UPDATED: Cops Say Kings Park Man Killed Grandmother

Police arrested Clarence Newcomb for allegedly killing his grandmother, Kathleen Newcomb, on Friday.

Update: Though police brought Clarence Newcomb to Stony Brook University Hospital for evaluation Friday, postponing his arraignment, police on Saturday said Newcomb was released and will be arraigned this morning.

Original Story: Suffolk County police arrested Clarence Newcomb, a 25-year-old Kings Park man, for allegedly killing his grandmother after a verbal argument on Friday.

Kathleen Newcomb, 82, was found dead in her Berg Avenue home at 4:35 a.m. Friday.

Police said they responded to a 911 call made by a man who said a woman was lying on the floor. When police arrived, Clarence Newcomb confessed that he had assaulted his grandmother, police said.

"By the time the police got there, it was obvious she was DOA," Det. Sgt. John Best told Newsday. "They were arguing over the television and what they were going to watch on TV."

Newcomb was a longtime Kings Park resident and had a decades-long career at Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital, beginning when she was just fourteen years old. She rose through the nursing ranks, ultimately becoming the Director of Nursing.

She met her husband, Charles, who was one of her students, during her senior year. Charles passed away in 1984. She is survived by her four children, Barbara, Charles Jr., Kathie Ann and Mark.

Police have charged Newcomb with first degree manslaughter. He is scheduled to be arraigned on Saturday at the first district court in Islip.

"She was a beautiful woman,” said Denise Creighton, who wrote about Katie and her connection with the Kings Park community in a story for Patch. “She was a very nice lady. It is such a tragedy.”

Kings Park Patch is saddened by the loss of Katie Newcomb and wishes to extend condolences to the Newcomb family and friends of Katie.

L. Nelson January 09, 2013 at 04:58 PM
I believe Clarence's actions were completely involuntary,medically induced and completely against his own nature. I believe the drug overpowered him and controlled him and he could not make his own decisions. I believe the culprit in this horrific family tragedy if the drug-not Clarence.
gasoline alley January 16, 2013 at 06:48 PM
how many 25 year old do you know that are still going to school jack ?
gasoline alley January 16, 2013 at 07:09 PM
i grew up in kings park and grew up with mark knew the family i am sad to hear about this god bless
TrudyCampbell January 22, 2013 at 08:16 PM
Get a life instead of sitting around all day spewing hate about people you don;t know. There's a comment from you on almost every article so I'm going to speak up now and say maybe YOU NEED HELP if you have nothing to do all day but make snarky little comments like a 14 year old girl. Get a job or a hobby or something because you are just sad and your opinion is not wanted here.
s February 13, 2013 at 12:29 PM


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