Saturday, March 8, 2014
"STROUDSBURG, PA — A husband and wife were found dead inside their Poconos home following an apparent homicide-suicide, according to Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen.
"Micheal Buckley, 62, and Diana Buckley, 60, of the 2200 block of Ann Street in Hamilton Township, had been dead inside their home for weeks. They were found Friday after a family member requested state police conduct a welfare check.
"Diana Buckley shot and killed her husband before turning the gun on herself, according to Allen.
Allen said the couple left behind a suicide note they apparently composed together.
"`They've both had medical issues for a long time and felt like they couldn't go on any longer,` Allen said, referring to information in suicide note.
"Allen said the couple was dead inside the home for at least three weeks. Authorities found mail in the home's mail box postmarked as far back as Feb. 5."
"LOVETWON, AL — Houston County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a homicide-suicide in the Lovetown community near Ashford.
"Sheriff Andy Hughes confirmed deputies responded Saturday morning to a murder/suicide at a single-story home on 3125 Houston County Road 55 in the Lovetown community.
"According to a statement from Houston County Sheriff’s Capt. Antonio Gonzalez, deputies responded to a residence in the 3100 block of South Houston County Road 55 to a report of a possible suicide around 9 a.m. Saturday.
"As deputies arrived they discovered two victims, a man and woman, who had suffered fatal gunshot wounds.
"Gonzalez said in the statement the sheriff’s preliminary investigation revealed evidence of a possible suicide pact between the two people, a husband and wife, during which the husband apparently assisted in the death of his wife before taking his own life.
"Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd responded to the home, which he said is located about three miles south of Ashford.
"Byrd said authorities believe the shooting likely happened sometime during the early morning hours Saturday.
Byrd identified the couple as 91-year-old Laurence Dantzer and his 88-year-old wife, Phyllis Dantzer.
"`It looks like a homicide-suicide arrangement,` Byrd said. `It seems like he was very methodical and that they agreed to do it this way.`
"Byrd called the case a first for him because others he’s responded to involved one unwilling party and a willing party when he’s responded to homicide-suicides.
"`I can never remember a case like this in my entire career,` Byrd said. `This seems like they came to a meeting of the minds of how they wanted to end their lives together.`"
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"PHOENIX, AZ — Phoenix police say a teenage boy shot and killed his ex-girlfriend before taking his own life Friday.
"The victim has been identified as 16-year-old Anastasia `Ana` Greer and the gunman as 15-year-old Matthew Bolton.
"Police responded to a home on West Villa Linda Dr., just west of 40th Dr., around noon Friday after receiving reports of gunshots.
"`When they arrived on scene they discovered the body of a male and female who were deceased from apparent gunshot wounds,` Phoenix police spokesman Tommy Thompson said.
"A man who ended up witnessing the murder/suicide, as he drove by the house it happened in front of, said he initially thought the situation was a joke.
"`I heard a scream and I saw a young girl running from a young man, him chasing her, and I thought simply two kids playing,` said Henry Gano.
"Gano said he quickly realized it was no game when he heard gunshots.
"`Then I noticed the gun in his hand,` said Gano. `And, he was both hands firing at her.`"
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"MUSE, OK — The LeFlore County Sheriff's Office and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation have been investigating the death of three people from a house fire outside of Whitesboro on March 3.
"Officials say the bodies of three people were found dead and have been identified as Edith Custard, 57, Lawrence Schlienz, 80, Jacob Custard, 30. The deaths and fire are being ruled as a double homicide and suicide, confirmed by Sheriff Rob Seale with Leflore County.
"Based on found evidence at the scene and subsequent interviews, investigators have concluded that Jacob Custard had murdered his parents, then set fire to the residence and shot himself inside the house, Seale said.
"Custard has a history of mental health issues and was no longer going to counseling or taking any medication for his problems, according to Seale.
"The Oklahoma State Fire Marshal was unable to determine a cause or origin of the fire due to the complete destruction of the house."
Friday, March 7, 2014
"NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH — Police are investigating an apparent murder/suicide that happened along Siebert Hill Road in the New Philadelphia area.
"According to police, a woman called dispatch around 1:13 p.m. Wednesday saying her husband, Randy Wallick, was threatening to commit suicide in the parking lot of the First Baptist Church on the south side of New Philadelphia.
"The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to the scene within 7 minutes. The caller further informed police that she believed her husband shot and killed Carter Ames. Police responded to that location as well.
"Policed said Wallick shot and killed Ames at the Seibert Hill Road location. Wallick then left the scene and drove to the parking lot of the church and turned the gun on himself.
"He was life flighted to Akron General at 1:56 p.m. and was pronounced dead at 3:28 p.m. as a result of a self-inflicted wound to the head.
"The weapon used was recovered immediately at the scene of the suicide.
"The Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office and the coroner’s office will continue their investigation."