Monday, March 31, 2014
"HAMMOND, IN — A Northwest Indiana man is in critical condition after allegedly shooting his wife to death before turning the gun on himself Saturday night in Hammond.
"Renata Marquez, 37, shared a home with her mother, 38-year-old husband and 4-year-old daughter in the 2000 block of Lincoln Avenue in Hammond, according to the Lake County, Ind., Coroner's office and Hammond police Lt. Richard Hoyda.
"Marquez's mother heard the couple fighting about 11:45 p.m. and called the man to see if anything was wrong, Hoyda said. The 38-year-old said everything was fine, but when the fighting continued, the older woman went to the married couple's part of the house to check, he said.
"The woman found her daughter shot to death, with her granddaughter and the 38-year-old nearby, Hoyda said.
"The woman grabbed the girl, ran from the house and dialed 911, Hoyda said.
"When police arrived, the man shot himself, Hoyda said. He was taken to a trauma center at an Illinois hospital where he remained in critical condition Sunday afternoon.
"Hoyda said Hammond police are monitoring the man's condition as they continue to investigate, and charges may be filed against the man next week if his condition improves."
Sunday, March 30, 2014
"OCEAN SPRINGS, MS — A man and a woman are now dead following a domestic shooting today in Ocean Springs, according to a news release from the Ocean Springs Police Department.
"Captain William Jackson identified the deceased as Patrick Norman, 42, of Hoover, Ala., who committed suicide after shooting Amanda Salas, 36, and Christopher Dale Prevost, 30, both of Ocean Springs.
"Salas died from her injuries at 1:50 p.m. at the Ocean Springs Hospital.
"The incident occurred at 10:55 a.m. at a residence on 209 Hunter Drive in Ocean Springs.
"Jackson said Norman and Salas `had been in a dating relationship prior to this incident but were currently separated.`
"Salas was now dating Prevost.
"Salas was shot once on the left side of the head with a 9 mm handgun, and Prevost was shot in the left shoulder, an injury Jackson said is not life-threatening."
"WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA — Tragedy struck West Hollywood yesterday when a man allegedly stabbed his boyfriend/roommate to death and then attempted suicide.
"The report of a possible altercation came in just before 5:00 pm from the 900 block of Palm Avenue, a street that runs between Santa Monica Boulevard on the south to Holloway on the north.
"According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, upon arriving at the scene on a welfare check, deputies were told by neighbors that there may have been a homicide and a possible suicide.
"Forcing their way into the apartment unit, the deputies found a man lying on the kitchen floor with multiple stab wounds.
"Paramedics were called in and the man was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Continuing their search of the premises, deputies then discovered a man hiding in a bathroom.
"Homicide detectives say he appeared to have taken a large quantity of pills in an attempt to kill himself.
"He was taken to a hospital for treatment and evaluation."
"BARRINGTON, NH — New Hampshire state police and the attorney general’s office are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Barrington.
"Authorities say the bodies of a man and woman were found in a home Saturday, and the preliminary investigation indicates the man shot the woman and then himself.
"Investigators aren’t releasing any names or the exact location of the incident, and no further information is expected to be made public until early next week."
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"STATEN ISLAND, NY — Police say an 86-year-old man shot his grandson in the head and then killed the grandson’s girlfriend before fatally shooting himself in New York City.
"Authorities say Heriberto Pagan, of Brooklyn, shot his 47-year-old grandson outside of a Staten Island house Friday evening before shooting 28-year-old Claritle Christina Huerta in the head inside the house. Huerta died at a hospital.
"Police say Pagan fled in his car and shot himself in the head several blocks away. He was found outside his car.
"The grandson is in stable condition at Staten Island University Hospital. He was not identified.
"The couple’s 4-month-old son was found unharmed inside the house.
"The child is in the custody of the Administration for Children’s Services."
Source: Salt Lake Tribune...
Friday, March 28, 2014
"ELMHURST, DE — A Wilmington woman found dead Wednesday night outside a dance studio in Elmhurst was killed at the hands of her husband, police said today.
"Ana E. Bedolla-Oseguera, 33, of the 1100 block of Rodman Road in Canby Park, was killed about 9:44 p.m. on the steps of a dance studio she attended in the first block of Winston Avenue just off Maryland Ave.
"Her 33-year-old husband, Alejandro Lopez-Vazquez, of the same address, then turned the knife on himself.
"Autopsies on the two were completed Thursday by the state Medical Examiner and the death certificates signed. New Castle County police, however, did not release information on the autopsy results until Friday afternoon.
"`Investigators discovered Alejandro stabbed Ana in the upper torso with a knife before taking his own life with the same weapon,` Cpl. Jacob Andrews said Friday.
"The autopsy results determined the manner of death was a murder/suicide."
"GARDINER, MT — The Park County Sheriff's Office has released the names of the woman and man involved in yesterday's murder/suicide in Gardiner.
"Park County Undersheriff Scott Hamilton said Debi J. Roberts, 59, and Steve A. Cole, 63, have been identified as the deceased.
"Roberts had called the Yellowstone National Park dispatch center on Thursday afternoon, reporting that Cole was trying to break into her home on Water Street. She told the dispatcher that Cole had already fired a weapon and was trying to break into the home. According to officials, Roberts identified Cole by name.
"Hamilton said Cole had been arrested in February of 2000 for partner-family assault, with Roberts named as the victim.
"Hamilton said the pair had been in a relationship, but it had ended approximately two years ago.
"Autopsies are planned for later today."
Thursday, March 27, 2014
"KALISPELL, MT — A man and woman are dead following an apparent murder/suicide early Tuesday morning in northwest Kalispell.
"Kalispell police, Flathead County Sheriff’s deputies and Montana Highway Patrol troopers responded to 134 Fly Way at 12:41 a.m. after a man called to say his father had just shot his mother and was going to commit suicide.
"By the time law officers arrived, the man was dead.
"The bodies of both the man and the woman were located in one of the bedrooms. Both had sustained gunshot wounds.
"Kalispell Police Department Investigations Capt. Scott Warnell declined to add any details Tuesday afternoon. He said the Kalispell Police Major Case Unit would still be on scene investigating and collecting evidence into the evening.
"He confirmed the shootings are being investigated as a murder/suicide, but said, `We are letting the evidence dictate the direction the investigation goes.`"
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"ZIONSVILLE, IN — A Whitestown woman survived what police believe was a murder/suicide attempt by her boyfriend, who fatally shot himself Monday.
"Police about 8:20 p.m. found Angie Cantrell, 53, standing outside an apartment in the 6100 block of Westhaven Drive with a gunshot wound to her shoulder, Whitestown Police Chief Dennis Anderson said. Lloyd K. Kruckebery, 53, was found inside the apartment dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"`She had notified him earlier in the evening their relationship was going to end, and that’s when things became violent,` Anderson said. `She suffered some physical injuries she said were from him, and as she was attempting to flee the apartment, he retrieved a small-caliber handgun from his belongings and began firing several shots inside the apartment, one of which struck her.`
"Anderson assumes that Kruckebery meant to kill Cantrell before killing himself.
"`I don’t know why you would shoot somebody if you were not intending to,` Anderson said. `There’s no way we’ll ever know.`
"Cantrell’s injury appeared not to be serious, he said, but he added she was kept overnight at St. Vincent Hospital for observation.
"She had lived at the address for two years, he said. The man had stayed there more recently for an unknown period of time, he said."
"BOYNTON BEACH, FL — Two people were found dead Monday night inside a car at Caloosa Park, according to Boynton Beach police.
"A Palm Beach County park ranger notified police just after 9 p.m. that he found a man and woman dead inside a blue Toyota Corolla in the park at 1300 S.W. 35th Ave.
"Detectives said it appears that Jimmy Mercy, 39, shot Cynthia Galloway, 33, and then shot himself.
"Investigators said they found a handgun in Mercy’s right hand with his index finger on the trigger.
"`We held onto the scene to secure any evidence. It was raining last night, police didn't get out there til 9 o'clock. They towed the vehicle this morning to our sally port,` said Boynton Beach police spokeswoman Stephanie Slater.
"Mercy had a criminal history. Just last year he was arrested for battery and robbery."
Monday, March 24, 2014
"GREENSBORO, NC — A man whom police believe killed two women and assaulted a female employee at a post office has died following a police chase.
"Menice Montell Smith, 41, died around noon Monday following a crash in the 3300 block of South Elm-Eugene Street. Chasing officers approached the vehicle and saw that Smith had shot himself, Greensboro police said. Smith was pronounced dead at Moses Cone Hospital.
"Police believe Smith was connected to the shooting death of Jamie Lynn Goode, 36, at 3573 Sydney Oaks Dr. in Browns Summit; the death of Michaela Dionne Brewington, 46, at 3815 Pineway Dr. in Greensboro; and the assault of Deborah Kay Huffine, 52, at the U.S. Post Office at 1585 Yanceyville St. in Greensboro.
"Smith knew all three victims, police said. Smith was a contract truck driver with the U.S. Postal Service, and Huffine and Brewington were Postal Service employees. It's not yet known how he knew Goode.
"Witnesses told police Huffine was assaulted with a crowbar just after 5 a.m. Monday. She had facial cuts, contusions and possible broken bones and was in stable condition as Moses Cone Hospital as of Monday afternoon, police said.
"Goode was found dead at her home just a few doors down from Smith's home on Sydney Oak Drive, police said. Miller said they received a report of an assault on a female around 2:35 a.m. Monday.
"Brewington was found dead at her home just after noon Monday. Officers went to the Pineway Drive home after determining the Mercedes car Miller used in the chase was registered to that address, police said.
"Police didn't find Smith while searching his home Monday morning. The chase began at 11:54 a.m. after Smith refused to stop for a Guilford County sheriff's deputy, police said. Greensboro police joined what they called a brief chase.
"The chase ended after law enforcement officials performed a PIT maneuver, causing Smith's car to crash into a tree in the South Elm-Eugene Street median, police said.
"Police are still trying to determine a motive."
"MURRAY CITY, OH — The Hocking County Sheriff's office is investigating a murder-suicide in Murray City.
"Deputies were called to the home at 45569 Long Street Saturday afternoon.
"A neighbor said Robert Seeber, 52, shot his wife Lisa Seeber, 45, before shooting himself.
"Neighbors said the couple were married for years and had a history of alleged abuse.
"According to court documents, Robert Seeber was charged with domestic violence as recent as September.
"A neighbor said the couple's teenage daughter witnessed the shootings.
"She ran to a neighbor for help. That's when Hocking County deputies were dispatched to the scene.
"The couple had three children, according to neighbors."
"WINDERMERE, FL — A police officer was fatally shot on the weekend in central Florida.
"Officer Robert German, 31, was killed Saturday after stopping two teenagers along a road in Windermere, a town of 3,000 about 24 kilometres west of Orlando.
"The bodies of the teens, 18-year-old Brandon Goode and 17-year-old Alexandria Hollinghurst, were later found a short distance away.
"Authorities say the teens apparently committed suicide.
"German had called for backup after stopping a young man and woman on foot shortly before 4 a.m. on Saturday, investigators said.
"German, 31, reported his location and was found lying on the ground when a deputy arrived at the scene, Orange County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jane Watrel said.
"`He just said he was doing a subject stop and then all the tragic events unfolded,` Watrel said."
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UPDATE:03/27/2014 — Girl left scathing suicide note to mum...
Sunday, March 23, 2014
"PEMBROKE PINES, FL — A police chase with a homicide suspect on Interstate 95 ended in suicide Thursday afternoon.
"At about 1:45 p.m. a Boynton Beach police officer spotted a vehicle believed to have belonged to the boyfriend of a 25-year-old woman named Anuska Dillon, who was found shot to death in her Pembroke Pines home early Thursday morning.
"Officers tried to pull the Nissan Maxima over in the southbound lanes near the Gateway Boulevard exit in Boynton Beach.
"The driver, later identified as 26-year-old Clifson Cerve, wouldn't pull over and led officers on a chase southbound until he crashed just south of the Congress Avenue exit in Boca Raton.
"At that point, officers ordered Cerve out of the vehicle, but he shot himself in the head. He was rushed to Delray Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
"Miami television station WPLG reported that Cerve and Dillon had just moved in together on Sunday and that she was five months pregnant. In fact, Dillon was going to find out the gender of the baby on Thursday.
"WPLG also reported Dillon's 6-year-old child from a previous relationship was at the home at the time of the shooting but was not injured.
"The ordeal caused serious traffic problems on I-95 south Thursday afternoon."
Saturday, March 22, 2014
"STRUTHERS, OH — A 23-year-old Struthers man is dead, and his mother remains on life support, following an apparent murder/suicide attempt at 433 Seventh St. late Thursday.
"According to Struthers police, Justin Slaven was found dead at the residence between 11 and 11:30 p.m. Thursday by his father, who discovered that his wife, 44-year-old Leslie Slaven, had shot herself as well. She remains at St. Elizabeth Health Center in Youngstown.
"Police Chief Tim Roddy called the incident `unfortunate,` explaining that `some type of mental issue` likely spurred the attempt. He added that the incident is still under investigation—and that its outcome depends on both the coroner’s findings and on Leslie Slaven’s condition.
"`Moms don’t arbitrarily just decide to kill themselves, then their kids,` Roddy said. `Very rarely do you see women do that.`"
"SAN ANTONIO, TX — The bodies of a 27-year-old woman and a 4-year-old boy were found in an apartment Friday in an apparent murder-suicide, San Antonio Police Chief William McManus said.
"McManus said the woman's mother had gone to the apartment at 223 Kelsey Drive to check on the victims after she hadn't heard from her daughter in a couple of days.
"`It's really bad. I couldn't believe it that both of them were gone, the kid too,` said Larry Burns, the woman's grandfather. `It's just too much to understand, you know.`
"A handgun was found in the apartment. The victims—whom family members identified as 27-year-old mother as Brianna Lee, who they say worked at Southwest General Hospital nearby, and her 4-year-old son, Dominic Rangel—were found lying on a bed.
"`I would have no idea as to what the motivation may be, but it's a very, very sad situation,` McManus said.
"The San Antonio Fire Department had to break into the apartment to gain entry."
"SCALP LEVEL, PA — Investigators have identified the victim and shooter in what police said is an attempted murder/suicide in a Cambria County community.
"Windber police said Deanna Hoffman was shot by Jack Prescott at a home on 316 Main Street in Scalp Level Thursday afternoon.
"Police said Prescott shot Hoffman inside the house before taking his own life. Police said the incident started at about 2:30 p.m. when an officer went to serve warrants on Prescott for misdemeanor charges from Cambria and Somerset counties. He refused to come out of the home, prompting the initial police response.
"The charges against Prescott were not immediately known.
"The situation closed streets in the community for at least six hours while police and a tactical team worked to secure the home.
"Hoffman is recovering at Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center from her injuries, police said. Family members said Thursday night she was able to talk and was doing okay."
Thursday, March 20, 2014
"SCOTTSVILLE, TX — An apparent murder/suicide took place in Harrison County Tuesday, county sheriff's officials say.
"Dudley Taylor II, 50, and Pamela Taylor, 47, were found dead in their Harrison County home Tuesday evening.. A weapon was located and retrieved from the residence and authorities say both died of gunshot wounds. Preliminary investigation, pending autopsy results, indicates that it was a murder/suicide.
"The bodies were discovered around 6:30 p.m. at 113 Sugar Creek Drive in Scottsville, Texas, in the Sugar Creek subdivision. The discovery was made by a relative of the family, authorities say. Family members of Pam had been planning to celebrate her birthday with her Tuesday night, and went by the home to pick her up, Pam's boss and local attorney Michael Smith told us today. Pam had been a paralegal in his office for the past six years.
"Those who knew them best say things seemed normal in recent days. The couple had gone to a Luke Bryan concert together recently, and Dudley had just had a customized bowling ball made for Pam, as that was one of her favorite hobbies.
"Smith says the couple had only married three months ago on a trip to Destin after having dated for three years."
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"GAINESVILLE, GA — Authorities are investigating what appears to be the murder/suicide of an East Hall couple.
"`The initial investigation indicate that the incident is domestic-related,` states a Hall County Sheriff’s Office news release Monday.
"Sheriff’s office deputies were called to the scene on 3015 Baker Road in East Hall around 11 a.m. Saturday. When they arrived, they found 51-year-old Timmie Meeks and his 50-year-old wife, Jimmie `Bo` Faye Meeks, dead from gunshot wounds.
"`A combination of evidence located at the scene and information developed during the course of the investigation reasonably indicates that Mr. Meeks shot and killed his wife prior to turning the gun on himself,` spokeswoman Deputy Nicole Bailes said.
"Autopsies were scheduled for Monday.
"The area is rural, with the house just off Athens Highway near a Marathon gas station, on a road lined with modest single-family homes. Neighbors said they didn’t know the couple well.
"The incident happened sometime between 11 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.
"A relative discovered them that morning."
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
"LOUISVILLE, KY — Louisville Metro Police are investigating the death of two people found in a home at 911 S 42nd Street in the Chickasaw Neighborhood as a murder/suicide.
"Police said they were called to the home just after 5 p.m. where they found the body of a man and a woman, both in their 30s. An 11-month-old baby, which belonged to the man and woman, was also found inside the home unharmed.
"According to the coroner, the bodies have been identified as 37-year-old Deandre Starling and 35-year-old Jacinta Malone.
"According to police, the woman shot her boyfriend before calling police to come get her 11-month-old son and then proceeded to shoot herself.
"Police said the woman shot her boyfriend because they were breaking up and she did not leave a note.
"The baby was taken to Kosair Children's Hospital for observation on Tuesday evening."
"CURTIS BAY, MD — Police are investigating an apparent murder/suicide in the Orchard Beach area of Baltimore, Md.
"Officers were called to the 8000 block of Highpoint Road in Baltimore at approximately 2:19 p.m. Tuesday for the report of a shooting, police say.
"Upon arrival, were informed a female had been shot and a suspect in the residence with her. Shortly after, officers observed the male suspect inside the residence and heard a gunshot.
"Police entered the residence and found a female with an apparent gunshot wound to her upper body lying at the bottom of the basement steps, according to officials. A male was located seated in a room near the front door with an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the upper body. They were both pronounced dead at the scene.
"Investigation revealed that the suspect, 67-year-old Charles Benton White, and his girlfriend, 25-year-old Elizabeth Leigh Thorpe, got into an argument, police say. White retrieved a long gun and shot Thorpe before turning the gun on himself.
"This incident was a domestic related homicide and not a random act of violence."
"LEONARDTOWN, MD — A woman is being treated at a trauma center and her boyfriend is under guard by state troopers while he is hospitalized after an apparent attempted murder/suicide Monday night in St. Mary's County.
"James M. Young, 32, of the 22000 block of Washington Street in Leonardtown, Md., is being guarded by troopers at the Medstar St. Mary's Hospital, where he is undergoing treatment. Charges against him are pending.
"The victim is identified as Lashawn M. Hurley, 34, of the same address. She is being treated for an apparent stab wound at the Prince George's Hospital Center.
"Shortly after 8:30 p.m. Monday, Maryland State Police at the Leonardtown Barrack received a 911 call for a reported stabbing at an apartment in the 22000-block of Washington Street in Leonardtown.
"When troopers arrived, they were met by Young and Hurley, who were coming down the stairs to the apartment. Hurley was in obvious pain and told troopers Young had stabbed her, and the knife was still in her back. Troopers saw what appeared to be the blade portion of a knife protruding from the victim's back.
"Young told troopers he had ingested an unknown amount of pills in an apparent suicide attempt.
"St. Mary's County emergency medical services personnel responded to the scene. Two ambulances transported Hurley and Young to Medstar St. Mary's Hospital. Hurley was later transferred to the Prince George's Hospital Center.
"The preliminary investigation indicates Hurley and Young have lived together at the apartment for about four years. A motive for last night's attempted murder/suicide has not been determined at this time.
"Hospital personnel have told investigators both Hurley and Young are expected to survive."
"MCCALLA, AL — A woman and her ex-boyfriend died in a murder/suicide Sunday night, Jefferson County officials said Monday.
"Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies investigated a report of a murder/suicide at a home in the 5500 block of McWaine Drive around 10 p.m. March 16.
"Once inside, deputies found the female victim, Angelica Jones, 26, `gravely injured` by a gunshot wound. The suspect, Eddie Bradford, a 38-year-old man from Ensley, was dead from a self-inflicted gunshot, Chief Deputy Randy Christian said.
"Jones was taken to a local hospital and later died from her injuries.
"Investigators said Jones had recently broken up with Bradford, but he couldn't accept that their relationship was over. Christian said Bradford had threatened to kill Jones if they didn't get back together.
"Officials found Bradford's car hidden behind a church about half a mile away, Christian said. Authorities believe he parked there and walked to the home, confronted Jones and shot her before taking his own life."
Monday, March 17, 2014
"MICHIGAN CITY, IN — A house on the west side of Michigan City was the scene of a murder/suicide involving a husband and wife Sunday morning, police say.
"At 10:44 a.m., a 911 call was received requesting emergency personnel be dispatched to 913 Cooper St. Upon arrival, officers from the Michigan City Police Department discovered the bodies of Raymond Anthony Richardson, 63, and Carrie Richardson, 61.
"MCPD Chief Mark Swistek said the 911 call came from the husband. Once officers arrived, they discovered both had been shot to death. A handgun was recovered at the scene.
"According to MCPD, `evidence at the scene indicated that this was a murder/suicide and no one else was at home at the time of the incident.`
"La Porte County EMS, Deputy Coroner Mark Huffman and Chief Deputy Prosecutor Robert Neary all assisted at the scene. The first personnel on the scene from MCPD were Detective Corporal Al Bush, Corporal Jeff Piotrowski, Corporal Michael Elkins, Officer Nick Krause and Officer Andrew Paull."
"CLEVELAND, OH — A woman is in critical condition and a man is dead after what appears to be an attempted murder/suicide, according to police.
"Around 10:00 on Saturday night, family members found the woman inside her home on the 2200 block of E. 100th St. with a gunshot wound to her head.
"A man who lived in the home, who police suspect is the shooter, was also found with a gunshot wound to the head. He has been identified as 35-year-old Dushaun E Lee. He was pronounced dead at the scene, and police believe he shot himself.
"The female victim was taken to MetroHealth Medical Center and remains in critical condition.
"Early reports are that the two may have been romantically involved.
"Their identities have not been released, and Cleveland Police are still investigating."
"OVERLAND PARK, KS — Overland Park police said they're investigating an apparent murder-suicide that happened early Sunday.
"Police said it happened about 1 a.m. near College Boulevard and Mastin Street, just southwest of the Corporate Woods office complex.
"Investigators said officers were called to the scene of a crash and found two people dead inside of an SUV that had crashed into a fence.
"Both of the people in the SUV had died from gunshot wounds, police said. They said it was clear that one person shot the other before committing suicide.
"Police said the victims are a man and a woman but they haven't released their names or reveal who they think fired the fatal shots."
Sunday, March 16, 2014
"WENDELL, NC — The Johnston County Sheriff's Office said murder/suicide was the cause of death for a Wendell couple found dead Friday afternoon.
"It happened at a home in the 100 block of Deer Tracks Drive.
"The dead have been identified as 55-year-old Gerald Harris, and 52-year-old Pamela Howard.
"The sheriff's office would not say who fired the first shot.
"EMS was called to the home Friday around 3:30 p.m. and discovered the bodies.
"Neighbors said a couple lived at the home, and the female was only able to get around using a wheelchair."
Friday, March 14, 2014
"PALM SPRINGS, CA — Thursday night’s three deaths are believed to be a murder/suicide, Palm Springs police said Friday morning.
"Sgt. Paul Abshire said the victims were two adults, a man and woman, and a girl and were found in a condominium where the security door was closed but the front door was open. They were dead of gunshot wounds when officers arrived.
"Abshire’s statement didn’t indicate whom the shooter was, but said no suspects were being sought. The victims’ names and ages were not included. The department will hold a press conference at 2 p.m. Friday.
"The three were found inside a duplex at 1201 Sunflower Lane East in the Sunrise Palms gated community, just south of San Rafael Drive and east of Avenida Caballeros.
"Palm Springs police Lt. Mitch Spike said the bodies were found in one room, and at least one gun was found inside.
"A 911 call about multiple shots fired came in at 8:53 p.m. He said responding police officers did a quick `sweep` of the residence, but after determining that the three occupants were dead, they left the home.
"Spike said investigators asked the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office to obtain a search warrant so they could do a more thorough search of the home.
"DA spokesman John Hall said a search warrant was obtained and served Friday morning."
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UPDATE:03/16/2014 — "Aresnal" of firearms & explosives found at scene...
"BROOKLYN, OH — Police here are investigating a suspected murder/suicide involving a husband and wife late Thursday night on Summer Lane.
"The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office identified the victims as Candice R. and Michael A. Incorvia. Candice was 31, and Michael was 29, the office said.
"The pair was found dead in the 4700 block of Summer Lane about 11:39 p.m., when Candice's 12-year-old child in the home called Brooklyn Police after hearing gunshots in the basement.
"Officers arrived and found the couple dead, both of apparent gunshot wounds to the head, a police release said.
"The two were married in 2005, according to Cuyahoga County Probate Court records."
Thursday, March 13, 2014
"OCEAN VIEW, HI — Hawaiʻi Island police are investigating an attempted murder/suicide in the Hawaiian Ocean View Estates subdivision in Kaʻū.
"Shortly after 7 p.m. Wednesday (March 12), Kaʻū patrol officers responded to a report of a shooting at a property on Tiki Lane at the intersection of Luau Drive.
"Police investigation determined that two men, who live in separate dwellings on the property, got into an argument. The victim, a 37-year-old man, entered his house and the suspect, a 48-year-old man, followed him and shot him. He then stepped out of the house and fatally shot himself.
"The victim was flown to Kona Community Hospital and then to The Queen’s Medical Center on Oahu, where he is listed in critical but stable condition.
"The identity of the suspect is being withheld pending notification of his family.
"Detectives from the Area II Criminal investigations section are continuing the investigation."
"PASADENA, TX — A Pasadena teenager is in shock after police say she found her mother dead and her father shot early this morning.
"Just after 6am, Pasadena police received a call from the home on West Bird Road, just off the intersection of Shaver and Southmore. Police tell us a 17-year-old girl woke up when she heard two gunshots in her home and discovered her mother dead in the parents' bedroom and the father injured. He did not survive.
"Investigators say the woman was going to file for divorce from her husband today, something he didn't want. They believe he shot her, then himself, leaving the teen to find them.
"`I'm sure she's very distraught and it's very tough on the kid at this age,` said Vance Mitchell with the Pasadena Police Department. `She has an older brother. This is the tragic part of this. It's sad that it happened. It's really tough, a big tragedy for the kids to have to go through this.`
"The teen's older brother wasn't home at the time, but did come to the scene soon after."
"WILDWOOD, MO — The case of two men found fatally shot in the Babler State Park on Tuesday night is now being classified as a murder/suicide, St. Louis County police said Wednesday.
"The victims are identified as Douglas Potter, 57, and his son, Joseph Potter, 20. They both lived in the 16800 block of Westglen Farms Drive in Wildwood.
"The father killed the son, then fatally shot himself, said St. Louis County police spokesman Brian Schellman.
"Police found a handgun at the scene. Schellman said police don't know a motive at this point and won't comment on whether any note was left behind."
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"TEMPLE HILLS, MD — Prince George’s County police have identified two people found dead in an apparent murder/suicide that took place in Temple Hills on Wednesday.
"At about 2 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to 5506 Winston Street in Temple Hills for a welfare check, where they discovered Armando Velasco, 72, and Virginia Velasco, 72, both suffering from apparent gunshot wounds, police said. The couple were married, lived at the residence and were pronounced dead at the scene, police said.
"Preliminary investigation has led police to believe that Armando Velasco shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself, police said.
"Detectives are working to establish a motive in the case, said Cpl. Nate Lewis, a Prince George’s County police spokesman."
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
"LOUDON, TN — A Loudon mom is in jail after police say she tried to kill her mentally challenged son, and then herself.
"51-year-old Martha Brewer is charged with attempted first degree murder of her son, 24-year-old Casey Hogan.
"Loudon Police Detective Brian Jenkins says they first got a call of an attempted suicide about 2 p.m. on Sunday. But soon after they arrived, police discovered the scene was much worse. They say Brewer gave her son an overdose of sleeping pills, then cut his wrist. After that, she did the same thing to herself.
"`Mrs. Brewer had given Casey what she hoped to be an overdose of sleeping pills. When the sleeping pills failed to take his life, she then cut his wrist with a small kitchen knife. After that, thinking that she'd been successful in taking his life, she attempted to take her own by taking an overdose of the same type of sleeping pills and cutting her own wrist,` Jenkins said.
"Jenkins says Hogan has been released from the hospital and he's now staying with family.
"Brewer is being held at the Loudon County Jail. Her bail is set at $100,000. She has no prior criminal history in Loudon."
"CHURCH HILL, TN — A Hawkins County woman has died after being shot in the head by her live-in boyfriend who then shot and killed himself.
"Deputies were called to a home at 111 California Avenue in Church Hill around 2:15 p.m. Tuesday.
"They found Sierra Nichole Smith, 21, suffering from a gunshot wound to the head. Thomas Kirk McCracken, 20, was found dead, also with a single gunshot wound to the head.
"The Hawkins County Sheriff's Office says their investigation revealed that McCracken shot Smith then turned the gun on himself.
"Smith was taken to Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center where she later died. Her body will be taken for an autopsy.
"The couple's three-month-old daughter and McCracken's grandmother were home at the time of the shooting.
"The investigation is ongoing. No motive has been determined at this time."
"SOLDIER'S GROVE, WI — A sheriff's department is investigating an apparent murder/suicide.
"The Crawford County Department responded to a report of an unresponsive man laying in his driveway on County Road X in the Town of Clayton Monday afternoon.
"Deputies found a 70-year-old man dead of a gunshot wound when they got there. They searched the house, and found the man's 68-year-old wife also dead of a gunshot wound.
"Sheriff Dale McCullick says it appears the man shot and killed his wife inside the home, and then went outside and took his own life. He says investigators are trying to find out why it happened.
"No names have been released. Autopsies are being performed on Tuesday. Sheriff McCullick says the last time the department responded to the home was in 2008, and that his department has never responded to a domestic incident there."
Saturday, March 8, 2014
"STROUDSBURG, PA — A husband and wife were found dead inside their Poconos home following an apparent homicide-suicide, according to Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen.
"Micheal Buckley, 62, and Diana Buckley, 60, of the 2200 block of Ann Street in Hamilton Township, had been dead inside their home for weeks. They were found Friday after a family member requested state police conduct a welfare check.
"Diana Buckley shot and killed her husband before turning the gun on herself, according to Allen.
Allen said the couple left behind a suicide note they apparently composed together.
"`They've both had medical issues for a long time and felt like they couldn't go on any longer,` Allen said, referring to information in suicide note.
"Allen said the couple was dead inside the home for at least three weeks. Authorities found mail in the home's mail box postmarked as far back as Feb. 5."
"LOVETWON, AL — Houston County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a homicide-suicide in the Lovetown community near Ashford.
"Sheriff Andy Hughes confirmed deputies responded Saturday morning to a murder/suicide at a single-story home on 3125 Houston County Road 55 in the Lovetown community.
"According to a statement from Houston County Sheriff’s Capt. Antonio Gonzalez, deputies responded to a residence in the 3100 block of South Houston County Road 55 to a report of a possible suicide around 9 a.m. Saturday.
"As deputies arrived they discovered two victims, a man and woman, who had suffered fatal gunshot wounds.
"Gonzalez said in the statement the sheriff’s preliminary investigation revealed evidence of a possible suicide pact between the two people, a husband and wife, during which the husband apparently assisted in the death of his wife before taking his own life.
"Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd responded to the home, which he said is located about three miles south of Ashford.
"Byrd said authorities believe the shooting likely happened sometime during the early morning hours Saturday.
Byrd identified the couple as 91-year-old Laurence Dantzer and his 88-year-old wife, Phyllis Dantzer.
"`It looks like a homicide-suicide arrangement,` Byrd said. `It seems like he was very methodical and that they agreed to do it this way.`
"Byrd called the case a first for him because others he’s responded to involved one unwilling party and a willing party when he’s responded to homicide-suicides.
"`I can never remember a case like this in my entire career,` Byrd said. `This seems like they came to a meeting of the minds of how they wanted to end their lives together.`"
Source: Dothan Eagle...
"PHOENIX, AZ — Phoenix police say a teenage boy shot and killed his ex-girlfriend before taking his own life Friday.
"The victim has been identified as 16-year-old Anastasia `Ana` Greer and the gunman as 15-year-old Matthew Bolton.
"Police responded to a home on West Villa Linda Dr., just west of 40th Dr., around noon Friday after receiving reports of gunshots.
"`When they arrived on scene they discovered the body of a male and female who were deceased from apparent gunshot wounds,` Phoenix police spokesman Tommy Thompson said.
"A man who ended up witnessing the murder/suicide, as he drove by the house it happened in front of, said he initially thought the situation was a joke.
"`I heard a scream and I saw a young girl running from a young man, him chasing her, and I thought simply two kids playing,` said Henry Gano.
"Gano said he quickly realized it was no game when he heard gunshots.
"`Then I noticed the gun in his hand,` said Gano. `And, he was both hands firing at her.`"
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"MUSE, OK — The LeFlore County Sheriff's Office and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation have been investigating the death of three people from a house fire outside of Whitesboro on March 3.
"Officials say the bodies of three people were found dead and have been identified as Edith Custard, 57, Lawrence Schlienz, 80, Jacob Custard, 30. The deaths and fire are being ruled as a double homicide and suicide, confirmed by Sheriff Rob Seale with Leflore County.
"Based on found evidence at the scene and subsequent interviews, investigators have concluded that Jacob Custard had murdered his parents, then set fire to the residence and shot himself inside the house, Seale said.
"Custard has a history of mental health issues and was no longer going to counseling or taking any medication for his problems, according to Seale.
"The Oklahoma State Fire Marshal was unable to determine a cause or origin of the fire due to the complete destruction of the house."
Friday, March 7, 2014
"NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH — Police are investigating an apparent murder/suicide that happened along Siebert Hill Road in the New Philadelphia area.
"According to police, a woman called dispatch around 1:13 p.m. Wednesday saying her husband, Randy Wallick, was threatening to commit suicide in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church on the south side of New Philadelphia.
"The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the scene within 7 minutes. The caller further informed police that she believed her husband shot and killed Carter Ames. Police responded to that location as well.
"Policed said Wallick shot and killed Ames at the Seibert Hill Road location. Wallick then left the scene and drove to the parking lot of the church and turned the gun on himself.
"He was life flighted to Akron General at 1:56 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 3:28 p.m. as a result of a self-inflicted wound to the head.
"The weapon used was recovered immediately at the scene of the suicide.
"The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office and the coroner’s office will continue their investigation."
"ELLENWOOD, GA — With three children inside their Ellenwood home, a 40-year-old man shot his girlfriend several times in the torso area before turning the gun on himself, the spokesman for the DeKalb County Police Department said Thursday.
"About 6:45 p.m. Wednesday, officers went to the home in the 3200 block of Rockmill Drive, Capt. Steven Fore told [reporters].
"Inside the kitchen, police found the man's girlfriend. The man, also 40, was found dead in the den of the residence from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Fore said.
"The three children inside the home with another adult at the time of the shooting did not witness the incident and were not injured, he said. They were with a family member Thursday, Fore said.
"The injured woman was at Grady Memorial Hospital in critical, but stable condition, he said. Medical personnel believe she is going to survive, Fore said.
"The dead man's name was not released pending notification of next of kin. Fore said he did not know if the man was the father of any of the children. Their ages were unknown.
"The double shooting remains under investigation.
"`Detectives currently investigating the incident believe it will be domestic related,` he said."
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution...
"LONG BEACH, CA — Homicide detectives were investigating a reported murder/suicide Thursday evening at 59th Street and Rose Avenue in North Long Beach.
"Investigators at the scene said they received a call around 3:30 alerting them to an incident in the 5800 block of Rose Avenue. Initial reports suggested that a murder/suicide had occurred.
"Jerry Robinson, a neighbor of one of the dead people, said, `He shot her, and then he shot himself,` adding that the two involved were a couple. `Nobody deserves this,` he added.
"Robinson said he had known the victim, whom he identified as a woman named Christy, since she was 14.
"Three people arrived who neighbors identified family of the couple and were visibly distaught after speaking with investigators.
"The identities of the couple have not been released."
Thursday, March 6, 2014
"DAYTONA BEACH, FL — A family from South Carolina is safe after their minivan became submerged in the Atlantic surf on Daytona Beach.
"The Daytona Beach News-Journal reports the woman and her children—ages 3, 9, and 10—somehow ended up in the water around 5 p.m. Tuesday.
"Beach Safety Capt. Tammy Marris says the woman was already driving on the beach, where cars are allowed. It is not clear how the vehicle ended up in the water.
"Rescuers ran to the scene and got the woman and children out of the water. The family was taken to Halifax Health Medical Center for treatment. Their vehicle was towed.
"A witness told [reporters] that one of the children inside was screaming that their mom was trying to kill them."
From The State...
"PORT ST LUCIE, FL — Police investigating suspected murder/suicide at the St. James Golf Club community in St. Lucie West.
"According to a police spokesperson, officers got a phone call from a concerned relative to do a welfare check at 814 NW Greenwich Court at 5 p.m. today.
"When officers arrived, an unidentified male met them at the front door and invited them in.
"Police say after entering the home, the male grabbed a handgun and shot himself in the head.
"A second deceased body was found in the garage of the home, according to police.
"At this time detectives are ruling it a murder/suicide.
"Detectives are currently on scene and are awaiting a search warrant to continue their investigation."
UPDATE:03/10/2014 — Killer was trying to dissolve bodies in lye...
"BRANDON, WI — The Fond du Lac County Sheriff's Department is investigating a shooting in Brandon Wednesday that left two men dead.
"According to the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department, Bradley A. Thayer, 55, Ripon, was shot and killed and Ronald W. Kolosky, 56, Ripon, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"According to Brandon/Fairwater Police Chief Tom Dornbrook, when the call came in at 5:12 p.m., he was two blocks away and arrived on the scene in 30 seconds.
"`The witness, a woman, was outside. When I walked inside it was just as she described it. I immediately secured the scene,` Dornbrook said.
"Dornbrook said because it was a major crime scene he in turned the case over to the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Department.
"The sheriff’s department said there is no threat to the public.
"The residence where the shooting took place is a mobile home with an attached garage and sun room. It is across the street from Brandon Elementary School on Bowen Street.
"The woman who reported the shooting rents the home and was acquaintances with both men, Dornbroo said."
"JENKS, OK — Jenks police are conducting an investigation of a possible murder/suicide that left a woman and a child dead Wednesday night.
"Police say two people—a mother and a 3-year-old child—were found dead at the scene in the 3900 block of West 108th Street South in Jenks Wednesday.
"Jenks Police Chief Cameron Arthur says the father went to get his children from school but they were not there. He came to the house to find the van running in the garage.
"The woman, Jamie Nicole Helms, and her 3-year-old daughter were found dead. Both died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
"A 5-year-old boy was in the corner of the garage. The father was able to revive him and the son was transported to St. Francis Hospital.
"The father says he and the mother were going through a custody battle and were separated.
"According to Creek County court documents, Helms had been charged with one count of domestic assault and battery in the presence of a minor in November 2013 while living in Sapulpa.
"The court date for that offense was set for May.
"Police found a letter in the van addressed to friends and neighbors. Jenks police believe the mother wrote the letter but they are in the process of verifying it.
"Thursday, the 5-year-old was doing well and was expected to be released from the hospital, according to Melissa Brown with Jenks Police Department."
"RICEVILLE, TN — Two people are dead after an apparent murder/suicide in McMinn County.
"McMinn County Sheriff Joe Guy is calling it a tragic situation involving two elderly people in the same family. The call to 911 come in just before 8 p.m. Tuesday from a home on 352 County Rd. 754 in Riceville.
"`The male person on the line gave the address and said 'murder suicide',` said Sheriff Guy. `That's all they would say was 'murder suicide'.`
"The troubling call came in just minutes before tragedy. When dispatchers tried to call back, the line was busy.
"Officers arrived within minutes. Catherine Dickson, 67, answered the door and said she just got out of the shower.
"`She said she was talking to her husband prior to getting in the shower, and that she couldn't find her husband anywhere,` the Sheriff said.
"Deputies found her 65-year-old husband, Kenneth Dickson, in the backyard with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Dickson's aunt, 85-year-old Helena Spect, was smothered to death in her bed.
"Sheriff Guy said it was a `strange` case. Kenneth Dickson did not have a criminal past. Investigators found notes he had left in the home and learned of a strained relationship between the man and his aunt.
"`He had assumed care for his elderly aunt when no one else would,` Sheriff Guy said, adding the elderly woman was a stroke victim who hadn't been living at the residence for long.
"`She just sort of demanded a certain level of care due to her health problems that perhaps, and we're speculating a little bit here, that the pressure of that just wore on him for some reason and caused him to do what he did.`
"MCSO is still investigating. No charges have been filed."
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
"COOKEVILLE, TN — An apparent murder/suicide at the Willow Park Apartments complex is being investigated by Cookeville police.
"Yesterday afternoon, Penelope Knowles, 52, and her son, Keller Knowles, 18, were found deceased in Mrs. Knowles’ apartment on South Willow Avenue.
"Police say at this time it is believed Mrs. Knowles `shot her son and then took her own life,` and they are investigating the incident as a murder/suicide.
"Investigation revealed both Mrs. Knowles and her son were shot with a small caliber firearm, which was recently purchased by the mother, according to police. The handgun was found near Mrs. Knowles’s body, police say.
"Maintenance personnel reportedly found the bodies unresponsive and lying on the apartment floor around 3:30 p.m.
"How long the two have been deceased is still being determined. Both bodies have been sent for autopsy, police say.
"Police state they `will continue to determine a motive for these actions.`"
"PHARR, TX — A longtime schoolteacher at Dr. William Long Elementary took part in an open house at the campus Monday night before entering a parked vehicle with her ex-boyfriend in the school's parking lot and later being found dead in what police are investigating as a murder/suicide.
"That's the picture Pharr police painted Tuesday morning in a news release describing the last night in the lives of Elvita Balli, 56, of McAllen and Ricardo Humberto Soto, 53, of Edinburg.
"School personnel first called Pharr police at 7:27 p.m. Monday, according to the release. Police soon arrived at the school—at 3700 N. Raider Drive, near PSJA North High School—to find a man and woman unconscious inside a red, four-door Cadillac CTS that was later determined to belong to Balli. It was parked beside a silver Jeep believed to belong to Soto.
"It appears that Soto shot Balli before shooting himself, police say in the release.
"At the scene Monday night, a justice of the peace pronounced the two dead and ordered autopsies, and police recovered a handgun from inside the Cadillac, according to the release."
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"SAN FRANSISCO, CA — Police are investigating the two deaths discovered Monday night at the Central Gardens Nursing Facility near Cathedral Hill in San Francisco as an apparent murder/suicide.
"At approximately 5:30 p.m., the 60-year-old daughter of a 93-year-old female resident of the home arrived to visit her mother at the facility on 1355 Ellis Street, police Officer Gordon Shyy said. After about two or three hours, staff at the facility found both of them inside the mother's room with gunshot wounds.
"Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
"The door to the mother's room had been closed for the duration of the daughter's visit, Shyy said.
"Police were called to the facility about 8:15 p.m. on a welfare check and discovered the victims, Shyy said.
"The preliminary results of the investigation show that it appeared to be a murder/suicide, Shyy said.
"Central Gardens is a privately owned, 92-bed, skilled nursing facility. It has been in continual operation since 1963.
"The staff at the center told police they were not aware of anything problematic between the mother and daughter, Shyy said.
"Staff at the facility declined to comment Tuesday.
"Police believe this was an isolated incident and there were no other victims related to this incident. As of Tuesday morning, the medical examiner's office had not released the names of the victims."
Monday, March 3, 2014
"CULLMAN, AL — The Cullman County Sheriff's Department is investigating the shooting death of a woman in the Berlin community. Deputies responded to a 911 call reporting a shooting on 4141 US 278 East on Sunday around 1 p.m.
"When deputies arrived on the scene, they discovered a 32-year-old woman had been shot. The sheriff's office identified her as Britni Lynn Champagne.
"Champagne was transported to Cullman Regional Medical Center and airlifted to Huntsville Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The sheriff's office says she died from a single gunshot wound to the abdomen.
"Sheriff Mike Rainey said the suspect fled the scene in a vehicle after the shooting. A Cullman aviation officer spotted the suspect's unoccupied vehicle in a wooded area near the Mulberry River south of Hollypond.
"On Monday, the sheriff's office identified the suspect as Patrick Wesley Stallings, 33.
"Stallings was located a couple of hunderd yards away hiding in a creek. Authorities say he overdosed on narcotics in a suicide attempt as he was being taken into custody. Deputies had the suspect transported to Cullman Regional Medical Center. His condition is not known at this time.
"He is being held in connection to the shooting."
"CAPE CORAL, FL — The Cape Coral Police Department has released the names of the individuals involved in this weekend's attempted murder/suicide.
"Donald Clayton Maxwell, 50, of 619 SE 7th St., Cape Coral, was found deceased inside the home after an almost 3-hour standoff with police that began at 8:30 p.m. on Saturday night.
"Shortly after 11 p.m., SWAT team members used a remote camera to locate Maxwell inside the residence. The camera revealed that Maxwell was deceased from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"The situation began at around 8:30 p.m. when officer responded to a call of a shooting at that residence. Officers and medics found Linda Marie Maxwell, 51, severely injured with a gunshot wound to the head. She was trauma-alerted to Lee Memorial Hospital."