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Texas woman killed her husband, 2 sons before killing herself at resort, police say

An entire Texas family is dead after a Galveston murder-suicide during which a mother allegedly killed herself, her husband and two young sons.

According to KTRK, the family, reportedly from Baytown, checked into the iconic San Luis Resort on Sunday evening.

Early Monday, however, guests reported hearing “pops” from their eighth-floor room at the hotel.

Hotel authorities said they dispatched police to the room, who said they found a man and two children in the bed, unresponsive, and a woman on the floor who also appeared to be shot.

Police pronounced the man, later identified as 39-year-old Mauricio Morales, and one of the boys dead at the scene.

The mother, whom a neighbor of the family identified as Flor De Maria Pineda De Canas, 37, and another child were transported to the University of Texas Medical Branch hospital, where police said they both later died.

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Witnesses further said the two boys, ages 10 and 5, attended Victoria Walker Elementary School, and the Goose Creek ISD released the following in a statement:

“The tragic circumstances surrounding these students’ deaths are almost too much to bear. A student death can have a ripple effect on a school community and, because of this and out of concern for the students’ classmates and the campus faculty, we will have additional counseling services at the school. We are grieving for the loss of young life and its infinite possibilities and we pray for the family, friends and students most affected by this tragedy.”

While police said they are searching for a motive for the killings, they also said they are not looking for suspects.

Landry’s Inc., which owns the hotel, also offered a statement about the incident:

“Our thoughts are with the victims and their family members during this difficult time. We are still gathering information about this isolated incident, however it appears to have been a murder suicide amongst a family in their room,” said Paul Schultz, vice president of Hospitality for Landry’s Inc.“We are fully cooperating with the police department during their investigation and will assist them in any way we can.”

Florida man accused of hiding full rack of stolen ribs in his pants

A Florida man’s alleged attempt at stealing food was short-ribbed.

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According to TCPalm, authorities said Maeli Aguilar-Alvarez, 26, of Indiantown tried to get away with placing a few items into his pants waistband and walking out of Rines Market IGA in December. The Martin County Sheriff’s Office claimed that he might have gotten away with it, had a sergeant not spotted him revealing some of the evidence of his crime in full view.

According to an arrest affidavit, Aguilar-Alvarez “removed a full rack of ribs from his waistband.”

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And that’s not all he's accused of stealing. The grocery list of stolen items reportedly included the following:

  • Nine pieces of fried chicken
  • Some mashed potatoes
  • Two packs of hamburger buns
  • And, of course, the one “full rack of ribs” — whether they were beef or pork has not been clarified

The price tag for this alleged theft, which sounds like a carnivorous take on the “12 Days of Christmas,” amounted to $32.49.

Authorities said Aguilar-Alvarez smelled a little like alcohol and was intoxicated at the time.

Police: Man stole stepdaughter’s puppy, sold it for meth

A North Carolina man is accused of stealing his stepdaughter’s puppy and selling the dog to buy drugs.

Christopher O’Neal Eakes, 41, of Dudley, is charged with larceny of a dog, according to WNCN in Raleigh. He was booked into the Wayne County Jail in lieu of a $2,500 unsecured bond.

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Deputies responded Jan. 1 to a report of an 8-week-old Yorkie puppy stolen from a home. When investigators probed the theft, they determined that Eakes had taken the dog from his own home.

He sold the dog for meth, the news station reported. 

Eakes was arrested on the larceny charge Monday. 

Girl, 8, dies after being shot with BB gun by younger brother

An Indiana 8-year-old died Friday after being shot in the eye with a BB gun by her 6-year-old brother, Allen County officials said. 

Deborah Kay Schwartz, of Grabill, died at a local hospital. The Allen County Coroner’s Office ruled her death a homicide, the county’s first of 2018.

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Her death remained under investigation Tuesday by the Allen County Sheriff’s Department, but authorities told WANE in Fort Wayne that the shooting appeared to be a tragic accident. Police and paramedics were called to the girl’s home around 3:30 p.m. Thursday, where they found her with the wound to the head. She was in critical condition when they arrived. 

According to her obituary, Deborah is survived by her parents, six siblings and other relatives. 

Vodka bottle worth $1.3 million found drained but intact at construction site

A vodka bottle worth $1.3 million -- stolen from a bar in Copenhagen last week -- has been recovered, dented and empty of alcohol but otherwise intact, according to multiple reports.

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Police announced on Twitter that the bottle, stolen from Cafe 33 in Copenhagen on Jan. 2, was found at a construction site north of the city just days after it was stolen.

"I don't know what happened with the vodka, but the bottle was empty," Copenhagen police spokesman Riad Tooba told AFP.

Created by Latvian car manufacturer Dartz Motorz, the Dartz and Russo-Baltique vodka bottle is made of more than 6 pounds each of gold and silver, according to The New York Times. Its cap is diamond-encrusted and shaped to look like a vintage car front. The bottle is also fitted with a leather strap from Dartz’s first Monte Carlo rally car, made in 1912, according to the Times.

The bottle was on loan to Brian Ingberg, owner of Cafe 33, when it was snatched from a locked area by an intruder who was seen in surveillance video. The man can be seen scanning shelves holding some of the 1,200 bottles Ingberg keeps in his collection, according to Denmark’s TV2, before the thief grabs the vodka bottle and runs.

Ingberg posted an image of the bottle on Facebook last week, calling it “the world’s most expensive vodka,” and asking for help identifying the thief.

Police said it was recovered at a construction site in Charlottenlund, a wealthy suburb of Copenhagen.

"I feel fantastic," Ingberg told Denmark's Ekstra Bladet. "The vodka god saved us."

Mom, boyfriend sought in burning, beating death of 4-year-old girl

A manhunt is underway for a Michigan woman and her boyfriend charged in the death of the woman’s 4-year-old daughter, who suffered injuries that included severe burns on her arms and legs.

Sumpter Township police investigators have filed multiple charges against Candice Renea Diaz, 24, and Brad Edward Fields, 28, including felony murder, second-degree murder, first-degree child abuse and torture. Fields is also charged as a habitual offender.

A police news release stated that officers and paramedics went to the couple’s mobile home on New Year’s Day following a 911 call reporting an unresponsive child. When first responders arrived, they found family members attempting CPR on the badly burned girl.

The girl, identified as Gabby Barrett by Detroit Fox affiliate WJBK, was taken to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Ann Arbor, where she was pronounced dead. The Washtenaw County Medical Examiner’s Office ruled the girl’s death a homicide two days later. 

A GoFundMe page initially set up to help her family bury her has since been removed, but a second one has been established. The second page makes clear that donations will be used by Gabby’s father, Kyle Barrett, to lay his daughter to rest. 

Barrett spoke to WJBK about his daughter Sunday night at a candlelight vigil held in her memory.  

“She didn’t have to pass the way she did, but I hope we get justice for her really soon,” Barrett said. “I know we may not have a lot of information at all, but it just hurts.”

Police officials said Gabby’s autopsy found multiple traumatic injuries on her body, as well as evidence of old injuries that were consistent with ongoing child abuse, according to police officials. 

Gabby’s grandmother, Deborah Barrett, described the little girl as a “ball of joy.”

“She always had a smile on her face, loved to play,” Deborah Barrett said. “She would run around the house when we had her, always with a big ol’ smile on her face.”

Investigators told WDIV in Detroit that the home where the girl lived with Diaz and Fields was full of animal waste, and that guns and drugs were found on the premises. Child Protective Services and the Michigan State Police are assisting local detectives on the case. 

Diaz and Fields are believed to be traveling in a black 2002 Chevy Cavalier with Michigan tag number DTR1854, police officials said

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WDIV reported that the girl’s Jan. 1 death was not the first time police have been called to the couple’s mobile home. Officers had to storm the home on May 20, 2016, after receiving a report of a gunman barricaded inside following a domestic assault.

Police records show that Diaz told investigators that Fields had beat her and shot her dog before shooting himself in a suicidal outburst, the news station reported. Fields fled the scene, but was later picked up on domestic violence charges. 

Mugshots released Monday by Sumpter Township police officials appear to stem from charges filed against both Fields and Diaz following that incident. WDIV reported that Diaz was booked on weapons charges at that time. 

Anyone with information about their whereabouts is asked to call the U.S. Marshals’ Fugitive Apprehension Team’s 24-hour Detroit-based hotline at 313-234-5656 or the Sumter Township Police Department at 734-461-4833, ext. 305.

What we know about Daniel McCartney, deputy slain while responding to call in Washington

Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Daniel Alexander McCartney was shot and killed during a foot chase late Sunday as he responded to a home invasion in the Frederickson area, about 45 miles south of Seattle.

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McCartney lived in Yelm and was the 34-year-old father of three boys. He also had years of service in the Navy, earning the Afghanistan Campaign Medal among other honors.

McCartney worked for the Hoquiam Police Department for six years and was recruited there as an entry-level officer. Hoquiam is about 115 miles southwest of Seattle, near the Washington coast.

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McCartney, who enlisted in the Navy on Sept. 10, 2002, was an electronics technician 2nd class (E-5).

He reported to a Navy recruit training center that month and stayed at a Great Lakes, Illinois, training center until October 2003. McCartney moved to the Center for Surface Combat Systems in San Diego later that month and was there until Feb. 20, 2004.

McCartney served on the USS Abraham Lincoln from Feb. 25, 2004, through Oct. 6, 2008.

In the Navy McCartney, who was an enlisted surface warfare specialist, received several awards. He was given the Joint Service Achievement Medal, the Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the NATO Medal and twice was given the Good Conduct Medal and the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon. 

Shooting scene in Pierce County

McCartney was shot shortly after 11:30 p.m. Sunday as he was responding to a 911 call reporting an intruder at a residence on 200th St. E. During the 911 call, dispatchers could hear screaming and a scuffle taking place, deputies said.

One suspect was found dead at the scene but the other escaped, prompting a manhunt that lasted into Monday morning.

McCartney was rushed to St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tacoma where he died.

Early Monday morning officers and medical staff took part in a procession for McCartney when his body was taken from St. Joseph to the Pierce County Medical Examiner’s Office.

CrossFit Yelm, where McCartney worked out, organized a fundraiser for his family, aiming to raise $10,000. 

“Today we lost a Hero, Son, Father, Husband, Veteran and Police Officer,” friend Annie Malone wrote on the fundraising page. “Daniel McCartney was an amazing human! At CrossFit Yelm you couldn’t ask for a better athlete or coach. Our hearts are breaking with all of you during this time.”

Deputy shot, killed while responding to burglary in Washington state

A sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed in Washington on Sunday night while responding to a report of an armed burglary near Spanaway, officials with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department said.

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One suspected burglar was also killed in the encounter, according to authorities. A second suspect was at large Monday morning.

>> On KIRO7.com: Daniel McCartney: Details about the Pierce County Sheriff's Deputy fatally shot

Officials identified the slain deputy as Daniel McCartney, 34. McCartney was a U.S. Navy veteran who also worked for six years for the Hoquiam Police Department. He was from Yelm and had been on the force for three years. He was the father of three boys.

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Sports reporter Courtney Roland found after disappearing in Houston

Update 3:40 p.m. EST Jan. 8: At a news conference on Monday afternoon, Houston police said they believe a sports reporter who went missing over the weekend became confused because of a reaction she had to medications she was taking.

Officers found Courtney Roland after a passerby told police on Monday morning that a woman who looked like Roland was under an overpass at the Interstate 610 West Loop at Richmond. Responding officers found Roland at a nearby Chick-Fil-A restaurant.

She was taken to a hospital, where she remained Monday afternoon with friends and family, police said.

Update 10:39 a.m. EST Jan. 8: A Texas A&M University football reporter who vanished in Houston over the weekend was found under an overpass Monday after she was recognized by a passerby, police said.

A person called authorities around 8:15 a.m. local time after recognizing Courtney Roland from news coverage, authorities said. She was found under an overpass at the Interstate 610 West Loop at Richmond, police said.

She appeared to be unharmed.

It was not immediately clear why Roland was under the overpass. Authorities earlier said they found Roland’s white Jeep parked at a lot near The Galleria, a mall in Houston. Officers also recovered Roland’s purse and cellphone before finding the 29-year-old.

Update 9:36 a.m. EST Jan. 8: Police said they found Texas A&M University football reporter Courtney Roland on Monday morning after she was reported missing over the weekend in Houston.

Officers said Monday that they found Roland’s vehicle overnight near The Galleria, a mall in Houston. Police later said she was found in the area.

Police declined to say exactly where she was found, although officers said she appeared to be unharmed.

Original report: Houston police are searching for a 29-year-old sports reporter who went missing after telling her friends that she thought someone was following her, according to multiple reports.

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Officers said Monday that they found Courtney Roland’s white Jeep parked in a lot overnight near The Galleria, a mall in Houston. Police found Roland’s phone in the vehicle and her purse was found at a nearby business, according to authorities.

Roland covers Texas A&M football for AggieYell.com and Rivals.com, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Officers said Roland was last seen walking alone in a store at the mall around 5:40 p.m. Sunday.

Friends told the Chronicle they last heard from Roland early Sunday morning, when she texted her roommate about a blue truck she said was following her after she left a Walgreens.

Roland’s roommate, who was not identified, told KPRC that a man in a blue truck followed Roland to her home. After she parked, the roommate told KPRC “the blue truck looped back around and parked behind her. … Roland got out of her car and the truck sped off.”

Her roommate later said he and Roland planned to meet later Sunday, but he told KPRC he didn’t hear from her again.

“If somebody has her, we just want to tell them we love you too,” Courtney Roland’s father, Steve Roland, told KHOU. “And I know Courtney would be praying for you, because that’s the way she was. She cared for other people.”

Anyone with information on the missing 29-year-old is asked to contact the Houston Police Department Missing Persons Unit at 832-394-1840.

Florida man beaten to death with pick hammer, deputies say

A 27-year-old Winter Haven, Florida, man is behind bars after beating a man to death in the face with a pick hammer Saturday evening, the Polk County Sheriff’s Office said. 

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Deputies arrested Calvin Ross after witnesses said he’d gotten into a fight with Jonathon Miller, 38 of Winter Haven, around 6:40 p.m. at 135 Manseau Drive, deputies said. 

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First responders took Miller, whose face was seriously damaged when deputies arrived, to Winter Haven Hospital and then Lakeland Regional Medical Center, where he died. 

>> On WFTV.com: Man shot, killed by deputies after 911 call claiming woman was trying to kill family

Witnesses said Miller and Ross had been arguing outside the house when they heard noises they described as “thuds.” Ross then went inside and told a roommate Miller was outside and needed to be checked on. 

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Detectives found a bloody pick hammer in the grass near where they found Miller. They also found blood on Miller’s clothing and footwear. 

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Ross was out on bond for an aggravated battery arrest from April when he allegedly beat someone in the head with a brick. 

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