The World We Live In
May. 5th, 2009
02:50 am - Amber Alert
Authorities seek SoCal tot reported kidnapped
Investigators were searching Monday for a 3-year-old boy kidnapped by two gunmen who broke into his family's home, tied up his mother and four siblings, and stole property, authorities said.
The California Highway Patrol issued an Amber Alert late Sunday for 3-year-old Briant Rodriguez, about nine hours after the family called San Bernardino County authorities.
The men, each carrying a handgun, burst through the front door around 2:30 p.m. and tied up the boy, four of his siblings and their mother, Maria Rosalina Millan. They then ransacked the house and stole money and other property, the county sheriff's department said.
After about 20 minutes, the men left with Briant, telling the still-bound mother and the other children not to call police, the department said in a statement.
A motive for the abduction remained unclear.
May. 3rd, 2009
05:45 pm - Missing teen
Have you seen this teenage girl?
If you're from, or you know people in the Carolina's, please pass the info. along.
Maybe someone will spot her...and God willing she'll be found safely.
May. 1st, 2009
FBI recovers 48 juveniles in prostitution raid
(CNN) -- Law enforcement officials arrested more than 500 people, and took custody of 48 juveniles in a coordinated 29-city weekend sweep aimed at combating child prostitution, the FBI announced Monday.
Task forces made up largely of state and local police officers arrested and booked what authorities said were 464 adult prostitutes, 55 pimps and 55 customers on state charges. While most faced local charges, a senior FBI official said he expected there were would be some federal charges as well.
The FBI Monday said 19 searches were conducted, netting a total of $438,000 in cash, plus illegal drugs, cars and computers.
The four dozen juveniles were recovered in the third phase of Operation Cross Country, an initiative that seeks to help child prostitutes and crack down on people who control them and patronize them.
In the previous coordinated operations, authorities recovered 21 alleged child prostitutes last June and 47 in October.
In 2003 the FBI, Department of Justice prosecutors, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children launched what was called the Innocence Lost National Initiative to address what had become a growing problem of children forced into prostitution. Many were young runaways.
Officials say the 32 Innocence Lost task forces formed nationwide have now recovered about 670 children in the six years, and seized more than $3 million in cash.
The most recent operation involved law enforcement agencies in several states including California, Alaska, Michigan, Georgia, Colorado, Oregon, Alabama, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Illinois, Texas, Florida, Ohio, Minnesota and Arizona.
Apr. 29th, 2009
01:12 pm - Huckaby: All in the family?
Folsom, CA– As Melissa Huckaby awaits her arraignment in court this afternoon in San Joaquin County, Blinkoncrime.com has discovered the arrest last week of Timothy John Lawless, a relative to Huckaby and the Lawless family. Folsom Police Department verified this afternoon Lawless was arrested on April 15.
Timothy Lawless was arrested on THE EXACT SAME SEX CHARGE AS Huckaby. Lawless is in custody at the Sacramento County Jail under a $1Million Bond, charged with 10 counts of lewd and lacivious acts on a child under 14.
288. (a) Any person who willfully and lewdly commits any lewd or
lascivious act, including any of the acts constituting other crimes
provided for in Part 1, upon or with the body, or any part or member
thereof, of a child who is under the age of 14 years, with the intent
of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or
sexual desires of that person or the child, is guilty of a felony and
shall be punished by imprisonment in the state prison for three,
six, or eight years.
Lawless is also charged with rape with a foreign instrument, but formal charges have not been formalized by the DA. Lawless’s next appearance in court is scheduled for May 14, 2009.
Apr. 27th, 2009
10:35 am - Protect our children
This is a good start in learning how to protect our children/grandchildren, and any children you know.
Please pass the info along. There's a ton of education here, free info, free ID kits, free sex offender info, etc.
Your efforts may save a life.
Here's Polly Klaas' story. We need to never think these horrors cannot touch our lives. We don't have to donate time or money, or anything. But we do have to educate ourselves so that we can better protect the children we do know.
Thanks for reading.
Polly's mother serves on the board of pollyklaas.org.
Polly's father, Marc Klaas' website is here: http://www.klaaskids.org/.
Apr. 23rd, 2009
02:40 pm - Child found dead in Michigan
Quadriplegic child found dead in storage facility
Michigan authorities are investigating whether foul play led to the death of a 9-year-old quadriplegic girl whose body was found inside a public storage facility.
"This is a very sad and tragic case that hurts all of us involved in the ongoing investigation," Genesee County prosecutor David Leyton said at a news conference Wednesday.
Shylea Myza Thomas of Flint, Michigan, hadn't been seen in six weeks, and relatives reported her missing Tuesday, Leyton's office said. Her adoptive mother, who is also her aunt, is in custody as a suspect, special assistant prosecuting attorney John Potbury told CNN.
No charges have been filed pending the results of the autopsy, he said.
Because of her physical disabilities, Shylea used a feeding tube. She suffered from quadriplegia because of a "suffocation issue" in her crib at 3 weeks of age, Leyton said.
On Wednesday, Flint police found her body stuffed inside a garbage bag in a public storage facility in Vienna Township, near Flint, Leyton said. The bag was covered in mothballs "in an apparent attempt to mask odors from the dead body," his office said in a news release.
Apr. 21st, 2009
10:17 pm - 4 Found Dead in Maryland
Murder-suicide suspected in deaths of 4 found in hotel room
A New York couple and their two daughters found dead in a suburban Baltimore, Maryland, hotel room died in what police believe was a murder-suicide, authorities said Tuesday.
The bodies, found Monday at a Sheraton Hotel in Towson, Maryland, were identified as being those of William Parente, 59; his wife Betty Parente, 58; and their daughters Stephanie, 19, and Catherine, 11, said Baltimore County Police spokesman Cpl. Michael Hill.
12:04 am - Melissa Huckaby
Huckaby Admitted Ties To Jan. Missing Girl Case
A Tracy police report has tied 28-year-old Melissa Huckaby, the suspect in the kidnapping and murder of eight-year-old Sandra Cantu, to another missing girl case in January, and Huckaby acknowledged in a CBS interview that she was with the girl during the time she was reported missing.
According to the police documents, a family who resides in the Orchard Estates Mobile Home Park reported at 5:17 p.m. that their seven-year-old daughter had been missing for four hours on the afternoon of January 17. Police arrived quickly and reportedly discovered at 5:31 p.m. that she was with Melissa Huckaby at the park.
Apr. 20th, 2009
11:48 pm - Craigslist Killer
BU student charged in hotel killing
Craigslist link, other clues led to I-95 arrest
Boston police arrested a Boston University medical student yesterday in the slaying of a New York woman at a luxury Back Bay hotel last week and an earlier attack on another woman. Both victims had advertised personal services on Craigslist.
After an intensive manhunt along the Eastern Seaboard, Philip Markoff, 22, of Quincy, was stopped by police around 4 p.m. while driving south on Interstate 95 in Walpole, Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis said at a press conference last night at police headquarters.
The second-year medical student was charged with fatally shooting 26-year-old Julissa Brisman April 14 at the Marriott Copley Hotel and with the armed robbery and kidnapping of a prostitute who was tied up at the Westin Copley in the Back Bay on April 10.
04:05 pm - 4 Found Dead in Maryland
Police: 4 Dead In Towson Hotel
Bodies Found In 10th Floor Room
Baltimore County police told WBAL TV 11 News that four bodies were found in the Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel in Towson Monday afternoon.
Police spokesman Bill Toohey said they received a call at about 3 p.m. informing them the dead bodies were in a room on the 10th floor of the hotel along Dulaney Valley Road.
Toohey said the party in the room was supposed to check out Monday. He said a housekeeper tried to get in the room, but it was locked. The bodies were found once the door was opened.
No additional details were available. There is no word as to how old the people were, if they were related or how they died.