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News Summary for May 20, 2013
Prepared by Anne M. Kincaid

Please note that the articles are listed in alphabetical order by state, so you can easily scan
through the articles for those within your state or other states in which you have a particular interest.
 

Dr. Nora's Top Articles:

1.   “Mentally-Handicapped Man Beat and Robbed” --- Instead of helping the man, police say people who witnessed the assault pulled out their phones and recorded the 23-year-old mentally disabled man being beat and robbed. --- FOX16.com --- May 19, 2013  (ARKANSAS)   http://is.gd/eMkqtn

2.   “Community Members Rally to Support Disabled Man Arrested by RPD” --- A rally was held Saturday afternoon for a disabled man arrested by Rochester Police earlier this month. Benny Warr was charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. --- Rochester YNN --- May 18, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/Q2DLYD

3.   “Former Wellford Police Officer Charged with Sexually Abusing Vulnerable Adult” --- A former Wellford police officer has been charged with sexually assaulting a vulnerable adult while on duty. The State Law Enforcement Division has charged 32-year-old Bennie Brandon Hand of Spartanburg with ... --- The Republic --- May 15, 2013  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/ZZw4rm

4.   “Improving State's Mental Health Care” --- According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, of our state's approximately 2.6 million residents, close to 89,000 adults and 28,000 children live with serious mental illness. --- Las Vegas Review-Journal --- May 19, 2013   (NEVADA)   http://is.gd/OduZSc

5.   “DOJ says NYC ‘Not Ready’ to Protect Disabled in Disasters” --- New Yorkers with disabilities have cause for concern when it comes to possible future disasters and terrorism events, because the U.S. Justice Department says the city is in violation of federal law in failing to prepare. In a statement ... --- Public News Service --- May 14, 2013  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/vISabb

6.   “CDC Finds Mental Health Woes in One in Five US Kids” --- "Millions of children in the U.S. have mental disorders that affect their overall health and present challenges for their loved ones. In addition, the financial costs of childhood mental disorders are at least an estimated $247 billion each year," Dr ... --- CBS News --- May 17, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/azZHgc

7.   “Groundbreaking Mental Health Study to Be Repeated 30 Years Later” --- The Ontario Child Health Study was co-authored by the late Dr. Dan Offord in 1983 and found that one in five children has some type of mental health problem. --- CBC.ca --- May 15, 2013  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/n8NEn0

8.   “Disability Providers Panel Seeks to Prevent Abuse Cases” --- The head of a panel that will review how the Health Ministry monitors residential disability providers says the group will be looking at what needs to be done to prevent cases of abuse. --- Radio New Zealand --- May 19, 2013  (NEW ZEALAND)  http://is.gd/gkaFq6


Abuse/Crime-related

9.   “Marin County Man Jailed in Alleged Macaroni-and-Cheese Attack on Paralyzed Housemate” --- Minutes later, the man in the wheelchair called police to report than O'Connor assaulted him by shoving a box of macaroni and cheese in his face. --- San Jose Mercury News --- May 17, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/lJYAUj

10.   “2 Sought in Con of Disabled Sac State Student” --- A disabled Sacramento State University student was tricked out of a large amount of money by two men Thursday afternoon, say campus police. --- News10.net --- May 17, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/kkZTKE

11.   “25-Yr-old Man Beaten by Skateboarders Awakens from Coma” --- Victor Silcock's mother, Ann Belles Mac Ewen, told NBC4 Wednesday that her mentally disabled son is able to sit up in his bed and is starting to talk. The injuries to his brain, however, may take weeks to heal. --- LAist --- May 16, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/Xbbhhz

12.   “Former Vallejo Teacher Sentenced to 9 Years for Sleeping with Disabled Aide” --- A former Vallejo special education teacher has been sentenced to nine years behind bars for sleeping with his 18-year-old mentally disabled student aide in 2011. Jerry Johnson, 58, of Elk Grove, was sentenced Monday in Solano County Superior … --- Vallejo Times-Herald --- May 15, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/6lX2AC

13.  “Caregiver Convicted of Abusing Autistic Man” --- A caregiver was found guilty Tuesday of two misdemeanors for mistreating a severely autistic Valley Center man under his care last year. The attorney for Matthew Alexander McDuffie, 28, said the Vista Superior Court jury cleared him of three ... --- U-T San Diego --- May 14, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/DivVQv

14.   “Woman Convicted in Death of Her Disabled Child” --- A 56-year-old San Leandro woman is facing 15 years to life in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder in the death of her disabled 8-year-old child. --- San Jose Mercury News --- May 13, 2013  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/0ovRWS

15.   “Colorado Springs Ex-Councilman's Wife on Leave in Neglected-Boy Case” --- Sharon Starkey, who was cited Thursday for child neglect along with her husband, former Colorado Springs Councilman Charles Wingate, worked at the First United Methodist Church of Colorado Springs nursery on a "very part-time" and "as needed" basis, ... --- Denver Post --- May 17, 2013  (COLORADO)   http://is.gd/NOMEnY

16.   “Boy with Autism Found in Unsanitary Home” --- A 13-year-old boy with autism was found in what police called unsanitary conditions Thursday in a Colorado Springs home. Police were called to the home in the 6100 block … --- 9NEWS.com --- May 17, 2013  (COLORADO)  http://is.gd/NJ480w  

17.   “Wheelchair Stolen from Handicapped Girl” --- When a thief stole a car in front of a home in northwest Denver, the family was more upset by the contents of the car than the car itself. --- 9NEWS.com ---May 17, 2013  (COLORADO)   http://is.gd/B2qo83

18.   “Woman Convicted of Robbing Disabled Man in 2012” --- A Manchester woman faces at least a year in prison after she was convicted Friday in Vernon Superior Court of conspiring with two others to rob a mentally disabled man in Vernon in February 2012. --- Journal Inquirer --- May 17, 2013  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/zJFhuS

19.   “Fury Growing over Families Hiring Disabled Guides to Cut Disney World Lines” --- Families of disabled children are furious after hearing a New York researcher found out rich families are cutting lines at Disney World. How are they doing it? --- kdvr.com --- May 17, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/sKgvEd

20.   “$1,000 Reward Offered for Information after Disabled Man Gets Sucker Punched, Shot” --- Orange County deputies are searching for a suspect in an aggravated battery and shooting of a mentally disabled man at a Shell gas station on Silver Star Road earlier this month. --- Orlando Sentinel --- May 15, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/jIfnuF

21.   “How I Scammed the Disney World Wheelchair Line System” --- So the next day, we marched ourselves up to the guest services desk at Magic Kingdom, and requested a wheelchair for me. That was when I learned the tantalizing truth about Disney World's special disabled lines: Anybody can use them. --- Miami New Times --- May 15, 2013  (FLORIDA)   http://is.gd/ewYlf5

22.   “Disabled Man's Motorized Wheelchair is Stolen” --- An Englewood man reported that this motorized wheelchair -- valued at $6,000 -- was swiped after it broke down Monday while he was riding it and the battery died, according to a news release from the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office. --- Sun-Sentinel --- May 15, 2013  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/EtdpZy

23.   “Mass Public School Closures in Chicago Spark Civil Rights Lawsuits” ---  The mass public school closings in Chicago have sparked a pair of federal civil rights lawsuits charging that the closings have a discriminatory impact on African-American students and students with disabilities. --- Press TV --- May 16, 2013  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/VQFRkK

24.   “Willow Creek Volunteer Charged with Fondling Boy, 8” --- A volunteer at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington has been charged with sexually abusing a boy in a special needs class, prosecutors said Tuesday. --- Chicago Tribune --- May 14, 2013  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/U284JX

25.   “Glenwood Disabled Facility on 'Most Fined' List” --- The state-run Glenwood Resource Center for the disabled has the worst record of compliance with federal regulations of any care facility in Iowa over the past 10 months. --- DesMoinesRegister.com --- May 20, 2013  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/pUiGZD

26.   “Citing Federal Cap, Judge Cuts Landmark $240M Verdict for Mentally Disabled Workers to $1.6M” -- A judge has slashed a landmark $240 million verdict to $1.6 million for 32 mentally disabled workers who suffered years of abuse by their caretakers. --- Washington Post --- May 14, 2013  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/GeSpHs

27.   “Police: Father Gambled While Mentally Disabled Adult Son Starved to Death” --- A Lexington police detective has testified that a man charged with murder in the death of his mentally disabled son told police that he gambled while the younger man starved to death. --- The Republic --- May 15, 2013  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/htciLC

28.   “Man Gets Probation for Assault on Stranger in Wheelchair” --- A 36-year-old military veteran, suffering from mental health and medical issues, was placed on probation for a year for assaulting a stranger in a wheelchair. --- The Sun --- May 15, 2013  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/j75lW6

29.   “DNA Links Inmate to 1986 Rape of Deaf Woman” --- She indicated to the attacker that she was deaf, and he dragged her to one of the children's bedrooms. He forced her to disrobe, then raped her three times and sodomized her. He pulled her around the home by her hair looking for money. --- Kansas City Star --- May 17, 2013  (MISSOURI)   http://is.gd/8XNl0T

30.   “Pangborn Won't be Charged in Lancaster County” --- Matthew Pangborn is serving 15 to 23 years for abusing several residents of the Beatrice State Developmental Center in 2011. During the prison visit, authorities said, Michael Pangborn and the boy went to the bathroom … --- Beatrice Daily Sun --- May 18, 2013  (NEBRASKA)   http://is.gd/7frSIC

31.   “Severely Autistic Man Branded at Bronx Group Home with Hot Potato-Masher ...” --- A severely autistic man was branded with a searing-hot potato masher by at least one staffer at a Bronx group home for the mentally disabled, leaving him physically and emotionally scarred, a lawsuit charges. --- New York Daily News --- May 19, 2013  (NEW YORK)   http://is.gd/IC0HCi

32.   “Teachers Aide Charged with Inappropriate Relationship with Disabled Student” --- A teacher's aide at the Henry Vicardi School in Albertson has been arrested and charged with having an inappropriate relationship with one of the disabled students, Nassau County Police said. --- Patch.com --- May 17, 2013  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/eFjLyC  

33.   “Disabled Veteran Robbed in Philly Home Invasion” --- Philadelphia police are seeking for six suspects who beat and robbed a disabled war veteran during a home invasion. It happened early Monday in northeast Philadelphia. --- Philly.com --- May 20, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/3XvEVy

34.   “Mystery of Human Bite Marks Found on the Back of Disabled Teenager Who is ...” --- When Ariel Alexander's parents reported the bite marks on their disabled daughter to her special needs school in Philadelphia, the school tried to blame the attack on Ariel's sister. --- Daily Mail --- May 18, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)   http://is.gd/APY76k

35.   “Police: Man Set Fire to Poconos Home, Trying to Kill Four Inside” --- Police said he removed the electric meter on the side of the house, which shut off the power, before pouring gas around the front and back door of the home. --- Allentown Morning Call --- May 16, 2013  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/fTdqVx  

36.   “Adult Abuse a Growing Concern in South Texas” --- As the month comes to close, the South Texas regional director discussed the trends here, naming mental illness and immigrants without legal status in the United States as primary issues. --- Valley morning Star --- May 18, 2013  (TEXAS) http://is.gd/hHtpfT 

37.   “Teacher's Aide Accused of Sexual Abuse of Students” --- This undated photo provided by the Cahokia Police Department shows Mario Hunt, 35, of Cahokia, Ill. Hunt, an HIV-infected teacher's aide in a special-needs classroom at Cahokia High School, is accused of exposing a student to the AIDS-causing virus ... --- San Antonio Express --- May 14, 2013  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/JY0CSV

38.   “Wheelchair Stolen from Disabled Yakima Girl” --- She says they left the wheelchair on the porch of their home Tuesday night after bringing Alia inside for bed. The next morning, it was gone. --- KNDO/KNDU --- May 16, 2013  (WASHINGTON)   http://is.gd/sjoxhf

39.  “DC Taxis Discriminate Against People with Disabilities Nearly Half the Time ...” --- An American Association of People with Disabilities report, "Equity in Transportation for People with Disabilities," calls taxis "an important mode of transportation for people with disabilities" because they "provide greater flexibility and ... --- Huffington Post --- May 14, 2013  (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  http://is.gd/UCnzHZ

40.   “Defense Wants Doctor's Report in Neglect Case” --- A stepfather returned to court Thursday still facing felony neglect charges that concern the death of a disabled 6-year-old child. --- Huntington Herald Dispatch --- May 17, 2013  (WEST VIRGINIA)   http://is.gd/qsOmU2

41.    “Police: Man Forced Mentally Challenged Woman to Have Sex” --- A man police call a lifetime registered sex offender was arrested Wednesday night on charges of sexually assaulting a mentally challenged woman, according to information from Cabell County Magistrate Court. --- WSAZ-TV --- May 16, 2013  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/O2G1EN 

42.   “Man Charged with Rape of Mentally Disabled Woman” --- A Madison man was charged Wednesday with second-degree sexual assault and other charges for allegedly taking a mentally disabled woman to his home and raping her. --- 77Square.com --- May 15, 2013  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/yZ9dQc  

43.   “Sheriff's Report: Man and Teen Accused of Assaulting Special Needs Adults” --- ... County Sheriff's Department, Norman G. Dearman and the teen punched and pushed a 20-year-old special needs man and sexually assaulted an 19-year-old special needs woman multiple times until the man reported the abuse to adult protective services. --- La Crosse Tribune --- May 20, 2013  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/I7zpZX
 

Seeking Improved Support

44.   “Jail Fills Mental Health Need, for Better or Worse” --- The McLean County jail's de facto role as Bloomington-Normal's largest provider of residential mental health services fits a trend seen across the country — a troubling and unsatisfactory solution … --- Bloomington Pantagraph --- May 19, 2013  (ILLINOIS)  http://is.gd/O00znL

45.  “Muncie Fireworks Company North Central Industries Accused of Discriminating ...” --- The Indiana Civil Rights Commission said Tuesday there is probable cause to believe that North Central Industries denied a former employee's request for a reasonable accommodation for a known disability. --- WRTV Indianapolis --- May 15, 2013  (INDIANA)   http://is.gd/NUgVRa

46.   “I-Team: Caring for Mental Health in Louisiana” --- In 2010, the hospital opened a mental health emergency room where St. Germain was the head nurse. "We do have an increase for mental health in our area, in the Baton Rouge area. After Katrina, a lot of that population from more south Louisiana, the New ... --- WBXH --- May 15, 2013  (LOUISIANA)   http://is.gd/x0nWnK  

47.   “NJ Developmental Centers Brace for Huge Change” --- With its imposing, Victorian-era buildings and leafy, college-like campus, the Vineland Developmental Center was in its time a state-of-the-art institution for … --- Philly.com --- May 20, 2013  (NEW JERSEY)   http://is.gd/b4K8K0

48.   “Parents: Daughter With Down Syndrome Not Allowed to Cheer” --- The parents of a student in the Elgin School District say school leaders will not allow their child to participate in the cheerleading program because she has Down Syndrome. --- NBC4i.com --- May 15, 2013  (OHIO)   http://is.gd/aCE3rc

49.   “Airport Wheelchair Abuse Hurts the Truly Disabled” --- "We've tried to be very careful about disability policy rights with lawmakers and have tried to find a balance," said Curt Decker, executive director of the National Disability Rights Network. --- 610kvnu --- May 17, 2013  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/Ykl4lA  

50.   “New DSM Brings Change, Assurances for Those with Autism” --- For the first time in more than a decade, a new version of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders will be unveiled this weekend and with it comes major change to the way autism is diagnosed. --- Disability Scoop --- May 17, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/jq00qY

51.   “Mentally Ill Inmates Report Higher Rates of Sexual Victimization” --- Mentally ill prison and jail inmates reported higher rates of inmate-on-inmate sexual victimization, a U.S. Justice Department study released Thursday said. Gays and lesbian inmates also reported higher rates of unwanted ... --- UPI.com --- May 16, 2013  (U.S. – NATIONAL)   http://is.gd/w7QsKV
 

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

52.  “New Arizona Laws” --- Vulnerable adults: Makes changes to the definition of exploitation of a vulnerable adult, including specifying that a vulnerable adult is not exploited if a transfer of assets is done to obtain or maintain eligibility for certain state and federal ... --- Arizona Republic --- May 15, 2013  (ARIZONA)   http://is.gd/iJL1wd

53.   “Juvenile Mental Health Bill Sees First-Round Approval” --- A proposal to increase access to children's mental health services throughout Nebraska won first-round legislative approval Thursday. --- NTV --- May 17, 2013  (NEBRASKA)   http://is.gd/6jqSoA
 

International Articles

54.   “Man Guilty of Murdering Wheelchair-bound Girlfriend” --- A country NSW man who set his wheelchair-bound girlfriend alight on Valentine's Day and then left her to die will spend at least the next 20 years in jail. --- Sydney Morning Herald --- May 16, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/mXBEBW

55.   “A Lack of Facilities for Mentally Ill Prisoners Has Ramifications” --- The Corrections Department in South Australia broke the law by inhumanely handcuffing a mentally ill female prisoner to a bed in a men's prison for 22 hours a day for eight months, an Ombudsman's report has found. --- The Australian --- May 15, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)   http://is.gd/L44yJA

56.   “Calls for Sexual Abuse Investigation in Australian Psychiatric Facilities” --- The Mental Health Council of Australia is calling for a nation-wide investigation into allegations of sexual abuse of women in psychiatric facilities. It says a Victorian report that found nearly 50 per cent of women in mental hospitals ... --- ABC Online --- May 14, 2013  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/wQyczl

57.   “Man Pleads Guilty to Sodomizing Teenager” --- 26 year-old Kareem Hamilton will spend 4 years in prison because he pleaded guilty to sodomizing a 15 year-old, mentally challenged boy. A jury was selected to start hearing his trial before Justice … --- Channel 7 Daily News --- May 14, 2013  (BELIZE)  http://is.gd/8xpg3a

58.   “Disabled BC Woman “Upset and Confused' after Violent Purse Theft” --- He said the suspect, described as a man or woman in blue jeans with a blonde ponytail, kept running, resulting in the victim being pulled forward out of her wheelchair and onto … --- CTV News --- May 19, 2013  (CANADA) http://is.gd/dXQYna  

59.   “Hundreds of Disabled Albertans, Supporters Rally at Legislature to Protest Cuts” --- The Gibsons were among several hundred people who travelled to the legislature from across the province to protest the government's plans to restructure funding for people with disabilities. --- Edmonton Journal --- May 15, 2013  (CANADA)   http://is.gd/DDGYJu

60.   “Care Assistants Who Tormented Severely Disabled Patients Face Jail” --- Two care assistants were yesterday found guilty of mistreating severely disabled patients at a mental health unit in Yorkshire. James Hinds, 59, and Susan Murphy, 43, were found guilty of the ill-treatment of patients at St Catherine's Hospital in ... --- Yorkshire Post --- May 18, 2013  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/QyqcDS

61.   “Disabled Patients Abuse: Two Solar Centre Carers Guilty” --- A jury heard that people attending the Solar Centre at St Catherine's Hospital in Doncaster were abused and tormented by James Hinds and Susan Murphy. Hinds, 59, was found guilty of 10 counts of ill-treatment and … --- BBC News --- May 17, 2013  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/33M1sN

62.   “Family of Mentally Ill Man Who Died after Being Restrained by Police at ...” --- The family of a mentally ill man who died after he was restrained by up to seven police officers at a Beckenham hospital have spoken out. Following the release of a report about how police deal with people with mental illness, they said they would like ... --- This is Local London --- May 15, 2013  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/M5DFJW

63.   “Police 'to Get Nurse Help' Dealing with Mental Health Cases” --- It followed a report by Staffordshire's police commissioner which said officers spent up to 25% of their time dealing with mental health-related incidents. Matthew Ellis said he wanted specialist mental health response teams to "take pressure off" police. --- BBC News --- May 15, 2013  (ENGLAND)   http://is.gd/8uruNi

64.   “Schools 'Failing' Their Down Syndrome Pupils” --- The ombudsman's criticism comes in a report arising from a complaint by the mothers of two children with Down Syndrome attending mainstream primary schools. --- Irish Independent --- May 17, 2013  (IRELAND)   http://is.gd/JGGhct

65.   “Agency: Jamaica Cops Deal Poorly with Mentally Ill” --- Commissioner Terrence Williams told reporters at a Wednesday news conference that police display a lack of patience when dealing with mentally ill citizens. His agency is calling for non-lethal weapons … --- Boston.com --- May 15, 2013  (JAMAICA)  http://is.gd/4sawF4

66.   “Against All Odds - Young People Living with Mental Illness” --- On Monday, 40 mentally ill patients escaped from the Mathari hospital, the largest mental hospital in the country. --- AllAfrica.com --- May 16, 2013  (KENYA)  http://is.gd/Kb17Bu

67.   “Man Given Suspended 18-Month Sentence for Assaulting Disabled Person” ---. Frankie Falzon, 32, from Qormi and residing in Zebbug, was handed an 18-month jail term suspended for three years and had his driving license suspended for three months after he was found guilty of causing slight injuries to a disabled person and ... --- MaltaToday --- May 17, 2013  (MALTA)   http://is.gd/8ocfBd  

68.   “Disabled Man Tells of Airline Woes” --- A disabled passenger says he was barred from boarding a flight after he missed check-in by three minutes when his electric wheelchair broke down. --- New Zealand Herald --- May 17, 2013  (NEW ZEALAND)   http://is.gd/o0VOaQ

69.   “Budget 2013: Families Will Be Paid to Care for Disabled Adult Relatives” --- Family members will be paid to look after their disabled adult relatives after the Government set aside $23 million for carer payments in this year's Budget. --- New Zealand Herald --- May 16, 2013  (NEW ZEALAND) http://is.gd/1HC4U8 

70.   “Rape Trial of Mentally Disabled Teen: Sister-in-Law Takes the Stand” --- The sister-in-law of the teen who was allegedly raped by her half-brother, said that the teen had the habit of leaving home without saying where she was going or who she would be with and not return for days. --- Straits Times --- May 17, 2013  (SINGAPORE)   http://is.gd/5UyVsG

71.  “Suicide Figures Soar for Sweden's Disabled Youth” --- Between 1995 and 2010, the number of young people who were given compensation for disabilities that prevented them from working (aktivitetsersättning) soared from 5,000 to 12,000. --- The Local.se --- May 16, 2013  (SWEDEN)  http://is.gd/1IN14U

 

 


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