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My Turn: Tracking America’s suicide

Amidst a plethora of sensational news reports elbowing each other to seize first place in America’s national consciousness, there is a story that has lurked beneath media radar that teaches us much more about the status of our country than school shootings, Russian bombings in Syria, Iranian perfidy, Hillary Clinton’s makeover attempts, and Republican candidates’ […]

Charles Krauthammer: Double suicide: the presidential campaign of 2015

Meanwhile, on the Democrats’ side: • They are running a presidential campaign decrying wage stagnation, income inequality and widespread economic malaise — as if they’ve not been in office for the past seven years. • Their leading presidential candidate is 27 points underwater on the question of honesty and is under FBI investigation for possible mishandling of […]

Assisted suicide is compassionate?

EDITOR: I’m just wondering why the enlightened state of California is seriously considering allowing people to take an overdose of barbiturates to end their life and it’s called “compassionate,” when we have 500 plus murderers languishing on San Quentin’s Death Row because death by an overdose of barbiturates is possibly “cruel and unusual.” Is it […]

Suicides rise with increasing psychiatric care

EDITOR: As the amount of involvement that people have with psychiatric professionals and psychiatric care increases, the likelihood that they will commit suicide rises steadily and dramatically, according to a study published in the September 2014 issue of the international journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. (Hjorthøj, Madsen, Agerbo, & Nordentoft. [2014]. Risk of suicide according […]

Son’s suicide prompts local mom into action

For a parent, losing a child can be so debilitating that it is impossible to move forward. But when Lisa Ford Berry’s youngest son, Michael, killed himself on his 17th birthday while at a high school in Sacramento, she was motivated to action. Ford Berry said that her son killed himself in response to relentless […]

Murder-suicide? Elderly couple found dead

An elderly couple was found dead of gunshot wounds on Aug. 19 in Placerville. El Dorado County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the 3300 block of Gold Nugget Court for a possible assault with a deadly weapon and possible suicide, a press release stated. Upon arrival, an elderly man and elderly woman were found deceased in […]

Domestic violence ends in suspect’s suicide

A domestic violence incident on May 10 ended in a man taking his own life. Deputies were advised of a domestic disturbance on Secret Lake Trail in Cool at 1:42 p.m., an El Dorado County Sheriff’s representative said. Upon arrival, deputies located a domestic violence victim. This gave deputies probable cause for a charge of […]

Murder-suicide cause of death of two Placerville women

The deaths of two Placerville women whose bodies were found during a house fire has been ruled a murder-suicide. Crystal Ward and Carolyn Hague were found with gunshot wounds to the head after an initial call of a structure fire brought emergency personnel to the Ass-Pen donkey ranch at 1680 Rose Lane on March 7. […]

Murder? Suicide?

EDITOR: It has been about a month since I read about two people dying in a house fire. It was later reported that they were also shot. Why haven’t we heard any more about this? Is there a murderer living free among us? It seems to me that this is far more newsworthy than the […]

Military suicide prevention

EDITOR: Citizens of El Dorado County can help prevent military suicides by committing to the well-being of young people before they enlist. As a military chaplain with peace time and war zone experience, I have worked with service members from all backgrounds — soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guard members who thrive from supportive […]

Soldier suicide

Suicide and deployment: two words that seem to go hand in hand with too many American soldiers nowadays. What seems like a well-known fact might be misleading, though. According to the Department of Defense Suicide Event Report for 2011, nearly 53 percent of those who died by suicide in the military in 2011 had no […]

Teen suicide

EDITOR: It was around this time of year that we first lost our first local youth to suicide in 2012. Sadly, it was by no means the last. And nationwide, suicide accounts for 13 percent of all deaths of youths between the ages of 10 and 24. In the wake of such tragedies, people naturally […]

Shooting suspect commits suicide at scene of crime

Around 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, several 911 calls reported an incident involving a shooting in the area of Brockway Avenue near the intersection of Rubicon Trail in South Lake Tahoe. Once on scene, South Lake Tahoe Police officers had at least one report that a male adult shot at a second male adult during an […]

Shingle Springs man survived suicide planes

On Dec.7, 1941, when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, Everett Fox Jr. was a junior at El Dorado High School. Two years later the 18-year old was a radar technician aboard the USS Nicholas on his way to Pearl Harbor after enlisting in the Navy with his  friend Charlie Jacquier. After working  six weeks as […]

Murder-suicide victim feared for her life in 2007

A woman who investigators believe was killed by her husband in a South Lake Tahoe hotel room the last week in June expressed fears he would kill her as far back as 2007, according to El Dorado County Superior Court records. In a request for a restraining order filed in July 2007, Lyra Fisher-Bomediano said […]

Wife found dead in Tahoe hotel in possible murder-suicide

A woman who police believe was killed by her husband as part of a murder-suicide last week was likely asphyxiated, police said Tuesday. Lyra Fisher-Bomediano, 43, was found dead about 2:30 p.m. June 20 in a room at the Lone Pine Lodge following a report of suspicious circumstances, according to a Friday statement from the […]

Couple shares pain — and hope — of holidays in shadow of son’s suicide

POLLOCK PINES — The pain that etches the faces of Kevin and Karen Carlson likely will shape their countenances for a lifetime. It’s the pain that shattered their lives two-and-a-half years ago with the gunshot that left their son, Kelly, dead — a suicide committed in a room of the house where they’ve lived for […]

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Murder-suicide victims had gunshot wounds

The bodies of the grown man and young child found last week on a Grizzly Flat property have been positively identified as 49-year-old Mourad “Moni” Samaan and his 2-year-old daughter Madeline Samaan-Fay, the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department announced. The Fair Oaks man and his child were found dead inside his green Toyota 4Runner in […]

Murder-suicide likely in Grizzly Flat deaths

Authorities continued Monday to investigate the deaths of a Fair Oaks man and his young daughter, nearly 48 hours after their bodies were discovered on a Grizzly Flat property. El Dorado County sheriff’s deputies found Madeline Samaan-Fay, 2, and Mourad “Moni” Samaan, 49, dead inside his green Toyota 4Runner in rural Grizzly Flat Saturday night. […]

Fall from casino balcony likely suicide, officials say

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — A preliminary investigation by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has found a Placerville woman who fell from the Horizon Casino Resort Friday killed herself, according to a Tuesday statement from Sgt. Jim Halsey.  Loretta Sangara, 68, died after falling from a 14th floor balcony about 10 a.m. July 1. “While the investigation […]

Suicide prevention group appreciative

EDITOR: I want to thank your wonderful staff for supporting our Health Awareness event on Saturday, April 30; it was truly a huge success. Mimi Escabar, Bob Billingsley and Pat Lakey have been here for my organization. We truly appreciate the work they have done on our behalf. They are truly an asset to your […]

Criminal annals, part 114: Shootings, suicide and slaughter

Continuing in the Sept. 13, 1852, edition of the Sacramento “Daily Union,” we find an article regarding another shooting in Sacramento. “SHOOTING AFFRAY – A MAN DANGEROUSLY WOUNDED. – About 8 o’clock last evening, a disturbance took place in a saloon on J street, between two men named Joseph Stokes and Thos. Collins, occasioned by […]

Good Samaritan helps attempted suicide victim

A Placerville man leaped from the Carson Road overpass onto eastbound Highway 50 Wednesday afternoon, but not before a good Samaritan tried to talk him down. The 51-year-old man, whose name was not released, was standing on the railing of the overpass when he was approached by Audrey Stokes, 25, of Placerville, said Placerville Police […]

Don’t feed the deer — it’s suicide for them

EDITOR: At the top junction of Fort Jim and Newtown Road in Placerville near the Snows Road entry, there is an over-abundance of deer, not to mention the carcasses of fawns and does on the side of the road. I was informed the deer are being fed by one or more homeowners in that area […]

Regarding suicide scenario in classroom

Placerville EDITOR: Referencing the article in the Mountain Democrat of Sept. 13: Are we talking about kindergartners or eighth-graders? To assert that even bringing up the word suicide in a class of eighth-graders is a mistake is just ludicrous. Give these young people some credit for having brains. They are on the verge of adulthood […]

Tahoe parent files complaint against teacher for alleged suicide scenario

Tahoe Daily Tribune SOUTH LAKE TAHOE Ñ The parent of a South Lake Tahoe Middle School student has filed a complaint with the school district against a teacher who reportedly referenced suicide during a classroom exercise. Eric Quistgard, a local parent and longtime Pop Warner coach, filed the complaint last week against middle school teacher […]

Case closed in March road rage murder-suicide

Democrat staff writer The investigation into a March road rage shooting has been closed and the motive behind the attack that killed a Grizzly Flat man remains unclear, authorities said. Jack Larson, 49, was shot in his SUV on March 2 by Jenson Cornelius Kohutek, 36. Kohutek had been reportedly tailgating Larson and girlfriend Jean […]

Rash of suicide attempts reported Monday

Democrat staff writer There were six suicide attempts in El Dorado County on Monday, including one successful, the El Dorado County SheriffÕs Department confirmed. Authorities said the volume of suicide calls was very uncommon. ÒWeÕve probably had that before, but it is very uncommon. Everybody was commenting that it was a very odd occurrence,Ó said […]

Alcohol problems

EDITOR: Every year in the U.S. roughly 5,000 people younger than 21 die from alcohol-related accidents — car crashes, suicides, homicides, alcohol poisoning and other alcohol-related incidents. Whoever is in charge of the laws should change the law about alcohol. Make drinking alcohol a lot harder for underage individuals and keep our community a little […]

Billingsley’s Bullets: New beginnings are fun

It is that time of the year when I think about what I want to add to my life or subtract from my life. Most of the time, even years have been better than odd years in my life. Feeling better physically is my ultimate goal in 2016. I am still recovering from a stroke […]

2016 declared the Year of Foster Youth in El Dorado County

Both the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors and the Placerville City Council issued and presented proclamations proclaiming 2016 as the Year of Foster Youth. South Lake Tahoe is anticipated to do so as well. After a number of years of planning and preparing by Foster Awareness Network, in collaboration with a group of foster youth service providers […]

Charley Krauthammer: Obama’s phony war

Tell me: What’s a suicide bomber doing with a passport? He’s not going anywhere. And, though I’m not a religious scholar, I doubt that a passport is required in paradise for a martyr to access his 72 black-eyed virgins. A Syrian passport was found near the body of one of the terrorists. Why was it […]

Remains found in Folsom Lake

A mother and son found a human skull in the Browns Ravine/Hobie Cove area of Folsom Lake Thursday evening.

El Dorado County sheriff’s investigators responded to the scene.

“(Investigators) are thinking that the body could be 10 to 15 years old (in the water, not the person’s age). The victim could have drowned from a boat accident … suicide, a missing person. It could be a number of things,” El Dorado County sheriff’s Lt. Tom Murdoch told the Mountain Democrat.

Mark Shields: Improving our presidential debates

By wide consensus, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz was one of the two breakout stars in a recent Republican presidential debate (Florida Sen. Marco Rubio was the other). Cruz is clearly a very smart man who is capable of saying some really stupid things. The GOP griped about the CNBC debate format and questioning. During a […]

‘Haunted Lake Tahoe’ fits the Halloween season

Book: “Haunted Lake Tahoe” Author: Janice Oberding Publisher: Arcadia Publishing and the History Press, Sept. 14, 2015, 128 pages, paperback and e-book versions   Frank Sinatra and Marilyn Monroe in the Cal-Neva Lodge, an old hermit in the depths of Lake Tahoe and mansions along the shoreline — hauntings all, according to Nevada author and […]

Dead jail inmate identified

The inmate who died from an apparent suicide while in custody at the El Dorado County Jail in Placerville last month has been identified as Lawrence Michael Spies, 34. “Anytime someone in our custody dies, whether it’s in the back of our patrol car or in a jail, as long as they are in our custody, […]

Heard over the back fence: Gold Panning Lessons

GOLD PANNING LESSONS: All ages are welcome and lessons are free to gold panning lessons. Learn how to use the competition flat gold pan (also called a “Ferrari” or “speed” pan) from members of the 2015 U.S. Gold Panning Team who competed in Spain this summer. Watch demonstrations and experience hands-on practice on Saturday, Oct. […]

Inmate found dead in jail

An El Dorado County Jail inmate apparently hanged himself Saturday afternoon. Just before 5 p.m. on Sept. 19 correctional officers discovered the lifeless 34-year-old man inside his cell, according to El Dorado County sheriff’s officials. The man had reportedly secured something to the top bunk in the cell and then tied it around his neck. […]

Sacramento foundation announces Responsive Grants recipients

The Sacramento Region Community Foundation has awarded nearly $140,000 to 11 area nonprofits during the inaugural round of its highly competitive Responsive Grants program. Selected from more than 120 proposals submitted to the foundation by local nonprofit organizations, the awardees will use the funds to serve a variety of vital community needs in Sacramento, Yolo, Placer […]

My Turn: The Forgotten Children

Each year there are more than 100 new substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect in our county, often at the hands of those we entrust with their children’s care. For these children, it marks the beginning of what can only be described as a nightmare — a life that is characterized by the loss […]

Billlingsley’s Bullets: The time to change is now

My dad was not big on talking about the past or the future. He was a “right now” person. According to him, people who still dwelled on the past were looking for an excuse to explain their present failures. Instead of improving their present circumstances, they wasted a lot of time and energy creating alibis […]

The Democratic-Chronicles: Ideology-driven policy

What do you call a person who will not learn from experience? One who causes pain and suffering to others because of their indifference? Think drunk driver or the radical Republicans, who have raised indifference to an art form. When it comes to the minimum wage, conservatives have long advocated policies that treat companies’ employees […]

Charles Krauthammer: The price of fetal parts

“Thank you Planned Parenthood. God bless you.” — Barack Obama, address to Planned Parenthood, April 26, 2013 WASHINGTON — Planned Parenthood’s reaction to the release of a clandestinely recorded conversation about the sale of fetal body parts was highly revealing. After protesting that it did nothing illegal, it apologized for the “tone” of one of […]

Bipolar Insights: Seventeen years

It all began with an idea when someone said to me that individuals with bipolar disorder need to be together, because they feel alone. At the time, it was inconceivable that such an idea would become an educational center for training individuals, families, psychiatrists, therapists, students and the community. This year Bipolar Insights celebrates 17 […]

First and goal: Honor request

From 1990 to 2009, Junior Seau terrorized offensive linemen, running backs and quarterbacks in the National Football League. The former San Diego Charger, Miami Dolphin and New England Patriots’ inside linebacker played 268 games during his career, most with the Chargers (1990-2002), Seau recorded many sacks, tackles and interceptions. He also helped the Chargers’ in 1994 […]

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