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Wednesday
Feb232011

Ohio Murder Suspect Samuel Littleton Apprehended in W.Va.

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PRINCETON, W. Va.) -- Samuel Littleton II, the suspect in the murder of an Ohio woman, was apprehended Wednesday in West Virginia. The car he had abandoned belonged to an elderly Ohio couple who have been reported missing, police said.

Littleton was apprehended late Wednesday morning in the woods behind a Walmart in Princeton, West Virginia, State Police Capt. J.L. Cahill said during a news conference.

The car that Littleton, 37, was last believed to be driving had been found and seized at a Walmart in Princeton late Tuesday. The discovery was made one day after he made a call from a pay phone in a West Virginia town to his father.

Littleton is wanted in the stabbing death of Tiffany Brown, 26, of Bellefontaine, Ohio.

"All we know is that the suspect is in custody," a spokeswoman for Princeton police told ABC News. "There are no further details being released at this time."

The car, a gray and green 2004 Mercury Grand Marquis, belongs to Richard Russell, 84, and his wife Gladis, 85, who were reported missing from Logan County, Ohio, on Wednesday. There is still no sign of the couple, who police have described as old and infirm.

"The investigation is considered 'national' in every sense," Bellefontaine, Ohio, police chief Brad K. Kunze, wrote in a statement.

"Clearly the Russells are innocent victims who were merely targeted by Littleton to help further his escape from justice," the release continued. "Dick and Gladis Russell are very fragile and do not deserve this unfortunate situation that they they have been placed [in]."

Littleton called a member of his family, possibly his father, from a telephone just down the street from the state police barracks in Princeton, the Bluefield Daily Telegraph reported.

Tiffany Brown was discovered stabbed to death in the basement of the Ohio house Littleton shared with her mother. Littleton is wanted on four felony counts: murder, felonious assault, abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence.

Littleton knew the Russells because they sold him the house in which Brown's body was found, police said. 

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Thursday
Feb172011

One US Marshal Killed, Two Wounded in West Virginia Raid

Deputy U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller. Photo Courtesy - U.S. Marshals Service(ELKINS, W. Va.) -- One U.S. marshal was killed and two others were wounded in a raid on a home in Elkins, W. Va., Wednesday morning.

The raid began at 8:30 a.m. when the three deputy marshals were attempting to arrest Charles E. Smith, who was wanted on cocaine charges.  As the marshals made their move, according to authorities, someone inside fired a shotgun blast.

The marshal who was fatally wounded was identified as Deputy U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller, 24, of Bridgeport, W. Va., who had worked for the U.S. Marshals Service for slightly over a year.  The two wounded officers were not identified.  One remains hospitalized, while the other was treated and released.

The suspect, Smith, 50, was also killed in the incident.

Hotsinpiller's death comes less than a day after a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent was shot and killed in Mexico, along with another agent who was wounded.

This all comes after a particularly violent stretch in late January in which 10 police were shot in roughly a day's time: two in Port Orchard, Washington; another in Lincoln City, Oregon; four officers in Detroit who were wounded when a gunman stormed their precinct; and in St. Petersburg, Florida, two local officers were killed and a U.S. deputy marshal was seriously injured after serving a warrant.

While law enforcement fatalities are down this year compared with the same time last year, the number of officers killed by gunfire is up sharply.  According to the National Law Enforcement memorial, 13 officers have been killed by gunfire so far this year, a 44 percent jump compared to the same time last year.

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