CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 17, 2003 |
At least 200 commuters were delayed for nearly two hours Thursday after a man apparently committed suicide by stepping in front of an Amtrak train. The Pacific Surfliner was northbound from San Diego to San Luis Obispo when the incident occurred about 2 p.m., said Susan Swain, a spokeswoman for Amtrak. She said the train got underway again about 3:45 p.m. Two other trains were delayed for about 45 minutes, Swain said.
November 8, 1998 |
Bridge authorities are considering a suicide barrier on the Golden Gate Bridge, where about 1,200 people have jumped to their deaths. Aesthetic concerns have shelved such proposals since 1968, when the first barrier idea was pitched. At a meeting Friday, a bridge district subcommittee directed engineers to modify a proposed barrier--or find a new one--that fit the bill.
September 18, 2003 |
The hanging of a black man in Belle Glade that raised questions of a lynching was a suicide, state investigators concluded. Feraris "Ray" Golden was found hanging from a tree May 28. Police and the medical examiner reported finding no signs of a struggle, but rumors in the rural town persisted that he had been lynched. The state Department of Law Enforcement said there was no evidence that Golden's death was caused by something other than suicide. State Rep.
June 23, 1997 |
Oregon's pioneering topsy-turvy debate over doctor-assisted suicide is now underway . . . again. When voters narrowly passed a referendum approving the practice in 1994, this frontier-spirited state of 3.2 million became the first to sanction the controversial practice. But opponents rallied, local courts blocked the proposed law and the Oregon Medical Assn. shed its neutrality and came out against the Death with Dignity measure, citing "flaws" highlighted by emerging medical research.
December 2, 2003 |
A security guard was found dead with a gunshot wound to the head after apparently committing suicide inside United Nations headquarters, police said. Security chief Michael McCann told reporters that the incident was the first of its kind inside the U.N. complex. Michael Holton's body was found in a lounge after he did not return from a break, McCann said. Holton, 41, of West Sayville, N.Y., was a 16-year veteran of the U.N. security staff.
September 26, 1987 |
A fund-raising letter by Missouri Rep. Richard A. Gephardt saying more Vietnam veterans have died by suicide than were killed in the war was a mistake, but the Democratic presidential candidate does not plan to issue a retraction, aides said. The statement in a July mailing "slipped through" the campaign's checking system, Don Foley, Gephardt's press secretary, said.
May 31, 1995 |
A federal magistrate Tuesday ordered authorities to place a "suicide watch" on Leland William Modjeski, the man accused of scaling a White House fence with an unloaded revolver last week. Magistrate Alan Kay directed that Modjeski, 37, be placed under 24-hour watch after prosecutors told a court hearing that the graduate student from suburban Virginia had exhibited psychotic behavior at George Washington University Hospital, where he was treated for a gunshot wound on his left arm. Assistant U.
August 15, 2003 |
The Pentagon reported another suicide attempt at the U.S. prison holding more than 600 terrorist suspects in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The prisoner's attempt to kill himself this week brings the number of suicide attempts to 30 since the high-security prison was opened in January 2002, Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Barbara Burfeind said.
October 13, 1997 |
Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk says he would commit suicide in despair over his country's chronic strife and poverty if it were not against his religious beliefs. In an interview in his monthly palace bulletin, Sihanouk indicated that his depression over Cambodia's woes since a July coup deposed his son has hit new depths.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 13, 1991
After a five-hour standoff, Los Angeles police arrested a man Tuesday and threatened to kill himself rather than be arrested on suspicion of using a stolen credit card. Mark Devault, 20, of Chula Vista surrendered peacefully about 1:15 a.m. in his hotel room in the 14th floor of the Universal Sheraton after talking with a police crisis negotiation team, said Lt. Pat Conmay.