Lara Sobel died from two gunshot wounds as she left the DCF office at the Barre City Place, 219 North Main St., at about 4:45 p.m., Barre City Police Chief Tim Bombardier said.
The suspect, Jody Herring, was tackled by eyewitnesses and held until police arrived, the chief said.
A rifle with a scope lay under a window of City Place, which houses some state offices. The weapon was described by the chief as a “fairly high caliber hunting rifle.”
Herring lost custody of her 9-year-old child July 10, Bombardier said at a news conference about four hours after the shooting. The child remains in state custody.
The shooting occurred a few hundred yards from the state courthouse, which handles family and criminal court matters.
Officials: DCF worker killed after custody dispute. Burlington Free Press, 8/8/2015.
Dead are two sisters, Rhonda Herring and Regina Herring, and their mother, Julie Ann Falzarano, according to a family member.
The sisters are in their 40s, said Tiffany Herring, 23, who identified herself as the daughter of Rhonda Herring. Falzarano is in her 70s. The information about the victims was confirmed by Gov. Peter Shumlin and other Vermont public-safety officials during a Saturday-night news conference.
Tiffany Herring said she discovered the bodies at about 8 a.m. Saturday when she and a friend went to the family’s farmhouse on Airport Road in Berlin.
“Both doors were wide open, and I walked into the living room, and that’s where I saw my mom dead,” Tiffany Herring told the Burlington Free Press.
Tiffany Herring said Rhonda and Regina Herring are cousins of Jody Herring, 40, the suspect in Friday’s killing.
Jody Herring of Barre Town was tackled by bystanders and witnesses at about 4:45 p.m. Friday after fatally shooting Vermont Department for Children and Families case worker Lara Sobel outside her office building in downtown Barre, police said.
The three victims in Berlin were shot to death, Tiffany Herring said.
It was not immediately clear who owned the Airport Road home.
The police and Vermont Public Safety Commissioner Keith Flynn have said only that they are investigating a possible link between the Berlin slayings and Friday’s shooting in Barre.
Tiffany Herring told the Burlington Free Press that it appeared Folzorano was shot in bed, while Rhonda Herring showed signs of a struggle.
Jody Herring had called Rhonda Herring on Friday morning, Tiffany Herring said.
“My mother got a call in the morning, maybe 7:30 or 8 o’clock, saying it was Jody Herring, saying ‘You guys need to stop calling DCF unless you guys are going to have it coming to you,'” Tiffany Herring said.
Relative: 3 slain in Berlin linked to DCF suspect. Burlington Free Press, 8/9/2015.
According to police, the unidentified woman entered Applied Ballistics Indoor Shooting Range in Lafayette where she rented the gun and then shot herself once in the head. The woman was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Police say surveillance video left no doubt that the woman committed suicide.
According to a member of the shooting range, anyone who rents a gun at the range must undergo a safety course first.
Lafayette police officer Sgt. Mike Brown confirmed that the woman had watched the 20-minute safety video prior to taking her own life.
Police have yet to release her name.
Indiana woman rents gun at indoor range before killing herself in front of employees. The Raw Story, 7/26/2015.
It all began Wednesday afternoon when neighbors of Barnett said they spotted a black Dodge Durango outside of the teacher’s home. The neighbors became suspicious because Barnett had recently replaced the lock on her gate to her backyard after believing that someone had tampered with the latch.
Clayton County police said they believe that the girlfriend of Barnett’s husband was the kidnapper.
According to the Carroll County Sheriff’s Office, deputies spotted the Durango around noon on Thursday at a truck stop on I-20 near the Waco exit, and a chase ensued.
The driver led officers heading west on Interstate 20 through Carroll and Haralson counties. When the chase crossed state lines, the Alabama State Patrol joined in.
The chase continued to mile marker 208 where the vehicle stopped suddenly while being pursued. According to Clayton County authorities, the suspect reached into the back of the car, retrieved a gun and shot Barnett before turning the gun on herself.
Police: Teacher kidnapped, killed by husband’s girlfriend. 11Alive, 7/17/2015.
Woman Accused Of Dismembering Son Is Mentally Competent To Stand Trial. HuffPo Crime, 9/5/2014.
Donna Scrivo of St. Clair Shores appeared in court Friday, where attorneys said psychological evaluations deemed her mentally competent. She waived a District Court hearing to determine whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.
Defense lawyer Elias Muawad tells the Detroit Free Press “we want to move on to prepare for trial.”
The next hearing is scheduled for Sept. 22 in Macomb County Circuit Court.
The 60-year-old is charged with first-degree murder and dismemberment. Five bags containing 32-year-old Ramsay Scrivo’s body parts were dumped in February in St. Clair County, about 50 miles northeast of Detroit. An electric saw was found in one of the bags.
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.
Tarkesha Carter, 25, of 58 Swartz Drive Lot 55, was arrested by Columbus Police Department Sunday morning after she allegedly shot and killed Brittney Foster, 23 in the Buffalo Wild Wings parking lot. The newly opened restaurant is located in Jackson Square.
The incident occurred around 1 a.m. Sunday, according to captain Brent Swan with CPD. Foster and Carter knew each other, according to witnesses on scene.
Foster was shot multiple times, according to Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant. She was also shot at least once in the head, according to scanner traffic.
After Carter shot Foster, she entered the front door of Buffalo Wild Wings and asked the manager the location of another female employee, Swan said. Carter then chased the other female through the restaurant and exited the back door where she then fired at least three shots. The second female was not injured. Carter then walked around the back of the restaurant to the front parking lot where she was apprehended by police.
…Foster was an employee of Buffalo Wild Wings and Weyerhaeuser, and her father is the police chief in Union Springs, Alabama, Merchant said.
Woman dies after parking lot shooting in Columbus. The Dispatch, 8/17/2014.
Mason Rhinehart and his brother were playing video games in their Killearn Lakes Plantation home Tuesday morning when their grandmother, Martha White, interrupted to say she had a surprise for them.
White, 63, who had been babysitting the boys, then took 6-year-old Mason into the bathroom and locked the door behind her, a probable cause affidavit said. Mason’s brother, age 8, heard him start to cry from behind the door and say, “I don’t want to die, please don’t kill me.”
The boy said he tried to get in the bathroom, but could not. He then called his father and hid, court documents said.
Within five minutes, first responders were on the scene and found Mason lying on the bathroom floor with multiple stab wounds to the chest, said Lt. James McQuaig, LCSO spokesman. Leon County Emergency Medical Services rushed him to the hospital, but Mason did not survive.
…Mason’s brother said he saw White leave the home with a bottle of wine but not before telling him she “had a surprise for him too,” court documents said. McQuaig said Mason’s brother was not injured in the incident.
Deputies identified White as a suspect when they found her covered in blood at the dead end of Valley Creek Drive, about a half-mile away from the boys’ parents’ home in the 7700 block of Bass Ridge Trail. White’s clothing was covered with blood, court documents said. She also had a bottle of wine and a Xanax.
…It is still too early in the investigation to identify a motive for the stabbing, McQuaig said. However, White told deputies she was “fed up.”
8-year-old tried to save brother. Tallahassee Democrat, 8/7/2014.
[37-year old Angela] Scruggs told police she placed her handgun on her lap after a man in the parking lot yelled at her to “Stop Speeding.” The man who allegedly yelled at Scruggs claims that she almost struck his son while driving her Altima. Scruggs says that the man walked over to her with his hands in his pockets, so she pulled the gun out and placed it on her lap. She left the scene and was pulled over by Murfreesboro Police on S. Church Street.
Jason Hill, who called the police, told officers that Scruggs actually pointed the weapon at him when he asked her to “slow down.” He then told Scruggs that he would call the police. He said that Scruggs told him, “I don’t care, I got a carry permit.” A witness told responding officers that Scruggs told Hill that she would shoot him.
The .22 caliber handgun that belongs to Scruggs was entered in as evidence after she was pulled over and charged with “Aggravated Assault.” She will have to appear in court this October to further explain her actions to the judge.
Woman allegedly pulls out gun in the Walmart parking lot after being asked to “Slow Down”. WGNS Radio, 7/23/2014.
Husband and wife, both former Ridgeland school coaches, face child sex charges. MS News Now/WLBT + WDBD, 7/11/2014.
According to the police report, a mother reported her 15-year-old daughter was being contacted by the couple after school hours, and that it “went well beyond that of a teacher student relationship.”
She also told investigators, believes the inappropriate behavior may have begun when her daughter was a student at Old Towne Middle School.
The police search warrant allowed investigators to see texts between the couple and the student.
They report that some texts included naked pictures and sexually explicit language.
When police talked to the alleged victim, she admitted to a sexual incident that occurred at the couple’s home in Brandon, and one that occurred at Ridgeland High School.
The Assistant DA handling the case tells us that the incident at the school happened in the press box.
Language in the indictment suggests Blair Porter arranged the sexual encounters.
“This morning, a mother showed up with a knife and stabbed a 34-year-old teacher in front of her students, for reasons that will be determined by the investigation,” Albi [France] prosecutor Claude Derens told AFP.
“When I arrived at the scene they were trying to revive her. She was in cardiac arrest in her classroom,” he said.
The stabbing took place as morning classes began at Albi’s Edouard Herriot primary school, which is attended by 284 students aged from three to 11.
No further details were immediately available…
A spokesman for [Education Minister Benoit] Hamon said he was on his way to the school to show his support, saying the education minister “is deeply shocked by this crime, which plunges the end of the school year into mourning.”
“This tragedy confirms there is a need to fight against violence in and around schools, to protect schools, teachers and students.”
The incident comes amid concerns in France over assaults by parents on teachers, with a study released in April saying nearly half of primary school principals had been verbally or physically abused by parents.
Mother stabs French teacher to death in front of elementary school students. Agence France-Presse/The Raw Story, 7/4/2014.
Over fucking gossip. And in McD’s uniform. And bystanders who did nothing, even when the woman threatened the toddler.
As CSB 2’s Dave Carlin reported, the victim said it all started with gossip at the workplace. But she never thought it would end in a hospital.
The video shows the suspect, dressed in a McDonald’s uniform, pummeling the mother in the face and kicking her in the back along a trail behind a McDonald’s in Salem on Tuesday night as several bystanders watch and videotape the attack.
The victim, identified as 27-year-old Catherine Ferreira, falls to the ground and while on the ground, the suspect punches the victim approximately 20 times.
The suspect is also heard threatening to attack the victim’s 2-year-old son, Xavion, who kicked the suspect’s legs in an attempt to stop the attack.
At one point during the video, the suspect can be heard saying: “You better get your son before I kick him in the face too!”
…Police Chief John Pelura III said Thursday that his department is searching for 25-year-old Latia Harris. She faces charges of aggravated assault and two counts of terroristic threats upon apprehension, CBS Philly reported.
Ferreira used to work at the same McDonald’s. She told KYW-TV the fight was over workplace gossip, and she admitted she talked to others about Harris’ romantic life. But she said she never expected what ended up happening.
“I went in there for a cheeseburger – a cheeseburger,” Ferreira said.
While the assault was videotaped, police said no one called 911 to report it. Investigators learned of it later.
…McDonald’s franchise owner and operator Jim Burgala issued a statement, saying Harris will not be returning to work while the police investigation continues.
“I am aware of the incident involving one of my employees earlier this week. I am extremely disturbed by this kind of behavior and it goes against the values and standards that I expect from my employees in my restaurants,” Burlaga said in the statement. “This employee will not be serving customers pending this important police investigation and I’m fully cooperating with the local police in this matter.”
VIDEO: Woman Attacked As Toddler Son Tries To Intervene. CBS New York, 6/26/2014.