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News Summary for June 6, 2016
Articles Compiled by Anne M. Kincaid

 

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 an interest.
 

In this week’s newsfeed, you will note an uptick in murder cases, and none of verbal/emotional abuse.  There is some good news to share as you will note in the “OTHER” section.  

 

SEXUAL ASSAULT:  2, 6, 12, 13, 22, 23, 33, 34, 37

PHYSICAL ABUSE: 5, 9, 10, 16, 27, 31, 35, 39, 42

NEGLECT: 3, 17

FINANCIAL ABUSE: 19, 25, 26

VERBAL ABUSE: 24

MURDER: 20, 32, 41 (44, 45).

GOOD NEWS: 62, 63, 71

 

ABUSE OCCURRED AT SCHOOL: 5, 10, 12, 13, 17, 35

 

Abuse/Crime-related 

1.   “Birmingham Police Searching for Missing Woman with Disabilities” --- Martha Hayes, 56, went missing early Saturday morning, and Birmingham Police are looking to the community to help ... --- WIAT 42 --- May 7, 2016  (ALABAMA)  https://is.gd/6hLk8F

 

2.   “Man Allegedly Followed, Groped Autistic Woman, 20, in West Hollywood” --- Sheriff's deputies say this man allegedly followed an autistic woman home from a bus stop in West Hollywood and groped her on April 17, 2016. --- KABC-TV --- May 5, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/qImBpd

 

3.   “2 Investigates: Leaked Video Shows Mental Patients Sleeping, Eating on Hospital Floor” --- Staff members at an East Bay psychiatric emergency room are speaking out about dangerous and overcrowded conditions they ... --- KTVU San Francisco --- May 4, 2016  (CALIFORNIA) https://is.gd/kAe8aZ  

 

4.   “Family Searching for Missing Man with Mental Illness” --- A Pico Rivera mother was desperate to find her mentally ill son who was last seen on gas station surveillance in Baker. Beverly White reports for the ... --- NBC Southern California --- May 4, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/hlTjiM

 

5.   “Hernando Mom Upset She Wasn't Told about Abuse Complaints until Days Later” --- A Hernando County mom says her 6-year-old daughter with Down syndrome was abused at school and she wasn't told about it until days later. --- Bay News 9 --- May 3, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/6iRynW

 

6.   “Ex-49er Dana Stubblefield Charged with Raping Disabled Woman” --- Ex-49er Dana Stubblefield charged with raping disabled woman. Dana Stubblefield. Paul Sakuma / Associated Press. Former NFL player Dana ... --- Chicago Tribune --- May 2, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/81g05P

 

7.   “Mentally Disabled Woman, 19, Reported Missing” --- Angelica Munoz ran away from her grandfather's house in the 8900 block of Colorado Avenue about 3 p.m., according to a Riverside Police ... --- Press-Enterprise --- May 1, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/6WcJAs

 

8.   “Local Probes End in Police Shooting of Man in Wheelchair” --- Wilmington police have finished criminal and internal investigations into the fatal police shooting of a black man in a wheelchair, ... --- Albany Times Union --- May 4, 2016  (DELAWARE)  https://is.gd/t4k5XY

 

9.   “Nurse Accused of Abusing Special-Needs Child Loses License” --- Edmund Omodu lost his Florida nursing license after he allegedly gave a 6-year-old special needs child a bath that caused burns to 17 percent of that ... --- ActionNewsJax.com --- May 3, 2016  (FLORIDA)  https://is.gd/t1CY0R

 

10.   “Teacher Suspended After 5-Year-Old Special Needs Student Hung from Blackboard by Beltloops” --- There's outrage in Rockdale County over claims that a 5-year-old special needs student was hung from a ... --- 11alive.com --- May 4, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/V3ogXS

 

11.   “Man with Special Needs Missing in Wayne County” --- A man with special needs is missing out of Odum, Georgia. Turner Arnold is 25 years old and lives on New Hope ... --- WJCL News --- May 1, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/PMosHu

 

12.   “Investigation of Rape of Special Needs Student Underway at Albany Middle School” --- Dougherty County School Police are investigating the report of the rape of a special needs student at Albany Middle School. School officials say the ... --- WALB-TV --- May 3, 2016  (GEORGIA)  https://is.gd/2PUTHr

 

13.   “Hawaii Schools Slammed over Special Ed Student's Alleged Rape” --- "It sends a clear, resounding message to the DOE that they have to pay closer attention to the special needs children and take care of them," said one ... --- CBS News --- May 3, 2016  (HAWAII)  https://is.gd/0CBVoM

 

14.   “Man with Autism Missing from Irving Park” --- A 49-year-old man with autism went missing from the Irving Park neighborhood Sunday ... He is nonverbal and diagnosed with severe autism. --- Chicago Sun-Times --- May 1, 2016  (ILLINOIS)  https://is.gd/zuKRxv

 

15.   “Louisiana Prosecutors Decline to File Charges in Case of Mentally Ill Man Shot and Killed by Sheriff's ...” --- Louisiana prosecutors decline to file charges in case of mentally ill man shot and killed by sheriff's deputy. --- Tulsa World --- May 6, 2016  (LOUISIANA)  https://is.gd/xqN09f

 

16.   “Oakland Man Pleads No Contest to Charge of Striking Woman in a Wheelchair After Winslow ...” --- An Oakland man arrested after police said he drove into a woman in a wheelchair and a police officer following last year's Fourth ... --- Kennebec Journal & Morning Sentinel --- May 2, 2016  (MAINE)  https://is.gd/K9S1o7

 

17.   “Bus Driver Abandons Special Needs Child in Easton” --- A 10-year-old special needs boy was abandoned by a Talbot County school bus driver Friday morning, according to the Easton Police Department. --- ABC2 News --- May 6, 2016   (MARYLAND)  https://is.gd/tuaD4j

 

18.   “State Assigns Monitor to Oversee Four Arbour Psychiatric Hospitals” --- Surprise inspections at four Massachusetts psychiatric hospitals found such prevalent patient care problems that state officials have taken the ... --- The Boston Globe --- May 5, 2016  (MASSACHUSETTS) https://is.gd/sSOfTX

 

19.   “Special Needs Services Cut as State Investigates Suspected Fraud” --- FOX25 has uncovered what the state is calling a nearly half-billion dollar suspected fraud case involving home health care services covered by ... --- My Fox Boston --- May 5, 2016  (MASSACHUSETTS)  https://is.gd/QJbRVM

 

20.   “Rhode Island Man Pleads Guilty in Slaying of Autistic Man” --- A Rhode Island man has been sentenced to up to 35 years in prison for killing an autistic Massachusetts man in a motel ... --- Washington Times --- May 2, 2016  (MASSACHUSETTS)  https://is.gd/nWZFqX

 

21.   “Missing Autistic Boy Found Safe Hours After Going Into Woods” --- An autistic boy who was missing several hours was found safe Thursday night after a massive search in Northern Michigan ... --- MLive.com --- May 6, 2016  (MICHIGAN)  https://is.gd/vcJCTS

 

22.   “Nearly Freed Inmate Who Plotted Disabled Teen's Sex Assault Stays Locked Up “ --- A prisoner's plot to sexually assault a teen after his 15-year prison sentence ended will keep him locked up for decades. --- MLive.com --- May 3, 2016  (MICHIGAN)  https://is.gd/n0uqiE

 

23.   “Care Facility Employee Accused of Sexual Assault of Vulnerable Adult in Minnesota” --- A male employee at a Granite Falls home for vulnerable adults has been charged in Yellow Medicine County District Court for ... --- Grand Forks Herald --- May 3, 2016  (MINNESOTA)  https://is.gd/xKu3PI

 

24.   “Rapper 50 Cent Event Canceled After Making Fun of Autistic Man” --- A viral video of rapper 50 Cent mocking an autistic man is causing boycotts around the country and in St. Louis. --- KMOV.com --- May 3, 2016  (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/iypHUZ

 

25.   “Suspended Lawyer Sentenced” --- When it came time to spend down the disabled man's assets the court ... count of mistreatment of a dependent adult, a severity level 5 person felony. --- Wyandotte Daily --- May 2, 2016  (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/g56CLB

 

26.   “Police: Worker at Airport Stole from Blind Woman” --- A worker at Lambert Airport in St. Louis is accused of stealing from a blind woman in a wheelchair after helping her at the airport. --- Columbia Missourian --- May 2, 2016  (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/bS2rKX

 

27.   “Trial Set for Man Accused of Abusing Disabled Patient” --- A July trial has been scheduled for a man accused of abusing a patient while working at the Beatrice State Developmental Center. --- Lincoln Journal Star --- May 6, 2016  (NEBRASKA)   https://is.gd/EjvAMO

 

28.   “After Mom Starves to Death, Questions About Care for Mentally Ill” --- Linda Bishop, a once vibrant mother, starved to death after she was released from a New Hampshire mental hospital in 2007. Her family was not ... --- NBCNews.com --- May 7, 2016  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  https://is.gd/NwHk4v

 

29.   “Suspended Jail Doctor Now on Leave from State Hospital” --- Dr. Matthew J. Masewic, a unit director at the state-operated hospital that treats mentally ill patients, was placed on paid leave Monday, said Jake Leon ... --- The Union Leader --- May 3, 2016  (NEW HAMPSHIRE)  https://is.gd/3oW0OQ

 

30.   “$6,000 Wheelchair Stolen from Little Girl in Bayonne” --- The $6,000 wheelchair belongs to an 8-year-old girl who suffers from an unspecified medical condition. It was stolen while a family member was ... --- The Hudson Reporter --- May 3, 2016  (NEW JERSEY)  https://is.gd/D5Facb

 

31.   “3 Families File Lawsuit After Allegations of Abuse at Bronx Group Home for Disabled Adults” ---  The allegations of abuse are gruesome and inhumane. Patients with disabilities, living in a group home, were punched, shoved, and had ... --- WABC-TV --- May 2, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/uEQYdo

 

32.   “Buffalo Man Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison After Robbing, Killing Man with Disability” --- A Buffalo man who admitted to killing a man with disabilities last summer received the maximum sentence for the crime Monday ... --- TWC News --- May 2, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/4KR2OC

 

33.   “Woman Says Her Developmentally Disabled Sister Was Raped While at State-run Group Home” --- State officials at the Office for People With Developmental Disabilities, which runs the home, told L.K. her sister contracted the STD at sleep-away ... --- New York Daily News --- May 2, 2016  (NEW YORK)  https://is.gd/UAKaW5  

 

34.   “NC Teen Sentenced to 12 Years for Sex Crimes Against Autistic Boy” --- A Burke County teen was sentenced to at least 12 years in prison for sex crimes against a 12-year-old autistic boy. --- WNCN --- May 6, 2016  (NORTH CAROLINA)  https://is.gd/KgNESr

 

35.   “Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Teacher Suspended for Spanking Student” --- A teacher at Carter High School, which serves Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools' special-needs students, has been suspended ... --- Winston-Salem Journal --- May 6, 2016  (NORTH CAROLINA)  https://is.gd/dOxvhI

 

36.   “50 Cent Apologises for Instagram Video Accusing Autistic Airport Cleaner of Being 'High' ” --- 'It was certainly not my intent to insult him or the disability community, which is a source of great strength in America. I have apologized personally ... --- Daily Mail --- May 3, 2016  (OHIO)  https://is.gd/ZJuVYJ

 

37.   “Pa. Woman Accused of Sexually Abusing Autistic Boy, 5” --- Brittany Lepkowski, who Pa. authorities say was on parole, is accused of sexually abusing a 5-year-old boy in Lackawanna County. Worse still, the ... --- PennLive.com --- May 5, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/hg5VkT

 

38.   “Teachers Hang Special Needs Student from Chalkboard by His Belt Loops” --- A teacher and two assistants are on administrative leave after they punished a five-year-old special needs student by hanging him by his belt loops. --- WPXI Pittsburgh --- May 4, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/P0nRk5

 

39.   “Former Greene Valley Employee Pleads Not Guilty to Abuse” --- The former Greene Valley Developmental Center employee who reportedly slapped a woman in the face with a ... --- WJHL --- May 6, 2016  (TENNESSEE)  https://is.gd/W4pq8s

 

40.  “SAISD Bus Driver Placed on Leave, Safety Monitor Resigns After Special Needs Student Jumps from Bus” --- San Antonio Independent School District officials took quick action Thursday against a school bus driver and bus ... --- KSAT San Antonio --- May 5, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/ISMfXo

 

41.   “Mentally Ill US Girl, Raped by Stepfather, Found Dead with Uterus Removed” --- In an appalling incident, an 18-year-old mentally disabled girl was found dead in a burnt house in Texas with her womb and uterus removed. --- Deccan Chronicle --- May 4, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/NvaAms

 

42.   “Mom Says Nurse Abused Special Needs Son” --- Police in Converse have launched an investigation after a mother discovered video of a male nurse and her young special needs ... --- WOAI --- May 3, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/yCtCjj

 

43.   “Mom: HISD Middle School Teacher Used Foul Language in Front of Special Needs Students” ---  The mother of an eighth grade special needs student is angry about foul language used in her daughter's classroom toward and about students. --- KTRK-TV --- May 3, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/xsWIAK

 

44.   “Grisly Details Revealed in Death of Mentally-Disabled Texas Teen” --- A mentally disabled West Texas teenager who told a school worker she had been impregnated by her stepfather was found with ... --- CBS News --- May 2, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/TsSWrG

 

45.   “Woman Charged in Sexual Assault of Special-needs Daughter Who Was Killed Near Lubbock” ---  Holli Jeffcoat, a special-needs student, was discovered fatally stabbed Feb. 10 at her home, where someone had tried to start a fire. --- Dallas Morning News --- May 1, 2016  (TEXAS)  https://is.gd/bf1eFW

 

46.   “Parents of Special Needs Kids Want Changes After School Bus Fire” --- Parents of special needs children are calling on the Puyallup school district to put an extra adult on their buses after a close call ... --- KVAL --- May 5, 2016  (WASHINGTON STATE)  https://is.gd/AklBbC

 

47.   “Jail Didn't Save Video Footage Showing Cell of Man Who Died” --- An attorney representing the family of a mentally ill inmate who died at a Virginia jail is criticizing officials' decision not to save ... --- The Seattle Times --- May 1, 2016  (WASHINGTON STATE)  https://is.gd/RQ26aZ

 

Seeking Improved Support 

 

48.   “At an Anchorage Rally, a Glimpse of the Challenges of Being Deaf in Alaska” --- Self-described “rabble rouser” Albert Berke is at it again. He made news in 1990 at the age of 61 as the subject of a profile in the publication ... --- Alaska Dispatch News --- May 4, 2016  (ALASKA)  https://is.gd/dG980x

 

49.   “Forced Medication OK'd for Tehama Jail Inmates in Psychosis” --- But it has had 34 inmates declared unfit and in need of psychiatric treatment before cases proceed since January 2015. Seventeen of them currently ... --- Redding Record Searchlight --- May 3, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/5h43sw   

 

50.   “Uber Settles Discrimination Suit by Blind Passengers” --- Uber denied discriminating and said it had a policy of accommodating passengers with disabilities. Uber also argued that, as a ride-hailing service ... --- SFGate --- May 1, 2016  (CALIFORNIA)  https://is.gd/HMs8Dw

 

51.   “Layoffs Issued at Department of Developmental Disabilities” --- These mark the first layoffs at the agency, which provides services to people with developmental disabilities. To date, a total of 650 executive branch ... --- Washington Times --- May 3, 2016  (CONNECTICUT)  https://is.gd/LBHDEr

 

52.   “Some Iowa Families Don't Have Insurance for Autism Treatment” --- Some eastern Iowa parents who have children with autism are not able to depend on insurance. According to Autism Speaks, there are many Iowa ... --- kwwl.com --- May 2, 2016  (IOWA)  https://is.gd/BKn6OD

 

53.   “New Riverview Psychiatric Center Superintendent Known for Turning Around State Institutions” --- The Riverview Psychiatric Center, shown here in a 2014 file photo, recently got a new superintendent in Rodney Bouffard. Staff photo by Joe Phelan. --- May 1, 2016  (MAINE)  https://is.gd/Hlq4Ro

 

54.   “Council Calls for Investigation of Special Education” --- Rather than depend on a volunteer committee, which he doubts could gain access to education records, he proposed that a “special education expert” ... --- Warwick Beacon --- May 5, 2016  (MASSACHUSETTS)  https://is.gd/0cfROh

 

55.   “One-Third of Autistic Kids Likely to Wander Away” --- More than one-third of US children with autism spectrum disorders have wandered away from a safe environment within the past 12 ... --- Economic Times --- May 2, 2016  (NEW YORK)  http://tinyurl.com/zosoja2

 

56.   “Special Ed Teachers in Demand in Sioux Falls” --- A growing need for special education teachers is prompting Sioux Falls schools to hire more teachers before they've finished their certification. --- Sioux Falls Argus Leader --- May 4, 2016  (SOUTH DAKOTA)  https://is.gd/FXu20l

 

57.   “DOJ: SD's Long-term Care System Violates Federal Law” --- South Dakota's unnecessary reliance on nursing facilities to serve people with disabilities isolates those residents from their communities and violates ... --- Sioux Falls Argus Leader --- May 2, 2016  (SOUTH DAKOTA)  https://is.gd/Llh52X

 

58.   “Lack of State Funding Fueling Deadly Mental Health Crisis in Spokane” --- Spokane County Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich is blaming a rash of recent officer involved shootings on a lack of funding and bed space for ... --- KXLY Spokane --- May 4, 2016  (WASHINGTON STATE)  https://is.gd/9rvIYP

 

59.   “Coon Valley Resident Travels to Washington, D.C. to Discuss Disability-related Legislation” ---  Two area residents met with Ron Kind and other Wisconsin congressional members or their staff last in Washington ... --- La Crosse Tribune --- May 4, 2016  (WASHINGTON, D.C.)  https://is.gd/QB1jZG

 

60.   “Grassroots Movement Raises Awareness of Deaf Individuals in Wyoming” --- Advocates gathered in downtown Cheyenne on Thursday to raise public awareness about discrimination against deaf, ... --- KGWN --- May 5, 2016  (WYOMING)  https://is.gd/L7bzh0

 

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

 

61.  “Bill Aims to Bring Higher Education Opportunities to Colorado's Developmentally Disabled” --- If passed, it would fund three new inclusive education pilot programs, giving him, and the estimated 6,834 intellectually and ... --- The Denver Channel --- May 3, 2016  (COLORADO)  https://is.gd/WFdU8Z

 

62.   “MO Gov. Nixon Signs Budget Investing in Mental Health Services” --- Jay Nixon joined advocates and caregivers at Developmental Disability Services of Jackson County – eitas (empowering individuals through ... --- KFVS --- May 5, 2016  (MISSOURI)  https://is.gd/U3W9FG

 

63.   “Insurance Coverage for Autism Treatment Becomes Law in Oklahoma” --- Coverage for children with autism will be required in insurance policies under a bill signed into law Wednesday by Gov. … --- Tulsa World --- May 5, 2016  (OKLAHOMA)  https://is.gd/O1wrHI

 

64.   “Gingrich Bill for Students with Disabilities to Become Law” --- Mauree Gingrich (R-Lebanon) to prepare students with disabilities for the workforce is set to become law. House Bill 400 would see the Pennsylvania ... --- Lebanon Daily News --- May 3, 2016  (PENNSYLVANIA)  https://is.gd/dhyl09

 

International Articles

 

65.   “Queensland Man Awarded $50k for Electric Shock” --- In his claim, Mr Butcher argued he suffered both a personal and psychiatric injury and would often need to go home early from work because of pain in ... --- Brisbane Times --- May 5, 2016  (AUSTRALIA)  https://is.gd/Ql5Db5

 

66.   “Bolivians with Disabilities Protest in Defense of Their Rights” --- People with disabilities in Bolivia have taken to the streets in creative ways in recent weeks to pressure the government to increase their monthly ... --- teleSUR English --- May 3, 2016 (BOLIVIA)  https://is.gd/FSMG4O

 

67.   “Parents of Autistic Children Rally at Queen's Park” --- Dean was finally diagnosed as autistic just before the age of 3, Webster said Thursday during a rally of hundreds of parents with autistic children at ... --- Toronto Sun --- May 5, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/gjA1vx

 

68.   “Family of Boy with Multiple Disabilities Pleads for More Help from Quebec” --- Eleven-year-old Zachary Gallucci greeted me at the door when I arrived at his family's home in Saint-Hubert on Montreal's South Shore and eagerly ... --- CBC.ca --- May 6, 2016  (CANADA)  https://is.gd/UamTbo

 

69.   “Guangzhou Probes Autistic Boy's Death” --- The Guangzhou authorities have launched a probe into the death of a three-year-old autistic boy who died while receiving treatment at a ... --- The Straits Times --- May 6, 2016  (CHINA)  https://is.gd/gJdHbn

 

70.   “India to Probe Deaths of Disabled Children at Home” --- India announced an investigation on Sunday into the deaths of 12 mainly mentally and physically disabled children at a ... --- DunyaNews Pakistan --- May 2, 2016  (INDIA)  https://is.gd/D96D4j

 

71.   “New Law Bans Bias Against People with Disabilities, but Shortcomings Exist, Say Experts” --- On April 1, a new law aimed at advancing the rights of people with disabilities took effect explicitly banning discrimination against them ... --- The Japan Times --- May 2, 2016  (JAPAN)  https://is.gd/MQgHxW
 

 

 


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