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Man’s deadly fall from 267 Bypass ruled a suicide

Paul Raymore

Suicide was the cause of death of a Las Vegas man found under the Highway 267 bridge on June 16, according to the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office. That determination was reached after a motorist recalled seeing Terry Walterman, 38, minutes before he apparently jumped to his death from the Highway 267 Bypass bridge.”We’re assuming he jumped to commit suicide, but without talking to him, we can’t know for sure,” said Sgt. Joe Salibar, of the Nevada County Sheriff’s Office.Walterman’s body was found at approximately 8:30 p.m. on June 16 in a fenced area under the bridge by a jogger. Walterman was pronounced dead at the scene by rescue workers. Officials believe Walterman jumped at 3:07 p.m. – the time at which his watch was stopped due to the impact. They do not believe Walterman was the victim of foul play because his wallet was found with his body and from a tip by a passing motorist who noticed Walterman walking on the bridge looking over the side at approximately 3 p.m.Carjacking ends in I-80 wreckStaff reportsA 29-year-old woman is being held on attempted murder charges after she allegedly stole her father’s car at gunpoint in El Dorado County and crashed it on Donner Summit over the weekend.The carjacking occurred late Saturday night northwest of Placerville, according to law enforcement officials. Jessica Smith, who was getting a ride to a rehab house from her father, Stephen Brigham, allegedly pulled out a pistol and ordered Brigham from the Honda Accord. Brigham, who had a restraining order on Smith because of prior incidents, reported to police that he heard her fire the gun as he exited the vehicle.Smith appeared to be under the influence of drugs, Brigham told officers. He fled the scene and escaped uninjured, except for minor cuts and scratches from diving from the car.When police responded to the scene they found that Smith had driven off in Brigham’s car.Responding to reports of a car crash near the Donner Lake interchange and Interstate 80 at about 1 p.m. Sunday, CHP officers found the stolen car rolled over and blocking both eastbound lanes of the interstate. The speeding vehicle had struck the guardrail and crashed, the CHP reported. No other vehicles were involved in the accident. Smith, who had no serious injuries, was arrested and charged with vehicle theft, possession of stolen property, driving under the influence of drugs and attempted murder, according to the CHP. She was transported to Wayne Brown Correctional Facility in Nevada City.Coast Guard calls off searchSun News ServiceThe U.S. Coast Guard suspended a search and rescue mission Monday afternoon on the North Shore after a radio call from a boater said “Mayday, I’m going down in Carnelian Bay.”The call came around 2 p.m. and led the authorities to conduct a three-hour search of bays along the shore. The search turned up nothing other than a menu, two oars and a few pieces of trash. “I truly believe if there was something out there we would have found it by now,” said Coast Guard Petty Officer Nathan Blackwell. Because heavy resources and equipment was used during the search, officials said if the call turns out to be a prank, the caller could be prosecuted.