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NEWS
By RICHARD F. BELISLE | richardb@herald-mail.com | September 10, 2012
Suicide is the second-leading cause of death among West Virginians between the ages of 15 and 24, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin told more than 300 Hedgesville High School students at an assembly Monday. He said it's a “heartbreaking” statistic. Earlier Monday in Charleston, W.Va., Tomblin signed a proclamation proclaiming this week as Suicide Prevention Week in the Mountain State. It is also National Suicide Prevention Week. According to Tomblin, a suicide occurs every 14 seconds in the United States.
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LIFESTYLE
August 28, 2012
Smithsburg Library will host a Suicide Awareness Seminar at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, at the library, 66 W. Water St., Smithsburg. Suicide survivor Jim Atkisson will discuss on how you can help yourself or others. Call Ashley Hutson, branch manager of Smithsburg Library, at 301-824-7722 to sign up or just walk in. The Smithsburg Library is a branch of the Washington County Free Library.  
NEWS
July 23, 2012
A man was taken into custody without incident Monday night after he called a suicide hot line from his Greendale Drive home, just off Jefferson Boulevard east of Hagerstown, according to Washington County Sheriff Douglas Mullendore. The man, who was not identified, was taken to Meritus Medical Center for evaluation, Mullendore said. The man lives by himself on Greendale Drive, Mullendore said. Two sheriff's deputies responded to the home at 5:09 p.m. for a man who called a veterans' suicide hot line, Mullendore 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 2, 2012
After a thorough review, the actions of police in the June 23 shooting death of a New York man were ruled appropriate, and the man's death was deemed to be “suicide by cop,” according to Franklin County District Attorney Matt Fogal. Adam L. Schillinger, 27, of Saugerties, N.Y., was fatally shot after he pointed what was later determined to be a BB gun at Pennsylvania State Police troopers in the early morning hours at a St. Thomas Township, Pa., home, Fogal said in a news release Monday.
NEWS
By DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | June 12, 2012
Law-enforcement officers fired 33 rounds at a Myersville, Md., man who pointed a gun at them Sunday morning, the Washington County Sheriff's Office said Tuesday. James Jacob Jardina, 46, was hit four or five times by the two officers in the incident near Smithsburg, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. Jardina was armed with a stolen 9 mm Ruger pistol that was loaded with one round in the chamber and nine rounds in the magazine, the release said. Although he aimed at them, he did not fire at the officers, one of whom was from the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the release 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 DON AINES | dona@herald-mail.com | May 21, 2012
A Hagerstown man involved in a standoff with police Friday told negotiators he was going to “commit suicide by cop,” according to the application for statement of charges filed by Hagerstown police. Neil Shawn LaPine, 49, of 12962 Little Hayden Circle, appeared in Washington County District Court by closed- circuit television from the county detention center Monday for a bond review. Judge Mark D. Thomas kept LaPine's bail at $750,000. LaPine was taken into custody shortly after 3 p.m. Friday after an incident that began about three hours earlier.
NEWS
By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com | May 1, 2012
Through shared stories, hugs, tears and candlelight, a group of 40 people Tuesday night remembered loved ones lost to suicide and tried to raise awareness about the issue. The Mental Health Association of Franklin and Fulton Counties hosted its seventh candlelight vigil focused on suicide. The event at Trinity United Church of Christ was the organization's first vigil in Waynesboro. Three people shared their experiences with suicide with the group. Linda Baird of Chambersburg, Pa., said her son's family and friends did not know he had stopped taking antidepressants nine months before his death in 2008 at age 33. “It's the kind of tragedy that drives you to your knees asking God to make sense of something so senseless,” Baird said.
NEWS
January 9, 2012
Maryland State Police were investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a pickup truck Monday in eastern Washington County. The body was discovered by a local resident at about noon, Sgt. T.M. Gregory said. The truck was parked off U.S. 40, west of the Frederick County, Md., line. “It appears to be a suicide,” Gregory said. “There's no indication of foul play.”
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