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ex-MLB pitcher Charlie Haeger found dead in Grand Canyon while on the run for killing ex-girlfriend

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A former professional baseball player sought in the shooting death of his ex-girlfriend in a Phoenix suburb was found dead Saturday of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the Grand Canyon, police said.

The body of Charles Haeger, 37, was discovered about 4pm on a trail along the South Rim of the National Park in northern Arizona, Sgt. Ben Hoster, a Scottsdale Police Department spokesman said in a statement Saturday night.

Haeger, who played five seasons in the MLB as a pitcher, was reportedly on the run from police after allegedly shooting to death his 34-year-old ex-girlfriend, Danielle Breed, inside her home in Scottsdale the day prior.

Breed and Haeger spilt up several months ago and she was seeking a restraining order against him, FOX10 reported.

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The body of Charles Haeger (above in 2009), 37, was discovered about 4pm on a trail along the South Rim of the Grand Canyon in northern Arizona, Sgt. Ben Hoster, a Scottsdale Police Department spokesman said in a statement Saturday night 

Haeger, who played five seasons in the MLB as a pitcher, was reportedly on the run from police after allegedly shooting to death his 34-year-old ex-girlfriend, Danielle Breed, inside her home in Scottsdale the day prior.

Haeger, who played five seasons in the MLB as a pitcher, was reportedly on the run from police after allegedly shooting to death his 34-year-old ex-girlfriend, Danielle Breed, inside her home in Scottsdale the day prior.

Danielle Breed is seen above

Danielle Breed is seen above

Haeger, who played five seasons in the MLB as a pitcher, was reportedly on the run from police after allegedly shooting to death his 34-year-old ex-girlfriend, Danielle Breed (above), inside her home in Scottsdale the day prior.

Police said that Breed’s male roommate returned home Friday afternoon and heard shots coming from Breed’s room as he got there, according to the Arizona Republic.

Moments later, Haeger came out of the room with a gun in his hand and pointed the gun at the roommate. The roommate reportedly was able to escape out the back of the house and call 911.

The Scottsdale Police SWAT team arrived at on the scene around 7pm, and barricades were used in an attempt to stop the suspect from fleeing, but Haeger managed to evade police.

When police eventually gained access to the residence they found Breed dead in her bed.

Haeger’s unoccupied vehicle, a grey 2020 Chrysler Voyager, was found near Flagstaff in northern Arizona, 118 miles north of Scottsdale, on Saturday, police said.

He was later found dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound along the Rim Trail at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon around 4pm.

The Scottsdale Police SWAT team arrived at on the scene around 7pm, and barricades were used in an attempt to stop the suspect from fleeing, but Haeger managed to evade police

The Scottsdale Police SWAT team arrived at on the scene around 7pm, and barricades were used in an attempt to stop the suspect from fleeing, but Haeger managed to evade police

The Scottsdale Police SWAT team arrived at on the scene around 7pm, and barricades were used in an attempt to stop the suspect from fleeing, but Haeger managed to evade police

Breed and Haeger spilt up several months ago and she was seeking a restraining order against him, FOX10 reported.

Breed and Haeger spilt up several months ago and she was seeking a restraining order against him, FOX10 reported.

Breed's family says she wanted to get a restraining order against Haeger for cyberstalking her

Breed's family says she wanted to get a restraining order against Haeger for cyberstalking her

Breed and Haeger spilt up several months ago and she was seeking a restraining order against him for cyberstalking, family members said 

Haeger, a knuckleball pitcher, spent five seasons in the majors, from 2006-10. He spent his first two seasons with the Chicago White Sox before San Diego claimed him off waivers. After a season with the Padres, Haeger signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers, with whom he pitched two seasons.

He also later signed with Seattle and Boston, but never made it to those organization’s MLB club.

Haeger finished his career with a 2-7 record and 6.40 ERA over 34 games (10 starts). In total he played 83 innings in the MLB.

The Chicago Cubs named Haeger the pitching coach of their Double-A affiliate in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Breed, meanwhile, was the owner of The Tipsy Coyote Bar and Grill in Scottsdale.

Her mother, Jane Long, told Fox that Haeger ‘broke a lot of people’ when he allegedly murdered Breed.

‘He shattered a lot of people today and he knows that,’ she said.

‘He knows that he knows how close our family was. He used to come to the family gatherings and we’re talking about having 30 people 40 people every month.’

Her family says Breed was seeking a restraining order against Haeger for cyberstalking her.

‘He was calling here and asking to you know get back together and she’s like “no, no, no, no, no, no,”’Long said.

Long said she could have never imagined Haeger as an accused killer.

A police investigation into the shooting remains ongoing.

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Desperate search continues for girl, 16, and her 15-year-old brother missing from Riverstone, Sydney

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Police are desperately searching for two teenage siblings who were reported missing more than a week ago.

Hayleigh Smith, 16, and her brother Luke, 15, were last seen in Riverstone in Sydney’s north west at 10.40pm on Thursday October 22.   

The siblings were reported missing by a family member, prompting an urgent police investigation into their whereabouts. 

Officials revealed the teenagers have been sighted by other family members since being reported as missing, but any attempts to contact the pair have been unsuccessful.

Hayleigh Smith, 16, (pictured) was reported missing by a family member in Sydney's north-west

Hayleigh Smith, 16, (pictured) was reported missing by a family member in Sydney's north-west

Luke Smith, 15, (pictured) is known to frequent the Dean Park area with his sister Hayleigh

Luke Smith, 15, (pictured) is known to frequent the Dean Park area with his sister Hayleigh

Hayleigh Smith, 16 (pictured, left) and her brother Luke Smith, 15, (right) were last seen in Riverstone in Sydney’s north west at 10.40pm on Thursday October 22.

Police and family still hold concerns for their welfare due to their age.

Hayleigh is described as being of Caucasian appearance, between 140cm and 145cm tall, thin build, fair complexion and blonde hair.

Luke is also of Caucasian appearance, between 170cm and 175cm tall, thin build, fair complexion, with short brown hair.

The pair is known to frequent the Dean Park area.

Anyone with more information is urged to contact Quakers Hill Police Area Command on (02) 9765 9499 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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Stunning 554-acre property once owned by McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc hits the market for $29M

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A real slice of fast food history has been served up in California as a stunning ranch once owned by McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc has hit the market for a piping hot $29 million.

In a fitting ode to its former owner, the 554-acre property, situated in the serene Santa Ynez Valley, even features a home referred to by locals as the ‘hamburger’ because of its circular shape.

Kroc and his then wife Jane Kroc, a former secretary to John Wayne, bought the property for $600,000 back in 1965, shortly after the fast food giant went public on the stock market and made Mr Kroc a millionaire overnight.

The entrepreneur named the property the ‘J and R Double Arch Ranch,’ and spent years turning the scenic plot into a research facility and a vacation spot for himself and for other McDonald’s executives.

A real slice of Fast Food history has been served up in California as a stunning ranch once owned by McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc has hit the market for a piping hot $29 million

A real slice of Fast Food history has been served up in California as a stunning ranch once owned by McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc has hit the market for a piping hot $29 million

A real slice of Fast Food history has been served up in California as a stunning ranch once owned by McDonald’s founder Ray Kroc has hit the market for a piping hot $29 million

In a fitting ode to its former owner, the 554-acre property, situated in the serene Santa Ynez Valley, even features a home referred to by locals as the 'hamburger' because of its circular shape

In a fitting ode to its former owner, the 554-acre property, situated in the serene Santa Ynez Valley, even features a home referred to by locals as the 'hamburger' because of its circular shape

In a fitting ode to its former owner, the 554-acre property, situated in the serene Santa Ynez Valley, even features a home referred to by locals as the ‘hamburger’ because of its circular shape

The stylish circular home – known as the ‘Round House’ - was built on property in the early 1970s, after Kroc remarried

The stylish circular home – known as the ‘Round House’ - was built on property in the early 1970s, after Kroc remarried

The stylish circular home – known as the ‘Round House’ – was built on property in the early 1970s, after Kroc remarried

Atop a knoll, and far afield from the property’s other structures, the house boasts 360-degree views of the surrounding valley and a central fire pit

Atop a knoll, and far afield from the property’s other structures, the house boasts 360-degree views of the surrounding valley and a central fire pit

Atop a knoll, and far afield from the property’s other structures, the house boasts 360-degree views of the surrounding valley and a central fire pit

One of the bedrooms of the Round House is seen above, with large windows providing panoramic views of the surrounding valley

One of the bedrooms of the Round House is seen above, with large windows providing panoramic views of the surrounding valley

One of the bedrooms of the Round House is seen above, with large windows providing panoramic views of the surrounding valley

The Round House also features a stained-glass design on its upper level

The Round House also features a stained-glass design on its upper level

The Round House also features a stained-glass design on its upper level

A small set of golden arches, designed to look like the McDonald’s logo, used to frame the entrance of the property. Though that feature has since been removed, many of its original structures still remain

A small set of golden arches, designed to look like the McDonald’s logo, used to frame the entrance of the property. Though that feature has since been removed, many of its original structures still remain

A small set of golden arches, designed to look like the McDonald’s logo, used to frame the entrance of the property. Though that feature has since been removed, many of its original structures still remain

Kroc and his then wife Jane Kroc, a former secretary to John Wayne, bought the property for $600,000 back in 1965, shortly after the fast food giant went public on the stock market and made Mr Kroc a millionaire overnight

Kroc and his then wife Jane Kroc, a former secretary to John Wayne, bought the property for $600,000 back in 1965, shortly after the fast food giant went public on the stock market and made Mr Kroc a millionaire overnight

Kroc and his then wife Jane Kroc, a former secretary to John Wayne, bought the property for $600,000 back in 1965, shortly after the fast food giant went public on the stock market and made Mr Kroc a millionaire overnight

A small set of golden arches, designed to look like the McDonald’s logo, even used to frame the entrance of the property.

Though that feature has since been removed, many of its original structures still remain.

Arguably, the property’s most impressive features is its massive 17,000-square-foot lodge, which was built in the late 1960s, and comes complete with a commercial kitchen, a dining room with enough space to sit 100 people, 3,000-square-foot great room and a 5,200-square-foot conference hall.

The lodge also holds 20 bedroom suits, and the property as a whole can host a total of 100 guests. 

Kroc divorced from Jane Kroc in 1968. He then married Joan Kroc, the former wife of a McDonald’s franchise owner, at the ranch in 1969. 

Their marriage took place ‘on a gigantic, bright white polar bear rug in front of the stately stone fireplace that had been constructed from 120 tons of native stone gathered from the grounds,’ according to the book, Ray & Joan: The Man Who Made the McDonald’s Fortune and The Woman Who Gave it All Away, by Lisa Napoli.

The newlywed couple then built the stylish circular home – known as the ‘Round House’ – on property in the early 1970s. Atop a knoll, and far afield from the property’s other structures, the house boasts 360-degree views of the surrounding valley and a central fire pit.

Kroc named the property the ‘J and R Double Arch Ranch,’ and spent years turning the scenic plot into a research facility and a vacation spot for himself and other McDonald’s executives

Kroc named the property the ‘J and R Double Arch Ranch,’ and spent years turning the scenic plot into a research facility and a vacation spot for himself and other McDonald’s executives

Kroc named the property the ‘J and R Double Arch Ranch,’ and spent years turning the scenic plot into a research facility and a vacation spot for himself and other McDonald’s executives

Kroc remarried on the property in 1969, ‘on a gigantic, bright white polar bear rug in front of the stately stone fireplace that had been constructed from 120 tons of native stone gathered from the grounds'

Kroc remarried on the property in 1969, ‘on a gigantic, bright white polar bear rug in front of the stately stone fireplace that had been constructed from 120 tons of native stone gathered from the grounds'

 Kroc remarried on the property in 1969, ‘on a gigantic, bright white polar bear rug in front of the stately stone fireplace that had been constructed from 120 tons of native stone gathered from the grounds’

The property as a whole can host a total of 100 guests and was once used as a commercial retreat

The property as a whole can host a total of 100 guests and was once used as a commercial retreat

The property as a whole can host a total of 100 guests and was once used as a commercial retreat

The 3000-square-foot great room is shown in the above image, located in the lodge

The 3000-square-foot great room is shown in the above image, located in the lodge

The 3000-square-foot great room is shown in the above image, located in the lodge

Elsewhere on the ranch, there are four single-family homes, two bunkhouses, a gymnasium, resort-style pool, helicopter pad, two tennis courts and facilities for skeet shooting.

There is also barns, paddocks, fenced corrals for equestrian activities, in addition to multiple hiking trails that veer through the striking landscape.

Following Kroc’s death in 1984, Joan Kroc, a prolific philanthropist, tried to turn the property into a camp for children suffering from cancer, but the move was rejected by local authorities over zoning concerns.

She later listed the property for sale in 1989 for $14 million, intending to donate the proceeds to charity, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The ranch was later purchased the following year in 1990 by a buyer whose life’s work couldn’t be possibly be more diametrically opposed to Kroc’s.

Health mogul Gerald Kessler of Nature’s Plus vitamins purchased the J & R Double Arch Ranch and renamed it the Circle K Ranch.

Arguably, the property’s most impressive features is it’s massive 17,000-square-foot lodge, which was built in the late 1960s

Arguably, the property’s most impressive features is it’s massive 17,000-square-foot lodge, which was built in the late 1960s

Arguably, the property’s most impressive features is it’s massive 17,000-square-foot lodge, which was built in the late 1960s

It comes complete with a commercial kitchen, a dining room with enough space to sit 100 people, 3,000-square-foot great room and a 5,200-square-foot conference hall.

It comes complete with a commercial kitchen, a dining room with enough space to sit 100 people, 3,000-square-foot great room and a 5,200-square-foot conference hall.

It comes complete with a commercial kitchen, a dining room with enough space to sit 100 people, 3,000-square-foot great room and a 5,200-square-foot conference hall.

The lodge also features a stone fireplace, wooden floors and large glass doors

The lodge also features a stone fireplace, wooden floors and large glass doors

The lodge also features a stone fireplace, wooden floors and large glass doors

Following Kroc’s death in 1984, Joan Kroc, a prolific philanthropist, tried to turn the property into a camp for children suffering from cancer, but the move was rejected by local authorities over zoning concerns.

Following Kroc’s death in 1984, Joan Kroc, a prolific philanthropist, tried to turn the property into a camp for children suffering from cancer, but the move was rejected by local authorities over zoning concerns.

Following Kroc’s death in 1984, Joan Kroc, a prolific philanthropist, tried to turn the property into a camp for children suffering from cancer, but the move was rejected by local authorities over zoning concerns.

The lodge is also equipped with a 5,200-square-foot conference hall.

The lodge is also equipped with a 5,200-square-foot conference hall.

The lodge is also equipped with a 5,200-square-foot conference hall.

Kroc's wife later listed the property for sale in 1989 for $14 million, intending to donate the proceeds to charity

Kroc's wife later listed the property for sale in 1989 for $14 million, intending to donate the proceeds to charity

Kroc’s wife later listed the property for sale in 1989 for $14 million, intending to donate the proceeds to charity

The property also comes equipped with commercial kitchens, which Kroc once used to develop concepts for new McDonald's products

The property also comes equipped with commercial kitchens, which Kroc once used to develop concepts for new McDonald's products

The property also comes equipped with commercial kitchens, which Kroc once used to develop concepts for new McDonald’s products

Following his death in 2015, his widow Meadow Williams and his children and grandchildren battled in court over control of his estate, legal records show. 

Ms. Williams is the sole seller of the property, Coldwell Banker Realty told WSJ.

The ranch, located in the Happy Valley area, was once renowned for cattle ranching. But now the area draws some of the country’s wealthiest people and is esteemed for its wineries and thoroughbred horse training facilities.

The property is located around 16 miles from Michael Jackson’s famed Neverland Ranch, and roughly 10 miles away from a luxury polo ranch owned by California billionaire Tom Barrack.

Kroc franchised his first McDonald’s restaurant in 1955 and eventually bought the original McDonald’s brothers out of the business in 1961, rapidly expanding the fast food chain into a global empire over the next two decades.

He also owned the San Diego Padres for a decade and had amassed a fortune of $600 million by the time of his death, the LA Times reported.

A remnant of Kroc is still visible on the property today: a small, metal set of golden arches on a signpost.

The ranch was later purchased the following year in 1990, by a buyer whose life’s work couldn’t be more diametrically opposed to Kroc’s, Gerald Kessler of Nature’s Plus vitamins

The ranch was later purchased the following year in 1990, by a buyer whose life’s work couldn’t be more diametrically opposed to Kroc’s, Gerald Kessler of Nature’s Plus vitamins

The ranch was later purchased the following year in 1990, by a buyer whose life’s work couldn’t be more diametrically opposed to Kroc’s, Gerald Kessler of Nature’s Plus vitamins

Elsewhere on the ranch, there are four single-family homes, two bunkhouses, a gymnasium, resort-style pool, helicopter pad, two tennis courts and facilities for skeet shooting

Elsewhere on the ranch, there are four single-family homes, two bunkhouses, a gymnasium, resort-style pool, helicopter pad, two tennis courts and facilities for skeet shooting

Elsewhere on the ranch, there are four single-family homes, two bunkhouses, a gymnasium, resort-style pool, helicopter pad, two tennis courts and facilities for skeet shooting

The property's resort-style pool is seen in the above image, and comes with a number of lounging chairs

The property's resort-style pool is seen in the above image, and comes with a number of lounging chairs

The property’s resort-style pool is seen in the above image, and comes with a number of lounging chairs

Ray Kroc, then owner of the San Diego Padres, is greeted by the San Diego chicken in honor of Kroc's 80th birthday at San Diego's Jack Murphy Stadium with his wife Joan in 1982

Ray Kroc, then owner of the San Diego Padres, is greeted by the San Diego chicken in honor of Kroc's 80th birthday at San Diego's Jack Murphy Stadium with his wife Joan in 1982

Ray Kroc, then owner of the San Diego Padres, is greeted by the San Diego chicken in honor of Kroc’s 80th birthday at San Diego’s Jack Murphy Stadium with his wife Joan in 1982

A remnant of Kroc is still visible on the property today: a small, metal set of golden arches on a signpost on the long drive into the ranch

A remnant of Kroc is still visible on the property today: a small, metal set of golden arches on a signpost on the long drive into the ranch

A remnant of Kroc is still visible on the property today: a small, metal set of golden arches on a signpost on the long drive into the ranch

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Residents claim Darwin is being overrun by out-of-control youths armed with knives

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A group of out-of-control youths have been terrorising Darwin, leaving residents feeling like prisoners in their own homes. 

Armed with knives and rocks, the group of children – some just eight years old – have been wreaking havoc across this city every night this week.  

Over the past 24 hours cars, cafes and homes have been broken into by the same group.

A horrified homeowner discovered a knife (pictured) left behind in a car after it was broken into this week

A horrified homeowner discovered a knife (pictured) left behind in a car after it was broken into this week

A horrified homeowner discovered a knife (pictured) left behind in a car after it was broken into this week

Blue Taxi Company has been posting images of the carnage they've experienced at the hands of the group (Pictured: Taxi windows shattered by violent kids armed with rocks)

Blue Taxi Company has been posting images of the carnage they've experienced at the hands of the group (Pictured: Taxi windows shattered by violent kids armed with rocks)

Blue Taxi Company has been posting images of the carnage they’ve experienced at the hands of the group (Pictured: Taxi windows shattered by violent kids armed with rocks)

Their latest post shows glass scattered across the backseat of a taxi after a window was smashed. 'And another day in the war zone,' the post read

Their latest post shows glass scattered across the backseat of a taxi after a window was smashed. 'And another day in the war zone,' the post read

Their latest post shows glass scattered across the backseat of a taxi after a window was smashed. ‘And another day in the war zone,’ the post read

Blue Taxi Company has been posting images of the carnage they’ve experienced at the hands of the group. 

Their latest post shows glass scattered across the backseat of a taxi after a window was smashed. 

‘And another day in the war zone,’ the post read. 

Blue Taxi Company owner Helen Pachos told Daily Mail Australia the crime was so bad residents felt like prisoners in their own homes. 

‘It’s just getting more and more out of control,’ she said. 

‘During lockdown it quietened down, I’m not sure what changed in the last week but they are out and about. 

‘We get told by the police that it’s just a group of youths – they call them youths, I call them thugs – that are repeatedly doing it. 

Rick Hall shared a picture on Facebook on Thursday showing his car which had the window smashed in

Rick Hall shared a picture on Facebook on Thursday showing his car which had the window smashed in

Rick Hall shared a picture on Facebook on Thursday showing his car which had the window smashed in

‘What is really concerning is they’ve got 10 and eight-year-olds tagging along, I call them ”crims in training”.’

She said she had put additional security measures in place to deter criminals but it had’t stopped them from being targeted.

‘We now have cameras everywhere.

‘It doesn’t stop them, it just gets the evidence that it’s happening, that’s not what I want, I want to feel safe. 

‘It’s very scary. We’re prisoners in our own home.’ 

Rick Hall shared a picture on Facebook on Thursday showing his car which had the window smashed in. 

‘That lovely little, but growing band from Karama just smashed my car with rocks as I was going past Casaurina Square,’ he said. 

The popular cafe was broken into at 2.45am on Friday after crooks smashed in the front door

The popular cafe was broken into at 2.45am on Friday after crooks smashed in the front door

The popular cafe was broken into at 2.45am on Friday after crooks smashed in the front door

‘When I stopped and got out about ten kids pelted me with rocks and two threw their scooters at me.’

Another horrified homeowner discovered a knife left behind in a car after it was broken into this week. 

‘To the people of McMinns Lagoon, the little terds are armed,’ the post read. 

‘They raided our cars and got cash. They left their knife in there so it’s now in the hands of the police for fingerprints.’

Fresh Point Co cafe was also targeted by the group, with CCTV footage capturing the brazen thief in the act. 

The popular cafe was broken into at 2.45am on Friday after crooks smashed in the front door.

The group made off with 10 bottles of alcohol. 

Daily Mail Australia has contact NT police for comment. 

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