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Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety

Woman dies in suicide near Berkeley’s Old City Hall

Berkeley’s Old City Hall, at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Photo by Melati Citrawireja Berkeley’s Old City Hall, at 2134 Martin Luther King Jr. Way. Photo by Melati Citrawireja Update, Jan. 8, 6:20 p.m. The woman was identified as Shelley Bergum, 63, of Berkeley. Update, 5:40 p.m. The woman has succumbed to her injuries, authorities report. […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

BART promotes suicide prevention line as incidents spike

Mental health advocate Kevin Hines speaks in front of the new BART signage listing the Suicide Lifeline Number. Photo: Seung Y. Lee BART hosted a press conference in its downtown Berkeley station Tuesday to announce a new campaign to combat a recent spike in suicides on its train tracks. By mid-March, there had already been six crashes and five fatalities, […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Fire, Schools

Potentially hazardous chemical suicide in Berkeley called for collaborative response, cautious approach

The death by deadly chemical of a former UC Berkeley professor on Tuesday, March 18, triggered a significant joint command response and saw a city block shut down for more than six hours. Photo: David Yee The death by chemical suicide earlier this week of a former UC Berkeley professor left many in the community […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

Elderly woman commits suicide with toxic chemical at Berkeley City Club, leaves note to warn authorities

Police and fire personnel responded to a suicide with hazardous materials at the Berkeley City Club at 2315 Durant Ave. in Berkeley, on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Photo: David Yee UPDATE, March 19: Authorities identified the woman who was found dead at the Berkeley City Club on Tuesday as 71-year-old Sydney Kustu. Read more about Kustu in […]