After all of the publicity surrounding the Steubenville case, it is hard to comprehend that ANYONE in their right mind would attempt to protect their own when it comes to sexual abuse allegations within a school system. That is exactly what is happening in Delbarton, WV by school administration at Burch Middle School.
On Thursday West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey filed an injunction against several employees at Burch Middle School and the Mingo County Board of Education seeking injunctive relief based on allegations of sexual abuse by two juvenile boys who are alleged to be related to school administrators, as well as civil rights violations against the victims. The complaint seeks to prevent the school administration and teachers from preventing or interfering with the criminal investigation and Human Rights Commission investigation into the sexual assault allegations.
On Friday a statement was issued by school administrators which read:
“We are aware of the complaint that has been filed in the Circuit Court of Mingo County. Once the county has been formally served, we will respond accordingly. Mingo County Schools takes student safety seriously and remains committed to providing a secure environmental for all students.”
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It happened…I think all of us who had been involved in the Steubenville case knew that eventually Hollywood would pick up on this story even if it became a Lifetime movie. There were just so many events that happened in this case for someone not to bring it to the big screen – from me and my anonymous commenters being sued for defamation of character in an attempt to silence us to KYAnonymous being raided for not “hacking” a football fan site to six school employees and/or coaches being indicted by a special grand jury for obstruction of justice, and other charges. Bottom line is this case has pissed off a lot of people: the good, the bad, the ugly, but it has also forced an open discussion about rape culture and bystander intervention. Had ONE person stood up that night and done the right thing — none of us would even be having this discussion.
There is an opportunity here for this film to reach millions of adults and teens alike to frankly and candidly discuss rape culture and encouraging them to be THAT person who stands up to do the right thing. Like the concept of the movie or not, Deric, Michelle and thousands of others did something magnificently profound and beautiful: They stood up and did something honorable. They made the people of the world stop for a moment and acknowledge rape culture and victim blaming. Rape culture DOES exist and people are now candidly talking about it. Universities, schools and people gathered around water coolers at work are discussing rape culture. Parents are openly talking to their children about it.
I hope Brad Pitt and Plan B Entertainment expound on this and keep this discussion moving forward in a positive and effective manner.
The following is part three of a series involving a 2014 New Mexico double murder trial. I look forward to your responses to this case and discussing the court system process in America. –
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Reasonable Doubt Part 3
Ronald Santiago spent two and one half days in the psychiatric ward at Kaseman Hospital while Secret Service (SS) agent Brian Nguyen began to dig into the self-proclaiming criminal’s past. Santiago had volunteered he committed a crime, was very anxious and gave more information than asked for at their first meeting. This combination gave the agent cause to look deeper. At first glance, Santiago seemed like your standard straight up guy. He told Nguyen he had no prior trouble with the law, held down two jobs – a paid his taxes type fellow. Those jobs peaked Nguyen’s curiosity.
Santiago worked at Countrywide, the same office that had dealings with Greg and Bernadette Ohlemacher the summer of their deaths. He also worked as an armed security guard in the northeast foothills of the city. Although individually, these jobs would appear innocuous, nearly every law enforcement agency was aware of the double homicide ten months earlier. Nguyen put the pieces together, including the discovery that Santiago qualified for his NM state firearms license required to work that second job with a Ruger 9mm. It was time to have a different type of conversation with Santiago.
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The following is part two of a series involving a 2014 New Mexico double murder trial. I look forward to your responses to this case and discussing the court system process in America. –
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The police descended upon Dover Court, Albuquerque, New Mexico on a Tuesday morning August 2005. No one was allowed to leave the cul de sac, nor was anyone allowed near the area, including the Vigil family. Bernadette Ohlemacher was one of eight Vigil siblings and the youngest child of Dora Vigil. Racing to Albuquerque from Santa Fe, they assembled by the crime tape, unable to get word to Renee or any information from APD.
Later that morning, Renee was photographed then transported from the mobile crime van (more like an RV) to police headquarters where she handed over her pajamas and robe in exchange for a white paper “bunny suit.” This is the building Renee would be interrogated that day and several other times during the investigation. She admitted years later she hated that building. She was none too fond of APD either.
Continue reading Reasonable Doubt: Part II
The following is part one of a series involving a 2014 New Mexico double murder trial. I look forward to your responses to this case and discussing the court system process in America. – Ella Mentry Find me on Twitter @EllamentryMDW
We have seen it on the weekly network crime shows. The defense attorney never reveals whether or not his or her client is guilty of murder. It makes no difference. The job is all about reasonable doubt and convincing 12 men and women of its existence.
We begin with some background. Just before dawn on August 2, 2005 a 911 came into the dispatch center of the Albuquerque Police Department (APD). Renee Ohlemacher, 20, was on the other end of the line claiming to be hiding in her bedroom closet because she had heard shouting, screams and gunshots coming from her parents’ room across the hall, followed by heavy hurried footsteps pounding down the stairs.
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Yesterday an Amber Alert was issued for Hailey Owens, a 10-year old from Springfield, MO after she was taken around 5 p.m. by a man driving a gold Ford Ranger. Witnesses report that the truck had circled the area several times before pulling over and dragging Hailey into the vehicle. The Amber Alert was canceled just before 7 a.m. Wednesday and Coach Craig Wood was arrested and charged with murder. Springfield police say they received a tip that led them to Coach Wood at a residence in town. It was initially believed he and the child were heading to Oklahoma.
Pam Bodine, Sr. Communications Specialist, at Pleasant View Middle School confirmed for me this morning that Wood is a paraprofessional (“teacher’s aide”) and coach at the school and has been employed at the school since August 1998. He is currently suspended pending outcome of this case.
photo of Wood from school news bulletin
Wisconsin police and the FBI are trying to locate a 5 day-old baby boy who went missing from a home in the town of Beloit, Wisconsin early Thursday morning.
Town of Beloit Police Chief Steve Kopp says the mother of Kayden Powell, Brianna Marshall, contacted police immediately after she woke up around 4:30 Thursday morning when she discovered her son was gone. The home belongs to the great-grandmother of the infant where she lives with the baby’s father, Bruce. A relative living in the home told police that the last time he saw Kayden was when his mother was trying to calm him down before putting him down for bed. An aunt of Brianna Marshall’s from Colorado left in the night and was later pulled over in Iowa by law enforcement to determine if she knew where the baby was. The baby’s parents were to be moving to Colorado with the aunt, and baby clothes were found in the car, but no baby. She was arrested on fraud warrants out of Texas and is being detained.
Continue reading MISSING: Newborn Kayden Powell
What is disturbing is the allegations that government officials said they want to see him murdered for basically being a whistleblower.