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By DAN DEARTH | June 2, 2010
A 19-year-old woman who attempted to commit suicide Tuesday while being held at the Washington County Detention Center remained in critical condition Thursday at Washington County Hospital, Sheriff Douglas W. Mullendore said. A Washington County District Court judge on Thursday released the woman from the custody of the sheriff's office by placing her on personal recognizance, Mullendore said. The woman attempted to hang herself with a bed sheet from a swinging door that led to the shower area of a dormitory housing unit at the jail, Mullendore said.
LIFESTYLE
May 25, 2012
 An Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training is from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday June 26, and Wednesday, June 27, at First Baptist Church, 7040 Bowers Road, Frederick. The workshop is for caregivers who want to feel more comfortable, confident, and capable in helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. The training is geared towards mental-health practitioners, workers in health, welfare or justice, community volunteers, people concerned about family or friends, emergency service worker, counselors, teachers and clergy.
NEWS
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | April 12, 2010
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- The death Thursday of an 11-year-old boy in Martinsburg has been ruled a suicide by the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, but Berkeley County's prosecuting attorney said the evidence in the case indicates it was an accidental shooting. "Medically, this is going to be listed as a suicide because it's by your own hand, but legally, based on all the facts that we have, it is an accidental shooting," Pamela Jean Games-Neely said Monday. "It is a child mishandling a gun," she said.
NEWS
July 23, 2012
A man found dead Friday night outdoors near 8748 Sheffield Manor Blvd. committed suicide, police and the Franklin County (Pa.) Coroner's Office said Monday. Authorities were called to the scene on private property at about 7:30 p.m., according to Washington Township Police and Coroner Jeffrey R. Conner. Authorities declined to release more information.
NEWS
July 20, 2010
WILLIAMSPORT -- The Washington County Sheriff's Office was called to a possible suicide this morning in a parking lot on West Potomac Street in Williamsport, a Washington County 911 dispatcher said. The call came in at 8:39 a.m., the dispatcher said. A body was found in a truck and the incident was being investigated, according to the Sheriff's Office.
NEWS
By LAURA ERNDE | May 22, 2004
HAGERSTOWN A North Avenue woman whose fire death was ruled a suicide may have gotten the idea from two other self-immolations in Washington County in November, Hagerstown Police Chief Arthur Smith said. "Suicides can come in clusters," Smith said. "Unfortunately, the more publicity there is, the more people are likely to think about it. " On Friday, the Hagerstown Fire Department officially ruled the death of Janice Ellen Putnam, 53, a suicide. "Nissa," as she was known to her family and friends, suffered second- and third-degree burns over 85 percent of her body, Fire Chief Gary Hawbaker said.
NEWS
February 3, 2013
Maryland State Police said a man died Sunday morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while he was parked in the lot of a southern Washington County church. Members of Faith Christian Fellowship were attending church at the time of the incident, according to Washington County Emergency Services. The incident was reported at about 10:10 a.m. Sunday. The church is at 16726 Lappans Road, otherwise known as Md. 68, between Downsville Pike and Williamsport. - Julie E. Greene
NEWS
February 5, 2001
Suicide ruled in Wesco death By BOB PARTLOW / Staff Writer, Martinsburg MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - A man who was found dead with a knife in his chest about a month ago committed suicide, a West Virginia State trooper said Sunday. "We have no reason to believe it was anything else," Sgt. G.W. Bradshaw of the West Virginia State Police said of the death of Ivan Troy Wesco, 24. Pictures of the scene were sent along with other evidence to a state medical examiner, Dr. Jack Frost in Morgantown.
NEWS
July 2, 1997
By MARLO BARNHART Staff Writer A man fell to his death from a window in Hagerstown Tuesday morning, less than a day after another man was critically injured in a similar fall. A 53-year-old man died after falling from a fourth-floor window of the Alexander House at 7 E. Washington St., at 7:27 a.m. Tuesday. The death has been ruled a suicide, according to Detective George Knight. "He hit a little roof and then a car and landed on the sidewalk," said Hagerstown Fire Battalion Chief Ron Horn.
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By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | September 1, 2013
On a clear day, the expanse of blue sky might seem endless. But for 30-year-old Dominic, he often only saw dark clouds. Creative, intelligent and handsome, the Maryland man was known for his sense of humor and loving nature. He had traveled the world, was on the verge of finishing his doctorate and was devoted to his family and faith. His life seemed so complete that few people realized that Dominic struggled for 10 years with depression and anxiety. “He wanted to get well and tried every treatment recommended,” his aunt, Mary Ann Grandinett of Fairplay, said.
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By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | August 26, 2013
A couple who died in a murder-suicide over the weekend in Chambersburg was in the process of divorcing, according to documents filed in the Franklin County (Pa.) Court of Common Pleas. Gordon M. Brown, whom Pennsylvania State Police said fatally shot his wife and himself in their home, was seeking custody of their two sons. In his petition for custody, he claimed Kelly R. Brown filed for divorce and was “threatening to leave the home with the children.” Brown shot Kelly Brown in the head with a handgun, then shot himself with the same gun, according to state police.
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By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | matthewu@herald-mail.com | August 19, 2013
The family of a Berkeley County man whose remains were found at a shale pit in November 2012 after he threatened to commit suicide several months earlier has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the West Virginia State Police. The lawsuit was filed Thursday in Berkeley County Circuit Court on behalf of Walter N. Hughes' widow, Victoria Hughes, and their three daughters, Kristal M. Hughes, Kristina Arntz and Kristie Canfield, according to court records. In addition to the wrongful death claim, the lawsuit claims that state police and the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are liable for mishandling the man's remains after they were found at the shale pit. West Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. Michael Baylous said Friday he had not been made aware of the claims contained in the lawsuit and declined to comment.
NEWS
May 6, 2013
The body of a 54-year-old Frederick, Md., man was pulled from the Potomac River at Point of Rocks State Park on Sunday, according to a Maryland State Police news release. Police found a suicide note in the man's home, state police said. The body was taken to the chief medical examiner's office in Baltimore to determine the cause and manner of death. A bicyclist reported seeing the body in the water along the river bank around 4 p.m. Sunday, police said. Carroll Manor Fire Co. firefighters recovered the body, which was in a cove along the river.
NEWS
February 3, 2013
Maryland State Police said a man died Sunday morning of a self-inflicted gunshot wound while he was parked in the lot of a southern Washington County church. Members of Faith Christian Fellowship were attending church at the time of the incident, according to Washington County Emergency Services. The incident was reported at about 10:10 a.m. Sunday. The church is at 16726 Lappans Road, otherwise known as Md. 68, between Downsville Pike and Williamsport. - Julie E. Greene
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | January 23, 2013
A Hagerstown man who admitted he was trying to “commit suicide by cop” during a May standoff with police was sentenced Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court to serve 17 years in prison. Neil Shawn LaPine, 50, formerly of 12962 Little Hayden Circle, sat silently as Judge Donald E. Beachley read the sentence. “I think it's a tragic situation ... but this is just unacceptable from society's standpoint,” Beachley said. LaPine had been found guilty by a jury in October on three counts each of first-degree assault and reckless endangerment, two counts of discharging a firearm within city limits and one count of use of a handgun in a crime of violence.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | January 18, 2013
The death of a man who was found with a fatal gunshot wound to the head Thursday morning behind the Walmart store along Foxcroft Avenue in Martinsburg was ruled a suicide by the state medical examiner's office in Charleston, W.Va., police said Friday. The suicide happened about 12:45 a.m. on Tuesday, police said. Martinsburg police are still trying to determine the identity of a man, Martinsburg Police Cpl. Scott Doyle said in a news release Friday. On Friday, police released a photo that was found in the man's possession.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | November 12, 2012
This year, about 40,000 people in the United States will chose to end their lives. It's a sobering statistic from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Equally sobering is the fact that it might be someone you know - a family member, a friend, a neighbor or co-worker. The reasons for escaping this world will vary - from genetic predisposition to mental health issues. But regardless of why the decision was made, the impact on those left behind will be tremendous.
LIFESTYLE
November 2, 2012
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's 14th annual International Survivors of Suicide Day is Saturday, Nov. 17, at Hospice of Washington County Inc., 747 Northern Ave., Hagerstown. Light refreshments and sign in begins at 12:30 p.m. The DVD presentation will begin at 1 p.m. and time for discussion will follow. Thousands of survivors of suicide loss gather together around the world on this day for mutual support and practical guidance on coping with grief. For information or to register, call the Bereavement Department at 301-791-6360.
NEWS
By ANDREW SCHOTZ | andrews@herald-mail.com | October 21, 2012
The day Cody E. Butz killed himself, “he kissed me on the cheek and told me he loved me,” his mother, Carin Trecannelli, remembered. That was atypical behavior for him. Usually, Cody licked her face playfully instead of kissing her. It also wasn't normal that Cody, 18, was awake before his mother left for work at 7:30 a.m. that day and that he had made coffee for her. Later in the day, he did all of his laundry. “He was saying goodbye to me and I didn't realize it,” Carin said.
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