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Michigan Woman Should Have Drawn Life Sentence

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Mary Burkemo will spend five to 20 years in prison.

Woman Sentenced to Prison for Child Abuse

Cadillac, MI  –  The woman who allowed one of her underage family members to have a sexual relationship with a registered sex offender is heading to prison.

Mary Burkemo will spend five to 20 years in prison.

She admitted to child abusive activity and third-degree child abuse.

In exchange, charges like second-degree child abuse were dropped.

Burkemo was dating Kyle Donkers, a registered sex offender who was on parole for a previous sex crime conviction.

Donkers became obsessed with a relative of Burkemo’s.

He is currently serving 13 to 20 in prison for child abusive activity. 

Danville VA AMBER ALERT Cancelled

Baby Emma found safe and Father arrested

DANVILLE, VA  –  The search for a missing Danville, Virginia infant believed to be in extreme danger is over.

  • NC tag EKZ-5093
  • 2007 Gold Suzuki four-door Forenza
  • 7-month-old Emma Grace Kennedy.
  • Blond, with blue eyes, and weighing about 18 pounds
  • She was last seen wearing a light blue onesie.
  • Last seen at Kwik Stop on Riverside Drive in Danville.

Emma Grace Kennedy, who is seven months old, appeared to be in good health and was being evaluated at a hospital, the Danville Police Department in Virginia said in a news release.

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Carl Ray Kennedy, a registered sex offender in North Carolina and could be armed with a knife

Carl Ray Kennedy, the girl’s father, was arrested with the baby in Randleman, North Carolina, about 65 miles south of where the abduction took place Sunday evening at a gas station in Danville, police said.

Virginia State Police had issued an Amber Alert early Monday stating that the infant was in “extreme danger.”

Kennedy, 51, is a registered sex offender with a long criminal history, police said.

Before the alleged abduction, he was out of jail on a $250,000 bond on a drug distribution charge.

Danville VA AMBER ALERT

Man wanted in Danville, Virginia Amber Alert possibly sighted in North Carolina

Danville, VA – JOHNSON CITY, TN (WJHL) — The search for a missing Danville, Virginia infant believed to be in extreme danger continues.

  • NC tag EKZ-5093
  • 2007 Gold Suzuki four-door Forenza
  • 7-month-old Emma Grace Kennedy.
  • Blond, with blue eyes, and weighing about 18 pounds
  • She was last seen wearing a light blue onesie.
  • Last seen at Kwik Stop on Riverside Drive in Danville.
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Carl Ray Kennedy, a registered sex offender in North Carolina and could be armed with a knife

Seven month-old Emma Grace Kennedy is believed to have been abducted by Carl Ray Kennedy on Sunday night at the Kwik Stop on Riverside Drive in Danville, Virginia, which is about three hours from the Tri-Cities.

Carl Ray Kennedy was possibly sighted in the area of Seven Springs, North Carolina around 6:30 p.m. Monday night and may possibly he headed to Oak Island, North Carolina.

Virginia State Police also releasing new license plate information: NC tag EKZ-5093, traveling in a 2007 Gold Suzuki four-door Forenza.

He was last seen wearing a brown shirt, gray pants, with gray hair and green eyes.

He has a tattoo of a skull on his left forearm a tattoo of a skull with bandana over the mouth on right forearm, an eye tattoo on the back of his right hand, an upper right arm tattoo of a pitbull with American bulldog written under it and a wizard on his left upper arm.

Kennedy is also a registered sex offender in North Carolina and could be armed with a knife.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Danville Police Department at 434-799-5111 or Virginia State Police at 1-800-822-4453.

Is Your Family Really Secure?

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Internet, Mobile Phone, and Texting safety Tips for Parents and Children

Apple and Android continue to leave customer vulnerable

Apple says their latest (tiny????) hole in security, that left Iphone users’ pictures out for all to see and copy, is patched up.

Android has had a serious design flaw in their software since inception, and while not as bad, we as yet have no answer to how many updates  to the OS will be needed to close this hole.

Children need parental supervision from the day they are born to the day they turn 18-years-of-age.  All it takes is one minute alone with the wrong person to seriously alter their once-bright future.

Be the parent your Child deserves.

Internet, Mobile Phones, and Texting Safety Tips for Kids

  • Do not post personal information online (name, age, birth date, address, telephone number, or school name).  This information can be used by others to find out where you and your family live.
  • Do not post your picture or pictures of your family online – they can be copied or changed or used to find you.
  • Do not send any inappropriate photo or message by email or text.
  • Do not post your plans and activities in a chat room or on your personal website.
  • Do not post entries that make it clear that no one is at your home.
  • Do not communicate with someone who has made you uncomfortable or afraid. Tell your parents or a trusted adult if someone does.
  • Do not join online groups or games without talking to your parents.
  • Do not meet with someone you met online without first telling your parents or guardian.
  • Do not post hurtful or inappropriate messages.  If someone else posts hurtful or inappropriate messages — do not respond, but do tell a teacher, parent or other adult.
  • Do not click on any link that you do not know, and you are not sure is legitimate.
  • Do not buy any “apps” or “in app” purchases without talking to your parents or guardian.
  • Do not enable any location services without talking to your parents or guardian.
  • Do remember that people can lie online and say they are something they are not.  Someone who says they are a 12-year-old girl could really be an older man looking to harm you.
  • Do save messages that upset you and show them to your parents.
  • Do share your password with your parents.
  • Do visit http://www.netsmartz.org/ to learn more about Internet safety.

Internet, Mobile Phones, and Texting Safety Tips for Parents

  • Do teach your child not to post identifying information on the Internet.
  • Do set a limit for how much time your child can spend online.
  • Do keep the computer in a public room in the house.  Do not have an Internet-connected computer in your child’s bedroom.
  • Do utilize parental controls provided by your Internet Service Provider and/or blocking software. (Contact your Internet ISP if you have questions).
  • Do talk to your children about purchasing “in app” products.
  • Do talk to your child about using any location services on their device.
  • Do periodically review your child’s computer, emails and messages.  You should have all of your children’s passwords.
  • Do spend time with your child online.  Have them show you their favorite online destinations.  Get to know your child’s online friends as you would their real-life friends.  Learn to navigate the web.
  • Do know who they text and email.  Most providers have online ways to identify frequent contacts so you can see if someone new appears as a contact.
  • Do monitor your child’s access to the Internet and texting.
  • Do talk to your child about the danger of Internet predators.
  • Do watch for unexplained changes in your child’s behavior.
  • Do NOT hesitate to seek help from law enforcement if you think a predator may be targeting your child.

For more helpful Internet safety information, please visit http://www.netsmartz.org/.   Netsmartz.org has age appropriate videos, activities, and information for students in elementary school, middle school, and high school.

Resources:
United States Department of Justice

TX Sex Offender Gets 15 Years For Child Porn

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Steven Lass, 33

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.