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July 19, 1989 | ELLIOTT ALMOND and MIKE PENNER, Times Staff Writers
Donnie Moore had been around professional baseball for more than a decade. He struck out almost 400 major league hitters and saved 85 games. But his career, and perhaps his life, was reduced to one batter, one pitch that would haunt him for the rest of his life. Moore died Tuesday, after shooting his wife and then turning the gun on himself, according to police. He was 35. For two seasons, Moore pitched relief for the Angels as no one had before him.
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June 9, 2001 | From a Times Staff Writer
Farm industry leader David Moore, president of Irvine-based Western Growers Assn., fatally shot himself in the head Wednesday morning, according to police reports. He was 69. Moore was an influential voice in agriculture, advocating for the group's 3,500 fruit and vegetable growers and shippers in Sacramento and in Washington. Moore had served as president of Western Growers since 1987. But his roots were in the potato fields of the San Joaquin Valley.
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July 19, 1989 | ERIC BAILEY and LILY ENG, Times Staff Writers
Former Angel relief pitcher Donnie Moore died Tuesday after he repeatedly shot and critically wounded his estranged wife, then turned the handgun on himself in their Anaheim Hills home, police said. The apparent suicide and murder attempt came about a month after the 35-year-old pitcher was released by the Omaha Royals, a minor league club for which he played briefly after being dropped by the Angels last September.
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December 18, 2000 | KIMI YOSHINO and JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An off-duty La Habra police officer died early Sunday morning after an apparently self-inflicted gunshot to the head, law enforcement officials said. Officer Brian Wichman, 30, who had been on medical leave for about a year because of a work-related back injury, went to the police station, got into a patrol car parked behind the building and shot himself with what investigators believe was a police-issued rifle, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
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December 14, 1991
Eleven months after a Marine Corps colonel reportedly killed himself amid a scandal over use of military planes, the Corps has surprised its critics by reopening the investigation into his death, officials said Friday. The Marine Corps apparently decided to reverse its position because of pressure from James E. Sabow's family, who maintain that the former assistant chief of staff at the Marine Corps Air Station at El Toro may have been murdered.
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March 20, 2000 | SCOTT MARTELLE and JEFF GOTTLIEB, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
They had planned to be rich by now, the doctor and the businessman. In December 1997, Dr. Larry Ford and his partner in Biofem Inc., Pat Riley, issued a 29-page business blueprint filled with ambitious details about how their Inner Confidence female contraceptive would give women a "proven method of protecting themselves" from pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS. By now, according to the plan, Inner Confidence should have been on store shelves.
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April 2, 2000 | JEFF GOTTLIEB and JACK LEONARD, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Police, FBI and hazardous materials teams scoured the Anaheim home of a disgraced surgeon for a second day Saturday, looking for evidence that might link him to the murder attempt on an Irvine businessman. Irvine police said Dr. Jerry D. Nilsson had cooperated during Friday's questioning about the plot to kill Biofem Inc. CEO James Patrick Riley and did not have an attorney with him. Police Lt. Sam Allevato said Nilsson also was willing to talk to investigators again. He was not arrested.
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January 20, 2000 | RICHARD MAROSI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The widow of a high-ranking colonel who the military said killed himself in 1991 testified Wednesday that she believes her husband's death was not a suicide and that top U.S. Marine Corps brass refused to answer questions about the death investigation. Appearing in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, Sara Sabow, 55, said she was emotionally devastated by the way the military handled the death of her husband, James E. Sabow.
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February 16, 1993
A Capistrano Beach chiropractor missing since December apparently committed suicide by plunging his car off Ortega Highway, coroner's officials concluded Monday. An autopsy completed Monday identified the victim as Steven Sales, 59, according to Deputy Coroner Pat Lorey. Officials also used Sales' dental and medical records for positive identification, Lorey added.
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January 23, 1991 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and GEORGE FRANK, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
A high-ranking officer at the Marine Corps Air Station here, suspended last week amid allegations of taking out a base plane for personal use, shot and killed himself Tuesday morning, officials and sources said. The body of Col. James E. Sabow, 51, assistant chief of staff in charge of air operations, was found by his wife on the patio of his base home around 10 a.m., according to military sources. No note was found, sources said.
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December 18, 2000 | KIMI YOSHINO and JESSICA GARRISON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
An off-duty La Habra police officer died early Sunday morning from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, law enforcement officials said. Officer Brian Wichman, 30, who had been on medical leave for about a year because of a work-related back injury, went to the station, got into a patrol car parked behind the department and shot himself with what investigators believe was a police-issued rifle, according to a source familiar with the investigation.
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December 5, 2000 | DAVID HALDANE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nearly seven weeks after a woman apparently burned herself to death on an equestrian trail in Fullerton, investigators said Monday that they have identified her. The woman, who police said died Oct. 22 after dousing herself with gasoline and striking a match, was identified as Donna O'Hara, 54, a La Habra homeowner who worked for Sears, Roebuck & Co., officials said. Investigators had first thought the woman may have been homeless.
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November 9, 2000
Investigators are still trying to identify a middle-aged woman who apparently killed herself by dousing herself with gasoline, then setting herself on fire last month in Fullerton, authorities said. The woman was found near death lying in a drainage ditch beside an equestrian trail in the 300 block of West Las Palmas Drive on Oct. 22. Two rabbits found near the woman had singed fur and are believed to have been her pets, authorities said.
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October 25, 2000 | THERESA MOREAU, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Police are seeking the public's help in identifying a woman who died hours after she doused herself with gasoline, lit a match and set herself afire, authorities said Tuesday. On Sunday, police received an anonymous call about 7:30 a.m. that a body had been dumped on an equestrian trail north of Laguna Lake and west of Harbor Boulevard in an upscale neighborhood of Fullerton, said Fullerton police Sgt. Doug Cave.
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October 14, 2000 | KAREN ALEXANDER and ROBIN FIELDS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Luigi DiFonzo, who died two months ago amid accusations that he swindled investors out of $40 million, used prescription drugs to commit suicide, according to an autopsy report released Friday by the Orange County sheriff-coroner's office. But the widow of DiFonzo immediately decried the results and said she would challenge them. "There were a million different ways he could have died," Brenda DiFonzo said in an interview Friday. "I'm not going to let them shove him under the rug."
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August 16, 2000 | MARC BALLON
The controversial founder of Irvine investment firm DFJ Italia, which closed its doors in March and left about 700 investors with losses of more than $35 million, was found dead in his home Monday night from an apparent overdose of prescription medication, police said. Paramedics were summoned to Luigi DiFonzo's Laguna Niguel home at 5:22 p.m. and found the body, police said. DiFonzo was 53.
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February 6, 1997 | BONNIE HAYES, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A body found along the shoreline Tuesday has been identified through dental records as that of Melissa Li, a 22-year-old UC Irvine student missing since Jan. 27. An autopsy confirmed that Li had drowned and had been in the water "for some time," Newport Beach Sgt. John Desmond said. Detectives are handling the case as a suicide, after receiving information from Li's parents that she was distraught in the days before her disappearance.
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July 26, 1989 | CHRIS WOODYARD, Times Staff Writer
The words flowed in whispers, but her tears spoke louder. They rolled from the drowsy eyes of Tonya Moore as she recalled her husband, Donnie, the former Angel reliever who fired three bullets into her last Tuesday before killing himself. "He had a lot of problems, but I still love him," Tonya Moore said from her hospital bed, an inch-long scar visible on her neck where she said one of the bullets penetrated. "He was a sweet guy."
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June 22, 2000 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Christine Humbert told her family she never fell out of love with her husband, even after he sliced her neck while she slept earlier this year. "It's time for both of us to go," he told her. "We had enough. We'll go together." She recognized, her family said, that Johnny Humbert had momentarily lost the struggle against mental illness that had plagued both of them for years. Last week, Johnny Humbert killed himself by stepping into the path of a Metrolink train in Anaheim.
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June 22, 2000 | SCOTT MARTELLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Christine Humbert never fell out of love with her husband, even after he sliced her neck while she slept on the Friday before Valentine's Day. "It's time for both of us to go," she awoke to hear him say. "We had enough. We'll go together." She recognized, her family said, that Johnny Humbert had momentarily lost the struggle against mental illness that had plagued both of them for years.
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