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News Summary for August 11, 2014
Prepared by Anne M. Kincaid

Please note that the articles are listed in alphabetical order by state, so you can easily scan
through the articles for those within your state or other states in which you have a particular interest.

Dr. Nora's Top Articles:

1.   “Phoenix Couple Receive Prison Sentences for Death of Mentally Disabled Man” --- A Phoenix couple has been sentenced in the abuse and torture of a mentally disabled man who later died. A Maricopa County Superior ... --- Greenfield Daily Reporter --- August 8, 2014  (ARIZONA) http://is.gd/L5GKun 

2.   “Residents Speak out over Alleged Police Brutality against Mentally Ill Man” --- Antioch residents are speaking out Friday about a case of alleged police brutality and video is backing up some of the claims regarding the incident. --- KTVU San Francisco --- August 8, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/YURBrk

3.   “Pensacola Bus Driver Allegedly Sexually Assaults Disabled Passenger” --- ... sexual assault and attempted sexual assault on a person with special needs.Pensacola bus driver allegedly sexually assaults disabled passenger. --- WEAR --- August 7, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/roaJaT

4.   “Former Group Home Worker Admits to Abusing Mentally Disabled Man” --- A former group home worker has admitted to sexually abusing a mentally disabled man who was living in the home. Lance Anglin, 51 ... --- South Bend Tribune --- August 5, 2014  (INDIANA)  http://is.gd/BPkopZ

5.   “Emily Borden of Agawam Admits Stealing $10,860 from Disabled Westfield Woman, is Ordered to ...” --- Emily Borden, 23, of Agawam admitted Thursday she stole $10,860 by using the ATM card of a disabled Westfield woman for whom ... --- The Republican - masslive.com --- August 7, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS) http://is.gd/AdMWWk 

6.   “Mother Upset with Workers Who Tied up Her Disabled Daughter” --- A woman claims workers tied a rope around her disabled daughter`s neck as they led her onto a bus. She was headed home ... --- fox4kc.com --- August 8, 2014  (MISSOURI)  http://is.gd/OCeXkM

7.   “FBI: Using Intimidation, Couple Extorted Thousands from Man with Developmental Disability” --- FBI agents and police officers executed search and arrest warrants Wednesday morning at 41 Orion Ave. in http://is.gd/FIjgMZ Monroe. They arrested John and Nicole ... --- Times Herald-Record --- August 7, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/FIjgMZ

8.   “Jeannette Man Raped Mentally Disabled Store Employee, Police Say” --- Mulnix is facing two counts each of rape of a mentally disabled person, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a mentally disabled person, ... --- Tribune-Review --- August 9, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/RYs3RO

9.   “New Registry of Caregivers with History of Abuse of Adults in Their Care Signed into Law” --- New registry of caregivers with history of abuse of adults in their care ... a caregiving role who have abused, neglected or exploited a vulnerable adult. --- KyForward.com --- August 5, 2014  (KENTUCKY)  http://is.gd/j4k1Jj

10.   “Fingerprinting Likely for Those Working with Developmentally Disabled in Mass.” --- Doctors, social workers, bus drivers, contractors and others who work with developmentally disabled individuals must be fingerprinted ... --- Eagle-Tribune --- August 6, 2014  (MASSACHUSETTS)  http://is.gd/4TWYPq

11.   “Obama Signs New Laws on Autism, Abducted Children” --- President Obama has signed into law a bill designed to thwart international child abduction and help return American children now held by estranged ... --- NorthJersey.com --- August 10, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL)  http://is.gd/ZQl8YJ

12.   “Disabled Woman Sues Top Priest” --- A disabled woman is suing the former Superior of a Catholic religious order, alleging that he sexually abused her over 14 years and that others in ... --- The Australian --- August 8, 2014  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/JIdQ0T 


13.   “Man Charged with Sex Abuse of Special Needs Child” --- Dale County Sheriff's investigators arrested an Ariton man on Thursday on charges of sexual abuse against a young, special needs female. --- Dothan Eagle --- August 1, 2014   (ALABAMA)  http://is.gd/PKLuRU

14.   “Woman Assault Man in Wheelchair” --- Sheriff's deputies arrested 33-year-old Crestline resident Veronica Dantonoli for elder abuse after she assaulted a man in a wheelchair with a ... --- Alpenhorn News --- August 7, 2014  (ARIZONA)  http://is.gd/ZXYvM4

15.   “The State Worker: No Legal Wiggle-room for License Renewal” --- A year and one day after Courtney's death, Paul returned to work at the state's Porterville Developmental Center. She described her work as “taking ... --- Sacramento Bee --- August 6, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/qW4lfm

16.   “Stamford Teacher Accused of Sex Assault Moves to Another Psychiatric Center” --- Danielle Watkins, 32, of Norwalk, was admitted to BlueSky Behavioral Health Center in Danbury. She missed her state Superior Court appearance in ... --- The Daily Voice --- August 2, 2014  (CONNECTICUT)  http://is.gd/xRqVNX

17.   “Former Youth Pastor Found Guilty on Sexual Battery Charges” --- A former Eustis youth pastor initially jailed in 2012 on allegations of sexually assaulting two developmentally disabled people at a group home and a ... --- Daily Commercial --- August 2, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/k3xEN0

18.   “Brother Beats Disabled Adopted Brother” --- Investigators say they responded to the domestic disturbance call involving an at risk adult back on July 31st. They say the victim, whose name we're ... --- LaGrange Daily News --- August 4, 2014  (GEORGIA)  http://is.gd/5jUjj7

19.   “Iowa Bunkhouse Where Workers Were Abused Torn Down” --- Officials have torn down a bug-infested, hazardous bunkhouse that had held more than 30 mentally disabled Iowa plant ... --- Muscatine Journal --- August 2, 2014  (IOWA)  http://is.gd/xCdTpA

20.   “Young Man's Mental Illness Keeps Murder Case on Hold for More than a Decade” --- Instead, Kohlby Freeze — a severely mentally ill young man who turned 27 this month — has spent more than a decade in a hellish limbo, a round ... --- Kansas City Star --- August 10, 2014  (KANSAS)  http://is.gd/Lur1eE

21.   “Woman Accused of Abusing Disabled Woman” --- St. Mary Parish deputies say a 22-year-old Morgan City woman allegedly neglected to give a disabled woman water and ... --- SFGate --- August 6, 2014  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/qsUR4E

22.   “Ethical Question Arises in Shreveport Fire Station No. 8 Case” --- “I don't want to subject them to any further humiliation,” Cox said of the mentally challenged men, referred to in court thus far only by their initials out of ... --- Shreveport Times --- August 1, 2014  (LOUISIANA)  http://is.gd/7GlgX8

23.   “Was Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital Patient's Death 'Expected' or Partly Negligence?” --- The death in March of a woman in the Kalamazoo Psychiatric Hospital set into motion events that turned the hospital on its ear ... --- Mlive Kalamazoo --- August 7, 2014  (MICHIGAN)  http://is.gd/UiRqAC

24.   “Dad: School Bus Aides Left Autistic Son at Wrong Home” --- A father wants better training for school bus drivers and aides after his autistic son mistakenly was dropped off and left … --- USA TODAY --- August 7, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/AZhoAA

25.   “Orange Co. Mental Health Officials Speak out After Mentally Disabled Man Targeted” --- Orange County Mental Health officials are speaking out after a developmentally disabled man was targeted by a Monroe ... --- TWC News --- August 7, 2014  (NEW YORK)  http://is.gd/mKzAe3

26.   “Vulnerable Adult Abuse Online Form Launched in ND” --- North Dakotans who want to report suspected abuse, neglect, or exploitation of vulnerable adults can now do so online. --- KFGO --- August 8, 2014  (NORTH DAKOTA)  http://is.gd/oHurm7

27.   “Barberton Man Accused of Robbing Man with Developmental Disabilities” --- A warrant was issued for a Barberton man accused of attacking and robbing a man with developmental disabilities. --- The Plain Dealer --- August 6, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/rLuv5H

28.   “Man Allegedly Pushes Wife from Wheelchair” --- A Sandusky man was arrested Sunday night for allegedly pushing his wife out of her wheelchair at a local bar. Timothy Braden, 45, of the 500 block of ... --- Sandusky Register --- August 5, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/SYOTSv

29.   “Disabled Man Robbed on South Lumpkin Road” --- A 58-year-old disabled man was robbed of his wallet by two suspects Friday on the 1600 block of South Lumpkin Road, according to a Columbus ... --- Columbus Ledger-Enquirer --- August 2, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/wmEb0e

30.   “DHS Worker Saves Man Suffering from Cerebral Palsy” --- Pritchett investigates adult neglect, abuse and exploitation in several ... a 21-year-old man with cerebral palsy was being neglected by his caretaker. --- news9.com KWTV --- August 5, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/gTWvsS

31.   “Man Accused of Kicking Disabled Stranger on TriMet Will be Sent to State Mental Hospital” --- A 27-year-old man accused of repeatedly kicking a disabled man wearing leg braces on a TriMet bus will be sent to the state mental hospital for ... --- The Oregonian - OregonLive.com --- August 7, 2014  (OREGON)  http://is.gd/4PNZcl

32.   “Thief Steals Bike from Mentally Challenged Man” --- A Williamsport woman is asking for help after she said someone stole from her mentally challenged son. --- PA home page --- August 7, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/ASfzTz

33.   “Disabled Boy's Corpse Found in Bed, Father Charged” --- Authorities say a Pennsylvania 8-year-old boy died days before his death was reported. His father Jarrod Tutko Sr has been charged. --- KPLC-TV --- August 5, 2014 (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/hkb3cU

34.   “Parents, Grandparents Push More Autism Awareness After Attacks” --- Levine is most worried about recent attacks against autistic children, like the robbery and beating of Christopher Nichols in Killeen in mid-July. --- KCEN-TV --- August 1, 2014  (TEXAS)  http://is.gd/46o632

35.   “State Supreme Court Rules Psychiatric Boarding Unlawful” --- The Washington State Supreme Court ruled Thursday that boarding psychiatric patients temporarily in hospital emergency rooms and acute care ... --- The Seattle Times --- August 7, 2014  (WASHINGTON)  http://is.gd/ETCCxQ

36.   “Brattleboro Retreat Responds to Safety Concerns” --- The Brattleboro Retreat, the state's largest psychiatric hospital, is reviewing its polices to ensure the safety of patients and staff after ... --- Brattleboro Reformer --- August 2, 2014  (VERMONT)  http://is.gd/imaQOc

37.   “Prince William Schools Restrain, Seclude Disabled Kids Frequently, Inquiry Finds” --- The school system's director of special education was quoted in the findings as saying that restraint and seclusion are not warranted unless situations ... --- Washington Post --- August 6, 2014  (VIRGINIA) http://is.gd/21TnTT 

Seeking Improved Support

38.   “Disparity in Funding Results in Unequal Medical Treatment, Jail, Often Death, for Mentally Ill” ---  Being mentally ill and psychotic at the time of the commission of such a crime is not a mitigating factor, Hoff said, except in capital cases. In Matt's case ... --- SFGate --- August 8, 2014  (CALIFORNIA) http://is.gd/K0APdg 

39.   “Florida Jail Needs Housing for Mentally Ill Inmates” --- Warden Rick Anglin says the number of inmates in special housing for mental health has doubled in recent years. The sheriff has asked county ... --- TBO.com --- August 10, 2014  (FLORIDA)  http://is.gd/ZM9aM6

40.   “Gov. Dayton Orders State Agencies to Dramatically Increase Hiring of Disabled Workers” --- “It's a slam dunk, politically,” Galen Smith, co-facilitator of the Twin Cities chapter of ADAPT, a disability rights group, said of the governor's order. --- Minneapolis Star Tribune --- August 7, 2014  (MINNESOTA)  http://is.gd/apGbu6

41.   “State Officials, Advocates to Meet” --- The director of the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities says he and other state officials will meet with a legal-advocacy group that is ... --- Columbus Dispatch --- August 2, 2014  (OHIO)  http://is.gd/FiaVYX

42.   “Tulsa Family Speaks out about Lack of Services for Disabled Children” --- Madison Turner, 13, (left) and her mom Lisa Turner communicate through hand signals. Madison is diagnosed with multiple disabilities and will lose ... --- Tulsa World --- August 2, 2014  (OKLAHOMA)  http://is.gd/SgqVYS

43.   “When Inmates Hurt Themselves” --- In recent months, however, they have received extra state money and have taken much needed steps to improve the way they manage mentally ill ... --- Charleston Post Courier --- August 9, 2014  (SOUTH CAROLINA)  http://is.gd/fVDVeC

44.   “Grand County to Join Utah's Special Needs Registry” --- The Grand County Council voted unanimously on July 1 to join Utah's Special Needs Registry, which allows residents to voluntarily share their ... --- Moab Times Independent --- August 7, 2014  (UTAH)  http://is.gd/XnUr8u

45.   “Judge OKs Plan to Ease Staff Shortages at 2 West Virginia Psychiatric Hospitals” --- A judge has approved a plan to ease staff shortages at two West Virginia psychiatric hospitals. According to media ... --- The Republic --- August 2, 2014  (WEST VIRGINIA)  http://is.gd/93eYm3

46.   “Changes Could Leave Mentally Disabled Without Place to Work” --- The smile on her face speaks volumes about what this means. Yael Kerzan has been working at Northwood Inc. of Wisconsin for eight years. --- WISC Madison --- August 7, 2014  (WISCONSIN)  http://is.gd/EV1aIC

47.   “Parents of Veterans Who Died by Suicide Criticize VA's Mental Health Care” --- Somers, along with her husband, Howard, told committee members that their son was finally admitted to the VA for psychiatric evaluation four months ... --- Psychiatric News --- August 11, 2014  (U.S. – NATIONAL) http://is.gd/fQzCID 

Proposed Legislation and New Laws

48.   “Marin Resists Call from Parents of Mentally Ill Children to Implement Laura's Law” --- Laura's Law targets mentally ill individuals who are too ill to recognize they need treatment and who, as a result, end up being hospitalized or jailed ... --- Marin Independent Journal --- August 2, 2014  (CALIFORNIA)  http://is.gd/Gn8SNE

49.   “Christie Vetoes Bills Aimed at Maintaining High Quality Care for Developmentally Disabled Patients” --- One bill sought to ensure that patients transferred from the state's developmental centers into group homes would receive the same level of care. --- NorthJersey.com --- August 8, 2014  (NEW JERSEY)  http://is.gd/JfRLBi

50.   “Bill Sparks Debate about Rights, Compulsion, and Mental Health” --- Rep. Tim Murphy (R., Pa.) speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in December about his legislative package of major mental health reforms. --- Philly.com --- August 3, 2014  (PENNSYLVANIA)  http://is.gd/p3bBMi

International Articles

51.   “Australian Parents Say They Were Forced to Leave Baby with Down Syndrome with Surrogate” --- An Australian couple denied they had abandoned their son with his Thai surrogate after learning he had Down syndrome, saying in an ... --- Toronto Star --- August 10, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/mIUiDw

52.   “Perth Cabbie Who Sexually Abused Disabled Women to be Sentenced Friday” --- They are unable to witness justice being done because Perth's District Court, which was built five years ago, has access for only a single wheelchair in ... --- The Australian --- August 8, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/cBKIFU

53.   “Psychiatric Patients' Records being Aired in Court” --- Psychiatrists are handing their patients' confidential records to the courts amid threats of jail, under a flourishing practice by solicitors of issuing "dirt ... --- Sydney Morning Herald --- August 8, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/EVRNp2

54.   “Violence against Disabled Women is Everybody's Business” --- Disability advocate and comedian Stella Young will be the keynote speaker at a forum in Warrnambool this month to stop “horrendous” levels of ... --- Warrnambool Standard --- August 7, 2014  (AUSTRALIA)  http://is.gd/0HaHvw

55.   “Osman Chamseddine, 64, to Stand Trial over Child Sex Offences and Rape of Deaf Girl, 11, He Drove ...” --- A Sydney cabbie accused of raping a deaf girl who he drove to and from a special needs school has been committed to trial. Osman Chamseddine ... --- Herald Sun --- August 6, 2014  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/OQtqU7

56.   “Coroner Slams Police Investigation into Death of Austin Hospital Psychiatric Unit” --- A bungled investigation into the death of a psychiatric patient found lying in a pool of blood has been referred to the Director of Public Prosecutions. --- Herald Sun --- August 4, 2014  (AUSTRALIA) http://is.gd/Snd0Dt

57.   “Cambodia Launches First Radio Station for Disabled” --- "Voice of Disabled Persons" radio station aims to promote awareness about the rights of people with disabilities and to broaden opportunities for them ... --- Business Standard --- August 9, 2014  (CAMBODIA)  http://is.gd/mBab7S

58.   “Federal Court Approves Class-action Settlement for Disabled Mounties” --- The Federal Court has approved a multimillion-dollar class-action settlement for a group of disabled RCMP veterans whose disability ... --- CTV News --- August 5, 2014  (CANADA)  http://is.gd/CtFW75

59.   “Protest Held for Autistic Boy Who Died Days after Entering Hospital” --- Around 50 people braved torrential rain to protest after a four-year-old autistic boy died just days after going to hospital with a suspected tummy bug. --- Nottingham Post --- August 10 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/cOi4Ma

60.   “Dame Hannah Rogers Centre for Disabled Probed by Police” --- Dame Hannah Rogers centre for disabled probed by police. A centre for children with disabilities is being investigated by police amid concerns over ... --- BBC News --- August 6, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/16q6n4

61.   “Police Investigating Death of Durham Man with Learning and Physical Disabilities” --- Scott is described by his family as having physical and learning disabilities and he lived with his mother, Carol. His younger sister, Zoe lives nearby. --- ChronicleLive --- August 4, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/Fkof0Q

62.   “Vulnerable Teen Assaulted and Robbed Near Chip Shop” --- The 17-year old who has physical and learning disabilities, was approached between 3.30-4pm on Friday 11 July near to the Aldridge Chip Shop on ... --- Birmingham Mail --- August 2, 2014  (ENGLAND)  http://is.gd/FYrILn

63.   “Only 1,451 Mental and Epilepsy Patients Access Treatment” --- Only 1,451 out of an estimated 6,284 people in the Brong Ahafo Region with mental illness and epilepsy access treatment and psychiatric counselling. --- GhanaWeb --- August 9, 2014  (GHANA)  http://is.gd/XfFugH

64.   “Mumbai Teacher Booked for Caning Mentally Challenged Child” --- Police here Thursday booked a woman schoolteacher on charges of caning a mentally challenged eight-year-old student. "We have lodged a ... --- Business Standard --- August 7, 2014  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/jqzZmP

65.   “Sexual Assault on Mentally Ill Girl” --- A 17-year-old mentally unsound girl was sexually assaulted by her cousins over a long period at their residence in Nagawara. According to police, the ... --- Deccan Herald --- August 4, 2014  (INDIA)  http://is.gd/zMJbck

66.   “ 'Sex Slavery' Couple Deny Abuse of Disabled Woman, Court Told” --- A husband and wife have denied a catalogue of sex abuse charges against a mentally disabled woman they allegedly kept captive in their former ... --- Irish Independent --- August 10, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/vidQpO

67.   “Keith and Caroline Baker Deny Abusing Disabled Woman” --- A couple have denied subjecting a mentally disabled woman to a catalogue of rape and sex abuse while holding her hostage for almost 10 years. --- BBC News --- August 7, 2014  (IRELAND)  http://is.gd/rqkOdh

68.   “Disabilities Bill Needs More Work” --- Johnathan Francis (right), a physically disabled student, who has scored the highest average at the Robert Lightbourne High School walks and chats ... --- Jamaica Gleaner --- August 11, 2014  (JAMAICA)  http://is.gd/UNVC3l

69.   “Special Needs Schools Have Been Neglected, Says NGO” --- Lari Digitalz Network chairman Gitau Kabogoro said most special schools have been neglected. --- AllAfrica.com --- August 7, 2014  (KENYA)  http://is.gd/uhoRZV

70.   “Man Held for Disabled Teen's Rape” --- A 24-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly raping a 14-year-old mentally disabled girl in Soweto, Gauteng police ... --- Independent Online --- August 6, 2014  (SOUTH AFRICA)  http://is.gd/8A2spi


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