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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago A Christmas tragedy was averted in Spokane after a spurned suitor stood outside the window of his sweetheart — and had second thoughts.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The Great War in Europe claimed another casualty – on a farm in Idaho.


Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago The newly formed Spokane branch of the Red Cross Society was deluged with offers of help in its first week of existence.


Father launches Bread Tie Challenge to erase stigma of depression

Joe Martin’s son Josh was a quiet leader – “the anti-bully,” he said – with a great sense of humor. He was “a ball of fun,” Josh’s best friend Dean …


Williams’ wife: Actor had Parkinson’s at time of suicide

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Robin Williams was in the early stages of Parkinson’s disease and was sober at the time of his apparent suicide, his wife said Thursday.


Robin Williams’ death opens conversations on suicide

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Anytime someone takes their own life, a circle of heartbroken family and friends are left struggling with a question of haunting simplicity: Why? Now, in the …


Shawn Vestal: Army veteran survived battle, but not its aftermath

Pictures cover the refrigerator in the kitchen at Todd and Renee Watson’s North Side home. In one of them, their son, Cody, smiles out at a camera in 2009. “This …


Agencies work to reverse increase in Inland Northwest suicide rates

A regular face at the Post Falls Senior Center was absent for the recent Wednesday lunch when a policewoman spoke about protecting local seniors, briefly touching on the high rates …


Police training in crisis intervention paying off

The man on the Monroe Street Bridge railing waved his arms. He shouted and gestured at the police officers trying to talk him down. He stripped off his coat. He …


Death at Northern Quest Casino called a suicide

A spokeswoman for Northern Quest Casino said a man committed suicide near the complex’s parking garage Sunday afternoon. He was not a regular gambler at the Airway Heights casino, the …


Warrior Songs Spokane ends retreat with performance

It took 45 years for Larry Shook’s war trauma to fully erupt. When it did, he was a long way from Vietnam. But Vietnam – what he did there and …


Idaho gets $1.29M from feds to fight teen suicide

BOISE — Idaho programs to reduce the state’s high suicide rate among young people are getting a financial boost from the federal government.


Police: Redmond man tried to kill son with heroin

A Redmond man tried to kill his 4-year-old son with heroin on the day his divorce was supposed to be finalized, court documents say.


Som kind of wonderful

It seems appropriate that Isamu Jordan named his band Flying Spiders. As the story goes, a flying spider was the scariest thing Jordan could think of, so that’s what he …


Front Porch: Single bullet rips through entire family

World Suicide Prevention Day is observed Sept. 10. In the most tragic of ironies, it was on that very day one year ago that our 14-year-old grandnephew Declan took his …


Som kind of wonderful

It seems appropriate that Isamu Jordan named his band Flying Spiders. As the story goes, a flying spider was the scariest thing Jordan could think of, so that’s what he …


Ariel Castro, who held three women captive, commits suicide

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio corrections officials say Ariel Castro, who held three women captive in his home for nearly a decade, has committed suicide at a state prison facility.


Death of 6-year-old in Idaho ruled a suicide

Investigators say the death of a 6-year-old boy in southwestern Idaho has been ruled a suicide.


Suicide prevention experts put new focus on boomers

DAYTON, Ohio – Keith Wildermuth was the life of the party until the day that he became part of a grim statistic – the growing trend of baby boomer suicides. …


ISP investigating apparent jail suicide

LEWISTON, Idaho — The Idaho State Police is investigating an apparent suicide at the Nez Perce County Jail in Lewiston.


Washington tribes combat youth suicide

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Suicide stalks Indian Country, claiming more lives of native youth than those in any other population, not only in Washington, but nationally. State Department of Health statistics …


Wife survives attempted murder

An Idaho State Patrol officer who came across a vehicle flashing its emergency lights on state Highway 3 early Sunday morning found a woman with her throat slit, prompting a …


Death tied to probe at nonprofit

Police are investigating the death of a woman suspected of embezzling $500,000 from a Spokane nonprofit that links people with developmental disabilities to employers. The apparent suicide of Shannon Patterson …


Depressed seniors need to be convinced it’s OK to seek help

Recognizing depression in a relative or friend is one thing. Talking with them about getting treatment is another – especially, suicide prevention advocates say, when the person with depression belongs …


Elderly man killed wife and himself, police said

An elderly man at a northwest Spokane home called 911 this morning saying he had shot and killed his terminally ill wife and was planning his own death, police said.


Canadian border guard in stable condition after shooting

BLAINE, Wash. — A Canadian border guard was in stable condition after she was wounded by a gunman who later killed himself, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police said.


Woman dead after setting herself on fire, leaping from building

A Spokane woman jumped from her fourth-floor apartment window Wednesday after setting herself on fire in an apparent suicide. The woman, who was not identified, was revived after the fall, …


Victim of North Idaho arson-suicide identified

The Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of a man who set his home on fire then killed himself Friday in the Wolf Lodge neighborhood.


Vestal: Flap over Baumgartner’s expletive misses point

In recent weeks, the 2,000th American soldier died in Afghanistan. And Michael Baumgartner used one expletive.


Inmate who hanged himself identified

A man accused of helping Charles Wallace, who shot two sheriff’s deputies before shooting himself to death last month, is the inmate who tried to kill himself at the Spokane …