Monday, June 30, 2014

Chatty Neighbors Discuss Dead Couple With Reporters

"WINDSOR LOCKS, CT — Two people are dead after a murder/suicide was reported at a home in Windsor Locks on Monday afternoon, police said.

"Officers were called to a home on 37 Webb Street around 1:30 p.m. Upon arrival, officers located the body of a man and woman.

"Investigators said they believe a husband shot his wife and then killed himself. Police said the murder/suicide was `domestic-related` and there was `no danger to the greater community.`

"Neighbors told [reporters] the couple, which was in their 40s, had lived at the home for years and had children, possibly three.

"`The boy rides by on his bike,` said Peter Lefevre, of Windsor Locks. `The girl plays in the yard. But the parents I have never talked to them. They walk by and I say 'hi,' but they don't say much.`

"Eyewitness News has learned the husband was home a lot and neighbors said he was unemployed for a while.

"`I am sad, if that's him,` said neighbor Doreen Pilotte. `I am sad that he sat on his porch and no one knew he was hurting so much.`

"Neighbors said the family has lived on the street for at least 10 years.

"`It's sad. It's a sad world we live in, sad state of affairs we live in these days,` said neighbor Dave Vaicunas.

"Neighbors also said the husband was sitting on the front steps on Monday morning, and while they have lived there for 10 years or more, they mostly kept to themselves.

"The murder/suicide remains under investigation and police would not comment further about the incident."


Couple Found Dead, No Suspects Sought

"RICHMOND, VA — Henrico police are investigating two deaths in the Dumbarton area as a domestic-related murder/suicide.

"Officers were called to the scene in the 6100 block of Staples Mill Road around 6:30 a.m. Sunday.

"Henrico police say Carolyn and Kent Hope were found shot and killed in the home, and officers are not looking for suspects at this time.

"Carolyn Hope was a Transportation Supervisor for Henrico Schools, according to officials."


Frustrated Job Seeker Opens Fire

"BROOKLYN, NY — A gunman reportedly shot himself after opening fire and shooting two men inside of an iron shop in Brooklyn, New York, on Monday.

"According to the New York Police Department, an unidentified gunman walked into a C&A Iron Works building in Gowanus, Brooklyn, Monday morning and stated that he wanted a job. Within five minutes, witnesses said that he pulled out a gun and shot two people.

"A C&A Iron Works employee named Marcos Chantes told the New York Post that the suspect had previously been denied employment at the location. Chantes said that the man asked about a job and was directed to go speak to the manager.

"`When he came back down, I see him looking nervous,` Chantes said. `He's looking behind his back like someone is looking for him.`

"Chantes says that he then watched the man pull a gun out of a black bag and shoot his friend, Oscar, around 11:15 a.m.

"`I said, 'Oh my God,'` he said. `And I turned, and the guy looked right at me. I ran and started yelling, 'Everyone get out, get out.'`

"Chantes said the gunman fired his gun at least eight times over 10 minutes.

"`I was working in the office, and I heard a loud bang,` another worker said. `But we work with steel, so there are loud bangs all the time. I saw a guy fall to the floor and start screaming.`

"One iron worker named Dmitry Tabakin said, `I heard maybe five or six shots. I saw him put the gun to the worker's chest and shoot,` the New York Daily News reported.

"After shooting the two men, the gunman then barricaded himself in the building on 13th Street, between Second and Third Avenues, while pointing a gun at his head. He reportedly fatally shot himself after a two hour standoff with police.

"One victim was hit in the torso and rushed to Lutheran Medical Center in critical condition, while the other man was taken to Lutheran in stable condition, the NYPD said. An NYPD spokesman reported that the victims are `not likely` to die."


"He Was A Good Guy"

"QUEENS, NY — A father murdered his 8-year-old son inside their Queens home and then tried to take his own life on Sunday night, authorities said.

"Cops found the child strangled in his own bed while the boy’s 41-year-old father was sprawled out on the floor outside the bathroom of their Underhill Ave. home in Fresh Meadows bleeding from his wrists at 10:20 p.m., police said.

"`He was a good guy. He’s a very homely person,` said the father’s friend and landlord, Abed Islam, 30.

"Islam said he rents the bottom level of the two-story home to the father, who often was heard bickering with his wife. `They fight a lot. They get loud and have lots of disagreements,` said Islam. `The fights were verbal and very loud.`

"Police were summoned to the scene by a 911 caller and when they couldn’t get inside the apartment, cops called the super to let them in, officials said.

"Once inside, cops spotted the boy, who had no blunt force trauma to his body but did have injuries to his neck, in a rear bedroom, cops said.

"The fading father was quickly strapped to a stretcher by paramedics and taken to Queens Hospital Center, where he is expected to survive, officials said.

"It is not yet known what sparked the man to kill his own child, cops said.

"He has not yet been charged with a crime, officials said."

Source: NY Daily News...

"Foul Odor" Leads Police To Gruesome Scene

"CASPER, WY — A routine welfare check by Casper Police on Friday turned into an apparent murder/suicide investigation, authorities said Monday morning.

"Police were called to an apartment in the 1200 block of Boulder Drive shortly before 7 p.m. Friday, Lt. Mike Thompson said. A resident of the apartment complex requested a welfare check for their neighbors because they smelled a foul odor coming from the apartment.

"Police discovered a man and a woman, both in their 20s and presumed to be in a relationship, whom police believe had been deceased for few days, Thompson said. Officers remained on the scene until the early morning hours of Saturday.

"Police believe the two people died of gunshot wounds, but a coroner will determine the causes of death this week, Thompson said."


Bodies Found In Cemetery

"KENOSHA, WI — Police have identified the elderly couple found dead in a car in a local cemetery Saturday, confirming it was a murder-suicide.

"Ronald and Nancy Meyers of Kenosha were found found Saturday morning at St. George Cemetery, 2909 Sheridan Road.

"Kenosha Police Chief John Morrissey said Sunday that the couple left “several notes and instructions” about the planned murder-suicide pact.

"`It’s one of those tragedies where one individual was sick, and the other said they couldn’t live without them,` he said. `They made a pact, if you will.`

"Ronald, 80, and Nancy, 78, each died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

"Morrissey said notes were found in both the car and the couple’s Pershing Boulevard home.

"`They had planned this out,` he said.

"While the investigation into the deaths isn’t officially closed, Morrissey said it’s just a matter of paperwork and formalities at this point.

"`It will stay open until the final autopsy,` he said. `But there is nothing we’re looking for. It was very well laid out for us. There’s no reason whatsoever to believe otherwise.`

"A cemetery maintenance worker discovered the bodies shortly after 7 a.m. Saturday."


Saturday, June 28, 2014

SWAT Team Finds Bodies In Home

"PORTLAND, OR — A man and woman were found dead in an apparent murder/suicide Friday evening in Southeast Portland.

"Portland police rushed to the site of a reported shooting at a home on Southeast 141st Avenue and Southeast Division Street Friday around 5:30 p.m.

"When they arrived, more gunshots were heard, according to Sgt. Pete Simpson of Portland police.

"SWAT teams, the Special Emergency Reaction Team and Crisis Negotiation Team responded to assist officers with the situation.

"Tear gas and flash bangs were fired into the home, Simpson said.

"When officers went inside, they found a man and woman dead in what appeared to be a murder/suicide.

"Southeast Division Street was closed in both directions from 136th to 145th Avenues. It reopened Friday after 8 p.m."


Friday, June 27, 2014

Family Of Four Found Dead In Home

"TURLOCK, CA — Police in Central California said on Friday they found a family of four dead inside a home in what appeared to be a murder/suicide.

"Officers made the discovery at the home in Turlock around 10 p.m. Thursday after a family member called to report that the four had not been seen or heard from, Turlock police said.

"The victims are a 78-year-old man, his 69-year-old wife, and their two adult sons, aged 39 and 42, Turlock police spokeswoman Mayra Lewis said. Their names were not immediately released.

"The bodies were found in various places in the house, and Lewis said Turlock fire officials were investigating several parts of the home burned in what appeared to be attempted arson.

"Lewis said a preliminary investigation has determined the four died in a murder/suicide, although it was not immediately clear how they died. She said the four had been dead at least 24 hours before the time they were found.

"Officials working in the home Friday wore gas masks because of an initial report of a gas smell in the home, but Lewis said that may have been decomposition. Lewis said this isolated incident posed no danger to the community."

Source: Miami Herald...

Police Find Dead Couple In Home

"VIENNA, GA — A Vienna husband and wife were found dead Thursday night.

"The GBI is investigating it as a `death investigation,` GBI Special-Agent-in-Charge J.T. Ricketson says. He identified the two as Terry and Elois Anderson, but wouldn't comment on how they died until the autopsy results are released.

"Vienna police and emergency personnel responded to 315 Tomlinson Street around 11:20 p.m. and found two people who had died at the scene. They called the GBI to assist.

"Ricketson says their son, who is under 18 years old, was home at the time.

"Authorities believe they've recovered the weapon used at the scene, but are waiting for scientific proof."


Two Dead In Nursing Home Shooting

"LIVINGSTON, TX — A man went into a nursing home and shot and killed his wife before killing himself Thursday morning, Livingston police said.

"It happened at about 9:17 a.m. at the Pine Ridge Health Care facility located at 1620 US Highway North.

"When police arrived they found the woman and her husband dead, each with a single gunshot wound. A handgun was found at the scene.

"Investigators identified the man as Horris Jackson, 82, and Irene Jackson, 78, who was a patient at the facility.

"There is no motive at this time and the case is still under investigation, police said.

"Police said this was an isolated incident and no other injuries were reported."

From KHOU...

"Friendly" Mom Kills Daughter, Self

"VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Police are investigating as a murder/suicide the deaths of a mother and daughter found inside their Chic’s Beach home.

"Emergency dispatchers received a call about 3 p.m. Wednesday that two people had been found dead inside a residence in the 2200 block of Chicks Beach Court, said Master Police Officer Tonya Borman, a police spokeswoman.

"Arriving officers found the bodies of 40-year-old Thu Thau Havan and a 7-year-old girl. Police said Thursday they believed Havan killed her daughter and then herself.

"Neighbors said Havan lived on the block for about a year. They didn’t know her well but said she was friendly."


Former Mayor, Wife Found Dead In Upscale Apartment Complex

"LOS ANGELES, CA — Former Corte Madera mayor and councilman Vaso Medigovich and his wife Meredythe have died in a murder/suicide in Los Angeles, police said.

"Vaso, 73, and Meredythe, 65, died on May 29 at their home in Park La Brea apartments in the La Brea area of Los Angeles.

"Los Angeles police Detective Mark Morgan said Vaso killed his wife and then himself. Meredythe suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.

"The couple was married for 30 years, according to their obituary. A ceremony for the pair is scheduled for Sept. 20 at the Corte Madera Community Center.

"Vaso Medigovich was elected to the Corte Madera Town Council in 1987 and served as mayor in 1992-1993.

"They moved to Los Angeles in 2012 to be near their daughters, according to their obituary."

From CBS San Francisco...

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Father And Son Found Dead In Separate Locations

"SALISBURY, CT — Rowan County Sheriff’s officials are looking into a murder/suicide hours after discovering Kenny Smith Sr., 68, dead in the Pineview Circle home he shared with his son, Kenny Smith Jr.

"Charlotte Police officers found Kenny Smith Jr. dead in a Charlotte motel room Tuesday evening. Rowan officials did not release further details.

"His father’s body was found in his home hours earlier after family members were unable to contact him and alerted authorities.

"On Tuesday about 10:30 a.m., after family members had repeatedly tried to call Smith Sr., sheriff’s officers went to the home at 104 Pineview Circle, just off Timber Ridge Road.

"Investigators discovered the elder Smith dead inside his home. Officials determined he had been murdered and his financial card was missing, a sheriff’s press release said.

"Investigators said evidence and information gathered during the course of the investigation determined Kenny Smith Jr., 44, also known as Pee Wee. was believed to have left Salisbury headed for the Charlotte area. Arrest warrants were issued Tuesday afternoon charging him with felony robbery and murder. He was also added to the Sheriff’s Office’s Most Wanted list.

"According to 911 communications traffic, Kenny Smith Jr. was found just before 8 p.m.

"Kenny Smith Sr.’s body will be transported to the N.C. Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy."


Blood In The Doorway Tips Off Police

"SAN BERNADINO, CA — Blood seen coming from a doorway at a home in San Bernardino led police to two dead bodies Tuesday.

"Officers were called to a home in the 1100 block of North Hancock Street about 12:30 p.m., San Bernardino Police Department Lt. Rich Lawhead said.

"An officer forced entry into a locked bedroom and found the bodies of two men suffering from gunshot wounds, according to a news release from police.

"A handgun was located near one of the men.

"One of the men was identified as 49-year-old landlord, Ephraim Lincoln, of Fontana, police said.

"The second man, Lincoln’s tenant, remained unidentified. He was described only as a 38-year-old resident of San Bernardino.

"Police believed the incident was a murder/suicide in which Lincoln killed his tenant before shooting himself, the release stated."


Mother Finds Three Kids Dead In Home

"STAFFORD, TX — Three siblings were found dead Tuesday in an apparent murder/suicide inside a Fort Bend County house, investigators said.

"Stafford police said at 1:59 p.m. they received a 911 transfer call from the Houston Police Department with a mother screaming that her baby was dead.

"When Stafford police arrived at the house located in the 13300 block of Venice Circle, the mother told them she found two of her kids in the home. She said she believed they were deceased.

"The officers entered the house and found three of the woman’s four children dead inside. The victims were identified as 23-year-old Faheem Ahmed Mughal, 18-year-old Fahad Mughal and 15-year-old Rebecca Mughal.

"Police said the house was in disarray and that the incident started with some type of argument. All three of the siblings were discovered in separate rooms and a gun was found near one of the brothers."


He Came In Through The Bedroom Window

"PAWTUCKET, RI — A Massachusetts man shot and killed a Pawtucket man and then turned the gun on himself after finding his ex-girlfriend in the other man's bedroom Monday night, according to Pawtucket police.

"Robert Amado, 43, of 22 Plymouth St., in Carver, shot into the bedroom window of the first-floor apartment at 96 North Bend St. after seeing his ex-girlfriend and 45-year-old Timothy J. Robillard inside, said Maj. Arthur Martins.

"Amado then forced his way in through the broken window after the couple, firing multiple times at Robillard, according to the police. Robillard was killed, and the woman fled.

"Amado then fired a final shot, killing himself, Martins said. Officers called about gunfire and screams at the apartment at 10 p.m. found both men dead, Martins said. A revolver was next to Amado.

"Robillard's death is the city's first homicide this year. Police said there are no other suspects being sought.

"Police did not identify the woman, a 45-year-old Westport resident. Martins said she was shaken, but unhurt. It wasn't immediately known whether she'd complained to police about threats or violence from Amado. Their relationship had recently ended, Martins said.

"Amado was out on bail and due in Plymouth County Superior Court next month on charges of stealing more than $150,000 of construction and landscaping equipment from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Connecticut, and Maine.

"Amado and another man from Carver were both indicted last August on multiple counts of larceny, which carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison in Massachusetts, according to the office of Attorney General Martha Coakley.

"Amado was also accused of threatening two witnesses after he found out they'd spoken with law enforcement.

"The apartment house has been relatively quiet, with few calls to police over the last five years, Martins said."

From the Providence Journal...

Monday, June 23, 2014

Chef Confesses After Botched Self-Immolation

"VIRGINIA BEACH, VA — Erin Hunt was supposed to open a new restaurant last week: Off the Hook in Chesapeake. He already had begun working with the staff.

"But a week and a half ago, Hunt died in a way that shocked family and friends who knew him as a mild-mannered chef and devoted father of three. Police said he assaulted a woman he knew on a Sunday evening at a home in the Courthouse Estates neighborhood, then set himself on fire in the backyard. He was 38.

"`It paints a different picture than what he was,` said Jennifer Carpinelli, owner of Off the Hook. `He was really big into dog rescues. He had a blind dog. He took that dog because no one would take it.... He was easy to get along with, understanding and helpful.`

"He was also an extremely talented chef, she said.

"Police on Friday released further details about the attack. In an email, Detective Justin Cole said Hunt and the woman were living together and had agreed he would move out of the house that day. He hadn't removed his belongings by the time she got home, and she asked why he had not left.

"That's when he hit her several times in the head with a dumbbell, Cole said. She ran outside screaming, and neighbors called 911. Meanwhile, Cole said in the email, Hunt came outside, then went back in the house alone. Shortly after, he was seen engulfed in flames in the backyard, a gas can nearby.

"Neighbors put out the flames with a garden hose, and Hunt told them and police he had intended to kill the woman and himself, Cole said. He was taken to a hospital and died a few days later."


Parking Lot Argument Turns Fatal

"LITHIA SPRINGS, GA — Douglas County Sheriff’s Office investigators are looking into an apparent murder/suicide just after 7 a.m. Sunday morning.

"Investigators say that 48-year-old John Malone had just arrived at work at J.B. Hunt Trucking on 648 Sydney Court in Lithia Springs Sunday morning. A woman that investigators say had been dating Malone for about 18 months confronted him there. A verbal altercation became heated and that’s when Lt. Jamie Harrell said the woman got a gun.

"`There were multiple witnesses to the shooting,` Harrell said. `Statements indicate that she apparently produced a handgun and shot Mr. Malone multiple times. She left the scene so we began to look for her vehicle. We found the car in a parking lot about a quarter of a mile away. She was found inside and had suffered what appeared to be a single, self-inflicted gunshot to the chest.`

"The woman was identified as 41-year-old Nicole Prater of Riverdale. Harrell said that Malone had an Austell address.

"Douglas County Coroner Randy Daniel said that Malone had been shot at least three times and was pronounced dead on the scene at 8:44 a.m. He said that Prater was pronounced dead at 9:45 a.m. where investigators had located her vehicle.

"Daniel said that both Malone and Prater were taken to the Georgia State Crime Lab for autopsies. Harrell said with the number of witnesses, it appears to be an open-and-shut case.

"`It appears to be open and shut, but we still have a few loose ends to tie up,` Harrell said. `It’s a tragic thing, but all indications are that it is the result of a relationship that had gone bad that resulted in a murder/suicide.`"

Source: Douglas County Sentinel...

Sunday, June 22, 2014

"Drugs And Alcohol" Possible Motive In Shootings

"EROS, LA — A Jackson Parish couple was found dead in their home this weekend in an apparent murder/suicide.

"Early Saturday morning, Jackson Parish deputies responded to 965 Flat Creek Road after a child called 911 reporting gun shots.

"There, officers found James M. Smith, 50, shot and killed his girlfriend Amanda Gail Henderson, 32, then killed himself.

"Sheriff Andy Brown says the two had been living at this residence for about a year, and Henderson had three children in the house. One of those children made the 911 call. The children have been placed with relatives.

"Brown says drugs and alcohol could play a part in a motive. The bodies have been taken to Little Rock for an autopsy, although police say the causes of both deaths were evident. The investigation continues."


Cops Find Bodies In Park After 911 Call

"MILPITAS, CA — A man and woman were found dead in Hidden Lake Park on Friday shortly after residents reported hearing gunfire in the area, Milpitas police said.

"Officers were dispatched to the park at 1 p.m. after receiving a call that there would soon be two deaths near a levee in the park, said Commander Armando Corpuz.

"Police found a man and woman dead near Berryessa Creek Trail and later searched the couple’s home on Erie Boulevard, Corpuz said.

"`We don’t believe there’s anybody outstanding in this death investigation. The public is not at risk,` he said.

"The northeast corner of the park was closed for several hours while police investigated what one officer characterized as a possible murder-suicide.

"Investigators have not revealed a motive for the shootings."

From CBS San Franciso...

Fundraiser Set For Woman Who Lost Husband, Kids

"CARRIZO SPRINGS, TX — Authorities have confirmed that a man who shot and killed his two children was a reserve police officer and that he wrote a suicide note before taking his own life.

"Dimmit County Sheriff Marion Boyd said Andy Briseno, Sr., 46, killed 12-year-old Andy Briseno, Jr. and 13-year-old Adira Briseno, at their mobile home on Thursday.

"Briseno worked as a reserve officer with the Crystal City Police Department.

"The children's mother, Jessica Carmona, was at work at the time of the murders.

"The Texas Rangers have taken over the investigation and have not released a motive for the killings.

"The Dimmit County Sheriff's Office has organized a BBQ plate sale on Sunday to help with funeral expenses.

"It will begin at 10 a.m. at the Carrizo Springs Fire Station.

"An account has also been set up at First State Bank in Carrizo Springs.

"The name on the account is Jessica Carmona."


Friday, June 20, 2014

Deputies Find Decomposing Bodies In Apartment Complex

"KATY, TX — There are lots of questions after a man and woman were found dead inside a Katy apartment. Investigators are looking into the possibility of a murder/suicide.

"Deputies say there doesn't appear to be any sign of forced entry. They are still trying to figure out the events leading up to this double homicide.

"A disturbing discovery has plagued residents at the Grand Villas apartment complex with questions after Harris County homicide detectives found two bodies inside a downstairs unit.

"`I didn't hear any fights, I didn't hear any yelling screaming or anything else,` said one resident.

"He says he didn't hear anything, but he did smell a foul odor.

"`Just like bad food,` he said.

"The resident told [reporters] the smell was stronger coming from his next-door neighbor's unit.

"`The neighbor next door asked me to come over to her apartment to see if she had a smell, and I said, 'Yes, it's coming from the bedroom,'` he said.

"Hours later officers were called out for a welfare check and found a man and woman inside who they say had been dead for several days.

"`Right now we're trying to determine the exact cause of death. Right now it doesn't appear that a stranger did anything so it may be a murder/suicide, but its hard to determine at this point,` said Sgt. Robert Spurgeon, with the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

"I knew the guy and we talked a couple of times," said the resident. "Everyone knows who lives here, we recognize each other."

"Residents say it's still hard to imagine what led up to this double homicide inside their quiet community.

"Neighbors tell us the man that lived inside of the unit was nice and made friendly conversation. People who live in this area say they are shocked.

"Deputies have not released the names of the two adults found inside the apartment. Officers [told reporters] the male was the resident who occupied that unit."


Birthday Celebration Turns Violent

"WESTFIELD, NY — The Chautauqua County Sheriff’s Office says a man killed himself early Thursday morning after critically wounding his girlfriend by shooting her in the head on Route 5 in Barcelona.

"Deputies say Sam Reynolds, 38, and Nicole Sheehan, 29, both of Lancaster, had traveled to Barcelona along the Lake Erie shoreline to celebrate Sheehan’s birthday.

"The sheriff’s office says Sheehan, fled to a residence on Route 5 after being shot, and was eventually taken to Hamot Medical Center in Erie, PA, where she is listed in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head.

"Authorities immediately began searching for her boyfriend in the area of the Barcelona Beach and Marina when officers heard a gunshot. Deputies found Reynolds a short time later on the beach, dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

"The investigation is continuing."


Kids Find Bodies, Call 911

"KENNESAW, GA — A 58-year-old man allegedly shot a woman inside her home and then shot himself in what police have ruled a murder/suicide Wednesday morning in Cobb County.

"But why the man shot the woman and himself remained unclear hours later. And police said they do not know what the relationship was between the two, though they added the man had been at the home at least once before.

"[Reports indicate] that the two were dating. They have been identified as Michael Le and 35-year-old Navy Thuy Vo, of Kennesaw, according to Cobb County police. Police said they do not have an address for Le.

"It’s unclear how long the two had been dead, but police said they responded to the home at 2379 Heritage Park Circle in Kennesaw shortly after 11 a.m. after getting a report about the double shooting.

"Vo’s two children, who are in their early to mid-teens, had found the bodies and called 911, police spokesman Sgt. Dana Pierce said. The two lived with their mom, but were not at home at the time of the shooting, Pierce said.

"When officers arrived, the two were already deceased from apparent gunshot wounds, Pierce said. It’s unclear when the shooting occurred. It was also unclear if there was any forced entry to the home.

"Investigators believe Le first shot and killed Vo before taking his own life, Pierce said. He did not know if Vo had been shot more than once or where on the body she was shot. It was also unclear where in the home the bodies were found."


Tomato Lovers Found Dead In Home

"SOUTH FARMINGDALE, NY — Police on Long Island say a 73-year-old man shot his 74-year-old wife to death and then killed himself with the same gun.

"Police found the bodies of Barry and Anne Kaplan in their bedroom on 130 Lambert Avenue in South Farmingdale on Tuesday.

"Newsday reports that the couple's son declined to comment on their deaths Wednesday and attempts to reach their daughter were not successful.

"Police say the couple's family had asked a neighbor to check on the two. It was that neighbor who called authorities.

"Newsday reports that the Kaplans competed for many years in Long Island's tomato competitions.

"Last year at the newspaper's Great Long Island Tomato Challenge, they each entered 2-pound-plus beefsteak tomatoes.

"Fellow competitor Tina Kraemer of Bohemia said the Kaplans were `just very welcoming people.`"


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Mother And Son Found Dead

"FAIRVIEW HEIGHTS, UT — The Sanpete County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday identified the victims of an apparent murder/suicide as a Fairview Heights mother and her adult son.

"In a statement, Sheriff Brian Nielsen identified the dead as Marilee Poulson, 51, and her 27-year-old son Kyle Poulson.

"Initial investigation indicates that Kyle Poulson first shot his mother to death on Monday, and then turned an unspecified firearm on himself.

"`Our investigation as well as the State Medical Examiner’s is ongoing. Any word on a motive would be speculative at this point,` the statement read. `Our deepest heartfelt condolences go out to the family during this time.`

"However, 6th District Court records do show that on June 4, Kyle Poulson’s wife filed for divorce and also obtained a temporary protective order against him."

Source: Salt Lake Tribune...

Police Find Bodies During Well-Being Check

"PLYMOUTH, PA — Plymouth Township police and the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office are investigating a murder/suicide that was discovered in the first block of Wilmer Avenue Sunday evening.

"According to a press release from the DA’s office, police responded to the scene shortly after 5 p.m. at the request of a 911 caller to check on the well-being of the residents.

"Upon arrival, police discovered the bodies of a man and a woman.

"An autopsy conducted Monday by the Montgomery County Coroner’s Office determined that the woman died from two gunshot wounds, one to the back and one to the head. The man died from a single gunshot wound to the head. The deaths were determined to be a homicide and a suicide.

"The names of the victims are being withheld until family members are notified."


Shooter Confesses Before Killing Wife, Self

"SAN DIEGO, CA — A married couple in their 70s died of gunshot wounds at their Linda Vista home Monday in an apparent murder-suicide carried out by the husband.

"The man called San Diego police shortly after 10 a.m. to report that he was about to kill his wife and then commit suicide at their house in the 2300 block of West Jewett Street, Lt. Mike Hastings said.

"Officers went into the unlocked residence and found the bodies.

"`Evidence at the scene included ... a handgun near the decedents and (suggested) this was an apparent murder/suicide,` Hastings said.

"The couple’s names were withheld pending family notification."

From FOX 5 San Diego...

Monday, June 16, 2014

No One Knows What Goes On Behind Locked Doors

"ROWLETT, TX — Two people were found shot to death in a home in Rowlett over the weekend. Police are now treating the case as a murder/suicide.

"Officers were called to the home in the 5600 block of Luna Drive around 1:30 p.m. Sunday by a concerned relative.

"`The gentleman that lives there was supposed to attend a ball game of his son yesterday. He didn’t show up for the ball game. His mother tried to get in contact with him and she wasn’t able to get him by the phone. She came over here to the house today to try to get a hold of him and he didn’t answer the door. She walked around the back of the house and saw the deceased female through the rear door,` said Lt. David Nabors of the Rowlett Police Department.

"The victims were identified as 35-year-old Brandon McClain and his ex-girlfriend, 30-year-old Amanda Todhunter.

"Police are treating the case as a murder/suicide because the doors were locked on the inside and there were no signs of forced entry. They also found a weapon near the crime scene.

"It is still unclear who shot whom, Lt. Nabors said.

"Over the past few months police have responded to two 911 called from the home. In February Todhunter reported a domestic incident, but declined to press charges. Then in May McClain claimed his ex-girlfriend had a gun and was suicidal. She was not home when police arrived.

"McClain had two children and Todhunter had two others. No children were home at the time of the deadly shootings."

From KDFW...

Police Respond To Parking Garage Shooting, Two Dead

"GAITHERSBURG, MD — Montgomery County police say a fatal shooting at a Gaithersburg parking garage Sunday evening is believed to be a domestic-related murder/suicide.

"Police responded to the 500 block of Raven Avenue in Gaithersburg at about 11:20 p.m. Sunday after officers working in the area heard gunshots.

"When police arrived, they found a 38-year-old Gaithersburg man suffering from a gunshot wound. Also, police found a 39-year-old Gaithersburg woman who appeared to be hiding between parked cars. The woman was armed with a gun and shot herself, police say.

"Emergency crews transported the man and the woman to a nearby hospital where they both died.

"Police say the woman may have shot the man before shooting herself. Police say they believe that the two people were married, but may have been separated.

"The identities of the victims will be released after their families have been notified."


Four Dead In Fathers Day Massacre

"PETERSBURG, VA — Police have released the names of the family members killed in a possible triple murder/suicide in Chesterfield County Sunday night.

"Chesterfield County Police responded to a home for a welfare check in the 5700 block of Fox Maple Terrace, just off Hampton Avenue around 10 p.m. Sunday night.

"According to police, officers arriving on scene heard multiple gunshots from inside the home.

"Once on scene, officers found several bystanders attempting to help 30-year-old Renotta Jernigan, who was found shot outside the home. Jernigan's 2-year-old son Seth Jernigan, had also been shot. Renotta Jernigan died at the scene; Seth Jernigan was transported to Southside Regional MedicalCenterr and later died from his injuries.

"Inside the home, police found Alexis F. Kellas, 9, Renotta Jernifan's daughter, and 35-year-old Barry C. Jernigan. Both had been shot and
were pronounced dead at the scene.

"According to a release from Chesterfield Police, 'the investigation indicates that Barry Jernigan shot his son, step-daughter and wife before turning the gun on himself.`"


Neighbor Finds Bodies In Driveway

"IRVINGTON, AL — Mobile County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Lori Myles said the sheriff's office received a call around 9:30 a.m. Saturday for a possible homicide/suicide. When sheriff's officers arrived at a Cook Avenue home in Irvington, they found Edward Earl Goodson and Joyce Goodson lying in their driveway, dead.

"Myles said the Goodson's neighbor had walked over to the couple's home, found the bodies and called her husband, who then called 911.

"Sheriff's deputies located the bodies between two cars that were parked in the driveway, according to Myles.

"Myles said deputies believe the shooting happened Friday night, because reports indicate the bodies had been laying there for a while.

"Myles said it appeared that Edward Goodson shot Joyce Goodson then turned the gun on himself."


Killer Took His Time Shooting Himself

"SMITHFIELD, PA — A Fairchance woman was shot once in the head on Saturday by a man police said she was dating, and he later turned the gun on himself, according to investigators.

"Fayette County Coroner Dr. Phillip Reilly said Leah Fields, 19, was pronounced dead in the mobile home of James Dice Jr., 29, along Clark Road in Georges.

"Trooper James Garlick said the pair had been dating and there were no known incidents between them before the murder-suicide.

"Dice died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced dead at the scene by Deputy Coroner Robert Furin, Reilly said. Autopsies were performed on Sunday.

"There was a `period of time not yet precisely determined` between the two deaths, Reilly said. State police are investigating, and Garlick estimated in a news release the murder/suicide happened between 3 a.m. and 1:15 p.m.

"Dice's mobile home is in a rural area secluded by woods. A trampoline sat along a short driveway leading to the home."


Friday, June 13, 2014

Dead Bodies Found In Parking Lot

"COLUMBIA, SC — Two Columbia residents were killed Friday morning in an apparent murder/suicide.

"Two bodies were found in a parking lot in the 3300 block of North Main Street shortly before 6 a.m. Friday. Both were discovered after a police officer on patrol was flagged down by someone who had seen the bodies, Columbia Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Timmons said.

"Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified the victim as Aja Robinson, a 23-year-old Columbia woman. Robinson was shot twice in the upper body and died at the scene.

"Jeremy Mickens, 25, of Columbia was killed by a single gunshot to the head, Watts said. He also died at the scene.

"While the Columbia Police Department continues to investigate, Watts said all evidence at this time indicates the incident was a murder/suicide.

"Police received reports of gunshots in the area shortly before the discovery, she said."


"She Shot Me!"

"PITTSBURGH, PA — Allegheny County homicide detectives are investigating what appears to be an attempted murder/suicide in Shaler Township on Friday morning.

"The Medical Examiner's Office said Sharon DeMore, 43, of Etna, was pronounced dead just before 7 a.m. Police said the woman was found with a gunshot wound to the head. Authorities believe she took her own life after shooting a man, who was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

"Assistant Police Superintendent Jim Morton said the man and the woman were an estranged couple. He said the woman waited on the porch of the man's apartment building on Louann Street and shot the man when he walked outside to go to work.

"`I heard three gunshots—they were like very distinct gunshots—then, 30 seconds later, a fourth shot,` neighbor Cheryl Morece said.

"The description of those shots was the same from everyone who awoke to the sounds. But Morece said her nephew heard something before that.

"`He didn't hear what was going on, just that there was a confrontation going on between a man and a woman,` Morece said.

"Another neighbor said he ran to the building and got there as police were arriving.

"`I could hear a man laying on the ground saying he was shot in the chest,` said the neighbor, who did not want to be identified. `He was saying, 'She shot me, she shot me,' and then they walked up on the porch, and I guess she was laying there and the gun was laying next to her. I heard the officer say the gun is laying right here next to her.`

"Landlord Jodi Frankel said the man has lived there since October. He has not been publicly identified."


Retired Cop, Dispatcher Wife Found Dead In Home

"CANON CITY, CO — Canon City police are mourning the death of a dispatcher and the apparent suicide of her retired police officer husband, both of whom were discovered dead late Thursday in their home.

"Officers were dispatched at 11:27 p.m. Thursday to the 700 block of Whipple to check on the welfare of a Canon City Police Department dispatcher Priscilla Samento, 49, who had failed to show up for her 11 p.m. shift and was not answering phone calls.

"`Upon arrival at the residence, officers were able to enter and found the bodies of Priscilla Samento, and (retired police officer) Daniel Samento, 56,` said Canon City police Capt. Jim Cox. `All indications point towards a murder/suicide.`

"Cox said it appears Samento killed his wife and then committed suicide.

"`It is devastating to us—some people here are really torn apart. We have a small police department and it is like family,` Cox said.

"Samento had worked at the department for more than 20 years. He retired about three years ago, Cox said."

Source: The Pueblo Chieftan...

"Burglary" Turns Into Murder/Suicide

"ONTARIO, CAL — Officials believe a man killed another man an upscale apartment complex in Ontario before turning the gun on himself.

"Police said the murder/suicide took place on Deusenberg Drive.

"Initially, first responders believed the first victim was killed during the commission of a burglary. The man’s body was found just inside the apartment and the door was kicked in. That man turned out to be the victim of a murder/suicide.

"Police wouldn’t reveal the name of the suspect or the victim until both their families could be notified.

"Officials said the two men knew each other but didn’t say in what capacity.

"Authorities did say the unidentified shooter was 56 years of age.

"Neighbors said they heard as many as eight shots."

From CBS Los Angeles...

Mom Tosses Kids Out Window, Jumps

"LAS VEGAS, NV — Las Vegas police said a valley mother tossed her six-month-old baby and her toddler out of a second story window, before jumping herself.

"It happened just before 6 a.m. Thursday on Spiritual Way near Lake Mead and Walnut. All three survived, but those children are in critical condition.

"`This is a criminal investigation. We are investigating right now attempted murder by child abuse,` said Lt. Dan McGrath.

"Police said the woman who lives at the home, tossed her baby and toddler out the window, and then jumped herself.

"Police said no one actually witnessed the incident but there were other family members home at the time. They found the three in the backyard, and one of them called authorities.

"Abuse and neglect teams were expected to stay at the scene for many hours, as they tried to figure out why this may have happened. But they did have one clue.

"`The report from the family is that the female was suffering from some type of depression,` said Lt. McGrath."


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Cop Found Dead In Domestic Incident

"REDFORD TOWNSHIP, MI — A Detroit Police officer was among two people found dead in a Redford Township home late this morning in what police are classifying as a murder/suicide, Redford Police officials said.

"Officers were dispatched to a residence in the 9900 block of Kinloch Street at 11:39 a.m. in Redford Township for a report of a possible homicide. Responding officers found two deceased subjects.

"No suspects are actively being sought, police said.

"One of the deceased has been identified as 50-year-old Anna Hamilton.

"Detroit Police Chief James Craig did not identify the officer, but said she was a 16-year veteran of the department and was `well loved and liked by her co-workers.`

"Based on the information he has received, Craig said the incident appears to be domestic."


Young Couple Found Dead In Apartment

"MIRAMAR, FL — A couple found dead in a Miramar apartment Tuesday morning likely died as the result of a murder/suicide, authorities said.

"Jonathan Charles and Gabrielle Martin, both 21, had a child together, and lived in an apartment at 2440 E. Preserve Way with Martin's mother, who found their bodies and called police, said Tania Rues, a spokeswoman with the Miramar Police Department.

"Martin's mother found the bodies in the couple's bedroom sometime before 10:15 a.m., Rues said. She declined to say how the couple died.

"`At present time, it appears to be a murder/suicide,` Rues said. `I can't disclose any more details. It's currently under investigation.`

"The child and Martin's mother were together and home overnight, Rues said.

"The couple's 1-year-old son was doing "just fine" and was in the care of Martin's family, Martin's cousin, Antoinette Butler, 32, of Miami, said by telephone Wednesday afternoon."

Source: Sun-Sentinel...

"Nothing Amiss" The Night Before Couple Found Shot

"GLENOLDEN, PA — Residents of a Delaware County neighborhood are in shock after a longtime resident evidently shot and critically wounded his wife, then killed himself.

"Police Tuesday morning found the body of Richard Piroli, 66, who had fired two shots from a revolver, critically injuring his wife, Carol Ann Piroli, also 66, before shooting himself in the chest. The two were found in the bedroom of their Glenolden house.

"Neighbors said that Carol Ann Piroli's morning routine was to walk to her daughter's home, a few houses away, to baby-sit her two preschool-age grandchildren.

"When the grandmother failed to show up Tuesday, the family called police about 7:30 a.m.

"Carol Ann Piroli was rushed to Crozer Chester Medical Center, where she was in critical condition with head wounds and placed on life support, District Attorney Jack Whelan said.

"Investigators are checking whether a report of gunfire during the night was related to the shootings.

"Whelan said investigators were looking into reports that Richard Piroli had exhibited unusual behavior.

"He would not elaborate. They also are looking into whether the gun was owned legally.

"No one one else was in the house at the time, Whelan said.

"`This is a horrible tragedy for the family, and my heart goes out to them,` Whelan said.

"Officials said that the couple had been seen on their porch the evening before the shootings and that nothing appeared to be amiss."


School Shooter Found Dead In Bathroom

"TROUTDALE, OR — Police say a lone teen shooter armed with a rifle opened fire at Reynolds High School on Tuesday morning, killing one student and injuring a teacher.

"The Multnomah County Sheriff's Office said the shooter is also dead and the situation has stabilized. Troutdale police told the Associated Press the shooter likely committed suicide.

"Multiple sources indicated the student who was killed was Emilio Hoffman, a freshman soccer player at Reynolds. Police have not confirmed that Hoffman was the victim.

"He was found in the locker room.

"Police said they found the male suspect slumped on a toilet in a bathroom but couldn't see what was happening with him. Police spokesman Sgt. Carey Kaer said police used a robot with a camera to investigate and discovered the suspect was dead and that he likely killed himself.

"Multiple students told [reporters] that physical education teacher Todd Rispler, 50, was grazed by a bullet, but was still able to walk.

"`Today is a very tragic day for the city of Troutdale and the Reynolds School District,` said Troutdale Police Chief Scott Anderson. `The student has died. I'm very, very sorry for the family.`"


"Quiet People" Found Dead In Home

"OSCEOLA, IN — The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit is investigating a murder/suicide that happened at a home on West Rogers Street in Osceola.

"At 8:51 a.m. Tuesday, the Osceola Police Department responded to the home.

"Inside, they found two deceased individuals with gunshot wounds.

"`It was an older guy and an older girl, both kind of short but they've lived here for about a year, year and a half and we've only talked to him once,` said neighbor Matt Graham.

"Graham lives directly across the street from the home where the murder suicide happened.

"Police tape lines the property and the Metro Homicide Unit was on scene for several hours.

"Neighbors say they are disturbed the residents are now dead.

"`I haven't ever really heard anything from them. They're really quiet people, usually in their house or gone,` said Graham.

"Police identified the deceased as 56-year-old Terry Vonblon and her husband 61-year-old Mel Vonblon.

"Police say they died from apparent gunshot wounds, but they wouldn't say who did the killing."


Police Chase Ends In Suicide Of Killer

"INVERNESS, FL — Citrus County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the circumstances surrounding an apparent murder/suicide in Inverness Monday night.

"The sheriff's office says 911 dispatch received a call at 7:22 p.m. in regards to a domestic disturbance and shots fired at a home in the 1300 block of N. Reed Terrace.

"The caller gave a description of a man, later identified as 52-year-old Michael Laramee, and his car as he fled the scene.

"While en route, a deputy spotted the vehicle heading down Hwy 41 S. A chase ensued, the aviation unit assisted, and a detective deployed spike sticks on Hwy 44 W. near Croft Road, blowing out Laramee's tIres. Although the vehicle was hindered, Laramie continued to the 2700 block of Venus Street. As deputies approached, they found Laramee dead of apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"Deputies say 22-year-old Justin Harper was found shot at the home and pronounced dead at the scene. Investigators say Harper was dating Laramee's ex-girlfriend, Jenifer Molfetta. Molfetta and Laramee had a child together."


Coroner Rules Murder/Suicide In Death Of Pair

"MADISONVILLE, KY — Authorities have ruled the deaths of two people in Hopkins County a murder/suicide, according to the Hopkins County Coroner.

"It happened in the Brentwood subdivision around 8 o'clock Friday night.

"56-year-olds Dan and Kaye Sellers were found dead inside of a home in the 200 block of Bernard Drive.

"The coroner says Dan and Kaye both died from a single gunshot wound.

"The Madisonville Police Department continues to investigate the deaths but, at the moment, police say they are not searching for any other suspects."


Neighbors Call Police After Hearing Gunshots, Screaming

"VANCOUVER, WA — Danny Lee Luster died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and neck, and his wife died after he shot her in the head Monday at the couple’s home in east Vancouver, according to the Clark County Medical Examiner’s Office.

"Luster also shot and critically wounded his son, and killed the family dog, according to a search warrant affidavit released today.

"The affidavit reveals new details about the murder-suicide that took place at about 5:20 a.m. Monday at 13007 N.E. 52nd St. in the North Image neighborhood. The document shows that Luster’s son, Matthew Luster, 23, was shot at close range in the abdomen with a SKS rifle when he attempted to stop his father’s shooting rampage and a struggled ensued. He remained in critical condition early today in the intensive care unit at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.

"Vancouver police were called to the residence when neighbors heard gunshots and screaming inside the Luster residence. Patrol officers entered the home and found Danny Luster with a gunshot wound to the head inside the living room. They found the bodies of his wife, Sandra Luster, and the family dog’s inside a bedroom. In the other bedroom, they found Matthew Luster who was calling for help.

"The medical examiner’s office determined Sandra Luster’s death was a homicide, while Danny Luster's manner of death was a suicide.

"According to the search warrant affidavit, Daniel Luster had recently been showing signs of depression.

"`The family was in the process of making him an appointment with a mental health professional,` said Vancouver police Detective Carole Boswell.

"During a search of the residence, detectives found five rifles, including the suspected murder weapon, two shotguns, boxes of ammunition, shell casings and live rounds, according to court records. They also found a prescription for alprazolam, also known as Xanax, for Danny Luster. Alprazolam is used to treat anxiety and depression. One of its side effects can be thoughts of suicide, according to the National Institutes of Health."

From the Columbian...

Suspected Killer Shoots Himself After Police Chase, Crash

"KNOX, IN — Police and prosecutors in Starke County are awaiting the results of an autopsy on a Portage woman before charging anyone in her death last week.

"Kimberly Chavez, 50, was found dead Friday in her estranged husband’s home in the 8000 block of South U.S. 35 in Knox.

"Starke County Prosecutor Nicholas Bourff said he hopes to announce charges against Gary Chavez, whom he referred to as `our suspect.` Chavez, 57, has been charged with carjacking for allegedly stealing two vehicles in the county prior to a lengthy police chase through two counties Friday.

"Chavez also stole a pickup truck in Hebron, about 30 miles west of Knox, and then led police on a high-speed chase that ended when he lost control of the truck while trying to get on Interstate 65 from the 109th Avenue exit ramp, authorities said.

"They said that as officers approached the truck, Chavez shot himself in the head. He remained in critical condition Monday at Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, Ill.

"Kenny Pfost, chief of detectives for Starke County sheriff’s police, said Monday afternoon that police would not have more information to release until the autopsy is completed."


Monday, June 9, 2014

Murder: 3, Suicide: 2

"LAS VEGAS, NV — A man and a woman ambushed two police officers eating lunch at a Las Vegas restaurant, fatally shooting them at point-blank range before fleeing to a nearby Wal-Mart where they killed a third person and then themselves in an apparent suicide pact, authorities said Sunday.

"The shooters walked into CiCi's Pizza and gunned down Officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, Las Vegas police officials said. One of the officers was able to fire back before he died, but it's unclear if he hit the suspects, Sheriff Doug Gillespie of the Las Vegas Metro Police Department said at a news conference Sunday afternoon.

"One of the shooters yelled, `This is a revolution,` but a motive remains under investigation, Las Vegas police spokesman Larry Hadfield told The Associated Press. He added that `we don't know anything about the suspects yet.`

"After shooting the officers, the suspects fled to the Wal-Mart across the street, where they killed a person inside the front door and exchanged gunfire with police before killing themselves, police said."

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"Quiet, Kind, Gentle" Man Kills Entire Family, Self

"FT. MYERS, FL — A man called quiet, kind and gentle by neighbors shot and killed his wife and three daughters before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder/suicide Sunday morning, police say.

"Residents of the middle-class San Carlos Park neighborhood were shocked when they awoke Sunday to find Lee County Sheriff’s Office cars blocking their streets and deputies and detectives asking questions.

"Laurie Gretten lives across from the murder/suicide scene on 17372 Phlox Drive and said there had been a party at the home overnight that was rather loud.

"`Around 2 a.m. the music was turned up as high as it would go, and I was about to call the cops when it suddenly cut off,` she said. She added she heard no gunfire and did not know anything was amiss until two Lee sheriff’s detectives knocked on her door.

"Lee County Sheriff Mike Scott came to the scene Sunday afternoon to provide details.

"Scott said a Spanish-speaking man called the sheriff’s office at approximately 2:25 a.m. Sunday. Scott did not release details of the call.

"`Our deputies found a horrific and unthinkable scene here,` he said, adding that it was one of the worst he has seen. `In essence, a mass killing,` he said.

"The sheriff said deputies believe the three girls ages 2 to 10 and the mother were executed. `And then the father, we believe the evidence leads us to believe at this point, the father then was the final death in taking his own life.`

"The sheriff said that the oldest girl was Medina’s stepchild.

"`It was an absolutely horrific set of circumstances,` he said."

Source: Detroit Free Press...

Domestic Dispute Ends With Two Dead In Kroger Parking Lot

"MARIETTA, GA — Police are investigating a double fatal shooting in the parking lot of a Kroger store on 3600 Dallas Highway early Friday evening.

"According to police and witnesses, this was a domestic dispute with a woman chasing a man through the shopping plaza at 3600 Dallas Highway with a gun at about 5:35 p.m. While she was in her car, racing her engine, he was on foot.

"Some very loud words were exchanged between the couple. Then, police said, she pulled a gun, firing first from her car, then getting out to finish the job.

"She shot the victim several times, before turning the gun on herself.

"Police later identified the couple as Bruce Strange, 52 and his wife, Paula Strange, 54, both of Kennesaw.

"Bruce Strange was apparently headed to the front of the store, possibly to get some help, when he was shot. Had the incident taken place there, or inside the supermarket, it could have been much worse."


Friday, June 6, 2014

Kids Run To Grandma's House During Shooting

"BRISTOL, CT — A young husband and wife were found dead in their home at 73 Henderson Street in Bristol on Wednesday morning in a murder/suicide.

"Authorities said children discovered the bodies of 26-year-old Alexander Ryng and his wife, 27-year-old Kyla Ryng and alerted neighbors.

"The medical examiner determined that Kyla's death a homicide. She had been shot in the head. Alexander's death was ruled a suicide. He also died of a gunshot to the head, according to the medical examiner.

"Kyla Ryng filed for divorce May 30, according to state court records.

"The couple's three children—ages 4 years, 3 years and 20 months—were home at the time and were not injured.

"In 911 calls released on Thursday, Kyla's mother, who lives next door, called police to report the incident around 7:14 a.m. after two of the children came to her house and told her their father was shooting their mother.

"During a news conference late on Wednesday afternoon, Bristol police Chief Thomas Grimaldi said Alexander Ryng legally purchased the weapon used in the shooting.

"According to the U.S. Army National Guard, Ryng was a member of the Connecticut Army National Guard and was based in New London."

From NBC Connecticut...

Deputies Find Bodies After 911 Call

"GREENVILLE, TN — The Greene County Sheriff's Department and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation continue an investigation into an apparent murder/suicide Thursday morning at 785 Doc Hawkins Road, in the Baileyton area of northern Greene County.

"The victims are identified by Sheriff Steve Burns as Rickey Allan White Jr., 41, and Crystal Michelle White, 35.

"The shooting occurred in a building that formerly housed several restaurants and had been converted to apartments. It is located about one mile from North Greene High School.

"The property was blocked off Thursday afternoon by yellow police tape.

"County 911 dispatchers had received a call about a shooting in the area shortly after 8 a.m. Thursday morning.

"A news release by Burns said deputies entered the residence this morning and found two dead bodies."


Family Of Three Found Dead, No Suspects Sought

"HAGERSTOWN, MD — A family of three is found dead in their Washington County home. Deputies believe it may be a case of murder/suicide.

"It’s unclear what caused the shooting, but deputies believe that 54-year-old William Smith shot both his wife and his step-son before turning the gun on himself.

"Cop cars and yellow tape Thursday night. 17511 Dawn Drive in Hagerstown is now a crime scene.

"`When deputies arrived, there were three individuals deceased inside the residence–two adult males, one adult female. The individuals had suffered gunshot wounds,` said Carly Hose, Washington County Sheriff’s Department.

"Sheriff’s deputies believe William Smith killed both his wife, 47-year-old Kimberly Smith, and his step-son, 23-year-old Christopher Wachter, before taking his own life.

"`I can tell you that we are not seeking suspects,` said Hose."

From CBS Baltimore...

Shooter Identified, Victim Unknown

"SACREMENTO, CA — The Sacramento County coroner’s office has identified one of the men who died in an apparent murder/suicide in South Natomas as 27-year-old Juan Castro Valenzuela.

"Sacramento police Officer Doug Morse said detectives believe Valenzuela was the shooter in the incident.

"The victim in the apparent attack still has not been identified.

"Officers responded to the Natomas Ridge apartments at West El Camino and Azevedo Drive after receiving multiple calls of shots fired in the area about 2 p.m. Wednesday. When officers arrived, they found two men dead of gunshot wounds inside a downstairs unit of the large apartment complex.

"Morse said Valenzuela lived in that apartment unit. The other man was an acquaintance.

"Detectives are investigating the possibility that drug use prompted the shootings."

From the Sacremento Bee...

Dead Couple "Kept To Themselves"

"BARTLETT, IL — A couple found dead in their Bartlett home died in an apparent murder/suicide, authorities said Wednesday.

"They have been identified by Bartlett police as Eileen P. Sulli, 55, and David H. Stone, 49.

"Police discovered the bodies Tuesday about 7 p.m. after authorities were called to the townhome on 531 Horizon Drive officers for a well-being check, according to Bartlett Police Sgt. Geoffrey Pretkelis.

"Sulli was found in the living room and Stone was in an upstairs bathroom, he said.

"The Cook County Medical Examiner’s office determined following an autopsy that the woman died from head injuries suffered in an assault in a homicide. The man died from multiple sharp force injuries and his death was ruled a suicide, according to the medical examiner’s office.

"A neighbor, Daniel Somenek, said the couple had lived in the home for about six years. The man had lost his job about a month ago, and the woman worked at a Walgreens.

"Somenek said police knocked on his door about 7 p.m. Tuesday and asked when the last time he saw his neighbors. He told them five or six days ago. The officers then broke down the door and found the two bodies, he said.

"Somenek described the couple as `very quiet, very nice. They kept to themselves.`

"He said there was no sign of trouble. `I find this very surprising,` he said."

Source: Chicago Tribune...

Up On The Roof

"MILFORD, CT — Two men died in a murder-suicide in Milford on Wednesday.

"Milford police originally got a call reporting a shooting at 31 Hollywood Avenue and found 56-year-old Michael Savignano shot in the chest outside, police said. He died at Bridgeport Hospital.

"While police were at the scene on Hollywood Avenue, officers saw 48-year-old Vincent Edwards running from the scene and into his house at 16 Midway Avenue.

"`[Police] surrounded the house. They spotted a man up on the roof holding a hand gun. He pointed it at the officers, at which time the officers took cover. The man fired a shot; we don’t know where that shot went,` Chief Keith Mello said. `Shortly thereafter he fired a second shot, and the male shot himself in the head and died there on the roof.`

"As of 4:10 p.m., the body was still on the roof covered in a tarp as police waited for a search warrant. Police have since secured search warrants to search the Midway Avenue house.

"Police said the shooting was an isolated incident and believe Vincent and Savignano knew each other. The nature of their relationship is unclear.

"`It was a situation that went poorly between two people,` said neighbor Jack Connors. `It was pretty much a private matter between them.`"

Read more at NBC Connecticut...

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Two Dead In Retirement Home Shooting

"BIRMINGHAM, AL — Birmingham Police are trying to determine why a man in a wheelchair shot a woman inside McMillan Estates on 57th Street in Ensley Monday afternoon.

"Willie Bell, 75, then barricaded himself inside his apartment before taking his own life.

"The suspect and the victim both lived there. It's an independent living facility for seniors.

"Police believe the pair had been in a relationship.

"Birmingham SWAT team members surrounded McMillan estates.

"Seniors outside stood in awe. Others watched from their apartment window from inside the building.

"No one could leave as investigators were trying to make contact with a shooting suspect. He wouldn't come out of his apartment.

"Lt. Sean Edwards says, `Upon entering the apartment we did find the suspect deceased.`

"The suspect had shot himself.

"Edwards says, `There was possibly a dating relationship, but don't know exact details as to what happened prior to the incident.`

"A sign on the facility's door says no firearms are allowed in the building."


Couple Facing Eviction Found Dead In Motel

"HOUSTON, TX — Two people were found dead at a motel in northwest Houston. Police are calling it a murder/suicide.

"Officers were called out to the Red Roof Inn on Highway 290 at Langfield around 1:00 Tuesday afternoon. Police were told a man and woman had been shot and killed.

"Officers say it appears the man shot the woman in the head with a shotgun and then turned the gun on himself.

"Police say the couple were in the process of being evicted from the apartment complex behind the Red Roof Inn before the shooing occurred.

"Police say the couple, who were both born in the 1970s, had a history of family violence."


Son Finds Parents Dead In Yard

"IRONWOOD, MI — Ironwood authorities have identified the man and woman dead in what they say appears to be a murder-suicide.

"The Ironwood Public Safety Department responded to 88 Burt Street in the Jessieville area of the city around around 7:20 a.m. Monday. Sgt. Adam Clemens told Eyewitness News that the couple's son called after finding them dead in the yard.

"According to authorities, David Rudolph Mukavitz, 83, shot and killed his wife Constance Helen Mukavitz, 77, before killing himself. Clemens said two rifles were involved, but could not tell us how many shots were fired.

"Authorities said both were in ill health which may have been a contributing factor.

"`This is highly unusual,` Clemens said. `I've been a police officer for 19 years and this is the first time I've ever had something like this.`

"The Michigan State Police Crime Lab and Gogebic County Prosecutor's Office are assisting in the investigation."


Mom, Two Young Daughters Found Dead In Apartment

"WEST MONROE, LA — Police here believe a woman took the lives of her two young daughters then committed suicide.

"About 12:40 p.m. Saturday, West Monroe police investigated a call about an unresponsive person at Camellia Trace Apartments on 1616 Arkansas Road. Found dead were Katelin Dulaney, 26, and her daughters Adeleen Forbis, 4, and Laila Forbis, 3, authorities said.

"`From initial findings, it appears Katelin took the lives of her two children and then took her own,` Police Chief Jeff Terrell says in a statement. `All bodies have been sent for autopsies to Little Rock, Arkansas. Next of kin have been notified.`

"Pointing to stuffed animals placed outside the taped-off apartment door, neighbor Kimberly Walters said her children frequently played with Adeleen and Laila. She described Dulaney as `content,` saying she kept to herself but always watched her children closely. Dulaney’s girls liked to wear `pretty dresses` and play in the parking lot on their scooters, Walters said."


Kids Call 911, Parents Die Anyway

"ALDEN, NY — Children called 911 to report a violent domestic dispute at an Alden home where two people were found dead Sunday, the Erie County Sheriff’s Office said Monday.

"Dispatchers directed the children to leave the scene, authorities said.

"When deputies arrived at the house on 1725 Sandridge Road, their repeated attempts to contact the people inside were unsuccessful. The deputies entered the home to find two people in their early to mid-40s dead from apparent gunshot wounds.

"The Sheriff's Office called the deaths `an apparent murder/suicide.`

"The victims' identities have not yet been released. Executive Assistant to the Sheriff Scott Zylka said the department is not releasing extensive information due to the confidential nature of the situation.

"`More information regarding the incident will be forthcoming as the investigation allows,` Zylka said.

"The house is on a residential stretch of road between Broadway and Westwood Road.

"The deceased’s identities were being determined by the Erie County medical examiner."

From the Buffalo News...

Bodies Of Pair Sent To State Crime Lab

"RUSSELLVILLE, AR — The Pope County Sheriff's Office says a 46-year-old man killed his wife and then turned the gun on himself.

"It happened Friday night at a home on 77 Caglesville Lane.

"The sheriff says both Jimmy and Donna Lott died from gunshot wounds.

"An autopsy will be performed on the bodies by the state crime lab, which should help to give investigators more information on what happened.

"No one else was inside the home at the time of the shooting."

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