Bulletin Board v.16

Much in the same vein as “This Week in the News,” the Bulletin Board will list news stories and also blog and forum posts. It should be noted at I do not necessarily endorse or support the items linked. I simply find them to be interesting and/or relevant to the issues discussed on this blog. As the weeks go by, each new “volume” will be added to a page link, that way the way easily available without having to do a search or hunt through all my posts (not that I am suggesting not to hunt through the posts).

Judge refuses to reduce bail of PSL mother suspected of starving her son — A circuit judge denied a reduced bond Tuesday for a pregnant woman suspected of child neglect after police said her underweight 10-year-old son was found begging for food in their neighborhood. Kelleen Dean Murray Auguste, 37, of Port St. Lucie, is incarcerated at the St. Lucie County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bail. Assistant Public Defender John Bajger argued the amount was excessive considering she is 6 1/2 months pregnant, indigent and has no significant criminal history.

Male help service bids for lottery aid — A CAMBRIDGE counselling service for men who have suffered sexual abuse could win a National Lottery Award. Choices For Men is one of 10 projects nominated in the ‘best health project’ category of the awards, which aim to recognise the difference lottery-funded projects make to local communities. It could win £2,000 and an appearance on national TV, and the service is asking people to vote for it.

Mansfield woman held in jail on rape charges — A 19-year-old Mansfield woman admitted to raping three young boys because she wanted male attention, a DeSoto investigator said. The boys — ages 6, 10 and 11 — are known to Jewelee Carlean Gentry, but DeSoto sheriff’s Cpl. Adam Ewing declined to describe their specific relationship. Booked into the DeSoto Detention Center late Friday night on seven counts of aggravated rape, Gentry is being held without bond after a district judge Monday refused to set one.

More on Frivolous Domestic Violence Prosecutions — In a recent letter to the Marin Independent Journal (“Exploiting Marin jurors,” 6/28/07), Suzanne Gassner Weatherford, a Marin, California juror, blasted “politically correct” prosecutors for wasting jurors’ time with a ludicrous, politically motivated, evidence-free domestic violence prosecution

Mother gets 20-year prison sentence, fine for allowing son’s abuse — Kosach sentenced Crew to two to 20 years in prison for allowing her boyfriend in 2005 to severely burn her then-4-year-old son and abuse her 1-year-old son, who had bruises from head to toe. The burned boy’s twin brother wasn’t abused, police said. Crew was ordered to pay more than $61,000 in restitution for the cost of the state caring for her children.

Payout plan for sex slave boy — The teenage Perth boy who was kidnapped and used as a sex slave by two paedophiles for three weeks is likely to receive taxpayer-funded compensation totalling hundreds of thousands of dollars after Attorney-General Jim McGinty yesterday flagged making an ex-gratia payment to the boy. Mr McGinty said the boy’s ordeal was so traumatic that he could receive a compensation payment of up to $300,000, plus an ex-gratia payment.

Prostate Cancer Survivor Talks Candidly About Disease — Mike Rodman needs no introduction at the City-County Building. The Marion County Treasurer’s rich baritone voice is well known in these parts. Rodman came out of retirement to take the job, a second career after having been given a second chance at life after surviving prostate cancer. “Men don’t talk about things,” Rodman said. But he is working hard to change that. His advice is to get an annual blood test called a PSA or prostate specific antigen test.

Teacher is charged with child-sex abuse — Christy Anne Brown, 33, was booked into the Salt Lake County Jail on Sunday. She was charged in 3rd District Court with three counts of forcible sex abuse, all second-degree felonies. Brown was arrested after a West Valley City police officer found her in a parked car along with a male juvenile near 2900 South and 5600 West. Brown was the boy’s high school English teacher, according to a jail booking report and court documents obtained Tuesday. She told police she first had sex with the boy April 8, and the incidents had continued until she was arrested.

Teen girl charged with rape — A teenage girl in the ArkLaTex is arrested on a rape charge. A 19-year-old Jewelee Gentry is charged with 7 counts of aggravated rape of a 10 and an 11 year old male in DeSoto Parish. The juveniles’ mom thought something inappropriate was going on and called DeSoto sheriffs. We’re told there may be more charges involving another jurisdiction and another juvenile on Monday.

WPB woman accused of molesting boy, 11 — A West Palm Beach woman has been charged with lewd and lascivious molestation of an 11-year-old child. Hortencia Rico Riviera, 44, was arrested Tuesday. The child was afraid the woman would hit him if he told his mother, so he didn’t say anything and the abuse continued, authorities said. The boy told investigators Riviera abused him on at least four occasions in the past four months.

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