Fotis Dulos’ alleged suicide note leaves questions about his estranged wife’s disappearance

first_imgiStock(FARMINGTON, Conn.) — Before Fotis Dulos took his own life by inhaling poisonous carbon monoxide inside his Farmington, Connecticut, home, he allegedly wrote a suicide note proclaiming his innocence and that of everyone charged in connection with his estranged wife’s disappearance.Amid a bitter divorce and custody battle in May 2019, Jennifer Dulos mysteriously disappeared. Fotis Dulos and his girlfriend, Michelle Troconis were arrested weeks later, charged with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence and hindering prosecution.On Jan. 7, Connecticut State Police charged Fotis Dulos with felony murder, kidnapping and murder. Troconis, 44, was charged with conspiracy to commit murder.But Fotis Dulos’ allegedly handwritten suicide note, obtained by ABC News from a source — which he addressed to “all” — was littered with self-serving statements to clear his and Troconis’ names.“I refuse to spend even an hour more in jail for something I had NOTHING to do with,” he allegedly wrote with blue ink on a notebook-sized single sheet of paper. “I want it to be known that Michelle Troconis had nothing to do with Jennifer’s disappearance. And neither did Kent Mawhinney.”Mahwinney, an attorney and a friend of Fotis Dulos, was also charged with conspiracy to commit murder.Fotis Dulos was allegedly seen on surveillance video throwing out 30 garbage bags in multiple receptacles, according to a police report. Items in the bags included clothes belonging to Jennifer Dulos and plastic zip ties that later tested positive for her DNA, according to the arrest warrant.“My attorney can explain what happened with the bag on Albany Avenue. Everything else is a story fabricated by the law enforcement,” Fotis Dulos allegedly wrote.Regarding the bags, Fotis Dulos’ attorney, Norm Pattis told the Stamford Advocate in July 2019 that “there’s an explanation, but we’re not going to give it.”Fotis Dulos was expected in court on Tuesday for a bail hearing and when he didn’t show up, police did a wellness check at his house. Police saw Fotis Dulos through a window sitting in his car in the garage.He died two days later. Fotis Dulos was 51.Pattis said at a press conference after his client was declared dead, that he’s filing an “unusual motion” with the court to ask them to continue to prosecute Fotis Dulos as an estate.“To force the state to show its hand in a trial filled with evidence we think amounts to no more than innuendo and unsupported suspicion,” said Pattis.If you are struggling with thoughts of suicide or worried about a friend or loved one help is available. Call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 [TALK] – for free confidential emotional support 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Even if it feels like it – you are not alone.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Officer-involved shooting death of Rodney Ross ruled justified

first_img (Photo supplied/St. Joseph County Police) The St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office has ruled “justified” the officer-involved shooting death of a man who shot an officer and a St. Joseph County K9.The hours-long search for Rodney Ross began when St. Joseph County officers tried to serve a warrant on Oct. 13 in the area of Lilac and Cleveland Roads in St. Joseph County.MORE: Suspect killed, officer and K9 shot as manhunt in South Bend comes to an endHours later, Ross fired at officers as they closed in, hitting a Pokagon Tribal Officer and St. Joe County K9 “Luna.”Ross was then shot by police and pronounced dead at the scene. This week, Luna underwent surgery to remove the bullet from her leg.The following information was sent to 95.3 MNC by the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s Office:St. Joseph County –The St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit (CMHU) has completedits investigation into the October 13, 2020, officer involved shooting death of RodneyRoss, 30, in the 52000 block of Lilac Road, St. Joseph County. After reviewing CMHU’sinvestigation into this incident, the Prosecutor’s Office has determined that the shooting ofRodney Ross constituted a justifiable homicide under I.C. 35-41-3-2(c). As such, nocriminal charges will be filed in connection with his death.According to the investigation, on October 13, 2020, officers with the Warrants Divisionof the St. Joseph County Police Department learned that Rodney Ross was wanted on awarrant issued from Elkhart County. Those officers also learned that Rodney Ross may belocated in a home on Lilac Road. They therefore approached the front door of that homeand spoke with occupants who were inside. Unknown to the officers, Rodney Ross washiding in a lean-to off of the back of the home’s garage.When officers arrived at that home, Rodney Ross possessed two weapons: a semi-automatic 9mm handgun (which had the capacity to hold a total of 7 rounds in the magazine and 1 round in the chamber), and a 38 caliber revolver (capable of holding 5 rounds).While hiding in the lean-to off the back off the garage, Rodney Ross began shooting at theofficers, who took cover behind a vehicle. Officers returned fire. Mr. Ross then ran into heavy brush and trees, continuing to shoot toward the officers. After the incident, Crime Scene Investigators from the CMHU located 9 mm shell casings (from the semi-automatic possessed by Mr. Ross) and a live round in that lean-to. Investigators also located a spent projectile (fired from the revolver possessed by Mr. Ross) inside the garage that went through the wall of the lean-to, and a spent projectile (from the semi-automatic possessed by Mr. Ross) in the body of a vehicle where the officers had taken cover.Two officers returned fire: SJCPD Officers Cpl. Nate Bachman and Cpl. Craig Swanson. Cpl.Bachman discharged 2 rounds from his department issued AR15 rifle, and Cpl. Swanson fired 5 rounds from his department issued Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm handgun.There is no evidence that anyone was struck during that engagement.Because of the danger that Mr. Ross exhibited, other area law enforcement officers responded. Officers from the SJCPD, the MPD, the SBPD, the ISP, ATF, US Marshals, the FBI and the Pokagon Tribal Police Department arrived and began searching for Mr. Ross in the heavy brush and trees. Both the SJC SWAT Team and members of the SBPD SWAT Team were also activated. Officers methodically canvassed the area, searching for Mr. Ross. Later, Mr. Ross again engaged officers by shooting at them. Officers again returned fire. In this encounter, Mr. Ross, an officer, and a K-9 were shot.Concerning the 2 nd engagement with Rodney Ross, investigators learned that Rodney Ross had hidden in a brushy area of the woods, lying in wait for officers. This area, 3 residences to the north of the original home where the first encounter took place, afforded Mr. Ross an area to lie in wait for officers. When officers approached that area, Rodney Ross left his hiding place and fired 3 shots at the officers. Mr. Ross shot both Pokagon Tribal Police Officer (and St. Joseph County Metro Swat Member) Joseph Kasznia and SJCPD K-9 Luna. Three officers then returned fire. Off Joseph Kasznia fired 2 rounds from department issued AR15 rifle; SJCPD Sgt. Randy Rodriguez (also a SJCP SWAT Member) fired 5 rounds from his Department issued AR15 rifle; and SJCPD Sgt. Matt Parmalee (K-9 Handler of Luna) fired 3 rounds from his department issued Smith and Wesson M&P 9mm handgun. Through ballistic testing it was determined that the fatal round that killed Rodney Ross was fired by Sgt. Randy Rodriguez.Upon being struck by the officers, Rodney Ross fell. Officers then ceased fire and beganverbally ordering Ross not to move. Other officers from the combined departments made their way to Ross and found that he had been shot. St. Joseph County Metro SWAT Team Doctors were able to get to Mr. Ross very quickly to address his injuries. However, Rodney Ross was declared deceased at the scene. Doctors also treated both Officer Kasznia and K-9 Luna.Officer Kasznia was struck one time through the right calf. He was treated and releasedfrom the hospital on October 14, 2020, and is still recovering at his home. Besides hisduties as a patrol officer, Officer Kasznia is a member of the St. Joseph County Metro  SWAT Team. That SWAT Team is comprised of officers from the St. Joseph CountyPolice Department, the Mishawaka Police Department, and the Pokagon Tribal PoliceDepartment. SJCPD K-9 Luna was shot in the hind leg. She was transported to Roseland VeterinarianClinic in Roseland Indiana, where she was stabilized, before being transported by BeaconHospital ambulance to North Central Veterinarian Emergency Center in Westville Indianaand is in stable condition.After the shooting, the St. Joseph County Metro Homicide Unit (CMHU) was activated,per protocol, to handle the investigation. Officers recovered both the 9 mm semi-automatichandgun and the revolver in the possession of Mr. Ross.An autopsy was conducted on October 15, 2020. The forensic pathologist determinedRodney Ross died as a result of a gunshot wound and the ruled the manner of his death tobe a homicide. A “homicide” is defined as “death at the hands of another”.Under certain circumstances, Indiana Law specifies when a homicide may be legally“justified”. According to I.C. 35-41-3-2(c): “A person is justified in using reasonableforce against any other person to protect the person or a third person from what the person reasonably believes to be the imminent use of unlawful force. However, a person: (1) is justified in using deadly force; and (2) does not have a duty to retreat; if the personreasonably believes that the force is necessary to prevent serious bodily injury to theperson or a third person or the commission of a forcible felony. No person in this stateshall be placed in legal jeopardy of any kind whatsoever for protecting the person or athird person by reasonable means necessary.” The State must disprove this self-defenseand defense of others, beyond a reasonable doubt.After reviewing the witnesses’ statements (from officers, neighbors, and individuals in thehome), physical evidence, digital evidence, medical evidence and forensic evidence, it isclear that the situation leading to the shooting of Mr. Ross was a direct result of his ownactions, and that the officers reasonably believed that force was necessary to preventserious bodily injury or death to another. Therefore, based upon the law as applied tothese facts and circumstances, this office has concluded that the shooting death of RodneyRoss is legally justified, and no charges will be filed in this matter.The criminal investigation regarding the death of Rodney Ross is concluded. The CMHUand this office have met with the family of Mr. Ross prior to this release.The CMHU is forwarding its investigation to both the St. Joseph County PoliceDepartment and the Pokagon Tribal Police Department for whatever internalinvestigations that those entities deem appropriate.The following information was sent to 95.3 MNC by The St. Joseph County Police Department:St. Joseph County – October 28, 2020 – Police Officers from multiple area law enforcement agencies responded to a shots fired call and subsequent hunt for a wanted suspect on Tuesday October 13, 2020. The resulting hunt spanned the course of that Tuesday afternoon, resulting in the death of the suspect Rodney Ross, the shooting of Officer Joseph Kasznia of the Pokagon Tribal Police Department, and the shooting of K9 Luna of the County Police Department.    During the course of two shootouts, the St. Joe County-Metro SWAT team, South Bend Police SWAT team, and dozens of officers from multiple agencies were part of the search and shoot out. During the shootouts with the suspect, four St. Joseph County Police officers fired their department weapons. Metro Homicide has investigated the discharge of those weapons. Per protocol, County Police are also conducting an internal investigative review of officers’ compliance with department policies and procedures.  Two days following the incident, officers from all the different departments involved took part in an incident debrief. The debrief included all officers on scene along with peer support counselors and a with a licensed counselor trained in first responder critical incident counseling. The debrief included discussions of the physical and mental responses experienced following the shootouts along with a discussion by all officers of their role and experience during the incident. The trained peer support counselors are officers whom have also experienced an incident and are trained to talk through what is “normal reactions to an abnormal incident” with their fellow officers.   Additionally, the County Police Department Warrants team who were first on scene and were shot at by the suspect took part in a smaller debrief with the counselor to discuss their experiences of taking on gun fire while attempting to apprehend a wanted subject. Also, the four County Police officers who discharged their weapons during this incident were provided with one-on-one counseling sessions with the counselor. All County officers have been cleared to return to duty.   On Tuesday October 28 County Police K9 Luna underwent surgery to remove the bullet from her leg. Tomorrow, Thursday October 29 at 1:00 p.m. eastern time, Luna’s handler County Police Sgt. Parmalee, Luna, Sheriff Redman and representatives of Roseland Animal Hospital, Beacon Health, North Central Vet Emergency Clinic and Oak Knoll Vet Clinic will meet with the media and provide an update on Luna’s recovery from surgery. Sgt. Parmalee and Sheriff Redman will also publicly express their gratitude to all the individuals who’ve been involved in the treatment of Luna since Tuesday October 13th.   IndianaLocalNews Twitter By Jon Zimney – October 28, 2020 0 381 WhatsApp Google+ Pinterest Google+ Officer-involved shooting death of Rodney Ross ruled justified Twitter Facebook Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp Previous articleYoung part of bipartisan legislation aimed at helping mothersNext articleSouth Bend man, 59, found with head trauma at Roseland bar victim of homicide Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Upset wins, 4th-quarter drives highlight McNabb’s SU career

first_img3.  Taming the Tigers After throwing for 8,581 passing yards and 78 touchdowns, as well as rushing for 1,633 yards and 19 touchdowns in four seasons, McNabb jumped to the top of the 1999 NFL Draft board. On April 17, 1999, McNabb was selected second overall by the Philadelphia Eagles, the highest drafted SU player since Ernie Davis was selected first overall in 1962. The only player drafted higher than McNabb was Kentucky quarterback Tim Couch. Facebook Twitter Google+ McNabb got the ball on the Orangemen’s 17-yard line. Down 26-22 to Virginia Tech with the Carrier Dome crowd pleading for something to pull the Orange out of the late-game hole, McNabb had four minutes and 42 seconds to march 83 yards for a game-winning score. McNabb and the rest of the SU offense did just that. A 14-play drive was capped with a 13-yard touchdown pass to tight end Steve Brominski as time expired. On third-and-goal, McNabb scrambled in the backfield and threw a lob pass to Brominski off his back foot, who rose above and snagged the ball out of the air. As a freshman, McNabb grabbed headlines on Oct. 21, 1995, when he threw the longest touchdown pass in Syracuse history. In a 22-0 win over West Virginia in the Carrier Dome, the freshman signal-caller found future All-Pro wide receiver Marvin Harrison for a 96-yard score. Two years later, he almost surpassed himself with a 94-yard pass to Quinton Spotwood in a win over East Carolina. On New Year’s Day 1996, McNabb helped the Orangemen make Gator Bowl history. After an 8-3 season, Syracuse was slated to play against then-No. 23 Clemson in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. Syracuse jumped out to an early 20-0 lead and ultimately won the game 41-0, the largest margin of victory in Gator Bowl history. McNabb earned MVP honors, throwing for 309 yards with three touchdowns while running for an additional score. McNabb’s day was highlighted by two long passing touchdowns to Harrison, one for 38 yards and the other for 56. 5. Coming off the bench 2.  The final draft center_img 1.  Fade for the win — Compiled by Jesse Dougherty, asst. copy editor, [email protected] 4.  The longest yardAdvertisementThis is placeholder text McNabb will go down in Syracuse folklore as No. 5, but he donned a different number on the basketball court. As a walk-on with the basketball team in the 1995-96 and 1996-97 seasons, McNabb came off the bench wearing No. 24. His crowning moment came against the Hoyas in 1997, when he played a career-high 19 minutes and finished with 10 points while shooting 4-of-5 from the field and 2-of-2 from the line. The Orangemen were short-handed due to foul trouble, and Jim Boeheim turned to McNabb in the 77-74 Syracuse victory. Published on November 1, 2013 at 3:25 am Commentslast_img read more