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Posted inCommunity, Crime & Safety

Woman dies in suicide near Berkeley’s Old City Hall

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. She was in her 60s, and police are in contact with her family. Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats said authorities will not be releasing the woman’s name at this time. Coats […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

BART promotes suicide prevention line as incidents spike

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, the agency reported. Last year, there were 14 crashes involving BART, including several incidents at the North Berkeley and downtown Berkeley stations. One incident in […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Fire, Schools

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

The death by chemical suicide earlier this week of a former UC Berkeley professor left many in the community reeling with disbelief. Berkeleyside’s revelation that the person found dead in a room at the Berkeley City Club was Sydney Kustu, who killed herself on her 71st birthday using a potentially deadly chemical called sodium azide, […]

Posted inCrime & Safety

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

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 Berkeleyside’s follow-up story, published Wednesday. UPDATE, 9:10 p.m.: The person who committed suicide today at the Berkeley City Club was an 80-year-old woman who killed herself in her room using sodium […]

Posted inCrime & Safety, Schools

Update: Man who committed suicide at BHS identified

UPDATE, Feb. 18, 3:55 p.m.: Berkeley Police say the young man who committed suicide on the Berkeley High campus was 21-year-old Michael B. Hamilton. There is nothing to suggest that the death wasn’t a suicide, said Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats. Hamilton does not appear to be have connection to BHS, she added. Hamilton’s family, who […]