Monday, February 28, 2011

Jumper Was "Person Of Interest"

"EAST HAMPTON, CT — A 22-year-old man identified as a "person of interest" in the death of an East Hampton woman apparently killed himself Sunday night by jumping five stories from a parking garage at the Mohegan Sun casino in Uncasville.

"Police on Monday identified Oscar Wojtanowski as someone they were investigating in connection with the death of Jaclyn Fitzgerald, 24, whose body was found Friday in her home at 30 Namonee Trail in East Hampton. Her body is at the state medical examiner's office. No cause of death was released Monday.

"Wojtanowski's body is also at the state medical examiner's office in Farmington, awaiting an autopsy, officials said.

"State police are investigating what they termed an untimely death at the Riverview Parking Complex at the casino about 8:15 p.m. Sunday. Although police have not identified the man, people familiar with the investigation said it was Wojtanowski. State police said the person jumped from the garage's fifth floor and was found dead near the garage's entrance.

"Police collected evidence at Fitzgerald's home after finding her body there on Friday. Public records list Wojtanowski as having lived at Fitzgerald's home in the past. Reimondo said that Wojtanowski was at times Fitzgerald's boyfriend.

"`It was a rocky relationship,` Reimondo said.

"Fitzgerald worked as a dancer at the Gold Club in Hartford."

From the Hartford Courant...


Victim's Facebook page...

No Motive Known At This Time

"CHESHIRE, OR — Police have released the names of the two people that were found dead in a Cheshire home Friday afternoon.

"Police say neighbors found the bodies of Harry and Barbara Hanus, both 74, inside their home on 92330 Goldson Road.

"Police say the couple had not been seen for a few days, and neighbors became concerned.

"The Lane County Medical Examiner's Office confirmed the two died from gunshot wounds, and it classifies Barbara's death as a homicide and Harry's death as a suicide.

"Officials say no motive is known at this time and no one else was involved."


Pact Or Murder/Suicide? Cops Unsure

"JANESVILLE, WI — A Janesville couple found dead in their home Sunday had a suicide pact, police said.

"The married couple in their mid-40s were found dead at about 4 p.m. in the basement of their home in the 3500 block of Stuart Street, Deputy Chief Dan Davis said.

"Notes, conversations with family and posts on Facebook indicated the couple committed suicide together, Davis said.

"The couple had health and financial problems, he said, and a gun was found at the scene.

"The deaths remain under investigation, Davis said, and it was unknown whether the pact was a murder-suicide or double suicide.

"Autopsies have not been performed on the bodies, he said.

"The couple were found after family members asked police to check on the them.

"An investigator with the Rock County Coroner’s Office pronounced the two dead shortly after police responded."


Stabbed While They Slept

"WAHOO, NE — The deaths of three rural Ithaca residents were due to murder-suicide.

"On Monday afternoon, Saunders County Attorney Scott Tingelhoff reported that Toni Hindman, 45, used a knife to kill both her daughter and her husband before turning the blade on herself.

"`We have conclusive evidence that all three victims died of knife wounds,` said Tingelhoff.

"The bodies of Hindman, her 47-year-old husband, Tim, and 12-year-old daughter, Ardena, were found in their rural Ithaca home on Feb. 20 by firefighters responding to a fire call at the home.

"According to Tingelhoff, final toxicology reports were still pending. However, he said enough corroborating evidence has been found to determine roughly what happened.

"Research logs on the family’s computer show that someone in the home had been researching medications for depression and methods of suicide.

"Additionally, purchase records showed that Toni Hindman had purchased the six-inch hunter’s filleting knife she used in the killings on Saturday, Feb. 19.

"Although he did not have a complete chronology of the incident, Tingelhoff said that the investigation has determined that all of the deaths occurred sometime between late Saturday night and the early hours of Sunday morning.

"Tingelhoff said that Timothy and Ardena Hindman were both killed in their beds. Toni Hindman then moved to the living room area of the home, where she appears to have intentionally set the fire. She then turned the knife on herself.

"No suicide note has been found. However, Tingelhoff said that interviews with family members indicated that Toni Hindman may have been depressed.

"While he was unaware of any immediate stressors, Tingelhoff noted that the couple did lose a three-year-old daughter, Jessica, to cancer about five years ago.

"`In talking with the family, that was a great loss,` said Tingelhoff."


Friday, February 25, 2011

No Motive In Deaths Of Elderly Couple

"TRUMAN, MN — Authorities have determined that the deaths of a Truman couple was the result of a murder-suicide.

"Truman police said Carl Sorgatz, 73, and Rondy Sorgatz, 75, died in their home from single gunshot wounds.

"Police found the bodies about 6 p.m. Tuesday after a family member called them to express concern about their welfare. The victims were taken to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office for a forensic examination.

"A motive for the act has yet to be determined."

From The Free Press...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

"They Seemed To Be A Nice Couple"

"BIRMINGHAM, AL — Residents of the Annendale subdivision said they were shocked by a murder-suicide that happened in broad daylight on Thursday, claiming the lives of an as-yet-unidentified couple.

"Neighbor Charline Anderson said she heard about four shots at around 5:40 p.m. in the Huffman-area neighborhood. She and her family are watching the couple's 4-year-old son.

"`We're trying to keep him from seeing what's going on outside,` Anderson said.
Detectives and evidence technicians from the Jefferson County's Sheriff's Office were taking photographs at the home in the 1700 block of Annendale Drive.

"Anderson said she believed the husband stood outside the house and shot his wife before turning the gun on himself. She said she did not think the child saw the shooting. `I hope he didn't see it, but I know he had to have heard it,` she said.

"The family had lived in the home for about four years, Anderson said.

"Small groups of neighbors gathered to watch as the detectives began their investigation.

"Another neighbor, Charlton Marshall, said he did not know the couple personally, but he was surprised by the shooting. `I wouldn't have thought it would have happened. They seemed to be a nice couple.`"


Death In A Small Town

"BIBLE GROVE, IL — Authorities are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in the small town of Bible Grove, Ill., in Clay County.

"Coroner Gary W. Bright said authorities were called to a possible shooting at a residence in Bible Grove shortly before 9 a.m. Wednesday. Clay County sheriff's deputies discovered the bodies of Thomas E. Holste, 58 and his wife, Mary A. Holste, 53. Both died of apparent gunshot wounds, the coroner said.

"`At this time, evidence indicates the manner of death to be a homicide-suicide,` Bright said.

"Officials with the Illinois State Police Crime Scene Services joined the coroner and sheriff's police in the investigation. Autopsies are scheduled for today."


Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Cops Won't Speculate On Murder/Suicide

"CASTLE ROCK, CO — When two bodies are found and authorities say they're not seeking other suspects, the deadly math typically equates to a murder-suicide scenario. But that's only speculation at this point in the investigation on the 2400 block of Marlin Way in Keene Ranch.

"Thus far, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office hasn't released names or more than the barest details.

"Sergeant Ron Hanavan, spokesman for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, says personnel are not at a point where they feel comfortable revealing what he refers to as `the relationship of the individuals to the house.` However, he does confirm that a `multiple homicide investigation` is underway. `It's an active and ongoing investigation, and we're conducting interviews as well as completing follow-through with any and all leads.`"



02/24/2011 — Homicide?

Crime Spree Ends In Murder, Suicide

"COLUMBIA, SC — Officials say the same man who shot himself in front of officers Tuesday night on Garner's Ferry Road is the same suspect who murdered a Forest Acres restaurant owner.

"At a joint press conference Wednesday afternoon the Richland County Sheriff's Department, Forest Acres Police and Columbia Police announced the two crimes are connected.

"Investigators say Mario Stokes started the lengthy crime spree in the Capital Heights Complex around 7:30 p.m. when he robbed a woman at gunpoint and stole her SUV. According to their information, Stokes then made his way to the Family Dollar on Leesburg Road where he robbed and assaulted employees. Shortly after, police say Stokes robbed the China Palace on South Beltline Blvd.

"Around 9:30 p.m. he continued his robbery spree holding up Dino's Restaurant on Decker Blvd where he shot and killed owner Steve Kim in front of a customer.

"The suspect pulled into the Walgreens on Garners Ferry Road and came to a stop in the parking lot. Officers called out to the suspect, but he did not respond to commands. Officers approached the vehicle and found the suspect with a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

"Wednesday, investigators discovered the same gun, which was stolen from a vehicle parked at the airport, was used in both shootings. The gun was previously reported stolen.

"Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott says Stokes may have committed more crimes Tuesday night. Call CrimeStoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC to report any incidents you think may be related.

"Police say Stokes has a long criminal record."


Bodies Found In "Suspicious Vehicle"

"LINKWOOD, MD — Authorities in Dorchester County say a man shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide Tuesday night.

"The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office says that at around 7 p.m., a deputy responded to 5521 Aireys Road in the Linkwood area to investigate a suspicious vehicle report. When the deputy arrived on the scene, he located the vehicle and discovered two bodies inside.

"According to police, evidence indicates the incident was a murder-suicide.

"Police say their investigation revealed that 38-year-old Michael Matson Brittingham of 3429 Beaver Neck Road in Linkwood, shot and killed his wife, 35-year old Jennifer Dove Brittingham of the same address, before fatally shooting himself. Each sustained a single gunshot wound, according to investigators.

"The couple was pronounced dead at the scene by a medical examiner and their bodies have been taken to Baltimore for autopsies. The investigation into the shooting and what led up to it is continuing.

"The couple leaves behind three teenage children, according to police."


Pets Homeless After Murder/Suicide

"ROUND ROCK, TX — Round Rock police are investigating the shooting deaths of a man and woman.

"Police responded to a 911 call around 5:00 a.m. Wednesday leading them to a house on 3809 Bent Brook Drive off Red Bud Lane in Round Rock. Officers found the bodies of a man and woman inside.

"Teams of investigators have collected bags of evidence and computers. Three animals in the house, a dog and two cats, are now in animal custody.

"Neighbors have been watching from the sidewalk in shock.

"The identities of the victims have not yet been released. According to state tax records, Michael and Yoli Amr are the homeowners.

"Police say the investigation is still in the early stages. They say the deaths appear to be a murder-suicide. Officers found a weapon in the home."


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Double Murder/Suicide Survivor Charged With Murder

"WASHINGTON, UT — A Washington man has been charged in the weekend fatal shooting of his wife and stepson.

"Richard Andrew Jones, 46, was charged Tuesday in 5th District Court with two counts of aggravated murder, a first-degree felony. He allegedly shot them Friday before turning the gun on himself.

"Officers responded shortly before 9 p.m. to a home at 126 W. Wagon Wheel Drive in Washington after Michelle Jones, 42, called 911 to report her husband had just shot her son and was coming after her, according to a police affidavit. The line went dead as neighbors also called police to report gunfire.

"When police arrived, they found Michelle Jones and Owen Christopher Ellis, 19, dead. Richard Jones was lying in the garage with a gunshot wound to the head and a .45-caliber handgun nearby, the affidavit states.

"Richard Jones told medical personnel he committed the shootings after an argument with his wife, according to the affidavit.

"He remained in critical condition Tuesday in a Las Vegas hospital. A judge has issued an arrest warrant and set bail at $250,000."


Parking Lot Altercation Leaves Two Dead

"PHOENIX, AZ — Medical examinations have revealed that the the shooting deaths of two people in downtown Phoenix early Saturday morning was actually a murder-suicide, Phoenix police said.

"At 1:58 a.m., police responded to reports of gunfire at 26th Street and Clarendon, where they discovered a man lying in the road in critical condition. He has been identified as Paco T. Parra, 27, and he died after being transported to County Hospital. While looking for witnesses and securing the scene, police discovered a second man, Rico L. Guy, 25, who also died after being transferred to the hospital.

"Investigators believe that the two men got into an altercation in the parking lot at 2475 E. Clarendon. According to police, Parra shot and killed Guy, then fled the scene. He is then believed to have shot himself. The motive for the dispute, as well as the relationship between the two men, is still under investigation."


Dead Couple Were In "Romantic Relationship"

"EUGENE, OR — The Lane County Sheriff’s Office has released the names of two people killed after a shooting on Howard Avenue, in north Eugene over the weekend.

"30 year-old Valerie R. Rhodes and 30 year-old Christopher Schroeder died of gunshot wounds on Saturday, February 19th, 2011. The Lane County Sheriff’s Office says the victims were in a romantic relationship.

"Investigators recovered a weapon on the scene and believe no one else was involved in the incident.

"The shooting happened at 9:49 p.m. Saturday, at a home on the 300 block of Howard Avenue, off River Road in north Eugene.

"Lane County emergency dispatchers received a 911 call with no one on the other end responding.

"When help arrived, deputies say they found both Rhodes and Schroeder with gunshot wounds. Schroeder was pronounced dead at the scene. Rhodes was rushed to RiverBend Hospital in Springfield, but was pronounced dead a short time later.

"Investigators are now trying to determine the events that lead up to the shooting and the couple’s history.

"`We want to make sure that folks (neighbors) know that we don't have any reason to believe that this is anything other than something between these two folks,` says Captain Bill Thompson of the Lane County Sheriff’s Office.

"`So there's no suspect out there we're trying to find, there's nothing in play here, as tragic as this incident is, we believe it is contained just to this couple,` says Cpt. Thompson."


Monday, February 21, 2011

Coroner Rules Murder/Suicide

"MACON COUNTY, GA — The deaths of a Macon County couple were ruled a murder / suicide today.

"According to Macon County Coroner, Grover Barfield, 60-year-old Corine Riley shot her former husband, 71-year-old Colonel Riley and then turned the gun on herself Friday afternoon.

"Their bodies were found in the garage area of a house at 3554 Reuben Odom Rd. in Oglethorpe, GA.

"The GBI and Macon County Sheriff's department continue to investigate the crime.

"The couple was divorced and were not living together."

From WGMT...

Sunday Evening Murder/Suicide

"ROCKFORD, TN — Blount County authorities are investigating the deaths of a couple killed in an apparent murder-suicide Sunday night.

"Deputies discovered two shooting victims on the floor—Uriel Degado, 38, and Erma Juarez, 31—at their Rockford residence on Crystal Lane shortly before 9 p.m., according to Marian O’Briant, Blount County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman.

"Degado was pronounced dead at the scene. Juarez died during surgery a short time later at the University of Tennessee Medical Center, O’Briant said.

"Preliminary autopsy results indicate both died from their gunshot wounds, she added.

"The investigation is ongoing."


Bodies Found At Motel 6

"ST LOUIS, MO — A shocking discovery at a Motel 6 in South St. Louis County as a man and woman are found dead in a room, the victims of an apparent murder-suicide.

"Detectives with the St. Louis County Police Department believe the victims are a husband and wife from the City of St. Louis. Authorities are not looking for a suspect.

"The room was supposed to be vacant; it was post checkout time and the room was locked from the inside. An employee managed to peek through an opening, saw the bodies of the couple who had been staying there, and called county police.

"Authorities responded to the motel, located at 6500 South Lindbergh Boulevard, around 12:15 p.m. Police had to force their way in, where they found the 47-year-old man and 30-year-old woman. Both had been shot inside the room, giving the appearance of a murder-suicide.

"Motel 6 records show the couple had been staying here for days. They were dropped off days ago, scheduled to be picked up after checkout Monday.

"Police are attempting to notify family."


Killer Confesses Before Committing Suicide

"CEDAR BLUFF, AL — Two people are dead and police are investigating a possible homicide in Cherokee County, Ala.

"Authorities were notified on Saturday afternoon that a woman’s body was discovered beside her vehicle at Cornwall Furnace Park.

"The woman, Jessica Arnell Sharp, 25, of Cedar Bluff, Ala., was pronounced dead at the scene by Coroner Broderick Smith, said Cherokee County Sheriff Jeff Shaver.

"A short time later, Michael Joseph Snider, 39, of Gaylesville, Ala., called police and said he was in a wooded area approximately three miles away and that he had a self-inflicted knife wound.

"Snider also related information about his involvement in Sharp’s death, according to Shaver.

"Snider was found in the woods and taken to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Shaver said.

"The incident is still under investigation."

From the Rome News-Tribune...

Two Men Dead After Domestic Disturbance

"PALATINE, IL — Two men are dead in Palatine in an apparent murder-suicide, police said late Sunday.

"The Cook County medical examiner's office identified the victims as Bradley Morrison, 21, of 4013 Bonnhill in Arlington Heights and Edward Kuemper, 49, of 1540 E. Reynolds in Palatine.

"Police responded to a disturbance call around 8:34 a.m. in the 1500 block of East Reynolds Drive and found two men lying on the ground, according to a press release.

"Preliminary investigation found that a 49-year old Palatine resident shot and killed a 21-year old during a domestic disturbance before turning the gun on himself. Sources [said] it was the father who shot his daughter's boyfriend before turning the gun on himself, but that wasn't officially confirmed by police.

"A handgun was found at the scene, the release said.

"Identities of the victims were being withheld pending notification of family members.

"Palatine detectives continued to investigate the incident."



02/22/2011 — Argument over pooch led to murder/suicide...

2nd Kidnapping Ends In Murder/Suicide

"MCCONNELLSBURG, PA — A McConnellsburg man jailed for allegedly kidnapping and terrorizing a woman on Friday went back to her Ayr Township home after posting bail Sunday, kidnapped her a second time, then killed her and took his own life.

"The deaths of Ricky L. Hann, 51, and Tina Souders, 39, both of McConnellsburg, are being billed as a homicide-suicide by Pennsylvania State Police.

"Trooper David McGarvey said Souders contacted police on Saturday, telling them Hann had kidnapped her and held her captive for about 24 hours, apparently Friday and into early Saturday.

"She told police that he had come to her residence and asked her to go for a ride. When she refused, he allegedly took out a shotgun and threatened her life, then held her captive in her home for about 24 hours.

"She told police she finally convinced him to let her go, and she went to police.

"Hann was taken into custody by troopers at about 2 p.m. Saturday and charged with kidnapping, burglary, making terroristic threats, unlawful restraint, endangering another person and simple assault.

"He was arraigned before Magisterial District Judge Carol Jean Johnson, who set his bail at $100,000. He was placed in Franklin County Jail when he couldn't post the bail immediately.

"On Sunday, he posted bail and was back at Souders home by 10:55 a.m.

"He kidnapped her a second time, took her into a wooded area on Cito Road in Ayr Township and shot her before taking his own life."


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Couple Found Dead In Car

"ST. CLOUD, FL — Police said a missing mother was murdered by her ex-boyfriend before he killed himself Saturday night.

"St. Cloud police were called to a Cross Creek Boulevard home on a report of a suspicious incident around 5 p.m. Saturday.

"Investigators then searched for 23-year-old Jessica Muller and 25-year-old Theodore Johnson.

"The forensic unit was called to the home to search for clues.

"Around 9:30 p.m. Saturday, officers found Johnson's Ford Mustang about five miles south of the house in a rural area on the side of Canoe Creek Road.

"Investigators said from evidence at the scene, they have a pretty good idea of what happened, but they do not want to confirm anything until a medical examiner finishes an autopsy.

"Johnson and Muller, who had a young child, were living together despite ending their relationship.

"The child was not home at the time, and police said the child is safe."


Birthday Bloodshed

"LUBBOCK, TX — Shots rang out in a Central Lubbock neighborhood, leaving one man dead and a woman with serious injuries and sending a panic through a 3-year-old girl’s birthday party

"Police arrived within three minutes of Saturday's4:50 of shots fired in a Lubbock house, said Lubbock Police Capt. Greg Stevens.

"`We’re looking at this as an attempted murder/suicide situation — the suicide being successful,` he said.

"Toni Lusk, 29, had called 911 reporting she’d been shot multiple times by her boyfriend in a house on 2204 25th Street.

"Forty-six-year-old Mack Jenkins, she told 911, fatally shot himself with a handgun after using the weapon on her.

"Police arrived to find the man dead inside the house.

"Lusk, who was seriously injured with multiple gunshot wounds, was taken by ambulance to University Medical Center.

"She was in serious but stable condition late Saturday, according to a hospital supervisor.

"A 4-year-old girl, likely Lusk’s daughter, was just outside the house when the shots were fired, Stevens said."

From LubbockOnline...

Killer Party Leaves Two Dead

"JOHNSTOWN, PA — Two people are dead after a shooting early Saturday in Lorain Borough that authorities believe was a homicide-suicide.

"Dwayne Dixon, 27, and David Cutlip, 24, both of Johnstown, were attending a party at a home in the 400 block of Ohio Street with a few others. An argument broke out between the two, authorities said.

"The verbal disagreement led to a scuffle in the lower level of the home. Cutlip then pulled a handgun and shot Dixon once in the head, city Detective Thomas Owens said.

"Cutlip then pulled a second handgun and shot himself once in the head, Owens said. Both guns were recovered.

"Police did not say what sparked the disagreement.

"Cambria County Coroner Dennis Kwiatkowski said Dixon was pronounced dead at the scene at 4:11 a.m.

"Cutlip was rushed to Memorial Medical Center, where he died in the intensive care unit at 8:11 a.m., the coroner said.

"Police seized a small quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia at the Ohio Street home, Owens said.

"Neither man lived at the home, police said.

"Court records show Dixon had a history of drug arrests.

"The investigation is continuing."

From The Tribune-Democrat...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Perp Shoots Cop During Murder/Suicide

"POUGHKEEPSIE, NY — Police in Poughkeepsie held a news conference Saturday in the aftermath of an apparent murder-suicide and a fatal shooting that left an 18-year veteran of the force dead.

"The chaotic events, in which Officer John Falcone, 44, was shot in the head, unfolded at the Metro-North train station in Poughkeepsie Friday afternoon.

"Around 1 p.m., police responded to a report of a woman shot on Main Street in Poughkeepsie. Police Chief Ron Knapp said Falcone saw suspect Lee Welch leaving the scene with a child in his arms.

"Police said the 27-year-old Welch shot his wife, Jessica Welch, who died at the hospital. She had arranged to meet her estranged husband at the train station to pick up her car.

"During the struggle with police, Welsh was holding his three-year-old child. The child, however, was not injured.

"Witnesses [said] that the officer was able to get the child away from Welch and into the arms of a civilian. The details of how that occurred are unclear.

"After the child was taken to safety, a struggle ensued between Welch, Falcone and other officers who arrived as backup.

"`It is our belief that the suspect killed himself after firing at least two shots at the officers, one of them hitting Officer Falcone,` Knapp said at Saturday’s news conference.

"Falcone died at the hospital Friday night."

From CBS New York...

Mother Slits Throat After Beating Son To Death

"ONTARIO, CA — A mother and son in Ontario were found dead in what appeared to be a tragic murder-suicide, according to police.

"A neighbor near the 900 block of East Rosewood Court called police after looking through a window and seeing what she thought was a woman lying on the floor shortly before 8 p.m. on Friday.

"Investigators found the bodies of a 42-year-old woman and her 11-year-old son. They say evidence indicates that the woman bludgeoned her son to death using a hammer.

"The woman then killed herself by attempting to overdose on anti-depressant pills, but when that didn't work, she cut her own throat with a knife.

"Authorities also said the incident appeared to have been planned but a motive remained unclear.

"The identities of the mother and son were not immediately released pending notification of kin."

From KABC-TV...


02/22/2011 — Mother was facing eviction...

Friday, February 18, 2011

Bitter Divorce Leaves Three Dead

"SIERRA NATIONAL FOREST, CA — A Northern California man accused of following his wife and her lawyer from court to a resort restaurant during a break from divorce proceedings, then fatally shooting both of them, was found dead at his home early Thursday following a nearly 12-hour standoff, a sheriff's spokeswoman said.

"James Williamson allegedly shot his estranged wife, 65-year-old Sandra Williamson, and her Fresno-based attorney on Wednesday as the two were leaving Ducey's on the Lake, a restaurant near the Sierra National Forest in the unincorporated Madera County community of Bass Lake.

"The 71-year-old Williamson confronted the two women at about 1 p.m. Wednesday and began beating the lawyer, 65-year-old Judith Soley, Madera County sheriff's spokeswoman Erica Stuart said. He then shot Soley and chased his estranged wife into the restaurant, shooting her near the restaurant kitchen, she said.

"Williamson fled to his home, about three miles from the restaurant, after the shooting, Stuart said.

"The Madera County Regional SWAT Team searched the house with a robot and threw tear gas inside after numerous attempts to communicate with Williamson. Deputies stormed the home after midnight and found Williamson's body on a bed in one of the bedrooms with an apparent gunshot wound to the head, Stuart said."


Caregiver Finds Elderly Couple Dead

"LEWISTON, ID — A caregiver found the bodies of an elderly couple at about 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

"Lewiston Police said their deaths are the result of an apparent murder-suicide. Police said It appeared 85-year-old George Burns shot his wife, Vera, before turning the gun on himself.

"A handgun was found at the residence on 218 Fourth Avenue, and only two shots had been fired.

"Captain Tom Greene said checks were written out to housekeepers and a note was left that referred to Vera Burns' poor health. Greene said the 83-year-old woman was terminally ill and that there have been at least a dozen medical calls to the home."


Thursday, February 17, 2011

Police Investigate Murder/Suicide

"WEST MONROE, LA — West Monroe police are investigating a reported murder and suicide in the 200 block of South Second Street. This is their second reported murder in as many weeks and in the same area.

"`We’re working on it,` Maj. Chris Sasser said. `It’s still early in the investigation.` Sasser said, however, that police were treating the incident as a murder-suicide.

"Two victims were found fatally shot. Sasser said the victims, reported to be in their 20s, would not be identified until their families are notified."


Domestic "Squabble" Turns Deadly

"STOCKTON, CA — A police investigation has been underway since 7:00 am today at a Stockton residence after a 911 call alerted law enforcement of a situation on 3777 Fort Donelson Drive.

"Upon arrival to the scene that they believed to b a domestic violence squabble, law enforcement discovered the bodies of a male and female that had been shot.

"Stockton Police Department representative Pete Smith stated, “From what we believe at this point is that the suspect in the crime is a mid 40’s, white male and there was some type of disturbance going on inside the home.”

"The pair were long-time cohabitants with four children, none of which were present.
Both individuals were pronounced dead after being taken to an area hospital

"A murder-suicide situation is suspected."


Father And Daughter, 12, Found Dead

"JACKSON, MS — Jackson police are investigating a murder-suicide at a house at the intersection of Scot's Glen and Scanlon Drive in South Jackson.

"A father shot his daughter with a shotgun and then turned the weapon on himself.

"Stunned neighbors watched as police investigated, and AMR crews removed the bodies of 28-year-old Elliot Ragsdale and his 12-year-old daughter, Lenore Ragsdale.

"Jackson Police Assistant Chief Lee Vance said his department received a call for assistance from AMR around 7 o'clock tonight.

"`We found a note inside indicating perhaps the suicide on behalf of the father and the action that he took against the daughter,` said Vance. `He apparently had reached out through some text messages to some friends that he knew about possibly taking his own life. Those friends then turned and contacted AMR and AMR contacted us, and that's how we ended up at the crime scene.`

"The two were pronounced dead at the scene. There is no word on the contents of the suicide note or the motive for the crime."


Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Dad Planned To Take Kids With Him

"WEST PALM BEACH, FL — The Miami man who was found unconscious in his truck on I-95 with his severely-injured son nearby and the boy's twin sister's body in a bag in the back told police he was planning to set himself on fire in a suicide attempt.

"Jorge Barahona, 53, has been charged with aggravated child abuse in the shocking crime that unfolded Monday morning on the shoulder of I-95 in West Palm Beach.

"According to a West Palm Beach Police arrest affidavit, Barahona, who remains in the intensive care unit of a local hospital, was distraught over the death of the 10-year-old girl, who he had adopted along with her twin brother, Victor.

"It's still unclear if Barahona killed the girl or how the child died."


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Death At The Crossroads

"WHITE PLAINS, MD — A man shot and killed a man and then turned the gun on himself in White Plains, Md Tuesday afternoon.

"The suspect cut off the victim’s car near the intersection of Billingsley and Middleton roads, said Charles County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Diane Richardson.

"The suspect then got out of his car and shot the victim at least two times before shooting himself in the head, she said.

"The suspect died at the scene while the victim was taken to a local hospital in critical condition. The victim later died.

"The two people reportedly knew each other."



02/18/2011 — Bizarre auto theft case preceded murder/suicide...

Women In "Unknown Relationship" Found Dead

"DETROIT, MI — Detroit police are investigating the possible motive of a murder-suicide on Detroit’s west side this afternoon.

"Sgt. Eren Stephens said police were called to the 3500 block of 15th Street for a shooting around 12:54 p.m.

"Two women, ages 21 and 26, were found shot to death.

"Preliminary evidence shows the 21-year-old woman shot the 26-year-old woman before shooting herself, Stephens said.

"Their relationship is unknown. The shooting remains under investigation."

Source: Detroit Free Press...

One Dead, One Critical On US 25

"RICHMOND, KY — A family grieves as they struggle with the mystery surrounding the final moments before a double shooting claimed one life and left another in critical condition.

"Sunday night Richmond police found 53-year-old James Thacker and his nephew, 37-year-old Daniel Joe Thacker both with gunshot wounds. The two were in a parked car off the side of U.S.-25 South. James Thacker was pronounced dead at the scene. Daniel Thacker was rushed to the hospital.

"Family members say they don't understand what happened and don't know if they ever will.

"On Monday Richmond Police said they were trying to determine whether the incident was an attempted murder-suicide or double suicide."

"Jimmy Joe's step-daughter, Tasya Gibson says neither explanation makes sense to her.

"`The suicide part, no because he just had a love for life and as far as the homicide part of it, the murder part of it, I can't see that part either. None makes sense.`

"Gibson says relatives described her step-father and his nephew, Daniel Thacker as in good spirits shortly before they were found. `Didn't seem like the type of person that would ever do anything to hurt Jimmy Joe,` Gibson said referring to Daniel Thacker, `He was a really shy, like soft-hearted, soft-spoken... never seen him angry.`

"Now the family worries Daniel Thacker may never be able to answer their questions.

"`The last I heard he was on life-support and pretty much brain dead,` Gibson said.

"Richmond Police say they do not believe anyone else was involved with the shootings."


8 Year Old Witnesses Death Of Parents

"TURLOCK, CA — Police today released some more details of an apparent murder-suicide on the north side of town Monday afternoon.

"Lt. Ron Reid said the 34-year-old Keyes man and 33-year-old Turlock woman, who had a longtime on-and-off relationship, had met up to exchange custody of their 8-year-old son.

"The woman was picking up the boy from his father shortly after 5 p.m. Both pulled their cars to the side of Grand Oak Court in the 2900 block and he apparently got into her sport utility vehicle.

"`They had an argument of some kind, then he shot her and then himself,` Reid said.

"He said he couldn’t release the names of those involved because police hadn’t reached relatives of the woman to notify them of her death.

"The man and women were declared dead at the scene. Both were shot in the upper torso; a gun was found near the car. Reid didn’t know how many times the gun was fired.

"The 8-year-old boy, who saw the argument and shooting, wasn’t hurt. Reid said he was shaken but `doing about as well as can be expected.`

"He was staying with relatives."

From The Modesto Bee...

One Dead, One Under Guard At Hospital

"NEW HAVEN, CT — New Haven police are investigating an attempted murder-suicide at a home on Auburn Street Monday night.

"Officers were called to a multi-family home at 113 Auburn Street around 8:30pm. Upon arrival, they found one woman dead, and a man critically injured.

"The male victim was taken to a local hospital. He is in critical condition with life threatening injuries. He is under guard by the New Haven Police.

"No further information has been released."


Monday, February 14, 2011

10 Month Old Orphaned

"JOHNSON CITY, TN — Johnson City Police now say a man shot the mother of his child and then turned the gun on himself over the weekend.

"Johnson City Police Sgt. Billy Church said two letters written by Frankie Hughes, along with a series of text messages, led police to conclude that Hughes shot Rebecca Markland and then himself. According to Johnson City police, Markland and Hughes were at a home on 901 Long Street when the shooting took place.

"Sgt. Church said Markland went to visit Hughes to try to borrow some money for their 10-month-old son.

"The child is now in the care of Children's Protective Services, who will decide where to place the child."



02/15/2011 — Custody argument lead to shooting...

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sunday Morning Murder/Suicide

"CHESTERFIELD, IN — Police say a Chesterfield man came home from work Sunday morning to find his daughter's boyfriend shot dead and his daughter mortally wounded.

"The woman later died at Saint John's Medical Center.

"Capt. Steve Mullen with the Chesterfield Police Department said his department is investigating the case as a murder-suicide.

"The discovery was made Sunday around 6:30 a.m. in the 400 block of Vasbinder Drive, according to Mullen.

"Mullen said the names of the couple—a 36-year-old male and a 25-year-old female—had not yet been released by the coroner."


Who Shot Who? Confusion Surrounds Texas Murder/Suicide

"SAN ANTONIO, TX — An argument between a father and son Saturday morning on the Northwest Side turned into an apparent murder-suicide attempt.

"Preliminary evidence shows the father shot his son, then turned the gun on himself, police Sgt. Tonja Brandt said.

"Several other local news outlets reported the son shot the father, then shot himself, but the reason for the discrepancy was unclear Saturday night.

"Brandt said she was unsure what sparked the dispute.

"The medical examiner’s office identified the father as William Patterson, 69, and said he died at the scene.

"His son, in his 20s, was taken to University Hospital in critical condition, but there was no further information on his status as of late Saturday.

"The shooting occurred about 11:30 a.m. at the father’s home on 7731 Crooked Brook. Police said the mother was not home at the time.

"Neighbors said the family members tended to keep themselves, though some recalled a troubled relationship between Patterson and his three sons.

"Joe Hyatt, 66, who lives on the street, said he found the news unbelievable. He remembered Patterson often argued with his sons, but described the father as a Christian and a veteran who went to church on Sundays and knew how to tell a good joke.

"`He was not a violent person,` said Hyatt, who said he was friends with Patterson for more than 20 years. `He was humorous and fun to be around and he loved his family.`

"`Unfortunately, the world is filled with bad things,` he said. `Now all we can do is pray for the family.`"

From mySA...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Strangler Hangs Himself

"EAGLE, NE — Sheriff's officials say a Lincoln woman was suffocated by her boyfriend at his Eagle home on Thursday or Friday, and that the boyfriend then committed suicide.

"Cass County Sheriff's deputies found the bodies of Steven G. Wright and Jamie L. Korbelik-Gibson, both 35, while on a check welfare call to Wright's home at 2081 N.
226th St.
outside Eagle.

"A statement released Saturday evening by Cass County Sheriff William C. Brueggemann said Wright and Korbelik-Gibson were in `an intermittent relationship` and that `domestic violence was involved resulting in the death of (Korbelik-Gibson) via suffocation at the hands of Wright.` The statement said Wright later hanged himself.

"Korbelik-Gibson's address is listed as 1400 Old Farm Road in Lincoln. A spokesman for BryanLGH Medical Center confirmed that Korbelik-Gibson was a hospital employee.

"Brueggemann said the investigation remains ongoing."


SWAT Team Discovers Double Murder/Suicide

"WHITTIER, CA — Police in Whittier say they found three bodies, all adults, inside a home Friday afternoon.

"Officials are calling it a double murder and suicide.

"Early reports said one woman was found murdered in the home in the 16000 block of East Janine Drive about noon.

"A neighbor reportedly peered through a window and saw a dead female adult laying on the floor and called police to the home.

"Police confirm a male and female in their 60s were killed along with a man in his 30s. The youngest male is believed to be the shooter.

"Murphy Ranch Elementary School which is located several blocks from the crime scene was on lock down for several hours Friday afternoon as a precaution."

From CBS Los Angeles...

Friday, February 11, 2011

"Tumultuous" Relationship Ends Violently

"SAN ANTONIO, TX — A woman died after she was shot during an apparent murder-suicide attempt on the Far North Side Friday morning.

"The shooting happened in the 25,300 block of Lost Arrow, in the Stone Oak area. Police said the 911 call came in as a man who shot another person, then himself. Police told News 4 WOAI Nicholas Rocky Maldonado shot his former girlfriend, 25-year-old Kristine Meza.

"Investigators believe Maldonado showed up in the neighborhood around 5:00 a.m. and drove around until shortly before 8:00 a.m., when he parked his car so that it blocked the driveway at the home where Meza was living. Witnesses reported hearing a scream and several gunshots. It's believed Maldonado waited for Meza to come out of the house to leave for work and then shot her and turned the gun on himself.

"Meza, who worked part-time and had applied to nursing school, was shot at least once in the chest. She was rushed to University Hospital, but died shortly before 10:00 a.m. Maldonado was also taken to University Hospital with a gunshot wound to his head. At last check, he remained on life support.

"San Antonio Police Chief Bill McManus said the Meza and Maldonado had been in a 2-year relationship, which he described as `tumultuous.` [Sources said] Meza broke off the relationship about a month ago. According to a police report, a witness told police Maldonado had been threatening Meza and had even called her the Thursday night and said he was going to do something to her."


Guns & Roses

"QUEENS, NY — Police are investigating after a Queens man shot and killed a woman working inside a pharmacy Thursday before turning the gun on himself.

"It happened around 3:40 p.m. inside Crescent Chemists located at 24-12 34th Avenue in Long Island City.

"A witness who was inside the store at the time says the suspect, identified by police as Alex Figueroa, 38, entered the pharmacy, handed the victim a bouquet of flowers, and then shot her in the head.

"The victim, identified as Guimmia Villia, 32, was transported to Mt. Sinai Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

"Police say Figueroa fled the scene and was later found inside an apartment at the nearby Ravenswood Houses with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

"He was pronounced dead at the scene.

"Neighborhood residents say Villia, a mother of two, lived in the area her entire life and had worked at the pharmacy as a cashier for about a year to make extra money to support her family.

"Family and friends say Figueroa was the ex-boyfriend and father of Villia's two young sons and that he had a reputation for violence. Witnesses say Villa had orders of protection against Figueroa."


Maryland Couple Found Dead

"CUMBERLAND, MD — The Allegany County Bureau of Police responded to a private residence on 14602 Old Hancock Road, Cumberland, Maryland on Thursday, February 10, 2011, at approximately 1:10 PM, for a report of two individuals that were dead of apparent gunshot wounds.

"Officers arrived at the scene and located 65 year old Ronald H. Daniels and 54 year old Jamie L. Daniels. Both had gunshot wounds and both were deceased. It was determined that Mr. Daniels and Mrs. Daniels were married and resided together at the residence.

"Investigation of the scene and evidence collected revealed that the injuries sustained by Mr. and Mrs. Daniels are a result of an apparent murder-suicide at the residence. Mr. Daniels injuries appeared to be self-inflicted.

"The bodies have been transported to the Maryland State Medical Examiner’s Office in Baltimore for an autopsy. Investigators are awaiting the results of the autopsy, which are pending at this time."

From WCBC am1270...

Shotgun Divorce

"WEBSTER, NY — The deaths of two Webster residents found on Wednesday in their home on 580 Morning Glory Drive have been officially ruled a murder-suicide.

"Webster Police Chief Gerald Pickering announced this morning that David G. Pulos, 50, shot and killed his wife, Marisa L. Pulos, 48, between 1 and 9 a.m. on Feb. 9. Police say both husband and wife had a single shotgun wound from a 12-gauge shotgun, legally owned by David Pulos.

"`I'm not sure what the trigger was that caused him to go to these means to end this marriage,` Pickering said.

"Both bodies were found on the first floor of the home with `blunt force trauma` in the upscale neighborhood.

"Police had responded to a report of an argument at the same location within the last month. Both declined to press charges, but it was said that Marisa Pulos had allegedly sprayed David Pulos with a window cleaner.

"The Puloses were currently going through a divorce, according to Monroe County public records. David Pulos filed for the divorce on Jan. 25."


Thursday, February 10, 2011

SWAT Standoff Completes Murder/Suicide

"ANNISTON, AL — Law-enforcement officials have identified the second body found following a four-hour standoff at 1785 Gate 5 Road Wednesday. Calhoun County Coroner Pat Brown identified the man, found dead in a mobile home behind the primary house on the Alexandria property, as 35-year-old John Allen Payne.

"Payne was the uncle to 26-year-old Jonathan Singleton, the man involved in the standoff with at least seven law-enforcement agencies, family members said.

"Singleton was also found dead late Wednesday. Firefighters located his body on the floor of the house in front of the trailer. Singleton had barricaded himself inside the house when police tried to serve him with a warrant earlier that day.

"Singleton was wanted on a failure-to-appear warrant out of Etowah County and was being sought by Calhoun and Etowah county deputies.

"The preliminary coroner’s report suggests Singleton shot himself sometime during the standoff with police, although exactly when that happened remains unclear.

"Also unclear is how and when Payne died in the mobile home, located on a hill behind the primary home."

From the Anniston Star...

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Daughter Shoots Mom, Self

"WELDON, CA — A mother and her adult daughter died Saturday in a murder-suicide, according to the Kern County coroner's office.

"Nani Sue Brothers, 50, and Roxane Sheree Holdcroft, 29, were identified in a coroner's office news release Tuesday as the women killed. Holdcroft shot her mother and then turned the gun on herself.

"Their bodies were found in the 9700 block of Glacier Gulch in Weldon. Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt said both women had apparently been suffering from long-term health issues.

"An autopsy determined Brothers suffered a gunshot wound to the head and neck and her death was a homicide, the news release said. Holdcroft suffered a gunshot wound to the head and the manner of death was suicide.

"The mother's boyfriend had found the women a short distance from their residence, according to a Sheriff's Department news release."


Wife Killer Botches Suicide Try

"NILES, OH — Niles police and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation are investigating an apparent murder-attempted suicide involving Lisa Fisher and her husband, John Fisher, at their home on 138 South Cleveland Avenue.

"A family member alerted police to the Fisher residence at about 12:30 p.m. Monday, where they found Lisa Fisher, 39, dead on the couch and John Fisher injured but still alive in the bedroom.

"Lisa Fisher had suffered a blunt-force trauma wound to her forehead, but police at this point don’t know what type of object caused the injury. It appears she had been dead since Friday or Saturday, Police Chief Bruce Simeone said.

"John Fisher suffered lacerations that police believe were self-inflicted. It also appears John Fisher remained in the home throughout the time period his wife was dead without calling anyone, Simeone said.

"At this point, police do not believe anyone else was involved Lisa Fisher’s death or John Fisher’s injuries, Simeone said."


Monday, February 7, 2011

From Armed Robbery To Murder/Suicide

"BRIDGEWATER, NJ — What started as a robbery inside of a Bridgewater jewlery store ended in a murder-suicide earlier this afternoon, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

"An unknown gunman walked into Roy T. Jewelers on Route 202 at 4:45 p.m. and "held up" the owner, said Prosecutor's Office Capt. Jack Bennett. The robber allegedly opened fire and shot the owner, killing him, and then turned the gun on himself, Bennet said.

"The investigation is ongoing, said Bennet, and it is not clear if the gunman and store owner knew each other. Further details were not immediately available."


Cop Kills Girlfriend, Self

"FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, PA — State police believe the shooting deaths of two people late Sunday night in Franklin Township were a murder-suicide.

"Police said Pittston Township police Officer Matthew Brokenshire, 24, shot his girlfriend, Caitlin McGuire, 24, in the head at 2297 W. Eighth St. in Franklin Township and then turned the gun on himself.

"Authorities said Brokenshire and McGuire knew each other for years and graduated together from Dallas High School. They had been dating for approximately 10 months.

"State police at Wyoming said Brokenshire and McGuire got in an argument Sunday around 11:30 p.m. at her home on West Eighth Street. The argument escalated and Brokenshire pulled a 9 mm handgun and fired, shooting her in the head.

"McGuire was pronounced dead at the scene, while Brokenshire died shortly after arrival at Geisinger Wyoming Valley Medical Center in Plains Township.

"Authorities said McGuire was a graduate student at Marywood University."



02/08/2011 — "He was a good officer and a gentleman..."

"Just The Perfect Little Family"

"CATAWBA COUNTY, NC — A man, woman and a 14-year-old girl are dead after an apparent murder-suicide, according to the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office.

"Investigators said a man shot his wife and daughter before killing himself.

"Deputies said someone called 911 and hung up at about 5 p.m. Sunday. When deputies arrived at the home on 4785 Grassy Creek Road in Denver, they said all the doors were locked. Deputies could see a woman lying on the floor inside, so they kicked in a door, the Sheriff’s Office said.

"Inside the home, deputies found Rick Wheeler and 14-year-old Samantha Wheeler dead. Rick Wheeler’s wife, Angela, was taken to Carolinas Medical Center, where she later died.

"Family members [said] they were not aware of any problems between the couple.

"`(They were) just the perfect little family,` relative Mark Hovis said. `(I was) really not expecting anything like this. The whole family is just distraught. It's hard to comment. It's hard to think right now.`

"Deputies said there were indications that there was an argument prior to the shooting."


Sunday, February 6, 2011

Slasher Botches Murder/Suicide

"TAMPA, FL — A 24-year-old man who deputies say stabbed himself in the neck after cutting a former girlfriend's throat was charged with first degree murder while recovering in the hospital, the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office said.

"Late Saturday night, deputies charged Manuel Santiago with killing Taneka Humphrey, 27, earlier that morning. Santiago, 12521 Tinsley Circle, was in St. Joseph's Hospital with a self-inflicted stab wound to the neck when charged with murder and armed burglary, the sheriff's office said.

"Deputies say Santiago used a key he still had after breaking up with Humphrey to enter her apartment in the Bavarian Village Apartments at 14432 Reuter Strasse Circle about 6:45 a.m. Saturday and went to her bedroom where he cut her throat while she was in bed.

"A man sleeping in another bedroom woke up and saw Santiago standing next to the bed, knife in hand and bleeding from the neck, the sheriff's office said.

"The roommate held the bedroom door shut, trapping Santiago in the room until deputies arrived, the sheriff's office said.

"Santiago was in critical but stable condition when taken to the hospital, the sheriff's office said at the time.

"Investigators say they do not have a motive for the killing."

From Tamba Bay Online...

House Fire Reveals Murder/Suicide

"ACWORTH, GA — A man and a woman found dead after a house fire in Acworth apparently died in a murder-suicide, police said Sunday night.

"A neighbor called 911 around 12:30 a.m. after hearing loud noises, Acworth police Chief Mike Wilkie told the AJC. Officers arrived at the home on 4223 North Bend Way and then noticed the glow of fire coming from the house next door, Wilkie said.

"Cobb County firefighters were called to the scene, off Acworth Due West Road, where they found two bodies after entering the home, Wilkie said.

"Dianne Hutcheson, 64, and Shawn Hutcheson, 42, both apparently died from gunshot wounds, Wilkie said.

"The investigation into the deaths continues, police said.

"Dianne Hutcheson was in the process of divorcing Warren Hutcheson, according to records filed in Cobb County Superior Court."


Botched Murder/Suicide After Restraining Order

"WASHINGTON, IN — A former James Island resident is dead after what authorities believe was a murder-suicide attempt Friday in the city of Washington, Ind.

"Kim Guyton Williams, 42, died and her husband, Derek Williams, 47, was hospitalized after the shootings, The Washington Times-Herald newspaper reported. Kim Williams, a James Island High School graduate, was pronounced dead at the shooting scene.

"The Daviess County Sheriff’s Office called Derek Williams’ injuries non-life-threatening, according to the newspaper’s website. Charges reportedly are pending an investigation.

"Two of the couple’s three sons were home at the time of the shootings, and the oldest boy at home called 911, the newspaper said.

"Daviess County Circuit Court documents showed that Kim Williams filed a petition for dissolution of the marriage, and for a joint mutual restraining order, on Jan. 27, the newspaper reported."

From The Post and Courier...

No Details Or Motive

"DAWSON COUNTY, GA — Two people are dead in what Dawson County authorities believe is a murder suicide.

"The incident, involving a local couple, allegedly occurred about 7 p.m. Saturday at their residence on New Bethel Church Road off Highway 136 West, between highways 400 and 9 North.

"The identity of the couple was not being released early Sunday morning, pending notification of next of kin.

"`It appears the husband shot the wife in the chest with a rifle while she was in bed, then shot himself in the chest with the rifle,` said Dawson County Sheriff’s Lt. Tony Wooten.

"It was unknown at the time of this report who discovered the bodies or details about the shooter’s motive.

"The incident remains under investigation by the Dawson County Sheriff’s Office."

Source: Dawson Advertiser...

Friday, February 4, 2011

Deputies Find Bodies Of Ex-Lovers

"MARICOPA COUNTY, AZ — An Arizona woman who was apparently kidnapped from her Maricopa County home was found dead along with her captor today in a suspected murder-suicide.

"The bodies of Thomas Watson, 43, and his ex-girlfriend, Tara Shermerhorn, 31, were found in Watson's truck parked near Horse Thief Basin, a central Arizona recreation area, Goodyear police spokesman Ralph McLaughlin [said].

"`The families [have] been notified,` McLaughlin said. `We're 99 percent sure that it's them based on our descriptions and what not.`

"Watson and McLaughlin were residents of Goodyear, a city about 20 miles west of Phoenix. They broke up in December, but were still involved in some sort of business venture together, police said.

"Officers received a missing-person report for Watson at about 5 a.m. Thursday.

"`[He left] what we call a suicide note behind,` McLaughlin said.

"Authorities say Watson may have had a history of violence toward women.

"`Yes, there is a history of domestic violence that I am hearing from the deputy,` McLaughlin said. `I haven't confirmed anything yet, [but allegedly] in South Dakota with his ex-wife, who happens to also be named Tara.`

"More details are expected to be released once the coroner completes his investigation into the case police said.

"`Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families of both of the victims,` McLaughlin said."

From AOL News...

SWAT Team Arrives In Time To Hear Shots Fired

"PORTLAND, OR — Two people were found dead early Friday morning in a Sandy Boulevard apartment after neighbors reported hearing gunshots.

"Portland police said officers responded at about 3:18 a.m. to the apartment in the 15800 block of Northeast Sandy Boulevard. The officers took up positions outside the building and heard what they thought were additional gunshots inside the apartment. The Special Emergency Reaction Team and with hostage negotiators responded, and at just before 5 a.m., went into the apartment, where they found the bodies of a man and a woman.

"Detectives investigating the shooting do not believe that any suspects are at large.

"Names of the two people have not been released."

From the Portland Tribune...

A Tale Of Two Ho's

"BOYNTON BEACH, FL A former Florida university police officer attempted suicide in jail Thursday after being arrested for shooting a female escort, officials said.

"Jimmy Dac Ho, 47, who formerly was employed by Florida Atlantic University, was discovered by jail deputies hanging in his cell, and was taken to a hospital in serious condition, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

"Ho was being held without bond on charges of attempted first-degree murder and false imprisonment in the shooting of Sheri Carter, 29, on Monday in her Boynton Beach home.

"Carter is paralyzed from the waist down from the shooting and is hospitalized in critical condition, the newspaper said.

"Ho said he shot Carter in self-defense and that she had struggled with him for the gun.

"Ho's story of what happened kept changing, the Sun-Sentinel said. Ho said he visited Carter for paid sex, which didn't occur. He said she wanted money, but he didn't have any, and Carter attempted to rob him, the police report indicated.

"Ho said he handcuffed Carter because he believed she was about to seize a knife. He uncuffed her and shot her in the belly when she began to fight him, the report said.

"`He said that he then remembered a second shot, which had struck her in the neck,` the report indicated."


Thursday, February 3, 2011

Manhunt Closes Chapter On Murder/Suicide

"COLUMBUS, GA — For local authorities delivering a warrant to a north Columbus home, their day was entirely dedicated to a manhunt that lasted nearly nine hours.

"They were hunting for Richard F. `Richie` Dodelin, the son of a prominent Columbus DUI attorney, who fled into the woods in north Columbus after firing at police officers who’d come to arrest him for the homicide of William Hugh Bullard II, investigators said.

"Dodelin, also an attorney, again fired at officers Tuesday afternoon before turning the gun on himself, police said.

"The manhunt that ended in his suicide started around 7 a.m. at Dodelin’s Hubbard Road home, a ranch-style house police cautiously approached with search and arrest warrants charging him in connection with Bullard’s shooting death Monday night.

"Shortly before midnight, police responded to 84 Lumber Company, 8484 Fortson Road, where they found Bullard, 42.

"`When officers arrived at the scene, they discovered the lifeless body of a white male lying on the pavement in front of the gate,` reports state.

"Bullard was shot once in the head and possibly in the back with a pistol, the report stated.

"EMTs were unable to revive Bullard, who was pronounced dead at 12:05 a.m."

Source: Ledger-Enquirer...

"Romantically Linked" Couple Found Dead

"CIRCLE PINES, MN — Police found two dead Wednesday morning at Village Plaza townhouses in what authorities are calling an apparent murder-suicide case.

"Police went to the 500 block of Village Parkway Drive at 11:28 a.m. to check on a 26-year-old woman who had not reported to work. Upon forced entry into the house, officers found the bodies of the woman and a 36-year-old man. The couple were said to have been romantically linked, but were now living apart. The identities of the victims and causes of death have not been released.

"Last year, Circle Pines was active in combating domestic violence, producing an information DVD with the help of Blaine-based North Metro TV.

"The incident is currently under investigation by the Centennial Lakes Police Department, the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office and the Anoka County Medical Examiner’s Office. Authorities said the general public is not at risk at this time."


Wednesday, February 2, 2011

"You Can Only Take So Much"

"NORTH MIDDLETOWN, KY — A community is in shock after learning about the deaths of a couple police say were found shot.

"42-year-old Paul Barbee and 39-year-old Maryanne Barbee were found dead inside their Sledd Street home in Bourbon County Sunday afternoon.

"At this point, Kentucky State Police are calling this a death investigation.

"Authorities say there were no signs of forced entry at the home, and they're still trying to determine exactly what happened.

"Friends and family members of the Barbees say they're very upset by what happened.

"`It's pretty rough,` Keith Cloyd, a family friend, said. `They're hanging in there, but they're having a hard time with it. They're trying to be strong for each other, but it's one of those things you can only take so much.`

"The couple leave behind four children, ranging in age from 16 to 21."