Friday, October 30, 2009

Deaths End Domestic Dispute

"BALTIMORE, MD - Baltimore County Police are investigating an apparent murder suicide at a business.

"It occurred shortly before 1 p.m. Friday at Keary Advertising in the 7200 block of Rolling Mill Road near the Eastpoint Mall.

"Baltimore County Police spokesman Bill Toohey said 45-year-old Dennis Leon McLaughlin of Halethorpe walked into the business and shot the owner of the company, 59-year-old Wayne Lee Keary.

"McLaughlin then went outside and shot himself. He died at Bayview Hospital.

"Detectives remain at the scene.

"Toohey said the killings were the result of a `domestic dispute.`

"The company is a direct mail advertising firm."


Never Argue With A Drunk

"MANATEE, FL - A domestic argument turned into attempted murder and suicide late Thursday night, the Manatee County Sheriff's Office reported.

"A couple who lived together and have a child were arguing about 11:50 p.m. The woman was wanting the man to move out of the house in the 4100 block of 62nd Street West, Bradenton.

"The 49-year-old man, whose name was not released pending notification of next of kin, was drinking, and got his firearm and loaded it.

"The woman, 43, and her two children, ages 19 and 12, ran out of the house and across the street.

"The man chased them, caught up to them and shot the woman twice. The victim and the children ran eastbound from the residence and called 911.

"The man ran back towards the house.

"The victim was transported to Bayfront Hospital in critical but stable condition, according to the sheriff's report.

"Upon arrival, deputies were told that the suspect was in the residence. The house was surrounded. A short time later, law enforcement officers found the man dead in the residence with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head."


Thursday, October 29, 2009

Two Dead, One Injured In Showroom Murder/Sucide

"Cathedral City, CA - Two men are dead and another wounded in an apparent murder-suicide this morning in a Cathedral City rental car showroom, police said.

"The shooting occurred at 10:29 a.m. in the showroom of Luxury Rent-A-Car in the 68300 block of East Palm Canyon Drive when a gunman opened fire, said Lt. Glen Haas of the Cathedral City Police Department.

"There is a preliminary motive, but Hass declined to comment further because the investigation is ongoing.

"`The evidence at the scene and the interviews lead us to believe that the shooter was probably one of the fatalities,` he said."

Source: Los Angeles Times...

Death On The Back Porch

"SEBRING, FL - Highlands County Sheriff's Deputies responded to a 911 call at 4401 Shamrock St. just after 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning after two dead bodies were apparently discovered at the residence.

"Located just east off of Thunderbird Road, records from the Highlands County Tax Appraiser's Office show that the house is owned by James (Jim) L. Guy. According to one witness at the scene, there was a possible murder-suicide inside the 1,200-square foot, gray, ranch-style house.

"When contacted at 1:15 p.m., Capt. Randy Labelle of the HCSO would say nothing other than that there was a death investigation under way at the house and that deputies were awaiting a search warrant so they could begin their investigation.

"Sheriff Susan Benton said that standard practice after a scene is secured for the safety of deputies and victims is for everyone to back off until a search warrant is obtained before any evidence is gathered.

"Ralph Levingston [said] he saw the bodies of Guy and his girlfriend on the screened-in back porch of the house. Levingston also reported seeing a small pistol on the floor near Guy, who had a wound to the head.

"Levingston also reported seeing the unidentified girlfriend on her knees with her face in the chair on across the room, and blood on the floor.

"Levingston [said] that he had known Guy for 15 to 20 years, and was heading over to the house to see why Guy had missed an 8 a.m. meeting to go get a sailboat in Okeechobee.

"`We were going to bring his sailboat back to his house so he could sell it,` Levingston said.

"`I didn't go into the house. I just saw them from outside the screen porch, about eight feet from the door,` he added.

"Levingston had no idea why the deputies were seeking a search warrant."


Wednesday, October 28, 2009

"Money Was Running Out"

"QUEENS, NY - A Manhattan diamond merchant — who was suffering business and health problems — shot and killed his 78-year-old wife in their bed today and then turned the gun on himself, sources said.

"Police were alerted by co-workers when Morris Green, 76, failed to show up at his Fifth Avenue office.

"They went to Green’s apartment on 196th Place in Fresh Meadows, Queens, where’s he lived with his wife Charlotte for more than three decades.

"Police obtained a key from a neighbor, went inside and found the couple shot to death in their bed. A .38 caliber handgun was also found in the bed, sources said.

"Green had obtained the licensed gun because of security concerns related to his jewelry business.

"Investigators said Green’s business took a downtown along with the economy and he apparently decided to take his own life rather than face the bleak future.

"`Money was running out,` one source said.

"Investigators and neighbors also said that both Green and his wife, a writer, had serious health problems and mounting medical bills.

"But others who knew Green refused to think he had killed himself and his wife.

"`No! There was no way he could ever be involved with something like that,` said Tim Kaziu, 47, maintenance man in the Greens’ building. `He’s a wonderful man. Always joking and always laughing.`"

Source: New York Post...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

He Was Told Never To Come Back

"TRAVIS COUNTY, TX - Travis County Sheriff’s deputies said today that man and a woman were found shot to death in a murder-suicide Monday evening in the 10000 block of McAngus Road in southern Travis County near the Austin-Bergstrom Airport.

"Somebody found 30-year-old Victor Colombo and 29-year-old Rita Marie Granados dead inside the trailer where Granados lived about 5:21 p.m. Monday and called 911, said Roger Wade, a spokesman with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.

"An investigation and medical examiner’s reports show that Colombo shot Granados and then shot himself, Wade said. Colombo was an estranged ex-boyfriend of Granados’, he said.

"Just a few weeks ago, Wade said, deputies had been called out to the residence on a criminal trespassing call when Colombo was trying to get into Granados’ trailer. He was released on a warning after Granados and deputies told him never to come back, Wade said."


Murder/Suicide In Day Care Parking Lot

"FAIRFIELD, OH — A coroner says the shooting of a man and woman found dead inside a sport utility vehicle at an Ohio day care center was a homicide-suicide.

"Coroner Richard Burkhardt in southwest Ohio’s Butler County said Tuesday that 46-year-old Evelyn Restituyo was a homicide victim, shot once in the thigh and once in the back of the head. Burkhardt says her wrists and ankles had been bound with white plastic ties and her body was found in the back seat.

"Burkhardt says 47-year-old Francisco Restituyo committed suicide through a single gunshot wound to the temple. The coroner says his body and a gun were both found in the front seat of the vehicle.

"The bodies were discovered Monday in the SUV, which was in the parking lot of the Jelly Bean Junction day care in Fairfield."


8 Year Old Witnesses Suicide

"MESA, AZ - Police said a Mesa woman was clinging to life Monday night after a man shot her in the face before turning the gun on himself.

"According to police, the two had an 8-year-old son who was sleeping in the room when the shootings happened.

"Police said the shootings took place at an apartment complex located on east Main Street in Mesa.

"Police said they got the call at about 11 p.m. Sunday. When officers got there, they found 25-year-old Carmen Lara had been shot in the face, and 28-year-old Christian Mendivil-Hernandez was dead. Police said he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after shooting Lara.

"[Police said] that Mendivil-Hernandez came to the apartment where Lara lives - along with her son, brother, sister in law and their two kids earlier in the day.

"At some point, everyone else went to bed, and police said the little boy fell asleep on the couch. They believe the boy was still sleeping when his dad shot his mom.

"Officers said that's when the child woke up, and ran to get his uncle.

"Police said they have not yet determined a motive for the shooting.

"Mesa Police Sergeant Ed Wessing said, `Unfortunately, nobody knows. Nobody in the apartment knows what (the victims) were talking about. They didn't hear the argument. They didn't hear anything but the first pop from the firearm and that's when they came down and saw the suspect shooting himself.`

"Police [said] Mendivil-Hernandez was released from jail about a month and a half ago.
Accoridng to police, he was released on the condition that he would return to Mexico. ICE [said] he was deported on September 2nd, and returned to Arizona illegally sometime after that.

"Lara was listed in extremely critical condition at a local hospital."


Monday, October 26, 2009

Elderly Wisconsin Couple Found Dead

"SHAWANO, WI — Two elderly people are dead in what the Shawano Police Department suspects is a murder-suicide at an apartment building in Shawano.

"At 3:46 p.m. today, Shawano police officers found an 87-year-old man and an 82-year-old female dead at an apartment building at 205 E. Division St., according to the Shawano Police Department.

"Police Chief Ed Whealon said a relative discovered the bodies after being unable to reach the victims all day and coming to the apartment to check on them.

"Police are trying to reach other family members before releasing the victims’ names or details about the cause of death.

"An autopsy is planned Tuesday. No further information is available."


Cop Commits Suicide After Lover Found In Shallow Grave

"Chattahoochee, FL - A Chattahoochee police officer shot himself to death Friday as police were discovering the body of his long-time mistress buried in a shallow grave near his home east of Chattahoochee, according to Chattahoochee Police Chief Vann Pullen.

"Lt. Barry Moore, who is married, quickly became a suspect in the disappearance of Antoinette Ross after a witness reported she was seen voluntarily getting into Moore’s police cruiser at her home in Quincy late Wednesday night. She was expected home that evening and never returned. Police believe Moore killed Ross in the early morning hours Thursday, but do not yet know her exact cause of death as an autopsy in pending.

"Pullen said authorities believe Moore learned that Ross had been on a date with someone else earlier Wednesday evening, and confronted her.

"Gadsden County authorities, who were still searching for the missing woman, contacted Pullen around noon Thursday with information about Moore and Ross being seen in the cruiser together in Quincy.

"Pullen immediately suspended Moore for taking the cruiser out of his jurisdiction and using it for personal business. Moore’s service revolver was also confiscated.

"Meanwhile, one of Pullen’s officers reported something unusual that happened during Moore’s overnight shift, which began Wednesday evening.

"The officer said he had pulled up next to Moore in the Florida State Hospital cemetery, and that Moore inexplicably sped away.

"A search of that area turned up nothing suspicious. The search then focused on Moore’s residence. At this point, Moore was on suspension.

"According to Pullen, Moore and Ross had an ongoing relationship for at least 10 years, and had a 3-year-old child together.

"No further details were immediately available."

From WMBB News...

Deer Hunter

"SABINE COUNTY, TX - Texas Ranger Danny Young said Monday that it appeared that two shooting deaths that occurred on Sunday in nearby Sabine County are a case of murder-suicide. However, Young said the investigation into the incident was continuing.

"Young said he and others believed that 50 year old Michael Cooley of Lake Charles shot 61 year old Michael Furney of Seabrook at least three times with a .22 caliber rifle at a deer camp just off of Farm to Market Road 330 before returning to his motor home and turning a gun on himself.

"The initial shooting occurred shortly before 4:00 pm and officers from the Sabine County Sheriff's Department were reportedly looking for Cooley when they discovered his body at his motor home not far from where Furney was shot. Young said both shootings occurred at what was known as the Whitetail Ridge Hunting Club in the northwest part of the County.

"Both Cooley and Furney were pronounced dead by Sabine County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Jamie Brasher. Their bodies were taken to Starr Funeral Home in Hemphill."

From KFDM News...

Kansas City Police Suspect Murder/Suicide

"KANSAS CITY, MO - Kansas City police have identified the mother and son found dead in their home Sunday at Patricia A. Kuder, 73, and Michael Roscher, 53.

"Both lived at the home in the 5400 block of Ridgeway Avenue in east Kansas City. A relative called police after he had not talked to either person for nearly two weeks, police said. Though investigators have not ruled on the manner of death, the case is being worked as a murder-suicide, police said."

Source: Kansas City Star...

"Incoherent" Man Kills Daughter, Self

"CAMDEN, NJ — A Northgate Apartments man slashed his 2-year-old daughter's throat Sunday, then cut his own throat.

"Eric Banks was left alone with his daghter, Enalla, at about 7 p.m. Sunday. When the child's mother returned at about 8:45 p.m., Banks had locked himself in the apartment with the child and was screaming, police said.

"The mother brought relatives to the apartment and they spoke with Banks for several minutes, but his reponses reportedly were incoherent. The mother called 911 at 8:51 p.m. Family members and a Northgate security guard attempted to force open the apartment door.

"When they got into the apartment, they found the girl lying on the floor with her throat cut and a fire in the kitchen. Relatives carried the child out of the apartment. Police said she was later pronounced dead at Cooper Medical Center.

"Flames engulfed the apartment and when the fire was extinguished, authorities found that Banks, who was burned, had cut his own throat. A knife was found near the apartment's door.

"The fire did not spread beyond Banks’ apartment and no other injuries resulted."


Sunday, October 25, 2009

Mommy Deadest

"BELL GARDENS, CA - A woman was found dead of blunt force trauma and her son was found injured with self inflicted injuries in what police believe was a failed murder-suicide.

"The body of an elderly woman was found brutally beaten in her home around 10:15 a.m. today in the 6300 block of Gotham Street in Bell Gardens, said sheriff's Deputy Lilliam Peck.

"She was later identified as 79 year old Agnes Bratton.

"Bratton's son, who lived with her, was found bleeding of self-inflicted wounds, police said.

"The son, identified as 53 year old Ronnie Bratton, is believed to have slit his wrists.

"Authorities are investigating whether it was a murder and attempted suicide by the son.

"`It is tragic circumstances, obviously,` Lt. Patrick Nelson of the sheriff's department said. `And if there were mental health issues, it's very unfortunate that whatever treatment he may have received apparently wasn't sufficient.`

"Ronnie Bratton was rushed into surgery in an area hospital and is expected to survive."


Friday, October 23, 2009

Death On The Altar

"POTTSVILLE, PA - A man shot his girlfriend in the parking lot of the Social Security office in Pottsville around noon today, according to authorities. They say police then followed the gunman, identified as Frank Manganiello, 51, of Schuylkill Haven, from the Social Security office in the 2200 block of West Market to the First United Methodist Church at West Market and 4th.

"The district attorney says Manganiello went inside the church and shot and killed himself on the altar.

"`The indications are when he got out of his vehicle, he had a handgun and he pointed it toward his head like he was going to take his own life,` said Jim Goodman, Schuylkill County District Attorney. `So when he got in the church, obviously the Pottsville police had to secure the scene. There were individuals in the church. They had to get those individuals out of the church and make sure everyone was safe.`

"In the meantime, the girlfriend, Sandra Pucci, 49, of Pottsville, was flown to Lehigh Valley Hospital near Allentown. She died there a short time later.

"Goodman says Manganiello, who owned a pizza shop in Pottsville, was recently freed on bail after being charged with breaking into Pucci's house. He says she had a protection from abuse order against him.

"Goodman says the Social Security office shares a parking lot with the convenience store where Pucci works. He says he's not aware of any connection between Manganiello and the church in which he shot himself."


Michigan Couple Found Dead

"YORK TOWNSHIP, MI - A couple was found dead Thursday in an apparent murder-suicide in their York Township home, the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office said today.

"At about 2 p.m. Thursday, sheriff’s deputies were sent to the 10100 block of Faetano Lane to check on the couple, who had not been heard from since Monday. They were found dead inside their home.

"A preliminary investigation concluded that James Kwiatkowski 52, killed his wife Stephanie Kwiatkowski, 52, then took his own life, authorities said. They died within a short time of each other."


Seven Hour SWAT Standoff

"MANCHESTER, NH - A Manchester woman was killed and her father was also shot inside her New Hampshire home Thursday afternoon. Police say the woman's husband pulled the trigger, and then held officers at bay for hours before taking his own life.

"The shooting happened around 2 p.m. at 233 Jewett Street, the home of Jonathan and Melissa Charbonneau.

"According to neighbors, the couple was going through a divorce and Mrs. Charbonneau had recently taken a restraining order against her husband. When she came to the home Thursday to collect some belongings, the violence erupted.

"Police say Jonathan Charbonneau shot and killed his wife and also shot her father, who suffered non-life threatening injuries.

"S.W.A.T. teams surrounded the home for nearly seven hours, before storming the house and discovering Charbonneau dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound."

From WBZ-TV...

Multi-State Murder/Suicide

"REHOBOTH, MA — A man accused of fatally stabbing his wife in New Hampshire was found dead Thursday in Rehoboth, the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office said.

"Rehoboth police discovered the body of Binh Vernet, 48, of Londonderry, N.H. in a wooded area, the attorney general’s office said.

"Residents called Rehoboth police after they noticed a suspicious van in the woods near Simmons and Reservoir streets. Police said they found blood inside the vehicle.

"Police said search dogs led investigators into the woods, where they found Binh Vernet’s body.

"Police said they believe Binh Vernet fled in the van after his wife, 46-year-old Suzanne Vernet, was stabbed Wednesday night at his home in New Hampshire.

"Londonderry police said she was critically injured and flown to Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She later died on Thursday.

"The attorney general’s office said that a medical examiner will perform autopsies on Suzanne and Binh Vernet to determine the exact causes of death."


Thursday, October 22, 2009

Death In A Walmart Parking Lot

"HURST, TX - A Grapevine woman died Wednesday after her husband struck her with his car and then shot himself in an apparent murder-suicide.

"Sandra Bentley, 50, was pronounced dead about 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner’s Web site.

"Her husband, Curtis Bentley, 53, also of Grapevine, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound while still in the family vehicle, police said.

"Witnesses told a police officer that Curtis Bentley was in the Walmart parking lot, 1730 Precinct Line, driving at a high rate of speed when he stuck his wife, said Hurst Sgt. Craig Teague, police spokesman.

"Police received the call about 11:30 a.m., Teague said.

"After striking his wife, a witness said that Bentley rolled forward about 75 feet and then shot himself, Teague said.

"Police have not tracked down a motive and continue to investigate, Teague said.

"The Bentleys are survived by four children, police said."

Source: Star-Telegram...

Gas & Gunshots

"LAS VEGAS, NV - Three people found in a home in Las Vegas appear to have died from a murder-suicide, police said.

"Metro police said one of the three turned on the gas to the stove and left it on. There was also a shooting involved. A combination of gas and gunshots killed the three, and there was a suicide note, police said.

"The bodies were found at 4:45 p.m. Wednesday in a house in the 4700 block of Canna Drive, near Tropicana Avenue and Boulder Highway.

"A neighbor said the three were a man, his wife and their son. A security guard who works at the development said the man’s wife was just diagnosed with cancer. Police have not confirmed their statements."

From FOX 5 News...

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Bag 'Em, Dano

"HONOLULU, HI - Maui police found the bodies of two people on Tuesday night with fatal gunshot wounds, officials said.

"Police went to a Makawao home after a call of a possible domestic violence situation and the sound of gunshots at about 10:15 p.m.

"Officers discovered the bodies of a 59-year-old man and a 58-year-old woman.

"Maui Police Department's Criminal Investigation Division is investigating the case as a murder-suicide, officials said.

"Police have not yet released the victims' identities. Autopsies have been ordered."


Elderly Couple Found Dead

"Newton, MA - An 86-year-old man apparently fatally stabbed his wife in the neck before cutting his own throat in what authorities described as a murder-suicide in Newton.

"Newton Police responded at 5:30 a.m. today to 290 Woodland Road for what officers were told was a possible murder-suicide, according to a press release from the Middlesex District Attorney's office. The press release did not say who told police about the killings.

"When police arrived, officers forced their way into the home and found the husband and wife dead. Jane Cooper Wyman, 86, was killed by a stab wound to the neck, and her husband William Wyman, 86, died from the same injury.

"Investigators believe that the husband killed his wife before stabbing himself because of a note found at the scene and statements William Wyman made to family members before his death, authorities said. No additional information was released."


Bodies Found In Home

"Lakewood, CO - Officers are investigating a possible murder and suicide in Jefferson County.

"The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said deputies responded to the 11100 block of W. Oregon Place for a welfare check. When they arrived, deputies met with a woman who claimed that her parents lived at the residence and hadn't been heard from recently. The deputies entered the home and discovered the bodies of an adult woman and man.

"Both the woman and man had gunshot wounds.

"Investigators said it appears there was no third party involvement in the deaths.

"Names were not released."


Monday, October 19, 2009

One Dead, One Injured In Dallas

"DALLAS, TX - A man shot his ex-girlfriend then fatally shot himself Sunday night, police said.

"The man, whose identity was not released, went to his ex-girlfriend's house in the 4100 block of Northaven Road about 8:30 p.m. Sunday to discuss an upcoming court case, police said. The suspect shot at the home, then entered and shot his girlfriend before shooting himself, police said.

"The woman's injuries were not life-threatening. The man was taken to a Dallas hospital, where he died."


Southern California Murder/Suicide

"NORWALK, CA - A man and a woman were found dead of gunshot wounds Saturday afternoon in Norwalk, in what authorities believe was a murder-suicide.

"Officers responded to a report of assault with a deadly weapon in the 11500 block of Tina Street at 12:50 p.m., said Rick Pedroza, a deputy sheriff. Upon entering the location, sheriff’s deputies found a man and a woman, both dead from gunshot wounds, Pedroza said.

"Deputies believe it was a murder-suicide, Pedroza said. A handgun was recovered at the scene.

"The woman was identified Sunday as Toni Vazueta, 29, of Norwalk. The man’s identity has not been released, pending notification of his family."

From L.A. NOW...

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Three Dead In Probable Murder/Suicide

"PEORIA, AZ - Police have identified three people found dead inside a Peoria home Friday morning.

"Mike Tellef with the Peoria Police and Fire Departments said the victims were discovered inside the home near Sunnyside Drive and 73rd Avenue around 10 a.m.

"Tellef said 26-year-old Dawn Axsom and her mother, 56-year-old Lisa Braden were found along with Gabriel Schwartz, 28. Axsom and Braden lived at the home.

"Schwartz was the estranged boyfriend of Axsom, according to Tellef.

"He said one of the victims did not show up for work and when a friend went to the home to check, they reportedly heard a baby crying but no one was answering the door.

"The friend called police and when officers arrived at the home, they found the three victims' bodies in different rooms in the home, according to Tellef.

"Police said the 2-year-old son of Axsom and Schwartz was found in the home unharmed.

"Tellef said violence was involved in the deaths, but he did not provide details. He said the exact cause of death would be determined in an autopsy."


Breakup Leads To Murder/Suicide

"RULEVILLE, MS - A teenager is killed in a murder-suicide.

"It happened around 4:00 Friday afternoon at Bianca Keys' home in Ruleville. The seventeen year old Ruleville Central High School student was killed by 23-year-old Lavarus Bowman of Greenwood.

"Using a nine millimeter handgun, he shot Keys in the head and the neck. Bowman then turned the gun on himself.

"Keys' younger cousin and grandmother were at the home and witnessed the fatal shooting.

"`Domestic related. It's boyfriend/girlfriend where the female victim was looking to break up with the male subject and he ended her life,` said Ben Grant, Ruleville Police Chief.

"Prior to the incident, Bowman allegedly texted Keys several times telling her he was planning on killing her.

"Keys allegedly showed these texts to Ruleville Central High School officials."

From WBLT...

One Dead, One Hurt In Quebec

"Gatineau, QC, Canada - A man is dead and a woman recovering in hospital after an attempted-murder and suicide in Gatineau early Sunday.

"A 43-year-old man attacked a 47-year-old woman with a knife at 40 Rue de Gentilly at about 4:40 a.m., said Const. Isabelle Poirier of Gatineau police. He then turned the knife on himself, she said.

"The woman suffered very serious wounds but was reported out of danger later in the morning, Poirier said. The man was declared dead in hospital at 5:45 a.m., she said. Neither person’s name has been released.

"While police are treating the case as an incident of domestic violence, Poirier said they do not yet know the nature of their relationship, or if both lived at the home."

From the Ottawa Citizen...

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pair Found Dead In Apartment

"WINDBER, PA — Authorities are investigating the deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found Friday inside an apartment in the 1200 block of Graham Avenue.

"The victims were identified by Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller as Randy Marsh, 37, who lived in the apartment, and Allison Didonne, 23, of the Johnstown area.

"Autopsies were scheduled for today to help authorities learn more about what happened, Miller said.

"`We’re still investigating,` he said.

"`(Today) we will have a much clearer picture of what happened.`

"Miller estimated that the time of death for the victims was between 1 and 3 a.m. Friday.

"The two were found in a second-floor apartment that is located above a Graham Avenue tavern.

"Marsh’s brother went to check on him after a telephone call went unanswered.

"The brother then found the victims, Miller said.

"The authorities were called at about 12:15 p.m., he said.

"Windber Borough police and the state police crime unit also are investigating."

From The Tribune-Democrat...

Friday, October 16, 2009

No Drugs Or Alcohol Found At Scene

"La Cañada Flintridge, CA - A man and a woman have been reported dead today in what may be a murder-suicide case in La Cañada Flintridge.

"Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies are on the scene, an apartment building at 4511 Lasheart Drive, across the street from La Cañada Flintridge City Hall. Traffic barriers are in place in the neighborhood, slowing down the afternoon pick-up at La Cañada Elementary School.

"According to sheriff’s homicide investigator Steve Lankford, at about 11 a.m. today the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station received more than one call from neighbors who reported hearing gunshots. Arriving at the scene, deputies found one man and one woman dead on the floor of the apartment’s front room. A handgun was found with them, Lankford said.

"`At this point we haven't found any narcotics or alcohol that might have been involved in the incident,` Lankford said, adding that he'd been advised that Crescenta Valley Station patrol units had responded to the same apartment complex on prior occasions."

From the La Cañada Valley Sun...

Two Dead In Rural Arkansas

"EL DORADO, AR - A man and a woman are dead following what authorities say was a murder-suicide.

"Union County Sheriff Ken Jones says 60-year-old Dana Johnson was killed Wednesday inside her home in Felsenthal.

"Deputies found her after answering a call about a man who was found dead inside a truck parked in Johnson's driveway. Jones says a small caliber handgun was recovered from the vehicle.

"Based on evidence found at the scene, Jones says the man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. His name was not released because his family had not been notified.

"Jones says preliminary evidence indicates Johnson died from a gunshot wound to the head.

"The sheriff says both bodies have been transported to the State Crime Lab for autopsies by the state medical examiner."

From WXVT...

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Four Shots, Two Dead

"MOBILE COUNTY, AL - The Mobile County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible murder-suicide.

"District Attorney John Tyson, Jr. says Gilberto Munguia and Dana Byrd were found dead in the front yard of their neighbor's home Thursday morning on Soshee Road near Mount Vernon.

"According to the Sheriff's Office, Dana was shot three times and Gilberto once. An autopsy, being conducted tomorrow, will hopefully provide more answers. But the Sheriff's Office says it appears Gilberto shot her and then killed himself.

"Family members say the two were married with one small child."

From WKRG...

Siberian Hat Trick

"MOSCOW, Russia — A policeman in Siberia shot his girlfriend to death and then killed a taxi driver before committing suicide, Russia’s Interior Ministry said.

"A lieutenant detective in the Omsk region’s police force shot his 21-year-old girlfriend three times in the back during a quarrel late Monday and then fled the scene, the ministry’s Investigative Committee said on its web site.

"The officer later shot a taxi driver in the chest in downtown Omsk, the regional capital, and drove 60 kilometers on the highway to Tyumen before shooting himself in the head, according to investigators.

"The detective committed the first murder in an `act of jealousy` after leaving work at about 5 p.m. with his service pistol and 16 rounds of ammunition, the Investigative Committee said."

From The St. Petersburg Times...

Pipe Bomb Adds Twist To Murder/Suicide

"WEST BEND, WI - Authorities found the dead bodies of a man and woman in the woman's driveway after what authorities call a murder-suicide.

"West Bend Police say a man shot his 52-year-old ex-wife outside her home before turning the gun on himself.

"ATF agents have been investigating the situation after the discovery of a detonated pipe bomb in her SUV which was still running.

"The incident happened just after 12:00 a.m. on Thursday morning on the 1200 block of 12th Avenue.

"Both bodies were lying very close to each other next to the woman's SUV which was still running.

"Police say the woman was married twice. The woman's grown son was inside the home at the time, while her daughter arrived at the scene later on.

"It is unclear whether her first or second ex-husband was the suspect in the case."

From TMJ4...

Taxi Driver

"St Mary, Jamaica - Police suspect that a 28-year-old taxi operator Richard Marsh, whose body was found hanging from a tree in his yard at Retreat Content in St Mary early yesterday morning, was responsible for the deaths of his girlfriend and her parents Tuesday night.

"According to the police, the bodies of Marsh's 25-year-old girlfriend Sherion Simpson; her mother Kathrine Laing-Matthews, 55; and her stepfather 85-year-old Roy Matthews were found with stab wounds in their Tower Isle home nearly two hours after the discovery of the taximan's body.

"Police said Simpson and her boyfriend were having problems and believed that her mother and stepfather were caught in the middle when things escalated Tuesday night.

"It is believed the murders were committed sometime between 9:00 pm and 12 midnight Tuesday. However, the bodies were not discovered until about 7:30 yesterday morning after Marsh's body was found hanging from the tree in his yard minutes after 5:00 am.

"Investigators believed that Marsh killed the three, then drove to Retreat Content - about five miles away - where he hanged himself. His body was discovered by relatives who had gone in search for him when he did not return after telling them he was going to take a bath.

"Police said following that discovery, calls made to Marsh's girlfriend's phone went unanswered. Commanding officer for St Mary, Superintendent Dudley Scott, said the police were led to the Matthews' house where Simpson had been staying for some time.

"He said the police found the bodies of all three victims inside the house with multiple knife wounds to the upper section of their bodies."

Source: Jamaica Observer...

Rude Awakening Leaves Two Dead, One Injured

"NEW CHICAGO, IL - A man and a woman are dead after an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday morning in New Chicago.

"Jessica Northey, 25, was shot multiple times by Portage resident Paul Chnupa, 37, who then turned the gun on himself, according to Marco Kuyachich, chief of police for the Lake County Sheriff's Department.

"Shortly before 6:30 a.m., Kuyachich said, Chnupa made his way into a house at 3153 Wisconsin St., walked up the stairs and entered the bedroom to confront Northey and Jacob Guzman in bed.

"Police say Chnupa shot Guzman, 26, in the shoulder, and Guzman managed to flee the house, knocking on neighbors' doors for help. Guzman underwent surgery at St. Mary Medical Center in Hobart.

"Kuyachich said Chnupa then turned to Northey, shooting her several times. Then, he shot himself. Police found a .45-caliber Glock pistol at the scene. Northey was pronounced dead at the scene by the Lake County Coroner's Office at 8:09 a.m.

"A police investigation revealed that Chnupa and Northey had recently been in a relationship that had gone south, Kuyachich said. Northey had moved into Guzman's house a week ago.

"There were six other people in the house at the time of the shooting, including Northey's 9-year-old son. They fled the premises.

"The Lake County Sheriff's Department and the New Chicago Police Department are investigating."

From the Post-Tribune...

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Bodies Found During Welfare Check

"DAVIE, FL - Davie Police say the two bodies found inside a Forrest Ridge home belonged to 65-year-old Jerold Hoffer and his wife, 57-year-old Marilyn Ann Mass. Davie police said the bodies were part of a murder-suicide carried out by Jerrold.

"According to Davie Police, they first responded to the home at 2811 Morning Glory Lane for a welfare check. Family members had not heard from Jerrold since October 12.

"Davie Police said their investigation showed that Mass had served Hoffer with divorce papers in September. She came home from work around 7:00 p.m. on Monday. Police say she was in the kitchen cooking dinner when Hoffer then shot her in the head.

"After the murder, Davie Police say Hoffer went into the family room and shot himself in the head. Hoffer's body was found with a handgun at his feet."


Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Jumper Was Also Killer

"LAKELAND, FL - Police investigating a murder-suicide have identified the man who jumped from the Sunshine Skyway bridge as Robert Laird of Lakeland.

"An autopsy is being conducted on an unidentified body found in a burning car on the bridge near where Laird, 38, jumped to his death Monday afternoon.

"Authorities say Laird drove the car onto the bridge. They also say a homicide occurred at the Interlachen Parkway home of his ex-wife, Sheryl Lynn Laird, but have not released additional details.

"According to authorities, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office received a call at 3:12 p.m. Monday of a car on fire on the bridge. Firefighters popped the smoldering car's trunk and found a body

"They were extinguishing the fire when they received several calls of a man who jumped off the bridge. A Florida Highway Patrol trooper also saw the man jump.

"When a fire department marine unit reached the bridge, the body of a white male in his 30s had been recovered by three people in an 18-foot fishing boat."

From Tampa Bay Online...

Few Details On PA Murder/Suicide

"BOLIVAR, PA - State police are at the scene of what's believed to be a murder-suicide in Bolivar, Westmoreland County.

"A deputy from the county coroner's office has been called to a home on Route 259, where two bodies were found on Tuesday afternoon.

"The victims have not been identified. It's not yet clear how each person died, but the coroner's office said it seems to be a murder and a suicide.

"Police troopers have not made any public comment on the case yet."


Florida Couple Had "Marital Problems"

"CORAL GABLES, FL - A man apparently killed his wife at a Coral Gables office building Tuesday before taking his own life, police said.

"Police identified the dead as Mercedes Rodriguez, 49, and Jesus Rodriguez, 51.

"They were living at different addresses and were apparently `having marital problems,` said Detective Aida Fina-Milian, a Miami-Dade police spokeswoman.

"About 1:15 a.m., Coral Gables police were called to an apparent suicide at an office building at 2701 Le Jeune Rd. Police found the body of Jesus Rodriguez. Miami-Dade police homicide investigators were called.

"`Our investigation led us to her,` said Fina-Milian. Mercedes Rodriguez's body was found at a building at 555 Biltmore Way. Mercedes Rodriguez worked cleaning office buildings, which could explain why she was there after hours.

"Police did not say how either of them died."

Source: Miami Herald...

Elderly Couple Found Dead

"AMHERST, OH — An elderly Amherst couple was found dead in their home yesterday afternoon, the result of a murder-suicide, according to Lorain County Coroner Paul Matus.

"An EMS squad was called to the home, at 952 Wilshire Drive, about 3:40 p.m. to do a welfare check after family members hadn’t heard from the husband and wife in a day or two, according to Amherst police Lt. Joseph Kucirek.

"Margaret Kares, 76, and James Kares, 80, were each dead from a single gunshot wound to the head, Matus said. Margaret Kares’ death was ruled a homicide, and James Kares’ death was ruled a suicide, Matus said. Margaret Kares had chronic medical problems, was in chronic pain and was not doing well, Matus said. Her husband `did not have any med problems that we knew about,` Matus said. The couple died on Sunday, probably in the early morning hours, Matus said."

Source: WEOL AM930...

Dad Lost His Job

"Mooresville, NC - A man who died in a suspected murder-suicide in Mooresville recently lost his UNC Charlotte computer job to state budget cuts after more than a decade working at the university, according to a statement from the school.

"A law enforcement official said Monday evidence suggests one of the parents was involved in the quadruple shooting early Sunday and died from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. The shooting also left the couple's two adult sons in critical condition.

"Iredell Sheriff's Capt. Darren Campbell, the lead investigator, wouldn't say which parent was suspected, saying investigators would wait for initial autopsy reports this week before releasing details.

"He said `nothing stands out` in the family history that might readily explain the violence. The family members do not have criminal records in North Carolina, and police said they hadn't been summoned to the house before.

"Public records and interviews with neighbors indicate the four family members were living in the same home where the shooting occurred, at 130 Peninsula Drive, about a half-mile from Lake Norman.

"Douglas Alan Thomas Sr., 57, and his wife, Linda Malone Thomas, also 57, died in the shooting spree. The sons, Douglas Alan Thomas Jr., 28, and Christian Edward Thomas, 25, underwent emergency surgery Sunday at Carolinas Medical Center.

"UNCC Chancellor Phil Dubois didn't immediately respond to a request for comment Monday."

From the Charlotte Observer...

Monday, October 12, 2009

No More Christmas Cookies

"LINCOLN, NE - Lincoln authorities believe an 83-year-old man shot and killed his 82-year-old wife before killing himself in their home.

"Lincoln Police Capt. David Beggs says the bodies of Dale and Roberta Jones were discovered Monday by a family member and a home health care worker.

"Investigators believe Dale Jones used a handgun to kill his wife and himself. Police say medical and financial issues may have played a role in the shooting, but police did not say what those issues were.

"Neighbor Abby Hall says Dale Jones had recently had some health issues.

"Hall says the couple were great neighbors who were always generous with candy at Halloween and cookies at Christmas."


Ohio Pair Found Dead

"BELLEFONTAINE, OH - Two people were found dead inside a Bellefontaine home Sunday afternoon, and police believe it be the result of a murder-suicide.

"Officers were called to the home at 417 North Troy Road after a woman discovered the two bodies. The victims were identified as 82-year-old Vivian Koontz and 54-year-old Billy Berg.

"Each victim had at least one gunshot wound. Police believe Koontz died sometime on Saturday and the Berg shot himself sometime on Sunday, but no official time of death will be known until the coroner performs an autopsy.

"Police say Berg was a live-in caregiver for Koontz. Investigators are still trying to determine what led to the two deaths."


Road Rage Leads To Murder/Suicide

"LEON COUNTY, TX - Two men are dead after what deputies are calling a murder suicide along I-45.

"It happened near the Centerville exit at the Beaver Creek bridge.

"Leon County deputies say the pickup truck the men were in rear ended a car between 10 and 11 Sunday night.

"According to authorities, one Hispanic man shot a second Hispanic man with a shotgun before turning the gun on himself. One man was found dead on the scene and the other died on the way to St. Joseph Regional Health Center in Madisonville. Alcohol was found inside the truck.

"As a result of shooting, a driver swerved and hit another vehicle causing another accident. No one was seriously hurt in that accident.

"The names of the deceased have not yet been released."


"Wonderful Person" Is Victim Of Murder/Suicide

"GATES COUNTY, NC – Authorities are investigating an apparent murder-suicide.

"Friends say Delphine Parker and her husband Wayne were found dead inside their home on Mill Pond Road, near Eleanor's Crossing and the Coston light Friday evening.

"They say she worked as a custodian at Gatesville Elementary.

"`She was a wonderful person. Every time you saw her, she spoke to you. All the kids loved her,` said Becky Davis.

"A family member [said] they'd been having domestic problems.

"The Gates County Sheriff's Office is waiting on results of an autopsy before revealing how the couple died."


Murder/Suicide Mom Had "Psychiatric Issues"

"ST. LOUIS, MO - A three year old girl is dead, apparently stabbed by her own mother who then shot and killed herself. The husband and father returned to the family home on North Taylor around 8:15pm Sunday night to find the tragic scene, his dead wife, Tiffany Owens, 27, and his little girl, Taylor Johnson, 3, clinging to life with a stab wound to the chest. The child died later at a hospital. Investigators say a suicide note from the mother was found in the home.

"Eric Van Ross, St. Louis Police Department said this, `We do know that the mother did have some known psychiatric issues, so at this time it appears this is a murder-suicide, but the investigation is still ongoing, and if anything develops that indicates it's something different, this could certainly take another turn, but at this time it does appear to be a murder-suicide.`

"Police have not yet released the victims' names."

From FOX 2 St. Louis...

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Behind Closed Doors

"DANVILLE, IL — Danville police are investigating the deaths of two people in what may be a homicide-suicide that happened in the 100 block of North Franklin on Saturday night.

"Director of Public Safety Larry Thomason said police received a call of a domestic disturbance at an apartment on Franklin Street about 8:15 p.m. When police arrived, they were told that a man with a knife was holding a woman inside. Officers forced their way into the apartment and found a 32-year-old female lying on the living room floor and a 31-year-old male lying behind the front door.

"The female was deceased at the scene and the male was transported to Provena United Samaritans Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead a short time after arrival, Thomason said in a news release. The female, who lived in the apartment, knew the male, who is a Danville area resident.

"Thomason said late Saturday that detectives and crime scene personnel continue to work at the scene and witnesses are being interviewed.

"The names of the victims are not being released pending notification of next of kin."

Source: Commercial-News...

Saturday, October 10, 2009

Kid Finds Mom And Dad Dead

" ATHENS, GA - Police have identified the couple who died in a murder suicide Friday as Harry and Phyllis Marable.

"The couple, who lived at 130 Chardonay St. with their son, died sometime Friday afternoon of gunshot wounds.

"Their son — who is 9 or 10 years old, according to police — discovered his parents' bodies around 6 p.m. in a bedroom of their home, which is in north Clarke County between Nowhere Road and Freeman Drive. The boy did not see his parents death, said Capt. Clarence Holeman, commanding officer of Centralized Criminal Investigations for the Athens-Clarke Police Department.

"Police are certain that the deaths were a murder suicide, and an autopsy today turned up nothing unexpected, Holeman said.

"Friday was a holiday for students in the Clarke County School District, so the child was home, but not in the room when his parents died.

"`We know he was home, but he had gone out into the neighborhood,` Holeman said.

"Police have responded to domestic calls involving the couple in the past, Holeman said. While he would not say whether the husband or wife was the shooter, the called the violence `definitely domestic.`"

From OnlineAthens...

Multiple Guns, Multiple Shots

"MANOR TOWNSHIP, PA - State police are investigating a double shooting in Manor Township, Armstrong County.

"Police were called to a home on Manor Drive shortly after 3 a.m. Saturday.

"Investigators said Wesley Cousins entered his estranged wife's home armed with a semi-automatic pistol and a revolver.

"Cousins allegedly fired multiple shots at Michelle Cousins, who suffered wounds to the abdomen, hand and lower torso, before shooting himself.

"Wesley Cousins, whom police said had been living in Washington Township, died at the scene.

"After the shooting, Michelle Cousins managed to call 911 and was taken to UPMC Presbyterian Hospital.

"Her condition was not available."


Friday, October 9, 2009

Philly Hosts Double-Header

"PHILADELPHIA, PA - Philadelphia was rocked by two apparent murder-suicides and two other shootings that left two victims in critical condition within a two-hour span, police say.

"The spurt of violence began Thursday night when a 60-year-old Ukrainian woman allegedly fatally shot her 90-year-old mother before committing suicide, Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday.

"Chief Inspector Scott Small said a little more than an hour later, an 18-year-old man was shot in the head by an unidentified suspect, who was arrested blocks from the scene. The wounded man was in extremely critical condition, Small said.

"Small said that shooting was followed roughly 15 minutes later by another apparent murder-suicide in which a man in his early 40s was suspected of fatally shooting his wife before turning his gun on himself.

"The inspector [said] the period of mayhem ended with a shooting at a Philadelphia pizza shop that left a 52-year-old man critically wounded. A suspect ws in custody for that shooting.

"The identities of the victims and suspects were not reported."

From Times Of The Internet...

Domestic Violence Enters The Workplace

"SALINA, KS - A man accused of shooting two people at a Salina motel Thursday morning shot and killed himself Thursday evening after a short standoff with police. 49-year-old fatally shot himself after pulling into a ditch on North Street just east of Salina Thursday evening. Chavez was being sought in connection with the shooting of 41-year-old Rosa Marie Chavez and 48-year-old Charles Losey at the Ramada Hotel and Convention Center in Salina Thursday morning. Both are employees of the hotel. Rosa is Alberto's ex-wife.

"Salina Police Chief Jim Hill says that both were shot in a women's bathroom. They were discovered after Rosa called for help on a hotel walkie talkie. Witnesses saw Mario Alberto Chavez leave the scene.

"Both victims were transported to Salina Regional Health Center with critical injuries. Charles Losey died Thursday night. As of late Friday morning Rosa Chavez was in critical condition.

"Police spent all day Thursday searching for Mario Alberto Chavez. A citizen tip led them to him at around 8:00 in the evening. He was driving on North Street, and led officers east out of town. He crossed the Smoky Hill River Bridge, and pulled off the road. Chavez initially exited the vehicle. Officers yelled to him, using a public address system on a patrol car. Chavez sat back down in his vehicle. As police continued to try and talk to him, Chavez fatally shot himself.

"A gun recovered at scene is believed to be the same gun that was used in the early morning shootings.

"Chief Hill says the terrible crime is a result of domestic violence, and workplace violence. He says that Mario Alberto Chavez was a jealous man, and a had a history of threatening his ex-wife."


Thursday, October 8, 2009

Two Dead In Oakland Murder/Suicide

"OAKLAND, CA - Oakland police responded to a report of a shooting in the 8300 block of International Boulevard.

"When they arrived, they discovered a woman fatally shot in a parked car, her legs dangling out the window. After a brief search, they also discovered the body of a man in a nearby apartment house.

"`We are investigating it as a murder-suicide,` police spokesman Jeff Thomason said."


Divorce Papers Found Near Body

"HATTIESBURG, MS — Forrest County sheriff's deputies began to unravel details early Wednesday of events before and after the slaying of a Rawls Springs woman they believe was killed earlier this week by her husband.

"Sheriff Billy McGee said Rosmond Lay, 31, shot his wife, Andrea Lay, 27, once in the head and then drove some 100 miles to Greene County, Ala., where he took his own life.

"McGee said divorce papers drawn up by Andrea Lay may have prompted her husband to kill her. McGee said Rosmond Lay was served with divorce papers a day before he allegedly shot his wife.

"`This is one of those crimes that law enforcement has very little effect on as far as prevention is concerned,` McGee said. `His mother said that he had some problems with depression in the past. He was thoughtful enough that he took (their) 3-year-old child to his mother's house.`

"Attendants at an Alabama rest stop found Rosmond Lay dead after he was spotted there inside his wife's car. He had been seen at the rest stop as early as 10 a.m. Tuesday. By midnight he was reported dead, McGee said.

"`The attendant noticed last night that he was laid back in the seat with the pistol still in his hand,` McGee said. `It appeared that he committed suicide.`

"McGee said Rosmond Lay appeared to have died of a gunshot wound to the head. He said Lay did not have a criminal record.

"Investigators began an intense search for Lay after they found his wife's body in the kitchen of their home at 108 Valley Drive on Tuesday morning.

"Andrea Lay was found after co-workers at Ochsner Health System in New Orleans reported her missing to family members. Investigators believe she had been dead at least a day.

"Deputies discovered Andrea Lay partially burned - an indication Rosmond Lay attempted to cover up the slaying, they said.

"Investigators also said divorce papers were found near her body."


"Daddy Shot Mommy!"

"LEBANON, PA - A Lebanon woman who gained national notoriety last year as a champion of Second Amendment rights after she brought her loaded handgun to her 5-year-old daughter's soccer game was shot and killed Wednesday night in an apparent murder-suicide.

"Meleanie Hain, 31, and her husband, Scott Hain, 33, were pronounced dead by Lebanon County coroner Dr. Jeffrey Yocum shortly after 8:30 p.m. after a two-hour standoff with police outside their home at Second Avenue and East Grant Street. The episode ended quietly when police entered the house after trying to make contact with anyone inside.

"No cause of death was announced, and autopsies were scheduled for today, said Yocum.

"Lebanon police Chief Daniel Wright was guarded with information as detectives began the preliminary stages of the investigation late Wednesday night. He acknowledged that the Hains were both found dead and had suffered gunshot wounds inside their 1 ½-story brick home in a quiet neighborhood in Lebanon's southside. He would not provide any additional details, other than to say that police do not feel any other people were involved.

"District Attorney David Arnold, who was at the scene, refused to comment.

"Several neighbors said they heard or saw the couple's children run from the house screaming, `Daddy shot Mommy!` shortly before the 911 Center was called at 6:20 p.m.

"The children, 2- and 6-year-old girls and a 10-year-old boy, were in the care of a neighbor and were unhurt, said Wright."

Source: Lebanon Daily News...

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

A Woman Scorned

"BUFORD, GA - The deaths of a man and woman found on the side of a Buford road Saturday night have been ruled a murder-suicide.

"The Gwinnett County Medical Examiner's Office ruled that Margie Gibbs, 67, shot and killed Jimmy Watts, 53, before turning the gun on herself.

"Gibbs was driving Watts back to the halfway house at Phillips State Prison on West Rock Quarry Road when she apparently stopped the pickup truck, pulled a revolver and shot Watts.

"Watts got out of the Toyota Tacoma after being shot once, police said.

"`He got out, she got out, they met on the passenger side,` said Cpl. David Schiralli, the police spokesman. `She shot him multiple times and then turned the gun on herself.`

"The gun was registered to Gibbs, police said.

"Watts was two days away from being paroled on a cocaine conviction for which he had served 3 1/2 years. He did his work release program with Gibbs cleaning office buildings.

"Police did not specify their relationship. Gibbs' relative said she was dating Watts. Watts' brother said they were not romantically involved.

"`It's just senseless,` Ken Watts said Wednesday. `It didn't need to happen.`

"Ken Watts said his brother met Gibbs three years ago while he was incarcerated at Walker State Prison with Gibbs' son. Gibbs started visiting Watts on weekends.

"A maid originally from Columbus, Gibbs moved to Alpharetta recently and cleaned Buckhead office buildings. She accompanied Watts to his hometown of Tiger, in Rabun County, on Saturday. They left around 5 p.m. because Watts had to be back at the Transitional Center by 7.

"Ken Watts said his brother was looking forward to coming home Monday and rebuilding his house, which burned down after he went to prison. Saturday, as they installed windows in the house, his brother confided he planned to tell Gibbs he wasn't going to live with her, Ken Watts said.

"`I'm sure she was going to be disappointed, but it's not like he had committed to her,` Ken Watts said. `He just wanted to come home and be with his family.`

"A passing motorist saw Watts and Gibbs lying near the maroon pickup around 7 p.m. Saturday, and called police. Watts was dead, but Gibbs was alive when paramedics arrived. She died of her wounds that night at Gwinnett Medical Center."


Few Details Available In Texas Hat Trick

"IRVING, TX - Authorities are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving a man and his parents in Valley Ranch, Irving officials said.

"Officers responded to the 9000 block of Jasmine Lane about 11:15 a.m. today and found three people who appeared to have died from gunshot wounds, Irving police said. Investigators found a man in his 20s, a man in his late 50s and a woman in her 60s in the home. Police declined to release their identities and relationship.

"A city official said initial reports indicated the younger man committed suicide.

"No other details were immediately available."

From The Dallas Morning News...

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Accidental Murder Leads To Suicide

"ALLENTOWN, PA - A man who accidentally killed his twin brother last month in Allentown has committed suicide, police say.

"Authorities say Timothy Willgruber, 56, of Allentown hanged himself on Tuesday. He was expected to be charged with homicide by vehicle while driving under the influence in the death of his brother, Thomas.

"Police said Timothy Willgruber had a blood-alcohol level of 0.20.

"Back on September 27th, the Willgruber twins were at the Celtic Fest in Bethlehem.

"Investigators say when Thomas got out of the vehicle to help Timothy parallel park his mini-van, Timothy somehow lost control of the vehicle and crushed Thomas between the mini-van and a parked SUV. Thomas was killed.

"Timothy Willgruber failed a sobriety test at the scene.

"Timothy and his twin brother both have records of driving drunk in Lehigh County."


Cop Ends "Months Of Domestic Abuse"

"SAN JUAN, TX — A San Juan police officer fatally shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself early Tuesday morning, bringing a heartbreaking culmination to what relatives said were months of domestic abuse.

"Officers found policeman Jose `Joe` Hernandez and his wife, Rosa Maria, dead on the floor of his apartment at 3901 N. Raul Longoria Road, No. 4, shortly after 11 a.m. Tuesday.

"A neighbor told the property’s landlord that they tried to check on the couple, but no one would answer the door. The landlord called police.

"San Juan police requested that the Texas Rangers lead the murder-suicide investigation.

"`We are going to continue the investigation,` San Juan Police Chief Juan Gonzalez said. `Nothing will be left unturned.`"

From The Monitor...

Monday, October 5, 2009

Few Details In Mother-Son Murder/Suicide

"SHAWNEE, OK - The bodies of an elderly mother and her son were found inside a Shawnee apartment Monday morning, and the case is being investigated as a possible murder-suicide.

"Shawnee Police Lt. R.L. Gribble said officers responded to Legacy Park, 1701 Airport Road, about 10:08 a.m. on reports of a possible shooting.

"The bodies of the woman, 80, and her son were found; police weren’t releasing any names Monday as the investigation was ongoing, Gribble said."


Man Takes Out In-Laws Before Shooting Himself

"Coulterville, IL - Investigators on Monday morning identified the 35-year-old Coulterville man who shot his in-laws before using the shotgun on himself.

"Brian Morrison, 35, just before midnight Saturday shot Tamara Carroll, 46, and Stanley Garbs, 52, both of Marissa, according to the Randolph County Sheriff's Department. They were the parents of his wife, Misti Morrison.

"The bodies of all three were found in the driveway of the Morrison residence, said Randolph County Sheriff Fred Frederking.

"According to police, Morrison's wife on Saturday night called her parents to come pick up her and her children during a domestic dispute with Morrison. Morrison shot Carroll and Garbs when they arrived, then used the 12-guage shotgun on himself.

"Morrison's wife called 9-1-1 after her parents were shot and Brian Morrison shot himself before help could arrive. She and the children were unharmed."


Death At The Supermarket

"BULL SHOALS, AR — Two people are dead in a shooting this evening at Harp's Foods in Bull Shoals.

"Store manager Roger Swain was shot to death in his office, then the gunman — identified as Tim Dilday of Fairview — turned the gun on himself, according to Bull Shoals Police Chief Dave Hotchkiss.

"Swain, 50, was a Mountain Home resident. Dilday was 41.

"According to sources at the scene, the shooting occurred about 5 this afternoon inside the store. Reportedly, a man went into the store, shot one of the business' employees, then shot himself.

"Hotchkiss did not give a motive for the shooting, which remains under investigation.

"Dilday's wife was reported to have been a former employee of Harp's at Bull Shoals.

"No one else was reported injured. The Bull Shoals Police Department, Marion County Sheriff's Department, Arkansas State Police and officers from Lakeview and Flippin responded to the incident, as did the Bull Shoals Fire Department and park officers."


Dog And Cat Survive Murder/Suicide

"San Fulgencio, Spain - A British millionaire blasted his wife to death at their £815,000 Spanish mansion then turned the shotgun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide, police said.

"David Rouse, 70, shot wife Heather in the head as she slept in the home they shared on the Costa Blanca.

"He left water and food for the couple's pet dog and cat, placed his identification on a table and left the front door open before taking his own life, police said.

"Officers found the bodies last night after a friend of the couple raised the alarm.
Mr Rouse and his wife, who was in her mid-50s, had only recently booked a luxury cruise holiday and friends said they were baffled by their deaths."

From The Daily Mail...

Two Found Dead After Break-In, Fire

"FAIRVIEW BEACH, VA - Two people were killed in what authorities suspect was a murder-suicide of a domestic nature in Fairview Beach on Saturday night.

"If deputies had not acted quickly, a third person could have died, King George County sheriff's 1st Sgt. Chris Giles said yesterday.

"Deputies received a call about 8:30 p.m. Saturday reporting a residential break-in in progress with shots fired at a home at Fifth Street and Fairview Drive, Giles said.

"When Sgt. Joseph Patterson and Deputy Tim Lyons arrived, the house was on fire and smoke could be seen inside the house.

"`Through heroic efforts of both of them, they were able to rescue one of the occupants of the residence,` Giles said.

The two victims were found dead in the basement after firefighters extinguished the fire.

"Giles declined to identify the survivor last night but said it was an adult woman who remained at Mary Washington Hospital for observation.

"The survivor and her sister, both adults, lived in the home.

"The identities of the two people killed had not been confirmed as of last night, but Giles said it appeared the man found dead was the one who broke into the home.

"The bodies of the man and woman were sent to the medical examiner's office in Richmond for identification and autopsy. Giles did not know when results would be available.

"Deputies were still investigating whether the man was a former boyfriend of the woman killed.

"Giles said there had been a protective order banning someone from the home within the past year, but he did not know if it was still in effect on Saturday.

"Deputies had not previously responded to the home for problems, he said."


Sunday, October 4, 2009

"Despondent" Man Kills Wrong Woman Before Shooting Himself

"HOLLYWOOD, FL - Despondent over a pending divorce, a Hollywood man shot and killed his estranged wife's friend on Sunday before turning the gun on himself in front of his home, Hollywood police said.

"The man, Zacaria Fernandez, 40, shot and killed the woman, who police have not identified, after she arrived at the home with the man's estranged wife, said Raelin Storey, a spokeswoman for the city of Hollywood. The wife also was not identified by police.

"The apparent murder-suicide took place shortly before 6 p.m. in the driveway of Fernandez' home in the 200 block of Northwest 66th Terrace, Hollywood.

"It's unclear why the two women had come to the home, but Fernandez and his wife were getting a divorce, said Storey.

"When the two women arrived at the home in a car, Fernandez confronted them. An argument erupted. Fernandez' wife then tried to flee in the car. The friend was left behind in the driveway with Fernandez.

"Fernandez then fired several shots at the car and shot the wife's friend before shooting himself.

"The wounded woman was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, where she later died.

"The couple's nine-year-old child was at home at the time of the shooting but was not harmed."

Source: Miami Herald...

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Tires Slashed, Phone Line Cut

"DILLONVALE, OH - Two people are dead in Jefferson County and Sheriff Fred Abdalla has ruled the incident a murder-suicide.

"Names are not being released yet.

"It took place about 9:00 p.m. Friday at 2593 County Road 7.

"Abdalla said a woman and her 12-year-old daughter were inside a house, when the ex-boyfriend arrived.

"When he could not gain entry or get the pair to come out, he slashed the woman's tires.

"They tried to phone for help, but the lines had been cut.

"Eventually the child ran out for help and the mother followed.

"She was shot with a handgun, and then the man turned the gun on himself.

"When authorities arrived there were two bodies in the yard.

"Neighbors witnessed the incident."

From The State Journal...

Friday, October 2, 2009

No Obvious Motive In Georgia Murder/Suicide

"CARROLLTON, GA - Carrollton police believe a man shot and killed his wife before taking his own life Thursday afternoon at the couple’s home.

"Police, responding to an emergency call around 2:47 p.m., discovered the bodies of Cleodus Bryant, 70, and his wife Frances Bryant, 76, at their 201 River Drive residence. A relative reportedly stopped by the residence and made the 911 call.

"Coroner Sam Eady pronounced both the man and woman dead at the scene and confirmed that they died of gunshot wounds.

"`From the preliminary investigation it looks like he shot her and then turned the gun on himself,` Patrol Capt. Jamison Sailors said. `At this point, we don’t know why this happened.`

"Sailors said he was not aware of any previous domestic disturbances or medical conditions that could have factored into the motive behind the shooting."