Saturday, May 31, 2014
"AURORA, WV — The Preston County Sheriff's Department responded to a shots fired complaint early Saturday morning in Preston County.
"According to a news release sent by the department, the complaint came from 26005 George Washington Highway near Aurora around 4:30 a.m.
"When officers arrived at the scene they found that Paul Edward Sisler, 52, shot and killed his ex-wife, Reda Jane Sisler, 46, with a pistol.
"After shooting her, he turned the gun on himself.
"Both were pronounced dead at the scene."
"CANTON, GA — A 51-year-old Canton man shot and killed his wife before turning the gun on himself, the spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office said.
"Deputies responded Friday afternoon to a person down call in the 1800 block of Woodberry Court and found the bodies of Cary Landers and his wife Katherine Landers.
"`Ms. Landers had a single gunshot wound to the face,` Lt. Jay Baker with the Cherokee sheriff’s office said in an emailed statement. `Mr. Landers had a gunshot wound in his mouth.`
"A .380 caliber handgun believed to be used in the murder/suicide was located at the scene, he said.
"There was a history of violence between the couple, Baker said. Katherine Landers, 41, was charged in March with battery against her husband, he said.
"`As part of her condition of bond for that offense,` Baker said, `she was not supposed to have contact with Mr. Landers.`"
Friday, May 30, 2014
"SUPERIOR, MT — State officials have released the names of the two Mineral County residents who died in an apparent murder/suicide earlier this week.
"Emma Jean Lane, 87, died when her husband John Lane, 85, shot her in their home near Superior off Southside Drive. The man then turned the gun on himself, dying from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Emma’s body was discovered Wednesday morning, when a neighbor arrived at the residence to check on the elderly couple.
"The neighbor entered the residence at the request of an out-state-relative, who was unable to reach the couple by phone.
"When the sheriff’s department arrived shortly after noon, they found John’s body."
"GENESEO, IL — The bodies of a mother and her son were removed late Thursday from a Geneseo residence where, neighbors said, gun shots were heard earlier in the evening.
"The Henry County coroner, Illinois State Police crime scene investigators and Geneseo police were on the scene of the incident at 604 E. Pearl St.
"Police Chief Tom Piotrowski said police received an emergency call about a possibly deceased person and an armed suspect late Thursday afternoon. Geneseo police officers responded, then called a SWAT team to the scene.
"Inside, officers found the two bodies. David Johnson, Henry County coroner, said the two people were pronounced dead at 6:35 p.m. Autopsies and toxicology testing may be scheduled today.
"Johnson identified the bodies as a mother and son, and said they did not live together. Names were not being released pending notification of relatives.
"Piotrowski said police are not seeking additional people in connection with the case."
Thursday, May 29, 2014
"MESA, AZ — Police believe a man shot and stabbed his mother before killing himself at a Mesa RV park Friday.
"Officers responded to Mesa Regal RV Resort on Main Street shortly before 10:30 a.m. and found a woman in her late 40s with multiple wounds, according to Mesa Police Sgt. Tony Landato.
"The woman was taken to a local hospital, where she was reportedly in critical but stable condition Saturday morning.
"Landato said there was indication that the woman was shot and stabbed by her son, 21-year-old Mark Samual Taro.
"`What little information we had was from workers on site that indicated they had seen a subject running west of where we found our victim,` Landato said. `Our officers began to saturate the trailer park trying to locate this subject. We weren't sure if he had made it out of the park or not.`
"Officers reportedly found a vacant mobile home on the west side of the park with signs of forced entry. A perimeter was established and negotiation attempts were initiated.
"After a few hours without a response, officers entered the mobile home and found Taro dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Landato.
"The events leading up to the incident and the motive are unknown, Landato said."
"CHANDLER, AZ — Chandler police are continuing to investigate the possible motives of the murder/suicide last weekend of a couple in their 50s, according to a police spokesman.
"Chandler police responded Friday night to the murder/suicide on West Ray Road, according to Sergeant Joe Favazzo, a department spokesman.
"Initial evidence led investigators to believe that Victor Rodarte, 57, stabbed and killed his wife, Irma Alonso, 56, and then shot himself, Favazzo said.
"Autopsy results regarding Rodarte and Alonso are pending, Favazzo said."
"LANSING, MI — A Lansing couple found dead in what police believe is a murder/suicide have been identified as 43-year-old Kristin Batdorf and her husband, 47-year-old Jose Armando Rodriguez-Yera.
"Their names were released Thursday afternoon, about 13 hours after the couple's 6-year-old son was found crying outdoors.
"Police say they believe the husband killed his wife, then himself. Police haven't said how they died.
"Officers responded about 1 a.m. Thursday following a report about the child and found the boy uninjured. Police went to the boy's home and found his mother dead on a floor and his father's body inside the garage.
"The child is in protective custody.
"Neighbor Kara Miller tells the Lansing State Journal that the couple `were good folks` and `everybody knew them.`"
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
"JUPITER, FL — A Florida woman killed her former domestic partner's 2-year-old daughter in a botched double murder/suicide, authorities said.
"Kimberly Lucas, 40, also attempted to kill Elliana Lucas-Jamason's 10-year-old brother before trying to take her own life, the Jupiter Police Department said.
"Little Elliana was found in the bathtub of her Jupiter home on Monday and was later pronounced dead at Jupiter Medical Center.
"Elliana's older brother and suspect Kimberly Lucas, 40, were also found in the home and taken to the hospital, cops said. Police are not identifying Elliana's brother or her mother.
"Kimberly Lucas with Elliana Lucas-Jamason, the daughter of Lucas' former domestic partner. Lucas is accused of killing Elliana on Memorial Day. Jacquelyn Jamason via Facebook Kimberly Lucas with Elliana Lucas-Jamason, the daughter of Lucas' former domestic partner. Lucas is accused of killing Elliana on Memorial Day.
"The boy called 911 and had heroically tried to revive his sister using CPR.
"`I think he's the bravest person I ever met,` Jupiter Police Chief Frank Kitzerow said at a press conference on Tuesday.
"Lucas, in custody at the hospital, will be charged with homicide and the attempted murder of Elliana's brother sometime on Tuesday, according to the police chief. Lucas may be in critical condition, according to reports.
"`It appears at this time that this incident is domestic related and that the suspect did intend to take her own life after commiting these crimes,` Kitzerow said."
From the NY Daily News...
"MISSION VIEJO, CA — Four people were found dead Tuesday in a home in suburban Mission Viejo in what authorities called a murder-suicide.
"The bodies were discovered by Orange County deputies responding to a 911 call by a relative, sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock said.
"The dead people were only described as two males and two females. The Sheriff's Department did not immediately release any information on how they might be related or how they died.
"Hallock initially said no suspects were being sought and later disclosed that investigators had determined one of the people in the home had killed the other three before committing suicide.
"The bodies remained in the home for most of the day while detectives sought a search warrant.
"The house is located in a development called Pacific Hills, a modern neighborhood of two-story, upscale homes on winding streets."
"EGG HARBOR TWP, NJ — Two men were found dead of gunshot wounds in their London Court, Egg Harbor Township home Saturday afternoon, the result of a murder/suicide.
"At 1:28 p.m., Egg Harbor Township police responded to 254 London Court, after receiving a 9-1-1 call from a neighbor reporting that mail had been accumulating outside the residence, and that the two men residing at the address had not been seen since Thursday.
"Police found two men inside the home, dead of gunshots. The victims were identified as Andrew Breznitsky, 58, and Del McKenzie, 58, both of the 254 London Court address.
"Breznitsky had gunshot wounds to the head. McKenzie had gunshot wounds to the chest. A small-caliber semi-automatic handgun was recovered at the scene.
"Next-of-kin were notified.
"Autopsies were performed on Sunday, May 25, by the New Jersey State Medical Examiner's Office. The causes of death of both men were fatal gunshot wounds; the manner of death: murder/suicide.
"Investigation by the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office Major Crimes Unit, the Egg Harbor Township Police Department, and the New Jersey State Medical Examiner's Office concluded that McKenzie killed Breznitsky, shooting him twice in the head, before turning the gun on himself and firing two shots into his own chest."
"RIVERSIDE, OH — Police continue to investigate a suspected murder/suicide that left two dead on Memorial Day in Riverside.
"Randy L. Grimm, 51, of Springfield allegedly shot and killed 37-year-old Jamie N. Mathews outside her home Monday night, according to officials with the Riverside Police Department.
"Grimm and Mathews were identified by the Montgomery County Coroner's office on Tuesday morning.
"Officers were dispatched to 4241 Elmshaven Drive at 7:37 p.m. on a report of shots fired in the area. According to a release, investigators found the pair of shooting victims outside a home upon arrival.
"Mathews was pronounced dead at the scene while Grimm was taken to Miami Valley Hospital, where he expired.
"`Witnesses at the scene report (Grimm) came to the residence and shot (Mathews),` said Riverside Police Chief Jeff Trego in a release. `(Grimm) then shot himself.`
"Investigators have not yet revealed the nature of Grimm and Mathews' relationship but believe they were co-workers."
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"MIAMI, FL — A community came together for a candle light vigil Monday night to remember teenage brothers killed in an apparent murder/suicide.
"Family says Steven Odeus, 14, shot and killed his brother Stanley Blanc, 16, then turned the gun on himself. According to relatives, the boys were fighting over clothing.
"Officials said the shooting occurred just after 11 p.m. near on NE 71st Street and 2nd Avenue in Little Haiti.
"`It started off as a small petty argument over clothes that escalated into a fight,` said Marc Blanc, the victims’ brother.
"`Stanley wanted to wear Steven’s clothes, Steven didn’t want him to,` said Kedner Louis, a family friend.
"The argument, according to Blanc, began inside the family’s apartment at the New Haven Gardens public housing complex. He said family members separated the two, but the fight flared-up again outside.
"`Right before my eyes my brother just shot my other brother,` said 18-year-old Mark Blanc who says he witnessed the shooting. `I heard my second brother die because he shot himself,` said Blanc.
"After Odeus shot his brother, Blanc said he ran across the apartment complex and took his own life in the parking lot."
Read more at CBS Miami...
"MORGAN CITY, LA — Two people sleeping inside an Assumption Parish house were killed this morning by an intruder who then took his own life, police said.
"Mark Massoletti, 52, and his son Micheal Massoletti, 23, were killed during a struggle that started just after 4 a.m. in the master bedroom of a home at 173 Felicia St., Assumption Parish Sheriff Mike Waguespack said.
"William S. Powers Jr., 32, 170 Felicia St., entered the unlocked house and attacked the sleeping Mark Massoletti, Waguespack said, waking the elder man’s girlfriend.
"She ran to get help from Micheal Massoletti, who was sleeping in another room with his wife, who in turn ran to a neighbor’s house to call 911, Waguespack said. The three remaining adults struggled with their assailant. Mark and Michael were killed; Mark’s girlfriend was hurt.
"Powers then fatally shot himself with a small caliber rifle, Waguespack said.
"The Massolettis were cut, but the men’s cause of death will be determined in an autopsy set for today in New Orleans, authorities said. The two women suffered injuries that police describe as minor. They were being treated at a local hospital this morning."
"ODESSA, TX — An apparent murder/suicide claimed the lives of a toddler and the alleged gunman, the young girl's father, late Saturday night in south Ector County.
"No names have been released by the Ector County Sheriff's Office, which sent a news release about the shooting around 5 p.m. Sunday.
"Sheriff's are reporting that a man believed to be in his 40s, and father to the toddler girl, killed the toddler then shot her mother before turning the gun on himself. The call of an `ambulance run/shooting victims` came in at 11:57 p.m. Saturday night.
"This apparently occurred at a residence in the 12000 block of South Beryl Avenue in south Ector County, about six miles west of south highway 385.
"The woman remains in serious condition at Medical Center Hospital. Autopsies are pending, according to the sheriff's office.
"The family was living in a blue trailer a half-mile down South Beryl Avenue, according to neighbors who were out walking and enjoying family time on Sunday evening. The blue trailer sits adjacent to another and a camper on a dirt lot. Next-door, their neighbors’ two large dogs roamed around barking at those who got too close to the yard.
"Berenisa Galindo, 19, was hosting a cook-out late Saturday when they heard sirens getting closer and closer to the neighborhood that she describes as quiet.
"`Nothing ever happens out here,` she said."
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"COVINGTON, KY — Police have identified the victim and shooter in a murder-suicide Sunday.
"Investigators said Zuriel Turk, 41, shot and killed Mark Kroening, 62, in the parking lot of the Dairy Queen restaurant in the 3200 block of Decoursey Avenue about 6 p.m. Sunday. Police said his children were sitting in the car at the time.
"Investigators said Turk was supposed to be picking up his kids in the Dairy Queen parking lot for a prearranged custody visit like they did every other Sunday.
"Instead, Turk is accused of walking up to the car and shooting Kroening while he sat in the car.
"Kroening was married to Turk’s ex-wife.
"Covington police Col. Spike Jones said Turk walked up to Kroening's parked car and shot him before shooting himself.
"`It's horrible, absolutely horrible. This stuff doesn't happen,` Jones said. `It is absolutely inconceivable that someone would put their children through that, and it's something that we're fortunately not familiar with in our city. It is shocking to the conscience.`
"Kroening was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Medics took Turk to UC Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead."
Sunday, May 25, 2014
"ISLA VISTA, CA — A man who police describe as `severely mentally disturbed` allegedly used a semi automatic handgun to embark on a drive-by shooting spree, killing seven people `at various targets` near a Santa Barbara university campus in California on Friday night. The shooter wounded seven others, and was later found dead with a gunshot wound to the head.
"A student told local TV station KEYT-TV that `she was approached by the driver of a black BMW who flashed a handgun and asked 'Hey, what’s up?'` She kept walking, believing the suspect was carrying an airsoft gun, but heard the buzz of bullets seconds later. The gunman sprayed bullets at numerous targets and `got into two gun battles with deputies during Friday night’s rampage in the beachside community of Isla Vista before crashing his black BMW into a parked car.`
"Police have not yet released the name of the shooter, but KEYT reports that he has been identified as the man in a disturbing YouTube video called `Retribution.` In the seven-minute clip, a man who calls himself Elliot Rodger criticizes women `who’ve ignored or rejected him over the past eight years` and warns that he will `punish you all for it.` `I will slaughter every single blonde slut I see,` Rodger says.
"`This incident appears to be a mass murder situation,` Santa Barbara County Sheriff Bill Brown told a televised news conference. Another witness described it as an `old western shoot-out.`
"The family of Elliot Rodger have confirmed their son as the shooter."
"KISSIMMEE, FL — An attempted murder-suicide has left an Osceola County woman in critical condition, according to Osceola County deputies.
"Deputies said the woman was found with multiple gunshot wounds inside a home on 2632 Lehigh Avenue in Kissimmee and was airlifted to Orlando Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries.
"A man was found dead from apparent self-inflicted gunshot wounds in the front yard of the home.
"Deputies said the couple got into a heated argument, and the man pulled out a gun and opened fire, striking the female victim multiple times before turning the gun on himself.
"`Right now we do think that this is domestic incident and we are going to talk to the neighbors to see what information they can provide,` said Twis Lizasuain, with the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
"Deputies arrived at the home just before 8 a.m. Saturday.
"`Inside the residence they discovered a female, and she has life-threating injuries, and she was airlifted to ORMC,` Lizasuain said.
Steve Coleman and other neighbors were horrified after word spread of the shooting.
"`We went out to breakfast and came back, and the road was closed off and they wouldn’t let anybody in,` Coleman said.
"`Once I saw them arguing, but it was nothing. I didn’t think it was that bad,` said neighbor Harvey Trejos. `I did not think that it would come to this.`
"Other neighbors said they knew the couple had problems.
"`They fought outside, and then they would turn around and make up, and now this,` Coleman said. `Didn’t think it would come to this.`
"Deputies have not released the victim’s name, or the name of the suspect."
"ORMOND BEACH, FL — An 89-year-old Ormond Beach man called 9-1-1 early Friday and told a sheriff’s dispatcher that he shot his wife who had Alzheimer’s disease. Then he hung up the phone, police said.
"When officers arrived at the home of John Poucher just after midnight, they found both him and his wife Barbara Poucher, 86, dead. The couple each had a single gunshot wound to the head, a police report shows.
"Barbara Poucher was in the bedroom and John Poucher was sitting in a recliner in the living room, police said.
"John Poucher was a World War II veteran who lived on 4 Ribbon Falls Way."
"FORTWORTH, TX — A 49-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting a 62-year-old woman, then turning the gun on himself, had previously assaulted and threatened a female roommate, telling the woman, `I will slit your throat, and we’ll both be dead tonight,` according to a police report.
"Aldin Falatovic was sentenced to 30 days in jail in October for the attack on his 52-year-old roommate, court records show.
"Falatovic and 62-year-old Sandra Whitehall were found shot shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday inside Whitehall’s apartment in the 5900 block of Calloway Drive South in far west Fort Worth.
"Whitehall was pronounced dead at the scene. Falatovic was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
"Homicide Sgt. Joe Loughman said that while police are awaiting a ruling by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office, investigators suspect that Falatovic shot Whitehall before shooting himself. The two had been dating.
"What prompted the shooting is unknown, he said."
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"LAKE LYNN, PA — State police say a man has fatally shot himself after wounding his estranged wife who had been staying at her father's home in southwestern Pennsylvania.
"Troopers from the Uniontown barracks say the shootings happened about 10:10 p.m. Wednesday in Springhill Township, Fayette County.
"That's where 33-year-old Joni Ann Bowers had been living since being separated from her husband, 32-year-old Grant Bowers, about three weeks ago.
"Police say Grant Bowers went to his father-in-law's home and argued with his wife before pulling a gun and shooting her. Police and the county coroner say Bowers then fatally shot himself in the head.
"Joni Bowers was flown to Ruby Memorial Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va., where she was undergoing surgery. Her family says she was in critical but stable condition, and expected to survive."
"ANSON, TX — Anson police learned Friday that the women involved in a murder/suicide case weren’t actually related despite the indication on their housing applications.
"The two yet-to-be-identified women lived in two separate apartments within government housing in the 900 block of Avenue K. Police were called to the victim’s apartment Wednesday night after a 911 caller told dispatchers she was unable to enter the apartment and could smell a foul odor.
"Responding officers saw the deceased victim sitting in a chair with a gunshot wound.
"Anson Police Chief David Moore said Thursday that the murder could have taken place as early as Monday. On Friday, Moore told [reporters] that the medical examiners in Tarrant County are unable to discern whether the victim had any pre-existing medical conditions because her organs were too decomposed upon their receipt of her body.
"Moore said the victim and alleged shooter, who police said later committed suicide, listed each other as cousins on their housing applications. That is why police told the media Thursday they believed the pair were related. Moore said the two women have been acquainted since the age of 14 and he cannot yet speculate on the non-family relationship between the two.
"There is still no known motive behind the crime. The names of those involved will not be released until all family members have been notified of the deaths."
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
"PASCO, WA — A Pasco man and woman were found dead Monday morning in their bedroom after police got a call to check the home.
"Detectives are investigating the `violent` deaths of Monique V. Williams and her boyfriend, Aaron J. Newport, but are not looking for a suspect.
"Williams, 29, had owned the home at 7912 Redonda Drive for 41⁄2 years. She was a registered nurse with an active license, though it is not known where she worked.
"Newport, 36, reportedly lived with Williams in the west Pasco house, which is just south of Sandifur Parkway and west of Road 68.
"He worked in construction with a Kennewick company, and spent his free time racing Jet Skis, late-model cars, motorcycles and dirt bikes—`anything that went fast,` said his ex-wife, Whitney Ellison. `He loved the adrenaline.`
"Autopsies will be performed Thursday morning, according to Franklin County Deputy Coroner Breana Davenport.
"The coroner’s office and Pasco police Capt. Jim Raymond declined to give information on the cause of death.
"`I will say that the individuals appeared to have died of a violent means, that’s the best description I can give you at this time,` Raymond said at the scene.
"Officers were sent to the home around 8:30 a.m. after dispatch received a call to have someone check on the couple. Investigators aren’t sure how long the bodies had been in the house.
"`We believe this incident to be isolated inside the residence, and we’re investigating this as such,` Raymond said."
From the Tri-City Herald...
"BROOKLYN, NY — Police have a Brooklyn man in custody after a stabbing left his wife dead and his son injured early Tuesday morning.
"According to police, Hasan Rugova is charged with second-degree murder, criminal possession of a weapon, assault and endangering the welfare of a child.
"Residents say the man was the superintendent of a building located at 101 Marine Avenue in Bay Ridge.
"Police say they found the 52-year-old with a knife wound to his stomach.
"The 14-year-old boy was slashed on the arm, and 46-year-old Gyltene Rugova was declared dead on scene with a neck wound.
"Police say the boy intervened, but it is unclear whether he intervened when the mother was being attacked or when the father tried to commit suicide.
"Sources say there was also an 11-year-old girl in the apartment at the time who was unharmed.
"Police say the 52-year-old is in stable condition."
"NEBO, NC — A former preacher and his wife are found dead in an apparent murder/suicide.
"McDowell County Sheriff investigators say the bodies of Garry and Judy Capps were found in their home Saturday evening, by a friend. Investigators say it appears the husband shot his wife and then himself. They add that the couple had serious health issues.
"McDowell County Sheriff Department Captain Shanon Smith says, family tells investigators the couple never fought. `They were very much in love with each other,` says Captain Smith. `Cared for each other deeply. It's just a tragic situation all the way around,` he says.
"An old friend and church member of the couple says she can't imagine Garry Capps killing the love of his life. `They were good people and I think they got along real good,` says Nina Vandiford. `Seemed like he loved her to death` she adds."
"JACKSON, MS — Jackson Police are investigating an attempted murder/suicide in South Jackson.
"According to Public Information Officer Colendula Green, 37-year-old Anthony Brown allegedly shot 34-year-old Jamecca Jones in the chest before he turned the gun on himself.
"Brown died as a result of a gunshot wound to the head. The victim is being treated at a hospital and at last check, she is listed in critical condition.
"The shooting happened at the Timber Falls subdivision on Will-O-Run around 11 p.m Monday. The investigation is ongoing."
"SELBYVILLE, DE — A husband and wife were found dead Monday morning in the Bayview Estates community east of Selbyville, and state police say it appears the husband shot his wife and then turned a gun on himself.
"Monday night, state police identified them as Edward Watkins Sr., 63, and Robin Watkins, 53. They lived in the portion of Bayview Estates just south of the state line, about 3 miles east of Bishopville, Maryland.
"The two were found on the ground in the rear parking lot of the community's clubhouse about 5:50 a.m., Cpl. John Day said.
"Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
"Day said a preliminary police investigation shows the man and woman drove separately to the clubhouse on Seagall Road late Sunday evening.
"Edward Watkins Sr. shot Robin Watkins twice and then shot himself, Day said. Police recovered a handgun from the crime scene.
"A tow truck summoned by police towed away a Kia Sorrento SUV and a Honda Ridgeline pickup truck from the parking lot behind the clubhouse.
"Streaks of blood could be seen on the rear driver's-side door of the Kia. Both vehicles displayed specialty Maryland license plates that only current or former law enforcement officers belonging to the Fraternal Order of Police Maryland State Lodge can obtain."
"GREENSBORO, NC — The 13-year-old son of a couple was at home Friday evening when the husband shot his wife to death, then took his own life, police said.
"Police discovered Pretina Marie Tatum, 40, and Patrick Lamont Isley, 44, dead of gunshot wounds at about 6:30 p.m. Friday at their home at 308 Burtner St.
"Lt. Jill Gladieux said the boy went to a neighbor’s house to call 911.
"`It’s horrific, it really is,` Gladieux said. `The two younger children thankfully weren’t home when this occurred.`
"The 911 call on Friday was not the first time police came to the house on a report of domestic violence.
"Gladieux said police have had `some calls` for domestic-related incidents in the past, though she said she did not have an exact number available.
"In 2008, Isley was charged with communicating threats and assault on a female, police said. Tatum was the victim in those offenses.
"She also filed for a protection order in 2008, police said.
"Preliminary autopsy results show Isley shot Tatum several times before shooting and killing himself, Gladieux said."
Sunday, May 18, 2014
"NEWARK, NJ — Alberto Fermin-Alomar fatally shot his 46-year-old wife in their Newark home Saturday afternoon, before turning the gun on himself, authorities said.
"The bodies of Fermin-Alomar, 52, and wife Ana Luisa Peralta De Fermin were discovered with apparent gunshot wounds in their Lincoln Avenue home around 6 p.m. Saturday, according to acting Essex County Prosecutor Carolyn A. Murray and Newark Police Director Sheilah Coley.
"A preliminary investigation determined Fermin-Alomar shot his wife, then shot himself. Detectives did not release any additional details, and the investigation is ongoing, according to Chief Assistant Prosecutor Thomas Fennelly of the Prosecutor's Homicide Unit."
Friday, May 16, 2014
"FORT WAYNE, IN — The deaths of a man and woman found last week in the bedroom of a Huntertown home have officially been declared a homicide/suicide.
"Concerned family and a co-worker arrived last Thursday at the home at 12004 Wandering Way and found 39-year-old David T. Wehrle dead from at least one gunshot, according to the Allen County Sheriff's Department and the coroner's office.
"In the room with him was 49-year-old Linette Pass, also dead from one or more gunshot wounds, the coroner's office said.
"The two were identified last week by the coroner's office, but investigators were trying to determine who pulled the trigger.
"The coroner's office ruled Pass' death a suicide and Wehrle's death a homicide, implying she killed him before taking her own life.
"Both Wehrle and Pass were listed as owners of the home, according to Allen County property tax records.
"Wehrle was not at work for several days, which prompted family and a co-worker to go to the home to check on him."
"EATONVILLE, WA — Detectives are investigating an apparent murder/suicide in the Pierce County town of Eatonville that have left two children without their parents.
"Deputies initially were dispatched to the scene at about 11:05 a.m. after receiving calls about a man who reportedly shot himself inside a truck in the 100 block of Rainier Avenue North in Eatonville, in front of the local police station.
"The man was found dead from the gunshot wound inside the truck.
"`He pulled his truck up in front of his friend's house,` said Det. Ed Troyer with the Pierce County Sheriff's Office. `They heard the shot, they didn't see it. They came out and found him in the vehicle with the weapon.`
"Deputies then conducted a check at the dead man’s mobile home in the 100 block of Madison Avenue South in Eatonville and discovered his 37-year-old wife dead inside the home, Troyer said.
"Investigators believe the man killed the woman, then drove to the police station and shot himself.
"`Sad part about this is we have a 16-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy that belong to the couple that we are now with at the school, principal, counselors and Eatonville police,` Troyer said.
"Investigators seized a number of guns from inside the home and questioned neighbors about the couple. Witnesses say they saw the woman earlier in the day, but no one at the mobile home park heard gunfire, and no one is aware of any problems brewing between the couple.
"`Most of the neighbors and people say that these people were not trouble, so what led up to this is yet to be determined,` Troyer said.
"Investigators say they are not aware of any prior calls to this residence. A family friend told [reporters] both the man and his wife had recently lost their jobs, but it's unclear if financial pressures played any role in this tragic crime."
"PALMDALE, CA — A Palmdale man who fatally shot his adult grandson, then committed suicide, was identified Thursday, as was the victim.
"Crawford Deuitt, 74, fatally shot Brandon Deuitt, 25, about 2:50 p.m. Wednesday in a home on 37848 29th Street East, according to a coroner’s spokesman and Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Amber Smith.
"A fight started, and the older man’s wife separated the two, Smith said. The older man then retrieved a pistol from another room, shot his grandson in the chest and turned the gun on himself, she said."
Source: Los Angeles Daily News...
"MIAMI, FL — One man is dead, a woman hospitalized, after a double shooting in a Miami apartment early Wednesday morning.
"Police were called to the apartment at 302 NW 22nd Street around 3:30 a.m.
"While police have not identified the couple their family members told [reporters] Nakia Covington, 37, shot his fiance Kentraniece Lovest Brown before he turned the gun on himself.
"`That’s the worst phone call I could ever get,` said Brown’s sister Elisha Lovest Brown. `It’s just the worst phone call you can ever get.`
"Covington and Brown had reportedly been together for eight years and had a three old year son.
"Brown said she had no idea what led up to Covington lashing out like he did.
"`He hit her with the gun, shot her in the leg and then killed himself,` said Brown. `I don’t know. I don’t know. I don’t know what made him do that.`
"The couple’s son was inside the apartment at the time of the shooting, according to Brown along with her 11-year old son and Kentraniece’s 13-year old daughter. The children were not injured."
From CBS Miami...
Sunday, May 11, 2014
"MURPHY, TX — A woman killed two people, including her former boyfriend, at his home in Murphy before fatally shooting herself outside a Dallas home, authorities say.
"Michelle Boyer, 45, was linked to the slayings after she was found dead Saturday afternoon in a car in the 100 block of Leda Drive, northeast of White Rock Lake.
"Police said they found a handgun similar to the weapon that is believed to have killed Jonathan Masin, 40, and Amy Picchiotti, 38, in Murphy.
"They also found a note near Boyer’s body that included information about the shootings. Details of the note were not released, but a written statement from the city of Murphy said her breakup with Masin `led to this murder/suicide.`
"Masin’s and Picchiotti’s bodies were found about 8:30 a.m. in separate rooms in his home on 131 Sherwood Drive after a concerned relative contacted police. Neighbors said they had heard what might have been gunshots about 6:30 a.m.
"According to public records, Boyer had once lived at Masin’s home in Murphy. Picchiotti lived in Dallas, less than three miles from where Boyer’s body was found.
"Boyer and Masin both apparently had worked at Texas Instruments.
"The resident of the Dallas home where Boyer’s body was found declined to comment, saying he wanted to give her family a chance to comment.
"A neighbor said he recognized Boyer, as her body was being removed from her vehicle, which was also familiar to him.
"`It’s just a sad thing, all the way around,` said Tim Powell."
"PANAMA CITY BEACH, FL — Housekeepers found the bodies of a man and a woman shot to death in a 24th floor condominium around 10 a.m. Friday, police said.
"Police identified the couple as Robert and Susan Marcinkus of Kenosha , Wis.
"Panama City Beach police are investigating the deaths, said Capt. Robert Clarkson. While Clarkson wouldn’t confirm the case is being investigated as a murder/suicide, he described the crime as `self-contained` and said people didn’t need to worry that the shooter was at large.
"Police found a handgun they believe was used in the shooting at the scene.
"The couple had arrived in Panama City Beach earlier this week from their home in Wisconsin and were scheduled to check out of their room at the Tidewater Beach Resort on Front Beach Road on Friday morning, Clarkson said.
"`We do know that they were here on vacation,` Clarkson said. `They were due to check out today. That’s why housekeeping looked in the room.`"
Source: The News Herald...
"PORTLAND — A woman came home Thursday evening to find her 34-year-old husband and her 4-year-old daughter dead after an apparent murder/suicide.
"Police said Friday morning Jesse Willard killed his daughter, Maribella, and then killed himself.
"Officers were dispatched to the home on 4715 North Houghton Street just before 7 p.m. Homicide detectives were called in shortly after that to help with the investigation.
"According to Sgt. Pete Simpson of Portland police, Maribella's mother came home from work and found both her husband and daughter dead.
"Simpson said both Jesse and Maribella died of a single gunshot wound to the head. He said Jesse had struggled with mental health issues."
"POMONA, CA — A Pomona man shot and killed his live-in girlfriend, her brother and mother late Thursday before turning the gun on himself, police said Friday.
"Police said the 28-year-old man grabbed a handgun after getting into a dispute with his girlfriend.
"`Basically, he went from room to room and killed everyone,` said Pomona police Lt. Mike Keltner.
"Police received a call at 10:52 p.m. Thursday from a relative of the alleged shooter.
"`The suspect told a family member that he was going to hurt himself and everyone else in the house,` said Pomona police Lt. Ronald McDonald.
"When police arrived at the home in the 2100 block of Ramsey Way, they found the bodies of the 28-year-old alleged shooter, his 25-year-old girlfriend, as well as his girlfriend’s 52-year-old mother and 17-year-old brother."
Read more at The Sun...
Friday, May 9, 2014
"NEOSHO, MO — The investigation continues into the deaths of two people discovered near a residence on Route AA Thursday.
"`About 2:30 p.m., dispatch received a call from motorist said that they were on AA highway between Gateway Drive and I-49 and that there were two bodies lying on the road,` Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland said. `When deputies got there, they observed a pickup truck and a passenger vehicle pulled off to the side of the road on Highway AA. There was a male body lying by the truck, and a female’s body lying by the passenger vehicle. Both appeared to have died from gunshot wounds. We did recover a firearm. It appears at this point to look like a homicide-suicide.`
"The pair have been identified as Ann Kelley, 69, and Edwin Kelley, 73, both of Neosho.
"`I don’t know if they are divorced or estranged,` the sheriff said. `We are still checking into that. It appears that both had filed ex parte [orders] against each other, and they were known to the Neosho Police Department to have numerous disturbances and confrontations in the past year over divorce.`
"Autopsies will be conducted Springfield today, the sheriff said."
"DOCTOR PHILLIPS, FL — The body of a man investigators said murdered his wife at an Orange County park has been located.
"Orange County deputies said Julian Paris was found dead by family members from a self-inflected gunshot wound, next to his late son's grave at Woodlawn Cemetery.
"Paris had been on the run since Wednesday, after investigators said he fatally shot his wife, Nicole, at Dr. Phillips Community Park.
"Deputies said the suspect's family thought they might find Paris at the gravesite.
"Paris' ex-wife and daughter found him dead at 7:20 p.m. Thursday. Paris' son died two years ago in a pedestrian accident at age 18.
"Meanwhile, the couple's three surviving children witnessed the shooting Wednesday afternoon at Dr. Phillips Community Park.
"Deputies were called out to a domestic violence incident involving the recently separated couple, hours before Nicole was killed.
"But right now, investigators don't know why he killed himself.
"`You all know that he was going through a separation, but we do not know why he took this extreme drastic measure. We got the call around 7:25 (p.m.), family called saying they found the body of Mr. Paris at his son's grave,` said Jane Watrel of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
"Paris had several aliases. His family said his given name is Rick Adderly.
"It's also been confirmed that Paris had known his wife Nicole for more than 20 years, because he was her stepfather.
"The two married in 1998, but before that, he was married to Nicole’s mother, who found his body Thursday night.
"Deputies are still looking for his white Kia Spectra with Florida license K259IV.
"The couple leaves behind three surviving children."
"ELMWOOD PLACE, OH — A man and a woman are dead after an apparent murder/suicide in Elmwood Place.
"The discovery was made at about 11 p.m. Thursday at an apartment near 66th Street and Hasler Lane.
"Both victims had a single gunshot wound, according to police. Officers haven’t said who they believe pulled the trigger.
"Investigators said the son of the male victim came to the apartment and noticed something unusual, prompting him to call police. The victims were found dead in an upstairs apartment.
"Residents in the area came home to flashing lights and crime scene tape and said they were shocked to hear two people were dead just feet from their homes.
"Neighbors said police activity in the area is common but gun violence is not.
"`I’ve heard fights and possibly drug activity going on but I would never think there would be a murder/suicide happen,` resident Fred Radcliffe said.
"While the motive remains a mystery, this isn't the first time police have been called to the apartment.
"`We were here (Thursday) for a report of a stolen firearm; we don't know if that's connected to this at this point,` Elmwood Place Police Chief William Peskin said.
"TAMPA, FL — A business executive, his wife and two teenage children found dead in a suspected murder/suicide had all been shot with the father's gun before the million-dollar Florida mansion they were renting burned down, it was revealed today.
"Autopsies were still being completed to determine exactly how the victims died.
"Authorities recovered a gun at the home registered to 51-year-old Darrin Campbell and he was caught on a store camera buying an `exceedingly large amount` of fireworks days before the suspected arson fire, Hillsborough County Sheriff's Col. Donna Lusczynski said.
"The firecrackers reportedly surrounded the bodies and apparently started the fire that engulfed the two-story, five bedroom home the family was leasing from tennis pro James Blake.
"Mr Campbell was found dead in the burnt out $1.5 million home alongside his wife, Kimberly.
"His two teenage children, Colin, 19, and Megan, 16, were found in their respective bedrooms—with police saying two of the victims had suffered `upper body trauma.`
"A surveillance video was released late Thursday showing Darrin Campbell dressed in a dark-grey T-shirt and shorts placing stacks of fireworks into a shopping cart at Phantom Fireworks.
"The nine-minute silent clip depicts the married father of two emptying his full cart at the cash register.
"At one point, Campbell is seen ducking back into an aisle to pick up more pyrotechnics before handing the cashier $650 in cash for his purchase.
"Store clerk Michael Muti who handled the transaction Sunday recalled Campbell as being `normal and chatty.`
"`He said he was shopping early for fireworks for the Fourth of July,` Muti said."
Read more at the Daily Mail...
"SUGARLAND, TX — Preliminary investigation of the double-fatality shooting incident in New Territory Monday indicates the father/husband of the household murdered his wife, wounded his two children and then committed suicide.
"Just after 6 a.m. Monday, May 5, Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to the scene, located on 4839 Russett Lane, in the New Territory subdivision. Deputies found a 15-year-old girl in the front yard with a gunshot wound. She had made the 9-1-1 call.
"Inside the home, deputies found the bodies of two adults, later identified as Karim Kamdar, 46, and his wife, Nikhat Kamdar, 37. Deputies also found an 11-year-old boy, the couple’s son, who had sustained gunshot wounds as well.
"Scene investigation, forensics analysis and interviews conducted indicate Karim Kamdar was the shooter in the case.
"Evidence shows Karim Kamdar used a handgun to murder his wife, then attempted to kill his daughter and son before turning the gun on himself. The case remains open until all forensics analysis and investigation has been completed.
"The two children were flown to the Hermann-Memorial Hospital where they both underwent surgery. They are still in the hospital and are in stable condition and are expected to recover."
Wednesday, May 7, 2014
"SAN JOSE, CA — Two men were found shot and killed in a San Jose townhouse Monday afternoon after neighbors heard gunshots there the night prior.
"The bodies were discovered by someone who came to the home near the intersection of Cherryview Lane and Marlene Court Monday afternoon and police were called at 3:28 p.m., police Officer Albert Morales said.
"The two men knew each other and their bodies were found together but police are still trying to determine their relationship. Only one of them lived in the townhouse where they were discovered, police said.
"`I have information that the decedents did know each other,` Morales said. `So there was some sort of relationship there. They are not strangers to one another.`
"San Jose police said everyone involved in the shooting was inside the home.
"The man who lived at the townhouse is described as friendly, a father of two girls, and always asking if he could help.
"`We’ve been here for 30 years in the same neighborhood,` neighbor Christine Moreland said. `We become neighbors. We become family.`
"While investigators are still trying to determine a motive for the shooting, there is no indication that there is a suspect at large, Morales said."
"PHILADELPHIA, PA — A man burst into a house where his estranged wife was staying with relatives in East Germantown Tuesday afternoon and opened fire on her as she sat on the couch, police said.
"Shortly after 5:30 p.m., police were called to the house, on the 6200 block of Clearview Street near Washington Lane, adjacent to SEPTA's Washington Lane Regional Rail station. Inside, they found the 59-year-old woman collapsed on the couch in the living room suffering from several gunshot wounds to her head and torso, Chief Inspector Scott Small said.
"Witnesses told police that the woman's estranged husband, 53, had rushed through the unlocked door of the house, where neither he nor his wife lived, and leveled a semiautomatic handgun at her, firing four shots at her, Small said. He then walked into the dining room and turned the gun on himself. He was pronounced dead on the dining room floor at 6:07 p.m. Police found the gun he used next to his body, Small said.
"Police took the badly wounded woman to Albert Einstein Medical Center, but doctors were unable to save her, and she was pronounced dead at 6:08 p.m., Small said."
"MORRISVILLE, NC — Police are investigating the deaths of a husband and wife found dead in their Morrisville home Monday as a murder/suicide.
"Melissa Eileen Preston, 43, and Jonathan Edward Preston, 46, were found shot to death at the 2016 Weaver Forest Way residence they rented in the Providence Place subdivision. Their three young children were not home at the time.
"Morrisville spokeswoman Stephanie Smith said the case is considered a murder/suicide, but she declined to say whether police know which member of the couple was the shooter.
"A man who called 911 Monday morning said the Prestons “were having problems” before they were found dead.
"The caller, who was not identified, said he and his wife were close friends from out of town and were staying with the couple at their home when he heard gunshots coming from the master bedroom Monday morning.
"`I’m not going up there. It sounded like shots fired,` the caller told a dispatcher after he went outside to call 911.
"`It was probably like 10 shots,` he said. `It sounded like a small caliber gun.`
"Melissa Preston worked from home as co-owner of jewelry business RockHill Designs. Jonathan Preston worked for Microsoft."
Monday, May 5, 2014
"JONESBORO, AR — A gunman shot six people at an Arkansas home Saturday, killing a man and a teenager and critically wounding two boys, before fatally shooting a worker at a nearby business, police said.
"The suspected gunman was later found dead of a gunshot wound in the driver’s seat of a stopped car, Jonesboro police Sgt. Doug Formon said at an evening news conference. It was not immediately clear if the gunshot was self-inflicted.
"Formon said a man and a 13-year-old girl were killed Saturday afternoon inside the home in east Jonesboro, Arkansas, where it appeared a family was having a party or gathering.
"Four other people were injured and were taken to hospitals in Memphis, Tennessee. Formon said the children, ages 8 and 10, were transported in critical condition.
"Police received a 911 call about the shooting at the home around 1:00 p.m. Police responded at 1:22 p.m. to a report of a second shooting at a business near a U.S. highway. Forman said the worker was found shot to death at the second site, where construction and lawn work had been ongoing.
"Around 3:30 p.m., Formon said, a farmer or passing motorist called 911 to report a car parked in the middle of a county road. A deputy responded and found the stopped car with the suspected gunman inside.
"Forman said that police did not know of a motive as of Saturday evening and that the investigation is ongoing."
"NASHUA, NH — A Nashua man accused of shooting two people and killing one of them on a city street Friday afternoon is now dead from an apparent suicide, according to authorities.
"Police believe that Carlos Alago-Collazo, 34, of Nashua, shot the mother of his two children, Mireily Rodriguez-Torres, 32, of Nashua, and Andres Garcia, 35, of Hudson.
"According to Attorney General Joseph Foster, both victims were shot multiple times with a handgun about 4:14 p.m. on Friday outside of 14 Merrimack Street.
"Garcia died from his injuries early Saturday morning, while Rodriguez-Torres is expected to survive, according to a release. She has been admitted to a Boston hospital.
"Authorities said that Alago-Collazo and Rodriguez-Torres `had been involved in a long term relationship and had two children together,` said a statement from the New Hampshire Attorney General's Office.
"Police have not yet said whether there was any altercation or disturbance prior to the shooting, or what may have prompted the incident. Lt. Francis Sullivan of the Nashua Police Department said the investigation is still in the early stages, and he would not elaborate on whether it was a drive-by shooting.
"Following the Friday afternoon shootings, police began searching for Alago-Collazo, issuing alerts to neighboring police departments to be on the look out for his vehicle. He was eventually located using cell phone information by authorities in Lawrence, Mass.
"Police found him in a parked vehicle outside of 626 Essex St. in Lawrence, Mass., where he had apparently committed suicide, according to Foster.
"Nashua police said Friday that the shootings were not random, but rather the couple was targeted.
"Autopsies are expected to be completed on Garcia and Alago-Collazo, and the incident is continuing to be investigated."
Source: Union Leader...
"WORTHINGTON, MN — The Worthington Police Department is investigating a murder/suicide that occurred Friday evening at the Crossroads Care Center on 965 McMillan Street in Worthington.
"According to Police Chief Mike Cumiskey, officers responded at 9:55 p.m. to a report of gunshots fired in a private room at the facility. They found 87-year-old George Doust sitting on a bed with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. In an adjacent bed was Crossroads Care Center resident Doris Doust, also with a gunshot wound to the head. A handgun was recovered in the room.
"Officers, Nobles County Deputies and Sanford Ambulance personnel performed first aid on both of the Dousts. They were transported to Sanford Worthington Regional Medical Center, then transferred to Sioux Falls, where they were pronounced dead. Family has been notified."
"KEITHVILLE, LA — The Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office confirms 2 are dead in an apparent murder/suicide Friday afternoon.
"CPSO spokesperson Cindy Chadwick says 39-year-old Gwennette Lynne Salley was abducted around 4:30 p.m. at gunpoint from her daughter's daycare in Stonewall by her husband, 43-year-old Michael Scott Salley, who reportedly jumped into the passenger side of the vehicle and forced her to drive.
"The DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office was notified of the abduction by a passerby who saw Mr. Salley with a shotgun getting into her 2013 Chevy Equinox. That motorist followed the vehicle into Caddo Parish, and more area law enforcement was notified.
"The search went on for about 2 hours before the SUV was found on Johns Gin Road off of Keatchie Marshall Road in Keithville. Officers followed the vehicle into a clearing, where the vehicle stopped.
"When officers got out and announced themselves, they say they immediately heard 3 shots.
"Both were found dead in the vehicle. Chadwick says the couple's child did not witness the abduction and was not in the vehicle at the time of the shooting.
"Earlier in the afternoon, the DeSoto Parish Sheriff's Office confirmed to [reporters] that Gwenette Salley had a protective order against her husband when she was taken. While Chadwick wasn't able to confirm whether the couple was still married, separated or divorced, she said they were known to have a history, and that this tragic incident is believed to have been the result of domestic violence."
"CROSS CITY, FL — Dixie County Deputies are still investigating a murder/suicide between a 69-year-old man and 20-year-old woman in Cross City.
"Officers were called to the home of 69-year-old James Sansom Wednesday night.
"They found him and 20-year-old Amy Chanthaboury dead inside the house.
"They believe Sansom to be the suspect.
"Family members of Chanthaboury say she earned her G-E-D and was planning on going to college in the fall.
"DCPD investigators are still trying to piece together what actually happened.
"Chief Wesley Jones, Cross City Police [told reporters] `We do know the couple was involved in some type of relationship. And right now we have file investigating the crime scene and the medical examiner, waiting word on the medical examiner to give us further directions.`
"Chanthaboury leaves behind her mother, three brothers, a sister two nieces and a host of family and friends."