Saturday, October 30, 2010
Kathy Adams, 57, whose body was found Oct. 23 off Highway 36 near the Larimer-Boulder county line, had been missing since Oct.12, when her sister was unable to make contact with her. A warrant was issued Wednesday for the arrest of Marks, who police had sought for questioning since Adams disappeared. Marks is accused of second-degree murder.
Adams died of blunt-force injury.
Marks is Adams' common-law husband, and her family has said they had a tumultuous 20-year relationship.
Sheriff Jim Alderden said he appreciates investigators' "hundreds of hours and dedicated effort" as well as help from the public in the investigation.
Marks has a criminal history that includes driving while ability impaired and drug possession, among other offenses.
Officers in Boulder County responded to a verbal domestic dispute between Marks and Adams in 2007, but no arrests were made, according to Rick Brough with Boulder County Sheriff's Office.
Adams' psychic business was licensed on Harmony Road from 1999 to 2005, according to records. It is unclear where the business might later have operated.
She was living at 2920½ East Mulberry Street, and Adams' sister had last spoken with her Oct. 7 before she went missing.
Investigators who visited the residence Oct. 12 observed evidence leading them to suspect foul play. On Oct. 13, investigators found a 1995 Buick LeSabre — which they believe was last used by Adams and Marks — at a Longmont-area motel near Interstate 25 and Colorado Highway 119.
Investigators executed up to 10 search warrants as they searched for Adams.
Sheriff's Office spokesman John Schulz said this week that Marks' arrest warrant was sealed from public inspection because of the ongoing investigation.
Second-degree murder carries a sentence of eight to 24 years in prison.
Late Thursday, Gregory W. Thompson drove to his ex-wife's Glasgow home, got a short ladder and placed it on the overhang above the rear deck, according to police. He climbed to her third-floor bedroom window, slipped inside and started beating her as she lay sleeping, they said.
But after a year-and-a-half of getting protection-from-abuse orders because of previous violence, his ex-wife had a gun -- and it was nearby.
As Thompson was punching her in the face, she grabbed the weapon and fatally shot him, police said.
After that, at about 11:32 p.m., she ran out and called 911 to report the shooting inside her home in the 300 block of Norman Drive in the Eagle Trace Townhouses of Glasgow.
The 57-year-old Thompson, who was living in Pennsylvania, was pronounced dead at the scene, said New Castle County Police Senior Cpl. Trinidad Navarro. His ex-wife was taken to Christiana Hospital with chest pains and facial injuries, he said.
A next-door neighbor, who did not want to give her name, said she was reading downstairs and did not hear anything. But her roommate, who was upstairs, heard noises and went outside to check the rear deck, but didn't see anything.
Seconds later, the ex-wife rang their doorbell.
"He came back and I shot him," she said, according to the neighbor. Then she walked away.
"She is a genuine, good-hearted woman," the neighbor said. "She's really nice and would do anything for anybody. I have nothing bad to say about her."
No charges have been filed against the ex-wife pending a review of the case by the state Attorney General's Office, which would not comment Friday.
The ex-wife's situation also is not uncommon.
Twelve people were killed in domestic violence incidents in Delaware last year, according to the state Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. So far this year, there have been seven killings.
What makes the case unusual is that the abused partner is the one who killed the abuser, experts said.
"In reality, it's a pretty rare occurrence," said Carol Post, executive director of the Delaware Coalition Against Domestic Violence. "It's clear that this woman was very afraid of this man." At the time of the shooting, the ex-wife had an active protection-from-abuse order against her ex-husband, which he violated Oct. 3 by damaging her car by scratching it with a key, Navarro said. A warrant was issued for Thompson's arrest, he said.
Officers at the time could not locate him. But they were able to reach him by phone and told Thompson to turn himself in, Navarro.
He refused and wouldn't give police his address.
A protection order was issued against Thompson on April 13, 2009, and modified on April 17, 2009, according to Family Court records. It expired one year later.
Others were issued Aug. 31 and Sept. 10 and modified Sept. 24.
Thompson filed a protection order against his ex-wife on Sept. 24, claiming she had made false statements "saying I was bothering or harassing her," according to the document.
Post said that's a standard tactic used by abusers to maintain control and force the abused partner back into court.
"We certainly support the fact that anyone can file a petition, but you have to make your case in court," Post said. "We do often see that type of manipulative tactic by partners of longtime victims. In cases like this, where a number of PFAs are in place, the abusive partner is not going to let go."
In 2009, there were 28,314 domestic-violence incidents reported in Delaware -- 15,905 of them were considered criminal incidents, according to the Domestic Violence Coordinating Council. Of the criminal incidents, 2,912 resulted in physical injury -- 45 more than in 2008.
Bridget Poulle, the council's executive director, said the number of domestic-related deaths fell from 18 in 2008 to 12 in 2009.
"She was a victim, and thank God she came out of this alive," she said. "But here's the thing. This is not a jilted lover, because a lover doesn't make their very existence depend on destroying you. He went to great lengths to get to her. That's a loss of control and it can be very abusive."
Nearly 1,800 protection-from-abuse orders were issued in Delaware last year, she said.
"In the majority of homicides, there was no PFA in place," Post said. "We do believe they offer a layer of protection. But the PFA is only as good as the respect that the abusive partner has for that order. If the abusive party is bent on having contact with the victim, it does no good."
Thursday, October 28, 2010
A Hermiston woman is dead and her husband is accused of killing her in their own home. Hermiston police say one of their children was there at the time.
Police identified the victim as 41 year old Hilaria Sanchez. Neighbors KNDU spoke to know her as "Gabriela". Her husband, 45 year old Maurillio Lamas Sanchez was arrested and charged with murder.
The couple lived in Village Park on 11th Street with their seven children. Police say when they arrived at the scene Wednesday afternoon, only one of the kids was home. As of now, the children are in the custody of the Department of Human Services.
Neighbors say they are shocked by what happened and that the family generally kept to themselves.
"All I know is that they've lived there for about a month and-a-half or so and they are a Mexican family. They seemed like they were OK you know, never talked to them. I've just seen them leaving and going to work, that's about it," said neighbor Chadd Mace.
Another neighbor says the family came from California but is originally from Mexico.
As for Sanchez, he was arraigned Thursday on murder charges. He is at the Umatilla County Jail in Pendleton. The next step is for a grand jury to hear the case. It is the first homicide in Hermiston this year.
A 53-year-old northwest Georgia man was shot and killed Wednesday night, and his wife has been charged with murder.
Hollis apparently died from a single .38-caliber gunshot wound to the head, Walker County Sheriff Steve Wilson told the newspaper. An autopsy will be conducted at the GBI crime lab.Walker County deputies were dispatched to the Flintstone home after receiving a call about a domestic dispute, theRome News-Tribune reported. Deputies found D.C. Hollis dead on the living room floor, according to the report.
Hollis' wife, 53-year-old Jimmie Nell Hollis, was arrested and charged with murder, Wilson said.
The couple has a history of being arrested, according to the Walker County Messenger.
D.C. Hollis was released from state prison in 2006 following his conviction on aggravated assault charges, according to the Georgia Department of Corrections.
Kentucky State Police say a Western Kentucky man is believed to have mortally wounded his estranged wife, then fatally shot himself.
A news release from the KSP states Hartford Police requested aid on Wednesday after officers found 66-year-old Barbara Ward lying on the ground with an apparent gunshot wound. She died a short time later at a hospital
Police tracked Carl Ward, also 66, to a home in West Louisville, near Owensboro. When officers went in, they found him dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Police arrested and charged a man with murder in the shooting death of his wife Tuesday morning.
Hernan Mendieta , 35, of Austin shot his wife in the head with a handgun, according to police. Her body was discovered in a car in the 3600 block of Brushy Creek Road, near West Parmer Lane, police said. Her name was not released.
Mendieta was in the Williamson County Jail on Tuesday evening with bail set at $250,000. He could face up to 99 years or life in prison if convicted.
Emergency personnel were alerted to the shooting about 10 a.m. , said Joe Granberry, deputy director of Williamson County Emergency Medical Services.
Another person was injured and taken to an area hospital, Granberry said.
Cedar Park police would not elaborate about the incident, referring a reporter to Williamson County District Attorney John Bradley, who also declined to comment.
Cedar Park police provided at least two area TV stations with further details, however.
Capt. Mike Harmon told KEYE-TV that Mendieta's vehicle hit a tree on the side of the road after he shot his wife. Harmon also told the TV station that Mendieta shot at a man who had stopped to help, and that man was injured by glass fragments from a shattered vehicle window.
The shooter fled on foot and was captured a short time later, according to the station.
After the shootings, police closed Brushy Creek Road in both directions for several hours from Arrowhead Trail west to the entrance of Silverado Springs Park.
The shootings took place near the Ranch at Brushy Creek neighborhood and several parks, including the 22-acre Silverado Springs Park.
Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Alejandro Villalobos came to see his wife in the 1100 block of West 11th Street at 7:18 p.m. The couple, who had been separated about a month, got into a fight, police said.
"There's some type of dispute that goes on between the two of them, and stemming from that, he pulls out a handgun and shoots her several times," Lt. Jarrod Burguan said.
Villalobos fired four to five shots, striking his wife, Tannia Villalobos, at least twice in the upper body.
Several people were inside the house at the time of the shooting, but none of them was wounded.
Police arrived and found Villalobos standing outside the house. The gun had been thrown on the roof.
"Our officers found it during a search," Burguan said.
Villalobos, 20, was arrested on suspicion of murder. Police booked him into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga.
Tannia Villalobos died at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in Colton at 7:55 p.m., San Bernardino County coroner's officials said.
Police said the couple have a 1-year-old daughter.
Abuzz with police activity a day earlier, the neighborhood where a 37-year-old Kingston woman was killed with a hatchet returned to quiet on Monday.
Neighbors struggled to comprehend the brutal beating of Catherine Tabit as well as the heinous crime her former boyfriend, John Stone of Shickshinny, is charged with commiting.
"It's something all of us will never understand." said Shickshinny Mayor Beverly Moore, who lives several houses away from the 131 N. Canal St. murder scene.
Mr. Stone, 58, stands accused of killing Ms. Tabit while they argued about when he would drive her home to Kingston.
"It's a horrible tragedy," said Ms. Moore, who has lived on the quiet, riverfront street for 18 years. "For as long as I lived here, we haven't had a homicide in town."
According to neighbors, Mr. Stone, who is battling cancer, is a nice man and normally very calm.
Mr. Stone and Ms. Tabit broke off a relationship in August, according to police and neighbors. Ms. Tabit had not visited Mr. Stone's home since then, neighbors said.
Ms. Tabit called Mr. Stone at about 11 p.m. Saturday and asked him to pick her up in Kingston, according to arrest papers. At Mr. Stone's home, Ms. Tabit used his computer to play cards and chat online, and then made food.
An argument began soon after, and Ms. Tabit wanted to go home immediately, while Mr. Stone wanted to take a nap first, police said. During the argument, Ms. Tabit slapped Mr. Stone, and they shoved each other.
Police said Mr. Stone admitted that during the fight, he grabbed a hatchet that was in the kitchen and repeatedly struck Ms. Tabit in the head, killing her.
"I can't believe I got in an argument with her and did what I did," Mr. Stone told police, according to arrest papers.
Neighbors said police had been called to the home before due to domestic disputes, but no domestic violence charges were filed against Mr. Stone or Ms. Tabit. Court records indicate neither held a protection-from-abuse order against the other.
Mr. Stone remains jailed in the Luzerne County Correctional Facility without bail.
She found a note from her father, apologizing, and called police instead of going further into the house.
Police found the Rickels, both 79, deceased from gunshot wounds, Willowick Police Lt. Paul Pallante said. Police believe that Robert shot Dorothy and then himself.
Both of the Rickels had medical difficulties. Dorothy Rickel had suffered a stroke two years earlier and Robert Rickel had been diagnosed with cancer about the same time, Pallante said.
However, the Rickels had not given their children any indication that their health had deteriorated recently, Pallante said.
“It’s just a tragedy for the family,” he said.
Two people were found dead in an apparent murder-suicide Monday afternoon.
According to a media release from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Polly Ann Boaze, 60, and Milan D. Tanton Jr., 52, were found by a neighbor in Boaze’s mobile home.
Investigators determined Boaze was apparently shot by Tanton, who then shot himself. The incident happened at 8382 Thames Road sometime before 2 p.m.
Tanton, originally from Dothan, Ala., was temporarily living with Boaze. He was in the process of packing up his things on Monday after Boaze had asked him to leave.
Although law enforcement first said at 2:15 p.m. that there had been a report of a shooting, authorities did not release any details about the case — including whether or not someone had been killed — until 8:30 p.m.
They said the Escambia Farms community, located north of Baker near the Alabama state line, was so small that the release of any information would have identified the victims before families could be notified.
Monday, October 25, 2010
Jerry Paul England, 48, apparently shot his wife, Sandra Lynn England, 44, with a semi-automatic pistol in their home on Huff Mountain, just outside Oceana, according to Sheriff Randall Aliff.
The two had been arguing prior to the shooting, Aliff said.
He had left the house, traveling toward Logan County, then returned about 9:30 p.m. and shot her, Aliff said.
She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Two children were in the home at the time of the shooting and at least one of the children witnessed the shooting, the sheriff said.
After the shooting, Jerry England fled to Bruno, in Logan County, and forced his 27-year-old son, at gunpoint, from a home there and into his car, Aliff said.
With State Police and the sheriff’s department in pursuit, the young man managed to escape the vehicle just as they crossed back into Wyoming County, Aliff said.
England then opened fire, with an assault rifle, on law enforcement officers.
One state trooper sustained minor injuries during the chase, according to authorities.
England overturned his vehicle, but managed to exit from a rear window, Aliff said.
Officers negotiated with him for nearly an hour before England turned the gun on himself. He died at the scene, according to Aliff.
The investigation is continuing, Aliff said.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Police officers killed a man who fired on them after he allegedly shot his wife, critically wounding her, in a parking lot near a busy intersection in Downtown Santa Monica Friday night. That man was identified today as 33-year-old James Ramirez of Los Angeles.
At approximately 6:10 p.m. a female Verizon Wireless employee was shot by her husband after work in the parking lot in the rear of 1345 on Seventh Street, across from the Santa Monica Main Library branch located on Santa Monica Boulevard.
“Upon arrival, officers found a conscious female victim that had been shot in the head and upper torso,” said Sgt. Jay Trisler of the Santa Monica Police Department in a release. “The victim stated her husband had shot her. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of severe injuries and remains in critical condition.” At the time of this report, her condition had not reportedly changed.
“It appears to have been a domestic situation,” said Capt. Wendell Shirley, also of the SMPD.
Based on the crime scene where multiple shell casings can be seen and witness reports, as few as six and as many as 12 shots were fired at the woman. The preliminary investigation revealed that the victim was shot while seated in her parked vehicle, and subsequently attempted to escape on foot. The suspect continued to attack the victim, shooting her several more times, ultimately incapacitating her. Witnesses reported that the suspect then pointed the gun at himself but either the gun faltered or Ramirez decided against it. SMPD also received similar reports.
Afterward Ramirez then placed the gun in his waistband and ran southbound on Seventh Street towards Santa Monica Boulevard. He continued west toward the final crime scene at 1400 of Ninth Street, between Broadway Street and Santa Monica Boulevard where SMPD officers confronted him.
Capt. Shirley said that officers in a police cruiser confronted Ramirez and order him at gunpoint to drop to the ground, but he did not comply. Instead he produced the handgun from his waistband and fired at the officers. “In fear for their safety, they returned fire,” Capt. Shirley said. “The suspect was hit and went down and was pronounced dead at the scene.” Bullet casings and shattered window glass littered the streets on either side of SMPD cruiser that evening. In front of the cruiser lay what looked like a body under a tarp.
Floyd English, a witness at the first scene, said he saw the first shots fired at the woman in the parking lot. He said both the shooter and the victim were both Latino. English said the husband was at least six feet tall, of a heavy build, with dark hair and a beard, a black blazer, and dress slacks.
No officers or bystanders were injured
JEFFERSON COUNTY - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office is investigating the shooting death of a couple in their bed, in what an officer says is an apparent murder-suicide.
Investigators say the man is identified as 34 year old Martin Alston and his wife was 32 year old Jennifer Alston.
Dr. Tommy Brown is conducting an autopsy. An Officer says the shooting is still under investigation.
A child found the bodies.
Major Jimmy Singletary told KFDM News deputies responded to a 911 call at about 10 p.m. Friday in the 100 block of North 5th Avenue off Twin City Highway in Central Gardens. Singletary says an 8-year-old found the bodies of the man and woman in the bed.
Investigators say they'd been shot. An autopsy has been ordered but the shootings appear to be a murder-suicide, according to Singletary.
The Sheriff's Office isn't releasing the names of the man and woman until relatives are notified.
A woman who says she is a family member told us the female who died was 8 months pregnant.
Published: October 20, 2010
A domestic-violence call handled Aug. 11 by Henrico County police officer R.J. Clemons turned into a murder case as Clemons arrived on the scene and radio traffic turned to reports of gunfire.
Moments later, Clemons testified yesterday, he watched Felicia M. Grahn emerge from her home near Richmond International Raceway, her arms raised above her head as Clemons unholstered his weapon.
"She put her hands up and I asked her, 'Where's the shooter?'" Clemons testified yesterday.
Grahn answered: "I shot her," Clemons said.
A second-degree murder charge against Grahn, 40, was certified yesterday to a Henrico grand jury. Indications are that defense lawyer John Goots may argue that Grahn killed Dollie Blow, 45, in self-defense.
He drew from investigators yesterday that after being taken into custody, Grahn said Blow had attacked her from behind by surprise. It was unclear whether Blow had a weapon. Investigators said that immediately after the shooting, Grahn showed no physical evidence of having been beaten or attacked.
When help arrived at Grahn's home, Clemons made his way to an 11-by-8-foot wooden outbuilding behind the house on Genacre Lane, he testified yesterday.
He peered in the door and saw two toddlers sitting wide-eyed on a bed and staring toward the bathroom, where the officer found Blow dead in a pool of blood.
She had been shot four times with a 9 mm semi-automatic pistol: to the head, arm, stomach and upper right thigh.
The stunned children -- Blow's grandchildren -- had witnessed her death and apparently sat rigidly still inside the simply outfitted shed until police arrived. Blow had lived in the building for several years with her boyfriend, who was in business with Grahn's husband. Testimony yesterday showed that Grahn may have been planning to evict Blow.
Days before the shooting, Grahn's husband had taken out a protective order against his wife.
He alleged that his wife had slapped him, threatened him with a gun she had hidden and was taking drugs, according to court records.
"I was afraid," he said in an interview after his wife's arrest, professing that he still loved her and that she had been acting strangely.
Grahn was ordered not to have contact with her husband or Blow.
Henrico General District Court Judge James S. Yoffy yesterday found Grahn guilty of violating the protective order, a misdemeanor.
A trial on the murder charge is expected early next year.
By Trish Hartman
5:35 PM EDT, October 22, 2010
A man from Scranton charged with arson and murder is headed to trial.
A judge ruled Friday there is enough evidence against William Woods after a fire that killed two boys last summer.
Prosecutors announced they are seeking the death penalty against Woods.
Tyaisha Leary walked into the Lackawanna County courthouse ready to testify about the night two of her sons died. Prosecutors said her ex-boyfriend, William Woods, set her home on fire in July, 2009. Her two sons, nine-year-old Taevon and 10-year-old Michael, died from burns and smoke inhalation.
"I'm glad it's being bound over for trial. I'm glad they're seeking the death penalty. It's important that criminals can't get away with what they did, you know?" Leary said. She had to relive the night two of her sons died as she took the stand.
Several witnesses testified Woods threatened to burn the house down shortly after the couple broke up.
Woods was charged with murder and arson one year to the day after the fire.
"He told me he was going to burn her house down. He told me because he wasn't going to let anyone have the stuff that he worked two jobs to have," said ex-girlfriend Sally Mulno. She added she never thought he would actually do it. "People say things out of anger all the time. You don't take it literally."
"It's something you'll never forget. Two innocent lives gone because of what? Nothing," said neighbor Cherie Hightower. She lives near the site of the fire and was there that night. She said she saw Woods just before the fire with flowers for Leary. The couple had just split after claims that Woods had become violent.
Investigators testified to finding charred, pink fires on the porch of the home that were there before the fire started.
"When it actually did happen I was like, he really did it," Mulno added. Woods was living with her in July, 2009. Moments after the fire, she said, Woods had packed five suitcases in a matter of minutes. "I figured he was running from something but then when he brought the bags back into my bedroom and said he didn't do anything wrong, he wasn't going to run."
A break in the case came when Woods' cell mate wrote to prosecutors saying Woods confessed him him. On the stand, one inmate said, "Those children were dead. I couldn't stand by knowing I knew something that could help."
Prosecutors said Tyaisha Leary had a protection from abuse order against Woods after he allegedly came at her with a knife and slashed her tires in the weeks before the fire.
No trial date has been set for William Woods.
Gabriella Ghobrial’s two-year-old son Riley was killed by his father five years ago.
If evil had a face, it would be Anthony Mangiamele’s.
On Feb. 6, 2005, the Gilberts man snapped pictures of his 2-year-old son waving goodbye, and labeled the undeveloped roll “Riley’s last weekend.”
Then he backed the family’s SUV into the garage, created a makeshift bed for the toddler in the rear of the vehicle, put on the boy’s favorite CDs and started the truck’s engine with the garage door closed.
About eight hours later, police discovered the murder/suicide, along with the film and a barrage of letters and notes Mangiamele had written to his estranged wife, blaming her for the child’s death.
For five years, Gabriella Ghobrial has lived with the nightmare created by the monster.
She’s remarried now, to an Elgin police officer, has two stepchildren, still works as a nurse and has taken to running — lots of running — as a way of dealing with the horror.
But she doesn’t hate her child’s killer. She is, in fact, working on forgiveness because without it she believes she will not be able to get into heaven to see her baby again.
Instead, Ghobrial’s bitterness is focused directly on the system that failed her. Tony is dead and can’t be held accountable, she says.
“But I did what they told me to do. And still my baby died.”
In the two years Ghobrial and Mangiamele dated, he never revealed the monster. He was the perfect boyfriend and fiance, the perfect husband — until the return from the honeymoon.
That’s when he became angry, controlling, physically and verbally abusive. He cut her off from her family, chipping away at her self-esteem.
And her fears intensified after Riley’s birth. In November of 2004, when she talked of leaving him, Mangiamele threatened to harm their son if she carried through with her plans.
Ghobrial says she relayed her concerns to a counselor at work, who told her she was overreacting. But by the end of January, the situation had become so dire — he would often stalk her, flashing pictures of their son — police advised her to take out an emergency order of protection. She appealed to the Elgin Community Crisis Center for assistance, but no court advocate contacted her, she says.
On Jan. 24, 2005, a Monday, Ghobrial spent the entire day at the courthouse trying to get the emergency order of protection. Mangiamele showed up with his own attorney and threatened her again: “It would not take much for me to kill myself and take Riley with me,” he taunted.
With no domestic court judge available at the end of the long day, Kane County Judge William Weir was brought in, finally hearing the case at 5:30 p.m. Despite her tearful pleas that Mangiamele would harm Riley, Weir granted each party an order of protection — and gave unsupervised weekend visitation to the father.
“I had documented all the earlier threats, I told him my concerns,” she says, tears streaming down her face as she relives that fateful day. “But the judge didn’t even read them and called it a case of he said/she said.”
The next week, on Friday, Mangiamele picked up Riley from Ghobrial’s parents’ home in St. Charles, where she was living. She called frequently over the next two days, “but Tony would never put Riley on the phone.”
That Sunday, working a shift at Provena St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, her fears escalated when she could not connect with Mangiamele. When her parents went to the father’s home at the 6 p.m. pickup time, no one answered the door and the windows were draped in paper. Police arrived, as did a panicked Ghobrial, who opened the doors to the house that was filled with carbon monoxide.
“He killed the baby,” she sobbed to her mother. “I told them he would do it.”
Riley was found next to his baby blanket in the back of the SUV, his arm raised above his head in his napping position. Mangiamele, with antihistamines in his system, was on a step in the garage. Police believe he watched his son die before succumbing to the gas himself.
“Nobody believed he would do this,” says Ghobrial, unable to stem the flow of tears. “I knew he would because it would hurt me the rest of my life.”
There are few in Kane County’s law enforcement or domestic violence field who do not remember Riley’s murder. One official called it the most hateful crime scene he’d ever witnessed.
And no one disagrees the system failed this mother and child.
Despite a process in place, “it is not perfect. We are human,” said Gretchen Vapnar, executive director of the Community Crisis Center in Elgin. “But we are working hard every day to make changes that will prevent this from happening again.”
But she agrees with Vicki Smith, who heads up the Illinois Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “there’s still a long way to go.”
“If we say there’s a system in place, then it should be there.” says Smith. Unfortunately, “there’s growing evidence too many family courts still aren’t taking the problem seriously ... and too many judges continue to ignore the signs, the histories” of abuse.
Kane County State’s Attorney John Barsanti feels in the last few years there’s more awareness from the bench about “how bad things could go.” Yet he’s not sure whether it will ever be possible for judges to always make the right calls because of how complicated these cases can be. “There’s just too much room for human error,” he says.
No one knows that more than Gabriella Ghobrial.
According to news reports, when Judge Weir turned in his resignation to the Illinois Supreme Court chief justice, no reason was cited. But Ghobrial can’t help but wonder about the date on the single-sentence letter of resignation: Feb. 6, 2009 — the fourth anniversary of Riley’s death.
Attempts to reach Weir were unsuccessful.
After burying her son, Ghobrial contacted a team of lawyers and found out about immunity granted to judges. So she thanked the police for their work and helped dedicate a neighborhood park in Gilberts in Riley’s name. “There is no justice,” she says.
People have asked Ghobrial — who is beautiful, educated and articulate — to become an advocate for domestic violence prevention. But her grief is still too raw, and she chooses instead to put her time and money toward children battling cancer.
“Who would I write to?” she asks. “Nobody listened to me.”
Miami-Dade Police homicide detectives are investigating the incident and say the victim, a woman and her boyfriend live together and share a child, but for reasons yet unknown the man asked his girlfriend to meet him.
When she showed up, he allegedly shot her and then turned the gun on himself.
The two were air lifted to the Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital where the male has died.
Police have not released the names of the people involved and have not identified a motive.
Sunday, October 24, 2010
Last updated: 11:32 am
A 28-year-old Plum man is charged with criminal homicide in the shooting death of his girlfriend after a fight in the home they shared.
Jordan Just was arrested and remains under guard at a hospital. Allegheny County police said he and the woman had been involved in a domestic disturbance about midnight Saturday in the 600 block of Millers Lane. The disturbance resulted in Just being hospitalized, police said.
Authorities did not release the woman's name.
UPDATED: 9:10 am PDT October 22, 2010
MEDFORD, Ore. -- The girlfriend of a former Medford police detective is in custody in connection with a deadly shooting.
The Mail Tribune reports 45-year-old Charlene Meixner is facing charges after her 61-year-old boyfriend Ray Leach was found shot to death at his home.
Meixner is facing first-degree manslaughter charges. Police were called to Leach's home on Wednesday night.
Leach had resigned from the Medford police force in 2002 following a drunken driving conviction. He had served 10 days in jail.
Medford police are still investigating.
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Officials said it appeared Robert Lintz had shot his wife once in the head with a handgun, before turning the gun on himself.
Investigators were called to a home on Goldenview Lane in Lakeland after a nurse reported finding 83-year-old Renee Lintz and her 84-year-old husband, Robert Lintz, shot dead in their kitchen.
Deputies said the pair, who had been married for about 60 years, suffered from "significant medical issues."
After an initial investigation, officials said it appeared Robert Lintz had shot his wife once in the head with a handgun, before turning the gun on himself.
Polk County homicide detectives are investigating the shooting, described by officials as an apparent murder-suicide.
According to Polk authorities, Robert Lintz was a retired law-enforcement officer who served with the Chicago police from 1953 to 1979.
An autopsy is scheduled to be conducted by the Polk County Medical Examiner's Office on Sunday, officials said.
Daily Mail staff
WINFIELD -- A Putnam County man will spend 45-65 years in prison for killing an ex-girlfriend and shooting another man, but the victim's sister said it's not enough.
Jesse Cossin, 21, pleaded guilty in August to second-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and malicious wounding in connection with Angela Dawn Casto, 20, and her boyfriend Nick Hanshaw, 24.
Putnam Circuit Judge Phillip Stowers sentenced Cossin to the maximum. His 40-year sentence, three to 15-year sentence and two to 10 year sentence will be served consecutively. He will receive credit for the 608 days he has been incarcerated since the February 2009 incident in Red House.
After the hearing Thursday, Crystal Casto said she still wasn't happy.
"It's not the outcome I wanted," she said, holding a picture of her slain sister. "He took her life. I want his life.
"He was her friend," she said of Cossin. "He was supposed to be our friend."
Casto addressed comments to Cossin during the court hearing on behalf of her family and said, "I would really like to know what was going through your head that night, Jesse.
"You did not deserve a friend like Angela," she said. "Whatever your sentence is, it will not be fair. You took Angela from us and we'll never have nothing but memories."
Shannon Fiecke of the Shakopee Valley News reports:
Two Shakopee police officers who shot stabbing suspect Joshua Walker on Highway 169 five months ago are found to have appropriately used deadly force.
Scott County Attorney Pat Ciliberto issued the determination late Tuesday after reviewing the completed Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigative report for any wrongdoing by officers in the shooting death.
Walker, who stabbed his brother’s longtime girlfriend Asia King to death at her home near Huber Park, was shot and killed May 11 after a dangerous high-speed chase through Shakopee.
Ciliberto’s report reveals more of the 911 call from King, as well as the circumstances that led Shakopee police officers Brad Bisek and Molly Moonen to shoot Walker on the highway ramp.
King called 911 from a cell phone at 8 a.m. screaming, “Help me, help me.” Before the line went silent, she told dispatchers her brother-in-law was there, he had stabbed her and she was going to pass out.
Bisek was the first officer to arrive at the Main Street residence. He encountered Walker speeding out of the alley in a black vehicle.
Paramedics found King unconscious, curled up in a corner behind a badly damaged bedroom door. She had been stabbed twice in the abdomen and later died during surgery at St. Francis Regional Medical Center in Shakopee.
After ramming into Bisek’s squad car, Walker fled down County Road 101 and up Marschall Road. A squad car video showed him swerving into other cars.
As Walker turned left onto northbound Highway 169, Bisek rammed the rear of Walker’s car, spinning the vehicle toward him.
The car rolled backward down the access ramp. The driver’s door opened as Bisek ran up to the car with his weapon drawn and ordered Walker four times to get his hands up.
Bisek could see Walker fidgeting around in the car and a black object in his hand.
Bisek believed Walker had a gun and he was about to be shot. “I thought I was gonna die,” he told investigators.
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LAWRENCEVILLE — A former gang member was indicted Wednesday for charges stemming from the deadly 2005 shooting of his girlfriend in a church parking lot.
A Gwinnett County Superior Court grand jury found reason enough to indict Hector Alexander Acosta of Lawrenceville on murder and a weapons charge more than five years after the body of Maria Olvera-Reyes was discovered.
Parishioners arriving for a Saturday vigil at a Lawrenceville Catholic church found the 24-year-old slumped over in the driver’s seat of her vehicle, shot several times in the head, on Sept. 10, 2005, police said then.
Acosta was believed to be a member of the violent Hispanic gang MS-13.
Lilburn man indicted on child porn charges
A middle-aged Lilburn man was indicted Wednesday on four counts of sexual exploitation of children.
Bishara Shorrosh, 52, was indicted after Lilburn police said he e-mailed an undercover investigator child pornography in Sept. 2009.
Police said then that they were tipped off by a woman who had been chatting with Shorrosh online. She allegedly told police that Shorrosh had mentioned he liked teen boys and girls.
The grand jury indictment released Thursday said that Shorrosh was allegedly found to be in possession of a number of photos depicting “the lewd exhibition of the genitals of a minor female.”
Gwinnett County Jail records show Shorrosh posted $11,400 bond and was released on Aug. 25 of last year.
Joliet, IL: Jury sides with state cop in fatal shooting October 22, 2010 Fearing for his life and that of his partner, Illinois State Police Sgt. Bryan Falat said, he made a split-second decision to kill an unarmed off-duty prison guard. A federal jury deliberated 2 1/2 hours Friday before finding Falat was justified when he used deadly force April 24, 2008. Jurors rejected a request by Lernard Grigsby's three children to award at least $12 million in damages. "No one wants to see their dad killed and, as much as our hearts wanted to go in one direction, the evidence didn't support it," said jury forewoman Mary Cothern, of Tinley Park. Ads by Google Advertisement Grigsby's ex-girlfriend called 911 after she said he refused to return her cellular phone. Falat arrived, and during the ensuing scuffle twice shot Grigsby, 48, inside the employee dormitory at Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet. Grigsby died four days later.
October 22, 2010
Fearing for his life and that of his partner, Illinois State Police Sgt. Bryan Falat said, he made a split-second decision to kill an unarmed off-duty prison guard.
A federal jury deliberated 2 1/2 hours Friday before finding Falat was justified when he used deadly force April 24, 2008. Jurors rejected a request by Lernard Grigsby's three children to award at least $12 million in damages.
"No one wants to see their dad killed and, as much as our hearts wanted to go in one direction, the evidence didn't support it," said jury forewoman Mary Cothern, of Tinley Park.
Grigsby's ex-girlfriend called 911 after she said he refused to return her cellular phone. Falat arrived, and during the ensuing scuffle twice shot Grigsby, 48, inside the employee dormitory at Stateville Correctional Center near Joliet. Grigsby died four days later.