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Supreme Court rejects appeal in texting suicide case

The Supreme Court on Monday left in place the conviction of a Massachusetts woman who sent her boyfriend text messages urging him to kill himself.


Reunited with Roxy: ‘I got her from a basset rescue, and she rescued me,’ owner says

In May, life became too much for Sally Anthony. She’d recently bought a home in Medical Lake and didn’t know a soul. Profoundly depressed and grieving the 2016 death of …


Most US opioid overdose deaths accidental, 4% are suicide

Accidental overdoses cause 90% of all U.S. opioid-related deaths while suicides account for far fewer of these fatalities than previously thought, a new analysis published Tuesday suggests.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 17, 2019

Daybreak Youth Services says $500,000 budget gap could force closure of treatment facilities in Spokane, Vancouver

Daybreak, which was founded in Spokane in 1978, says its financial situation follows the troubled expansion of its treatment facility in the Vancouver area. Now the organization is seeking loans …


UPDATED: Mon., Dec. 9, 2019

Spokane County Jail inmate dies after jump from guardrail

An inmate in the Spokane County Jail died Friday after law enforcement say he jumped from a guard railing.


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 31, 2019

Woman injured by bullet used in Browne’s Addition suicide, police say

A woman in Browne’s Addition was hit with a bullet another person used to kill themselves Wednesday morning, police say.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 15, 2019

Murder, suicide caused death of elderly Chattaroy couple, medical examiner says

The son told police his father had dementia and had grown more paranoid after he stopped taking his medication earlier this summer.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019

U.S. military’s suicide rate for active-duty troops rises for a fifth consecutive year, Pentagon says

The U.S. military’s suicide rate among active-duty service members has climbed for five consecutive years, according to a Pentagon report released Thursday, as defense officials acknowledged a troubling rise that …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 21, 2019

Can hormone stabilization keep suicidal thoughts at bay for women?

Alyse Ruriani, 24, is living in recovery from the depression and suicidal thoughts that plagued her teenage years. But every month she knows there’s a possibility some symptoms could return …


Medical examiner rules Epstein death a suicide by hanging

Jeffrey Epstein’s prison death has been confirmed a suicide by hanging, the medical examiner’s office said Friday


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 15, 2019

Gov’t wants a new 911-like number just for suicide hotline

With suicides on the rise, the U.S. government wants to make the national crisis hotline easier to reach.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 13, 2019

2 guards suspended and warden reassigned after Epstein death

Two guards assigned to watch Jeffrey Epstein the night he apparently killed himself in jail have been placed on leave and the warden has been reassigned as federal authorities investigate …


Federal New York lockup draws new scrutiny in Epstein death

The apparent suicide of Jeffrey Epstein has brought new scrutiny to a federal jail in New York that, despite chronic understaffing, houses some of the highest-security inmates in the country.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 10, 2019

Officials say financier Jeffrey Epstein has died by suicide while awaiting trial on sex-trafficking charges in New York

The FBI and the Justice Department’s inspector general’s office will investigate how Jeffrey Epstein died in an apparent suicide Saturday, while the probe into sexual abuse allegations against the well-connected …


Family, police seek answers about the mysterious end of Richard Coffee’s complex life

Late Saturday, May 11 – a day before Mother’s Day – he departed the Walmart store on Colton Street in north Spokane headed somewhere. Perhaps headed home, or maybe to …


Illegal or just immoral? Film explores texting suicide case

Michelle Carter sent her suicidal boyfriend countless text messages encouraging him to follow through on his plan to take his own life until he actually did. Two years after Carter …


Medical Examiner confirms Amber Alert suspect died from self-inflicted gunshot wound during SWAT standoff

The Whitman County Medical Examiner on Friday confirmed that Justin P. Robertson,


Parkland student dies in ‘apparent suicide,’ police say

In the span of one week, two teenagers have died by suicide in Parkland, the community still grieving the loss of 17 teachers and students last year in a deadly …


Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies say murder-suicide a possibility in unattended deaths of Newport couple

While Spokane County Sheriff’s deputies say murder-suicide is a possibility in the death of a Newport-area elderly couple, they don’t yet know how they died.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019

Troopers investigate possible suicide in case of man found dead after pickup crashes on I-90 in Spokane

Washington State troopers are investigating the circumstances surrounding a man who was found dead Monday night in his vehicle after causing a three-car collision on Interstate 90 near downtown Spokane.


Instagram changes rules on self-harm postings after suicide

Instagram has agreed to ban graphic images of self-harm after objections were raised in Britain following the suicide of a teen whose father said the photo-sharing platform had contributed to …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 6, 2019

Conviction upheld for woman who urged boyfriend’s suicide

A young woman who as a teenager encouraged her boyfriend through dozens of text messages to kill himself is responsible for his suicide, Massachusetts’ highest court ruled Wednesday in upholding …


TSA officer jumps to his death at Orlando airport

An officer from the Transportation Security Administration jumped to his death from a balcony inside Florida’s busiest airport Saturday, creating panic that brought some security checkpoints to a halt for …


Suspended pairs skating champion John Coughlin dies at 33

John Coughlin, a two-time U.S. pairs champion recently suspended from figure skating, died by suicide in Kansas City, Missouri. He was 33.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018

Trump’s VA vowed to stop veteran suicide. Its leaders failed to spend millions set aside to reach those at risk.

The Trump administration said from its first days that preventing suicide was its top clinical priority for veterans. The performance of its national outreach campaign shows otherwise, though, because of …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 23, 2018

Ex-boyfriend killed former Pullman High track star, police say

An ex-Pullman High track star was shot and killed on University of Utah campus by a former boyfriend, who was found dead hours later inside a church Tuesday, authorities said.


Survive: Paul

“The biggest thing was the sense of failure. It’s demoralizing.”


Junior Seau’s children settle with NFL over his 2012 suicide

The family of the late NFL star Junior Seau has settled its wrongful death lawsuit against the NFL over the popular San Diego linebacker’s 2012 suicide. The confidential settlement comes …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 5, 2018

Suicide rates on the rise in Idaho, Mountain West

At the center of it all, doling out wristbands and comforting words, were siblings Kayla and Koby Gardner, who lost their brother Skyler to suicide in March. The Gardners organized …


Dr. Bob Lutz: Every month should represent community-wide effort to address suicide

While September is National Suicide Prevention Month, every month should represent our community-wide effort to address this issue.