Monday, October 31, 2011

Couple Was Last Seen Arguing

"EVANSVILLE, IN — Police believe an Evansville couple—found dead in their home this morning—had been there for nearly a day and a half before being discovered. John and Mildred Buell lived in the 500 block of Herndon Drive. Police are investigating the incident as a possible murder-suicide.

"Police say neighbors heard John and Mildred Buell arguing in their home at 507 Herndon Drive on Saturday night. That was the last time either of them were seen. Police say a concerned neighbor called police early Monday morning.

"When police entered the home they knew something was wrong. `There were some things in disarray in the house which would indicate there was probably a struggle of some kind,` says Lt. Dan DeYoung.

"They found both John and Mildred Buell dead. `It was a very bloody scene but the initial indications appear to be gunshot wounds,` says DeYoung.

"Police say the incident is likely a murder-suicide—and a gun was found near the scene."


Coroner Rules Murder/Suicide In Deaths Of Man, Niece

"EUREKA, IL — The deaths of a Eureka man and his 13-year-old niece earlier this month appear to be a murder-suicide, the Woodford County coroner said Monday.

"Troy Burwell, 39, and his niece, Cheyenne Burwell, were found dead by firefighters responding to a house fire Oct. 5 at the Lake Road home where they both resided.

"It appears Troy Burwell shot his niece before turning the gun on himself, Coroner Tim Ruestman said. The 39-year-old’s gunshot wound was self-inflicted and at point-blank range, he said, while the teen’s wound was from farther away.

"Ruestman declined to speculate on who set the fire. But he did say both Burwells were apparently alive when it started, based on new toxicology test results that show high carbon monoxide levels.

"`We don’t know who started the fire, but it was started in the basement,` he said.

"He said there was no obvious history of problems between the relatives that preceded the deaths. The two relatives are believed to be the only ones home at the time of the incident.

"`That’s really what we’re working on now, is a motive,` Ruestman said."


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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Two Women Dead, Alleged Killer In Critical Condition

"SMITHVILLE, TN — A woman and stepmother were found dead inside a home in DeKalb County, and their alleged killer is in critical condition after allegedly trying to kill himself.

"Heather Eley, 21, and Lori Ann Eley, 42, were found dead inside the home on Allen's Chapel Road in Smithville on Thursday afternoon. Two small children were also home at the time, but were not injured.

"The suspect, 22-year-old Brandon Gray, allegedly called 911 around 3:45 p.m. Thursday asking that police go to the home to check on his children because he thought something was wrong.

"Officers arrived and were able to enter the home through the back door. A boy and a girl, both under the age of three, were found in the home. Police said they were Gray and Heather Eley's children.

"The bodies of the two women were discovered in the living room and kitchen area. The DeKalb County Sheriff said that it appeared that the women had been shot and stabbed.

"As Heather's ex-boyfriend, Gray was identified as a person of interest, and officers began looking for him. A deputy spotted him in a car that was registered to one of the victims, and tried to stop it. The driver refused to pull over, and a pursuit ensued.

"When the car finally stopped, officers reported hearing a gunshot. Officers then found Gray inside the car suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

"Gray was taken to DeKalb Community Hospital, and then taken by ground ambulance to Vanderbilt Medical Center, where he remains in critical condition.

"Police have recovered the pistol Gray used to shoot himself, and kitchen knives which may have been used in the stabbing of the two women.

"A motive has not been released."


Same Gun Used In Murder, Suicide

"SENECA, SC — After a 19-year-old was shot and killed, his girlfriend’s mother killed herself, and investigators said Friday the same gun was used in both shootings.

"Coroner Karl Addis said Tylor Garren Stewart was shot with a small-caliber weapon, and the bullet penetrated his spinal cord and his heart. His body was found Sunday night in the parking lot of an Upstate boat ramp.

"Stewart was shot sometime between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Sunday night at the Lawrence Bridge Recreation area.

"The Coroner’s Office said Stewart’s death was a homicide.

"Early Monday, investigators from Oconee County, aided by the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, went to Pickens to interview Stewart’s girlfriend, Chelsea Gray.

"Oconee County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Terry Wilson said, `They were conducting an interview when a person there at the residence asked to go to the restroom. (They) heard a gunshot. That person later died at Greenville Memorial Hospital.`

"Deputies said the victim was 42-year-old Laura Gray, Chelsea Gray's mother.

"A family member, who did not want to be identified, [said] investigators had information indicating Stewart and Laura Gray were romantically involved.

"Chelsea Gray said there are still many questions surrounding the deaths of her boyfriend and mother.

"`Just a lot of questions that's never going to be answered because the only two people that can answer them is Tylor and my mom,` she said.

"Other than the weapon that connected to the two death, Chief Deputy Terry Wilson would not speculate on any relationship between Stewart and Gray."



10/28/2011 — Mysterious 3rd party had threatened victim...

Ohio Murder, Michigan Suicide

"LUNA PIER, MI — Authorities say a southern Ohio man wanted in connection with a fatal shooting fled to Monroe County, Mich., where he shot himself on Saturday night after law enforcement surrounded his hotel.

"Butler County Sheriff's deputies in Ohio say they were able to identify 32-year-old Jagdeep Singh as the gunman in the Saturday morning shooting of an acquaintance, Amandeep Singh.

"Lt. Mike Craft says the men were arguing over money when the shooting occurred at Amandeep Singh's home in Liberty Township. Authorities tracked the suspect to a hotel in Luna Pier, Mich., just past the Ohio-Michigan state line.

"They heard a single gunshot and entered to find Jagdeep Singh dead.

"They believe he was trying to flee to Canada.

"Craft says deputies in both states worked `extremely fast` to identify and locate the shooter within 11 hours."


Thursday, October 27, 2011

"Double Suicide" Turns Into Single

"FORT WAYNE, IN — Two deaths on Beaver Avenue that were originally thought to be a double suicide have now been determined to be a homicide/suicide.

"The Fort Wayne Police Department preliminarily reported at the scene that it was a double suicide, but autopsies performed Thursday determined that not to be the case.

"Around 1:40 p.m., emergency responders were called to the home on 3221 Beaver Avenue and found two shot to death.

"The Allen County Coroner’s Office reported Tanya Armour, 54 killed Grady Edwards, 56 when she shot him in the neck, then shot herself in the head. It is not known what the specific relationship was between the two. The report only indicated that Armour was reported to be the "companion" of Edwards.

"Edwards is the 17th homicide victim in Fort Wayne and Allen County in 2011. The incident remains under investigation by the FWPD and the Allen County Coroner’s Office."


Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Dead Couple Recently Began Divorce Proceedings

"EAST PROVIDENCE, RI — A married couple was found dead inside a home on Hazard Avenue on Tuesday morning.

"Police said they were called to a home on Jenks Avenue at around 10:30 a.m. where they were greeted by a hysterical woman. In talking with the woman and relatives, they went to the house and found a man and a woman dead in the living room.

"`I can confirm that there's two people that we found deceased in the home,` said Maj. Charles Swenson of the East Providence Police Department.

"The couple has been identified as Jeff and Amber Arruda, married for more than 10 years, with two boys in elementary school.

"Relatives said the couple had been having maritial problems, and recently began divorce proceedings."

From WJAR-TV...

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Pair Hospitalized After Botched Murder/Suicide

"BOWLING GREEN, KY — A warrant has been issued for a man accused of shooting his ex-girlfriend and then turning the gun on himself Sunday in Bowling Green.

"The Bowling Green Police Department obtained a first-degree assault warrant for Joseph R. Crouch, 60, whose address is unknown, according to BGPD spokesman Officer Ronnie Ward.

"Police accuse Crouch of shooting Brenda K. Maxie, 46, outside her home at 1216 Nutwood St. just before 8 p.m. Sunday before shooting himself. Both Maxie and Crouch suffered gunshot wounds to the chest.

"Crouch and Maxie are listed in stable condition, Ward said. Crouch is in a Nashville trauma center. Maxie is in a Louisville trauma center.

"`We have talked to (Maxie), but we are not going to speculate on a motive yet,` Ward said. Police attempted to talk to Crouch, but due to his medical condition were unable to obtain much information."


Man Slashes Girlfriend's Throat After Shooting Her

"LAS VEGAS, NV — A Las Vegas woman who was fatally shot also had her throat slit by her boyfriend before he shot himself, investigators revealed Tuesday.

"The Clark County Coroner said Yaniri Rosales-Gamboa, 23, died from a gunshot wound to the head Sunday.

"The Coroner also said her throat had been slashed shortly after she had died.

"Police believe her homicide was at the hands of her boyfriend, Ilian Mizodearmas, also of Las Vegas. The Coroner also reported Tuesday he died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot to the head.

"Officers had responded to a domestic disturbance call at a home in the 5300 block of Regal Avenue Sunday night when they found the two

"Rosales-Gamboa was pronounced dead at the scene while Mizodearmas was transported to a local medical facility, where he later died."

From KVVU-TV...

Slasher Arrested After Attempted Murder/Suicide

"MIDVALE, UT — A man who police say had plans to kill his wife, his son and then himself because of financial problems was arrested after allegedly slitting his wife's throat.

"The man's wife was sleeping in her bed about 10 p.m. Sunday at their house, 774 E. Gables Street, when her husband got a butcher knife from the kitchen and began slashing her throat, said Unified Police detective Levi Hughes.

"The couple's 9-year-old son was asleep in another room and was not injured.

"The woman was able to fight off her husband and get to a phone to call 911, Hughes said. A pair of Unified police officers happened to be nearby.

"`She fights him off. (Officers) arrive. She comes running out the door. She is covered in blood. He followed with blood on his hands and face,` Hughes said.

"When officers took the man into custody, he began screaming that he had `lost his mind` and was going to kill his family and himself, Hughes said.

"The woman was taken to a local hospital in serious condition with a cut to her neck. The cut severed at least one artery, he said.

"Joseph Dean Gutke, 34, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail for investigation of attempted homicide. Hughes said Gutke, who is employed, reportedly wanted to kill his wife and son as a way of solving their financial problems.

"Investigators said there was a slight odor of alcohol on Gutke's breath when he was arrested but they do not believe he was intoxicated."


Monday, October 24, 2011

Elderly Murder/Suicide In Retirement Home

"ROCKVILLE, MD — Montgomery County police detectives are investigating what appears to be a murder-suicide at a Rockville nursing home, authorities said.

"An elderly man signed himself into the National Lutheran Home (also called Village at Rockville) on Veirs Drive at about 9:30 a.m. He later shot his elderly wife before shooting himself, police spokesman Rebecca Innocenti said. The wife was a resident of the home, but the husband was not, she said. Police were called at about 10 a.m.

"`We are investigating this as a murder-suicide,` Innocenti said.

"Authorities identified the dead couple as Albert and Sandra Ballard of Parkvale Road in Rockville. Albert Ballard was 80 and Sandra Ballard was 74."

Source: Washington Post...

Attempted Murder/Suicide On Highway

"GRAND PRAIRIE, LA — The St. Landry Parish Sheriff's Office is investigating what appears to be a murder and attempted suicide near Washington, Sheriff Bobby Guidroz said.

"`We’re still under investigation right now,` Guidroz said. `We can confirm one dead and one injured.`

"A woman is dead, and an injured male is being transported to a local hospital, Guidroz said. The relationship between the two is unknown.

"The apparent homicide happened at 1:30 p.m. on La. 103 just north of Arlington Road, between Grand Prairie and Washington, Guidroz said."

Source: Daily World...

"It's A Sad, Sad, Thing"

"DALLAS, TX — Authorities have identified the shooter in an apparent murder-suicide at a Far East Dallas home this past weekend.

"Police say James Michael Newby, 40, shot a 43-year-old woman about 7 p.m. Saturday in the home they shared in the 10500 block of Ferguson Road. He then turned the gun on himself.

"The woman's name was withheld because her family had not yet been notified.

"On Monday, pumpkins painted with the couple's names still decorated the front porch of their home.

"Neighbors said it was hard to imagine that the quiet couple could be the victims of a murder-suicide. They appeared happy, residents said, and never caused a ruckus.

"`I've never seen them fight,` said Paulo Solez, who lives two houses down.

"Neighbors also said the two were quiet and preferred to keep to themselves.

"`They were always riding their motorcycle together,` Solez said. `It's a sad, sad thing.`"


"Very Nice" Elderly Couple Found Dead

"QUAKERTOWN, PA — Police are investigating a murder-suicide in Quakertown.

"Charles C. Christine, 88, shot his wife, Betty Jane Christine, 86, in the back of the head while she slept in their bed early Monday morning, said Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler.

"Charles Christine then went into another room and turned the gun on himself.

"The couple's daughter arrived to routinely check on her parents at 8:50 a.m. Monday, and came upon the scene.

"Both husband and wife were pronounced dead at the scene.

"The couple lived in Apartment 202 in the J building at Quakertown West apartments on the 400 block of South Ninth Street.

"Police could not discuss what might have led to the incident.

"But neighbors said Monday that Betty Jane had suffered from health problems.

"She had nerve problems in her back, and took a lot of prescription pain medicine, said Justin Elwell, maintenance worker for the apartment complex.

"Neighbors were shocked by the violent incident, and described the elderly couple as nice and sociable.

"`They were a very nice couple,` said Kaushik Patel, who lives in an apartment next door to the Christines."


Sunday, October 23, 2011

SWAT Team Finds Bodies After Forced Entry

"NEWPORT, VT — Newport Police say two people are dead after an apparent murder suicide Saturday.

"Police received a 911 call of a disturbance at 93 Winter St. at about 9 p.m. Saturday. They evacuated neighbors on the street from their homes and called for backup. A SWAT team arrived at the residence early Sunday and attempted to make contact with a suspect inside the duplex.

"Newport Police Chief J. Paul Duquette said efforts at conversation were unsuccessful. The state police tactical unit forced its way in and found the two bodies. Duquette says police did not fire their weapons. He would not say if a gun was used in the incident.

"Police say Saturday was not the first time the police have been called to the residence for domestic violence."


Elderly Couple Found Dead In Church Parking Lot

"GRAYSON, GA — The Gwinnett County Police Department is investigating a murder-suicide outside a Grayson church Sunday.

"The incident occurred in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church of Grayson located at 2142 Loganville Highway.

"An officer located two people, an 85-year-old female and an 81-year-old male, dead inside a vehicle. Preliminary investigation indicates that their deaths were a result of a murder-suicide.

"Police are not releasing the names of the deceased pending notification of the next of kin."



10/24/2011 — "Couple" were actually brother and sister...

Soldier And Deputy Found Dead At Scene

"AUGUSTA, GA — County sheriff's deputy early this morning has been identified as a soldier stationed at Fort Gordon, Sheriff Ronnie Strength said during a news conference at 9 a.m.

"Deputy James D. Paugh, 47, was on his way home after being on duty and stopped when he saw a suspicious car on the side of the Bobby Jones Expressway at Gordon Highway a little after 1 a.m. He pulled over to check on it and was shot several times, Strength said.

"Christopher Michael Hodges, 26, shot Paugh with an M4 semiautomatic rifle. Evidence gathered at the scene indicate that 35 rounds were fired by Hodges. Before Paugh arrived, Hodges had been seen firing at passing vehicles.

"Even though there had been a domestic dispute between the suspect and a female, whose name has not yet been released, deputies do not think Paugh knew of the situation. Paugh's duty weapon appears that it was fired twice.

"Strength said Hodges, who appeared to be drunk, took his own life. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday in Atlanta."

From the Athens Banner-Herald...

Shots Heard As Police Try To Enter Apartment

"FARMINGTON HILLS, MI — A 22-month-old boy and his father died early this morning following an apparent murder-suicide in the family's apartment, police said.

"Police suspect that a contentious pending divorce is at the heart of the deaths that occurred just after midnight at the Green Hills Apartments at the 22000 block of Green Hill Road.

"A woman at that address called police at 12:11 a.m. to say that her husband assaulted her.

"When police arrived and tried to enter the apartment they heard several gunshots fired from inside, a police news release says. Inside the residence, police found the man, 34, and child dead in the boy's bedroom, with a shotgun lying on the floor next to the man. Police did not say whether the two had gunshot wounds. The bodies have been taken to the Oakland County Medical Examiner's office. Both had gunshot wounds. An autopsy is pending.

"The names of the man, child and woman have not been released."

From The Detroit News...

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Suspected Shoe Killer Found Dead

"CHESAPEAKE, VA — A woman who was dropped off unconscious at Chesapeake Regional Medical Center and then died earlier this month was likely bashed in the head with a shoe. And the man police believe may have been responsible for her death committed suicide this week.

"On Oct. 7, Taylor Mycal Alexandria Fields, 21, was put on life support after a man dropped her off at the hospital in what was considered to be a domestic assault, according to one of three search warrants filed in the case.

"Fields died on Oct. 9, and police have not yet announced a manner of death. However, the cause of Fields' death was a subdural hematoma—bleeding in the skull—according to the medical examiner's office. A subdural hematoma usually is caused by severe head trauma.

"Police filed a search warrant to test Fields' body for a possible sexual assault, according to one of the affidavits filed in Chesapeake Circuit Court. They found evidence of foreign body fluids and hair.

"Additionally, Fields' body appeared to have pattern injuries that looked like they were caused by the sole of a shoe, according to one affidavit filed by Chesapeake police Detective Tom Downing, a homicide investigator.

"While Fields was still in the hospital, Downing interviewed Trevaun Cortez Lockett, a 28-year-old whom he believes lived with Fields in an apartment in the 700 block of Tapestry Park Loop behind the hospital, according to an affidavit.

"An iPad, purse and a cell phone bill belonging to Fields were found at the apartment they shared, according to a search warrant inventory.

"Lockett told the detective he had been playing video games before finding Fields unconscious in the bathtub, according to an affidavit. Lockett was the only one in the apartment with her, the affidavit states.

"Lockett also told police their friendship was platonic and denied having sex with her, according to the affidavit.

"Police wanted to collect evidence from Lockett to see if it matched the evidence found on her body. But on Tuesday, in the midst of the investigation, Lockett committed suicide, said police spokeswoman Kelly O'Sullivan. Police continue to investigate."


Friday, October 21, 2011

Mom Kills Son, Self As Police Wait Outside

"SACHSE, TX — A mother shot and killed her 7-year-old son before turning the gun on herself late Friday morning in Sachse, police say.

"According to the Sachse Police Department, officers arrived at the home on 7110 Longmeadow Drive to support the woman's estranged husband who had received custody of the child earlier in the morning.

"Shortly after officers arrived they heard three gunshots inside the house.

"Officers forced their way into the residence and found 43-year-old Karen Hayslett-McCall and Eryk Hayslett-McCall, 7, dead.

"Lt. Marty Cassidy, with the Sachse Police Department, said the officers were visibly shaken but did the best they could in a really bad situation.

"Police said although other family members were at the residents, they were outside greeting police when the shooting happened.

"Officials will work with the Collin County medical examiner to confirm the cause of death, but it appears the woman shot the child and then herself."


Couple Pronounced Dead At Scene

"FREEPORT, NY — Nassau police found a man and a woman dead in the bedroom of their Freeport apartment Thursday morning in what is being investigated as a murder-suicide.

"`We are investigating this as a suspicious death,` said the homicide section's commander, Det. Lt. John Azzata.

"Saying the case appears to be a murder-suicide, Azzata said police `do not believe there is anybody out there who caused this death.`

"Nassau County police did not name the victims, pending notifications of their relatives. Police said they believe the two were married and had lived in the apartment on Guy Lombardo Avenue for less than a year.

"Azzata said the man and woman both appeared to have been shot. He said a weapon was found close to one of the victims, but he declined to say which. One person was on the bed and the other wasn't, police said.

"The third-floor apartment is in a five-story brick building. Police said they received a call Thursday from the woman's co-worker asking them to check on her. Police said the bodies were found just before noon, after the building superintendent let a Freeport officer into the apartment. The two were pronounced dead at the scene, police said Thursday.

"`It doesn't appear that they were deceased for very long,` Azzata said.

"Martin Rosara, who lives down the hall from the couple's apartment, said: `When it's your neighbor, it's a tough one.`"


Elderly Couple Left Note

"MIDDLE RIVER, MD — An elderly couple were found dead Friday in their Middle River home.

"Baltimore County public safety officials said rescue officials received a call shortly after 2:45 p.m. for an unconscious person at a house in the 10100 block of Bird River Road.

"Two people were found dead at the house, both apparently dead from gunshot wounds.

"Police said they discovered a note inside the house along with the bodies of an 84-year-old woman and an 85-year-old man.

"Their names were not immediately released.

"No further information was immediately released."


Neighbors' Concern Leads To Gruesome Discovery

"OAKLAND, CA — An elderly couple was found shot to death Thursday afternoon in their Laurel District home and police are investigating the deaths as a murder-suicide.

"The names of the couple, an 81-year-old man and a 78-year-old woman, were not released pending notification of relatives.

"Police believe the man killed his wife then himself, but that will have to be confirmed by an autopsy.

"The couple apparently was despondent over having lost a son to cancer a year ago, police said.

"Officer Rob Rosin said the couple was discovered about 2:30 p.m. Thursday inside their home in the 3900 block of Loma Vista Avenue after neighbors became concerned when they had not seen them for a few days.

"The couple had lived in the house some 40 years, a neighbor told police."


Thursday, October 20, 2011

Estranged Couple Found Dead Of Gunshot Wounds

"DRESDEN, TN — Weakley County authorities are investigating an apparent murder/suicide east of Dresden.

"The Weakley County Sheriff’s Department responded shortly before 8 a.m. today (Thursday) to 2586 Paris Highway 54, east of Dresden, and found 51-year-old Janice E. Reasons dead of a gunshot wound.

"During subsequent investigation, Ms. Reasons’ estranged husband, 54-year-old Randy Reasons, was found dead in another area from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to sheriff’s investigator Randall McGowan.

"Both bodies have been sent for autopsy.

"The case remains under investigation by the Weakley County Sheriff’s Department, with investigator Marty Plunk assigned as the lead investigator. The sheriff’s department is being assisted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation."


Shooter Had A History Of Mental Illness

"SHAWNEE, OK — Shawnee Police say a 17-year-old boy shot two people Wednesday, October 18, then killed himself.

"Around 5 p.m. in the 800 block of W. 9th Street, the teen shot 38-year-old Valerie Kerr. Police say the bullet struck Kerr in the head, traveled through her body and struck 42-year-old Billy Kirby in the arm.

"Kerr was killed. The teen then turned the gun on himself and committed suicide.

"Kirby survived. He was treated at a hospital and released. Police say the shooter was Kirby's younger brother, and Kerr was Kirby's girlfriend. All three lived together at the house.

"There were two other people in the house at the time of the shooting but no one else was hurt.

"According to police, the shooter had a history of mental issues but investigators are not saying what events led up to the shooting."


Police Believe Domestic Violence Cause Of Murder/Suicide

"LYNNWOOD, WA — Police say the shooting deaths of two men at a Lynnwood motel appear to be a murder-suicide.

"Officers responded at 10:30 p.m. Wednesday to the La Quinta Inn near the Alderwood Mall.

"They found a 48-year-old Oregon man dead in a second-floor room with a 39-year-old Idaho woman who was not hurt. The shooting suspect, a 42-year-old Idaho man, was found dead in a car in the parking lot.

"Detectives believe the shootings were domestic violence involving the three people.

"Police spokeswoman Shannon Sessions says other hotel guests were evacuated while officers determined there was no threat to anyone else."


Wednesday, October 19, 2011

SWAT Team Finds Dead Couple

"SEATTLE, WA — Seattle police found a man and a woman dead inside a home that officers surrounded after responding to reports of a shooting in West Seattle on Wednesday morning, Seattle Police Department spokesman Mark Jamieson said.

"Police said both bodies had gunshot wounds. Officers are investigating the deaths as murder-suicide.

"According to Jamieson, a man in a home on 50th Avenue Southwest near Southwest Waite Street called 911 at 3:15 a.m., said he had shot his wife, and then hung up the phone. A SWAT team responded at 5 a.m.

"Neighbor Steve McClure said he was awoken by a megaphone and then police asking for access to his upstairs.

"`(It was) surreal having snipers show up at your door,` said McClure.

"McClure said didn't hear any gunshots but heard police shouting for his neighbor, Harvey Spicer over a megaphone.

"`They said, 'You need to come out with your hands up. We need to know your wife and you are OK,'` said McClure.

"Officers attempted to contact Spicer for hours, but no one answered.

"Police entered the home about 7 a.m. to find Spicer and his wife dead."


Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Family Members Find Bodies Of Couple

"EDWARDSVILLE, IL — The couple found dead in their high-end Edwardsville home died in an apparent murder-suicide, officials said Tuesday.

"Family members became worried and went to 116 Fox Hill Court on Monday when no one was answering phone calls.

"Inside, the family members found the bodies of Khalil Mikhayel, 53, and his wife, Marwa Heneidi, 48.

"The Madison County Coroner's office determined that Heneidi died of blunt trauma to the head and stabbing, while Mikhayel died of cutting wounds that appeared to be self-inflicted.

"`It appears the husband inflicted the wounds upon the wife and took his own life,` said Capt. Brad Wells with the Madison County Sheriff's Department.

"Mikhayel and Heneidi had been married for 14 years, according to the coroner's office. They were the only people who lived in the house, Wells said."


Family Of Four Found Dead In Upscale Home

"CROSS RIVER, NY — A family of four is dead in what appears to be a murder-suicide.

"State police said it appears the father, mother and two children were killed at 2 Lambert Ridge Road.

"State police at the scene Tuesday night would not say who they believe did the killing. The parents were in the midst of a divorce. The house has been for sale about five months, according to real estate websites.

"`At this point, it appears to be a murder suicide,` State Police Maj. Michael Kopy said at the scene about 9 p.m.

"Extensive forensic processing was under way, and the bodies still inside.

"He would not say how the people were killed, but said the bodies were found all around the three-story house.

"A trooper went to the house after state police received a request to check on the welfare of one of its occupants at 3:40 p.m.

"The trooper got into the house, quickly found two bodies and retreated, calling for backup. Police then found the other bodies.

"Lambert Ridge is a large loop of a road, dotted with nice homes that real estate web pages say are valued from $800,000 to $1 million. It is near Route 35, north of the Cross River Reservoir. No. 2 Lambert Ridge is listed at $799,000. It is a four-bedroom Colonial.

"`This is devastating in our community,` Lewisboro Police Chief Frank Secret said. `This is something we are not used to.`

"Lewisboro is a town of about 13,000. Cross River is one of its six hamlets.

"Secret said he knew of no reports of domestic violence at the house."


Bodies Found After Reports Of Gunfire

"WINSTON-SALEM, NC — Forsyth County sheriff's deputies are investigating the shooting deaths of a man and a woman found at a house on Davis Road in what authorities say appears to be a murder-suicide.

"The bodies of Ashley Athalia McGill, 21, of 4989 Davis Road, and Fredrick Jerome McClinton, 22, of 978 Peachtree Meadows Circle in Kernersville, were found Monday night at McGill's house.

"Deputies went to McGill's house at 9:58 p.m. Monday after a report on a disturbance involving a weapon. They talked to people outside the house who told them that a gun had been fired, the sheriff's office said in a news release.

"The deputies went into the house and found the bodies. McGill and McClinton had been dating and had a child together, the sheriff's office said.

"Sheriff Bill Schatzman said this appears to be a murder-suicide. The news release did not say who shot whom.

"The bodies of McGill and McClinton were taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for an autopsy."

From the Winston-Salem Journal...

Monday, October 17, 2011

2 Men Dead, Woman Injured In Highway Murder/Suicide

"HARRISON TOWNSHIP, OH — Two men died and a woman was injured Monday after an apparent murder-suicide on Ohio 16, Licking County Sheriff Randy Thorp said.

"A female driver exited her vehicle on Ohio 16 westbound near 7889 Columbus Road and was shot by a male passenger at about 4:45 p.m., Thorp said. The male passenger shot another male passenger and himself, Thorp said.

"The woman was taken to Grant Medical Center for treatment, Thorp said.

"Several witnesses in other vehicles provided information about the shootings, which were preceded by a dispute, Thorp said. A single handgun was found at the scene.

"`We’re trying to put the pieces together of why this happened and where they’re from,` Thorp said.

"The vehicle had an Ohio license plate, but it was not from Licking County, he said.

"Ohio 16 is expected to remain closed between Watkins and York roads for several hours."

From The Newark Advocate...


10/24/2011 — Killer may have tried to poison woman's baby...

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Investigators Await Autopsy Results

"WINCHESTER, VA — Deputies were called out Saturday morning to investigate the deaths of two people from gunshot wounds.

"According to the Capt. John Heflin of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the call by a concerned family member at 451 Winding Hill Road around 11:45 a.m.

"There they found two victims, Michael Cross, 51 and his wife Susan Cross, 46 already dead at the scene.

"Heflin said the couple lives at this address, which is off Frog Hollow Road near Mill Creek and just shy of the West Virginia border.

"Although the call came over from Frederick County dispatch as a `possible murder-suicide` Heflin said that they would not know the cause of death until the autopsy was concluded next week.

"Heflin did say that they do not think that `anyone else was involved` at this time.

"He said the evidence collected at the crime scene will be sent to the new lab at the Virginia Department of Forensic Science and the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Prince William County outside of Manassas.

"`We probably will not know anything for about 8-12 weeks,` Heflin said. `It takes a while, all evidence gets sent there now, instead of Fairfax.`"

From the Winchester Star...

Cops Investigate "Grisly Scene"

"BRONX, NY — Police are investigating a possible murder-suicide after discovering a man and woman dead in a Bronx apartment.

"Marie Jannette Lawrence, 30, was found dead in her apartment on Grand Avenue near West 180th Street in University Heights. She had suffered a gunshot wound to her head.

"Batu McClary-Griggs, 37, who lived with her, was also found shot in the head on the floor near the sofa, cops said. His relationship with Lawrence was not clear.
Cops made the discovery after Lawrence's father reported he hadn't heard from her since Tuesday.

"Police are investigating their deaths as a murder and suicide. Officers found a .357 caliber Tarus Magnum at the grisly scene."

From the New York Post...

Discovery Of Second Body Points To Murder/Suicide

"AUSTIN, TX — Travis County sheriff's deputies are investigating a suspicious death turned murder-suicide just south of the airport.

"According to a Travis County Sheriff's Department spokesperson, a woman's body was found at a home at 6707 Creedmoor Drive, just east of Highway 183.

"Investigators say a family member found the woman's body around noon Friday and called 911. The woman's name, age, and how she died have not been released.

"Investigators later told KVUE News a second body presumed to be the woman's husband was also found Friday. They are now treating the case as a murder-suicide instead of a suspicious death.

"Neighbors say the couple kept to themselves and did have children."


Friday, October 14, 2011

Five Hour Standoff Ends With Shooter's Suicide

"WHITE HEATH, IL — Preliminary autopsy results show that a Piatt County couple, whose bodies were found in their home after a standoff that lasted five hours Thursday, died from gunshot wounds.

"The Piatt County Coroner says that 64 year-old Roger Sharp and 59 year-old Shirley Sharp of rural White Heath each suffered a single gunshot wound to the chest.

"Illinois State Police say they are treating the incident as a murder-suicide. They say Roger Sharp shot and killed Shirley before taking his own life.

"Coroner Debbie Robbins says authorities are not revealing how long the Sharps may have been dead. Robbins says she could not release any further information.

"The Sharps were found in their house at 2163 Wagon Trail Road when SWAT Team members entered the residence at around 9 p.m. Thursday night.

"Police surrounded the house and called in a SWAT team after a relative told police that Roger Sharp said during a phone call that he had shot his wife. He also threatened to kill himself.

"State police are conducting the investigation into the shootings and have not released any further information."

From The News-Gazette...

Four Found Dead In Two Homes

"LIBERTY, SC — The Pickens County Sheriff's Office says four people are dead on Pinedale Road in Liberty.

"Sheriff's Deputies say the killings span 2 crime scenes.

"Tim Morgan with the Pickens County Sheriff's Office says around 6:30 am a woman who lives at 236 Pinedale Road called her sister and told her that her son shot himself. Morgan says the sister called 911.

"He says they arrived at 236 Pinedale Road to find two people shot dead, a male and a female. Morgan says 2 more victims, two men, were found dead at the house next door at 304 Pinedale Road.

"Family members say a man and his son were killed at 304 Pinedale Road and the man's other son and another woman were killed at 236 Pinedale Road.

"Deputies are not saying whether the shooter is among the dead or whether they are looking for a gunman. However, Morgan says `we do not believe there is a danger to the community.`"



10/17/2011 — Case remains a "mystery"...

Mother, Two Sons Found Dead

"ABILENE, TX — Abilene Police are investigating what appears to be a double murder suicide on the north side of town.

"Sgt. Lynn Beard [said] a mother and two sons were found dead inside a home in the 1600 block of Beechwood.

"APD got the call around 7:30 p.m. Thursday from a family member who was concerned they hadn't heard from the people living there.

"Beard said they believe the bodies have been dead for several days.

"Abilene Police issued this press release regarding the incident:

"`The Abilene Police Department responded to a call of a death investigation on the north side of town. The Criminal Investigation Division responded to the scene and conducted an investigation on what appears to be a double murder suicide. The names of the deceased are being held until next of kin has been notified.`"


Thursday, October 13, 2011

Medical Examiner: Quarry Killer Shot Himself

"CUPERTINO, CA — The Santa Clara County medical examiner's office announced Tuesday, Oct. 11, that Shareef Allman, the man responsible for the deadly shooting rampage at a Cupertino cement plant last week, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"The Santa Clara County sheriff's office initially reported that three deputies had shot and killed Allman, a 49-year-old disgruntled truck driver who shot nine people at the plant, killing three.

"Allman died in a Sunnyvale neighborhood during a confrontation with deputies during a massive, 24-hour manhunt. Mountain View school children were affected when a nearby science camp was placed on lock-down and Mountain View and Alta Vista high schools, along with a preschool, were evacuated as a precautionary measure.

"Capt. Kevin Jensen, an administrative coroner at the medical examiner's office, said Allman had other wounds but that the lethal wound was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

"At about 4:15 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, Allman opened fire on about 15 of his fellow employees at a meeting at the Lehigh Southwest Cement Plant at 24001 Stevens Creek Blvd.

"Killed were John Robert Vallejos, 51, and Mark Munoz, 59, both of San Jose, and Manuel Guadalupe Pinon, 48, of Newman.

"Allman fled the plant and carjacked a woman at gunpoint shortly before 7 a.m. in a Hewlett-Packard company parking lot. When the woman refused to turn over her car, he shot her once and fled. She suffered injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening.

"A manhunt ensued, during which Allman was found the following morning crouched behind a car parked on Lorne Way in Sunnyvale.

"Three deputies approached Allman and attempted to confront him, but when they saw that he had a handgun, all three deputies fired at him, Sheriff Laurie Smith said."

From the MountainView Voice...

Two Dead After Argument Settled With Gunshots

"ALBUQUERQUE, NM — An argument between a man and a woman in northeast Albuquerque ended in a murder-suicide Thursday morning.

"While investigators are still working to piece together the story they believe there was a history of domestic violence between Gilbert Larranñaga, 46, and Athena Martinez, 28.

"Albuquerque police responded to reports of shots fired at the Sandpiper Apartments around 8 a.m. Thursday. When officers pulled up they found Larrañaga dead on the sidewalk outside the apartments. They then found Martinez who had been shot at least three times in the chest.

"Martinez was rushed to the hospital where she was later pronounced dead.

"Police believe Larrañaga shot Martinez before turning the gun on himself.

"Officers say this is not the first time they had been to the apartment where Larrañaga and Martinez were found.

"`We do know that people have said they have, had been fighting here in the past. We do know we’ve been out here before, but as far as how many times or what type of reports were done, things of that nature, we don’t have all the information yet,` APD Sgt. Trish Hoffman [said]."


Dad Wrecks Car After Shooting Daughter, Self

"READING, OH — Police say an 18-year-old girl is dead and her father is not expected to survive after what may have been a murder-suicide attempt in Reading this afternoon.

"Cincinnati Police now say a 38 year old man shot and killed his daughter not long after pulling out of the family's driveway along Reading Road north of Galbraith around 2 p.m. Thursday. Witnesses say they saw the 18 year old girl stumble out of the car. They heard another shot, and then the car lurched forward and traveled about half a block before smashing head-on into a retaining wall.

"Detectives believe the father shot himself in the head before crashing. The father was taken to the hospital but is not expected to live. Doctors say he is on life support and awaiting surgery to donate his organs.

"Police have not released the names of the father and daughter.

"Reading Road was closed for several hours while police collected evidence."


Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Woman Kills Husband, Dogs

"BROKEN ARROW, OK — A call to the Wagoner County Sheriff's Office Tuesday led authorities to an apparent murder suicide.

"Authorities say a 53-year-old woman shot and killed her 50-year-old husband, then herself.

"Sheriff deputies say a person called 911 Tuesday and told them to dispatch a coroner to the 21000 block of East 106th Street South and then hung up.

"When a deputy arrived at the home, he found the woman dead with one gunshot wound to the head, and the man's body slumped over a computer chair with three gunshot wounds in the back.

"Deputies also found two dogs that had been shot and killed.

"Neighbors told investigators they didn't hear any gunshots. They said the couple usually kept to themselves and were in the process of getting a divorce.

"The Wagoner County Sheriff's Office said the man appeared to have been dead awhile before the wife shot herself.

"The identities of the two victims have not been released."


Father And Daughter Found Shot On Sidewalk

"NEW ROCHELLE, NY — A street in Westchester County was the scene of a deadly shooting Wednesday morning.

"Witnesses tell police that a man opened fire on a woman at about 8 a.m. at Memorial Highway and Station Plaza in New Rochelle hitting her in the neck before turning the gun on himself.

"Alfredo Monegro, 61, of Manhattan and his daughter, Miosotis Monegro, 34, were found lying on the sidewalk. The elder Monegro was dead with a gunshot wound to the head.

"His daughter, a New Rochelle resident, was taken to Sound Shore Medical Center in critical condition, according to New Rochelle Police.

"A gun was recovered at the scene, added investigators.

"Police do not yet have a motive for the deadly shooting."

From WYNY...

"History Of Fighting" Preceded Murder/Suicide

"HOUSTON, TX — Houston police are looking into an apparent murder-suicide last night in west Houston.

"It happened around 11:30pm at a home on Deerwood near South Ripple Creek. Investigators say two men went out earlier in the evening and got into an argument. When they got back home, police say one man shot his partner before taking his own life.

"`One was upstairs. He was the one that was murdered. And then the other man went downstairs and shot himself,` said Sgt. Kevin Tolls with the Houston Police Department.

"Neighbors told police the couple had a history of fighting between them.

"Investigators say both men appeared be in their 50s. Their names have not been released."

From KTRK...

Police Find Mother And Daughter Dead

"TULSA, OK — Tulsa Police are investigating what they call a tragic murder-suicide in the 2400 block of South Marion Avenue.

"Police were called to the Midtown home around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday night after the woman's sister received a threatening letter in the mail from the woman. Authorities say the letter said the mother was going kill her daughter and take her own life.

"A TPD Captain says when crews arrived at the house on Tuesday night they found the bodies of the mother and child shot to death on a bedroom floor. Police say the mother shot her daughter while she was in bed in her pajamas, and she then turned the gun on herself.

"Officers called out to the house say it's a day they hope they `never have to repeat.` Captain Travis Yates say this case hits close to home for those who have children.

"`We do what we do everyday and work the most professional way we can. We try to console the family members. We try to console neighbors that are very upset, and we just hope and pray that we can keep this from happening in the future,` says Yates.

"Police say they have been called to the home in the last couple of months about a disturbance. Captain Yates says the past few weeks had been tense for the family. `A couple of weeks ago when we were called out here on a disturbance and it was the husband who was moving out of the house. There was an altercation, a disturbance there.`

"Police hope they can keep this from happening in the future."

From KOKI-TV...

Man Finds Bodies Of Wife, Son

"THE WOODLANDS, TX — A 7-year-old boy and his mother, 41, are dead in The Woodlands in what appears to be a murder-suicide.

"Montgomery County deputies found John `Jack` Crawford and his mother Stepheni Crawford dead inside their home at about 6 p.m., Tuesday at 75 N. Frontera Circle near F.M. 2978.

"Stepheni Crawford’s husband came home and found them shot dead before calling 9-1-1. Detectives reported they believe that Stepheni shot her son in the living room before killing herself. A motive for the shooting is still being investigated.

"Justice of the Peace Edie Connelly ordered the two bodies taken to the Montgomery County Forensic Center in Conroe for autopsies."

From Woodlands Online...

2 Dead, 10 Year Old Innocent Bystander Injured

"DAYTON, OH — Two men were killed and a 10-year-old boy was injured in what Dayton police are calling a murder-suicide Tuesday night.

"The shooting happened around 8 p.m. outside the Kings Court Apartment complex in the 3700 block of Kings Highway.

"Police said two men were arguing outside the complex when one of the men shot the other at least three times. Then the gunman went inside an apartment and shot himself in the head.

"The boy was injured when one of the bullets hit the car he was riding. The boy was treated at Good Samaritan Hospital and released.

"Police have recovered a weapon they believe was used in the shootings, Dayton police Lt. Kenneth Beall said.

"The names of the victims have not been released."


Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Accused Molester Shoots Mother, Son, Self

"GULFPORT, MS — Police in Gulfport are investigating a double murder-suicide.

"Gulfport Police say the crime happened on Monday around 1pm at a home on Kent Ave.

"The victims have been identified as a minister's wife 45-year-old Karen Ferguson, and her son 21-year-old Trevor Cole, who has cerebral palsy. Both were found shot to death inside their home.

"The alleged shooter, 70-year-old Paul Buckman, was found dead inside an apartment at Creekwood North Apartments on Oneal Road just blocks away. Police say Buckman died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Investigators say Karen Ferguson is the wife of Minister Les Ferguson who works at the Orange Grove Church of Christ. Police say Buckman previously attended their church, but was accused of molesting their disabled son Trevor. Buckman was sent to jail, but bonded out a few days later.

"Investigators say the couple's 5 year-old son was also home when the suspect entered the house, but Mrs. Ferguson told the child to run. The child was able to escape to a neighbors house. The neighbor called police.

"Police are still investigating the case."


Suspicious Fire May Be Attempted Murder/Suicide

"LAWRENCE, MA — A woman was killed and a man seriously injured in a fire Friday in what officials are calling a murder suicide at a senior housing complex in Lawrence...

"The fire broke out before 11 a.m. at the Rita Hall complex at 490 Hampshire St. and was contained to one unit.

"`They knocked the fire down. There was not a whole lot of fire, but there was a good amount of smoke and heat. In the process of doing that, they came across the victim,` Lawrence Fire Department Chief Jack Bergeron said.

"Officials said the woman was in her 50s. Police are investigating the incident as a murder suicide, but did not indicate which of the fire victims may have been the assailant, according to NewsCenter 5's Michele McPhee.

"`A man found outside was suffering from burns,` Lawrence Police Department Chief John Romero. `We believe those injuries were from the apartment. We believe he was in the apartment.`

"He was taken by medical flight to a hospital in Boston. Neither of the victims' names have been released.

"`The woman is not on the lease. Perhaps, it may be a relative of her who was on the lease,` Romero said.

"Residents were temporarily evacuated to the Lawrence Senior Center.

"`I live on the second floor, and someone knocked on my door and alerted me,` one resident said.

"The cause of the fire is under investigation."

From WCVB...

Bodies Found In Living Room And Kitchen

"BORREGO SPRINGS, CA — Sheriff's homicide detectives in Borrego Springs Tuesday were investigating the deaths of a couple as a possible murder-suicide.

"A sheriff's lieutenant said no suspects were being sought.

"Someone asked deputies to check on the residents in a home in the 2000 block of Saint Thomas Drive about 6:15 p.m. Monday, sheriff's Lt. Larry Nesbit said. The man's body was found on a couch in the living room, and the woman's body was in the kitchen, he said.

"An autopsy was pending. Deputies withheld their names."


Suspicious Deaths May Be Murder-Suicide

"LUCAS, TX — The Collin County Sheriff's Office is investigating the deaths of two men whose bodies were found Monday morning in the 2300 block of Country Club Road in Lucas.

"A woman called the sheriff's office shortly before 9 a.m. to report that a man's body was in the living room at the residence.

"Deputies arrived and found the body of a 72-year-old man in the living room and also located the body of a 44-year-old man outside the home near a burn barrel.

"Lt. John Norton of the Collin County Sheriff's Office said that the older man possibly died of a blunt force to his head and that the younger man may have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

"Norton said the younger man is believed to be the stepson of the older man.

"Weapons were recovered from the scene, Norton said."


Kids Heard Gunshots And Mom Screaming

"CARMEL, IN — The Carmel Police Department is investigating a shooting after a woman and her ex-husband were found dead with gunshot wounds in a Carmel townhouse.

"Police arrived to the home at the Traditions on the Monon, located in the 900 block of 3rd Avenue NW, around 6:45 a.m. Tuesday. Police said Suzanne Saunders, 50, and her ex-husband, 46-year-old Aaron Saunders, were having a dispute before gunshots were fired.

"The Carmel Police Department said Suzanne’s three children, ages 16, 12 and 11, were at the home getting ready for school when their stepfather came to the house. Police said the children heard their mother and stepfather arguing. The children told police they then heard gunshots and their mother screaming.

"Police said Suzanne’s sons ran out of the house, while her 11-year-old daughter hid in an upstairs bedroom. Police said the 16-year-old son called police on his cell phone to report the shooting.

"`The male subject entered the house earlier this morning. There was an argument,` said Jeff Horner with the Carmel Police Department. `The children heard shots fired, and they left. And the older child did call police at that time.`

"The children are in protective custody.

"Carmel police said preliminary evidence indicates the shooting was a murder-suicide. However, they said they are handling the shooting as an active homicide investigation while evidence continues to be collected and the autopsies are completed."


Man Hangs Himself After Strangling Girlfriend

"BELL GARDENS, CA — A Bell Gardens man apparently strangled his girlfriend and then hanged himself at their residence, authorities said today.

"The bodies were found in the 5900 block of Quinn Street at 6:43 p.m. Monday, said Los Angeles County sheriff's Deputy Mark Pope, adding that the man is regarded as a suspect and the woman as his victim.

"The woman was identified today as Christine Medina, 25, said coroner's Assistant Chief Ed Winter. The name of the dead man, who was in his 30s, was withheld, pending family notification.

"Investigators believe the man strangled his girlfriend and then hanged himself at the home they shared, Winter said.

"Bell Gardens police officers and firefighters entered the home through a screen window in response to a call from a concerned family member, sheriff's homicide Detective David Gunner, one of the investigators on the case, told camera crews at the scene.

"Los Angeles County coroner's investigators were probing the two deaths, along with detectives from the Sheriff's Department, which routinely assists small police departments with homicide investigations."

Source Contra Costa Times...

Monday, October 10, 2011

Shooter Found Dead In Alley

"SPOKANE, WA — One man is dead and a second person has been wounded in a attempted murder/suicide at a home near the intersection of 5th and Greene in East Spokane.

"Earlier in the day Spokane Police officers were looking for the shooter, but as of 4 p.m. authorities are now saying that this incident was a attempted murder/suicide.

"The shooter was found dead in an alley near 5th and Green while the shooting victim was found wounded in a nearby home. The victim was transported from the scene by ambulance. She was shot in the head but was able to speak with authorities and let them know who had shot her.

"Initially there was a search for a gunman, but based on the information the shooting victim was able to give authorities at the hospital it's now being investigated as an attempted murder/suicide."


Double Shooting Is Attempted Murder/Suicide

"MONROE, NC — Police in Monroe are investigating a double shooting that left one man dead and another man injured.

"According to the Monroe Police Department, officers were called to the 500 block of North Sutherland Avenue around 6:30 p.m. on Saturday evening to the reports of a person shot.

"When officers arrived, they found 56-year-old Houston Alexander Wingo with a gunshot wound.

"While on scene, officer learned of another gunshot victim at an apartment along McArthur Circle.

"When officers arrived at the apartment, they found the body of 37-year-old Christopher Eleairoh Ludlow.

"Wingo was transported to Carolinas Medical Center-Main where he is listed in critical condition as of Monday morning.

"`It was determined that an altercation between Wingo and Ludlow took place at this residence,` police told WBTV on Monday. `All indications look like this was an attempted murder/suicide.`"


Botched Murder/Suicide Lands Man In Jail

"HAMDEN, CT — The man charged in a murder and possible attempted suicide was out of work and living with his girlfriend, according to a member of the family.

"David Borelli, 41, has been charged with murder and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. He and the victim, Frances Piscitelli, 41, were found by police Saturday at 37 Williamson Road. She had been stabbed in the stomach and her throat was slit. She was later declared dead at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

"Borelli was bleeding from cuts on his wrist. Police are investigating whether the case is an attempted murder-suicide, Capt. Ronald Smith said Saturday.

"The family member, who did not want to be named, said Piscitelli lived in the house with her former mother-in-law, who owns the house, her two children and Borelli, who moved in several months ago.

"Piscitelli had wanted Borelli to leave, although there were no suspicions of previous arguments or physical violence, the family member said.

"`He wouldn’t move out. He sold his vehicle. He did not work. He wanted her to support him,` the family member said."

From the Post-Chronicle...

Marital Problems Cited In Double Murder/Suicide

"MANHEIM, PA — A Manheim Township man killed his wife and their 17-year-old son, then killed himself Sunday, Southwestern Regional Police said.

"Gary Lee Bynaker, 57, shot his wife, Tammy Bynaker, 52, and their son, Benjamin Bynaker, inside their home in the 3100 block of Lily Springs Road, then shot himself, according to a news release.

"All three died from single gunshot wounds, Detective Sgt. Lisa Layden said.

"Police were called to the two-story home after a family member stopped by the house and became concerned when none of the Bynakers came to the door, the release states.

"Police, the York County Forensics Team and the York County Coroner's Office determined the Bynakers died sometime between the morning and about 3 p.m., when police were dispatched.

"According to the release, the Bynakers were having marital problems."

From the York Daily News...

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Friends Find Bodies Of Couple

"EAST FINLEY, PA — State police in Washington, Pa., are investigating the apparent murder-suicide of a husband and wife in East Finley.

"In a statement released early this morning, police said Robert and Marty Winchester were found dead Saturday afternoon in their Cracraft Road home with gunshot wounds. Police did not release any further information, including the age of the victims, who fired the gun, or a motive, except to say that the couple died some time Saturday morning.

"They were reportedly found by friends who came to visit the couple in the late afternoon."

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...


10/10/2011 — Wife was the shooter...

Bodies Found In High Rise Apartment Building

"BETHESDA, MD — Montgomery County Police are investigating two deaths in an apparent muder-suicide in the 5400 block of Westbard Avenue in Bethesda.

"The bodies of Hong Trang Tracy Vu, of the 10900 block of New Hampshire Avenue in Silver Spring, and Martin Sean O'Toole, 38, of Bethesda, were found in an apartment bedroom by police and Montgomery County Fire and Rescue personnel at approximately 11:11 a.m. Saturday.

"A family member, who had not been able to contact O'Toole, a resident at the Westbard address, entered the apartment, found Vu and O'Toole unresponsive and called Fire/Rescue, police said.

"Both victims had evidence of trauma to their bodies, police said.

"Vu's age cannot be confirmed at this time, but police believe she is between 35 to 38 years old.

"Both victims were transported to Baltimore where the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will conduct autopsies to determine the cause and manner of death, police said."

Source: Bethesda Patch...

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Woman In Grave Condition After Attempted Murder/Suicide

"MIDWEST CITY, OK — Midwest City police are investigating an attempted homicide Saturday morning, according to Chief of Police Brandon Clabes.

"A 44-year-old woman was shot multiple times during a domestic disturbance. The man who wounded her then committed suicide, shooting himself in the head, Clabes said.

"The woman's 18-year-old daughter witnessed the shooting and said the man turned the gun on her but did not fire. She was able to run from the house to a neighbor's home to call police.

"The incident happened in the 300 block of Mimosa, just north of Tinker Air Force Base. Clabes said the man and woman were not married, but both lived in the home.

"The man was 45 years old, according to police.

"The woman was taken to a local hospital in grave condition. No names have been released."


Distraught Husband Avoids Divorce With Revolver

"BELLEVUE, OH — A man and a woman are dead after an apparent murder-suicide overnight.

"Ernest Sears, 75, is believed to have used a revolver to shoot and kill his wife, Gloria Sears, 46, before turning the gun on himself. Sandusky County sheriff's detective James Consolo said the couple was in the process of divorce and Ernest Sears was distraught about the breakup.

"The murder-suicide occurred between 9 p.m. Friday and 1 a.m. Saturday, Consolo said. Gloria Sears' 21-year-old son returned home at about 1:45 this morning and discovered the bodies in a bathroom inside the home at 622 County Road 191, just outside of Bellevue.

"Sheriff's deputies, state BCI agents and Bellevue police officers were still gathering evidence inside the home at 8:30 a.m., and the bodies have not been removed."

Source: Sandusky Register...


10/09/2011 — "He seemed to be a real nice guy..."

SWAT Team Finds Bodies Of Elderly Couple

"TROUTDALE, OR — A husband and wife have been identified after an apparent murder/suicide in Troutdale, police said.

"Police responded Thursday to a 911 call in the 2200 block of SW Larsson Avenue, according to Sgt. Mark Shrake. The caller said he had just shot his wife.

"SWAT Officers entered and found the bodies of residents Frances Lopes, 92, and her husband, 87-year-old Edward J. Lopes, inside the home.

"Investigators believe Edward Lopes killed his wife and then killed himself."

From KGW-TV...

Friday, October 7, 2011

"Romantically Involved" Couple Found Dead

"TAKOMA PARK, MD — Police in Prince George’s County are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Takoma Park.

"Officials received the call just before 3 p.m. on Friday and responded to New Hampshire Avenue and Ray Road.

"There they discovered the body of a male suffering from a gunshot wound outside of a car and a female dead inside.

"The two victims were romantically involved.

"Police continue to investigate."

From WTTG...

Investigating Cop Shot At Before Murder/Suicide

"FAYETTEVILLE, NC — Two people were killed Thursday morning in what police say was a murder-suicide in Fayetteville.

"Police spokesman Gavin MacRoberts said that investigators believe Warren Cummings III, 30, of the 400 block of Woodstream Trail, kidnapped a woman around 8:11 a.m. from an apartment where she had been staying on Icarus Circle.

"A neighbor said she heard a dog bark then saw an SUV speeding away from the apartment. Both the neighbor and the friend with whom the woman was staying called 911.

"The woman's identity or relationship to Cummings won't be released until police are able to notify her relatives, MacRoberts said.

"Investigators, however, did say the woman had a restraining order against Cummings.

"Shortly before 10 a.m., MacRoberts said, a police officer spotted the man's Chevrolet Tahoe in the Woodstream Apartment complex off Cliffdale Road.

"The man saw the officer, fired shots at him and then shot and killed the woman and then himself inside the car.

"The police officer was not injured and did not return fire."


Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Murder/Suicide Suspected In RV Fire

"FLAGSTAFF, AZ — The investigation into the deaths of three people whose bodies were found inside a charred motor home at the Grand Canyon points to a possible murder-suicide, National Park Service officials said Wednesday.

"Grand Canyon spokeswoman Shannan Marcak did not elaborate, other than to say the bodies appear to be those of an adult and two children and that no one else is involved. Authorities have not released the identities, but a Minnesota school district identified the three as two students and their father.

"Firefighters responded to a report Monday of smoke in the RV's cab, but it was fully engulfed in flames when they arrived. Once it was extinguished, investigators were able to enter the RV and found the occupants' remains.

"One autopsy was conducted Wednesday but the results weren't released. Marcak said she didn't expect positive identification until later this week.

"The RV was in a parking area along the most-traveled road into the Grand Canyon's popular South Rim near a sign where tourists often pose for pictures. Authorities had reopened the area to the public by Wednesday afternoon after removing what was left of the RV, Marcak said."

From ABC News...

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Few Details In Apparent Juvenile Murder/Suicide

"WARNER ROBINS, GA — The Houston County Sheriff's Office is investigating a shooting on Sheffield Way in Warner Robins. Deputies responded to a 911 call around 12:30 pm Tuesday and found an 11 year old female shot in the back.

"A juvenile male was found dead at a nearby house on Sheffield Way from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"The young girl was taken to the Medical Center of Central Georgia where she is undergoing surgery.

"No further information is available."

From WMGT...

Man Tries To Poison Two Year Old, Self

"LAWRENCE, NY — A New York man in a dispute with a woman may have tried to kill their young daughter and himself by covering them both with chemicals in a vehicle, where they were found having trouble breathing, police said.

"The 45-year-old Queens man, a mechanic with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, is in critical condition at a Long Island hospital, Nassau County Police spokesman Lt. Kevin Smith said. His 2-year-old daughter is in critical but stable condition at Cohen Children's Medical Center, said hospital spokeswoman Michelle Pinto.

"They were found in the vehicle Monday morning behind a store in suburban Lawrence, authorities said.

"Investigators found ammonium chloride, commonly found in fire extinguishers and fertilizers, in and on the child's bottle. A chemical used in household pesticides also was found on the father and child and throughout the vehicle.

"`It looks like he may have given the child this product to ingest,` Smith said. `He may have ingested the rest on his own, so we have to look at from a standpoint it may be an attempt to take his child's life and commit suicide.`"

From NBC New York...

Estranged Couple Dead After Final Confrontation

" ST LOUIS PARK, MN — Police reported an estranged husband shot and killed his wife, and then turned the gun on himself in the West Metro.

"The apparent murder-suicide happened just after 8 p.m. Monday. Police say the gunman shot the woman several times on the 1600 block of Highway 100 S. outside an office building. They say the two had been in a confrontation before the shooting. Bystanders say the woman told a witness to call police at some point during the confrontation.

"While police were searching for the gunman, they learned the man had been found dead in Minneapolis near 37th and Hiawatha. Police say the man died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"The names of the suspect and victim have not been released."