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August 15, 1995 | GREG KRIKORIAN and JEFF LEEDS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Some saw it in his silence, others saw it in his face. But they all saw the sadness in Bobby Blahnik. His old high school friend Lawrence McDonald noticed it three months ago when the two men ran into each other outside Sorrento's Pizza House in the seaside community of San Pedro. "He never spelled it out . . . but I could tell he was troubled," McDonald recalled.
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July 13, 2001 | SUE FOX and DAVID PIERSON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Sylmar man described by neighbors as bad-tempered and "crazy" allegedly opened fire on his teenage daughter and 10-year-old grandson Thursday, killing them both before shooting himself in the head, police said. The man, in police custody at a local hospital, was expected to survive. The suspect's wife--who police said was not home at the time of the attack--called 911 at 1:20 p.m. to report the shootings.
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March 20, 1996 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS
In the second dramatic incident in less than a week in which victims survived freak, life-threatening injuries, a man attempting suicide was still alive Tuesday after lying in front of a Metrolink commuter train and being run over. Manuel Camberos, 25, was in serious condition at Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills with a skull fracture, head lacerations and a severed toe after the incident early Tuesday morning.
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May 5, 1998
An Alhambra fire captain will receive the Medal of Valor on Saturday for saving the life of a UCLA student who threatened to jump from an eight-story building last year. Brian Savage responded to a potential suicide call from the Wysong Plaza retirement center. When Savage and his firetruck crew arrived, they found a suicidal UCLA student on the rooftop. While police officers distracted the student, Savage climbed up to the roof and got on top of a small structure that encased the stairwell.
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January 15, 1992 | CHUCK PHILIPS, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Robert Pilatus remembers the morning six weeks ago when he climbed onto the railing of his ninth-floor balcony at the Mondrian Hotel in West Hollywood and tried to muster the courage to jump.
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June 20, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He's a 26-year-old officer barely out of the LAPD academy, but after responding Thursday to a report of a woman threatening to jump off a five-story building, he can list an important accomplishment on his short resume: saved a life. "It's one of the better feelings I've had on the job," LAPD Officer Tom Redshaw said Thursday evening on a break from patrol. Redshaw, his partner, Carlos Sanchez Jr., 25, and their field supervisor, Sgt.
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June 19, 1993 | THOM MROZEK
Apparently distraught over a life prison sentence he had just received, a Van Nuys man used a blade from a disposable razor Friday to slash his wrists while in a holding cell at the Van Nuys courthouse. Fernando Sam Valenzuela, 27, was in the jail ward at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center where he is recovering from superficial wounds on both arms. Jail authorities refused to call the incident a suicide attempt.
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February 11, 1993 | ANDREA FORD, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man awaiting a jury's verdict in the 1989 fatal shootings of two women at a South Los Angeles church was near death Wednesday after a fellow inmate--reportedly a member of a jailhouse gang--ambushed and repeatedly stabbed him, authorities said. The attack on Anthony Oliver, 36, occurred late Tuesday afternoon, less than three hours after a jury began deliberating his fate and that of his brother-in-law, Albert Lewis, 31, also charged with murder in the church shooting.
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August 22, 1995
David Gahan, leader of the top-selling British pop band Depeche Mode, is recovering in a hospital after trying to commit suicide, authorities said Monday. Police responded to an emergency call at the singer's Los Angeles home last Thursday and found he had slashed his wrist with a razor blade. "He sustained a two-inch laceration to his wrist," said Detective Joel Brown of the West Hollywood Sheriff's Department.
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March 6, 1990
David Rappaport, the diminutive British actor last seen in a Thanksgiving episode of "L.A. Law," was in stable condition Monday after suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning in what police said appeared to be a suicide attempt. The 3-foot, 11-inch Rappaport, 38, was unconscious and not breathing when he was found by Los Angeles police Sunday evening, lying in an idling white Volkswagen in Hollywood, not far from his home, police said.
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April 21, 1998
A man attempting suicide suffered only minor abrasions Monday when he drove his car into the path of a Metrolink train near the intersection of Roxford Street and San Fernando Road in Sylmar, police said. The engineer braked in time to avoid major damage to the car. No one on the train was injured in the 2:45 p.m. incident. The driver, whose identity was not released, was taken by police to Olive View-UCLA Medical Center for psychiatric evaluation.
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June 20, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He's a 26-year-old officer barely out of the LAPD academy, but after responding Thursday to a report of a woman threatening to jump off a five-story building, he can list an important accomplishment on his short resume: saved a life. "It's one of the better feelings I've had on the job," LAPD Officer Tom Redshaw said Thursday evening on a break from patrol. Redshaw, his partner, Carlos Sanchez Jr., 25, and their field supervisor, Sgt.
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October 9, 1996 | SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this city renowned for its bad guys and worse news, something good happened Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles: As a crowd stood transfixed, Chuck Miranda, bailiff, became Chuck Miranda, hero, talking a suicidal man off a ninth-story ledge. The drama, which began to unreel about 10:25 a.m. and ended with the man being committed to psychiatric care, brought the sidewalks to a standstill for more than an hour around the Los Angeles County Courthouse at 1st and Hill streets.
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March 20, 1996 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS
In the second dramatic incident in less than a week in which victims survived freak, life-threatening injuries, a man attempting suicide was still alive Tuesday after lying in front of a Metrolink commuter train and being run over. Manuel Camberos, 25, was in serious condition at Holy Cross Medical Center in Mission Hills with a skull fracture, head lacerations and a severed toe after the incident early Tuesday morning.
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February 20, 1996
Two Los Angeles police officers prevented a man from committing suicide Monday afternoon by pulling him off railroad tracks in Sylmar moments before the arrival of a Metrolink commuter train, authorities said. The police had received a call about a man sitting on the tracks in the 12300 block of San Fernando Road, said Police Sgt. Frank Reynoso.
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September 2, 1995 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Still recovering from injuries as debilitating as his anguish, Robert Blahnik of San Pedro was given additional time Friday to enter a plea on charges that he shot and killed his two young sons last month before unsuccessfully attempting suicide. As his mother and two sisters wept quietly in a San Pedro courtroom, the 34-year-old crane mechanic made only a brief appearance in a wheelchair. His head shaven for brain surgery that resulted from the Aug.
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September 2, 1995 | GREG KRIKORIAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Still recovering from injuries as debilitating as his anguish, Robert Blahnik of San Pedro was given additional time Friday to enter a plea on charges that he shot and killed his two young sons last month before unsuccessfully attempting suicide. As his mother and two sisters wept quietly in a San Pedro courtroom, the 34-year-old crane mechanic made only a brief appearance in a wheelchair. His head shaven for brain surgery that resulted from the Aug.
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October 9, 1996 | SHAWN HUBLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In this city renowned for its bad guys and worse news, something good happened Tuesday in downtown Los Angeles: As a crowd stood transfixed, Chuck Miranda, bailiff, became Chuck Miranda, hero, talking a suicidal man off a ninth-story ledge. The drama, which began to unreel about 10:25 a.m. and ended with the man being committed to psychiatric care, brought the sidewalks to a standstill for more than an hour around the Los Angeles County Courthouse at 1st and Hill streets.
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September 1, 1995 | SUSAN STEINBERG, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In what may go down as the L.A. story to end all L.A. stories, a despondent man tried to commit suicide Thursday off the Santa Monica Pier, only to be rescued by the Hollywood Madam, Michael Jackson's plastic surgeon and the medical reporter from Channel 4. Santa Monica police said the unidentified man had handcuffed himself and leaped into the water at the end of the 60-foot municipal pier shortly after midnight.
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August 22, 1995
David Gahan, leader of the top-selling British pop band Depeche Mode, is recovering in a hospital after trying to commit suicide, authorities said Monday. Police responded to an emergency call at the singer's Los Angeles home last Thursday and found he had slashed his wrist with a razor blade. "He sustained a two-inch laceration to his wrist," said Detective Joel Brown of the West Hollywood Sheriff's Department.
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