Thursday, October 31, 2013
"BELL COUNTY, TX — The Bell County Sheriff's Office and Morgan's Point Resort Police are investigating a suspected murder suicide on 13 Buttercup Loop in Morgan's Point Resort.
"Police say Brian John Cecil, 41, and Tabitha Sazama, 41, along with two dogs, were found dead in a single story home that had fire and smoke damage early Wednesday morning.
"Police responded to a home on Buttercup Loop about 3:30 a.m. Wednesday morning for a possible shooting. This was after Bell County 911 received a call from Cecil's ex-wife.
"According to police, Cecil's ex-wife said she got a call from Cecil, who said he shot Sazama after she tried to stab him. Cecil's ex-wife did not know where the incident took place.
"Morgan's Point Resort Police arrested Cecil on October 22 on charges of criminal trespass and assault after a domestic disturbance at Sazama's home on Buttercup Loop.
"Officers responded to Sazama's home and found that Cecil's car was parked a block away. When they arrived, they detected a strong smell of smoke coming from the home.
"The Bell County Sheriff's SWAT Team forced their way into the house and found the bodies of Brian Cecil and Tabitha Sazama in the master bedroom. Police say both appeared to have gunshot wounds.
"A gun and a knife were found near the bodies in the bedroom of the home. Police say the house was full of heavy smoke when they entered and there was extensive fire damage in the bedroom and smoke damage throughout the house.
"Cecil and Sazama were pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace G. W. Ivey and both bodies have been taken to The Southwest Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas for autopsy.
"The sequence of events are still under investigation and police have not released a motive."
"GREENWOOD, SC — The alleged gunman in the horrific shooting at a Greenwood Co. home posted on Facebook that he was `about to lose it` just days before the incident.
"In a posting on Oct. 9, Bryan Sweatt wrote `...i just want someone to talk to and be here with me so bad im just about to get in the truck and ram it in the biggest...pole i can find nobody gives a **** about me...`
"He went on to say `ive ask for someone to be here for me to take my mind off doing something stupid to hurt myself...`
"In a post dated Oct. 20, just nine days before the shooting, Sweatt wrote about his ongoing legal problems. `i hope tha best but i no im gone for a long time i just hope this judge dont slap me with a whole 45years...` Sweatt wrote.
"Sweatt was most recently arrested for burglary in the early part of 2013 and he was facing a significant amount of time in prison, according to the sheriff.
"Deputies said Sweatt killed three adults and two children along with himself in a murder/suicide at a home off Callison Highway Tuesday. They said Sweatt called 911 to warn them he was planning on `hurting himself` moments before shots were fired.
"While officers were on the way to the scene, according to Greenwood County sheriff's spokesperson John Long, they received notice from the 911 center that a neighbor called and said two children from the home arrived at the neighbor's doorstep saying someone had fired shots.
"After several unsuccessful attempts to communicate with Sweatt, SWAT teams went into the home and discovered the six dead. Long said they believe the incident resulted from a domestic dispute. "
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"NORTH VERSAILLES, PA — The deaths of a North Versailles couple whose bodies were found inside their home were ruled a murder/suicide Wednesday by the Allegheny County Medical Examiner.
"Erin Hoey, 45, died of a shotgun wound to the left shoulder, a spokesman for the medical examiner's office said. Her death was ruled a homicide. Her husband, Mark Hoey, 48, died of a shotgun wound to the abdomen, the spokesman said. His death was ruled a suicide.
"Township police Chief Vincent DiCenzo said dispatchers were called at 8:15 a.m. Tuesday asking police to check on one of the two who did not report for work. Police forced their way inside the 102 Thomas Avenue home and found the bodies, he said."
"HONOLULU, HI — Honolulu Police Department investigators are trying to find out what sparked and apparent murder and attempted suicide case involving a man and woman this morning. The case happened at the Ala Wai Town House building in Waikiki [map here]. Neighbors say they heard gun shots coming from the area on Saturday night, but they didn't hear anything this morning when the incident was reported.
"The 911 call came it at 4:30 this morning. Paramedics found two people inside an apartment with gunshot wounds. A 33 year old woman died at the scene. A 40 year old man was also shot and taken to the hospital. It's believed he shot the woman and then turned the gun on himself. There are no other suspects."
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"BROOKSVILLE, FL — Days after his wife filed for divorce, authorities say a north Florida man fatally shot his young children before killing himself.
"The shootings happened sometime over the weekend in the Spring Hill home of 39-year-old Daniel Castrillon-Oreggo.
"Hernando County Sheriff Al Nienhuis says the father picked up 7-year-old Sebastian and 8-year-old Susana from school on Friday afternoon. He took them to visit their mother, Luz Jimenez, at her job.
"The sheriff says the parents argued there, but the father calmed down and left with the kids for a planned weekend visit. Their mother had planned to pick up the children Saturday for a birthday party but couldn't reach her husband. She went to the house several times and on Sunday evening called police. They were found dead inside."
From the Miami Herald...
Monday, October 28, 2013
"FORTY FORT, PA — Police said Nicholas Shultz shot his 2-year-old daughter and then turned the gun on himself, in what the Luzerne County Coroner's Office has ruled a murder/suicide.
"Officers from Forty Fort and surrounding towns were dispatched to 52 Wesley St. at 11 a.m. Sunday on the report of a man with a gun threatening to kill himself and his daughter.
"When police entered the house, they found a young girl, Camryn Lee Shultz, dead on the couch with one gunshot wound to the head, police said. Her father, Nicholas, 34, was found on the floor, also with one gunshot wound to the head, and was then transported to Geisinger Medical Center in Plains Township before eventually dying at the hospital, according to police.
"Luzerne County District Attorney Stefanie Salavantis said the next step is an investigation to determine the cause of the shooting, as they have no official motive yet."
"BATON ROUGE, LA — An investigation is underway into the shooting deaths of two people that detectives say was the result of an apparent murder/suicide.
"The East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff's Office said it happened at the Pecue Mobile Home Estates in Baton Rouge around 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The mobile home park is located on Old Pecue Lane, which is just off Airline Highway.
"East Baton Rouge Parish Prison booking records show the suspected shooter in the murder/suicide was arrested on a domestic abuse battery charge in September. Deputies said they responded to what was described as a loud domestic dispute. Investigators added the deputies discovered two bodies inside a trailer when they arrived on the scene.
"`My office was called to the scene because of the two deceased victims in the home behind us, so we approached scene and did our investigation and it appears to have been a murder-suicide,` said East Baton Rouge Parish Coroner Dr. William Clark.
"The woman has been identified by investigators as Brittany Rogers, 26. According to Clark, she died of a single gunshot wound to the chest. The man, who police believe was the shooter, is Sedric Richard, 39. Clark added Richard died from a gunshot to the head.
"According to booking records, Richard was arrested on September 25 for domestic abuse battery and was released the next day.
"Investigators also said the couple had children that were not home at the time of the shooting. They reported those children are now in the care of family members.
"The investigation is ongoing."
"GLEN BURNIE, MD — Homicide detectives outside Baltimore are investigating an apparent murder/suicide involving a police officer and a firefighter.
"Three people were found dead inside a home on the 1100 block of Armistead Street in Glen Burnie, Maryland, early Sunday morning after a reported shooting around 1:35 a.m., police in Anne Arundel County said.
"Police said the suspected shooter—Christopher Lee Robinson, 37, a Baltimore police officer—was one of the people found dead at the scene.
"Baltimore firefighter Andrew Scott Hoffman, 27, and Marie Leanne Edith Hartman, 26, were killed.
"`Preliminary investigation indicates that the suspect/shooter was one of the deceased and that he had a relationship with the female victim,` police said.
"Police said they were still investigating the shooter's motive, but described the shooting as a `domestic incident.`"
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"PHOENIX, AZ — Phoenix police on Sunday identified the five people found shot to death at a Phoenix townhouse over the weekend.
"The victims are Bruce Moore, 66; Michael Moore, 42; Renee Moore, 36; and Shannon Moore, 17. The shooter, dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, is identified as 56-year-old Michael Dante Guzzo.
"The family's two dogs were also shot and killed.
"Phoenix P.D. Sgt. Tommy Thompson said officers responded to a call about shots fired at the complex near 17th Avenue and Hazelwood about 9 a.m. Saturday.
"After shooting the victims, Guzzo walked across the courtyard and shot through the front door and window of another townhouse in the same complex, Thompson said. Guzzo left that scene on foot, apparently returning to his apartment.
"Thompson told reporters that officers entered the first townhouse and found the bodies of four people. Two were on the patio and two were inside. Two dead dogs were also found with gunshot wounds.
"In the second townhouse next to theirs, Thompson said officers found the body of the suspected gunman.
"A pump shotgun, believed to be the murder weapon, was found next to him, Thompson said. Police said Guzzo died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound."
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"YOUNGTOWN, AZ — The manhunt is over for the 39-year-old man considered armed and dangerous in connection with a double homicide Friday morning in the west Valley.
"Police said the suspect, Jose Guadalupe Sotelo, was found dead in a Glendale parking garage Friday night.
"Investigators said Shawntah Eierdam, 33, and Adam Manns, 41, were shot at a home near 114th Avenue and Cactus in Youngtown.
"Manns was pronounced dead at the scene and Eierdam was taken to the hospital where she later died from her injuries.
"Authorities said there was a second woman in the house, but she was not hurt."
"TUCSON, AZ — The Tucson Police Department is investigating a murder/suicide on Tucson's South Side.
"According to TPD Sergeant Chris Widmer, police were called to a home in the 5900 block of South Randall Boulevard around 1 a.m. Saturday, after family members found two bodies inside the residence.
"Officers located a 35-year-old female and a 34-year-old male with obvious signs of trauma.
"Detectives learned the male and female had a domestic relationship and the female was visiting the home.
"Widmer says detectives were unable to determine the cause of the death for the female, but believe she may have been strangled.
"The male was found with gunshot trauma and a handgun near his body.
"According to Widmer, detectives believe the male murdered the female and then killed himself."
"HEFLIN, AL — Police Thursday morning found two people shot to death in the backyard of their home on Gray Road in Heflin.
"Heflin police Chief A.J. Benefield said officers received a call from another resident of the home who went outside to walk his dog and found the bodies at 9:28 a.m. Benefield declined to release the caller’s name.
"Benefield identified the victims as Krista Medders, 21, and Todd Robbins, 31. He said the two had apparently been shot.
"`It’s my understanding she was in the process of moving out,` Benefield said of Medders.
"Coroner Ben McKnight, who pronounced the two dead, said the police found a pistol at the scene. McKnight was unsure when the two died. He said investigators will have to rely on information from neighbors who might have heard or seen something to determine the time of the incident.
"Benefield said police are still investigating, but they believe there is no suspect at large. He expects to have more information after the department receives autopsy results.
"McKnight said he should receive the results of the autopsy in about a week, maybe two."
From The Anniston Star...
Thursday, October 24, 2013
"SAVANNAH, GA — Savannah-Chatham Metro Criminal Investigations Division detectives are looking into possible ties between a homicide and a suicide.
"Police say Jessica Nowell was found shot to death in her bed around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Officials believe her boyfriend, Justin Baldwin, shot her and then drove to a relative's house on Savannah's east side and shot himself.
"The couple, both 24 years in age, lived at Crossroads Apartments on West Montgomery Cross Road in Savannah. Friends say that after more than three years of living together, Nowell had decided to pack her bags and leave Baldwin.
"Nowell's bags were found in the front seat of her car. Police say the cases do appear to be related.
"Officials with the Savannah-Chatham Metro Police Dept. confirmed on Thursday that Baldwin died from his injuries.
"SCMPD Violent Crimes detectives continue to investigate."
"PORT ARTHUR, TX — A spokesperson for the Port Arthur Police Department has released the names of a husband and wife found dead inside their home Wednesday afternoon. The couple is identified as John and Patricia Knight, both 76, of Port Arthur.
"A preliminary autopsy report released Thursday indicates each died from a single gunshot wound.
"Officers believe their deaths were a result of a murder-suicide at their home located at 7617 Golfhill Drive, off of Jimmy Johnson near the golf course.
"John Knight was a prominent homebuilder, who built many of the houses in the subdivision where he lived.
"The Knights were found by their son around 4:15 p.m. Wednesday. He had gone to check on them.
"Police say one of them shot the other before shooting themselves. As to who shot whom, police don't know at this time because of the position of the bodies and where the gun was located.
"Sgt. Scott Gaspard with the Port Arthur Police Department said the two were both suffering from severe health problems."
"MOUNT PROSPECT, IL — A 46-year-old man and a 31-year-old woman were found dead from an apparent murder-suicide Tuesday morning at their home in northwest suburban Mount Prospect.
"July Diaz-Hernandez and Victariao Lopez Rosales were found dead in a bathtub at their home in the 500 block of West Dempster Street, authorities said.
"The two both apparently died from stab wounds and were pronounced dead at the scene at 8:53 a.m. Tuesday, according to the Cook County Medical Examiner’s office.
"Diaz-Hernandez had been stabbed to death, while Lopez-Rosales was found with a knife protruding from his chest, authorities said.
"Mount Prospect police were not immediately able to comment on the deaths Wednesday morning."
From the Sun-Times...
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
"CLEVELAND, OH — The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office has been called to the scene of a fatal double shooting in Old Brooklyn.
"Cleveland police responded to 3316 Montclair Avenue about 5 p.m. Tuesday for reports of a woman shot.
"Officers discovered a 22-year-old woman with a gunshot wound to the head and a 29-year-old man with what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head on the first floor of the multi-family home.
"The man was pronounced dead at the scene and the woman was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center.
"The Cleveland Division of Police Homicide Unit was notified and is investigating.
"According to a press release, a preliminary investigation reveals the man and woman were going through a divorce. The couple had lived in Parma, and the woman recently moved into the home after living with neighbors on Montclair Avenue. The man showed up to the woman’s home and an altercation took place. During the altercation, the man shot the woman and later shot himself. A handgun was found at the scene.
"Next of kin have not been notified."
"MIAMI, FL — A man wanted in connection with the fatal shooting of a restaurant patron apparently took his own life, Miami police said on Sunday.
"Police said the incident began around 5:15 p.m. Saturday when they responded to a 911 call that a man had been shot multiple times at Sabor Nica Restaurant at 49 NW 12th Ave.
"According to the homicide detectives, a heated argument between two men erupted inside the restaurant-bar in front of patrons. One man drew a handgun and shot the other several times.
"The gunman, who was immediately identified by witnesses, dashed out of the restaurant.
"The wounded patron died at the restaurant.
"An hour into the investigation, detectives learned of a man who had just shot himself and was taken to Jackson Memorial Hospital's Ryder Trauma Unit.
"The man died at the hospital.
"On Sunday, police said they had linked the two incidents and determined the suicide victim was the gunman at the restaurant, who apparently had rushed home after the shooting and turned the gun on himself.
"The names of both men will not be released until relatives are notified."
Source: Miami Herald...
"SPARKS, NV — A popular school teacher and veteran of the Afghan conflict was shot dead after trying to halt a playground shooting rampage by an armed teenage boy who then killed himself.
"Two other boys were injured as screaming children fled for their lives from Sparks Middle School in a suburban community on the edge of Reno in western Nevada just before morning bell on Monday. After the latest school shooting to rock America, Michael Landsberry was described by police as a `hero` for his attempts to persuade the gun-toting student to put his weapon down.
"The `shooter-suspect`, who was aged 13 or 14, had pulled out a pistol and shot at least one of the injured boys at about 7:15am when Mr Landsberry rushed out of a nearby building, witnesses said.
"The mathematics teacher, 45, a military veteran who served two deployments in Afghanistan and leaves a widow and two step-daughters, approached the boy and urged him to put the gun down.
"But the student shot him dead and continued firing. He killed himself before police arrived, although officials did not initially confirm his wounds were self-inflicted."
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"SALUDA, SC — Authorities are investigating the deaths of two people discovered inside a home in Saluda County over the weekend.
"Saluda County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Chris Cockrell said deputies responded to a home on Berry Drive Sunday afternoon after a man found his sister's body and called police.
"The victims, who both had gunshot wounds, are believed to be boyfriend and girlfriend, according to Cockrell. The home where the bodies were found belonged to the man.
"Cockrell said investigators are considering the incident to be murder/suicide, but did not say who may have pulled the trigger. The coroner's office has not yet determined how the man and woman died.
"The man was in his late 60's and the woman was in her early 60's, Cockrell said. The sheriff's office has not released their names.
"Berry Drive is located in the Hollywood community of Saluda County.
"The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is assisting with the investigation."
"ANADARKO, Ok — An Anadarko woman was shot at her home by her husband Sunday morning before he turned the gun on himself.
"Ginger Abbott, in her 40s, was shot multiple times in the chest and arm before she drove to a relative’s home a mile away.
"Ginger was rushed to OU Medical Center where she underwent surgery and is recovering in critical condition.
"According to police, her husband, Roger Abbott, shot her several times before turning the gun on himself.
"Police are trying to figure out what prompted the fatal shooting.
"`Domestic violence can happen in just a second with people you don’t realize are having problems,` Sheriff Gene Cain said. `Sometimes is a first offense like this was. This time I don’t see of anything that was ever called on at this time.`
"One neighbor said he noticed a change in Roger’s behavior over the past few months.
"A once friendly relationship had turned sour.
"`I just know something’s been wrong, but when he told me to keep me away I told Lucy my neighbor. I said 'Lucy, I should have been calling and talking to somebody,' but it never dawned on me. It never dawned on me,` long-time Neighbor Bill Graham said.
"Abbott underwent surgery early today at OU Medical Center and remains in critical condition."
Monday, October 21, 2013
"BATON ROGUE, LA —East Baton Rouge Parish deputies said a mother and daughter died in a Willow Grove Boulevard residence Tuesday afternoon in an apparent murder/suicide.
"Deputies say Karen Diamond, 47, shot and killed her mother, Eula Diamond, 84, and the family dog before shooting herself, Sheriff’s Office spokesman Savannah Williams said.
"The bodies were found when deputies received a phone call from a woman asking that they check on her friend, Williams said.
"When deputies arrived at 7812 Willow Grove Blvd. at about 2:20 p.m., they found the two women and the dog, Williams said.
"Parish Coroner Dr. Beau Clark said the two women died each from a single gunshot wound to the head.
"He said the bodies were found in a large room similar to a den on the first floor of the home.
"`It’s very tragic, very sad,` Clark said."
From The Advocate...
"MAYER, AZ — A Mayer man has been found dead after allegedly killing his live-in girlfriend in front of her 5-year-old son.
"William Hewitt, 29, is believed to have killed 38-year-old Kristina Webb, said Yavapai County Sheriff's Office spokesman Dwight D'Evelyn.
"D'Evelyn said deputies were called to the 10000 block of Main Street in Mayer just after 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 18 by a child reporting his mother had been shot. The 5-year-old told deputies he had seen `Bill` shoot his mom.
"Just before 1:30 p.m., deputies found Webb's body in an area off Antelope Creek Road, south of Mayer. She died from an apparent gunshot wound.
"A homicide warrant was issued for Hewitt's arrest, and authorities said earlier Saturday that they were searching for him.
"The sheriff's office said in a statement Saturday evening that a deputy spotted the suspect's pickup truck in an area off 89a and the Granite Dells Parkway in Prescott.
"Hewitt was then found dead inside from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"The child was unharmed and is now in protective custody. Webb's family is working with CPS to insure the victim's son is getting counseling and care.
"Hewitt and Webb were in the process of moving from Mayer to a home in the Cleator community."
"PARK FOREST, IL — Police say a man shot and killed his wife, then turned the gun on himself in their home in Park Forest.
"Relatives had heard Tajuanna Davis, 32, and her husband Gerard Jimerson, 33, arguing before shots rang out around 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the 300 block of Todd Street, according to police.
"An autopsy conducted today ruled Jimerson's death a suicide and Davis' death a homicide, according to the Cook County medical examiner's office.
"Davis and Jimerson were both lying on the floor of their bedroom with gunshot wounds to the head, police said. They were discovered by their daughter, authorities said.
"`Based upon early investigation, [the shooting] appears to be a murder-suicide,` police said in a release.
"The two were pronounced dead at the scene at 1:48 a.m.
"The South Suburban Major Crimes Task Force was investigating the deaths with Park Forest Police."
From the Chicago Tribune...
"BRIGHTON, NY — Authorities say a 30-year-old man found fatally shot at a suburban Rochester apartment complex had killed by a man who died after turning the gun on himself.
"Police in the town of Brighton tell local media outlets that Jonathan Pender was shot several times Sunday afternoon by 29-year-old Matthew Fix of Henrietta. Officials say Fix shot himself and died at Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester.
"Police say the men knew each other and were involved with the same woman.
"The shooting happened around 4 p.m. in the apartment Pender shared with his older brother. Police say they were called to the Elmwood Court Apartments for a report of a disturbance and gunfire."
"FOSTERS, AL — The woman killed in what investigators are calling a double murder/suicide had filed for divorce from her husband just three days before.
"Melanie Powell and Ronald Hydrick were killed after Taylor Powell chased and ran them off the road early Sunday morning, according to authorities. The former Sheriff's deputy then shot himself in the head, they said.
"Court records indicate that Melanie Powell had filed for a divorce from her husband of more than 24 years on Thursday.
"Taylor Powell, 52, went to Ronald Hydrick's home on Cypress Road just after midnight Sunday. Powell's wife, Melanie Powell, 51, and Hydrick, 53, were sitting outside when the three were involved in a confrontation, said Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit Commander Sgt. Dale Phillips.
"While investigators can't be sure about what transpired since all parties are deceased, they believe Taylor Powell chased his wife and Hydrick for about a mile and a half before Hydrick crashed his Ford pickup truck at the bottom of a wooded ravine off Sylvan Loop Road.
"`The vehicle went into a roll and slammed into a tree at a high rate of speed causing tremendous damage,` Phillips said.
"Taylor Powell looked down and saw that they were dead before shooting himself in the head with his revolver, Phillips said."
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"MALVERN, AL — A Geneva County couple was found dead in their home late Friday, the apparent victims of murder/suicide. Family members identified them as Russell and Sheila Burge. Public records show Sheila was 57 years old while Russell’s age was not immediately known.
"Law enforcement surrounded the home in Malvern about 5:00 p.m. Friday after a person, believed to be a family member, heard a shot while approaching the home. The bodies were found a few hours later after a mechanical robot was dispatched inside the home. Officers did not immediately enter the College Street residence because they were not sure whether a hostage situation existed.
"Family members at the scene said the couple had recent domestic issues. One member said had been depressed the past few weeks and may have tried to take his life a few days ago. That was not immediately confirmed by law enforcement.
"Geneva County Sheriff Greg Ward said investigators will remain on the scene for a period of time though there is no reason to believe anyone else was involved in the double shooting. It’s believed that Russell killed his wife then turned the gun on himself."
"GARLAND, TX — Garland police are investigating an apparent murder/suicide after discovering the bodies of a Garland man and his wife Friday morning.
"Police discovered the bodies of Brian Marsters, 54, and his wife Corrine, 53, around 10:30 a.m. after responding to a welfare check at their apartment on 5613 Naaman Forest Boulevard.
"Garland Police spokesman Joe Harn said based off a preliminary investigation detectives believe Brian Marsters shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself.
"Police said they had received calls from co-workers of Brian who said they were concerned because he had not shown up for work for several days.
"Marsters was the director of operations for Matt’s Rancho Martinez. A general manager at the restaurant said he had no comment about Marsters’ death.
"Harn said a police records check did not show any previous calls of domestic problems between the Martsers.
"Detectives say they are waiting for an official ruling on the cause of death from the Dallas County Medical Examiner."
"BLOOMFIELD, NM — Bloomfield police are investigating an apparent murder/suicide case at a mobile home park on Thursday night.
"Officers were dispatched around 8:15 p.m. to a report of a shooting at Lee Hi Mobile Home Park, located at 525 North First Street. Police found 36-year-old Raphael Tena and 29-year-old Judith Barciaga-Orozco dead at the scene.
"The couple had been married for 13 years and had two daughters, ages 11 and 6, who were not in the home at the time of the shooting.
"`We are still continuing our investigation, but have determined that this was a murder/suicide,` Bloomfield Police Chief Mike Kovacs said in a statement. `It appears that Tena shot his wife, then turned the gun on himself.`
"According to police, the couple had been involved in a domestic dispute in recent weeks.
"`Ms. Barciaga-Orozco had come into our office stating she was scared of her husband,` Kovaks said. `Our agency set up a domestic shelter for her, however she chose not to stay there. She was also asked repeatedly if she had been harmed in anyway and never indicated she was.`
"Kovacs said Tena had also filed a complaint against his wife in recent weeks."
"SAN ANTONIO, TX — Two people are dead after what police believe is a murder/suicide on the Northwest side.
"Investigators believe the man, who was said to be in the military but has not yet been identified, shot and killed Kaylla Rihn, 22, then turned the gun on himself at the Meadowood Apartments on the 8200 block of Micron.
"Police said Rihn's sister went to the apartment late Thursday night because she had not heard from her in a couple of days. She tried banging on the door, but no one answered.
"One of the man's co-workers also showed up to check on them, because the man had not shown up for work in a couple of days. He crawled in through the window and found the couple's bodies inside.
"According to Rihn's Facbook profile, she worked as a waitress at the Hooter's restaurant on the River Walk.
"Her co-workers took to social media to post condolences as news of Rihn's death began to spread Friday morning.
"The Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office did not release the man's identity because his family had not been notified.
"Investigators did not reveal a motive for the killings."
"CHUGIAK, AK — A few minutes after a woman frantically called police for help early Thursday morning from a ramshackle dwelling in a junk-strewn Chugiak lot, arriving officers found her dead along with her boyfriend. An initial investigation determined she was the victim in a murder/suicide.
"The residence where police found Nita Kilapsuk, 40, and Michael Hagood, 49, dead of gunshot wounds was a retired People Mover bus displaying `Bus out of Service` on its route indicator.
"Police said Kilapsuk was from the North Slope village of Nuiqsut. Hagood owned the 0.9-acre Chugiak lot at 21715 Valley Ave. where the bus was parked.
"Just after 4 a.m., Kilapsuk called 911 and told a dispatcher that Hagood, her boyfriend, was holding her against her will and had a gun, police said. Anchorage Police Sgt. Mike Couturier said that as police were rushing to the scene, the dispatcher tried to calm Hagood.
"Anchorage police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said that throughout the call, it sounded like the phone was being passed between the couple. She said the dispatcher tried to convince Hagood to put the gun on the floor and leave the bus.
"Then the phone went dead.
"Couturier said police don't know if someone hung up or the cellphone connection was lost. But a minute later, the officers who reached the scene heard two gunshots.
"Couturier said Hagood shot Kilapsuk and then shot himself.
"He said police aren't sure how it happened. There was no magazine in the gun but Hagood could have placed a single round in the chamber for himself.
"Police haven't said what kind of gun was used, Couturier said. He said police have reason to believe alcohol may be involved.
"Couturier said because the lot is so dense with overgrown vegetation, rusted muscle cars and a couple pieces of heavy equipment and an old fire truck, it has taken a while to for police to canvass the area.
"According to the Anchorage assessor's office, the lot is assessed at $61,200. A barn and a cabin on the lot, each 48 years old, were described by assessors as having `no value`."
Source: Anchorage Daily News...
"SALINAS, CA — A Salinas man on Wednesday night called his father to report that he had killed his girlfriend before shooting himself to death, according to the Monterey County Sheriff's Office.
"At 8:53 p.m. Wednesday, sheriff's deputies responded to a call about shots fired at 309 Kelton Drive, just outside Salinas city limits, sheriff's officials said.
"Responding deputies found Daniel Lucas Dacpano, 29, dead from a single gunshot wound outside his home at that address, according to the sheriff's office.
"They also found the body of Guadalupe Alfaro, 26, of Salinas, inside her car, which was parked in the driveway outside the residence, deputies said.
"Investigators learned that Dacpano had telephoned his father to tell him he had just killed Alfaro, according to the sheriff's office.
"Dacpano then apparently shot and killed himself, sheriff's officials said.
"The sheriff's office recovered a shotgun and a knife from the scene.
"Detectives are continuing to investigate the deaths."
From the Times-Herald...
"EDISON, NJ — The Edison teenager who crashed his parents' car into another vehicle on Route 27 on Tuesday night, killing him and two other people, was attempting to kill himself and had written a suicide note, law enforcement sources [said].
"The teenager, a 15-year-old student at John P. Stevens High School in Edison, had written a suicide note on his body, according to the sources, who asked not to be identified because they were not authorized to discuss the case.
"A law enforcement source and several classmates who requested anonymity identified the driver as Srijan Saha of Edison. Saha was interested in cars, rap music and art, according to classmates and his personal Facebook page, which says the teen was raised in Detroit, Mich.
"Edison Police Chief Thomas Bryan declined to comment. In a statement released late Wednesday night, Acting Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey said the crash was being investigated as a `suicide-homicide,` but did not identify the teenage driver.
"Mohammed Zia, 46, and his brother-in-law Ali Behzad, 36, both of Edison, had gone out for a late night cup of coffee and were driving north on Route 27 near the Stony Road intersection when the teen's car struck theirs head-on around 12:30 a.m., authorities said. In his statement, Carey said the teen's vehicle veered into oncoming traffic shortly before the crash.
"The teenager and Behzad were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Carey. Zia died at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital a short time later.
"On Tuesday, Bryan said it was unclear why the teen was driving, but confirmed the 15-year-old had borrowed the vehicle without his parent's permission."
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Thursday, October 17, 2013
"GRANTVILLE, PA — A man and a woman killed in an East Hanover Township, Dauphin County motel each died of a single gunshot wound to the head in an apparent murder/suicide, a state police spokesman said Wednesday.
"The victims are 22-year-old Savana Mercedes Silva and 21-year-old Luis Angel Gerena-Morales, state police spokesman Rob Hicks said.
"`That is officially what we are labeling it,` Hicks said of the murder/suicide. `That's how we are investigating it. It's still early in the investigation; other things are being looked at. With the evidence that we do have, we feel it's appropriate to label it as such.`
"Hicks said evidence suggests Silva shot Gerena-Morales before turning the gun on herself.
"Police were alerted to the incident by an occupant of another rental unit at 7:42 a.m. at the 10200 Allentown Blvd location.
"A five-month-old baby girl was found in the rental unit unharmed, Hicks said. She was taken into custody and was placed with Children and Youth Services. Silva was the mother of the girl, but Hicks said they have not confirmed if Gerena-Morales was the father.
"Police found the bodies lying close together in the living room/kitchen area of the small apartment with the large caliber handgun nearby. It is unclear if there were any signs of a struggle."
"EL MONTE, CA — An El Monte man apparently killed his daughter and her girlfriend before turning the gun on himself in a double murder/suicide, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday.
"Los Angeles County coroner's officials identified the three dead as Harry Maldonado Jr., 65, Evie Maldonado, 32, and Diana Amaya, 38. They were found shot to death inside the garage of an apartment complex, where they lived together with other relatives, said Lt. Eddie Hernandez of the sheriff's homicide bureau.
"The shooting was reported Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at an apartment at 9935 Marshall St., authorities said. El Monte police officers went to the apartment but were told the shooter and the two victims were in the garage. The three were pronounced dead at the scene.
"Family members told investigators the women were domestic partners and had often argued.
"`This time, for whatever reason, Harry interjected himself between the two females,` Hernandez said. `What we know is that somehow this escalated the event and Harry armed himself with a handgun.`
"Hernandez said Harry Maldonado shot his daughter and Amaya before turning the gun on himself. A handgun was recovered at the scene."
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"MARYVILLE, TN — Authorities are investigating a murder-suicide after two people were found dead Monday evening inside a Maryville apartment.
"Maryville Police officers were dispatched to 102 N. Everett High Road shortly after 7:30 p.m. Monday to a report of a possible deceased person.
"Lori D. Laugherty, 35, and David Michael Kirk, 47, who both lived on the apartment, were found dead upon officers’ arrival, authorities said. Maryville Police Chief Tony Crisp said both died from a gunshot wound and it is believed Kirk shot Laugherty before turning the gun on himself.
"Crisp said Laugherty’s son had called a friend to inform her he could not reach his mother. The friend, who had a key, was asked to check on the couple.
"The family friend told police she entered the apartment and saw blood on the floor and wall. She then walked into the living room and found both victims on the floor, according to the police report. She then left the apartment and phoned police.
"Based on the investigation, Crisp said, it appears a struggle started in another area of the residence and ended in the living room where the two were found lying on the floor. Authorities believe the incident occurred between 1 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Monday.
"`Based on our investigation, it appears Mr. Kirk murdered Ms. Laugherty and inflicted a fatal gunshot wound to himself,` Crisp said, adding that the investigation is ongoing."
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"HENRY, IL — Illinois State Police have named the two victims from a shooting in Henry County early Friday morning.
"Melissa Kay Rice, 42, and James Doerr Jr., 46, both of Henry, were found around 2 a.m. at 1022 W. Warren St., with gunshot wounds. Doerr, who also went by Bill or Billy, had been in a relationship with Rice, but it had ended before the shooting.
"State Police said on Friday they received a call about an armed man outside of 1022 W. Warren. When they arrived, they found Rice was dead at the scene, while Doerr was transported to a Life Flight helicopter and died while on the way to the hospital. State Police have confirmed they are not seeking any suspects at this time, as earlier reported. They also say the official cause of death will not be known until toxicology reports are received, but they are working under the assumption it was a murder/suicide.
"Neighbors had said Rice had moved into the house five months ago, around the same time she was divorced from her husband of 23 years, John Rice."
"SAN JUAN, TX — Police continue to investigate a divorce dispute that escalated into attempted murder/suicide, authorities say.
"Early Sunday morning, San Juan police responded to the 1500 block of Scotty Street, where a woman was stabbed 24 times in her front yard by her husband, who then turned the knife on himself, driving it repeatedly into his own body, said San Juan police Chief Juan Gonzalez. Both were at a local hospital under guard.
"A neighbor even got a machete and tried to intervene to save the victim, Gonzalez said.
"Police officers found the man hiding under the house when he became confrontational, trying to get police to shoot him in what is known as `suicide by cop.` Instead, one officer used a Taser to take the man down.
"`It was a very bad crime scene,` Gonzalez said as he congratulated his officers. `They were able to control and subdue a difficult subject without discharging their firearms.`"
From The Monitor...
"LAKELAND, FL — Two bodies were found at a Lakeland residence Saturday after an apparent murder/suicide occurred Friday, a Polk County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said Sunday.
"Margaret Scott, 72, was found on the dining room floor of her former boyfriend's house at 9830 Moorhen Drive with a gunshot wound to her face, said Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carrie Eleazer.
"Her body and that of Joseph Sandrini, 73, were found by her daughter and son after Scott didn't show up to take her daughter to a soccer tournament.
"Sandrini was found on a couch with a gunshot wound to his head, Eleazer said.
"It appears that Sandrini shot Scott and took his own life, she said.
"According to Sheriff's Office interviews of friends and family, Scott recently ended her relationship with Sandrini, but wanted to remain acquaintances with him and help him with his health concerns."
Sunday, October 13, 2013
"NORTH LAS VEGAS, NV — North Las Vegas police are investigating a shooting that left one person dead and another injured after an apparent domestic dispute Saturday near Ann Road and Allen Lane.
"At approximately noon Saturday, police responded to reports of shots fired in a home in the 3500 block of Cantura Crest Court.
"According to police, a dispute between an estranged couple sent a young wife to UMC with gunshot injuries and ended with the husband dead by his own hands.
"When officers arrived, they were confronted by a 67-year-old man armed with a handgun. As soon as the officers commanded the man to drop the weapon, police said he killed himself with a gunshot to the head.
"Officers found the man's 23-year-old wife a few doors west of the home. Police said she was suffering from at least one gunshot wound and was transported to UMC Trauma.
"Preliminary reports indicate the husband and wife were separated. Police said the woman went to her former home to exchange some sort of property, then a dispute erupted, and the husband shot the wife.
"Police said she made it into the front yard before collapsing. A neighbor, armed with a handgun, rescued the woman from the yard and moved her to safety.
"Arriving officers confronted another armed man across the street from the scene. Believing him to be the shooter, they disarmed him.
"As the officers searched the man, police said the true shooter appeared in the door of the house. Officers commanded him to drop a gun he was holding. Before any further discussion, the man shot himself. Medical teams pronounced him dead at the scene.
"There was no one else in the home when the incident occurred, according to police. No force was used by any officers.
"The identity of the man has not yet been released."
Friday, October 11, 2013
"TAYLORS, SC — Investigators say that desperation over health problems led to the murder/suicide of an elderly Taylors couple.
"An autopsy found Joyce Quinn Elliott, 64, died of a gunshot wound to the head, while her 80-year-old husband, Donald E. Elliott Jr., died of self-inflicted asphyxiation, according to county coroner Parks Evans.
"A neighbor who regularly checked on the couple discovered their bodies early Thursday morning in their home at 10 E. Heathwood Drive, according to Drew Pinciaro, a deputy with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.
"Pinciaro said both had health problems.
"`Apparently he just didn’t want something to happen to him and leave her behind to have to take care of herself and her medical problems,` Pinciaro said. `So he killed her and suffocated himself.`"
"OXFORD, AL — Authorities this morning provided the names of a husband and wife found dead in their Oxford home Tuesday, and said they were killed by gunshots.
"The dead couple are James Rosa, 50, and Curry Rosa, 49, according to Talladega County Coroner Shaddix Murphy. Oxford police Chief Bill Partridge said both were killed by shots fired from the same pistol. Police have described the deaths as a murder/suicide, but Partidge declined this morning to say who fired the shots.
"`We just want to make sure everything is right before we step out and say something,` Partridge said.
"Murphy said he believes the deaths occurred Monday evening. The bodies will likely not be sent for autopsy, he said, as the causes of death are clear to investigators.
"The Rosas were found dead in their home in a subdivision on County Line Road known as the Plantation. Officers went to the home to check on them at the request of Curry Rosa’s employer—Westinghouse, at the Anniston Army Depot—after she failed to show up for work, according to Murphy and Oxford police Lt. L.G. Owens.
"Partridge said the responding officers were able to see the two bodies through a window.
"James Rosa has three daughters who do not live in the couple’s home, Owens said."
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"ROSEMOUNT, MN — The shooting that left a Rosemount couple dead this week has been ruled a murder/suicide, police said Thursday.
"Police found Steven Vasey Jr., 32, and his wife, Melissa Vasey, 31, dead in their Waterford Commons apartment, at South Robert Trail and 146th Street, about 5:48 p.m. Tuesday. Officers were called there to check on the couple's welfare.
"Preliminary results from the Hennepin County medical examiner's office show Melissa Vasey shot her husband `multiple` times before turning the gun on herself, Rosemount Police Chief Eric Werner said.
"`We have a very unfortunate and tragic incident involving a married couple,` Werner said.
"There are no indications of a struggle between the couple, Werner said.
"`Details are not fully known what may have happened,` he said.
"`We believe the shooting happened shortly before we were notified,` Werner said.
"Police records indicate no prior calls to the residence, Werner added. The couple married in April 2004 in Chisago County, state records show. They had no children."
"CLARKSVILLE, FL — The Calhoun County Sheriffs Office is currently investigating what they believe to be a murder/suicide. On Monday October 7, 2013 two Hispanic migrant workers were located deceased at a watermelon farm off of Whitewater Grade in Clarksville.
"The deceased are 32-year-old Crecencio Rangel Manilla of Quincy, Florida and 15-year-old Mirna Domingo-Perez of Marianna, Florida. Both subjects were illegal immigrants who worked in local produce farms. Manilla was from Mexico and Domingo-Perez was from Guatemala.
"During the course of the investigation investigators spoke with friends and family of both Manilla and Domingo-Perez. They learned that Manilla showed interest in Domingo-Perez however, due to the age difference Domingo-Perez did not reciprocate those feelings.
"The two had worked together on local farms and knew each other. Sometime during the daytime hours of October 5, 2013 Manilla picked up Domingo-Perez from her Watson Street home in Marianna, Florida. According to witnesses Manilla told Domingo-Perez that his boss was having a party and he needed help setting up tables and chairs. Manilla took Domingo-Perez to a watermelon field off of Northwest Whitewater Grade in Calhoun County.
"Sometime late Saturday or early Sunday morning Domingo-Perez was hung against her will. She was found with her left hand between the rope and her neck and there were ligature marks on her wrist which indicated that her hands had been bound for quite some time. There was bruising on the inside of her mouth which was evidence that she had been struck. Investigators believe that she may have also been gagged.
"It was evident that Domingo-Perez was not a willing participant. Manilla used a forklift and ropes to hang Domingo-Perez from the rafters of the pole barn, and subsequently hanged himself by the same method next to her. Domingo-Perez was found with the ligatures removed from her hands and the rag removed from her mouth. We believe this was done by Manilla prior to hanging himself, with the intent to make the scene look like a double suicide.
"There was no evidence to suggest that anyone else had been to the farm during the time of the incident.
"Autopsies were conducted on both subjects. The autopsy revealed that Domingo-Perez was approximately five weeks pregnant. Investigators believe that this may have been a factor in the motive of the homicide."
"UPPER DARBY, PA — Authorities are investigating the suspicious deaths of ailing siblings, a brother and sister whose bodies were found in her first-floor apartment of a duplex they shared, police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said Thursday.
"Both individuals appeared to have been shot, Chitwood said early in the investigation, noting that no scenario had been ruled out.
"Official cause and manner of the deaths is pending autopsies by the Delaware County Medical Examiner’s Office.
"Investigators responded to the 3300 block of Mary Street at about 4:30 p.m.
"The man’s daughter, concerned because she had not been able to make contact with her father since 6 p.m. Wednesday, arrived to check on him Thursday afternoon, according to Chitwood. When she couldn’t locate him in his second-floor apartment, she went looking for him at her aunt’s apartment on the first floor — only to make the grim discovery.
"`Her aunt’s lying on the bed, partially on and partially off … there’s a gun in her lap and she’s bleeding from the left neck area,` Chitwood said, adding the stunned niece ran out of the apartment and called police.
"Officers responded to the scene to find the body of woman in her late 40s to early 50s partially on the bed, and the body of a man in his 60s on the floor, next to the bed, Chitwood said.
"`On her lap was a revolver,` Chitwood said."
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
"RENO, NV — Reno police now say the deaths of two people found inside a home on Monday was actually a murder-suicide.
"Reno police say they were called to a home on 4940 Mountainshyre Road around 2:30pm on the report of a drowning. They say REMSA personnel arrived at the home first. When no one answered the open front door, they found a six-year-old girl submerged unconscious inside a bathtub. They immediately started CPR.
"Police say the girl's father, 46-year-old Adam Alexander Scott, was found dead inside the garage with a gunshot wound to the head.
"No one else was inside the home.
"Police say a suicide note was found inside the residence.
"An official cause of death for the girl is still pending and will require toxicology and laboratory tests. The results are not expected for a couple of months.
"The girl was the biological daughter of the father.
"The girl's mother and brother have been notified."
"LAFAYETTE, GA – The death of a man in LaFayette, Ga., after being shot on Monday evidently was followed by a chase through Alabama and then the apparent suicide of the driver of the vehicle after a crash.
"The Walker County Sheriff's Office reported in a news release that a call about a shooting at 1039 Old Dalton Road in LaFayette on Monday led to officers finding a deceased man there and information that a man and woman had left the scene just prior to the arrival of the officer.
"Roy Leonard McKeehan Jr, 63, was identified as the victim at the scene with a possible gunshot wound and trauma to his head and neck area. The release said the cause of death awaits autopsy results.
"A lookout was issued for the vehicle that had been seen leaving the scene and then Chattooga County (Ga.) sheriff's deputies reportedly came into contact with a vehicle that matched the description.
"The driver of the vehicle led Chattooga County officials on a chase into Cherokee County, Ala., where it was reported the driver of the vehicle lost control, leading to a crash.
"When authorities approached the vehicle, the release said, the driver appeared to have a self-inflected gunshot wound and was pronounced dead on the scene."
"DALLAS, TX — A man fatally shot his wife before killing himself Monday night at their northwest Dallas home, police say.
"Efrain Gonzalez, 39, shot his wife Esmeralda Gonzalez, 34, multiple times at about 7:45 p.m. at their house on 7326 Fillmore Drive, a few blocks from Dallas Love Field, according to police reports.
"Upon arrival, officers found Gonzalez’s wife lying on the front porch steps. They were assessing her condition when they heard a gunshot. SWAT responded and found Gonzalez in the backyard, dead from a self-infected gunshot wound to the head. The couple was pronounced dead at the scene.
"The shooting started as a dispute between the couple but quickly escalated, homicide detectives said.
"Neighbors said the couple had two children between the ages of 10 and 15, but it is unclear if they were in the home during the shooting. Neighbors also said the boy and girl were taken to a home across the street and that a family member arrived later that night.
"Police records indicate there have been no other calls to that home in the past year, and neighbors said they never witnessed any previous domestic incidents there."
Sunday, October 6, 2013
"SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY — Police have confirmed that the death of a mother and son has been determined to be a murder/suicide.
"Police say Patricia Ambrozak, 75, was the victim of a violent and fatal domestic assault. Authorities say their investigation revealed that on the morning of September 30, Patricia's son, John Ambrozak, 47, broke several of her bones and stabbed her, resulting in her death.
"Authorities say John then stayed in the mobile home with his deceased mother for 12-14 hours before taking his own life with a single gunshot.
"The bodies were found on Friday at the mobile home park on Route 9P, which is near the Bayshore Tropic Hut and Marina, a bar and neighborhood which the family owned. A friend of Patty's was concerned when no one had heard from the mother and son for five days.
"Police records show John was arrested back in 2011 for assaulting his mother."
"MISSION, TX — An argument between residents at Bentsen Grove Resort ends with two men dead.
"Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Department [said] that residents Carl Lau and Richard Durst had a verbal dispute at Lau’s residence Thursday afternoon.
"Witnesses told Hidalgo County Sheriff Deputies that 65-year-old Durst left Lau’s property, but returned and shot 75-year-old Lau in the head.
"Lau’s wife witnessed Durst drive away on his golf cart towards his home.
"According to deputies, while they were interviewing Mrs. Lau, they heard a gunshot south of Lau’s residence.
"Deputies and Palmview police found Durst’s body with a shotgun.
"According to authorities, the gunshot was self inflicted.
"Lau was transported to McAllen Medical Center where Justice of Peace Luis Garza pronounced he was dead.
"Garza pronounced Durst dead at the scene.
"An autopsy was ordered for both men.
"About 400 people are currently residing at the resort.
"Bentsen Grove Resort [Web site] residents are mostly winter texans."
"DOUBLE SPRINGS, AL — Sheriff’s officials say the people found dead in a vehicle on a secluded northern Alabama road were from the western part of Tennessee.
"Authorities were still making sure family members were notified before their identities are released, Winston County sheriff’s Lt. Wes Brown said Friday afternoon. He said investigators have processed the vehicle and recovered evidence from it, though he declined to specify what it was.
"`There’s been no arrest but we feel like this is an isolated incident,` Brown said. `I don’t feel like there’s anything for the public to be concerned about. I understand the gravity of the situation, but I don’t feel like there’s an at-large person that’s endangering the area.`
"Authorities have said that two of the four people were facing child pornography and molestation charges in Tennessee. They said those two people, who were shot to death, had court dates in Tennessee the day their bodies were discovered Wednesday.
"Authorities say the car containing the three men and one woman was parked in the William B. Bankhead National Forest. The area is about 60 miles northwest of Birmingham.
"The victims’ bodies were found in a white car with out-of-state plates. A passer-by noticed the vehicle along the rural road on her way to work.
"The woman called police when she noticed the car parked in the same place on her way home."
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"RADCLIFF, KY — A murder/suicide is still under investigation, after a husband and wife were found dead in Radcliff Thursday, Oct. 3.
"The remnants of caution tape, outside their home on 190 Dogwood Drive, are the only sign of the horrible events that took place inside those walls. Police descended on the house Thursday night at about 9 p.m. after they say William Bays called 911 saying he has killed his wife Wendy Bays and was going to turn the gun on himself. Police arrived to find 50-year-old William and 47-year-old Wendy shot to death.
"Investigators haven’t released a possible motive for the shooting."
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
"FORT PAYNE, AL — Authorities said a 22-year-old who was a suspect in his aunt's disappearance shot himself to death before deputies found the missing Fort Payne woman's body Tuesday in the crawl space of her home.
"Felicia Ann Lindsey, 54, was reported missing at about 10 p.m. Monday and circumstances led DeKalb County authorities to begin a search for Lindsay and her nephew, Max Ruben Zeller, according to Sheriff Jimmy Harris.
"After Lindsey's Jeep was located in Cherokee County, Ga., DeKalb deputies asked Cherokee officers to attempt to locate Lindsey and Zeller. Officers went to search a nearby mobile home and, when they entered, Zeller ran to a bedroom and closed the door.
"`As the officers attempted to enter the room, Zeller apparently shot himself with a handgun,` Harris said. Zeller was taken to a hospital in Marietta, Ga., where he died Tuesday morning.
"`Zeller was in possession of a pistol, cell phone and Jeep belonging to Felicia Lindsey,` Harris said. `Zellers' body was taken to Georgia Department of Forensics for autopsy.`
"With Lindsey still missing, DeKalb County investigators went to her home to search for clues to her whereabouts.
"`It appears Ms. Lindsey was killed in her home and an attempt was made to hide her body in a crawl space under the residence,` Harris said.
"DeKalb Coroner Tom Wilson pronounced Lindsey dead and transported her body to Alabama Department of Forensics Science in Huntsville.
"Initial autopsy results indicate Lindsey died from blunt force trauma to the head. Her death was classified a homicide, Harris said."
"MAGEE, MS — A man hanged himself in the Magee city jail after stabbing his girlfriend to death at a fast food restaurant, authorities said.
"Magee Police Chief Randy Crawford said 31-year-old Robert James Williams attacked his girlfriend, 21-year-old Jessica Cromwell, at the Wendy's restaurant where she worked.
"Simpson County Coroner Terry Tutor said video surveillance footage from the restaurant shows that Williams pushed by a manager into the restaurant kitchen shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday. He attacked Cromwell with a knife, stabbing her multiple times.
"`It was all on film,` Tutor told The Associated Press on Wednesday.
"Williams was taken to Magee General Hospital, where she died.
"Other Wendy's employees followed Williams and called police. Crawford said in a news release that police caught Williams less than a block from the restaurant on U.S. 49., using a stun gun to subdue him. Crawford said police recovered a knife when they arrested Williams, arresting him fewer than two minutes after employees called 911.
"Williams was taken to the Magee jail, where Crawford said police stripped his bloody clothing to hold as evidence, leaving him wearing only boxer shorts and ankle socks.
"After 8 p.m. Tuesday, Williams was found hanged, with his shorts and socks tied together as a noose.
"Both bodies have been taken to Jackson for autopsies."
"HUNTSVILLE, AL — Police are on the scene of an apparent murder/suicide on High Ridge Drive in Huntsville.
"A sergeant on scene said officers went to perform a welfare check on a woman at an apartment in The Reserve at Fairway Hills less than an hour ago.
"Officers arrived to check on a woman who was reported missing by someone they believe was her sister earlier today, he said.
"He said officers knocked on the door and no one answered, and that the door was unlocked.
"When they went inside, officers found the bodies of a man and a woman. One was upstairs and another was on the first floor, the sergeant said.
"He said both appear to have suffered gunshot wounds.
"Police later identified the victims as Roxanne Bice and Dan Schimenti.
"Neighbors did not report hearing gunshots, and police said they have not yet determined what time the crime occurred."