Letters to the Editor for Saturday, April 13

first_imgUpset that letter to Congress returnedAs the son of a former postal worker, and just as a citizen, I’m appalled by what I received in my mail on April 8.There was a letter I had mailed two weeks ago, returned to sender stamped ‘undeliverable as addressed.’ The letter was addressed by someone with better handwriting than mine, clearly indicating a named member of Congress “US House of Representatives, Washington, DC”.No, there was no ZIP code, but I am amazed no one in the Postal Service was capable of getting this delivered. Back in the days when humans sortied mail, rather than stupid machines, this would have been deliverable.I don’t know if this is a scam to sell more stamps, or a further indication of the incompetence of the ‘privatized’ service, but it is totally unacceptable.And when I called what they laughably call the “customer service” number, I was told, after the usual voicemail delay, that the waiting time to talk to a human being was 36 to 54 minutes. That’s pretty unacceptable, too.Steve NovakGlenville Lawmakers need to look into abortion law I saw the large essay Assemblyman Phil Steck wrote to The Daily Gazette on Feb. 17 regarding abortion.I felt sorry for his display of defensiveness and your ignorance regarding this serious matter. What does the word, “abortion” mean? To stop, to end. To end the pregnancy by killing the unborn baby.Surely you and/or your family members have seen ultrasounds of the unborn baby during pregnancy. There’s no denying that what’s inside the woman kicks, has a heartbeat and every other feature of a baby human.Sadly, many people don’t express their opinions about abortion, and it makes it seem like all women are for it, which we are not.Legislators — targeted by Planned Parenthood’s pressure and PACs, wanting votes and fearing to stand up for justice — vote for the unconscionable act of late term abortion, and even the neglect of a full-term child who is born in spite of abortion efforts. Plus, the tissue can be sold. Imagine, making money off killing babies, and then again by selling their “pound of flesh.”What have we become? Is this, as Gov. Andrew Cuomo likes to believe, progressive policy? Or is it a return to barbarism and child sacrifice as in ancient days? Is it a disrespect for children that child labor laws sought to remedy? Please look into these issues and get back to me, a voter.Theresa PettograssoPattersonville State, church must help out pensionersCould someone please explain to me why the burden for the care of New York’s poor has fallen on pensioners of St. Clare’s Hospital? At the direction of the Catholic Church, the hospital’s mission was to care for those who could not afford to pay for their healthcare services. The cost of this mission was great, and the hospital experienced great financial difficulties.Because of this, the pension belonging to those who cared for these people was not funded.Isn’t it the role of the government to care for its citizens, to make sure that they have the basics when they are in financial stress? Now those healthcare workers who cared for some of New York state’s poorest, at the direction of the Catholic Church, are faced with their own financial difficulties.They have lost a portion of or all of their pension benefit that they worked so hard for. They have pleaded with both the state and the church to help. But they have been ignored, tossed aside to fend for themselves in their retirement.Those who can help, but choose not to, should be ashamed of themselves.Ironically, the church will have its hand out looking for donations from the very people it refuses to help, and the state will be digging into those same pockets for tax dollars to spend on someone else.Bob BradleyClifton Park Clearing up errors in Repair Cafe articleI was glad to see Repair Cafe featured so prominently in the April 7 Gazette.But please let me correct some misinformation from the article. The Clifton Park cafe will indeed be the third to open in the capital region. But there is only one Repair Cafe in Schenectady, not two as the article stated.Repair Cafe Schenectady was the first cafe in the capital district. We opened in April 2018 and have now completed a very successful first year.Saratoga Springs also has a cafe which opened later in 2018.Also, Ms. Standaert was incorrect in stating that there is no place to donate a broken bicycle in this area. How about Schenectady’s own Electric City Bike Rescue www.electriccitybikerescue.org?The article was correct in stating that a main goal of Repair Cafe is to reduce the number of items going into landfills, but we also take pride in our teaching component.If you bring a broken item to a cafe, you will learn something about how it works and how to take care of it, and even how to repair it yourself. Visit Repair Cafe Schenectady on Facebook and plan to come to our next event July 27 at the Schenectady County Public Library downtown.Repair Cafe Schenectady was founded by Dave West and is supported by Schenectady County Public Library and the Friends of SCPL. Repair Cafe is an international movement, begun in the Netherlands in 2009.Faith DonovanNiskayuna Harris owes apology for speech commentFreedom of speech, the right to express opinions without government restraint, is a democratic ideal held sacredly as the First Amendment in our Bill of Rights. To read Union College President Harris proclamation otherwise is discouraging. As an alum, it’s embarrassing to see this published in both The Daily Gazette on March 30 and a national periodical (Inside Higher Ed – March 25, 2019). No matter the intent, an apology should be considered. And perhaps a lesson (or two) in public communications. R.J. ProssnerAnnapolis, Md.The writer is a graduate of Union College, Class of 2002 Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionBeaver deceivers a better control optionI’m pleading to officials not to trap beavers at the Woodlawn Preserve.A beaver deceiver isn’t a cost-prohibitive measure; it’s just the opposite.Creating a void by using cruel conibear traps will cause an endless need, as more beavers move into the territory.A beaver deceiver will be done once and allow a more live-and-let-live approach. Please use this and share the space in which we are all meant to be in.Laura BrownScotiacenter_img Need accurate map for Alplaus borderAs a business owner, I supported Alplaus residents’ opposition to a high-density housing development in the southwest of the hamlet 2016-2017. I share their desire to preserve land conservation and to maintain the character of Alplaus in the areas of development, traffic and law enforcement. As the owner of 801-901 Maritime Drive (MINOR Improvements PT, Burnt Hills Rowing, and Shen Crew), I’m concerned that the property I purchased in 2016 is no longer considered to be in Alplaus, according to the town of Glenville. Closing Mohawk Avenue last year effectively created a physical barrier, reflecting the amended map. I have been unable to discover by which authority the map was changed.In response to Alplaus residents’ objection to the map change at the public hearing on October 4, 2017, the Comprehensive Plan (page 235) states “The Town Board consented to this request and modified the Hamlet of Alplaus map accordingly.”  If this is simply a clerical oversight or a “snafu in the software” at Glenville town offices, it should be amended to reflect accurate information.However, I’m concerned by the article’s statement that the Comprehensive Plan “…doesn’t consider the riverfront lands to be a part of the hamlet.”An accurate map of Alplaus is the first step to a productive working relationship between Alplaus and the town of Glenville. Please support our efforts to set the record straight.Karen Dake, PT, PCSAlplaus YWCA needs help to enhance its programsYWCA NorthEastern NY has been serving our community since 1888. While our services haven’t looked the same throughout those 131 years, they have always focused on helping women and children evolving to meet changing needs in our community.Today we offer comprehensive domestic violence support services, accredited early learning and safe, affordable housing for low-income/homeless women, serving nearly 7,000 people each year. We now look to enhance our programs and services to meet the ever-expanding need. We don’t know if it’s possible, hence the feasibility study and meetings with neighbors to hear concerns. We strive to be good neighbors while also allowing all who utilize YWCA NENY to do so in a safe, convenient, quality setting.Located in the Stockade since 1930, much of our history is linked to our beautiful but aging building and those who have walked its halls.  The Stockade is a special place, conveniently located for all we serve. We’re a non-profit that relies on grants, government funding and private donations, which are not increasing at the same rate as the need, some actually decreasing while expenses rise.The $20-million-plus project investment won’t come from YWCA’s small coffers, but from funding secured through partnerships with companies, developers and grant sources.Doing so will move us forward on steady footing, helping us serve our community even better. We are cautiously optimistic about what the future will bring, and knowing we can rely on you, our community, to move forward with us. Kim SicilianoSchenectadyThe writer is the executive director of YWCA NorthEastern NY. Buy organic to help out Mother NatureDon’t forget Mother Nature. When I moved here in 2010, there were beautiful peonies in the backyard.They weren’t appreciated, so they were all mowed down. Someone had planted two azalea bushes; it’s too cold here for them. They won’t bloom. I had to dig up all the peonies. The bud has to be really close to the surface. What a job. Now they bloom beautifully.Don’t forget the bees. Pesticides kill the bees. Think.You see, we must be careful. We are slowly killing ourselves. Do you get it?Monsanto and DuPont make a lot of poisons. Roundup is made by Monsanto. Drug companies are no better. What are we doing to ourselves?Buy organic if you can. Grow your own vegetables. Have a victory garden. We all need one. Don’t mow your lawn too short. Don’t rake it. Grass needs some shade.Corn is probably one of the worst vegetables you can eat. Atrizine was used way back in the 70s to kill all the weeds and grubs. Think. Buy organic and learn what you’re eating.Eunice KilmerJohnstown Strengthen laws for assaults on policeThe time has come to change the laws on when someone makes an attempt to injure a law enforcement officer in any manner. These brave people put their lives on the line to protect us.These people are our homeland military. They try to keep us safe at all times.No more slap on the wrist if someone goes after a law enforcement officer for anything. A trial yes. If found guilty, the minimum of one year in jail and upward. If death takes place, the penalty is death for the person, of course, after a trial.We all should be happy to have these people on our side to keep us safe. Thank you to all law enforcement for keeping us and our homeland as safe as you can. It’s not easy.Sid GordonSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusCuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

PPF: British Steel scheme should be barred from entering lifeboat fund

first_imgThe British Steel Pension Scheme (BSPS) should not be allowed to join the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) if it is permitted to sever ties with its sponsor, the lifeboat fund has insisted.Responding to a government consultation on the future of the £13.6bn (€17.3bn) industry-wide pension fund for steel workers, which is considering cutting indexation in an effort to reduce the fund’s deficit, the PPF argued that allowing BSPS to remain eligible for compensation once it was no longer backed by a sponsor amounted to a “one-way bet” against those paying the PPF levy.The PPF said that, in such a scenario, in the absence of Tata Steel or a viable follow-up entity sponsoring BSPS, the PPF and its levy payers would be directly underwriting the industry-wide fund’s investment risk.“If the scheme remains eligible for the PPF, then, from the trustees and scheme members’ perspective, the impact of any such deterioration would be mitigated by the ability to trigger PPF entry at the point it was considered the scheme could no longer afford to pay benefits above PPF levels,” the lifeboat fund notes in its consultation response. It continues that, if BSPS remains eligible, then the longer it stays outside the PPF, the greater the financial impact on the lifeboat fund could be, as the number of members above retirement age would increase – a point after which the PPF has to honour the full accrued benefit, rather than paying out only 90%.It goes on to warn that, in allowing a bespoke arrangement for employees of the formerly state-owned steel industry, the UK government risks setting a precedent others will seek to emulate.“Although the government […] has been at pains to stress the unique circumstances surrounding BSPS,” the PPF says, “we would nevertheless expect other employers or industries to seek similar arrangements to reduce their pension scheme liabilities – effectively transferring value from scheme members to shareholders.”The discussion comes months after BSPS sponsor Tata announced its intentions to seek a buyer for its UK steel assets – with any potential suitor, it is argued, likely to be deterred by the cost of supporting BSPS.The PPF’s response – which also warns that, even if BSPS pursues a low-risk investment strategy, it is not protected from “substantive” reductions in funding levels – is in marked contrast to one published last week by the trustees of British Steel.Arguing the case for remaining as a standalone pension fund, the trustees said the approach involved “less cost and less risk for the PPF and its levy payers than immediate PPF entry”.However, Allan Johnston, chair of trustees at BSPS, said his fund would be “most unlikely to go into the PPF any time in the future”.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to PPF consultation responselast_img read more

Cannabis – the case against legalisation.

first_imgAndy Cook – CEO – Centre for Social Justice UK, 8 Dec 2018Family First Comment: “Today the Centre for Social Justice pushes back against the increasing narrative of legalisation with a new report outlining why we are against this. The research in this report shows that legalisation would mean more than a million new users under 25, a sharp uptick in frequency of existing users, and hundreds of thousands of people gripped by addiction. The report shows that legalisation would greatly increase use, that arguments around a regulated market are at best a hope, and that the idea of it ending criminal networks are a pipe dream.”Yep! #SayNopeToDopewww.VoteNo.nzWhen I co-founded the charity TwentyTwenty, its focus was on supporting disadvantaged 16–21-year-olds who were not in education, employment or training. These were kids with learning difficulties, crumbling home environments, disabilities, personal trauma, caring responsibilities, you name it. It was a difficult job. But when those kids turned up stoned, it was an impossible job.The debate around cannabis use and legalisation is often debated in theory. At TwentyTwenty we lived it every single day and saw the enormous harm it could do, both in the disruption to the daily slog and the long term damage to kids’ brains.Today the CSJ pushes back against the increasing narrative of legalisation with a new report outlining why we are against this. The research in this report shows that legalisation would mean more than a million new users under 25, a sharp uptick in frequency of existing users, and hundreds of thousands of people gripped by addiction.The report shows that legalisation would greatly increase use, that arguments around a regulated market are at best a hope, and that the idea of it ending criminal networks are a pipe dream.The expectation that drug dealers will simply see the error in their ways and become estate agents is neither based in reality nor in the evidence slowly emerging from other countries, where criminals have simply diversified.Instead we must refocus the cannabis debate on educating about the harms and investing in treatment. Our recommendation of a drug awareness day, akin to the existing speed awareness course, would serve as a meaningful alternative to imposing a fine or issuing a caution. While for some cannabis users, it may never become an addiction, it would offer the chance for early intervention in those for whom it is a problem and simultaneously raise much needed funds for the struggling addiction treatment sector. The reality is that when the CSJ voices its opposition to cannabis legalisation among the power brokers and high thinkers of Westminster, we are seen as an outlier.But when you meet the people whose lives have been devastated by it, when you spend time in the UK’s addiction clinics and Pupil Referral Units, the prisons and police cells, it’s hard to reach any other conclusion than any increased use is a risk too great to take.READ THE FULL REPORT https://www.centreforsocialjustice.org.uk/core/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/CSJJ6711-Cannabis-Report-181207-WEB.pdflast_img read more

Roxas barangay gets LTIA award

first_imgROXAS City – TheBarangay Milibili in this city was declared national champion in the ComponentCity Category of the 2019 Lupon Tagapamayapa Incentives Awards (LTIA) inManila.  The performanceand accomplishments of the Lupon were evaluated by committee organizers at thenational, regional, provincial, city, and municipal level on the basis ofefficiency in operations, effectiveness in securing settlements ofinterpersonal disputes, creativity and resourcefulness of Lupon Tagapamayapa,area and facility for KP facilities and financial or non-financial supportprovided by the national government, non- government organization and privateindividuals./PN Ocampo was thePunong Barangay when the evaluation in the city category was conducted lastyear until he won as city councilor in May 2019 elections. Barangay Milibilibested Barangay Talaje in Surigao City which ranked 1st runner up and BarangayCupang in Bataan City which landed 2nd runner up on Friday. It received apresidential trophy and P300,000 cash incentive, according to City CouncilorMidelo Ocampo. The awards wasestablished in 1997 as a venue to institutionalize a system of grantingeconomic benefits and providing incentives to the Lupon Tagapamayapa thatdemonstrates exemplary performance in settling disputes in the grassroots levelpursuant to the Local Government Code of 1991. center_img Barangay Milibiliwas also adjudged as the 2018 winner of the same category during the LTIAceremony in Manila last year.     Martin Diño,undersecretary of the Department of the Interior and Local Government, gracedthe awarding ceremony, Ocampo said.        He was succeededby his first kagawad and now incumbent Punong Barangay Anabelle Roxas, who alsoattended the awarding ceremony together with the members of the LuponTagapamayapa of the barangay.     last_img read more

Don’t miss the last ‘Free Fishing Weekend’

first_imgVersailles, In. — On Free Fishing Days, Indiana residents can fish public waters without a fishing license or a salmon/trout stamp.On June 1, three Learn to Fish workshops will run from 9 a.m. to noon. Advanced registration is required for the workshops.— Women’s Learn to Fish, Potato Creek State Park, North Liberty.— Learn to Fish with Lures, Fort Harrison State Park, Indianapolis.— Learn to Fish for Catfish, Diamond Valley Park, Evansville.There will be several opportunities to fish throughout the state for kids, and families. Events on June 1 will be held at:– Albion, Chain O’Lakes State Park, 260-636-2654– Anderson, Mounds State Park, 765-642-6627– Andrews, Salamonie Lake, 260-468-2127– Avon, Washington Township Park, 317-234-8441– Bloomington, Monroe Lake (Paynetown SRA), 812-837-9967– Clarksville, Falls of the Ohio State Park, 812-280-9970– Corydon, O’Bannon Woods State Park, 812-738-8232– Evansville, Diamond Valley Lake, 812-789-2724– Morocco, Willow Slough, 219-285-2704– New Castle, Summit Lake State Park, 765-766-5873– North Liberty, Potato Creek State Park, 574-656-8186 x 250– Peru, Mississinewa Lake, 260-468-2127– Rockville, Cecil M. Harden Lake (Raccoon SRA), 765-280-4012– Vallonia, Starve Hollow State Recreation Area, 812-358-3464– West Terre Haute, Wabashiki Fish & Wildlife Area, 765-653-0453– Winamac, Tippecanoe River State Park, 574-946-3213June 2 events will be held at:– Albion, Chain O’ Lakes State Park, 260-636-2654– Indianapolis, Fort Harrison State Park, 317-591-0904– Morocco, Willow Slough Fish & Wildlife Area, 219-285-2704Specific information about Free Fishing Day events can be found here.last_img read more

Palace confirm Kebe swoop

first_img “I talked to the manager and you can see how excited he is and I’m ready for the challenge. “It’s a big opportunity for the club and we know it’s not going to be easy to stay in this league as there’s a lot of good clubs but anything is possible, so we’ll try our best.” He added: “I was in the same situation with Reading and it’s never easy to move from the Championship to the Premier League as it’s a big step but there’s quality players here and we have a strong team to do something with here.” Press Association Crystal Palace confirmed the capture of 29-year-old winger Jimmy Kebe from Reading on a three-year contract for an undisclosed fee.center_img Kebe, who spent four-and-a-half years with the Berkshire club after arriving in England from his native France in 2008, becomes Ian Holloway’s 11th summer signing and cannot wait for another crack at the Premier League having spent two seasons in the top flight with the Royals. “It’s a big move for me,” the player told www.cpfc.co.uk. “I didn’t know if I was going to be able to move in this transfer window but getting back to the Premier League was my main target. I’m very excited about it. last_img read more

Cisse double earns draw for Magpies

first_imgPapiss Cisse returned from injury in the nick of time to hand Newcastle manager Alan Pardew a lifeline with a double which denied Hull victory. The Senegal international was introduced as a 69th-minute substitute on his return from a knee injury with the Magpies trailing 2-0 to superb strikes from Nikica Jelavic and Mohamed Diame and with Pardew firmly in the firing line. Within five minutes, he had dragged them back into the game with his first goal since March, and he struck again with just three minutes remaining to claim a 2-2 draw which nevertheless leaves Pardew still waiting for a first Barclays Premier League win of the season. Cisse belatedly gave Newcastle the cutting edge they had been missing before his introduction in a game they dominated for long periods, but failed to take by the scruff of the neck, and his intervention could hardly have been more timely, with the locals among a crowd of 49,199 turning after muted protests earlier in the game. Fans arriving at St James’ Park were provided with placards urging Mike Ashley to dismiss Pardew, although the owner had earlier indicated privately that there would be no knee-jerk reaction to the current situation. Despite talk all week of concerted protests, the 53-year-old was initially booed only sporadically on his forays into the technical area. Groups of supporters repeatedly tried to engage their counterparts in anti-Pardew – and Ashley – chants, but their efforts received lukewarm and fleeting support as most of the locals instead chose to roar on their team. The response was concerted and although they headed back to the dressing room at half-time with the deadlock unbroken, they had enjoyed the better of the opening 45 minutes and created the clearer chances. Unfortunately for Pardew, they were unable to convert any of them on an afternoon when the club’s failure to find a replacement for Loic Remy during the summer transfer window was brought into sharp focus once again. Lone frontman Emmanuel Riviere, still awaiting his first competitive goal for the club, headed wide with five minutes gone and saw a ninth-minute shot blocked by defender Michael Dawson. In the meantime, Remy Cabella, who found himself able to roam more freely with Cheick Tiote patrolling the area behind him, had toe-poked an effort straight at keeper Allan McGregor after running on to Moussa Sissoko’s pass. Yoan Gouffran headed straight at McGregor and full-back Daryl Janmaat blazed high and wide from distance in an encouraging start for the Magpies, but as the half wore on, Pardew’s men rather ran out of steam with Riviere’s 38th-minute glancing header across the face of goal as close as they came to troubling the Tigers’ keeper thereafter. For their part, Hull were able to create little of note despite the muscular efforts of Diame in the middle of the park, although Jelavic shot straight at keeper Tim Krul after full-back Andrew Robertson had surged down the left and pulled the ball back for him with 24 minutes gone. However, the Croatian made no mistake when presented with his second clear-cut chance four minutes into the second half. Jack Colback was guilty of dwelling on the ball inside his own penalty area and when it was fed out to Ahmed Elmohamady, he clipped it towards Jelavic, who volleyed it spectacularly past the helpless Krul. Anti-Pardew chants rang out once again, but the home fans were on their feet with 54 minutes gone as Cabella met Mike Williamson’s driven cross with a firm side-foot only to see McGregor get down well to block it with his legs. The Scot denied the Frenchman once again with a brave block three minutes later, seconds after substitute Sone Aluko had only just failed to make a meaningful connection with Robertson’s left-wing cross at the other end. Krul was relieved to see Stephen Quinn fire wide from no distance at all after Tom Huddlestone’s 62nd-minute shot had fortuitously ricocheted to him off the defensive wall, but he was not so fortunate six minutes later. Diame was allowed time and space to move the ball on to his left foot before unleashing a shot which screamed past Krul and in off the upright. Pardew had Cisse ready on the sideline as the second goal went in, and his decision to use him as a replacement rather than strike-partner for Riviere did not go down well. However, the Senegal international made his mark within five minutes of his arrival, drilling a shot past McGregor at his near post from Tiote’s pass to spark a frenzied conclusion to the game. And there was more to come from Cisse as he stabbed home an 87th-minute equaliser from Gouffran’s knockdown to snatch a point. Press Associationlast_img read more

Stalemate at the Aviva Stadium

first_img Press Association The Republic boss rang the changes at half-time at the Aviva Stadium as he attempted to improve match-fitness levels ahead of Sunday’s friendly against England and the Euro 2016 qualifier against Scotland which follows it next weekend. O’Neill told FAI TV: “It was more than useful, it was very good, particularly for some of the players who had not played for quite some considerable time. Martin O’Neill fielded two entirely different XIs as the Republic of Ireland played out a 0-0 draw with neighbours Northern Ireland in their behind-closed-doors friendly. center_img “Also, funnily enough, in terms of numbers we were able to change the side at half-time, a completely different side for the second half, which is really what I wanted to do. “In terms of the opposition, they were very strong and it was great for us. Obviously Northern Ireland have been together for a number of days now – they had the game against Qatar – and they are looking quite strong, so for us it was excellent.” The game gave O’Neill an opportunity to take a closer look at some of his fringe players, and he was delighted in particular to see Bournemouth midfielder Harry Arter at close quarters. He said: “Of course, I have seen him a lot at club level, but it’s nice to see what he is like here in this game. And while there’s an element of friendliness about the match, of course it helps, it gives you a better understanding, as it does him as well. “Also Daryl Murphy has had a really great season for Ipswich. It was nice – he partnered David McGoldrick, who has had very, very little football in the last four months, so all of those type of things were pleasing for us. “I think the players got some benefit out of it, at least on the physical side.” Northern Ireland face Group F leaders Romania on June 13, the same day on which the Republic welcome Scotland to Dublin in Group D. last_img read more

FDLE: Investigation into PBSO’s Work Release Program Continues Despite Epstein’s Death

first_imgAm investigation into the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office handling of Jeffrey Epstein’s work release a decade ago will continue despite the financier’s death, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement confirmed on Saturday.The 66-year-old Epstein was found dead on Saturday morning in an apparent suicide in his Manhattan jail cell. He was being held without bond while awaiting trial, which was set to start next June, on federal charges of sex trafficking of minors and conspiracy.An official with the FDLE told a TV station on Saturday that the work release investigation will remain open, and that “nothing changes for us.”After pleading guilty to solicitation of a minor in 2008, Epstein, a convicted sex offender, was allowed out on work release six days a week, for up to 12 hours per day. He was picked up by a private driver in a limousine for his work release.The FDLE launched its own investigation into the PBSO’s handling of Epstein’s work release last week.Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s Office also recently announced that it has stopped its work release program. Sheriff Ric Bradshaw asked the Criminal Justice Commission to review his agency’s policies.PBSO Stops Work Release Program After Epstein Caselast_img read more

Couple says 8-year-old they adopted was actually an adult and tried to kill them

first_imgA couple accused of abandoning their 8-year-old adoptive daughter has pleaded not guilty to the charges after they say the 8-year-old was actually an adult posing as a child and that she tried several times to kill members of the family.The incident occurred back in 2010.Michael and Kristine Barnett who already had three children of their own, decided to adopt Natalia who they believed was an 8-year-old from Ukraine who suffers from a rare form of dwarfism.When the family got Natalia home, however, they say there was signs that Natalia was not who they believed she was and that she was much older than 8-years-old.The family says that the child spoke English and did not have an accent that was consistent with her being from and living in the Ukraine.They also said that Natalia had pubic hair, menstrual cycles, and suffered from mental health disorders that usually develop when a person is in their teens and 20s.In addition to that, the family says Natalia was violent towards them and both threatened and attempted to kill or harm them on several occasions.In an interview with Good Morning America, Michael told reporters that Natalia would put clear thumbtacks on the stairs face up so they would step on them. At another point, she also poured Pine-Sol cleaner into Kristine’s coffee and attempted to push Kristine into an electric fence.Michael also says that Natalia admitted that she was trying to kill Kristine.In 2012, the couple somehow had the girl’s age legally changed to 22-years-old before moving Natalia into her own apartment in Indiana in 2013. The rest of the family moved to Canada so that the couple’s eldest son, a physics prodigy, could study at the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Ontario.During the investigation, the Barnett’s told authorities that they paid rent for Natalia’s apartment for a year, set her up with Social Security disability income, and food stamps but did not provide any other care for her.Court records show that Natalia was evicted from the apartment in May of 2014 and in September of that same year, Natalia contacted police and claimed that the Barnett’s abandoned her.The Barnett’s are now facing two counts of neglect of a dependent which they have plead not guilty to.  A jury trial date has been set for Jan. 28, 2020.Prosecutors say that they are positive that if “due justice” is done, the Barnett’s will not be vindicated of their charges. They also brought up that two bone scans done on the girl in 2010 and in 2012 prove that her Ukrainian records were correct and that the couple abandoned the child who was also deemed mentally ill.Other records in 2016 state that when a new family petitioned for guardianship of the girl and attempted to get her original birth record restored, Michael showed up to the hearing with a doctor and a lawyer and that particular judge sided with Michael’s case.Natalia, who is either in her teens or in her 30’s, has not been charged with any crime.While it is unclear where Natalia is currently residing, several news outlets say she remains in the care of the couple who petitioned for guardianship over her in 2016.last_img read more