Saturday, July 31, 2010
"PENDLETON, IN - An early morning shooting at a diner in Pendleton left a man and a woman dead.
"Police are calling it a murder-suicide. They say a 56-year-old man entered the Deb and Donna's Diner on East State Street right as it opened Saturday morning.
"The man shot and killed his 51-year old ex-girlfriend, who worked in the diner, and then shot himself.
"Police say the pair broke up just a few days ago.
"Names of the victims have not been released."
Friday, July 30, 2010
"ROCKWOOD, TN - A Harriman couple charged last week with the statutory rape of a teen girl are apparently the victims of a murder-suicide.
"According to the Daily News Express, a family member found the bodies of James Phillip Jones and his wife, Linda Mae Jones, at a home in Cumberland County's Westel community.
"Roane County court documents show James Jones was charged with statutory rape and incest on July 25.
"Linda Mae Jones was charged with contributing to the delinquency of a minor."
"WOOSTER, OH - The Wooster Police Department and Wayne County Coroner's Office are investigating the death of a man and woman found inside a Bever Street home Friday morning.
"The incident is being called a domestic situation. The man suffered a knife wound to the chest and the cause of death of the woman is still being determined.
"Police say it appears -- at this early point of the investigation -- to be a murder-suicide or double suicide.
"Six children were in the home at the time of the incident. Police say a co-worker of one of the deceased got an email, asking for the police to check on the children.
"The names of the deceased are not being released and the investigation is ongoing."
UPDATE:12/18/2010 — Police finally rule murder/suicide...
Thursday, July 29, 2010
"POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — A man released from jail Tuesday after posting bail on domestic violence charges shot his wife to death early this morning before turning the gun on himself in what authorities are describing as a murder-suicide.
"The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office said the incident occurred at 46 South Quaker Lane in Hyde Park.
"Dead are Anthony John Riccardulli Sr., 55, and Linda Riccardulli, 47.
"At approximately 4 a.m., the Dutchess County 911 Center received a cell phone call.
"According to the sheriff's office, a female could be heard crying in the background. Deputy Nicholas LaMonica was assigned the call.
"Danielle Riccardulli, 17, told LaMonica that her father had shot her mother.
"According to a news release, sheriff's office Emergency Services Unit Team members breached the house and just prior to engaging Riccardulli, he shot himself...
"Dutchess County Jail officials said Riccardulli was released Tuesday after posting $25,000 bail. He had been jailed since June 28."
"SNOW HILL, NC - A Greene County sheriff's deputy was shot and killed Wednesday evening while responding to a domestic disturbance call.
"Greene County Sheriff Lemmie Smith told multiple media outlets that John Willis was shot twice around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at a mobile home off U.S. 13 several miles south of Snow Hill.
"The shooting happened near N.C. Highway 13 at a Brook Meadows mobile home park, near the Wayne County line...
"Smith says Willis was answering a domestic call when 22-year-old Daniel Meyers came out of the house drunk and angry, shooting the deputy twice.
"The sheriff says Meyers then shot and killed himself.
"Willis is the third deputy to be killed in the line of duty in the past 15 months in the mostly rural area of North Carolina east of Interstate 95.
"The sheriff says Willis leaves behind two children."
"SAN ANTONIO, TX - Four people were killed Wednesday night in an apparent murder-suicide at a gated community on the North Side.
"Officers responding to reports of shots fired in the 17000 block of Fawn Crossing discovered the four bodies inside a red brick house at the end of a cul-de-sac.
"Neighbor Helen Minyon said she frequently chatted with the owner of the home, a man in his 80s.
"Police are withholding identifications, but said one of the victims was the apparent shooter."
"RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, CA – Two people were found dead by sheriff's deputies inside a two-story home Wednesday afternoon after a neighbor reported hearing shots fired in an upscale neighborhood, officials said. The details of how they died and why are not being released as investigators comb through the home.
"Authorities believe the violence was contained entirely inside the home, and they are not searching for anyone else in connection with the deaths.
"When deputies arrived, they found two people dead inside a Birdhollow Drive home, said investigator Dan Salcedo of the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
"Salcedo said it was not known if the incident was a murder-suicide, but it appears the incident was isolated to the two-story home.
"About 10 patrol cars responded to the quiet Robinson Ranch neighborhood, which is lined with two-story homes with three-car garages. Deputies closed off Birdhollow Drive as residents from the area gathered near the yellow caution tape.
"Deputies were called to the area at 1:43 p.m., when a neighbor reported that someone may have been shot, Salcedo said.
"The identities of the two people found inside are being withheld until authorities can contact their next-of-kins.
"By 3 p.m., paramedics who initially responded to the area left. No one was taken to a hospital or treated at the scene."
Source: OC Register...
"BRONX, NY - Cops are investigating a possible murder-suicide in the Bronx tonight after discovering a mother and son both fatally shot to the head — and the 9mm gun found near the woman’s hand, sources said.
"The sister of the 37-year-old woman went to the apartment on Loring Place in Morris Heights around 7:20 p.m. after not hearing from her in a few days.
"The first-floor apartment was locked and chained from the inside so the sister got the building’s superintendent to open the door which is when they made the horrifying discovery.
"The mother and her 12-year-old son were found lying next to each other in a bed.
Cops said they were the only two known occupants in the apartment and they weren’t looking for any suspects."
Source: NY Post...
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
"EAGLE, ID - Ada County Sheriff's detectives are investigating what appears to be a homicide-suicide that occurred at a home in Eagle this afternoon.
"The property manager alerted police of suspicious circumstances of a residential unit in the 400 block of West State Street.
"Deputies responded and found a 56-year-old man and his 63-year-old wife dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
"They believe the man shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself. A family pet was also shot and killed.
"The names of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of relatives."
"CHINO HILLS, CA - Authorities on Wednesday were trying to sort out the mysterious deaths of two young brothers found shot to death near their family's home in a rural part of Chino Hills.
"Detectives said they are not actively looking for a suspect but said it's too early to conclude the incident was a murder-suicide. They said foul play has not been ruled out.
"`The initial indication at the scene is that they don't have an outstanding suspect, that this incident occurred with just the two boys involved. However, they have not completely ruled out foul play,` said San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman.
"The two brothers were found shot to death Tuesday in a ravine near their family's mobile home -- stunning neighbors who described the boys as fun-loving and friendly.
"Authorities said they received a call shortly before noon from a family member who discovered the bodies of Bryan Gonzalez, 12, and Christian Gonzalez, 10. They were found about 60 feet behind the Gonzalez home, which is on a ranch on Mystic Canyon Drive between Twin Knowles Drive and Via La Cresta.
"The boys were pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsies will be conducted, authorities said.
"Details about the deaths have not been released, but police were called to the scene after neighbors heard gunshots. The boys' relatives were at home Tuesday and were cooperating with investigators, Bachman said.
"Authorities said a gun was found at the scene, but they did not disclose the weapon's caliber, how many times the boys were shot or where they were wounded.
"The family's home is in Mystic Hills near Chino Hills State Park and just off the Chino Valley Freeway. Several families live in homes on the ranch, and there is a firewood operation on the property."
Source: LA Times...
UPDATE:Incident declared double suicide...
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
"DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC - A husband tried to kill his wife Sunday and then turned the gun on himself.
"Dorchester County deputies said the domestic violence incident happened on Thomas Kate Road in the Dorchester community.
"Deputies said that 88-year-old J.L. Washington chased his wife with a gun. She was able to get away, but then Washington killed himself. The wife was not injured during the altercation.
"The Dorchester County coroner's office confirmed that Washington died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound."
From Live 5 News...
Monday, July 26, 2010
"FORKS, WA - On Monday July 26, 2010 Forks Police responded to a 911 call reporting a despondent individual residing on G Street in Forks with his wife and children.
"A Forks Police officer arriving on scene at approximately 6 a.m. heard a single gunshot from inside the residence. Forks Police set up a perimeter and evacuated the surrounding residences for their safety.
"Forks Police Chief Lloyd Lee requested assistance and negotiators from the Clallam County Sheriffs Office and obtained additional help from the Washington State Swat Team, Clallam County Co. Sheriff's Office, Clallam Bay Corrections Center (negotiator), La Push fish and Wildlife, National Park Service, and Washington Dept of Natural Resources Law Enforcement.
"After officers contained the residence for several hours attempting to elicit a response and have persons inside the residence come out, a male and female child ran from the home.
"A subsequent search of the home established a man and a woman were deceased.
"The Forks Police and Clallam County Sheriff's Office will conduct a joint investigation into the circumstances of the two deaths."
Source: Sequim Gazette...
"SHELBYVILLE, MO - A Waverly, Ill., man who was the subject of a manhunt after a Friday morning shooting in Shelby County was found dead Sunday in his SUV of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Patrick J. McIntire, 41, was being sought in connection with a shooting on Mo. 15 north of Bethel that left a woman described as a former girlfriend injured. McIntire was a registered child sex offender, police said.
"The Shelby County Sheriff's Department reports that deputies received a tip at 2:35 p.m. Sunday of a white Ford Explorer parked in a wooded lot off County Road 179. When deputies arrived, they found McIntire's body inside.
"Shelby County Coroner Ralph Eagan pronounced McIntire dead at 3:40 p.m., and ruled the man died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"The victim was taken to Samaritan Hospital in Macon for treatment after the shooting at 11:39 a.m. Friday. No report on her condition has been available, and police have not released further details of the incident."
"ALCONA COUNTY, MI - Police believe a rocky break-up led to a murder-suicide in Alcona County.
"State Police say Kelby Skiba stabbed Kecia Gauthier in the chest and shot her Thursday night in Caledonia Township.
"They say Skiba then broke into a cabin in the Black River area and killed himself as Police approached.
"Police believe the two had been dating, but the victim broke off the relationship.
"The suspect had been stalking the victim for the last several days."
Source: 9&10 News...
"HARRISBURG, PA - Susquehanna Township police said a double shooting on Locust Lane this morning was an attempted murder-suicide. Police said they were called to the home in the 2600 block of Locust Lane by William Scott, 62, who found his wife and daughter shot when he returned from work around 7 a.m. Police believe the shootings happened around 6:30 a.m.
"Susquehanna Township police Chief Robert Martin said at a press conference this afternoon that Sebrina Scott, 40, was found dead in her bed. She'd been shot in the head. Her mother, Betty Lou Scott, 61, was found by police in the driveway with a gunshot wound to her torso. Sebrina Scott lived at the house with her parents.
"Police said they believe Betty Scott was the shooter, but the investigation is continuing.
"Larry Thompson, who described himself as a friend of the family, said both Betty and Sebrina Scott had health problems."
Friday, July 23, 2010
"HILLSBORO, OR - Police are investigating a couple's homicide and suicide Friday at a Hillsboro apartment complex.
"Wayne Eugene Coghill, 67, shot and killed his wife, Nyla Jean Coghill, 65, before taking his own life in their apartment, said Lt. Henry Reimann, a Hillsboro police spokesman.
"Police responded to the apartment, at 375 N.E. Autumn Rose Way, about 5:22 p.m. after a 9-1-1 call from an unidentified woman. She said Wayne Coghill had told her of his plan and cited his wife's medical condition.
"Nyla Coghillhad strokes and seizures, police said.
"Investigators are still working to identify who made the 9-1-1 call."
"MONTROSE, CO - An apparent murder/suicide that happened at about 9:15 a.m. this morning.
"The apparent murder/suicide at 20377 Pahgre Road south of Montrose and involved a 61-year-old male and 84-year-old female.
"No further details are being released at this time as the Montrose County Sheriff's Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation are in the early stages of the investigation."
Source: Montrose Daily Press...
"MERRIAM, KS - Police say they aren’t looking for any suspects in the deaths of a man and a woman whose bodies were found this morning inside a Merriam apartment.
"A co-worker of the man who lives in the apartment became concerned when the man did not show up for work, according to Capt. Tim Burnett of the Merriam Police Department.
"The co-worker went to Georgetown Apartments at 7200 Eby Drive, where he found the man and a woman dead inside, police said.
"Police obtained a search warrant and are still investigating this afternoon.
"Police would not say how the people died but said they did not die of natural causes.
"Richard Weneck, who has lived at apartment complex for eight years, was shocked to learn about the two deaths, but said someone said they heard a bunch of screaming earlier in the day."
"GENEVA, AL - A Geneva Couple died early Friday during a domestic dispute that involved a claw hammer and later a handgun.
"Geneva Police Lt. Ricky Morgan said police officers found the couple, Grover Smith and Margaret Critzer, both dead in the front yard of a neighbor’s home on PC Black Road. He said police discovered the couple after responding to domestic 911 call made by a neighbor around 1:45 a.m.
"`It appears they had a physical altercation, which resulted in Mr. Smith beating and shooting Ms. Critzer,` Morgan said.
"Morgan said after Smith, 65, apparently shot Critzer, 52, he turned the gun on himself. He said there was also a hammer used in the assault and murder. Morgan said Critzer was assaulted with the hammer before she was shot.
"`It appears that the claw hammer was used in the initial argument,` Morgan said. `It appears she may have just collapsed in the yard, and at that time Mr. Smith shot her.`
"Morgan said police found the hammer and the .40-caliber handgun believed to have been used in the murder in yard. He said Critzer suffered five to six gunshot wounds, and Smith suffered a single gunshot wound to his head.
"Morgan also said alcohol usage was also a factor in the assault and murder."
"SHREVEPORT, LA - After an investigation, Shreveport Police say 31 year-old Josh Miyagi shot his ex-girlfriend, 29 year-old Kristin Leonard, several times before shooting himself.
"The first shooting happened at Element Fitness at 990 Quail Creek Road in Shreveport. Witnesses told police that a man shot a woman in the parking lot several times, then drove off in his car.
"When police arrived, they found Leonard with several gunshot wounds. Leonard was taken to LSU Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
"Moments later, Miyagi drove down Kings Hwy. to the intersection of Kings Hwy. and Barrett St., where police were able to surround his vehicle thanks to a description given by witnesses at the scene of the shooting.
"According to police, as they approached the car, Miyagi took out a handgun and shot himself in the head. He was taken to LSU-Hospital where he died Thursday evening."
Thursday, July 22, 2010
"PORT RICHMOND, NY - Police now suspect the Staten Island house fire that killed a mother and her four children today was a murder-suicide, and fire officials believe the blaze was intentionally set.
"Fire officials say the blaze broke out around 4:15 a.m. on the top floor of a house at 302 Nicholas Avenue in Port Richmond. The fire quickly spread to the roof and took about an hour-and-a-half to bring under control.
"Leisa Jones, 32, died in the blaze, along with her 14-year-old son C.J., 10-year-old daughter Brittney, seven-year-old daughter Melody and two-year-old son Jermaine, according to fire officials.
"Sources say at least two of the younger children were found with their throats slit, and police found a razor under the body of C.J. Jones.
"Now, police are investigating the possibility that the 14-year-old son set the fire as a murder-suicide attempt.
"Police Officers Mashiel Santo and Edward Murphy, who were patrolling the area due to the recent spike in hate crimes, smelled smoke, rushed over to the burning house and were able to help pull three families to safety.
"Residents on the first floor said they had smoke detectors, but they did not go off. They also said they heard popping noises before the fire broke out.
"`It's a tragedy. It's a tragedy. It's sad. It's really sad,` said one person rescued from the flames. `It could have happened to any of us. If they didn't come bang on the door, would we be alive right now?`
"`I got my kids out, thank God,` said another. `I used to come home, the kids would be outside. The little two-year-old was cute.`"
UPDATE:Mother's handwriting on "suicide note"...
"CLAY COUNTY, GA – An Albany couple is dead after a murder suicide in Ft. Gaines. Investigators say the Albany man shot his wife then turned the gun on himself at their vacation home at 34 Pautaulla Circle (???) in Ft. Gaines Wednesday.
"The Clay County Sheriff says 65-year-old Ronald Cox shot and killed his wife, 68-year-old Bobbie Cox around 11:30 Wednesday morning. He then sat in the home with his wife's body until 6 p.m. Wednesday night before taking his own life when he saw neighbors pull in their driveways.
"Sheriff Roger Shivers says Cox left a note telling neighbors what he had done on their doors. Sheriff Shivers and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation worked the case. The Sheriff says Ronald Cox was depressed and was dealing with a lot of financial hardships that may have led to the murder suicide.
"The couple was staying at their vacation home in Ft. Gaines, but lived in Albany on Ashford Drive."
"MARENGO, OH — A murder-suicide is suspected after two decomposing bodies were discovered in rural Morrow County on Wednesday night.
"The bodies of a man and woman were found near County Road 21, just east of Ohio 61 in the southern part of the county, according to a Morrow County Sheriff’s report.
"A pickup, which was reported stolen July 18 from a construction company in Lorain County, was parked nearby.
"Investigators said the couple had not been identified. The bodies were taken to Franklin County for autopsy, Morrow County Sheriff Steve Brenneman said.
"Neighbors in the area told investigators the truck had been parked in the driveway entrance to a field for several days.
"`It’s unpleasant,` Brenneman [said]. `The bodies have been there for quite some time.`
"Authorities were alerted to the stolen Ford F550 when a neighbor called the sheriff’s office around 8:30 p.m. The sheriff said nearby residents became concerned and discovered the bodies when they approached the truck.
"The bodies were lying about 25 to 30 feet away in a wooded area, Brennaman said.
"Deputies said a handgun was recovered at the scene and the deaths were being investigated as a possible murder-suicide."
Wednesday, July 21, 2010
"SCROGGINS, TX - The Panola County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible-murder suicide after finding the bodies of 37-year-old Dawn Heffner and 47-year-old Lawrence Bueno.
"The two were found at a cabin at the Beck Huntington Club.
"Investigators say a gun was found in between the two bodies and it appears they both died from gunshot wounds. They are not sure how long the two victims had been dead because they were badly decomposed."
"EAST NORTHPORT, NY - Two dead bodies have been found at the East Northport home of a man who killed himself by jumping in front of a Long Island Rail Road train early Wednesday morning, Suffolk County police said.
"Scott Maxwell, 42, jumped in front of an eastbound train at the intersection of Laurel Road and Lorraine Court [actually, here] at 1:10 a.m., police said.
"MTA police handled the initial investigation, but when they went to the victim’s Laurel Road home to notify next of kin later in the day, two dead bodies were discovered inside the residence.
"The names of the two victims police found in the home were not immediately released. Homicide Squad detectives are handling the investigation regarding the two dead bodies.
"`This seems to be one of the more senseless ones we’ve seen,` says Detective Sgt. Bruce Markgraf.
"The investigation is continuing."
"MOLINE, IL - Tonight Moline police say they are not searching for suspects after two elderly residents were found shot to death inside their home this morning.
"It's a neighborhood filled with manicured lawns and mature trees, a picturesque Q.C. street on Moline's western border. It's not the kind of place you'd expect to see police first thing on a Wednesday morning.
"Neighbors gathered on their front porches wondering what had happened in the keenly kept home on 2nd Street. One neighbor stopped by after not hearing from the elderly owners for a few days. The last time anyone saw them was during their garage sale this weekend. Boxes stacked on tables in the garage greeted police as they broke in to investigate.
"`They shook the window in front and got the screen open`, explained neighbor Lewis Viviani, `and one of the police went inside. They found them in the basement.`
"Neighbors told us the bodies were of 85 year old Alice Poling and, her husband, 78 year old Virgil. He was known to the American Legion Honor Guard as `Gene`. Post 246 members say the couple was active with the hall. Gene served in Korea. Neither they nor neighbors heard either mention being ill but described their personalities as strong. No one could imagine what police told them they found, Alice shot and Gene holding a gun.
"Viviani said, `It's unbelievable because he (Gene) didn't seem like the type of person to get that angry.`
"`We're not sure what happened, but it's a loss`, neighbor Marcia Wetzel told us. `It's a loss for everybody. It's a loss for the family, the neighbors.`"
UPDATE:09/01/2010 - Weeks later, coroner declares this case a murder/suicide...
"HOLLIS, ME - Police say they believe the deaths of a Hollis couple discovered this afternoon were a murder-suicide.
"A relative found Mike Lagarde, 50, and Freda Lagarde, 44, at their home in Hollis at 1 p.m. after being unable to reach them by telephone.
"Police believe Mike Lagarde shot his wife of five years then shot himself in the couple's mobile home on Brookside Drive. The bodies were found in and near a back bedroom by an adult daughter of Freda Lagarde.
"Freda Lagarde worked at LOXICS in Biddeford and Mike Legarde worked at Garland Manufacturing in Saco.
"The shooting may have occurred Tuesday night, pollice said."
From The Portland Press Herald...
"HAMPTON TWP, Pa. - Allegheny County police are investigating an apparent domestic incident that left one woman injured and a man dead from a gunshot in Hampton Township.
"According to county 911, township police responded to a call about a woman injured in the 4600 block of Sylvan Drive on Tuesday morning.
"Channel 4 Action News' Janelle Hall reported that county police said Joanne Goodrich's live-in boyfriend tried to shoot her, but the round was defective and wounded Goodrich in the face.
"Hall reported that the argument started because Goodrich was upset that John Kohan, 53, was behind on the rent.
"After Goodrich, 57, was wounded, neighbors told Hall she ran out of the house screaming for help.
"`She was trying to get him to move out and I guess things came to blows at quarter to 5 this morning,` said Nancy Kadyk, who lives nearby.
"Police said that Kohan died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after Goodrich left the house.
"Neighbors said Goodrich, who owns The Gazebo Gift Shop, wanted to renovate more apartments around her business and sell the home she once shared with her late husband.
"William Goodrich was a Hampton Township firefighter who died in 2002 from a heart attack he suffered while battling a blaze on the street where he lived.
"`I'm still shocked to see that black body bag go out. And just, I'm sorry to see any domestic situation end up like that. It's just scary and sad,` Kadyk said.
"Goodrich was taken to the hospital and was undergoing surgery on Tuesday for her wounds."
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
"LAKE HELEN, FL - The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and the Florida Highway Patrol are investigating what appears to be a case of murder and attempted suicide. It happened at approximately 6 a.m. this morning on eastbound I-4 near mile marker 116 in the Lake Helen area.
"The Florida Highway Patrol initially investigated an incident where investigators said a 2001 Ford pickup truck driven by Chrstopher Jodon, 44, of Sanford intentionally rammed a 2000 Ford Explorer SUV, partially ejecting the female driver and causing the SUV to overturn.
"Jodon got out of his pickup and `committed a violent act` on the SUV's driver, according to the Highway Patrol. She had injuries that were not consistent with those from a crash.
"Jodon then inflicted a wound on himself, law officers reported.
"The female SUV driver, who remains unidentified, was pronounced dead on the scene. Her name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin. Jodon was airlifted by Sheriff’s Office helicopter to Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach, where he is in critical condition as the result of a self-inflicted wound."
Source: West Volusia Beacon...
"WEDOWEE, AL (WBRC) – Initial reports out of Wedowee in Randolph County are stating that authorities are on the scene of a murder-suicide.
"Allegedly, a police officer in the Morrisons Crossroad area shot and killed his wife and child before turning the gun on himself."
"CONCORD, CA - A Concord woman stabbed her 10-year-old daughter in the chest this morning before stabbing herself to death, police said.
"The girl called 911 at about 7:40 a.m. and said her mother had attacked her in their home on the 1400 block of Parkglen Court, near the corner of Ygnacio Valley Road and Clayton Road, Lt. Jim Lardieri said.
"The girl told police that she had been asleep when her mother, 39, attacked her with a knife. When the girl managed to escape with a laceration to her chest, the mother stabbed herself, police said.
"No one else was home at the time, police said.
"The mother's body was found in a bedroom, Lardieri said. Neither she nor her daughter has been identified."
Monday, July 19, 2010
"ELGIN, OK - Two people are dead following a shooting in the parking lot of a bank in Elgin.
"The shooting occurred about 10 a.m. Monday and investigators from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and other agencies are at the scene.
"A spokeswoman for OSBI, Jessica Brown, says the victims are an estranged couple and that the shooting appears to have been a murder-suicide.
"Brown says the woman traveled to the Bank of the Wichitas to open an account and was followed by her estranged husband, who confronted her in the parking lot. She says witnesses reported a physical struggle before he pulled out a gun and shot her several times before he shot himself.
"Identities of the victims and other details were not immediately available."
"LOS ANGELES, CA - Two people were killed during a shooting at a T-shirt store in Hollywood, police said.
"The incident occurred sometime around 12:40 p.m. at the store on the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Serrano Avenue. Details were unclear, but the Los Angeles Police Department said two people inside the store were fatally shot.
"The shooting appears to be a murder-suicide, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation. The condition of the victims was not known, and the LAPD said they could not confirm whether the victims died.
"The Los Angeles Fire Department said it did not transport anyone from the scene to hospitals."
Source: LA Times...
"RYE, TX - Liberty County Sheriff Henry Patterson confirmed Monday morning, July 19, that his department is investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide in Liberty County.
"The incident took place on Budge Road in Hoop ‘n’ Holler near Rye in northern Liberty County.
"At this me, there is no information on the ages of the victims, but the sheriff said the victims are a man and a woman.
"According to family sources, the husband and wife had recently separated but were attempting to reconcile. It is also believed that the man may have become despondent about the state of his marriage and shot his wife before turning the gun on himself."
"SPOKANE VALLEY, WA - Spokane County Sheriff's deputies say the boy shot in the head Sunday in a gruesome murder-suicide has been taken off life support.
"Investigators say the boy, 9, was shot in the head by Jan R. Demeerleer, 39, his step-father.
"Police say Demeerleer also killed the boy's mother and slashed his 17-year-old brother's throat in the same attack early Sunday morning. After a massive search for Demeerleer, he was found later that day on the floor of his garage, dead of an apparent gunshot wound.
"A 911 call came in at 2:49 a.m. Sunday from 600 N. Ella in Spokane Valley from the teen whose throat was slashed. He told operators he woke up to his step-dad slashing his throat and found his mother dead in the kitchen. Investigators say when officers arrived, they learned the suspect had also shot the teen's 9-year-old brother in the head, but the 9-year old's twin brother was not hurt.
"At about 5:45 p.m. Sunday, the boy was pronounced brain dead. He was taken off life support and died of his injuries Monday morning.
"After finding the crime scene, officers launched a manhunt for Demeerleer, effectively using the 911 callback program to inform Demeerleer's neighbors about his appearance, what car he might be driving, and the potential danger in their neighborhood. SWAT set up around his Northwoods home in the 8300 block of East Briant.
"Autopsies for both Demeerleer and the female victim are scheduled for Monday to determine the official causes of death.
"During the investigation, detectives learned that the suspect and the female victim were engaged to be married. They had live together for a period in the Northwoods home."
"FORT PIERCE, FL - St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating an attempted murder-suicide after a woman was fatally shot and her husband wounded in Fort Pierce.
Deputies were called to a shooting in the 2800 block of South 27th Street shortly after 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
"According to the incident report, deputies arrived to find a man lying on his stomach and a woman slumped over, both suffering from gunshot wounds, outside the driveway of a home. Deputies also found a rifle on the ground near the victims.
"The woman, later identified as Maria Raya, was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Her husband, identified as Jose Raya, was taken to Lawnwood Regional Medical Center with a gunshot wound to his head."
"MESQUITE, TX - Police in one North Texas suburb are investigating an apparent murder-suicide on a quiet street.
"When family members couldn't reach the couple who lived there, they asked police to check on the house in the 5600 block of Bandera Place.
"Shortly after midnight on Monday, officers found the bodies of a 52-year-old man and a 46-year-old woman. Both were apparently shot to death.
"Both bodies were removed Monday morning around 7:30 a.m.
"Police say the couple had two children, ages 15 and 7, who were not home at the time.
"The couple's names won't be released until their families have been notified.
"The medical examiner will determine how they died."
Source: KDFW FOX 4...
UPDATE:Killer was "Lord Bongo"...
Sunday, July 18, 2010
"SAN RAFAEL, CA - A 58-year-old woman and 81-year-old man were found dead in a San Rafael hotel Saturday afternoon in an apparent murder-suicide, police said today.
"Employees of the Four Points by Sheraton at 1010 Northgate Drive called 911 at about 1:30 p.m. after they went into the room of a couple who hadn't checked out at their appointed time, according to police.
"The man and woman were both found suffering from gunshot wounds. Authorities pronounced them dead at the scene.
"A firearm was located in the room, which had been locked from the inside. Hotel employees had used an emergency key to enter the room.
"The names of the man and woman are being withheld pending notification of their family."
"ENFIELD, CT – A man and a women were shot to death in a car late Sunday morning in what police believe is a murder and a suicide.
"The identity of the two people, believed to be in a couple in their 40’s, is not being released yet because family members have not been notified of their deaths, Police Lt. William E. Zaczynski said.
"The shooting happened in the Rite Aid parking lot on Hazard Avenue.
"When police arrived they found the two slumped over in the car suffering from bullet wounds. Both were rushed to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield by ambulance and died at the hospital, Zaczynski said.
"The couple were driving separate cars and met in the parking lot. Police are still investigating to find out what lead to the killing.
"`It falls into a case of domestic violence,` Zaczynski said.
"Police have roped of the scene and towed both cars so they could search them, he said.
"The killing was reported by a man and a woman who ran into the store and told the clerk they heard gunshots and asked them to call police, he said."
"SOUTH LYON, MI - A mom is accused of killing her own daughter and then trying to commit suicide.
"The 13-year-old girl is disabled and lives with her adopted parents in South Lyon.
"The teens health care worker reported to the family’s home for her regular shift on Saturday afternoon.
"When nobody came to the door, she went inside the house.
"The worker found the girl and her 52-year-old mother unresponsive in a upstairs bedroom.
"Police said the mother gave her daughter enough prescription drugs to kill her. They both overdosed.
"Police said the 13-year-old was dead when paramedics got there. The mom was unconscious and rushed to a near-by hospital were she’s in serious condition.
"The dad was out of town during the incident."
Saturday, July 17, 2010
"EARLY COUNTY, GA - Three people are dead in Early County after an apparent murder-suicide early Saturday morning.
"The crime scene is off of 2nd Kolomoki Road, not far from Kolomoki Mounds State Park.
"Both the GBI and the Early County Sheriff's office are assisting with the investigation."
UPDATE:Two dead, two wounded...
Friday, July 16, 2010
"NORMAN, OK - Police are investigating an apparent kidnapping and murder-suicide.
"Officers found a woman and a man dead late Thursday in the parking lot of a Best Western in Norman.
"A woman reported missing Thursday morning from The Village was found dead in a car in the parking lot of the hotel, located at 2841 Classen Boulevard, early Thursday evening.
"`It appears to have the body of a female in the front passenger seat, with the back of the seat laid back,` said Norman police Capt. Tom Easley.
"Police had found the woman after calling her mobile phone and tracing it to that location in southeast Norman.
"Authorities believe the woman had been kidnapped by a man earlier in the day in what may have been a domestic dispute.
"SWAT teams were called to the hotel, and negotiators tried to communicate with a man barricaded inside of it. At about 7:15 p.m., officers said they heard a single gunshot, broke into the motel and found the man dead.
"Rachel Teener said she and her family were staying in a room just a few doors down.
`Of course, when they said, 'It's time to go,' we went,` she said. `(The kids) didn't have shoes on or anything.`
"She said the whole ordeal was scary.
"`I grew up in Norman, and you don't expect that kind of thing to happen around here,` she said.
"No names in the case have been released."
Thursday, July 15, 2010
"ST CLAIR COUNTY, AL - Authorities in St. Clair County are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide in the Pinedale community.
"A man and a woman were found dead today at an upscale home and horse farm where high-dollar dogs also were bred, said St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell.
"They have not identified the bodies, but believe the couple to be the 61-year-old man and 53-year-old woman who lived there.
"A volunteer firefighter was passing by the home just before 7:30 a.m. when he spotted the fire and stopped to help, said St. Clair County Sheriff Terry Surles. When the firefighter got out of his vehicle to look around, he saw a man walk into the barn and moments later heard a gunshot.
"Sheriff's deputies and firefighters found the body of the woman inside the home, which was destroyed by the blaze.
"Surles said investigators are interviewing family members to try to put together a picture of what led to the crime.
"`I believe that's going to help us a lot,` Surles said, who was not immediately aware of any ongoing family problems. `We absolutely see no sign of that, but you never know what goes on behind closed doors.`"
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
"FRESNO, CA - Three people were found shot to death at a northwest Fresno apartment complex Tuesday night in what may be a murder-suicide, Fresno police said.
"Lt. Phil Cooley said police were called to the Villa Siena apartment complex at 6161 N. Figarden Drive about 6:30 p.m. by a report of a shooting.
"When officers arrived, they found one victim, a 20-year-old man, dead by an upstairs apartment. Officers then found two other people, a 51-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman, dead in a downstairs apartment.
"Lt. Mark Salazar said the three victims lived in the downstairs apartment and were related, although he didn't know precisely what the relationship was.
"Salazar said a family dispute led to the shooting. It appears the 51-year-old man did all of the shooting, he said. All three victims were shot in their upper bodies.
"Police recovered a firearm, and are checking to see whether it was used in the murder-suicide. Salazar didn't say what kind of firearm was involved.
"Some residents of the gated apartment complex said they didn't hear gunshots and didn't know anything had happened until they heard the police sirens. The neighbors said they did not know the victims."
"MOUNT PLEASANT, MI — A 25-year-old Mount Pleasant man is dead after he was shot inside a Mount Pleasant bar and restaurant near the Central Michigan University campus about 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, Mount Pleasant police officials say.
"They said the shooter later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a police chase resulted in a crash near the intersection of Crawford and Millbrook in Lincoln Township, south of The Cabin, 900 W. Broomfield, where the original shooting transpired.
"`At the intersection of Millbrook the car failed to negotiate a curve in the road, leaving the roadway and crashed,` police officials said. `Upon approaching the suspect was found lying next to his vehicle with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.`
Both men were pronounced dead upon arrival to Central Michigan Community Hospital in Mount Pleasant.
"The suspected shooter was armed with a Glock handgun, a 39-calibur assault weapon, two fully-loaded ammunition cartridges and a Kevlar bullet resistant vest.
"`Preliminary investigation revealed that this incident may have been the result of an ongoing domestic situation and that the 25-year-old victim may have been mistaken for another individual by the suspect,` police officials said."
UPDATE:Lurid details, graphic police video, and a lively discussion at The Morning Sun...
"COPPELL, TX - Coppell Mayor Jayne Peters and her 19-year-old daughter were found dead in their home Tuesday night in what police are investigating as a possible murder-suicide.
"Peters, 55, and her daughter, Corinne Peters, had both apparently been shot in the head, a city official said. There was no sign of forced entry at their home in the 700 block of Greenway Drive.
"City spokeswoman Sharon Logan said police are investigating whether the deaths were a murder-suicide, but it was too soon to say who may have committed the killings. No one else lived at the home.
"`At this point all we can really say is the investigation is just not complete,` Logan said. `There are a lot of things we need to look at.`
"Police found the bodies about 7:45 p.m. after City Manager Clay Phillips asked them to check on the mayor because she did not show up for a council meeting.
"`We started the council meeting this evening, and she's prompt as can be and if she's going to be late, she'll call you,` Logan said.
"Peters' council colleagues were stunned when police told them of the discovery.
"Logan said the mayor had shown no signs of personal turmoil.
"`I would say it was a complete state of shock for everyone,` she said."
UPDATE:09/11/2010 - Mayor's 2 dogs and 4 cats adopted...
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
"PAGE, AZ - Two men were killed last week in a murder-suicide near LeChee, a Navajo Nation community just south of Page.
"The Navajo Department of Public Safety's Criminal Investigations office said the incident last Wednesday claimed the lives of Kelly Joe, 21, of Coppermine, and Truman Tracy, 23, of LeChee.
"Relatives of Tracy called police at 4:16 p.m. July 7 to report hearing gunfire and finding Joe and Tracy lying on the ground outside their home, located west of milepost 2 of Coppermine Road, said CI office spokesman Albert Nez.
"Initial investigation revealed Tracy had shot Joe in the forehead with an assault rifle at a range of less than 10 feet, and then turned the gun on himself, Nez said. A motive for the shooting was unclear. While the men knew each other, they were not the best of friends, Nez said."
"POESTENKILL, NY - A 70-year-old man who may have been mentally ill shot and wounded his daughter and his granddaughter’s boyfriend before fatally shooting himself in a Poestenkill home Tuesday afternoon, Rensselaer County Sheriff Jack Mahar said.
"The violent scene at 9403 Route 66, which unfolded shortly before 3 p.m., left Laurie Fisher, 49, and Anthony Delgado, 24, hospitalized at Albany Medical Center Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injures, officials said. Robert Pryor, the suspected shooter, was pronounced dead an hour later.
"Mahar said the preliminary investigation suggests mental health problems on the part of Pryor, who moved to the home under a month ago, but a specific motive was not known. Pryor was being assisted by Fisher’s daughter and Delgado, who were living at the home to help him with medical issues, Mahar said.
"He said the shooting does not appear to have been precipitated by an argument. Sometime Tuesday afternoon, Fisher, who was visiting, and Delgado left the home to go to the store but were contacted via cell phone and asked to return by Pryor, Mahar said.
"`Upon returning to the house, the suspect fired on the two as they entered the house and then shot himself,` he said.
"Four shots were fired in total from a revolver, Mahar said, and the two victims were each struck at least once in the chest. Pryor succumbed to a single gunshot wound to the head.
"Fisher’s daughter was not in the home at the time.
"After the shooting, Fisher was able to contact 911, and responding deputies found Pryor unconscious but alive on the sofa in the front room, where the shooting took place, as well as the victims. At least one was rushed to the hospital in a State Police helicopter.
"Mahar said three weapons were found in the vicinity of Pryor, but only one was used in the shooting. There are other weapons in the home, including firearms, he said.
"As several dogs barked in the backyard from behind a fence, authorities huddled under a tent in the rain as they awaited a search warrant to fully inspect the premises. District Attorney Richard McNally was on the scene being briefed on the incident.
"The shooting shocked neighbors, who described the neighborhood as a quiet one."
"AUGUSTA, GA - According to Sgt. Calvin Chew, with the Richmond County Sheriff's Office (RCSO), on Tuesday morning at approximately 7:00 a.m., RCSO responded to 1430 Marvin Griffin Road in reference to a shooting in the parking lot with two subjects shot. Upon arrival, deputies located Alfonicia Oneal Gilbert, 35, of the 2800 block of King Street, in Augusta, deceased from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the right side of his head.
"Tiffany Shantee Wilson, 28, of the 200 block of Claxton Road, in Girard, Georgia was also found in her vehicle shot once in the head and was transported to MCG Hospital where she is in serious but stable condition and is expected to survive her injury.
"During the course of the investigation, it is learned that Gilbert is Wilson’s estranged boyfriend and they have two children together. Gilbert followed Wilson to her place of employment where he blocked her vehicle in with his vehicle. Gilbert then exited his vehicle, firing at least three times through the driver’s side window of Wilson’s vehicle, striking her once in the head. Gilbert then turned the gun on himself."
"GILLESPIE COUNTY, TX - Gillespie County Sheriff's investigators say Fermin Gallegos, 62, shot and killed his wife Becky Gallegos, 55, and the family dog before shooting himself.
"Investigators determined that Fermin Gallegos called 911 to report his crime before turning a Smith & Wesson 357 Magnum pistol on himself.
"The gun was later recovered next to him.
"Sheriff's deputies responded to a call of shots fired at 1844 Reeh Road around 7:40 a.m. Monday morning.
"Inside the home, they found the woman shot twice in the chest on the floor next to the couch.
"She was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Fermin Gallegos was found on the couch with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and the family dog fatally shot next to him.
"He was airlifted to a hospital in San Antonio where he died around 6:30 p.m.
"Investigators believe a marital dispute was the motive."
"CLAYTON, NC - Investigators have not yet released the names of the victims, but property records indicate the home where a father, mother and their 15-year-old son son were all found dead this morning is owned by William Fulton House, 50.
"The family members were victims of an apparent murder-suicide, Tammy Amaon, a Johnston County sheriff's spokeswoman said this morning.
"Fulton purchased the home in 1996, according to Johnston County property tax records.
"The records also indicate that a woman, Devinee Maier House, also resides at the home.
"Three young children in the house, ages 2, 7 and 8, are unharmed, Amaon said. They are in the custody of their grandmother, she said.
"The call came in at 7:54 a.m. to 640 Castleberry Road, just outside of Clayton.
"Amaon said investigators believe the father, age 50, was the shooter.
"Investigators found three bodies in the home: the father, the mother, age 42, and the 15-year-old boy, Amaon said."
Monday, July 12, 2010
"HOLLISTER, CA - Two people are dead and one injured after an apparent murder suicide in Hollister Sunday night on the 1400 Block of Diablo Drive.
"Officers received a 911 call at 9:12 PM from a woman reporting she had been shot. The woman said that a man shot her, then shot her mother, and then shot himself. When they arrived at the scene the door was locked and secured with a metal security door. After busting through the door officers found two dead and one injured. A child was also found in the home but was not injured. The child is currently in the custody of Child Protective Services.
"Police believe that 42 year old Dora Gutierres was dating the man that shot and killed her but had recently broken up with him."
From KION News...
"ALBUQUERQUE, NM - Police have released the identity of the man they believe responsible for killing two people and injuring four in an office shooting at 1600 Eubank at Emcore Fiber Optics near Kirtland Air Force Base in southeast Albuquerque.
"Albuquerque Police Chief Ray Schultz said Robert Reza, 37, shot six people at the office building before turning the gun on himself, police said.
"Investigators said the incident occurred around 9:30 a.m. in a conference room in the Emcore Fiber Optics building. Police have ruled the shooting a domestic dispute.
"Schultz said Reza, a former Emcore employee, came in armed with at least one handgun and seeking at least one target -- a girlfriend who currently works at Emcore.
"Schultz said Reza knew the former girlfriend's routine and confronted her outside the building, which started the sequence of events.
"Schultz said one victim died outside the facility after being confronted by Reza. Reza was found dead at the scene inside the building.
"Police said the common-law couple had two children, who were located in a Rio Rancho home are now in protective custody. The children are being interviewed by law enforcement.
"Another victim later died at University of New Mexico Hospital.
"Four other shooting victims are being treated at University of New Mexico Hospital.
"One is listed in guarded condition and two are listed in stable condition. The fourth victim, Reza's former girlfirend, is listed in critical condition, Schultz said."
Sunday, July 11, 2010
"NEW ORLEANS, LA - New Orleans police were investigating a murder-suicide near the Florida Housing Development Sunday night, spokeswoman Shereese Harper said.
"Officers responded to reports of a shooting at 2418 Independence St. around 6:30 p.m.
"Details about the incident were not immediately available."
"TANNER, AL - Early Sunday morning deputies and emergency personnel responded to a 911 call around 1:30am in Limestone County.
"A dispute at a residence off Huntsville Brownferry Road turned deadly when an unidentified male shot 23 year old Clinton Roberts multiple times with a 12 gauge shotgun killing him.
"A witness to the shooting, a white female, was not harmed and has been taken into protective custody for questioning.
"The altercation started because of a child custody dispute between Mr. Roberts and his ex-wife. After the incident, the shooter fled the residence in his truck. Just five minutes later, Alabama State troopers along with emergency personnel responded to a vehicle accident on Snake Road.
"Authorities discovered the two emergency calls were in fact linked with each other.
"Troopers working the accident say the shooter's truck ran off the road, travelling about 100 feet before hitting a utility pole knocking down power lines.
"According to authorities, the driver then tried to back the vehicle out. After failing to get his truck free, the man then turned the shotgun on himself.
"The 23 year old unidentified man was believed to have lived off of Shaw Road and returning home.
"The identity of the shooter is being withheld until his family is notified. Both Roberts and the shooter's bodies were taken to Huntsville for an autopsy."
"DETROIT, MI - Three people were shot on Detroit's west side Sunday afternoon, Detroit police said, in an apparent murder-suicide attempt.
"Before turning the gun on himself, a 43-year-old man shot his 34-year-old ex-girlfriend and an 18-year-old man in the 14500 block of Burt Road.
"The woman is in an area hospital in critical condition. The male victim, who was shot in the leg, is also hospitalized."
From The Detroit News...
"HENDERSON, TN — A Chester County couple is dead after a husband apparently killed his wife and then himself in their home Saturday morning, police said.
"The Chester County Sheriff's Department responded to the call in the 700 block of Lott Road around 8:15 a.m., according to Sheriff Blair Weaver.
"Weaver declined to release additional information, including the couple's names.
"Neighbors who lived near the couple's blue frame home said they did not hear or see anything until the couple's 6-year-old son knocked on a door and said he couldn't get back inside his house because the door was locked.
"After authorities arrived, they waited several hours to enter the home to ensure it was safe, neighbors said. On Saturday afternoon, all the windows in the home were boarded up with sheets of brown plywood.
"`We are outside — in and out — early this morning — and we never heard anything,` said Donna Crowe, who lives two houses down from the couple's home. `It's terrible — you think you know your neighbors until it comes down to something like this.`
"The couple also had a 13-year-old daughter. The family had moved in from California about a year ago and were great neighbors, Crowe said.
"`We didn't know them that well, but we'd wave at each other. They were nice and friendly,` she added. `It's scary — I guess something snaps in a person.`
"Crowe said she didn't know if the couple had family back in California or where the children will be staying.
"`That is what hurts the most — I feel for the children,` she said."
Saturday, July 10, 2010
"DALLAS, NC - Gaston County police are calling the deaths of four people a murder-suicide. Authorities found the victims inside a Dallas home on Dean Drive Friday evening.
"Detectives say 25-year-old Austen Black Minter shot and killed his pregnant girlfriend 24-year-old Tracy Lee Hedgepath and their two young children before turning the gun on himself.
"Also, officers found a surviving female child with life-threatening injuries. She was transported to Gaston Memorial Hospital, then on to Carolinas Medical Center for additional treatment.
"While community residents claim the family was always friendly and pleasant, Gaston police indicate they have responded to previous incidents at this same address, and that a domestic dispute sparked the deadly shooting.
"`I wouldn't expect nothing like this in a small town, especially in this small neighborhood,` said neighbor Harley Satterfield.
"The investigation is ongoing. There is no word on the surviving girl's condition."
"MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, OH - Two people are dead after an apparent murder-suicide at Hillcrest Hospital according to Mayfield Heights police.
"Police responded to the hospital at 8:54 Friday night for a call for shots fired.
"Police and hospital officials confirm that a man shot his wife inside of the hospital and then turned the gun on himself. Neither of the shooting victims survived.
"Lt. Steve Onderlin from the Mayfield Heights Police Department said that no one else in the hospital was injured.
"The incident is currently under investigation by the Mayfield Heights Detective Bureau."
UPDATE:Hillcrest's 2nd shooting in less than a week...
Friday, July 9, 2010
"OCALA, FL – In happier times, George R. Strobo and his wife Jonalyn Maureen Strobo loved criss-crossing the country in their camper.
"On Thursday, sheriff's deputies found the 48-year-old man and his 49-year-old wife shot to death inside a travel trailer at the Pilot Travel Center at Interstate 75 and County Road 484.
"Marion County Sheriff’s Office Assistant Bureau Chief Robert Sandlin said Friday that the deaths were a murder-suicide.
"Sandlin said sheriff’s officials recovered three guns inside the trailer; two .357 handguns and a Derringer. The Derringer was found wrapped inside a blanket, along with the body of the couple’s beloved 14-year-old Chihuahua, Dolly, who also died from a gunshot wound.
"`At this point in the investigation, the only two people involved in this case are the ones we located in the trailer,` said Sandlin.
"He would not reveal whether or not any of the guns were used in the shooting.
"Although an autopsy was conducted Friday on both victims, Sandlin declined to say where they were shot or otherwise elaborate on the fatal wounds.
"He did say, however, that several handwritten notes were found near the bodies and that the couple were in close proximity to each other.
"The couple’s son, Michael Strobo, 27, said in a telephone interview Friday from his home in Texas that Florida was his parents’ favorite destination because of its warm weather and coastlines.
"The last time he saw his parents was in April, when they visited him and his girlfriend in Texas before heading back to Florida.
"`It’s a very shocking situation. Words cannot describe how I feel,` an emotional Strobo said."
"PARRYVILLE, PA - The 58-year-old twin brothers from Carbon County who shared a violent past and both died this week of gunshot wounds were likely a murder-suicide, Coroner Bruce Nalesnik said Friday.
"Gerald J. Avvisato, who was seen shooting himself at a gas station Tuesday, first likely shot and killed his brother Nicholas P. Avvisato in the apartment where they lived together in Parryville, he said.
"The twin brothers apparently have lived together for decades in various communities, but they had a history of drunkenness and fighting.
"Nalesnik said that history led state police to make forced entry into their apartment Wednesday. The brothers lived in the 300 block of Centre Street in Parryville, a borough of about 500 residents between Lehighton and Palmerton along Route 248.
"Authorities found Nicholas with a fatal shotgun wound to his abdomen lying on the kitchen floor. Gerald shot himself with a handgun while parked in a car wash stall at a Shell gas station on Route 209 in Towamensing Township near Palmerton."
From The Morning Call...
"SAN PEDRO, CA - A despondent woman stabbed her 10-year-old daughter to death and tried to kill herself this morning in their home on the Fort MacArthur military housing facility in San Pedro, police said.
"The girl, who suffered multiple wounds as she lay in bed, died at County Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles police Lt. David McGill said.
"The mother was reported in extremely critical condition from self-inflicted stab wounds.
"The woman's husband, who is retired from the U.S. Navy, heard noise coming from the girl's bedroom about 2:30 a.m.
"He found his wife attacking his daughter, stopped her and disarmed her, McGill said.
"`It was a gruesome scene,` McGill said.
"Paramedics treated the mother and daughter and took them to the hospital. The girl died later this morning.
"`They tried really hard to save her,` McGill said. `They did all they could.`"
"LEADVILLE, CO - Two people are dead in what officials said appears to be a murder, suicide in West Park Wednesday evening.
"The victims were Yvonne Flores, 58, and Anthony Medina, 58.
"Lake County Sheriff's officials reported a 911 call was made at 8:18 p.m. reporting a shooting at 1601 Mount Massive Dr.
"Deputies found the two victims in the driveway. Also responding were ambulance and fire department personnel.
"Flores was transported to St. Vincent Hospital by ambulance with what officials said appeared to be two gunshot wounds to her chest and head.
"Fire capt. Justin Cotsamire reported fire personnel accompanied the ambulance to the hospital and helped with chest compressions in the emergency room.
"Sheriff's officers reported Flores died at the hospital.
"Medina died at the scene with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head, officials reported.
"Officers reported Flores was apparently returning home from the store when she was met in her driveway by Medina who allegedly shot her twice before turning the gun on himself.
"Medina was free on bail after his arrest June 22 on charges of stalking Flores.
"June 24, Medina was served a temporary restraining order forcing him to stay away from Flores pending a court hearing."
From The Mountain Mail...
"TORONTO, OH - A father shot his 3-year-old son twice, killing him, before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life at a house at 200 Ridgeland Drive, Toronto, early today, Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said.
"The father, Joseph Boone, 41, started a fire in the basement of the home before the murder-suicide, Abdalla said.
"`Why? We don't have a clue,` Abdalla said about the motive behind the tragedy. He said it appeared money problems may have sparked the incident.
"Two deputies responding to the call entered the smoke-filled house around 1:20 a.m. today and discovered the bodies, the sheriff said.
"Abdalla said it wasn't the first time Boone had threatened to burn down the house. He said a similar call was received on April 20. Deputies responded, talked to Boone and turned the matter over to mental health officials, Abdalla said.
"The boy's mother, Nicole Martin, was separated from Boone and was working at a bar in Stratton, Abdalla said. A friend of Martin's got a call around 1 a.m. from Boone saying he was going to burn down the house. The friend ran to the bar to tell Martin, who called the sheriff's department. Abdalla said deputies told Martin not to go to to the home.
"Deputies Chris Vinci and Carl Brozka arrived at the Ridgeland home and saw smoke. Abdalla said the doors were locked but the deputies broke in through a sliding glass door at the rear of the house.
"Vinci and Brozka went into the smoke-filled home, searching for anyone inside. Abdalla said the smoke was very thick and the deputies were overcome. Abdalla said Vinci found the bodies in a bedroom but there was nothing the deputy could do.
"Abdalla said the boy, Hunter J. Boone, was shot in the side and in the head.
"Joseph Boone had lit a fire in the basement and poured gasoline on the first floor but Abdalla said the gasoline didn't ignite.
"Abdalla said Boone in the past couple weeks had been making threats to other people that he was going to burn down the house instead of letting a bank take the property. The sheriff said it appeared Boone was having financial problems and discovered papers associated with bankruptcy court."
From The Review...
Thursday, July 8, 2010
"FAIRFIELD, VA - The Rockbridge County Sheriff's Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide in which a teacher from Kate Collins Middle School was killed.
"Deputies say the female teacher, identified as special education instructor Nancy Sullenberger, was in the process of getting a divorce.
"They say her husband went to Sullenberger's house in Fairfield around 9 p.m. Wednesday, shot her with a handgun and then shot himself.
"According to deputies, her son was at the home when the husband arrived. He ran away and called law enforcement.
"Deputies also say there was a protective order in place against the husband because of a domestic assault charge in April.
"The investigation into the shooting is ongoing."