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February 22, 2012
The case of Newport Beach resident who fell to her death in Irvine has been ruled a suicide, the county coroner's office said Wednesday. Mary "Katherine" Baird Darmer, who taught at Chapman University School of Law in Orange, fell from a parking structure in the 19000 block of MacArthur Boulevard on Friday. She was taken to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where she died of her injures, according to the coroner's office. She was 47. Friends remembered Darmer as an outspoken gay-rights advocate who provided legal advice to the Orange County Equality Coalition and as an involved neighbor in her community.
NEWS
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | October 4, 2013
Q: This past summer, I've had to deal with not one but two deaths by suicide. Each of these men seemed to have so much to live for, but unfortunately, we really never know what someone else is thinking. What happens to these men's souls after they die? I'd hate to think their souls would have to live as tortured an existence in the afterlife as they had to live on earth. Both were good men, but their demons obviously got the better of them. It breaks my heart. — A., Valley Stream, NY, via godsquadquestion@aol.com )
NEWS
August 30, 2010
NEWPORT BEACH — A 50-year-old woman whose decomposed body was found Aug. 22 in Newport Harbor is believed to have committed suicide, police said Monday. Newport Police Lt. Bill Hartford declined to comment on how Swee Ai Oh might have killed herself. The Orange County Sheriff's Department Coroner's Office said the case is still under investigation. Oh's body was discovered by fishermen. She was reported missing by her family on Aug. 12 after she was last seen leaving for a walk in the Back Bay. Hartford said one of the police detectives involved in the case was on hand when the coroner ruled the cause of death a suicide.
NEWS
June 21, 2010
A man apparently committed suicide on a Newport Beach street by reportedly throwing himself under a moving delivery truck around 10 a.m. Monday, according to a report by the Orange County Register. The Newport Beach Police Department responded to calls of a collision between a vehicle and a person, at 30th Street and Newport Boulevard, Lt. Jon Lewis of the Newport Beach Police Department told the Daily Pilot Monday night. After taking statements from witnesses, the department's preliminary investigation put the incident down as a suicide, Lewis said.
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From the Los Angeles Times | May 29, 2012
An inmate sentenced to death hung himself in his cell at San Quentin State Prison over the weekend, officials announced on Tuesday. The inmate, James Lee Crummel, 68, is the 20th death row inmate to take his own life since California reinstated capital punishment in 1978. That's seven more inmates than the 13 who have been executed, according to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation. An additional 57 inmates have died of natural causes while awaiting execution.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | June 1, 2011
COSTA MESA — The just-released police report on a suicide at Costa Mesa City Hall offers a few new details about the death but no further insight into why maintenance worker Huy Pham chose to take his life by jumping from the roof at 77 Fair Drive. Of the new information in the report, it appeared that Pham did not remove his shoes on the roof prior to jumping, as had been previously reported. "Pham was wearing a blue T-shirt and jeans," one of the responding officer's police reports said.
NEWS
By Brianna Bailey | April 22, 2009
Filmmaker and actor Gabriel Sunday plays Archie Williams, a 17-year old lonely “media geek” who becomes the most talked about kid in school when he announces that he’s going to kill himself on camera for a class project in the film “My Suicide.” The film will make its West Coast premiere at the Newport Beach Film Festival on Friday. “You’re a good student in this class,” Archie’s teacher says, dumbfounded when he announces his plans to the class.
NEWS
By Joseph Serna, joseph.serna@latimes.com | June 16, 2011
COSTA MESA — The city attorney has hired an outside investigator to conduct a second investigation into the suicide of a city worker, officials confirmed Thursday. Officials want an outside firm to examine the evidence in case there is litigation related to the death. The city will work with former Secret Service agent Ron Williams' Costa Mesa-based company, Talon Executive Services, to limit the city's exposure to possible lawsuits related to the suicide of Huy Pham, 29, who jumped from the roof of City Hall to his death March 17. Talon Executive Services lists litigation support and corporate investigations as among its services.
NEWS
May 27, 2005
MAXINE COHEN I was horrified when I read about the 17-year-old senior at Corona del Mar high school who committed suicide. How very, very sad. It is truly a tragedy when such a young person takes her own life. She had barely begun to live, and her life is now over. Her parents live on but they will grieve in the depths of a despair that most of us will never know -- thank goodness -- in our own lifetimes. Then there are siblings, teachers, friends and relatives, whose lives have been irretrievably touched.
LOCAL
December 21, 2007
A Huntington Beach man fell to his death from a Costa Mesa parking structure in the early morning, said police, who have initially ruled the death as a suicide. The body of James Wellenstein, 35, was found at 1:35 a.m. outside the parking structure at 1901 Newport Blvd., adjacent a nightclub. Evidence suggests Wellenstein had been smoking for a considerable amount of time on top of the structure, and hand and footprints show he crawled to the ledge before falling, said Costa Mesa police Sgt. Zack Hoferitza.
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By Jeremiah Dobruck | December 19, 2013
When a guest demanded a room at Newport Beach's Island Hotel during the afternoon of Oct. 20, employee Andrew Shoashekan thought she was acting odd. On Thursday, almost exactly two months later, Newport Beach police honored Shoashekan for what he did in the next few minutes that day. Shoashekan showed the guest, a woman about 65 or 70 years old, to a room on the eighth floor. The guest immediately went to the balcony and said she wanted something higher. "She was heavily intoxicated," said Shoashekan, a Costa Mesa resident who attended Corona del Mar High School.
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NEWS
By Emily Foxhall and Jill Cowan and By Emily Foxhall and Jill Cowan | November 6, 2013
A family member on Wednesday described the man who authorities said jumped from a helicopter mid-flight as a smart and very private person who suffered from health problems near the end of his life. Officials have said they are treating the Tuesday death of Gregory McFadden, 61, as a suicide. McFadden suffered for many years from a medical problem that made it hard for him to sleep well or eat properly, said one of McFadden's three brothers, Bradley, a West Covina lawyer and the city's former mayor with whom he lived for five years.
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By Jill Cowan and Emily Foxhall | November 6, 2013
The Orange County coroner has identified the man who jumped 500 feet to his death from a helicopter as it flew over the Newport Beach shoreline Tuesday afternoon. Gregory McFadden, 61, of West Covina, was pronounced dead at a local hospital after opening the helicopter door and leaping out, falling about 500 feet to the ocean. Newport Beach police are investigating McFadden's death as a possible suicide. The Orange County coroner's office reported that McFadden “jumped from a helicopter in-flight” and the  Federal Aviation Administration  is reviewing the incident.  McFadden had apparently booked a 30-minute coastal tour for two people but showed up alone, said Chuck Street, a longtime helicopter pilot whose son was flying the chopper.
NEWS
October 15, 2013
The body of a man who committed suicide was found Tuesday near the waterline in Newport Beach, police said. He was the second person in the city to kill himself in public in the span of two days, according to police. Officers found the unidentified man dead near the Newport Pier at 12:50 p.m., police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. Manzella said the man's death was self-inflicted and involved a firearm, but she did not elaborate on the fatal injury. Police were still investigating at the scene, Manzella said about 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
NEWS
By Rabbi Marc Gellman | October 4, 2013
Q: This past summer, I've had to deal with not one but two deaths by suicide. Each of these men seemed to have so much to live for, but unfortunately, we really never know what someone else is thinking. What happens to these men's souls after they die? I'd hate to think their souls would have to live as tortured an existence in the afterlife as they had to live on earth. Both were good men, but their demons obviously got the better of them. It breaks my heart. — A., Valley Stream, NY, via godsquadquestion@aol.com )
NEWS
October 1, 2013
A man shot himself on the beach Monday evening near Newport Beach's Santa Ana River jetty, just south of the Huntington Beach border, police said. The gunshot caused "major wounds," but the man was alive when officers responded just before 7 p.m., Newport police spokeswoman Jennifer Manzella said. Officers arrived within two minutes of the gunshot being reported and began lifesaving measures, according to police. Medical personnel transported the injured man to Western Medical Center Santa Ana, where he was stabilized but still in critical condition, police said.
NEWS
September 14, 2013
Homicide detectives are investigating the deaths of two children found inside a hotel Saturday morning after a woman who crashed her car in an apparent suicide attempt in Costa Mesa alerted authorities about the children. The unidentified woman rammed her vehicle at high speed into steel poles at about 8 a.m. while attempting to crash into an electric vault behind a Home Depot in the 2300 block of Harbor Boulevard, said Sgt. Tim Starn of the Costa Mesa Police Department. "She was definitely trying to kill herself," he said.
NEWS
August 22, 2013
A former UC Irvine associate professor who wrote emails saying he planned to kill students and administrators and burn down an Irvine high school was sentenced Thursday to 14 years and four months in state prison. Rainer Klaus Reinscheid, 49, of Irvine, pleaded guilty in July to six felony counts of arson, three felony counts of attempted arson and one misdemeanor count of resisting an officer. On Tuesday, the first day of his sentencing hearing, Reinscheid apologized and asked for mercy, according to an Orange County Register article.
NEWS
March 9, 2013
Police are investigating a 23-year-old Irvine resident's death as a suspected suicide, according to the county coroner. The man was found dead Friday afternoon at 4300 Campus Drive on the UC Irvine campus after university police received a call at 5:01 p.m., according to the coroner's office. UPDATE: The UCI LGBT Resource Center and campus police are reporting that the resident was a transgender male known for his activism in the university's LGBT community. We previously reported the gender as female, based on information provided by the coroner's office.
NEWS
November 7, 2012
A man found engulfed in flames in a Costa Mesa parking lot has been identified by the Orange County coroner as Randy Hansen, 49. Hansen died at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana on Monday morning. Witnesses in the 2200 block of Newport Boulevard spotted him on fire near his white truck about 5 p.m. Sunday, according to Costa Mesa police. Those at the scene tried putting out the flames using their shirts before someone arrived with a fire extinguisher and doused the fire, police said.
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