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Wanted Ft Worth Child Predator Found Dead in SC

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Brent Allen Jozefkowicz

Four arrested for helping convicted sex offender escape, police say

Ft Worth, Texas – A 48-year-old registered sex offender that slipped out of a Fort Worth halfway house Aug. 4 has been found dead in South Carolina and four people have been arrested in connection with assisting in his escape, the Texas Department of Public Safety says.

The DPS said the Myrtle Beach Police Department informed them that Brent Allen Jozefkowicz was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot on Saturday morning. Positive identification was made late Monday by authorities in South Carolina.

Jozefkowicz, the DPS said, removed his ankle monitor on Aug. 4, left the Fort Worth halfway house and hadn’t been seen since. The DPS said at the time that Jozefkowicz was “considered at high risk to re-offend.”

The DPS also said four people were arrested Tuesday morning for assisting Jozefkowicz in his escape and charged with hindering apprehension, a third-degree felony. Those arrested were 45-year-old Jon Ryan Evans, 51-year-old Teresa Kaye Shook, 54-year-old Russell Wayne Shook and 45-year-old Paula Pedigo.

The search and arrest warrants were issued by Tarrant County 396th District Court Judge George Gallagher and were executed by the DPS Criminal Investigations Division (CID), Texas Highway Patrol, Texas Attorney General’s Office, U.S. Marshals Service, Hood County Sheriff’s Department, Fort Worth Police Department and Granbury Police Department.

Those arrested face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of $10,000.

New Arkansas Hotline To Report Child Abuse

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New Arkansas Hotline To Report Child Abuse

“Our children depend on the adults in their lives to protect them. But, too often, these are the very folks who have failed them. That’s why the Arkansas State Police Child Abuse Hotline is (844) SAVE-A-CHILD.”

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas and Arkansas State Police announce new hotline to report Child Abuse

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas announced today the new hotline to report child abuse.

The hotline call center is staffed by a team of specially trained personnel from the Crimes Against Children Division of Arkansas State Police. An investigation may ensue based upon reports, which meet the criteria of state and federal laws. Reports of child maltreatment can be reported by anyone, 24-hours a day, seven days a week, through two toll- free phone numbers (844) SAVE-A-CHILD (728-3244) or (800) 482-5964.

“Our children depend on the adults in their lives to protect them. But, too often, these are the very folks who have failed them. That’s why the Arkansas State Police Child Abuse Hotline is (844) SAVE-A-CHILD. They will investigate and bring other agencies and charities into help as needed to save a child. Together, we can stop child abuse and rescue all children,” said First Lady Susan Hutchinson.

Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas’ Executive Director, Stacy Thompson, encourages anyone who suspects child abuse to call (844) SAVE-A-CHILD. The hotline is dispatched to Arkansas State Police.

“Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas thanks Mrs. Susan Hutchinson for her commitment to the safety of our children and willingness to spread the word about this new hotline number. The hotline number is not a replacement for the current number. When 1-844-SAVE-A-CHILD is dialed, it rolls forward to the existing child abuse and neglect reporting number,” she says.

(Source: Children’s Advocacy Centers of Arkansas)

The Comanche Code Talkers

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Comanche Code Talkers

Fort Benning, Georgia, 1941

Front Row, left to right: Roderick “Dick” Red Elk, Simmons Parker, Larry Saupitty, Melvin Permansu, Willie Yackeschi, Charles Chibitty and Willington Mihecoby. Back Row, left to right: Morris Sunrise, Perry Noyebad, Ralph Wahnee, Haddon Codynah, Robert Holder, Albert Nahquaddy, Clifford Ototivo and Forrest Kassanavoid. (not pictured: Elgin Red Elk and Anthony Tabbitite)

The Comanche Code Talkers were an elite group of young men who were fluent in the Comanche language and used that knowledge, along with the training they were given by the Army, to send critical messages that confused the enemy during World War II. Seventeen young men were trained in communications, but only fourteen were deployed to the European theater.

Serving overseas were Roderick “Dick” Red Elk, Simmons Parker, Larry Saupitty, Melvin Permansu, Willie Yackeschi, Charles Chibitty, Willington Mihecoby, Morris Sunrise, Perry Noyebad, Haddon Codynah, Robert Holder, Clifford Otitivo, Forrest Kassanavoid and Elgin Red Elk. They were recruited from Cache, Cement, Cyril, Fletcher, Indiahoma, Lawton and Walters. Albert Nahquaddy, Anthony Tabbytite and Ralph Wahnee, who trained for the same role, did not serve overseas.

In 1989 the French Government honored the three survivors of the group for their important contribution with the “Chevalier de L’Order National du Merite.” As of 2006 The United States government has not offered any special recognition for the group.

We, as Comanche people, honor them always.

Child Abuse Detection Workshop Held At NWACC

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Child Abuse Detection Workshop at the National Child Protection Training Center

BENTONVILLE, Arkansas – Local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors came together Thursday (Aug. 13) for a training session on how to better detect and investigate child abuse cases.

Organizers said around 50 professionals from Washington and Benton County attended the training at the National Child Protection Training Center. Benton County Prosecutor Nathan Smith said the training is important to make sure all agencies are on the same page.

“This training is really about equipping officers and forensic interviewers to be able to conduct these cases in the way that leads to those results,” Smith said.

He said it’s vital that the case is handled correctly from the beginning, starting with how to identify if child abuse is happening.

“Child abuse is rampant everywhere we have lots of instances of it, much more than we want so really the goal is how do you deal with it and how do you prevent it, how do you let schools and nurses and people like that know the signs to look for,” Smith said.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman, R-Arkansas, also attended the training.

“What we’re trying to do is break the cycle, and nobody is working harder than these folks it’s a labor of love and I just have all the respect in the world for them,” Boozman said.

The National Child Protection Training Center is only one of four in our region. It serves child abuse professionals from 16 states.

Caps Raise Awareness Of Child Abuse

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Denise Easeley, a NICU nurse at UnityPoint Health

Hospital’s goal is to knit 3,500 caps as part of campaign

“Crying is the No. 1 trigger for infant abuse,” she said. “Shaken baby syndrome is 100 percent preventable.”

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA  –  Denise Easeley says it’s normal for parents to become frustrated with their babies.

However, there is a point where one needs to draw the line.

“Purple crying” is defined as a period when an infant is inconsolable. It also is a time when parents may feel like they are at their wits end.

The national Click for Babies campaign aims to raise awareness of the purple crying period and prevent child abuse from occurring. As part of the campaign in Cedar Rapids, UnityPoint Health — St. Luke’s five years ago began hosting knit-ins.

“Our goal is to increase awareness for the period of purple crying program by educating parents and caregivers,” said Easley, a NICU nurse at UnityPoint Health — St. Luke’s. “We don’t want babies to be shaken or hurt.”

During the knit-ins, volunteers knit purple caps for babies, to symbolize purple crying.

St. Luke’s will host two knit-ins from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 4 and Oct. 3. There already were two knit-ins at the hospital in July and August.

Nine hundred caps were turned in after this year’s first knit-in, Easley said, including some by those who previously participated.

At the knit-ins, participants look at patterns, teach each other and enjoy chatting, Easley said. Participants are asked to bring their own knitting needles and yarn. A limited supply of yarn and patterns will be available.

Yarn donations also are accepted.

The goal for the campaign is 3,500 caps, which will be distributed to birthing hospitals across the state.

Easley said most of Iowa’s large hospitals teach new parents about purple crying.

“Parents get the education in the hospital and then they take it home. In November and December, after they’ve received their education, then they take home a purple cap.”

Easley said she wants the public to know that babies are supposed to cry.

“Crying is the No. 1 trigger for infant abuse,” she said. “Shaken baby syndrome is 100 percent preventable.”