Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Woman Survives Ambush After Break-Up

"LITHIA SPRINGS, GA — A Lithia Spring woman underwent surgery after she was a victim of a murder-suicide attempt.

"The murder suicide was sparked by the couple's break-up. It happened in the parking lot of Arnita Burton's apartment complex off Thornton Road.

"Douglas Co. Sheriff's Lt. Bruce Ferguson [said] the man was waiting for her to come home and ambushed Burton, 32. The man, who's name has not been released, then turned the gun on himself.

"Burton, shot at least three times, is in Grady Memorial Hospital where she underwent surgery.

"The man, a Fulton Co. Sheriff's deputy trainee, had been with that department less than three months."


Wife Killer Plows Car Into Parked Semi

"MILL CREEK, WA — Police say a pregnant woman found dead in an apartment early Monday was likely killed by her husband shortly before he was involved in a fatal car crash.

"Mill Creek police spokesman Ian Durkee said the investigation began just after midnight when officers were dispatched to a domestic dispute at an apartment complex in the 14700 block of Main Street.

"Officers found the 27-year-old woman dead inside, but there was no one else in the apartment.

"At the same time police were checking the apartment, officers responded to a fatal car crash about 4 miles away in the 18500 block of 35th Avenue SE.

"Durkee said the woman's husband was speeding when he crossed the centerline and slammed into a semi-truck trailer that was parked along the side of the road. He died at the scene, and no one else was hurt.

"Police have not released the names of the couple.

"Friends of the couple told investigators they had gone to the apartment Sunday night after the woman called and said her husband started acting strangely and was armed with a loaded shotgun.

"The friends believed they had defused the situation and left. That's when the husband attacked his wife, Durkee said.

"The man owned several firearms, according to police, but officials have not said exactly how the woman was killed other than stating that she suffered a `severe head wound.`

"Investigators spent much of the day collecting evidence at the apartment and the crash scene, but it was not clear what prompted the killing."


Detectives Find Bodies, Gun, Note

"ORMOND BEACH, FL — Investigators are trying to determine whether marital or medical problems led to an apparent murder-suicide near Ormond Beach.

"A couple was found dead inside their home on 141 East Woodhaven Circle late Tuesday just before midnight, according to Volusia County authorities.

"They also found a gun and a note inside the home on Woodhaven Circle.

"Based on evidence at the scene, investigators said they believe that James Ryals, 73, killed his wife, Joyce Ryals, 74, and then killed himself.

"Deputies said when they arrived for a well-being check they found the couple in the bathroom dead from gunshot wounds.

"`We know there were some health issues. We know that there were some problems in the marriage. What exactly the trigger was we don't know at this time and quite frankly we may never know,` said Gary Davidson of the Volusia County Sheriff's Office.

"Investigators said the note, a final goodbye, did not give clues as to what went wrong."


Couple Pronounced Dead At Scene

"COLUMBUS, OH — Columbus police detectives are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that occurred on the city’s northeast side Tuesday night.

"Columbus police and medic personnel were called to a home on 5591 Cranbrook Lane at about 9:12 p.m. Tuesday after receiving a call from a male stating that he could see his parents inside of their home and that his father was on the floor, bleeding. The caller stated he was unable to enter the home.

"Detectives [said] an officer responded to the home to investigate. Upon arrival, the officer reported hearing a single gunshot from inside the home. The officer forced entry and discovered the bodies of a man and a woman inside of the home with gunshot wounds. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

"The initial investigation indicates Erica L. Smith-Penick, 50, shot Anthony L. Penick, 51. Detectives believe Erica then shot herself as the first responding officer was attempting to make contact with her at the door."

From WCMH...

Dead Jumper Is Suspect In Woman's Murder

"AURORA, IL — A man suspected of stabbing to death a 50-year-old North Aurora woman jumped from his third-floor window about 9 p.m. Monday and died Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

"Moments after the man jumped from his home on the 300 block of South Lincolnway Street, North Aurora police discovered the body of Tomi Vandiver `unresponsive and cold to the touch,` according to a news release issued Tuesday afternoon.

"Vandiver, also a resident of the building on the 300 block of South Lincolnway Street, was pronounced dead at the scene, the apparent victim of a stabbing, authorities said.

"The Kane County coroner’s office will be to conducting an autopsy.

"The man who jumped has been identified as 58-year-old North Aurora resident, but his name has not yet been released. Police said he is considered the suspect in Vandiver’s death.

"He originally was transported to Provena Mercy Medical Center in Aurora and died late Tuesday afternoon after being transferred to Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, authorities said.

"After preliminary investigation, police determined Vandiver had a romantic relationship with the 58-year-old man accused of killing her. She apparently went to his apartment early Monday evening to gather some of her things before planning to meet a different man who lived in the building.

"According to online records, Vandiver lived at 311 S. Lincolnway Street in the Eden Supportive Living community. The community’s website says it is `designed for people with disabilities who expect privacy, independence and dignity.`"

Source: Daily Herald...


11/01/2012 — "Everyone said he was a wonderful man"...

Monday, October 29, 2012

Killer Likely To Survive Botched Suicide

"HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA — A 57-year-old man from Huntington Beach was arrested on suspicion of murder Monday after a woman was found dead in his home on Huntington Village Lane, police said.

"Nelson Tuiolosega, who had self-inflicted wounds, was arrested on suspicion of murder, Huntington Beach police said in a news release. Tuiolosega was taken to UCI Medical Center in Orange in critical condition, where he remained under guard.

"The death was reported about 9:45 a.m., when police received a call regarding a possible attempted suicide, the news release said. Police said the man suspected in the killing had contacted family members and threatened suicide.

"When officers arrived about five minutes later, they found a wounded Tuiolosega and the adult woman who was dead in the residence, police said.

"Police believe Tuiolosega killed the woman, but released few details about her death.
Tuiolosega underwent surgery and is likely to survive his wounds, police added.

"Tuiolosega did not make any mention of harming the woman or indicate that she was injured or dead when he was talking to his family members, O'Brien said.

"Police indicated that they have not received any previous reports of disturbances at the home."


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Female Shooter Suspected In Death Of Elderly Pair

"SUNSET HILLS, MO — Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide after an elderly man and woman were found dead in their Sunset Hills home.

"Officers were called to a home on Maclane Ct. early Sunday morning. The residents, a man and woman in their 70s, were found dead in an upstairs bedroom.

"Both victims suffered a single gunshot wound to the head, according to police. Based on evidence at the scene, police say the woman shot the man and then turned the gun on herself.

"Sunset Hills officials say the investigation is ongoing, but is being treating as a murder-suicide."


Shooter Had Been Barred From Possessing Firearms

" SEATTLE, WA — The man suspected in the shootings of two people on Saturday was found dead in his vehicle with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound Saturday evening.

"Police say the 48-year-old suspect, who they identified as John L. McKay, of Renton, shot and wounded two people and injured two others in separate incidents in Renton and near Issaquah on Saturday afternoon. McKay was later found dead near 13000 Martin Luther King Jr. Way S.

"McKay was suspected of shooting a man in Renton about 2:30 Saturday afternoon and pistol-whipping two other people at his former wife's home in the 4100 block of Northeast Fifth Street. The shooting victim was in critical condition Saturday night at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

"Renton police say the victims were targeted by McKay.

"McKay then apparently drove to unincorporated King County near Issaquah, where he kicked down the door of his former mother-in-law's house in the 13400 block of 209th Avenue Southeast, said King County sheriff's spokeswoman Sgt. Cindi West. McKay chased the woman into the backyard and shot her, said West.

"A neighbor called police at around 2:55 p.m.

"The woman was in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center, though her injuries do not appear life-threatening, West said.

"In May, McKay was charged with felony harassment and domestic violence, according to King County Superior Court records. He pleaded guilty in September. According to the records, a no-contact order was issued in that case, and McKay was barred from possessing firearms."

Source: The Seattle Times...

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Sheriff Arrives Too Late

"TYLER, TX — Two East Texans are dead after an apparent murder/suicide. Smith County officials say Friday evening they responded to the home of James and Karen Malone and found the pair with gunshot wounds.

"Officials say Karen Malone was in the process of filing for a divorce from her husband, 53-year-old James Malone. She was traveling to their home located off of FM 2661 around 6:45 Friday evening to gather documents when she was confronted by her husband, who apparently shot Karen in the chest and then shot himself.

"Upon arrival, authorities say Karen was still breathing, but she later died at ETMC Tyler. James Malone was found dead at the scene.

"Officials also say that Karen had recently moved out of the home and that she had called the sheriff's office to alert them that she was going to the home. She also says that her husband was not supposed to be at the home at that time. When officials did not hear back from her, they responded to the home and discovered the bodies.

"James Milton Malone has had multiple arrests in the past from Smith County Sheriff's including driving with a suspended license in 2002."


Pair Found Dead In Car

"DUNNELON, FL — A man and woman are dead in what sheriff's detectives say appears to be a murder-suicide in southwest Marion County.

"The bodies of Robert Nigro Sr., 52, and his girlfriend, Donna Varner, 51, of LaBelle, were found Friday in a white car parked outside his home at 13300 SW 93rd Place, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office.

"Detectives said the man's adult son and daughter came home and saw blood inside the house. They then went outside, started looking around and came upon the bodies in the front seat of the vehicle, which was parked near a garage.

"The Sheriff's Office received the call 11:59 a.m. Later Friday afternoon, investigators were taking pictures at the scene and gathering evidence.

"Detectives Friday did not release a cause of death for the two, as they were awaiting an autopsy report."



12/19/2012 — Case closed, details released...

Friday, October 26, 2012

Nanny Survives Botched Suicide After Killing Two Kids

"NEW YORK, NY — The nanny suspected of slaying a Manhattan professional couple's two young children began stabbing herself as the mother entered the bathroom and began screaming when she saw the dead bodies in the bathtub, New York's police commissioner said on Friday.

"The nanny, YoSelyn Ortega, had been employed by the family of Kevin and Marina Krim for two years before police said she killed their children and attempted suicide on Thursday in the family's luxury apartment on 57 W 75th Street, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said.

"Ortega, who lived with her son and sister near the Krims' apartment off Central Park, has been a naturalized U.S. citizen for a decade, Kelly said, adding that she had been referred to the Krims by another family.

"New York police were hoping to interview the critically wounded nanny later on Friday, said an NYPD official who requested anonymity. Ortega, 50, has not been charged because police have not been able to interview her.

"`We know now that the nanny began to stab herself as the woman entered the bathroom,` Kelly said. `We initially thought it was, it had already been done, but now information is coming out that she did it as the mother entered the room.`

"Ortega remains the prime suspect in the stabbing death of the two children, Leo, 2, and Lulu, 6, Kelly said.

"Marina Krim had entered the apartment at about 5:30 p.m. Thursday with her 3-year-old daughter, returning home after Ortega failed to meet her as planned at a local dance studio with the two other children.

"Krim saw that the apartment was dark and returned to the lobby to ask the doorman if the nanny and kids had gone out, Kelly said. The doorman said no, and she returned to the apartment and went into the bathroom, he said.

"A neighbor heard the mother's screams and called 911, police said.

"New York Police Department spokesman Paul Browne said the children suffered `multiple stab wounds,` and were pronounced dead after being rushed to a nearby hospital."

From the Vancouver Sun...

"They Were Good People"

"SMYRNA, GA — Residents of a Smyrna townhouse neighborhood were in shock Thursday after learning of the double shooting deaths of a couple who lived on their street.

"Smyrna Police said William Whitaker, 44, and his wife, Lynn Whitaker, 48, were found dead by their 25-year-old son around 10 p.m. Wednesday at their town house on 1719 Cumberland Valley Drive, off Spring Road.

"`The preliminary investigation revealed this is the result of a domestic dispute,` Officer Michael Smith said in a news release. `There is no danger to the community.`

"Neighbors said the Whitakers were both postal workers.

"`They were good people,` Melvin Drake said. `What happened last night—I have no idea.`

"Janice Sowe said Wednesday seemed like a typical quiet day in the neighborhood, which is made of several clusters of townhouses. She said William Whitaker was always willing to help neighbors out with their cars.

"`No one would have anything bad to say about them, because they were the type of couple that would do anything for a stranger,` Sowe said."


Two Dead In Strip Mall Shooting

"COTTAGE GROVE, MN — Two are dead in what police are calling a murder-suicide at a Cottage Grove strip mall on Thursday afternoon.

"Cottage Grove police were called to the mall on the 7700 block of Harkness Avenue South just after 3:30 p.m. for a report of multiple shots fired.

"When they arrived, they found the body of a woman inside of the Jimmy John's restaurant. A man suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police said. He was transported to Regions Hospital where he later died.

"Crews set up a perimeter around the mall. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting Cottage Grove Police at the scene.

"Jimmy John's employees who were working at the time [said] the woman was fatally shot inside the store. The witnesses said the man starting shooting while outside the building before walking into Jimmy John's and shooting the woman multiple times.

"The man, then, shot himself, witness said.

"Jimmy John's employees say they hid in the refrigerator during the shooting.

"Police said witnesses reported seeing a man chasing a woman in the strip mall parking lot. Police originally said it was unclear if the woman was shot inside or outside of the restaurant where her body was found.

"Security cameras from a neighboring Anytime Fitness caught what happened outside Jimmy John's on tape. A spokesperson for Anytime Fitness [said] the surveillance video shows the man waiting outside the gym. The tape shows the man chasing and shooting at the woman, before she ran into Jimmy John's.

"The relationship between the two people involved is still unknown at this time. Their names have not been released.

"No other injuries have been reported."



10/26/2012 — Couples' relationship had "gone sour"...

Slasher Kills Woman, Self

"ROANOKE, VA — Roanoke police officers were performing a routine well-being check Thursday evening when they went to a town home near Hurt Park Elementary School and discovered what they have called a homicide.

"According to spokeswoman Aisha Johnson, at about 5:30 p.m., police were sent to the 1600 block of Salem Avenue to see why a woman was not responding to friends attempting to contact her.

"Inside they found the woman dead on the floor, and a man was in the home wielding a knife, Johnson said. She said officers commanded him to drop the weapon several times before he complied.

"The man, who police said is the only suspect in the homicide, had grave wounds that police said appeared self-inflicted. He was transported to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 6:50 p.m.

"While unsure of the victim's relationship with the suspect, Johnson said the incident, the city's deadliest violent crime of 2012, appeared domestic in nature. Police did not identify the victims pending notifications of their families."


Father And Son Dead After Business Argument

"MUSKEGON TOWNSHIP, MI — Police say a Muskegon Township man stabbed his father to death before shooting himself Thursday afternoon after an argument over a new business venture.

"Muskegon Township Police Chief Ken Sanford said 30-year-old Justin Michael Laverty and 57-year-old David Michael Laverty were working on a swimming pool at the home on 2199 Becker Road. During the project, the two began arguing over a new business David and his wife planned to launch.

"`They had been arguing since late morning,` Sanford said.

"David's wife and Justin's mother left for 30 to 40 minutes to run an errand for the pool project in the afternoon. She arrived home around 3:45 p.m. to find both dead inside the home.

"Sanford said Justin apparently stabbed his father outside with a knife. David stumbled inside to the kitchen area, where he died.

"Justin apparently then went upstairs into a bedroom and shot himself in the head with a shotgun the family owned, Sanford said. Justin was pronounced dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Evidence inside the house showed a struggle took place before the deaths."


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Distraught Man Shoots Himself After Gun Play Accident

"FAIRBANKS, AK — The Alaska state troopers are investigating an apparent accidental shooting incident that has left one man dead and another fighting for his life at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

"Sources close to the case say the shooting took place around 9pm yesterday evening at University Park condominiums off Fairbanks Street.

"They say a 20–year old army soldier, identified as Chris Carter, had been playing with a firearm when it discharged, the round striking 21–year old air guardsman Phillip Villa.

"The source says both men may have been consuming alcohol when the incident occurred.

"He says Carter, apparently distraught over the shooting, then turned the gun on himself.

"Carter died just before 2:30 this morning.

"Villa is in critical condition at this hour according to the source, said to be carter's brother–in–law."

From KTVF...

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Botched Murder Plot Followed By Ex-Con's Suicide

"JONESVILLE, VA — Lee County Sheriff Gary Parsons has identified the man who is accused of shooting a man before shooting and killing himself Tuesday afternoon.

"The man, Hurley Eugene Underwood, 56, of Doris Lane in Pennington Gap, shot at a man in the woods around 2:30 p.m. before shooting himself in a high school parking lot, Parsons said in a written statement.

"The man who was shot was Caleb Lawson, 19, of Pennington Gap, the statement said.

"`Underwood lured Lawson and his girlfriend ... to a wooded area under the guise of helping him dig a hole in the ground which he told them was a deer trap,` the statement said. `As it turned out, it was an apparent grave for Lawson.`

"The girlfriend told investigators Underwood told Lawson to dig one corner out deeper, and as Lawson was in the hole, shot at him twice. One shot went through Lawson's left arm and the other lodged in his right shoulder, the statement said.

"Lawson escaped the hole and ran away, as did his girlfriend. Both called 911 for help, the statement said. Lawson was treated at Lee Regional Medical Center and released Tuesday evening.

"Underwood left the wooded area in a silver pickup truck and drove to the upper parking lot at Lee High School, the statement said. Sheriff's Office Capt. Taylor Scott saw the truck and followed it into the lot. Scott blocked the truck from going nearer to the building with his vehicle, the statement said.

"`He then left his vehicle, drew his weapon, and demanded that Underwood show his hands,` the statement said. `Underwood then lifted a .32 caliber handgun to his own head and fired, dying instantly at the scene.`

"Parsons said because Scott was there when Underwood shot himself, the Virginia State Police have been asked to handle the case.

"Underwood was convicted in 1984 of attempted rape with a deadly weapon in Indiana, according to Virginia State Police records. He was released from prison in 2005, Parsons said in the statement.

"After the first shooting, Underwood `called a family member and told them what had happened and that he was not going back to prison,` the statement said."


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bodies Found During Welfare Check

"JACKSONVILLE, NC — Authorities are investigating what they say is a homicide-suicide discovered in the New River area of Jacksonville Tuesday afternoon.

"Officers with the Jacksonville Police Department found two bodies in the home at 1405 Hargett St. after receiving a call at 12:36 p.m. Tuesday from a family member concerned about the welfare of a resident of the home, according to JPD. They received no response at the home and found the bodies upon entering.

"Police have not indicated the respective causes of death nor when the deaths occurred. The names are being withheld pending notification of the family members, JPD stated in a press release.

"A neighbor, who asked to not be identified, said she didn’t hear anything out of the ordinary at the home on Hargett Street.

"`I’d usually hear them come out of their house and get into their cars, but I didn’t hear anything today,` she said.

"The neighbor, who lived next door, said a man and a woman lived in the duplex; however, officials have not confirmed if the residents were the two people found dead in the home."


Financial Disagreement May Have Preceded Triple Murder/Suicide

"STOCKTON, CA — An 88-year-old woman and two of her nieces were killed in an apparent triple murder-suicide in California that left two people, including the suspected gunman, dead at an upscale senior home, police said.

"Investigators believe Colin McGrattan, 45, killed his ex-wife, Jackie Arata, 57; her sister, Kathleen Arata, 64; and the women's aunt, Chizuko Kenishi, before shooting himself at the senior home on Monday.

"Investigators said they were looking into whether a financial disagreement prompted the violence.

"The deaths brought to nine the number of people killed in a 51-hour period in Stockton, an agricultural city in Northern California.

"Police investigating the triple murder-suicide said they initially found Kathleen Arata shot to death at her home near the University of the Pacific.

"A minivan spotted leaving the scene was located minutes later at the senior home, where police found the bodies of Kenishi and McGrattan inside a room.

"`We are looking at the aspect of did he take his own life?` police spokesman Joe Silva said.

"Investigators later found Jackie Arata in the back of her ex-husband's minivan."



10/24/2012 — Killer was marriage counselor "specialized in anger management and family issues"...

Three Dead In Quiet Neighborhood

"LANCASTER, OH — Three people are dead in an apparent murder-suicide at a Lancaster home early Tuesday morning. Lancaster police detectives are on the scene investigating

"Officers responded to a home in the 100 block of Cleveland Avenue in Lancaster just before 1:30 a.m. Tuesday on a report of shots fired.

"Detectives say responding officers found three people shot at the scene. A man and a woman were pronounced dead on the scene and a second man was transported to Fairfield Medical Center where he later died. Detectives believe all three died of gunshot wounds.

"A neighbor says she heard a woman scream and then some popping noises, which were followed by police sirens. She says the neighborhood is usually a quiet place.

"The daughter of two of the deceased persons [said] her father, Kevin Adams, arrived at the home to find her mother, Stephanie Adams with her boyfriend. Their daughter says they recently divorced. The identity of the third male is not being released at this time.

"Detectives are not releasing any other details at this time but say that the crime scene is very large."

From WCMH-TV...

Monday, October 22, 2012

Killer Commits Suicide During SWAT Standoff

"TULSA, OK — A tense stand-off at a Days Inn in Tulsa ended with the suspect turning a gun on himself, according to police.

"Authorities surrounded the hotel at 3 this a.m. Friday and after seven hours, police said the suspect, Eliboreo Carillo, was dead..

"Carillo was the prime suspect in a murder on Thursday night. Investigators believe he shot and killed his ex-wife's boyfriend while the couple was house hunting on the 11000 block of East 38th Street.

"Early Friday morning Carillo's car was spotted parked outside the hotel room.

"Other hotel guests were evacuated and the special operations team moved in.

"Carillo was a Mexican citizen who had been deported a number of times and had a record of 13 arrests since 2004."


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Four Dead, Four Wounded After Spa Rampage

"BROOKFIELD, WI — Three women were killed and four wounded in a domestic violence shooting rampage late Sunday morning at the Azana Salon & Spa, across the street from Brookfield Square Mall [map].

"Radcliffe F. Haughton, 45, of Brown Deer, the suspected shooter, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound within the spa.

"Haughton's estranged wife, Zina, had reported Oct. 4 that her tires were slashed while she worked at the spa. Four days later, she obtained a temporary restraining order against him, and he was served with that order on Oct. 11, said Daniel Tushaus, Brookfield Police Chief.

"On Oct. 18, a Milwaukee court issued a four-year restraining order against Haughton.

"It was not known if Haughton's wife was a victim Sunday. Police were still working to identify the three women who were killed, Tushaus said.

"The four wounded women - ages 22, 30, 32 and 40 - were taken to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa. All the women are expected to survive, hospital officials said Sunday evening. The women were not identified."


Unidentified Body May Be Shooter

"INGLEWOOD, CA — As police hunted for a suspected gunman who killed a father and son at their Inglewood home Saturday, an unidentified body was found in the rubble of a fire where the shooting took place.

"Police identified the suspected gunman as 55-year-old Desmond John Moses at a news conference Saturday. Inglewood police later confirmed... that an unidentified body had turned up in the rubble of a fire that destroyed the back house where Moses lived for 17 years. The family lives in the front house on the same property.

"The shooting was reported at about 4 a.m. at the home in the 4900 block of West 99th Street. The back house house was engulfed in flames an hour later, with a thick pillar of black smoke spilling out of the roof. Investigators say the suspect likely started the fire prior to the shooting.

"Police say the 33-year-old father used his body to shield his children from gunfire. He and his 4-year-old son died from their injuries—the father suffered multiple gunshot wounds, and the boy suffered a single gunshot wound to the head. A 7-year-old girl was shot in the chest and a 6-year-old boy was shot in the pelvis; they were transported to UCLA Medical Center in critical but stable condition.

"The children's 28-year-old mother was shot in both legs while carrying the 4-year-old away from the gunfire. The mother was transported to the hospital, where she was reported to be in critical but stable condition. Another child, an 8-year-old boy who was in the house at the time of the shooting, was not hurt.

"The motive and circumstances leading up to the shooting remain unknown, although authorities say there appeared to have been an ongoing dispute between Moses and the family."

From KABC...

Botched Murder/Suicide Leaves One Dead, One Hurt

"BERTHA, MN — The Todd County Sheriff’s Office reported early Saturday morning that a shooting the evening of Oct. 19 in Bertha has resulted in one injured and another dead.

"The sheriff’s office received a call concerning a shooting in the city of Bertha just after 7 p.m. Oct. 19.

"When officers arrived on the scene on 312 2nd Street NW, they found what appeared to be an attempted murder and suicide. The sheriff’s office said a man, who identity is being held at this time, appeared to have shot his significant other, then shot and killed himself.

"The significant other, whose identity is also being held at this time pending further investigation into the case, was transported to the Tri-County Hospital in Wadena by Bertha Ambulance and was then airlifted to the Hennepin County Medical Center to be treated for injuries sustained in the incident.

"The sheriff’s office said the incident is still under investigation by the sheriff’s office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension. The Eagle Bend Police Department assisted at the scene.

"The sheriff’s office said the names of the deceased suspect and significant other would be released Oct. 22."

Source: Long Prairie Leader...

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Four Dead, One Hurt In Florida Beauty Salon Rampage

"CASSELBERRY, FL — A gunman opened fire in a central Florida beauty salon Thursday, fatally shooting three women and wounding a fourth before leaving the scene and killing himself, police said.

"The gunman entered Las Dominicanas M & M Salon in Casselberry shortly after 11 a.m., police spokeswoman Sara Brady said. Two women escaped the salon.

"Police have not identified the victims or the gunman. Brady said the shooting appears to be part of a domestic dispute.

"The phone rang unanswered at the salon. A video posted on the site has a woman explaining in Spanish the services offered at the salon for men and women.

"Brady said the fourth victim was being treated at an Orlando hospital. Her condition was not immediately released.

"Casselberry is about 24 kilometres northeast of Orlando."

From The

New York Killer Shoots Himself In Florida As Cops Close In

"MIAMI, FL — The man wanted for killing his estranged wife and her beau in a Bronx motel, killed himself yesterday in Miami as authorities attempted to arrest him, sources said.

"Joseph Kernizan, 42, was tracked down to a residence in North Miami by the New York - New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force, law enforcement sources said.

"As US Marshals and NYPD detectives were closing in on him just before 11 p.m., Kernizan fired three shots, law enforcement sources [said].

"None of the rounds went through any walls or windows, and none of the pursuing lawmen were hit.

"Authorities sent a robot inside and its video camera captured footage of Kerizan dead of a self-inflicted wound, on the bedroom floor with a small semi-automatic gun by his side, sources said.

"The agencies, working with the Florida - Caribbean Regional Fugitive Task Force, recovered three firearms from the residence—Kernizan’s gun and two fully loaded AK-47s stashed in a duffle bag, sources said.

"Kernizan was wanted for the fatal shootings of his ex, Tracy Bennett, and her boyfriend, Wayne Hamilton.

"The Long Island woman and her reggae-musician lover were shot dead in the parking lot of the Holiday Motel early Saturday, cops and witnesses said.

"Authorities got tips that Kernizan had several friends in Miami, and cops were on the ground there on Monday night, following his pals around town, sources said.

"Officers zeroed in on an apartment building in the 15000 block of Northwest 2nd Avenue in North Miami, where Kenizan was staying with a friend, sources said.

"About 20 US Marshals and officers circled the building and ordered everyone out last night. Kernizan drew the shades on his pal's apartment when cops shouted instructions.

"He then fled out the back of building, but saw he was surrounded and dashed back inside and locked the door, sources said.

"Kernizan's friend walked out and gave himself up 10 minutes later, leaving the gunman inside for his final minutes of life. He never verbally responded to any commands shouted by police outside.

"The gutless killer went out on his terms—unlike his victims who were gunned down in cold blood at the Holiday Motel in the Bronx early Saturday morning."

From The New York Post...

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Dead Dog Found With Bodies

"LOS ANGELES, CA — A man, woman and dog were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide in their Los Angeles apartment Monday, authorities reported.

"The victims, said to be dating, were living at 515 South St. Andrews Place, according to LAPD detective Mark Morgan.

"Morgan described the man and woman as Caucasian and in their 30s.

"A friend told police he became concerned when he couldn’t get a hold of the couple. He used a spare key to enter the apartment and found their bodies, along with their Pomeranian, in bed. He said he immediately alerted authorities.

"Morgan said he doesn’t believe foul play was involved in the couple’s death. The LAPD is certain the incident was a murder-suicide.

"Investigators believe the man shot his girlfriend, the dog and, then, himself.

"No suicide note was found."

From CBS Los Angeles...


11/23/2012 — Shooter sought gun advice...

Monday, October 15, 2012

Woman Survives Multiple Gunshot Wounds

"ARLINGTON, KY — A woman's estranged husband broke into her Arlington home and shot her several times before turning the gun on himself. Kentucky State Police and the Carlisle County Sheriff’s Department responded to a home on KY 80 in Arlington after multiple complaints of shots fired, Thomas said.

"Officers found Monica Muscovalley, 43, with multiple gunshot wounds to her legs.

"Muscovalley's estranged husband, Mark Muscovalley, 48, was next to her with a gun shot wound to the head, said state trooper Jay Thomas.

"Although the investigation is still ongoing, Thomas said it is being investigated as an attempted murder-suicide. Carlisle County Corner Steve Freeman said the pair were heading toward a divorce, and Mark Muscovalley broke into the house before chasing his wife outside and shooting her.

"He then turned the gun on himself, Freeman said."

From The Paducah Sun...

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Kids Wake Up To Find Parents Dead

"SMYRNA, TN — Police say two young children who awoke to find their parents fatally shot are safe.

"Smyrna Police Chief Kevin Arnold said in a statement that the oldest child, an 8-year-old boy, went to a neighbor's residence Saturday morning and told them his parents were dead. Arnold said officers have determined that 37-year-old Adytia Ramotar killed 34-year-old Sharon Forbes and then turned the gun on himself. The statement says Ramotar and Forbes had divorced, but were attempting to reconcile.

"Three children in the home at the time of the shooting weren't harmed. Police say the 8-year-old and a 6-year-old were the couple's children. A 2-year-old child was a nephew.

"Arnold says the children will be handed over to family members.

"Police said both Ramotar and Forbes were natives of Guyana."


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Details, Motive Unknown In Death Of Pair

"GORDO, AL — Gordo police are investigating the shooting deaths of a couple in their 60's as a murder-suicide, the Pickens County District Attorney confirms. Neighbors and investigators alike are calling this case a tragedy.

"Police say Randy Cargile and his wife Joyce Cargile died as the result of gunshot wounds. They were found deceased inside their home on Reform-Gordo Road around 8 p.m. Tuesday night. A concerned family member who hadn't heard from the couple went to the couple's home and found their bodies inside. Randy was 60 years old and Joyce was 62 years old at the time of their deaths.

"Officials say they believe Randy Cargile's wound was self-inflicted. The details of what happened leading up to the couple's deaths are not yet known.

"Neighbors say their deaths are a tremendous loss to Gordo's community. The couple leaves behind a son and daughter who also live in West Alabama.

"Police do not yet have a motive in the case. "

From WBRC...

Facebook Post Leads Police To Tragic Scene

"FARMINGTON, MS — Alcorn County authorities are investigating a shooting incident in the Farmington community that left one man dead and an 11-year-old hospitalized with a gunshot wound.

"Sheriff's chief investigator Tommy Hopkins said deputies received a phone call around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday from a woman who became concerned after she read a message on a friend's Facebook page.

"Hopkins said a deputy was sent to a Farmington apartment complex and found the body of 51-year-old Billy Loyd Jr. Loyd's 11-year-old son was found in the same room with a gunshot wound.

"Loyd was pronounced dead at the scene. The boy, whose name has not been released, was in critical condition Thursday at LeBonheur Children's Hospital in Memphis.

"The investigation is continuing.

"`It's such a tragic thing, just a terrible thing,` Hopkins said. `We're still looking into it, trying to find a rhyme or a reason.`

"Hopkins said in the Facebook posting Loyd described his financial troubles, writing that he would soon be evicted from his apartment and he believed his son would be taken from him.

"In closing Loyd gave instructions for his and his son's funeral services and advised anyone reading the note to contact the Alcorn County Sheriff's Department, Hopkins said."

From SFGate...

Argument Leads To Attempted Murder/Suicide In Nursing Home

"ORANGE PARK, FL — A domestic dispute leads one man to shoot his wife before fatally turning the gun on himself.

"The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says 75-year-old James Stanton was visiting his wife, 68-year-old Patricia, in the Life Care Center at 2145 Kingsley Avenue. At 3:30 PM the Office received a call from the Center that multiple shots had been fired.

"`They have found two people inside the facility who had been shot. One was deceased upon our arrival and the other one was transported to Orange Park Medical Center,` says CCSO Lieutenant Jim Morgan.

"Morgan says it appears there was some kind of argument, and James Stanton then shot his wife before shooting himself in her room. He died, and at last report Patricia was in life-threatening condition.

"He did not know at this time if there was any history of violence between the Clay County couple, or how the gun may have gotten inside the private facility.

"Part of the building was locked down while investigators determined there was no other person or shooter involved. There was no evacuation, and the facility is operational at this time.Morgan says the other people inside are at no risk whatsoever."


Accused Killer Found Dead In Car

"BAKERSFIELD, CA — Officials said the man accused of fatally shooting a woman Monday afternoon was found dead.

"Bakersfield police officers said that at about 4:15 p.m. Monday, they sent to 2605 South Eye Street regarding a request for an ambulance due to an adult woman who was not breathing and bleeding.

"Hall Ambulance personnel took 44-year-old Maria Medina to San Joaquin Community Hospital where she was pronounced dead.

"Officers determined that the cause of death was the result of gunshot wound.

"The investigation into the case has led to an arrest warrant charging 52-year-old Adan Medina Miramontes with murder.

"At about 2:30 p.m., officers were sent to the area of Hermosa Road and Tejon Highway.

"Officers said they found Miramontes dead in his vehicle.

"An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday."


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

"Hostage Situation" Becomes Murder/Suicide

"JACKSON, OH — Two people are dead as a result of an apparent murder/suicide in Liberty Township.

"According to Sheriff John Shasteen, a call was received at 10:49 p.m. Tuesday night of a `hostage situation` at 2389 Limerick Road in Jackson.

"Upon the officer's arrival on the scene, two shots were heard and Bobby McCormick, 36, and Crystal Fyffe, 33, were found lying on the back porch, with fatal gun shot wounds. Three other young females at the residence were taken to the police department.

"The Jackson County EMS and the Jackson Police Department were also on the scene.

"The case remains under investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff Office."


Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Police Find Unmarried Couple Shot

"FRANKLIN TOWNSHIP, NJ — The double-shooting at a Somerset County home Tuesday is now being investigated as a murder suicide, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor's Office.

"Capt. Jack Bennett, a spokesman for the office, said around 5 p.m. Tuesday that a woman transported from a garden apartment at 165 Hempsted Drive earlier in the day has since died.

"But Bennett declined to provide more information about the investigation, including the identity of the woman, or a man found dead in the apartment. He said names would be released only after family members have been notified.

"Franklin Township Police responded to reports of a shooting at the Hempstead Gardens apartment complex at 11:38 a.m., where they found a 50-year-old man had been shot and killed, Bennett said earlier Tuesday.

"Police also found a 35-year-old woman who had sustained a gunshot wound to the head, and the woman was taken to a local hospital, he said.

"Bennett said the two were living together, but not married.

"It was not immediately known who fired the weapon."


Ex-Husband Kills Two, Self

"MIDDLETOWN, IN — Authorities say they believe a man fatally shot his ex-wife and her male companion in a rural Henry County residence early today before taking his own life.

"Ruth Webb, 38, and Robert Morrow, 42, both of Markleville, were found dead in Webb's home, said a news release from Indiana State Police. Henry County Sheriff Butch Baker said police found the pair dead in the home after someone placed a 911 call about 1:30 a.m. today reporting trouble there.The home is in the 6400 block of North Henry County Road 200 West.

"Shortly after 7:30 a.m., police found Webb's ex-husband—Johnny Webb, 39, Middletown—dead of what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound in a white van in the area of County Road 850 North and 300 West, police said.

"According to a State Police news release, `the preliminary investigation is that Johnny Webb, the ex-husband of Ruth Webb, went to her home at 6462 CR 200 West and shot Ruth Webb and Robert Morrow, then took his own life a short time later. The investigation is ongoing.`"


Monday, October 8, 2012

Argument At Party Leaves Two Dead

"DALLAS, TX — A man fatally shot his wife, then himself during an argument at a family gathering near Dallas Executive Airport, police said.

"The man was dropping his children off with his wife at a relative’s house in the 6500 block of Maryibel Circle, according to police. A neighbor down the street said the house hosted a raucous drinking party nearly every Sunday.

"The neighbor, who didn’t want his name printed due to safety concerns, said he heard the couple and several others arguing in the street about 6:40 p.m. He looked out his window and saw the man `pointing something` at the woman.

"The neighbor heard at least three gunshots in quick succession. His security camera recorded other people from the gathering running frantically through the street.

"In Spanish, people screamed: `Oh my god, she’s dead,` and `don’t let him leave,` the neighbor said.

"He said the man threatened witnesses in the street with the gun for about a minute before shooting himself.

"Police said the couple died at the scene. Their names were not released late Sunday, and police taped off most of the block around the bodies."


Business Dispute Leaves Two Brothers Dead

"NEW HAVEN, CT — A man shot and killed his younger brother outside the family business in New Haven Monday, then shot and killed himself at the family's home in Westport.

"The shooting happened before 8:00 a.m. this morning at Electrix on 45 Spring St. The victim, identified as Gordon Shwisha, 45, was found shot to death in the front seat of his SUV outside the family business.

"About a half an hour later the brother, Dan Shwisha, 47, went to the parents' home on 10 Rustic Lane in Westport and shot himself in the head, Westport police said. He was pronounced dead at Norwalk Hospital at 9:13 a.m.

"The parents were home at the time and made the call to 911 to get medical help.

"New Haven police spokesman Officer David Hartman said the case is being investigated as a murder-suicide.

"[Investigators were] told Dan Shwisha had an ongoing dispute about the business.

"`It appears to be a domestic violence situation. It's not a random act at all. No on has to be fearful of more shootings of this nature in this neighborhood,` Asst. Chief Archie Generoso, of NHPD, said.

"Employees were left in shock and in tears because of the shooting. They were told to go home for the day. A few workers ... described Shwisha as a caring boss who was good to workers.

"New Haven police say officers were called to the business a few weeks ago when workers found ammunition.

"Both brothers also leave behind children."

From WTNH...

Suspected Killer Of Two Found Dead

"LEAKEY, TX — A man suspected in the killings of two adults and the wounding of a juvenile apparently shot himself in Real County, officials said.

"The body of Robert Bryan Jones, 52, was found on Sunday morning on his property on Rim Rock Road, about nine miles west of Leakey and 120 miles northwest of San Antonio, according to the Real County Sheriff's Office.

"`It appears he was responsible for the shooting death of two adults and wounding of a juvenile on Saturday, near the location where Jones' body was found,` a sheriff's office statement said.

"None of the victims' names or ages were released and the statement did not say if authorities knew of any relationship between them and Jones.

"Reached at home Sunday evening, Real County Sheriff James Brice had no further comment. Justice of the Peace Christene Lacey would say only that an investigation is ongoing."


Sunday, October 7, 2012

"Those People Were The Quietest Folks"

"YULEE, FL — The Nassau County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate a murder-suicide that took place in Yulee on Saturday night.

"Neighbors [said] shots were fired at 85080 Theresa Road.

"The identities of the people involved have not been released.

"One neighbor [said] there were problems at the home before. Cathy Johns said last month her neighbor came to her looking for help.

"`She came about two weeks ago to my door, crying. She was speaking to a lady on the telephone. She said she was having trouble with her husband,` Johns said.

"Johns and other residents on Theresa Road said the house became a crime scene Saturday night.

"Johns said her son heard a gunshot while helping her unload groceries.

"`When he went to the truck he heard 'pow.' He said, 'Momma, somebody got shot!' So I went in the house and he told, 'Don't come outside. Don't come outside.' So I stayed in the house,` Johns said.

"`They said, 'Get your children in the house. Someone has a gun,'` said neighbor Janet Baylor.

"Baylor said police were all over the street, warning people to stay inside.

"`It's very unsettling that that could happen right next door to you," Baylor said. `Those people were the quietest folks. No problems, you know, that we knew. Never bothered anyone.`

"Sheriff Tommy Seagraves told us his new office will not release any new information until Monday."


Friday, October 5, 2012

Death On The Back Porch

"OCALA, FL — A woman is believed to have shot and killed her former husband and then turned the gun on herself late Thursday night.

"According to Sheriff's Office detectives, deputies received a call about shots fired in a neighborhood shortly before 11 p.m. They arrived at the scene and spoke to a woman who told them she heard multiple shots coming from a home at 4760 NE 28th Terrace.

"When deputies got to the home, they found a man and a woman—later identified as Cynthia Robinson and her ex-husband, Jeffery Shinn—dead on the back porch.

"It appeared that Robinson, 49, had shot Shinn, 54, several times, and then killed herself, according to reports.

"`Evidence at the scene led us to believe that she shot him and then turned the gun on herself,` said Capt. Robert Sandlin, assistant bureau chief for the MCSO Special Investigations Division."


Thursday, October 4, 2012

Murder/Suicide Ends In City Jail

"BLUEFIELD, WV — A Mercer County man arrested for fatally shooting a man and critically injuring a woman committed suicide Wednesday in the city's jail, police said.

"Authorities found Donald Ray Adams, 54, of Bluefield, dead from apparent suicide inside his Bluefield jail cell just before 4 p.m., Bluefield Police said. Further questions were forwarded to State Police troopers in the Princeton detachment. Troopers were not available at the detachment Wednesday night.

"Just before midnight Monday, Bluefield Police officers were called to 201 Burton Street in Bluefield to investigate a call of shots fired. Police then found Monica Watkins critically injured and her husband, John, 79, dead from a single gunshot wound, according to a complaint.

"Monica Watkins was responsive and identified Adams as the shooter, according to the complaint. She later told paramedics Adams allegedly stole $200 in cash and her checkbook after the shooting. She was taken to Bluefield Regional Medical Center and was later moved to the hospital in Virginia."

From the Charleston Gazette...

Police Suspect Killer Jumped Off Bridge

"TRENTON, NJ — A 54-year-old woman stabbed to death in her North Trenton home early yesterday may be the victim of a murder-suicide, as the man believed to be her killer jumped from the Delaware Memorial Bridge hours after the slaying, according to two police sources with knowledge of the investigation.

"Florence Grayson, 54, was found stabbed to death on the floor of an upstairs bedroom in her home on 1326 North Olden Avenue about 12:15 a.m. yesterday, Sgt. Mark Kieffer said yesterday. Grayson, who had been stabbed in the chest, is not believed to be the victim of a random crime.

"`We believe that she knew her attacker,` Kieffer said.

"Grayson was discovered by another person who lives with her, and it was unclear how long her body had been inside the house. Kieffer would not say if police had identified a suspect.

"But two police sources who were not authorized to speak on the record said a car registered to the same address was found on the Delaware Memorial Bridge on Tuesday. There has been no sign of the male driver, who authorities in Delaware said jumped off.

"Several Delaware-based fire companies were called out Tuesday morning to search for a jumper who plummeted from the bridge, which extends from Pennsville to New Castle, Del. According to officials from those fire companies, the body was sighted in the water but could not be immediately recovered.

"`The body went under, and they couldn’t find it after that,` Holloway Terrace Fire Co. Chief Paul Maxwell said.

"`The only thing we found was a pair of shoes,` Holloway Lt. Paul Riccio said."


Woman Survives Attempted Murder/Suicide

"HIALEAH, FL — A Hialeah woman is in stable condition after police said her ex-boyfriend shot her, and then shot himself.

"Police said the victim, Yovana Rodriguez, had recently broken up with Angel Guardi Gonzalez.

"Gonzalez attacked her as she was leaving work, at West 29th Street and 5th Avenue. Hialeah police said he threw Rodriguez to the ground and shot at her several times, hitting her at least once in the upper torso.

"Police said Gonzalez then drove to another location, West 23rd Street and 4th Avenue, where he committed suicide."


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bodies Found After Neighbors Hear Gunshots

"COLUMBIA, SC — The names of the man and woman found dead in their Rosewood area home Monday have been released.

"William R. Broll, 60, shot and killed Kathleen P. Kee, 54, before turning the gun on himself at their 1112 S. Ott. Road home, Richland County coroner Gary Watts said Tuesday. Both died from gunshot wounds to the head.

"A man who knew the couple coming to the home about 1:30 p.m. Monday discovered their bodies, and deputies spent most of the afternoon investigating the scene.

"Neighbors told investigators that they had heard gunshots Monday night,, but no one called police. Those gunshots were likely the ones that killed Broll and Kee, Watts said.

"Deputies recovered a weapon at the scene."

From The State...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Couple Had History Of Medical Problems

"OLIVER SPRINGS, TN — An Anderson County husband and wife with a history of medical problems were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide shooting this afternoon, authorities said.

"A family member discovered the bodies of Harvey Ferguson, 65, and his wife, Alice Ferguson, 62, at their Cove Lane home near Oliver Springs, according to a news release from Anderson County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Mark Lucas.

"Deputies responded shortly before 3 p.m. and learned that the husband apparently had shot his wife and then turned the handgun on himself.

"`The family told investigators the Fergusons had a history of medical problems and were apparently in ill health,` the release states."