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Student, bored in class, prank calls veterans’ suicide hotline

A Lee County student is in trouble at school after making three false reports to a suicide prevention hotline for veterans — all because he was bored in class.  The student, who hasn’t been identified, attends Ida S. Baker High School in Cape Coral and used his cellphone to log into the Veterans Crisis Line. The student first logged …

Suicide prevention clubs launch at Park City schools 

Utah has one of the highest suicide rates in the country, and the Park City School District believes it has gone unchecked for too long. In the last year, the district added school counselors and held several educational lectures about mental health, but officials know that when a student has suicidal thoughts, they tend to …

Tacoma man worries after stepping on syringe

A Tacoma man fears he was contaminated with an illness after he stepped on the point of a syringe needle outside his home Sunday morning. “As soon as I stepped down, I felt it instantly,” Robert Bankers said. The point drove straight through Bankers’ slippers and into his right foot. Bankers and his wife ended …

Man dies of flesh-eating bacteria after Harvey cleanup

Hurricane Harvey has claimed another victim, about two months after making landfall in Texas. A 31-year-old man died last week after being diagnosed with a rare flesh-eating bacterial infection known as necrotizing fasciitis, the Galveston County Health District announced Monday. The man has been identified as Josue Zurita, according to the Houston Chronicle, and he was helping repair several …

Big demand for needle clean-up kits..

When the Snohomish Health District began offering free kits to safely pick up and dispose of discarded syringes, they had no idea how strong the demand would be. Just days after announcing Sept. 13 that people could stop by its Everett offices to get the supplies, the initial 50 kits were snapped up. And the …

Recovering addicts bag thousands of needles…

One million used syringes were collected in six months this year by a Snohomish County needle exchange, according to new figures from the local health district. Stray needles have become a symptom and a symbol of the nationwide opioid crisis. Recovering addicts spent days cleaning nine tons of garbage and thousands of heroin needles from their …

Twin brothers dead in apparent murder-suicide | New York Post

Twin brothers who died in an apparent murder-suicide in southeastern Montana have ties to South Dakota. The Montana Division of Criminal Investigation is looking into the deaths of the 39-year-old brothers, Travis and Eric Carlson. The Argus Leader says the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office in South Dakota made notification of the twins’ death to their …

Former Cleveland police officer commits suicide..

Authorities said Tuesday a former Cleveland police officer who allegedly cut off his GPS tracker and went on the run one week before he was set to go on trial has killed himself after a standoff with police. Tommie Griffin, 52, was wanted by the U.S. Marshals Service and the Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s Office for …