- - Monday, March 19, 2012

BALLWIN, Mo. — The fatal shooting of a woman and her three young daughters at a Missouri resort has been ruled a murder-suicide.

Christine Adewunmi, 37, and her daughters Lauren, 8, Samantha, 6, and Kate, 3, were discovered Saturday afternoon on a gravel road at the Blue Springs Ranch & Resort near Bourbon, Mo., about 80 miles southwest of St. Louis.

Crawford County Sheriff Randy Martin told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on Monday that the mother killed her daughters and then turned the gun on herself.

Neighbors of the Adewunmi family in the St. Louis County town of Ballwin described Christine Adewunmi as an attentive mother whose life revolved around her girls.


San Francisco’s sheriff sentenced to probation

SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco’s sheriff has been sentenced to three years’ probation and must undergo a domestic violence program for a New Year’s Eve dispute with his wife.

Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi’s sentence Monday was part of a deal struck with prosecutors over allegations that he bruised his wife’s arm.

Sheriff Mirkarimi initially faced multiple misdemeanor charges, including domestic violence battery. That could’ve landed him in prison for up to a year, if convicted.

Instead he pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of false imprisonment. The move came after a round of pretrial testimony about his love life and images released of his tearful wife, Eliana Lopez, with the bruised bicep.

Sheriff Mirkarimi still could face political repercussions. Mayor Ed Lee has said he’s considering whether to attempt removing the sheriff from office.


Sheriff: Missing balloon pilot’s body found

ATLANTA — Searchers found the body Monday of a hot-air balloon pilot who went missing after he was hit by a thunderstorm in Georgia, a sheriff said.

A helicopter spotted the balloon, and searchers on the ground then found the body of 63-year-old Edward Ristaino, Ben Hill County Sheriff Bobby McLemore said.

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