Long Island NY May 18 2013 A Hofstra University student was killed early this morning in a botched robbery while her twin sister was in the house, cops said.
Andrea Rebello and the armed suspect were shot dead after cops responded to the Uniondale scene, sources and officials said.
Her twin, Jessica, was in the house, where both sisters are believed to have lived.
The masked man busted into the home at California Ave. and Braxton St. at 2:20 a.m., surprising the sisters, one of their boyfriends, and another woman, officials and a law-enforcement source said.
But he wasn’t satisfied with just what was in the house, another source said.
“He said he needed money,” the source said.
So he sent out the third woman, who belongs to a sorority, to get cash from an ATM, sources said.
Instead she called cops.
She told the dispatcher that a man was holding a silver handgun to her friend’s head in a bedroom on the second floor and that there was more than one hostage, NBC said, citing police radio traffic.
Details are still murky, investigators believe the gunman killed Rebello and the cops killed the gunman, a law-enforcement source told The Post.
“We are doing a forensic analysis at the time. We are going to get to the bottom of what happened,” said Nassau County Chief of Detectives Rick Capece, who said a gun was recovered at the home.
Rebello, a public relations major originally from Westchester, blogged about recipes for holiday desserts.
“I’m 100% Portuguese and have an identical twin sister so I guess that makes me kind of unique?” she wrote on her blog’s bio.
Her grief-stricken parents walked into the Nassau County Medical Examiner’s office around 1 p.m. escorted by cops.
The man who dropped them off in a car said: “they’re in shock. … She was a beautiful girl.”
A ring of distraught Hofstra students formed near the shooting scene – and friends of the slain beauty mourned on Twitter.
“Rip Andrea Rebello … god bless her family during these hard times. Rip “ wrote Sheridan Campiglia.
Neighbors said they heard several shots after cops arrived.
“We just heard a girl screaming. It sounded like someone was being murdered,” said neighbor Victoria Dehel. “She was screaming ‘No! No! No!’ over and over again.”
Dehel, a student at SUNY Westbury, said she heard four or five shots after cops swarmed the home.
“It was like a movie — it was 100% like a horror movie…Where is the protection?”
Local resident Velma Sangster, who lives two houses away from the shooting, described the victims as “quiet.”
“They were very nice girls. It is so sad.”
The home, located about half a block from Hofstra, is also near an elementary school. Cops closed the elementary school today because of the ongoing investigation. Today is the last day of classes for the university.
“The police investigation is ongoing, and we do not yet know all of the relevant details,” Hofstra University President Stuart Rabinowitz said in a statement. “What we do know is that a young member of the Hofstra family has been taken from us in a senseless act of violence”.
Today was the last day of the spring semester. The commencement is taking place this weekend and will not be rescheduled.
Source- NY Post
RENO, Nev. May 15 2013 AP–
A 25-year-old person of interest has been arrested after five people were found dead in one morning in northern Nevada.
Lyon County officials say Jeremiah Bean was arrested on suspicion of burglary after he was found with items from one of the crime scenes. Detectives believe all the killings are connected, including one at the exit for the Mustang Ranch brothel.
Detectives investigating a string of five homicides in two northern Nevada counties have made one arrest and believe all the killings are connected, including one at the interstate exit for the Mustang Ranch brothel.
A married couple was found dead Monday in a Fernley home about 30 miles east of Reno and another dead man and woman were discovered in a house a few blocks away. Police determined those deaths apparently are tied to a fifth victim who was found in a ditch along the Interstate 80 exit for the infamous brothel just east of Reno.
“We do believe that from talking to all of our detectives that they are connected,” Lyon County Undersheriff Albert Torres told KRNV-TV.
KOLO-TV reported Tuesday one suspect had been arrested in connection with the case, but he has not been identified.
The first dead couple was discovered after firefighters were called to a house on fire in Fernley about 6 a.m. Monday. About two hours later, Washoe County sheriff’s deputies were called to the Mustang exit with the report of a dead man. A short time later, deputies responding to a call for a welfare check found the other two victims in a Fernley home within 100 yards of the house where the first two dead were found.
“This is the most horrific thing I’ve ever seen,” said Stacee Dickey, a neighbor of the Fernley victims. She said she was acquainted with the husband of one of couples killed and he was friendly and “always helping kids.”
“Just an all-around nice man,” she said.
The arrest was made two doors down from the site of the initial house fire after a homeowner called police about a man hiding in his garage.
Officers surrounded the man, who initially ran out the back door but confronted police and tried to run back out the front of the garage, Torres said.
“We caught him right outside the garage,” he said.
Police were looking for a white pickup truck they believe the man found dead near Mustang was driving – a 1998 GMC Silverado with Nevada plates, 336-UNB. KRNV-TV reported that victim was a 52-year-old man from Spanish Springs, a Reno suburb.
Cobb County GA May 9 2013 For several days, Edward Smith’s family had no idea where he was. But they had a feeling something was wrong.
And it was.
By the time the 78-year-old’s family reported him missing to police Sunday, Smith had been dead for four days, according to Cobb County police. And the last two to see Smith alive, his grandson and the grandson’s girlfriend, are now the two charged with his death.
Smith’s grandson, Casey Ryan Collins, 30, and Collins’ girlfriend, Sarah Elizabeth Cook, 23, both of Mableton, allegedly stabbed and strangled Smith to death inside the older man’s truck, according to arrest warrants obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Then after killing him, Collins and Cook allegedly drove around town in the dead man’s white Ford pickup truck with his body still inside, the warrants state.
The duo later abandoned the truck, which was found Tuesday with Smith still inside, police said. On Wednesday, as Collins and Cook remained in the Cobb County jail facing homicide charges, family members struggled to make sense of a seemingly senseless crime.
“This is a nightmare. It’s a complete nightmare,” Smith’s daughter, Lisa Stitley, told The AJC by phone Wednesday night. “I can’t even begin to imagine. I keep thinking I’m going to wake up.”
Stitley said even though her father lived in Gwinnett County, he made the trip daily from his Lilburn home to see her and other family members in Cobb County. From there, Smith would sometimes make the trip to Villa Rica to see his 39-year-old girlfriend, Stitley said.
“He was very young at heart,” Stitley said. “And was in extremely good health for his age.”
Stitley last saw her father last Thursday morning, she said. From there, Smith planned to visit his grandson before driving to Villa Rica. But Smith never made it out of Cobb County. He had a cell phone, but it wasn’t working Thursday, possibly from a late payment, Stitley said.
Outside the Mableton home where Collins and Cook lived, the two allegedly assaulted Smith as he sat inside of his parked truck, warrants state.
“Cook stabbed Smith twice in the chest with a knife while Collins used a belt to choke Smith,” the warrants state. “After Smith was dead, Collins removed Smith’s wallet from Smith’s pocket.”
Then, investigators believe Collins and Cook drove around metro Atlanta and went shopping — all while Smith’s body was concealed in his truck, according to police.
For several days, Smith’s family worried endlessly about him. Collins and Cook played along, Collins’ mother told The AJC.
“They were upset,” Tammy Smith Connor said. “They acted just like they were worried just like we were.”
On Sunday, Stitley reported to Cobb police that her father was missing. Two days later, police made the gruesome discovery of the man’s body inside his truck left in south Cobb.
Cook has allegedly confessed to police what she and her boyfriend did, arrest warrants state. But Smith’s daughters said that other than stealing the older man’s money, they can’t imagine what motive the two would have had.
“My dad had been good to both of them,” Tammy Smith Connor said. “He always went the extra mile with family.”
Funeral arrangements for Smith have not yet been finalized.
Jackson TN May 8 2013 police are investigating a shooting early Sunday that killed two and injured another two at a graduation party in Downtown Jackson.
Investigators allege that the shooting occurred in a parking lot of a building that had been hired for a private party in honor of a woman who is graduating from Lane College.
Jackson Police Department Capt. Mike Holt said that an argument might have begun elsewhere, which was carried on to the parking lot.
Brian Jontez Banes and Delandis Cortez Clark, both 31-year-olds were declared dead at the hospital, while Dartalin Pharmer,32, and Tashonda Davis, 22, were taken to a local hospital for treatment.
Jackson police responded to a call around 3:00 a.m. about a shooting in the parking lot of Wolfe Enterprises.
When the police arrived at the building, they found Banes and Clark with gunshot wounds.
Investigators claim that there are many possible witnesses who were present when the shooting occurred. But, most of them left the area before the arrival of the police.
Any potential witnesses are asked to call the Violent Crimes Unit at 425-8676 or Crime Stoppers at 424-8477 or on the web at http://www.424TIPS.org. Anonymous tips can be submitted either way.
James E. Wolfe, owner of Wolfe Enterprises, said this is the first shooting or murder that’s ever happened on the building’s property.
“It’s just so nerve-wracking and I still can’t believe this has happened,” Wolfe said.
He said that the building features security cameras outside but due to the bad storms over the week-end, the cameras were knocked out and, therefore, no footage was recorded.
Downtown Jackson residents are now raising concerns regarding the safety of the community after experiencing two bloody shooting in two years.
Jackson Mayor Jerry Gist said that the city will now keep a close watch on buildings that are rented out for private parties.
Last year February, one person was killed and 19 were injured in a shooting at Karma Ultra Lounge during a Lane College and LeMoyne-Owen College after-game party.
Boulder City NV May 2 2013 CNN Even for stone-faced, seen-it-all-before officers, the act that took place at a police lieutenant’s Las Vegas-area home Monday was deeply distressing.
The 52-year-old lawman, police said, killed his wife and child, called 911 to say he was burning his house down and warned he would take the life of anyone who tried to stop him.
Then he waited.
When a SWAT team arrived at the lieutenant’s Boulder City home, they found Hans Pieter Walters outside with what looked like a handgun.
Officers asked him to drop the weapon — commands the lieutenant must have screamed many times before in his 20-year career. He ignored them and ducked back into the blazing home.
It was then, police believe, that he killed himself.
Once firefighters put out the blaze that tore through the home, they found Walters’s body, his 46-year-old wife’s, and their five-year-old son’s.
The lieutenant worked for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, where he supervised patrol officers, CNN affiliate KVVU reported.
The station had interviewed him before about other crimes.
The wife, Kathryn, worked for some time as a Las Vegas police officer, the Las Vegas Review-Journal said.
She won a community service award and a lifesaving award before leaving the department in 2004.
“Anyone involved with law enforcement for any amount of time is usually prepared for any scenario, but nobody can prepare for something like this,” Las Vegas Metro Sheriff Doug Gillespie told reporters.
Last year, 126 police officers killed themselves, according to the National Study of Police Suicides by the nonprofit The Badge of Life.
It’s a steep drop from the other two years the survey was conducted: 143 in 2009 and 141 in 2008.
Yet, it’s cause for concern.
“In spite of this encouraging news, the fact is that police suicides continue at a rate much higher than the number of police officers killed by felons,” the group said.
Folks who knew Walters were also trying to make sense of it. The soul-searching was agonizing for some.
Retired Las Vegas lieutenant Randy Sutton told KVVU he had worked alongside Walters for years.
“There’s no rhyme or reason,” Sutton said, saying the lieutenant was hard-working and seemed well-adjusted.
This is “the most unconscionable, dishonorable thing to do I can ever imagine,” he added.
“The memories I have of him, they mean nothing to me anymore.”
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. April 30 2013 (AP) — Just as the St. Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church choir began its final hymn, a man vaulted over pews and lashed out at the singers, sending several churchgoers to the hospital with stab wounds, authorities said.
Worshippers screamed as the shocking and chaotic scene unfolded Sunday with the attacker continuing the onslaught until he was tackled and held by church members for officers, who raced to the scene, police said.
Four parishioners were injured, including church choir director Adam Alvarez and flutist Gerald Madrid, police spokesman Robert Gibbs said. All four were treated at hospitals and listed in stable condition.
Three other church members also were evaluated by Albuquerque Fire Department on scene and didn’t go to the hospital, investigators said.
Police identified the suspect as Lawrence Capener, 24. He was charged late Sunday on three counts with aggravated battery and ordered held on $75,000 bail.
Court records do not list an attorney for Capener.
It was not immediately known what sparked the bizarre attack at the 11 a.m. Sunday Mass on the city’s west side.
St. Jude Thaddeus’ pastor, the Rev. John Daniel, said Capener’s mother was “very active” in the parish and serves as a Eucharistic minister there.
“He was here occasionally but not very often,” Daniel said.
Daniel said that Capener had just graduated from a community college and appeared to be doing well after getting a job.
An off-duty firefighter and others at the church held Capener down until police arrived.
Madrid told KOB-TV that he tried to stop Capener by wrapping his arms around him but was stabbed in the neck and back.
“I bear-hugged him. We were chest on chest. I was wrapping about to take him down to ground, but I didn’t have his arms. I had just my arms around his chest, so his arms were free. So that’s when he started stabbing me,” he said.
Madrid said he thought the suspect was punching him. It wasn’t until other parishioners rushed the man that Madrid realized he had been stabbed five times.
The choir’s pianist, Brenda Baca King, told KRQE-TV that the attacker was looking at the lead soloist. “I just remember seeing him hurdle over the pews, hurdle over people and run (toward) us and I thought, ‘Oh my God, this is not good,’” Baca King said.
Daniel said he didn’t see the attack because he had turned his back away from the congregation in order to return the sacrament in the tabernacle.
Archbishop of Santa Fe Michael Sheehan released a statement Sunday afternoon saying he was saddened by the attack.
“This is the first time in my 30 years serving as archbishop in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and as bishop of Lubbock, that anything like this has occurred,” Sheehan said. “I pray for all who have been harmed, their families, the parishioners and that nothing like this will ever happen again,” Sheehan said.
Daniel said Mass schedule has resumed at the church. A 6 p.m. Monday Mass is scheduled at the 3,000 member church, he said.
SAN FRANCISCO CA April 29 2013 (AP) — Residents of a rural Northern California county were being told Sunday to keep their doors locked and report anyone considered suspicious as authorities continued the search for the killer of an 8-year-old girl.
Calaveras County deputies and law enforcement officials from neighboring counties, as well as California Highway Patrol officers and members of the California Department of Justice, were looking for a suspect after Leila Fowler was found stabbed in her Valley Springs home around noon Saturday.
The girl was found by her brother — reported by local media to be 12-years-old — after he encountered a male intruder in the home. When the intruder ran away, the boy found his sister stabbed. She was pronounced dead at a local hospital, officials said.
Initially Leila was reported as being 9-years-old, but Coroner Kevin Raggio said Sunday that she would have turned 9 in June.
Authorities spent Saturday night and into Sunday conducting a door-to-door sweep of homes scattered across hilly terrain, checking storage sheds and horse stables, and even searching attics.
“It is a difficult area to search, it’s rural, remote,” sheriff’s Capt. Jim Macedo said.
Reverse 911 calls and Nixle mass notifications alerted area residents about the incident and the search for the suspect, officials said.
“I was working on my tractor and a CHP copter kept flying over my house,” area resident Roger Ballew, 35, told The Associated Press on Sunday.
A SWAT team showed up at his house Saturday night and told him to stay inside, Ballew said.
“It was nerve-wracking, I didn’t sleep well,” he said.
Investigators on Sunday were interviewing several people, but no suspects had been named by late afternoon. Investigators were checking out tips that had come in to the sheriff’s office, including leads and tips that came from outside Calaveras County, officials said.
“It’s just terrible,” area resident Paul Gschweng told Sacramento television station KCRA. “What can I say about it, it’s just a tragedy.”
The station reported that a neighbor told police that a man was running from the girl’s home after the incident.
The suspect was seen wearing a black shirt and blue pants. Authorities considered him armed and dangerous.
Investigators were asking area residents to call authorities if they had any information, or knew of anyone who may have unexplained injuries, or may have left the area unexpectedly after the girl was killed.
Valley Springs is a community of about 2,500 people in an unincorporated area of Calaveras County, known as “Gold Country,” in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, about 60 miles southeast of Sacramento.
The county became world-famous in 1865 with Mark Twain’s short story, “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” according to the Calaveras County Chamber of Commerce website.
Akron OH April 20 2013 Four adults who had been shot in their heads were found dead Thursday in the basement of a townhome.
Someone discovered the bodies at a complex on Akron’s northeast side, according to Akron Metropolitan Housing Authority executive director Tony O’Leary. He said police told his office no weapons were found in the home.
Police said that two men and two women who appeared to be in their 20s had been shot in their heads, but they didn’t release any other details. It was unclear whether police were looking for any suspects.
At the housing complex, about 35 miles south of Cleveland, crime scene tape cordoned off one area as officers canvassed for information about what happened.
The units, in an older, small complex near a mall, are normally quiet and don’t have a history of crime, O’Leary said.
“It’s certainly not what some people see as a typical public housing unit,” he said.
QUAKERTOWN, Pa. April 19 2013 – Friends and neighbors were stunned and saddened by the deaths of four family members who appear to have died of carbon monoxide fumes that resulted from the husband’s apparent suicide.
Bucks County District Attorney David Heckler said Tuesday night that a state police investigation indicates that Gary Reitnauer went to the garage of an adjacent home on the family’s property on Monday and started the car following a disagreement with his wife, Michelle.
He said it is believed that Michelle Reitnauer and the family’s two daughters tried to rescue him and were overcome by the fumes. Fire department rescue crews were unable to revive the family.
“Good man,” a nephew, Rob Zern, told reporters as he left the home. “The family was trying to save each other and it didn’t work out … don’t know what all went wrong, but it’s a tragedy all around.”
A neighbor described them as “just the sweetest family.”
State police were called to the home in Milford Township in rural Bucks County, about 45 miles northwest of Philadelphia, at 11:20 p.m. Monday. They found the structure filled with high levels of carbon monoxide from a running vehicle, Lt. Vincent D’Angelo said in a news release.
Investigators “believe the husband committed suicide and each … of the family members succumbed to carbon monoxide when they went to check on him and tried to rescue him,” Heckler said.
The cause and manner of death must still be confirmed by the county coroner’s office, he said. Autopsies will be performed Wednesday on the family, according to WFMZ-TV.
State police have found no note but the garage door handle had been knocked off “which suggested that the husband went in there and did not intend to be disturbed or rescued,” Heckler said.
He said the circumstances also indicate that the wife went to the garage and broke the window of another door in an attempt to rescue him, but was apparently overcome by the deadly fumes and was found inside.
The family’s 16-year-old daughter, Kimberly, then is believed to have gone to a kitchen adjacent to the garage. She was found on the floor there, Heckler said. Ten-year-old daughter Jamie is thought to have done the same and was barely alive when rescuers arrived. She later died.
The Quakertown Community School District announced the deaths on its website and said counselors would be made available to help grieving students and teachers.
The site said Kimberly, a junior, was a gifted student, receiving the highest possible score on the advanced placement calculus exam at the end of her sophomore year. She also sang in the chorus and played in the jazz band, and was set to compete at a band festival in Erie.
Her sister was a fifth grader and took part in her school’s Reading Olympics Team. Like her sister, she played in the school band and sang in the chorus. She wanted to become a veterinarian, the site said.
The children were adopted from China, according to Maggie Chambers, a neighbor. She said they were “just the sweetest family.”
Like other neighbors and friends, the deaths stunned her.
“It’s not that kind of family,” she said. “For me to even think for a minute that this was a deliberate thing, it’s just not them. It’s not.”
Six of Kimberly’s high school classmates placed flowers on the family’s mailbox Tuesday afternoon, then formed a circle, clasped hands and prayed. Afterward, they remembered their friend as a highly intelligent student near the top of her class, and as a talented musician who played piano and trumpet. She was happy, kind and humble, they said.
“Everyone here loved her. She always had a smile on her face. Her whole family did. They were just the happiest people, and they made everyone else feel the same way,” said Aislinn Strohecker, 17, a close friend and neighbor.
Neighbors said there was no inkling of trouble in the Reitnauer home.
Michelle Reitnauer, 58, gave Christmas cookies every year to a well-drilling company down the gravel road, and would fetch the company’s mail when she got her own, according to Gloria Mayberry, a secretary at the firm. Reitnauer’s 59-year-old husband, known as “Ozzy,” would use the bucket on his John Deere tractor to take his trash can to the end of the drive, a cigar usually hanging from his mouth, she recalled.
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The Dallas Morning News reports that Kaufman Police Chief Chris Albaugh confirmed the couple was shot at their home.
A former state trooper killed his estranged wife with a shotgun inside a central Pennsylvania supermarket Thursday and then killed himself, days after she filed for divorce and two months after he was accused of beating her, police said.
Source: The Tennessean
Police were searching for answers Sunday after three men were found shot to death outside a southern Louisville apartment complex in Louisville’s deadliest shootings of the year. Called to the 3500 block of Georgetown Place off Berry Boulevard shortly before 3 p.m., police found three males who appeared to be in their 20s dead in the parking lot — two inside a Ford Explorer, its window shattered, and the third on the ground just outside the vehicle.
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Washington DC March 24 2013 Wyvette Wright said a heavy burden was lifted Friday morning when the convicted killer of Wright’s daughter and granddaughter was sentenced to two counts of life in prison without the possibility of parole. “I waited for this day for two years,” she said. “He is the devil himself. There’s just no other way to put it.”
DECATUR, Texas March 22 2013 (AP) – A paroled Colorado inmate who may be linked to the slaying of the state’s prison chief led Texas deputies on a 100 mph car chase that ended Thursday after he crashed into a semi and then opened fire before being shot down by his pursuers.
Orange County authorities were called to the Crestwood Suites by callers who reported hearing screaming and growling from a room on the second floor.
“I literally thought there was a beast inside this place,” said hotel guest Evette Mays.
Responding deputies found the victim naked, covered in blood on the floor. He was going in and out of consciousness as he tried to describe what happened, officials said.
According to the authorities, the victim had bite marks on his hands and stomach and was bleeding from significant lacerations on his genitals.
COLUMBIA, SC March 21 2013 The man who was chased by a witness after he and an accomplice allegedly robbed a southeast Columbia jewelry store Tuesday morning is wanted for murder in Atlanta, police say.
Monroe County PA March 20 2013 A former Pennsylvania pastor was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole in the fatal bludgeoning of his second wife in 2008.
NORTH WILKESBORO, NC March 17 2013 A Wilkes County man has been arrested and charged with murder and incest after investigators found a woman and her young son murdered in their home.
According to investigators, evidence suggests the 8-year-old was suffocated. An exact cause of death will be determined by autopsy. Pruitt’s live-in boyfriend, 33-year-old Jason Ryan Pardue, has been charged with two counts of Murder, two counts of 1st Degree Sex Offense with a Minor under 13, and one count of Incest.
NEW ALBANY, IN March 14 2013 – A homicide investigation was launched Wednesday afternoon after the bodies of a woman and two children were discovered in a creek that runs through New Albany’s Binford Park.