Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Trio Wanted in N.C. Deaths Found near Middleburg

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Trio Wanted in N.C. Deaths Found near Middleburg

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Three people were arrested Friday near Middleburg in the stabbing deaths of two people in North Carolina, according to authorities.

Richard Weston Ward, 25, has been charged with two counts of murder, vehicle theft and stealing credit cards, according to the Wilkesboro police chief.

Chief Craig Garris said Katrina Anne Malouin, 38, and Alexander Miguel White, 21, are charged with stealing a motor vehicle and credit cards.

All were arrested by Florida Department of Law Enforcement officers and have been extradited back to their home state of North Carolina.

Ward is accused of killing 55-year-old Linda Kate Frazier and 53-year-old Russell William Szekely in Wilkesboro, a small town of about 3,700 people, then stealing a pickup truck and driving it to Florida. The truck was found near Middleburg, police said.

The victims were found Sept. 7. Garris said this is the first homicide in about five years and he doesn't remember ever having a double homicide in the city during his 25 years with the department.

Derek Gilliam



The case of a man found dead Sunday beside a bridge over Hogans Creek at Orange and Market streets has been ruled a suicide, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office.

Police initially thought it could be a homicide, but the medical examiner followed up with an autopsy. The man's name and age were not released.

Scott Butler



A standoff involving a suicidal woman in Flagler County ended without a single shot fired Monday despite the woman pointing a handgun at a deputy, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Stacy Culotta, 36, of Pine Brook Drive, mentioned a gun when she called authorities about 1 p.m., according to the Sheriff's Office.

Deputies found her sitting in a chair by a screened-in swimming pool at her home when they arrived. One deputy tried to enter the screen door, but the woman approached him and showed a handgun, the Sheriff's Office said. …

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