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October 18, 2011
Burbank police today identified the man who they say shot and killed himself in his parked vehicle last week as 47-year-old Harold M. Sommer of Simi Valley. Sommer shot himself Oct. 13 in his parked vehicle after receiving a citation from the California Contractors State License Board, police said in a statement, adding that he "may have been despondent" after being cited. Officers responded to reports of a gunshot victim in the 200 block of South Keystone Street at 11:34 a.m. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 28, 2014
A Glendale Unified psychologist and a mental health services coordinator offered parents direction Thursday night in recognizing depression in teens in order to better prevent suicide. Glendale Unified psychologist Ilin Magran said during a talk hosted by the CV Alliance that depression can weigh on a teen's whole person and affect how they think, feel and behave. But unlike adults, depression in teens and young people can make them appear more distressed, according to Karen Carlson, who is a mental health services coordinator for the school district.
NEWS
November 22, 1999
Paul M. Anderson LA CRESCENTA -- Investigators ruled this weekend that a 37-year-old man who fell to his death from the La Crescenta overpass of the Foothill (210) Freeway was trying to kill himself. The man, who authorities did not identify, scaled a 10-foot chain-link fence and tumbled onto the eastbound lane of the freeway at about 8:20 p.m. Friday, police said. One of the witnesses who struck the man with her car said he jumped over the bridge, said Los Angeles County Sheriff's Det. Mike Bumcrot.
NEWS
By Angela Hokanson | May 16, 2008
Glendale is more than 1,600 miles from South Sioux City, Neb., but on Wednesday, Hoover High School student Lauren Arana overcame the constraints of distance to help save a friend who was trying to commit suicide in the central United States. Lauren, who is 14 and a ninth-grader at Hoover, woke up early on Wednesday to get to a 7 a.m. class. As she was getting ready, she got a text message on her cell phone from one of her closest friends, whom she had met when she lived in South Sioux City two years ago. The message in the text read, “OMG . .
LOCAL
By Jeremy Oberstein | June 20, 2008
LOS ANGELES — Defense attorneys started their closing arguments Thursday in the case against Juan Manuel Alvarez, telling jurors that he never intended to kill anyone, and that prosecutors’ attempts to portray Alvarez as an arsonist belie his true intent: suicide. Alvarez is charged with 11 counts of murder with special circumstances and one count each of felony murder, train-wrecking and arson for his role in the Jan. 26, 2005, Metrolink crash that left 11 dead and 184 others injured.
LOCAL
August 10, 2007
Police respond to Burbank shooting Glendale Police were dispatched Thursday afternoon to an apparent double murder-suicide in Burbank, police said. The incident in the 600 block of East Cypress Avenue left three dead, including a man who after shooting another man and woman, committed suicide, Burbank Police Sgt. Matthew Ferguson said. Another injured man was being treated for injuries at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Ferguson said. Immediately after the shooting, Burbank Police locked down the area.
NEWS
By: PATRICK AZADIAN | September 24, 2005
I'd like it very much if I could only write about happy things. As it turns out, life is not always about the happy stuff. And achieving happiness is not as simple as the Armenian motto: "Lav usenk, lav gullah," (Let's say good; so it can be good.) I was sadly reminded of this truth a few weeks ago. A friend informed me that an acquaintance of hers had committed suicide. In my lifetime, I have known three people who have tragically ended their own lives in dramatic circumstances.
LOCAL
By Veronica Rocha | April 23, 2009
PASADENA — A 28-year-old man was sentenced to life in prison Wednesday for trying to kill his ex-girlfriend by slashing her arm and writing several suicide letters in attempt to show they had planned to kill themselves together, officials said. Jose Galdamez was convicted of attempted and premeditated murder for planning to fatally wound his 21-year-old ex-girlfriend, Yesenia Flores. He was also found guilty of false imprisonment, terrorist threats and preventing a victim from reporting an emergency.
LOCAL
By Jeremy Oberstein | April 4, 2008
GLENDALE — A judge on Thursday refused to dismiss charges against 29-year-old Juan Manuel Alvarez, who is accused of causing a 2005 Metrolink derailment that killed 11 people and injured nearly 200 others. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge David S. Wesley rebuffed defense attorneys’ claims that not enough evidence had been given to the court at a May 2005 pretrial hearing where Alvarez was ordered to stand trial. Alvarez was charged with 11 counts of murder with special circumstances and one count each of arson and train wrecking.
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By Jeff Tully, jeff.tully@latimes.com | May 2, 2014
GLENDALE - Trailing by three runs to Burroughs High, the Hoover baseball team was looking for something to ignite it late in Friday's Pacific League game. That spark might just have come in the form of a defensive play. In the top of the sixth inning with Burroughs at bat, the Tornadoes got out of the frame on a double play that ended with an Indians runner being thrown out at home after a fly to right field. PHOTOS: Hoover comeback results in 4-3 victory over Burroughs Using the play as motivation, Hoover came back and tied the game in the bottom of the sixth and eventually won the contest on a walk-off suicide squeeze in the eighth inning to complete a 4-3 comeback against visiting Burroughs.
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NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 28, 2014
A Glendale Unified psychologist and a mental health services coordinator offered parents direction Thursday night in recognizing depression in teens in order to better prevent suicide. Glendale Unified psychologist Ilin Magran said during a talk hosted by the CV Alliance that depression can weigh on a teen's whole person and affect how they think, feel and behave. But unlike adults, depression in teens and young people can make them appear more distressed, according to Karen Carlson, who is a mental health services coordinator for the school district.
NEWS
March 27, 2014
A free discussion titled “Teen Suicide Prevention” will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. this Thursday in the library at Crescenta Valley High School, 2900 Community Ave., La Crescenta. Ilin Magran of Healthy Start/Student Support Services and Karen Carlson, a mental health counselor, will speak at the event. For more information, call (818) 646-7867. - Glendale Police Department's fraud division will offer tips during a free event called “Identity Theft and How to Protect” from 7 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at the Crescenta Valley Armenian Community Youth Center, 2633 Honolulu Ave. For more information, contact cvarmeniancenter@gmail.com.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | November 18, 2013
About 100 students and their siblings or parents participated Saturday in the first Walk for Life, hosted by the YMCA of the Foothills. Starting at 10 a.m., two groups started out, one from the Verdugo Hills YMCA and the other from La Cañada Flintridge City Hall. Their shared destination was Rosemont Middle School in La Crescenta. Once at the school, students participated in a life skills fair that provided insight into how to join the Los Angeles Sheriff's Explorers program to learn about law enforcement or who to call for help to prevent suicides or alcohol- or drug-related issues.
NEWS
November 5, 2013
My favorite Halloween-week movie, promoted at a discount by Redbox, was "Daddy, I'm a Zombie," described as a coming-of-age film about an early teen named Dixie who turns into one of those living dead creatures that populate, along with vampires, so much of our culture of mass distraction. I bring this up because in my own earlier years, social critics often referred to America as a nation of sheep intimidated by McCarthyism into silence and held in bondage by strangling rules of conformity.
NEWS
By Stephen Ceasar | September 16, 2013
Hoover High School junior Christopher Chung learned while scrolling through Facebook that his school was monitoring students' online activities . Christopher saw an article posted by a friend about the Glendale Unified School District hiring a company to screen students' social media posts. The school district had been doing so for about a year, the Los Angeles Times reported . "I heard rumors that GUSD was doing a little bit of monitoring - but nothing as official as this," he said.
NEWS
By Kelly Corrigan, kelly.corrigan@latimes.com | March 30, 2013
The seven candidates competing for three seats on the Glendale Unified school board addressed district issues before dozens of people Thursday night at the La Crescenta Library in the final candidates forum of this election season. Hosted by the Crescenta Valley Community Assn., the candidates discussed how they would include students' opinions in school board plans and how Glendale Unified could better collaborate with Glendale Community College. But it was a question about what could be done to intervene with suicidal students - following public suicides at Crescenta Valley High and, most recently, La Cañada High, which is outside the district - that stirred the forum the most.
NEWS
By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com | December 13, 2012
The 46-year-old man who jumped to his death Wednesday morning from the northbound Glendale (2) Freeway overpass was living with his parents and suffering from depression, police said. The man, Michael Romo, of Glendale, left a suicide note inside his 2001 Toyota Camry before he plunged to his death just before 6 a.m. from the overpass near Chevy Chase Canyon, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. Police received a call from a witness who saw Romo standing on the ledge of the overpass just before it happened, Lorenz added.
NEWS
December 12, 2012
A man who apparently jumped to his death Wednesday morning from an overpass of the Glendale (2) Freeway near Chevy Chase Canyon, snarling the morning commute, left a suicide note, police said. The Glendale man, whose identity had not been released Wednesday afternoon pending notification of his family, jumped before 6 a.m. from the northbound overpass, landing on to Chevy Chase Drive, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said. A witness seated inside his parked car under the overpass heard screams just before seeing the man in his 30s fall, Lorenz said.
NEWS
August 30, 2012
Documentary film producer Brian Gerber took his own life late Tuesday or early Wednesday by steering his car off a cliff on Angeles Crest Highway, according to county officials. Ed Winter, assistant chief at the Los Angeles County Coroner's office, confirmed that Gerber's body was found near mile marker 31 at 7:35 a.m. Wednesday. Winter said investigators found a suicide note by the highway, near where the car went off the side. Gerber, 41, produced the global warming documentary “The 11th Hour” for actor Leonardo DiCaprio and was involved in numerous other productions for the film, television and music video markets.
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