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November 18, 1990
A 35-year-old woman was in critical but stable condition after her legs were severed when she was struck by a train in Willowbrook Saturday morning. Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies said the woman, whom they did not identify, was apparently attempting to commit suicide when she was hit by a Southern Pacific freight train at the intersection of Imperial Highway and Wilmington Avenue about 7 a.m. "Prior to the accident, the woman was flagging down the train," said Deputy Britta Rodela.
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July 22, 1990
A distraught 35-year-old Highland Park woman set herself ablaze on a neighborhood street early Saturday morning, suffering third-degree burns on 90% of her body, a Los Angeles police spokesman said. Horrified neighbors saw Louisa Jiminez of 5514 Marmion Way engulfed in flames about 6:15 a.m., police said. One neighbor who ran to extinguish the flames with a garden hose told police that Jiminez tried to wave him away.
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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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 18, 1989
A police officer using "quiet conversation" prevented a young man who said he was depressed about his crack cocaine addiction from jumping off the roof of a 24-story building Tuesday in Brentwood. The man, whose name was withheld but who was reported to be about 20 years old, was spotted about 11:15 a.m. leaning over the edge of the roof of the high-rise building at 11755 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles Police said. Sgt.
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October 14, 1989 | PHILIPP GOLLNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A police detective saved the life of a suicidal 17-year-old girl by grabbing her arm as she stepped off a 40-foot-high freeway overpass in Burbank, authorities said. "It was a lucky grab," said Rich Bison, a 17-year veteran of the Burbank Police Department. Bison said the girl dangled from his hands for several seconds before his partner, Detective Eric Rosoff, and California Highway Patrol Officer Mike Clarke grabbed her right arm and pulled her to safety.
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February 25, 1989 | JEFFREY L. RABIN, Times Staff Writer
A 25-year-old unemployed Long Beach man, who clung to a narrow ledge of the Lakewood Boulevard overpass of the San Diego Freeway threatening to jump, caused the closure of the busy northbound lanes for three hours during the Friday night rush hour until a friend talked him down, authorities reported. Police said the man identified only as "Mark" was under the influence of amphetamines and had ridden his bicycle to the scene.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 8, 1989
A Los Angeles policeman wounded a suicidal man who threatened the officer with a loaded rifle Tuesday, authorities said. Curt MacLean, 21, was in critical condition at Northridge Hospital Medical Center with wounds to the arms and abdomen, Lt. William D. Hall said. MacLean's mother called the 911 emergency line about 2:45 p.m., saying that her son was trying to commit suicide and had a gun, Hall said.
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December 29, 1988
A bronze medal winner in the 1964 Olympic springboard diving competition, who recently made a death-defying leap from a 160-foot harbor bridge, was talked down from another bridge, authorities said. Larry Andreasen was convinced by police not to jump from the Vincent Thomas Bridge between San Pedro and Terminal Island on Tuesday, Los Angeles Port Police Sgt. Dale Dupler said.
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December 13, 1988 | DAVID HALDANE, Times Staff Writer
Daniel H. Ridder, chairman of the Long Beach Press Telegram, testified Monday at his stepson's trial for attempted murder that the young man "lost all direction and became very unhappy" after he realized that he would not be a professional tennis player. "Tennis was his whole life," a tearful Ridder said of his 24-year-old stepson, Bradley Ackerman, who never fulfilled the promise he had shown as a national teen-age tennis champion. "He started talking about whether life was worth living or not."
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August 17, 1988
A man described as despondent drove his sports car over a 250-foot oceanside cliff on the Palos Verdes Peninusla early Tuesday, but miraculously survived the crash into the rocks below. "The car landed right on its nose, and the guy had only a few scratches," Police Sgt. George Hanes said. "I've never seen anything like it." Witnesses said they saw Scott Fischer, 30, slowly drive his Alfa Romeo convertible over a curb in the exclusive Palos Verdes Estates about 1 a.m.
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