Tuesday, July 31, 2012
"DYER, IN — On Tuesday, police have identified the bodies of a woman and a man found in a Dyer, Ind., home.
"Rhonda Neher, 45, was found dead in the kitchen with stab wounds to her chest Monday afternoon.
"The man was identified as Larry Neher, 58. The Lake County Coroner said he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the right side of his face.
"Records from the Lake County Assesor indicate that Rhonda and Larry owned the home.
"Police were called to the house in the 2500 block of Sycamore Drive at 12:42 p.m. Monday, after a relative couldn't contact anyone at the house. Authorities believe the man and woman may have been dead for several days.
"According to the coroner's report, Rhonda Neher's death has been listed as a homicide."
"JACKSONVILLE, FL — Police found a man and a woman dead inside a hotel near Tinseltown.
"Police responded to a call about a shooting at the Southside Hampton Inn & Suites on Southside Boulevard.
"A housekeeper discovered the bodies of a man and woman inside one of the rooms.
"`The room was latched from the inside. They have a special tool they were able to unlatch it. When they went inside they saw two persons that looked like they had been shot,` said Sgt. Shawn Coarsey, with JSO.
"Investigators say the victims are in their 40s, and their deaths may be the result of a murder-suicide.
"Police found a firearm inside the room which was locked from the inside.
"Investigators also found multiple envelopes with letters addressed to people scattered throughout the hotel room."
"MERIDEN, CT — Meriden Police Detective Lieutenant Mark Walerysiak said the death of two people at 44 Eddy Ave. is being explored as a murder-suicide.
"`We're going to be speaking with neighbors to confirm that,` Walerysiak said.
"In a statement given by Walerysiak, he said a middle-aged man and woman died of gunshot wounds. Investigators arrived on the scene at about 10:45 a.m. Police said the names will not be released for 24 hours. The deaths occurred in apartment A4, Walerysiak said.
"The bodies were found when the deceased woman's daughter called in because she hadn't heard from her mother in a while. Officers forced entry and found the bodies.
"A warrant was obtained by Meriden police at about 1:30 p.m., and a team of investigators entered the home to begin processing the scene.
"Police couldn't immediately provide information on the weapon, and Walerysiak said at the time that it was unknown if the man and woman were married.
"Erric Grace, a Meriden resident who often visits a friend in the area, said that he heard that there is often arguing at the apartment.
"Caitlin Kinneen-Candelaria often visits her sister, who lives near 44 Eddy Ave. She said it's usually a `really nice neighborhood.`
"`I think it's very sad,` she said. `If that happened to me, I don't know what I would do.`
"In past visits, Kinneen-Candelaria said she often heard arguing from an apartment at 44 Eddy Ave."
From the Record-Journal...
"SALEM, NH — Three people were found dead at a Wheeler Avenue home Tuesday afternoon in what investigators are calling an apparent murder-suicide.
"One adult male and two adult females were found deceased at the home – all from apparent gunshot wounds, according a statement from Attorney General Michael Delaney.
"Police were called to the home shortly after noon after a passerby noticed a man in the driveway of 33 Wheeler Ave.
"`We responded to a man being down and determined he was deceased,` deputy police Chief Shawn Patten said. A firearm was found nearby, Patten said. `We immediately followed up with a search to the home and found two individuals—both females—inside the home.`
"One woman was transported to Holy Family Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The two others found at the home were pronounced dead at the scene. A dog was also shot dead at the house, according to police.
"The State Police Major Crime Unit and the Attorney General’s Office were called to the scene to assist local police in investigating the case.
"Investigators said the identities of the deceased are being withheld pending notification of family members. Autopsies are expected to be conducted by the state Medical Examiner’s Office.
"Patten stressed shortly after the incident that there was no need for the public to worry about the homicides.
"`There is absolutely no danger to the public at large,` he said."
Source: Union Leader...
UPDATE:08/02/2012 — Victim (wife) was "gun advocate"...
"OWINGS, MD — A man, woman and child were found dead in an Owings, Md., home Tuesday morning in what Calvert County Sheriff officials say was a murder-suicide.
"Authorities believe Frank J. Hayward, Jr., 32, shot his wife, Cynthia M. Hayward, and their 2-year-old daughter, Natalee Hayward, before killing himself.
"The family members were found in a home in the 1800 block of Candlelight Court, according to Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans.
"Deputies arrived at the house just after 8:30 Tuesday morning to find the home on fire, according to Evans. Inside they found the bodies of the man, his 31-year- old wife and child.
"They also found 12-year-old Frank Hayward III who was injured. He was flown to a local hospital with critical injuries, Evans says. The boy is being treated for burns and lacerations to his neck. Police say he was not shot.
"Evans confirmed that some of the victims were shot, but could not say how all the family members died. Investigators say they found a handgun in the home.
"Cynthia Hayward requested a protective order hearing September 13, 2007 against her husband. The proceedings concluded three days later. There is no record of how the hearing concluded."
"LOUISVILLE, KY — An elderly couple has been found shot to death inside their home in the Highlands, but police aren't looking for suspects.
"That's because police are calling this a `murder-suicide.`
"It happened at a home near the intersection of Stevens Ave. and Hartman Ave.
"Metro Police got the call just after 10 a.m. Tuesday. Neighbors say an elderly couple lived in the home, and it was the last place they expected to see police lights or crime tape.
"But inside, police found two people who had been shot to death.
"Police believe the victims were in their late 70s or 80s and detectives don't suspect anyone else was involved.
"Neighbors declined going on camera.
"However, off camera, neighbors [said] us this was a very kind couple and they've lived there for years."
Monday, July 30, 2012
"BAT CAVE, NC — The Henderson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a possible murder-suicide in Bat Cave, according to Capt. Frank Stout.
"Investigators were called Monday to a home at 1571 Gerton Highway. Stout said David Karl Anderson, 54, and Paula Molinas, 55, were found dead by friends, who called 911.
"A handgun was used, Stout said, and investigators can't say who was the shooter.
"Anderson and Molinas were in a long-term relationship, Stout said. They had a history of domestic disputes, he added, and deputies are familiar with the address.
"Stout said the friends hadn't seen Anderson in a few days and went to check on him at about 10 a.m. Monday morning. After talking with family and friends, investigators said the couple probably died five days ago.
"The bodies have been sent to the medical examiner's office for autopsies."
"MUSELLA, GA — Authorities have identified the couple found fatally shot Tuesday in the carport area of a Musella home.
"Autopsies are scheduled to be performed Wednesday on Clinton Sintell Dickey, 32, and Shannon Lane Dickey, 23, according to the Crawford County Sheriff’s Office.
"The Dickeys were married, but had been living separately for several months prior to the shooting. Clinton Dickey lived at the 230 Pine Forest Drive home where their bodies were found, according to a news release issued Wednesday afternoon.
"Shannon Dickey, who had been living in Gordon, went to Clinton Dickey’s home to pick up their child and the couple got into a physical altercation that turned fatal, according to the release.
"Deputies were called about 3 p.m. Tuesday, said Sheriff Lewis Walker.
"The child, a young boy, is staying with relatives, according to the sheriff’s office.
"Deputies have recovered a small caliber handgun, but Walker wouldn’t say whether it was used in the shooting.
"The incident was initially reported as an apparent murder-suicide, but deputies still are investigating the circumstances of the shooting."
From The Telegraph...
"MADISON COUNTY, ID — Investigation is continuing into what deputies are calling a homicide/suicide that they say happened around 6 p.m. Saturday in the Burton area.
"According to the Madison County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a report of a suspicious death on Saturday at 5115 S. 4800 West in Madison County.
"When deputies arrived, they found victim Paula Emma Sessions, also known as Paula Emma Packer, 40, and suspect Tommy V. Sessions, 47, both dead.
"Autopsies conducted Sunday showed that Paula Sessions died from a single gunshot wound to the chest and Tommy Sessions died from a single gunshot wound to the head. Deputies say the weapon used was a .9 mm handgun.
"The investigation is continuing."
From the Rexburg Standard Journal...
"ST LOUIS, MO — The Major Case Squad is investigating the deaths of a mother and two children in a Glendale home in an apparent murder-suicide today.
"The woman's husband called 911 at 10:57 a.m. to report a murder-suicide at the home on 740 Hawbrook Avenue, said Glendale Police Sgt. Bob Catlett.
"The woman and the couple's two children, ages 11 and 9, were found dead from gunshots, he said. The mother was pronounced dead at the scene. Her son was pronounced dead at St. Louis Children's Hospital and her daughter was pronounced dead at Mercy Hospital.
"Authorities do not believe the woman's husband was involved in the deaths, and he is cooperating with police, Catlett said.
"The man was inside the home when he heard shots, police said.
"`He ... thought it was coming from outside, so he ran to his front door and saw that his wife was laying in the kitchen, his son was laying in a side room and his daughter was in the second story of the home,` Catlett said.
"The Major Case Squad has been activated and the St. Louis County police department's crime scene investigators are assisting.
"Catlett said he was unaware of any previous calls for service at the couple's home.
"At about 2 p.m., yellow crime-scene tape surrounded the two-story red brick structure. An American flag hung from the front door.
"`It's senseless,` Catlett said. `We certainly have avenues to help people with mental health issues.`"
Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch...
UPDATE:08/01/2012 — Cops eye husband as possible killer...
08/04/2012 — All evidence points to wife as shooter...
Sunday, July 29, 2012
"OXFORD, MA — An Oxford man shot his two young children, killing one of them, and then killed himself Saturday night, Worcester County District Attorney Joseph Early said.
"Daryl Benway, 41, and his daughter, Abigail, 7, were found dead on the second floor of their home at 128 Main Street.
"Owen Benway, 9, was found shot in the kitchen and taken to UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center in very serious condition, Early said. He had been shot in the head.
"`It doesn't get much worse than this. It is a horrible scene,` said Early.
"Daryl Benway was separated from his wife, Kelleen, who came to the house after the shooting and saw the police cruisers and news crews.
"Early said no restraining orders had been filed and Benway had no criminal record. The couple separated three or four weeks ago."
Saturday, July 28, 2012
"REEDSBURG, WI — A Reedsburg man shot his girlfriend to death Friday night and then turned the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide, Reedsburg police said.
"George R. Snake, 24, shot and killed his girlfriend, Cheyenne T. Fiddler, 23, of Red Wing, Minn., sometime before 7 p.m. Friday at a home in the 1100 block of Maple Street in Reedsburg, police said. Their bodies were found by a friend who entered the home about 7 p.m.
"Police said that the two were dating and that Fiddler recently had moved into the home. Alcohol was believed to be a factor in the incident, which police said happened after an argument."
From the Wisconsin State Journal...
"WARNER, OK — Two people are dead Friday after a murder-suicide in Muskogee County. It happened around 4:30 a.m. at the Houston Johnson Heights Apartments in Warner.
"Investigators believe Melinda Sue Chatto's ex-boyfriend, Charles Donald Dixon, let himself into the house with a key, either while the family was sleeping or earlier in the day.
"`They had broken up in the past six months,` said Muskogee County investigator Burt Poole. `The neighbors would say he made a nuisance of himself coming around all the time. In our lingo, we call that stalking.`
"Deputies say Dixon shot a sleeping Chatto before turning the gun on himself.
"As she lay dying, Chatto called 911, and handed the phone to her 7-year-old daughter when was no longer able to speak.
"At the request of the dispatcher, the child ran next door to the home of neighbor and babysitter Stella Jackson.
"`I've never heard a child pound any harder,` Jackson said.
"Jackson says she went next door and discovered the bodies of Chatto and Dixon, staying with the child until grandparents arrived.
"`She won't be eight years old until next month,` Jackson said. `My heart breaks for her.`"
Friday, July 27, 2012
"HAMPDEN, ME — The bodies of a man and woman were found Friday inside a Hampden house where a state police SWAT team had assembled, and the deaths are being investigated as a murder-suicide, authorities said.
"The State Police Tactical Team discovered the bodies about noon when they entered the two-story house on 10 Marina Road near Route 1A in this town outside of Bangor, state police said. The bodies were found in the kitchen, and both victims appeared to have been shot.
"Police came to the house after receiving a 911 call around 7 a.m. saying there had been a homicide, and the male caller said he planned to kill himself. Some homes and businesses in the neighborhood were evacuated, and Route 1A was shut down as a precaution.
"The victims, who were not married, are middle aged and their names are being withheld as relatives are notified, police said."
UPDATE:07/28/2012 — Shooter was from Florida...
"WINTON, NC — Authorities in Hertford County are investigating a murder-suicide.
"Deputies have been at the scene all day, Friday, at a trailer park off 321 Tuscarora Beach Road in Winton.
"Authorities say James McCutcheon shot himself in the head and that Catherine McCutheon was shot in the chest and died. Their five-year-old daughter was shot in the side and is at the hospital. There's no word on her condition.
"David Parker, who lives in the neighborhood, says he saw a man with a handgun this morning. He says the man and his wife had separated and she and their child were going to be moving out this morning.
"Authorities confirm that the wife was apparently at the home to get her belongings when they were shot.
"Catherine's uncle was in the home helping her move out. He heard the shots but did not witness the shootings. He is at the hospital with the little girl."
"PENDLETON, IN — A man was shot dead in a hail of bullets fired by a crazed gunman engaged in a deadly stand-off with police.
"He got caught up in Thursday night's gunfire as he sat in his car in the Indianapolis town of Pendleton.
"The unnamed victim was fatally shot by Jim Kenneth Bailey when the killer opened fire on two policemen responding to reports of shots being fired.
"After a seven-hour manhunt Bailey then turned the gun on himself.
"One of the officers, Marty Dulworth, was fighting for his life following the violent attack.
"He was air-lifted to hospital where he remains in a critical condition, undergoing surgery, having been shot in both legs.
"A second officer suffered a graze wound to his neck and was treated at hospital then released. He later returned to the scene.
"Adding to the tragedy Dulworth's dog, Kilo, was also caught up in the gunfire and was killed, indystar.com reported.
"The two officers were responding to reports of gunshots being heard in Pendleton at around 10.30pm when 59-year-old Bailey opened fire.
"Homeowner Angela Reynolds [said] she made the call after hearing the shots coming from her garage on the 300 block of East Water Street.
"She described the gunfire as `rapid`, adding that she `scrambled` to the house in terror before dialing 911.
"`The cops pulled up and we told them (the suspect) was probably in the garage because we heard something,` she said.
"`Then the next thing we know, there's gunfire going back and forth.`
"The town was sealed off while police hunted Bailey, using helicopters, supported by SWAT teams.
"Residents were told to not leave their homes.
"Police said they believe Bailey's attack may have been sparked by a fight with his ex-girlfriend or ex-wife.
"He was found in the early hours of Friday morning, having fatally shot himself. Among his alarming hoard of weapons were a pistol, an AK-47, flak jacket, and gas mask."
From the Daily Mail...
Thursday, July 26, 2012
"LIMA, OH — A Lima man shot and killed his estranged wife and 20-year-old daughter early today in American Township before turning the gun on himself, according to the Allen County Sheriff’s office.
"At 4 a.m., Randy Glenn, 45, entered the home of his estranged wife, Carlin Glenn, 46, at 9 Beaumont Place. The couple’s two children, Andrea, 20, and a son, 17, were spending the night at the house Wednesday night. Authorities said Mr. Glenn shot his daughter in her mother’s home, and Ms. Glenn in the driveway of 8 Beaumont Place, where she had fled to ask for help. Mr. Glenn then returned to his wife’s house, where he committed suicide.
"All three victims were pronounced dead on the scene, said Chief Deputy Jim Everett, of the sheriff’s office. The victims’ bodies were transported to the Lucas County Coroner’s office, which is set to perform autopsies Friday.
"The couple’s son, whose name was not released, was home at the time of the shootings but escaped unharmed. He was transported to St. Rita’s Medical Center by the American Township Fire Department.
"The sheriff’s office had responded to domestic disputes at the home before. Chief Everett said the killings were likely the result of an argument."
From the Toldeo Blade...
UPDATE:08/11/2012 — Victim thought killer was out of state...
"SISTERSVILLE, WV — An ex-convict and Iraq war veteran who had been sought nationwide in the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her pregnant sister in Michigan was found dead at a cabin not far from Sistersville, police said today.
"The U.S. Marshals Service, following up on a lead, discovered the body of Thomas Fritz Tuesday night inside the cabin located on Cow House Road, according to Michigan State Police Lt. Sean Furlong. It was later confirmed Fritz died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
"U. S. Marshals, West Virginia State Police and Tyler County sheriff's deputies, along with several other departments, converged on the residence Tuesday. Shortly after they arrived, a shot rang out. Authorities, who had been trying to track down Fritz since Friday's shootings, had urged caution, saying the former military police specialist was armed and dangerous.
"Fritz, 38, was charged with killing his 33-year-old ex-girlfriend, Amy Merrill, in a house they shared in Blissfield, a village on the edge of southern Michigan's scenic Irish Hills region.
"He also was accused of killing the woman's younger sister, who was eight months' pregnant, and shooting and wounding their 52-year-old mother, Robin Lynn McCowan.
"All were shot in Blissfield, about 20 miles northwest of Toledo, Ohio. Police found the women at a home after responding to a 911 call from one of the victims.
"McCowan is hospitalized, and police say she is recovering from surgery."
From The Intelligencer...
"OAKTON, VA — Two men are dead after an apparent murder/suicide in Oakton Wednesday night.
"Officer Eddie Azcarate, spokesman for the Fairfax County Police Department, confirms officers discovered two gunshot victims inside a home at 3051 Trevor House Drive after responding to the location to investigate a shooting just after 7:00 p.m.
"According to Officer Azcarate, an initial investigation has revealed the incident appears to be a murder/suicide that resulted from an argument between two house mates. Police believe Ihab R. Qutob, age 43, and his roommate, Aden Rios, 27, were arguing when Rios shot and killed Qutob, then turned the weapon on himself.
"Mr. Qutob was pronounced dead at the scene. Rios was alive when medics arrived, but later died at INOVA Fairfax Hospital, Azcarate said.
"A gun was recovered at the scene. The investigation is ongoing."
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
"SPRING, TX — The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that a Woodlands resident shot his wife multiple times before turning the gun on himself.
"Billy Terry, 60, shot his wife Linda Terry, 59, multiple times in their home on Degas Park Dr. in Sterling Ridge around 8 p.m. Tuesday night. Authorities forced their way into the home and found Linda in the master bedroom and Billy Terry dead in another bedroom due to a single gunshot wound to the chest. His wife, Linda, was taken to the hospital but is expected to survive.
"Linda, a nurse, recently accepted a new job, but the sheriff's office said Billy had been unemployed for some time.
"As of Wednesday morning, no new details about the shooting had been released from the sheriff's office, but the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Major Crimes Unit, Crime Lab, Texas Rangers and District Attorney's Office are investigating. It is thought the incident was an attempted homicide/suicide."
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
"WALDOBORO, ME — Police are still looking for answers in a double shooting in Waldoboro that left one man dead and his girlfriend in the hospital. Police believe the shooting happened sometime over the weekend.
"Waldoboro police got the call around 9:30 Monday morning. Two people were found shot in a house on 2177 Friendship Road. `Some family members came to check on the well being of Norman Benner and when they went inside that residence is when they placed that call,` said Sergeant Jeff Love of the Maine State Police Major Crimes Unit.
"Police say 34-year-old Norman Benner was pronounced dead on the scene. His girlfriend, 25-year-old Arline Lawless, was transported to a Damariscotta hospital with a gunshot wound to the face. She was later taken to a Portland hospital where she's in fair condition. `She's going to live,` said Department of Public Safety Spokesman Steve McCausland.
"Police say they have spoken with Arline Lawless at the hospital but as far as what she remembers or what she's told them, they're not saying yet. `The Maine State Police Evidence Response Team is processing the scene,` Sgt. Love said. `Yesterday (Monday) and into the early evening hours we were able to complete a search warrant for the residence. So now we're processing the scene and once we gather the information from that, along with the cause and manner of death from the medical examiners office, we'll have a much better idea where we're at.`
"McCausland says they believe one of the victims appears to be the shooter and no one else was involved in the incident, but he would not divulge any other details about how the incident transpired."
"WESTCHESTER, IL — An off-duty Illinois State Police trooper has been charged with shooting a woman to death, then turning the gun on himself in a domestic attack early Sunday in Westchester, authorities said.
"Brian Himber, 31, of the 4100 block of North Central Avenue in Chicago, has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Tracy Mays, 29.
"Mays was shot at a home in the 10900 block of Nelson Street in the west suburb and was declared dead shortly after 1 a.m. at Loyola University Medical Center in Maywood, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
"The woman of from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the medical examiner's office. Police did not reveal the woman's hometown.
"After shooting the woman, police said, Himber tried to kill himself. Authorities say Himber was in critical condition at Loyola with at least one self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"State police say Himber is an Illinois state trooper who was off duty at the time. The trooper, hired in 2004, has been relieved of police powers, state police said.
"Authorities say they don't think Himber used his service weapon in the shooting.
"Police did not release further details, including the time of the shooting.
"Yellow police tape and two Westchester police vehicles blocked Nelson Street near the home Sunday afternoon. Neighbors said the incident is uncharacteristic of the area.
"Kathy Syregelas said she believes the family who lives at the home was hosting a graduation party Saturday night.
"`This is not a troubled town,` said Vito Burdi, who lives on Nelson Street."
From the Chicago Tribune...
"HARLINGEN, TX — Police are calling the deaths of a Rangerville Road couple a murder-suicide.
"According to the preliminary investigation of the deaths that were discovered Monday evening, the man hanged himself after killing his wife, police said Tuesday.
"Preliminary autopsies indicate Jose Elias Colmenares, 53, died of asphyxiation by hanging and Herlinda Trujillo, 55, died of blunt trauma to the head, Sgt. John Parrish said.
"The bodies were found Monday evening after police were contacted by a family member, Sgt. Carlos Cantu said Monday.
"Colmenares may have hanged himself in a shed behind the couple’s home at 714 Rangerville Road, Parrish wrote in a press release.
"Cantu said Trujillo’s body was found near the front door.
"Police said they found no signs of a struggle or forced entry.
"Cantu said the couple were last seen alive about 24 hours before the bodies were found.
"Justice of the Peace Sallie Gonzalez, who pronounced the couple dead at about 8 p.m. Monday, described Trujillo as Colmenares’ common-law wife.
"A family member said Colmenares had become `overwhelmed` with information after he was recently treated for diabetes at Valley Baptist Medical Center-Harlingen. She said the doctor had recommended that he undergo a psychological evaluation.
"The family member said the couple, who sold cars, came from Houston about four years ago."
From The Brownsville Herald...
"SHIRLINGTON, VA — Two people are dead in an apparent murder-suicide in the Fairlington area, according to Arlington County Police.
"The two people who lived in the 4500 block of 31st Street were in a romantic relationship, investigators say. Police are not saying how they died or how long the bodies had been in the apartment.
"A family member who lived in the apartment discovered their bodies around 3 p.m. on Tuesday, police say. The victims are described as a Hispanic man and woman in their 30s.
"The last homicide in Arlington County was in March 2010.
"`Any neighborhood in Arlington County is extremely safe,` says Dustin Sternbeck, county police spokesperson."
"ARIMO, ID — Police confirmed the identities cause of death of an Arimo couple found deceased in their basement apartment on Portneuf Avenue on Monday.
"Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen said Tuesday that it was 29-year-old Lisa England, a long-time Arimo resident, and her husband, Juan Cantal’ Cio-Y Enoc, 49, originally from Peru.
"Residents in Arimo said the couple married about a year ago, but had a relationship described historically as on-again-off-again.
"Nielsen also confirmed both Juan and Lisa died from gunshot wounds. Attempts to reach Juan’s family in Peru kept Nielsen from releasing the names prior to Tuesday afternoon."
From the Idaho State Journal...
Monday, July 23, 2012
"DUMAS, AR — The Dumas Police Department is investigating an apparent attempted murder-suicide.
"It happened late Sunday night, just before midnight on Briarwood Circle.
"Police say officers responding to a shooting found Jamisha Phillips, 18, with multiple gunshot wounds.
"The woman told police she had been shot by Keondrick Markieth Tanner, 23, of Dumas.
"Phillips was taken to Delta Memorial Hospital before being transferred to a Little Rock hospital.
"A search was made for Tanner but police did not find him until an elderly woman called police around six o'clock this morning to report someone laying alongside her home.
"When officers arrived, they found Tanner with what appeared to be a single, self-inflicted, gunshot wound to the head.
"His body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for further an autopsy.
"Police are still investigating the incident."
"SANTA CRUZ, CA — Police are investigating a burglary and attempted murder in Santa Cruz on Sunday that ended with the suspect taking his own life.
"Richard Andrew Glanzman, a 55-year-old Santa Cruz man, was suspected of breaking into a home in the 100 block of Mountain View Avenue, where a 32-year-old woman was taking a nap alone at her friend's house, according to police.
"Woken up by sounds of the intruder, the woman confronted the man. He began to attack her, attempting to both sexually assault and strangle her, police said.
"The woman struggled with him and was able to break free and escape, police said.
"After arriving at the scene, police learned that Glanzman, who lived in the neighborhood, matched the woman's description of the intruder.
"Officers arrived at his home to find a gun case, live ammunition spilled on the floor, and Glanzman barricaded inside his bedroom, police said.
"While trying to contact Glanzman with the help of a hostage negotiation team and a tactical team, police evacuated about 20 homes in the neighborhood and secured a perimeter around Glanzman's house, police said.
"Police also obtained an arrest warrant for Glanzman for attempted sexual assault, attempted homicide, burglary, and false imprisonment, with a bail amount of $1 million.
"When the tactical team finally entered the home, they found Glanzman dead in an upstairs bedroom where he had shot himself, according to police.
"Police said the victim was treated for her injuries and is recovering. "
Sunday, July 22, 2012
"MORGANTON, NC — Burke County deputies said a man shot and killed his wife in a trailer then walked to a gas station and called 911.
"The man went to a BP which was about a-quarter mile down the road. Police said he told them on the phone that he accidentally shot his wife on Hallyburton Road in Morganton.
"Deputies said they caught up with the man after he went to a nearby trailer park to see his son.
"The man had the shotgun with him.
"Police said when they ordered him to put his gun down that is when he shot and killed himself.
"No names have been released at this time."
Source Gaston Gazette...
Saturday, July 21, 2012
"LAS VEGAS, NV — Three people are hospitalized with stab wounds in what North Las Vegas Police are calling an overnight attempted murder/attempted suicide.
"Officers responding to reports of multiple stabbing victims arrived shortly after 3:30 Saturday morning at a house in the 2600 block of East Tonopah Street, near North Civic Center Drive and Lake Mead Boulevard. There, they found a 32-year-old woman, a 15-year-old boy and a 34-year-old man all suffering from stab wounds
"Officers indicated the adults are married and in the process of divorcing. The estranged husband, they said, forced his way into his wife’s home and allegedly stabbed her multiple times. The woman's 15-year-old son tried to intervene on his mother's behalf and also was stabbed. The husband then began stabbing himself before police arrived.
"After police arrived, the three were transported to University Medical Center, where the mother was in critical condition this morning, according to authorities. The boy and the suspect were hospitalized in serious condition.
"Police said seven children, ages 4-16, including the 15-year-old boy, were in the home at the time of the attack. The relationship between the husband and children was not immediately clear. The children are in the custody of Child Protective Services until immediate family can be notified."
From the Las Vegas Sun...
Friday, July 20, 2012
"LUMBERTON, NC — Robeson County Sheriff Kenneth Sealey said Thursday his deputies are investigating the apparent murder-suicide of a Lumberton couple.
"Sealey said deputies responded to 9833 Old Whiteville Road about 10 a.m. Wednesday after Paul and Cathy Adams' son found them dead in their home.
"The bodies were scheduled to undergo autopsies, but Sealey did not know if those had been completed by Thursday night. Paul Adams was 61; his wife, 56.
"The deaths remain under investigation, Sealey said.
"The sheriff did not say who the shooter was."
Thursday, July 19, 2012
"MARQUEZ, TX — Leon County authorities now say both the husband and wife found shot near Hilltop Lakes Wednesday are dead. The husband reportedly died Wednesday night after what investigators believe was a murder-suicide.
"Authorities believe the couple was suffering from serious medical issues, and that C.W. Guiles shot and killed his wife, Patricia, before shooting himself. Their home is near the intersection of FM 977 and FM 3 northwest of the Hilltop Lakes community.
"C.W. Guiles died at a hospital after being taken from his home by helicopter, according to the Leon County Sheriff's Office.
"The couple's children found their parents shot late Wednesday afternoon. Patricia Guiles died at the scene. Both were in their 80s, authorities said.
"`Evidently, there were medical problems, and they both appeared as though they were tired of living. It looked like he shot her, and then attempted to take his own life,` said Sheriff Jerry Wakefield Wednesday night."
"CLOVER, SC — Willie Lowery was working in his garden near the rear of his Regal Road home Thursday when he heard gunshots coming from the mobile home next door.
"He ran inside the home and found Catherine Morrison, who appeared to have been shot in her right side, he said Friday at his home.
"Lowery told Morrison to stay on her back, and he wouldn’t let her get up when she tried to get something to drink.
"`I said, 'You’ve got to breathe,'` Lowery said. `She seemed like she was going to go out.`
"Kevis Thomas, 21, of Clover broke into the home at 214 Regal Road and shot Morrison, 18, before shooting himself with a gun stolen from an acquaintance, said Trent Faris, York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman.
"Thomas was pronounced dead at the scene around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, York County Coroner Sabrina Gast said.
"State Law Enforcement Division records show Morrison and Thomas have never been arrested in South Carolina.
"Officials at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte said Morrison was in critical condition Friday. No one was at Morrison’s home on Friday.
"Lowery said he believes the gunman broke through a window pane on a door on the north end of the home."
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
"MONROE, LA — The Ouachita Parish sheriff's office says a fire broke out at a home on Town East Drive just before three Wednesday morning.
"Firefighters found two bodies inside. Neighbors say the couple has lived in that home for over 30-years and they're a staple in the area.
"Upon further investigation, police say it appears to be a murder-suicide.
"Family members of the couple didn't want to talk to us on camera, but neighbors say they were the kind of neighbors you would want to have and always brought joy to the neighborhood."
"HOMESTEAD, FL — Investigators said Wednesday that the man and woman found in a home near Homestead on Monday died of a domestic murder-suicide.
"Patricia Nieto and Fernando I. Martinez, II were found at 13433 SW 289th Terrace on Monday night. The two died from stab wounds, according to Miami-Dade police. The bodies were discovered when Martinez’s father went to the home to look for his son who had not shown up at work.
"Sonia Cason, who lives on the same street, described the couple as being in their 30s.
"`They were planning to get married soon,` she said. `I can’t believe it. They were a nice couple.`"
From The Miami Herald...
"PHILADELPHIA, PA — Police are investigating a murder suicide in South Philadelphia. Police say they received a phone call on Wednesday to check on the well-being of a 24-year-old man who did not report to work.
"When they knocked on the door of the man’s apartment on the 3600 block of Gateway Drive, there was no response, according to investigators. Police say a maintenance worker then let them inside the apartment. Once inside, they found the man on the floor with a gunshot wound to the right temple, according to investigators. Police also say they found a woman in her 20’s with a gunshot wound in the head. They were both pronounced dead at 2:30 p.m.
"Police believe their deaths are the result of a murder-suicide. They continue to investigate."
From NBC10 Philadelphia...
"HUNTINGTON PARK, CA — Huntington Park police were still trying to determine Wednesday why a 72-year-old Huntington Park man killed his 69-year-old wife before committing suicide.
"A family member walked into a home in the 2600 block of East 56th Street and found the bodies about 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, said Sgt. David Cassidy of the Huntington Park Police Department.
"The couple was identified as Adalberto and Juana Reyes, said Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County coroner's office. Autopsies were pending to determine what caused their deaths, but Winter said Adalberto Reyes' death was listed as a suicide and his wife's as a homicide.
"Cassidy declined to say whether the couple had any apparent wounds, citing the investigation. Detectives were working to determine what prompted the incident, he said.
"`We're still interviewing family members trying to figure this out,` he said. `We have nothing to go on.`"
Source: L.A. Times...
"ORLAND PARK, IL — An Orland Park couple who recently had separated were found dead Tuesday at a home in the 17100 block of Highwood Drive, Orland Park police said in a news release.
"A suicide note left by a 55-year-old man at the Hickory Hills home of his parents led police to the discovery of his body and that of a 48-year-old woman, police said. They tentatively were identified as a married couple who recently had separated and were living apart, police said.
"Orland Park police got a call from Hickory Hills police at 10:12 a.m. requesting a well-being check at the residence, police said. Police entered the home and found two bodies inside.
"Police did not identify the couple because family members still were being notified about the deaths, police said.
"The case appears to be the result of a domestic dispute, and no suspects were being sought as of Tuesday afternoon, police said. No weapon was mentioned in the news release, and police said the cause and manner of death were pending.
"The bodies were taken to the Cook County medical examiner’s office, and autopsies were scheduled for Wednesday morning, police said."
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
"FALLS CHURCH, VA — Falls Church police have released the identities of two men killed in a suspected murder-suicide.
"At about 10 p.m. Saturday on the 6700 block of Wilson Blvd. in the Eden Center, police said, Tai "Peter" Phan, 49, was shot. Though Phan fled on foot, the shooter chased him and shot him again. Paramedics declared him dead on the scene.
"An hour later, witnesses reported an injured man in a car in the Eden Center's parking lot, and police found The Vu, 39, dead in the car with an allegedly self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
"Police said Phan and Vu were shot by the same caliber weapon and are investigating whether they were shot with the same gun. Vu matches witness descriptions of the shooter, police said, and the two men knew each other. Police said they have not yet determined a motive in the shootings..."
From the Washington Examiner...
"ST GEORGE, UT — An airline captain on the run after murdering his girlfriend today stole a passenger jet in an apparent attempt to escape but crashed the aircraft into a terminal building and then shot himself.
"Brian Hedglin, 40, went on the rampage in a 50-seat passenger jet at St George airport in Utah days after murdering his girlfriend [at her home in Colorado Springs].
"Police say he drove his motorbike to the St George Municipal Airport in Utah and scaled a razor wire fence while the airport was closed, using a rug for protection
"He then boarded the 50-passenger SkyWest jet and drove it past a terminal building, clipping the wing, before crashing into cars in a parking lot.
"The captain—who worked for Skywest—then shot himself in the cockpit.
"A police officer making routine rounds noticed the rug over the fence and moments later heard the sound of a plane's engine firing up.
"He found the craft idling, boarded it and discovered Hedglin dead, a gunshot wound to his head.
"The plane was not in service at the time and had no passengers on board. All commercial flights were cancelled until further notice."
From the Daily Mail...
UPDATE:11/08/2012 — Video of jet crash released...
"CHARDON, OH — A couple is dead after a murder-suicide on Route 44 in Chardon, according to police.
"The shooting happened at Cooke’s Complete Service Center, located at 500 Center Street, at 9:36 a.m. Tuesday.
"In a news conference, Chardon Police Lieutenant Troy Duncan said the two victims were husband and wife.
"Duncan said one of the victims worked at the service center but the other did not. He said it appeared the employee arrived there first and the other victim separately. It also appeared the shooting was outside of the building.
"It is not yet clear if the male or female victim died from the self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Names of the victims are not being released pending family notification.
"Authorities are continuing to investigate."
"WALDORF, MD — Police in Waldorf found a man and woman laying in the street outside their home early Tuesday morning, and a man dead inside the home.
"Around 5 a.m. Tuesday, police officers responded to a call on the 3000 block of Seagrape Court in Waldorf after a report of an argument that had turned into a shooting.
"A spokesperson for the Charles County Sherriff’s Office told WNEW police had initially responded to an assault in progress and were notified that an argument had escalated to a shooting after the call.
"Officers were able to remove the victims from the situation and transport them to a hospital with critical injuries.
"The spokesperson says a negotiator responded after information that the shooter was still in the home. Officers entered the home at approximately 9:15 a.m. and found the 33-year-old male dead from a suspected self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"The shooter was later determined to be the son of the woman and stepson of the man found shot outside the home.
"Police say the mother and step-father have now been stabilized."
From 99.1 WNEW...
"LAS VEGAS, NM — One person is dead and two people are injured after what deputies called an attempted murder-suicide.
"Las Vegas Deputy Chief Eugene Garcia said the incident happened at a home at 401 Apache in Las Vegas about 3:10 a.m.
"Investigators said Barney Vigil, 43, shot himself after trying to hurt Nadine Vigil and another man.
"Garcia said detectives are trying to determine if Barney and Nadine Vigil were still married at the time of the shooting.
"No other details have been released."
Monday, July 16, 2012
"RONALD TWP, MI — Deputies in Ionia County confirmed on Monday that the man and woman found shot to death in a driveway on Saturday is a case of murder-suicide.
"The incident happened in the 3100 block of Westbrook Road in Ronald Township.
"According to officials, the man and woman were married. They say the man shot his wife in the chest and then called his stepdaughter to tell her what he did. He apparently shot himself in the head shortly afterward.
"The victims have been identified as 42-year-old Jamie Dennis and 44-year-old Robbie Dennis. Officials say they were married and that Robbie was a prison guard for the Michigan Department of Corrections.
"Authorities say the couple had no known history of domestic abuse."
Sunday, July 15, 2012
"GROVER, NC — A husband and wife are dead following an apparent murder-suicide in Cleveland County.
"Deputies were called to North Main Street in Grover just after 10 p.m. Saturday night.
"Sheriff Alan Norman says when a deputy arrived at the scene he saw 60-year-old Dennis Moss shoot his wife, 39-year-old Dawn Moss.
"Norman says the deputy returned fire in an effort to protect the woman, but did not hit Moss.
"The husband then led authorities on a short car chase. A second deputy attempted to stop Moss. He [Moss] later turned the gun on himself.
"Dennis Moss was pronounced dead at the scene, his wife later died at the hospital.
"The couple leaves behind two children."
Saturday, July 14, 2012
"APPLE VALLEY, MN — A man and woman found dead in the parking lot of an Apple Valley apartment complex on Saturday, July 14, were at one point in a relationship and had children together, according to Apple Valley police.
"Police responded to the South Cedar Knolls Apartment Complex at 12790 Germane Ave. at 8:37 a.m. There had been reports that a man was chasing after a woman in the parking lot and was shooting at her. Witnesses told police that the man shot the woman and then turned the gun on himself.
"Police found the man and woman, both 41, in the parking lot. They were pronounced dead at the scene. Police found a shotgun near the bodies.
"Police have not identified the victims, though they have said the woman lived at the apartment complex and the man lived in Eagan. Their bodies have been taken to the Minnesota regional medical examiner's office in Hastings for autopsies.
"The woman's two children were with a baby sitter at the time of the incident and were not injured. They are now in protective custody.
"Apple Valley police Capt. Michael Marben said he didn't know of any past calls to the apartment complex that pertained to the man and woman."
"HOUSTON, TX — A man fatally shot his girlfriend before turning the weapon on himself Friday evening at a southwest Houston storage unit, police said.
"Officers were called to the scene at 6250 Westward near Hillcroft about 6:45 p.m.
"The couple's identities were not immediately available. The man used the storage unit as a mechanic's shop, Houston Police Department spokesman John Cannon said Saturday.
"`He had shot her one time and then shot himself,` Cannon said. `Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Initial investigation indicated there were no signs of a struggle.`
"Officers talked to people who knew the couple and said they were in a dating relationship, he said."
"MARSHALL COUNTY, OK — A woman is in critical condition after authorities say she was shot at a Kingston home by a man already wanted by law enforcement.
"The Marshall County Sheriffs Office and the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation say they are still trying to figure out why a man apparently shot his ex-girlfriend at a Kingston residence this afternoon.
"Friday afternoon Marshall County Deputy David Barnes says they found a 20-year-old woman shot and Joshua Mahaffey dead at a mobile home in the 13000 block of Cardinal Lane.
"`It appears that Josh Mahaffey came to this residence looking for an ex-girlfriend. Shot her and then shot himself,` Barnes said.
"Barnes says the woman was airlifted to a hospital in critical condition. He says Mahaffey had previously attacked her and deputies had been searching for him for several weeks.
"`We've been looking for him for him. He has an arrest warrant out for him for domestic assault and battery and we've been looking for him for quite awhile,` Barnes said.
"Barnes says a man was with Mahaffey at the time of the shooting. They are still looking for him, but his name is not being released at this time. Barnes says that individual is not considered armed or dangerous.
"Bowie calls the incident tragic.
"`Things happen in everybody's neighborhood. We've got the good and the bad and when the good deals with the bad that's the way it goes,` Bowie said.
"Authorities have not yet released the name of the woman who was shot, or the identity of the other person present at the time of the shooting."
Friday, July 13, 2012
"HESPERIA, CA — Sheriff’s investigators looking into the deaths of two people found inside a Hesperia home Tuesday, July 10, have determined that the two died as a result of murder-suicide.
"The bodies of Mihaly Soos, 67, and Cleother Turner Pitts, 71, were found just after 7:30 p.m. on the floor of the home in the 9200 block of C Avenue, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release.
"Deputies had gone to the house at the request of relatives, who had called and visited the home and gotten no response.
"The deputies saw the bodies lying on the floor and forced entry into the home, the department said. Both had suffered gunshot wounds and were dead at the scene.
"The results of autopsies conducted Friday, July 13, and evidence found at the scene led investigators to determine that Soos had shot Pitts and then turned the gun on himself, the department said."
From the Press-Enterprise...
"MARYSVILLE, WA — Two deaths at a Marysville home last week were an apparent homicide and suicide, officials said Friday.
"Carrington Michael Costa, 26, of Florida, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head, according to the Snohomish County Medical Examiner's Office. His death was ruled a homicide.
"His grandmother, Shirley Irene Champagne, 70, died from a close-range gunshot wound to the head. Her death has been ruled a suicide, the medical examiner's office said.
"Both were found dead at the Champagnes' mobile home in Marysville on July 6.
"Shirley Champagne's husband, 82, had called 911 about 9 a.m. to report finding the bodies in the living room at their home in the Glenwood Mobile Estates park in the 5900 block of 64th Street NE.
"Marysville police detectives have not released any details about what they believe transpired at the home.
"Court records from Florida show that Costa had a history of mental health problems, and his family there had called police on him for being violent with them as recently as June.
"Before moving to Marysville, Costa had been living along the Gulf Coast in the Pensacola area of Florida, about an hour southwest of Mobile, Ala.
"He pleaded guilty June 26 to assaulting his stepfather. Police say he had recently moved in with his grandparents in Marysville."
"HENRIETTA TWP, MI — Detectives from the Jackson County Sheriff's Office are investigating a homicide and suicide inside a Henrietta Township home.
"A 60-year-old woman and her 76-year-old husband are dead from gunshot wounds, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. Their names have not been released.
"It appears the man shot himself, the release stated. Detectives are still on scene investigating what happened.
"A sheriff's deputy found the two about 4:30 p.m. inside their home in the 6000 block of Hawkins Road. The deputy went to the house to conduct a welfare check, according to the release.
"This is the second murder-suicide this week in Jackson County. On Tuesday, Paul Matteson shot and killed his wife and then himself. Matteson, 89, walked into his wife's room at the RidgeCrest Health Campus and shot her in the head. Mary Matteson, 87, died later at Allegiance Health."
"BIG CANOE, GA — A likely murder-suicide occurred Wednesday evening in the Big Canoe gated community, according reports from Sheriff Donnie Craig.
"The sheriff said two deaths are involved and the two people had been married. They have later been identified as Ross and Sharon Jernigan. Mr. Jernigan is thought to have shot Ms. Jernigan and then himself.
"The couple was recently divorced but the husband had been allowed to continue living in the house for a period of time which was set to run out, according to a neighbor. They had no children. They were not known to be active in Big Canoe groups.
"Sheriff Craig said the GBI crime scene unit has been called to assist, but, `it appears to be pretty cut and dried on the domestic situation.`
"A neighbor went to check on the couple and found the scene and called 911. "
Thursday, July 12, 2012
"ELLICOTT, COA man and woman were both flown to separate hospitals by helicopter Wednesday morning. After more than a day of investigation, deputies have charged the male with attempted murder.
"El Paso County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Lt. Jeff Kramer says deputies were sent to the 2300 block of Wheat Street in Ellicott around 6:09 a.m. Wednesday after receiving several 911 calls from the area. Originally, they would only describe the circumstances as a `disturbance.`
"Thursday afternoon, Lt. Kramer said the first call 911 dispatchers received from the area was a hang-up. Eventually, they spoke with a neighbor who told them a man was there with a severe injury to his throat.
"Arriving deputies found both Paul and Rae Ann Thompson had injuries to their throats, and both were flown by helicopter to hospitals where they underwent emergency surgery.
"Deputies say they later determined that Paul Thompson was responsible for both injuries. He is currently in stable condition and under guard at a hospital. His wife’s condition is described as serious but stable.
"Paul Thompson is charged with attempted murder, assault and domestic violence. He will be held on $500,000 bond."
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
"STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, CO — The Routt County Sheriff’s Office is investigating what Sheriff Garrett Wiggins describes as an apparent murder-suicide.
"Wiggins confirmed Wednesday afternoon the identity of the deceased as longtime Routt County residents and married couple Larry and Chris Appel. Investigators remain on scene at the Appel home on Routt County Road 33B.
"Wiggins said authorities were called to the home Wednesday morning after Chris Appel didn’t show up for work and a relative went to the home and discovered the bodies. Wiggins would not discuss the manner of the deaths.
"Chris Appel was a nurse at Yampa Valley Medical Associates."
From the Craig Daily Press...
"LINCOLN, NE — A 28-year-old Lincoln man clings to life at a local hospital after being shot four to six times as a dispute about his dog turned violent.
"The suspect, 40-year-old Scott Brus, appears to have died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
"Lincoln Police Chief Jim Peschong said during a news briefing this morning that Brus fled the scene after shooting Isaac Durr several times. Lancaster County deputies followed in a slow pursuit. Brus drove into an alley, ran into two parked cars, then wrecked his 2001 Pontiac Grand Prix on a utility pole. Three deputies approached the car. Brus was pronounced dead at the scene of a single gunshot wound to the head.
"Durr is listed in stable, but critical condition at a Lincoln hospital.
"Peschong said Brus confronted Durr, a neighbor, about his dog. Brus had a history of complaining that the dog defecated in his yard and barked too loudly. The heated words turned violent.
"`It’s really disappointing that someone would think that a dog defecating in someone’s yard that they had to result to pulling out a handgun and shooting someone as a result of it,` Peschong said."
Source: Nebraska Radio Network...
"SUMMIT TWP, MI — A man shot his wife and then himself inside the Health Center at RidgeCrest on Tuesday afternoon.
"The 89-year-old man died. Paramedics rushed the 87-year-old woman to Allegiance Health in `very serious` condition, said Jackson County Sheriff's Lt. Wayne Bisard. Their names have not yet been released. They are both from Summit Township.
"The shooting happened about 2 p.m. inside the women's room at the facility, 703 Robinson Road. The woman was a patient at the health center, Bisard said. The man walked into the health center and shot his wife in the head. He then turned the gun on himself, Bisard said.
"Bisard did not know why the woman was a patient at the health center. She was admitted Monday.
"No one else was injured, Bisard said. "
"CLEMMONS, NC — The shooting deaths of a Forsyth County couple appear to be a murder-suicide, according to a preliminary investigation by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.
"Alpa Vishnu Patel, 39, and her husband, Hemang Mahendra Patel, 43, were found with life-threatening gunshot wounds in the bedroom of their Clemmons home on Barrington Oaks Drive. Deputies found the couple about 6:10 a.m.
"The Patels were rushed to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. Hemang Patel died just before 2 p.m. Monday, and Alpa Patel died about seven hours later.
"The couple had two children, a son and a daughter. The son, who is about 18 or 19, called 911. The daughter was out of town at the time of the shooting.
"Chief Deputy Brad Stanley said that based on the preliminary investigation and the evidence collected so far, it appears that the shootings were a murder-suicide. Detectives are trying to determine who shot whom, he said."
From the Winston-Salem Journal...
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
"ALEDO, IL — The two people found dead after an Aledo fire and explosion last Thursday may have died in a murder-suicide, a Mercer County official said Tuesday.
"`We’re really looking at murder-suicide now,` Mercer County Coroner Ron McNall said about the deaths of Patti Jo Lindquist and Timothy Gerald Meade.
"McNall had earlier confirmed that the two were killed by gunfire.
"Lindquist and Meade were in a two-story house at 1275 200th St., along a gravel country road off Illinois 94 north of Aledo, after officers were called at 3:28 p.m. to check on the welfare of someone there.
"They found the home engulfed in flames and the bodies of Lindquist, 40, and Meade, 53.
"`They’re investigating as to how it took place and who done what, but they were both shot,` McNall said `The fire did not cause their death.`
"The coroner declined to tell the location of their gunshot wounds or where their bodies were found in the rubble after the fire was extinguished.
"Lindquist had filed an order of protection against Meade, and they were living together in the house.
"According to the order of protection filed last week in Mercer County, Lindquist claimed Meade was going to “knock her out” and he was “also going to make her watch him kill himself.”
"Those accusations from a June 30 incident were detailed in a July 2 order filed by Lindquist.
"The order also indicated the two had a dating relationship and shared the rural Aledo home. In addition, the order indicated Meade possessed shotguns, rifles and semi-automatic weapons."
"FARGO, ND — Authorities believe that a man found dead in his Fargo home on Tuesday fatally shot his 51-year-old wife before shooting himself.
"The body of Daniel Martin Williams, 54, was found by a relative inside his home Tuesday morning, Fargo Police Lt. Joel Vettel said. Officers who responded to the call also found Linda Marie Williams inside. Both had been fatally shot, Vettel said.
"Vettel declined to comment on a possible motive, saying the investigation was ongoing, but said a `very preliminary` investigation indicates that `Mr. Williams shot the female and then turned the gun on himself.`
"Vettel said that both bodies were being transported to Bismarck for autopsies. Forensic investigators were expected to remain at the home well into Tuesday evening, he added.
"Murders are rare in North Dakota. According to FBI statistics, the state had 10 murders or non-negligent homicides in 2010, the most recent year for which full data is available."
"WEIRTON, WV — Weirton police investigating an apparent murder-suicide after a husband and wife were found dead in their home Monday night.
"Officials said Luke Shields is suspected to have shot and killed his wife, Toni, then turned the gun on himself.
"Family members who went to check on the couple discovered their bodies.
"Police responded to the couple's home at 267 Seneca Street around 9 p.m. after the family called authorities.
"A neighbor of the couple, Ralph Cunningham, said, `It just seems like a bad dream... I never expected that.`
"Cunningham said he thought Shields was having a tough time but never thought this would happen.
"`He came up here a couple of times to talk to me about stuff. I wish he would have come up this time here to talk, but it's too late now,` Cunningham said. `You don't really expect this anywhere. Really it's the last thing that goes through your mind that something like this would happen.`
"As of noon, the incident remained under investigation and a limited amount of information was being released."
Monday, July 9, 2012
"WESTMINSTER, SC — A 34-year-old Oconee County man apparently shot his wife and daughter in a house near Westminster late Saturday and then killed himself, the county coroner said today.
"Oconee County sheriff’s deputies, responding to two 911 calls within a five-minute span, found William Brian Tippett dead in the living room, and his adopted 11-year-old daughter, Riley Nicole Dyar Tippett, shot to death in her bedroom in the house at 444 Odessa Ave. in the Foxwood Hills development, said the coroner, Karl E. Addis. Tippett’s 29-year-old wife was found near his body, suffering from gunshot wounds, Addis said.
"The wife was flown to the Greenville Memorial Hospital trauma center, he said.
"The first 911 call came at 9:03 p.m. from a man who said he had shot his family, Addis said. The second call, at 9:08 p.m., was from a woman who said she and her daughter had been shot, and her husband had shot himself, the coroner said."
Sunday, July 8, 2012
"NEW ORLEANS, LA — Detectives with the New Orleans Police Department are investigating a murder, suicide in the Lower 9th Ward.
"The incident occurred Saturday at 7:25 p.m. in the 700 block of Tricou Street.
"The names of the victims will be released after family members are notified.
"Police say that responding officers found the bodies of both a 32-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman inside the home.
"They were both pronounced dead on the scene.
"Detectives learned that the man shot and killed the woman before fatally shooting himself.
"Investigators are in the process of determining a motive."
"NEW YORK, NY — A suspected hooker who appeared to dote on her 9-year-old son suddenly snapped and bashed the boy’s head with a hammer, police sources said.
"The unthinkable crime Friday night was the city’s third child murder in as many days.
"Ex-con Tenika Revell, 40, called 911 just before 11 p.m., police said. As if she had ice in her veins, she coldly told the operator that she killed her child and had taken pills to try to end her own life, police said.
"Cops rushed to her Brooklyn apartment and found the woman alive. But her son Bernard couldn’t be saved.
"Bernard was found with bruises and lacerations to his head, police said.
"The monster mom, treated at Woodhull Hospital, was charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.
"Police sources said Revell had at least 33 prior arrests, including several for prostitution. Revell, who used several aliases, served two separate stints in prison after being convicted of attempted robbery and attempted burglary, records show.
"Police were still trying to figure out late Saturday why she killed the boy."
Saturday, July 7, 2012
"GLOUCESTER, VA — Deputies found a man and woman shot to death inside a home Friday evening.
"Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Lt. Scott Little said family members called deputies around 6:30 p.m. to check on the couple. They arrived to find the bodies inside the home in the 6900 block of Ware Neck Road.
"Both victims suffered from what appeared to be a single gunshot wound, Little said.
"The bodies were taken to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Richmond for an autopsy. The case is remains under investigation as a murder/suicide, Little said.
"Their names will be released once deputies notify family members."
"PORT ST JOHN, FL — Sheriff’s investigators say a Port St. John man killed his girlfriend and then himself, possibly because she was going to leave him.
"The bodies of Glenn Laughlin, 57, and Robin Ainsworth, 47, were found in their home at 7271 Achilles Road Friday morning. Ainsworth’s bags were packed, said Lt. Tod Goodyear, spokesman for Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
"`From what we understand they had been having problems recently,` he said.
`The scene appeared to be that she was in the process of leaving him. It looks like he shot and killed her and then turned the gun on himself.`
"Neighbor Robert Scarboro [said] that he had no notice that the couple was going on vacation and `I just had a bad feeling about it.`
"Scarboro called the sheriff’s department, whose investigators found the back door of the couple’s home unlocked and discovered the bodies.
"The home is in the same neighborhood where Tonya Thomas, a Port St. John woman, killed her four children and herself May 15. The week before those deaths, another shooting in Port St. John left one man dead and another critically wounded.
"Still, the sheriff’s department has not had a lot of major cases in that area, no more than any other neighborhood, Goodyear said.
"`You really can’t predict these domestic situations,` he said. `Here, one person decided they were going to end the relationship and the other was not willing to let them go.`"