Nashville TN Sept 3 2012 Police have identified the victims in a gruesome triple homicide as Michelle Pinkowski, 48; her son, Jonathan Culpepper, 14, and her mother, Marylea Jordan. They did not release the name of her 9-year-old daughter, who fled to call 911 after seeing her grandmother get stabbed.
Meredith Libbey, spokeswoman with Metro Schools confirmed that Jonathan was a freshman at Hillwood High School.
Police identified the man found bloodied with self-inflicted stab wounds as Craig Garber, 41. Garber, whose injuries initially appeared to be mortal, has improved at Vanderbilt Medical Center to critical, but stable condition.
Garber and Pinkowski were seen together on his porch around 11 p.m., said Don Aaron, spokesman for Metro Police. He said that the two may have gone to Pinkowski’s home, to her finished basement, which is where her body was eventually found.
Aaron said Garber then went upstairs and murdered Jonathan in his bedroom and then Jordan outside his bedroom, possibly raised after hearing the commotion. He said the daughter, who was sleeping on the couch, saw her grandmother get stabbed and fled out a back door to a neighbor, where they were able to call 911.
The neighbor retrieved a gun and went to the girl’s home, where he saw Garber walking around inside, Aaron said. But the neighbor backed off from the home when he heard sirens.
Detectives plan to take out homicide warrants this afternoon. Investigators expect it to take hours to conduct a full investigation in the family home, given the gruesome scene.
“The scene is very bloody,” Aaron said. “It’s not something that you see in Nashville.”
A Bellevue man found covered in blood Sunday morning is suspected of murdering his three neighbors and then nearly stabbing himself to death.
The man, whom police have yet to identify, answered the door of his neighbor’s home in the 800 block of Beech Bend Drive just before 3 a.m., where police found the bodies of a 14-year-old boy, the boy’s mother and grandmother inside the home, said Don Aaron, spokesman for Metro Police. Aaron said the boy’s 9-year-old sister witnessed the attack and fled to a neighbor’s home to call 911.
The man accused in the stabbing lives a few doors down from the family and is known to have “emotional issues”, Aaron said. He was rushed to Vanderbilt University Medical Center in critical condition with life-threatening, self-inflicted stab wounds. Police have not yet released the identity of the suspected killer nor the three found dead in the home.
Aaron said police received the call of the stabbing around 2:37 a.m. When an officer arrived, the man answered the door covered in blood.
“Just kill me,” the man told the officer, Aaron said.
The officer was able to handcuff the man and search the home. He found one person dead in the family’s finished basement, the other two dead upstairs.
Police are now trying to obtain warrants to search the homes of both the victims and the suspected killer, Aaron said. Police are also trying to determine the exact nature of the relationship, if any, the man has with his neighbors and what the motive could be.
“This occurred in an otherwise very quiet Bellevue neighborhood,” Aaron said. “Something of this nature is very rare for Nashville. There is no danger to this neighborhood, we firmly believe the man responsible for this is known, is in custody and is in Vanderbilt.”
The assailants hit Sgt. Joseph Forrester in the head with a chair and repeatedly punched him in the face during Tuesday’s incident at the Horizon Juvenile Center.
The detention facility is run by the Adminstration for Children’s Services and houses suspects as young as 10 while their cases are pending.
“I don’t know why it happened. I’m just trying to make myself well,” Forrester said from his bed at Lincoln Hospital.
He said he had been working security at the facility for nine years and took the job because “it was working with kids, a good thing, trying to make a positive change.”
He said he had been told not to talk about the attack, but his cousin, Christopher Forrester, 50, said the teens deserved to “pay the price.”
“These kids should be given a stiff penalty so it doesn’t happen in the future,” he said.
Sources said the blowup began because the suspects were upset with how much food they were being served.
Forrester, 39, was trying to break up an assault in which Randy Estevez, 16, punched a counselor in the stomach, authorities said.
That’s when Kevin Rivas, 16, flung a chair at Forrester, striking him in the back, Assistant District Attorney Joseph Shmulewitz said at an arraignment.
Leon Smalls, 16, picked up another chair and threw it at Forrester, hitting him in the head.
Bryan St. Fleur, 14, Michael Mendoza, 16, and Anthony Mashburn, allegedly punched Forrester in the face, and he was bleeding profusely and convulsing when paramedics arrived.
Estevez was charged with misdemeanor assault for punching out the counselor; and the other five were charged with assault, gang assault and assault on a peace officer.
A spokesperson for ACS condemned the attack. “The incident at the Horizon Juvenile Center was an unprovoked assault on one of our sergeants by six young people who were detained for allegedly committing serious crimes. Our staff works every day to protect and maintain safety for the young people in detention and our workforce, and violence against either is taken very seriously.”
The prosecutor said the attack was captured on videotape even though petroleum jelly was placed on a second camera to obscure the lens.
Lawyers for the defendants had no comment on the charges.
The injured sergeant’s friend, Divine Brooklyn, 42, said the boys were likely at Horizon on minor charges and had now graduated to major crimes.
“Wherever they go I think they are going to have plenty of time to think about what they’ve done, especially when they roll with the big boys,” Brooklyn said.
The 40-year-old agent was found in the television room of the two-story home on a tidy street near a school. He had been shot with a handgun and was dead when deputies arrived, Saldana said.
It was unclear whether anyone else was in the home at the time of the shooting, she added.
The agent’s name was not immediately released but he had worked for ICE for four years, Saldana said.
He worked on homeland security investigations, the federal agency said.
“This is a difficult time for ICE, especially for the family and loved ones of the agent. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers,’ ICE Director John Morton said in a statement.
The body was removed at Thursday morning. A KTTV news helicopter showed ICE agents lining the driveway salute as the body, covered by an American flag, was wheeled to a coroner’s van.
More than 100 people gathered in Gordonsville on Saturday night, grieving the loss of Phillip.
“He was fun, he was energetic, he was happy,” said Gena Parker, Phillip’s mother.
To his many friends, Phillip was known as the boy who told everyone they’re beautiful.
“He kept telling me he had a rock on his chest,” said Ruby Harris, Phillip’s grandmother. “He just wanted to take the rock off where he could breathe.”
Phillip’s family said they reported their concerns over their son’s bullying to Gordonsville High School on multiple occasions, but the bullying by a group of students just got worse.
“I believe my whole family up in heaven’s taking good care of him,” said friend Megan Redinger.
“I want to say I love him dearly,” added friend Heather Hunt. “He’ll never be forgotten. He’s always in my heart.”
“That’s my son,” said Phillip Parker, Phillip’s father. “I love him. I miss him. He shouldn’t have had to kill himself to be brought to life.”
An official with Smith County Schools told Channel 4 they are now planning how to handle a crisis situation with students Monday. Friends added they are planning to set up a memorial fund in Phillip’s name but haven’t made the arrangements just yet
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C.Sept 11 2011 (AP) – Officials at Fort Bragg say an investigation is under way into the disappearance of nearly 14,000 rounds of ammunition at the Army base.
Staff Sgt. Joshua Ford, a spokesman for the 82nd Airborne Division, says the ammunition went missing from the 1st Brigade Combat Team at Fort Bragg.
The Fayetteville Observer reports that Ford believed the ammunition was taken overnight on Tuesday. The 1st Brigade team was placed on lockdown for a few hours Wednesday night while officials conducted a search.
The missing ammunition can be used in an M-4 or M-16 assault rifle.
Ford says the 82nd Airborne Division and military police are taking the matter seriously and that “any amount of ammunition that goes missing” has “got to be accounted for.”