Wednesday, December 31, 2014
"HUNTSVILLE, AL — The two people found dead in their Huntsville home on Monday have been identified.
"A maintenance worker discovered the bodies of Janet and Edward Sulcer inside their home on 3115 Hale Drive around noon.
"Authorities believe Edward Sulcer shot his wife and then himself. They said there was not sign of a struggle at the couple's home.
"Police said the wife recently had shoulder surgery, but they don't believe she had any other health problems. They also said officers were never called to the house in the past and the couple didn't have a history of domestic violence.
"Neighbors said on Monday that Janet Sulcer had a series of health problems recently and that Edward Sulcer was friendly and outgoing.
"Police did not discover a suicide note at the scene."
"DOVER, NH — A New Hampshire man wrote an upbeat post about his plan to kill his ailing wife in a `double suicide`—and then carried out the deed inside her hospital room.
"`Love you all, peace out!` concluded the message, which was posted on Facebook just minutes before Mark Lavoie carried out the murder/suicide inside of Dover’s Wentworth-Douglass Hospital Tuesday morning.
"Authorities did not identify the shooter or the victim, but Lavoie’s sister confirmed her brother was the gunman.
"Dorcas Lavoie said her brother had acted `out of love` for his wife Katherine, 49.
"`They both loved each other very much,` she told The Associated Press.
"In his posting, Lavoie said he wanted to put his wife out of her misery.
"Police went to the hospital just after 6 a.m. after a 911 call reported gunshots in a private room in the critical care unit.
"`While the investigation is still in the early stages and ongoing, the two deaths appear to be the result of a murder/suicide,` the New Hampshire Attorney General’s office said in a statement."
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"YORKTOWN, VA — Officials believe a man shot his wife and then died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Sunday night inside a York County home, a sheriff's office spokesman said.
"`He called 911 and said he had shot his wife,` York-Poquoson Sheriff's Lt. Dennis Ivey said Monday.
"Emergency crews found the couple dead just after 6:45p.m. inside the home on 308 Monument Court. The two people were found dead lying on the floor near the front door and kitchen area, officials said. The two were meeting to sign some documents. It has been determined that this was a `planned murder,` officials said.
"The 68-year-old husband, Kurt Kurosawa, and the 40-year-old wife, Merriam Kurosawa, were legally married but separated, officials said. The wife was living in the 300 block of Monument Court, where the incident occurred, and the husband was living in the 100 block of Chadwick Court in York County.
"The couple had three children, age 11, 13 and 16. The children were at the husband's residence and were not harmed, Ivey said."
"HAZLET, NJ — The residential neighborhood on Peter Place, where two bodies were found Saturday, seemed quiet and peaceful Monday morning—almost a world away from the crime scene that drew police.
"Thomas C. Huth, director of the major crimes bureau at the Monmouth Prosecutors Office, confirmed the deceased as Christine Dzienisiewski and her husband Richard Dzienisiewski.
"Two days ago police found a man and woman, both 37, in what authorities say may be a murder/suicide. There was still some police tape sectioning off a small part of the house Monday morning, but almost nothing else seemed out of the ordinary.
"The crime scene blended in with other houses on Peter Place with Christmas decorations and manicured front lawns. Snowflake decorations adorned the walkway of the house, leading up to the front porch.
"Christine Dzienisiewski died as a result of a homicide, Huth said. He confirmed that Richard died as a result of self-inflicted wounds, but he could not offer more details as the investigation is pending.
"Webster said authorities are not searching for any suspects, and that the community is not in danger."
"CROWLEY, TX — Crowley police say a woman and her two teenage daughters who were found dead in their home Sunday were victims of a murder/suicide.
"Samuel Morales, 36, was also found dead at the home the family shared on Kennedy Drive. Police suspect he killed the three others, but spared a 9-year-old boy, before turning the gun on himself, Crowley police Chief Luis Soler said Tuesday at a press conference.
"`The brave 9-year-old boy is doing the best as he can under these circumstances,` Soler said. `He’ll be all right. We’ll take care of him.`
"The victims, Xiomara Leon, 34, Linda Gonzalez, 18, and Yasmine Zavala, 13, were identified early Tuesday by the Tarrant County medical examiner’s office. The youngest victim was strangled, and Leon and Gonzalez were both shot repeatedly, the ME says.
"A 9-year-old boy found unharmed at the home called a relative who then called 911 to report that a man had committed suicide at the family’s home.
"Leon and Morales were in a romantic relationship for four years, but police did not know whether they were married. The 9-year-old boy, Gonzalez and Zavala were Leon’s children. Leon and Morales did not have any children together. They all lived in the home together.
"Soler said investigators are still trying to establish a timeline in the case. They have not said who Morales killed first or what led to the slayings. He also said it’s unclear why the 13-year-old girl was strangled and the others were shot.
"`At this point, I don’t know if we’ll ever know why it took place,` Soler said."
Source: Dallas Morning News...
"WARSAW, IL — Warsaw Police Chief Wes Woolson says the two people found dead on Christmas Eve were the result of a murder/suicide.
"Woolson says officers were called to 245 Underwood Street at 12:30 p.m. on December 24 to conduct a welfare check at the request of a family member who couldn't reach the victims. Inside, officers found the bodies of Jerry Woods, 37, of Warsaw, and Cortny Huffman, 30, of Hamilton. Both had died of apparent gunshot wounds.
"Woolson says it appears that Woods shot Huffman and then shot himself. He says the two were in a domestic relationship that had ended three to four weeks before the incident.
"Autopsies were performed Friday by the Hancock County Coroner in Bloomington, Illinois.
"Woolson says the investigation is ongoing pending the reports by crime scene investigators and the coroner's office."
Friday, December 26, 2014
"ATLANTA, GA — Two people believed to be husband and wife were found dead of an apparent murder/suicide in an Atlanta home early Christmas morning.
"Investigators just before 4 a.m. were called out to a home on 999 Mayson Turner Road, where they found one person dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head and another with several stab wounds to the torso, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Kim Y. Jones said.
"The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office identified the deceased as Charles Love, 59, and Florence Love, 55. They were believed to be husband and wife, Senior Investigator Mark Guilbeau told [reporters].
"`We think that he stabbed her and shot himself, but neither autopsy has been done,` Guilbeau said, adding that the autopsies were scheduled to be performed Friday.
"Jones said investigators learned that the man called his brother and a neighbor and made incriminating statements concerning the death of the woman."
"HARRISON, AR — Police are investigating a possible murder/suicide at a residence on Bunn Ave. East in Harrison Wednesday.
"According to Harrison Police Department's Chief Paul Woodruff, police were called to the home by Sheila Fredrick, 46, who said her estranged husband, William Fredrick, 42, was trying to kick in her door and armed with a gun.
"When police arrived, they found Sheila’s 13-year-old son outside the home. He said he saw William kick in the door and come inside with a gun. The boy then picked up a baseball bat and hit the gun, causing it to discharge and fall from William’s hand.
"The boy ran to his bedroom, locked the door and crawled out a window to find help. He said he heard to gunshots from inside the home.
"The first officer who arrived on scene went into the home and attempted to open a back bedroom door that seemed to be barricaded. Additional officers forced open the door, which was blocked by Sheila's body.
"Woodruff says both William and Sheila were dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
"Evidence from the home and the bodies will be sent to the state crime lab for examination.
"According to Woodruff, Sheila had a valid protection order against William and he had violated the order numerous times.
"The sheriff's department was waiting for warrants on William for three separate incidents when the murder/suicide happened.
"Woodruff says, in the third and most recent incident, William entered Sheila's home when no one was there. The incident was classified as a burglary because he got on her computer while he was in the house. That, coupled with the violation of the protection order, made the incident a felony."
"YUMA, AZ — Yuma police are investigating an apparent murder/suicide of a local couple that happened late Monday night in a hotel room.
"According to Sgt. Leanne Worthen, a spokeswoman for the Yuma Police Department, at about 11:27 p.m. officers were dispatched to a hotel in the 1700 block of South Sunridge Drive, where they discovered two deceased subjects in one of the rooms.
"Worthen said the preliminary investigation revealed that an adult female and an adult male were found deceased from apparent gun shot wounds.
"The two have been identified as 27-year-old Deveon Antwan Bivins and 28-year-old Annette Elizabeth Bivins. They were married.
"Worthen said the incident appears to be domestic in nature and the case remains under investigation as a suspicious death."
Source: Yuma Sun...
"HOUSTON, TX — Two days before Christmas, an apparent murder/suicide was reported in southeast Houston.
"Officers were called to the 7500 block of El Rancho near Telephone on Tuesday after a woman told 911 that her husband shot her. Police found a man shot to death in the couple's car, and the woman was taken to a hospital and died there later.
"The shooting happened at the residence at about 1:30 p.m., and the couple was divorcing. The man allegedly asked his wife to meet him, but he shot her when she arrived. He reportedly then turned the gun on himself inside a car sitting outside a home.
"Their identities have not been released. No further information is currently available."
"NEW PARIS, OH — Two people died after a domestic murder/suicide Monday night. The shooter, Brian Harleman, 43 and Samantha Carpenter, a 10-year-old girl, were killed and her mother Catherine Gessman, age 45, was seriously injured.
"The girl attended National Trail Local Schools.
"According to Preble County Sheriff Mike Simpson, at approximately 11:48 p.m., deputies responded to 7812 New Paris Gettysburg Rd., after receiving calls of shots being fired at the residence.
"Dispatchers received multiple 9-1-1 calls reporting the incident.
"Gessman reported that she and her daughter had been shot, and that the shooter had shot himself. Deputies and EMS units arrived and found three people in the driveway, all with gunshot wounds.
"According to Simpson, the preliminary investigation indicates that Harleman forcibly entered the residence. He recently resided at the residence with Gessman and her daughter. After gaining entry to the residence, an altercation occurred. Gessman and her daughter fled the residence through a back door.
"Simpson said the suspect is believed to have chased them and fired multiple rounds from a handgun, striking both Gessman and Carpenter.
"After shooting both victims, the suspect shot himself with the handgun, Simpson said.
"Harleman was pronounced dead at the scene. Carpenter was also pronounced dead at the scene. Geesman was transported to Reid Memorial Hospital in Richmond, Indiana, by Northwest EMS, and later transferred to an Indianapolis hospital due to the seriousness of her injuries. At this time, her injuries are not believed to be life threatening, according to Simpson.
"Simpson said there is a history of domestic violence between the suspect and the girlfriend. Deputies responded to the residence on Wednesday, Dec. 17, regarding a domestic violence complaint.
"Harleman was arrested and charged with Domestic Violence last week. A protection order was issued by Preble County Common Pleas Court against Harleman. His bond was posted on Thursday, Dec. 18, and he was released from jail."
"SAN ANTONIO, TX — Just two days before Christmas, two families are dealing with tragedy.
"Police said one man is dead and a woman is seriously injured in what appears to be a failed murder/suicide
"Investigators with the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office have identified the man killed as 43-year-old John Regalado.
"The shooting happened at 9:30 p.m. at a house located in the 200 block of Ada Street on the city's southside.
"Investigators said it appears Regalado shot his girlfriend and then shot and killed himself.
"The woman was rushed to SAMMC and underwent surgery. At last check she was in critical condition.
"Police said a relative who was in another part of the house heard the commotion and found the couple with gunshot wounds.
"Police said when they arrived they found Regalado dead and a woman with a gunshot wound to the head.
"Neighbors said they're shocked by what happened.
"Police were still investigating and were interviewing the relative who was inside the home during the shooting.
"`It's really tragic here for everyone, especially in your neighborhood at night, when something happens all of a sudden,` said neighbor Celso Cordova. `They always seemed happy with each other. I always saw them holding hands or going to dinner.`
"Neighbors said the couple looked happy and never saw them argue.
"Police are still trying to determine a motive behind the shooting."
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"SOUTHFIELD, MI — An estranged couple is dead after an apparent murder/suicide Monday afternoon, according to police.
"Police said a 38-year-old man shot his 33-year-old wife multiple times before turning the gun on himself around 4:30 p.m. on the 22000 block of Poinciana.
"`The weapon was located in the residence next to the male’s body,` said Deputy Chief Nick Loussia. `This investigation is still ongoing (but) we believe that this is a murder/suicide.`
"Loussia said the couple was discovered by the woman’s friend.
"`The woman asked her friend to come over (because) she was having problems with her estranged husband,` Loussia said. `When (the friend) arrived, she knocked on the door and the door was slightly ajar. When she opened it she could see her friend on the floor and she observed a lot of blood around her.`
"The woman called police, who responded to the scene and found the female dead from multiple gunshot wounds, Loussia said. The male had sustained a single gunshot wound to the head.
"No one else was in the home at the time, according to police.
"`We believe the wife was living in this home,` Loussia said. `We’re not sure if (the husband) was still living at home or not.`
"Louissa said police are withholding the names of the deceased pending notification of next of kin."
From the Detroit News...
"BROOKLYN, NY — Two NYPD cops were executed Saturday after a career criminal drove from Baltimore to Brooklyn to kill police officers in a twisted bid to avenge the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown.
"`They were, quite simply, assassinated,` a shaken NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said Saturday night.
"The shooter—identified as Ismaaiyl Brinsley—boasted about wanting to murder cops in the hours before he ambushed the officers outside the Tompkins Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant about 2:45 p.m.
"The officers—Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32—were in the area as part of a push to beef up cops’ presence near violence-plagued housing projects.
"`The perp came out of the houses, walked up behind the car and lit them up,` a high-ranking police official told the Daily News.
"Right after Brinsley fired the fatal shots, he sprinted around the corner to the G line subway station at Myrtle-Willoughby Aves., with cops in close pursuit.
"Brinsley disappeared inside the station, then shot himself in the head on a platform, police said.
"The slayings capped a bloody daylong crime spree for Brinsley.
"Hours before he showed up in Brooklyn, Brinsley shot his ex-girlfriend at about 5:45 a.m. in Owings Mills, Md., about 15 miles from Baltimore.
"The 29-year-old woman, who was hit in the stomach, underwent surgery and was expected to survive, a family member told The News."
Read more at the Daily News...
Monday, December 22, 2014
"LAREDO, TX — A man with a history of domestic violence shot his wife Thursday before turning the gun on himself, according to Laredo police.
"LPD responded to a 911 call early Thursday in the 2800 block of Guadalupe Street.
"At the scene, police found a man’s body and a woman with a gunshot wound to her shoulder.
"They were later identified as Ernesto Magallanes, 23, and Jennifer Renne Molina, 22.
"`At this point, it looks like an (attempted) murder/suicide,` said Investigator Joe Baeza, LPD spokesman."
"PEARLAND, TX — Police are investigating an apparent murder/suicide after two people were found dead in a Pearland residence.
"According to Pearland police, officers responded to a home on 911 South Peach Hollow Court after family members tried unsuccessfully to make contact with the homeowner, Vera Osburn.
"A neighbor told police that Osburn, who is in her 70s, had not been seen since Tuesday and did not show up for a scheduled game night Thursday. That neighbor called family members, who then called police.
"Police arrived, and said Osburn and a male acquaintance of hers, identified as Charles Engle, were both found deceased inside the residence.
"Pearland police said preliminary indications suggest it was a murder/suicide, but the investigation continues."
"LARGO, FL — A 16-year-old girl arrived home Thursday afternoon to find the bodies of her parents, who died in what police are calling a murder-suicide.
"About 2:30 p.m., she arrived at 13156 Thoroughbred Loop and discovered Rochelle Tatrai and Sean Ray, both 46, dead of apparent gunshot wounds, Largo police said. She went outside and flagged down a utility worker, who called 911.
"Tatrai was the president and CEO of Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Community Services, recently in the news as it sought to expand a Pasco County shelter to accommodate young immigrant boys fleeing violence in South and Central America.
"Detectives could not determine Thursday who was the shooter, and a motive was not released.
"`This is a very unfortunate, sad incident that happened, especially this time of year,` said Lt. Stephen Slaughter, `and we'll continue our investigation.`
"Police said Tatrai and Ray had been in a relationship, though it was unclear Thursday if they were married. They have another daughter, who is 20 years old. Ray did not live with Tatrai at the townhome just south of Ulmerton Road, where crime scene technicians removed several pets, including cats and a dog."
"EL PASO, TX — The El Paso Police Department have officially released the names of those involved in a murder/suicide Wednesday.
"Police received a call at about 5:45 p.m. at an apartment in the 10700 block of Vista Del Sol where 26-year-old Jacqueline Valenzuela was found shot to death inside her apartment.
"Detectives identified 27-year-old Carlos Torres, who was at the apartment when the shooting occurred, as the suspect in the homicide.
"Police say Torres fled the scene in a vehicle that belonged to Valenzuela—a black 2012 Ford Focus.
"Police searched for Torres and received information that he may have been in the Tom Mays Park area in West El Paso off of Trans Mountain.
"Officers approached the vehicle and saw a man—identified as Torres—dead inside of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Police say the motive for the homicide appears to be jealousy as Valenzuela and Torres had recently broken off a relationship and Valenzuela had begun seeing someone else. The case remains ongoing at this time."
"CHICAGO, IL — A man beat a woman to death before hanging himself Wednesday evening in a murder/suicide in a Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood home on the South Side.
"The 28-year-old man and 47-year-old woman were found dead about 7:45 p.m. in the home in the 7100 block of South Ingleside, according to police and the Cook County medical examiner’s office.
"Yvonne Augustus, who lived at the home, was pronounced dead at 7:59 p.m., according to the medical examiner’s office. An autopsy Thursday found she died of multiple blunt force injuries from an assault, and her death was ruled a homicide.
"Ezra Walton, who lived on the same block as the incident, was also pronounced dead at 7:59 p.m., the medical examiner’s office said. An autopsy found he died of asphyxiation from hanging himself, and his death was ruled a suicide.
"A police source said the incident is thought to be a domestic-related, though the relationship between the pair was not immediately clear."
From CBS Chicago...
"PARIS, AR — Authorities say a 71-year-old Logan County man shot and killed his daughter Wednesday afternoon before turning the gun on himself.
"Deputies with the Logan County Sheriff’s Office responded around 12:30 p.m. to 148 Old Sandy Road, just north of Paris, according to Arkansas State Police. Responders found the body of Leslie Ewing, 39, in the kitchen area of the home. They found Jerry Ewing, 71, on the back patio with a gun. After telling Ewing to lower the gun, Ewing shot and killed himself, said local prosecutor Tom Tatum.
"Authorities said an investigation reveals Ewing shot his daughter in the home before encountering deputies outside.
"`All I know is he got upset at his daughter and he got real upset with her, and he shot her,` resident Bill Bradley said.
"Charles Pearson is the former police chief of Paris, and said he last saw Ewing 20 years ago when he worked for the town’s newspaper.
"`This is a shock something like this it’s one of those things you never would think would happen,` Pearson said. `He was very well liked in the community.`"
"LITTLE ROCK, AR — Little Rock police announced early Thursday morning that it appears a man has shot and killed his mother and grandmother just before turning the gun on himself.
"According to Sgt. Cassandra Davis, police were called to the Colony West Apartments on 1420 Breckenridge Drive around 10 p.m. Wednesday for a welfare check as family members were concerned about not hearing anything from the victims in a very long time.
"Sgt. Davis's report showed that once police were able to enter the apartment, they found the bodies of 86-year-old Betty Joe Chapman, 60-year-old Lisa Rochelle Chapman, and 38-year-old Joshua Minor. All three of them had apparently been shot to death.
"A police report did indicate that Minor was mentally afflicted, but did not go into detail.
"Homicide detective said all three of the shooting victims lived together in the apartment. In addition, detectives found out there had been ongoing tension between Minor and his grandmother. They said that based off of evidence at the scene, Minor apparently killed both his mother and grandmother before killing himself."
"RALEIGH, NC — A man killed his wife, then attempted to take his own life inside a home near Garner Wednesday evening, authorities said.
"Wake County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to 9937 Huntwyck Drive at about 5:20 p.m., where they found Martha Yses Campusano Cisneros, 32, and Emilo Rodriguez-Rizo, 47, suffering from gunshot wounds.
"Cisneros was pronounced dead at the scene. Rodriguez-Rizo died en route to WakeMed, authorities said.
"Authorities believe they were the parents of three children, ages 3, 4 and 11. The children, who are currently with relatives, were inside the home when deputies arrived.
"`Those three kids. What bothers me, I don't know what they saw or what they heard,` Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison said.
"Neighbors were shocked by the incident.
"`Seems like a great family,` said Andy Holt, who lives across the street. `Great family, very nice people. I've never heard any commotion of any kind.`
"Neighbors said the couple had lived in the home for at least three years."
"CHESHIRE, CT — Police say the two shooting deaths Tuesday in a Cornwall Avenue home were a murder-suicide in which a father apparently killed his son.
"Police identified the victims Wednesday morning as 19-year-old Christopher A. Settembri and 48-year-old Christopher P. Settembri. They said in a press release Wednesday morning that the younger Settembri was found in a downstairs bedroom with a fatal wound and that the elder Settembri was found in an upstairs bedroom with an apparent self-inflicted wound.
"`Evidence indicates that the elder male shot and killed the younger male before taking his own life,` Lt. Brian Pichnarcik said in the release.
"Police Chief Neil Dryfe said officers were called to the home at about 4 p.m. by someone calling from within the ranch-style home at 772 Cornwall Ave., not far from Doolittle Elementary School. The two victims, both adults, were found in different parts of the home, Dryfe said.
"`There’s no continuing danger to the public,` he said. `We believe that we have everyone involved accounted for.`
"Neighbors said a family of six lives in the house where the shooting occurred. They described the Settembri family as `troubled,` with one woman saying she was not comfortable letting her children play at the home. They have three younger children in addition to 19-year-old Christopher."
Source: New Haven Register...
"PENNSBURG, PA — The suspect in a Pennsylvania killing spree that left six dead has been found dead after a manhunt that spanned two days, according to the Doylestown Township Police Department.
"Accused gunman Bradley William Stone, a 35-year-old ex-Marine, was found dead in the woods near Pennsburg Tuesday afternoon.
"Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman says police found Stone's body at around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday about a half-mile from his Pennsburg home.
"She says he died of apparent self-inflicted cutting wounds to the center of his body. Officials are still waiting on a coroner to determine cause of death.
"Monday's shooting rampage started before dawn at the home of Stone's former sister-in-law in Souderton and ended about 90 minutes later at ex-wife Nicole Stone's apartment in nearby Harleysville, prosecutors said.
"His former wife, 33-year-old Nicole Stone, was found dead after a neighbor saw Stone fleeing just before 5 a.m. Monday with their two young daughters. The girls were later found safe with Stone's neighbors.
"Police then made the grim discovery of five people killed in two other houses.
"Nicole Stone's sister, Patricia Flick, her sister's husband, Aaron Flick, and the couple's 14-year-old daughter, Nina Flick, were killed in the first wave of violence, which was not discovered until nearly 8 a.m. Their 17-year-old son, Anthony Flick, was pulled from the house with a head wound and was taken in an armored vehicle and then by helicopter to a Philadelphia hospital for treatment.
"Nicole Stone's mother, Joanne Hill, and grandmother Patricia Hill were killed next at their home in nearby Lansdale.
"Anthony Flick suffered `quite significant cutting injuries` to his hands and head, and was in very serious but stable condition, Ferman said. Some of the boy's wounds appeared to be defensive, indicating that he attempted to fight off his attacker, according to Ferman.
"`I can't emphasize enough how serious his condition is, but at this point, we are hoping he will be fine,` Ferman said earlier Tuesday."
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"WEST BETHLEHEM TOWNSHIP, PA — A man and a woman were found shot to death Tuesday inside a West Bethlehem Township home in an apparent murder/suicide, Washington County Coroner Tim Warco said.
"Julie A. Bottles, 47, and Curtis Michael, 49, were found dead of gun shot wounds in a bedroom of a small double-wide home at 172 Patterson Run Road by a friend who forcibly entered the property, Warco said.
"Warco said the two were not married, but lived as a couple. State police were called to the home about 1 p.m. after the pair was found dead inside. Bottles, who was shot first, was found in bed, and Michael, who shot himself, was found on the floor, Warco said. Warco said he was not called to the scene until roughly 4 p.m.
"A weapon was located at the scene, but additional information about it was not provided.
"The property sits at the end of a long private road in an isolated area. The couple had no immediate neighbors, with the closest home situated several acres away.
"The shooting occurred between 9:15 p.m. Monday and 11 a.m. Tuesday, Warco said.
"The incident remains under investigation."
"MIDLAND, TX — A Midland Police officer's wife has been officially declared dead.
"The Midland Police Department [reports] that Sandra Simpson, the wife of Sgt. Chad Simpson, was pronounced dead early Thursday morning.
"Midland Police say it all started with a 911 call with no one on the other end that originated from a home on 403 Crenshaw Drive. That's where they found 34-year-old Sgt. Chad Simpson from the Midland Police Department dead from a gunshot wound.
"Sandra was taken to Midland Memorial Hospital following the shooting where it was announced that she was believed to have died. However, the following day, Midland Police released a statement saying they couldn't confirm her status.
"The scene was handed over to the Odessa Police Department and Texas Rangers will be completing the investigation.
"Midland Police say Sgt. Simpson most recently worked in the traffic division and had been employed with the department for more than nine years, also serving patrol and K-9 assignments throughout his career.
"Friends say that Sandra Simpson worked at the Midland Women's Clinic.
"The Simpson's leave behind two toddlers who are now being taken care of by extended family.
"In a press release, Midland Police are extending their thoughts and prayers to friends and family."
"MONTROSE, IA — A Montrose couple is dead after a man beat his wife to death before shooting himself, a Lee County official said. The couple was found Wednesday.
"Lee County Medical Examiner Eugenio Torres says Dirk Richard Fellows, 59, beat Jody Carol Fellows, 64, all over her body with his fists. Torres determined a blow to her head killed her.
"Fellows then shot himself in the head. Sheriff officials also found the family dog shot dead.
"Sheriff Jim Sholl said the couple was found in their home after a welfare check request. Sholl says a family friend was concerned when she hadn't heard from Jody Fellows in several days.
"After checking local hospitals and getting no response at the door, deputies saw the vehicles were in the garage and the house doors were locked from the inside, so they looked in the windows of the house. Sholl says deputies saw Dirk Fellows in his bed and saw blood.
"They went into the house and found Jody fellows near the door dead on the floor.
"Investigators say the occurrence wasn't a fluke.
"`She is possibly the victim of extended, prolonged domestic abuse,` Sholl said. `When you look at old bruises and new bruises, I think she was a victim of continued domestic violence.`"
"DES MOINES< IA — Two people were found dead inside a house early Monday in what Des Moines police said appeared to be a murder/suicide.
"Matthew John Hansen, 49, and Melissa Jo Downing, 48, had gunshot wounds, police said. Police said they believe Hansen fatally shot Downing and himself.
"Downing lived at the house on 3269 East Douglas Avenue where the bodies were found. One of her friends went there at about 8 a.m. Monday after Downing didn't show up for work, police said in a news release. The back door was open and nobody came to the door, so she called police.
"When officers entered the home they found the man and woman dead. Police didn't say when they died."
Source: Des Moines Register...
Monday, December 15, 2014
"HYATTSVILLE, MD — Hyattsville police are investigating an attempted murder/suicide that took place Sunday.
"Officers were called to the 5800 block of 31st Avenue for a check on welfare request at about 6:48 p.m., police said. Officers discovered a 90-year-old man and 90-year-old woman each suffering from a gunshot wound upon arrival, police said.
"The male was pronounced dead on the scene. His wife was taken to the hospital in critical condition.
"The incident is being investigated as a murder/suicide."
"STOCKTON, CA — A woman was beaten and burned to death at her home Sunday afternoon, presumably by her husband who then took his own life by also setting himself on fire, according to police.
"Two days after the 63-year-old woman identified by family members as Norma Moreno obtained a five-year restraining order from a judge, her 46-year-old husband defied it and went to her home in the first block of West Sonora Street just south of downtown Stockton, the couple’s daughter Kathy Ceja, 25, said.
"According to police, the man started attacking his wife, then poured gasoline on her before setting her on fire. Spokesman Officer Joe Silva said Sunday night the investigation was ongoing and he could not say whether the victim was deceased from the beating prior to being burned.
"Silva said the man then poured gasoline on himself and set himself on fire. Both were declared deceased at the scene in what Stockton police are investigating as a murder/suicide."
"YOUNG HARRIS, GA — According to a release from the Towns County Sheriff’s Office, a shooting in Young Harris last week has been ruled a murder/suicide.
"According to the release, 73 year old Janice Katherine Schultz died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds and Frank Duane Schultz, age 74, died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"The shootings occurred on Dec. 7 at a residence on 4478 Twiggs Road, where deputies responding to a shooting discovered the couple inside the residence. Mr. Schultz was transported from the scene for medical treatment, but died a short time later."
Friday, December 12, 2014
"ST. JOSEPH, MI — Police are investigating an apparent murder/suicide Thursday morning near St. Joseph involving a married couple.
"At 7:42 a.m., officers from the St. Joseph Township Police Department and the Berrien County Sheriff's Office responded to 2946 Windsor Drive after receiving reports of a shooting inside the home, a news release from the St. Joseph Township Police Department said.
"Officers entered the residence and found 49-year-old Kevin Hickman and 45-year-old Kathleen Hickman, believed to be husband and wife, in the master bedroom with `apparent gunshot wounds,` police said.
"A teenage male was at the home at the time of the shooting.
"According to a preliminary investigation, Hickman shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself, police said.
"As of Thursday evening, a motive for the killing is unknown, police said."
"LOWER BURRELL, PA — A married couple died at home in a double shooting that was a case of murder-suicide, the Westmoreland County coroner said Thursday night.
"The shooting on 133 Clinton Avenue was reported shortly before 8 a.m. Authorities found the bodies of Leanne McDade, 42, and Mark McDade, 45, in an upstairs bedroom and said a handgun was found at the scene.
"`Mark McDade shot and killed his wife, Leanne McDade, at their residence,` a coroner's report said. `Mark McDade then turned the firearm on himself, sustaining a fatal self-inflicted gunshot wound.`
"A neighbor said she was shocked by the news of the McDades' deaths and said she never heard any commotion or fighting at the house.
"`They were such a quiet couple. When they were outside, they always seemed to get along,` said Cindy Simpson. `There's never been any commotion over there at all.`
"Lower Burrell police said the last time they were called to the home was in 2001 for a call that was non-violent in nature."
"METTER, GA — A domestic dispute led to the murder/suicide of a Candler County couple Saturday, according to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation.
"The pair were found dead in their home of apparent gunshot wounds. Cyrus Purdiman, assistant special agent in charge of the GBI Statesboro office, said Tuesday that autopsy results Monday indicated Joseph Karpinsky, 44, shot and killed his wife, Janet Karpinsky, 36, and then turned the medium-caliber handgun on himself.
"Both were found dead in the home on Georgia Highway 23 North in Metter between 7:30 and 8 a.m. Saturday by a family member, Purdiman said.
"The couple had a history of domestic altercations, he said."
"PERKINSTON, MS — Investigators in George County say the victims in Wednesday's deadly shooting were the suspected gunman's former in-laws.
"Horace Dixon, 76, died at the scene near Parker Bridge Road. His wife, Cheria Dixon, is in critical condition at Singing River Hospital, where she underwent surgery Wednesday night for a gunshot wound.
"The suspect was identified Thursday as James Andrew Brown. The 30-year-old was found dead in the woods about 15 miles away from the shooting scene. Officials believe he took his own life.
"Investigators aren't releasing any further information about what may have led to the shooting, only calling it `a domestic issue.` The case is still currently under investigation."
"PORTLAND, OR — Detectives are searching for answers about what led to a suspected murder-suicide in Clackamas County this week.
"Deputies were called out to the 7500 block of Southeast Lake Road near Milwaukie for a welfare check at 6:30 p.m. Monday.
"At the home, deputies discovered the bodies of a man and woman.
"Initial evidence at the scene suggested a murder/suicide. Detectives believe that Tyson Stockton, 28, killed his wife Whichelle Stockton, 29, and then killed himself.
"No other details about the crime scene were released.
"Investigators said the couple had lived at their Lake Road home for the past eight months. Whichelle Stockton was recently discharged from the Navy after four years of service, but she does not have any family in the area.
"Detectives are seeking answers from the public about the couple's relationship and what might have preceded the suspected murder/suicide."
"SALTILLO, MS — A tumultuous relationship ended in gunfire Tuesday afternoon outside of Saltillo.
"According to Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson, deputies responded to a shots fired call at 156 County Road 521 around 1:30 p.m.
"`Upon arrival, deputies found an unlocked door and entered the residence,` said Johnson. `Inside, they discovered one male and one female with fatal gunshot wounds.`
"Lee County Coroner Carolyn Green identified the deceased as Danny Tutor, 58, and Shelia Tutor, 50, both of 156 County Road 521.
"`Several weapons were recovered from inside the home and this is being treated as a murder/suicide,` said Johnson.
"The details of the shootings are still under investigation.
"According to Chief Deputy John Hall, the initial call to 911 came from neighbors reporting what they thought were gunshots. A deputy arrived on the scene and was unable to get anyone to answer the door. When backup arrived, the officer again approached the house but got no response from inside.
"`We were in the process of trying to locate a family member with a key when it was discovered that one of the doors was unlocked,` said Hall. `It was then they discovered the two individuals. Both were deceased when we located them.`"
"CASTAIC, CA — The theory that a Lancaster man deliberately killed himself and his two children by slamming his car into a parked truck on Interstate 5 was bolstered by the discovery of airbag sensors apparently removed from the vehicle, a homicide detective said Wednesday.
"Alan Dean Edwards, 46, and his two children—Erick Dean Edwards, 8, and Alona Marie Edwards, 5—were killed instantly early Monday when the car driven by Edwards rammed into a semi-truck and trailer parked legally off the I-5 north of Castaic, according to the county coroner.
"When asked Wednesday if the crash was a murder/suicide, sheriff’s homicide Lt. Eddie Hernandez replied, `It’s starting to look that way.`
"Detectives searched the Edwards home Tuesday and found two airbag sensors left in `a conspicuous place,` suggesting the devices that trigger the release of life-saving airbags had been deliberately removed from the 1997 Honda Accord Alan Edwards was driving.
"`It was kind of like a statement,` Hernandez said of the placement of the relay sensors.
"The crash occurred shortly before 1 a.m. Monday on the southbound side of the I-5 at the Whittaker Brake Check, an area where truckers can pull out of lanes to check their brakes before a five-mile downgrade.
"The Yuba City driver of a 2006 Freightliner and utility semi-trailer was parked legally in the brake check area and taking a nap when Edwards’ white Honda slammed into the back of his trailer, shearing off the top of the car. The truck driver was not injured.
"Investigators with both the CHP and the coroner’s department concluded the crash was deliberate and that Edwards purposely drove around obstacles in his path before the collision, Hernandez said Tuesday."
"ARLINGTON, VA — To his girlfriend’s family, Ray Savoy seemed an attentive, loving boyfriend. The 29-year-old carried Kristy Flowers, an aspiring lawyer, up and down the stairs after she had surgery on her foot and often made sure that her baths were accompanied by candles and chocolates. About a month ago, Savoy broached the subject of marrying Flowers with her mother, father and other relatives.
"But there were signs of trouble, mostly in hindsight. On a trip to visit Flowers’s family in Ohio, Savoy drank a lot and talked about a gun he kept in his car, Flowers’s brother said. The young man seemed unusually interested in his girlfriend’s hugging a male friend, her mother and father said. And his talk of marriage came after only months of dating, a little premature for some in Flowers’s family.
"On Tuesday, police officials in Arlington County said they believe that Savoy fatally shot Flowers, 31, inside the apartment they shared on North Kensington Street in the Westover neighborhood, then shot and killed himself. Their bodies were discovered late Monday afternoon, after Flowers’s mother, concerned that she hadn’t been able to reach her daughter all weekend, got in touch with an apartment maintenance man, who contacted police. Lt. Kip Malcolm, a police department spokesman, said detectives found a handgun in the home. Arlington police had never been called to the apartment for domestic violence.
"`To me, they were like the perfect couple,` said Patricia Flowers, Kristy Flowers’s mother. `There was nothing to indicate that he was a violent person.`"
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"LOS ANGELES, CA — A rapper who was part of Floyd Mayweather's crew, `The Money Team,` was one of two people found dead in an apparent murder/suicide at the Palazzo apartments in Los Angeles Monday.
"Authorities say an LAPD SWAT team responded to the Palazzo apartment complex at Park La Brea in the 300 block of Hauser Boulevard at about 7:30 a.m. Officers heard shots fired and a woman screaming, according to police.
"SWAT officers went inside the apartment.
"`They made entry into a locked door inside the residence, which is where they found two decedents of apparent gunshot wounds,` said LAPD Sgt. Barry Montgomery.
"A weapon was recovered at the scene.
"The initial investigation revealed that 34-year-old Earl Warren Hayes shot his wife, 30-year-old VH1 `Hit the Floor` star Stephanie Elyse Moseley, to death and then took his own life, the LAPD said in a news release Monday night. Hayes and Moseley were pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, police said.
"`Very caring and sharing gentleman, so this is all new to anyone that would know Earl Hayes,` said Burrel Wilks, Hayes' friend and life coach."
"SWANNANOA, NC — Buncombe Sheriff's deputies have determined the Saturday shooting deaths of two people in a Swannanoa home were the result of a murder/suicide.
"The victims have been identified as Binia Bexara Maldonado, 35, of 100 Alan Campos Circle, and her nextdoor neighbor, Jose David Banillo, 31, of 98 Alan Campos Circle, off Old U.S. 70, sheriff's office spokeswoman Natalie Bailey said.
"Deputies received a call for assistance around 6:30 p.m. Saturday. When they arrived at 6:45 p.m., they found the victims inside Maldonado's mobile home.
"Investigators are still trying to determine who fired the fatal shots, Bailey said.
"A handgun was used in the incident, according to a sheriff's office incident report."
Sunday, December 7, 2014
"MIAMI SPRINGS, FL — Police discovered two bodies Saturday afternoon inside a Miami Springs home.
"`Two elderly people are dead in what looks like a murder/suicide,` said a Miami-Dade County police officer, speaking on condition of anonymity as officials started an investigation.
"An concerned relative, who lives out of state, called police Saturday and asked them to check on local family members, police said. When police arrived around noon, they discovered two dead bodies.
"Homicide detectives are gathering evidence at the home on 741 Swan Avenue which, county records show, is owned by Richard and Doris Gardinier.
"As of late Saturday afternoon, police continue to investigate the cause of death."
"UTICA, NY — The man and woman found dead in a house in Oneida County Thursday likely died in a murder/suicide.
"Utica police said Friday that preliminary autopsy results from the Onondaga County Medical Examiner's Office show that 26-year-old Stephanie R Excell was killed by 22-year-old Zachary R. Rogers, who then killed himself.
"Both Excell and Rogers sustained a single gun shot wound to the head, police said.
"Police officers responded around 9:30 a.m. to the house at 1103 Hart St. for a report of shots being fired. The found Excell and Rogers inside. Both resided on Hart Street in Utica.
"Sgt. Steve Hauck, a police department spokesman, said police believe Excell and Rogers were dating at the time of their deaths. Both were Army veterans, he said. Excell is a native of Utica and Rogers is reportedly from California.
"Full autopsy results from the medical examiner are expected to take several weeks. Police are continuing to investigate."
"ST. LOUIS, MO — A man and a woman were found shot to death inside an apartment Thursday night in what appears to be a murder/suicide, police said.
"Family members who went to check on the couple found the bodies and called police about 8:20 p.m. The apartment is in the 3800 block of Gustine Avenue in south St. Louis' Dutchtown neighborhood.
"Authorities found Maya Williams and her boyfriend, Davion Gleghorn, both 22, dead of gunshot wounds to the head. Gleghorn had a gun in his hand, police said.
"The bodies were found in a bedroom of the apartment. Authorities said Gleghorn shot Williams and then himself.
"It wasn't clear when the shooting took place. Family members went to check on the couple because they hadn't heard from them for some time, police said, but authorities did not provide a timeline."
"LAS VEGAS, NV — Las Vegas police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide near Cheyenne and Rampart.
"On Dec. 3 at approximately 6 p.m., patrol officers responded to a residence located on the 9100 block of Firebird Drive to investigate a report of two people shot inside.
"Arriving officers and medical personnel located an elderly couple dead inside of the residence with apparent gunshot wounds.
"The preliminary investigation indicated the two were husband and wife.
"Police said it appears the man shot the woman with a handgun and then turned the gun on himself.
"The Clark County Coroner has identified the couple as 81-year-old Mary Carol Ray and 84-year-old Clyde Earl Ray, both of Las Vegas."
"WARREN COUNTY, PA — A Garland woman who was stabbed in the back Thursday morning by a Garland man, who then shot and killed himself, was upgraded, from critical to serious condition, on Friday.
"Angel N. McShane, 42, remains at UPMC Hamot, in Erie, where she was in serious condition Friday, according to a nursing supervisor.
"McShane was stabbed in the back by Charles "Chuck" Thomas Williams, 50, who then shot and killed himself in an apparent attempted murder-suicide, according to state police at the Warren barracks.
"Police were notified of a stabbing and shooting at McShane's home, along Taylor Lane, in Pittsfield Township, on Thursday, at 11:30 a.m., by Warren County 911.
"McShane reported to 911 that she had been stabbed by Williams, and that he had shot himself.
"State police and emergency personnel responded to the residence, and discovered McShane with a stab wound to her back.
"She was flown to UPMC Hamot for treatment.
"Coroner Jerry Borden said that Williams died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
"Borden said Williams was McShane's boyfriend and lived on-and-off at her residence, though Williams also maintained a separate residence."
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Wednesday, December 3, 2014
"MARCO ISLAND, FL &Mdash; A 24-year-old Marco Island woman accused of killing her boyfriend, tried to kill herself before seeking help, reports show.
"Lisa Troemner admitted to deputies she tried to kill herself after fatally stabbing her 30-year-old boyfriend Trevor Smith.
"Troemner was taken to Physicians Regional Hospital Tuesday morning where she was treated for a self-inflicted stab wound to her neck.
"Arrest reports show Troemner told deputies she and Smith had been arguing for days leading up to the stabbing. For the past two days, the arguments had become more serious and, at points, physical.
"Troemner said she woke the morning of the stabbing to Smith calling her offensive names in bed.
"After the killing, Troemner walked to the 7-Eleven near the couple’s Park Avenue apartment. A clerk there called 911 and deputies arrived on scene.
"Troemner is being held on second-degree murder charges."
"KELLER, TX — The deaths of a married couple in their 90s found fatally shot inside a Keller assisted living center is being investigated as a murder/suicide, police say.
"Keller police said they were called at about 6:40 a.m. Wednesday to Whitley Place, an assisted living center on the 800 block of Whitley Road, after an employee found the couple's bodies in their beds. According to Keller police Capt. Brenda Slovak, the employee checked on the couple after the man didn't appear for his morning coffee.
"`She got suspicious and went in to check on them and see if they were OK,` Slovak said. `That's when she found them dead.`
"Slovak said the deaths were likely the result of a murder-suicide and that the husband shot his wife before turning the gun on himself. A handgun was found in his hand, police said.
"Police said the couple, whose names have not yet been released, do not have a history of violence and said the man's wife may have been diagnosed with a terminal illness. They had been living at the center since 2013.
"Slovak said nobody at Whitley Place reported hearing gunshots in the couple's room, which is located at the end of a hallway."
"BROOKLYN, NY — A 30-year-old Brooklyn man stabbed his stepfather to death early Tuesday, then committed suicide by jumping from the building, police sources said.
"Suspect Kostyantyn Proskurnyak’s 29-year-old sister was also stabbed trying to break up the attack, but is expected to survive, officials said.
"The violent family drama erupted shortly past 2 a.m. at the family home on Ocean View Ave. in Brighton Beach.
"Proskurnyak attacked his stepfather Voclodymyr Yeushchenko—stabbing the 59-year-old in the neck—during an argument inside a first-floor apartment, police said.
"When his sister intervened, she was knifed in the head, back and wrist, though it wasn't immediately clear if her brother had attacked her intentionally.
"She ran off and called police when she reached Brighton Beach Ave. and Coney Island Ave., about two blocks from the bloody scene, officials said.
"Cops raced to the apartment and found the father dead inside. A knife that police believe was used in the murder was found near Yeushchenko’s body.
"Proskurnyak was outside the building, officials said.
"He was suffering from multiple injuries after having apparently fallen from a second-floor window.
"Proskurnyak was rushed to Coney Island Hospital, where he died at 3:25 a.m. His sister was being treated as Lutheran Medical Center Tuesday afternoon.
"It was not immediately clear what sparked the bloodshed."
"ROSEVILLE, MI — Announcing it was `time to die,` a 55-year-old Roseville man shot his live-in girlfriend in the chest and then turned the gun on himself, police said.
"The woman, 55, who survived the Saturday night attack, was in extremely critical condition at a local hospital, Roseville Police Chief James Berlin said today. The boyfriend was dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head when police arrived in the 26000 block of Ridgemont, Berlin said.
"Police were sent to the area about 11:15 p.m. Saturday on a report of gunshots being fired and a woman screaming for help. They found the woman, who Berlin did not name, lying in the driveway of the home, wounded. A short distance away was her boyfriend's body, police said.
"The pair shared the home on 26378 Ridgemont, apparently for at least a few years. The man, who Berlin identified as Michael Joseph Powell, had been suffering long-term health issues.
"But, he said, Powell had been drinking heavily that day or night, which exacerbated his medical condition, leading the couple to argue. Part of the argument, Berlin said, was about Powell's drinking.
"During the argument, the girlfriend told police, Powell pulled out a .380-caliber, semiautomatic handgun and pointed it at her and said it was `time to die,` Berlin said. He said Powell fired a shot at her inside the home and missed, hitting a bedroom wall.
"She fled the house, screaming for help, alerting neighbors who immediately called police. She took cover behind a car, but the man found her and shot at her, hitting her once in the chest, police said.
"He then walked a short distance and turned the gun on himself, taking his own life, police said.
"`It's kind of a tragedy all the way around,` Berlin said."
"MORGANTOWN, WV — A West Virginia man suspected in four killings in separate shootings was discovered dead in his truck of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a nine-hour manhunt, police said Monday.
"Jody Lee Hunt, 39, of Westover was found in a clearing in the woods in the southern part of Monongalia County, inside his 2011 Ford F-150, according to state police.
"The vehicle and body were found about 7 pm in `a power line right of way,` spokesman Lt. Dennis Johnson said.
"Hunt was wanted in two shootings in the Westover area and another in the Cheat Lake area in Monongalia County, spokesman Lt. Michael Baylous said. Medical officials will work to confirm the identity of the body, he said.
"Officials said they would not release further information Monday night. On Tuesday, investigators at each of the three crime scenes will `sit down and piece all those puzzle pieces together and find out how this all happened,` Baylous said.
"Into Monday evening, state and local police had fanned out in search of Hunt, who was believed to be driving a 2011 Ford F-150 extended cab truck with license plate OLK 303.
"The truck reportedly has a sticker reading `Rough Country` in the back window and a Black Tonneau cover over the bed, reports the station.
"State police spokesman Lt Michael Baylous identified the two victims killed in the Cheat Lake area as Berkshire of Westover, as well as Michael David Frum, 28. They were found inside a home.
"The third identified victim, Doug Brady, was found dead inside his Westover business, Doug's Towing.
"A November 7 Facebook post from Berkshire appears to show the very same truck Hunt is believed to have been driving, along with the words, 'New ride for this girl !!!!'
"According to Monongalia County Circuit Court records, Berkshire filed a domestic violence case against Hunt some time last month.
"Unfortunately, her efforts appear to have come too late. Court records also indicated there were no protective orders currently in place for Berkshire."
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