Obama Signs Suicide Prevention Bill

(CNN) — In Washington, President Obama signed into law the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention Act. It will support VA programs that help veterans returning from the war zone transition back into society. Clay Hunt was a decorated veteran, who earned a Purple Heart in Iraq and fought the Taliban in Afghanistan. At just 28 years … Continue reading »

Body Found in West Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — West Eugene neighbors voiced concerns about a body found on Leopold Drive Wednesday afternoon. That death has been ruled a suicide. Eugene police say they received a call just before 1 p.m. A person walking their dog spotted a body in a creek bed near 1092 Leopold Drive. The victim was a … Continue reading »

EPD Investigates Deaths in South Eugene

EUGENE, Ore. — Two deaths in south Eugene have been ruled suicides. Police say two bodies were found Thursday morning at a home on Brookside Drive. The cause of death was released late Friday afternoon. Typically KEZI 9 News does not report on suicides. However, due to the significant amount of interest and concern voiced … Continue reading »

Carry the Fallen on Veterans Day

EUGENE, Ore — A new Veterans Day event is taking place on Tuesday, November 11 in Eugene and Springfield.  Local vets are teaming up for a 12 hour ruck march. Five local veterans, each with a disability, will march on Veterans Day for 12 hours.  They will be marching with backpacks and carrying the American … Continue reading »

Oregon Woman Brittany Maynard Ends Life

(CNN) — Brittany Maynard, the terminally ill woman who moved to Oregon to take advantage of the state’s doctor-assisted suicide law took her own life this weekend. Maynard was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor. After swallowing lethal drugs, she reportedly died peacefully in her home in the arms of her loved ones. So far, … Continue reading »

Dillard Reacts To Residents’ Deaths

DILLARD, Ore. — Investigators are still trying to determine why a Dillard man killed himself and two others, including his own father, early Tuesday morning in Coos County. Zachary Brimhall, the suspect the shootings, and his father Ray Brimhall were both from Dillard, a town of about 500, just south of Roseburg, right outside of … Continue reading »

Three Found Dead In Murder-Suicide

BASTENDORFF BEACH, Ore. — Three men are dead in what appears to be a murder-suicide in Coos County early Tuesday morning. Multiple agencies were on scene Tuesday at the South Jetty Parking Lot of Bastendorff Beach, which was completely closed to the public for most of the day as investigators worked through the scene. It … Continue reading »

Robin Williams Dead at 63

(CNN) — Comedian Robin Williams is dead at age 63. Williams’ wife and press representative both released statements Monday confirming his death. They say the actor had been suffering “severe depression of late.” Williams’ wife, Susan Schneider, says she is “utterly heartbroken” and hopes that people will focus on Williams’ life and the “countless moments … Continue reading »

Oregon Veteran Suicide On The Rise

WHITE CITY, Ore. — The Oregon Health Authority recently released a study that said suicide is the number one cause of death for Oregon veterans under 45 who likely served in Iraq or Afghanistan. On average, from 2008 to 2012, veteran suicide increased from about 40 suicides per 100,000 people to nearly 50. The study showed that … Continue reading »

Schools Respond to Suicide Increase

CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Corvallis School District says suicide rates are higher than usual this year, so it is teaming up with community groups to offer free counseling services during Spring Break. The school district is working with a half-dozen community groups to offer counseling services not only to try to prevent future tragedies, but … Continue reading »

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