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"The effects of sexual abuse are different for each child but can include advanced knowledge of sex, difficulty in school, nightmares and even criminal activity." ~Sue Wasiniak, Supervisor, Licking County Childrens Services

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California CPS News Archive

California News Coverage

by Mark Truppner

Sonora, CA -- The Tuolumne County Visitor's Bureau will soon be operating a Visitor's Center out of the Chinese Camp Volunteer Fire Station.

The Visitor's Bureau has reached a lease agreement on a portion of the Fire Station and will spend the next two weeks making necessary improvements and signage. Unlike the old site, Sikes stated that this location will be "year-round" so although half of the Summer has passed, there will be a new advantage that the Bureau hasn't had before.

August 5, 2011

by Bob Egelko

Jurors in California will soon be reminded not to conduct online research during the trial, and to resist the temptation to tweet their friends about how boring the testimony is or how guilty the defendant looks.

Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday requiring trial judges to tell jurors that existing bans on conducting their own research about the case, or talking to outsiders about it, applies to electronic and wireless communication. Violations by jury members will be punishable by up to six months in jail for criminal contempt. AB141 by Assemblyman Felipe Fuentes, D-Los Angeles, effective next year, was prompted by numerous reports around the country of jurors' using cell phones and other devices to sidestep judges' warnings against outside research or contacts.

August 5, 2011

by Dana M. Nichols

SAN ANDREAS - The line between homeschool and school is vanishing in the Calaveras Unified School District. The move comes at a time when Calaveras Unified's enrollment is shrinking.

Rather than viewing home study as an option of last resort for high school students, school officials are now removing boundaries between home study and conventional schools to allow students who study at home to take classes, participate in music and sports programs, and even come to a district office if they need a place to study. The program allows Calaveras Unified to receive the same per-student funding as for each student at its conventional schools.

August 5, 2011

SACRAMENTO -- The case of a woman accused of killing her 6-week-old daughter by putting her in the microwave was delayed Wednesday as her attorneys await more evidence.

Prosecutors agreed to push back the hearing for Ka Yang to Aug. 26, who has not entered a plea to a charge of murder in the death of her daughter, Mirabelle. The count includes a special circumstance that the death was intentional and involved torture, which makes the 29-year-old eligible for the death penalty or life in prison without parole.

August 4, 2011

EUREKA -- Prosecutors in Northern California have upgraded charges against a woman accused of feeding her son methamphetamine-laced breast milk to murder, rather than manslaughter.

Six-week-old Michael Acosta III was taken to the hospital after he stopped breathing last November and was pronounced dead. Investigators determined his mother, Maggie Jean Wortman, had breastfed the child while she had drugs in her system.

August 4, 2011

by Paula King

BRENTWOOD -- Seeing a growing trend toward parents wanting to be even more involved in their child's education, the school district here has created the Brentwood Home Schooling Program this academic year.

The new program has been designed both for parents currently seeking an alternative setting for their child's education and those whose children are already home schooled via charter schools or independent programs. Six students currently participate in the program, according to Jan Steed, the district's director of student services.

August 4, 2011

by Anna Almendrala

Rawesome foods, a private market in Venice California, has been raided a second time by federal agents. Initial reports from reveal that the owner, James Stewart, has been arrested and is being held on $123,000 bail.

Evan Kleiman, KCRW's "Good Food" producer, confirms that Stewart has been booked for conspiracy to commit a crime, and that he is not allowed to post a bond to bail himself out of jail. The thirteen count complaint against the group stems from a yearlong sting operation. Undercover investigators made purchases of raw milk, cheese, yogurt, and kefir at Rawesome, even though the market allegedly did not have the proper permits to be selling unpasteurized dairy products.

August 3, 2011

by Lynette Romero

BURBANK, Calif. -- Police are searching for three masked men who posed as FBI agents, forced their way into a home in Burbank in the middle of the night and stole a briefcase said to be filled with $20,000.

Police say the suspects shouted "FBI," flashed fake badges and forced their way into the home, ordering a man, woman and a teenage boy to the ground. The victims say the masked men took off with a briefcase filled with $20,000 in cash.

July 27, 2011

by Tina Falco

San Andreas, CA-- The Calaveras Unified School District (CUSD) is expanding its home school program to include elementary classes.

Starting this Tuesday, July 26th, fourth, fifth and sixth graders may enroll in the Sierra Hills Education Center, CUSD independent study program. SHEC has offered independent study for seventh through twelve graders for several years. Seniors who graduate from SHEC earn a high school diploma just like any other CUSD graduate.

July 21, 2011

by Brandon Lowrey

FALLBROOK - Several people spotted a large mountain lion near William H. Frazier Elementary School on Sunday morning, but the beast eluded sheriff's deputies and school officials.

The first call came in about 8:30 a.m. A woman said she saw the mountain lion near the school, said San Diego County sheriff's Lt. Jim Duffy. A search for the animal came up empty.

July 18, 2011

GARDEN GROVE, Calif. -- A Southern California woman was jailed Wednesday after authorities said she drugged her estranged husband, tied him to a bed before cutting off his penis and put it through a garbage disposal.

Bail for Becker was set at $1 million after she was booked at the Orange County Jail for investigation of aggravated mayhem, false imprisonment, assault with a deadly weapon, administering a drug with intent to commit a felony, poisoning and spousal abuse.

July 14, 2011

It is not uncommon for military families to choose to homeschool. Homeschooling allows military-connected children to have a consistent educational program wherever the family may be living.

Homeschooling also allows families to move anytime during the year. Since a service member can be transferred any time of year, families with children in traditional schools will sometimes be separated for periods of time so that the children can finish out the school year. Also, since military families are often afforded the opportunity to travel to new places, homeschooling allows the classroom to go on the road.

July 11, 2011

by Ed Morrissey

According to the latest annual report from the federal judiciary, the number of wiretaps and intercepts approved in 2010 at state and federal levels increased 34% over 2009.

California accounted for a third of all state requests (33%), with New York accounting for almost a quarter (24%) and New Jersey getting the bronze at 11%. These three states account for 68% of all state wiretap requests. New York and New Jersey have well-known problems with organized crime, but why is California - with a population just slightly larger than New York - surpassing both by such a large amount?

Hot Air

July 9, 2011

by Tina Falco

The Twain Harte Homeowners Association will have its annual meeting next Saturday, July 9th.

The board will discuss the latest news from the Tuolumne County Sheriff's Department regarding recent burglaries in the area. The public is invited.

July 7, 2011

by The RAnts of RA

Wednesday, June 29, 2011, as I sat under the gazebo watching my son practice his routine on the trampoline, a young buck, probably not more than a year old, came wandering down the driveway nibbling at the tall grass as he came closer.

Yesterday, the graceful buck was struck broadside by a passing motorist on the road, fracturing his left front shoulder and rear leg. My son and I were out for a walk, when he noticed the deer down a steep incline, on the side of the mountain overlooking our house. It was obvious his leg and shoulder were broken, he was bleeding from his mouth and in undeniable distress. Shawn described him as though he were a trout flopping around the boat, gasping for air.

July 3, 2011

by Tina Falco

Californians will pay $12 more a year to register their vehicles, and millions of property owners who live outside cities will pay $150 annually for state fire protection.

Democrats who control the Legislature approved the fees without Republican support. By law, the Legislature cannot pass new taxes without a two-thirds vote, which requires approval from at least some Republican lawmakers.

June 30, 2011

by Annie

I'd like to know where Gov. Brown got his economics degree? What kind of sense does it make to reduce the sales tax in California with the stroke of one pen, only to cripple online sales by attacking one of the largest generators of income in the nation.

I am not an environmentalist. However, I do believe in being a good steward: Taking care of family, sharing my knowledge, my ideas and enjoying this awesome planet where I have the pleasure to live. Please think before enacting laws that are environmentally and fiscally unfriendly. California won't get any additional tax revenue from our family by forcing us to buy local. This just means my family won't be getting any more gifts.

June 30, 2011

by Tina Falco

San Andreas, CA-- As the result of a multi-agency effort, over 28,000 marijuana plants were eradicated in Calaveras County.

Based on the evidence located at the scene, authorities suspect that the gardens were being cultivated by a drug trafficking organization. No suspects were located and no arrests were made.

June 30, 2011

Congratulations to the "geniuses" in Sacramento who keep doing the same job-killing things over and over again, somehow expecting a different result.

California Democrats and liberals in general think they can just "pass a tax" on something and more money will flow into state coffers. California hemorrhaged jobs last year with more than 212 businesses leaving the state. As of today, 129 are leaving, which is five times the total in 2009. The new "internet" sales tax which lawmakers "think" will raise $317 million, will now cause to yank 10,000 jobs in California.

June 30, 2011

by Declan McCullagh said today that it's reluctantly severing ties with affiliates in California, a move that it hopes will let it continue shipping products to state residents without collecting sales taxes.

The measure says that any retailer who "through a subsidiary" has any "place of business" in California must collect sales taxes. And--surprise!--Amazon has two subsidiaries in California: A9, in Palo Alto, which works on search technology, and Cupertino-based Lab126, which designed the Kindle and is rumored to be working on much more.

June 29, 2011

by Jeff Nield

I wrote earlier about the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) updated Dirty Dozen list of most toxic produce from a consumer perspective.

Shortly after the list was announced, Tom Philpott, now at Mother Jones asked, "What about the farm workers?" Turns out that the cleanest produce from a consumer perspective - the "Clean Fifteen" - are at least as toxic as the "Dirty Dozen". I looked up the total amount of pesticides applied in California in 2009 to each of the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen items and also the total number of acres planted for each, and calculated pesticide use intensity for each. (I used California data since its the only data available, and since pineapples, mangoes, and blueberries aren't grown in California I had to omit these). Here's what I found...

June 21, 2011

by Ray Huard

A San Marcos couple who battled county child welfare officials for months last year to regain custody of their two children - one of them a baby with a rare bone disease - is suing the county for a violation of their family's civil rights.

Heather and Trevor Reynolds were wrongly accused of abusing their 7-week-old daughter, Rebecca, in June 2010 after taking her to an urgent care center with an injury they couldn't explain. Even after doctors eventually determined the baby had a brittle-bone disease and that the injury was accidental, county officials refused to release the children until August, when a Vista Juvenile Court commissioner denied their request to require genetic testing on the family.

June 20, 2011

by Scott Weber

Los Angeles County Sheriff's Detectives are investigating allegations that a well-known LA-based artist may have molested his two 20 month-year-old daughters.

Paul Rusconi was arrested on suspicion of lewd acts upon a minor and possession of child pornography on Friday, according to the Los Angeles County Sherriff's Department. He was booked at Lost Hills Sheriff's station and released Saturday night after posting $220,000 bail. The children were placed with child protective services, according Sherriff's Spokesperson Liallian Peck.

June 19, 2011

by Chris Tomlinson

Internet retailers are required to collect sales tax only when they sell to customers living in a state where they have a physical presence, such as a store or office.

Internet retailers cite a 1992 U.S. Supreme Court decision involving catalog sales, Quill Corp. v. North Dakota, which ruled that states could require only companies that had a physical presence within the state to act as tax collector. Bills are pending in Arizona, California, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Texas lawmakers passed such a measure, but Gov. Rick Perry vetoed it.

June 19, 2011

by Bob Egelko

A federal judge has rejected state officials' plan to wait until July to increase payments to thousands of foster parents, ordering them to raise rates immediately to cover the costs of caring for a child.

U.S. District Judge William Alsup of San Francisco had ruled in October 2008 that California's reimbursements for families who care for more than 18,000 foster children were too low to cover such basic needs as food and shelter, as required by federal law.

June 11, 2011

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