Despite environmental and health concerns, DDT remains an effective tool in the war against malaria,
Despite environmental and health concerns, DDT remains an effective tool in the war against malaria,
Investigators said a marriage headed for divorce ended violently in Barrington over the weekend when a man shot and killed his wife before killing himself.
Officials said Glenn Grassett, 61, and Pauline Grassett, 44, were found shot to death in their home on Layne Farm Road on Saturday. The Attorney General’s Office said Glenn Grassett killed his wife and then turned the gun on himself.
Friends said Pauline Grassett had two sons and custody of a 5-year-old granddaughter. One son is in the Navy and arrived back in New Hampshire on Tuesday.
Her other son is finishing a prison sentence, and friends said they are working to get him released in time to attend his mother’s funeral and say goodbye.
“A friend of Mrs. Grassett was concerned when she couldn’t reach her and had gone to the residence and called police when she couldn’t find anyone there,” said Senior Assistant Attorney General Janice Rundles.
Investigators said Pauline Grassett’s body was found in one room and her husband was found dead in another with a 9mm handgun nearby.
“She was shot once in the head and a few more times about the body,” Rundles said.
Officials said the two were in the midst of divorcing, but investigators weren’t able to recover many clues in the house that explain the murder-suicide.
“I don’t believe investigators have located a note,” Rundles said. “There was no real sign of a struggle at the residence.”
Pauline Grassett worked at Liberty Mutual in Dover. Her coworkers left condolence messages on a memorial webpage describing her bright smile and willingness to help anyone out.
She also fostered dogs for a local rescue organization, which is now planning to build an outdoor play area for dogs in her name.
“The next of kin have been notified, and investigators are wrapping up their review of the evidence,” Rundles said. “But basically, it appears we know what happened here.”
Visiting hours for Pauline Grassett are scheduled for Thursday from 4-7 p.m. at Kent and Pelczar Funeral Home in Newmarket.
New Hampshire state police and the attorney general’s office are investigating an apparent murder-suicide in Barrington.
Authorities say the bodies of a man and woman were found in a home Saturday, and the preliminary investigation indicates the man shot the woman and then himself.
Investigators aren’t releasing any names or the exact location of the incident, and no further information is expected to be made public until early next week.
NORTH ATTLEBOROUGH, Mass. — Police say a Rhode Island woman intentionally shot herself to death at a Massachusetts gun range over the weekend.
The Sun Chronicle reports Monday that police said 22-year-old Ariene DeBarros of Providence shot herself at about 2 p.m. Saturday at the American Firearms School in North Attleborough, where she had gone target shooting with her brother and his girlfriend. She was pronounced dead at Sturdy Memorial Hospital.
The newspaper said a police report said DeBarros left notes about her intention and also posted a comment to her Facebook page.
Someone who saw the posting called police, but the warning was too late.
Police said they were told the woman’s boyfriend recently died, but her Facebook posting said that wasn’t her motivation.
Police said the school is licensed by local police and complies with town regulations.
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A convicted sex offender who had been awaiting trial on charges of molesting 13 infants and toddlers at his wife’s day care center died after an apparent suicide attempt on Friday morning.
John Burbine, 50, who had pleaded not guilty to the charges, was found by a guard inside his jail cell at the Middlesex County Jail in Cambridge around 8 a.m., officials said.
According to a statement released by the Middlesex County Sherrif’s Office, Burbine, of Wakefield, “was in need of medical attention” when the officer saw him in his cell. Officials said medical personnel immediately rendered life-saving procedures and brought him to Massachusetts General Hospital.
Officials said Burbine died Friday evening.
“As is standard with all detainee deaths, an internal investigation has commenced and this matter has been referred to (Massachusetts) State Police assigned to the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office,” Public Information Officer Kevin Maccioli said.
Prosecutors allege that between August 2010 and August 2012, Burbine molested children ranging from 8 days old to 3 1/2 years old at his wife’s unlicensed day care center.
Burbine had offered to be castrated in exchange for a lesser prison sentence, but prosecutors opposed the request.
Marian Burbine, his wife, is facing charges for allowing her husband to have access to the children.
NEWTON, Mass. — A steady stream of mourners came to Roee Grutman’s home Tuesday where signs posted in the snow honor the 17-year-old. Grutman, a junior at Newton South High School, is described as smart and well liked.
Last week Grutman took his own life, the third Newton teen to do so since October.
“It’s like a nightmare that rears its ugly head again,” said Lila McCain, whose daughter Karen Douglas killed herself in October. “No parent should have to lose a child this way or any way.”
Douglas, a Newton North senior died within two weeks of Katie Stack, a Newton South sophomore.
“It’s so tragic and we can’t prevent every suicide but we can do a better job and a better job means knowing the signs to think about and to look for and having the courage and the language to talk to our kids. That’s what it’s really about,” said Jon Mattleman, director of Youth Services in Needham.
That community also struggled with a string of five suicides from 2004 to 2007.
“It is a problem. If you look at the MetroWest survey of adolescents, approximately 10 percent of MetroWest youths are seriously considering suicide,” said Mattleman. “It is a crisis and we really have to call it that to mobilize support.”
Newton’s superintendent has initiated a signs of suicide program in the schools.
“It’s not just a school issue,” said David Fleishman. “It’s a community issue.”
McCain has launched an online campaign called Get Real Campaign.
“We want people to not Photoshop their lives, and to just be OK with their imperfections and if they need to get help to seek that help,” McCain said.
Stuart English of Milford, New Hampshire, sells antique guns at a gun show at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Jan. 5, 2013, in Stamford, Conn. While other area gun shows were canceled following the shooting rampage that killed 20 first-graders and six teachers and administrators in Newtown, Conn., a gun show held by Westchester Collectors Inc. in Stamford, 30 miles from Newtown, proceeded as planned. CHRISTOPHER CAPOZZIELLO/GETTY IMAGES
A new survey in the Annals of Internal Medicine narrows down some of the causal relationship between guns and death by finding conclusively that having a gun in your home makes you more likely to successfully attempt suicide. The authors of the survey also found with a lesser degree of certainty that people with guns in their home are more likely to be the victims of a homicide.
The authors — Andrew Anglemyer, PhD, MPH; Tara Horvath, MA; and George Rutherford, MD — came to a few common sense conclusions, namely that firearms that are unlocked or loaded are more likely to be used than those that are locked and not loaded, especially among adolescent suicide victims.
However they also found that mental illness does not make one more at risk of committing suicide or being killed by a gun.
“The apparent increased risk for suicide associated with firearms in the home … may be more of an indicator of the ease of impulsive suicide,” the authors wrote. “Impulsiveness may be a catalyst in using a firearm to commit suicide and may also play a role in firearm-related homicide.”
Dr. David Hemenway of the Harvard School of Public Health wrote in an editorial on the survey that the evidence is “overwhelming” on the increased risk of successful suicide if there’s a gun in the home. Hemenway also points to the increased risk of violence against women in particular.
“Bringing a gun into the home substantially increases the risk for suicide for all family members and the risk for women being murdered in the home,” Hemenway wrote. “Evidence not included in their review also indicates that a gun in the home increases the risk for homicide victimization for others in society. This increased risk may be due to someone in the family shooting others (for example, the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting) or the gun being stolen and used by criminals. Obtaining a firearm not only endangers those living in the home but also imposes substantial costs on the community.”
Hemenway’s conclusion is backed up by several recent studies, including those showing that the U.S. has the both highest gun death rate and highest gun ownership rate in the Western world, as well as another that showed that the states with the strictest gun ownership laws have the lowest rate of gun deaths.
NEW BEDFORD, Mass. — Police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide after a man and his girlfriend were found shot to death in a triple-decker home in New Bedford.
“The incident appears to be a murder-suicide,” the Bristol County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement.
The victims were identified as Sharif Goode and Mabilia Maranhao, both 22. The couple was in a “dating relationship,” the district attorney said.
Family members became worried Wednesday when they hadn’t heard from the Goode in a few days.
They went to his home on Brock Avenue and found a gruesome scene on the second floor, police said.
“We were worried because we hadn’t heard from him in 2 to 3 days and something just wasn’t right,” said Angel Goode, his aunt.
Both Goode and Maranhao were found shot in the head.
Autopsies will be performed Thursday.
Man accused in burglary, attempted sexual assault
WINDSOR, Vt. —Vermont State Police have identified the man who jumped from Interstate 91 on Thursday as 37-year-old Joseph Sylvester of Claremont.
According to a press release from the Claremont Police Department, at 10:45 a.m. emergency services responded to a home on Providence Avenue for a report of a burglary and attempted sexual assault. According to the department, the victim told emergency services the suspect, later identified as Sylvester, drove from the area in a white van.
During the course of their investigation, Claremont police learned Sylvester may have been heading toward Interstate 91 in Vermont.
Vermont Sate Police said they received a call at 11 a.m. regarding Sylvester. They later learned that Sylvester was driving a white Dodge Minivan and could be in the area of the new bridge, which crosses over Route 44, in Windsor.
Claremont police said the van was found pulled to the side of the northbound lane in the area of mile marker 55 and a person was seen on the construction catwalk on the southbound lane.
According to the VSP, Sylvester jumped from the catwalk before troopers were able to make contact with him.
VSP said Sylvester died at the scene from the injuries sustained in the fall. Although, his death appears to be a suicide and no foul play is suspected, the case is ongoing pending additional investigation.
An autopsy will be performed.