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Archive for Tuesday, July 17, 1990

WOMAN THREATENS TO JUMP OFF BRIDGE

July 17, 1990

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A 21-year-old Lawrence woman who had been undergoing psychiatric care and had been complaining of depression was taken to Topeka State Hospital on Monday after she threatened to leap from the Kansas River Bridge.

Police were called at 2:52 p.m. to the Vermont Street bridge, where the woman had climbed over a protective railing and onto the western ledge.

Lt. Mike Hall, acting police chief, talked to the woman for 45 minutes to an hour before grabbing her and pulling her back over the railing.

The woman was booked into the Douglas County Jail at 4:06 p.m. on a count of disorderly conduct. She was taken to Topeka State Hospital three hours later for psychiatric treatment.

Police this morning said the woman was released Monday morning from Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where she had been receiving psychiatric care. Monday afternoon, police said, she told a Lawrence psychiatric counselor that she was depressed and then threatened to harm herself.

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