CORRUPT CPS STILL TRYING TO KEEP LAW ENFORCEMENT OUT OF THE LOOP
Madison, Wisconsin – The State Senate on Tuesday passed two bills backed by Attorney General Brad Schimel aimed at protecting child abuse victims.
One of the bills grants an advocate to victims of sexual assault, human trafficking or child abuse and another creates a new felony crime for engaging in repeated acts of child abuse. Under current law, different acts of child abuse must be prosecuted separately.
The bills were introduced in October as part of a package that included two other bills that have drawn broader opposition, including a resolution opposing them by the Dane County Board.
Those bills, which broaden the definition of child neglect and expand reporting requirements to law enforcement for child abuse and neglect, passed committee on party lines, but have not been scheduled for a full Senate vote. Opponents worry they will disproportionately affect low-income minorities and widen disparities in the criminal justice system.
Jason Mugnaini, an aide to Sen. Rob Cowles, who authored the bills, said the senator remains hopeful the other two will pass this session.
We are scared. Many have lost crops. The heavy metals released from the mine spill is very toxic to babies and Elders and anyone who has health problems. My well is capped, I destroyed my small garden, and moved my horses….
SHIPROCK, NM – Rows of dried corn stalks stand in front of Earl and Cheryle Yazzie’s home. On a portion of land where melons grew, a pair of puppies sniffed, then nudged ruined fruit.
Months after the Gold King Mine spill, the couple, like many farmers in San Juan County, continues to worry about the future of their farm.
On Aug. 5, the spill released millions of gallons of toxic wastewater into a tributary of the Animas River.
The mustard yellow plume flowed through the Animas into the San Juan River, which flows through the northern region of the Navajo Nation. The Yazzie residence is about a mile north of the river that they have used to irrigate their crops.
“This was an eye opener for everybody,” Earl Yazzie said about the spill and subsequent actions by government officials and residents in response to the spill.
On a recent Wednesday, Yazzie said he wants to see testing results from federal and tribal entities before he decides to again irrigate his farm with San Juan River water.
Since the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has accepted responsibility for the spill, he said, the agency should be supplying a clean water source and start testing the soil on farms.
The toxic spill received nationwide attention and, as The Daily Times reported on Sept. 9, environmental activist and consumer advocate Erin Brockovich visited the farm while touring the Navajo Nation.
During the visit, Brockovich listened to the Yazzies as they talked about efforts to save their crops and why they opposed resuming irrigation with the suspect river water.
Cheryle Yazzie said she remains angry and disappointed by the response of government officials, especially since it seems no one “can do anything.”
“A lot of people, I think, don’t understand the real casualties, the effects of this. Sure, it’s not going to happen this instant, but we’ll see it in a few years,” she said.
At the time of Brockovich’s visit, officials had set up a water tank to irrigate a section of the Yazzie farm. When asked if that effort helped the crops, Earl Yazzie said it helped, but the crops did not mature.
“The whole field was lost. Our crops were a loss. It really affected me,” Yazzie said.
Cheryle Yazzie recalled previous seasons when people would visit the farm to buy produce. The couple estimates they suffered a financial loss of more than $10,000.
Earl Yazzie is a lifelong resident of this town and grew up on a farm, learning how to work the ground from his parents and grandparents.
“To see this actually happening, it made me think about things. I thought, `This is going to destroy our farm life,’” he said.
When asked if they will be planting crops during the upcoming season, Cheryle Yazzie said she is opposed to that if the river water is going to be the source of irrigation for the crops.
“We don’t want that water on our land,” she said, adding she remains proud of the Shiprock residents who opposed reopening the irrigation canal that delivers river water to the farms.
The answer is not as easy for Earl Yazzie, who said he would have to evaluate the situation in the spring. He reiterated the need for testing.
An effort by federal lawmakers to address the spill came on Dec. 18 when New Mexico”s Democratic U.S. senators, Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich, along with U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, D-Santa Fe, included a provision to support monitoring efforts in the end-of-year appropriations bill before Congress. That provision directs the EPA to coordinate with states and tribes impacted by the spill to develop a plan for independent monitoring, according to a joint press release from the lawmakers.
It also directs the EPA to provide support for the monitoring efforts of states and tribes.
Udall said in a press release that the provision will help hold the EPA accountable and ensure it keeps its commitment to prioritizing transparency in water quality monitoring.
“If a situation like a flash flood or thunderstorm were to cause contamination in the water once again, we need the EPA making determinations and giving prompt warnings to impacted communities based on the best scientific advice,” Udall said.
Luján was pleased that the provision was included.
“There are serious concerns about the effects that this spill will have on our communities in the months and years to come, and it is critical that there is a coordinated effort to conduct long-term monitoring of the Animas River,” Luján said in the release.
Heinrich acknowledged that families deserve to be compensated for damages incurred because of the spill, and he said he will continue to work on overhauling federal hard rock mining and abandoned mine policies. Mining interests have successfully blocked efforts to update the Mining Act of 1872, which allows mining companies to obtain claims for a small investment and does not require companies to clean up inactive or abandoned mines.
EPA officials and an agency contractor, using taxpayer dollars, were working to clean up the Gold King Mine when they caused the spill.
You KNOW that you deserve MORE; you wakeup, shower(or maybe you shower at night, or both, my point is: you keep yourself clean), dress nice, have breakfast(I hope you have enough to eat), then you go about your business for the day.
Who else do you KNOW deserves MORE, your family, your friends????
OK, now comes the hard part: WHAT exactly do you, your family, and your friends deserve MORE of????
I KNOW that I deserve MORE, just as my family, friends, and neighbors deserve MORE.
Change begins within one’s own self with the desire for something different. How can we affect change without first changing our own self, i.e. meeting the same standard.
After the last year and four months I have finally realized that there are many people who are very unhappy with the Violence, racial strife, lack of respect, lack of friendship, lack of good will, Elder Abuse, Domestic Violence, Child Abuse, and very little genuine love.
Yesterday, while discussing our direction for the next year, the subject of New Year Resolutions suddenly became very real, and I saw it play out. I ignored my two agitators when I awoke from my unplanned nap, and instead drew my new notebook and old days notebook close and went to work.
I have tested this repeatedly today in several different situations and I am very happy with the results, which was 100% positive, very positive. I do want to tell everyone that I have been involving my Step-Father more and more for insight, comparison of opinions, and in search of ideas, with more and more interaction. He was present at my last test, but when I brought the matter up after we had left, it occurred to me that we had finally more than communicated, after all these years he knew….
I CARE, and I know there are many more that care, and it is time for US to do all we can, but give me another few minutes to try to convince as many of the LEMMINGS to help, as possible.
I hear the beautiful people spout their racial rhetoric and TALK, and time and time again the LEMMINGS take up the chant, SEVERAL OF THESE LEMMING IDIOTS ARE RIGHT HERE ON WORDPRESS, and you can tell one or two by the fact that they never post during mid-morning while “SHE” is on TV, they wouldn’t dare miss HER HYPNOTIC BS, so they can spread more racial strife.
FIRST, I want to remind all Texans that as a promise for letting lotto into Texas, all proceeds would go to education…. OH SO SOME OF YOU REMEMBER.
OK, what all the beautiful people couldn’t care less about telling you is that all the education you want is right there on that internet FREE for the taking. IF YOU DON’T know how, email me, but I expect honesty.
I hope and pray you will join with us to help 2016 get started right, if you do, copy Our graphic “MAKE A DIFFERENCE” and post it every time you get a chance.
Now I want you all to watch this short video about Bullying please, the name is “The Silent Word”.
Colorado hotline expands reporting of suspected Child Abuse and Neglect
Child abuse reporting
State and local officials encourage Coloradans to report suspected child abuse and neglect.
People living anywhere in Colorado can call the state child abuse/neglect hotline: 1-844-CO-4-KIDS (1-844-264-5437), to speak to a representative 24 hours a day, every day.
People suspecting abuse of children or at-risk adults living in Boulder County can also call the county’s own hotline: 303-441-1309, also 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Information about Boulder County’s child welfare programs and services: bit.ly/1PmW8Uz
Colorado Department of Human Services information about preventing and reporting child abuse and neglect: bit.ly/1FiAkQH
With the approaching first anniversary of the launch of a toll-free statewide telephone hotline for reporting child abuse and neglect, child-welfare officials are urging Coloradans to stay vigilant if they’re concerned about a child’s safety and well-being.
The Colorado Department of Human Services announced that as of Dec. 20, state and county officials had received nearly 205,000 reports of suspected child abuse or neglect since the hotline went live on Jan. 1 — both through the new state hotline and from people contacting counties’ and the state’s human services offices.
“There is a growing understanding in our community that we all play a role in keeping our kids safe,” state Department of Human Services Director Reggie Bicha said in a news release.
Bicha said the 1-844-CO-4-KIDS hotline is integral to help Coloradans spot and report signs of child abuse and neglect. “One call can save a child,” he said.
Of the total 204,983 calls received by Dec. 20 about possible child abuse or neglect, 26,461 were made on the state hotline, according to Department of Human Services spokesman Lee Rasizer. Of that total, 4,516 came from Boulder County, 706 from Broomfield County and 5,395 from Weld County.
Under a system in which calls are evaluated and determinations made about whether further assessments and investigations are merited, and how rapidly those assessments and investigations need to be made, 88,441 of the total calls to the state’s hotline and Colorado counties were accepted for assessment and 32,709 were assessed and investigated, Rasizer said.
Accepted for assessment and possible further action, he said, were 1,678 of the original 4,516 reports originally received about possible child abuse or neglect in Boulder County, 183 of the 706 reports received about situations in Broomfield County, and 1,793 of the 5,395 reports about possible abuse or neglect in Weld County.
The state child abuse and neglect hotline links callers at all hours to the appropriate official. All calls are confidential and will be routed to the county where a child resides.
Boulder County also has its own child abuse hotline, 303-441-1309, said Jim Williams, spokesman for the County Department of Housing and Human Services. But in emergencies, call 911.
“The hotline technology allows callers to be connected around the clock with screeners who can discuss their concerns with them,” Williams said.
Wetumpka case prompts DA to seek stronger child-abuse punishment
WETUMPKA, AL – District Attorney Randall Houston wants to strengthen the penalty for aggravated child abuse, bringing the punishment up to par with murder and other violent crimes.
Houston’s move would change the punishment in aggravated Child Abuse cases where victims are under the age of 6.
“The aggravated Child Abuse statute covers children from infants to 18-year-olds,” Houston said. “It’s obvious that a teenager is better able to seek protection from an abuser than a child under the age of 6.”
“These are our youngest, most helpless victims. After a child is 6, they are usually in a school situation, where educators can recognize the signs of abuse.”
Houston represents the 19th Judicial Circuit, which includes Autauga, Chilton and Elmore counties. Currently, aggravated child abuse is a Class B felony, with a punishment range of two to 20 years in prison. Houston will be backing a bill in the 2016 legislative session that begins in February to stiffen the penalty to a Class A felony. Murder, attempted murder and other violent crimes are Class A felonies, with a punishment range of 10 to 99 years to life in prison.
By law, aggravated child abuse results in “serious bodily injury” to the victim.
A current case being investigated by his office moved Houston to seek the punishment upgrade.
“I stood in court last week to oppose a bond request made by a mother who, along with her boyfriend, heinously abused her 4-year-old son to a point that he was near death,” Houston said. “As I looked that defendant in the eye and thought of the ways she and her boyfriend had abused her own son, I realized that the current penalties for such monstrous acts are inadequate and must be toughened so those who commit them can stare at the four cold walls of a prison cell for the rest of their lives.”
Houston was referring to the case of Hallee Ann McLeod, 28, of Wetumpka, whose son was found unresponsive and injured in the back of a car in Panama City, Fla., in September. She is facing aggravated child abuse and chemical endangerment of a child charges in Elmore County, courthouse records show.
Last week Elmore County District Judge Glenn Goggans refused to lower her bond, which had been set at $300,000. She remained in the Elmore County Jail on Monday, jail records show.
Elmore County Sheriff Bill Franklin, who has been the county’s top cop for 24 years, calls the abuse “one of the worst cases I have seen.”
The child was discovered by Bay County, Fla., deputies as the car was parked in the courthouse parking lot. Scott Hicks, McLeods’ boyfriend, had driven to Panama City, Fla., to pay fines on an unrelated case. Local authorities were contacted by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office and an investigation began that showed the abuse of the boy occurred in Elmore County, Franklin said.
“Nothing can erase the trauma that this child suffered, but we can ensure that the severity of the penalty truly matches the severity of the crime,” Houston said. “Then perhaps justice can be fully obtained.
“As a prosecutor I take my responsibility to ensure the protection of the most defenseless among us very seriously, and toughening our aggravated child abuse law will held accomplish this mission.”
Houston has been successful in efforts to toughen punishments. After a series of alcohol related fatal boating accidents in the circuit, he fought a three-year battle to get the Legislature to toughen the homicide by vessel law.
The law was an unclassified felony, meaning it had a maximum punishment of five years in prison. The punishment for homicide by vessel law now allows prosecutors to seek the same punishment as cases of DUI related motor vehicle accidents. That means defendants can be charged with manslaughter or murder in DUI related boating accidents that result in fatalities.
Houston hopes the strengthening of the aggravated child abuse law doesn’t take as much time.
“We are in it for the long haul,” he said. “If it takes another long fight, we’re dedicated to doing whatever it takes to see this change implemented.”