Friday, December 27, 2013

Safety experts warn to childproof Christmas electronics:

By Jenny Dreasler

If you got your child a new tablet or cell phone for Christmas, local electronic experts warn if you're not careful, it could compromise your child's safety.

That's why Bob Mitchell with Cell-Tech in Quincy says you need to childproof your electronics. He says many children accidentally download apps that put them in contact with strangers. That's why Mitchell says it's important to only let your child play games that don't require internet access.

Mitchell says there are some free applications you can use to help monitor what your child is doing.

"You can get different apps to track your kid, you know what they do, where they are, there's a good app called 'Life 360' that you can get that way you can track where everybody is it sort of keeps the family tied together, those are nice apps to have," Mitchell says.

Another tip: Mitchell says don't auto save any passwords on electronics. He says this can lead to unwanted purchases on your account. He says unfortunately there are many adult applications out there that look like legitimate children's games.

Monday, September 9, 2013

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Monday, August 26, 2013

Wanted By The FBI - Seeking Information in Murder of Police Officer:

Seeking Information in Murder of Police Officer

Mollie Halpern: The FBI and its law enforcement partners are seeking information about the murder of police officer Jason Ellis. Chief Division Counsel of the Louisville, Kentucky FBI Mary Trotman…
Mary Trotman: The FBI has just recently approved up to $50,000 for information for the identification, arrest, and convictions of those responsible.
Halpern: I’m Mollie Halpern, and this is Wanted by the FBI. Officer Ellis was headed home at the end of his shift in the early morning of May 25 when he was ambushed on an exit ramp of the Blue Grass Parkway in Bardstown, Kentucky. He was shot multiple times. Kentucky State Police Lieutenant Jeremy Thompson…
Jeremy Thompson: When a police officer is specifically targeted, that is a higher danger to the public.
Halpern: Officer Ellis, a canine handler, played for the Cincinnati Reds minor league baseball team and coached little league.
Thompson: Someone has information, and that information could help us catch the killer of a fine police officer, husband, and father.
Halpern: Report tips to the FBI at (502) 263-6000 or the KSP [Kentucky State Police] at (270) 766-5078. Visit for more information.

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Understanding Child Abduction and Response:


Derek VanLuchene delivered chilling facts about child abductions to North Iowa law enforcement and emergency personnel on Wednesday.

While the number of sex offenders who abduct and kill children is low, those offenders "are the worst of the worst" who need to be feared and understood - and communities need to be ready with swift response to search for those kids when they are reported missing.

According to an exhaustive study done in the state of Washington and with the U.S. Department of Justice, 44 percent of children will be dead in the first hour after abduction; 74 percent are killed within three hours.

Only 1 percent survives one day. Forty percent die before anyone reported them missing.

VanLuchene, a former Division of Criminal Investigation agent and a police officer, is today head of Ryan United based in Helena, Mont., a non-profit agency committed to helping communities safeguard their children against predators. VanLuchene provides seminars and trainings for agencies across the country.

He has first-hand knowledge of the devastation that comes to a family of a missing child: His brother Ryan was kidnapped, sexually assaulted and murdered in 1987, at the age of 8 years.

"I am driven" by helping others, to honor his brother, he said.

"You do what you can do to make a difference - that keeps me going," he said.

VanLuchene dispelled inaccurate information about sexual offenders. Public perception is often shaped by sensationalistic stories found in the media, he said. Getting a true understanding about offenders is an ongoing search. For instance, information about the number of juveniles who commit sex crimes against children is growing as more becomes known; sexual offenses overall remains at the top of list of crimes that are underreported.

How a community responds can make the difference between life and death for the child.

Frontline personnel - dispatchers - are among the most important people who have to act quickly, ask the right questions, formulate a description, and contact the proper people who must quickly organize a search.

Those precious first hours are often eaten up because parents will search for their children first before reporting a disappearance, he said. Getting the right information and game plan of response is vital to a successful recovery of a child, he said. Some communities have organized response teams trained and ready to search for children.

Those people know some key facts already: Most children are abducted within one quarter mile of where they were last seen - important to know, especially if businesses are proactive
and have surveillance video in stores; and most killers do not take children far. Most children are taken within 200 feet from their homes. Over 60 percent of killers live and work in the area in which they abduct children.

Those attending on Wednesday came from across the state. The pool included emergency management coordinators and law enforcement, as well as county supervisors, a retired judge, search and rescue personnel and interested parents.

Chance R. Kness, head of emergency management in Clinton County, has
participated in some trainings, but was interested in the "linkages between issues related to abductions and those with ground searches," he said.

"We want to be fully prepared," he said, with ready resources at hand, to conduct all types of searches.

Lois Hall, a member of the Clinton County Sheriff's Reserve, helps oversee the K-9 search and rescue operations. Understanding child abductions helps her group in preparation as well.

Both enjoyed VanLuchene's vast knowledge of the issue.

Hall said the biggest impact on her was knowing "that this can happen anywhere."

Mitchell County Sheriff Greg Beaver echoed the thought.

"I don't want our area to be an Evansdale; we do not want to be a Dayton," referring to child kidnapping and murders that occurred there.

Ray Huftalin, emergency management director for Mitchell and Worth counties, thought the training was thorough and instructive - but not attended by enough people.

"I wanted to see that auditorium full ...because we know that it's not about if it will happen, it's about when it will happen. This (child abduction) can happen anywhere," he said. He added he would have liked to see more educators in attendance. He said Area Education Agency 267 was represented, which was encouraging.

Huftalin said he will be working with law enforcement to discuss and formulate future response plans.


Other facts:

* Most sexual offenders, the majority male, commit their first assault by age 21.

* The majority commit assaults for which they were never charged.

* Fifty percent of sexual offenders suffered sexual or physical abuse as a child.

* Vast majority of those abused as a child grow up to be non-abusive adults.

* The majority is not diagnosed as mentally ill.

* The median age of a sexual abuser is 33 years.

* Assaults are planned; sometimes months in advance.

***Source: Ryan United

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Thursday, August 1, 2013

NCMEC & John Walsh: Sex Trafficking Victims Recovered

On July 29, 2013, Operation Cross
Country, part of the Innocence Lost
National Initiative created by the FBI in 2003 in partnership with the Department of Justice and National Center for Missing & Exploited Children announced the recovery of 105 children and arrest of 150 pimps and other individuals involved in underage sex trafficking after a 72 hour raid. NCMEC is proud to partner with the FBI, which has taken the lead in tackling the escalating threat of sex trafficking against America’s children.

During this nationwide sweep, our
analysts worked with the FBI to compare information about children being trafficked with children reported missing. We also helped FBI victim specialists on the scene with private donation “Hope Bags” to the victims, which provide basic necessities such as toiletries, flip flops, snacks, and a change of clothes.

As a part of the Innocence Lost National Initiative, NCMEC serves as a clearinghouse for information obtained from the public and Electronic Service Providers about victims of child sex trafficking. NCMEC also provides analytical and technical assistance to law enforcement investigating these cases and dedicates case management support for missing children victimized through sex trafficking.

To date, the Innocence Lost Initiative, of which Operation Cross Country is a part, has successfully recovered more than 2,500 children. To learn more about NCMEC’s work with the Innocence Lost National Initiative and other programs to stop child sex trafficking, visit .

Operation Cross Country is saving lives –and bringing to justice those who violently manipulate these children and sell them for sex. We congratulate them on this recovery and commend the leadership of the FBI and U.S. Department of Justice for attacking domestic child sex trafficking.

As a generous supporter of the National Center, you too played a role in the rescue of these children. Together, we are making a difference for America’s kids.

For our children,

John Walsh

Saturday, July 27, 2013

USDOJ: Vermont Man Charged with Obtaining U.S. Citizenship by Failing to Disclose Violent Crimes Committed During the Bosnian Conflict

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Friday, July 26, 2013
Vermont Man Charged with Obtaining U.S. Citizenship by Failing to Disclose Violent Crimes Committed During the Bosnian Conflict
Edin Sakoè, 54, of Burlington, Vt., was arrested today on charges that he obtained his naturalized citizenship through fraud by failing to disclose his prior acts of persecution and crimes committed during the Bosnian conflict, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General Mythili Raman of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, U.S. Attorney Tristram J. Coffin of the District of Vermont, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Special Agent in Charge in Boston Bruce M. Foucart and Special Agent in Charge Andrew W. Vale of the FBI’s Albany, N.Y., Field Office.

According to the indictment filed in Burlington, Sakoè committed naturalization fraud by providing false and fraudulent information about his commission of crimes and his participation in the persecution of Bosnian Serbs during the conflict in Bosnia-Herzegovina.  Specifically, the indictment alleges that, in July 1992, Sakoè kidnapped and raped a Bosnian Serb woman and aided and abetted the murder of her elderly mother and aunt.  Sakoè also allegedly aided and abetted the burning of the victims’ family home.  According to the indictment, Sakoè allegedly failed to disclose his participation in these activities during his immigration and naturalization process.
Sakoè was charged in a two-count indictment filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court in the District of Vermont.  The charges carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison as well as automatic revocation of his U.S. citizenship and a fine of up to $250,000.

The case is being investigated jointly by HSI Burlington and the FBI’s Albany Division.  ICE’s Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center assisted in this investigation. Valuable assistance was provided by the Criminal Division’s Office of International Affairs and its counterpart at the Prosecutor’s Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Members of the public who have information about former human rights violators in the United States are urged to contact U.S. law enforcement through the Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section at or toll-free at 1-800-813-5863 or the HSI tip line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE or to complete its online tip form at

The case is being prosecuted by Senior Trial Attorney Matthew C. Singer of the Criminal Division’s Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section and Assistant U.S. Attorney Eugenia Cowles of the District of Vermont.

The charges in the indictment are merely accusations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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