Posted by Sandra On September - 15 - 2013Comments Off
UPDATE: Missing 10-YO MI Boy Found Dead In Flat River
Dive teams discovered the body of a Michigan boy after an exhaustive two-day search around the Flat River, reported WWMA-TV. Devon Morrison of Belding, Mich., was found dead on Monday, after the FBI joined the operation to find the 10-year-old boy, who was last seen Saturday afternoon with his fishing pole, heading to a nearby river. READ MORE HERE
10-YO boy goes missing while fishing; prompts large search
BELDING, MI — Authorities in Belding are searching for a young boy who went missing yesterday after telling his parents he was going fishing. A dive team has been called in to search the Flat River for missing Devon Morrison, whom Ionia County sheriff’s dispatchers say went missing Saturday, Sept. 14 in Belding. Morrison left his home near Harrison Street and North York Street on Belding’s northeast side to go fishing alone on Saturday and never returned. His mother reported he was last seen wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and black jeans. READ MORE HERE
Posted by Sandra On September - 14 - 2013Comments Off
A jury on Thursday exonerated him of 12 charges of child sexual abuse
Michael Le Vell has said he forgives the teenager who falsely accused him of rape, but revealed that he believes the girl’s mother is ‘hell bent’ on destroying him. The Coronation Street star, 48, who was dramatically cleared of rape and indecent assault this week, told his family he believes his two-year ordeal was the result of a vindictive campaign. But he added: ‘I know I am a good man and an innocent man, now the world knows that too. In time I do think I will be strong enough to forgive.’ READ MORE HERE
Posted by Sandra On September - 13 - 2013Comments Off
Fugitive wanted for repeated rape of child
The Northern Ohio Violent Fugitive Task Force is offering a reward for information which would lead to the capture of fugitive Roy Young Jr. Young is wanted by the U.S. Marshals and the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office. Young is wanted for rape, sexual assault, and gross sexual imposition. It is alleged that Young has continually raped and sexually assaulted a young child for the last ten years. READ MORE HERE
Braxton Wood, Jayden Thomas Missing: MI Teens Disappeared Aug. 26
Two Mount Pleasant, Mich., teens suspected of running away together haven’t been seen for more than a week. ”It’s like they fell off the face of the earth,” Jayden Thomas’ mom, Kelly Drinkwine told CBS Detroit. “No one can find them.” Thomas, 13, disappeared with 14-year-old Braxton Wood on the morning of Aug. 26. Officials suspect the teens took off together in a Ford Explorer belonging to Woods’ parents, ABC News reports. Private detective Mike Cook is aiding Isabella County Sheriff’s Officers in the search for the missing teens. READ MORE HERE
Anyone with information on their whereabouts is asked to call the Isabella County Sheriff’s Office at 989-772-5911 or Private Investigator Cook at 616-466-4274.
Isabella County (Michigan) missing teens’ parents speak
MT. PLEASANT, MI – The gut-wrenching feeling of not knowing is tormenting Sarah Kiley and Ed Wood. Their son, Braxton Wood, has been missing since Monday, and they haven’t slept since. ”It’s tough. It’s kind of crazy. You just can’t imagine not having your child in your house,” said Ed Wood. ”Or imagining life without your child,” said Sarah Kiley. Early Monday morning, their 14-year old son took the family’s 2005 black Ford Explorer from their Mt. Pleasant home. It’s believed he drove north to pick up his 13-year-old girlfriend, Jayden Thomas, who lives in Clare. Now, the two are on the run. READ MORE HERE WNEM TV 5
Posted by Sandra On September - 4 - 2013Comments Off
James Bulger killer secretly released from jail and given FOURTH new identity
Jon Venables – one of the child killers of James Bulger – has been secretly freed from prison, it was revealed today. The 31-year-old, who was released from his life sentence for the brutal murder of the toddler in 2001, was locked up again three years ago after being caught with child porn on his computer. But it has been claimed today that he was released last week and given a fourth new identity – with the cost of protecting Venables believed to have passed £1million. The Sun reports that James’s family was only informed of Venables’ release yesterday. READ MORE HERE
Posted by Sandra On August - 31 - 2013Comments Off
WANTED FOR ALLEGED ATTEMPTED RAPE OF A CHILD
The San Jose Police Department is currently seeking Gabino Armendariz Lopez on a warrant charging him with an alleged attempted rape of a 12 year old girl and a completed child molest against the same girl. Lopez was last known to live in the east side of San Jose and worked as a janitor and landscaper. He told relatives that he was fleeing to Mexico. A $500,000.00 Ramey Warrant is on file for Lopez’s arrest. READ MORE HERE
Posted by Sandra On August - 30 - 2013Comments Off
Back to school spells sports and after-school activities for kids, but what about those days you come home from work late and your tween doesn’t have anything scheduled? For many parents, allowing preteens to stay home alone is a big, nervous decision. With a few essential safety tips in place that establish a routine for your tween, after-school will be fun with little worry for you.
1. Build a trust network with your neighborhood watch group.
Before the school year starts, choose neighbors your child is comfortable with contacting so she has someone to call or easily visit if she needs someone or gets scared. Contacting your local neighborhood watch group is an ideal, safe source you can establish a trust network with. Nnwi.org is a national neighborhood watch association dedicated to helping communities promote safety. They offer great resources to help parents talk to neighbors about organizing “safe” places in the neighborhood if kids run into trouble.
2. Keeping kids busy keeps them out of trouble.
If this is your child’s first time staying home alone, they may be overwhelmed by the excitement of the idea. Allow your child to relax with personal downtime after school, but encourage them to complete homework or practice their band instrument as an incentive to have free time to hang out later at night. Scholastic.com offers interactive, self-guided arts and crafts activities that are learning tools but are fun enough to keep tween-aged kids from getting bored.
3. Have an emergency plan and then practice it.
Experts agree that staying safe when home alone is more about boosting confidence than causing them to be scared of potential intruders or emergencies. Do it yourself home security installation, which is conveniently connected to cellular phones, home phones and the Internet, can empower your tween to feel secure. Along with making sure smoke detectors and emergency services phone numbers are stored in your child’s phone, be sure your child understands to leave the house immediately when a smoke alarm goes off and head to the designated neighbors house to call 911.
4. Stick to the same route home everyday.
If your tween walks home, practice the route with her before school starts and insist she takes this same way every day. If she rides the bus, have her ride it every day. The National Safe Routes To School Partnership suggests your child say “No thanks” to unplanned rides from friends’ parents to avoid unpredictable situations such as accidents that could compromise safety. The same route ensures you can predict how long it will take your tween to arrive home safely.
5. Keep the phone mostly off-limits.
Unless you have caller ID, it’s a good idea for kids to avoid answering the phone. Tweens can be easily persuaded by potential intruders to expose personal information unknowingly. A dedicated cell phone for emergencies with family and friend’s numbers programmed can be helpful and more secure than the home phone. Mychildsafety.net offers more tips to share with kids when answering the phone.
Al teaches economics and business at his local high school. He blogs about business, finance, teaching and the economy in his spare time.
Posted by Sandra On August - 20 - 2013Comments Off
Mexican police identify American fugitive, charged with child rape, by Superman tattoo
Tobias Summers was named on the FBI’s list of most wanted fugitives.
An American fugitive’s Superhero tattoo was up, up and away the best way to identify him. Tobias Summers, 30, accused of kidnapping and raping a Los Angeles girl, 10, fled to a small Mexican village where he checked himself into a rehab clinic south of Tijuana — not exactly a fortress of solitude — under a pseudonym. Someone discerned Summers’ true identity and tipped off the FBI late Tuesday night and, the next day, Baja California state police identified him by the prominent Man of Steel emblem tattooed on his chest. READ MORE HERE
Posted by Sandra On August - 18 - 2013Comments Off
Florida sets rapists and child molesters free to strike again
The Sun Sentinel set out to examine the effectiveness of the Jimmy Ryce law by determining the number of sex offenders released under the law who went on to commit new sex crimes. The newspaper obtained a database from the Florida Department of Children & Families of inmates screened since the law took effect in 1999, more than 31,000 individuals. Names, birth dates and screening dates were submitted to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The agency matched those against a statewide criminal history database and found 1,384 offenders had been rearrested on sex charges as of April 15. The number may be higher because arrest records do not always list the charge, the agency cautioned. In comparison, 759 sex offenders have been committed to the state’s sex predator treatment center. That means for every one committed, nearly two others were released and then arrested on a sex charge.
To identify offenders who have been convicted of a new sex offense, the Sun Sentinel compared the names, birth dates and screening dates with the Florida Department of Corrections database of felony convictions. Reporters also checked news clips of sex offender arrests. That process identified 594 men. Convictions for probation violations and failure to register as a sex offender were not counted. The tally includes sex-related murders but excludes 49 murders that did not appear to be sexually motivated.
The Sun Sentinel findings present only a partial picture of sexual re-offending since the data do not include arrests in other states or on federal charges. Also, research indicates many sex crimes are not reported and therefore would not result in an arrest or conviction. More than half of the 31,000 individuals screened under the Ryce law had limited ability to commit more sex crimes in Florida, according to corrections records and Florida’s sex offender registry. About 10,000 returned to prison after being reviewed, 1,800 were never released, and more than 4,800 died, were deported or moved to another state. About 7,600 are living in Florida, and the whereabouts of another 5,500 are unknown. At least 130 are listed as fugitives. READ MUCH MORE HERE
These are the women who suffered at the hands of sex predators and a law that failed to protect them: A college student tortured to near death. A great-grandmother shot and raped in her own bed. Never before have they publicly discussed the horror they faced. They agreed to speak to the Sun Sentinel with one hope — that Florida fix the failures that turned their attackers loose. The state had a chance to stop those sex offenders and hundreds of others who went on to assault nearly 600 women and children over the past 14 years, a Sun Sentinel investigation found. Victoria was one of them. “If nothing else, if I can just have a voice and say, ‘You know what? I’m one of those people that you forgot about,’” she said. “I don’t want anything to happen like this to anybody else, to anybody else.’’
The Sun Sentinel shared its investigative findings with experts, who said Florida could do more to protect the public from repeat sex offenders. The newspaper’s eight-month investigation found that Florida had missed opportunities to lock up sex offenders under the Jimmy Ryce law, which allows the state to confine the most dangerous rapists and child molesters at a treatment center. In the 14 years the law has been in effect, Florida released at least 594 sex offenders who were later convicted of new sex crimes. Experts — professors who have researched sex offenders, psychologists who have evaluated them, and those who have worked at sex offender treatment centers — suggested specific actions the state can take.
Posted by Sandra On August - 13 - 2013Comments Off
Smartphone pictures pose privacy risks
WARNING!!!! If you take photos with your cell phone and use social media and/or the internet
Pictures you’ve e-mailed or uploaded from your smartphone could leak information that can threaten your safety or that of your children. If you, your kids or grand kids take pics from your phone—WATCH THIS! This is truly alarming – please take the time to watch. At the end they’ll tell you how to set your phone so you don’t run this risk! Please watch this and then be sure to share with all your family and friends. It’s REALLY important info, about what your posting things on your cell phones can do TO YOU!!!
Guam – The Marshals Division of the Guam Judiciary has issued a wanted notice for Ryan J. Alcantra. The 32 year old Alcantra stands 5-feet 7-inches and weighs 189 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair. His last known residence was in the village of Mangilao. Alcantra is wanted for Violating the Conditions of Probation on initial charges of Second Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct and Child Abuse. READ MORE HERE
Amber Alert: James Lee Dimaggio Suspected Of Killing Woman, Abducting Her Children
SAN DIEGO — The husband of a woman whose body was found in a burned house near the U.S.-Mexico border said Tuesday that he knew the man suspected of killing his wife and abducting one or both of their children. The disclosure came as a manhunt for James Lee DiMaggio, 40, expanded. The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has said DiMaggio and the victim, 44-year-old Christina Anderson, had been in a close, platonic relationship. READ MORE HERE
A teenager was found hanged at her home after suffering months of bullying by anonymous ‘trolls’ on a notorious website. Hannah Smith, 14, was taunted on Ask.fm – linked to at least four teenage deaths in the past year – over her weight, the death of an uncle and an apparent propensity to self-harm. She had also been urged to ‘drink bleach’ by the anonymous tormentors, friends said. The tragedy comes amid a continuing escalation of the abusive and threatening ‘trolling’ of high-profile women on Twitter. READ MORE HERE
Amazon being used to share images of child abuse – and it’s increased 10 times in just two years
Pedophiles are using Amazon to share sex abuse images of kids as young as two. Shocking new figures from the Internet Watch Foundation reveal that in just two years the number of pages on Amazon’s web services hosting such images have increased TEN TIMES. Perverts are able to view the depraved pictures while remaining undetected by taking advantage of software which provides storage online. Amazon offers the service to store data, photographs and videos. But we can reveal that more and more pedophiles are taking advantage of the technology to trade vile images because it is difficult for them to be identified and prosecuted. The total number of child sex abuse web pages hosted on Amazon has increased from 37 in 2011 to 372 in the first six months of this year. READ MORE HERE
Authorities Search for Man Wanted on Child Endangerment, Drug Charges
MONONA, Iowa – Authorities are asking for the public’s help in finding a Monona man wanted on drug and child endangerment charges. In a press release Tuesday, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation said they’re looking for Troy Laufenberg, wanted on four charges: child endangerment, possession with intent to deliver, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia. The DCI said charges stem from an incident that happened July 15 at Laufenberg’s apartment on East Center Street in Monona. Local police couldn’t give specific details, but say they were called there for a report of an injured 18-month-old. READ MORE HERE
CONVICTED CHILD RAPIST, Stanley Carter , ON THE RUN — CAPTURED IN MICHIGAN
LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas – A man who skipped out on his court date has been captured in Michigan. Captain Ken Mitchell with the West Memphis Police Dept. says Stanley Carter was apprehended in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He says as news stories aired about him, Crittenden County Crime Stoppers began receiving tips on Carter’s possible whereabouts including a tip where he had fled to and where he was hiding. Local law enforcement took Carter into custody without incident. READ MORE HERE
Welcome to the United States G8 affiliated wanted child sex offender initiative in collaboration with Interpol General Secretariat. This initiative aims to identify and apprehend wanted child sex offenders from across G8 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, United Kingdom and United States) by bringing together initiatives relating to child sex offenders. The United States Marshals Service is leading the United States’ participation in the G8 Most Wanted Initiative through the National Sex Offender Targeting Center (NSOTC). NSOTC is an interagency intelligence and operations center supporting the identification, apprehension, and prosecution of non-compliant sex offenders. If you have any information please contact us: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone: 1-877-WANTED2
Vermont officials warn boys aged 12-13 to be on alert as pedophile to be released Friday
Vermont authorities are warning residents in advance of a high-risk pedophile being released from prison Friday. Residents are being told to be extra cautious with their children as a high risk pedophile is set to be released from a state prison Friday, with 12 to 13-year-old blond-haired, blue-eyed boys said to be at highest risk, according to reports. ’It’s terrible they’re letting him out. Once a pedophile, always a pedophile,’ Springfield, VT. resident Jamie Hoopersaid. READ MORE HERE
Reward offered in murder of Macomb County (MI) young couple
Crime Stoppers is offering a $2,500 reward for information that leads to the killer of a young Macomb County couple. Tony Velez, 22, and his his girlfriend, 19-year-old Rosemary Chyz, were found dead in a field on Detroit’s east side on Oct. 24. Police say they had been robbed, their pockets turned inside out and their hands tied. Both had been shot in the head several times. Anyone with information is asked to call 1-800-SPEAK-UP or visit www.1800speakup.org . You can remain anonymous.
Charlie is white, middle class and a child sex offender. And though he’s served his sentence, by his own admission, he continues to pose a significant danger to children. When the rehabilitation center he has elected to attend is shut down, he is cast adrift in the local community, without guidance or psychological treatment, to struggle alone with his compulsion to re-offend. Written after the closure of the last rehabilitation center for child sex offenders in the UK, Secret Life is a difficult and powerful feature-length drama that seeks to explore how children can be safeguarded from convicted child sex offenders. And which questions the lack of effective measures in place to prevent them from re-offending. READ MORE HERE
EAST ST. LOUIS, Illinois - A convicted sexual predator is missing after leaving a halfway house last week, the Illinois Department of Corrections said Tuesday. Frederick Buettner, 40 years old, went missing July 8 from a halfway house in East St. Louis. He’d been living there since May 24. Buettner had been wearing an ankle monitoring device, but authorities believe he was able to remove it without setting off its alarm. READ MORE HERE
Two teenage boys are being hailed as heroes after they chased a car carrying a kidnapped girl — on their bicycles. Five-year-old Jocelyn Rojas was playing in her front yard in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, when she vanished Thursday afternoon. Authorities believe she was abducted by a man who lured her by offering ice cream. For two hours, neighbors and police scoured the area and asked if anyone had seen her. Temar Boggs, 15, and his friend took off on their bicycles to search. READ MORE HERE
A man who drove off after reversing into a mother and her child is being sought by US police, who have released footage of the incident. Police in Michigan are trying to identify a driver who backed into a woman pushing a buggy with her child inside and dragged the one-year-old a short distance before fleeing. Authorities released video of the pushchair being hit and dragged by a minivan in the parking lot of a store in Muskegon. Police also released images of the driver in the store. READ MORE HERE
This weekend’s Crime Stoppers centers around a man with active warrants for aggravated child abuse. 25- year old Tyrone McCollum caught the eye of police back in May after a three-year old that had been placed in his care wound up with bruises on her lower neck. The bruises were consistent with being grabbed. READ MORE HERE
An alert was issued at 4:30 p.m. July 4 that a boy was reported abducted in Spotsylvania County. The FBI, Virginia State Police and the Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office are asking for the public’s help finding a young boy who a witness said was kicking and screaming while being forced into a van on the Fourth of July. At 1:40 p.m. Thursday, the Spotsylvania County 911 center received a call from a witness reporting an abduction in progress at Holleybrooke Drive in the county, said Capt. Jeff Pearce of the Sheriff’s Office. READ MORE HERE
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