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2 adults found dead, baby alive in crib inside Pennsylvania home

Two people were found dead and a baby was found alive Monday inside a Pennsylvania home in what has become a double homicide investigation.

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A grandfather made the discovery about 3:30 p.m. at the home on West Fifth Street in North Vandergrift, police said.

The Armstrong County Coroner’s Office identified the adults as Dawayne Klingensmith, 29, and Heather Swiklinski, 22. They were pronounced dead at the scene.

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A 17-month-old baby was in a crib and was unharmed, authorities said.

Investigators said gunshots were fired prior to the discovery and weapons were found.

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Woman accused of marrying mother after the two ‘hit it off’ gets deferred sentence

UPDATE Nov. 13, 2017: Misty Spann, an Oklahoma woman who married her biological mother, received a deferred sentence Thursday.

KFOR reported that Spann pleaded guilty to incest last week and got a 10-year deferred sentence.

ORIGINAL STORY Sept. 8, 2016: An Oklahoma woman married two of her biological children over the course of eight years. 

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Police arrested Patricia Ann Spann and her daughter, Misty Velvet Dawn Spann, Wednesday for incest. The two had gotten married in Comanche County, Oklahoma, earlier this year.

According to WCMH-TV, Patricia Spann, 43, lost custody of Misty, 25, and two other children when they were young. The three children were adopted by their grandmother.

Patricia Spann told investigators she didn't have contact with her kids until two years ago, but when she reunited with Misty, she said they "hit it off," WCMH-TV reported.

This is not the first time Patricia Spann has married one of her children. Court records show an annulment between Patricia and her son in 2010. The two married in 2008.

Patricia Spann told officials that said she thought the marriage to her daughter was OK because her name wasn't on her daughter's birth certificate, according to an affidavit.

In Oklahoma, marrying a close relative is considered incest whether the relationship is sexual or not, and incest is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Bond was set at $10,000 for both Patricia and Misty.

Father kills wife, 2 young children in murder-suicide, police say

Police say a Scottsdale, Arizona, father killed his wife and children before turning a gun on himself in a murder-suicide that rocked their quiet residential neighborhood.

According to AZ Central, police believe Jason Fairbanks, 39, killed his wife, Annie Fairbanks, also 39, as well as their 3-year-old daughter and 9-month-old son, on Friday before turning the gun on himself. A co-worker checked on the home after Jason did not report for work, finding the bodies of the four in their home after entering.

The couple owned a small business, Macrotherapy Physical Therapy & Rehabilitation, in Scottsdale. Annie described herself as a “Master CHEK [Corrective Exercise and High-performance Kinesiology] Practitioner” as well as a “doctor of holistic nutrition.”

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They recently had been going through financial struggles, according to the Daily Mail — and Jason Fairbanks' sister, Laura, said she “just wished he had asked for help.”

She described him as a man of relatively few words but also as a dedicated “protector.” While he didn’t ask for help — and barely mentioned the family’s money troubles, according to Laura Fairbanks — she says she could tell something was wrong.

“He wasn’t a bad person,” she added. “He loved his family so much.”

Photos from the couple’s social media profiles depict lives full of fun and family, with little mention of financial fears.

Laura Fairbanks described her sister-in-law as a loving wife and mother; she said the couple married just over a year after moving in together.

“Boy, she loved those kids,” Laura told the Daily Mail.

“She loved them so much.”

Texas church where mass shooting took place will be demolished, pastor says

The Sutherland Springs, Texas, church where more than two dozen people were gunned down Sunday will be demolished, according to its pastor, Frank Pomeroy.

Pomeroy, whose 14-year-old daughter, Annabelle, was killed in what is being considered the largest mass shooting in the state’s modern history, told leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention that it would be too painful to continue using the building.

>> How to explain gun violence to children after the Texas church shooting

“There’s too many that do not want to go back in there,” Pomeroy told The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday night. “We will probably turn it into a memorial for a while. We’re playing it day by day.”

Pomeroy also discussed his plans for the site with the denomination’s top executives who had traveled to the community in a show of support, according to convention spokesman Sing Oldham.

Pomeroy said a new church would be built on property the church owns, Oldham said.

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Charlene Uhl, mother of 16-year-old Haley Krueger, who died in the attack, agreed that the church should come down.

“There should still be a church but not here,” she said Thursday as she visited a row of white crosses commemorating the victims in front of the church. She said her daughter attended worship services and a weekly Thursday night youth group meeting held by another victim, Karla Holcombe.

Jeannie Brown, visiting from Indiana, stopped at the site with her daughter, who used to live in Sutherland Springs but left decades ago for San Antonio.

Asked whether the church should be destroyed, Brown said: “Yes. Who would want to go back in there? But then if it is destroyed, does that mean he (the gunman) won?”

>> Devin Patrick Kelley: What we know about Sutherland Springs Baptist Church shooter

Other sites of mass shootings have been torn down, including Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, where a gunman killed 20 children and six adults in December 2012. A new school was built elsewhere.

A one-room Amish schoolhouse near Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was torn down in 2006, 10 days after an assailant took children hostage and shot and killed five girls ages 6 to 13.

The previous site of the school is now a pasture. A nearly identical schoolhouse with a security fence was erected nearby and named New Hope School.

In Sutherland Springs, pastors from surrounding areas organized a service on Sunday at a community center next door to the church, and Pomeroy is slated to speak, according to CNN.

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Twenty-six people were killed Sunday after Devin Patrick Kelley unleashed a barrage of bullets on worshipers. He was shot and ultimately died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Kelley’s father, Michael Kelley, told ABC News on Wednesday that his family is grieving.

“I don’t want our lives, our grandchildren’s lives, destroyed by this media circus,” Michael Kelley said from his home in New Braunfels.

Authorities have not released a motive for the shooting but believe the attack was linked to a dispute Devin Kelley had with his wife’s family. Additional answers might be contained in Devin Kelley’s cellphone, but investigators are having a difficult time cracking into it.

He bought four guns — one each year from 2014 to 2017 — despite convictions in 2012 after fracturing his baby stepson’s skull and assaulting his wife. He was discharged from the Air Force for bad conduct and confined for one year.

But the convictions never were uploaded to an FBI database that would have prevented him from acquiring firearms legally. The Air Force released a statement Monday saying an investigation is underway. Vice President Mike Pence, speaking in Sutherland Springs on Wednesday, said the administration is working with Congress to ensure that the crime reporting lapse “never happens again.”

The eight male victims and 17 female victims ranged in age from 1 to 77. Eight members of the Holcombe family perished in the shooting.

Authorities said the 26 dead also included the fetus of Crystal Holcombe, who was killed. All the victims died at the scene, except for one child who died at a hospital.

– The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Florida woman burns son’s hand on hot stove to punish him

A Miami mother is behind bars after she allegedly burned the hand of her 6-year-old son on a hot stove as punishment.

Miriam Rebolledo, 29, was arrested Thursday and charged with aggravated child abuse after police say her son got into a fight at school, the Palm Beach Post reported. When other attempts at punishing the boy didn’t work, police said Rebolledo told them she “could not take it any more” and needed a “more extreme form of punishment,” WTVJ reported.

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» Florida man drives burning car, then shoots at it

While in Miami-Dade bond court Saturday, Judge Ariana Fajardo Orshan took Rebolledo, who’s originally from Colombia, to task.

“In the United States it’s not [OK]. That’s not proper parenting,” the judge said, according to WTVJ.

Rebolledo remained in Miami-Dade County Jail as of Friday afternoon on $7,500 bail, the Palm Beach Post reported.

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Police: Florida man fires gun, scares off teen daughter's kidnappers

A quick-acting father and an alert neighbor helped thwart an attempted kidnapping and armed home invasion robbery Tuesday night in Florida, according to police reports.

Alerted by his 17-year-old daughter, the 51-year-old homeowner in Baker grabbed his gun and fired three shots at four intruders outside his garage, forcing them to flee into the woods, the Palm Beach Post reported. A neighbor gave police a description of the vehicle the suspects were spotted in, and it was stopped nearby, according to a Facebook post on the official Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office page.

RELATED: Florida teen kidnapped on her way to prom 

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Deputies arrested four Crestview teens: 19-year-old Keilon Johnson, 17-year-old Austin French, 16-year-old Tyree Johnson and 15-year-old Kamauri Horn. They allegedly were armed with a knife, guns and a roll of tape for an apparent kidnap attempt. Inside the SUV, deputies also found gloves, masks and dark clothing, according to the police report. 

The plot went awry from the beginning, when the 17-year-old girl ran into a roadblock of barrels on her road while driving home. But she simply drove around them, then reported it to her father. The suspects told police that they believed the father is wealthy.

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When the suspects approached the house, the homeowner was tipped off by his dogs barking and his motion-activated flood lights. When he heard his car door closing, he retrieved his gun, the Palm Beach Post reported.

The four defendants were charged with attempted kidnapping and attempted home invasion robbery. Johnson was in the Okaloosa County Jail, while the others were sent to a Department of Juvenile Justice facility, the police report said. 

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Paramedic requires treatment after helping suspected opioid overdose patient

An Ohio paramedic required medical treatment Thursday night after helping someone suffering from a suspected opioid overdose, according to Fairborn city manager Rob Anderson.

MORE: Officer’s overdose leads to public health warning

“Police and fire responded to a call last evening and administered life support to a patient on a suspected overdose,” Anderson told the Dayton Daily News. “In the course of treating the patient and cleaning up the scene, one of our paramedics got a secondary exposure.”

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The paramedic started to show signs of an overdose and was administered Narcan, an opioid overdose reversal drug. The paramedic was taken to Soin Medical Center and treated, the Dayton Daily News reported.

Anderson said “several other” paramedics and police officers were additionally exposed to the suspected opioid, but were not as severely impacted.

MORE: Soaring overdoses strain emergency crews from neighboring cities

“As far as we know, everybody is fine,” Anderson said. “I believe everybody has recovered.”

Anderson said he believes several employees at Soin were also impacted. Kettering Health Network would not discuss whether their employees were impacted, citing privacy concerns.

Washington State escort accused of shooting client in the head

Prosecutors in Washington State said an escort shot a man in the head twice in his home, then stole his wallet and gun before running away. The man survived, police said.

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Investigators in Snohomish County arrested the suspect, 21-year-old Marissa Wallen on Tuesday, and she made her first court appearance via video camera Wednesday. 

Probable cause documents say Wallen shot the 36-year-old victim while the two were engaged in sexual activity at his North Everett home.

“I was stunned on Tuesday when the first detective came to our door,” said Mark Barnum, who lives next door. “He said your neighbor was shot twice in the head.”

The probable cause document said Wallen admitted to shooting her client in the back of the head, while they were engaged in sexual activity, and that "she fired a second shot that struck him in the side of the face.”

Wallen “said that she then took his wallet (off) his night stand and fled the location, believing, he was dead on his bedroom floor,” according to the probable cause document.

The victim's neighbor said he heard a noise. 

“I heard what sounded like two or three taps coming from the wall,” Barnum said. “It was notable because we don't usually hear anything.” 

He said he thought the noise could have been a hammer at first, until he talked with detectives. 

“It just kind of shocking to think perhaps that was maybe - maybe those were the shots. Maybe it was [the victim]. And I feel really badly that I was unable to help,” Barnum said 

An officer found the victim three days after the shooting. 

During a welfare check, the officer found the victim “sitting up against a wall in the master bedroom… he had a lot of dried blood on his head and he was awake, but unresponsive,” the documents said.

A CT scan found two bullets still in the victim’s head.

Neighbors say he works in tech.

“He keeps to himself a lot, he's got his computer stuff up there. He handles a lot of websites, it security,” said Erik Buxton, another neighbor. We’ll talk, he’s a nice guy.” 

Documents say he had cameras that captured Wallen inside the home and running down the driveway. 

Wallen is also accused of using the victim's credit cards to rack up more than $10,000  in charges

Documents say the victim "had been hiring female escorts and frequenting a strip club in Seattle, where he was bragging about how much money he earned and belongings he had at his house.” 

“He liked to kind of flash his money a little bit. It's what's going to happen - you're going to attract negative people along the way,” Buxton said. 

But neighbors say they're just glad he survived. 

“He got a long hard road ahead of him, so I wish him well,” Barnum said. “I’m just so glad that for him and his family that he’s going to pull through.”

A judge Wednesday said Wallen had warrants out for her arrest and a long string of failures to appear, and set her bail for $1 million. 

Jenner Matthews was arrested in connection with the case Tuesday. The probable cause document said Wallen made payments to him through Facebook using the victim’s accounts.

Officers were able to communicate with the victim at the hospital with gestures, but court documents say the victim is unable to speak.

Police: Florida woman swaps bar codes, buys electronics for $3.70 at Walmart 

A Florida woman was arrested Monday at a Walmart, accused of paying only $3.70 at a self-checkout line for more than $1,800 worth of electronics after she allegedly swapped bar codes, police said.

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According to a Walmart loss prevention officer, Cheyenne Amber West, 25, of Fort Pierce, and another woman entered the company’s store in Vero Beach on Nov. 6 and began taking video controllers, a computer and other items from the electronics department, WPIX reported. They then allegedly went to the clearance section and swapped bar codes on the boxes. After proceeding to a self-checkout counter, the pair allegedly scanned the items, worth $1,825.20, but paid only $3.70, officials said.

According to an arrest affidavit by the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office, West, who is a waitress, said “I am just trying to get gifts for my son that I cannot afford. The computer is for my husband. Since he just got me a Coach purse, I figured he deserved something nice as well.”

West was charged with felony grand theft and shoplifting, according to the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office. She was released on Nov. 7 after paying her $3,000 posted bond. She will appear in court on Dec. 13, according to the arrest affidavit.

Retired Navy veteran accused of killing girl found on lawn of Charlotte church

A retired Navy veteran was arrested Wednesday in connection with the murder of Ashanti Billie, 19, whose body was found on the lawn of a church in northwest Charlotte in September.

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Eric Brown, 45, is suspected of having abducted Billie, of Virginia Beach, Virginia, on Sept. 18 as she arrived for work at a Blimpie’s restaurant on Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, according to court documents.

Brown has been charged with murder and kidnapping. He faces a maximum penalty of life in prison if convicted.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police also charged Brown with murder.

Brown was first arrested for separate charges in Virginia last month before detectives linked him to Billie’s death, officials said.

Charlotte resident Warren Stukes said that his children grew up with Brown and he was shocked at the age of the woman he is accused of murdering.

"Nineteen? That's even worse," Stukes said. “That's a young girl who has not lived her life. He lived his life."

On Sept. 29, Billie’s body was found in a wooded area behind East Stonewall AME Zion Church about 300 yards from Brown’s childhood home.

Police said Billie was the subject of a missing persons investigation in Norfolk, Virginia. She had been missing since Sept. 18.

"She was happy here,” Ashanti Billie’s mother, Brandy Billie, said about Virginia Beach. “She liked it here and to think this is where it ended for her."

Brown, who spent 21 years in the Navy, worked as a day laborer and helped with the construction of the Blimpie’s this past summer.

Brown was homeless and lived in random facilities and buildings on and off the naval bases, police said.

Billie’s coworkers said that Brown would visit the Blimpie’s almost every day, and that he was seen so often in the neighboring buildings, that they believed Brown worked there.

Video surveillance recorded Billie’s car entering the base at 4:58 a.m. Sept. 18 and circling the Blimpie’s at 5 a.m.

The driver of the vehicle in both videos was a person wearing dark-colored clothing, consistent with the clothing Billie was reportedly wearing.

Video surveillance recorded a person in light-colored clothing in Billie’s car driving out of the base at about 5:33 a.m.

At about 5:44 a.m., residential video surveillance recorded a person wearing light-colored clothing, driving a car consistent with Billie’s, stop at a construction dumpster in Norfolk.

A few hours later, construction workers found Billie’s cellphone in the dumpster.

Billie’s car was found in Norfolk on Sept. 23.

Inside the car, agents recovered Billie’s pants, which contained dirt and debris. The undercarriage of the car also contained dirt and vegetative debris.

Several witnesses described seeing a car like Billie’s during the week of Sept. 18 parked at various locations in Charlotte neighborhoods, near where Billie’s body was found. The property where the body was found is owned by and located next to the church where Brown attended vacation Bible school as a child.

"To know that this man took the time out to go back to the church where he went to Bible study at when he was a child, like how do you do that? That's sickening," said Kimberly Wimbish, a spokeswoman for Billie’s family.

Brown’s wireless internet usage data indicated that he used his mobile devices nearly every day from Sept. 1 to Sept. 29.

The only day in that time period that there was no usage data is Sept. 18, which is the day Billie went missing, police said.

Brown’s wireless internet usage data also indicated that he was on the base from Sept. 14 until late in the evening of Sept. 17, which is when all usage data stopped until starting again Sept. 19.

A review of security camera video from all of the gates on the base revealed no evidence of Brown ever leaving the base from Sept. 14 through Sept. 18.

A records check of base entry logs indicated that Brown re-entered Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek on the afternoon of Sept. 19.

During an Oct. 27 interview with law enforcement, Brown told agents he was on the base in Little Creek on the evening of Sept. 17, and that at one point, he blacked out and had no recollection of what he did for several days after that.

When discussing the abduction and murder of Billie, Brown confirmed that he could not remember if he did anything to Billie, according to law enforcement. 

In federal documents, a witness said Brown told them he hated African-American women.

"It is disgraceful and I will not accept PTSD," Wimbish said of Brown’s claims regarding his memory.

Brown appeared in court Wednesday and is being held in Norfolk.

"For me, I'm looking to stack every charge that we can put on him," said Ashanti Billie’s father, Meltony Billie.

Eric Brown’s family member, DeVona Brown Alleyne, released the following statement Wednesday evening:

"Along with multiple communities along the East Coast, we, the Brown family, are deeply saddened at the tragic loss of Ms. Ashanti Billie’s life. We cannot imagine the impact her death has on those lovingly connected to her. Although we are shaken by the recent arrest made, our immediate concern is for those who knew and loved Ms. Billie, and we pray for them to be supported in every way possible. No amount of insight that we could provide would take back the pain they are currently feeling and will likely experience in days, months and years to come. Respectfully, we will offer no additional comment regarding these devastating events."

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