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Homicide Suspected After Body Found Near Breckenridge Trail

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Summit County sheriff's vehicles are parked near where a man's body was found in a wooded area in the shadow of Breckenridge Ski Resort. More

POSTED: 2:04 pm MDT May 20, 2012

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Authorities said Sunday they're conducting a homicide investigation in the death of a man whose body was found at a squatter's campsite in the shadow of Breckenridge ski resort.The victim, described as a white man in his 40s, had not been identified, but investigators said he appears to be a squatter who was living in a tent at an unauthorized campsite near the Burro trailhead in the White River National Forest.Summit County Sheriff's Capt. Jaimie FitzSimons said it's not unusual for people working seasonal jobs in Breckenridge to camp in the woods rather than renting housing in town. Other squatters camps were found in the area, he said.
At a Sunday afternoon news briefing, FitzSimons declined to discuss details of the investigation, including how long the man appeared to be have been dead and if there were any visible signs of trauma.FitzSimmons asked the public to help identify the man, whose body was found midday Saturday by a volunteer picking up litter as part of a Breckenridge town cleanup campaign.FitzSimons said the body remained in the campsite at 3 p.m. Sunday -- more than 24 hours after it was discovered – as sheriff and Colorado Bureau of Investigation investigators painstakingly processed the crime scene. The coroner was expected to remove the body later in the day.The body, found near a tent containing the man's belongings, was concealed in woods about 100 yards south of the trailhead, within sight of Breckenridge's QuickSilver Super6 chairlift.The coroner is expected to conduct an autopsy early in the week.Anyone with information about the identity of the victim as well as any potential witnesses or suspects is asked to contact sheriff's Detective Jared Dennis at 970-423-8907 or
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Country Music's Fifteen Greatest Tragedies (2/2): Songs By: Street, Young

Country Music's Fifteen Greatest Tragedies (2/2) Street, Mel ~ Oct. 21, 1933 - Oct. 21, 1978: Before his career ended in tragedy, Mel Street was a talented hard country singer whose emotional style harked back to the honky tonk of yesteryear. Street took his own life on October 21, 1978, his forty-third birthday. He had been scheduled that day to record the final tracks for his first album at Mercury Records. Upon his death, Mercury released the album, Mel Street, borrowing two tracks from his previous Polydor sessions to fill the void. A single from the album entered the country charts the very day he died. Its title "Just Hangin' On," turned out to be sadly prophetic. Stringbean (David Akeman) ~ 6/17/1916 -- 11/10/1973: On Saturday night the Akemans returned home after performing a show at the Grand Ole Opry, and were shot dead upon their arrival. The Akemans' bodies were discovered the following morning by neighbor and fellow performer Grandpa Jones. A police investigation into the double homicide resulted in the conviction of cousins John A. Brown and Marvin Douglas Brown. Walker, Billy ~ 1/14/1929 -- 5/21/2006: From his West Texas home of Ralls this country crooner went on to become one of Country music's most successful recording stars during the 1960s. He had moderate success in the 1950's but his career took off when he joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1960 and in 1962 recorded his first number one hit "Charlie's Shoes. On May 21, 2006, Walker died when the van he was ...

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Homicide team seeks scooter

Police say finding a red motor scooter could be important in their investigation of a woman's death near Nelson earlier this month.

Sharyn Wilkinson-Foley, 39, died after she was assaulted in her home in Richmond on May 10.

Police have charged a 55-year-old Nelson man with her murder but Detective Sergeant Craig Johnston says finding the scooter could help the investigation.

Det Sgt Johnston says the scooter, registration 41YDU, was last known to have been in the area around Motueka, west of Richmond.

The 55-year-old accused was granted name suppression when he first appeared in Nelson District Court and remanded in custody until June.
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Manslaughter trial: Brutal beating or pneumonia?

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By Ann S. Kim
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PORTLAND — The jury in the homicide trial of Ernest Weidul this morning learned the central question in the case: Did Roger Downs Jr. die from a brutal beating by Weidul or from an undiagnosed and untreated case of pneumonia?

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Weidul, 52, is charged in the death of Downs. The two men – strangers before they met on May 5, 2010 – got into a fight after drinking coffee brandy together in Downs' Forest Avenue apartment.

Downs woke the next day with injuries and called for an ambulance. He died on May 7 at Mercy Hospital.

In his opening statement, Deputy Attorney General William Stokes said Weidul told authorities Downs was being disrespectful by flicking him in the face, among other things. The prosecutor noted that Weidul told a police detective he had hit Downs "too many times" – perhaps 30 times.

Downs died at the hospital after experiencing severe respiratory distress. The doctor tried to insert a breathing tube but Downs' larynx was too swollen. The doctor performed a tracheotomy, but Downs died.

Stokes told the jury that Weidul's vicious bludgeoning of Downs caused the hemorrhaging to his neck and chest.

Amy Fairfield, one of Weidul's lawyers, said the fight was a matter of self-defense and that Weidul had the right to defend himself against a drunk and much larger man that was going after him.

She said it took the state medical examiner six months to conclude that Downs died from streptococcus pneumonia. As an alcoholic and heavy smoker, Downs was more susceptible to pneumonia. She said the hospital did not administer any antibiotics for the disease.

Meanwhile, there was a rush to judgment about the case, Fairfield said. She said Portland police immediately called the case a homicide and missed the actual cause of death.

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Chuck Prophet - "White Night, Big City"

First single from Chuck Prophet's new album Temple Beautiful, out now on Yep Roc Records. Director: Thaddeus Homan © 2012 Yep Roc (((belle sound))) This video is a tribute to San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk and Mayor George Moscone, who were assassinated in City Hall by ex-Supervisor Dan White, on November 27th, 1978. The White Night Riots erupted when White's conviction was announced. Instead of first degree murder, he was found guilty of voluntary homicide.

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Second man accused of stab murder

Jeffrey Burrows with late wife BrioneJeffrey Burrows was stabbed to death at his flat in Brighton, where he lived alone

A second man has been charged with the murder of a 40-year-old widower who was stabbed to death in his Brighton flat.

Jeffrey Burrows, who grew up in Dungannon, County Tyrone, was fatally stabbed at his flat in Norfolk Square, where he lived alone, on 29 April.

Adam White, 22, from Liverpool, was arrested on Saturday and will appear at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Monday.

Joel Elliott, also 22, of North Road, Brighton, appeared in Crown Court on 8 May charged with Mr Donovan's murder.

He was remanded in custody and is due to appear at Lewes Crown Court on 6 July.

A third man, 21, who was arrested on 30 April on suspicion of murder was released on police bail until 29 May pending further inquiries.

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Some not surprised by murder suicide

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Police investigate Homewood homicide

Two additional suspects faced charges in connection with an alleged terror plot in Chicago as world leaders met at a NATO summit there Sunday.

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The Judge smacks down Casey....he really is very fair and well spoken

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Homicide police seek further car sightings

Police say they've had a positive sighting of a car belonging to a journalist beaten to death in Whanganui, about 30 minutes after his body was found.

Derek Round, 77, was found about 8.30am on Thursday at his home in Campbell Street.

Police have been keen to hear about the movements of Mr Round's 1996 blue Jaguar XJ6 and have now confirmed it was seen being driven from the Aramoho area of the city into Whanganui by the river on Somme Parade about 8am on Thursday.

"This is positive news as we now believe the car was being driven by whoever was responsible for Derek's death," Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Kirby said.

"It was likely to have been taken away from Derek's house in Campbell Street on Wednesday evening. We also believe the car may have visited places in the Aramoho area between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning."

He said police were keen to hear of other sightings of the car on Wednesday night or early Thursday, and he was sure other people must have seen it on their way to work on Thursday.

Police have been searching around where the car was seen for clothing they wanted to recover, including a red long-sleeved jersey or sweatshirt, a black leather sleeveless vest, dark coloured stonewashed jeans, dark fingerless gloves and a pair of dark sports shoes with a light colour around the soles and coloured laces.

Det Snr Sgt Kirby said Mr Round, a former editor and foreign correspondent for the New Zealand Press Association, died from a number of violent blows to his head, most likely in his living room.

He said it was a horrifying crime and public help was needed to solve it.

"Not only will you help put a violent offender before the court but you will also bring a resolution for Derek's grieving family."
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Murder inquiry over woman's death

A murder investigation has been started after a woman was found dead in South Yorkshire.

Police said the 55-year-old's body was discovered at an address on Lister Road in the Walkley area of Sheffield at about 07:20 BST.

The road was cordoned off by officers while inquiries were carried out.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire Police said a 32-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of murder and was in custody.

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Father, daughter dead from possible murder-suicide

we have brand new informatn tonight about a possible murder- suicide in carlsbad involving a father and his teenage daughter. joe bartels has just returned from carlsbad. he's live from our roswell bureau with the story... joe? the eddy county sheriff says it was a sad and tragic scene as deputies found a father and daughter shot to death. deputies were called to this home on mora street in carlsbad for a welfare check around 6-30 last night. when the deputies got into the home- they found 35 year old derek ross and his 13 year old daughter dead. the eddy county sheriff says the family had a history of domestic violence. "we are continuing our interviews with family members. we have canvassed the area for minute thumbnail 06:34 pm potential witnesses and we're waiting on the results from the office of the medical examiner in albuquerque." the 13-year-old girl's name has not been released, but we've learned she was an 8th grader at alta vista middle school.

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