Investigators say a 53 year old man being held on misdemeanor charges tried to take his own life just after 8 Wednesday night in a booking cell.
The name of the inmate has not been released.
Jail staff were able to re-establish a pulse, and the man is now being cared for in the Intensive Care Unit of Sky Lakes Medical Center.
As of noon on Thursday, the man was listed in ‘serious’ condition.
Sheriff Chris Kaber declined to comment on the incident pending the results of a full investigation.
KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970’s. He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.Lyle’s job history is quite colorful.
He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand. A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90’s as a news writer and commercial producer. In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.
“The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain. Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story”.
When he’s not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.