Wednesday, September 29, 2010
"OBERLIN, LA — One man is still recovering in a local hospital and two others are dead after an overnight shooting in the 200 block of North 3rd Street in Oberlin.
"According to the Allen Parish Sheriff's Office, 55-year-old George Wayne Dunn went to the home of his ex-wife, 54-year-old Candiss Dunn.
"An argument reportedly began then ended when George allegedly fatally shot Candiss.
"Authorities say that George then went outside where he spotted a neighbor, 60-year-old Dewith Carrier. Shots were fired at Dewith before George reportedly turned the gun on himself.
"Dewith Carrier is the owner of Teachers-Pet, an educational resource supply center for area educational programs. Oberlin Mayor, Phillips Beard says Candiss Dunn was employed at Teachers-Pet in Oakdale and was renting a home that belong to Dewith Carrier.
"The case is now reportedly being investigated as a domestic homicide suicide. Authorities say they are looking for any possible witnesses to the incident.
"Carrier remains in serious condition at a Lake Charles Memorial Hospital."
"STATEN ISLAND, NY — A charred body found in a burned-out car on the Jersey Shore may be that of a Staten Island man police say stabbed his elderly father to death early Wednesday, police said.
"Harold Delmar Sr., 80, who was an invalid, was found near death inside his Staten Island home about 3:50 a.m., police said. The father had been stabbed in the neck and chest. He died at a nearby hospital.
"Investigators immediately focused attention on his son, Harold Delmar Jr., 45.
"`We were looking for the son,` Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.
"Kelly described the son as homeless and living in a tent in the back yard of his parents' home on Mason Ave. in Midland Beach.
"`He fled in a car,` Kelly said. `That car has been found in Bayville, New Jersey. The car was set on fire, and there was a body inside that car in the driver's seat.`
"Investigators have yet to confirm that the body is that of Delmar Jr., but the car was his, police sources said."
Source: NY Daily News...
"OLIVE BRANCH, MS — Police in Olive Branch are investigating what police believe is an attempted murder suicide.
"It happened at Williams-Sonoma warehouse around 4:00 a.m., Wednesday, September 29, 2010.
"According to the DeSoto County coroner 47-year-old Johnny Bell died at the scene. Bell’s wife, 47-year-old Connie Bell was taken to The MED in extremely critical condition.
"Investigators believe Johnny went to his wife’s job sometime around shift change and approached her in the parking lot. Police say that after some sort of altercation, they believe Johnny pulled a gun, shot his wife and then himself. Investigators are not saying what led to the altercation.
"The couple’s cars were towed from the scene after investigators wrapped up the investigation. A red Dodge pick-up truck and a blue Dodge Neon were removed from the warehouse parking lot.
"After the vehicles were removed, a fire truck arrived to wash away blood that had collected at the shooting scene.
"Officials at Williams Sonoma haven’t made any statements about the attack at this time. One employee tells Eyewitness News, a new release will be issued at a later date, but at this point the company has no comment."
"BURNSVILLE, NC — Deputies are investigating the deaths of a Yancey County man and woman who were both shot in the chest. The circumstances surrounding the deaths are unclear, and officials declined to specify whether they suspected a murder-suicide.
"Sheriff Gary Banks said investigators went to the home of Charles Harrison Bennett on 834 Green Mountain Drive just outside Burnsville around 2 p.m. Monday after receiving a report that a woman was lying in the front yard.
"Lila Marie Davis, 56, of Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park, was dead at the scene. Banks said evidence at the scene showed she died from a gunshot wound to the chest.
"The sheriff said Bennett, 75, and his 1997 Chevrolet truck were not at the residence. Concerned about his safety, deputies launched a search for the man and his vehicle, Banks said.
"The truck was found around 5 p.m. parked near a small fishing pond on Bennett's property in a wooded area several hundred yards behind the house. Bennett was discovered floating in the pond within a few feet of the truck.
"He also had been shot in the chest. Banks said a dive team recovered a handgun from the pond.
"Banks said Davis and Bennett had been dating for several months, but there had been no problems between the two reported to law enforcement. The sheriff said the investigation into the deaths is ongoing, and autopsy results and other evidence will be turned over to the District Attorney's Office. Banks declined further comment."
UPDATE:10/04/2010 — Police rule murder/suicide in this case...
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
"WELSH RUN, PA — Pennsylvania State Police have identified the man they say shot a woman Saturday night and then killed himself at a home in Montgomery Township.
"Charles Eugene Hawbaker, 43, was identified as the man who shot the 42-year-old woman, whom police have not identified because she was a victim of domestic violence.
"The shootings happened between 11 p.m. and midnight at 6820 Dumeny Road, which is listed as Hawbaker’s address in the Franklin County Voter Registration Office.
"The woman remained hospitalized today and is expected to recover, police said.
"Police said they found a 43-year-old man dead at 6820 Dumeny Road between 11 p.m. and midnight Saturday. The man died of a gunshot wound, and an autopsy will not be performed, Trooper Aaron Martin said.
"Martin said the man and woman knew each other, but he declined to identify them. Voter records also showed the Dumeny Road address to be the home of a 42-year-old woman.
"The rifle used in the shooting was recovered by police, Martin said."
From The Herald-Mail...
"FAIRFIELD TWP, OH — Two people are dead after what Fairfield Twp. police said was a murder-suicide.
"According to police, Dale Kramer, 58, shot and killed his wife, Melissa Kramer, 41, before he shot and killed himself at their residence on 6377 Georgetown Road.
"The Fairfield Twp. Police Dept. received a call Monday, Sept. 27 from family members who were concerned after not hearing from one of the deceased for several days. An officer who went to check on the couple reported signs of forced entry to the couple’s home, and the man and woman were found dead in the bedroom, both with gunshot wounds.
"Family members reported the couple had been having problems. In 2005, police responded to the address involving a dispute between Melissa Kramer, Dale Kramer, and Dale Kramer’s ex-wife. Records don’t indicate any recent domestic issues, according to a news release.
"The incident is under investigation."
Source: Dayton Daily News...
"TAMARAC, FL — A welfare check in Tamarac turned tragic Monday as Broward Sheriff's deputies found the bodies of an elderly couple, their deaths the result of an apparent murder suicide.
"According to neighbors the couple, who lived in the 7000 block of NW 106th Avenue, were in declining health.
"The sheriff's office said the husband recently sent a letter to a relative in New Jersey telling him that he planned to kill his wife and then himself. The letter threatened that by the time the relative received it in the mail, it would be too late to stop the plan. It was this relative who contacted the sheriff's office to have them check on the couple.
"Broward Sheriff's Office detectives say it appears that the husband shot his wife and then himself sometime after Friday evening. He apparently planned the murder-suicide for some time before executing his plan, mailing the letter to the relative late last week.
"The BSO has not released the names of the couple pending notification of next of kin."
Monday, September 27, 2010
"LAUDERDALE LAKES, FL — The Broward Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting on Monday at a single-family home in the West Gate Estates neighborhood.
"Two people are dead in what is initially being called a murder-suicide of a man and a woman, both in their 40s, Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue spokesman Mike Jachles said.
"Three Creole-speaking people who were inside the home at 4541 Northwest 32nd Court heard the shots and called 911. They were not injured and are being interviewed by Sheriff's Office personnel, Jachles said.
"The names of the home's occupants were not released.
"The woman was found dead, sitting on a bench beneath the home's car port, and the man was discovered on the ground beneath her, Jachles said.
"No motive was announced during a news conference at the scene."
"JENNINGS, LA — The third shooting within 24th hours in Acadiana happened Thursday night in Jennings.
"It happened around 9:30 at the corner of North Nezpique Street and North Craig Street.
"Police say when they arrived at the scene they found a woman shot in the chest and a man dead from a gunshot wound.
"The female victim was taken to the hospital where police were able to talk to her. Police believe they know the cause of the shooting.
"`The investigation is continuing, but at this time it appears to be an attempted murder-suicide case. But we're going to follow this case by the numbers. We're going to be sure that we give the true facts of the forensic evidence that we've discovered` says Jennings Police Chief Todd DA'labor.
"The female victim at last report remains in ICU recovering from her injuries."
"MERRITT ISLAND, FL — Two men were found shot in the head Sunday afternoon inside their Merritt Island home.
"Police said neighbors reported hearing gunshots on the 1100 block of South Banana River Drive.
"Jeffrey Bell Simms, 46, was pronounced dead on the scene. Rochard Francis Chimelewski, 46, later died at the hospital.
"Neighbors told officials that the two were roommates and longtime friends.
"One neighbor said arguing could be heard before the gunshots.
"Both men have lengthy criminal histories, most of their crimes being drug-related."
"COLUMBUS, OH — A man and his two sons were found dead in an Upper Arlington home yesterday evening in an apparent murder-suicide, but police were not revealing details about how they died.
"The bodies of Troy Geller, 35, and sons Solomon, 8, and Samson, 6, were discovered inside their home at 1759 Doone Rd. by a woman who was returning home, Police Officer Heather Galli said. Police and firefighters were called to the house at 7:35 p.m.
"The woman is under a physician's care, Galli said.
"A rescue squad pulled up to a house next door to 1759 Doone Rd. and took one person from that residence.
"Records indicate that Troy Geller and his wife, Sarah Geller, 35, own the house. The Gellers are both licensed pharmacists.
"The Franklin County Coroner's Office will conduct autopsies to determine the cause of death.
"A neighbor, who did not want his name used, said Troy Geller chose to be a `stay-at-home dad` while his wife worked outside the home. Both of the children attend Barrington Elementary School in Upper Arlington.
"Grief counselors will be on hand at the school today to assist students and staff, police said.
"The neighbor said he was watching television when his front yard suddenly was lit up by the beacons from police and fire vehicles.
"Neighbors huddled in small groups on their front lawns along the tree-lined street as police cordoned off the two-story house. One woman said, `People are in shock about this right now.`"
From The Columbus Dispatch...
"RIVIERA BEACH, FL — Police in Riviera Beach said an officer on routine patrol witnessed the end of an apparent murder-suicide.
"According to Riviera Beach police, the officer was investigating a suspicious vehicle parked at the corner of Avenue M and W. 30th St. just after 2 a.m. when he thought he heard gunshots.
"He then saw a man exit a home at 1225 West 30th Street. When the man, identified as Patrick Dell, saw the officer, police said, he shot himself.
"When police went into the home, they found the man's estranged wife, Natasha Whyte-Dell, and seven children. Police said Whyte-Dell and four of the children had been shot and killed.
"A 15-year-old was also shot and was taken to St. Mary's Hospital. The other children, a 1- and a 3-year-old who police identified as the couple's biological children, were not injured and were being taken care of by relatives.
"Police said four of the children that were killed were Dell's stepchildren. They were identified as Javon Nelson, 11; Daniel Barnett, 10; Bryan Barnett, 14; and Diane Barnett, 13.
"Police said Dell acted alone and were investigating the killings as a murder-suicide."
Sunday, September 26, 2010
"HOMESTEAD, FL — Miami-Dade homicide detectives were at a home in Homestead Saturday afternoon where two bodies have been found inside.
"Details were sketchy, but the bodies were discovered in a residence on the 3700 block of Northeast 23rd Court.
"The sex of the victims was unknown, or whether it was a double homicide or a murder-suicide.
"Detectives arrived at the scene at 4 p.m. to begin their investigation."
From The Miami Herald...
"PINSON, AL — Late Saturday, Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies were investigating what authorities said appeared to be a double murder/suicide in the 2800 block of Potts Hollow Road in Pinson.
"A statement from the sheriff said the incident appeared to be one of domestic violence, with a man and woman who appeared to have been fatally shot by a second man who then committed suicide. Deputies responded to the call just after 7 p.m., according to a statement.
"`How can you explain people that resolve their differences with that kind of violence?` said Lt. Randy Christian, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff. `It is a deep-rooted problem, a misguided permanent solution to a temporary problem.`
"Christian said the Pinson deaths involved a woman who broke up with one man and started dating another. The former partner appeared at a cookout the woman and her new partner were having, Christian said. The former partner shot both of them, following the woman inside to fire additional bullets at her. He then killed himself in the backyard, Christian said."
Saturday, September 25, 2010
"TRUSSVILLE, AL — Trussville Police continue to investigate a double murder and suicide.
"Officers were called to a home on 7646 Cottonridge Road around 1pm where they found three bodies.
"Police have identified the victims as 59-year-old Larry Pierce, his 59-year-old wife, Sharon Pierce, and his brother, 61-year-old William Pierce.
"Police found one body in the main house, one in the guest house, and one in a car by the garage. All three victims had gunshot wounds.
"Police say they still don't know the motive, but believe Larry Pierce shot Sharon and William and then killed himself.
"`It's a very nice neighborhood. Of course, you know....domestic incidents, you never know. Any number of things can trigger something like that,` said Trussville Police Chief Don Sively, `Anytime you have something like this...it's shocking.`
"Neighbors described the Pierce family as friendly and quiet and said there were never any incidents at their home. They said they were shocked to hear the news.
"Trussville police continue to investigate the incident."
From WBRC 6...
Friday, September 24, 2010
"RICHFIELD, UT — Police in Richfield responded to a home Friday to find two dead in an apparent murder suicide.
"Scott Rickenbach, 45, and Lori Rickenbach, 41, were found at their home at 747 N. 400 East around 11:30 a.m., according to Richfield police.
"Both individuals were dead when police arrived at the home.
"Richfield police said the bodies have been sent to the Utah State Medical Examiner's Office to confirm the cause of death. They declined to provide further information as to the relationship between the deceased or what may have been the motive.
"`It's an active investigation and we can't release more than on what's on the press release right now,` an emergency dispatcher said."
From Deseret News...
"JENNINGS, LA — An apparent domestic disturbance leads to fatal gunshots in Jennings around 9pm Thursday night, according to Jennings Police.
"Authorities say officers responded to a call at a home on North Craig Street involving gun shots. Chief Todd D'Albor says one victim was transported to a hospital for treatment of a gunshot wound, while the second victim was killed inside the home.
"Investigators believe 44-year-old Rocky Dominque shot an unidentified woman in the chest, then turned the gun on himself.
"The woman is in ICU at a local hospital.
"Dominque was a registered sex offender, but investigators don't believe that was a factor in Thursday night's shooting."
"ELK GROVE VILLAGE, IL — Elk Grove Village police are investigating an apparent double slaying and suicide.
"Deputy Police Chief Michael Kirkpatrick said the deaths appear to be related to a domestic situation.
"Two bodies—a man and a woman—were found in a basement apartment of a condominium complex in the 100 block of Boardwalk Street, and the body of a man was found in a burned out van in a nearby soccer field.
"The murder suspect and suicide victim is a man in his 50s, who was found dead in the van.
"The female victim was apparently in her 50s and the man about 22, officials said.
"Police said they received a call reporting gunshots at 7:30 a.m. Upon arrival, police found the man in the van, who shot himself as police approached, Kirkpatrick said. After the man shot himself, the van caught fire, he said.
"Officers forced entry into the condo and found the two victims shot to death.
"Authorities had not yet retrieved a weapon late this morning and said it's likely still in the van.
"Police said no one else was involved and there is no public safety threat."
"SANTA CRUZ, CA — Santa Cruz County investigators are calling the shooting that killed two people in Santa Cruz a murder-suicide.
"Deputies said officers found Gayle Mozee-Baum, 54, and James Baum, 61, near the roadway by their home at Lucca Lane and Soquel Drive at 11 p.m. Thursday.
"Deputies said Gayle Baum shot and killed her husband with a handgun after an argument before turning the gun on herself.
"The gun was recovered at the scene of the shooting.
"According to family and friends, the Baum's were recently separated and James Baum was living at a home near the crime scene, deputies said.
"The motive for Gayle Baum killing her husband is being investigated, sheriff's officials said."
"WISE, VA — Law enforcement authorities in two counties are investigating an apparent murder/ suicide on Wednesday.
"The Wise County Sheriff’s Office on Thursday said the county’s emergency dispatch center received a call of a shooting at 8:37 p.m. Wednesday. Deputies were at the scene off Coeburn Mountain Road, not far from the town of Wise, within minutes.
"Authorities found Robert Edward Nash, 39, 10531 Coeburn Mountain Road, in his home with gunshot wounds. Nash was transported to Holston Valley Medical Center in Kingsport by Virginia State Police MedFlight, where he later died.
"Officers with the Wise County Sheriff’s Office, Dickenson County Sheriff’s Office, Virginia State Police and Wise Police Department received information prompting a search for Bradley Scott Stanley, 28, of 770 Brush Creek Road, Clintwood, in Dickenson County.
"Wise County Sheriff Ronnie Oakes on Thursday said Stanley contacted authorities in Dickenson County after the shooting admitting he shot Nash. Police eventually located Stanley’s body at the Birch Knob Fire Tower around midnight. Stanley was dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Wise County authorities believe Stanley lured Nash to the front door of his home and shot Nash through the glass storm door. Officials said Stanley fled the scene and used his cell phone to confess to police and others he shot Nash."
Thursday, September 23, 2010
"SEATTLE, WA — Four people have died as the result of a multiple murder-suicide in West Seattle. A fifth person has been taken to Harborview Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries.
"Police responded to a home in the 1400 block of SW Roxbury Street, near 14th Avenue SW, at about 1:30 p.m.
"While police were still arriving, a man in his 50s ran into the house in question. Two more shots were fired and he ran back out.
"When officers talked to him, he said that his wife had shot herself.
"Officers also found a wounded victim outside of the home.
"`We did find one person who was wounded outside of a house,` said Police Sergeant Sean Whitcomb. `That person told us there was indeed shots being fired. We actually did hear shots being fired while we were present. Multiple officers responded. We entered the house and did discover that there were multiple people inside who had been shot.`
"When officers entered the house, they found four people dead - two women in their late teens, a man in his 30s and a woman in her 50s. Police believe the 50-year-old woman was the shooter.
"Police say the wounded victim, a woman in her 30s, told them, `My mom has gone crazy.`
"A man who said he was a relative of one of the family members said the family had just moved in to the home two weeks ago. He said there hadn't been any problems in the home."
"VINTON, VA — A Vinton couple was found dead from gunshot wounds today in what police said appears to be murder and suicide.
"Vinton police said they believe the dead are Timothy Drew, 42, and his estranged wife, Kimberly Drew, 44. Autopsies will be conducted, police Detective J.M. Testerman said in a statement.
"The Drews had recently separated and had been `having problems` for about four months, according to Kimberly Drew's friend, Celia Gerig. Gerig said she phoned Kimberly Drew shortly after 9 p.m. Wednesday night to ask if Drew wanted to spend the night at the friend's house, the warrant said.
"`Kimberly was afraid and didn't know what to do,` the warrant quotes Gerig as saying. The friend didn't hear back and drove to the home on Halliahurst Avenue today after failing to reach Drew by phone.
"Gerig told police she found a bedroom window screen cut and a box cutter lying on the ground. Through the window she could see the body of a man face-down on top of a woman's body, the warrant said.
"Police found the couple dead on a bed soon afterward in what officers on the scene reported `appeared to be a murder-suicide situation between a male and female,` according to the warrant.
"The couple's two children were staying with their father Wednesday night and told officers he was depressed about the separation, the warrant said. The children reported last seeing Timothy Drew about 11 p.m. on his couch."
"ST CHARLES, LA — The man who called the St. Charles Parish Sheriff's Office to report that he had killed his girlfriend and left her body at the St. Charles Parish Hospital then held officers at bay for several hours before shooting himself, remains in critical condition at University Hospital, according to Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Pat Yoes.
"Gary Farrel, 52, of the 700 block of Luling Avenue called the Sheriff's Office at 2 p.m. on Thursday to report that he had killed his girlfriend and left her body in a car parked at the hospital. A short time later, deputies found the body of Ginger Mongrue on the floor of the back seat of a Lincoln Towncar with dark tinted windows. Yoes said she had been shot once in the head.
"The shooting apparently happened late Tuesday night. Farrel was captured on the hospital's surveilance cameras at 12:08 a.m. on Wednesday in the parking lot.
"After called the Sheriff's Office, Farrel barricaded himself inside a building behind his house. After about a six-hour standoff, deputies fired tear gas into the building. Authorities said Farrel then shot himself in the head.
"Authorities are not clear what led to Mongrue's death."
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
"BUFFALO, NY — Buffalo Police are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide in the city's Riverside section.
"Officers were called to a house on 54 Tuxedo Place on Wednesday afternoon. Inside, they found the bodies of a man in his 50s and woman in her 40s.
"Police are saying very little about the incident, but they believe it may have been an escalation of a domestic dispute. Neighbors told reporters at the scene that the victims were boyfriend and girlfriend, and that they'd had a troubled relationship in the past."
"EAST LIVERPOOL, OH — Two people are dead and another injured after an early morning shooting Wednesday in East Liverpool.
"...Police were called to 1126 Avondale Street at 2:38 a.m. They arrived to find one 22-year-old woman dead on the porch from a gunshot wound, another 22-year-old woman inside the front door with a gunshot wound but still alive, and a 25-year-old man lying about a block down the street, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Preliminary reports indicate the incident was a murder-suicide situation, in which the man knew the victims. A police report states that the male had children in common with the surviving female.
"`Now I don't know what happened between he and her, but it seemed pretty real,` said neighbor Jeromy Hayes. `It was a lot of blood.`
"The female victim was transported to East Liverpool City Hospital then life-flighted to a Pittsburgh hospital."
"QUEEN CREEK, AZ — A San Tan Valley man shot two of his children to death and critically wounded his wife before committing suicide Tuesday, according to a Pinal County Sheriff's Office representative.
"Evidence at the scene helped deputies determine that Gilbert Ramos, 45, shot his wife, Sandra, and their two children, Nicholas, 10, and Emma, 8, before turning the gun on himself, Sgt. Tim Gaffney said Wednesday morning.
"He said Ramos and his two children were dead when deputies arrived at the home. Sandra Ramos, 37, was airlifted to a hospital and was in extremely critical condition Wednesday morning, Gaffney said. All four were shot in the head, he said.
"Deputies said relatives went to check on the family Tuesday afternoon after attempts to reach them failed. Deputies said family members found the bodies of Gilbert and Sandra in their home on 1362 Nardini Street in the community southeast of Phoenix. According to deputies, the relatives called 911.
"Deputies said it was not clear what prompted the shootings and were awaiting a medical examiner's report.
"`This is absolutely a senseless tragedy,` Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu said.
"`The actions of Gilbert Ramos have devastated family, friends and neighbors in this quiet community. Many of the deputies and detectives who responded to this tragedy have young children the same age as Nicholas and Emma. This is a very difficult situation for all.`"
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
"JUNCTION CITY, OR — Two young girls and their father are dead in an apparent double murder-suicide that occurred Sunday or Monday at a rural home off River Road south of Junction City.
"The girls were 7 and 9 years old, said deputies who were still investigating the grisly scene at 29789 Harper Road late Monday evening.
"The deceased father is Richard Rauscher, a sheriff’s deputy confirmed at the scene. Rauscher owned a home-based carpentry business, according to state business registration records.
"Rauscher and his estranged wife, Jennifer, shared custody of their two daughters, police said. Richard Rauscher had weekend custody and was with the girls on Sunday, when they attended a birthday party.
"When Jennifer Rauscher went to her daughters’ school to pick them up Monday afternoon, she was informed that they had never shown up, sheriff’s Sgt. Spence Slater said at the scene. Jennifer Rauscher, who lives in Eugene, then called a Harper Road neighbor, who said Richard Rauscher’s car was in the driveway, Slater said.
"Jennifer Rauscher then asked a sheriff’s deputy to meet her at the residence. Deputy Todd Olson did so about 6:30 p.m., Slater said. No one answered knocks to the door, however, and after Slater arrived at the residence about 7:30 p.m., the officers decided to force entry.
"Inside, they found the two girls shot to death. Richard Rauscher was also dead from a gunshot wound.
"Deputies estimated that the three victims had been dead 12 to 24 hours."
From The Register-Guard...
"FORT BLISS, TX — One man was killed and two women were wounded in a shooting at Fort Bliss.
"According to Fort Bliss officials, the shooting began inside a base convenience store called the `Shopette.`
"Investigators say a so far unidentified man opened fire on two women.
"Fort Bliss law enforcement officers later shot and killed the gunman.
"FBI agents are now on the base, investigating the shooting.
"It's unclear what may have led up to the shooting or if the gunman or the victims were in the military or civilians workers on the base.
"Fort Bliss close to the Mexican border near El Paso, Texas, but straddles the Texas-New Mexico border. Most of the base is in New Mexico, but the main headquarters is in Texas.
"The base is home to the First Armored Division."
From FOX 8 News...
Monday, September 20, 2010
"NORTH LILBOURN, MO — One man is dead and another critically injured after a shooting, suicide in North Lilbourn Sunday night.
"New Madrid County Sheriff Terry Stevens says 56-year-old Lonnie Moore shot 56-year-old Leonard Thomas of Lilbourn in the head, then turned the gun on himself.
"Moore was found dead at the scene. Thomas was air-lifted to Elvis Presley Trauma Center in Memphis in critical condition.
"Sheriff Stevens says the sheriff's department got a call at 8:11 p.m. Sunday to Moore's home at #11 Providence in North Lilbourn.
"Officers found Leonard Thomas lying on the floor.
"Stevens says Moore died from self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Witnesses say the two had been arguing on and off all day.
"The investigation continues as an autopsy will be conducted Monday afternoon on Moore."
UPDATE:10/21/2010 — Killer was councilman, victim was mayor...
"EASTLAKE, OH — Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Eastlake.
"The Lake County Coroner removed the bodies of a husband and wife from a home in the 36000 block of Spindrift Drive. Investigators said the couple was in the process of getting a divorce.
"Crews at the scene also said they removed two children, 8 and 11 years old, from the home, who were both alive. Police said the kids found their parents Monday morning and one ran to a neighbor's house for help. Both are now in the custody of Children Protective Services.
"No other details has been released yet."
"TIGARD, OR — Tigard police detectives have identified a man who killed himself after shooting his wife and another woman in Tigard Friday night.
"Bradley Dean Ferris, 30, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after barricading himself in the apartment he shared with his wife at the Bonita Villa Apartments at 14640 S.W. 76th Avenue, according to Jim Wolf, Tigard police spokesman.
"Ferris fired several rounds from a 12-gauge shotgun in the same apartment injuring his 34- year-old wife, Dorene, and a friend of a co-worker, Tonya Kay, also 34.
"The two women were taken to Oregon Health Sciences University. Dorene Ferris was shot in the face, and Kay was shot in the abdomen, Wolf said.
"A fourth person, Ferris' co-worker, who was also present in the apartment at the time was not injured.
"Investigators are still interviewing witnesses to piece together what prompted Ferris to begin shooting. Police reports indicate that alcohol may have been involved."
Sunday, September 19, 2010
"MASSILLON, OH — An apparent double murder-suicide is under investigation after three bodies were found in Massillon with fatal gunshot wounds Sunday.
"Officials said the incident happened sometime between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., on the 900 block of Oxford Avenue.
"Rick Walters, an investigator with the Stark County Coroner's Office, [said] an adult male, an adult female and and an 8-year-old girl died of gunshot wounds. It appeared the female and child were homicide victims while the male was suicidal, Walters said.
"No other details were released."
From FOX 8 News...
UPDATE:09/21/2010 — Murder/Suicide may run in the family... we reported it here.
"SPRING, TX — An elderly cancer patient allegedly shot himself and his wife in an apparent murder-suicide.
"The incident happened in the 1800 block of Theiss Mail Road in northwest Harris County. Authorities with the Harris County Sheriff's Office say the man positioned himself next to his wife on the bed and shot himself. The bullet went through him and struck his wife as well.
"The woman was pronounced dead on the scene. The man was still alive, but later died."
"HOUSTON, TX — Three children were fatally shot in northeast Harris County on Sunday morning in what officials called a possible attempted triple murder-suicide.
"The bodies of the three children — all believed to be younger than 13 — were found this morning in the 13000 block of Homestead.
"Their father, also shot, was unconscious when authorities arrived. He was taken to Ben Taub General Hospital in stable condition, authorities said.
"Neighbors said that two girls and a boy visited their father on weekends at his apartment next door to the A&D Food Market, a convenience store that he owns.
"According to neighbors, the children's mother has not lived there for at least a year. Another woman, possibly elderly, moved in to help several months ago.
"The house has had a history of domestic violence, neighbors said, and police were at the address about a month ago.
"Around 10:30 a.m., neighbor Julio Rodriguez said he heard the woman screaming for help in broken English.
"The woman was hysterical, flailing her arms for help, Rodriguez said.
"`I heard her screaming 'Gun! Gun! Shoot! Shoot!',` Rodriguez said. `I got scared because I knew there were kids in there.`
"He called 911.
"Police are still investigating."
"YEMASSEE, SC — The Colleton County Sheriff's Office is investigating a murder-suicide.
"It happened Saturday night on White Hall Road in Yemassee, SC. The sheriff's office says Colleton County 911 Communications center received a call just before midnight from a woman stating she had heard several gunshots coming from her front yard where her friend and the father of her friend's children were talking.
"Authorities say the woman told the 911 operator that Consuela Drayton and her and her children had been staying with her because of domestic problems with Consuela’s children’s father, Terrance Kelly.
"The caller said her mother had just gone outside where Drayton and Kelly were talking, and just after her mother came back into the house, they heard the gun shots.
"The caller told the operator she could see Drayton on the ground and she was not moving. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found Mrs. Drayton with several gunshot wounds on the ground where she was pronounced dead by the Coroner’s Office.
"They also found Terrance Kelly on the ground with a single gunshot wound and near his left hand was a semi-automatic pistol. Mr. Kelly was also pronounced dead at the scene by the Coroner’s Office."
"KANEHO, HI — Honolulu police are investigating an apparent murder suicide in Kaneohe.
"A 33 year old woman was stabbed multiple times outside her home following an argument with her boyfriend.
"Police say the victim's mom was also assaulted before the suspect drove off and killed himself a short distance away. It happened around 12:30 near the corner of Kapunahala and Keneke streets.
"Police say the victim and suspect got into a fight last night at their home and she left. She then returned this afternoon with her mother to grab personal belongings and discovered items in the home had been damaged.
"They called police and as officers were on their way to the home the boyfriend attacked them, assaulting the mother and then stabbing the girlfriend multiple times.
"`The victim had ran down driveway and suspect caught up to her at the bottom of road and stabbed her,` said Lt. David Kamai, Honolulu Police Department.
"`She was lying in the road there and bystanders came and tried to giver her CPR,` says Winchell Lee, neighbor.
"Police say the car was found stopped on the H3 freeway where he is believed to have jumped to his death.
"The girlfriend was taken to the hospital in critical condition and later died. The mother was treated and released.
"Police say there does not appear to be any prior history of domestic violence between the couple.
"Their identities have not been released at this time."
UPDATE:09/21/2010 - Killer had 18 criminal convictions...
Saturday, September 18, 2010
"MONTCLAIR, VA — Witnesses watched in horror this morning as a man shot a woman on a residential street in Montclair, then turned the gun on himself.
"It happened about 7:30 a.m. in the 15700 block of Widewater Drive, police said.
"One witness said he opened his shades and saw a man grab a woman by the hair and shoot her in the street. The man then shot himself.
"A federal agent who lives in the neighborhood tried to stop the apparent murder-suicide, but could not.
"Police arrived to find the man dead and the woman clinging to life. Rescuers performed CPR and took the woman to the hospital where she died, police said.
"Police have not released the names of the man and woman involved pending notification of their relatives."
From FOX DC...
Friday, September 17, 2010
"METAIRIE, LA — A 69-year-old man shot his mother and then turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide Friday in Metairie, according to Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s deputies.
"The incident occurred in the 800 block of Martin Behrman Avenue.
"According to investigators, a family member called police around 3 p.m. to ask that the family be checked on after they hadn’t heard from them in a while.
"Deputies who entered the apartment found the body of Robert Poitevent and his 88-year-old mother, Hazel Poitevent. The two resided at the same address."
"LEWISVILLE, TX — Seven hours after Lewisville police responded to a `person shot` call at 817 High Meadow Court, officers heard a single gunshot come from within the home, where the suspect, 48-year-old Daniel Peshak of Lewisville, had barricaded himself.
"According to a statement released by the police, officers arrived at the scene around 7:30 p.m. Sept. 16 and spoke with a woman who had witnessed a male victim being shot. The alleged shooter allowed her to leave the home, but he barricaded himself inside after she left and notified police.
"Officers closed some roadways in the area and evacuated some neighbors by the home. They attempted to contact the suspect by phone and over a PA system, and ultimately they were able to speak with him for the next couple of hours by phone.
"`During that time, he stated on several occassions that he was going to come out and turn himself in to police, but he never did so,` Lt. Scott Haynes wrote in a press release.
"Around 2:30 a.m. the next morning, officers heard the fatal shot and saw a muzzle flash inside the home. They deployed a reconnaissance robot to check on the suspect, and he seemed to be unresponsive. After SWAT officers entered the home, they verified that he was dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot.
"Officers found the body of 24-year-old David Amonett, several handguns and one rifle after searching the home. Amonett was the same man the woman identified as being shot in the residence before she left and the step-son of Peshak. According to the release, both men lived together at the residence. The weapons have been transferred to the Tarrant County Medical Examiners Office for analysis.
"No motive has been identified, and the incident is still under investigation."
Source: Star Local News...
"ASHEVILLE, NC — Asheville Police say a man apparently shot and killed his wife before turning the weapon on himself on the east side of the city.
"APD says Diana Smith McGovern, 50, and William Michael McGovern, 51, were found dead at the home on 51 Mimosa Circle around 6:00 p.m. Thursday.
"Investigators say there were called to the address for a welfare check and no one answered the door. When officers checked the exterior of the house, they saw a body through a window.
"The woman was found dead on the kitchen floor from an apparent gunshot wound. Her husband was found deceased in the living room from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Asheville Police say there was no history of domestic violence calls to the home."
Thursday, September 16, 2010
"BALTIMORE, MD — A man suspected of shooting a Johns Hopkins Hospital doctor fatally shot himself and his mother, who was hospitalized, according to Baltimore police.
"The shooting and subsequent four-hour standoff was sparked by a conversation at about 11:10 a.m. between the shooting suspect — now identified as Paul Warren Pardus, 50, of Arlington — and Dr. David B. Cohen over the care of his mother. During the discussion, he became `overwhelmed by the news of his mother's condition,` said police commissioner Frederick H. Bealefeld III, pulled a semi-automatic handgun from his waist, and shot the doctor in the abdomen.
"`He was last seen running into the room, brandishing the handgun in the direction of his mother, who was confined to the bed,` said Bealefeld.
"The suspect then barricaded himself in his mother's room on the eighth floor of the hospital's Nelson Building, located in the 600 block of Wolfe Street, according to police.
"At about 1:30 p.m., police noticed that the shooting suspect and his mother were `unresponsive` and entered the room to find both dead from gunshot wounds. Bealefeld said they are treating the incident as a murder-suicide."
From the L.A. Times...
"ANDERSON, SC — Anderson Police officers are on the scene of an apparent murder and suicide Thursday morning.
"A double-shooting was reported at a home near the intersection of Mayfield Drive and Pope Drive at 10:36 a.m. according to the Anderson County Coroner's Office.
"That's north of downtown Anderson.
"A coroner's investigator is on the scene along with police. We're told this was a domestic situation.
"The identities of the victims haven't been released."
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
"GODFREY, IL — Investigators say the deaths of a mother and her son whose bodies were found in their Godfrey home Tuesday, were murder-suicide.
"Autopsies have determined that 92 year old Marion Yancey and her 62 year old son Robert Yancey, both died of single gunshot wounds; Marion in a bedroom, Robert in the garage of the home they shared at 903 Robert Drive.
"Madison County Sheriff’s Department Captain Brad Wells is not confirming reports the Yancey’s were having a car repossessed, but he says financial issues may have been a factor in what he calls a `terrible tragedy.`
"The Yancey’s bodies were found by police, after a woman reportedly going to the home to repossess their car, didn’t get an answer at the door."
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
"ELKTON, FL — St. Johns County Sheriff's deputies have responded to an apparent murder-suicide at The Coquina Crossing subdivision near State Road 207.
Dispatchers took a call from the residence, which is in the 5000 block of Mora Place, and, according to a press release from the sheriff's office, investigators found two people dead when they got there.
"Deputies want to be sure they have notified the next of kin before releasing further information.
"St. Johns County Fire and Rescue was notified of a shooting at the residence, but Public Information Officer Jeremy Robshaw said that that call was later canceled."
Source: First Coast News...
"THORNTON, CO — Police in Thornton are investigating the deaths of a man and woman who were found shot to death inside an apartment Monday evening.
"Officers were dispatched to Building 4 at the Hawthorne Apartments, located at 11801 York Street, at about 11:30 p.m. They found an adult male and an adult female dead inside a unit with gunshot wounds to the head, Thornton Police said.
"A single handgun was recovered at the scene, raising the possibility of a murder-suicide.
"The names of the deceased individuals were not released."
"GONZALES, TX — Two Gonzales County residents are dead as a result of what authorities believe to be a murder/suicide.
"At approximately 7:15 p.m. on Monday, the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office dispatch center received a call from a rural area of Gonzales County, near Interstate 10, regarding a shooting. Upon investigation, Patricia Ann West Ramos Hastings, 39, was found deceased; evidently the victim of a gunshot wound.
"A crime scene investigation ensued involving members of the patrol and investigation divisions of the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office, assisted by Texas Ranger Evens, District Attorney Investigator Frank Allenger, and Deputy Constable John Harris.
"Ms. Hastings was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace, Pct. 3, Eulogio Melchor, who ordered an autopsy be performed by the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office and the body removed to that office in Austin.
"At approximately 9:45 p.m. that same evening, the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office dispatch center received a call that a body was found on the railroad tracks between Gonzales and Harwood.
"Assisted by the same agencies as listed above, the Gonzales County Sheriff's Office investigated the report and found the body of 47-year old Joe Hastings, Jr. A crime scene investigation was established to make appropriate records of the site.
"Justice of the Peace Melchor again performed his duty at the scene. An autopsy was ordered performed by the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office and the body removed to that office in Austin.
"Both deaths remain under investigation at this time. Evidence gathered at both scenes will be turned over the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Lab in Austin for analysis.
"The official ruling from the investigation remains outstanding until the final reports are returned by the Medical Examiner's Office and Judge Melchor renders his verdict."
From The Gonzales Enquirer...
"MIAMI, FL — An 87-year-old Florida man allegedly shot and killed his 84-year-old former girlfriend because he claims the woman had been unfaithful, the Miami Herald reports.
"Juan Adolfo Gonzalez is being charged with first degree murder in the shooting death of Celida Hernandez, who police say was gunned down in the hallway of her apartment after returning from a senior's dining hall.
"Authorities allege that Gonzalez planned the murder for several months, the newspaper reports, and took a taxi to the woman's apartment on Friday armed with a gun. He is accused of then shooting her twice before shooting himself.
"Police officers told the Herald that Gonzalez admitted to the crime when they arrived on scene, saying `She is dead, I shot her.`
"Gonzalez was then taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, the newspaper reported."
From FOX News...
"ATHOL, MA — Police are investigating the deaths of an Athol couple whose bodies were found Sunday in separate locations, Northwestern District Attorney Elizabeth D. Scheibel said.
"Authorities were alerted to the death of 33-year-old Eric D. Johnson at about 9:45 a.m. Sunday. Fisherman discovered his body in the Connecticut River near the French King Bridge, which is on Route 2 at the border of Gill and Erving. Authorities believe the cause of death is suicide, Scheibel said.
"Nearby, authorities found a 2002 Subaru Forester that was registered to Johnson’s wife, 42-year-old Joanne Johnson.
"As police approached the driveway to their Athol home, authorities received a 911 call about a woman – later identified as Johnson -- found dead inside. The call was made by a family member who had gone to visit the home, Scheibel said.
"She said that authorities continue to investigate the cause of Joanne Johnson’s death, but that it appears suspicious.
"The couple have two children, 8 years old and 22 months old, who were with relatives at the time of the deaths, Scheibel said."
"MANZANITA, OR — The Tillamook County sheriff says a Portland State University program director and his wife died in an apparent murder-suicide. They were found dead in their Manzanita cottage on the north Oregon coast.
"Sheriff Todd Anderson said Monday that 55-year-old Astrid Schlaps died of a single shot from a handgun. The sheriff says 56-year-old Richard Hunter then apparently shot himself. Hunter directed the Child Welfare Partnership at PSU.
"Manzanita City Manager Jerald Taylor says a major crimes team with officers from the county, local cities and Oregon State Police is working on the case. Authorities tell The Oregonian no note was found and they have no immediate explanation for what might have led to the deaths.
"Anderson says it appears the woman had just returned from the grocery store when she was killed. The bodies were found Friday."
Source: The Columbian...
Monday, September 13, 2010
"ELLICOTT CITY, MD — Police are investigating a possible murder/suicide in Howard County after a man and a woman are found dead.
"A child made the gruesome discovery just blocks off of Main Street in Ellicott City.
"Gigi Barnett reports the two people found dead were involved in a custody battle days before they were both killed.
"The man and woman were found dead inside the house at 3762 Bonnybridge Place early Saturday night. Also living in that house, a 7, 5 and 2-year-old, who neighbors say were outside playing at the time.
"`My son came home saying to my husband the kids heard two gunshots, some kids coming out of that house crying, saying the mommy and the daddy are killed,` said Alexandra Petrusan.
"The victims are identified as Clare Stoudt, 35, who court records show lived a short drive away on Montgomery Road. The man is Reginald Graves, 49, who, according to court records, lived in the house. The two were involved in a custody battle.
"Court records show Stoudt filed a suit against Graves in Howard County Circuit Court, just four days earlier. Police are now investigating this case as a possible murder-suicide."
Sunday, September 12, 2010
"SANDY SPRINGS, GA — One woman is dead and her husband is injured following a shooting that police think was a murder-suicide attempt.
"Investigators believe the husband shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself at an apartment complex Saturday night, Sandy Springs Police Lt. Steve Rose told WSB Radio in a statement early Sunday morning.
"The man survived the shooting and was taken to North Fulton Hospital, authorities said.
"`Both were attending a function at an apartment at the time of the shooting,` Lt. Rose said. `(They were) shot in the parking lot of the apartment building.`
"The shooting happened around 10:30 p.m. Saturday night in the Legacy Key Apartments at 1910 Summit Springs Drive.
"Police are not releasing the couple's names. "
UPDATE:12:43 PM — Names released. Couple was seeking a divorce...
Saturday, September 11, 2010
"JACKSON, KY — A man enraged over how his wife cooked his eggs in rural eastern Kentucky shot and killed her, his stepdaughter and three witnesses with a shotgun before killing himself today, a relative of two of the victims said.
"Trooper Jody Sims of the Kentucky State Police said 47-year-old Stanley Neace killed the five people in two mobile homes around 11:30 a.m., then went to his home and turned the gun on himself.
"Sims said that when state police arrived about an hour after the gunfire began, they heard a single gunshot and found Neace’s body on the porch of his home in the mobile home park outside Jackson in Breathitt County. The county is home to about 16,000 people in the rugged eastern part of the state.
"Sherri Anne Robinson, a relative of two of the victims, said witnesses to the shootings told her that Neace became enraged when his wife did not cook his breakfast to his liking.
"Robinson said that when his wife fled to a neighbor’s trailer, Neace followed and shot her and the others. Robinson says he allowed a young girl to flee.
"The victims were identified as the gunman’s wife, Sandra Neace, 54; her daughter Sandra R. Strong, 28; and neighbors Dennis Turner, 31; Teresa Fugate, 30; and Tammy Kilborn, 40.
"Robinson says Neace had never appeared threatening to her, but that he was known to have a violent history. Trooper Jody Sims with the Kentucky State Police could not confirm that Neace had a criminal record.
"Authorities started receiving calls from concerned neighbors around 11:30 in the rural unincorporated community of Mount Carmel, about 90 miles southeast of Lexington. Sims said when they arrived about an hour later, they heard a single gunshot, then found Neace’s body on his porch. He used a 12-gauge during the attacks.
"They found victims in two other trailers. Other neighbors fled the trailer park in fear for their lives during the shootings.
“`Over eggs?` Robinson said. `I thought that was crazy. Really. I mean just because his eggs weren’t hot?`"
"PORTLAND, OR — Police say a murder-suicide caused the deaths of a man and woman whose bodies were found Friday morning in a North Portland apartment.
"Police said it was likely 42-year-old Stephanie Curtis was killed by 60-year-old Francis `Frank` Masure, of Vancouver, Wash., who turned a gun on himself.
"Their bodies were found at about 9 a.m. Friday, Sept.10, after neighbors and co-workers called police to check on the the apartment in the 2400 block of North Killingsworth Street. When officers went inside, they found two bodies. They left the apartment and called for homicide detectives.
"The apartment where they were found belonged to Curtis, who had a relationship with Masure. Detectives said Curtis recently reported domestic violence between she and Masure to both Vancouver and Portland police. They also believed that Curtis appeared to be ending her relationship with Masure.
"Police believe that sometime on Monday or Tuesday, Masure came to Curtis’ apartment then shot Curtis and killed himself.
"Animal Control was also called to the apartment to take custody of Curtis’ eight cats."
From the Portland Tribune...
Friday, September 10, 2010
"WEST MIAMI-DADE, FL — A woman has died and a man is in stable condition, police said, after the man shot the woman and turned the gun on himself.
"That 87-year-old man is in Miami-Dade Police custody at Jackson Memorial Hospital where he is in stable condition, Friday afternoon.
"Police responded to the Versailles Garden II Apartment complex, in the area of 9400 West Flagler Street, to reports of a shooting inside the apartment building.
"Miami-Dade Fire Rescue dispatched air rescue to transport the female patient to the hospital, while the male was transported by ground.
"A woman who would not give her name said she was friends with the female victim. She said that the woman was 84 years old. `She was a very nice person,` the woman said of the victim. `She was quiet, she was very honest, and she just lived for her family.`
"Residents who live in the area describe their neighborhood as very quiet and many are shocked about the shooting."
"CENTRAL ISLIP, NY — A Central Islip man killed himself in Farmingville Friday morning after he killed two others earlier in the day.
"Genis Walker, 26, took his own life after crashing into the side of Brothers Police store on Horseblock Road.
"Police initially responded to a call at 123 Atlantic St. in Central Islip at 2:30 a.m., where they discovered Jessica Hernandez, 22, suffering from multiple stab wounds. She was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where she was pronounced dead a short time later.
"Residents of the home told police they saw Walker, also of that address, stab Hernandez and flee in one of the residents' vehicle.
"Police were called to 19 Waterworks Road in Patchogue at approximately 8:20 a.m. for a man that had been shot outside. When officers arrived they found Arthur Ward, 26, of that address, suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Ward was transported to Brookhaven Memorial Hospital Medical Center in East Patchogue where he was pronounced dead not long after.
"A notification of the vehicle Walker was driving was broadcast to local law enforcement. Suffolk County Sheriff Deputy Christopher Barry observed the vehicle northbound on North Ocean Avenue near the Long Island Expressway and was joined by Suffolk County Police units.
"Stop sticks were deployed which caused the vehicle's tires to deflate and the vehicle crashed into the Brothers Police store.
"When police approached the vehicle they found Walker suffering from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He was pronounced dead at Stony Brook University Medical Center at 9:22 a.m."
"WESTCHESTER, IL — A Westchester man who shot his ex-girlfriend then himself during an argument Sept. 8 is on life support with a gunshot wound to the head.
"Police said they received a call from a 21-year-old Whiting, Ind., woman at 8:30 p.m. who said her ex-boyfriend had just shot her in the face and chest, then shot himself during an argument. Officers arrived at the home of Rigoberto Robles, 21, 1446 Gardner Road, and found the woman in the garage with Robles, who was lying on the ground unconscious.
"Both the woman and Robles were taken to Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood. Police said the woman was reported to be in serious condition, but is expected to make a full recovery.
"Robles was still on life support as of Sept. 10, police said."
From Hillside Suburban Life...
Thursday, September 9, 2010
"WELLSBURG, WV — A suspect in a grisly Brooke County double murder investigation took his own life in a Pennsylvania house Thursday morning.
"Wellsburg Police received a call from a frantic mother who found her daughter and grandson dead at their home on 2103 Maple Avenue in Wellsburg Wednesday morning.
"`Myself and another officer got there and found two bodies covered with blankets and blood on the floor,` said Sgt. Lester Skinner with the Wellsburg Police Department. `One body was in a bedroom and another body about six feet from the bedroom in a hallway.`
"The victims are identified as Melinda Nicole Brown-Allen and her eight-year old son Ethan James Michael Brown.
"`We don't believe a gun was used,` said Skinner. `We believe it was a large heavy bladed weapon.`
"Soon, police discovered the man of the house, 38-year old Abraham Allen, was considered a person of interest. Police put out a nationwide bulletin on his car which was missing and police in Harrisburg, PA found the car Thursday morning. Soon he was considered a suspect and a murder warrant was issued--the warrant prompted a search of the Pennsylvania home where he was found to have hanged himself.
"`There was no note found and no cause of anything earlier in the day,` said Skinner. `It was not a house that we were called to frequently for domestics.`
"Skinner says at this point they have no idea what could have prompted such an action. Although the mother and stepson were killed, the Allen's two-year-old child was in the home and unhurt."
"GLOUCESTER, VA — The Gloucester County Sheriff's Office is investigating the apparent murder-suicide of a husband and wife. Just before 3 p.m. Wednesday deputies were called to a house at the intersection of Rt. 17 and Woods Cross Road. When they arrived, they found Lisa Harper, 40, and her husband, Robert, 51, both dead in one of the bedrooms.
"Investigators believe Robert first shot and killed his wife and then turned the gun on himself.
"`It's really blowing my mind,` said Charles Howard who has rented a house from the Harpers for the past five years. `I don't know what got in his head to do something like that. I'm devastated. I don't know what to think right now.`
"Howard said he spoke with Lisa just last week and she told him that Robert had moved out of the house and they were separated. Howard said Robert still came back to the house often to visit his teenage step-son and step-daughter.
"`He loved them. He always talked about them and how good they are. I hope they get through it, I really do. I feel so sorry for them right now.`
"Investigators say that while they believe at this time Robert killed his wife and then committed suicide, the medical examiner will make the final determination."
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
"KNOXVILLE, TN — Authorites are investigating the deaths 50-year-old Jesse Baines and his wife 40-year-old Andrea Baines as a possible murder-suicide.
"According to the sheriff's office, the man and woman suffered gunshot wounds in the home they lived in at 4516 Nathan Drive in North Knox County. A neighbor found a letter from the couple in his mailbox Wednesday morning shortly after 8:00.
"`It said basically 'by now you already know that we're gone,'` said Mike Brackfield.
"Brackfield immediately called 911 while the shock of receiving the letter sank in.
"`(I thought) I'm not reading what I'm reading. Just like anybody, I think I reacted as normally as anyone would. I was just very shocked, being my next door neighbor,` he said.
"A second letter found on a car in the driveway listed next of kin and who should receive items found in a box inside the car. Those items included stereo equipment, CDs, and personal papers.
"Several dogs and cats were found dead in the house and at least two of them had been shot. There was no history of any disturbances at the address."
"LAS VEGAS, NV — Shortly before 9:00pm Metro Police received a call stating someone had been killed at a house in the 2400 block of Walnut. Officer responded to the home and once on scene they found multiple victims dead inside a residence.
"Two individuals, a male and female were found dead in the home near Carey and Pecos. A badly injured juvenile was also found on scene and was transported to UMC Trauma in critical condition.
"According to a preliminary investigation, Metro believes the adult male shot the female and the juvenile and then turned the gun on himself.
"Metro claim that they have been called to this address before and that the man living there has made statements that would harm police officers.
"As a precaution to make sure the house and area around it was safe Metro called in their Armor Unit to search the scene. Nearby houses were also evacuated as a precaution."
"ST AUGUSTINE, FL — An apparent domestic argument turned ultraviolent at the north end of Queen Road early Tuesday, leaving one man shot to death in his car and another dead in what is believed to be a suicide inside their home.
"According to the St. Johns County Sheriff's Office, the victim found inside his Kia Rio was Harry Lee Brano, 71, of 207 Queen Road.
"Reports said that a man ran from the vehicle and went into the house. Shortly afterward, and before deputies arrived, a shot was fired.
"Inside, deputies found Francisco C. Gutierrez, 47, of the same address.
"Though they lived in the same house, they were not related, deputies reported.
"Sheriff's Office news releases, public records, and witness and neighbor statements indicate that Gutierrez had fired multiple rounds outside their blue-and-white home about 9:30 a.m. as Brano tried to drive off.
"Both men lived in the house with Gutierrez's wife and her three young children."
From The St. Augustine Record...
UPDATE:12/19/2013 — House demolished, neighbors relieved...
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
"LEWISTON, MI — A 50-year-old Lewiston man, the suspect in a double homicide at a Lewiston residence Monday afternoon, was found 300 miles south of the crime scene in Noble County, Ind., with self-inflicted gunshot wounds.
"A Tuesday news release from the Montmorency County Sheriff’s Department (MCSD) stated the suspect later died at an area hospital.
"According to the news release, deputies were dispatched to a Big Buck Drive residence just east of County Road 489 in Lewiston around 3 p.m. in response to a report of a double homicide.
"A 70-year-old man and 82-year-old woman were found dead at the scene, reportedly the result of gunshot wounds.
"Reports indicate the suspect, who was related to one of the victims, was located on state land in Noble County, southeast of Fort Wayne, Ind."
From the Gaylord Herald Times...
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