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Court: Can Va. keep out-of-staters from using FOI?
The Supreme Court decided Friday it would hear arguments over whether states can keep out-of-staters from using their Freedom of Information Act laws to get government documents.
The high court on Friday agreed to hear an appeal from Mark J. McBurney of Rhode Island and Roger W. Hurlbert of California, two men who wanted to use the Virginia law to request public documents from state officials. Both were both denied because they are not Virginia citizens. Hurlbert was trying to get property assessment information for his business, Sage Information Services, and McBurney was trying to information from the Virginia Division of Child Support Enforcement in a child support enforcement case against his ex-wife.
October 5, 2012
Pr. William police charge two caregivers at home day care
Prince William County officials investigating a home day-care facility on Tuesday found several children less than 1 year old strapped in car seats, including one left in a bathroom and one in a closet, according to police, who charged two caregivers.
The raid was conducted by county police and Child Protective Services in the 14900 block of Abilene Way in Woodbridge after officials received a tip. Police said they found two adults with 21 children ranging in age from 3 months to 4 years old. None of the children was hurt, but "most were not adequately supervised," according to a news release.
September 12, 2012
Court hearing reveals Virginia woman had sought abortion before putting infant in dryer
A suburban Richmond woman accused of putting her newborn in a clothes dryer had unsuccessfully sought an abortion months earlier.
That detail emerged Monday during a bond hearing for 39-year-old Angela Janecka. According to media reports, Janecka and her husband had traveled to northern Virginia for the abortion but a doctor said her pregnancy was too far along for the procedure.
September 10, 2012
Domestic Violence Law - Virginia
Appellant father appealed a decision of the Circuit Court in Virginia terminating his parental rights to his three children under Va. Law Code.
The father argued that the termination was improper because DSS did not provide him with rehabilitative services. The appellate court held that subsections (B) and (C) provided individual bases upon the termination of residual parental rights could be sought. Rehabilitative services were not a prerequisite to termination under subsection (B).
September 1, 2012
Ex-Va. Beach Officer Sentenced on Sex Charges
A former Virginia Beach police officer has been sentenced to up to 10 years in prison on sex charges involving a teenage girl.
Media outlets report that 46-year-old Michael Alan Chilldres was sentenced Monday in Virginia Beach Circuit Court on five counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of indecent liberties.
August 21, 2012
Va. Beach police may consider child welfare cases
City police officials might consider a suggestion that they take over child welfare investigations of abuse and neglect, currently the responsibility of the city's embattled Human Services Department.
Chief Jim Cervera recently met with Human Services Director Bob Morin to discuss the idea, which was Morin's, according to Deputy Chief Bill Dean. Dean said the department is open to the proposal but needs more information about its impact.
August 18, 2012
Va. Beach may look into child abuse review policy
VIRGINIA BEACH -- To show they haven't been physically abused or harmed, children under age 5 who are not in day care are required to remove their clothes during visits with city Human Services Department caseworkers.
The practice was criticized in a recent state quality review that was jointly released with a Child Welfare League of America review that looked into a child's death. Now, officials are looking at reconsidering it, Human Services Director Bob Morin said. Two foster families "expressed concern regarding the agency's practice to check children under age 5 by removing their clothing," according to a state review.
August 12, 2012
Another Russian child beaten by US foster parents
Yet another child from Russia suffered from the hands of foster American parents. According to the local government, a week ago, a boy of eight escaped in the night from the house where he lived and knocked on the neighbors door.
As reported on Wednesday in the consular department of the Russian Embassy in Washington, the boy's name is Daniel Kruchina, born in the Russian city of Tula in 2003. He was adopted by Matthew and Amy Sweeney in 2006 who gave him their second name and the name of Daniel Alexander. The family lives in the town of Bristow in Virginia, according to local authorities.
July 26, 2012
Beach agency failed to save infant, so the leader must go
Damning and unacceptable. Those words describe the conclusions of a pair of recent reports examining the Virginia Beach Department of Human Services, following the 2010 slaying of an infant in foster care.
I've read those reports, especially the scathing, 73-page review by the Virginia Department of Social Services. It castigated the Beach agency for breaking state law and not following policy when allegations of abuse or neglect in foster homes were reported. And it called the unit that placed Braxton Taylor with the foster mother who killed him a "division in crisis."
July 26, 2012
Culpeper police find suspected meth lab in garage
A suspected methamphetamine lab was found at a home in Culpeper, officials said. Culpeper police responded to a domestic call in the 1100 block of Meander Drive Tuesday afternoon and found the suspected lab in the home's garage.
Officers, who were wearing protective suits and breathing masks, removed items suspected to manufacture meth from the garage. A Concord, Va., company packaged and removed the contaminated materials, officials said.
July 11, 2012
Police Dog Named "Bono" Plays By Own Rules, Plants Drug Evidence at Virtually Every Crime Scene
The Virginia State Police has at least one very dirty cop: a K-9 pooch named "Bono" that has an uncanny ability to detect illegal drugs. Especially when there aren't any present.
The four-legged crime fighter working for the Virginia State Police has been on a hot streak, detecting drugs nearly every time he's on the job. In reality, however, illegal narcotics were found just 22 times of the 85 'alerts' by the dog. Man's best friend? Hardly. The MAN's best friend? Definitely.
July 2, 2012
Virginia Beach man gets 60 years for child porn
Abimael Cardenales, 45, of Virginia Beach was sentenced today in Norfolk federal district court to 60 years in prison for producing child pornography, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.
According to court documents, the Virginia Beach Police Department began an investigation of Cardenales in October after being contacted by Child Protective Services. The investigation revealed that in 2010, Cardenales produced child pornography involving two special-needs minors, ages 13 and 15. Cardenales had also been sexually abusing the minors over a period of years.
June 29, 2012
Charlottesville Police Department Investigate Child Neglect Case
The Charlottesville Police Department investigated a case of Child Neglect that occurred on Saturday, June 16 at approx 4:30 p.m. in the 2500 block of Plateau Road. Officers
Officers responded to the call of a child that had fallen from the deck steps onto a concrete surface below where the child resided. The eleven month old suffered a head injury from the fall and was hospitalized at the University of Virginia Medical Center and is listed in stable condition.
June 22, 2012
New Store to Open for Homeschooled Students
Lynchburg, VA - Homeschool families in our area are about to get their very own store. It's called HomeSchool Books & More, and it's located along Enterprise drive in Wyndhurst.
It's going to be a place where homeschoolers can socialize with other homeschoolers plus buy books for their curriculum. The store's owner says this store is going to save a lot of people and a lot of gas.
June 21, 2012
Virginia Cuts Funding For Disabled Foster Care Kids
More than 5,300 kids in Virginia cannot stay with their parents, so Liz Ramirez Weaver, a social worker with the state, tries to place them with foster families.
"Mostly it's for abuse and neglect issues, and sometimes there are just things that happen to children," says Ramirez. "Their parents can't take care of them, and they come into care." However, there's a chronic shortage of families willing to take children, and lately the challenge of placing kids has multiplied.
June 15, 2012
Tebow Homeschool Bill Dies in Va. Senate
Homeschool students in Virginia will not have the chance to participate in public school sports after the state's Senate Education and Health Committee rejected the so-called "Tebow Bill" Thursday, in a 8-7 vote.
But Sen. Stephen D. Newman, R-Lynchburg, one of the bill's supporters, said the measure would have given local school divisions the option to allow home-schooled children to compete. "I would hope we as a committee would step out and hug these children," Newman said.
March 2, 2012
Bill lets kids learn at home, play at school
The Conquerors are home-schooled teenagers who play for Southwest Virginia Home School Sports. They compete against Christian schools, private schools and other home-school organizations in central and Southwest Virginia.
A bill working its way through the Virginia House of Delegates would permit home-schooled athletes, such as the Conquerors, to try out for public school teams. The bill has been dubbed the "Tebow bill," after Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow, who was home-schooled.
February 3, 2012
'Tebow Law' for homeschool sports finds support
After years of trying, a bill allowing home-schooled children to play sports at public schools may have found the conservative Virginia General Assembly it needs to become law.
Called the "Tebow Law" for the Denver Broncos quarterback who was a Florida home schooler, there are three House bills that would open public school stadiums and gyms to children who aren't enrolled there.
January 22, 2012
Child could go to court
An 8-year-old charged with arson in Washington County, Va., could be tried in juvenile court or be directed toward services that would provide him with help, according to the Code of Virginia.
The boy - a foster child who had been living for just three days with his new family in their historic home on Faris Drive in Glade Spring, Va. - was charged after the three-story structure was destroyed by fire.
January 19, 2012
Va. woman arrested for leaving child in Walmart parking lot
WASHINGTON - A Virginia woman has been arrested and her child taken to protective services after she left the baby in her car for a half hour while she shopped at Walmart, police say.
The mother, 37-year-old Emma Okyere of Stafford, returned to the scene a few minutes after officers arrived, police say. She had completed two separate shopping transactions at Walmart and left the child in the car for 30 minutes, the police investigation found.
January 12, 2012
Eugenics and Child Protective Services
During the years 1933-1977 The North Carolina Eugenics Board gave it's social workers unlimited power to have any person sterilized in Its Eugenics program. It's estimated over 7,600 victims in North Carolina alone including rape victims.
This did not include California and Virginia, two of the thirty-one states that used Eugenics programs to control population. Each state sterilized more people than North Carolina but no program was more aggressive than North Carolina's program.
December 23, 2011
Weather brings realism to homeless exercise
Three weeks ago, Kristin Lecky and her 4-year-old son were living in their car in Lawrence, Mass. Yesterday she was helping volunteers collect food, clothes, toiletries and school supplies for homeless Spotsylvania County students and their families.
Spotsylvania schools social worker Michelle Patton hopes yesterday's donations will make a lot of the 325 homeless students in the county happier. She and a few other school officials devised the Knock Out Homelessness event just three weeks ago. In that short time, they put together a 24-hour schedule of speakers, bands, food, children's activities and an overnight camp-out. It all happened in the Walmart shopping center parking lot at Massaponax. Or some of it happened, anyway. The bulk of the mission-collecting needed items-went off without a hitch. Volunteers greeted Walmart shoppers with a short list of general essentials including socks, underwear, canned food and laundry detergent.
October 29, 2011
Virginia Parents Plead Guilty After Barricading Children
A couple from Virginia who barricaded their children in a room by nailing a sheet of drywall across the doorway because they reportedly "needed a break," have pleaded guilty to child abuse and neglect in court Thursdsay.
Their children, ages 1, 2, and 4 managed to escape the room, when the oldest child climbed on some mattresses and over the wall to go ask a neighbor for help. She told the neighbors that "her sisters needed help and her mom and dad were asleep," according to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Kristina Robinson.
October 22, 2011
IFCAA Fighting State Court-Based Racketeering Announces Advances in Illinois, Georgia, PA and Utah
The IFCAA announced that, despite the obstacle of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan representing the judges engaged in alleged racketeering enterprises they had taken on apparent judicial corruption in the Cook County Circuit Court family court.
In addition to helping provide evidence to state and federal authorities in pursuit of indictments of allegedly corrupt public officials including Mormon judges, Mannix has networked with Virginia citizens as well as Utah citizens, the latter of which have specifically called upon their Mormon GOP state legislators to launch an independent forensic audit of all Federal taxpayers' dollars coming into the State's family court-related programs.
September 26, 2011
Grandmother faces trial for tossing, killing tot
A woman who killed her 2-year-old granddaughter by tossing her off an elevated walkway at Virginia's largest shopping mall was motivated by hatred of her son-in-law for getting her daughter pregnant out of wedlock.
Defense lawyers, meanwhile, acknowledged that Carmela Dela Rosa, 50, of Fairfax, tossed her granddaughter, Angelyn Ogdoc, off the sixth-level pedestrian bridge but said she was mentally ill and legally insane at the time. A jury in Fairfax County heard opening statements Monday at Dela Rosa's murder trial. She faces up to life in prison.
September 26, 2011
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