Friday, December 31, 2010
"ANACONDA, MT — A couple, described in their 70s, died of a murder-suicide early Friday morning, according to Anaconda police officials.
"The home of the couple is on Hickory street. A pistol was used in the deaths, police said. The shooting happened about 3:30 a.m., officials told The Montana Standard.
"Officials declined to release the names of the victims until relatives were notified."
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
"CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — Around 7:30 this morning Corpus Christi Police were called to 338 Claremore off of Ocean Drive. Police found one man dead from a gunshot to the head, and a woman wounded in the head.
"Police say this is what happened: a 66 year old husband used a handgun to shoot his wife. But the bullet grazed her head and nicked her shoulder. He then walked out on to the back patio and shot himself in the head. He died instantly. His 66 year wife was rushed to Christus Spohn Memorial but has been released without only superficial wounds.
"Two of their children were home at the time, a 14 year old daughter and an 18 year old son. Both were not hurt.
"Police have yet to determine a motive to the shootings.
"Neighbors Kiii News interviewed say that the family mostly kept to themselves and rarely socialized."
"AURORA, CO — A woman is dead after her husband allegedly killed her and then tried to kill himself overnight, deputies say.
"Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson says a 47-year-old man called deputies around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, telling them he shot and killed his wife at their home in the 23800 block of East Archer Place after an argument.
"Grayson says they took the man into custody without incident, and say the suspect had sustained self-inflicted knife wounds from an apparent suicide attempt, but his injuries were not considered to be life threatening.
"The names of the victim or the suspect have not been released."
"CUMRU TWP, PA — Two bodies found inside an apartment in Cumru Township early Tuesday were the result of a murder-suicide, authorities said.
"Edward Arrivello Jr., 54, who lived in the unit at the Gov. Mifflin Apartments, shot and stabbed Karen Wanner, 54, Shoemakersville, before turning his gun on himself, Cumru police said Tuesday night.
"Police found the bodies about 4:30 a.m. after going to the apartment to check on Wanner, who had previously lived with Arrivello in the unit on 107 Colonial Drive, investigators said.
"It was unclear when the murder and suicide occurred.
"Investigators gave this account:
"Cumru police and state police from the Hamburg station investigating a missing persons report on Wanner entered the apartment and discovered the bodies in a bedroom at the rear of the unit.
"It was unclear who filed the missing persons report.
"The Berks County coroner's office, a state police crime scene unit and a forensic pathologist were called to assist in the investigation, which concluded with the ruling that Arrivello killed Wanner and then himself.
"The coroner's office ruled Wanner's death a homicide and Arrivello's death a suicide, according to Deputy Coroner Ken Moyer.
"Cumru police said Wanner suffered a single gunshot wound and several stab wounds, while Arrivello suffered a single self-inflicted gunshot wound. Police did not say where on their bodies they were wounded.
"A knife and a handgun were recovered at the scene, police said."
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
"ST. LOUISVILLE, OH — The suspect in a St. Louisville homicide investigation remains in critical condition at Grant Medical Center this afternoon after shooting his girlfriend and turning the gun on himself, said Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp.
"Phillip Mascari, 43, last known address 1450 Striebel Road, Columbus, reportedly shot his girlfriend, Katherine Russ, 37, to death at her residence, 419 S. Main St., St. Louisville, Monday night, Thorp said.
"Mascari called several people, including his ex-wife who contacted authorities, to report he had shot his girlfriend, Thorp said. Relatives told detectives that Mascari and Russ had a history of domestic issues, he added.
"`My ex-husband just called me and said he had killed his girlfriend,` she told a 911 operator. She also told the sheriff's office that Mascari was on the run and threatened to harm himself, according to the 911 tape.
"`Somebody's been murdered,` she said.
"The Licking County Sheriff's Office, St. Louisville police and Newton Township Fire Department were dispatched to the St. Louisville home at 7:03 p.m. Monday.
"Mascari drove away in a 2008 Grand Prix and deputies found him at a remote area on Van Fossen Road west of Ohio 657 at 3:49 a.m. Tuesday, according to a Licking County Sheriff's Office news release.
"As deputies closed in, Mascari exited the vehicle and shot himself in the head, Thorp said. His injury was serious and life-threatening, according to the news release.
"No gunfire was exchanged between Mascari and deputies, according to the news release. A Grant Medical Center spokeswoman said Mascari was in critical condition Tuesday morning.
"Mascari was convicted of criminal trespassing in August 2007, aggravated menacing in June 2007 and using a weapon while intoxivated in January 2002, according to Franklin County Municipal Court records."
Source: Newark Advocate...
"JEFFERSON COUNTY, OH — A Jefferson County couple is dead in an apparent murder-suicide near Knoxville, the sheriff said.
"The incident was called in to authorities at about 7 a.m. Tuesday.
"Sheriff Fred Abdalla said two children ages 10 and 17 were inside the home when the incident happened. The children were not harmed.
"The bodies of the husband and wife were found in a bedroom in a home on State Route 152 in the area of 17000 near McClurg's Body Shop, the sheriff said.
"Investigators said several firearms were found inside the home, but would not say what type of weapon was used in the killings.
"Abdalla said a motive was not immediately known."
Monday, December 27, 2010
"GOLDSBORO, NC — Police were investigating an apparent murder and attempted suicide on Sunday.
"Officers responded to the 800 block of Slaughter Street at about 2:45 a.m. in response to a report of shots fired.
"They found Tequilla Danyele Barrett, 26, of 915 Hugh St., dead inside a vehicle from apparent gunshot wounds, police said. Derris Jamar Oates, 30, of 1401-B Dakota St., was found near the vehicle with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, they said.
"Oates and Barrett have had a relationship in the past, and he is the father of her two children, police said.
"Oates was taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Pitt Memorial in Greenville. His condition was unknown Sunday morning."
"CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO — The victims in an early morning shooting that left a Cape Girardeau County man dead and his mother seriously injured at 3809 Old Route V have been identified.
"Charlie Ussery, 45, died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot and his mother, Lana Ussery, 64, is in stable condition after undergoing surgery this morning at a local hospital, according Lt. David James of the Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department.
"A witness, whose name has not yet been released by authorities, may face charges of being a convicted felon in possession of a fire arm, according to the sheriff's department.
"He allegedly fired shots into the air to get someone's attention as he was leaving the home, where the shooting occurred, officers said.
"At about 3:50 a.m., the sheriff's department received a series of 911 hang up calls from the home, near the intersection of Old Route V and Highway 177 north of Cape Girardeau.
"While traveling to the scene, deputies were notified that a female caller said she had been shot at the home and that another man in the house had also been shot.
"About the same time, other witnesses who had been at the home went to the Cape Girardeau Police Department and reported they had witnessed a man shoot the woman and then shoot himself.
"John Clifton, Cape Girardeau County Coroner, said the mother and son pair may have been struggling over a gun.
"Jerry Goin, chief deputy coroner, said there would be no autopsy performed on Charlie Ussery, but he'll perform a series of toxicology tests.
"There are no suspects at large at this time."
Sunday, December 26, 2010
"ARLINGTON, TX — Arlington police are investigating a possible murder-suicide this afternoon.
"Police received a report of gunshots in the 2900 block of Eden Road at about 2 p.m. They found two men shot near a vehicle parked on the street. One was dead; the other was taken the hospital in unknown condition.
"Witnesses reported that the two men had been talking near the vehicle before the gunshots, an Arlington Police Department spokeswoman said. Without going into further detail, she said those reports indicate a possible murder-suicide.
"Neither man has been identified, and police are investigating."
"PROVO, UT — A husband and wife were found dead in a Provo hotel late Christmas night, possibly the result of a murder suicide.
"Police were called to a room in the Provo Marriott (101 W. 100 North) just before 10 p.m. Saturday. They found a man and a woman lying in bed, both dead and each with a gunshot wound. Provo police said in a statement the incident is being investigated as a murder/suicide, and it does not appear that anyone but the man and woman were involved.
"Police are investigating and working to notify the families of the victims."
From the Daily Herald...
Saturday, December 25, 2010
"INDIANAPOLIS, IN — Indianapolis police say a fight between two men over a woman apparently led one of the men to stab the other to death, prompting the distraught woman to then commit suicide.
"Police found 26-year-old Oscar Martinez's body on a porch Saturday morning outside an apartment at Bradford Square Apartments. Inside, officers found the body of a woman whose name has not been released. Sgt. Paul Thompson said in a statement that the woman apparently hanged herself in grief following the deadly fight.
"Thompson said officers believe Martinez attacked 24-year-old Fabian Vasquez during an argument over the woman. He said another man joined Martinez in that attack before Vasquez apparently stabbed both men in self-defense, killing Martinez.
"The other man suffered a neck wound and was hospitalized in serious condition."
Friday, December 24, 2010
"TEMECULA, CA — A man and woman were found dead in a Temecula home in what officials are calling a murder-suicide, said Sgt. Scott Brown.
"The bodies of the pair were found in the residence in the 30000 block of Milano Road, Brown said in a news release. The initial call was for a medical aide at 4:27 a.m.
"`The initial assessment of the scene is that it is a domestic violence related homicide and, both the victim and suspect are deceased,` Brown said.`There is no outstanding suspect.`
"Brown said more information with be released as the investigation progresses."
"MOBILE, AL — Mobile police say a 28-year-old man shot and wounded another man, then killed himself after a standoff that started when he took a couple hostage.
"Police Chief Micheal T. Williams says police responded to a domestic disturbance Thursday. He says when officers arrived, Rasmee Moffett fired a handgun several times and retreated into the home, taking the woman and man hostage.
"Police attempted to talk to Moffett. Williams says officers had more success staying in touch with the hostages.
"Williams says Moffett demanded a face-to-face conversation with his father. The chief says that could not be arranged, and Moffett then shot the male hostage before shooting himself.
"The wounded man was shot in the leg and was taken to a hospital."
"MOUNTAIN HOME, AR — Sheriff John Montgomery says two murders and a suicide are suspected after three bodies were found in a rural home. The sheriff said a Baxter County deputy and a state trooper went to the home on Friday morning shortly after 9 following a call from a concerned neighbor.
"Montgomery says the officers forced entry into the home and found three bodies with gunshot wounds. He'll release the name of the three people after their families are notified. He said they were a mother, son and stepfather.
"The home is on Forest Hills Drive in the Robinson Point area east of Mountain Home near Norfork Lake, south of U.S. 412/62. The sheriff said there were no signs of forced entry."
UPDATE:02/12/2011 — Motive for murder/suicide remains a mystery...
Thursday, December 23, 2010
"HARRISBURG, OR — Linn County sheriff's officers say a Harrisburg man stabbed his 13-year-old son to death before taking his own life.
"Sheriff' Tim Mueller says detectives determined that 49-year-old Darwin D. Stout killed his son, Jared, sometime Wednesday morning before stabbing himself to death. Their bodies were found by Stout's wife and the boy's mother when she returned home from work Wednesday evening.
"Investigators say it's unclear why Stout killed his boy and himself, although it was reported that he had been making irrational statements and had gone to a Eugene hospital for an evaluation. Detectives say Stout was released after hospital officials determined he was not a threat to himself or others."
"FAIRDALE, WV — Investigators say a double murder suicide occurred on Maple Road in Fairdale on Thursday, Dec. 23. It happened 4:20 p.m.
"Neighbors [said] that a man killed his wife and son before turning the gun on himself. Deputies are still looking into what may have led to the shooting.
"The names of the victims and the shooter have not been released."
"MERIDIAN, MS — Lauderdale County Sheriff Billy Sollie said deputies arrived to 788 Murphy Road just before 4:30 p.m. Thursday.
"A man who lived in the house found the bodies of a man, woman, and two children, and called for help.
"Later Thursday evening, Lauderdale County coroner, Clayton Cobler,
confirmed what was suspected, that the case was a triple murder suicide.
"`An adult male who lives at this residence arrived home this afternoon and found the four individuals inside the home. All appeared to have been shot,` said Sollie. `There is a weapon inside the house that we have recovered, and it will be processed as part of the evidence.`
"The man and woman were the parents of the two children, ages 4 and 5, but Sollie said the couple was not married to each other.
"Sheriff Sollie said investigators did look at all possibilities in its investigation."
"ASHEVILLE, NC — The Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office says one man is dead and two more injured after a shooting at 68 Frisbee Road in the Leicester community.
"Deputies said just after noon Wednesday, they received a call about the shooting.
"When they arrived, they found three men who suffered gunshot wounds: David Cartwright, of Leicester; Eric Cartwright, of Asheville; and William Cassada of Candler.
"Witnesses told deputies the three men were involved in an altercation and one of the men shot the other two before shooting himself.
"Cartwright was pronounced dead at the scene and the other two men are being treated at the hospital."
"MIDDLEBURG, FL — Two people have died following a shooting near Middleburg this afternoon.
"According to the Clay County Sheriff's Office, the incident was a murder-suicide involving a long-time boyfriend and girlfriend.
"Investigators are not releasing their identities at this time.
"Deputies said the woman's child, who was in the home at the time of the shooting, went to a neighbor's house to call for help. That child will be taken into the custody of the Division of Children and Families.
"On Monday, the sheriff's office reported serving a warrant to someone in that home, but declined to release further details about that at this time.
"The man involved in the shooting called the sheriff's office yesterday to report that a gun had been stolen from the home.
"The shooting happened after 3 p.m. at a home on Southlake Drive, just off County Road 220."
"SOMERSET, PA — Somerset County authorities have released the names of two people found shot dead in a hotel room in a possible murder-suicide.
"The bodies of 42-year-old Paul D. Linhart, of Evesham, and 39-year-old Amy Estes, of Indianapolis, Ind., were found Wednesday at the Days Inn Somerset just off the Pennsylvania Turnpike. Officials were called after the hotel's staff entered the room and found Estes dead in the bed. Police then arrived and found Linhart also dead on the floor. Both had been shot.
"Police say Linhart and Estes arrived in separate cars at the hotel on Dec. 20.
"Somerset Police Chief Randy Cox says authorities weren't pursuing any suspects, but stopped short of calling the deaths a murder-suicide. He said he was awaiting autopsy results."
"TUCSON, AZ — A man and a woman were found dead inside their east-side apartment Wednesday in what Tucson police believe was a murder-suicide.
"Police said the married couple, the 57-year-old man and his 63-year-old wife, were found by the woman's brother Wednesday night in the Posada del Rio Apartment complex in the 7400 block of East Speedway, east of North Kolb Road.
"The brother, who lives in the complex, hadn't heard from his sister since Saturday, said Sgt. Matt Ronstadt, a police spokesman.
"Police believe the couple had been dead for several days. At least one neighbor reporting hearing possible gunshots Sunday, Ronstadt said.
"The woman's brother told police that his sister had recently been diagnosed with a significant illness.
"He said his sister's husband had talked about suicide recently. Police do not know what her illness was.
"Police said the two died of gunshot wounds, but they did not know who the shooter was.
"The names of the two were not released."
From the Arizona Daily Star...
"DOVER, TN — Stewart County authorities responding to a domestic violence call found one woman with a gunshot wound and a man dead in what they believe to be an attempted murder-suicide.
"`That's how we're investigating it, as an attempted murder-suicide,` said Phillip Castille of the Stewart County Sheriff's Office. `We don't know all the details yet.`
"The names of the victims were not released. Castille said the man was probably in his early 30s and the woman is likely in her late 20s. They were either married or were boyfriend and girlfriend, Castille added.
"Castille said the sheriff's department responded to a domestic disturbance call at a residence on Sparrow Lane in the Leatherwood Resort area of Stewart County at about 11:50 p.m. Monday. Castille said authorities found the woman with a `very serious` wound from a `large-caliber handgun.`
"She was airlifted to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville.
"The man was dead at the scene, Castille said, from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Castille said `there is a history` between the couple in terms of domestic violence.
"`It's still under investigation,` Castille said. `We're waiting to hear from the State Medical Examiner's Office.`"
"HARRISBURG, PA — A man shot his girlfriend and her mother inside an Ivey Lane apartment early this morning before shooting himself in the face, according to police. The girlfriend, a girl of about 18 or 19, was pronounced dead at the scene according to the Dauphin County coroner.
"Police said the girl's mother was taken to Penn State Hershey Medical Center with multiple gunshot wounds. The alleged gunman was also taken to that same hospital with facial injuries. Both are believed to be in critical condition.
"Police did not immediately release the names of the victims or the alleged shooter and said it's still very early on in the investigation. Police Chief Pierre Ritter said it appears the shootings were the a result of a domestic dispute.
"Investigators said the shooting was reported by a young girl of about 9 or 10, who witnessed the entire incident. They said the women shot were her aunt and grandmother.
"`Very traumatic to a young child to see something like that,` Ritter said, adding the girl was `hysterical` on the phone.
"Another young boy, around the age of 4, is believed to have been inside the home around the time of the shootings. He was not injured and neighbors were able to take him to safety.
"Both police and the coroner said the shooting was especially tragic given that Christmas is just two days away. Coroner Graham Hetrick said a Christmas tree was decorated inside the apartment.
"`What can you say...this is the antithesis of what Christmas should be,` Hetrick said."
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
"ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Bernalillo County deputies have ruled the death of two men found in a North Valley home Tuesday morning as a murder-suicide.
"Police responded to a reported shooting at the home near 4th Street and Alameda Boulevard around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday and upon their arrival found the two men dead on the scene.
"Deputies identified the men as James Thomas Rodarte, 53, and his 20-year-old son, James Edwin Rodarte.
"Investigators believe the younger Rodarte shot and killed his father before killing himself.
"Authorities are currently investigating a motive for the killings."
"FAIRFAX, MO — The Atchison County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide.
"Deputies responded around 12 a.m. Wednesday to a report that a man had been killed, leading them on a chain of events that led to the discovery of a second body.
"The sheriff's department had been informed a Fairfax, Missouri man had been killed by his son and that the son was intending to take his own life.
"They then discovered a 54 year-old male who they believed to have been fatally stabbed.
"As they continued investigating they also found 28 year-old male dead from a self-inflicted gun shot wound in a different rural Fairfax residence.
"The sheriff’s office is still investigating these events."
"LAKE CHARLES, LA — Investigators say they believe a Lake Charles man shot his wife then turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide Tuesday night.
"Patrol Commander James McGee with the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff's Office, [said] dispatchers received a call around 6 p.m. about a man threatening his wife at a home on 3701 Heard Road. When deputies arrived they found the body of Ethel Leger, 82, who had died from a gunshot. Her husband, Gurfy Joseph Leger, 85, was bleeding from a gunshot wound. He was taken to Christus Hospital St. Patrick's in Lake Charles. He is listed in critical condition.
"Deputy McGee says the shooting remains under investigation."
Tuesday, December 21, 2010
"ALBUQUERQUE, NM — Police are working the scene of a possible murder-suicide at Fourth Street, just north of Alameda.
"A man in his 20s and a man in his 50s were found shot to death Tuesday morning. Police believe the two men may be related.
"The call of shots fired first came into police around 5:20 a.m. in the 10000 block of Fourth Street.
"Traffic has been closed going both northbound and southbound on Fourth Street since the shooting. Police expect to open the streets up around 9 a.m.
"Several people were detained at the scene for questioning."
"SWEETWATER, TX — Two lives were claimed on Monday morning after an apparent murder-suicide took place in Nolan County, according to Nolan County Sheriff David Warren. The Sheriff's Office spent the day working two scenes of a homicide and suicide connected to a domestic situation.
"Warren said that a call was transferred from the Sweetwater Police Department to the Nolan County Sheriff's Office around 10:15 a.m. stating that James Elmer Rainey, 37, had shot his wife, Amy Dianne Rainey, also 37, in the driveway of his parents' home on 401 County Road 217. She was shot four times, twice in the head and twice in the upper torso area.
"The initial call came from Rainey's mother, after he had gone into the home and told them to phone 9-1-1. The couple's two children, a son and a daughter, had stayed with their grandparents over the weekend, according to Warren.
"`Mr. Rainey was there whenever his wife pulled up in the driveway, he may have taken her life right there in the driveway and then he actually walked in and told his parents to phone 9-1-1,` said Sheriff Warren.
"The couple was said to be having domestic troubles and had separated. Mrs. Rainey had recently moved to an address in Merkel and they were in the process of getting a divorce, said Warren.
"After authorities were notified, Mr. Rainey fled the scene in a red Dodge welding truck. A search was conducted and two DPS officers, SGT James Arnwine and CPL Bill Wheat, a highway patrol officer in Sweetwater, located the truck headed east towards the home that the Raineys once shared on County Road 222.
"`SGT Brock Carter and I arrived at the scene about the time Mr. Rainey was driving his truck back into the shop building on the property,` said Warren.
"`He pulled into the shop and we began giving verbal commands for him to exit the vehicle. Less then a minute later, he took his own life with a single gunshot wound to the head and died instantly,` said Warren. `That situation occurred at 10:57 a.m.`
"Justice of the Peace Sharon Gardner arrived at both scenes and pronounced both subjects deceased. Both bodies were taken to Permian Basin Forensic Center in Odessa for autopsies to be completed today."
Source: Sweetwater Reporter...
"HIALEAH, FL — An elderly couple was found dead Monday in an apparent murder-suicide in Hialeah.
"Roberto Vázquez, 72, fatally stabbed his wife Nilda, 67, in their home at 225 W. 60 Street, said Carl Zogby, spokesman for the Hialeah Police Departament.
"Authorities say Roberto Vázquez had a history of mental illness and that police had been responded four times in as many years to domestic-related disturbances at the couple's home.
"The bodies were discovered Monday after a concerned friend of Nilda Vázquez called police to say her friend wasn't picking up her phone.
"Inside the house, police found both dead from knife wounds, Zogby added. The couple had apparently been married for many years, with three adult children."
Source: Miami Herald...
"PINE SPRINGS,TX — A man and his wife were found Monday morning shot to death inside their Pine Springs home southeast of Dallas.
"Smith County Justice of the Peace Mitch Shamburger identified the couple as Billy Hays, 69, and his wife Bonnie Hays, 71.
"Shamburger ordered the couple be sent to the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science, in Dallas, for autopsies.
"Lt. Tony Dana, of the Smith County Sheriff’s Office, [said] his officers had been summoned to the same address earlier Monday to investigate a report of a burglary and an assault.
"Dana said about an hour later deputies received a 911 call to report two people were dead inside the home.
"A witness reported one person was seen being taken away from the residence in a patrol car.
"Pine Springs is a town of 150, about 90 miles southeast of Dallas."
"SUN CITY, FL — A Sun City man shot and killed his wife before he shot and killed himself, deputies said.
"The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office found Monday night the bodies of Lucy and Jay Pruett in their bedroom at 726 Ojai Ave. Both were 58.
"Deputies arrived at the house about 10:30 p.m. with relatives and a friend of the couple in reference to a call for a welfare check. Relatives and friends had not heard from the Pruetts in two days.
"No other details were immediately available."
Monday, December 20, 2010
"RIO DE JANERIO, BR — Brazilian authorities say a bridegroom fatally shot his new wife, his best man and then himself after announcing to horrified guests that he had a `surprise` for them.
"Police investigator Joao Brito said witnesses told officers that 29-year-old sales manager Rogerio Damascena did not give any previous indication that anything was wrong at his wedding reception.
"Mr Brito said it was likely the slayings were premeditated because of the groom's announcement and because he had hidden a gun in his father's pickup truck.
"The 25-year-old bride, Renata Alexandre Costa Coelho, and best man Marcelo Guimaraes were both killed in the murder-suicide.
"A brother of the bride was treated at a hospital and released."
"ARLINGTON, TX — Two people are dead in an apparent murder-suicide in east Arlington early Monday morning, police said.
"Arlington police responded to a call of a shooting at 2123 Glenhaven Street at about 2 a.m., Arlington police spokeswoman Tiara Richard said.
"The 19-year old daughter of Margarita Santos-Najera, 44, found her mother dead in her bedroom and called 911, Richard said. The daughter, who has not been named, hid in a closet with her infant child when she made the emergency call, Richard said.
"When police arrived, they found Santos-Najera's ex-boyfriend, Antonio Astello, 41, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in a separate bedroom, Richard said.
"Astello was no longer in a relationship with Santos-Najera but was still living in the house at the time, Richard said.
"The daughter and her infant were uninjured, Richard said."
From the Star-Telegram...
Saturday, December 18, 2010
"MACON, GA — A 7-year was shot and killed by a teen gunman who took his own life early Saturday morning in south Macon.
"Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said 19-year-old Vonn Gibbons shot Jalon Griffin in the head in the hall of Gibbons' house at 2280 Arrowwood Drive off Robin Hood Road near Rocky Creek Road. Gibbons fatally shot himself in the chest in the same hallway of the house where Gibbons' mother was babysitting Griffin, who lived at 382 Pursley St., Jones said.
"Macon police forensic investigators were on the scene gathering evidence as Gibbons' mother was taken in for questioning to determine what led to the deadly shooting at about 12:20 a.m. Saturday."
"HENDERSON, NC — Authorities are investigating a double shooting in Henderson.
"It happened Saturday morning at the ACS Building, an answering service in Henderson located near Vance-Granville Community College.
"Sheriff Peter White says Marcus Antwan Hammie, 26, of Henderson shot at a female ACS employee during a domestic dispute in the parking lot. He then turned the gun on himself.
"Authorities' say Shandria Shaw, 25, of Norlina was shot several times in the dispute.
"She is in critical condition at Duke University Hospital.
"Hammie was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
"No further information on the case has been released."
Friday, December 17, 2010
"ELY, NV — A 64-year-old North Las Vegas man shot his mother, 83, with a handgun before killing himself with the same gun sometime on Dec. 9 near the intersection of 212 North at US Highway 93, in an apparent murder-suicide, White Pine County Sheriff's Department Captain Scott Henriod said.
"According to a North Las Vegas Police Department report, Henriod said, the wife of Thomas Turbeville and daughter-in-law of Glenda Turbeville, filed a missing persons' report on Dec. 8. The wife told NLVPD officers her mother-in-law had dementia, and she and her husband had discussed putting her in a nursing home. A passing motorist, whom Henriod declined to identify, discovered the couple in a Toyota passenger car and knocked on the window, thinking they were asleep, Henriod said. The bodies were transported by ambulance to William B. Ririe Hospital and later to Mountain Vista Chapel before being returned to North Las Vegas, Henriod said."
Thursday, December 16, 2010
"MASONTOWN, PA — A Fayette County man and his mother died today after being shot in an apparent murder-suicide Wednesday, the West Virginia medical examiner's office said.
"Shaun Veres, 31, and Elaine Veres, 54, of Waynesburg, were found shot in the head in an Masontown apartment building after a two-hour standoff.
"Fayette County dispatch said police were called to the apartment building, at 99 N. Water St., at 12:16 p.m. when someone called in to report a "man with a gun."
"Masontown police officers went to the scene and then called for backup from state police `due to the disturbance turning into a hostage situation,` state police said. A trooper made contact with Mr. Veres for negotiations. Then sometime after 2 p.m., police heard two gunshots and then stormed the apartment, where they found both Mr. Veres and his mother shot in the head.
"Police believe Mr. Veres shot his mother and then turned the gun on himself.
"Mr. Veres was taken by ambulance to Uniontown Hospital and then was flown by helicopter to a Morgantown area hospital in West Virginia. Ms. Veres was flown straight to a Morgantown hospital. Both were pronounced dead at the hospital."
Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...
"LEESBURG, IN — According to Sgt. Chad Hill, the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a possible murder-suicide shooting in Leesburg.
"The shooting happened around 4 p.m. at 4690 E. Armstrong Road, which is between North Webster and Leesburg.
"2 people are dead: 1 male and 1 female and police said it looks like it’s a potential murder-suicide.
"There was a small child present, but not injured.
"Hill said there is a relationship between the 2 people, but he’s not sure what it is at this time. It doesn’t look like it’s husband/wife or boyfriend/girlfriend."
"MT PLEASANT, TX — Authorities are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Titus County, Texas. The victims are a co-worker and the girlfriend of the shooter, Investigators said.
"The shooting happened around 6:30 a.m. Thursday at the VOCNET company on County Road 2100.
"Titus County Sheriff Tim Ingram said an employee, Lee Boyd, 48 shot his co-worker Junior Lee Horton, 35, and then turned the gun on himself. The men had gotten into an argument the day before, Ingram said.
"Investigators later searched Boyd's home and found the body of his girlfriend, Vivian Mitchell. Authorities believe Boyd killed her before going to work.
"Boyd was looking for a third victim, Mitchell's ex-boyfriend, but could not find him, Ingram said."
"COLUMBUS, GA — A Columbus couple were found dead in their house Wednesday afternoon in what is being investigated as a possible murder-suicide, according to Sgt. Matt Blackstock of the Columbus Police Department.
"Alisha and Christopher Kendrick of 727 Greenbriar Drive, who according to family members had married in August, were pronounced dead at the scene.
"Muscogee County Coroner Bill Thrower said he ordered an autopsy be conducted today, and that the bodies would be sent to Atlanta sometime this morning. He said both victims appeared to have received gunshot wounds.
"A co-worker of Alisha Kendrick’s, worried because she hadn’t reported to her job as a dispatcher for the Georgia Department of Public Safety, drove to the house around 4:30 p.m. and discovered the couple inside, said Beulah Armes, who lives across the street.
Armes said she heard the co-worker banging on the door and calling Kendrick’s name for several minutes. When she went to see if she could help, the co-worker told her to stay away from the house. Police began to arrive soon thereafter.
"`I’m shocked,` Armes said. `Everything seemed so normal.`
"Police could not confirm many details late Wednesday, but interviews with neighbors suggested the shootings may have happened as early as Tuesday night."
"POMONA, CA — Police Wednesday night said the bodies of two young men found shot to death this morning in Pomona are likely a murder-suicide involving 28-year-old twin brothers.
"Both men were shot in the upper body, said authorities.
"They were found in a parking lot behind a business at 3201 W. Temple Ave, according to Pomona Police Sargeant Matt Stone.
"Officers got a call at about 8:30 regarding “two men down.”
"The twins were identified as Roger Delgado Aguilar and Ricardo Delgado Aguilar, both of Pomona.
"The police said a weapon was located at the scene and said all signs pointed to a murder-suicide."
UPDATE:12/17/2010 — Well, maybe not all signs...
"PORT TOWNSEND, WA — A Discovery Bay woman apparently killed herself with a gunshot wound after allegedly shooting her husband first in what appeared to be a murder-suicide attempt late Wednesday evening.
"The man died en route to a hospital.
"KOMO-TV reported early today that authorities were called around 10:20 p.m. to a shooting at a WorldMark Discovery Bay Condominiums unit on Orcas Island Drive, said Chief Gordon Pomeroy with East Jefferson Fire-Rescue. When deputies and firefighters arrived, they found the woman and man, both in their 60s, both shot.
"The woman died on the way to the hospital in Port Townsend. Because of foul weather near the scene, the man was being taken to a Bremerton hospital in the hopes of being flown to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle when he died.
"Investigators said the woman shot the man in the chest, then committed suicide.
"Neither person's name was released pending notification of family members.
"The WorldMark condo complex is off U.S. Highway 101 between the towns of Gardiner and Discovery Bay."
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
"K.I. SAWYER AFB, MI — Forsyth Township police have ruled the deaths Monday night of a husband and wife at a K.I. Sawyer residence a murder-suicide.
"Police were called to the home on Titan Street at 6 p.m. Monday for a stabbing incident involving two persons dead within the residence. Officers said Tuesday they were continuing to investigate the situation, with the two deaths the result of an apparent domestic argument.
"Today, police released the names of those who died and more details about what took place.
"Officers said investigation showed a domestic altercation took place. During the incident, Roy Neal, 35, produced a knife and used it to assault his wife Brooklyn Neal, 30. Police said Roy Neal then took his own life by also stabbing himself.
"Police said Tuesday two minor children were removed from the residence prior to the arrival of Forsyth officials. Michigan State Police Crime Lab personnel from Marquette were called in to process the scene.
"Additional agencies assisting included the Marquette County Sheriff's Office, Forsyth Township EMS and Fire and MediRide EMS."
Source: The Daily News...
"PANAMA CITY, FL — The Bay District School Board meeting Tuesday afternoon was disrupted by a man who pulled out a gun while the meeting was in progress.
"The man, 56-year-old Clay Duke, eventually shot and killed himself...
"Panama City Police Chief John Van Etten said no one else in the building was hurt.
"According to ... witnesses at the scene, Duke approached the podium and said that he had a motion to make. Duke pulled out a spray can of paint and painted a circle on the wall with a capital letter `V` going through the center.
"Duke then pulled out what School Superintendent Bill Husfelt said was a large handgun.
"Husfelt said at one point, the gun was pointed directly at him.
"`It was a .45 caliber gun, but it was so big it looked like a shotgun when it was pointed at me,` Husfelt said.
"Husfelt said the look on the man’s face `was almost a smile.`
"`He had made up his mind that he was going to die today`, Husfelt said after the meeting. `He said several times, 'I’m gonna die'.`
"Van Etten said the gun was loaded with real bullets.
"... School board member Ginger Littleton struck the gunman with her purse after he had pulled out the gun. The gunman then pushed her to the ground and, after a lenghty, rambling discussion with school board members, fired several shots.
"Those in attendance at the meeting ran outside as police entered the building.
"Duke was reportedly upset that his wife had been fired by the school district, and had a criminal history of similar actions."
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"LONE JACK, MO — The Jackson County Sheriff's Office was assisting Lone Jack Police with a death investigation late into the night Monday.
"Police Chief Bill Forbes said it was family members of the deceased who contacted officers shortly at approximately 7:05 p.m. to say they discovered the two bodies when they entered the home on the 300 block of Pecan Tree Avenue. Forbes said the man was in his 30s and the boy was 7 years old. He would not reveal how the two were related, pending further family notification.
"He said there was no sign of forced entry, and Jackson County Col. Ben Kenney said there was no reason for residents to fear a murder suspect at large. Neither would call it a murder-suicide officially until obtaining an autopsy report. Chief Forbes did, however, describe the circumstances as `very sad.`"
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
"STATESVILLE, NC — The Iredell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an apparent murder-suicide involving an off-duty Statesville Police Department officer.
"SPD Chief Tom Anderson confirmed that one of the two people dead on Whitetail Road off Cooper Farm Road is an SPD officer. His name has not yet been released pending notification of next-of-kin.
"The sheriff’s office received a call shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday about a man and woman lying outside a house on Whitetail Road. The man and woman were pronounced dead on the scene.
"ICSO Chief Deputy Rick Dowdle said there were two small children, around the ages of 4 and 7 inside the house. Dowdle said deputies do not think the children, both boys, witnessed the shootings.
"The children are in the custody of family members.
"Dowdle said the investigation is ongoing and evidence is being collected at the scene.
"Anderson, who along with Assistant Chief Bill Halliburton, came to the scene said he was stunned. `It’s incomprehensible,` he said.
"Capt. Darren Campbell of the ICSO said the couple was estranged but was not sure if they were officially divorced. The sheriff’s office has not responded to any domestic calls involving the couple, Dowdle said.
"Anderson said the officer has been with the SPD for more than three years and there were no indications of any issues involving domestic violence.
"`Our prayers are with the family,` he said."
Source: Statesville Record & Landmark...
"LAKE HAVASU CITY, AZ — Police in Lake Havasu City are investigating a murder-suicide involving a man and his 84-year-old mother.
"Police responded Monday evening to a residence in the 3500 block of Bali Drive for a welfare check after a neighbor reported not seeing any movement at the house for a few days.
"Officers entered the home and discovered the bodies of two adults and two dogs.
"Investigators believe 43-year-old Donald Larson killed his mother Audrey Larson sometime last weekend, shot the two dogs and then committed suicide.
"Police say Donald Larson lived at the house with his mother. They say a motive for the murder-suicide is unclear."
UPDATE:12/15/2010 — Shooter was a "nice guy who never caused any problems"...
"GREENWOORD, AR — Sebastian County Sheriff's Department Capt. Kevin Nickson confirmed that, early Tuesday morning, deputies were called out to an attempted murder-suicide.
"A Laotian husband and wife were staying with a friend just west of Greenwood at the Highway 10/Highway 253 intersection.
"The couple had been arguing all night. Nickson said the husband shot the wife in the head with a .22 magnum long rifle. The wife is in critical condition at an area hospital.
"The husband then fatally shot himself with the same weapon, Nickson said.
"A neighbor who lives across the street from the home, Gaylon Foot, said he heard screaming coming from the home early Tuesday morning.
"`I heard some lady screaming. I was in shock. I didn't know if it was the one that got shot,` Foot said."
"SPOKANE, WA — A Spokane man arrested after allegedly killing his 20-year-old girlfriend told students at Gonzaga University to go inside as he ran from police while holding a gun.
"24-year-old Tristen Jordan is recovering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after killing his girlfriend, according to Police.
"Students reported seeing Jordan run past the Gonzaga University campus with a gun early Sunday morning.
"`He said, 'Go Home, Guys'`, according to freshman Carson Thompson. `My friends heard him say something like, 'God is your savior.'`
"Thompson and his friends returned to their dorm then heard several gunshots.
"Police say the suspect shot a pistol at several cars parked under a nearby dorm then shot himself in the head.
"They found him at about 2:30 on Sunday morning.
"Police expect the suspect to make a full recovery.
"The suspect's girlfriend was found dead inside her home about eight blocks away. Police say she was shot in the face at least once.
"Police identified the victim as Samantha Franco. Friends and family of the victim are planning a candlelight vigil to honor her life."
Monday, December 13, 2010
"NEW BRAUNFELS, TX — The Comal County Sheriff's Department has confirmed that a couple found dead Sunday in a field north of New Braunfels had been having marital problems and was in the process of getting a divorce.
"Lt. Mark Reynolds, spokesman for the department, said Arden Specia-Spencer, 57, and Mark Spencer, 58, had both been shot to death.
"Reynolds said he would not speculate as to how they were killed, saying instead that he would wait for the results of an autopsy. However, he said investigators are fairly certain that no one other than the couple was involved in the incident.
"Deputies responded to a call about a suicide from a home in the 2900 block of Purgatory Road just after 5 p.m. Sunday, Reynolds said.
"`When deputies and EMS personnel got there, they discovered two bodies, one female and one male,` Reynolds said.
"Reynolds said it was Arden Specia-Spencer who was visiting her mother at the time when she was killed.
"Her mother is the one who placed the 911 call, Reynolds said.
"The couple, according to Reynolds, lived in San Antonio and had two young children. He would not confirm whether the children were present at the time of the shootings.
"Neighbors said Arden Specia-Spencer was a local attorney, although they did not know much else about the couple."
UPDATE:12/15/2010 — "They seemed like a happy family"...
"BROOKLYN, NY — A deranged Brooklyn man fatally stabbed his mother and repeatedly slashed his father's throat Monday before he threw himself in the path of a subway train, police said.
"Ryan Devaney somehow survived a near-death encounter with an oncoming G-train and was pulled screaming from the tracks before being rushed to Lutheran Medical Center where he was in serious condition.
"His mother, identified as Margaret Devaney, had been stabbed in the eye and abdomen. She died later at Methodist Hospital, police said.
"His dad, Raymond Devaney, who was stabbed twice in the throat, was also hospitalized in critical condition, police said.
"Meanwhile, police were combing through the blood-spattered Windsor Terrace home and trying to piece together what happened.
"Devaney, 31, has had at least one brush with the law. He was arrested two years ago in Palm Beach County, Fla. for possession of drug paraphernelia, records show.
"Police responded to a call for help at 8:15 a.m. after Devaney's blood-spattered parents were seen staggering out of their Howard Place home.
"Seven minutes later, Devaney apparently tried to kill himself by jumping off the tracks at the 15th St. station into the path of a G train, police said.
"He was rushed to Lutheran Medical Center.
"The incident snarled the morning commute for legions of straphangers."
Source: NY Daily News...
Sunday, December 12, 2010
"ST. MARTIN, MS — A St. Martin couple was discovered dead Sunday afternoon in what appears to be a murder-suicide.
"Jackson County Sheriff Mike Byrd [said] that deputies were called to a home at 7121 Oak Cove Drive in St. Martin, shortly before two. There, they discovered the body of 31-year-old Sara Porter, dead from a gunshot wound to the chest and abdomen.
"According to Byrd, the body of Porter's husband, Cedric Porter, was found nearby with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
"Police believe the husband shot and killed Sara Porter before turning the gun on himself.
"According to the victim's father, the couple had been together for 13 years, but recently had domestic issues. He said Sarah Porter had signed divorce papers a week ago.
"Police believe the victim was returning to the home to pick up her belongings when she got into an argument with Cedric Porter, which escalated until shots were fired.
"The couple had four children. They have been taken in by members of the victim's family."
"WILMINGTON, NC — A man who committed suicide on Saturday is believed to have killed a woman in a nearby apartment complex before jumping off a North College Road overpass and plunging to his death on Interstate 140/U.S. 17 amid afternoon traffic, a spokesman for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office said.
"Detectives investigating the murder, which happened earlier Saturday at 4506 Coddington Loop Apt. 201, have released few details, except to say that the murder victim was a woman and the suspect who killed himself was a man.
"A spokesman for the sheriff’s office, Deputy J.L. Augst, said late Saturday that detectives were withholding the victims’ identities, suggesting they were still trying to notify family members about the deaths.
"Although it remains under investigation, the case has been labeled a murder-suicide. Detectives believe the man killed the woman, then drove to the overpass and leapt off.
"`That’s a logical series of events,` Augst said. `But with any investigation, you follow all your leads and make sure the conclusion you came to is the best one.`"
Saturday, December 11, 2010
"PERRY COUNTY, IL — Perry County authorities are investigating a possible murder-suicide near Pinckneyville.
"A road crew found two people dead around 2:00 p.m. Friday inside a car at the intersection of Pyatt-Cutler Road and Old State Route 13/127. It is about a quarter mile west of the intersection of IL-152 and IL-13/127.
"The road crew employee told dispatchers he saw blood and a gun inside the parked car.
"`The deaths may be the result of a murder/suicide incident,` Perry County Sheriff Keith Kellerman said in a release Friday evening.
"Authorities have identified those victims as Joseph Swallers, 59, and Irene Swallers, 49, both of Du Quoin."
UPDATE:12/12/2010 — "He said, if she files for divorce... he's going to kill her"...
12/16/2010 — It was only a matter of time...
"CHATTAROY, WA — Detectives are investigating the deaths of an elderly man and woman in Chattaroy as a murder-suicide, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.
"Their bodies were discovered Friday in a trailer in the 3100 block of East Chattaroy Road. Both people were in their 70s.
"Fire personnel found a body on the floor of the home after an out-of-state relative called the Sheriff’s Office about 9:50 a.m. and asked that deputies check on the couple.
"`Names, cause of death, and manner of death will be provided after autopsy Monday,` sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Dave Reagan said in a news release."
From The Spokesman-Record...
UPDATE:12/15/2010 — Wife was the most likely shooter...
Friday, December 10, 2010
"CHESAPEAKE, VA — Police discovered the bodies of a woman and man inside a home about 3:30 p.m. Friday when they responded to the 1200 block of Copper Stone Court, according to a news release.
"They are investigating the deaths as a possible murder/suicide.
"The names of the two will be released after family members are notified, police said.
"Police say the man and woman knew each other. They will release more details about their exact relationship when they become available.
"Police say the man and woman knew each other. They will release more details about their exact relationship when they become available.
"By evening, yellow tape marked off the property at 1207 Copper Stone Court, a brick ranch home in the Hunningdon Lakes neighborhood off Kempsville Road. One electric candle burned in a front window.
"Neighbors gathered on porches in the cold.
"`We’re all shocked,` said Joan Ligon, who lives across the street."
"SAN DIEGO, CA — The gunfire near the the intersection of 55th Street and El Cajon Boulevard was reported shortly before 10 a.m., according to San Diego police.
"Investigators said that a 22 year old female victim, a recent SDSU graduate, was discovered in the middle of 55th street with several gunshot wounds. She was transported to Scripps Mercy Hospital but was pronounced dead at 10:29 am.
"Officers searching the area shortly thereafter discovered a second shooting victim, a 21 year old male, in a pickup truck across the street. The two were believed to be romantically involved in the past, and preliminary investigation indicates that the shooting was a murder-suicide.
"Police blocked off traffic lanes in the area due to the crash.
"Officers have tentatively identified both victims but are withholding release of the names at this time."
Thursday, December 9, 2010
"MEMPHIS, TN — Memphis Police say a man shot and killed his girlfriend then turned the gun on himself, Wednesday. It happened around 8pm on Pallwood Road near Macon and Wells Station.
"According to neighbors, the woman was in the process of moving out of their home when she was shot and killed. They also say her brother was helping her and witnessed the shooting.
"Police have not released the names of the victim or gunman."
"LEAVENWORTH, KS — A Leavenworth woman remained in critical condition Thursday following a shooting the night before. The man believed to be responsible for the shooting has committed suicide, a police spokesman said.
"Amber Robinson, 27, told police she’d been shot Wednesday by her estranged husband, Alan Robinson, who later was found dead at his residence, according to Maj. Robert Smith, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.
"The shooting was reported at 6:48 p.m. Wednesday in the 1900 block of Third Avenue.
"When police arrived, they found Amber Robinson in a vehicle. She’d been shot in the shoulder and head. She was conscious and able to identify the shooter, Smith said.
"She was taken to Saint John Hospital and later flown by helicopter to the University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kan., Smith said.
"Amber Robinson apparently had dropped off her children at the home of a family member of her estranged husband. She was shot as she was starting to leave in her vehicle.
"`She had no contact with (her husband) prior to the shooting,` Smith said.
"Officers went to the suspect’s home in the 1000 block of Central Avenue. They found his car, but there was no answer at the door.
"Smith said police did not have enough probable cause at that point to enter the home so they left the area.
"At 9:18 p.m. Wednesday, officers were summoned back to the suspect’s residence.
"`Family members had forced entry into the residence and found Mr. Robinson is the basement having taken his own life,` Smith said.
"Police found a .380 caliber handgun at the residence that is believed to have been used in the shooting of Amber Robinson."
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Wednesday, December 8, 2010
"ALBION TOWNSHIP, WI — Authorities in Wisconsin say a standoff near Albion Township ended at about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday as the suspect shot himself and died.
"A Jackson County Sheriff's Office deputy was shot just after noon Wednesday while responding to a welfare check of a subject who lived on County Road X in Albion Township. He is still hospitalized, and his condition is not known at this time.
"Another deputy was injured after being hit by shrapnel, and was treated and released.
"The subject was thought to be despondent, and concern was relayed for that person's well being. A Jackson County Deputy responded to the scene, and while on the scene, the subject who resides at the residence allegedly shot at the officer.
"The deputy requested assistance and was transported by ambulance to a medical facility for treatment. The deputy's condition is not known at this time."
"ROXBORO, NC — Person County sheriff's officials were investigating a murder-suicide Wednesday involving a husband and wife.
"Evonne Coleman, 56, of 9276 Dirgie Mine Road in Roxboro, called authorities at 2:22 p.m. to say that her husband, William Coleman Sr., had assaulted her, according to Sheriff Dewey Jones.
"The woman said her husband did not have any weapons, and the dispatcher was unable to get any more information from her.
"Once deputies got to the scene, they found Evonne Coleman dead on the porch, Jones said. Her husband was sitting in a chair on the porch with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. He had a .45 caliber gun in his hand and was unconscious but still breathing, Jones said.
"William Coleman Sr. was flown to Duke University Hospital, where he died, according to Jones."
"MIAMI, FL — A Miami woman shot and killed her boyfriend before turning the gun on herself, according to Miami police.
"Police did not release the identities of couple found dead in the apparent murder-suicide inside the home in 1800 block of Southwest 11th Terrace.
"The couple dated about three years and lived together at the address, according to Kenia Reyes, a Miami police spokeswoman.
"`Detectives don't know what prompted the shooting,` Reyes said.
"The man's boss called police Wednesday after he failed to show up for work. He was described as a dedicated employee who never missed a day.
"Police found the bodies inside. Investigators were knocking on doors to see if neighbors heard gunshots or any argument before the shooting.
"The man was last seen Tuesday night when he left work."
Source: Miami Herald...
"SHERIDAN, AR — Police have released the names of two people found dead just before 10:30am in the house at 411 West Center Street. Investigators think 37-year-old James Sellman killed his ex-wife Malena, who was 36, then killed himself.
"This is the first murder of the year in Sheridan. The double murder last Friday was in the same county and several miles down the road. Neighbors and investigators say these things just don't happen here.
"Traffic was near a crawl near with passersby trying to see through the trucks, the tape, and the tarp.
"Misty Mayo said, `Its nothing like Sheridan. This is a quiet place. Everybody knows everybody. Everybody's friendly.`
"Mayo lives a few streets away from the scene. She passes the house on her way to church. All she knew was a couple with kids lived here.
"`I feel for the boys because there's so much stress on the world,` she said.
"When Sheridan Police Chief Bob Adams walked inside the home he found a man and a woman shot in the head. Adams says police have no record of violence here. He says the couple was divorced but still friends.
"Inside, though, told a different story. Investigators say it appears the man shot the woman first and then himself.
"`Was there any struggle? Well there is some evidence of disarray inside the house,` said Chief Adams."
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
"CHEVAK, AK — Troopers believe a shooting that led to two deaths in a Southwest Alaska village was a murder-suicide.
"A third person was also shot in the Chevak incident. As of this weekend, Theresa Ayalkun, 28, was in stable condition at the Alaska Native Medical Center, said Beth Ipsen, a spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers.
"`It is our belief that Amy Moses shot Thomas Moses and Theresa Chayalkun, 28, of Chevak, before turning the gun on herself and killing herself,` said Ipsen in an emailed statement.
"Amy, 32, and Thomas Moses, 37 estranged husband and wife, were drinking with Ayalkun before the shooting, Ipsen said.
"Ipsen did not know the extent of the drinking or Ayalkun's wounds.
"She also did not know Ayalkun's relationship to the Moses'.
"Children were in the house, including teens, but they didn't witness the shooting, Ipsen said.
"The death investigation is being wrapped up and an in-house report will be published some time in the future.
"Ipsen would not say how many shots were fired, or what kind of gun was used."
Source: The Tundra Drums...
"LAGUNA WOODS, CA — Authorities say the shooting deaths of a 77-year-old man and his 72-year-old wife at a retirement community in Orange County have been ruled a murder-suicide.
"Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino says a caretaker who works for the couple heard gunshots shortly after 1 p.m. Monday.
"The caretaker found the man lying on the floor and called 911.
"Sheriff's officials say Arthur Baar shot his wife of 50 years, Caryl, in the couple's bathroom and then turned the gun on himself.
"Both were dead by the time deputies arrived.
"The man's body was located in the front of the house and the wife's body was found in the back, Amormino said.
"The Baars had lived in the single-family home in the Laguna Woods community for 11 years.
"The couple had two adopted daughters who live out-of-state.
"A motive was not immediately known."
"ZEPHYRHILLS, FL — Deputies are investigating what appears to be a failed murder-suicide attempt at a home on Brisk Drive.
"Early information indicates a woman slit her boyfriend's throat and then took a large amount of prescription pills in an overdose attempt.
"The boyfriend received more than 20 stitches to close the wound and is recovering. The woman is in critical condition.
"Deputies declined to immediately identify either of them.
"Investigators say they were called to the scene just before 2 a.m., but did not specify who tipped them off."
Source: FOX Tampa....
"DEDHAM, MA — A man shot his wife dead and wounded his 26-year-old daughter before turning the gun on himself, Norfolk County District Attorney William Keating said.
"William Spada, 53, was found dead at 1:36 a.m. Tuesday alongside his wife, Patricia, 51, in their home on 2 Carmichael Circle in Dedham. The couple’s daughter, Deidre, was in critical condition at Beth Israel-Deaconess Medical Center in Boston Tuesday morning, Keating said.
"Deidre Spada’s boyfriend, who lives at the house, was there when the shootings happened and identified William Spada as the shooter. The boyfriend, who is 27, called for help.
"The young man works for Spada at his paving company. The family has a son who is attending college out of state, Keating said.
"He said there is no history of police being called to the Carmichael Circle address before for domestic disturbances.
"Police found a handgun in the house which they believe to be the weapon Spada used, Keating said.
State Police and Dedham detectives are investigating and were searching the house this morning."
Monday, December 6, 2010
"HUNTSVILLE, AL — Two people were shot in the parking lot of the Walmart on University Drive just after noon Monday.
"25-year-old Stan Ryan Malone was killed and 41-year-old Martha Ann White of New Market was injured. Police say 44-year-old Luke Bates shot the two in the store parking lot.
"Police say Malone and White were employees of the store. Bates did not work there, but he was in the construction business.
"Investigators say Bates and White had been in a relationship, but were no longer dating. It is unknown what the relationship was between Malone and White.
"Police say after the shooting, Bates returned home to 1101 Old Railroad Bed Road in Lincoln County, TN. A family member found him in his home with what investigators believe to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was flown to Vanderbilt in critical condition."