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Family Friends Angry With Mother Over Fatal Fire
FAIRFIELD -- As family and friends Friday continued to come to grips with this week's horrible fatal fire in Fairfield, some who knew the situation were placing blame on sister who lost her three children in the blaze.
Memorial service will be held in front of the children's home on Sunday. Police said they plan to forward the case to the district attorney's office next week. The DA's office will decide whether charges will be filed.
KTVU San Francisco
April 30, 2010
DUI arrest for Atascadero day care provider after crash with unbelted kids
Four children between 2 and 4 years old suffered scrapes and bruises after an allegedly drunken day-care provider crashed her SUV en route to an Atascadero elementary school on Monday.
The children didn't appear to have been restrained in car seats or seatbelts, police said. Dana Cheri Amador, 42, was arrested Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence and four counts of child endangerment, both felonies, and booked into County Jail. Bail was set at $100,000, which she posted as of Tuesday evening.
Silicon Valley Mercury News
April 28, 2010
Valley Crime Lab Investigation
Ripon, CA -- There is a criminal investigation into a California Department of Justice Crime Lab in Ripon.
One employee at the lab has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome. The lab is utilized by the counties of Tuolumne, Calaveras, Merced, Stanislaus and San Joaquin.
April 23, 2010
Michael Lohan Says Daughter Ali Is In Danger Staying With Lindsay
Michael Lohan stormed his daughter Lindsay's apartment this morning with the help of three sheriffs, on the pretext of protecting his younger daughter Ali.
Because Michael was, in the end, helpless to do anything, he says he'll take this case to Child Protective Services: "I'm gonna see what Child Protective Services will do and what Lindsay's attorney will do and if they won't do anything, we'll just have to take it step by step."
April 23, 2010
Mom Passed out After Meth Birthday Binge and Smothered Baby, Police Say
LIVERMORE -- Twenty-five-year-old Jessica Adams reportedly told police that she accidentally suffocated her 2-month-old son while she was sleeping on March 19, 2009.
But after a lengthy investigation, police say that in reality Adams smothered her child, Gary Sterling, after a methamphetamine binge. Adams now faces a homicide charge. Witnesses said she insisted on keeping her son with.
CBS News Crimesider
April 22, 2010
Antioch baby girl dies after being left in car
Sofia Wisher, 7 months old, was sitting in her car seat in her parents' Toyota station wagon when the family pulled up to its Antioch home late Saturday after doing laundry at a relative's home. Each parent thought the other would be taking Sofia inside.
Tragically, neither did. Sofia spent the night in the car and was still strapped in her seat when her 25-year-old father, identified by neighbors and public records as Cameron Wisher, awoke at noon Sunday and went to the gym, authorities said.
San Francisco Chronicle
April 20, 2010
Video: Time to legalize marijuana?
Nick Gillespie at Reason TV gives three reasons for the US to legalize and regulate marijuana on the same basis as alcohol.
It's going to happen anyway, so why delay the inevitable? Increasing numbers of Americans realize that pot prohibition is an ineffective and costly policy. A 2009 poll by Zogby found that 52 percent of Americans agreed that marijuana should be taxed and regulated like booze. A Field Poll last year of California residents, who will vote on a legalization ballot initiative in the fall, found that 56 percent wanted legalization.
April 19, 2010
Parents plead not guilty
The Rancho Cordova couple, whose 7-month-old baby was found in a car at Thunder Valley Casino Tuesday, pleaded not guilty to willful child endangerment at their arraignment Friday morning.
Thuan Nguyen and Panfila Pho Phan, both 27, will appear in Placer County Superior Court at 8:30 a.m., Monday in Department 31, for continuing proceedings. The District Attorney asked for a criminal protective order, preventing the parents from contacting or coming within 100 yards of the child. Judge Colleen Nichols granted the protective order. The parents could receive up to six years in a state prison.
April 18, 2010
'Web of Justice' -- not the latest thriller at the Cineplex.
It's the title of the Sacramento Social Media Club's April presentation. Half the title, actually: Web of Justice: Social Media & Law.
Almost everyday brings a fresh news item or two about the nexus between the law and social media. Privacy issues, social sharing at the speed of fiber optics and server farms in the "clouds" are changing the legal landscape. How does that affect you, the concerned citizen? How does that affect us, the informed public?
April 18, 2010
Join in the Fun -- April 24th
If you are looking for something fun for the entire family, head on up to Twain Harte Saturday, April 24th, 2010. From 11:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. for a fun-filled Family Day complete with a parade.
Bring the family dog, too! Sorry, but the dogs took a vote - no cats allowed. Dogs rule! Cats Drool! Meet local Therapy Dogs (TDI) in person. Learn about the work they do. Participate in Human Howling Contests. Learn more...
Twain Harte Times Blog
April 16, 2010
Three more lawsuits doomed to fail, three more bad child welfare systems likely to get worse
The group that so arrogantly calls itself "Children's Rights" has filed another one of its Mclawsuits against a state child welfare agency - this time in Massachusetts. And NCCPR's sources say that another such Mclawsuit, in Texas, is imminent.
Meanwhile a group which is unaffiliated with CR but has the same myopic outlook about how to fix child welfare systems, the National Center for Youth Law, has filed the same kind of suit in Nevada. All of these child welfare systems almost certainly are every bit as bad as CR and NCYL say they are.
NCCPR Child Welfare Blog
April 15, 2010
Lawsuit claims inadequate care of foster children by welfare agencies
A national child advocacy group has filed a new federal lawsuit in hopes of revamping a child welfare system it says has failed in caring for Southern Nevada's abused and neglected children.
The federal lawsuit filed in Las Vegas late Tuesday by the California-based National Center for Youth Law names 13 foster children as victims of a variety of failures by Clark County's Department of Family Services.
Las Vegas Review Journal
April 14, 2010
Wife arrested in stabbing death of husband in Hesperia
HESPERIA -- A woman stabbed her husband several times Sunday, killing him while the couple's two children slept in their home.
Detectives had not identified a motive on Sunday, the release says. The couples children, ages 11 and 13, weren't injured. Child Protective Services took them into custody.
Inland Valley Daily Bulletin
April 11, 2010
Foster agency head under fire for tot death
In an Eyewitness News exclusive interview, the head of an independent foster care agency tells his story. He expects to have his licensed revoked Tuesday.
Since January 2008 there have been 35 children in foster care in Los Angeles County who have died of abuse or neglect. One of them was under the care of United Care Inc.
ABC News 7
March 29, 2010
Father says he warned of abuse
Family members of Deandre Green, a 2-year-old boy who was fatally beaten last week, said they had warned police and Los Angeles County child welfare officials at least twice about possible abuse in the last months of the child's life.
It remains unclear exactly what steps authorities took after receiving the allegations of abuse regarding Deandre -- and whether social workers ultimately confirmed the accusations. Under law, police and social service agencies are required to notify each other of such allegations.
Los Angeles Times
March 23, 2010
Foster mom, boyfriend probed in child's death
A South Los Angeles foster mother and her live-in boyfriend are under investigation in the death of a 2-year-old girl who was struck with a hammer.
Thirty-year-old Kiana Barker and 38-year-old James Julian were arrested last week for investigation of murder, but were later released without charges. Police continue to investigate the child's death. The district attorney's office said it needs more evidence to file charges.
ABC News 7
March 17, 2010
Yolo County records more cases of child abuse than state
The designation of April as National Child Abuse Prevention Month will take on particular significance in Yolo County where the rate of known child abuse cases has continued to exceed the statewide average, according to children's advocates.
While Yolo County Child Welfare Services attributes the majority of child neglect and abuse calls to parental drug use, there's no doubt the impact of the recession is a contributing factor. In 2009, Yolo County had a far greater rate of substantiated cases of child abuse from child welfare referrals than the statewide average.
March 17, 2010
Whole Foods Says No to Raw Milk...For Now
Yesterday Whole Foods called the nation's raw milk providers to inform us that as of today, Saturday March 13 at 8 am, they will be removing all raw milk from their shelves. Their actions make it seem like a health emergency, and it is not.
This is not a safety issue. Our wholesome and delicious raw milk is still available at local stores throughout CA. As a very large corporation, Whole Foods must respond to the decisions of their board of directors.
March 13, 2010
Gun found at MJ's kids home
Child protective services are investigating the presence of a stun gun at the house where the children of Michael Jackson live, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.
Quoting an attorney for the children's grandmother, Katherine Jackson, the report said that the investigation was launched after one of the children's cousins bought a Taser gun on the internet and played with it in the house.
The Times of India
March 4, 2010
Sacramento foster mother loses her license following Bee investigation
More than two years after Amariana Crenshaw died in foster care, her tiny body burned beyond recognition, the state of California has cut off her Sacramento foster mom from caring for vulnerable children.
The state Department of Social Services has ordered that Tracy Dossman, 41, be decertified as a foster provider. Dossman's home has been the subject of numerous complaints over the years to state licensing officials, who cited her twice for sealing the refrigerator with a bicycle lock, as well as, refusing to run heat in the winter.
The Sacramento Bee
March 4, 2010
Weather Flairs Again
We headed down to Sonora around 3:30 p.m. today and the snow was falling hard in Twain Harte, the roads were nasty.
The drive was majestic. There is nothing quite as lovely as new fallen snow. Had it not been dusk I would have asked my spouse to stop so I could take pictures.
Twain Harte Times
March 3, 2010
A Rare First Amendment Victory for a Public School Teacher Complaining About Restrictions on In-School Speech
Generally a public school has broad authority over what teachers say in class. When they're teaching, or counseling students, they are seen as speaking on behalf of the school, and the school has broad power to control its own speech.
And schoolteachers generally have no constitutional right to put up materials of their own on the walls, since those are the school's walls, for the school to dispose of as the administration pleases. But Johnson v. Poway Unified School Dist., decided yesterday by the federal district court for the Southern District of California, is a rare exception...
The Volokh Conspiracy
February 26, 2010
California Assembly passes resolution for Cuss Free Week
SACRAMENTO -- Feeling a little salty, Californians? Better get it out of your system while you can.
Amid the ongoing - and occasionally tense - debate over how to clean up California's budget mess, lawmakers are trying to tidy something else, almost as unmanageable: our language. Thursday morning, the Assembly approved a ceremonial resolution turning the first week of March into "Cuss Free Week."
San Jose Mercury News
February 25, 2010
Olympics win gold over 'American Idol'
Orange County singer Chris Golightly, who performs under the stage name Orphan, was disqualified from the Top 24 of "American Idol."
According to Internet reports, Chris was originally chosen for the semifinals but removed because of issues with a previous recording contract. Chris was profiled in the Los Angeles audition episode, where he sang "Stand By Me" and talked of being raised in foster care. He was conspicuously absent from the Hollywood episodes.
The Orange County Register
February 18, 2010
Police: Mother Gave Baby To Stranger
SACRAMENTO -- A woman was arrested on suspicion of child endangerment Sunday after allegedly handing her 1-year-old son over to a stranger in Sacramento's Gardenland neighborhood.
Angela Furry, a homeless woman, said 23-year-old Silvia Marcial gave her the boy in a stroller at La Superior Mercado on Northgate Boulevard. The child was unharmed, but he was turned over to the custody of Child Protective Services. She's schedule for a court appearance at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
February 15, 2010
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