Cherie Rhoades, 44, has been arrested but not charged in the attack and is expected to be arraigned in court in Alturas on Tuesday, said a spokeswoman for the Modoc County District Attorney’s Office.
Rhoades is accused of using two semi-automatic handguns to fatally shoot her 50-year-old brother, 19-year-old niece and 30-year-old nephew in Alturas, about 30 miles south of the Oregon border, said Alturas City Clerk Cary Baker, an acting spokeswoman for the small town of about 2,800 residents.
… Two other people at the hearing were critically wounded and remained hospitalized, officials said. One of those people was alert and talking on Friday, they said.
Rhoades had once been a tribal leader with the Cedarville Rancheria tribe, Baker said.
She lived on tribal property in Cedarville, about 20 miles east of Alturas, and was being evicted from that house along with her son, Baker said. The tribal office in Alturas is where day-to-day business is conducted for the Cedarville Rancheria.
After apparently running out bullets, Rhoades picked up a large kitchen knife and chased one person she had already shot, police said.
Police: Victims in California tribal office shooting included suspect’s brother, niece and nephew. The Raw Story/Reuters, 2/21/2014.
A woman who lives at Sunchase Apartments and is close friends with the 61-year-old woman who was stabbed a few doors down early Tuesday morning didn’t want to be identified, but said the woman’s daughter – Katie Nichols – is to blame.
“She’s not emotionally stable and does the best she can, but needs quite a bit of help,” she said.
…”I almost kind of hope that she does come back through here so we can get the authorities to get her,” she said.
Not five minutes later, it happened – Nichols walked up to our camera.
“The satanic cult in this city has been casting satanic spells on me for three, four days. I’m exhausted. I came home and found out my mom was the ringleader and was trying to kill my daughter,” said Katie Nichols.
Nichols said she had to act because her mom was putting curses on them.
“I had to kill her -she was going to kill both of us. She was so powerful, I had no idea – I had no idea that my mother was that powerful,” said Nichols.
Deputies said Nichols’ mother was stabbed in the neck, chest and stomach – and was rushed to the hospital for surgery.
“When I left, she was still breathing. I stabbed her three times and she should have died. She was still breathing. I don’t know what happened to her afterwards or where they took her, but she was the antichrist – she did not die,” said Nichols.
Nichols said afterwards, she and her daughter hid out:
“We went in my car, we ended up in a little rural area and just waited for the sign that it was safe to come back,” said Nichols.
…”She had symbolic representations of my death, my daughter’s death, every nuclear explosion that was supposed to happen – that’s not going to now. Because all of the satanic cult has been rounded up and killed now,” said Nichols.
Crimetracker: Woman confesses on camera to stabbing her own mother. local8now.com/WVLT-TV, 2/20/2014.
The remains of a person were found this afternoon on Allington Road and Fred Moore Highway in China Township.
According to St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon, a citizen called in a suspicious incident at approximately 4:00. Deputies responded and discovered parts of a body in garbage bags along the roads. At this time, there has been no determination of sex or race of the body.
Once on the scene, another citizen told deputies they observed a mid- 1990’s SUV type vehicle in the area, dumping what the caller believed to be garbage from the vehicle. The vehicle is believed to be white or gray in color, possibly a GMC Jimmy or Chevrolet Trailblazer. That vehicle was being driven by a middle age Caucasian woman.
“We are treating this incident as a homicide,” said Sheriff Donnellon. “We are asking for the public’s help to solve this crime. If anyone observed anything unusual in the area of Fred Moore Highway and Allington Road between noon and 4:00 p.m., please contact our office at (810) 985-8115.”
Press Release: Human remains found in China Township. St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office, 1/30/2014.
A witness reported seeing someone dumping garbage bags along two roads in China Township, about 50 miles northeast of Detroit, the St. Clair County Sheriff’s office announced.
Deputies found at least five bags packed full of body parts that were strewn along Allington Road and the Fred Moore Highway, the sheriff’s department said in a statement.
A witness told investigators that a middle-aged white woman threw the bags while driving a sport utility vehicle, possibly a gray or tan 1990s Chevy Blazer or GMC Jimmy.
Police Investigating Body Parts Found In Bags Seek Mystery Woman In Michigan. HuffPo Crime, 1/31/2014.
A suburban Detroit woman was being held in connection with the death of her adult son, whose dismembered remains were found dumped in trash bags along the sides of roads, police said.
The names of the 59-year-old woman and the 32-year-old victim were not released, but St. Clair Shores police Sgt. Jay Cohoe told the Times Herald of Port Huron that they were mother and son.
… The woman, who lives in St. Clair Shores just east of Detroit, faces murder and dismemberment charges. She hasn’t been officially charged. Police said prosecutors in Macomb County are expected to review a warrant with the charges Monday.
The victim was reported missing Jan. 26 and identified through fingerprints.
“Fingerprints taken from the dismembered white male were forwarded to the FBI and compared with previous fingerprints taken from the missing 32-year-old St. Clair Shores resident,” St. Clair Shores police said Saturday in a release.
…Also Friday, investigators on a tip from a citizen found a bag near Interstate 94 that contained clothing and charred paperwork.
Evidence also was taken Friday from two homes in St. Clair Shores.
Michigan Mom Arrested For Allegedly Murdering And Dismembering Son. HuffPo Crime, 2/1/2014.
Fafane Caze, 21, was arrested Tuesday night on charges of torture and aggravated child abuse after her son was found with signs of severe trauma and sexual abuse Tuesday morning, but Miami-Dade Judge Maria Elena Verde increased the charges in a Wednesday hearing.
…When police responded to the scene, the child had several injuries on his body, North Miami Detective Alanzo Rhymer testified Wednesday.
“There were numerous, throughout his entire body, scars — buckle-shaped scars,” he said. “Some were fresh, some were old.”
Rhymer said he also saw burn marks on the child’s face, genitals and fingers. He said Caze admitted to burning her son as a form of punishment in a statement to police that was recorded on video.
In the moments before the child’s death, said Rhymer, Caze admitted to beating the boy with the handle of an aluminum broom. She then grabbed him by the hand and flung him across the room where he hit his head against the corner of a wooden table, according to Rhymer.
Caze told police the child gasped for air and asked for water, but when she tried to give him some, he couldn’t drink it. She told police she attempted CPR and called 911 shortly after, according to Rhymer.
The boy was taken to Jackson North Hospital from his home at 12501 Northeast 13th Ave. and was later pronounced dead, according to police. Rhymer said the emergency room doctor who attended the boy said his core temperature was indicative of someone who had been dead for three to four hours.
This afternoon, detectives arrested Monifa Denise Sanford, age 21, of the 19000 block of Cherry Bend Drive in Germantown after she was released from the hospital.
Sanford has been charged with two counts of First Degree Murder and two counts of Attempted First Degree Murder. She is being held without bond.
…Taniya Harris, age 5, and Martello Harris, age 8, remain hospitalized.
Investigators have learned that the two defendants believed that they were performing an exorcism.
Second Woman Charged with Murder of Two Children; Cause and Manner of Death Released. myMCPnews.com, 1/18/2014.
Police charged Zakieya Latrice Avery, 28, of Germantown, with two counts of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted first-degree murder. She is currently being held without bond.
The deceased children are identified as Norell N. Harris, 1, and Zyana Z. Harris, 2. The other two children are still hospitalized. They are identified as Taniya Harris, 5, and Martello Harris, 8.
Police were called to the 19000 block of Cherry Bend Drive Friday morning and discovered the victims. Avery attempted to run from officers, but was apprehended quickly.
…A neighbor called 911 on Friday saying he saw a blue car with its door open and the knife on the sidewalk outside the house. Police who responded to the scene saw a blue car with its door open. The keys were in the ignition and there was blood in the car.
Police also found a knife on the sidewalk outside. Police believe the red-handled knife may be one of the weapons used in the attack.
Officers had to force their way into the home and found the victims inside in a “very bloody” crime scene. The children were found in the bedrooms and may have been asleep at the time of the attack.
Mother Charged With Murder in Deaths of Children. NBC Washington, 1/19/2014.
According to homicide investigators, a woman fatally shot her husband in an apartment on W. Tidwell Road near Highway 290. She then drove to a family member’s in Harris County where she confessed to the crime and shot herself. The woman was sent to the hospital where she later died.
… With the help of the Houston Fire Department, officials gained entry to the home and found the 43-year-old husband dead inside, police said.
Police were called to 52-year-old Adele Bing’s 18th Street house about 8:45 p.m., and arrived to find Bing’s 25-year-old daughter Ruby Bing dead from an apparent gunshot wound to her chest.
The mother confessed that she had shot her daughter, the affidavit says.
The older Bing claimed that Ruby Bing was banging and kicking her door. Adele Bing said she thought it was her boyfriend, who she’d had a fight with earlier, and armed herself.
Adele Bing “stated she intended to use the firearm to kill her boyfriend, because he stated he was going to come back and kill her,” the affidavit says.
…At the time of the shooting, police say the boyfriend was being interviewed by officers and treated at an area hospital for head injuries he had suffered in the violent argument with Adele Bing earlier in the day.
…The 4-month-old was not injured, police said.
After she was taken into custody, police say Adele Bing called the shooting an “accident,” said she “thought it was somebody else” and told police her daughter would have lied about it if she had survived the shot.
“How could I look my grandkids in their face and say I killed their mother, y’all can lock me away for good,” Adele Bing said, according to police.
Woman shot, killed daughter holding 4-month-old baby, cops say. Orlando Sentinel, 11/26/2013.
Police responded to a home in the 2800 block of North Estrella Avenue, near North Stone Avenue and East Glenn Street, at about 4 a.m. Tuesday on reports of a domestic violence incident, said police Capt. Michael Gillooly.
When officers arrived they discovered two girls, ages 12 and 13, who said they were in a bedroom in the house when their stepfather kicked in the door and threatened them with a knife. The girls told officers they ran out of the house and went to a neighbor’s house. The neighbor called 911.
… All three sisters were dirty and malnourished, he said. They told police they were only fed once a day.
They told officers they hadn’t taken a bath in four to six months. The two younger sistes said they hadn’t seen the 17-year-old sibling in about two years.
He said the two younger sisters were kept separate from the older girl. They were kept in separate bedrooms, Gillooly said.
… Later Tuesday, police said the girl’s mother Sophia Richter, 32, and their stepfather, Fernando Richter, 34, were arrested and booked into the Pima County jail. The two are facing three charges each of kidnapping, child abuse with emotional abuse and child abuse with physical abuse.
Fernando Richter is also facing one count of sexual abuse of a child under 15.
…A resident who has lived in the neighborhood for about five years said she didn’t know anyone was living in the home, which is set back from the street.
Tucson police: Mother, stepfather arrested in child abuse case. Arizona Daily Star, 11/26/2013.
Additional details from Police say Arizona couple held three teen girls captive for two years in ‘house of horrors.’ The Raw Story, 11/28/2013:
They were forced to listen to intolerably loud music or white noise and were only allowed to go to the toilet if they had permission, which was not always granted. In order not to raise suspicion, their bedrooms and the whole house had been sound-proofed.
The girls escaped the house when the 12- and 13-year-old broke out of their bedroom window early on Tuesday morning and ran to a neighbour’s home.
…The girls, who Alice described as “distraught and hysterical”, said they had run away from home because their stepfather had kicked in their bedroom door and was trying to assault them with a knife.
Alice, who had no idea children had been living next door, took the girls in and called the police.
When police entered the house they discovered a third sister, who had not been aware of the officers’ arrival because of the loud music.
…Police are combing through 18 months of diary entries written by the eldest victim as they build up a criminal case against the couple.
“It did contain a lot of information that I feel will be useful in helping us to determine the method and length of the imprisonment,” Tucson Police Chief Roberto Villasenor told a news conference on Wednesday.
Tucson police chief: Evidence supports girls’ claims of imprisonment. Arizona Daily Star, 11/28/2013:
[Chief Roberto Villaseñor] said the music could not be heard from the outside because the rooms were soundproofed, including with towels stuff under the doors and the duct work was sealed.
… Villaseñor said the home where the girls lived was had alarms and numerous locks on doors and windows. The bedroom doors where the girls said they were imprisoned were also on alarms that sounded when they were opened.
… After they were evaluated, the three girls were cleaned up, fed and reunited Tuesday night. The chief said it was obvious from their reactions that the older sibling had not seen the younger siblings in some time.
He said the 17-year-old girl had a satchel in which officers found a journal. He said the teen had kept a detailed journal dating back about 1.5 years that police are now reviewing.
He said the girl also kept a picture of singer Enrique Iglesias in the satchel.
Villaseñor said the girl told officers the picture was “her most prized possession.” The photo was returned to the girl Tuesday night.
Mother who kept girls captive had lost, regained custody. Arizona Daily Star, 11/29/2013:
According to court documents, the couple had been dating since 2003 and wed in 2010. There is no indication they have children together.
Just days after her 15th birthday in 1996, Sophia Richter, then Sophia Pulido, gave birth to her eldest daughter. The baby’s father was a minor too.
In 2002, Sophia Richter wed the father of her two younger daughters. They filed for divorced less than a year later.
Richter was granted custody of her two younger daughters in May 2003, but by December 2003, the custody agreement was modified, giving the father sole custody, documents from Pima County Superior Court state.
…In 2006 Richter filed to regain custody over the objections of the paternal grandparents.
Benyam Asefa, 40; Barbara Giomarelli, 42; and Samuel Asefa, 3 months, were killed in the shooting in the 6800 block of Woods Court, deputies said. A 5-year-old girl escaped the home unharmed and ran to a neighbor’s house, where a neighbor called 911. Deputies found a handgun at the scene.
Asefa and Giomarelli were scientists. Asefa taught undergraduate biology courses at Hood College as a lecturer from 2005 to 2012, a school spokesman said.
Giomarelli, a native of Italy in the U.S. on a temporary work visa, worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Institute for Marine and Environmental Technology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore for three years before quitting in February, a spokesman for that institution said.
Neighbors Rattled By Apparent Murder-Suicide That Took Lives Of Mother, Father And Infant. HuffPo Crime, 11/21/2013.
“Yeah, I pulled his a– out of the car and beat the f— out of him”: Body Charged for Beating 82-Year-Old Man
Sophia Body, of the 8100 block of South Maryland Avenue, was charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery of a senior citizen, police said. Body was ordered held on $2 million bail in court Sunday morning.
…A police investigation determined that after the victim accidentally bumped one of the women with his vehicle, Body said on the scene: “Yeah, I pulled his a– out of the car and beat the f— out of him,” according to a police report.
The owner of a nearby convenience store had video surveillance which they were able to show responding officers.
The victim, of the South Side’s Brainerd neighborhood, suffered lacerations to the upper and lower back and bleeding to his head, police said. He was taken to John H. Stroger, Jr. Hospital of Cook County, where his condition had stabilized, police said.
$2 million bail for woman accused of beating man, 82. Chicago Tribune, 11/10/2013.