Wednesday, August 5, 2009

IL - Ill. law bars sex offenders from ice cream trucks

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08/05/2009

SPRINGFIELD - Sex offenders are no longer allowed to get behind the wheel of ice cream or snow-cone trucks in Illinois.

A new law bars sex offenders from operating trucks that sell food or beverages. Officials worry that offenders might sell ice cream or other snacks as a front for harming children.

Gov. Pat Quinn (Contact) signed the new law Tuesday. It also bars offenders from operating emergency vehicles, such as an ambulance.

Violation would be a felony.

The sponsor, Democratic Sen. Ira Silverstein, says the law will keep children "out of harm's way."

Some places around the country already ban offenders from such jobs. Others require background checks before anyone can be hired to drive an ice cream truck.

The bill is SB62.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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GA - Lawsuit still pending

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Friends,

We have received a number of requests for updates on the Whitaker v. Perdue lawsuit. At this time we do not have any new updates. Whitaker is still pending before Judge Cooper in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia. The State asked for more time to investigate the effects of the changes made by the 2008 revisions to the law. On March 30, 2009, the Court gave both sides additional time to finish gathering all facts related to the case. We are currently completing our fact gathering. BY SEPTEMBER 30, we will submit a brief to the Court asking the Court to rule in our favor on all of the legal issues raised in this case. The State will respond by October 30. All briefing in the case at the trial level will be completed by NOVEMBER 9, 2009. At some point after that (we do not know exactly when), the Court will make a ruling. It could be several months before we receive a ruling. As soon as we receive a ruling, we will post it on our website and send it to the listserv.

In the meantime, as of now, the school bus stop provision is still not being enforced in any county.

As always, we will be sure to inform you of any updates or important information related to the lawsuit. We thank you for your patience and understanding.

All the best,

Sara, Sarah, Gerry and Mica



Mica Doctoroff
Southern Center for Human Rights
83 Poplar St.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(404) 688-1202 -phone
(404) 688-9440- fax
mdoctoroff@schr.org
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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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NH - Judge Calls Sex Offender Ordinance Unconstitutional




"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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GA - Police Officer Accused Of Child Molestation

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Another cop, another short article and no picture, as usual! How much you want to bet he gets a light sentence?

08/05/2009

NEWNAN - A Newnan police officer was arrested and charged with child molestation.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation said Todd Lengsfeld, 34, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

The Newnan Police Department said they opened an internal investigation into the off-duty activities of Lengsfeld on July 27. The investigation was centered on the officer’s alleged inappropriate contact with the teen by use of a cell phone issued to him for official business by the Newnan Coweta Crime Suppression Unit, police said.

As the investigation progressed, it was determined that the officer was in violation of several Newnan Police Department and City of Newnan personnel policies, according to the Newnan Police Department.

Officials said they developed probable cause to believe Lengsfeld's conduct may be criminal in nature.

On July 28, the GBI was contacted to investigate the possibility of criminal activity. GBI officials charged Lengsfeld Tuesday.

Lengsfeld is an 11-year veteran of the Newnan Police Department.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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CO - DOC May Have To Pay For Sex Offenders To Stay In Motels

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This is what happens when you pass laws based on emotions and not based on facts and rehabilitation in mind. Now, eventually, we may have closed to 700,000 homeless sex offenders roaming the streets. And when people are forced into homelessness, no job, no food, it's only a matter of time before crimes are committed in order to survive! People without hope, are potentially more dangerous than those with hope.

08/04/2009

By Jane Slater

Closing Of Crossroads Shelter Leaves Law Enforcement Scrambling

DENVER -- The Department of Corrections and the Denver Police Department told 7NEWS they were scrambling to find alternative housing for roughly 100 registered sex offenders who currently stay at Crossroads, an overnight men's shelter run by the Salvation Army.

Last week, the Salvation Army announced they would be closing the shelter by mid-August. The city and law enforcement urged them to keep it open until Aug. 31.

Sex offenders told 7NEWS that housing isn't easy to come by because of the stigma associated with the crime. They said they can't find a job and can't find a place to live.

Law enforcement officers said they understand, which is why they believe Crossroads worked so well for these men.

In many cases, the DOC even paid the $35 a week required for a bed. DOC spokesman Tim Hand said the Dept. of Corrections had to find and provide a transitional housing situation for men who couldn't afford it and Crossroads made it easier for them to monitor the offenders in their system.

Now, the DOC will be forced to go to the families of sex offenders and ask them to take these men in. If that doesn't work they will be forced to put them in motels.

Hand said the Dept. of Corrections will have to look at their budget because the money comes out of their general fund and they were not prepared for Crossroads' closing.

In response to questions regarding tracking men under their watch, Hand said all 70 sex offenders registered at Crossroads had some form of electronic monitoring device.

Finding sex offenders a place to live did prompt 7NEWS to ask the city why the "Road Home" initiative didn't address the issue.

The Department of Human Services said it was reviewing the "crack in the system" and law enforcement and homeless providers were in talks to find all homeless a place to live.

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"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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Bad guys can't hide from new police website

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You will notice though, that they are only providing records for sex offenders and wanted fugitives. I thought America's Most Wanted and the FBI did this already. Why not put all crime records online, so we can see all the crimes our neighbors have committed in their life?

08/04/2009

By Karen Grace

New Braunfels police are alerting citizens about sex offenders and wanted fugitives

It's getting tougher for the bad guys to hide now that police are using another online tool to track them down.

The New Braunfels police department is alerted citizens about criminals in their area on a website called "Crimeweb.net."

On the site you can register using your zipcode and get alerts on sex offenders and wanted fugitives.
- What about all criminals?

There are even re-enactments of unsolved murders, like the murder of Michael Gutierrez from the Fall of 2007.

"You go online to sign up for the service and it's free," said Lt. Mike Penshorn, New Braunfels Police Department.

Crimeweb.net is helping them generate more leads than ever. "It really has had a positive impact," he added.

Parents in New Braunfels like the idea of having a one stop shop with Crimeweb.net.

Mike Purcel already looks at the Sex Offender database. "As a matter of fact, my wife has looked at it," said Purcel. "We have predators in our area."

"People literally know up to the minute," said Lt. Penshorn. "Rather than waiting for the newspaper."

After you register, you can get alerts on your phone as well. The service is used in conjunction with Crimestoppers so you would need to call the New Braunfels Crimestoppers hotline at (830) 620-TIPS if you have any information.


"The mood and temper of the public in regard to the treatment of crime and criminals is one of the most unfailing tests of a civilization. We must have a desire to rehabilitate into the world of industry, all those who have paid their dues in the hard coinage of punishment." - Winston Churchill (United States Constitution)

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