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January 20, 1991 | AMY LOUISE KAZMIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Actor Robert Young, who for 10 years served as the ideal TV patriarch in "Father Knows Best" and went on to star in "Marcus Welby, M.D.," attempted suicide at his Westlake Village home last week, authorities said Saturday. Lt. Bob Barrier, of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, said Young, 83, ran a hose from the exhaust pipe to his car's interior last Saturday about 7:45 a.m. Authorities were alerted after Young called a tow truck to try to start his car.
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January 2, 1999 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Lifeguard Tracy Geller and his eighth-grade surfing students had been riding waves off Manhattan Beach for about half an hour when his gut told him something wasn't right. All morning, Geller's eye had been drawn to a glimmer in the water near a buoy about 150 yards offshore. At first, he thought the flashes of light were coming from a pod of dolphins. Then he wasn't so sure. It looked more like a bodyboard that had drifted out to sea.
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December 1, 1991 | BOB POOL and CHUCK PHILIPS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A member of the disgraced pop music duo Milli Vanilli slashed his wrist, gulped prescription pills and then dangled from a ninth-floor hotel balcony Saturday before a Times switchboard operator and sheriff's deputies teamed up to save his life, authorities said. Lip-sync artist Robert Pilatus complained of continuing humiliation stemming from the well-publicized musical hoax before climbing over a balcony railing outside his $225-per-night suite at the Mondrian Hotel on the Sunset Strip.
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August 24, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A study by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has concluded that in 10% of the cases in which deputies fatally shot someone, they were goaded into it by suspects who wanted to die. The 1997 report, which was recently made public, reconstructed 384 shootings between 1987 and 1996 and determined that about 35 of the incidents were "suicide by cop," a law enforcement catch phrase for those who deliberately provoke officers into killing them.
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February 22, 1995 | EDMUND NEWTON and JIM RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 22-month-old boy drowned and his 3-year-old brother was near death Tuesday after they were dropped 50 feet from a Long Beach bridge into the Los Angeles River by their mother, who jumped into the water but was unharmed, police said. Two Long Beach police officers tried to reach the three by taking off their uniform jackets and swimming from opposite sides of the river, but a Long Beach Marine Safety Department rescue boat arrived first.
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February 23, 1995 | ERIC SLATER and JAMES RAINEY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 3-year-old boy was making a strong recovery Wednesday, a day after his mother threw him from a bridge into frigid water, although it remains a mystery why the woman tossed the boy and his younger brother from the 50-foot-high span, authorities said. In a barely audible voice, the boys' father, Michael Alan Fleming, told reporters: "I don't know why this happened. "My family has suffered a tragic loss," Fleming said in the hospital where his older son was recovering. "My family was my world.
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May 12, 1992 | BETTINA BOXALL and ROXANA KOPETMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A 23-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of killing her three young children and husband in their west Long Beach condominium before she stabbed herself several times in the stomach. Tracy Loper Matthews was arrested Monday afternoon at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center, where she was in fair condition after undergoing surgery for multiple self-inflicted knife wounds. Police say Matthews apparently shot her husband, Kevin Strong Matthews Sr.
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July 14, 1988 | CHRIS WOODYARD, Times Staff Writer
The stepson of a Long Beach newspaper executive was released on $500,000 bail Wednesday after a court hearing that included an emotional public appearance by the ex-girlfriend he allegedly shot and paralyzed. Bradley Ackerman, 23, was released on bond pending a preliminary hearing where he will face charges of attempted murder. He allegedly shot Julie Alban, 22, in the back June 8 as she slept at her Long Beach home. Ackerman, stepson of Press-Telegram Chairman Daniel H.
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May 22, 1991
A man threatening to jump off a bridge kept police at bay for more than 10 hours Tuesday, creating a massive traffic tie-up and delays for commuters heading to the Long Beach Naval Shipyard. Lt. Robert Forbes said the man may have climbed to the top of the Gerald Desmond Bridge as early as 2 a.m., when his car was found at the base of the bridge and towed away. Police did not discover that the man was atop the bridge until they were notified by shipyard employees.
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May 22, 1992 | JIM HERRON ZAMORA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Burbank man, charged with murder in a shooting spree at a neighbor's house that left two women dead and two others injured, disappeared after telling his family, "Goodby, I'm going to go kill myself," his brother said Thursday. Thomas Paul Humenik, infuriated at being found guilty of assault in an incident that began over the neighbor's trimming some roses, "just grabbed the gun and went berserk," said Ed Humenik, 39. "We tried to stop him. We tried to calm him down.
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August 18, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It isn't every day that law enforcement authorities will walk away from someone who is armed and agitated. But that's what Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies from the Antelope Valley did last week when a 28-year-old man was threatening to kill himself at Sycamore Flats Campground near Valyermo. Deputies arrived to find the man pointing a rifle at his head and ordered him to drop it. When he didn't, deputies fired several shotgun-propelled beanbag blasts to force his surrender.
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November 18, 1997 | ALAN ABRAHAMSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ignoring dozens of placard-waving supporters outside the courtroom who urged her to dismiss charges Monday, a judge ordered a Rancho Palos Verdes woman to stand trial for murder in a plunge from a 10th-floor hotel window that killed her 4-year-old daughter. Torrance Municipal Judge Deanne Smith Myers ruled that there is enough evidence to send 30-year-old Roya Dalili to trial for murder.
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July 29, 1997
A 24-year-old transient was in critical condition Monday after dousing himself with gasoline and setting himself afire at a Downey gas station, police said. Investigators said they have no indication why Clark Palomino walked up to the Mobil station at 8500 Firestone Blvd., purchased $2 worth of gasoline, poured it over his head and body, then lit a match at 6:25 p.m. Sunday. A bystander put out the flames with a fire extinguisher.
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July 10, 1997 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An armed man who barricaded himself and his two sons in his home for several hours surrendered to Los Angeles Sheriff's deputies Wednesday afternoon. The man and his sons were not harmed and no shots were fired. Sheriff's deputies identified the man as Wilson Aberin, a 46-year-old respiratory therapist at Queen of Angels-Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center.
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July 10, 1997 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An armed man who barricaded himself and his two sons in his Agoura Hills home for several hours surrendered to Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies Wednesday afternoon. The man, identified as Wilson Aberin, was arrested and may be charged with child endangerment, authorities said. Neither he nor the children were harmed in the tense incident. Aberin was distraught over his marriage and was threatening to kill himself with one of at least three guns in his house, authorities said.
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June 19, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheriff's deputies early Wednesday critically wounded a man who was threatening to commit suicide and pointed a rifle at them, authorities said. Robert Davidson, 39, was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center, said Sgt. David Holm of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Davidson underwent surgery and was listed in critical but stable condition. No deputies were injured. The incident occurred about 12:40 a.m.
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June 19, 1997 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sheriff's deputies early Wednesday critically wounded a man who was threatening to commit suicide and pointed a rifle at them, authorities said. Robert Davidson, 39, was taken to Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center, said Sgt. David Holm of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Davidson underwent surgery and was listed in critical but stable condition. No deputies were injured. The incident occurred about 12:40 a.m.
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April 4, 1990 | PHILIPP GOLLNER and SHELBY GRAD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A Santa Ana woman who barricaded herself inside a house owned by actress Sharon Gless was armed with 500 rounds of ammunition, prosecutors said Tuesday. Also, prosecutors said, during a burglary of the same Studio City residence a week before the standoff, Joni Leigh Penn, 30, of Santa Ana allegedly stole an address book in hope of tracking down Gless at her Malibu home.
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March 5, 1997
Saying that she was looking for God, a woman jumped off a cliff into a San Gabriel Canyon embankment and tried to refuse help from rescue workers who airlifted her to safety against her will early Tuesday. Kim Moore, 37, of Azusa hiked up to the embankment with her 9-year-old son, authorities said. The boy made his way down the mountain to Foothill Boulevard and Azusa Avenue, where police found him at 10:15 p.m.
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October 12, 1995 | EFRAIN HERNANDEZ JR.
Lacerations suffered by a Los Angeles-area woman staying at the Warner Center Hilton Towers hotel in Woodland Hills this week apparently were self-inflicted, authorities said Wednesday. Officials said the woman, whose name was not released by police, was despondent when she checked into the hotel alone at about 11 a.m. Monday. She refused all hotel services before being found injured in her room's doorway by a visitor to the hotel shortly after 5 p.m. Tuesday, officials said.
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