Tuesday, May 21 2013 11:02 PM EDT2013-05-22 03:02:49 GMT
Does population have anything to do with tornadoes and the damage they leave behind? Or, are storms getting stronger? Take a look around Butler County. It's no secret the area is growing and developing.Full Story >
Does population have anything to do with tornadoes and the damage they leave behind? Or, are storms getting stronger?Full Story >
Connecticut State Police said the two little boys found dead with their grandmother in a car all suffered from gunshot wounds and were the victims of a double murder/suicide.
The horrific and tragic story unfolded Tuesday afternoon when state police said the North Stonington boys were taken from their day care by their grandmother.
"We've gone over it in our heads a million times," said Christine Hare, who owns the day care.
Just after 4 p.m. Tuesday, state police said they received a report from the boys' mother saying her children, 6-month-old Ashton Perry and Alton Perry, who was celebrating his second birthday on Tuesday, had been picked up by their grandmother, Debra Denison, 47, and all three could not be located.
Connecticut State Police troopers immediately launched an investigation and enough information was gathered for an Amber Alert to be issued for the trio.
Around 9:30 p.m., state police said they received a 911 call from someone reporting a suspicious vehicle that matched the description of the one described in the Amber Alert parked near Lake of Isle in Preston.
The caller told police that there were three injured people inside the vehicle, two of which were children. State police troopers and EMS responded to the scene to find all three dead from apparent gunshot wounds.
Inside the vehicle, state police said, there was a suicide note, but the family did not elaborate on the contents of it, which is now in police custody.
"Certainly there was a suicide note and there was other information we had determined that really caused us to feel the children could be in serious danger," said state police Lt. Paul Vance.
Denison suffered from bipolar disorder and has a history of mental issues, according to family members who were gathered at the boys' parents home Tuesday night while hoping for the best.
On three separate occasions from 2005 to 2011, William Backus Hospital filed liens against Denison's home due to outstanding medical bills.
She also owed $668 to the Connecticut Behavioral Health Association and just last month, the state filed a lien on her property for unpaid income taxes totally nearly $6,000.
However, state police also confirmed that Denison was on the "pick up list" for the two boys.
"We certainly have a lot of work to do. A lot of questions to answer about the origin of that weapon and the ownership," Vance said. "We want to know anything and everything there is about that. Several issues/areas to investigate regarding this tragic case."
One family member believes Denison took her husband's .38-caliber pistol from their Sherwood Drive home before picking up her grandsons from day care.
It is unclear if Denison, who has no criminal history, had a gun permit.
The mother of the boys, Brenda Perry, posted the following message on Facebook Tuesday night after the cancellation of the Amber Alert: "God has two beautiful angels helping him now."
"I'm shocked. I'm trying to be the strong one here," father Jeremy Perry told Eyewitness News Tuesday night. "It's not easy. You know, our kids are some of the happiest kids you've ever seen."
Hare told Eyewitness News that "there was nothing" out of ordinary when Denison picked up the boys and she was "happy."
"She was talking about going to his (Alton's) birthday party," Hare said. "She was to bring him to his house to have a birthday party."
The Chelsea Groton Bank has set up the Perry Family Fund to help pay for their expenses. Anyone interested in donating can send checks to the following location:
Chelsea Groton Bank The Perry Family Fund P.O. Box 11 North Stonington, CT 06359
A prayer vigil is expected to be held at the North Stonington Rec/Park Friday night. The vigil will be at 7 p.m. and candles will be provided, but people can bring their own.
Brenda Perry has already started thanking the community, which has been left heartbroken, for their support during this tough time.
"Every time, I think of the pain that we feel and then, imagine what Brenda and Jeremy feel it takes my breath away," Nikki Salaun, who is the director at the day care center, said.
An autopsy will be performed by the chief state's medical examiner to determine the manner and cause of death Thursday.
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:36 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:36:49 GMT
(RNN) – A day after long track tornadoes devastated Shawnee and Edmond, OK, another round has begun near Oklahoma City.KOCO broadcast a slow rotating cloud that slowly extended down towards the groundFull Story >
Dozens of people have died after a second day of tornadoes twisted through Oklahoma, this time taking aim at the town of Moore, south of Oklahoma City.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 9:44 AM EDT2013-05-21 13:44:48 GMT
Eastbound 275 is closed this morning at the Kellogg due to a roll-over accident with an entrapment. The one car accident happened just after 3A-M. The car landed in the median. One person was takenFull Story >
Officers say speed and alcohol are suspected to be factors in the crash. Jones was wearing his seatbelt. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:35:49 GMT
(RNN) - On May 3, 1999, an F5 tornado touched down near Chickasha, OK and cut northeast through the state before dissipating near Midwest City, OK.Monday's tornado that devastated Moore, OK closely followedFull Story >
In 1999, Oklahoma City saw an F5 tornado that caused more than $1 billion in damage. Full Story >
Tuesday, May 21 2013 6:22 AM EDT2013-05-21 10:22:59 GMT
Cincinnati Firefighters are responding to a fire in the 1800 of Jackson Street in Lincoln Heights. Witnesses reported seeing flames on the back side of the building. The location was known as "The SugarFull Story >
Crews from Woodlawn, Evendale and Wyoming are on the scene. The fire is out but the building is still smoking. Full Story >
A 23-year-old father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive. Police were called to the parking lot of Headland's State Park in Painesville Township on Sunday around 10:15 p.m. afterFull Story >
A Lake County, Ohio father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:39 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:39:58 GMT
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley. It happened just before 10 p.m. Monday night at the location on Madison Road. Initial reports are that two men with guns enteredFull Story >
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:00 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:00:13 GMT
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office. She retired in January 2013 as an Area Manager in Exempt Organizations Determinations. Esrig saysFull Story >
Bonnie Esrig worked for the IRS for 38 years, many of which were spent in the Cincinnati field office.Full Story >
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