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Friday, September 28, 2007

Rape suspect gunned down

9-19-2007 Philippines

One of the suspects in the brutal rape-slay of a 13-year-old in Bago City, Negros Occidental, was shot dead on Monday, in what the police described as a "Sparrow-type of operation" of the New People's Army.

The victim identified as Ivan Calero, 37, was gunned down by two suspects armed with .45 and 9mm caliber pistols, and the incident was witnessed by his 6-year-old child, in Purok Helga, Brgy. Don Jorge Araneta, Bago City.

Calero died from four gunshot wounds in the head and chest, initial police investigations showed.

Calero, a trisikad driver, was among the three persons invited for questioning by the Bago police, in connection with the brutal rape-slay of Ma. Teresa Medrano in the barangay on June 20.

Police investigations also indicated that Calero, who was driving a trisikad, accompanied by his minor child, was on his way home, when the suspects flagged them down.

Without any provocation, the two unidentified armed men opened fire at Calero, but spared his daughter, police said.

The suspects did not even bother to cover their faces with bonnets or handkerchiefs to hide their identities when they shot Calero, in the presence also of other witnesses.

Responding Bago policemen recovered four empty shells of .9mm and .45 caliber pistols from the scene.

Supt. Alex Belonio, Bago police chief, yesterday said charges had not been filed against Calero, in connection with the rape-slay of Medrano, for lack of evidence.

The house of Calero is about 200 meters away from the creek where the decomposing body of Medrano placed in a sack was discovered by a rice farmer on June 20.

The two companions of Calero, identified as Jose Sedayon and Efren Fria, who were also invited for questioning, were later released by the Bago police after witnesses failed to identify them.

Police investigations showed that Medrano had four hack wounds in the nape and on the left and right side of her face, two fractured ribs and right lower jaw, hematoma in both knees and bite marks on her left breast, aside from signs of being molested.

PO1 Calixto Galido, Bago police investigator, said the killing of Calero was done in a professional manner.

The Bago police is looking into the possibility that the killing may be related to the killing of Medrano and was initiated, either by a "vigilante group", by insurgents, or persons who wanted to silence him.

Testimonies gathered by the Bago police from witnesses also showed that the two gunmen who were accompanied by two others and fled on board two motorcycles, are strangers to the place.*GPB ..more.. by GILBERT BAYORAN

Thursday, September 27, 2007

NY- Hudson homicide victim's name released

9-25-2007 New York:

HUDSON - Police today confirmed that Valentine G. Wadman is the homicide victim found Sunday morning along the railroad tracks.

Wadman, 52, was a dishwasher who often drank away his paycheck, and who did not have a steady home, according to acquaintances. He may have been living in the wooded area where his body was found along the CSX railroad tracks near South 7th and Union Streets.

Wadman died from a brain laceration caused by a skull fracture, Columbia County Coroner Angelo Nero said. Police have ruled his death a homicide and are conducting interviews of those who knew him, Hudson Police Lt. Richard Paolino said.

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left Cascades and took a cooking gig at an upscale Italian joint on lower Warren and fell out of touch with Val. The week before I had left Cascades, I began walking with him toward the Warren Inn for our nightly ritual of beer and pool but after a few steps he turned and put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Not tonight pal…you don’t want to go where I’m going tonight.” It was the last time I saw him alive, meaning the first time I saw him dead was on the front page of The Register Star, in a photo of the police wheeling a gurney over the rail road tracks behind 7th and Union streets. It was reported that he was killed by blunt force trauma to the head. That was three years ago, and as of this writing, the murderer[s] of Valentine Wadman Jr. remains at large in the new Hampton’s. ..Source.. 1-13-2010

IN- Police: Father killed his son in an argument

9-11-2007 Indiana:

Man, 69, is charged in the shooting of namesake, 40, in Northside home

Police say a family argument led a father to shoot and kill his 40-year-old son in a Northside home early Monday, but investigators have not said what the spat was about.

Charles M. Long, 69, was held without bond Monday in the Marion County Jail on a preliminary charge of murder.

Officers said Long bolted from the home and eluded police for more than eight hours after he shot his son Charles A. Long to death about 2 a.m. in a house in the 300 block of Harvard Place.

"It stemmed from an argument between the father and son," said Sgt. Matthew Mount, a spokesman for the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department. "The father shot the son," who was dead when police arrived.

Acting on a tip, the U.S. Marshal's Service, Indiana State Police and IMPD officers staked out I-65 in Greenwood for Long's white Cadillac, IMPD Capt. Phil Burton said.

Officers spotted the vehicle and captured Long without incident in the westbound lane of I-465 near the East Street exit about 10:30 a.m., Burton said.

Police searched Long's car for evidence, Burton said, but did not find the weapon used in the shooting.

Three or four people were in the home at the time of the shooting, Burton said.

Long requested a lawyer, Burton said, cutting short an interview with homicide detectives.

The elder Long was arrested on robbery and forgery charges 49 years ago, Burton said. He also has prior arrests on charges of drunken driving, disorderly conduct and reckless driving, Burton said, but had not been in trouble with police since 1989.

In July 2006, a pregnant woman accused Long of pushing her to the floor twice after he returned to find her sleeping in his home, according to a police report. The woman declined medical treatment. Long wasn't arrested, records show.

The younger Long was a registered sex offender who spent 17 years in prison for rape and criminal confinement. Indiana Department of Correction records show he was released from prison in November. ..more.. by Vic Ryckaert