PRESTON, CONN.

Young brothers killed

A woman who picked up her two young grandsons from day care and was supposed to bring them home so the 2-year-old could open his birthday presents instead drove them to a neighboring town and shot and killed the children and herself, state police and family members said. The bodies of Debra Denison, 47, and her grandsons, Alton Perry, 2, and Ashton Perry, six months, were found Tuesday night in a car parked near Lake of Isles in Preston, in the southeastern part of the state. Family members said Denison, the boys’ maternal grandmother, had a history of mental health problems.

BALTIMORE

Two die during Navy dive

The Navy on Wednesday identified two sailors who perished during routine diving operations at a test pond at an Army site in Maryland. Officials said 28-year-old Navy Diver 1st Class James Reyher of Caldwell, Ohio, and Navy Diver 2nd Class Ryan Harris of Gladstone, Mo., died Tuesday. They were assigned to Mobile Diving and Salvage Unit 2 at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story in Virginia Beach, Va. The two had been diving at the Aberdeen Proving Ground in northeastern Maryland. One diver was pronounced dead at the scene, the other was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead later.

JACKSON, MISS.

Candidate found dead

A mayoral candidate was found dead and the case is being investigated as a homicide, authorities said. Coahoma County Coroner Scotty Meredith said the body of Marco McMillian, 34, was found on the Mississippi River levee Wednesday about 10 a.m. McMillian was running for mayor of Clarksdale, a Blues hub where actor and Mississippi native Morgan Freeman co-owns a blues club. Authorities had been looking for McMillian since another man crashed the candidate’s car into another vehicle on Tuesday. The sheriff’s office said a person of interest was in custody. McMillian had served as international executive director of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. His campaign said he may have been the first openly gay man to be a viable candidate for public office in Mississippi.

Compiled from wire reports.