Police: NY man kills mother, sister, 3rd woman with hammer

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Bobby Vanderhall, Jr. (pictured) killed his mother Lynn Reichenbach-Vanderhall, his sister Melissa Vanderhall and family friend Janel Simpson on Perry St in Hempstead, N.Y., early Saturday, August 12, 2017. (Photo courtesy: Facebok)
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Melissa Vanderhall, Lynn Reichenbach-Vanderhall and Janel Simpson were beaten to death on Long Island, August 8, 2017. (Photo courtesy: Facebook)
Updated 13 August 2017
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Police: NY man kills mother, sister, 3rd woman with hammer

HEMPSTEAD, USA: A man with a history of “emotional issues” used a hammer to bludgeon his mother, his sister and another woman to death in his Long Island home on Saturday, police said.
Bobby Vanderhall, 34, was arrested on three charges of murder in the early morning deaths of his mother, Lynn Reichenbach-Vanderhall; his sister, Melissa Vanderhall; and Janel Simpson, who was visiting the home.
Authorities said the three women were found dead inside the Vanderhall’s Hempstead, New York, home of “blunt force trauma” at about 2:15 a.m.
A fourth woman survived the assault and is hospitalized.
Lt. Stephen Fitzpatrick, commanding officer of the Nassau County police homicide squad, told Newsday that Vanderhall’s mother had recently kicked him out of the house.
“When he came here last night and it looked like the doors were secured, he became enraged,” Fitzpatrick said. “He went to the garage. He obtained a large hammer. ... With this framing hammer, he broke through the basement door.”
Police said Vanderhall then found his mother in the living room and started to bludgeon her with the hammer. They said he then attacked the other women. The three victims were pronounced dead at the scene.
Fitzpatrick said Vanderhall had a history of “emotional issues” and had on two occasions been taken from his mother’s home to a medical center.
Authorities said Vanderhall’s behavior had become more troubling recently, leading his mother to obtain an order of protection against him.
It was not immediately known if Vanderhall has an attorney.


Iran lodges complaint against US over renewed sanctions

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Iran lodges complaint against US over renewed sanctions

TEHRAN: Iran has lodged a complaint with the International Court of Justice against the United States’ reimposition of sanctions, the foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
The complaint was registered the previous day, spokesman Bahram Ghasemi said on the ministry’s website.
The goal is “to hold US accountable for its unlawful re-imposition of unilateral sanctions,” Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif wrote on Twitter.
“Iran is committed to the rule of law in the face of US contempt for diplomacy and legal obligations. It’s imperative to counter its habit of violating (international) law,” he added.
The complaint came in response to Washington’s decision in May to abandon the 2015 nuclear deal and reimpose sanctions on Iran.
Tehran says the action violates international obligations, including the 1955 US-Iran Treaty of Amity — an agreement signed well before Iran’s 1979 revolution, but which is still invoked in ongoing legal battles.
Iran and the US have not had diplomatic relations since 1980 when American embassy officials were held hostage in Iran.
Nuclear-related sanctions will be reimposed by Washington in two phases in August and November, seeking to bar European and other foreign companies from doing business with Iran and blocking its oil sales abroad.
The ICJ is already due to hear a complaint on October 8 that Iran lodged two years ago against the United States for freezing around $2 billion (1.7 billion euros) of its assets held abroad.