Tuesday, August 18, 2009
"Fort Bragg, CA - A Fort Bragg couple was found dead Tuesday evening in what authorities believe is a murder suicide.
"Mendocino County Sheriff’s authorities said Wednesday 26-year-old Jacob Gregory Swanson was found dead of a gunshot wound to the head in his living room and his girlfriend, 36-year-old Amy Rochelle Salo, was found dead of a gunshot wound to the face in a bathroom at the home.
"Swanson’s residence is just outside Fort Bragg on Airport Road.
"Salo had picked Swanson up from work at noon, but never returned to drop him off, Lt. Rusty Noe said.
"A relative who went to look for him found his body and called Sheriff’s officials at about 5 p.m.
"Investigating authorities then discovered Salo’s body.
"Noe said Swanson and Salo had been in an on-again, off-again relationship for about a year and a half.
"Fort Bragg residents said Salo, a personal trainer in the area, had three young children."
From the Press-Democrat...
"Havana, FL - By Tuesday afternoon, violent-crimes investigator Scott Ivey was worn out – both emotionally and physically.
"Ivey and other investigators with the Gadsden County Sheriff's Office had been up most of the night trying to sort out the tragic details of an attempted homicide and suicide he said has devastated the small community of Havana.
"Sheriff's deputies arrived at Sheila Bell's home on Ames Barineau Road just after 1 a.m. Tuesday to find Sheila lying on the lawn with a gunshot wound on her right shoulder. Her estranged husband, Seward Bell Jr., was in the yard about 30 feet away, with a gunshot wound to the head and a rifle and revolver lying next to him, according to a sheriff's office report.
"Sheila said her husband had shot her. He was unresponsive and breathing irregularly, according to the report.
"Both were transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital, where Seward was pronounced dead at about 2:30 a.m. Sheila was in critical condition.
"Ivey said the Bells were recently separated and were not living together but co-owned The Corner Bar on Highway 27 just south of Havana.
"`I can't tell you what he was thinking, obviously, but it ended in tragedy, that's for sure,` Ivey said. `These were very likeable people. It's a shock to the community.`
"Ivey said some follow-up interviews will be conducted but that no criminal charges will be filed because the suspect, Seward, is dead."
"WILEY FORD, WV — A Wiley Ford couple were found dead Saturday, minutes after a 911 call was placed from a Cumberland Street home to the Mineral County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security.
"Family members identified the victims as Tammy Deetz, 47, and Kenneth Deetz, 44. The cause of death of both the husband and wife was unknown.
"Following a call to the 911 center in which the caller disconnected the line before talking to a dispatcher, a sheriff’s deputy was sent to the home, which is located near Alternate Route 28, about one-half mile from state Route 28.
"When the deputy arrived, he found the body of Kenneth Deetz, as well as the couple’s two grandchildren — an infant girl and a 4-year-old boy — who were inside the home, according to the couple’s daughter, Kendra.
"Tammy Deetz’s body was found at 5:42 p.m. in a wooded area about 15 feet from Alternate Route 28."
From the Cumberland Times News...
Monday, August 17, 2009
"AUSTIN, TX - The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the deaths of two people found in an apartment in the 7000 block of Parmer lane. Detectives say they believe the deaths resulted from a murder-suicide.
"A man and a woman who live together in the Rattan Creek Apartments were found dead by an apartment manager on Monday afternoon. The apartment manager was conducting a welfare check on behalf of an employer. Both victims were cab drivers.
"Investigators said both suffered from gunshot wounds. They discovered a handgun that they said pointed to a murder-suicide.
"Officials have identified both victims but will not release their identities until family members are notified. Investigators say that while the two were living together, they do not know what their relationship was.
"The Williamson County Sheriff's Office will continue to investigate the crime until they can determine a motive for the murder."
"Dickinson, ND - Authorities say the deaths of a Dickinson couple may be the result of a murder-suicide.
"Police say the body of 41-year-old Jamie Osborn was found by passers-by in a wooded area in Miles City, Mont., on Sunday afternoon. Police say the body of his 43-year-old wife, Tracey, was found Monday morning inside a vehicle in Dunn County, about 50 miles north of Dickinson.
"Lt. Rod Banyai says Jamie Osborn appears to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Banyai says the cause of Tracey Osborn's death is not being released until an autopsy is done. He says it appears she was the victim of a homicide."
"HYDERABAD, India - Apparently upset over a petty argument with her relative, a 25-year-old woman committed suicide along with her two children here today, police said.
"Mahabub Unnisa reportedly had an argument with her sister-in-law this morning over sending an old television set to her mother in Kadapa district after her husband Mahabub Pasha bought a new one, police said.
"Unnisa's sister-in-law allegedly objected over sending the old TV set to her mother on which both had an argument, a police officer said.
"Upset over the issue, Unnisa took her three children in the kitchen and doused kerosene on them and set afire to them before setting herself ablaze, he said.
"While Unnisa and her two children - Sharmila (5) and Atif (3) - were burnt to death, her one-and-half-year-old daughter Ammalu was battling for life at the Osmania General Hospital, the officer said.
"The incident occurred at Shivrampalli on the city outskirts."
From The Times of India...
"Asheboro, NC - Randolph County Sheriff's Office is calling a crash in Franklinville a murder suicide, but they aren't releasing many details.
"Sunday deputies responded to a wrecked car down an embankment on Carl Allred Road.
"They found a man and woman dead inside the car. Both bodies were taken to Randolph County Hospital pending an autopsy in Chapel Hill.
"The investigation is ongoing at this time. Investigators are not releasing the identities of the two people until their families are notified."
"MENOMONIE, WI - The gunman who shot and killed three brothers and wounded another Menomonie man on Saturday died Monday at 8:45 a.m., according to Menomonie Police.
"Geu Tou Vang, 23, died at Luther Hospital.
"Vang of St. Paul, Min. shot and killed three brothers Saturday night and injured another man before turning the 9 mm handgun on himself. Vang shot the three brothers in the head and himself in the head as well.
"Killed were Siong Kong, 25, Toua Kong, 32, and Seng Kong, 13, all of Menomonie. Injured was Toua Xiong, 25, of Menomonie who police describe as having non-threatening injuries. He received an injury to a hand and his neck.
"The three brothers were pronounced dead at the scene."
Source: The Leader-Telegram...
"MORRIS TOWNSHIP, NJ - In Collinsville, police have been investigating a little girl's death, and what looks like her mother's attempted suicide, according to a spokesman from the Morris County Prosecutors' Office.
"The joint investigation is being run by the office's Major Crime Unit, the township Police Department and the County Sheriffs Department Criminal Investigations Unit. The story is still developing and details remain sketchy and unconfirmed at this time.
"Jeff Paul, spokesman for the Morris County Prosecutor's Office said officers responded to a 911 call from Highland Avenue around 10:15 Sunday morning. At the time, Diana Ritchie, 59, said she was getting ready for church, when she saw a neighbor place a little girl on his front lawn, where paramedics performed CPR on her, taking her to an ambulance nearby.
"The woman was reportedly at the front of the house with her two children, while her husband was out back, mowing the lawn. He heard a commotion, and went to check it out, only to find his little girl's lifeless body on the ground.
"It appears she was strangled. The man then reportedly found his wife on the porch, bloodied, her wrists slit. She was rushed to a local hospital, where she was listed Sunday night in critical condition.
"Investigators are still trying to nail down the specifics of what happened, and interviews with the central witnesses and neighbors in the area are ongoing."
"BRIDGEPORT, CT - A woman and man are dead, and another woman wounded, in what police are calling a murder-suicide over the weekend.
"Officers were dispatched to 97 Atwater St. about 2 a.m. Saturday to investigate a report of shots fired and women screaming.
"At the scene, one woman was found dead from gunshot wounds in the driver's seat of a car parked in the driveway and another woman, bleeding from a shot to the upper torso, was found not far from the car. She was transported to St. Vincent's Medical Center.
"A vehicle described as an older gold Lexus fled the scene shortly after the shootings, witnesses told police. The car was found parked in the driveway of a home at 195 Jones Ave., police said.
"When officers arrived on the scene, they heard a single shot fired inside the dwelling. On entering the premises, officers found a man's body on the first floor, apparently dead from a self-inflicted wound gunshot wound to the head.
"Names of those involved have not been released as of this morning as the police investigation continues."
"HOUSTON, TX - An upscale Houston neighborhood is rocked by gunfire and screams for help. Police are investigating an attempted murder-suicide on Ella Lee Lane in prestigious River Oaks.
"`I don't know of anything happening like this in a long time out here,` said Pat Rutherford.
"Around 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon, Ben and Nancy Wells saw their neighbor, who they identify as Blake Hawk, running down the sidewalk before collapsing on the concrete.
"`He was bleeding profusely from the head and saying that his son had shot him,` said Ben Wells.
"Hawk, 59, is the executive vice president of Crown Castle International Corporation, a communication technology company in Houston. Police say he was shot twice in the head but was still alive when he was transported to Ben Taub hospital.
"`He was still lucid and able to give police a lot of information,` said Wells.
"Police discovered the body of Hawk's 21-year-old son, who neighbors say is also named Blake Hawk, inside the living room of their home. He died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound."
"Rosebud, Australia - A father and his two sons have been found dead in a car on the Mornington Peninsula in what is believed to have been a double-murder suicide.
"A family friend found the three men at their Kennington Road property in Rosebud about 10am yesterday.
"The 54-year-old father is suspected to have suicided and killed his two sons, aged 30 and 27, who reportedly suffered from cerebral palsy.
"None of the men had suffered obvious injuries.
"A Victoria Police spokeswoman said investigators were not looking for a fourth party in relation to the deaths and would prepare a report for the coroner."
From The Age...
"Bray, Ireland - Post-mortem examinations are under way on the bodies of two men found at a house in Bray, Co Wicklow yesterday.
"Sebastian Creane, 22, was stabbed to death at his family home at Cuala Grove.
"The body of the second man, also 22, was found in the back garden of the house by gardaí investigating the murder of Sebastian Creane and an attack on another man and woman.
"Mr Creane's brother Dylan suffered a punctured lung in the attack.
"Another woman, Jennifer Hennigan, has undergone surgery to have part of a knife removed from her back.
"Gardaí initially thought the attacker had fled, but during their examination of the house they found the body of the second 22-year-old man in the back garden.
"They say they are not seeking anyone in relation to either death.
"One of the motives for the stabbing being investigated by gardaí is that the incident could have been a crime of passion.
"Gardaí are hoping to speak to the injured man and woman when they have recovered."
From RTE News...
Saturday, August 15, 2009
"TAMPA, FL - Tampa Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide at a home near Raymond James Stadium.
"The SWAT Team was originally called to the home at 3201 West Ivy Street around 3:30 pm, after an armed man barricaded himself and a woman inside the home, police said.
"About 90 minutes later officers were able to force their way into the home, and shots were fired, police said.
"Both people were found dead inside the home.
"Investigators haven't released any further details."
From ABC Action News...
"KATY, TX - A man fatally shot three of his wife's family members — one of them a 14-year-old — and then turned the gun on himself in a triple murder-suicide in Katy early Saturday morning, officials and family friends said.
"Mayra Renteria, 24, called 9-1-1 from a house in the 19400 block of Tree Orchard around 2:30 am. to report that her estranged husband, Tomas Carreon, 29, had shot her mother and father, according to the Harris County sheriff's office said.
"The two adults - Robert Schaerer, 49, and his wife, Marina Schaerer, 42, were found dead in the living room. Salvador Renteria Jr., 14, was killed in a bedroom.
"Carreon then fled on foot to a nearby strip shopping center in the 19500 block of Clay, said sheriff's office spokesman Thomas Gilliland. Meanwhile, as deputies were en route to the scene, a wrecker driver in the area called 9-1-1 and reported seeing a man run toward the parking behind the shopping strip.
"When deputies arrived at the scene, they heard a single gunshot and found the man had shot himself.
"Officials have not yet released a possible motive.
"`He was pretty upset with somebody,` Gilliland said."
Friday, August 14, 2009
"BERLIN, Germany - A German couple killed their severely handicapped young son and then committed suicide because they could not accept their child's disability, investigators said yesterday.
"Police found the bodies of the four-year-old boy, his father, a 44-year-old engineer, and his 27-year-old mother in the bedroom of their apartment where they are thought to have been for several days.
"Officers also found a letter from the parents explaining they could not bear to see their cherished son with such a severe disability, police said.
"Neighbours alerted police in Derendorf, western Germany, after not seeing the family for some time.
"Prosecutors in Duesseldorf, who are leading the inquiry, said the couple had killed their son before taking their own lives."
From the Jamaica Observer...
"HOUSTON, TX - Houston police are on the scene at an apartment complex in west Houston where one man is dead and another recovering from a gunshot wound.
"Police say two men got into an argument near the Katy Freeway and Silber. One then pulled a gun and shot and killed the other. Police say the shooter then felt guilty and turned the gun on himself. He was taken to the hospital, where he's still alive.
"The investigation is ongoing."
From ABC 13...
"VALINDA, CA - Deputies responded to a residential neighborhood Thursday night to investigate an apparent murder-suicide, Los Angeles County sheriff's said.
"Few details were initially available about the incident, which was reported about 8:30 p.m. in the 17100 block of Samgerry Drive in Valinda, said Lt. Steven Katz of the Industry Station.
"Sheriff's deputies lined the streets in the neighborhood late Thursday as investigators from the sheriff's Homicide Bureau were summoned to the scene."
From the Pasadena Star-News...
Thursday, August 13, 2009
"TOMS RIVER, NJ — A 30-year-old Toms River woman was found dead in a car this afternoon, and her 36-year-old ex-fiance was discovered hanging in the garage of his Toms River home less than an hour later, Ocean County Prosecutor Marlene Lynch Ford said.
"The body of Letizia Zindell, who had recently moved to the neighborhood, was discovered on King George Layne at about 3:15 p.m., authorities said. Shortly after 4 p.m., Frank Frisco was found hanging in the garage of his home on Lafayette Avenue, they said.
"The two had been engaged and living together, but the wedding was called off and the relationship ended about two months ago, authorities said. According to online wedding registry sites, the couple was registered at Macy's and Crate & Barrel and had planned to marry on June 21, 2009.
"Zindell's body was discovered in the back seat of a gray Acura TL sedan, which police removed from the neighborhood, with the body apparently still inside, shortly after 5 p.m. Investigators left the neighborhood shortly afterward.
"Ford would not say whether Zindell was killed in the car, or if her body was moved there after her death. Authorities also would not say if any weapons were recovered, or if marks or signs of trauma were found on Zindell's body. An autopsy is scheduled for Friday.
"King George Layne is located in the well-manicured Penny Layne complex of condominiums with cream vinyl siding and faux brick exteriors, behind the Ocean County Mall.
"Felipe Jorge, 19, a lifeguard at the pool in the complex, said he heard Zindell come out of her condominium on King George Layne around 2:10 p.m. screaming `I can't believe you did this to me.`
"He said police told him Zindell was found with something stuffed in her mouth. Authorities would not confirm that she was gagged."
"TIPTONVILLE, TN — An estranged northwest Tennessee couple died in a shooting that came after an order of protection was issued against the man.
"Tiptonville Police Chief Norman Rhodes [said] 44-year-old Melody Mathina was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon as she pulled her car into an apartment complex.
"Rhodes said 48-year-old Scott J. Mathina apparently walked up to his wife's car and stuck a pistol inside, firing at close range. Melody Mathina was shot in the head and was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Witnesses told police Scott Mathina then walked into the street and fired one pistol shot into his head. He was taken to a Dyersburg hospital and later airlifted to Regional Medical Center in Memphis, where he died a few hours later.
"A protection order was issued against Scott Mathina on July 24."
From The Chattanooga Times Free Press...
"Georgetown, Guyana - The turbulent relationship of a West Coast Demerara couple ended tragically yesterday when Alfred Etwaroo murdered his wife of 14 years then hanged himself in their home, which was also occupied by their three young children.
"Kathleen Mo-A-Lin, 30, was found with a gaping wound at the back of her head and her lips sealed with some heavy-duty glue. She was discovered lying just under the hanging body of her 39-year-old husband in their partially completed home at Under-neeming, Parfait Harmonie, WCD.
"Neighbours said the couple, who only recently moved in with their three children, hardly said anything to anyone except to extend the usual courtesies.
"Relatives on the other hand, remember the two as having had issues almost from the day they were married.
"Yesterday morning..., residents pointed to the unfinished concrete house where the couple resided with their three children aged six, seven and 11 years old. They said the couple and children stayed to themselves and on many occasions they would see the children playing in the yard but they always remained there.
"Many residents said they had heard of the tragedy only minutes before...
"`People in here keep to themselves and they were newcomers so we people ain’t really know them very much,` one woman said.
"Details as to exactly who made the discovery were sketchy but Etwaroo’s body, swinging from a beam in the roof, was visible from the road."
From Stabroek News....
"FRIDAY HARBOR, WA - Deputies from the San Juan Island Sheriff's Office are investigating a reported muder-suicide onboard a boat.
"Sheriff Bill Cumming [said] Wednesday night that their department got a call from the police department in Bellevue, Washington. Bellevue Police say friends of a man say received texts from him saying he had killed his girlfriend, and was planning to kill himself.
"Bellevue Police `pinged` the man's cellphone and had an approximate location of San Juan Island.
"A boat with the United States Coast Guard located the man's boat as it left Friday Harbor on San Juan Island and followed it to the west side of nearby Orcas Island.
"As the Coast Guard approached the boat, the man ran below deck, despite being ordered to stay topside.
"A shot was heard by the Coast Guard officials, who jumped onboard and found the man still alive but seriously wounded.
"EMTs with the Coast Guard performed CPR but he was pronounced dead at the scene.
The San Juan County Sheriff's Office arrived and found both the man and a woman dead onboard the powerboat.
"The woman appears to have died earlier in the day.
"The boat has been towed to Friday Harbor. It will be searched by police once a search warrant is cleared.
"Both the man and woman's bodies were taken to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's office in Everett for autopsies.
"No names have been released."
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
"MARLBORO COUNTY, SC - A standoff situation in Marlboro County has led to the deaths of a man and his wife, the Marlboro County Sheriff's Office confirms Wednesday.
"According to investigators, a 42-year-old man was holding his wife hostage at a home off of SC 299 before killing her. The man, crime scene investigators say, then turned a gun on himself in an apparent suicide.
"Both, according to the Marlboro County Sheriff's Office, died as a result of apparent gunshot wounds.
"The bodies will be taken to the Medical University of South Carolina Thursday morning for an autopsy.
"Investigators have not released the names of the victims."
From WMBF News...
"Plessislaer, South Africa - A man shot two women and then allegedly committed suicide at a house in the Esigodini area of Plessislaer on Monday night.
"Superintendent Henry Budhram said police found two women shot; one lying inside the house and the other at the rear of the house.
"Zinhle Dlamini, 19, was declared dead on the scene.
"The other woman, Thokozani Dlamini, was taken to hospital in a serious condition.
"`Police later found the body of a man, identified as Aubrey Nxele, lying near the house with a gunshot wound to the head,` Budhram said.
"Investigations established that Nxele and Zinhle had a two-year-old child and that Zinhle had opened a rape case against Nxele on the day of the murder."
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
"Boise, ID - Early Monday morning, police received a request from out of state to perform a welfare check.
"Family members concerned that something bad may have happened to their loved ones and that's exactly what police found upon entering a townhouse in southeast Boise.
"`And they found an elderly woman deceased and they found an elderly man with some very critical, life-threatening injuries,` said Lynn Hightower, Boise Police spokesperson.
"The man was taken to the hospital where he later died.
"What happened is still unknown, but Hightower says the woman sustained suspicious injuries, although she won't say what caused the likely fatal wounds.
"`I can say that there is a weapon that detectives found on scene,` Hightower said.
"It's all quite shocking to neighbors, who never expected to wake up to police, paramedics, and even the coroner working at the house across the street.
"`They were very nice neighbors, very quiet, stayed to themselves. Just the type of neighbors you really enjoy having,` said Jack Logan.
"He also says he saw the man in question on Sunday.
"`I saw Bill walking his dog last night. I waved to him and as far as I knew everything seemed fine and dandy,` Logan said.
"But things for this couple may have been more difficult than many fully understood.
"`You have to be sympathetic to those folks. They were really in bad shape,` said Ralph Hansen.
"Hansen said the two were in failing health, and other neighbors living next door to the couple say the husband had developed Parkinson's disease, which made it hard to take care of his ailing wife.
"But no one seemed to know just how desperate their situation had really become.
"`Nobody on Arrowrock Lane expected anything like this,` said Jack Logan."
"Jassowala, Pakistan - Upset over drunken behaviour of her husband, a woman today gave poisonous substance to her minor daughter before allegedly committing suicide at a village here, police said.
"According to police, the incident took place at Jassowala village in the district, where 25-year-old Hemlata first gave poisonous substance to her four-year-old daughter and then herself consumed the substance this morning following a tiff with her husband Sonu over his drunken behaviour.
"They were soon rushed to a nearby hospital where Hemlata died. However, her daughter was saved by the doctors, they said.
"Police are interrogating Sonu in this regard."
From PTI News...
"DADELDHURA, Nepal - A man shot dead his uncle and then turned the gun on himself Monday night in Amargadhi-4 in Dadeldhura district.
"Khadak Bista, 25, shot his uncle Tek Bahadur Bista, 45, before shooting himself. The shootings followed a minor dispute, according to Deputy Superintendent of Police Chakra Bahadur Singh of District Police Office, Dadeldhura.
"According to police, Jagdish Bista, 12, son of Tek Bahadur, sustained serious bullet injury in the incident. He was taken to Kohalpur Teaching Hospital for treatment."
Monday, August 10, 2009
"Hampshire, UK - A mum-of-four was stabbed to death in what police believe may have been a murder-suicide.
"Julie Sudlow’s body was discovered in a house in Maralyn Avenue, Waterlooville, near Portsmouth, on Friday night, just hours after a man was killed by a train in Winchester.
"The 41-year-old, who lived in Berry Croft, Abingdon, had suffered two stab wounds.
"Police in Hampshire said last night they were treating her death as murder and were connecting it to the death of the man in Winchester. They are not looking for anyone else in connection with her death.
"Hampshire Constabulary spokesman Lucy Dibdin said Mrs Sudlow and the man — who had not been identified yesterday — knew each other.
"Miss Dibdin said Mrs Sudlow was a mother of four, separated from her husband and unemployed.
"She said her family had been left extremely distressed by what had happened."
From The Oxford Mail...
"Adelaide, Australia - Police will wait for toxicology results and an autopsy report before revealing what caused the death of a four-year-old boy in his Adelaide home.
"The boy was found dead in a bedroom of a house in Kensington Gardens, in Adelaide's eastern suburbs, at 7.40am (CST) on Monday, police said.
"Local media have labelled the incident a double murder suicide attempt, after the boy's 47-year-old mother and nine-year-old brother were taken to the Royal Adelaide Hospital in a critical condition.
"Detective Chief Inspector John Gerlach said the pair had suffered no obvious physical injuries and were in a serious but stable condition.
"`When they were taken to hospital they were passing in and out of consciousness,` he told reporters.
"Police spent several hours on Monday searching the house trying to find what the trio may have ingested.
"`We believe that medication may be involved,` Chief Inspector Gerlach said.
"Chief Inspector Gerlach said police were still waiting on toxicology reports, but that they believed no gases or dangerous chemicals were involved.
"An autopsy will be carried out on Tuesday to determine how the boy died.
"`Police are investigating the circumstances of the incident here to try and determine what happened, but what I can say is that there is no signs of violence in the house,` Chief Inspector Gerlach said.
"`The circumstances of the death are pretty much contained to the house and the people who live inside.`
"It is understood the father, who works in the pharmaceutical industry, discovered his wife and two sons in one of the bedrooms and immediately dialled triple zero.
"The father, who at this stage is not a suspect, attended a nearby police station on Monday morning to assist police with their inquiries.
"`Obviously it is a very difficult situation for him,` Chief Inspector Gerlach said.
"`They are always tragic circumstances, we don't like investigating these sorts of incidents, but it's something we have to do.`
"It is understood the family had only recently moved to the neighbourhood."
From Big Pond News...
"COLUMBUS, OH — Columbus homicide detectives continued to investigate an apparent murder-suicide and two allegedly connected arsons.
"Columbus fire was called to the 8700 block of Scarsdale Boulevard close to 2:30 a.m.
"When firefighters arrived on the North Side scene, the home was engulfed in flames.
"The investigation took a turn after the fire was contained: Detectives said they think the fire was set intentionally to cover up a murder.
"A male suspect (also the homeowner) called police and said he shot a woman inside the Scarsdale Boulevard home and set it on fire, according to officials.
"CPD later identified the suspect as 39-year-old Edward L. Offord II.
"Fire crews found a woman’s body while fighting the flames. She apparently had been shot in the head.
"Detectives think Offord set fire to a home on the 5000 block of Charlbury Drive in Perry Township.
"Upper Arlington officials said that home belonged to the woman whose body was found in Offord’s home.
"Detectives eventually located Offord’s vehicle 10 miles north of the original scene, near the O’Shaughnessy Dam in Delaware County.
"Offord’s body and multiple firearms were found near the car, authorities said.
"Authorities haven’t identified the victim or released any details on the potential relationship between Offord and the woman.
"Authorities did say police have been to the Scarsdale Boulevard home before.
"`Patrol’s been up here numerous times for on different types of runs: domestic runs and disturbance runs,` Norman said."
"ELIZABETHTON, TN — Authorities released the identities Sunday of two people who died in an apparent murder/suicide Saturday night.
"Carter County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Ron Street said a man and woman were found dead at the scene.
"They have been identified as Sharon Waycaster, 40, and Conley Waycaster, 38.
"Deputies responded to the call at 205 Bear Hollow Road shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday. Both bodies were found outside with gunshot wounds to their heads, police said.
"Street said this is an unusual scene because there were family members who witnessed the shooting.
"The bodies were transported to East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine for autopsies.
"More information is expected to be released as the investigation continues."
"CLENDENIN, WV - An elderly couple died Monday in an apparent murder-suicide in Clendenin.
"Metro 911 emergency dispatchers got a call about a shooting on Morris Creek Road just before 9 a.m. Clendenin police and Kanawha County sheriff's deputies responded to the call.
"Sgt. John Jarman III of the Clendenin Police Department confirmed that a man and a woman were found dead at the home. Police were withholding the names of the victims until relatives could be notified, but neighbors identified the couple as Glen and Kitty Sherman.
"Todd and Diana Jackson, who live next door to the trim white and brown house where the shooting occurred, said they didn't think anything was seriously wrong at the home.
"Though the Jacksons have lived there only since June, they said Glen Sherman seemed friendly and helpful. Apparently in his 70s, he still mowed his own grass on the steep hillside where he lived.
"`This is all surreal,` said Todd Jackson. `That wasn't Glen. He was a gentle person.`
"Recently, Jackson said, Sherman asked if he would be interested in buying the white house on the hill. Sherman told him he had to move.
"Jackson said his son was interested in the home. An appraiser was at the house on Thursday.
"But Jackson said Sherman didn't seem happy about moving out of the house where he'd lived since 1968. `It seemed like he was being forced into it,` he said.
"`This just doesn't make sense,` Jackson said from his porch, in plain view of the white house surrounded by a single strand of yellow police tape. `For him to kill his wife and then kill himself doesn't make any sense.`"
From The Charleston Gazette...
"Flagstaff, AZ - According to the Flagstaff Police on Sunday shortly before 11:20am, the Flagstaff Police Department received a call from the On-Star company reporting a stolen vehicle in Flagstaff.
"Officers responded to the location of the car and attempted to stop the vehicle. The suspect vehicle fled and accelerated to unsafe speeds violating traffic laws, so officers terminated their pursuit in accordance with departmental pursuit policies.
"At about the same time, a citizen reported the vehicle in their neighborhood and observed one female and one male running from the car with a handgun. Officers surrounded the area and found the suspects in the wooded area behind McCoy Motors.
"As officers began giving the suspect’s commands to take them into custody the male suspect shot the female suspect and then himself. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene and the female was transported to Flagstaff Medical Center with severe injuries.
"It was later learned the suspects carjacked the car in New Mexico and dropped off the kidnap victim in Winslow prior to coming to Flagstaff."
"ODESSA, FL — Authorities say a 34-year-old southwest Florida man shot a teenager in an apparent road rage incident and then killed himself.
"Pasco Sheriff's deputies say the unidentified driver got angry when a 17-year-old driver did not pull up far enough at a stop sign. The man shot the teen, hitting him twice in the leg. The shooter then turned the gun on himself, killing himself inside his car.
"Authorities do not believe the two knew each other before the shooting. The investigation continues. The teen was taken to the hospital. His condition is not known."
From FOX News...
Sunday, August 9, 2009
"AMMAN, Jordan - A Jordanian pharmacist killed his wife and two young sons and seriously wounded his daughter in a shooting rampage at their home on Sunday before killing himself, police said.
"Hatem Khasawneh, 45, `killed himself after shooting dead his 35-year-old wife and two sons, who are under 10`, police spokesman Mohammed Khatib told AFP, adding that the 12-year-old daughter was in hospital in serious condition.
"`The shooting took place at the family home in Rabieh, western Amman,` he said.
"`The neighbours informed police after they heard several loud gunshots. An investigation is currently underway,` Khatib said.
"He gave no further details, and the reasons behind the crime were not immediately clear."
From The Khaleej Times...
Friday, August 7, 2009
"Minden, Germany - A bypasser saw the roof of the small car floating in the river in the North Rhine-Westphalian city of Minden on Friday. Divers from the Bundeswehr recovered the car, which held the bodies of a 58-year-old man and a 44-year-old woman.
"But the married couple did not die in the river, police said. The woman was found bound and gagged in the car trunk, while the man was in the driver’s seat. An autopsy showed that the woman had been suffocated.
"The evidence leads police to believe that the man killed his wife, put her in the trunk, and drove the car into the Weser River.
"The couple had been living separately since 2007. The man was from the Lower Saxony city of Raddestorf.
"A murder commission is investigating the case."
"NORVELL TOWNSHIP, MI - Police say two bodies found in a Norvell Township home appear to be the result of a murder-suicide.
"Undersheriff Tom Finco says 49-year-old Robin Elliott of Jackson and 73-year-old Enoch Fellenberger of Manchester were found shot to death in the man's home about 9 p.m. Thursday.
"Police say Elliot was the victim of the murder-suicide.
"Elliot's daughter found the bodies and told police she had not seen the couple for several days. Police estimate the incident took place at least three days before the couple was found.
"Norvell Township is about 75 miles west of Detroit."
"ROSLYN HEIGHTS, NY - A woman is expected to survive following a shooting in Roslyn Heights that left her mother, daughter and estranged husband dead in a possible murder suicide, Nassau County police said.
"Nassau County Police Sgt. Tony Repalone says the man and his mother-in-law were found dead from shotgun wounds inside a small white house on 66 Elm Street. His estranged wife and 17-year-old daughter were taken to a hospital where the teenager died.
"The gunman's estranged wife is listed in critical condition.
"Nassau County police Sgt. Richard Laursen said the husband came to the house earlier in the day.
"Following a dispute, he left and returned with a sports bag.
"Laursen says the bag was used to transport a shotgun."
"SWAYZEE, IN - Police say three people died in an apparent double murder-suicide at a central Indiana home.
"Police officers were called to the home in the Grant County town of Swayzee about 7 a.m. Friday. Investigators say a man shot his wife and another man at the home before shooting himself.
"Grant County Coroner Stephen Dorsey identified the dead as Heidi M. McKinney, 40, her husband, William T. McKinney, 46, and Shannon Michael Lowe, 30. Police said the McKinneys were separated.
"The Chronicle-Tribune of Marion reports that the shootings occurred at the home of a friend of Heidi McKinney, who was staying overnight. A resident heard shots fired, then saw the gunman shoot himself."
From The Chicago Tribune...
Thursday, August 6, 2009
"SCOTTSDALE, AZ - Two adults and two children were found dead inside a Northeast Valley home on Thursday afternoon.
"According to Scottsdale Police Spokesperson Mark Clark, the bodies were found in a house near 91st Street and Thunderbird Road.
"Clark said the deaths appear to be part of a murder/suicide, and that authorities have recovered a note written by the man and also a weapon at the scene.
"All four victims had gunshot wounds, according to Clark.
"Officers said they were called by an out-of-state family member around 2 p.m. on a welfare check. When police arrived at the scene, they found the bodies.
"A husband and wife had rented the house and the couple's two boys were ages 5 and 10, according to neighbors.
"Neighbors said they would watch an adult man walk the two boys to school every day.
"Wayne Lehsten said the family appeared friendly, but quiet. Lehsten said most neighbors in this area knew each other and that they frequently had block parties, but this family never participated.
"Lehsten's eyes welled up as he began to speak about the youngest of the boys. He said the boy seemed happy and well cared for."
"HARRIS, MN ― When sheriff's deputies got to the home, they found the mother dead inside, but they couldn't find the father.
"The incident began at about 9 p.m. Wednesday. One of the children who lives in the home called police and told the dispatcher their father was choking their mother.
"When sheriff's deputies got to the home, they found the mother dead inside, but they couldn't find the father.
"The State Patrol was contacted to help in the manhunt. They deployed their helicopter and troopers searched on the ground for the man.
"After searching the family farm extensively, they found the man dead in another building. Investigators said it appears he killed himself.
"Authorities said there were two children inside the home during the incident."
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
"Thornville, OH - A man who recently had been separated from his young bride shot her to death and then killed himself at their mobile home in rural Perry County last night.
"Grant Barnhart, 28, stole his father's .22-caliber rifle and then fatally shot Eva Cooper Barnhart, 19, his wife of about one year, said Sgt. Jim McCall of the Perry County sheriff's office.
"After shooting his wife once in the head, Barnhart committed suicide with a gunshot to his head, McCall said.
"Alarmed at finding his rifle missing, Barnhart's father drove to his son's home at 10734 Zion Road, between Thornville and Somerset, and found the bodies of the couple at 9:35 p.m., McCall said.
"Mrs. Barnhart had moved in with her parents months into the marriage, but returned to her husband on Sunday `to try to make it work,` McCall said.
"Despite the attempted reconciliation, Mr. Barnhart called his ex-wife last night and told her `things were escalating` between the couple, he said.
"`He had been distraught over the whole breakup,` McCall said. Barnhart worked with his father remodeling homes, he said."
From The Columbus Dispatch...
"Aberdeen, SD - Aberdeen authorities are reviewing evidence and information from interviews in the deaths of two people. They say at this point, preliminary results indicate Jeanne Haugen was shot by someone, while Dennis Haugen died of a self-inflicted gun shot.
"Authorities were called to a home on S. Merton Street Tuesday evening; the caller reported two people had been shot. When officers arrived at the scene, they found the bodies of Dennis Haugen, 39, and Jeanne Haugen, 39."
"JACKSON, MS - A man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting at a Madison County apartment complex was involved in a police pursuit that ended when he pulled out a gun and took his own life, officials said.
"Two women were shot at the apartment complex at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, the Madison County Sheriff said. Latara K. Starks, 31, was killed, the Madison County coroner said. Another woman, who has not been identified, was transported to the University of Mississippi Medical Center, where she underwent surgery, police said. Her condition was not immediately available.
"A short while later, a Madison County sheriff’s deputy spotted a truck that police believed was used by the shooter to escape, police said. The driver would not stop, so deputies pursued him through Flora into Bentonia, police said. The man pulled over on Highway 49 North and shot himself in the head, police said."
"BRIDGEVILLE, PA - A gunman walked into a dance class in a Pittsburgh gym last night and opened fire with two weapons, killing four women and injuring at least nine others before shooting himself.
"The bald man, a member of the gym who was wearing a black bandanna, entered the LA fitness Centre in Collier Township shortly after 8pm, turned off the lights and began shooting, according to witnesses.
"`He did not say anything. He walked into the room as if he knew where he was going and pulled out the guns and began shooting,` said Charles Moffatt, an Allegheny County Police Superintendent.
"Joann Gazzam, a regular at the weekly Latin impact dance exercise class said a man came through the glass double doors at the exercise room's entrance.
"He walked to the back of the room near some weights and set down a bag, fumbling with it for a few minutes before coming up with what appeared to be two guns and began shooting.
"Investigators were trying to piece together a motive today, Mr Moffatt said police were not sure who the target of the shooting was but that the gunman went into the health club planning to shoot several people, firing multiple weapons indiscriminately.
"The violence has shocked Collier, a tiny commuter town of about 5,300 residents around eight miles southwest of central Pittsburgh.
"Mr Moffatt said the gunman was a member of the health club and had identification but that police needed to check fingerprints and speak to his family to confirm his identity. The Allegheny County Medical Examiner said three of the four victims had been positively identified, but not yet named.
"Police recovered at least two guns from the scene and a note found in the man’s duffel bag, but he would not say whether the he had written it.
"Two victims remained critical this morning, two others were in surgery and two had reportedly been treated and released, with the others still hospitalised."
Source: The Times Online...
UPDATE:07/29/2012 — Survivor describes her recovery...
"VALPARAISO, IN - One local man is dead and another is in critical condition after a shooting that police say did not involve anyone else.
"Aaron Blum, 32, of Morgan Township, was found dead at about 10:14 a.m. Monday from an apparent gunshot, according to a Porter County Sheriff's Police release. He was found in a silver pickup truck on County Road 575E just north of U.S. 30. His father, James Blum, 67, also of Morgan Township, was also found in the truck with a gunshot wound to the chest. He was taken to Porter hospital and was in critical condition as of Monday evening.
"`He's in pretty bad shape,` Lt. Chris Eckert said of James Blum.
"Police are waiting until today's autopsy before saying anymore about who they think shot the gun, which was recovered at the scene. However, Eckert said they do not think anyone else was involved in the shooting.
"Police began looking for Aaron and James Blum after James' wife reported them missing Sunday night."
From The Post-Tribune...
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
"LITTLETON, CO - Two people are in the hospital after a shooting Tuesday morning near the Qwest building in Littleton.
"Lt. Trent Cooper with the Littleton Police Department [said] they were called to the area of West Mineral Avenue, west of South Broadway, on the report of a shooting that happened just before 7:30 Tuesday morning.
"According to Cooper, a man driving a Ford F150 shot his wife before shooting himself. It was not immediately known where on West Mineral Avenue the shooting happened other than it was in the general vicinity of the Qwest building.
"Police responded to the area after receiving tips from a nearby jogger and a commuter. Witnesses reported hearing two to three gun shots in the area.
"The man and woman, according to police, are 38 and 35 years old respectively. Police say they are married but estranged and live in Highlands Ranch.
"Both the man and woman, whose names have not been released, were taken to a hospital in Littleton and are listed in critical condition.
"West Mineral Avenue remains closed two block east and west of West Mineral Place as the investigation continues."
"NEWARK, OH — Two people are dead in what police are calling a murder-suicide outside a west Newark business this morning.
"Newark Police Capt. Steven Cochran said the two, a husband and wife from Heath, were both in separate cars in the parking lot of CVS Pharmacy, 1370 W. Main St. It’s unclear how the two got there, but Cochran said it appeared the woman, 47, was shot as she was trying to flee in a Pontiac.
"The man, 50, apparently then shot himself in the driver’s seat of his Chevrolet Camaro.
"The couple, whose names have not yet been released, have two children, Cochran said.
"The shootings occurred in the parking lot; no one went inside and there’s no indication that robbery played any role.
"The man’s body was removed from the scene more than an hour after the shooting. The woman was transported to Licking Memorial Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. An LMH parking pass could be seen on her car.
"At least one witness saw the incident happen, Cochran said. A store surveillance camera also is mounted about 20 feet from one of the cars.
"The scene is directly adjacent to Flint Ridge Village, a nursing and rehabilitation home, and the shootings occurred right around breakfast time, according to a couple of residents.
"Dan Burgess, who lives in one of the units closest to the CVS, said he heard six or seven shots as he was walking to the kitchen.
"`Pow-pow, pow-pow, like that,` Burgess said, describing the rhythm of the gun shots.
"The parking lot west of the building and back onto McMillen Drive is taped off."
From The Newark Advocate...
"Apple Valley, CA - Investigators are looking into murder-suicide in the deaths of an Apple Valley couple discovered in their home on Sunday.
"According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, a relative who hadn’t heard from 62-year-old Brent Miles and 55-year-old Tina Miles all week went to their home in the 24200 block of Cahuilla Road in unicorporated Apple Valley and discovered the bodies.
"Autopsies will be conducted to determine the exact cause and manner of death."
"TULSA, OK - A possible murder-suicide attempt remains under investigation in Tulsa late Monday evening.
"The incident happened in a home near 16th and Indianapolis just after 8 p.m. Monday.
"Tulsa Police are still trying to figure out what exactly happened inside the home.
"Police Captain Travis Yates says they got a call about a possible murder in the home. When they arrived on scene, they found a woman dead.
"A short time later, they found a man down on the floor in a different room of the home.
"Yates says they determined the man was still alive despite a gunshot wound to the head. The male victim was taken to a Tulsa hospital and is listed in critical condition.
"A handgun and several other guns were found in the room where the man was lying on the floor."
"NEWARK, NJ - Police say a northern New Jersey corrections officer shot and wounded her boyfriend, then killed her 4-month-old son and committed suicide inside his apartment.
"Newark police say 39-year-old Kelly McKenith and her infant son, Kaire McKenith, were pronounced dead Monday at University Hospital.
"An Essex County Prosecutor's Office spokesman says McKenith's boyfriend, 28-year-old Lewis Goosby, was shot three times and is in critical condition.
"Police say Goosby escaped through a window after being wounded shortly before 4 p.m., and McKenith barricaded herself inside the apartment when officers arrived. Police entered after hearing gunshots.
"Police say they believe McKenith's service weapon was used in the shootings.
"McKenith had worked for the Essex County corrections office since 2005."
From the Star Tribune...
"YORK, PA - Police in York County are investigating what they think is a murder-suicide that happened yesterday evening in Springettsbury Township. Just before 7 p.m., police went over to check on the welfare of a woman at 4003 Wilshire Drive. Cops say they received a call from family members of the woman, who had called to tell them she feared for her life.
"When police arrived, they made several attempts to contact residents in the home. After the unsuccessful attempts, police entered the home to try to save the female caller. At that point, they heard a single gunshot.
"Police officers pulled back and called for backup, bringing out the York County Quick Response Team. After trying to make contact with the people inside for over 5 hours, police again entered the home to find a male and female dead in the basement, from an apparent murder-suicide carried out by the male.
"Police are not releasing any names until family members are notified. The York County Coroner says the two victims are the residents of the house. The house is listed to a Kenneth and Bonnie Miller. The coroner says no autopsy will be performed because there are no pending charges in this case."
"Fresno, CA - The victim's bodies were found Monday afternoon inside a home on Greenwood, on the outskirts of Sanger.
"Family members are shocked and devastated. The couple had just returned from a vacation and no one would have ever expected this. Around 1:00 Monday afternoon the wife called to report she was badly bleeding and needed help.
"The ranch house is impeccable, new and according to neighbors a work in progress. More brick had been delivered days earlier, leaving neighbors even more puzzled about the apparent murder suicide. They felt the couple had so many plans left undone...
"Monday afternoon deputies responded to the home on Greenwood near Dakota to find the suspect dead of a gunshot wound. His wife managed to call for help before she faded after being cut in the throat.
"Chris Curtice with the Fresno County Sheriff's Office said, `Once inside they located a female with obvious injuries to her neck and torso area. She was still alive and they also located a deceased male in the same bedroom.`
"Family members showed up at the scene clearly upset by the tragedy. The couple had three children, including an 11 year old who was not home at the time. He's now being cared for by his older sister.
"Sheriff's refused to reveal what went wrong or what prompted the violence."
From ABC 30 HD...
Monday, August 3, 2009
"Lompoc, CA - Police investigating the shooting death of husband and wife, believe their deaths were the result of a murder-suicide.
"Lompoc police were called to a home on the 500 block of North F Street Saturday night, after the body 48-year-old Alberto Buenrostro and his wife, 45-year-old Maria Buenostro, were found shot to death in the bathroom.
"Family members made the grisly discovery.
"Police say a preliminary investigation revealed the couple had been recently separated.
"Family of the victims are cooperating with police and the investigation is ongoing."
"Dyersburg, TN - Three people are dead in Dyersburg after a father accused of child abuse apparently shot and killed his daughter and one of her protective custodians, then turned the gun on himself.
"According to Capt. Steve Isbell with Dyersburg Police, officers were called to the 800-block of Blake Cove just after 7:30pm Sunday.
"46-year old Todd Randolph, his wife 45-year old Susan Randolph and a 15-year old girl were found with gunshot wounds. Todd Randolph and the teenage girl were pronounced dead at the scene. Susan Randolph was airlifted to The Med and was released Monday morning.
"Investigators determined that the teen's father, 34-year old Christopher Milburn, approached the Randolph home and opened fire. Milburn was found dead about a block away with a self-inflicted gunshot wound."
From FOX13 News...
"Warren, PA - The shooting deaths in Warren late last Friday afternoon have been ruled a murder-suicide.
"Warren City police reported Sunday that Amy Chimenti's death was a homicide and Christopher Chimenti's death was a suicide.
"Warren County Coroner Jerry Borden, who pronounced both dead at the scene, said on Sunday that both died on single gunshot wounds.
"City police had responded to 117 Beaty St. at 5 p.m. Friday on a report of gunshots fired.
"City police confirmed that Christopher Chimenti, 34, had been charged with simple assault, harassment and disorderly conduct stemming from an incident on July 6 in which he assaulted his wife, Amy Chimenti, 33. A preliminary hearing on those charges was held on July 21.
"City police were assisted by Warren-based state police, agents from the U.S. Forest Service and City of Warren ambulance crew.
"Police said the investigation is continuing."
From the Times Observer...
Sunday, August 2, 2009
"MURRIETA, CA - A man and a woman were found dead with apparent gunshot wounds on the edge of Hombre Lane in the La Cresta area west of Murrieta, a sheriff's sergeant said today.
"The deaths were discovered about 4 p.m. Saturday in unincorporated La Cresta, said sheriff's Sgt. Michael Lujan. Deputies responded to a call about two bodies and found a man and a woman, both deceased, lying along the west edge of Hombre Lane, Lujan said.
"Both the man and the woman appeared to have been shot, Lujan said. Their identities were not released.
"A deputy coroner today initially described the deaths as a `homicide-suicide,` but said no final determination had been made.
"Asked whether authorities were looking for a suspect in the shootings, a sheriff's spokeswoman said there was no further information the department could release."
From Valley News...
"San Pablo, CA - Authorities say they are trying to figure out why a resident of unincorporated San Pablo fatally shot his wife early this morning before turning the gun on himself.
"A 17-year-old boy, who was the oldest of the couple's three children and was the only other person in the home [on the 200 block of Heather Drive] during the shooting, called 911 after hearing gunfire, Navarro said.
"Paramedics pronounced the boy's mother dead at the scene, while his father was flown to John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he too was pronounced dead, Navarro said.
"The couple has not yet been identified."
"WESTMINSTER, MA -- A tense standoff at a Westminster hotel ended Saturday when a person of interest in a Fitchburg murder shot himself, police said.
"The suspect, Ha Yang, 25, was surrounded by police and SWAT crews who learned he was staying at the Rodeway Inn at 183 Main St. on Saturday afternoon.
"After a standoff that lasted several hours, police teams fired tear gas into the room and then heard a gunshot inside shortly after. Officers broke down the door and found Yang suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a statement from the Worcester District Attorney’s Office.
"Yang was transported from the motel by ambulance to Leominster Hospital. Timothy Connolly, a spokesman for the district attorney's office, said Yang was on life support with critical injuries on Saturday evening.
"Yang was wanted for questioning after a murdered woman was found in his apartment at 80 Grove St. in Fitchburg on Friday at about 7:30 p.m. The motel where the standoff ended is about 6 miles from the apartment."
Saturday, August 1, 2009
"Miami, FL - Miami police are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide after a man and woman were found dead Saturday in a Flagler Street apartment.
"Police were called to an apartment at 6340 W Flagler St. about 1 p.m. by the cousin of one of the victims, said police spokesman Officer Jeffrey Giordano.
"The caller told police he hadn't seen his cousin since Thursday and he went to the apartment to check on him. Giordano said the man knocked on the door and after no one answered he peered through a window and saw his cousin lying on the floor.
"Giordano said officers entered the apartment and confirmed that the man was dead. They also found a woman dead in a separate room, he said.
"`It appears to be a murder-suicide,` he said. `At this time detectives are not looking for any offenders.`
"Police have not yet identified the victims.
"Giordano said a weapon was found in the apartment, though he declined to say what the weapon was or how the man and woman died."
From The Miami Herald...
"Irving, TX - The man who died in a suspected attempted murder-suicide that left a woman critically injured in an Irving motel room Friday has been identified.
"Kenneth Wayne Ramirez Sr., 48, of Fort Worth died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the Delux Inn, police said.
"The woman, who was not identified, was taken from the motel in the 1400 block of East Highway 183 to Parkland Memorial Hospital in Dallas.
"A 6-year-old girl was found in the room with the two bodies about 3:30 p.m., and later taken to the city’s child advocacy care center. She was uninjured."
"Rochester, WA - A Rochester man tried to murder the woman he lived with early Friday morning by lighting a Littlerock Road home on fire and holding her down in the bedroom, court papers state.
"When the woman tried to flee and put the fire out, he struck her from behind several times with a golf club, according to court papers.
"The home in the 16000 block of Littlerock Road burned to the ground in the apparent attempted murder-suicide, Thurston County deputy prosecuting attorney Jennifer Lord said.
"The woman suffered a bruised back and serious burns to both of her hands, Lord said. The man she lived with as a roommate, Rodney Glenn Anthony, 45, was ordered held at the Thurston County Jail on Friday with bail set at $1 million.
"It was the second time this week that a Thurston County man was arrested on suspicion of trying to kill a woman in her home in an alleged domestic-violence incident. On July 23, a man tried to kill his estranged wife after sneaking in and hiding in the closet of her home in the Johnson Point Road area near Olympia.
"`It’s alarming to have two in one week,` Lord said outside court.
"Deputies arrived at the home after midnight Friday to find the home engulfed in flames. The woman who lived there said she had gone to sleep in her bedroom but awoke to find Anthony lying beside her, holding her arms tight against her body in what she called a `death grip.` She said she could smell smoke and hear smoke alarms going off as he told her, `We’re just going to lie here together and don’t worry.`
"She said she managed to get off the bed and went to the living room. Her computer desk had been lit on fire, and there was a gas can next to the desk. She said that as she tried to put the fire out, he struck her in the back with a golf club. She said he then tried to choke her. She later went onto the porch, but Anthony followed her and said, `I’m going to kill you and you can fight it if you want,` she said. He also told her, `My life is over; I’m going to end it all,` she said.
"The woman said Rodney didn’t show any emotions while he was assaulting her.
"All of the woman’s personal belongings were destroyed, including a car parked in the garage.
"Anthony fled in a vehicle that belongs to the woman after she escaped from the home. The woman was screaming and crying when she was approached by deputies outside, and she told them, `I can’t believe he did this; he tried to kill me.`
"She later said Anthony wanted to pursue a romantic relationship with her, but she refused. She said she `never saw any signs that Rodney would harm her.`"
From The Olympian...
"Augusta, GA - Authorities say an Augusta man appears to have fatally shot a woman early this morning then turned the gun on himself.
"Richmond County Chief Deputy Coroner Mark Bowen identified the victims as Johnny Lee Lewis, 35, of Hale Street, and Tonya Sims, 34, of 1400 block of Wrightsboro Road.
"He said the shooting took place about 3 a.m. at a location on Wrightsboro Road and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab will conduct an autopsy."
Source: The Augusta Chronicle...
Friday, July 31, 2009
"LITTLE FERRY, NJ — Authorities are investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving a 55-year-old man and an unidentified woman whose bodies were discovered in a warehouse office on Bergen Turnpike on Friday.
"Police were called to 53 Bergen Turnpike, a single-story brick building near the corner of Main Street at 11:20 a.m. by a woman who said she had gone to the building to look for her estranged husband, authorities said.
"The woman found her husband’s lifeless body lying on a mattress next to the body of a woman with a stab wound, said First Assistant Bergen County Prosecutor William J. Galda. A knife was found near the bodies, he said.
"The man, identified as Kyung Hyung Cho, had no visible injuries and it was not immediately clear how he died, Galda said. The Bergen County Medical Examiner’s Office is scheduled to conduct autopsies today on Cho and the woman, whose identity was not released on Friday.
"Galda said Cho had been living in the warehouse office since he moved out of the house he shared with his wife in Ridgefield. It was not immediately clear how long he had been living there, Galda said."
"Bargarh, India - Preliminary police investigations into the killing of senior IAS officer Jagadananada Panda and four of his family members in a western Orissa village early this morning seems to be a case of murder-suicide with cops suspecting that Panda might have first killed his father, wife and two sisters and then shot him[self] from a .32 bore pistol. Panda also tried to kill his son 22-year-old Sonu, who is battling for his life at a government hospital in Sambalpur.
"The body of 53-year-old Panda, Protector General of Emigrants in the Ministry of Overseas Affairs, was found in his ancestral home of Deogaon in Bargarh district on Thursday morning along with his wife, his ageing father and two sisters. Police rushed to the two-story home in Deogaon village of western Orissa district of Bargarh in the morning, several hours after the killings.
"`The sight was horrific, blood everywhere. It was ghastly,` said a police official."
"WACO, TX - Texas State Technical College police are investigating an attempted murder/suicide in campus housing as crime scene tape surrounds a house in the 300 block of Maxwell Lane.
"TSTC Police Department responded to the house after getting a call of shots fired. Upon arrival, officers found Brenda Beringer suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. She was transported to Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center and underwent surgery.
"Officers also found Daniel Beringer suffering from a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Kristi DeCluitt.
"TSTC Police Department say they are investigating this as an attempted murder/suicide."
"TUPELO, MS - Sheriff's investigators on Thursday were examining an apparent murder-suicide of a couple near Mooreville.
"Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson said deputies arrived on County Road 878 near Mooreville at the home of Collin and Dana Cockrell about 8:30 a.m. and found both of them dead in an upstairs bedroom.
"Dana, 26, was on the bed and Collin, 29, was on the floor, according to Johnson. The two were married.
"Johnson said the shootings possibly happened about 4 a.m., and it was unclear who fired the shots.
"When Collin didn't show up for work at a pallet-making company in Nettleton, Johnson said, co-workers went to his home. After not getting an answer at the door, the sheriff's department was called.
"`The back door was open, so we went in,` said Johnson. `We found both bodies in an upstairs bedroom and we also found a weapon in the same room with one spent round. Those factors lead us to believe that this was a murder-suicide.`
"Johnson said there were no signs of forced entry at the home and nothing inside was disturbed."