Vehicles Flooded In Hurricane Could Contain Toxic Waste

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13 Superfund Sites were flooded during Hurricane Harvey.

AG Paxton Issues Consumer Alert: Beware of Buying Flood-Damaged Vehicles in Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey

AUSTIN, TX  –  Attorney General Ken Paxton today is advising any Texan considering a used car purchase to be wary of vehicles for sale that might have suffered flood damage from Hurricane Harvey.

It’s estimated that between 500,000 and one million automobiles were submerged in floodwaters during the unprecedented disaster.

In Texas, a seller is required by law to tell prospective buyers about damage to a vehicle.  If the damage is from flooding, the words “Flood Damage” must be included on the vehicle’s title.  Failure to disclose that information may be a violation of the state’s Deceptive Trade Practices Act.

“While most Texas businesses and individuals are law-abiding, there are always those looking to take advantage of consumers by selling them flood-damaged vehicles in the months following a hurricane,” Attorney General Paxton said.  “A cleaned-up vehicle could be a ticking time bomb with unseen damage, posing mechanical and safety risks to the buyer.

If you suspect fraud, report it to the Consumer Protection Division of my office at 1-800-621-0508.  We will aggressively investigate and prosecute cases.”

Attorney General Paxton and his Consumer Protection Division offer Texans the following tips to protect against buying flood-damaged vehicles:

Look for tell-tale signs of flooding.  The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles offers a checklist at http://www.txdmv.gov/motorists/buying-or-selling-a-vehicle/title-check-look-before-you-buy/water-damage

Have the vehicle inspected by an independent, competent automotive technician who has no relation to the seller.  Since flood damage is hard to spot, paying an expert mechanic for an inspection provides peace of mind.

Check the vehicle history with a private service that can research insurance claims.  Visit the National Motor Vehicle Title Information System for its list of approved providers at https://www.vehiclehistory.gov/nmvtis_vehiclehistory.html

Always review the vehicle’s paper title before you buy.  Check to see if it has been “branded” as salvaged or damaged.

Report suspected fraud to the attorney general’s Consumer Protection Division by calling toll-free 1-800-621-0508 or by filing an online complaint at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/cpd/file-a-consumer-complaint

CO Boys & Girls Ranch Shut Down Over Violations

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El Pueblo Boys & Girls Ranch Logo

El Pueblo Boys & Girls Ranch license suspended after reports of Child Abuse

PUEBLO, CO  –  A child care facility in Pueblo has been shut down after reports of child abuse surfaced to the Department of Human Services.

Over the last year, El Pueblo Boys & Girls Ranch has had 11 repeat violations regarding use of physical restraints, six repeat violations regarding inappropriate discipline, 18 repeat violations of children’s rights, and five repeat lack of supervision violations.

DHS requested on September 25 that El Pueblo Boys & Girls Ranch’s license be suspended on the following grounds:

On July 20, the Department received a complaint stating that the “current Chief Executive Officer of El Pueblo inappropriately restrained a child.”  The Chief Executive Officer also submitted false and misleading documentation to the Department regarding the incident.

In August, another report made to DHS stated that a child ran from El Pueblo and rode in the back of a train for at least one hour.  The child claimed that he was being bullied and that the staff would not intervene.  He also said El Pueblo wasn’t providing adequate medical attention.

About a month later, a third report was made that staff at El Pueblo weren’t giving a “high needs” child all the necessary medications he/she required and that the child left the facility with an unexplained burn.

Also during the month of September, a child who was supposed to be under one-on-one supervision was left alone and escaped out a window.  It took at least an hour to find the child.

On September 20, a staff member allegedly physically abused a child.  “Staff pulled the child’s hair, scratched the child, and elbowed and kneed the child’s body,” according to DHS’ order of summary suspension document.  Staff is also being accused of punching that child in the mouth around the same time.

 A day later, a child with disabilities was reportedly rolling around the ground and staff was told by administrators not to intervene. The order of summary suspension paperwork says that over a time frame of around 25 minutes, the child ended up biting their own arms and legs, resulting in bleeding wounds and pulled off his or her own skin and was chewing and eating it.

DHS says that it has also received several reports that more than one child at El Pueblo had attempted suicide.  DHS was also notified that children were showing significant weight loss after leaving El Pueblo and that the children were expressing they were hungry.

DHS sent the following statement to KRDO NewsChannel 13:

“DHS is working with the agencies who have placed children at El Pueblo, as they are moved to other placements as quickly as possible.  All children and youth will be moved before CDHS staff leave the facility.  While the specific locations are confidential, all children and youth will be moved to licensed facilities (other residential child care facilities, group homes or group centers), certified providers (foster care homes), or with their parent/guardian, if appropriate.”

El Pueblo Boys & Girls Ranch located at One El Pueblo Ranch Way in Pueblo, Colo. opened January 1, 1995.  It applied for a license continuation around the time of March 17, 2017.

FL School District Covered Abuse Of Special Needs Child Over A Year

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Eddie Perillo and his Son

School district addresses Child Abuse claims
in special news conference

OKALOOSA COUNTY, FL  –  Allegations of an Okaloosa County special needs teacher abusing a nonverbal child with autism has rocked the county.

On Monday, the school board will hold its regular meeting less than an hour after the superintendent holds a press conference.

The father of the child who was allegedly abused believes the school district tried to cover up signs of abuse.

Others in the community said it’s time for more oversight.

The saga began in 2015 at Kenwood Elementary School, when Eddie Perillo’s nonverbal autistic son moved into the classroom of Marlynn Stillions.

Eddie’s son spent more than a year in the teacher’s classroom.  At the same time, Eddie noticed changes to his son’s behavior.

“He became aggressive and he had aggressive behavior and just was acting a little different,” Perillo said.

It took until May of 2017 when Perillo was able to obtain a copy of a school district investigation, which accused Stillions of abusing the children in her care, for Perillo to learn about the alleged abuse.

He took the case to the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office and believes it goes all the way to the superintendent’s office.

“I believe she knew about it.  To be honest with you, that’s my thoughts on everything. and if she didn’t, which is very hard to believe, she definitely should’ve been aware of it and taken action,” Perillo said.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office investigated the claims and made three arrests, including the teacher, the principal of Kenwood Elementary and the school district’s investigator.

Other members of the autism community, like Angela Hager in Okaloosa County, said it’s a crossroad for the district.

Her autistic son spent almost two decades in Okaloosa County schools.

“I was shocked and very disturbed that not only those events happening, that there were so many witnesses that had seen these things happen and did not come forward until there was an employee intervention being conducted,” Hager said.

She’s on the agenda to speak at Monday night’s meeting.

“I think that there are things that can be done to fix this.  That’s what I want to see.  It’s not that I’ve lost all faith, it’s just that there are deficiencies that need to be addressed,” Hager said.

FL Women Abuse Special Needs Child

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Kaderrica Smith, 26 (left), and Alexus Henderson, 19

Day care workers charged after Snapchat video shows taunting, abuse of autistic child

WINTER HAVEN, FL  –  Two child care workers have turned themselves into police after investigators said they were suspected of berating a child with autism in an incident recorded on video, reports CBS affiliate WTSP.

In the video, which was first posted to the social media platform Snapchat, two women who police believe are 26-year-old Kadericca Smith and 19-year-old Alexis Henderson can be seen laughing at the 8-year-old boy inside Our Children’s Academy, in Winter Haven, Florida.

“Chicken, chicken, chicken,” one woman can be heard saying, as the boy comes out from hiding under a desk.

Later, one of the women is seen holding the boy’s arms before apparently swiping his legs from under him.

Police were first made aware of this on Sept. 1 and say in an initial interview, both women “felt they were acting appropriately” and did nothing wrong.  At the time, police hadn’t pressed charges because the Florida Department of Children and Families was still investigating.

Warrants were later issued for the women’s arrest, and they reportedly turned themselves in Friday.

Henderson is charged with child neglect and Smith faces charges of child abuse and battery.  Henderson received bond after being booked into jail, but Smith is being held with bond.

Smith faces charges of child abuse and battery.

Police say the school immediately fired the two women following the incident.  Both also had blocks placed on their certifications so they cannot be employed by other childcare facilities.

The 8-year-old did not require medical attention.

Can You Read Better Than You Can Think?

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Where are the 90,000 Latino Children????

Three members of Congress arrested
at Trump Tower street protest

NEW YORK, NY  –  Three Democratic members of Congress have been arrested on disorderly conduct charges at a protest outside Trump Tower.

“This is a classic example of idiots listening to liars with a mic in their hand.  If anyone believes these three (3) Elected Law Makers care anything for Children, then you probably need a wakeup call….”

Lawmakers Fault HHS With Migrant Child Sexual Abuse

“The congressional hearing cited the AP report that found more than two dozen unaccompanied children were sent to homes across the country where they were sexually assaulted…”

Filtered Search Engine Results Today Might Not Be Tomorrow

“The article led the reader to believe that possibly 10 – 30 Children were “missing”, when the link was fixed that number had grown to 90,000+ Children.”

“NOW, tell me how many Elected Law Makers care anything for the Children of this world.”
Robert StrongBow

U.S. Reps. Raul Grijalva, of Arizona;  Luis Gutierrez, of Illinois;  and Adriano Espaillat, of New York, were among a small group of demonstrators who sat down in the street on New York’s Fifth Avenue on Tuesday and refused to move.

The lawmakers were handcuffed and led away.  Police say they were issued desk appearance tickets and released.

“How is this anywhere near EQUAL JUSTICE????   No Protesters in Charlotte, North Dakota DAPL, and surely not Kent State were issued desk appearance tickets and released.”

The protesters were demanding that Congress pass legislation protecting thousands of young immigrants from deportation.

Protest organizers said before the event the lawmakers planned to get arrested.

President Donald Trump delivered an address at the United Nations earlier Tuesday.  The Republican was scheduled to stay at Trump Tower afterward but wasn’t present for the protest.