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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

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 …

100 years ago in Spokane: Woman reports that burglar ‘chloroformed’ her, getting away with silverware

From our archives, 100 years ago Mrs. Bridget Kelley had been having what can only be described as a stressful year.

100 years ago in Liberty Lake: A former Spokane County sheriff dies in apparent suicide

From our archives, 100 years ago F.M. Pugh, twice the Spokane County sheriff and an important political figure, died of a gunshot wound in a tent outside his Liberty Lake …

Sister of man killed in crash with STA bus contests suicide determination

Thomas Samples hopped on his beloved motorcycle, Piglet, on May 22 intending to bail a friend out of jail, his sister Gladys Shirey said last week. At the intersection of …

UPDATED: Fri., May 29, 2015

Spokane motorcycle death was suicide, medical examiner says

The death of a motorcyclist killed in a collision with a Spokane Transit Authority bus last week has been ruled a suicide. Thomas Robert Dale Samples, 52, was wearing a …

UPDATED: Thu., May 28, 2015

Death of motorcyclist who hit STA bus ruled a suicide

Thomas Robert Dale Samples, 52, died of chest injuries in a collision with an STA bus on Friday afternoon, the Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday. His death has been ruled …

Five teen suicides have left ‘whole community hurting’

Five teen suicides this school year – including three in the past month – have jolted the community. It’s the highest number in the history of Spokane Public Schools, prompting …

Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago Someone at the Church of Truth was not telling the truth.

Spokane conference addresses difficult topic of suicide

Catherine Perusse spoke at a suicide prevention conference Tuesday about the anguish of having two sons who killed themselves. Their deaths came six years apart. At one point during the …

Missouri gubernatorial candidate dead in apparent suicide

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri’s auditor, who fatally shot himself in an apparent suicide, had vowed to take down the state’s most powerful politicians and donors, including his fellow Republicans, …

Husband charged with promoting wife’s suicide

A man accused of providing the gun his wife used to shoot herself in the head Thursday is in the Spokane County Jail on the rare charge of promoting a …

‘Sheena’s Law’ a lifesaver, dad says

OLYMPIA – Six months after Sheena Henderson was shot and killed by her estranged husband at Deaconess Hospital, her father is urging state lawmakers to pass a bill that he …

Northern Idaho mental illness, obesity are top health issues

Obesity and mental illness are the top public health concerns in northern Idaho, according to a study released Thursday. Both kids and adults struggle with their waistlines, the study found. …

Obesity, mental illness top North Idaho’s list of health concerns

Obesity and mental illness are the top public health concerns in North Idaho, according to an assessment released today.

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago Bridget Kelly, caretaker of the J.W. Witherop home, was enduring a frightening stretch.