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Tattoo Artists Auction Off Work To Raise Awareness For Suicide Prevention

DENVER (CBS4) — The world’s largest tattoo convention is happening this weekend in Colorado. Artists are putting their work on display at the National Western Complex and tattoo enthusiasts are lining up to get inked.

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But this year the convention takes on a deeper meaning.

Artists are auctioning off their work to raise money for suicide awareness and prevention.

A Colorado father organized the fundraiser after losing his daughter to suicide last year.

“We need to talk about it, we need to talk about suicide.  If you bring it to the forefront and start that conversation with your children, your friends, your neighbors, they will talk about it!” said Johnnie Medina, Founder of Life Through the Lens.

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The fourth annual Colorado Tattoo Convention and Expo continues from noon to 10 p.m. Sunday and also includes a custom car and motorcycle show.

Driver Fatally Shoots Himself During Traffic Stop in San Pablo

SAN PABLO (CBS SF) — A driver died after shooting himself in the head during a traffic stop early Friday afternoon in San Pablo, police said.

At 12:11 p.m., an officer stopped a vehicle in the 1400 block of Contra Costa Avenue because the license plates on the vehicle were for another vehicle.

Police said when the officer got out of his patrol car he heard gunshots from inside the vehicle he pulled over.

Police discovered a 41-year-old man inside the vehicle with a gunshot wound to his head. He was the only person in the vehicle.

Officers started lifesaving measures and the man was taken to a hospital but he died.

Police said they’re not sure whether the man shot himself on purpose or accidently.

The shooting is being investigated by the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office along with San Pablo police and the California Highway Patrol.

Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting to call San Pablo police at (510) 215-3150 or West Contra Costa Crime Stoppers tip line at (510) 799-8255.

All callers may remain anonymous.

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Golden Gate Bridge Suicide Net Installation Prompt Nighttime Lane Closures

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – Some lanes of the Golden Gate Bridge will be closed on weeknights, excluding holidays, through 2021 as workers begin installing a suicide net under the iconic span.

At least one lane in both directions of the bridge will remain open during the lane closures. The closures will provide space for construction workers to lower materials under the roadway, Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District spokeswoman Priya Clemens said.

Lanes are scheduled to close from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday and 10 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday.

Workers are currently installing access platforms underneath a section of the bridge roadway. The structure will allow contractors to install the safety net, Clemens said.

The $211 million project includes $204 million for construction, design and environmental expenses. The project is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

A horizontal, stainless steel wire rope net will be stretched across support struts located 20 feet below the sidewalk.

Jumping into the net will cause significant bruises, sprains and possible broken bones, according to bridge district officials.

Funding for the net includes $74 million from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, $70 million from Caltrans, $60 million from Golden Gate Bridge District revenue, $7 million from California mental health funding via state Proposition 63 and $400,000 from individuals and foundation donations.

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