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Man with sons in arms dies in leap from bridge; boys survive

A man died after jumping off a highway bridge with his two toddler sons in his arms, yet the boys survived the 100-foot plunge into a wooded area and are …


Death of a woman whose body was found in Spokane River Friday ruled a suicide

The death of a woman who drowned in the Spokane River, and whose body was found early Friday morning, has been a ruled a suicide by the Spokane County Medical …


Spokane-raised Klara Bowman, fired Tacoma teacher, struggled with loss of sister and addiction

Klara Bowman grew up in Spokane and pursued a career as a kindergarten teacher, but she was fired early this year from Larchmont Elementary in Tacoma when she was found …


Student pilot dies in apparent suicide attempt

A flight instructor and a student pilot had an altercation inside the cockpit of a small plane, and the instructor was unable to regain control from the trainee before the …


Spokane police respond to ‘suicidal person’ calls an average of three times a day, new report says

Spokane police are called to help someone who’s thinking about committing suicide an average of three times a day, according to a new department report. The report analyzed the 556 …


Official: Calls to VA suicide hotline rolling over because of poor work habits

More than one-third of calls to a suicide hotline for troubled veterans are not being answered by front-line staffers because of poor work habits and other problems at the Department …


Idaho launches new state suicide prevention program

Idaho’s suicide rate has long been far above the national average; the state had the 9th highest suicide rate in the country in 2014. But now, it has something it …


White women are dying earlier, in part because of the combination of opiods and benzodiazepines

Between 1999 and 2014, the number of middle-aged white women dying annually from opiate overdoses shot up 400 percent, according to a Washington Post analysis of data from the Centers …


Mandatory depression screening recommended for kids in Montana

A Montana suicide study panel is asking state lawmakers to consider legislation next year requiring mandatory depression screening of all school children starting at age 11.


Oregon woman accused of helping roommate commit fiery suicide

A 75-year-old woman whose roommate died in a fiery suicide has been indicted on a charge she provided help.


Girl who texted boyfriend urging suicide will face trial

A teenager who sent her boyfriend dozens of text messages encouraging him to take his own life and told him to “get back in” a truck filled with carbon monoxide …


Pushing for help: Campaign raises awareness about veteran suicides

An average of 22 veterans commit suicide every day, according to a national awareness movement called #22KILL.


Police confirm a person jumped from suspension bridge in Riverfront Park Thursday

Police confirmed that one person jumped from a suspension bridge in Riverfront Park on Thursday afternoon.


Man with knife shot dead by police at the House of Charity

A man is dead at the House of Charity after approaching police with a knife lodged in his body, urging officers to “kill me, kill me,” witnesses said.


Suicides, drug overdoses peak in Spokane County

Suicides and accidental drug overdoses hit their highest levels since 2009 in Spokane County, mirroring sharp national increases in both types of death over the past several years.


100 years ago in Spokane: Police investigate death at hotel

From our archives, 100 years ago Police were puzzled over a mysterious death in the Pedicord Hotel.


Two dead, one wounded in shooting at Eugene’s Emerald Park

Authorities have identified a man with a history of disputes as the shooter who killed a man, wounded another then killed himself at Eugene’s Emerald Park.


Suicide prevention a growing priority in Western states

Throughout the interior West, states in a belt from Montana to New Mexico are looking for ways to lower their highest-in-the-nation suicide rates, although gun-specific initiatives are a touchy topic.


Gun Shop Project aims to decrease gun suicide rate

MONTROSE, Colo. – Keith Carey is a gunsmith in Montrose, a town with a frontier flavor set amid the mesas of western Colorado. He’s a staunch, though soft-spoken, defender of …


100 years ago near Glacier National Park: Spokane brakeman, 3 ‘hoboes’ injured in train wreck

From our archives, 100 years ago A Great Northern brakeman and three “hoboes” were injured when a Spokane-bound freight train derailed near Glacier National Park and badly damaged a bridge.


Police: Man kills girlfriend’s daughter in murder-suicide

Police say a northeast Georgia man shot three people – killing one of them – before killing himself.


UPDATED: Sat., March 12, 2016, 5:25 p.m.

Suicide conference highlights Washington bill creating awareness training for gun dealers

The Zero Suicide conference brought together about 500 health care professionals, law enforcement officers, people who have lost family members to suicide and others to talk about prevention in Spokane …


Schools find campaign talk conflicts with no-bullies message

The nasty personal tweets and sound bites of the 2016 Republican presidential campaign are reverberating in classrooms, running counter to the anti-bullying policies that have emerged in recent years amid …


Idaho lawmakers back long-sought suicide prevention funding

Long-sought state funding for Idaho’s suicide prevention hotline and for the state’s suicide prevention plan won overwhelming support from the Legislature’s joint budget committee on Friday.


Idaho woman tried to use stun gun on detectives, police say

An Idaho woman is facing felony charges after police say she tried to shock detectives with a stun gun.


100 years ago in Spokane: Woman accused of arson commits suicide

From our archives, 100 years ago


Jay Ambrose: Dismal 2015 leaves much to do in new year

Many Americans are discouraged, and politicians are out of touch.


100 years ago in Spokane: A “saloon man” from Seattle jumps from the Trent Bridge

Jack Strube, described as a “saloon man” from Seattle, was walking across the Spokane River at the Trent Bridge with three young relatives.


Actor-model Sam Sarpong dies of apparent suicide

London-born model and TV actor Sam Sarpong has died in Southern California after jumping to his death from a bridge.


100 years ago in Portland: A man engaged to Spokane woman proclaimed to be alive

From our archives, 100 years ago A man’s lifeless body was found hanging in a men’s room in a Portland park. Police suspected it was Lloyd W. Chick, who had …