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Officials investigate suicide, fires at store



Published: Wed, August 24, 2005 @ 12:00 a.m.



LEAVITTSBURG -- A suicide by a grocery store owner follows three suspicious fires at the store this summer and a domestic dispute with her husband, authorities said.

The Trumbull County coroner's office has ruled the death of Sandy Adams, 45, a suicide after an autopsy by Dr. Humphrey Germaniuk, forensic pathologist, Monday afternoon at Forum Health Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

Police found Adams with a single gunshot wound to her head at 2:30 a.m. Monday in her apartment above Young's Leavittsburg Market, 55 S. Leavitt Road S.W.

Warren Township Police Lt. Don Bishop said her death followed a "violent domestic dispute" with her husband, Earl, with whom she co-owned and operated the market. The argument occurred in the presence of their school-age children, he said.

Police recovered a gun they found near the victim, but Bishop declined to specify what type of gun it is.

Bishop said Earl Adams is "a person of interest to the police department" in all three arson fires at the store since late July. There are inconsistencies in statements Adams has given to police, Bishop said.

A Molotov cocktail caused the first fire; a small rug was set on fire in the second one, and three small fires were set behind the counter in the third blaze.

Bishop said the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is assisting in the investigation of the fires.




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