Monday, March 30, 2009
"Suffolk, VA - Suffolk police are calling a weekend shooting that took the lives of a man and a woman in the quiet Riverview neighborhood a murder-suicide.
"Jeanette Brabrand, 57, and Paul Bamberg, 53, were both found dead inside the home they shared in the 600 block of N. Broad Street Saturday evening. Both suffered from gunshot wounds.
"Police believe that Brabrand shot and killed Bamberg before turning the gun on herself, according to Suffolk spokeswoman Debbie George. Bamberg was found in the study at the home, and Brabrand’s body was in the bedroom when police arrived.
"Police were called to the home at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday by a woman who said she believed there was a problem at the residence. George said Saturday that the woman had given specific reasons as to why she thought there was a problem, but the spokeswoman declined to say what those reason were.
"There was no sign of forced entry at the home when police arrived. Brabrand had last been seen at 11 a.m. that day."
From The Suffolk News-Herald...
"BLOOMINGTON, IN – The deaths of two LeRoy boys and their father, missing since March 8, are being treated as murders and a suicide, according to the McLean County sheriff's office.
"Duncan Connolly, 9, and Jack Connolly, 7, were found dead in Putnam County about 5 p.m. Sunday. The sheriff's office said the boys' father, Michael, was also found dead.
"`Many people are overwhelmed with sadness and pain,` said McLean County Sheriff Mike Emery. `Friends and classmates of Jack and Duncan are in shock and disbelief that such a horrible crime could have been committed.`
"Authorities issued an Amber Alert for the boys after their father failed to return them after a custody visit.
"Emery said in a press release that Putnam County deputies were sent to investigate a suspicious vehicle in a remote area of the county about 5 p.m. Sunday. They found that the vehicle belonged to Michael Connolly and that he was a fugitive in the parental abduction investigation in McLean County.
"Emery said he and members of the Connolly Task Force arrived in Putnam Couinty about 6 p.m. The bodies of two young boys matching the descriptions of Jack and Duncan were found in the back seat of the vehicle, he said. A body matching that of Michael Connolly was found about 60 feet west of the vehicle."
"Omaha, NE - Omaha Police confirm that two people found dead in a house at 112 S. 50th St. near 50th and Dodge was the result of a murder-suicide. They have been identified as 71-year-old Robert Anderson and his wife, 63-year-old Karla. The preliminary investigation showed Robert Anderson shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself.
"Neighbors say Robert Anderson was a physician, and his wife Karla a long-time employee at the Nebraska Medical Center.
"Paramedics were called to the home around 10:30pm Sunday night and found a woman dead inside. They immediately called police. Officers found a man's body in the home as well, and set up a perimeter after believing someone was still inside the house. A SWAT team determined there was no one else inside."
"JENSEN BEACH, FL — Martin County Sheriff’s Office detectives say an 85-year-old man shot his wife several times, then turned the gun on himself about 4 p.m. Saturday.
"The bodies of the couple were found by a caregiver, who told detectives they had suffered from a number of medical problems, according to a report released Monday by Rhonda Irons, Martin County Sheriff’s Office public information officer.
"Investigators said the husband and wife were in their home in the 2500 block of Northeast Mildred Street. Jeannette Euart, 77, had been shot multiple times, while Norton Euart, 85, had a single gun shot wound. The bodies have been turned over the Medical Examiner’s office for an autopsy."
"LARGO, FL — Sheriff's deputies this morning discovered three people dead and one seriously injured at a home where neighbors recalled past trouble.
"`We all know of them,` said next-door Sandra Vecchio. `Police have been here before.`
"Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies responded to 7983 Shadow Run Dr. about 6 a.m. when they learned of a person threatening suicide, said Sgt. Jim Bordner. When deputies arrived, one woman said she was seriously injured. Three bodies were found inside.
"Vecchio said four or five people lived at the home, and she believed they were renters. She said all were adults, including a mother and a 19-year-old son.
"Neighbor Rhoda Crouse said she and her husband heard two pops around 11 p.m. Sunday, but thought it was a car backfiring. They went back to bed.
"`I heard them fighting last week, going crazy,` Crouse said."
"Santa Clara, CA - Santa Clara police were investigating a shooting Sunday night that left five people dead and two more, including an infant, fighting for their lives.
"Santa Clara police Lt. Phil Cooke said police were summoned to a home on Headen Way in the upscale Rivermark community at about 8:30 p.m. by a report of an injured person.
"`When they got here, they found multiple gunshot victims inside the home,` Cooke said. `There are five confirmed deceased inside the home. Two others were transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.`
"The ages of the dead ranged from adult to a very young child, Cooke said. The infant and an adult were transported to the hospital with severe injuries, he said.
"`We believe the suspect is among the deceased,` he said.
"Barely two hours into the investigation, Cooke said he was not releasing any further details about the crime scene, including why police believed the suspect was among the dead."
Sunday, March 29, 2009
"Merritt Island, FL - An enraged Merritt Island man stabbed his parents and threatened to kill his grandmother before fatally shooting himself this morning, the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office reported.
"Ezra H. Selman, 33, attacked family members with a knife shortly before 9:20 a.m. in the 5800 block of North Courtenay Parkway, Sgt. Linda Moros said.
"Deputies rushed to the scene within four minutes, Moros said, and confronted Selman in the driveway. He shot himself in the head with a handgun, and he was later pronounced dead at Cape Canaveral Hospital, she said.
"Selman’s parents, Rebecca, 63, and Jack, 62, were taken to Holmes Regional Medical Center after the knife attack, where they were hospitalized in stable condition.
"Moros said Selman — who has a history of drug abuse — `went crazy` when his grandmother refused to give him money."
"Firestone, CO - A suspected murder-suicide left three people dead early Saturday morning in a Firestone subdivision.
"The incident, which led to a three-and-a-half hour standoff and prompted the partial evacuation of the Eagle Crest subdivision in Firestone, ended after members of the Weld County Regional SWAT team entered the residence at about 9:15 a.m. on Saturday to find the three people involved already dead.
"Firestone police first learned of the incident at 5:37 a.m. Saturday morning when the 24-year-old daughter of Sharla Acker, 41, called 9-1-1 after hearing a single gun shot while in her mother’s house on the 10000 block of Barron Circle in Firestone, according to Weld County Coroner Chris Robillard. Less than 10 minutes later, Firestone police were on scene working to get Sharla Acker’s daughter and 3-year-old grandson out of the house through a window, Robillard said.
"The daughter and grandson were unharmed.
"Police then evacuated a quarter of the subdivision and closed entrances into the subdivision until 11 a.m. in the event that a man had barricaded himself inside the residence.
"Robillard, however, said the incident likely ended shortly after it began — with Sharla Acker’s ex-husband Michael Acker, 47, of Commerce City, suspected of using a shotgun to kill Sharla Acker and her boyfriend Michael Frederico, 38.
"Michael Acker and Sharla Acker divorced in fall 2008, Robillard said. The incident is still under investigation and autopsies are planned for today."
Saturday, March 28, 2009
"Big Lake, MN - Sherburne County authorities say a Big Lake man shot and killed his girlfriend's son, then abducted her, before eventually turning the gun on himself.
"Authorities say 42-year-old Peter Tek shot and killed 27-year-old Savang Sath in a house on the 1000-block of Eagle Lake Road N. around 3 a.m. Saturday.
"Investigators say Tek then abducted Sath's mother and fled in a Lincoln Navigator. Wright County deputies spotted the SUV in Monticello and gave chase. Tek eventually pulled over on Interstate 94 near County Road 6.
"Officials negotiated with Tek for about an hour before he finally let the woman go. Once the female was in police custody, officers say Tek turned the gun on himself. They recovered a .45-caliber Taurus semiautomatic handgun in his SUV. Investigators said it matched shell casings found where Sath was killed.
"Autopsies will be conducted on both men. The woman was taken to the hospital, where she was listed in fair condition Saturday afternoon."
Source: KSTP TV...
"KINGSPORT, TN — A mother and son are dead in what investigators are calling a murder-suicide.
"Central Dispatch received a call via 911 from Dorthea A. Williams, 70, 411 Shadyview Rd., Kingsport, at 12:42 p.m. Saturday. She told the dispatcher that she had just shot her son and that he was dead. Shortly thereafter, Williams shot herself.
"Officers responded to 2316 Pearl St., where they had to break open the front door.
"There they found the bodies of Williams and David J. Crabtree, 31. Both were sent to the Quillen College of Medicine for autopsy.
"Police discovered a .22 caliber revolver near Williams and collected it along with other evidence."
"DANIA BEACH, FL - Two men were shot dead and a third was injured this morning after an apparent drunken murder-suicide, according to authorities.
"The shooting occurred at 660 SE 15th St. in building 15, apt. 204 just after 12:30 a.m.
"Matthew Lennon, 26, of Hallandale Beach and Jack Benrube, 24, of Miami Beach had stopped by the apartment of their friend, Joseph Blanco, 32. All of them had been drinking before meeting up, said the Broward Sheriff's Office.
"Benrube had an asthma attack and tried to crawl to the balony to get more air, said Dani Moschella, a sheriff's office spokeswoman.
"Blanco got angry, assuming Lennon, who was passed out on the chair, had hurt Benrube, she said.
"Officials say Blanco knocked over a chair and fired a .40-caliber Glock at Benrube's arm. He shot Lennon in the chest and then shot himself, said authorities.
"Benrube was taken to Memorial Regional Hospital in Hollywood, treated and released. Blanco and Lennon were pronounced dead at the scene.
"Detectives are investigating."
"West Chester, OH - The Butler County Coroner says a West Chester woman stabbed her mother to death Thursday, then took her own life.
"Kim Meyer, 48, of Twin Cove Lane, was found in the side yard of her house.
"The body of her mother, Jane Rauh, 75, of White Oak, was found inside the residence.
"Dr. Richard Burkhardt said autopsies indicated that Rauh attempted to defend herself during the attack, which remains unexplained.
"West Chester police indicated that there had been a struggle on the first floor of the house.
"Meyer had recently moved back to the family's home after being away several months due to what neighbors described as marital problems."
Friday, March 27, 2009
"ORANGE CITY, FL - There was a slight tremor in Sgt. Greg Lariscy's voice as he talked about rescuing a fellow officer who was shot Wednesday during a daylong ordeal that left three people dead in a double murder-suicide.
"Lariscy, of the Orange City Police Department, rushed to the scene where Officer Sherif El-Shami had come under gunfire. He dragged out a bleeding El-Shami, put him in his patrol car and rushed to Florida Hospital Fish Memorial in Orange City. The injured officer was later flown to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach...
"El-Shami, 25, who longed to be a police officer since grade school, was fired upon when he went to 1651 E. University Ave. on Wednesday to check on Bryan Langford's well-being. Langford opened fire on the officer at 10:47 a.m., with what investigators believe was a .223-caliber rifle, authorities said.
"By the end of the day, Langford had committed suicide apparently shortly before SWAT members assaulted the house at 6:55 p.m. Wednesday with 17 canisters of tear gas. Langford is also suspected of shooting to death his girlfriend, Cindy Henderson, 47, and her son Louis Adams, 26. A search of the house produced an arsenal of weapons and empty beer cans.
"`It was obvious he was ready to take us on in battle,` Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson said."
Thursday, March 26, 2009
"Sherbrooke, QC, Canada - Police in Sherbrooke believe a local mother killed her nine-year-old son and then herself on Wednesday in the latest domestic homicide to take place in Quebec in recent months.
"On Thursday, police identified the victims as Sylvie Laneauville, 43, and her nine-year-old son, Jerome Laneauville Grenier.
"The two were found dead in their home in the quiet suburb of Rock Forest-Saint-Élie-Deauville on Wednesday morning.
"Sherbrooke police discovered the bodies after receiving a call from a concerned family member.
"`At this point, the probable cause appears to be murder followed by suicide. The autopsy will confirm the exact cause of death,` said Sherbrooke police spokesperson Martin Carrier."
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
"Red Wing, MN - A couple recently forced to close their care facility for vulnerable adults was found dead at their home in Red Wing Monday. Police were summoned there when a concerned party called them shortly after 4pm.
"52 year old Kenneth Knutson and 54 year old Evyelin Vetter were found in a vehicle parked in a closed garage. It wasn't running, but the ignition was turned on so the car may have run out of fuel. Authorities are waiting on autopsy results for a cause of death.
"Knutson was recently forced to shut down Maple Lodge, a vulnerable adult care facility he opened in Cannon Falls in 2006. A resident claimed Knutson had emotionally abused him, and a Goodhue County administrator says an investigation substansiated the complaint. Knutson said he would challenge the findings, but he apparently was unable to keep the facility going after Goodhue County pulled it's contract with Maple lodge."
"Laval, QC - Laval taxi driver Mahmoub El Hage shot his estranged wife, Jinane Ghannoum, and then turned the gun on himself Tuesday in a clear case of murder-suicide, police have confirmed.
"Ghannoum's three children were not home at the time.
"The couple's 15-year-old son found their bodies in the basement Tuesday afternoon and called police.
"The teen, his brother, 14, and a sister, 10, are now in the care of other family members, Laval police Sgt. Francois Dumais said.
"Following an acrimonious separation last summer, El Hage, 57, had been under court order to refrain from going to his wife's home on Place des Mezieres, police said."
Source: The Gazette...
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
"Hudson, WI - A shockwave went through the community Tuesday morning when lifelong Hudson residents Claire and Betty Lou Erickson were found dead in their home on Crest View Drive overlooking the St. Croix River. It appears to be a murder-suicide.
"Claire Erickson was the founder of the Erickson Oil/Freedom convenience store chain and both were Hudson High School graduates, Claire in 1943 and Betty Lou (Lohman) in 1944.
"Hudson Chief of Police Marty Jensen said there was no indication of an intruder at the home, 1003 Crest View Drive.
"`It appears to be a murder-suicide,` Jensen said. `A gun was used.` He would not confirm the identities of the victims Tuesday afternoon, but based on other sources there is little doubt that the Ericksons were the victims in the incident."
Posted by tsc at 5:55 PM
"Turkey, NC — A Faison man apparently gunned down his estranged girlfriend before taking his own life Monday night, authorities said.
"The woman's children and her mother escaped unharmed after fleeing through some nearby woods and flagging down drivers on Interstate 40 for help, authorities said.
"The bodies of Fransico Montenegro, 52, and Marcela Rodriguez, 24, of Goldsboro, were found about a mile down a path off of McGowan Road near Turkey, authorities said. Both had been shot.
"Rodriguez's mother, Ludvinia Reyes, 47, of Goldsboro, told authorities said she, her daughter and her two small grandchildren were riding in Montenegro's car when it broke down on McGowan Road. She said she decided to leave with the children when Montenegro and her daughter began arguing.
"Montenegro pulled out a gun and fired at Reyes as she fled through the woods, she said.
"Authorities said they believe Montenegro used the pretense of signing his car over to Rodriguez so he could drive the family to the rural area and kill them."
"Havertown, PA - A disturbing letter was waiting in the printer of the Herr Drive Line auto-parts store in Havertown when an employee opened the doors yesterday morning.
"The computer-generated letter was printed in the apartment above the store, where the owner, Derrick Maylock, 66, and his wife, Suzy, 63, lived.
"Derrick Maylock tried to explain in his note, police said, why he had shot his wife and then himself to death in the building on Edgewood Road near Brookline Boulevard where small, plastic crucifixes hung over every doorway.
"The letter said that the business had fallen on hard times and that the couple had fallen into bad health, according to Haverford Township police, who have jurisdiction over Havertown.
"`He didn't want them to be a burden on their family,` Haverford Township Deputy Police Chief John F. Viola said of the note's contents.
"Last night, police were still attempting to contact the couple's next of kin, who are believed to be siblings living out of state. The couple had no children and no pets, authorities said.
"Police were called to the scene about 9:25 a.m. yesterday by the employee who discovered the letter, Viola said.
"Responding officers found the Maylocks dead in their bed.
"Police said that Suzy Maylock had been shot once and that Derrick Maylock had a single, self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Herr Drive Line, which according to a small placard in the front window has been open since 1985, is next to the Pig and Whistle Deli on a residential street.
"Yesterday, the blinds at the business were closed, but by the thick layers of dust upon them, they appeared to have been pulled down for some time.
"`It's one of those places that's always been there but you've never really noticed,` Viola said."
Sunday, March 22, 2009
"BOLIVAR, MO — Police in Bolivar say an elderly couple found shot to death in a senior citizens home was the result of a murder-suicide.
"Police Chief Michael Seibert says it was a married couple that was separated.
"Seibert says the woman showed up to her husband's apartment at the Rose Park Senior Citizens Center on Saturday and shot him twice — once in the back and again in the neck.
"She then called police before shooting herself.
"Police say they think family issues were the cause."
"Pike County, GA - Cobb authorities say forty-three year old Randall Keith Fisher, the focus of an all-day search, shot himself Saturday to avoid being captured.
"Cobb Police issued a lookout for Fisher late Friday night after finding sixty-seven year old John Harvey III dead inside a house on Post Oak Tritt Road.
"Saturday night, in Pike County, where police were on the lookout for Fisher because he had ties to the county, a Sheriff Deputy and a Zebulon City Police Officer stopped the 2008 Honda Civic he was driving.
"Pike officials say Fisher shot himself with a rifle as officers approached the vehicle. Fisher later died at a hospital."
"Miami, FL - A southwest Miami-Dade woman is dead, her husband hospitalized, in what police are calling a murder suicide attempt.
"Sunday morning officers were called to a home at 6740 SW 16th Terrace around 9:30 a.m. after receiving a 911 call from a child who said there had been a shooting. Inside the home police found the body of a woman and her husband suffering from gunshot wound. Investigators believe the man shot his wife before turning the gun on himself. Miami-Dade police detective Roy Rutland said the child who was in the home at the time of the shooting, a young girl, was not harmed. He did not say if she witnessed the shooting.
"The man was airlifted to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital in extremely critical condition."
Saturday, March 21, 2009
"San Diego, CA - The call to San Diego Police came from a 50-year-old woman claiming her husband was threatening to kill her and himself.
"When they arrived to the house around 9 a. m., in the 6400-block of Lockford Avenue, they received no response. San Diego Police Homicide Capt. Jim Collins said they set up a perimeter and pushed the front door in. They were greeted by the 51-year-old husband who threatened them with a 10-inch knife and shoved the door closed.
"Collins said officers went to the back of the house where they broke windows and made noise to lure the man away from the front door. They then kicked the front door, entered and the man once again came at them with the knife. A police dog was involved in the altercation and was stabbed in the neck, rupturing a carotid artery. He was taken to a nearby emergency veterinary clinic and was reported to be in stable condition.
"When the man came at the officers the second time, two officers fired rounds and killed him."
Friday, March 20, 2009
"ONTARIO, OH — A business owner and and a long-time employee were killed during a shooting today inside G&M Body and Paint Shop, 1689 W. Fourth St..
"Owner Michael Martin, 54, of Ontario and Bruce Pryor, 48, were both pronounced dead at MedCentral/Mansfield Hospital, according to Ontario Police Chief Rodney Smith.
"The chief said authorities have no reason to believe anyone else was involved in the shooting, other than the two men. That could make the incident a murder-suicide, though Smith declined comment on that prospect.
"`We believe the alteracation [sic] was between two people inside (the business),` Smith said.
"A temporary employee called 9-1-1 after she heard yelling and then shots fired at the back of the business at 12:22 p.m., the chief said.
"Police found the two men shot in adjoining rooms. Their bodies are being sent for autopsy at the Summit County Coroner's Office, Smith said.
"Police recovered three handguns."
Source: Mansfield NewsJournal...
"BUFFALO, NY - An elderly couple is found dead in their Buffalo home. Police are still gathering information. They are treating this case as a suspicious homicide.
"The elderly couple's nephew found the bodies Thursday night according to police.
"Investigators said after the couple didn't answer the door, the nephew looked in a window and saw something wasn't right. He then called 911.
"Buffalo Police Spokesperson Mike DeGeorge said, `It appears the two of them suffered gunshot wounds. Right now, homicide detectives labeling their deaths as suspicious.`
"There was no sign of forced entry on the home. However, police will not comment on claims the husband made threats towards his wife in the past, or whether this may have been a murder suicide.
"`Right now detectives want to wait to do more investigating work. Certainly until the autopsy is complete the department will leave it as suspicious,` said DeGeorge."
Thursday, March 19, 2009
"TWENTYNINE PALMS, CA - Authorities say a San Bernardino County man shot and killed his wife, set the family home on fire, then killed himself.
"The San Bernardino County coroner's office identified the couple Thursday as 59-year-old Stewart McMurray and his 46-year-old wife Tamra.
"A sheriff's press release says the two were found March 9 in their burned out home in the Twentynine Palms community of Wonder Valley.
"Autopsies confirmed both were dead before fire engulfed the residence.
"Officials say the couple was living alone in the home at the time.
"The motive is not known."
"BERLIN - A MAN killed his partner and their eight-year-old son before committing suicide at Hornsen near Hildesheim in central Germany, local police said late on Wednesday.
"Two of the couple's other children aged 14 and 16 were wounded along with a 15-year-old friend. The couple's fourth child, a six-year-old girl, was unhurt, a police spokesman said.
"Neighbours gave the alert after hearing shots. First reports said the man used a large-calibre handgun.
"The police spokesman was unable to give any reasons for the tragedy."
From The Straits Times...
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
"Ishigaki City, Japan - Five members of an Ishigaki City family have been found dead in their home, and police think the deaths could be a murder-suicide pact.
"Police are releasing no names in the case, saying only that the dead were a 47-year-old man, his 37-year-old wife, an eight-year-old son and two daughters ages six and three. The bodies were discovered by the woman’s father, who had come to visit and found the door locked. When he looked in a window and saw his daughter’s body lying on the floor, he called police.
"The man’s body, along with those of the three children, were on the second floor of the residence. Police say the three children’s bodies had stab wounds. Police say they believe murder-suicide to be a possibility because doors and windows of the home in the Shineicho area were all locked. They say the dead man ran a restaurant business.
"Police questioning neighbors learned that there had been an apparent loud argument Wednesday morning, enough that it woke them. One neighbor said `we could hear the children were crying and the man and lady were making loud noises. The woman’s voice was so high, we woke up.` Nearby residents and neighbors say the family seemed to be happy, and they were kind and friendly to everybody."
"OLIVETTE, MO - The parents of two children are dead after a man shot his wife before turning the gun on himself inside the couple's home, police said.
"Tadesse B. Wodajo, 47, shot and killed Tigst F. Mamo, 35, before shooting himself Wednesday morning in the 9400 block of Indian Meadows Drive, Olivette police Capt. Mike Roemer said. Both were shot with a handgun found at the scene.
"The motive for the killing was unclear, police said, although neighbors told police the couple had been having relationship troubles. Police were not aware of any previous problems at home, in a subdivision north of Olive Road and west of Dielman Road, and had not been called to the address in the past, Roemer said.
"The couple's two children, a boy and girl of elementary school age, are safe, Roemer said."
"St. George, UT - A man and woman wanted in the slayings of four people in North Carolina died Tuesday night in an apparent murder-suicide and fiery crash on Interstate 15.
"Washington County Sheriff Kirk Smith said when the suspects in the vehicle were pulled from the wreckage they were both found to have bullet wounds to the head.
"Smith said police had been on the lookout for a BMW with Wisconsin license plates believed to be carrying the suspects. Deputy Steve Hatzidakis spotted the vehicle about 11:20 p.m. and pulled it over on the freeway about 20 miles north of St. George.
"However, as police approached the car, the BMW bolted off the right side of the freeway then swerved back onto the roadway striking another vehicle before again leaving the interstate. It then careened down an embankment and up onto another, traveling about 75 feet before coming to a halt and catching fire.
"As deputies with fire extinguishers tried to douse a flames, the unidentified man and woman were pulled from the wreck, dead.
"`Both had gun shot wounds to the head,` Smith said."
Source: The Salt Lake Tribune...
"Las Vegas, NV - An elderly couple was found dead from an apparent murder-suicide at a residence on the 9900 block Charlemont Drive near Lake Mead Boulevard and Snow Trail on Tuesday night, Las Vegas police said.
"Officers went to the home to conduct a welfare check around 8:15 p.m. Tuesday and didn't receive a response from the man and woman believed to be inside. After gaining entrance, an officer found the couple, both in their seventies, dead in a master bedroom of a single gunshot wound the head each.
"Homicide detectives determined it was a murder-suicide and police said the couple suffered from medical issues.
"The identities of the man and woman were not released by Las Vegas police."
"St. Francois County, MO - Michael C. Johnson, 23, allegedly shot Gary Mayer, 61, Monday afternoon when Mayer went to help his daughter move out of a house in St. Francois County.
"Johnson fled from the scene in Mayer's black Jeep Wrangler, authorities said.
"On Monday night, Jefferson County deputies accompanied one of Mayer's family members to a home he owned in De Soto to retrieve some of his belongings. They spotted the Wrangler near the house.
"Members of the county's tactical team responded to the scene, forced entry and found Johnson's body inside. He had apparently hanged himself in the home, along Carroll Road.
"Arrest warrants had already been issued against Johnson for domestic violence and burglary. Mayer's daughter was the victim in Johnson's domestic violence case, said St. Francois County Sheriff Dan Bullock.
"St. Francois County police said they received a call about 1 p.m. Monday that someone was at the daughter's house along the 1800 block of Old Highway 8 near Gumbo, Bullock said. When officers arrived, Mayer was dead."
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
"Orange, TX - Orange Police, the Texas Rangers and the Orange County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an apparent murder-suicide.
"Police on the scene say 71-year-old Maxie Joseph Mier shot his wife 64-year-old Joanne Mier with a handgun sometime around noon Tuesday.
"Authorities [said] both were found in the kitchen.
"Police say the couple's daughter received a phone call from one of the victims letting her know what was going to happen. The daughter subsequently went to the house and found the couple dead in the kitchen.
"Authorities say there was no history of violence in the household and they were never before called to the house.
"Relatives of the couple [said] Maxie worked at the Orange Paper mill until he retired years ago while Joanne worked at a nearby Kroger.
"Neighbors were shocked at the news, saying Maxie was considered the `neighborhood watchman` who looked after homes whose owners were on vacation or out of town."
"Logan, NJ - In what appears to be a murder-suicide, the body of a fatally wounded Logan Township woman was found Monday night and the body of a man believed to be her husband, who lived in Gibbstown, was found during execution of warrants at his home about 1 p.m. today.
"The woman was identified as Donna Harbula, 52, of 23 Nortonville Road, Logan Township.
"Her brother called Logan Township police at 7:54 p.m. Monday to report he had found her unconscious in her home.
"Investigators found Harbula had a single gunshot wound to the head. Outside a partially open window of the home were found two shotgun shells.
"The woman's husband, Walter Oswald, 56, lived at 44 W. Vine St., in the Gibbstown section of Greenwich Township,
"The two had had a history of domestic violence, including an incident about 4:15 p.m. Saturday at Harbula's residence in which police were called and removed Oswald.
"Harbula subsequently obtained a temporary restraining order against Oswald.
"In attempting to execute search and arrest warrants at the Oswald residence at about 1 p.m. today, members of the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office and the Gloucester County Special Weapons and Tactics Unit entered the residence and found a man confirmed to be Oswald, dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted shotgun wound.
"Oswald also was arrested on a weapons possession charge for having a shotgun late Saturday by New Jersey State Police, walking along Route 130, about two miles from the Harbula residence.
"State troopers who took him into custody were unaware of the TRO Harbula had obtained, since it had not yet been entered into automated records, and Oswald was released on his own recognizance.
"It is not known whether Harbula was already dead when Oswald was picked up."
"DOVER, WI - A Chicago man is charged with stabbing his Wisconsin girlfriend and himself in a failed murder-suicide attempt.
"Twenty-one year old Titus A. Harper was charged Monday with attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
"Prosecutors say Harper was arguing with his girlfriend Friday in her Town of Dover home.
"The 23-year-old girlfriend tells investigators he stabbed her in the back with a kitchen knife, then cut his own throat so the couple could `die together.`
"She says she spent an hour begging her to let him call 911, but he unplugged all the phones.
"She says she was able to escape and drive to a friend's home.
"Authorities found an 8-month-old unhurt in the home."
"MEDFORD, OR — Medford police say a 79-year-old man who built an Oregon grocery chain is in the hospital and his 80-year-old wife is dead of knife wounds.
"Lt. Tim Doney says it is a case of homicide and an attempted suicide.
"Rogue Valley Manor employees on nightly rounds found Raymond Nidiffer and his wife, Mary June, in their locked apartment Sunday.
"The police say emergency crews found her dead of knife wounds and him suffering from a knife wound that apparently was self-inflicted. He was reported in fair condition.
"He built C&K Market Inc. of Brookings into a regional chain of stores including his namesake Ray's Food Place, Price Less Food, Shop Smart and Pharmacy Express. The company remains in family hands."
Monday, March 16, 2009
"SUFFIELD, OH - Portage County authorities are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide Sunday evening.
"A relative reportedly found the bodies of a man and a woman about 5 p.m. in a home in the 1700-block of Steffy Road.
"Portage County Sheriff Dave W. Doak said police still were trying to determine when the deaths may have occurred.
"Doak said the sheriff's office received a 911 call at 5:04 p.m. by a relative who found the victims. No one else was in the home at the time, he said.
"`We have no idea why (this occurred) at this point. We are still trying to sort it out,` Doak said.
"`We are relatively certain it is related to some sort of domestic dispute,` he said.
The scene was being processed Sunday night by the sheriff's office and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation."
"Knightsville, SC - Two children are left without a mother and father, after a murder-suicide in Dorchester County. The shootings happened on Tucker Road in Knightsville at around six Sunday morning.
"The Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office says a man shot his live in girlfriend multiple times in the car in the front yard, killing her, and then shot himself in the head. The coroners office identified the victim as 24-year-old Katrina Johnson, and her boyfriend, 23-year-old Marcus Trippier. Both bodies were found in the front yard."
From WCBD TV...
Sunday, March 15, 2009
"Miami, FL - A man shot four people dead at one Miami home shortly after midnight Sunday, then he drove elsewhere and turned the gun on himself, according to police.
"Miami police spokeswoman Detective Kenia Alfonso reported that four people were shot and killed at about 12:15 a.m. while they were at a home at the 2800 block of Southwest 38 Court. Witnesses saw a red Toyota Tacoma pick-up trick leave the area just before officers arrived, Alfonso reported.
"Minutes later, the alleged killer shot himself near a house at the 700 block of Southwest 33 Avenue, according to police. A 911 caller said that house -- and a vehicle near it -- were on fire, police said. Miami police officers and firefighters said they arrived and found the dead man who had shot himself.
"Detectives ruled the incident a murder-suicide, and they believe it is domestic-related, according to Alfonso."
From The Miami Herald...
Saturday, March 14, 2009
"AUSTIN, IN - An entire family is dead after what police called a possible murder-suicide.
"Scott County sheriff’s deputies said they were called out to a home at 829 East Harrod Road near Austin, Ind., at about 10:22 a.m. Saturday in response to a possibly suicidal person.
"When the deputy arrived, he said he was met by family members at the home who told him that someone was possibly dead inside the home.
"After entering the home, the deputy found a dead body. He then completed a search of the rest of the home for any other victims.
"The deputy called state police to bring crime scene investigators and detectives to the home to continue the investigation.
"Officers said that three bodies were found inside.
"They were identified as Claude Campbell Sr., 57, Connie Campbell, 58, and Claude Campbell Jr., 35. All of the victims were said to live at the home.
"Investigators said that the bodies were all found in different rooms and had suffered gunshot wounds."
"QUINTON, VA - The New Kent Sheriff's Office was contacted Friday afternoon around 1:30 by a family member to conduct a welfare check at 3800 New Kent Highway in Quinton.
"The family member stated that no one had been in contact with the residents at this address for several days.
"Upon forcing entry into the residence, two adults were discovered in an upstairs bedroom with gunshot wounds.
"The victims were transported to the Chief Medical Examiner's Office in Richmond for further evaluation.
"The names of the victims are not being released pending notice to the next of kin."
Friday, March 13, 2009
"MARIONVILLE, MO — A 60-year-old Republic man is under arrest after authorities allege he fatally stabbed his ex-wife before trying to kill himself on Thursday.
"Robert Duda is in stable condition at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, according to a release from the Marionville Police Department.
"According to the release, Marionville police officers responded at 5:01 p.m. to 405 S. Central to investigate a report of a stabbing in process.
"Officers found 59-year-old Kathy Duda, of the residence, lying in the front yard. Duda apparently died from multiple stab wounds.
"Robert Duda was found inside the home, with self-inflicted stab wounds."
From The Joplin Globe...
"LUDLOW, MA - New details are emerging about an elderly Ludlow couple that died in an apparent murder-suicide. Ludlow police say the couple had just finalized their divorce on March 11.
"Ludlow Police Sgt. Thomas Foye told 22News the ex-husband, Armelin Quiterio, was found holding a 357 revolver.
"Seventy-four year-old Armelin Quiterio and his ex-wife, 67 year-old Penha Quiterio, were found dead in bed Thursday night at the home at 19 Cherry Street during a well-being check. Both suffered gun shot wounds to the head.
"A son called Ludlow Police on Thursday night and asked them to check on his parents.
"Sgt. Foye said the bodies had been there for several days."
Thursday, March 12, 2009
"MT. PLEASANT TWP, PA ― A man and a woman were found dead in a home in Westmoreland County after what appears to be a murder-suicide, according to investigators.
"Police say as many as three shots were fired inside the Kors Studio Street house in United Village, Mt. Pleasant Township.
"Someone at the residence called 911 this afternoon, but hung up.
"State police came to investigate and found 53-year-old Lynn Deruelle and 59-year-old Florence Rabusseau-Deruelle.
"Lynn was an ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran suffering from terminal cancer and Florence was a nurse helping him to cope in his final days.
"Friends and family describe the couple as nice people, but they were suffering with Lynn's terminal cancer."
"MAYS LANDING, NJ - Authorities say two people are dead of gunshot wounds in an apparent murder-suicide inside an Atlantic County veterinary clinic.
"County Prosecutor Ted Housel says the shooting happened at about 10 a.m. Thursday at All Paws Veterinary Clinic in the Mays Landing section of Hamilton Township.
"Housel says it appears that 51-year-old Ronald Clemente shot his 50-year-old wife, Patrice, with a semiautomatic handgun before turning the weapon on himself.
"Patrice Clemente was working alone at the front desk when she was shot. Other employees and customers inside the clinic were not injured.
"Clinic employees say Ronald Clemente had threatened to kill his wife, but she hadn't told police or sought a restraining order.
"Housel says Patrice Clemente was the mother of four children, but Ronald Clemente was not their father."
"Matsuyama City, Japan - A 62-year-old man and his 57-year-old brother were found dead in their apartment in Matsuyama City, Ehime Prefecture, on Wednesday night. Police said the younger brother seems to have killed his elder brother and then committed suicide.
"Noyubuki Isshiki, 62, and his brother Tatsuro, 57, were found dead by police and city officials around 7:30 p.m. after the apartment owner reported that he had been unable to contact the tenants for a few days.
"Nobuyuki was found lying on a futon and Tatsuro in the bathroom. Police also found bloodstains at the entrance and on a baseball bat, along with human hair."
Source: Japan Today...
"Trenton, NJ - One man shot and killed another and then himself inside a South Jersey restaurant.
"El Rancho Restaurante is not only popular in the neighborhood, it's also a regular hangout for police in the area.
"The restaurant and bar is on Fulton Street in Trenton.
"The two bodies were found in the basement of the restaurant Wednesday morning after a fire alarm went off.
"The victims are Juan Reyes, 44, and Jose Peralta, 51.
"Investigators used flood lights Wednesday night to work the crime scene.
"They haven't talked about a possible motive or which of the men did the shooting."
"MILLTOWN, DE - A husband and wife died Wednesday evening in what New Castle County police are investigating as an apparent murder-suicide.
"Cpl. Trinidad Navarro said police were called to a home in the 2700 block of Charles Place, in the Southview subdivision near Delcastle Park, shortly after 6 p.m., after the husband's brother called police saying he couldn't get in touch with the couple and wanted officers to check on their welfare.
"`When we got there, we found a female deceased inside of the home,` Navarro said.
"The woman, whose name is not being released pending notification of family, was 55. Police found her husband, also 55, inside another room in the home. Navarro said the man was severely injured but was able to speak. Navarro would not say what the man said.
"The husband was taken to Christiana Hospital, where he died of his injuries shortly after 7 p.m., Navarro said.
"Neighbor Noreen DeMatteis said she and her husband had been friends with the couple, who she said had two daughters and a son.
"`We knew they were having problems, but we thought they had worked things out,` she said.
"`We saw them together around Christmastime putting up the Christmas decorations,` her husband, John, added. `He was outside last week shoveling snow.`
"The DeMatteises said the husband owned his own stone masonry company and did stonework in front of their home and inside. The wife worked as a nurse, the DeMatteises said."
Source: Delaware Online...
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
"Winnenden, Germany - A TEEN shooter went on a bloody rampage at a German high school today killing 15 people before shooting himself during a gunfight with cops.
"Cops said 17-year-old Tim Kretschmer had been cornered after hijacking a car and fleeing to an industrial estate where he executed two bystanders before a final shootout with the authorities.
"Police believe he then turned the gun himself.
"The tragic shootings began at 9:30 this morning at the Albertville Realschule in Winnenden near Stuttgart.
"Dressed in black combat gear the crazed teen is believed to have entered the school before unleashing a volley of gunfire at random mowing down nine students, three teachers and a passer-by before fleeing.
"The victims were mainly female. In the school, eight girls and a boy were shot dead.
"Many more were injured in the attack."
Source: The Sun...
"SAMSON, AL - The details of a shooting spree across three southern Alabama towns began to come to light Wednesday, a day after a gunman killed 10 people, including family members and several apparent strangers, before committing suicide. Hours after the shootings began on Tuesday it became clear that the attacker, 27-year-old Michael McLendon, had first shot and killed his mother before setting her house on fire in Kinston, Alabama, near the Florida state line, local media reported.
"Police said in televised press briefings on Wednesday the rampage was the worst in the southern state's history. A motive for the shootings remained unclear.
"He then killed seven people in three homes in the neighbouring town of Samson, including his grandparents, an uncle and aunt, and a neighbour - who was the wife of one of the officers who responded to the shooting - and their young child. An infant was also injured in the attack.
"The gunman, who was described as carrying a semiautomatic weapon, is believed to have acted alone, state police said.
"After leaving the town, the gunman is reported to have opened fire on an Alabama state policeman on a highway. The officer suffered minor injuries from broken glass, and his squad car was struck by seven bullets.
"Two more victims were shot to death along the same highway, one at a business and the second at a petrol filling station.
"Outside the nearby town of Geneva, the gunman is suspected of unleashing 30 rounds at a metal manufacturing company with police in pursuit. A Geneva police chief was wounded at the scene.
"The suspect entered the small factory, where he was a former employee, and police followed after hearing more gunfire to find the body of the gunman with an apparent self-inflicted bullet wound.
"Several additional people were wounded in the shooting spree."
"NORTH RICHLAND HILLS, TX — Three people are dead and a fourth person was injured in a shooting late Tuesday night.
"WFAA-TV reported that the shooting appeared to be a murder-suicide, but police this morning would not confirm that statement and said the Tarrant County medical examiner's office was still investigating.
"North Richland Hills police investigator Keith Bauman said officers responded to the shooting about 10:20 p.m. after a report of shots being fired in the 6500 block of Sunset Road.
"Officers arrived and found an open garage door and three people inside the garage with gunshot wounds. The suspected shooter was found dead inside the home, Bauman said.
"Two of the victims were transported to an area hospital and one was later pronounced dead, he said. The medical examiner's office identified the woman as 55-year-old Kristin Jones. The two other victims were men, the medical examiner's office told WFAA-TV.
"The television station reported that the other patient, a woman, was listed in critical condition at John Peter Smith Hospital. Bauman said he could not confirm that information.
"North Richland Hills police also did not comment this morning on the relationship among the victims."
"HARVEY, LA - A 73-year-old man in Harvey shot his wife, killing her, before taking his own life, according to John Fortunato, a spokesman for the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office.
"Police found Rodney Ory, 73, and his wife Rosalie Ory, 72, dead in their home with gunshot wounds to the head.
"The couple’s daughter first found them around 8 p.m. Tuesday before calling police, Fortunato said, adding that it’s not yet clear how long the bodies had been in the home.
"The shooting happened in the Woodlands West subdivision in the 2600 block of Centaur Street.
"Fortunato said that there are no initial signs of a struggle...
"Relatives said that Rodney Ory recently suffered a stroke, and he couldn’t get around too well, but he was recovering. But they said they don’t know if a domestic dispute or health problems brought on the violence."
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
"FLAGSTAFF, AZ – A murder-suicide took place involving a man running from the law.
"Police say the man, who has not been identified, was being held on a $1 million bond in Oceanside, California for child molestation charges.
"Police in Oceanside contacted Flagstaff authorities after receiving a tip he may be in the area. Officers spotted the suspect’s car in the parking lot of a Ramada Inn.
"When the suspect left the hotel room and saw police approach him, he went back into the room where he reportedly shot his female companion before turning the gun on himself."
"Memphis, TN - A note left by a Tennessee man who committed suicide led police Tuesday to the body of a 29-year-old former model who had been missing since Sunday...
"Police had arrived at the house of the 21-year-old man, Austin Agee, to question him in the case when they heard shots inside the Arlington, Tenn., home. The police entered to find Agee had killed himself in the presence of his parents, Thomas and Connie Agee.
"Agee's connection to the case wasn't immediately clear, but the suicide note he left directed authorities to the place where they eventually found the body of Lisa Renee Davis.
"The Agees' home was about seven miles from Davis' residence, where police had found pools of blood after she didn't show up for work Sunday at the Bumpus Harley Davidson motorcycle dealership, Bartlett Police said."
Source: FOX News...
Monday, March 9, 2009
"ALBUQUERQUE, NM - The body of an Albuquerque man suspected of killing his longtime business associate after approaching him about his financial troubles has been found in the bosque.
"Bernalillo County Sheriff's investigators say they believe 64-year-old Donald Hovland shot himself once in the head. His body was found Saturday on the west side of the river about a mile from his home.
"Deputies had been searching for Hovland, who was accused of killing his business associate Baron Freeman of Albuquerque on Tuesday.
"They say they had tips that led them to the bosque.
"Deputies believe Hovland had financial troubles and the Internal Revenue Service may have been garnishing his wages.
"A search warrant says Hovland went to Freeman's home to talk about his money problems."
From KDBC4 News...
Sunday, March 8, 2009
"Naples, FL - Collier County sheriff’s deputies are investigating the deaths of a Golden Gate Estates couple as an apparent murder-suicide.
"Community volunteer and small business adviser Gregory Nelson, 49, and his wife, Kristine Gabel, 44, were found dead in their home Saturday night. The couple lived at 355 Shady Hollow Blvd. E.
"Deputies were called to the home to check on the couple after family members reported not hearing from the couple and became concerned.
"A press release from the Collier County Sheriff’s Office indicated that both Nelson and Gabel died of gunshot wounds, and stated that it is being investigated as a murder-suicide. The release said no further information is available while authorities investigate.
"Nelson, chairman of SCORE of Naples, which advises small-business owners, was `a very wonderful guy,` said co-worker Bill Maltarich."
"KENNER, LA - Kenner Police said the bodies of a 25-year-old Harahan man and a 22-year-old Kenner woman were found in her apartment, the victims of an apparent murder-suicide.
"They were identified Thursday night as Chris Arnoult and Rachel Vallery.
"Police say the father of the woman discovered the bodies.
"Police spokesman Lt. Wayne McInnis said the couple had dated for about one year, but had broken up about 10 days ago."
"UPHAM, ND - The death of an Upham man and woman Friday night is under investigation as a possible murder-suicide, according to the McHenry County Sheriff's Office.
"Nolan Hett and Julie Lawless, both 38, were found dead in their rented home in rural Upham by friends, who reported the deaths to the sheriff's department about midnight.
"McHenry County Sheriff Marv Sola said the case is being treated as a domestic violence incident but the details remain under investigation.
"What was known Saturday is that the two had visited a bar near their home Friday night, where others reported the couple showed no indication of any type of conflict between them. Concerns arose later that night after Hett called a friend, which prompted the check that led to the discovery of their deaths.
"Lawless was shot in the back of a leg and her stomach, while Hett was shot once in the chest, Sola said. Autopsies are being conducted in Bismarck.
"Hett was a railroad employee who had lived in the Upham area about 10 years. Lawless was a home-health worker who moved into the area later."
"MUSKEGON, MI - Authorities were investigating what they said was a probable murder-suicide Saturday night that claimed the lives of a man and a woman inside a Muskegon Township home.
"Police were not releasing the victims' names. Neighbors who knew the victims estimated the man was in his mid-40s and the woman in her mid-30s.
"Police were called to a home at 332 S. Densmore around 8 p.m. by a person who reported gunshots fired inside the home.
"Officers called in the Muskegon County Emergency Response Team -- the county's equivalent of a SWAT team -- because they weren't sure of the situation in the house.
"Police said they thought there might have been a person barricaded in the home with a gun and a hostage.
"More than a dozen heavily armed and armored officers surrounded the house, and eventually entered it, at which time they found the bodies of the man and woman, according to Muskegon Township Police Chief Donald Schrumpf.
"Schrumpf said the dead man and woman were boyfriend and girlfriend, and they had been involved in an ongoing dispute for about the past month.
"The deaths occurred in a middle-class neighborhood of well-kept homes, just north of Marquette Avenue and east of Sheridan Road.
"Penny Hampton, of 385 Densmore, said other neighbors told her that the couple who lived at 332 S. Densmore broke up about a month ago, and the house was recently put up for sale.
"Hampton said she and her husband, Jim, were watching TV Saturday night when they saw police running across their lawn.
"`The cops told us to stay in our house and stay away from the windows,` Hampton said. `Then the SWAT team showed up. There were 14 of them -- it was crazy.`
"Penny Hampton said the man believed to have died in the house was `a super nice guy. But then, you never know what happens behind closed doors,` she said."
Saturday, March 7, 2009
"Cleveland, OH - An Ohio man suspected in the murder of five of his family members committed suicide surrounded by police. Authorities say Devon Crawford, 33, shot himself after police surrounded him in a house [on the 3500 block of West 128th Street].
"`They confronted the male hiding in a bathroom. When he spotted the agents, he took his own life,` said a police spokesman.
"Crawford was suspected in the killings of his wife, Lechea Crawford; her sister, Rose Stevens; and three of Stevens’ children, 5-year-old Destiny Woods and 2-year-old twins Dion and Davion.
"A 7-year-old boy and a 12-year-old boy managed to escape. The 7-year-old was shot in the shoulder but is in stable condition. Crawford’s 2-month-old daughter with Lechea was unharmed.
"The manhunt for Crawford was launched Thursday night around 8 p.m. `It looks like it was some type of domestic argument that sparked this tragedy,` said Police Chief Michael McGrath."
"Las Vegas, NV - Police received a call from an apartment complex at 1401 E. Reno Ave., north of Hacienda Avenue and east of Maryland Parkway shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday. When officers arrived they found an elderly woman dead on the floor of an apartment, police said.
"A man became angry with his girlfriend and her mother inside the apartment, police said. A preliminary investigation revealed that the three people argued inside the apartment when the man picked up a weapon, shot the girlfriend's mother, then himself, police said.
"Homicide detectives said the man shot himself in the face, but was alive when police arrived and was taken to Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center's Trauma Center, where he underwent emergency surgery.
"The man's girlfriend escaped from the apartment and called police."
From The Las Vegas Sun...
Friday, March 6, 2009
"ROSS TWP., PA – Two people are dead from gunshot wounds in an apparent murder-suicide on private property with mobile homes on Thursday night.
"County Chief Deputy Coroner William Lisman is seated at left inside van at scene of double-fatal shooting off Pall Road in Ross Township Thursday night.
"Luzerne County officials are investigating the shooting deaths of 27-year-old Michael A. Mitchell and 35-year-old William E. Mitchell, both of Hunlock Creek, according to state police at Shickshinny.
"Autopsies are pending, officials said. Authorities were unable to provide further details.
"Police responded around 5:45 p.m. to 18 Mitchell Lane, a private road off Pall Road where investigators remained at the scene until late night.
"Representatives from the Luzerne County Coroner’s Office arrived at the scene, along with a state police Forensic Services Unit. Coroner John P. Corcoran could not be reached for comment."
Thursday, March 5, 2009
"Phoenix, AZ - A black flag with skull and crossbones hung outside the house where two women found a couple dead Thursday after an apparent murder-suicide.
"Friends and neighbors filled the street in front of the house as investigators swarmed the area around 1 p.m. to piece together how the man and woman died in the northwest Phoenix neighborhood.
"Officers found the unidentified victims in the 2900 block of West Villa Maria Drive, near Union Hills Drive and 29th Avenue, after receiving a call from one of the two women.
"The couple lived together at the home, according to friends. Some neighbors said a group of young people who lived at the home often argued and partied late-night.
"Other neighbors said they heard gunshots earlier in the afternoon, though Phoenix Detective Cindy Scott said police could not confirm if the victims were discovered with gunshot wounds.
"Ron Lyell, 51, who lives next door, said he was working from home and pulling weeds in his front yard when one of two women - friends of the victims - came out of the house crying.
"`I went over and grabbed her on the shoulder,` Lyell said. `She was crying so hard she couldn't tell me anything.`
"Lyell said the woman told police she found the female victim shot to death with a gunshot wound to her chest, while the male victim was found, `lying in a pool of blood.` He said he never heard any shots fired.
"A U-Haul truck with a vehicle tow sat parked in front of the house, taped off as part of the crime scene."
From AZ Central...
"MAYS LANDING, NJ - The Atlantic County prosecutor says a fire that killed two people in Hamilton Township was a murder-suicide.
"Prosecutor Ted Housel says an investigation by his office and the county medical examiner determined that the male victim stabbed his girlfriend to death, then set the woman's condominium ablaze and died in the fire.
"The fire broke out shortly before 2:30 p.m. Wednesday.
"The bodies of 36-year-old Saily Abreu and her boyfriend were recovered from the residence. His name has not been released pending notification of relatives.
"Housel said Thursday that an autopsy determined that Abreu, a mother of five girls, died of multiple stab wounds. The boyfriend, who lived in Egg Harbor Township, died of burns and smoke inhalation.
"The children are staying with friends and relatives."
"Solebury, PA - A Solebury man shot and killed his male partner and then shot himself in the head at their upscale home in the affluent Central Bucks County township.
"A cleaning woman discovered the body of the 48-year-old victim inside the garage of the home at 6157 Upper York Road Thursday morning around 8:50 a.m. and notified authorities.
"Authorities arrived and discovered a harrowing scene: the bullet-riddled body in the garage, blood around the house, overturned furniture that indicated a struggle and the body of the 50-year-old shooter in the master bedroom, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound between the eyes.
"Was it a crime of passion? Authorities say it’s too soon to say.
"Police were not immediately releasing the names of the men involved."
Source: Courier Times...
"Magnolia, TX - A man and woman in their 50's were found shot to death in their West Montgomery County home the 28000 Block of Elm Trace Dr. about 10:45 Wednesday morning after the woman failed to arrive for work and coworkers became concerned.
"The deceased were identified as Fredrick Threet, 53, and his wife, 49-year-old Suzette Threet.
"Lt. Bill Bucks said the deaths appeared to be a murder-suicide.
"`(Co-workers) contacted her family and the family went to the Magnolia home where they found all the vehicles and the doors all locked,` Bucks said. `They couldn't see anything from their vantage point, so they backed off and called police.`
"Deputies and MCHD medics responded. The manufactured home on just over five wooded acres was locked down tight. They looked through the windows and saw Suzette Threet on the couch with a gunshot wound to her torso, Bucks said.
"Magnolia Firefighters were called to make forcibly entry. Inside deputies found Fredrick Threet, also dead, sitting in a chair in the same room with a gunshot wound to his head. A handgun was lying on the floor at his feet, Bucks said.
"While there were no signs of a struggle, he said, more than the two fatal rounds were spent.
"`It appears multiple shots were fired inside the residence,` Bucks said."
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
"Show Low, AZ - Police say a man suspected of shooting a woman to death and injuring her husband outside a Show Low Walmart Monday has apparently commited suicide.
"The department reportedly learned Tuesday afternoon that Donald A. Belanger, 55, was found dead in his vehicle near Albuquerque, New Mexico.
"The Show Low Police Department's investigation into the shooting began to focus on Belanger as one of several suspects in this case, said Smythe.
"Smythe said that on Tuesday at about 12:51 am, a New Mexico State Police sergeant conducted a traffic stop on a white car that appeared to be driving impaired.
"The stop reportedly took place on Interstate 25 near Albuquerque. As the sergeant exited his police vehicle, the driver of the car killed himself.
"State Police Investigators confirmed the identity of the driver as Donald Belanger, 55, from Heber, Arizona, according to Smythe.
"At the time of his death, two firearms and a suicide note were reportedly found in the vehicle."
From Northern Arizona News...
"FLORIDA CITY, FL - Authorities say a man shot a woman he knew while she working at a Wal-Mart in Florida City, then fatally shot himself.
"Miami-Dade Police Department spokeswoman Rebeca Perez says the shooting happened inside the store just before 10 a.m. on Wednesday . The woman suffered gunshot wounds and is in critical condition. The man was pronounced dead at the hospital. Their identities have not yet been released.
"No further information was immediately available."
"Brooklyn, CT — Two people were found dead in a Brooklyn home Wednesday morning. The state police Major Crime Detectives said an initial examination appears to reveal no `apparent criminal aspect to this incident.`
"At around 11:27 a.m. State Police in Danielson received a request for a well-being check of the occupants of a home located at 98 Laurel Hill Road in Brooklyn.
"Upon arrival and entry into the home troopers discovered two dead people inside the home. The residence was secured and the State Police Major Crime Squad Detectives responded to the scene to initiate an investigation.
"Police are still at the scene. Autopsies will be conducted by the Office of the chief States Medical Examiner to determine the manner and cause of death.
"The identities of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of next of kin."
Source: Norwich Bulletin...
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
"HAMMOND, IN - Police found an SUV sinking into the icy waters of Lake Michigan at the Hammond Marina on Monday and a wounded woman bleeding on the boat launch.
"Two people are dead in the apparent murder-suicide attempt, a 39-year-old Mississippi man whose body was found inside the sunken Hummer H2, and a 55-year-old woman who died of multiple gunshot wounds to the torso after being taken to St. Margaret Mercy, Police Chief Brian Miller said.
"A marina security guard told police she saw the black SUV parked on the launch ramp around 12:45 p.m., and told the driver he had to move. There was a woman in the passenger seat and the driver said they wouldn't be parked long.
"The security guard drove off, then heard a gunshot and saw the woman tumble out the passenger-side door before the H2 idled down the slope and into the water, Miller said. A marina employee tried to hold the sinking SUV in place from the pier, and told police he still thought someone was inside.
"The woman was in critical condition when emergency crews arrived. She had a Florida driver's license, but investigators believe she may be a Valparaiso resident, Miller said.
"The Lake County Dive Team and a towing crew needed about an hour to pull the Hummer, which had drifted under an adjacent pier, from the water. The Hummer had Florida license plates, but vehicle records for the truck were not on file with Florida authorities, Miller said."
From The Post-Tribune...
Monday, March 2, 2009
"WILMETTE, IL - Police checking on a home found the bodies of a man, woman and teenage boy who were killed in an apparent murder-suicide.
"A preliminary investigation suggests the woman and teenager were shot to death and the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Wilmette Deputy Police Chief Brian King said in a statement.
"Authorities did not release the names of those killed, pending notification of relatives.
"When officers arrived at the locked home they were not able to reach anyone inside and forced their way in, King said.
"Investigators are looking into the backgrounds of those slain, said King.
"The teenager was a 17-year-old senior at New Trier Township High School, District 203 Supt. Linda Yonke told the Chicago Tribune.
"`He was just a really nice, nice young man,` she said. `He was very well known and loved.`"
Source: News Tribune...