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3newsnow.com

September 16, 2017

Megan Finlan and Stephen Bauer, foster parents who admitted to withholding food from an 8-year-old boy as punishment, were sentenced to 5-10 years in jail after pleading no contest to five counts of negligent child abuse in July.

The boy, Camron, weighed as little as 32 pounds at age 8 and he in November of 2015, staff at Florence Elementary reported that he was underweight. The boy would also eat food out of the trash at school.

5newsonline.com

by Katie Kormann

July 21, 2013

Arkansas law enforcement may now test a person's saliva to determine if they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Arkansas law enforcement may now test a person's saliva to determine if they are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The law was passed in March and went into effect July 17. Lieutenant Allan Marx with the Sebastian County Sheriff's Department was a driving force behind the changing law. He said before the Arkansas DWI law changed, officers could test a person's blood, urine and breath. Marx said while working a case last year, he learned about saliva testing and recognized a need for it in Arkansas. "If there's ever a new way, a new tool that we can use to help not only law enforcement but help the public and the safety of the people out there, it needs to be used," said Marx. "I believe this product is going to save lives."

6abc.com

by Wendy Saltzman

February 16, 2017

Could a common over the counter medication be sickening kids? That's what a study under way at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia is trying to figure out.

A group of families approached Action News with disturbing claims that children have developed neuro-psychiatric problems after taking MiraLAX. Action News has learned this medication is being regularly prescribed off label to infants and toddlers, when it's not recommended for use to anyone under 17.

7dvt.com

by Ken Picard

August 22, 2012

Attorney Kevin Kite put his legal career on hold in 2005 to homeschool his two boys, ages 9 and 13.

Kite and his wife, Middlebury College professor Michelle McCauley, say they don't object to public or private education, but came to the realization that their sons would do better outside of school, each learning at his own pace. The New Haven couple is among a growing number of Vermont parents who are opting to educate their children themselves. And, like many of their fellow stay-at-home teachers, they're up in arms about a July 23 memo from Vermont Education Commissioner Armando Vilaseca that seeks to clarify the rules for the alternative form of education also known as "home study."

7online.com

July 11, 2014

Dinosaurs may have gone extinct, but Internet stupidity hasn't.

The dinosaurs in "Jurassic Park" certainly looked real, but many Facebook users are mistaking the movie for real life. Facebook user Jay Branscomb uploaded a picture of Steven Spielberg sitting next to a Triceratops used in "Jurassic Park." Along with the photo, Branscomb posted the caption "Disgraceful photo of recreational hunter happily posing next to a Triceratops he just slaughtered. Please share so the world can name and shame this despicable man." And then the post exploded.

8newsnow.com

by Joe Bartels and Chris Benka

May 3, 2013

A World War two veteran who said he was roughed up by a Metro Police officer filed a lawsuit claiming he was handcuffed and slammed to the ground because of a 311 call.

George Pappas and his wife of 64 years, Sippin, moved to Las Vegas last year. The couple was looking for peace and quiet, but he said all that changed when Metro came knocking on their door. Pappas said the officer explained they had been dispatched to his house because of a 311 call. George said neither of them called and then the officer asked to speak to George's wife. "I opened the door, he stood by the wall and I was at the door, and we talked for a little bit and then he said that he had to check to see if everybody wasOK in the house," Pappas said. "I said, 'My wife is very ill, I can't let you see her,' so he marched me out and said, 'You are going down,' by grabbing my hand, putting the handcuffs on the left hand, and throwing me on the ground."

8newsnow.com

by Stephen Jackson

May 31, 2012

The family of an unarmed man shot and killed by Metropolitan Police Department officers have filed a federal civil rights lawsuit against the department.

Celestine Gibson, the mother of Stanley Gibson, is suing Metro, asking for at least $20 million. Gibson was killed on December 12, 2011 while sitting in his car. He was unarmed. Police say they were called to the Alondra Condominium Complex to investigate a report that two men were trying to break in to a condo. When officers arrived, the suspects had apparently left the area. While officers were taking a report, Gibson pulled into the complex and parked. As police approached his vehicle, he started his car and tried to leave. Police pinned his car, keeping him from leaving the area, and tried to get him out of the vehicle.

8newsnow.com

by Alex Brauer

August 10, 2011

LAS VEGAS -- The use of powerful mood-altering drugs for mental health treatment is on the rise among kids in the care of Nevada's child welfare system. It's a trend the I-Team first examined back in 2009.

Despite assurances from both state and local officials progress has been painfully and perhaps dangerously slow. The data the I-Team received from both the state and the county is such a mess it's hard to say exactly how much the use of psychotropic medications among kids in care has increased. What is clear is that nearly 30 percent of kids in the system are taking at least one of these medications and the state confirms an increase last year. At the same time both agencies were supposed to be fixing the problem.

8newsnow.com

by Colleen McCarty

April 15, 2011

The state child welfare budget is not among the hardest hit this legislative session but spending cuts to the agencies that service children and families could have long term consequences.

By the time a child is ready for adoption, he or she will have touched virtually every part of the child welfare system from the abuse or neglect investigation that removed him or her, to the foster placement or placements that temporarily housed him or her, to the court proceedings that terminated the mom and dad's parental rights. If any part of that system slows, an abused child spends more time within it instead of with an adopted family.

9news.com

by Jamiel Lynch

July 29, 2014

A woman from Carbondale claims she suffered emotional and mental distress during an active shooter training exercise she claims she didn't know she was a part of.

Michelle Meeker is suing the Carbondale police chief and an officer. Her employer, the Heritage Park Care Center, where the exercise occurred October 13, 2013, is also listed in the complaint. In a complaint received by 9NEWS Tuesday, Meeker claims she was taken hostage by a man with a gun while at work at the assisted living center in Carbondale. Meeker says the gunman held her against her will while she begged for her life. According to the complaint, what she did not know at the time was that the man with the gun was a Carbondale police officer, and it was all a part of an active shooter drill that was taking place. Meeker claims that she was not informed of the training and suffered severe mental and emotional distress since the incident.

      
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