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Michigan News Coverage
Is snooping in your spouse's e-mail a crime?
by John Springer
A Michigan man who accessed his wife's e-mail account while she was allegedly carrying on an affair faces up to five years in prison when he goes on trial Feb. 7 on a charge he violated a state law typically used against hackers intent on making money or
The question for the judge or jurors who will hear the case isn't whether Clara Walker gave Leon Walker, 33, permission to inspect her Google e-mail; he admits she didn't know what he was up to until her e-mail messages became an issue in their divorce and child custody battle.
December 28, 2010
Police say dad of missing Michigan kids lied about woman; mom is on sex-offender list
A father of three missing boys lied about a relationship with a woman he claims to have entrusted with their care, said the Michigan police chief leading the investigation into their disappearance.
Morenci Police Chief Larry Weeks said Monday that police doubt the story of John Skelton, 39, who told them he handed over his children to a woman named Joann Taylor before attempting suicide Friday. The boys -Tanner, 5, Alexander, 7, and Andrew, 9 - were last seen Thursday in the backyard of their father's southern Michigan home and are believed to be in danger.
The Detroit News
November 29, 2010
Walled Lake teacher arrested for alleged sexual contact with 8 year old - Detroit Crime
by Robert Brignall
Los Angeles police detectives say Mark Stephen Hubbard, who has taught for eight years at Hillcrest Christian School in suburban Granada Hills, was arrested Sunday. He was booked for investigation of multiple sex crimes and released on $100,000 bail.
Larry Dean Konyha, 54, is presently behind bars in lieu of $50,000 bond, and has been suspended from his job at the Walnut Creek Middle School in West Bloomfield. The charge does not involve one of Konyha's students, nor did the alleged conduct occur on school property. It involves a girl in Commerce Twp; Konyha also lives there and knew both the girl and her mother.
November 24, 2010
Michigan Teacher Ejects Student for Anti-Homosexual Remarks
by Jeff Karoub
Howell High School economics teacher Jay McDowell says he didn't like where the discussion was going after a student told his classmates he didn't "accept gays," so McDowell kicked the boy out of class for a day.
In return, the teacher was kicked out of his Michigan school for a day - suspended without pay for violating the student's free speech rights. When McDowell sent the boy out of the room for a one-day class suspension. Another boy asked if he also could leave because he also didn't accept gays.
November 16, 2010
Father Sues School District Over Teacher Reading About Slavery
Mount Clemens -- The father of a black student has sued a Detroit-area school district claiming that his daughter was racially harassed by a fifth-grade teacher's reading aloud from a book about slavery.
The suit claims Jala Petree's teacher at Margaret Black Elementary School in Sterling Heights read excerpts from Julius Lester's "From Slave Ship to Freedom Road" that contain racial epithets and racist characterizations, The Macomb Daily reported.
November 11, 2010
Fauri Memorial Lecture addresses whether class action lawsuits can affect change in child welfare
by University of Michigan
Event Date: 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 25, 2010. Fedel F. and Iris M. Fauri Memorial Lecture "Can class action lawsuits be a catalyst for change in child welfare? What can the Michigan case tell us?"
In February 2009, the University of Michigan School of Social Work Children, Youth and Family Interest Group sponsored a collaboration event to examine both the lawsuit filed by Children's Rights against Michigan's foster care system and the settlement agreement. This year's lecture will examine the progress toward settlement goals.
October 23, 2010
Calista Springer's grandmother files lawsuits against Centreville schools, Michigan Department of Human Services
by Kathy Jessup
A Southfield law firm has sued Michigan Department of Human Services officials, Centreville Public Schools and a school counselor alleging they failed to protect Calista Springer from parental abuse that ultimately led to her death in a 2008 house fire.
Springer was found chained to her bed in an upstairs room in her family's Centreville home following a February 2008 fire. She was 16. The court filings provide information from Michigan State Police records about abuse and neglect complaints Langdon says were filed by Calista Springer's family members, teachers, a mental-health worker, friends and adult acquaintances.
October 12, 2010
DHS worker fired, arrested for fraud
by Leon Hendrix
A former Department of Human Services employee was arrested Wednesday and charged with three felonies for abusing state funds.
Until she was fired in January, Natasha Phose worked at the Kent County DHS office, 415 Franklin St. SE, in the office that distributes cash and food assistance to those who need it.
Wood TV News 8
September 24, 2010
Legislation will bring clarity to the Indian Child Welfare Act if passed
by Brenda Austin
SAULT STE. MARIE, Mich. -- The Indian Child Welfare Act is a federal law that can at times be confusing to those it was designed to help - tribes, tribal children, their families and the state and tribal court systems.
Making ICWA easier to use and understand is the goal of a group of dedicated people - a special committee formed by the Michigan Supreme Court. This committee is charged with helping Indian children and families in child welfare cases, and with educating judges and child welfare practitioners about ICWA.
Indian Country Today
September 11, 2010
Watchdog group critical of child welfare workers in Jozlynn Martinez death
by John Tunison
GRAND RAPIDS -- A state watchdog group alleges Kent County Department of Human Services workers could have better followed their own child welfare policies in the case of 2-year-old Jozlynn Martinez, who police say was killed by her mother's boyfriend.
After Jozlynn's death, CPS removed now-1-year-old Bryan Malmberg from Consuela Martinez's home amid allegations that she suspected her boyfriend of injuring her daughter in the past. Investigators also said she allowed Malmberg to use marijuana and cocaine in her home and she occasionally used marijuana herself. Bryan Malmberg remains in foster care. Martinez is working to get the child back and has a Sept. 15 hearing in family court.
The Grand Rapids Press
August 23, 2010
Michigan foster children describe struggles; 'Most people don't care about children,' one says
by Julie Mack
Her mother is a drug addict. Her father "wants to do his own thing." At a young age, Jazzi was sent to live with relatives, moving between households and never feeling a sense of belonging. There was emotional abuse, sexual abuse.
For 90 minutes Thursday, a dozen teenagers and young adults who have been in Michigan's foster-care system told their stories to a spellbound audience at Western Michigan University. The Kalamazoo Gazette is not printing their last names due to the nature of some of their stories.
July 30, 2010
Child dies from traumatic brain injury; foster parent charged
CEDAR SPRINGS -- Donald and Betty Meno say they got a call Thursday night, their granddaughter was taken to the hospital by her foster mother.
"She said that she put Emmy to bed at 8 p.m. Emmy got up around 10 p.m. and she wasn't walking right in the living room and then she threw up and fell down," said Meno. Emily was hospitalized at Helen DeVos Children's Hospital. Her grandmother says she was taken off life support and died Saturday.
WZZM 13 News
July 22, 2010
Mother of Mich. boy slain by father sues state
STANTON, Mich. -- The mother of a 9-year-old boy killed by his abusive father in a 2007 murder-suicide is suing, claiming child welfare workers failed to remove him from his father's home despite a prosecutor's warnings.
Rebecca Jasinski, of Saginaw County, contends that her son, Nicholas Braman, could have been saved if the state had removed him from his father's home in Montcalm County, according to a lawsuit filed earlier this month in federal court in Grand Rapids. A watchdog inside the department, the Office of Children's Ombudsman, investigated and found that child welfare workers should have stepped in to help Nicholas as soon as they became aware of the abuse of siblings, the lawsuit contends.
July 20, 2010
Kent County foster care provider charged with murder in death of 5-year-old girl
by John Tunison
KENT COUNTY -- Police did not release the child's name, but forensic officials confirmed they performed an autopsy on Emily Marie Meno, 5, for a head injury.
Police have charged a foster care provider with open murder in the death of a 5-year-old girl who sustained a traumatic brain injury. Detectives and officials with Child Protective Services became involved in the case after staff at Spectrum Health Butterworth hospital called them to report a child came in with a traumatic brain injury.
The Grand Rapids Press
July 20, 2010
Couple Face Drug Charges
KALAMAZOO -- Harvest came early this year on March St. The KVET unit has busted up a marijuana growing operation in the Washington Square area on Kalamazoo's East Side.
They seized the equipment and approximately 100 small marijuana plants. A man and a woman were living there with their three children. Charges are pending and they may also face an investigation by Child Protective services.
June 16, 2010
Two year old found dead in vehicle
WYOMING, Mich. - A two-year-old in Wyoming has died after being found inside a hot car.
The little girl was pronounced dead after family members found her locked up in a hot car. She was unresponsive when first found. Those in the area attempted to give the child CPR, but it was too late.
WWMT News Channel 3
May 28, 2010
Goodrich, Quinn set June date
The engagement of Virginia Goodrich of Tuscon, Ariz., and Thomas Quinn, of Oro Valley, Ariz., is being announced.
The bride-elect is a homeschool graduate and graduated in 2007 from Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Mich. She is employed by Healthy Families Arizona in Tuscon.
Hudson Hub Times
May 23, 2010
Explorer's Christian co-op teaches positive values through drama
by Carly Parker
The halls are alive at the Student Theater Arts Complex on U of M's south campus. Ten musicians, 16 crew, 38 cast members and several parent volunteers sing, paint and sew to prepare for the infamous "Do-Re-Mi" scene during dress rehearsals.
The Explorers Homeschool Association was formed by parent and current administrator Patti Cousino as a Christian co-op for homeschooling parents to share resources - particularly in subjects difficult to pull off in the home - including drama. The Explorer's production of The Sound of Music opens at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theater, in Ann Arbor on Friday, May 21 at 7 p.m.
May 18, 2010
They're getting suspicious
Due to an increase in the number of homeschoolers in Texas, experts are getting suspicious about who is really homeschooling.
I've seen the similar dropout arguments made by legislators and educators in Michigan as well as in other states with "lax" regulation on homeschooling.
May 11, 2010
Ann Arbor school hosts 'blacks only' field trip
An Ann Arbor elementary school principal used a letter home to parents tonight to defend a field trip for black students as part of his school's efforts to close the achievement gap between white and black students.
Dicken Elementary School Principal Mike Madison wrote the letter to parents following several days of controversy at the school after a field trip last week in which black students got to hear a rocket scientist.
The Real Revo
May 6, 2010
Child Starves as Foster Home Banks $
by Ann Mullen
All she wanted was help caring for her wheel-chair bound son Johnny. The state's answer was to put him in a foster care facility.
Johnny's mom would have preferred to have someone help her at home, but the state offers limited home-care services. A year after Johnny was in foster care, the 10-year-old boy starved to death. Our story exposes the state's financial incentive to keep kids in the foster care system.
WXYZ News 7
April 28, 2010
Foster care in Michigan: moving beyond blaming the parents - to blaming the kids
by Richard Wexlar
A lot of readers of this Blog probably know that there is still another study out to tell us what we already know: the outcomes for many children who "age out" of foster care are rotten.
A lot of them face a grim future marked by poverty, crime and homelessness. The odds against their finishing college are staggering. (One finding that's gotten a lot less attention than the others: In spite of all this, a majority of the young people in the study said their lives now actually are better than their lives in foster care.)
NCCPR Child Welfare Blog
April 15, 2010
Three more lawsuits doomed to fail, three more bad child welfare systems likely to get worse
by Richard Wexlar
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
Two-year-old girl, meth lab, found in same room
BATTLE CREEK - Police in Calhoun County say they've found a toddler in the same room as a meth-making operation.
The child was found at the Knight's Inn in the 2500 block of Capital Avenue SW in Battle Creek. A woman is in custody and the child has been turned over to Child Protective Services.
WWMT News Channel 3
April 6, 2010
Stupak: Michigan's 1st District Benedict Arnold
by Carole C.J. Williams
Those who paid attention in history class will remember learning about Benedict Arnold, who purposefully sought and obtained command of West Point so he could surrender it to the British.
When his treasonous intention was discovered, he escaped to England and then led British forces into battle against American soldiers in Virginia and Connecticut. The 1st Congressional District of Michigan seems to have its own traitorous Benedict Arnold in the form of Rep. Bart Stupak...
News With Views
April 5, 2010
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