Sunday, January 31, 2010

Grandmother Found Dead With Kids

"HANAHAN, SC - Police in Hanahan are investigating the murder-suicide of a grandmother and her two young grandchildren.

"They say the bodies were found around 11:00 this morning at a home on Otranto Club Circle.

"Hanahan police say the two young children were staying with their grandparents this weekend. Their grandfather went to run errands Sunday morning and when he came home, he found his wife and grandchildren dead inside.

"Police are not discussing the manner of death at this time."

From WCBD TV...

Man, Baby Found Dead

"TWIN PEAKS, CA - The identities of a man and little boy found dead in an apparent murder-suicide early Sunday morning in rural Twin Peaks have been released by authorities.

"The man was identified as Stephen Garcia, 25, of Pinion Hills, while the little boy is his 9-month-old son, Wyatt Garcia, of Yucca Valley, according to the San Bernardino County Sheriff-Coroner's Department.

"Garcia and his son were found dead inside his vehicle at 12:45 a.m. in the 26000 block of Old Toll Road, north of Highway 289, in Twin Peaks.

"Deputies at the Hesperia sheriff's station received a call at 9:22 p.m. Saturday that Garcia had taken his son, Wyatt, during a court ordered visitation and threatened to kill Wyatt and then himself, coroner's officials said.

"The Sheriff Department is investigating the homicide and suicide. An autopsy will be performed later this week to determine the exact cause of death."

Source: The Sun...

Elderly Couple Hospitalized

"BRADLEY, IL - Bradley police are calling a Sunday morning shooting in Bradley that left two elderly residents hospitalized a murder-suicide attempt.

"The couple, Bobbie B. Karr, 86, and Dorothy J. Karr, 84, both suffered gun shot wounds to the head after Bradley police and the Bradley Fire Department responded to a 911 call at their residence, located at 644 Juniper Lane. The shooting occurred as a police officer walked out of the residence to meet with ambulance personnel.

"The couple was airlifted to undisclosed hospitals in Chicago.

"Steve Coy, Bradley Police Chief, said an officer was responding to a 911 call Dorothy had apparently made at around 10:20 a.m. complaining of back pain. When the ambulance arrived, the officer went outside to direct firefighters into the house, and then heard the gunshots.

"Police found Dorothy on a couch with a gun shot wound to the head. In a bathroom, Bobbie was lying on the floor, also with a gunshot wound to the head. Both are still alive, but their condition was unknown as of Sunday afternoon, Coy said.

"No charges have yet been filed, Coy said.

"Neighbors and police officials believe Dorothy had previously attempted suicide about six years ago, but do not have specific details about that incident. One neighbor, John Arends, whose house shares a fence with the Karr residence, said Bobbie recently told him, `She's not really satisfied with anything that's going on.`"

From The Daily Journal...

Neighbors Heard Nothing Out Of The Ordinary

"DAYTON, OH - The Dayton Police Department is investigating what they think is a murder-suicide.

"A family member of one of the two people found dead at 1721 Kipling Drive on Dayton's west side called police around 9 a.m. Saturday.

"The Montgomery County Coroner's Office identified the bodies as Fredrick Williams, 52, and Sylvia Phillips-Ivy, 57.

"Homicide investigators are trying to discover who shot whom in this case.

"Dayton Police Sgt. Wendy Stiver said, `Homicide detectives will conduct investigations. An evidence technician collected evidence and they'll analyze that together.`

"Neighbors [said] they heard nothing out of the ordinary Saturday morning."


Cops Puzzled Over Victim's Death

"WICHITA, KS - Police continue to investigate the deaths of a couple found in their home on South Edwards, officials said tonight.

"Police think the 57-year-old man died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. But investigators are still trying to determine how the 36-year-old woman died, said Lt. Ken Landwehr, head of the homicide unit.

"Police found the couple's bodies in their home shortly after 6 p.m. Friday in a small house at 708 S. Edwards.

"The discovery came after someone called 911, asking for police to check on the welfare of a 57-year-old man, said police spokesman Gordon Bassham. Officers had to force their way into the house.

"`Preliminary evidence indicated the woman's death was suspicious,` Bassham said in an e-mail. Police are waiting on a forensic examination to determine how she died, he said."

From The Wichita Eagle...

Friday, January 29, 2010

Barking Dog Announces Murder/Suicide

"PLENTYWOOD, MT - The deaths of two people from Plentywood Tuesday night have been ruled a murder/suicide.

"Sheridan County Sheriff Pat Ulrickson says Monica Olson, 44, died of a single gunshot wound, while Michael Lodahl, 52, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"The 911 call came from Lodahl's neighbor who heard his dog barking outside. Out of concern for the dog, she went over to the house. When she looked through a window whe saw the bodies on the floor. That's when she called authorities.

"A Sheridan County sheriff's deputy responded around 11:20 p.m. and confirmed the deaths."


Thursday, January 28, 2010

Couple Found Dead In Assited Living Condo

"MERIDIAN, ID - Meridian Police are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide.

"Around 10:40 a.m. patrol officers responded to Spring Creek Manor on East Calderwood in Meridian for a welfare check.

"Deputy Chief Tracy Basterrechea says officers went to the home after getting a call from concerned relatives who had not heard from the elderly couple for the past few days.

"Officers found a car parked in the driveway and knocked on the door. After getting no answer they went inside and found a 75-year-old woman and her 91-year-old husband dead in the bedroom.

"Both had gunshots wounds and investigators say the evidence is the man shot the woman with a handgun and then turned the gun on himself. It appears the woman was awake when she was shot and there was some kind of struggle prior to the shooting.

"The bodies may have been there for a couple of days.

"Basterrechea says relatives told police that the couple had been showing signs of erratic behavior lately.

"Spring Creek Manor is assisted living community. The couple lived in one of its condominiums.

"Police are now checking up on when the man bought the gun. They are not releasing the names of the victims at this time."


Victim's Sister Witnesses Suicide

"PALM BEACH, FL - A man shot his estranged wife to death in a suburban West Palm Beach apartment Wednesday afternoon and then shot and killed himself as his 18-year-old sister-in-law looked on, authorities said.

"The victim was identified as Monette Dubuisson, 26, and the suspect was identified as Gary Jean Pierre, 36, according to Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office reports.

"The apparent murder-suicide orphaned two small children, who lived in the apartment but were at school when Pierre started shooting, Sheriff's Office investigators said.

"About 12:30 p.m., Pierre showed up at the Palo Verde apartments, at 6178 Forest Hill Blvd., a place he once shared with his wife, her sister and the two children, a 7-year-old boy and a 9-year-old girl.

"He argued with his estranged wife, who had been driving him to work for months, and then pulled a gun and shot her, said Teri Barbera, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

"Dubuisson's sister heard the noise, walked into the room and saw Pierre fatally shoot himself.

"The children, Pierre's son and Dubuisson's daughter, stayed at school Wednesday afternoon for help from county victims' services workers."


Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Bizarre Tale Of Two Church Ladies

"ABILENE, TX - Police in Abilene, Texas are investigating a bizarre murder-suicide that left a local pastor and one of the parishioners dead.

"They're currently looking at clues left behind in the alleged killer's online journals.

"Words like `pain`, `hurt` and `anger` are found all over an online journal where Bobby Allan L'Aloge documents his transition from being a man into a woman called Renata Antoniette Monet.

"The site is full of contradictions. In one part Monet praises women, calling them wonderful and optimistic. Further down he says he imagined mutilating women at the age of 10.

"Just recently, he posted several pictures of dead female bodies that had been tortured.

"Monet also appears to be confused about his identity - referring to himself in third person and writing about himself as a she/he.

"Monet was a member of the Unity Church in Abilene.

"61-year old Karen Johnson, a minister at Unity, was found dead inside Monet's home on Caldwell Road this weekend. Monet's body was nearby.

"Investigators say he hung himself.

"Police aren't releasing many details, saying they want to protect Johnson's family and friends for as long as possible."



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Grim Necktie Party

"PALISADES PARK, NJ — The bodies of a man and a woman were found in their second-floor apartment on West Harriet Avenue on Monday, victims of an apparent murder-suicide, authorities said.

"The bodies of Sun Chu Cho, 78, and her husband, Dae Sung Kim, 79, were found by their son around 12:45 p.m., said John L. Molinelli, the Bergen County prosecutor. Molinelli said the son left work early, worried because he had not been able to reach his parents all morning by phone.

"Cho, who Molinelli said had been partially bedridden since she suffered a stroke about 10 years ago, was in her bed, strangled with a necktie when her son arrived. Her husband, who had learned recently that he had prostate cancer, was found hanging by a necktie from a hinge on the apartment’s bathroom door, his body facing his wife’s, Molinelli said."


Monday, January 25, 2010

3 Bodies In 3 Locations

"LANCASTER, CA - A man apparently killed two women -- one in Lancaster and the other in Palmdale, and then fatally shot himself today, authorities said.
The victims were discovered about 7 a.m., said Deputy Lillian Peck of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.

"One woman's body was found in the 38700 block of 31st Street East in Palmdale, and the other in the 45300 block of Beech Avenue in Lancaster. It was not immediately disclosed how they were killed.

"The man was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound inside a vehicle at Avenue E and Sierra Highway, also in Lancaster, Peck said.

"According to the preliminary investigation, the 31-year-old man killed the women -- aged 33 and 34 -- and then shot himself, said Craig Harvey of the coroner's office.

"The names of the three were withheld pending notification of their relatives."

Source: DailyNews...

Brothers Found Dead At Home

"RANGER, GA - The Gordon County Sheriff's department is investigating a possible murder-suicide that occurred sometime Sunday.

"According to Deputy Coroner Bo Nicholson: Jerry Cox, 61, and Roger Cox, 57, were found dead in their home located at 250C Knight Road in Ranger Sunday evening.

"Nicholson said that a neighbor called 911 at approximately 8:03 p.m. on Sunday after attempting to visit the two men and finding no response.

"According to sheriff's deputies, detectives have reason to believe that one of the men shot and killed the other before killing himself.

"A search warrant was executed at the home by detectives, and a number of articles of evidence was collected.

"The two men died of apparent gun shot wounds, said Nicholson. The official time of death was 9:47 p.m., but Nicholson said the two had been dead for several hours."


Firefighters Discover Bodies

"RICHMOND, VA - The Richmond medical examiner's office today said the three people found dead in a burning house Friday in Henrico County weren't fire victims but the victims of a murder-suicide.

"The office said Robert Ware and his son, Ashton Ware, were homicide victims, both killed by a single gunshot wound to the head, and Virginia Ware -- Robert's wife and Ashton's mother -- was a suicide victim, also killed by a gunshot wound to the head.

"Henrico police spokesman Eric Owens this morning said the county fire marshall's office has determined that the fire was started in the central portion of the home.

"`It appears the fire was started in an attempt to destroy the home,` he said. `We are still awaiting official lab results to determine what if any material was used to accelerate the fire.`

"The three bodies were pulled out of their brick-and-frame ranch house in the 1700 block of Debbie Lane early Friday afternoon.

"Neighbors saw the house on fire and called authorities at 8:18 a.m. Friday, and the first firefighters on scene found the bodies inside the burning house."

Source: Richmond Times-Dispatch...

Deadly Reconcilliation

"CLEMMONS, NC — Authorities are investigating both the shooting deaths of an couple whose bodies were found at a mobile home in Clemmons early Sunday afternoon and the apparent suicide of a Davie County man, court documents said.

"The couple had been estranged and the wife had been dating the man who killed himself, a search warrant on file at the Forsyth County Magistrate's Office said.

"A family member and authorities found Patricia and Otto Brandon dead from gunshots wounds in a home at 1646 Chardale Drive in the Chappell Mobile Home Park off Styers Ferry Road, according sheriff's officials and the warrant said. He was found in a chair in the living room while she was found lying on the floor.

"According to the search warrant, the Brandons had been separated for some time and were attempting to reconcile their marriage. Patricia Brandon had been dating Franklin Gray McBride, of 290 Hartly Road, Mocksville. The warrant said that he was not happy about the reconciliation.

"Myra Bruggman, the Brandon's daughter had been trying to contact her mother by phone since Friday, the warrant said.

"She received a call from McBride's daughter-in-law Saturday evening who said that McBride had committed suicide in Davie County, the warrant said.

"That led her to go to her parents' house the next day. She went inside, saw her mother's body and left to call authorities.

"Forsyth Sheriff's investigators were able to confirm with Davie County authorities that McBride died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 72 and died suddenly Friday, an obituary said.

"The Brandon's bodies have been taken to Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, said Major Brad Stanley of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

"Stanley could not say how long couple had been dead.

"`We will let the medical examiner make that determination,` Stanley said."

Source: Winston-Salem Journal...

Sunday, January 24, 2010

SWAT Team Finds Bodies

"Rochester, NY - Police are investigating the deaths of two people whose bodies were found inside a house on Stratford Park Sunday evening.

"Police responded to 48 Stratford Park around 2:40 p.m. after receiving a call from an unidentified man at the residence that he shot his wife.

"Shortly after the call, police arrived at the residence and tried to make contact with the man, but were unsuccessful said Rochester Police Chief David Moore.

"The SWAT team was called in, and at approximately 6:15 p.m. authorities entered the residence to find the bodies of a husband and wife.

"Their names are not being released at this time.

"Police assume that it was a murder-suicide preciptated by a domestic dispute.

"There was no one else in the home at the time of the apparent shooting.

"Firearms were found in the residence, Moore said."


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Body Found In Quarry

"Lebanon, MO - New details have emerged surrounding the deaths of three people in Lebanon Friday.

"30-year-old Sheila Johnson and her 11-year-old son Blake were found dead in separate rooms in their house in the 19000 block of Goldenwood.

"An eight-year-old boy was found alive and safe there.

"Some hours later, the body of their husband and father, Todd Johnson, was found in his car at the bottom of quarry.

"Meanwhile, the Laclede County Sheriff's Office is searching for answers.

"Sometime after 5 a.m. Friday, Todd Johnson sent an e-mail to his brother who was vacationing in the Caribbean.

"In the e-mail, Todd asked his brother to take care of his two sons and his finances.

"Todd's brother notified a friend of the family who stopped by the house.

"That person woke up the eight-year-old son, who at that moment discovered his mother and brother were dead.

"Three weapons were discovered in Sheila's room.

"At that point the authorities were notified and began searching for Todd.

"Sheriff Richard Wrinkle says Todd used a 20-gauge shotgun to shoot himself in the head while driving into the quarry sometime Friday.

"All three bodies were taken to Cox South Hospital in Springfield Saturday where autopsies were conducted.

"Those autopsies show Blake and Sheila died of blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

"Todd's death was an apparent suicide, although more investigation is needed to be sure.

"Sheriff Wrinkle says he's fairly certain who killed Blake and Sheila.

"`Everything points right now as to where he was the person that was responsible for both deaths and then committed suicide.`"


Rehab Horror

"BROOKSVILLE, FL - A man and a woman are dead in an apparent murder-suicide at a Brooksville rehabilitation facility, the Hernando County Sheriff's Office said Saturday.

"Authorities have identified them as George and Dorothy Larsson, both 85 and from Spring Hill.

"George Larsson entered the Health South Rehabilitation Center at 12440 Cortez Blvd. about 12:45 p.m., went into his wife's hospital room and opened fire on her, Sheriff's Lt. Jim Powers said. Larsson then went outside the facility and shot himself.

"As of now, the motive for the killings are unknown, Powers said."


"Unhealthy Relationship" Ends Abruptly

"LINN COUNTY, IA — Authorities say the man suspected of killing one person and injuring two others in a shooting on Friday has taken his own life.

"The shooting happened at around 7:30 Friday night at the Vernon Heights Mobile Home Court, 7100 Mount Vernon Road, Unit 24, just outside of Cedar Rapids.

"The Linn County Sheriff's Office says Tawny Jo Tomberlin, 43, was killed in the shooting. Duane Roy Tomberlin Jr., 48, and James Edward Campbell, 27, were taken to area hospitals suffering from non-life threatening injuries.

"Authorities began searching for the suspect, Christopher Allen Vogt, 42, after witnesses reported seeing Vogt leave the scene of the shooting in a pickup truck.

"Around 11:30 Friday night, authorities located the suspect's truck in a farm field off of East Bertram Road, near Mount Vernon. Investigators found Vogt dead inside the truck with what they say appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Neighbors at the mobile home court said Tomberlin had recently left Marengo and moved into the mobile home with her brother to escape an unhealthy relationship with an estranged boyfriend.

"The Linn County Sheriff's Department is continuing its investigation into the shooting."


Friday, January 22, 2010

Disturbing Discovery In Texas

"BREWSTER COUNTY, TX - A disturbing discovery in Brewster County after Sheriff's officials stumble upon what appears to be a murder-suicide.

"Sheriff Ronnie Dodson [said] an unknown man called their office a little after seven Thursday night reporting the murder-suicide.

"When deputies arrived at the home about 54 miles south of Alpine, they found the body of 50 year-old Diane Key, with several gunshot wounds.

"After searching the property, deputies found the body of her husband, 59-year-old Billy Key, in the cab of a pick-up truck.

"Investigators say it appears the man shot himself.

"Both bodies have been sent for an autopsy."


Bungalow Shooting Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Critical

"OAKLAND, CA — A domestic dispute turned deadly this afternoon after a man shot a woman in the head then turned the semi-automatic pistol on himself on an otherwise peaceful block of 67th Avenue.

"Police are investigating what appears to be an homicide and attempted suicide reported at 2:29 p.m., according to Acting Sgt. Bruce Worden.

"Paramedics pronounced the woman dead on the scene. They took the man, who appears to have shot himself in the head with the pistol after killing the woman, to Highland Hospital in critical condition.

"Both were in their late 30s to early 40s, Worden said. Neither has been identified by police.

"Police and neighbors said officers had been called out to the single-story beige bungalow in the 2500 block of 67th Avenue several times in the past because of fights between the couple."


Parking Lot Drama Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Critical

"PHILADELPHIA, PA - An attempted murder-suicide in a Rhawnhurst parking lot this morning left a young woman in extremely critical condition and a man dead, according to police.

"Shortly before 7 a.m., the 29-year-old man shot the 22-year-old woman multiple times outside the Meadowview Apartments in the 8100 block of Algon Avenue, police said.

"He then shot himself in the head.

"The woman was transported to Aria Health's Torresdale campus.

"The man, believed to be her former boyfriend, was pronounced dead at the scene at 6:55 a.m., police said.

"Names were not released."


Cops Mum On Probable Murder/Suicide

"LOCH SHELDRAKE, NY - An elderly man involved in a reported murder and suicide attempt near the hamlet of Loch Sheldrake is in `serious condition` in Albany Medical Center.

"A hospital spokeswoman confirmed that Angel Ayala, who owns a manufactured home on 237 Hasbrouck A Road, was flown to the hospital on Tuesday night.

"Authorities have confirmed that one person was found dead in the home. Sources say the person who died is an elderly woman, who is believed to be Ayala’s wife.

"The death was initially reported at 11 p.m. Tuesday as a possible murder/suicide, where one person was dead on arrival and another flown in critical condition.

"Ayala, an elderly man in his late 70s, has owned the home since 1984 and partially transferred ownership to Rose Noriega in 1994, according to county records.

"District Attorney Jim Farrell has refused to divulge any details about the death and instructed state police and Fallsburg investigators to make no comment about it."

Source: Tims Herald-Record...

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Retired Iowa Couple Found Dead

"HALBUR, IA - The deaths of a retired Halbur couple are being treated as a murder-suicide.

"The Carroll County Sheriff's Office was dispatched to the home of Paul and Darlene Bruch, 23912 Ivy Ave., about 7 Wednesday morning.

"Sheriff Doug Bass said a family member had found the couple dead of apparent gunshot wounds.

"It's not known when the shootings at the acreage about one mile east of Halbur occurred. Bass said it appears Paul Bruch, 75, a retired farmer, shot his wife Darlene, 72, then turned the gun on himself.

"Authorities haven't disclosed any reason for the killings. The case remains under investigation.

"Autopsies are being performed by the State Medical Examiner's Office. Bass said he was expecting results to come Friday.

"The Carroll County Medical Examiner's Office and Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are assisting in the investigation.

"Bass, a five-term sheriff, said he couldn't recall another murder-suicide during his 37 years with the Sheriff's Office.

"`This is a difficult case, very hard on the family,` he said."

Source: Daily Times Herald...

Bodies Found, Details Withheld

"DINUBA, CA - Police discovered two bodies in a Dinuba home Wednesday and are treating the case as a possible murder-suicide.

"The bodies of a male and female were discovered around 2:40 p.m. in the 300 block of North Lyndsay Street, said Elizabeth Villalobos, public information officer for the Dinuba Police Department. No one else was in the home, she said.

"Police responded when someone reported a potential suicide, Villalobos said.

"The names and ages of the victims were unavailable Wednesday, as were further details of the incident. Police are contacting the victims' next of kin, Villalobos said."

Source: Visalia Times-Delta...

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Death In A Luxury Condo

"MIAMI BEACH, FL - Miami Beach police are investigating a possible murder-suicide at a Collins Avenue luxury condominium tower Wednesday morning.

"Police received calls just after 7 a.m. about `a possible jumper` at Akoya, 6365 Collins Ave., police spokesman Detective Juan Sanchez said.

"Officers arrived and and found a dead man on the building's south side, Sanchez said.

"Police searched the building and found a female in a unit, dead from what appeared to be stab wounds, Sanchez said.

"Police have not yet released the names or ages of the two victims and Sanchez said it was too early in the investigation to classify the incident as a murder-suicide. `We're still waiting for the medical examiner's office to get here,` he said.

"Nor further information was immediately available."

Source: Miami Herald...

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

"Very Friendly" Couple Found Dead

"HUGO, MN - Two people were shot and killed in an apparent murder-suicide at a town house in Hugo, according to officials from the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

"A 4-year-old boy was at the town house at the time of the shootings, officials said. He was not injured and is being cared for by relatives

"Around 7:40 a.m. today, a family member arrived at the home at 13435 Europa Court, Unit 8, in the Creekview development to babysit the boy and found two people — a 34-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman — had been shot.

"Police would not release the names of those involved or the relationship between the two, but records show that the unit belonged to Michael A. and Sarah A. Mitzuk.

"Michael Mitzuk is the owner of Mitzy's Tattoo Studio in White Bear Lake. He opened the shop in December 2002, according to the shop's Web site.

"He was a popular tenant, said Donna Whitman, the building's landlord and the owner of White Bear Locksmith, which is located a few doors down from Mitzy's. When Mitzuk moved in to the shop — located across U.S. Highway 61 from White Bear Lake City Hall — he brought cases of Krispy Kreme donuts for everyone in the building `to get off on the right foot,` she said.

"White Bear Police Chief Lynne Bankes said Michael Mitzuk made two donations of firearms and shooting accessories to the police department in 2005 and 2006.

"Allison Peper, a former neighbor, said the Mitzuks were `very friendly` and often attended and hosted neighborhood gatherings."


Elderly Couple Found Dead In Texas Home

"EL PASO, TX - Police are working a possible murder-suicide this morning.

"The investigation is underway in the 3300 block of Wexford in east El Paso.

"... two people were found dead inside a home early this morning.

"EPPD Spokesman Javier Sambrano says at about 11 o'clock Monday night, a family member reported two people shot to death inside the home.

"Police say the victims are a 78-year-old man and a 64-year-old woman.

"Their identities have not been released."


Police Take Days To Get A Clue

"MUSKOGEE, OK — Muskogee police say the fatal shooting of a man and the wounding of a woman last week are now being investigated as a murder-suicide.

"Investigators confirmed Monday that 30-year-old Melissa Thayer, who was shot Wednesday at her home, died Saturday afternoon.

"Police say 37-year-old Michael Shane Johnson wounded Thayer then shot himself in the head.

"Officers were called to 1619 S. Aberdeen St. at 1:43 a.m. Wednesday on a report that shots had been fired. Lt. Bobby Lee says Johnson talked with a police negotiator by phone for several hours.

"When police heard gunshots, officers went inside and found the couple in the bathroom.

"Investigator Greg Martin says Johnson was pronounced dead at the scene."

From NewsOK...

Monday, January 18, 2010

Three Found Dead In Mississippi

"MACON, MS - Wendy Boykin, age unknown, her son Michael Boykin, 12, and her boyfriend Courtney Shields, 21, were found dead at Boykin’s residence on Highway 14 West just outside of Macon. A relative of Boykin’s who lives nearby called the Noxubee County Sheriff’s Office around 7:30 a.m. to report the killings.

"Noxubee Coroner R.L. Calhoun reported the deaths occurred within the past 24 hours. None of the victims were reported missing.

"NCSO Chief Deputy Terry Grassaree says the investigation is ongoing. He declined to speculate on possible scenarios and would not say if a weapon was found at the scene.

"`We don’t know right now. We’re not ruling anything out,` said Grassaree.

"The three bodies have been sent to Jackson for autopsies."

From The Dispatch...

1 Dead, 1 Critical After Shots Fired In Chinese Restaurant

"WESTPORT, MA — Authorities said a 64-year-old Fall River man was killed and his estranged wife is critically injured, after an alleged murder-suicide late Sunday night inside the Oriental Pearl Restaurant, 576 State Road.

"Gregg Miliote, a spokesman for District Attorney C. Samuel Sutter, today identified the deceased husband as Paul Murphy and the estranged wife as Joan Murphy, 57, also of Fall River.

"Miliote said Paul Murphy is alleged to have shot his estranged wife inside the restaurant and then shot and killed himself.

"Joan Murphy was transported to Charlton Memorial Hospital, Fall River, and then transferred to Rhode Island Hospital, Providence, R.I., where she is in critical condition, according to Miliote.

"Miliote said Westport police received a 911 call about 11 p.m. Sunday about shots being fired inside the restaurant.

"He said the investigation by the district attorney’s office, state police detectives and Westport police is continuing."


Sheriff's Department Investigates Murder/Suicide

"CLAY COUNTY, MO - The Clay County Sheriff’s Department this morning is investigating the death of two people.

"Deputies were called after 11 p.m. to a house near Route A and Northeast 124th Street north of Liberty around 11 p.m., according to the sheriff office. When they arrived, they found two people who were deceased.

"The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s office, which contracts with Clay County, will determine the cause of the deaths.

"Further details were not immediately available..."

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Locals Shocked By Attempted Murder/Suicide

"GEARY, OK - An attempted murder suicide in Geary, OK has left one man dead and his wife in the hospital. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation was called out to Geary about two o'clock this morning to assist in the investigation. Jessica Brown with OSBI says Bradley Willis, 51 years old, first shot his wife in the head before turning the gun on himself. Rebecca Willis, 52 years old, underwent surgery this evening at the OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City. She was listed in critical condition following the surgery.

"OSBI says there was a third person in the home during the shooting. Authorities say that is who called 911. Even though the suspect in this case is dead, OSBI is currently conducting an investigation to make sure all stories line up.

"Many in Geary, OK are shocked by the attempted murder suicide. Many there described the couple as good people. Some on the community [said] that Bradley and Rebecca were ordained ministers. She was a cook who often volunteered at a local charity kitchen."


Sunday, January 17, 2010

Failed Restraining Order Results In Double Murder/Suicide

"LEWISVILLE, MN - Deputies say a man who had a restraining order against him shot and killed the woman who took out the order, killed her step-dad and then shot himself.

"Watonwan County Sheriff's Department investigators say around 7:45 a.m. Sunday, they were called to a home at 386228 10th Ave. (here?) in Antrim Township after someone reported shots were fired.

"A deputy and a Madelia police officer arrived and were told shots had been fired in the basement of the home. They entered the home and found a person lying at the bottom of the basement steps.

"They then discovered two more people had been shot and killed in the basement, a 25-year-old woman and a 59-year-old man.

"Deputies say the suspect, a 28-year-old man, had just been released from jail on Jan. 14 and was not supposed to be at the home. They believe he had an argument with the woman at the home and then shot her and her step-father before shooting himself.

"Three other people in the home, an adult woman and two kids, ages 15 and 2, were not hurt.

"Investigators say the suspect was charged in December with domestic abuse against the woman he shot. He was released on bail on Dec. 21, 2009. On Jan. 5, he was again arrested for violating his no contact order. He appeared in court and was released after posting bail on Jan. 14.

"The state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the State Crime Lab are helping with the investigation.

"Watonwan County says the names of all three people who died will be released on Monday. Lewisville and Antrim Township are about 35 miles southwest of Mankato."


Two Dead In Motel Murder/Suicide

"BOSTON, MA - Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide at a North Attleboro motel on Sunday morning, according to the Bristol County District Attorney.

"The double shooting occurred at about 9:30 a.m. at the Pineapple Motor Inn at 633 S. Washington Street. Investigators believe a 23-year-old man fatally shot a 20-year-old woman who was staying in a room with him at the motel before shooting himself, the district attorney said in a statement.

"The woman was pronounced dead at the hotel. The man was rushed to Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, then transferred to Rhode Island Hospital in Providence, where he was pronounced dead.

"The identities of the man and woman have not been released pending notification of family members.

"The North Attleboro and Seekonk police departments are assisting the district attorney’s office and Massachusetts State Police in the investigation."

From WCVB...

System Failure Results In Murder/Suicide

"WEST HAVEN, CT - Police are investigating a suspected murder-suicide that occurred early Sunday morning after a man arrested for family violence offenses the day before returned home, violating an order not to.

"According to West Haven police, Selami Ozdemir, of 341 Blohm St., was arrested Saturday afternoon on charges of disorderly conduct, risk of injury to a minor, third-degree assault and violation of a protective order, which had been issued after a September domestic incident. His bond was set at $25,000, which he posted. As a condition of his release, Ozdemir was prohibited from returning home until after he appeared in court.

"But hours later, around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Ozdemir's wife, Shengyl Rasim, called police to report that Ozdemir had returned home and was banging on the door. He left the scene before police arrived, according to police.

"About a half hour later, the police department received another 911 call from the home. Dispatchers could hear only the sound of crying and banging noises, according to police.

"Police had to force entry into the home, where they found the bodies of Rasim and Ozdemir, both dead from apparent gunshot wounds. Police are still investigating the incident, but are not seeking additional suspects.

"According to court records, Ozdemir was arrested in September on charges of second-degree assault, risk of injury to a child and second-degree threatening. The case was pending and being handled in a court family violence program."

Source: Hartford Courant...

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Bodies Found In Parking Lot

"FAIRFIELD, CT - A murder-suicide left an unidentified man and woman dead from gunshot wounds early Saturday in a car parked in a Black Rock Turnpike commuter lot off the Merritt Parkway.

"The couple was discovered about 3:45 a.m. by a Fairfield officer on routine patrol, who noticed their car had several broken windows, according to Sgt. James Perez, the Fairfield police spokesman.

"After securing the scene, Fairfield police turned the investigation over to State Police.

"The man and woman, both of whom appeared to be in their 70s, had apparently died from their wounds several hours earlier, Perez said.

"Lt. J. Paul Vance, State Police spokesman, said state troopers and the Major Crime Squad responded to the scene about 7 a.m.

"He said no identifying information about the two dead would be released Saturday and post-mortem exams were scheduled for Sunday.

"`Out of deference to the family we don't get into much detail in a murder-suicide,` Vance said. `There's no criminal aspect to this case.`"


Death On Sand Mountain

"TRENTON, GA - A couple and two dogs were found dead on Sand Mountain in Dade County, Ga., on Friday evening in what authorities said was apparently a murder-suicide.

"Dade County deputies responded at approximately 9 p.m. to a shooting at 839 Saddle Club Road.

"When deputies arrived on the scene they discovered a male and a female deceased.

"The Dade County Sheriff's Office said the investigation has indentifed the man as 51-year-old Clifford Hubbard of Florida, and the female as 46-year-old Cynthia Harris of Dade County.

"Major Jackie Womack said, `At this point in the preliminary investigation, it appears that Mr. Hubbard shot Ms. Harris and two dogs before turning the gun on himself.`

"Investigators finished processing the scene at approximately 4 a.m.

"The bodies have been transported to the GBI Crime Lab for an autopsy."

Source The Chattanoogan...

"More Than A Fire"

"PORTERVILLE, CA - Porterville firefighters responding to a fire on East Date Street near B Street Friday night made a grisly discovery — an apparent murder-suicide.

"To the sound of smoke alarms ringing, firefighters entered a smoke filled residence just before 9:40 p.m. on the third floor of Porterville Family Apartments and found three juveniles — aged 6, 5 and 1 — in stable condition.

"While firefighters looked for the source of the fire— which was later determined to be the result of dinner cooking on the stove— they found the dead bodies of two adults.

"`The fire department soon thereafter determined that it was more than a fire,` City Manager John Lollis said.

"Porterville Police department detectives who were subsequently called to the scene determined that the gunshot wounds on the adult victims were the result of a murder-suicide, according to spokesman Sgt. Jake Castellow.

"Their determination is `based on information provided from witnesses, and evidence being collected at the scene, as well as information provided by the three children,` spokesman Sgt. Jake Castellow said.

"The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of kin, and as of press time, their ages had not been determined. It was also unknown as of press time who may have been at fault for the murder.

"The three children were taken to Sierra View District Hospital and will be placed into protective custody."


Gruesome Murder/Suicide In Kansas

"LIBERAL, KS - The Liberal couple found dead Wednesday night had been laying lifelessly on their bloody bed for four days before authorities found them.

"Local coroner Hubert Peterson announced Friday Jose Angel Rodriguez, Jr., killed his wife, Alicia, and then took his own life in their house at 1233 Krause Court.

"Alicia Rodriguez was smothered to death by a pillow. After her killing, Jose Rodriguez took a small circular skill saw and cut both his legs vertically along the femur bone from his thighs to below his knees, said Peterson. Jose
Rodriguez bled to death.

"`The door had just been broken into on the bedroom (by authorities),` said Peterson. `It was locked. The couple were lying on the bed, side by side. There was a pillow by the side of her (Alicia) head used with the suffocation.`

"Upon entering the room for the first time, Peterson said Alicia Rodriguez was covered with a comforter. Her husband was laying uncovered next to her, the skill saw by his side.

"Because of the type of injury, Peterson said this was the most unusual case he had ever seen. The bedroom temperature was in the lower 60's and since the room had been sealed off, the bodies were well preserved for the autopsy investigation. The cool temperatures lead there to be no smell, said Peterson.

"Peterson's investigation revealed the couple had been dead since Saturday afternoon or Saturday evening.

"The family had been reported missing to the Liberal Police Department since Wednesday. The couple had not been seen since Saturday."

From The Southwest Times...

Friday, January 15, 2010

Birthday Surprise

"MIDDLEBURG, FL — A 23-year-old Clay County woman was fatally shot on her birthday today in an apparent murder-suicide involving her 51-year-old father, investigators said.

"Andrea Langevin was found by her sister in their Middleburg home on Tina Lane in the Greenwood subdivision. Her father, Dennis Langevin, was found by deputies in the backyard next door. A shotgun was found with his body, said Sgt. Wayne McKinney of the Sheriff's Office.

"A brother also lives there. It's unclear if the brother and sister were home at the time. The children's mother recently moved out of the home, where there had been some marital problems, detectives said.

"The motive for the incident remains unclear. Clay court records show that foreclosure proceedings had been ongoing on the home. The Sheriff's Office said Dennis Langevin was employed at the Orange Pak Country Club.

"Deputies were called by the sister about 8:15 a.m. after the attack.

"A neighbor, Danielle Mabey, said she knew the family well and always thought the father and daughter got along. She said the daughter graduated a few years ago from Ridgeview High School.

"`She was a great person, a very happy person,` said Mabey, 21. `He was a wonderful father. It's just depressing.`

"Next door neighbor Keith Altizer, 51, said police were at the home at least once a year ago during what he was told was a drug investigation. Otherwise, he said there's been no trouble.

"`You don't expect it would be the people next door,` Altizer said. `It's unnerving.`"


Dead Couple Was Having Marital Problems

"NEW RINGGOLD, PA - A New Ringgold woman shot her husband to death at their home and then killed herself, police said today. The incident appears to have happened Thursday afternoon.

"Randolph W. Arndt II, 44, and Cindy L. Arndt, 50, of 416 N. Keim St., were having marital problems, state police at Frackville said.

"Randolph Arndt died of a .44 caliber bullet wound to the chest, an autopsy determined today. Forensic pathologist Dr. Richard Bindie conducted the autopsy at Schuylkill Medical Center in Pottsville.

"An autopsy on Cindy Arndt is scheduled at the medical center on Saturday. Except to say she was shot, police have not released details on how she took her own life.

"The bullet that killed Randolph Arndt was from a handgun that was kept in the house, police said.

"A family member found the couple dead in their home around 6:10 p.m. Thursday and immediately called 911, police said. The state police Major Crimes Team from Troop L and the Forensic Services Unit from Reading were activated to assist troopers from the Frackville barracks.

"Police said no one else was home when the shooting occurred."

From The Morning Call...

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Convenience Store Killer Commits Suicide After Standoff

"GEORGETOWN, SC - Police say a South Carolina man killed himself after he gunned down his former girlfriend in the parking lot of a convenience store.

"Georgetown County deputies [said] that 40-year-old Keith Bryant met with his former girlfriend at the store in Murrells Inlet around 11 a.m. Monday.

"Authorities say the two argued, and 29-year-old Sheinia Wilson tried to run away and get in a bystander's vehicle. But before she could get into the car, she was shot several times and died an hour later at the hospital.

"Horry County police say Bryant then holed up in his Myrtle Beach home and killed himself after officers surrounded the house."


"Early Indications Point To Murder/Suicide"

"PIKE COUNTY, AL - The bodies of a male and female were found in Pike County Thursday afternoon, and early indications point to murder/suicide.

"Gary McAliley, district attorney for Pike and Coffee counties, confirmed one of his investigators was at the scene of the crime Thursday afternoon. Identities of the deceased have not been released pending notification of the next of kin.

"Details are developing."


Ambush Awaited Troopers

"OIL CITY, PA - The Venango County man accused of fatally shooting a Pennsylvania State Police trooper Wednesday morning was lying in wait for police to arrive and was prepared to shoot anyone who came to the house, the state police commander said this afternoon.

"`This was premeditated, an ambush, and troopers didn't have a chance,` Col. Frank Pawlowski said in explaining the alleged motive of Michael J. Smith.

"Police said Smith, 44, fatally shot Trooper Paul G. Richey as Richey and another trooper went to investigate a reported domestic incident at Smith's Cranberry Township home late Wednesday morning.

"Other officers entered the house hours later and found Smith and his wife, Nancy Smith, 53, dead in a bedroom. Both died of gunshot wounds, police say."


Death At An Untroubled Address

"ALTOONA, IA - Altoona police and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation are looking into the deaths of Mark and Laura Wharff as a possible case of murder-suicide.

"Altoona officers were dispatched to 607 Fourth St. N.W. about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday to check on the welfare of Laura Wharff, 51, after she failed to report for work.

"When officers arrived they found the body of Mark Wharff, 51, and shortly thereafter the body of his wife. There was no indication of forced entry into the house and no signs of a struggle, police said. Both appeared to have died of shotgun wounds.

"Laura Wharff was employed by Iowa Health Systems as a clinic manager. Officers said Mark Wharff was not employed due to a health condition.

"Police said the house on Fourth Street Northwest was not considered a troubled address. No reports of domestic problems had been filed with police."


Firemen Discover Murder/Suicide, Wounded Horse

"SPENCER, MA — An apparent murder-suicide is under investigation today at the scene of an early morning house fire at 19 Woodchuck Lane, which records show was in foreclosure.

"Michael S. Khoury, 69, and his wife, Joyce M. Khoury, 66, the owners of the house, were found dead inside.

"Mr. Khoury was found with a gunshot wound in the doorway of his home shortly after 6:15 a.m., according to Timothy J. Connolly, spokesman for Worcester District Attorney Joseph D. Early Jr. Mr. Khoury was taken to St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

"Mrs. Khoury was found dead in a bedroom. She also suffered a gunshot wound.

"Police were alerted to the fire by a 911 call from a neighbor.

"When police arrived they found a truck on fire in the driveway and the house ablaze.

"A horse, suffering from several gunshot wounds, was discovered in a barn on the property. The horse was taken to the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University in Grafton. There was no word on the horse's condition, the spokesman said.

"The Spencer Fire Department was assisted by Leicester and Paxton Fire departments in bringing the fire under control.

"The shootings and fire remain under investigation by the state police detectives assigned to the district attorney's office, state fire marshal's office and the Spencer Police and Fire departments."


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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Death Under The Covers

"CHICAGO, IL - Chicago police today were investigating an apparent murder-suicide at a South Side residence, police said.

"The bodies of the a man, in his early 60s, and a woman, in her 50s, were found in a bedroom with gunshot wounds at the woman's residence in the 7600 block of South Prairie Avenue.

"The bodies were found under the covers of a bed, police said. A gun was confiscated from the scene.

"Police responded to the residence some time this afternoon after family members of the woman requested they go check on her, since relatives hadn't heard from her in a few days, police said. Chicago Fire Department personnel arrived and knocked down the door of the residence.

"Preliminary indications show that the man shot and killed the woman before shooting and killing himself. The relationship between the two was not immediately clear.

"The Cook County medical examiner's office confirmed that two bodies were found at the residence, but couldn't provide further information."

Source: Chicago BreakingNewsCenter...

Death In A Toyota SUV

"LAUDERDALE COUNTY, AL - Three people were killed Monday night in what law enforcement officials are labeling a double murder-suicide involving a Lauderdale County man and his estranged wife.

"Identities of the three people were not released as of 11:30 p.m. Monday. Two men and a woman died in the shooting outside a manufactured home, authorities said.

"Among the dead is a 37-year-old man who sheriff's investigators believe killed himself shortly after shooting his wife and another man who were sitting in a vehicle parked outside the estranged couple's manufactured home. His wife was 27 and the man in the Toyota sports utility vehicle with her was 23, according to Sheriff Ronnie Willis.

"The shooting occurred on Lauderdale 472, near Alabama 64. The residence is five miles west of Lexington in a wooded area about 150 yards from the road.

"Authorities were investigating the possibility that the shootings occurred as early as Sunday night. They said one of the woman's friends notified authorities of the shooting about 9:30 p.m. Monday. They added that the last time the shooter was seen or heard from was about 8 p.m. Sunday.

"Details of the shooting and motive were not immediately known as sheriff's investigators continued to interview witnesses and neighbors Monday night.

"Emergency workers at the scene said it appears the shooter saw his wife and the other man in the vehicle. He came out of the manufactured home with a shotgun, went to the vehicle and killed them, authorities said. The shooter's body was found on the ground outside the vehicle, with the gun next to his body."


Monday, January 11, 2010

Man Kills Mother, Daughter Before Shooting Himself

"LAS VEGAS, NV - Metro Police continue to investigate the deaths of three people -- including a mother and daughter -- Sunday in the 1800 block of Warrenville Street in the western Las Vegas Valley.

"Officers said a man, identified as Gregg Thomas, 23, of Las Vegas, apparently forced his way into a home and fatally shot two women. The location of the shooting is southeast of the intersection of Charleston Boulevard and Hualapai Way.

"The names of the women weren't released, but they were identified by police as a 50-year-old woman and her 22-year-old daughter. Both lived in Las Vegas. The victims were pronounced dead at the scene by medical personnel, police said.

"Thomas, who was suffering from an apparent gunshot wound to the head and was outside the apartment when police arrived, died of his injuries at UMC on Monday."

Source: Las Vegas Sun...

Three Found Dead At Home

"JACKSON COUNTY, MS - Three people found dead in a Gulf Hills home appear to be the victims of a murder/suicide, according to Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd. The victims are an elderly couple and their middle aged son. Investigators believe the son was the triggerman.

"The victims have been identified as James Phillips, 76, Joanne Phillips, who is believed to be in her 70s, and Samuel Joseph Phillips, 47. All three lived at the home on Shore Drive.

"Byrd said the bodies were discovered Monday at the home, but that the shooting may have actually occurred Friday. All three of the victims were shot to death with a revolver. He said both parents were shot in the head.

"The sheriff [said] that a friend of the alleged gunman discovered the bodies. He last spoke to his friend on Friday."


Killer Phones It In

"VAIL, AZ - Pima County Sheriff's deputies are investigating, what appears to be a murder-suicide.

"According to deputies, a man called 9-1-1 around midnight Sunday, saying he had killed his wife and was going to kill himself.

"When police arrived at the home, at the 9800 block of S. Camino de la Calinda, they found a man and a woman dead, both from gunshot wounds.

"The names of the victims are not being released at this time."


Death Under The Carport

"CORINTH, MS - Corinth Police say the death of a couple in the city Sunday appears to be a case of murder suicide.

"Officers found the bodies of 39 year old Brad Johnson and 29 year old Amanda Johnson under the carport of an apartment at 1609 Madison Street just after five oclock last night. Police say the couple was apparently in the process of going through a divorce.

"Investigators say it appears Brad Johnson, who lived on Linden Street, parked about a half a mile from the apartment, and hid behind the side of the home until Amanda Johnson returned home. Witnesses say when he approached her, she told him to leave.

"Johnson apparently shot her once in the chest, then shot himself in the head. Officers found his body lying on top of hers when they arrived at the scene.

"The shooting remains under investigation."


2 Dead After Dispute In Nissan Altima

"CORAL GABLES, FL - A man was pronounced dead Sunday and a woman died after she was airlifted to Jackson Memorial Hospital following a shooting in Coral Gables.

"The shooting took place about 2 p.m. in the 300 block of Catalonia Avenue, said Sgt. Janette Frevola, a Coral Gables police spokeswoman.

"Police did not immediately identify the man, 31, or the woman, 33.

"Investigators said the couple had been dating, and were involved in a dispute in a gray or silver Nissan Altima. When the woman got out of the car and began to run away, the man shot her and then shot himself. His body lay sprawled, covered by a yellow tarp, on a driveway near the street. Police blocked access to the area.

"The shooting occurred a block from the Coral Gables police station.

"Numerous small cones dotted the street, indicating the locations of shell casings.

"Miami-Dade County homicide detectives arrived at the scene, and their investigation was continuing Sunday night.

"Police Chief Rich Naue said no additional information was available."


1 Dead, 1 Injured In North Carolina

"ROCKY MOUNT, NC - A Rocky Mount woman is recovering from an attempted murder-suicide. Police say the attacker was her boyfriend.

"The incident happened around 1130 p.m. Saturday at a home on Stewart Court in Rocky Mount. Police responded to a call about a shooting. They found Jackie Wiggins lying in the front yard with gun shot wounds to her neck and her elbow. While trying to help her, officers heard shots fired inside the home.

"Officers went in and found Marshall Fleming dead from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Police say he and Wiggins were dating.

Neighbors say what happened next door is unbelievable, but they still feel safe.

"`When you talk with somebody once or twice a week and meet them picking up the mail or carrying their trash out, [and] something like this happens, it’s just a total shock,` said Bill Benfield, a neighbor. `You never think anything like this will ever happen in your neighborhood but it doesn’t make me feel unsafe.`

"According to police, Wiggins is in stable condition. No word on what led to the shooting."


Sunday, January 10, 2010

Young Couple Found Dead

"MANHATTAN BEACH, CA - Two young people were discovered shot to death inside a residence during a welfare check, a sheriff's official said.

"The bodies of a 24 year old man and 22 year old woman were discovered by Manhattan Beach police officers in a residence in the 300 block of Second Street around 11:25 a.m. Sunday, according to Deputy Ed Hernandez of the Sheriff's Headquarters Bureau.

"A weapon was recovered at the scene, but authorities have not released any further details.

"The Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department is investigating the incident."


Doctor, Wife Dead In Florida Murder/Suicide

"SPRING HILL, FL - A prominent Hernando County doctor and his wife were killed in what detectives believe was a murder-suicide.

"Sgt. Donna Black said that Dr. Robert Blackburn called a family friend, who arrived at the doctor's home in the Lake in the Wood subdivision.

"When the friend arrived Dr. Blackburn showed his friend a stab wound, then asked the person to leave.

"Dr. Blackburn went inside and the friend called 911, and waited for deputies to arrive.

"When deputies entered the home on 6945 Laurel Oaks Drive, they found the bodies of Dr. Blackburn, 55, and his 40-year-old wife Sarah.

"The investigation is ongoing but detectives believe Blackburn killed his wife, then took his own life.

"In addition to his practice in Brooksville, Blackburn was the medical director for Hernando County and Spring Hill Fire Rescue."


SWAT Standoff Ends In Suicide - Again

"IRON COUNTY, MI - There was a murder-suicide Saturday night in to early Sunday morning in Iron County.

"A woman shot to death by her boyfriend, and then the mid-40's man barricaded himself in his home for nearly eight hours.

"No names have been released.

"It all played out in Bates Township and Caspian. It started around 10 p.m. Central time last night at a home in Bates Township where the woman lived. That's where the man shot his girlfriend to death.

"He took off and went to his home in Caspian in the area of West First Street and Caspian Avenue.

"Police found they had a barricaded gunman stand off.

"The Michigan State Police Emergency Support Team was mobilized from throughout the state along with a K-9 unit from the Sault Ste. Marie Post.

"20 members were brought to the Caspian location, some by Homeland Security Blackhawk helicopter and the State Police chopper.

"The stand-off with the gunman went all night.

"Around 7 a.m. Central time Sunday, police entered the home and found the man dead in his basement, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Michigan State Police at the Iron River Post are handling the case."


"I Can't Believe It Happened Here"

"MONTEREY, TN - Larry Lane can't believe what happened next door to his Monterey home.

"`You don't know what makes anybody snap and do something like that,` he said. `I just heard the gunfire. Four times I'm pretty sure is what it was.`

"Those shots came from the home of 47-year-old Richard Mackie.

"What Larry Lane only heard from his garage, Larry Pryor saw happen. It was a fight between Mackie and 31-year-old Aundria Padgett.

"`He grabbed her by the hair of the head and dragged her to the porch and went like that, and turn around, and 'bang,'` Pryor said. `[He] shot her, turned around and shot her again.`

"Within minutes, sheriff's deputies and a SWAT team arrived.

"They found Padgett dead on the front porch, and no sign of Mackie.

"`I think they thought he was still in there with the gun,` Lane said.

"After more than an hour of trying to contact Richard Mackie, officers went inside. Mackie was dead.

"`I just can't believe it,` Pryor said. `I can't believe it happened here.`

"Aundria Padgett had several children. Putnam County Sheriff David Andrews said they were not in the home at the time of the shooting, and are safe with family members."


9 Year Old Girl Killed In Florida Murder/Suicide

"MIAMI, FL - What appears to be a murder-suicide in a South Miami-Dade home has left a young man critically injured and his 9-year-old sister and her stepfather dead.

"It was gray, rainy and near freezing Saturday morning, when police were called to a one-story home on the 20500 block of Southwest 125th Avenue. When they arrived at about 10 a.m., they found a 24-year-old man who had been shot minutes earlier, Miami-Dade police said.

"Although he was gravely injured, he led officers to the back of the home.

"But as officers neared the backyard, they heard one final shot, according to Miami-Dade police spokesman Detective Javier Baez.

"There, they found the young man's 55-year-old stepfather, Julian Marin, dead with a gunshot wound.

"After searching the house, officers found that Marin's 9-year-old stepdaughter, Caroline Camelo, had also been shot.

"Caroline was barely clinging to life when she was transported to Miami Children's Hospital, but she died a short time later.

"Although police did not identify by name those involved in Saturday's shooting, they did say the stepfather, believed to be Marin, was likely the shooter.

"Neighbors said they heard no gunshots, although police discovered there had been several."

Source: Miami Herald...

Friday, January 8, 2010

Reconciliation Ends In Murder/Suicide

"PEDRO, OH - A husband and wife are dead following a Friday morning shooting in Lawrence County, Ohio.

"Sheriff Jeff Lawless [said] that the shooting was a murder-suicide.

"Lawless says the victims are John Miller, 62, and Linda Miller, 57.

"He says the shootings happened at two separate houses near the 12-mile marker on State Route 93.

"911 received the call about the shootings around 8:30 Friday morning.

"Sheriff Lawless says Mrs. Miller shot her husband multiple times. Mrs. Miller died of a single gunshot wound. She was found dead in the kitchen of the house next door.

"Lawless also [said] that two different guns were used.

"He says the couple was having martial problems and that Mr. Miller had been living away from the residence, but he returned home Thursday night with the hope of a reconciliation."


"Untimely Deaths"

"LONDONDERRY, NH - An Overlook Avenue home remains an open crime scene as state and local police investigate an apparent murder-suicide this morning.

"Michael McCartney, 49 and Doreen Malek, 49, were both found dead by Londonderry police in their 11 Overlook Avenue home at about 8 a.m. this morning.

"Initial scanner reports indicated the discovery of two untimely deaths by police at the home.

"Overlook Avenue remained closed to through traffic into Friday afternoon at Londonderry detectives collected evidence at the home, police said.

"Autopsies of both Malek and McCartney will be conducted by the New Hampshire Medical Examiner's office to determine the cause and manner of death, police said.

"Londonderry Police Chief Bill Hart declined additional comment, saying the investigation was being handled by the Attorney General's Office."

Source: Union Leader...

Standoff Ends In Murder/Suicide

"SALINA, KS - A day-long stand-off ends with the discovery of three bodies in a home northeast of Salina.

"Sheriff's deputies arrived at the home in the 2000 block of Marcye just before ten o'clock Thursday morning. Authorities negotiated with the man for about five hours before the Salina Police Department's Special Response Team went inside.

"At that point, investigators discovered three bodies who may be related.

"Authorities have not released the names of the dead until the next of kin are notified."


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Gunman Kills 3, Wounds 5 Before Killing Himself

"ST LOUIS, MO - At approximately 6:30 a.m., on January 7, 2010, police received a call for a shooting at ABB Incorporated, a transformer manufacturing company, located at 4350 Semple Avenue. Employees identified the shooter as a current ABB employee. Police received information that multiple persons were wounded and that the suspect’s whereabouts were unknown.

"Police quickly set up a perimeter around the building. The department’s tactical teams responded and made entry into the complex. A white male believed to be the suspect was located inside the complex with what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Though the investigation is in its early stages, investigators have determined that the suspect shot at least eight (8) other people before then shooting and killing himself.

"Of the eight (8) other persons shot, three (3) were pronounced dead at the scene and five (5) were taken to area hospitals with injuries. Of the five (5) taken to hospitals, three (3) are listed in critical condition and two (2) are listed in fair condition."


"Ominous Voicemail" Precedes Murder/Suicide

"WARREN, MI - A son found his Warren parents dead this morning in their bed after the father apparently shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself, police said.

"The Hazel Park son received an ominous voicemail from his 61-year-old father at 9 a.m.

"`The father left a message apologizing for what was about to happen,` Warren Police Lt. Michael Torey said.

"The discovery at the home on Cyman Street near Mound and 9 Mile was gruesome. Police found the couple dead from gunshots and noticed that both had deep cuts on their wrists from what appeared to be a failed suicide attempt.

"`There was no struggle on either end, but we don’t know if both participated,` said Torey, adding that the case is still under investigation."


2 Dead, 1 Injured In Washington Murder/Suicide

"MAPLE FALLS, WA - Whatcom County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating a deadly double shooting in Maple Falls.

"Deputies responded to a domestic violence-related call at a home in the 600-block of Sprague Valley Drive about 3:30 this morning.

"Deputies found a 14-year-old girl and an adult male dead inside the home.

"Sheriff Bill Elfo said investigators believe the man shot and killed the girl and then turned the gun on himself.

"`We do not believe there are any suspects remaining at large presenting a continuing threat to the community,` Elfo said.

"`We think that the shooter we have, we know who it is and he's no longer a threat.`

"A woman, believed to be the teen's mother, was also shot and wounded.

"She escaped and ran to a neighbor's house, and is now being treated at Saint Joseph Hospital."


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