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November 21, 1998
A security guard who tried to catch a suicidal woman who jumped from a Sherman Oaks Galleria parking garage, was still in critical condition Friday with a broken neck, and his family set up a fund to pay his medical bills. Conrad Buchanan's act of heroism may have paralyzed him, relatives said. Buchanan, a 26-year-old father of two daughters, was conscious Friday, but unable to speak because of feeding tubes obstructing his throat. The jumper--Julie Light, 68, of Camarillo--died.
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November 17, 1998 | MARGARET RAMIREZ and ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Life was never the same for Julie Light after her husband, Robert, died last year. Inconsolable, the 68-year-old former actress considered her life too much of a burden to bear. Conrad Buchanan, a 26-year-old security guard, had never met Light, but was willing to fight for the life she wanted to throw away.
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November 17, 1998 | MARGARET RAMIREZ and ANTONIO OLIVO, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Life was never the same for Julie Light after her husband, Robert, died last year. Inconsolable, the 68-year-old former actress considered her life too much of a burden to bear, and threw herself from the sixth floor of the Sherman Oaks Galleria's parking garage. The man who broke his neck trying to catch her, security guard Conrad Buchanan, watched over people at the Galleria as if they were his own family.
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November 16, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A woman apparently intent on killing herself jumped Sunday afternoon from the top of the Sherman Oaks Galleria, falling six stories onto a 26-year-old security guard, breaking his neck and possibly leaving him paralyzed. In what officials called an act of heroism, guard Conrad Buchanan tried to catch the woman as she dropped. A father of two, he was listed late Sunday in serious but stable condition at Northridge Hospital Medical Center.
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November 16, 1998 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A woman apparently intent on killing herself jumped Sunday afternoon from the top of a Sherman Oaks Galleria parking garage, falling six stories onto a 26-year-old security guard, breaking his neck and possibly leaving him paralyzed. In what officials called an act of heroism, Conrad Buchanan tried to catch the woman as she fell. "That's just the way he is," said his mother, Norma Buchanan. "He's always helping people. He assumed he could help her by catching her."
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September 9, 1998 | ROB O'NEIL
The battered woman who told police Sunday she would be OK waiting alone at home for a few hours until she could move out is typical of victims who underestimate the danger they face, experts say. Earlier in the day, police said the woman reported being beaten by her husband. After officers left her home, the husband, Richard Ruiz, 40, allegedly returned, shot her and then killed himself.
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September 7, 1998 | JOSE CARDENAS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A man died and his wife was hospitalized in critical condition Sunday after he shot her and then turned the gun on himself, police and fire officials said. The shooting at the couple's home occurred several hours after the woman, 35, went to the police station to report that her husband, 40, had beaten her, said Lt. Rick Papke, of the Los Angeles Police Department Foothill Division. Papke said the couple's names were not being released pending further investigation.
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August 27, 1998 | SOLOMON MOORE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A murder suspect facing his third strike under California's penal code barricaded himself inside a friend's apartment and killed himself Wednesday morning after Los Angeles police cornered him and evacuated the neighborhood, including a preschool. Police had an arrest warrant for 23-year-old Ronald Figueroa, wanted in connection with a May drive-by shooting of a 20-year-old woman who was riding in a car with rival gang members in Montecito Heights.
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May 27, 1998
An off-duty Los Angeles police officer who was being followed by police accelerated to a high speed and appeared to purposely slam her truck into a concrete freeway pillar in Sun Valley, killing herself, authorities and witnesses said. The air bag on the vehicle deployed, but the 25-year-old officer from the LAPD's Foothill Division was pronounced dead at the scene. She was not wearing a seat belt. LAPD spokesman Lt.
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May 6, 1998 | JOE MOZINGO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In a calm and lucid voice, the 40-year-old Long Beach man who killed himself on live television last week told a 911 dispatcher that he was unhappy with his "situation" and was "going to draw attention to it whichever way" he could, according to a tape of two emergency calls he made within an hour of his death. "My paramount goal is for no one other than myself to get hurt," Daniel V. Jones said on the tape, an edited version of which was released Tuesday by the California Highway Patrol.
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