Walker, MN – The Family Safety Network and the Village Square once again partnered with each other last Thursday night to host the Family Fun Pizza Night.
The event is part of the 27th Annual Radiothon to End Child Abuse, an event of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting that raises money and awareness of child abuse and local resources available to the community. The funds go to help end child abuse and neglect in Minnesota and for local counties of Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater and Hubbard. These include the Leech Lake Reservation Children’s Initiative and the Family Safety Network.
The Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Student Council also held a Change for Child Abuse fundraiser leading up to the Radiothon. The seventh- through 12th-grade classes donated $764.39, with the senior class winning the class competition with $440.
“We thought this would be a great cause and to get the students to realize what change they can make by giving a few cents,” said Maizee Freeman of the WHA Student Council. “I was blown away by how successful it was. We didn’t know how it was going to go over, but we were going to try.”
Shelby Short, another student council member, said they started collecting the change back in November, and will do this again next year.
Both Freeman and Short attended the Family Pizza Night so they could pass along the money raised by the senior high classes.
There are about 40 students part of student council with teacher Paul Schroeder serving as the advisor.
Hayford Racing of Walker, a cross-country snowmobile racing team, is purchasing all the pizzas for the senior class, which were brought up to the school Monday for lunch.
The Pizza Night brought in $1,624.61 for a total of $2,389.39. A total of $37,000 was raised during this year’s Radiothon to fight child abuse.
The Walker event featured celebrity waiters from the Cass County Sheriff Office, including Sheriff Tom Burch and some deputies, and the administration of Walker-Hackensack-Akeley School.
Village Square owners Gary and Theresa Bilben donated a $1 for every pizza ordered that evening along with all tips the celebrity wait staff collected.
All proceeds from Pizza Night and WHA School fundraiser directly benefit communities, as the funds stay local and help support the Family Safety Network programming and services.
Pledges were also collected throughout the 24-hour period, and a live, on-air auction was held.
Since the Radiothon started 1989, nearly $1,050,000 has been raised since the Radiothon began.
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Authorities have doubled a reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspected child molester with Dallas ties.
Donald Jack Robertson II, 43, is accused of sexually assaulting two children in 2011 in Lamar County, records show. He faces charges of indecency and sexual assault of a child.
A reward of up to $10,000 is being offered for information leading to his arrest.
Robertson has connections to Dallas and Paris, Texas. His last known address was on Summerwood Circle in far northeast Dallas.
He is described as 6-foot-1, 160 pounds and has a tattoo of a fist holding a lightning bolt on his upper left arm. He also has a scar on his right wrist. He has an interest in online gaming.
Officials said Robertson should be considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-252-8477 or submit a tip via Facebook.
UPDATE – Featured Most Wanted Fugitive Arrested in Oregon
AUSTIN, TX – Donald Jack Robertson II, 43, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitive and November’s featured fugitive, is now in custody after being captured on Nov. 23 in Portland, Oregon.
Robertson had been wanted since 2011 for aggravated sexual assault of a child, sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child-sexual contact. The arrest was the result of tip information, and a reward up to $10,000 will be paid.
Working off tip information, the U.S. Marshals Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force coordinated with the U.S. Marshals Service-District of Oregon to locate and arrest Robertson at a residence in Portland. Since the arrest was the result of tip information and the tip was received during the month that Robertson was featured, the increased reward of up to $10,000 (originally $5,000) will be paid.
So far in 2015, DPS and other agencies have arrested 28 Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives and Sex Offenders, including 19 sex offenders, and $79,000 in rewards have been paid for tips that resulted in arrests.
One offender from the Texas 10 Most Wanted Program is featured each month in hopes the higher reward money from the Governor’s Criminal Justice Division will generate additional tips.
More than 2,200 images of Child Pornography found on iPods and thumb drive, some of it showing babies.
A registered sex offender from Arlington TX was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Tuesday for possessing hundreds of images of child pornography, some of which showed babies.
Steven Lass, 33, pleaded guilty in April to one count of possession of child pornography, according to a release from the U.S. attorney’s office.
In August 2014, Lass was pulled over by a Midlothian police officer who noticed that the passenger seat of Lass’ vehicle was missing. In its place were tools and electronic devices, including two iPods and a thumb drive later found to contain more than 2,200 images of child porn.
The evidence was seized by the FBI, whose investigation revealed “the lewd and lascivious exhibition of the genitals and public are of minors,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Camille Sparks said in a written release.
Lass was required to register as a sex offender after a 2005 arrest in Euless. He was convicted of indecency with a child, an 8-year-old girl, sentenced to nine years and later paroled.