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CHILD PREDATOR OF 150 CHILDREN TO BE RELEASED EARLY????

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Louis VanWie is scheduled to be released 10 years short of his maximum sentence

Troy man who admitted to Sexual Abuse of over 100 kids could return to Capital Region after early release

ALBANY, NY  –  A child sex predator could soon be out of prison and return to the Capital Region.

Louis VanWie is scheduled to be released 10 years short of his maximum sentence.  The Troy man admitted to abusing more than 150 children over decades.

Two of his victims are trying to fight his release.

Some of his young victims never knew his name until his 1997 arrest.

His victims said VanWie got away with most of his horrible crimes. Now they fear he will harm other local children when he is released from prison – possibly at the end of December.

In 1996, Kayla Wittman was a sweet-faced ballerina.  She was a happy kid growing up in Lansingburgh.  But her bright smile would fade with the unwanted touches from a man she knew back then as a family friend.

“He would have me sit on his lap, and he would force me to sit there if I tried to get up,” she recalled.  “You know, he would touch me.”

Wittman said the abuse was revealed after the night VanWie entered her bedroom.  She and a friend were making a home video. She said VanWie made some comments, which were picked up by the camera.

“And then I just made my parents aware,” she said.  “They listened to the videotape, and they just thought that things were a little weird. And then I confessed to them everything that he had done to me.”

Troy police investigated and discovered two more victims.  The local handyman was arrested on Sodomy and Sexual Abuse charges.

But then came a chilling revelation.  VanWie admitted to abusing over 100 boys and girls going back decades.  A search of his home revealed a large collection of children’s underwear and photos of young kids in bathing suits.

Then police received calls from more than 100 other possible victims.

“He is the worst of the worst,” Gary Greenberg said.  “Over 40 years, he abused hundreds and hundreds of kids.”

Today, Greenberg is a successful casino investor, but back in 1966, he was a 7-year-old boy living in Cohoes.  He said VanWie sexually assaulted him during a visit to the hospital when VanWie was working as an orderly.

“You know, he wanted to touch me in my private parts, and you know, I fought him,” Greenberg said.  “I kicked him.”

Greenberg said he fought his way to a set of service elevators.

“That’s where the elevator shaft was,” he explained.  “So he picked me up by my ankles, hung me head first down the elevator shaft, and said, ‘If you don’t do what I want you to do, I’m going to let go.’”

Greenberg said his abuser’s identify remained a mystery for 30 years.  But that all changed in 1997 when he recognized VanWie in news reports of his arrest.

Greenberg said he and VanWie’s other victims were denied justice due to New York State’s statute of limitations on sex abuse cases, something he’s trying to change by spearheading the Child Victims Act, which would eliminate any time limit.

“He’s a poster case for why we need to change the laws in his state,” he said.

But now, there’s a much more urgent concern.

The man who admitted to victimizing several children is about to be set free.  The shocking news was delivered in a letter to Wittman’s parents.

The Department of Corrections told NEWS10 ABC the now-74-year-old convicted child predator is eligible for conditional release after serving two-thirds of his 30-year prison term.

“It’s terrifying to know that I can go to the grocery store and bump into this man who scarred me for life,” Wittman said.

Wittman is afraid other children could be hurt by VanWie when he is released.

“I mean, a lot of people are saying he will be closely watched, but obviously, he doesn’t follow the rules or the laws,” she said.  “So I don’t think this is going to stop him.”

VanWie has a tentative release date of December 29, 2016.  But the DOC said he has been unable to secure adequate housing, so his release date may change.

NEWS10 was told he still has family in the area and may return to Troy.

Wittman and Greenberg are now asking Governor Andrew Cuomo to keep VanWie behind bars or place him in civil confinement. NEWS10 reached out to the governor’s office.  They said those requests will not happen.

Parole denied VanWie five times, but he has served two-thirds of his indeterminate sentence, so by law, he is eligible for release.

When Will Our Country Say “NO MORE”!!!!

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Benjamin Taylor, 32

West Virginia baby dies after “worst case of
sex assault” in decades

RIPLEY, WV  –  A 9-month-old baby has died after she was allegedly raped by a 32-year-old man in West Virginia, according to officials.

Jackson County officials say this incident was the worst sexual assault case they’ve seen in two decades, according to WCHS.

Benjamin Taylor, 32, was found Monday morning with the child in the basement of an apartment he shared with his girlfriend, who is the mother of the baby.  The baby was unresponsive and covered with blood, officials say.

Family members tell West Virginia Metro News that the baby was clinically brain-dead with no hope of waking up.

Taylor will now face a murder charge on top of the count of first-degree sexual assault.  Authorities say Taylor had a criminal record, but a motive was not yet known.

Taylor is in jail under a $2 million bond.

The investigation is ongoing.

Can You Say Forced Induction 700+HP War Horse

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This post is dedicated to my sons, 4 GOOD MEN

Report: Shelby GT500 to Get 700-Plus Horsepower

Rumors continue swirling about the upcoming Shelby GT500.

UPDATE: 2018 Shelby GT500 is coming, could crack 740+ HP w/ Direct-Injection Twin-Turbo EcoBoost 5.0

Today, a new rumbling indicates that this beast may be prepped to be a Hellcat killer with well over 700 horsepower.

The report hails from the folks over at HorsepowerKings.com and it’s enough to get Mustang fans worked into a frenzy.  The report indicates that Ford reps have claimed the GT500 will have “well over 700 horsepower” while “breathing through a straw.”  The latter statement is a possible hint at forced induction.  Additionally, the publication says that Ford is “working very hard” on direct injection for this new powerplant.

This leads to speculation of a 5.0-liter EcoBoost V-8 engine for the GT500 as the flat-plane-crank 5.2-liter V-8 in the GT350 would require too much reworking to prep it for forced induction.

What’s more, in a CNN interview with a Ford rep a while back, the company’s agent said, “our new SVT Halo Mustang will have more HP than the Hellcat.”   Translated into today’s world—one where SVT is no longer a thing—this would likely apply to the engine under the hood of the GT500 halo rig.

This means at least 708 horsepower—the Hellcat has 707 ponies, but I doubt Ford would be satisfied with just a one-horsepower advantage over Chrysler’s halo engine.

Adding fuel to this Ford versus Chrysler fire is another report that claims the GT500 was spotted doing quarter-mile runs and may have pulled off a 10.96-second run at 126 mph.  There is no mention whether this was on drag radials or stock tires, but if it was on the stock rubber, then it’s 0.25 seconds faster than the Challenger Hellcat.  If this is with drag radials, then the GT500 is in for a rude awakening as that’s 0.11 seconds slower than the Hellcat.

For now, this is purely a connection of the many faint dots that make up the Shelby GT500.  Only time will tell just how true these reports are.  Stay tuned for updates.

Demand For Sex Slaves Rising

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Demand For Sex Slaves Rising

Reported sex trafficking cases on the rise
in Indiana, Ohio

FORT WAYNE, IN  –  Young children, abused or neglected at home, run away and get picked up by strangers or even people they thought were their friends… selling them for sex.

It sounds like something straight out of a movie, but it actually happens everywhere.  It could be happening right in your own backyard.

The number of sex trafficking arrests are on the rise in the state of Indiana, but so is the supply and demand of the commercial sex industry.

Trafficking is a form of modern slavery, according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

“This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will,” says NHTRC.

One may think that sex trafficking only happens in under-developed neighborhoods, or only in other countries.  Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller reiterates that is simply not true, as it happens in any neighborhood, and from any computer or phone.

In Marion County alone, there have been 20 sex traffickers prosecuted and 25 victims rescued just in the past six months.

Zoeller, an advocate for education and the ceasing of sex trafficking in the Hoosier state, says many victims may not even see themselves as victims.  They may experience a phenomenon close to ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ or not know any other life than the toxic one they’re exposed to.

The AG says the victims are not to blame, but the main problem is the business world the traffickers are feeding into.

“This is a growing problem, and one we need to recognize is real. Many people don’t even believe this exists,” says Zoeller.  “I’ve called for the fact that people should be arrested and put in jail, the same way we address drunk driving.  You may lose your job, or at least the respect of your friends and community.  So if we start raising the risk factor, I think we can really take a dent out of the demand that’s out there today.”

Northwest Ohio is also no stranger to human trafficking cases either, as Toledo was once rated fourth in the nation for youth-sex trade due to a high number of FBI busts.  Some local coalition members say the busts are actually a good thing.

According to the NHTRC, there have been 289 human trafficking cases reported just this year.  233 of those cases are sex trafficking.

Even higher is the number of phone calls made to report a potential case: 1066.

Jennifer Wedge, a member of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition, says high numbers is not a bad thing, but quite the opposite.

“If there’s a population center with a lot of identified human trafficking victims, it means something in that area is working,” says Wedge.  “They’re getting them identified and getting them help.  It does happen in every single zip code in our country and in every country around the world.”

Many victims are believed to be missing children.

That’s why Tim Wedge, a Forensics Science professor at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio (and Jennifer’s husband) wanted to step in and help.

Wedge helped create FAGIN, Facial Analysis to Gain Information Now, a basic crude prototype that he and his students engineered.

FAGIN is designed to take missing person reports with pictures of missing children, run it through the facial analysis software by comparing them to pictures in ads for people being sold for sex online, and produce a report whenever there’s a match.

It even matches old pictures of the children, from the time when they went missing, to an aged picture years later when they’re being sold.

Wedge says FAGIN has the possibility of rescuing a shocking amount of victims.

“If we can take this crude prototype and turn it into a production system, we potentially can rescue every single one [victim] that’s being advertised online.  That possibility exists.  That [number of victims saved] is very likely going to be in the thousands,” Wedge says.

Wedge has showed the prototype to some law enforcement agencies to show how it works and how it can be made into a full production system.

He believes for that to happen, FAGIN needs the resources of law enforcement officers to officially use it for missing children like from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database, where 800,000 children are reported missing each year.  One in five of them are sex trafficking victims.

Zoeller says knowing the signs of trafficking is prominent in eliminating the epidemic.  Be on the lookout for young girls with an older man and it seems out-of-place.  There might be some bruising or cuts on the victims, they might seem very controlled, looking down and staying quiet, and they might not have identification on them.

Zoeller says these recognizing these red flags and bringing it to someone’s attention could help get someone’s life back.

To report a potential human trafficking case anonymously, call the NHTRC at 1 (888) 373-7888 or send a text to 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”).  Both are available 24/7.

Child vehicular heat stroke deaths for 2016

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Ark of Hope for Children

#HotVehicles are not #BabySitters

As of 11:30pm, July 12, 2016, 18 Children have been lost to vehicular heat stroke.

I think everyone will agree that too many Children have lost their lives in HOT CARS.

With this in mind, Ark of Hope for Children and NOT IN MY WORLD!!!! have an effective way to slow, and hopefully stop this killer of Our Children.

  1. Share this with everyone
  2. Use and share Our Hashtag:  #HotVehicles are not #BabySitters
  3. Set a “TASK” with alarm in smartphone every time you drive Child/Children , set alarm 10-30 minutes early before arrival at destination to drop off Child/Children (depending on distance).
  4. DO NOT TURN OFF ALARM UNTIL CHILD/CHILDREN ARE DROPPED OFF, CONTINUE TO HIT SLEEPER, SET AT 5 MINUTES, UNTIL TASK IS COMPLETED.