In the months since the suspected triple murder-suicide, Seminole County Sheriff’s Office investigators have tried to figure what could have prompted the husband to kill his family and then himself. Investigators say friends of the family told them there was stress because of money trouble, gambling, and an alleged open relationship.
It was a horrifying discovery by a cleaning crew as they came to the Wood’s Heathrow home on a June Monday morning. Cindy Wood was found dead in her bedroom. J.D. Wood was dead in the living room. Their 10-year-old son, Dillon, was dead on the couch, and 12-year-old daughter, Aubrey, was found dead in her pink pajamas in bed. Authorities say all of them were shot in the head.
A Waterloo woman who allegedly left her children home alone while she visited a casino has been charged. Police arrested 25-year-old Latoya Enjoli Donald on Wednesday on five counts of misdemeanor child endangerment. Court records indicate the children were left alone for about 3 1/2 hours the evening of March 19. Authorities found the children, ranging in ages from one to eight years old, after the mother was detained at the Isle Casino Hotel for allegedly violating a no-contact order.
Police credit a stranger and a security camera for leading to an arrest in an attempted rape at the Ameristar Casino recently. Clay County prosecutors charged Manoxay J. Salivanh with attempted rape on Tuesday. Police said a 23-year-old woman was in the parking garage at the casino earlier this month when Salivanh followed her into the elevator and attacked her, officers said. Police said a man heard the screams and ran to help. “Somebody getting involved — taking the opportunity to do that even though they put themselves at risk — really helped save this woman from this sexual attack,” Capt. Rich Lockhart said.
A former business manager who has admitted stealing $422,000 from a tiny southwest Fresno school district was in jail Thursday after a judge ordered him to undergo a mental evaluation. The burglary charge stems from stealing a district computer’s hard drive in an attempt to cover up the theft, prosecutors say. LoStracco said Robinson stole money to feed his gambling addiction. Robinson’s desire to change his life led to him being caught and pleading guilty to the charges, LoStracco said.
The former executive director of Communities in Schools of Southeast Texas has pleaded guilty to stealing $97,000 from the nonprofit organization to fuel his gambling habit. Vernon Dunn, 53, is scheduled to appear Dec. 7 before 252nd District Judge Layne Walker for sentencing. He faces up to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine. He also is eligible for probation.
The deceased Ng Chee Kiang, who set fire on his flat before plunging down from 12 stories to his death was reported by Chinese daily Lianhe Wanbao to be a devoted husband who doted on his wife. Mr Ng was reported to owe loansharks thousands of dollars who frequently came to harass his family. Unable to withstand his gambling habits, his wife wanted to divorce him.
Laura Smith embezzled $47,983.62 from deposits at the Deep River branch of Liberty Bank at 151 Main St. and used the money to gamble at casinos, according to the warrant for her arrest on a first-degree larceny charge. Smith, who told police that her gambling was “out of control,” lost a total of $408,887 at Mohegan Sun since January 2001 and $10,745 at Foxwoods Resort Casino since 1992, according to the warrant.
According to prosecutors, a gambling addiction pushed a 71-year-old woman to swindle more than $93,000 from the senior citizens home she was hired to manage. The criminal complaint filed in the case shows Goodwin bet more than $1.7 million between 2001 and 2008. Police investigators asked Goodwin if she knew what she was doing was wrong. They said she answered “absolutely” but said the gambling addiction was too strong.