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Ormond Beach Observer Tuesday, Apr. 9, 2013 7 years ago

NEWS BRIEFS: Oregon man arrested after suicide attempt damages hotel

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A suicide attempt in an Ormond Beach hotel room, updates on public works projects, and weekly emergency statistics.

BY THE OBSERVER STAFF

Oregon man arrested after suicide attempt damages to hotel

An Oregon man was arrested April 5, after attempting suicide at the Sleep Inn, 170 Williamson Blvd., by lighting coals in a charcoal grill in the hotel room's bathroom, according to reports.

The man previously attempted suicide April 1, in a Florida Hospital Oceanside parking lot,  but he drove away after a security guard found him.

The Ormond Beach Fire Department responded to the Sleep Inn and cleared the hotel. Heat from the grill melted the bottom of the fiberglass shower, in addition to the light and ventilation fan.

The man was arrested for arson and transported to Volusia County Branch Jail, where he was put on suicide watch.

Around town ...

Friday’s Walking with the Manager will begin 8 a.m., at Andy Romano Beachfront Park, with Police Chief Andy Osterkamp as City Manager Joyce Shanahan’s guest walker.

The first lift of asphalt has been completed on the 600 block of Hand Avenue. The contractor said its on schedule to complete the whole project by November.

Public works employees made repairs to a stormwater basin in the Coquina Point subdivision and poured concrete slabs for picnic tables. Additionally, crews removed a dead Bay tree on John Anderson Drive and rebuilt basins on John Anderson Drive and Neptune Avenue.

Emergency stats

The following numbers, for the week of March 1, were supplied by city staff:

Weekly Police Stats:

Calls for Service..........1,707

Arrests..........28

Citations Issued..........166

Reports Written..........137

Traffic Stops..........297

Weekly Fire Operations Stats:

Incidents..........156

EMS..........76

Motor Vehicle Accidents..........11

Fires..........6

Fire Alarms..........7

Public Assists..........54

Hazardous..........2

Correction

Former mayor Fred Costello was the first to donate to the Ormond Replica Garage project.

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