Sunday, November 30, 2014
"IMPERIAL, MO — A 55-year-old woman was shot and killed by her brother in an argument Sunday afternoon, and the brother then shot himself in his head, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. The brother, 47, was air-lifted to an area hospital for treatment.
"The Sheriff's Office was not releasing either name.
"Sheriff Oliver `Glenn` Boyer said in a news release that a police investigation indicated that the son `retrieved a firearm, shot his sister and then shot himself.`
"Sheriff's deputies were called out about 3:10 p.m. to a disturbance in the 5400 block of Old Lemay Ferry Rd.
"The woman had called the dispatch center and said that her brother was out of control, according the Sheriff's Department. At that point, the dispatcher lost phone contact. About one minute later the dispatch center received a second call from the same address from another woman—identified as their mother—who said that her son was on the floor bleeding from his head. The mother said that her daughter was also bleeding and that she was outside in the driveway.
"Once they arrived, the deputies found the sister dead in the driveway of the home. Deputies found her brother with a gunshot wound on the porch of the home. The brother lives at the home.
"Their mother, 81, told authorities that her son and daughter had gotten into a verbal argument, which escalated.
"The investigation is continuing."
From the Post-Dispatch...
"NASHUA, NH — Police in Nashua, New Hampshire, say a man likely died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he killed a woman, the New Hampshire Attorney General's office confirms.
"Around 11 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a report of a deceased female on the Baldwin Street Bridge. Investigators say she appears to be a homicide victim.
"Shortly after the discovery of the body, police responded to a residence at 1 Hutchinson Street in Nashua. According to police, an adult male was inside the residence, alone, with multiple firearms. The Nashua SWAT team ultimately entered the home and found the man deceased from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. No officers fired their weapons during the incident.
"Based on preliminary investigation, it appears the deceased male killed the deceased female found on the Baldwin Street Bridge and then killed himself. Their names are being withheld pending notification of next of kin.
"The New Hampshire assistant attorney general says the man and woman, who lived together, were both in their 50s. They were out with friends Saturday night. The friends accounted to investigators that they met back at the couple's house and when they became suspicious because the woman was missing, the man pulled out a gun. They left and notified police.
"Autopsies are expected Monday. The incident is under investigation by Nashua Police."
Saturday, November 29, 2014
"CHICAGO, IL — A gunman shot a woman before turning the gun on himself Friday night in what police describe as a domestic-related shooting at the Nordstrom store on North Michigan Avenue.
"The man, whose age was not available, was targeting his `girlfriend or ex-girlfriend,` who was a seasonal employee at the department store, said John Escalante, chief of detectives for the Chicago Police Department.
"`She was working up on the second floor when he approached her, fired one shot, which struck her,` Escalante said on the scene. `He then turned the gun to himself and shot and killed himself.`
"Responders found the gunman dead when they arrived, and the woman was taken to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in critical condition, Escalante said.
"The crowded store was hurriedly emptied of holiday shoppers after the shooting, according to witnesses. The shooting happened about 8:30 p.m. Friday.
"`This is an active scene, an ongoing investigation, but again, I can tell you it is domestic-related,` Escalante said.
"According to court records, the gunman had petitioned to have a temporary restraining order issued against the woman for stalking. That petition was denied by a Cook County judge last April, court records show.
"According to the Nordstrom website, the store was open until 9 p.m."
From the Chicago Tribune...
Friday, November 28, 2014
"GOULDSBORO, ME — Police investigating the deaths of a Gouldsboro couple found shot to death on Thursday morning believe that the husband shot his elderly wife to death then turned his handgun on himself.
"State police spokesman Stephen McCausland said Thursday evening that the deaths of 75-year-old Virginia Hutchins and 65-year-old Raymond Hutchins `appear to be a murder/suicide.`
"A relative who went to check on the couple at their Grand Marsh Bay home found their bodies on their couch, where a handgun was also recovered, McCausland said in a written statement. Virginia Hutchins had been in `poor health for some time` and Raymond Hutchins was her full-time caregiver, McCausland said.
"The State Medical Examiner’s Office will examine their bodies Friday or Saturday."
Source: Portland Press Herald...
"BLUE SPRINGS, MO — A man and a woman are dead following a case of domestic violence that police say ended in a fatal shooting. A Blue Springs home at 2324 Northeast 23rd became a crime scene Thanksgiving morning.
"`Even if it isn`t Thanksgiving, it`s one of those calls that it`s hard for the families, being close to the holidays. It is rough for law enforcement and for the families involved,` said Sergeant Joe Fanara of the Blue Springs Police Department.
"Police arrived to the scene at about 7:30 on Thursday morning.
“`Once the officers showed up, they did hear the sound of shots fired inside of the residence,` Sgt. Fanara said.
"Police say that in addition to the two people killed there was a third person inside the home. Police confirm that man ran through the backyard after officers heard gunshots, but they aren't looking at him as a suspect.
"`We did have another gentleman who was inside of the residence that we don't believe was involved that possibly witnessed what occurred inside of the residence, and we are questioning him at this time,` Sgt. Fanara said."
From WDAF TV...
"SHERWOOD, OR — A domestic dispute in a quiet Sherwood neighborhood ended in tragedy Thursday morning after a man shot his girlfriend, her sister and finally himself.
"Sherwood Police Capt. Ty Hanlon said the couple was found dead at the home. The sister is being treated for gunshot wounds, but is expected to survive.
"Authorities say gunfire erupted inside 17981 Southwest Cereghino Lane around 12:30 a.m. A woman with a gunshot wound escaped from the home and sought help from a neighbor, who called the police, Hanlon said.
"When authorities arrived, they transported the woman to a nearby hospital. Washington County's Tactical Negotiation Team, along with Sherwood Police, tried to make contact with the man and woman, who were believed to be still inside the home.
"Authorities used flash bangs and gas in an attempt to roust the pair from the home. Police evacuated nearby neighbors and housed them in a TriMet bus to keep them warm, Hanlon said.
"After several hours of failed attempts to contact anyone inside, members of the SWAT team broke down the back fence of the residence with an armored vehicle and entered the home. The man was found dead inside, while the woman was found dead outside the home.
"Both were residents of the home, Hanlon said, and died of apparent gunshot wounds.
"The names of the shooting victims have not been released."
Thursday, November 27, 2014
"OREGON CITY, OR — A woman was killed in what police believe was a murder/suicide attempt by her husband.
"Police were called to 15970 Swan Avenue near Thurman Street in Oregon City at around 12:15 p.m. Tuesday.
"Callers reported two people on the ground in a driveway.
"Officers arrived to find a 32-year-old woman and 38-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. They were both taken to the hospital for treatment of their injuries.
"Investigators identified the pair as husband and wife.
"Police confirmed that Rebekka Johnson died early Wednesday morning from gunshot wounds. Her husband's condition was not known Wednesday.
"Oregon City Police detectives and the Clackamas County Major Crimes Team are investigating. "
"TOLDEO, OH — Authorities are investigating a fatal shooting today in Sylvania Township as an attempted murder/suicide.
"David A. Eckhardt, 43, of 7160 Regents Park Blvd., shot his wife, Melissa Eckhardt, and his father, Richard C. Eckhardt, 71, and then turned the handgun on himself, said Sylvania Township police Det. Jim Rettig. The younger Mr. Eckhardt was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Mrs. Eckhardt and the elder Mr. Eckhardt were injured during the incident, which occurred at the couple’s residence on Regents Park, which is in the St. James Wood community, at about 9:15 a.m. The man’s mother was also at the house at the time of the shootings but was not injured herself, Detective Rettig said.
"One of the victims was taken to ProMedica Toledo Hospital, according to the Lucas County EMS. Their conditions have not been released.
"Detective Rettig said Mr. Eckhardt’s parents did not live in the home. He did not say why they were at the residence.
"The detective said the motive involved marital issues. He was checking into a report that police were called to the residence for an incident on Monday."
From the Toldeo Blade...
"PUYALLUP, WA — Pierce County sheriff’s deputies are investigating a possible murder/suicide after a 58-year-old man and his 6-year-old daughter were found dead Tuesday in an apartment.
"According to Pierce County Sheriff’s Department detective Ed Troyer, a resident in the 17700 block of 85th Avenue Ct. East called police to report his neighbor was possibly suicidal Monday night, and not responding to knocks on his door Tuesday morning.
"Sheriff’s deputies called to the scene found the body of the man and the young girl.
"The man was going to be evicted from his apartment Tuesday morning, according to investigators. Neighbors saw him packing up his belongings into his SUV Monday night.
"`We believe this happened either really late last night or really early this morning and there wouldn’t have been anything anyone could do. There was no weapon used, it was quiet, and there wouldn’t have been any other way to intervene,` said Troyer.
"Investigators believe the little girl’s mother lives out of state."
"DIBOLL, TX — Diboll Police officers are investigating the death of a man and his wife whose bodies were found at a home on 1315 Glass Street Tuesday morning. Authorities believe that the deaths were possibly a double suicide or a murder/suicide.
"Steve Baker, the interim chief of the Diboll Police Department, said that the couple has been identified as William Guy Treadway, 86, and Velma Beauchamp Treadway, 73.
"The initial 911 call came in at 9:47 Tuesday, Baker said. The interim chief said that a family member of the couple said that they were concerned that their father had picked their mother up from the Trinity Mission nursing home and had made statements that they might hurt themselves.
"When the Diboll Police Department arrived at the scene, they tried to call into the house, but they got no response, Baker said. As a result, the officers made a forced entry into the home, and found William and Velma Treadway's bodies inside. Both people had apparent gunshot wounds, Baker said.
"Investigators quickly secured the scene, and autopsies have been ordered, Baker said.
"Baker said even though the case is still under investigation at this time, it could be a double suicide or a murder/suicide.
"`This isn't the kind of thing you think of on a morning like this,` Baker said. `It's tragic and the family members were actually on their way to visit and it's very tragic for them and we are very sorry for their loss. We know it's going to be tough for them now that it is the holidays.`"
"OAKLAND, CA — An 86-year-old man fatally shot his 72-year-old wife and then himself in an apparent murder/suicide sometime on Monday in the couple's Broadway Terrace home, police said.
"The couple, identified as Mike and Jackie Fitzgerald, were found about 8 p.m. Monday after a relative asked police to do a well-being check.
"Police forced their way into the residence on 6210 Broadway Terrace, near Highway 13, and found the couple both dead from gunshot wounds in the living room, Oakland police Sgt. Michael Cardoza said Tuesday.
"Cardoza said no notes were found and police are trying to establish a motive for the shootings. He said Mike Fitzgerald may have had some health issues.
"Police have classified the deaths as a murder and suicide, Cardoza said.
"Police said the couple had been married 25 years and had lived in the house for many years.
"They were last seen alive Sunday and seemed in good spirits police were told.
"Police said a relative tried to call them numerous times on Monday and when that was unsuccessful went to the home. Police were called when the relative could not get in."
"XENIA, OH — A Xenia man killed himself before police could apprehend him after a high-speed pursuit as part of an apparent murder/suicide.
"Earnest R. Starling Jr., 35, of Springfield, was shot and killed outside a home on East Church Street in Xenia about 1 a.m. Tuesday. The shooter, Chris Fonzi Jr., 31, reportedly came to that address, where his estranged wife lived, and displayed a handgun before forcing his way inside.
"Witnesses told Xenia police Starling and Fonzi argued in the home for several minutes. Fonzi fired several shots inside the home, then chased Starling outside, where he fired two more times. One of those bullets hit Starling in the torso, killing him, said Xenia Detective Scott Anger.
"Police released a description of the white truck Fonzi was seen fleeing in, and Greene County sheriff’s deputies located it on U.S. 35. A high-speed chase ensued, with speeds reaching up to 85 mph. The pursuit ended in Dayton after officers there used stop sticks on Terry Street to deflate the tires on Fonzi’s truck.
"After hitting the stop sticks, Anger said, Fonzi apparently shot himself in his truck. The vehicle hit an RTA pole near Fifth and Terry streets. Fonzi was taken to a hospital but died of the self-inflicted gunshot wound, Anger said. Officers recovered the weapon used in the shooting.
"Starling was visiting Fonzi’s estranged wife and her niece on Church Street when the shooting occurred, said police, who noted Fonzi used to live at that same address."
From the Dayton Daily News...
"ANSON COUNTY, NC — A man and a young girl are dead in what appears to be a murder/suicide, the Anson County Sheriff's Office says.
"Authorities responded around 5:15 Monday evening to a home on Horne Store Road, about five miles south of Peachland.
"Deputies found the body of a 33-year-old man suffering a gunshot wound to the head in an outbuilding behind the home. Further search of the property uncovered the body of a 2-year-old girl inside the main home, identified only as Kenya by the Sheriff's Office. Officials say her body showed no obvious physical injuries.
"The man has been identified as George Rufus Harris, III, the boyfriend of the deceased child's mother, as well as a wanted sex offender out of Kentucky, according to the Anson County Sheriff, Tommy Allen.
"According to deputies, the last time anyone in Kentucky had contact with Harris was a year ago. They believe he lived her for a few months.
"Six or seven adults live in the house, along with at least four other children—in addition to the deceased toddler.
"The Sheriff described the conditions in the house as `horrid`, and the `worst he's seen in 30 plus years in law enforcement`.
"DSS has been notified and will conduct an inspection on the condition of the home.
"`It's not suitable for anyone, adults or children,` Sheriff Allen said."
"WAYNESVILLE, NC — A Pickens County teacher and her husband died in what officials are calling an apparent murder/suicide.
"The investigation started Monday after Eva Haynie, who worked at Chastain Road Elementary School in Liberty, didn't show up to work and had not returned to her main home in Pickens County.
"She was last seen Sunday afternoon at her second home in Haywood County near Waynesville, according to investigators.
"During a welfare check at the Haywood County home, officers found Eva, 51, and her husband Richard Haynie, 54, dead.
"Autopsies are scheduled for Tuesday to determine the cause of death, but officials are calling the case an apparent murder/suicide."
Monday, November 24, 2014
"SOUTHGATE, MI — Police are still on the scene of what appears to be a murder/suicide at a health club in a shopping center.
"According to Public Safety Director Thomas Coombs, police were called to Downriver Gymnastics on 13777 Eureka Road at about 9:15 a.m. Monday after receiving an open 911 call.
"`An open 911 call is when no one is talking on the other end,` Coombs said.
"`The dispatcher could hear what they thought was someone arguing on the other end of the phone. They dispatched officers and upon arrival they discovered the bodies of a male and female in what appears to be a murder/suicide.
"`The female victim was an employee of the club.`
"According to police the two were the only people in the facility.
"`The door was locked and the owner came down and opened it up,` Coombs said.
"`It appears a handgun was used in the incident. We are with holding identification until next of kin can be notified.`
"The facility remains locked while detectives continue to process the scene."
"MOONACHIE, NJ — Bergen County Prosecutor John L. Molinelli this afternoon confirmed the identities of an engaged couple found dead in a murder/suicide at a Moonachie trailer home overnight.
"Authorities were called at 3:07 a.m. by another man who lived at 3 West 1st Street in the Vanguard Trailer Park off Moonachie Avenue, the prosecutor said.
"There they found the bodies of April Marie Wallace Ellialtioglu and Jeffrey Scarpanito Jr. on the living room floor, both with gunshot wounds in the head, he said.
"Scarpanito, 34, killed Wallace Ellialtioglu before turning the gun on himself, Molinelli said.
"The 33-year-old Ellialtioglu, who worked at Wal-Mart, cheated death several years ago after falling off an ex-boyfriend’s car at a Lodi Dunkin Donuts and sustaining severe head trauma, family sources told [reporters].
"Scarpanito was a Nevada native whose mother is a schoolteacher in Paterson.
"Autopsies were being conducted today by the Bergen County Medical Examiner.
"Molinelli’s Major Crimes Unit was investigating. The Bergen County Sheriff’s Bureau of Criminal Identification collected evidence."
"ROCHESTER, MNA 49-year-old man is believed to have shot and killed a 9-year-old girl before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder/suicide in Rochester, Minn., on Sunday, police said.
"Officers discovered the bodies after receiving reports at 4:02 p.m. of shooting victims inside a home on 4553 5th Street NW.
"Authorities said that the general public was not at risk.
"`The incident is believed to have been entirely contained within the residence,` police said in a statement.
"Police did not provide details Sunday night about the relationship between the man and the girl.
"The investigation was continuing."
Saturday, November 22, 2014
"SISSETON, SD — Around 3:30 a.m. this morning, Sisseton residents heard sirens blare and, later, a helicopter, likely an air ambulance.
"Within hours, the small Roberts County town would be rocked by the news of a shooting that left four people dead and one critically injured.
"The South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation said preliminary investigation results identify Colter Richard Arbach, 22, of Sisseton, as the shooter in the morning incident, according to a release from the state Attorney General's office.
"Officials believe Arbach shot the four other people before killing himself. The bodies were found at a home in Sisseton.
"One of the victims, a female, was in stable condition today at a Fargo hospital, according to earlier Associated Press reports.
"By mid-morning, many from Sisseton's Native American community had gathered at the east end of the blocked-off portion of the street, where a green house sits at the corner of Cherry Street and Fourth Avenue East.
"Some residents had been there since the sirens rang, waiting for news and supporting each other.
"Sisseton Police and Roberts County Sheriff's Office vehicles were guarding the two-block section, keeping bystanders back from the scene.
"Nearly half of Sisseton's 2,470 residents in 2010 were American Indian, according to the U.S. Census. Sisseton is on the Lake Traverse Indian Reservation, which is in the northeast corner of the state near the borders with North Dakota and Minnesota.
"All of the victims and Arbach are believed to be at least part Native American."
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"AIKEN, SC — An Aiken man shot and killed his wife before killing himself early Saturday, according to the Aiken County Coroner’s Office.
"Officers from the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office and New Ellenton Police Department responded to a home on 611 Ashbury Drive in the Cedar Creek subdivision about 1:30 a.m., according to Aiken County Coroner Tim Carlton. They found 44-year-old Teresa Tomac and her husband, 62-year-old James Tomac dead.
“`There appears to be a recent history of unspecified domestic issues,` Carlton said in a statement. `Again, preliminary indications are that Mr. Tomac shot his wife and then killed himself.`
"Carlton said the Tomacs were both employed by the U.S. Department of Energy. Autopsies are scheduled for Monday in Newberry."
From the Aiken Standard...
"OJO ENCINO, NM — Three people are dead in a murder/suicide in the Ojo Encino Chapter of the Navajo Nation, according to Crownpoint District Navajo Nation police.
"Two victims were stabbed to death by a man before he allegedly took his own life, according to police.
"The incident was first reported to authorities just before 9 p.m. Thursday night. Ojo Encino is located on US 550 between Bloomfield and Bernalillo on a checkerboard portion of the Navajo Nation.
"Authorities have not released any information regarding the victims or the suspect at this time."
Friday, November 21, 2014
"COWPENS, SC — The coroner has determined the cause and manner of the deaths of a retired deputy and his new wife.
"Coroner Rusty Clevenger announced the outcome of his investigation after speaking with the family members of Rex Miguel Scott, 68, and Lisa Kay James, 44.
"Clevenger has ruled James's death a homicide and Scott's a suicide.
"Both died from gunshot wounds to the head, Clevenger said.
"The bodies were found when a deputy was asked to go by the home on 1760 Old Pacolet Road to check the welfare of the residents, Clevenger said.
"Scott and James had recently been married, according to investigators.
"Scott was a former Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office deputy who served for several years before retiring, deputies said."
"ALLENTOWN, PA — A man who police say wanted to end his wife's suffering, shot her and then turned the gun on himself Friday morning.
"According to Captain William Reinik, 92-year-old Izak Waide, of 1620 East Washington Street, contacted the couple's son in New York and told them he couldn't take it anymore.
"His wife suffered from advanced Alzheimer's and Waide was apparently at the breaking point, police said. He wanted to end her suffering, the son told police.
"The son contacted police, who sent officers to the scene Friday around 7:45 a.m., but it was too late.
"Waide had shot his wife, 92-year-old Malka Waide, in the head, police said. She was taken to St. Luke's Hospital in Fountain Hill, and is expected to survive. Her condition was not available.
"Waide was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:46 a.m. by the Lehigh County coroner's office. His death was ruled a suicide."
"TABERNACLE, NJ — New Jersey State Police have released the names of the three children who were shot in what appears to have been an attempted murder/suicide in Tabernacle, New Jersey.
"Financial troubles may have led to the violence.
"Investigators say the incident was reported at 9:16 a.m. Thursday at a home on 39 Holly Park Drive.
"According to investigators, all of the victims were shot inside the same bedroom.
"8-year-old Nadia Harriman and 14-year-old Nicholas Harriman were dead when police arrived on the scene.
"11-year-old Alexander Harriman and 44-year-old Jeaninne LePage were still alive, and rushed to Cooper University Hospital in Camden where they remain in critical condition.
"LePage, who had been shot in the head, is said to be the mother of the children.
"All four are believed to have been shot with the same weapon—a handgun found at the scene.
"The incident was reported by family members, police said, who were in the home. Investigators say nobody heard the shooting.
"Capt. Stephen Jones said, `We are not getting into reasons why right now.`"
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"EL PASO, TX — El Paso Police’s Crimes Against Persons unit is investigating the deaths of two adults at an East Side Home.
"Police received a welfare check call at around 10:20 a.m. Saturday for the home in the 9800 block of Eastridge.
"Officers arrived at the home and learned that family members were concerned when they were unable to contact a person who they believed was inside of the home.
"Officers entered the home and found the two people dead inside the home with the deaths appearing to be the result of a murder/suicide.
"Detectives and Crime Scene Investigators were at the scene throughout the day and night Thursday investigating the scene.
"Police are not releasing the identities of the decedents pending notifying next of kin."
"HAWKINS, TX — The Texas Rangers are investigating after two bodies were found Wednesday in a Hawkins home.
"Hawkins Police Chief Ron Voda says the deaths are being investigated as a murder/suicide until the autopsy comes back.
"Voda said officers were sent to a home about 2:30 p.m. in the 100 block of Estelle Street. When they arrived at the house, they found the front door open. Officers found two dead bodies and three dead dogs. Voda says all of them appeared to have been shot to death.
"The bodies were sent to Southwest Forensics in Dallas for an autopsy and the Texas Rangers have taken over the investigation."
"NORFOLK, VA — A man is dead and a woman is in the hospital after a double shooting in a Norfolk apartment complex.
"Police say the initial call about a shooting at The Pointe at Pickett Farm complex on Greenplain Road came in shortly before 5:30am Wednesday morning.
"When police arrived they found a man and a woman suffering from gunshot wounds.
"The man, identified as 37-year-old Timothy D. Vines, was pronounced dead at the scene by Norfolk Fire Rescue.
"An investigation has revealed that Vines shot his 31-year-old wife before he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"The woman was transported to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital with life-threatening injuries.
"During the incident there were 3 children in the home, ages 12, 9, and 6, who were not injured."
"FLOYD DALE, SC — Preliminary findings of an investigation into the deaths of three people found dead in a Dillon County home show they were all shot in a murder/suicide, according to Captain Cliff Arnette with the Dillon County Sheriff's Office.
"Arnette said no additional information is being released as to who committed the crimes or a motive but that information will be provided once the investigation is complete.
"The bodies of Summer Grice, 20, Tiana Mendez, 30, and her husband Miguel Mendez, 33, were found last Saturday night in a home on Forestdale Court in the Floydale community near Latta.
"A nine-year-old child found one of the bodies inside the home and called 911.
"Neighbors said the home belonged to Tiana and Miguel Mendez.
"Relatives of Summer Grice said she was a close friend of Tiana Mendez and that the two were together earlier that day at a birthday celebration in Florence."
"RED ROCK, TX — The Bastrop County Sheriff's Office says a husband shot and killed his estranged wife Tuesday night before killing himself.
"Investigators say it happened at around 9:50 p.m. at a home along FM 86 in Red Rock, an unincorporated community southwest of Bastrop.
"The sheriff's office says deputies received a call from a woman who reported that she and her estranged husband were arguing and he was trying to make entry into the bedroom where she was. She also reported that he may have a gun with him.
"Before deputies could make it to the scene, the woman told dispatchers that the suspect had shot at her. Dispatchers then reported that the phone line went silent, investigators say.
"When deputies arrived they found both people dead inside the home with apparent gunshot wounds, the sheriff's office says.
"The Travis County Medical Examiner's Office performed an autopsy Wednesday morning and determined the incident was a murder/suicide.
"Police have identified the couple as Patricia Ann Thomas, 42, and Richard Dennis Brown, 50."
Wednesday, November 19, 2014
"MOUNT GILEAD, NC A suspect is among two people dead following a home invasion and shooting in Montgomery County early Tuesday, deputies said. Another person was injured, and the suspect search led to school delays.
"The incident was reported around 3:20 a.m. on Highway 109 a few miles north of Mount Gilead. Montgomery County deputies said two people were shot inside the home, and a third home invasion victim fled the home uninjured.
"Deputies identified the dead victim as Khammone Soulasinh and the dead suspect as Kamphone Douangkham. The other shooting victim, Vilakhone Soulasihn, was flown to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. Her exact condition isn't known.
"Soulasinh was found shot on the porch and died en route to the hospital, deputies said. Douangkham was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in woods behind the home, deputies said.
"Deputies believe Douangkham forced his way into the home, shot both victims and then fled the home. He was found several hours later during a search, which involved a state Highway Patrol helicopter."
"PICURIS PUEBLO, NM — The deaths of two half-brothers at a Picuris Pueblo home Saturday appear to have been a murder-suicide, according to investigators.
"Law enforcement sources indicated Tuesday that Christopher Simbolo, 30, shot Ellee Mustache, 36, before shooting himself.
"Neighbors reported finding Simbolo shortly after 2 p.m., lying face-up and bleeding on the porch of a house on Eagle View Lane in southern Taos County, which he shared with Mustache.
"Mustache was found lying on the floor inside.
"Law enforcement sources said Tuesday it remained unclear what might have prompted the shooting, which local residents described as a tragedy that had shocked the community of fewer than 100 people south of Taos.
"Calls from neighbors to emergency dispatchers moments after the two men were found offered some insight into the incident.
"One caller described stumbling on the scene while walking past the residence, spotting Simbolo lying on the porch in a pool of blood.
"Another caller reported seeing a firearm on the porch where Simbolo was found had not heard any gunshots.
"Dispatchers in Taos received the first calls about the shooting at 2:17 p.m. A Taos County Sheriff’s Office deputy arrived at the home, followed by medical personnel approximately 35 minutes later.
"But callers indicated the men were already dead or dying when they were found.
"The FBI and Bureau of Indian Affairs are investigating the shooting, which occurred on tribal land."
"TULSA, OK — Creek County investigators confirm two people were found dead inside their home just north of Sapulpa early Monday evening.
"Investigators say they responded just before 6:30 p.m. to the home near W. 76th Street and 145th West Avenue, after a call from the Creek County Ambulance Service.
"It appears both the man and woman died from gunshot wounds, but the bodies were taken to the State Medical Examiner's office in Tulsa for confirmation.
"The victims, in their eighties, were not identified by the Creek County Sheriff's Office `out of respect for the families.`
"The investigation continues, but sources tell [reporters] that it appears to have been a possible murder/suicide."
"MONESSEN, PA — A man shot and killed his estranged wife and critically wounded his brother-in-law before turning the gun on himself in Monessen this morning, the Westmoreland County coroner said.
"County coroner Ken Bacha said Robert W. Pendleton, 36, of Rostraver, entered a house on Alexander Avenue where his estranged wife, Kelly A. Pendleton, 37, was staying, around 12:10 a.m. and shot her and her brother, 40-year-old Thomas Brookes, wounding him, before turning the gun on himself.
"Deputy Coroner Joshua C. Zappone pronounced the couple dead at the scene. Mr. Brookes was flown to a Pittsburgh hospital and was in critical condition.
"The coroner’s office said the incident is being investigated as an apparent murder/suicide, however cause and manner of death are pending an autopsy, which is scheduled for later today. Toxicology results will not be available for several weeks."
From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette...
"TWIN FALLS, ID — A woman likely killed by her longtime boyfriend had filed a domestic violence protection order against him less than two weeks before she was slain, court records show.
"The bodies of Leann Schuldies, 38, daughter Brianna Cox, 17, and boyfriend George Salinas Jr., 36, were found Saturday in their home at 2843 E. 3500 N., southwest of Twin Falls.
"Salinas apparently killed Schuldies and her daughter, then himself, deputies believe.
"The two also were raising four other children: Bryson Schuldies, 13; Alexandra Salinas, 9; Dallas Salinas, 7; and Gabriel Salinas, 6. They are all staying with family members, said Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Lori Stewart.
"Leann Schuldies filed a protection order as part of a domestic violence civil case Nov. 5, saying Salinas could not have contact with her or the five children. On Nov. 12, the temporary order was extended until Nov. 26.
"A hearing on whether to renew the order was to have been held Friday.
"Monday, investigators still were piecing together details of the apparent double murder/suicide.
“`We’re trying to put together what happened in the house that morning,` Stewart said."
"GULFPORT, FL &mdahs; On the morning of November 9 Gulfport police discovered an apparent murder/suicide at 4737 Coronado Way in Gulfport.
"Gulfport Police Officer Ray Marshall responded to a neighbor’s call for a welfare check on Julia and Gordon Champion, both 80. Six days of newspapers in the front yard prompted the check. Marshall entered the property through an unlocked door, where he found the elderly couple dead.
"Police say both victims appear to have died from gunshot wounds.
“`All leads thus far do point to murder/suicide,` Gulfport Police Public Information Officer Tom Woodman said.
"Neighbors tell the Gabber they believe Mrs. Champion may have shown signs of Alzheimer’s disease. Police are awaiting a doctor’s verification on this.
"Also found in the home was an elderly dachshund. Neighbors took possession of the dachshund and a local Gulfport couple says they are prepared to adopt the dog if the Champions’ son, who lives in New York, does not want it.
"Also found at the scene was a cat, allegedly shut in a room. Pinellas County Animal Services took possession of the cat Sunday.
"Police would not say if the couple left a note. The case remains under investigation."
"EVANS, CO — A man and a teenage girl were killed and a woman suffered a gunshot wound to the head in a shooting at an Evans home on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
"At about 1:30 p.m., Evans police officers responded on a request for a welfare check at a home in the 2400 block of Marina Street. An employer had called 911 to say a man had missed work and the employer knew the man was having personal issues, Evans Police Commander Chad Harding said in news release.
"When officers responded to the home, the door was answered by a woman with severe head trauma, Harding said. She was transported to Northern Colorado Medical Center and was soon airlifted to Denver Health Medical Center with an apparent gunshot wound to the head.
"Meanwhile, Evans police officers and Weld County deputies entered the home and found the bodies of a man and juvenile teenage girl with apparent gunshot wounds in an upstairs bedroom, Harding said.
"Neighbor Kendra Finn told [reporters] that SWAT officers armed with assault rifles swarmed the home in the afternoon and area streets were closed.
"The investigation is on-going."
"SOMERSET, OH — Two Perry County residents are dead after a Monday night murder/suicide at 4200 Reading Township Road 146 in Somerset.
"According to Perry County Coroner Bradley Wilson, Jason Grubb, age unavailable, shot his long-time girlfriend Kelsey Crook, 27, three times with a .45-caliber handgun before turning the gun on himself.
"Grubb was found slumped over in an ottoman next to Crook's body with a `gunshot wound to the center of his forehead ... handgun in hand,` Wilson said.
"`This was a homicide committed by Mr. Grubb, followed by a suicide,` Wilson said.
"At 9:45 p.m., roughly 10 minutes before the suicide is thought to have taken place, Grubb reportedly called his sister and told her he'd murdered Crook and was about to kill himself, according to a 911 call. The sister went to the home, where she discovered Grubb and Crook."
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"COLUMBIA, SC — A University of South Carolina student was shot and killed during an apparent murder/suicide at a Richland County apartment complex.
"Richland County Coroner Gary Watts identified the people who died as 20-year-old Diamoney A. Greene and 21-year-old Brandon D. Early.
"Lt. Curtis Wilson with the Richland County Sheriff's Department says their bodies were discovered Tuesday night inside a unit at the Copper Beech Apartments just off Bluff Road. A roommate of one of the victims came home around 7 p.m. and couldn't get inside. That person then looked through a window and saw the bodies.
"Watts says it appears Early shot and killed Greene, then turned the gun on himself.
"Greene was a sophomore at USC, and was a criminal justice major. She'd transferred from South Carolina State University, where she was a cheerleader."
"MILL CREEK CANYON, NV — Unified Police detectives on Wednesday were mining the backgrounds of a Taylorsville man and his mother for possible motives behind an apparent murder/suicide.
"UPD Lt. Justin Hoyal confirmed that among the factors being investigated are the reported failing health of 74-year-old Alice Williamson. Detectives believe it was her son, Lionel Williamson, 51, who fatally shot his mother about noon Tuesday, and then turned his rifle on himself.
"The victims’ bodies were found in the parking lot of a snow gate, about 5 miles up Millcreek Canyon, early Tuesday afternoon. Officers were dispatched to the scene after 911 calls came in reporting gunshots in the area, followed by discovery of the remains.
"Possible stress over caring for his mother is among potential motives being investigated, Hoyal confirmed.
"`That’s one of the things we’re looking into,` Hoyal said. `We’re still looking it this. We have some ideas about motives, but nothing concrete yet.`
"The Williamsons lived together in a Taylorsville home, Hoyal said."
From the Salt Lake Tribune...
"MEMPHIS, TN — Memphis Police said with the help of the Orange County, Florida, Sheriff positively identified the man who fatally shot himself Monday evening during a traffic stop near Sam Cooper Boulevard as Sean Petrozzino, the 30-year-old quadruple amputee who was a person of interest in the Nov. 4 death of his parents in Florida.
"According to Memphis Police report just before 6 p.m. on Nov. 10 an officer on routine patrol observed a red Toyota Camry make an illegal U-turn at Sam Cooper and Tillman. The officer got behind the vehicle southbound on Vandalia near Nathan and activated his blue lights and siren in an attempt to stop the vehicle.
"After the Camry stopped, the officer got out of his cruiser and started to approach the car. The officer then heard what appeared to be a gunshot from inside of the vehicle. The driver, identified as Mr. Petrozzino, was found slumped over with an apparent gunshot wound to the head and was pronounced deceased on the scene.
"MPD said the officer found a black semi-automatic pistol in the front seat of the Camry. Upon further investigation, officers discovered that the tags on the victim's vehicle did not belong to the vehicle. The VIN (vehicle identification number) did show that the Camry was registered to a Orange County, Florida couple who were the victims of a homicide on Nov. 4.
"Homicide detectives with the Orange County Sheriff were notified and traveled to Memphis after telling MPD that Mr. Petrozzino was a suspect in the deaths of his parents."
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"FRANKLIN COUNTY, TX — A man suspected in a Franklin County murder has been found dead in Hopkins County.
"Hopkins County officials found 55-year-old Keith Lynn McDowell's body at 7:55 a.m. on County Road 2381 in the Greenwood Community. An official said he died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Authorities are investigating the murder that took place early Tuesday morning. The shooting occurred just after midnight at the Still Meadows RV Park located just south of Mount Vernon off of County Road 3070. The victim, 31-year-old Angie Jo Smith, was found dead of apparent gunshot wounds. Smith was the mother of two children, ages 5 and 7. The children weren't present when their mother was killed.
"A warrant was issued for McDowell and the Franklin County Sheriff's Office said he fled the scene before deputies arrived. McDowell's body was discovered a short time later by a person in Hopkins County and contacted authorities, who were able to verify the person was McDowell."
"STUART, FL — Investigators now think they know the motive behind a double murder/suicide in Martin County.
"Gloria Bono and her son Michael were found shot to death inside a mansion in the Stuart Yacht and Country Club Monday November 10th.
"Investigators think 32-year-old Robert Gulick killed them before taking his own life.
"Detectives believe Michael and Robert were friends and that Robert knew that Michael carried large amounts of cash with him at all times.
"Sunday morning Robert asked Michael to come to a mansion where Gulick was working as a handyman.
"Unable to drive himself because of a suspended license, Michael had his mother drive him.
"She and her son were never seen leaving.
"Gulick was later found dead in a hotel room from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
"Gloria Bono's SUV was also parked at the hotel.
"Inside the hotel where Gulick’s body was discovered detectives say they found narcotics and a large amount of cash.
"They say it appears the motive for the double murder was robbery.
"Investigators say Gloria and Michael were killed with the same type of weapon that the mansion owner, who lives in another state, keeps in her home.
"Investigators have ordered ballistic tests on the weapon."
Saturday, November 15, 2014
"RENO, NV — A Reno woman says her husband suffered a mental breakdown before he killed their two young sons and turned a gun on himself at their home in northwest Reno.
"Ashley Deane released a statement on Monday after Reno police confirmed the identities of the victims of Saturday's shootings: Her husband, Rob Deane, and sons, Jacob, 7, and Austin, 2. Police said all three died from gunshot wounds.
"Officer Tim Broadway said Monday detectives were continuing to investigate the case as a homicide and would have no further comment.
"Ashley Deane is a professional photographer in the Reno area. Her statement asks for `privacy and prayers` for her family as they suffer through an `unspeakable and unimaginable tragedy.`"
"PORTLAND, OR — A man killed his ex-wife at a southwest Portland home, fled with his two children and then later killed himself in the back yard of a home in northeast Portland on Monday morning, according to police.
"Portland police officers were first called to the home on 4143 Southwest Brugger Street at 7:20 a.m. after a neighbor reported gunshots and seeing a man leave the home with two small children.
"When officers entered the home, they found the body of 46-year-old Nicolette Elias, who lived at the house.
"Information from witnesses and investigative leads led officers to a home on the other side of town on Northeast 25th Avenue, where the man and the two children were believed to be.
"Police called in crisis negotiators and SERT—the Portland Police Bureau's version of a SWAT team. While SERT was at the scene, the man exited the rear of the home and shot himself in what appears to be an intentional act, police said.
"Officers later identified him as 47-year-old Ian Elias, the ex-husband of Nicolette Elias. Investigators said his two daughters and his current wife were inside the house.
"Ian Elias had several photos of himself on Facebook holding and aiming guns, posted when he was apparently working at a gun store.
"He also posted photos and videos of his ex-wife and their kids, something that violated a restraining order that Nicolette Elias had against him, according to court documents.
"Records show Ian Elias had a court hearing in that case scheduled for Thursday."
Monday, November 10, 2014
"PEMBROKE, NC — A Pembroke woman was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend who then turned the gun on himself, according to the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office
"Daphine Nicole Tanner, 41, died Friday while on the way to the hospital, according to a statement from the Sheriff’s Office. Leonard John Patten, 40, is on life-support after shooting himself in the head, the statement said.
"According to the statement, Patten went to Tanner’s McMillian Road home on Friday and had a confrontation with a man at the home before shooting Tanner and then himself.
"Patten has been taken to an undisclosed hospital. No information was released regarding any injuries that might have been suffered by the second man. His name was not made available."
"PAOLI, PA — Two men are in the hospital this morning following a double shooting in Paoli Saturday night that police have already labeled as an attempted homicide and suicide, Tredyffrin police reported.
"Officers were called to the 100 block of Summit Avenue in the Paoli section of the township at 11:47 p.m. on the report of a gunshot victim. Upon arrival, the victim told police that he had been shot by a family member named John Richard Berry, who had shot him during a dispute.
"Berry, 70 was located at another home on the same block.
"Police say once officers arrived Berry fired his .38 caliber revolver several times. He then shot himself in the head. It’s not immediately clear whether he also shot at anyone else. No one else was reported shot.
"Both men were taken to Paoli Hospital Trauma Center following response by Paoli Ambulance and Malvern Medic 4.
"The victim, John R. Williams of Paoli, was listed in very critical condition following surgery. Berry was listed in critical condition with a serious gunshot wound to the head.
"Police said the dispute was over financial matters and the investigation is continuing."
"CHARLES TOWN, WV — Police believe a man who shot his estranged wife to death in the Patrick Henry Estates subdivision in the Charles Town area Friday night had been drinking heavily before the shooting and that the shooting occurred in a fit of anger over the prospect of the two getting a divorce, Jefferson County Sheriff Peter Dougherty said Sunday night.
"Dougherty said 42-year-old Harold Stambaugh Jr. allegedly shot Victoria Stambaugh to death in her mother's house on 408 Beauregard Boulevard with a .40-caliber handgun, then shot himself in the head. Dougherty said Harold Stambaugh fell down in the living room of the home and laid there for a period of time after firing a shot into his mouth.
"Then Stambaugh got up, put a `towel or something` against his head and walked to a house at 254 Fulton Ave., where he had been staying, Dougherty said.
"Dougherty said the Fulton Avenue house is where Stambaugh and Victoria Stambaugh had been living before she began staying at her mother's house.
"`There was very little blood between (the Beauregard Boulevard house) and the Fulton Avenue house,` Dougherty said.
"Dougherty said Victoria Stambaugh was shot multiple times, but he declined to say how many. He said an autopsy will be conducted to determine exactly how many times she was shot.
"Police said on Saturday that Harold Stambaugh Jr. was taken to Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., after the shooting. Although police said Saturday that Stambaugh was in critical condition, he was expected to survive."
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"SPRINGFIELD, TN — A Tennessee man wanted for killing, partially dismembering and stuffing his wife’s body into a garage freezer shot and killed himself on Interstate 65 north near the 12-mile marker in Simpson County on Friday afternoon.
"The man, later identified as Joseph Parker, called 911 in Springfield, Tenn., at 2:45 a.m. Friday, identified himself and said he had killed his wife, Samantha Parker, Springfield Police Chief David Thompson said.
"When police arrived at the 246 Clydesdale Lane home, they found Samantha Parker’s partially dismembered body stuffed inside a freezer in the garage, Thompson said.
"Police don’t know how long she had been dead. The scene at the Parkers’ home had been partially cleaned up, and Joseph Parker was gone when investigators arrived, Thompson said.
"On the chilling 911 tape, a man who identified himself as `Joe` said in a soft, matter-of-fact voice that he shot his wife with a .38-caliber handgun and put her in a freezer in the garage.
"About 3:20 p.m. Friday, Tennessee authorities notified Kentucky State Police that they were pursuing Parker, KSP Post 3 spokesman Jonathan Biven said.
"State police troopers were able to get behind Parker at the 10-mile marker on Interstate 65 north. Parker drove his vehicle to the 12.6-mile mark, pulled over onto the shoulder and shot himself, Biven said. His self-inflicted shooting remains under investigation."
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"SUSSEX, NJ — Friends of a husband and wife found dead in their home on Thursday morning described the couple as `wonderful people.`
"`It's been a rough week,` said a friend who asked not to be identified. `This is a very quiet upscale neighborhood. It's a tragedy.`
"At 9:55 a.m., police responded to 27 Woodland Hills Drive in response to a welfare check and found Cindy Fortino, 41, and Dean Fortino, 45, dead, according to township police.
"The Sussex County medical examiner conducted an autopsy and determined that the cause of death for each was a gunshot wound. The manner of death for Cindy Fortino was suicide and the manner of death for Dean Fortino is currently classified as undetermined, pending further investigation, police said.
"`There is no evidence that a third party was involved and no cause for public alarm,` Sussex County First Assistant Prosecutor Gregory Mueller said Friday afternoon.
"The precise time of their deaths is unknown, according to Mueller.
"According to Cindy Fortino's Facebook page, the couple married in August 2003 and had two children, a daughter, age 10, and a son, age 7.
"Vernon police were assisted by the New Jersey State Police crime scene unit and the Sussex County Prosecutor's Office."
"KODAK, TN — The Sevier County Sheriff's Office has identified two people involved in a double shooting that occurred Thursday in Kodak.
"Officers say Browning Burgess, 69, of Newport, shot Audrey McCroskey, 46, around 10:10 p.m. at a home on 4004 Bent Road.
"They arrived and found Burgess dead and McCroskey in a bedroom with a gunshot wound to the face.
"A witness told investigators that Burgess was an estranged boyfriend of McCroskey and that he had come to the home about 30 minutes before the shooting.
"They say Burgess went into the bedroom, shot McCroskey and then returned to the living room and turned the gun on himself.
"Burgess had an active temporary order of protection on him taken out by the victim on October 15, 2014 and Burgess was due in court Friday.
"McCroskey was flown to UT Medical Center where she is listed in critical condition."
"BATON ROUGE, LA — Baton Rouge Police are investigating an attempted murder/suicide that happened just after 4 a.m. Friday morning.
"Police say they arrived at a house in the 4800 block of Doral Dr. and found a 31-year-old woman had been shot in the leg and 35-year-old Lamarcus Ray was dead from a self-inflicted gun shot wound to the head.
"Reports say the woman was an old girlfriend of Ray's and he shot her and then shot himself after having an argument.
"The woman was taken to the hospital with non life-threatening injuries.
"The incident is still under investigation."
"CHESTER, SC — A husband and wife from Lancaster are dead after what police are calling a murder/suicide in Chester on Thursday.
"The incident happened in the parking lot of the Water Sewer District building at 155 Wylie Street around 3 p.m. when officers received reports of gunshots.
"Officers say they found a middle-aged man and woman lying face down, unresponsive. The couple was pronounced dead on scene by the Chester County Coroner.
"According to Chester Police Chief Andre Williams, the husband of a worker at the water department came to the business and asked to speak with his wife.
"The two went to the parking lot where they reportedly argued before the man shot his wife and then himself.
"The victims' names have not been released."
"CORPUS CHRISTI, TX — An attempted murder/suicide was discovered in a Westside neighborhood by a woman who was checking on her 84-year-old mother.
"Around 10 this morning police were called to a home on 2922 MacArthur for an attempted murder/suicide.
"`We heard a bunch of cop cars pull up so we came out,` said neighbor Damon Thomas.
"Police say a 61-year old woman discovered the scene when she went next door to check up on her 84-year old mother, Ramona Ramirez.
"`Yeah she goes up and checks up on the parents all the time. That's like her regular deal,` said Thomas.
"Police say she found her mother and her 62-year old husband, Patricio Ramirez, in the living room. Both of them had stab wounds. Patricio was dead, and her mother was still alive. Her mother, Ramona Ramirez, died just a few hours later in the hospital.
"`The old lady she's nice. But the old man... I mean I've never seen them fight or anything funny so... Um... They didn't look like they did not get along,` said Thomas.
"Police believe Patricio attempted to kill his wife with a kitchen knife, then kill himself with that same knife. The case is still under investigation. Police have not released what lead to the stabbings."
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
"DAYTON, OhH — Police believe a man fatally shot his wife early Wednesday then shot himself.
"Dayton Police Sgt. Jon Zimmerman [told reporters] officers were called to 412 Neal Avenue around 3:15 a.m.
"They found Ashia McFadden, 31, dead in an upstairs bedroom. Her husband who is identified on a 911 call as Ricardo Santiago, 31, was also shot. He is hospitalized in intensive care.
"Police [said] the investigation is being treated as an attempted murder/suicide.
"A 15-year-old daughter made the emergency call to 911 to report the shooting. She told officers Santiago shot her mother, then himself.
"Five children were in the home at the time of the shooting. They range in age from toddlers to teenagers. Police [said] they are now staying with other family members.
"Sgt. Zimmerman says officers responded to a domestic dispute at the same address less than a month ago. Previous police reports indicate calls for help when Santiago went missing in September for several days."
"ANAHEIM, CA — A man died in a fiery crash next to the 91 Freeway in Anaheim following a police chase Monday night, and authorities believe he is the suspect in a homicide investigation in Tustin.
"According to Lt. Jeff Hallock with the Orange County Sheriff's Department, deputies were called to a home on 18411 Warren Avenue between Newport and Holt avenues in Tustin for unknown trouble around 7 p.m.
"When they arrived, they found a woman, identified as 55-year-old Lahoma Ballester, suffering from a gunshot wound. She was taken to a nearby hospital, where she later died.
"Hallock said investigators then learned about a white SUV believed to be related to the incident, and the information was provided to neighboring law enforcement agencies in the county.
"Santa Ana police found a vehicle matching the description and tried to make a traffic stop, but the driver kept going and a short pursuit ensued, Hallock said. The male driver was killed when he slammed the SUV into a sound wall at Rio Vista and Frontera streets in Anaheim.
"Investigators say they believe the collision with the wall was intentional because the driver accelerated and failed to brake right before impact.
"The coroner has not identified the driver, but authorities believe he is the suspect in Ballester's murder. According to investigators, the suspect and victim knew each other. They say the suspect has a child with the victim's daughter."
"CARTERSVILLE, GA — Authorities suspect foul play in a house fire Sunday that left two people dead.
"Bartow County Fire Department Battalion Chief David Levey said crews were called to 45 Westview Drive, Cartersville, at 10:42 a.m. Sunday.
"Firefighters were able to quickly extinguish the blaze, which involved only about 24 percent of the structure, but the bodies of two males were found inside the home.
"Bartow County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Jonathan Rogers said investigators are working with the state fire marshal’s office to determine the cause of the fire, which appears suspicious.
"`It looks like arson was started inside the home,` Rogers said.
"It is possible the blaze began as part of a `homicide-suicide` based on evidence collected, Rogers said.
"Although family has been notified and authorities know two males resided at the house, the names of the deceased are not being released, pending positive identification. A male in his 30s living at the home had a reported history of mental health issues, according to Rogers."
"COATESVILLE, PA — Police have identified the victim and alleged shooter involved in an apparent murder/suicide at a YMCA in Chester County.
"The victim has been identified as 41-year-old Jacinda Miller, a fitness instructor at the Brandywine YMCA. The shooter is identified as 42-year-old Dennis Cassel, who is described as Miller's estranged boyfriend.
"People who knew Jacinda Miller describe her as a fun-loving single mother of two who was quick with a smile, and always willing to help people in need.
"It was shortly after 6:00 p.m. Monday when gunfire was reported at the YMCA on the 200 block of Hurley Road in West Brandywine and the building was placed on lockdown.
"Authorities say Cassel showed up at the Brandywine YMCA where Miller worked and waited for her to arrive. When she did he reportedly jumped out of his vehicle, shot her once with a semi automatic handgun, and then kneeled next her body.
"When police arrived Cassel turned the gun on himself.
"Both were transported to Brandywine Hospital where they were pronounced dead from gunshot wounds."
Monday, November 3, 2014
"PORT JEFFERSON STATION, NY — A love triangle turned deadly when a man fatally blasted his ex-girlfriend’s new beau with a shotgun in Long Island Sunday night and then committed suicide, cops said.
"Doomed Frank Panebianco, 28, and his girlfriend, Jessica Kasten, 28, were out with friends at a Port Jefferson Station eatery before the violence broke out about 11:20 p.m., cops said.
"The couple was leaving the Long Island Pour House, 511 Route 112, when they were confronted in the parking lot by Kasten's ex, Michael Skiadas.
"An argument erupted and Skiadas grabbed a shotgun from his Jeep, cops said. A friend, Jack Schneider, 32, attempted to calm him down, but Skiadas struck him in the head with the gun.
"Kasten and Panebianco were trying to get away when Skiadas ran toward their car and fired two shots, striking Panebianco in the torso, cops said.
"Skiadas then returned to his vehicle and shot himself. Cops said he died at the scene.
"Panebianco, of Mount Sinai, was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital but couldn’t be saved. Schneider was treated at the same hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
"Kasten, of Lloyd Harbor, was not injured."
"HINESVILLE, GA — Police in Liberty County are investigating a deadly case of domestic violence. Hinesville police found the bodies of a man, his wife and her daughter inside their home on the 1900 block of Bluestone Loop last night. Neighbors say that was the last house where they'd expect such violence.
"Hinesville resident Sheletta Beverly is still in shock that such horror could happen a few doors from her home. She identified the family as Dwayne and Maxine Hankins and Mrs. Hankins' teenage daughter. `When I came home, it was Hinesville police cars everywhere, the road was blocked and one person came and told me what happened,` she said.
"Friends and teachers were worried when the woman and her daughter missed days of work and school. Police found doors locked and dead-bolted, and no signs of forced entry. `Near one of the windows, they noticed an odor coming from the residence and decided they should enter to see if everything was okay in the house,` said Det. Melvin Kesner with the Hinesville PD.
"Police found the family Thursday evening, but they think they've been in the house for days. Neighbor Beverly says the Hankinses had lived in the Stonehenge subdivision since 1996 and the children played with hers. `Maxine, every time you saw her, she was smiling,` she said. `She was always smiling and friendly and loving woman.`
"A handful of roses now sit just behind the crime scene tape. Neighbors hope they can get closer than that to some answers some time soon.
"Police say both adults worked in Savannah. They say the husband was a civilian employee of the military and had just returned from overseas in September.
"Maj. Thomas Cribbs of the Hinesville police says their theory from the start has been murder/suicide, but they are investigating every possibility to make sure it isn't anything that should cause worry to anyone else."
"PORT ORANGE, FL — Port Orange mother who was arrested after she allegedly made her children drink toilet bowl cleaner is being held without bond at the Volusia County Jail.
"Officers were dispatched to the woman's home on Timber Trail around 10:30 a.m. Saturday.
"`There was like seven police cars lined up here,` said neighbor Dan Yankun.
"According to police, 29-year-old Amelia West had tried to harm herself by drinking toilet cleaner. While investigating, officers learned West had made her 2-year-old and 3-month-old children also drink the toilet cleaner, police said.
"`Thankfully the children are OK. This could have been much worse,` said Department of Children and Families spokesperson John Harrell.
"The children were checked out at Halifax Health Medical Center and later released from the hospital.
"It's unclear what prompted the suicide attempt, police said. DCF is also involved in the investigation.
"`Our work is far from over and we want to find out if there had been any other concerns regarding these children,` said Harrell.
"West was arrested and charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of aggravated child abuse.
"`We would be opposed to the mother having any unsupervised contact with these children, given the serious nature of these allegations,` said Harrell.
"West appeared before a judge at the jail Sunday morning and was denied bond."
"BILOXI, MS — When Biloxi police arrived at the Royal Gulf Apartments on 190 Gateway Dr, they found two bodies and three shotgun shells. The victim was identified as Francis Smith Jr., 36, of Gulfport. He had been shot twice.
"The suspect was also dead. Police say Keith Weaver, 38, also of Gulfport was distraught over his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend.
"`It appears that the ex-boyfriend of the girlfriend came over and confronted her and her new boyfriend, shot her new boyfriend, then shot himself,` Sgt. Alan Bond, a Biloxi Police Detective, said.
"Bond says Weaver did not have any history of violence and that he just appeared to have snapped. As people at the Royal Gulf apartment complex learned, domestic disputes can happen anywhere, anytime and unfortunately, sometimes they have tragic endings.
"Autopsies were performed on both men Saturday afternoon. Smith had gunshot wounds to his upper chest and shoulder. His death was ruled a homicide. Weaver had one gunshot wound to his chest. His death was ruled a suicide."
"SCHUYLER, NE — A 41-year-old man faces two felony charges after a stabbing and attempted suicide early Sunday morning in Schuyler.
"According to the Colfax County Attorney's Office, Amauri Herrera-Alvarez of Schuyler, formerly of Florida, was charged with attempted first-degree murder and use of a weapon to commit a felony following the incident around 2:15 a.m. Sunday at a Schuyler apartment building.
"Schuyler Police officers responding to the incident at 511 W. 12th St. saw Herrera-Alvarez attempting to hang himself from a tree on the property, but were able to intervene by cutting the rope.
"Inside one of the apartments, they found a 34-year-old female with multiple stab wounds to her throat lying in a pool of blood. The woman was conscious, but unable to communicate, according to the county attorney’s office. Her name hasn’t been released, pending notification of family members.
"Herrera-Alvarez and the female victim were transported by Schuyler Rescue to CHI Health Schuyler hospital and later taken by helicopter to an Omaha hospital."
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"MISSION VIEJO, CA — On Halloween night a man fatally shot a woman who was meeting him for a custody exchange, then killed himself, in the parking lot of a Mission Viejo apartment complex, authorities said Saturday.
"Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a call of shots fired about 8:35 p.m. Friday near the Camden Crown Valley Apartments at 26891 La Alameda, said OCSD Lt. Jeff Hallock.
"Scott E. Gimbel, 50, of Mission Viejo, and Linda Sachs Gimbel, 44, of San Clemente, were found dead from gunshot wounds.
"Two children, ages 7 and 13, were in a car nearby, Hallock said. The older child dialed 911.
"Investigators recovered a handgun at the scene."