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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 […]

Tahoe evaluates health concerns

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — The community has undergone a complete physical and the results are in. Based on the 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment, mental health and substance abuse remain top health concerns in the area. Barton Health conducted its second Community Health Needs Assessment to identify unmet needs within the community. After identifying these needs, […]

Harris sentenced to life

A judge in El Dorado County court on June 5 sentenced a woman found guilty of killing her husband — 30 years after she was acquitted on a similar charge — to life in prison with the possibility of parole after 50 years.

Judge Kenneth J. Melikian heard and denied a motion for a new trial during the sentencing of Colleen Harris, convicted by a jury April 15 for first-degree murder of husband Bob Harris. Melikian said he wanted to point out that he “found the evidence in this case overwhelming.” If errors had occurred causing a mistrial, he said, it would still not cause a different verdict. “I cannot see a responsible jury in this case vote anything but guilty. I reached the same decision they did.” In all the years he practiced law, as an attorney and judge, he said he had seen “very, very few acts as selfish as the one in …”

No Hillary in 2016

EDITOR: The reason for this letter is that I am concerned that Hillary Clinton may be elected president in 2016. I don’t know what year it was, but when the Clintons were in the White House, a man by the name of Vince Foster was Hilary’s aide/secretary. He was found dead in a park in […]

Mental health issues take center stage

If you are alive on this planet, you are struggling with mental health issues, according to three women instrumental in an upcoming Mental Health Awareness Weekend set for May 2 and 3 at Green Valley Church in Placerville. The following Monday, May 4, a half-day mental health workshop will be presented at the church, furthering […]

Alpha K9 offers veterans man’s best friend

“The world would be a better place if everyone had the ability to love as unconditionally as a dog.” — M.K. Clinton, author of “The Returns” We’ve all heard of it: PTSD. Isn’t that what allegedly caused former Marine Eddy Ray Routh, who had been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, to shoot Chris Kyle […]

Something to think about: The sound of the gun

Aren’t there thousands of drugs that can kill you? Aren’t some of them painless and a sure thing? So why, if unable to obtain the approved lethal injection drugs for executions, would a state decide that death by firing squad would make an acceptable alternative? When Utah recently reinstated the use of death by firing […]

Harris trial: ‘It was all my fault’

Colleen Harris contemplated suicide in the wake of her husband’s death. After calling her attorney, David Weiner, she stripped to her underwear and got in bed with Bob, who, earlier that day, received a fatal shotgun blast to his head.

She straightened the house up after returning from San Francisco, she testified Wednesday afternoon, then held Bob. She talked to him, making the bed, trying to clean the ceiling of viscera. She didn’t want her or Bob’s kids, or anyone else, to see the ceiling dirty. She moved his arm to his chest.

When prosecutor Joe Alexander asked if she changed clothes before law enforcement arrived, she replied, “I was going to end my life.” Then, she called …

Harris details night of her husband’s death

Colleen Harris, on trial for the murder of her husband, Bob, went in to detail in the moments presumably leading to Bob’s death during cross-examination by the prosecution on April 7.

After discovering that Colleen was texting Bob’s daughter, Pam Stirling, Bob became angrier than she had ever seen him. She tried to hug him …

Ryan Anderson on road to recovery

SACRAMENTO — From the time he stepped onto the Sleep Train Arena floor last Friday, through warm-ups and until his New Orleans Pelicans left the arena with a 101-95 win over the host Sacramento Kings, Ryan Anderson felt beyond good. The former Oak Ridge High and Cal basketball standout made his second and final appearance of the […]

Defendant Harris takes the stand in murder trial

The Colleen Harris murder trial continued on Thursday, April 2 as she took the stand herself and recalled her prior marriages and the death of her husband Bob Harris.

Dressed demurely in a high-necked blouse and slacks, Harris spoke in a quiet voice that was often at odds with the turbulent marital life she has led.

Defense: Case about love, betrayal, survival

“The prosecution said in their opening statement that Colleen Harris killed Robert Harris because she loved him,” defense attorney David Weiner said in his opening statement Wednesday. “That’s not true. This case is about love, about betrayal, about survival,” he said, “in the most basic instinct we know.” Weiner said it is a person’s basic […]

Action plan made for mental health issues in Tahoe

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — On March 5, more than 80 individuals made an action plan to address the gaps with mental health services in the South Lake Tahoe community. Donald Ashton, director of El Dorado County Health and Human Services, started the morning with the “the ugly, the bad and the good” to describe the […]

Special Monday meeting highlights county health survey

El Dorado County supervisors will see an 83-page slide presentation on the overall health of their constituents during a special Monday meeting on Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Data from the county’s Health and Human Services Agency, Marshall Medical, Barton Memorial Hospital at South Lake Tahoe, the Shingle Springs Tribal Clinic and the Community Health […]

Man drives into lake at Brown’s Ravine

A man committed suicide at Brown’s Ravine Marina on Feb. 17, despite efforts from marina employees to save him. As employees of Folsom Lake arrived for work, they saw a man sitting inside a vehicle, an El Dorado County Sheriff’s Office press release stated. It was parked on a boat ramp, facing the water. Shortly […]

The rainbow activist returns

A little over two years after completing his walk across America in support of equal civil rights for all Americans regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, activist Richard Noble was back in Placerville — this time arriving by car. He started his long trek across the nation at the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco […]

A morning in the life of a PPD officer

A police K9 flew through the air, albeit briefly. But, rather than chasing down a criminal, the dog had a single goal in mind – a tug-of-war toy. As Sem, the police dog, held on to the toy, Placerville Police Det. Ron Cannon swung dog and toy around. With impressive grip, the dog held on. […]

It’s a wonderful play

Green Valley Community Church member Nathan Truka didn’t mean for it to happen, but by golly, he sounds just like Jimmy Stewart. The one-of-a-kind Stewart intonations and folksy way of speaking have become two-of-a-kind, as Truka takes on the part played by Stewart in the award-winning film, “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Truka and a cast […]

Marina School: State award for Rescue counselor

Her office is constantly filled with students coming and going, but that’s the way Myrna Harp likes it. “This is the comfort room, the safe place, and they know that,” said Harp. “There’s never a dull moment around here.”

Providing that comfort and safety in the perilous world of puberty is why Harp was selected by the California Association of School Counselors to receive the Donald G. Hays Award as Outstanding School Counselor of the Year for 2014. This is not a local or regional award — Harp was selected from out of all of the school counselors in California to represent the state.

Harp, 58, has been the counselor at Marina Village Middle School for 11 years. In that time she has been chosen as “Educator of the Year” for Rescue Union School District, the first time a counselor had been given that award and was the recipient of El Dorado County Child Abuse Prevention Council’s Champion for Children Award and was selected as a top 10 finalist for the American School …

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