in Langley Park. Then, later in the day, they say he jumped to his death in Washington DC.

"The two people inside the apartment, a man and a woman, were both in their twenties.

"Police say the apartment was set on fire after they were killed.

"It's not yet clear how the man was related to those victims."


Friday, July 10, 2009

Caretaker Declines Comment

"Naples, FL - The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a murder-suicide involving an elderly couple who were shot to death at the Naples Land Yacht Harbor mobile home park in East Naples.

"Just before noon, the Sheriff’s Office received a call from a caretaker who discovered an elderly male and female dead inside their home at 113 Pier J, inside the park.

"Neighbors identified the couple as Arthur Paul McGill, 91, and Florence Ann McGill, 87, who had lived in the park for at least 30 years. A white Honda Civic registered to the couple was parked in the carport.

"The Sheriff’s Office confirmed their identities late Friday afternoon.

"`I can confirm it was apparent gun shot wounds,` Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Kristie Lester said when asked how they were killed. Investigators are trying to determine who the shooter was.

"On Friday afternoon, crime scene investigators, deputies and a detective were gathered at the white mobile home, which was wrapped in crime scene tape. A few friends and neighbors stopped by to see what was going on.

"The caretaker who discovered the couple declined comment."


Buckeye Hat Trick

"Columbus, OH - Three people are dead after a shooting last night in a North Linden home that police said was a double murder and a suicide.

"Columbus police said this morning that Phillip Columbus, 62, shot a man and a woman inside his 3001 Clevelawn Place home some time before 10:20 p.m., then turned the gun on himself.

"Police did not identify the pair, but said both appeared to be in their 30s.

"Clevelawn Place is just east of Cleveland Avenue near Westerville Road.

"Sgt. Dana Norman of the homicide squad said a 911 call was made from 2998 Clevelawn. A woman who had been shot in the neck ran to the house for help.

"Police found her on the side porch of that home. She was taken to Ohio State University Medical Center and died there about 11:45 p.m.

"When police went to 3001 Clevelawn, they found two people shot to death inside, Norman said. Police said this morning the victims had gunshot wounds to their upper bodies.

"Several neighbors who did not want to give their names said they heard shouting and doors slamming in the house about 9:45 p.m. They said the noise sounded like an argument.

"Early this morning, the entire block around the house remained cordoned off and family members gathered near the police tape blocking off the home."

Source: The Columbus Dispatch...

Heated Argument Leads To Cold Blooded Killing

"OKLAHOMA CITY, OK - A man shot and killed his wife during a heated argument late Wednesday night in northeast Oklahoma City before shooting himself, police said.

"Billy Vivian, 36, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound a day after he killed his wife during an argument, police say.

"Homicide investigators were called to Northeast 67th Street and Santa Fe Avenue at 10:38 p.m. When police arrived, they found Candace Vivian, 38, dead of multiple gunshot wounds.

"Police said the woman was shot inside her home while her children -- ages 10 and 13 were inside. One of those children called 911 for help.

"Officers quickly developed information that the woman had been in a heated argument with her husband. Police said Billy Vivian shot her and then fled in the couple's automobile.

"At approximately 11:35 p.m., police spotted the vehicle parked alongside a road near Northeast 63rd Street and Air Depot Road. The officer stopped to check the car and found Billy Vivian suffering from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"He was transported to OU Medical Center in critical condition, where he died on Thursday."


Apartment Complex Had History Of Violent Death

"CHARLOTTE, NC - Charlotte-Mecklenburg police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in the same east Charlotte apartment complex where two police officers were killed in 2007.

"Officers tell us they responded to a communicating threats call at the Timber Ridge Apartments off of Milton Road early Friday morning. When officers arrived a woman said her boyfriend had made threats to her on the phone.

"Minutes after officers left the apartments to look for the boyfriend, they got a call of `shots fired` from that same apartment. When they entered the unit they found a woman and man dead from gunshot wounds.

"Police are not identifying the two deceased people at this time, but do say it was the woman who made the first 9-1-1 call and her boyfriend.

"Investigators are not looking for any suspects and friends of the woman victim said she was nine months pregnant."


Thursday, July 9, 2009

Death Of Elderly Couple Confuses Cops

"Rockville, MD - The bodies of a man and woman, believed to be a couple in their late 70s or early 80s, were found in their Rockville apartment this morning.

"Managers of the apartment in the 100 block of Monroe Street called police about 11:30 a.m. and asked them to check on the couple, since they had not been seen recently, Rockville Police Chief Terrance N. Treschuk said.

"Several days of newspapers had accumulated at the doorstep and the bodies were found after managers opened the door for police.

"Investigators are looking into whether the case is a double murder, murder-suicide or suicide.

"`It doesn't appear to be anything from the outside,` Capt. Robert Rappoport said. `It's kind of unlikely to get two natural deaths at the same time like that.`"

Source: Gazette.Net...

Death In The Kitchen

"Birmingham, AL - A domestic dispute apparently led to the shootings of two people in Birmingham.

"The crime happened Wednesday, July 8, 2009, at approximately 10:14 p.m. CT, at 221 22nd Street Southwest.

"The victim is Teresa Wright, 22, of Birmingham.

"Wright lived at the address where the murder happened.

"Officers from the West Precinct were dispatched and responded to the incident location on a report of two persons suffering from gunshot wounds. Upon arrival, officers located a family member that informed officers that he arrived home to find the victim and a second subject lying on the kitchen floor with apparent gunshot wounds.

"Paramedics arrived and pronounced both victim and suspect dead on the scene.

"The suspect has been identified as Talmadge Owens, of 221 22nd Street Southwest, Birmingham."


Upscale Murder/Suicide In Georgia

"Harris County, GA - The Harris County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide after the bodies of Christopher and Andrea Holcombe were discovered by their teenager late Wednesday morning in their mansion at 131 Old Gate Road (???).

"`There was a family disagreement,` Sheriff Mike Jolley said. `Alcohol was involved, or so it appears.`

"Christopher Holcombe was a contractor at Fort Benning, Jolley said, and Andrea Holcombe worked at TSYS. Their 5,000-square-foot home and its 5-acre lot had a 2009 tax value of about $1 million, according to records on the Harris County Board of Tax Assessors’ Web site.

"Their 15-year-old child spent Tuesday night with a friend, Jolley said, and the couple was at home with their other children, ages 5 and 1. The details of what happened that night came from the 5-year-old, who heard a gunshot, the sheriff said.

"Jolley said it appears that during the argument the husband got a shotgun from the bedroom `and shot his wife and turned it on himself.` The wife was shot outside on the porch, he said.

"The shooting happened some time Tuesday night, investigators deduced, because the 5-year-old told them it was dark outside at the time.

"No note was discovered, Jolley said, and he didn’t know what the husband and wife were arguing about."

From The Ledger-Enquirer...

Argument Leaves Three Dead

"ROCKY MOUNT, NC — A man shot his wife and stepson to death before fatally shooting himself at their trailer in eastern North Carolina, police said Wednesday.

"Capt. Laura Fahnestock of the Rocky Mount Police Department said William Wesley Schowengerdt, 53, got into an argument with his stepson, Alexander Walker, 21.

"Fahnestock said Schowengerdt retrieved a gun from the trailer and shot Walker, who ran from the home before he collapsed out front. Police say Schowengerdt shot his wife, Lynda Schowengerdt, 53, and then shot himself on the front porch.

"Walker was transported to Nash General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

"A woman identified as Theodora Walker who lived next to the trailer told a reporter, `I just lost my daughter and my grandson. Do not call back.` The woman abruptly hung up the phone.

"Fahnestock said investigators are still on the scene. She had no additional details."


Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Few Details Available In Alabama Murder/Suicide

"HUNTSVILLE, AL - Police were at the scene of what was described as a murder and suicide at a north Huntsville apartment complex Wednesday morning.

"According to police at the scene, a woman was leaving her apartment at Stonebrook Apartments on Lancewood Drive off University Street about 3 a.m. when she was shot and killed. Before authorities arrived, her alleged killer had fatally shot himself."


Three Dead In Florida Trailer Park

"CHIPLEY, FL - Authorities are investigating a shooting that left three people dead in a mobile home park in the Florida Panhandle.

"Washington County sheriff's officials said deputies responded to the scene Tuesday about 4 p.m. after a call about shots fired. Deputies found a woman and two men dead from gunshot wounds. The names of the victims have not been released.

"A fire was also set in the area, and officials quickly put out the flames. Authorities were not searching for a suspect and would not comment on whether the shooter was one of the people found dead.

"Crime scene investigators were on the scene searching for a motive along with the state fire marshal and the medical examiner."

Source: The Miami Herald...

Two Fires, Two Bodies

"Morgan County, OH - At about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday the sheriff's office received calls concerning two separate fires.

"Firefighters responded to a Frash Road address and found the home engulfed. While attempting to get this fire under control, firefighters heard another explosion several hundred yards north on Brown Road (???).

"Due to explosions in the area and possible shots fired, law enforcement officers attempted to enter the Brown Road property. They found trees cut across the road and had to walk into the property. Once there, the separate fires were located and a body was found at both scenes.

"Assisting the Sheriff's Office in the investigation are the Ohio Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation, the State Fire Marshal's Office, the Morgan County coroner and the M & M Fire Department.

"The investigation is continuing and no further information is available at this time."

From The Zanesville Times Recorder...

Few Details In WV Hat Trick

"Aurora, WV - Three people are dead in Preston County after what police say is a murder-suicide.

"The call came into the 911 Communications Center around 12:30am Tuesday. It happened at a home near the town of Aurora along Highway 50 on Schumaker Road.

"Deputies aren't releasing too many details at this time but they [said] that three people were found dead, two women and a man, but at this point they're not saying who the shooter was.

"Neighbors say the two women were mother and daughter and they both worked for the Lady's Auxiliary, One as the president and the other a cook. Neighbors say they were friendly and this whole incident has taken them completely by surprise."


Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Standoff Ends In Murder/Suicide

"SAN JOSE, CA — Police say two people are dead after an hourslong standoff at a San Jose home.

"The incident began around 8:30 a.m. Monday after a 39-year-old gunman barricaded himself inside a townhouse with a 35-year-old woman. Officers who surrounded the home heard several loud bangs from inside the home around noontime.

"Officers entered the home more than five hours after the standoff began and found the suspect and hostage dead of gunshot wounds.

"Police spokesman Jermaine Thomas says it appeared to stem from a `family dispute,` but he won't confirm the relationship between two. Police say the woman's 9-year-old daughter had escaped the house without injury.

"Neighbors and family members [said] that the woman was the suspect's ex-wife and that they had been in a bitter custody battle over their daughter."


Death Threats Preceded Murder/Suicide

"Mandeville, Jamaica - The Jamaican police in Mandeville, Manchester are now investigating a possible case of murder suicide.

"Judith Curry, 26, was reportedly stabbed and killed by her boyfriend 39-year-old Wilbert Everton Richards.

"Alleged eyewitnesses say the two were involved in a dispute when the man, with whom the woman had ended the relationship, pulled a butcher’s knife and attacked her.

"The incident happened at the bar where the woman worked around 9 a.m. this morning in the vicinity of the Mandeville Market.

"It’s reported that the woman had received death threats prior to the incident this morning.

"Relatives say she had taken two weeks leave from work.

"However, she returned to work this morning when she was killed.

"The man reportedly stabbed himself after killing his girlfriend."


Monday, July 6, 2009

"A History Of Domestic Disturbances"

"Fort Gaines, GA - Authorities in Southwest Georgia say two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide.

"The incident happened today in Fort Gaines, Georgia.

"Authorities say 40-year-old Eddie Heard Jr. shot and killed his 29-year-old girlfriend Angela Sands.

"Investigators believe Heard shot Sands at least twice as she sat in her car in the driveway of their home on Washington Street.

"Heard then apparent got in his truck and fatally shot himself.

"The couple has reportedly been together for the past 8 to 10 years and has a history of domestic disturbances."


Double Stabbing, Double Death

"GLENDALE, AZ - Police are on the scene of an early morning double stabbing in Glendale.

"A woman called 911 shortly after 5 a.m. Monday, saying that her boyfriend had been stabbed.

"When rescuers arrived at an apartment complex near 55th Avenue and Camelback Road, they discovered two victims. A 37-year-old woman had been stabbed multiple times and was pronounced dead at the scene.

"A man in his 40s had been stabbed in the neck. He was rushed to St. Joseph's Hospital.

"Family members said the incident was a domestic situation that turned very violent. They [said] that this appears to be a murder-suicide.

"Police said they were not actively looking for a suspect."


Dad Makes Disturbing Discovery

"Perth, Australia - Baby twins have died in an apparent murder suicide bid in Perth's east.

"Police allege a woman killed two seven-month-old twins before attempting to take her own life at a house in Flintlock Street, Cloverdale on Monday afternoon.

"Major crime squad detectives were called to the home about 3.30pm (WST).

"`The father came home and discovered his partner and two seven month-old twins unconscious in the house,` a WA police spokesman said.

"The man called an ambulance which took the infants to hospital where they were later declared dead.

"`At this stage it is being treated as a homicide and forensic officers are at the address,` the police said.

"The woman remains in hospital in a serious condition.

"Police would not reveal the cause of death."

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald...