9/11 First Responders Excluded from Memorial Cermony

First Responders Snubbed at 10th Memorial Ceremony

     

When I saw this news topic I couldn’t believe it I thought it had to be a mistake, right, WRONG!!!  Even worse than being a mistake was the REASON they weren’t including the first responders was because there wasn’t enough space.  To me that’s the lamest excuse ever.  The first responders did exactly what they were trained to do without stopping to think of all possible risks/consequences they take being “FIRST RESPONDERS“.  They did their job and in the end lost 300 of their own. 

In a statement, Bloomberg spokesman Andrew Brent said “the commemoration ceremony is for the victim families”

Those invited besides the victims’ families were several politicians, including two presidents.  Politicians, did I read that right, yep I sure did.  My God how in the world could I forget that in our country  POLITICIANS  always comes ahead of everyone else.

     
            

Oh yes, no clergy were invited either.  The above is strictly my opinion with the exception of the statements by Bloomberg’s spokesman Andrew Brent shown with quotes…..flagranny2   

 

Video Shows Woman Ignored While Dying in New York Mental Hospital

Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Article from Associated Press as reported by FoxNews

After watching the video I was in disbelief that someone actually let this happen with no conscience at all.  I guess by now I shouldn’t be shocked by what people allow to happen when they could have helped but something like this makes me feel ashamed to think there are people that can ignore a situation like this………flagranny2

 

BROOKLYN, N.Y. —  Stunning video from a surveillance camera at a Brooklyn hospital shows a woman dying on the floor of a psychiatric emergency room while staffers ignore her.

The video was released by lawyers suing Kings County Hospital alleging neglect and abuse of mental health patients at the medical facility.

Click here to watch the video.

(when you click on this vide it will take you to the one or several ones taken from different views however the one that was originally posted that I first saw closer resembels the 3rd one down on the list at the right where she was completely ignored.) …flagranny2

The video shows the 49-year-old woman falling out of her chair at about 5:30 a.m. June 19, then lying face-down on the floor and thrashing around before going still. The woman died.

People nearby, including two security guards, do nothing to help. An hour passes before a fellow patient finally gets the attention of a staffer.

The tape also suggests that staff at the hospital might have faked medical charts belonging to the victim, Esmin Green, to cover her lack of treatment, the New York Daily News reported.

Her medical chart claims the Jamaica native got up to walk to the bathroom when she was actually writhing on the floor, the News reported. The records also have Green sitting quietly in her chair when she was already dead.

“Thank God for the videotape because no one would have believed this could have happened,” Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York Civil Liberties Union, told the Daily News.

The agency that runs the municipal hospital — the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp. — fired six staffers, including the two security guards.

Click here for more on this story from the New York Daily News.

Child killer Mark Dean Schwab faces execution Tuesday

June 29, 2008
Sun-Sentinel
Sarah Lundy|Sentinel Staff Writer

Is lethal injection cruel and unjust punishment?  I personally can’t even consider that the criminal/murderer would think they would have that right, a right they never gave their victim.  After he lead them to the body his only comment was if he could get something from Burger King to eat and drink, That showed such remorse, NOT that hearing that remark made me sick………..flagranny2

Child killer Mark Dean Schwab — who kidnapped, raped and murdered 11-year-old Junny Rios-Martinez of Cocoa — is set to die Tuesday by lethal injection.

His execution marks Florida’s first state killing since the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in April that the commonly used, three-drug lethal cocktail is not cruel and unusual punishment under the U.S. Constitution.

That ruling ended a de facto moratorium on the death penalty that had swept the nation while the high court focused on the issue.

Since the ruling, nine condemned men have been put to death across the country — far fewer than the “bloodbath” death-penalty opponents had feared would follow the decision.

Now, eyes shift to Florida on Tuesday, when Schwab, barring any last minute legal moves, will become the 10th man to die since the ruling.

“There is no question of his guilt, and the law says [lethal injection] is an appropriate punishment,” said Wayne Holmes, a Seminole-Brevard assistant state attorney and prosecutor on the initial Schwab case.

Junny’s parents, Vicki and Braulio “Junny” Rios-Martinez, could not be reached for comment.

For the past 16 years, Schwab has lived in a 6-by-9-foot cell in Florida State Prison in Starke. He joined death row in 1992 after he was convicted of killing Junny, a little boy who loved surfing and baseball.

On April 18, 1991, Schwab called the 11-year-old’s school and identified himself as the boy’s father. He left a message for Junny to go to a baseball field after school. Witnesses said they saw Junny get into a U-Haul with Schwab.

Five days later, Schwab led investigators to the boy’s body, which he hid inside a footlocker in a palmetto thicket in Canaveral Groves, north of Cocoa.

Schwab was originally scheduled to die by lethal injection Nov. 15. The U.S. Supreme Court issued a last-minute stay that postponed the execution while it considered the lethal-injection issue in a case that originated in Kentucky.

Some had hoped the top court’s decision would quash many of the legal challenges to lethal injection. But the closely watched ruling did little to settle the debate, and some say it has actually sparked more on the issue.

“It’s really started the ball rolling,” said Deborah Denno, a law professor at Fordham University and a death-penalty expert. The U.S. Supreme Court “hasn’t changed things that much, but there is a more heated discussion,” she said.

Some states — such as Georgia and Texas — are moving forward with executions this year. Texas has 16 scheduled to die before the end of the year.

Others — such as Ohio and Delaware — are examining the way they carry out capital punishment. Last month, a judge in Ohio became the first in the country to order authorities to stop using the three-drug cocktail and opt for a single, large dose of barbiturate, which is often used in animal euthanasia.

“This may have reverberations in other states,” said Ty Alper, associate director of the death penalty clinic at the University of California Berkeley school of law.

It doesn’t appear that Florida is headed toward the one-dose process yet.

Last year, Florida enacted new and detailed procedures for how to administer the three-drug cocktail after convicted-killer Angel Nieves Diaz needed a second dose of the fatal chemicals and took 34 minutes to die in 2006.

The state responded by requiring more staff training and better monitoring of proceedings in the death chamber.

Schwab will be the first condemned prisoner to enter the chamber since Diaz. There are no other executions scheduled in Florida. But there are 377 Florida prisoners waiting on death row.

Out of options
In 1992, Mark Dean Schwab was sentenced to death in the 1991 slaying of Junny Rios-Martinez, but the execution was delayed by appeals. On Nov. 14, Schwab’s execution was delayed until the U.S. Supreme Court decided whether lethal injection is constitutional. In April, the court ruled it is, and in May, Gov. Charlie Crist ordered that Schwab be executed.

Sarah Lundy can be reached at slundy@orlandosentinel.com or 407-420-6218.

Austrian Man Confesses to Keeping Daughter, Her Children Captive in Cellar

Monday, April 28, 2008

AMSTETTEN, Austria —  A man has confessed to imprisoning his daughter for 24 years in a windowless cell with a soundproofed door and fathering seven children with her including three who “never saw sunlight,” police said Monday.

The man, now 73, also told investigators that he tossed the body of one of the children in an incinerator when the infant died shortly after birth, said Franz Polzer, head of the Lower Austrian Bureau of Criminal Affairs.

“We are being confronted with an unfathomable crime,” Interior Minister Guenther Platter said.

The daughter, who is now 42, had been missing since 1984 and was found by police in the town of Amstetten on Saturday evening after police received a tip. She and her children have been placed in psychiatric care.

Police on Monday released several photos showing parts of the cramped basement cell, with a small bathroom and a narrow passageway leading to a tiny bedroom. Investigators said an electronic keyless-entry system apparently kept the daughter from escaping from the cell, which was made of solid reinforced concrete.

Click here to see photos of Josef F. and the “House of Horrors.”

For full story click [ HERE  ]

 

DA: Wisconsin Parents Who Prayed as Daughter Died to Face Murder Charges

Monday, April 28, 2008

Madeline — called Kara by her parents — died Easter Sunday at the family’s rural Weston home. An autopsy determined she died from undiagnosed diabetic ketoacidosis, an ailment that left her with too little insulin in her body.

WESTON, Wis. —  Parents who prayed as their 11-year-old daughter died of untreated diabetes will be charged with second-degree reckless homicide, the Marathon County district attorney said Monday.

“It is very surprising, shocking that she wasn’t allowed medical intervention,” District Attorney Jill Falstad said.

She announced the charges Monday during a news conference at the Everest Metro Police Department with Police Chief Dan Vergin. Vergin has said Dale and Leilani Neumann told investigators their daughter Madeline last saw a doctor when she was 3 to get some shots.

The couple face up to 25 years in prison if convicted.

The couple and their lawyer did not immediately return messages left by The Associated Press.

Falstad said the Neumanns have cooperated with investigators and are not under arrest. They have agreed to make an initial court appearance Wednesday, she said.

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Breaking News – Fox News Network: 3rd wife of Scott Peterson, Kathleen Savio, has now been ruled as a homocide

Fox News TV 10:00pm
Thursday, February 21, 2008

Greta VanSustren of Fox News has just announced the 3rd wife of Drew Peterson, Kathleen Savio has now been ruled a homocide.  It was initially ruled death by drowning but after they exhumed and re-examined the body they reversed their decision as a homicide.  They also learned that there was no forced entry.

Drew Peterson Bombshell: Dr. Baden Was Right!

Breaking news….the Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow advises that Kathleen Savio’s death (Drew Peterson’s third wife) was a homicide. The new autopsy performed after the case was reopened confirms that her death was not an accident as originally ruled but a drowning and that is why it is now re-classified a homicide. This conforms to Dr. Baden’s conclusions after the independent autopsy he performed for the Savio family.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 21, 2008JOLIET – Will County State’s Attorney James Glasgow announced today that his office has received the final report on the autopsy performed on the remains of Kathleen S. Savio on Nov. 13, 2007       Check GretaWire.com

UPDATE: Lisa Stebic-Family of missing Plainfield woman to ask Michigan deer hunters for help

By Jo Napolitano Tribune staff reporter
November 13, 2007
Source:Chicago Tribune

I have combined two updates here, one dated Nov. 8th regarding the Stebic children having to testify and one Nov. 13th about how they plan to pass out fliers to hunters.   

The family of a missing Plainfield woman will distribute fliers and hand warmers to hunters in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula on Wednesday to raise awareness about her disappearance and encourage hunters to look for her.

Lisa Stebic, 37, was divorcing when she vanished from her family home April 30. Her estranged husband, Craig, who was one of the last people to see her, is a hunter, and his family spent part of each year in the Upper Peninsula. He has been identified by police as a person of interest in the case, but he has denied any involvement.

Melanie Greenberg, Lisa Stebic’s cousin, said family members plan to distribute 300 hand warmers with Lisa’s picture and police contact information at a breakfast held each year in Crystal Falls, Mich., to kick off firearm deer hunting season.

“Everyone tells you when you are looking for a missing person that you need to look at the places where they spent the most time,” Greenberg said. “Lisa spent a lot of time up there.”

Greenberg said she hopes the hunters, who usually cover a wide area, might stumble across information that will help police find Lisa Stebic.

“They’re going places people haven’t been all summer and, with the change of seasons . . . things that may have been overgrown could be more revealed now,” Greenberg said.

Greenberg said she has had no contact with Craig Stebic but he has complained about tfliers and billboards bearing Lisa Stebic’s picture—in the Chicago area and in the Upper Peninsula. He has said they upset the couple’s two children.

November 8, 2007
BY JANET LUNDQUIST Herald News
Source: Chicago Sun Times 

Stebic, kids at courthouse to testify before panel: sources
MISSING MOM | Officials only confirm probe is ongoing

Craig Stebic and his children reportedly were at the Will County Courthouse on Wednesday to testify before a grand jury, sources say.

Authorities have been trying to interview the children of missing mother Lisa Stebic, who seemingly vanished without a trace April 30 from her Plainfield home.

Will County state’s attorney spokesman Charles Pelkie declined to comment Wednesday except to say the Stebic case is an active investigation and is one of several high priorities for the office.

Plainfield Police Chief Don Bennett also declined to comment on the case. He said investigators still want to talk to the Stebic children about their mother’s disappearance.

Aside from a preliminary interview, Craig Stebic has blocked police from talking to his children, ages 11 and 12, under the advice of Dion Davi, his lawyer.

In July, police said they were focusing their investigation on Craig Stebic, naming him a “person of interest” in his wife’s disappearance. Stebic has not been charged in connection with the case.

When asked Wednesday whether he was at the Will County Courthouse, Craig Stebic said, “I don’t know” and that it was not a good time to talk. “I don’t have anything to say right now.”

Desperate for answers in Lisa Stebic’s disappearance, her family has urged her husband to allow interviews with his children. Initially, authorities said they wanted to talk to the children at a child advocacy center, but Davi advised Craig Stebic not to allow it.

In September, Plainfield investigators met with members of the state’s attorney’s office to review the case.

Sun-Times News Group