Wisconsin court: Judge’s Facebook friendship could show bias
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin judge's decision to become Facebook friends with a woman whose child custody case he was hearing created at least the appearance of bias, a state appeals court...
Judge rules on child custody in murder case
NY man charged with setting ex-girlfriend on fire
TONAWANDA, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man accused of setting his ex-girlfriend on fire in an apparent domestic dispute over child custody now faces an attempted murder charge.
Jonathon White, of Tonawanda, was arraigned on Thursday in a Buffalo hospital.
Jessica Cameron, who was attacked last month, also remains hospitalized with extensive burns to her face, head and hands.
Former judge’s law license suspended for 30 days
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Supreme Court suspended the law license of a retired Clackamas County Circuit judge, finding that after he left the bench and went into private practice, he wrongly represented a man in a child custody case.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the court decided Thursday to suspend Steven Maurer's license for 30 days.
Taiwanese reject legalizing same-sex unions in referendum
TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Voters in Taiwan passed a referendum asking that marriage be restricted to one man and one woman, a setback to LGBT couples hoping their island will be the first place in Asia to let same-sex couples share child custody and insurance benefits.
Man who helped in parental kidnapping seeks to delay prison
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Virginia businessman convicted of helping in a parental kidnapping is asking the nation's highest court to suspend the start of his prison term while he appeals.
The request to the U.S. Supreme Court, which the government opposes, comes three weeks before Philip Zodhiates (zoh-dee-AH'-tehs), of Waynesboro, is scheduled to begin a three-year prison term in Kentucky.
Sheriff: 2 killed in murder-suicide in southwest Missouri
OSCEOLA, Mo. (AP) — The St. Clair County Sheriff's Department says the deaths of two men in a shooting at a convenience store appear to be a murder-suicide.
KYTV reports the shooting happened Friday morning at "The Port" convenience store in Osceola.
Investigator: Ex-House member stiffed payment to private eye
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A private investigator says a former upstate New York congressman hired his firm to tail a woman as part of child custody matter, and then refused to pay the investigator for his services.
NEW YORK (AP) — A New York judge congratulated Donald Trump Jr. and his estranged wife, Vanessa, Thursday for resolving child custody issues as they proceed toward divorce.
State Supreme Court Justice Michael Katz began a brief proceeding in open court by saying he understood that they had agreed to resolve all issues regarding their five children and parental rights.
Lawyers said they expected a written agreement on child custody would be completed in several weeks.
MURRIETA, Calif. (AP) — A woman has pleaded guilty to first-degree murder for shooting the father of her child inside a Southern California McDonald's restaurant during a meeting to arrange a custody exchange.
The Riverside County District Attorney's Office says 38-year-old Amanda Jeanne Harwood of Big Bear entered the plea Tuesday and was immediately sentenced to 50 years to life in prison.
Harwood shot 39-year-old Joseph Henning of Oceanside on Oct. 9, 2015, at a McDonald's in Menifee.
The Latest: Kansas woman held after 3 children found ill
OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — The Latest on Kansas mother jailed after three children injured after apparently being given a unsafe substance (all times local):
Olathe police say a woman involved in a child custody dispute with her ex-husband is in jail after apparently giving her three children a substance meant to harm them.
Because of the rising popularity of online exchange forms and the need for a safe area for child custody exchanges, the Norfolk Police Division has initiated a new Trade Safe Program.
Firebombing Suspect Has History Of Threatening Caseworkers
WILKES-BARRE — The Plains Twp. man accused of firebombing the Luzerne County Children and Youth Services building amid a child custody battle last year has a long history of threatening caseworkers, according to court documents filed Monday.
Police create ‘safe exchange zone’ in Tennessee city
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) — A police department in Tennessee has created a "safe exchange zone" for transactions and child custody exchanges.
Chattanooga police said in a statement Wednesday that the area is in front of the Police Service Center. It will have several video cameras to ensure safe transactions.
Police Chief David Roddy tells news outlets the cameras are on 24 hours a day, and that the system stores recordings for about 30 days.
State officials are looking at ways to help the large percentage of the state’s population who lack the means to hire lawyers in civil court cases involving such issues as child custody, domestic violence and evictions.
Criminal defendants are guaranteed legal help, often through the public defenders office, but no such guarantee is given in civil cases, and the state estimates that more than 90 percent of poorer residents cannot afford to hire lawyers on their own.
The Detroit News recently printed a column written by a local divorce lawyer entitled "Shared custody bill ignores reality" (Nov. 14). The article acknowledges "it is in the best interests of children to be raised by two loving parents dedicated to their children's upbringing and well-being." Yet, the attorney concludes that such a statement "presupposes that every child has two such adults in their lives." There is no need to reform divorce law in Michigan, he argues, because it's working out just fine the way it is.
The woman who became tangled in a child custody case involving her rapist says the state has informed her she will lose food stamps and health care for her 8-year-old son, in part because of a GoFundMe account that has raised more than $100,000 on her behalf.
The woman, who has asked to be identified by her first name, Tiffany, said Wednesday she received a call from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services notifying her of the benefit cutoff.
- Daily CitizenFather charged after missing girl found in Beaver DamApril 13, 2019
- The Journal GazetteCustody issue briefly locks down LutheranFebruary 6, 2019
- Idaho State JournalWoman feared ex-husband, sought support before murder-suicideJanuary 13, 2019
- Tribune-ReviewRostraver dad, girlfriend get probation for injuring woman in child custody incidentSeptember 23, 2018
- Aiken StandardLocal nonprofit seeks to empower, aid fathers during Father's DayJune 18, 2018
What happens to the child of a homicide victim when the suspected killer is the father? It’s a question most families don’t expect to have to answer.
But on Tuesday, one family did, after Jamie R. Bradshaw was allegedly stabbed to death by her ex-boyfriend David M. Campbell in the driveway of her Spokane Valley home. The two share an 8-year-old autistic and diabetic son together, family say.
Texan gets life in prison for 2015 slaying of ex-son-in-law
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A West Texas man must serve to life in prison for the 2015 fatal shooting of his ex-son-in-law over what prosecutors call a child custody dispute.
Javier Arellano Quiñones (keen-YOH'-nays) was sentenced Friday in El Paso. Jurors convicted the El Paso man of murder and of interfering with child custody — his granddaughter.
William Wolff was a community college professor when he slain in December 2015. He'd recently won custody of his then-2-year-old daughter.
Sandusky — A Sanilac County judge rescinded an order Tuesday he gave last month granting a convicted rapist partial custody of a child conceived during his sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in 2008.
Judge Gregory Ross scheduled the hearing last week after controversy erupted over his ruling that gave parental rights to Christopher Mirasolo, 27, of Brown City.
Mother who ignored deal to vaccinate son to share custody
PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan judge has reduced the child custody rights of a woman who was jailed for five days for not following through on an agreement to vaccinate her 9-year-old son.
Oakland County Judge Karen McDonald ruled Wednesday that Rebecca Bredow will no longer have primary custody of the boy but will have joint custody with her ex-husband, James Horne.
Former Missouri deputy sentenced to death in double killing
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A former sheriff's deputy and Missouri correctional officer who was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend in a child custody dispute was sentenced to death Friday.
State Supreme Court to review overturned kidnapping case
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court will review the case of a man accused of kidnapping his daughter, prompting a standoff with police.
The Altoona Mirror reports that the Allegheny County District Attorney's Office has requested that the state Supreme Court review an appellate court's decision to overturn 34-year-old Tex Ortiz's kidnapping conviction while upholding his child custody interference conviction.
Cook County court for unwed parents quietly disappears
CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County's parentage court has been abolished in response to a new round of possible legal action over its constitutionality and an acknowledgment of larger social changes.
Experts say Cook County was the only large court jurisdiction in the U.S. that sent divorcing parents with custody issues through one set of courtrooms and single parents through another.
Cook County's Parentage and Child Support Court was abolished in February, the Chicago Tribune reported.
LINCOLN COUNTY JAIL BOOKINGS
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Timothy B. Scholer, 26, first degree sexual assault-two counts,
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Azarenka withdraws from US Open amid child custody dispute
NEW YORK (AP) — Two-time Australian Open champion Victoria Azarenka withdrew from the U.S. Open on Monday because she was unable to resolve a custody dispute with her infant son's father.
The 28-year-old star from Belarus gave birth to her first child in December and she returned to the tour in June. She detailed the dispute with the boy's father in a long Twitter post last week, saying she might not be able to bring her son with her to New York.
Former Missouri law officer convicted of double murder
ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) — A former Dent County sheriff's deputy and state correctional officer has been convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend during a child custody dispute.
Woman who sought hitman to get money, child custody from ex sent to prison
Father suspected of killing his 2 children, self
SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — Police say a man in a child custody dispute is suspected of killing his children before hanging himself inside his Santa Rosa apartment.
The Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports (http://bit.ly/2sMN2MO ) deputies discovered the bodies Monday after the children's mother contacted authorities because their father didn't returned them to her Sunday night as agreed.
Men today know there are many ways to be a good father, but child custody and child support policies judge fathers in one narrow way: money. As a result, some fathers lose contact with their children because they are struggling economically, not because of what kind of fathers they are. That’s bad for them and bad for their kids.
Woman accused of seeking hitman to get money, child custody from ex takes plea deal
PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) — Police in Prescott say three officers were hurt when they were attacked by a 33-year-old Kirtland man.
A police news release says officers were gathering information about a child custody issue Wednesday night when a vehicle drove toward them at high speed and nearly struck the officers.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A court on Monday overturned an order for a Connecticut financier to pay nearly $90,000 in attorney fees racked up by a British television host during a long-running and bitter international child custody dispute.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones testified Wednesday that he's sincere in his "Infowars" commentary but acknowledges he also uses satire and comedy on his show.
The testimony in his child custody case stands in contrast to comments by his lawyer who last week argued that Jones is a performance artist whose true personality is nothing like his on-air persona.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The right-wing radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones is a performance artist whose true personality is nothing like his on-air persona, according to a lawyer defending the "Infowars" broadcaster in a child custody battle.
Attorney Randall Wilhite said at a pretrial hearing in Austin last week that evaluating Jones based on his on-air comments is like judging Jack Nicholson based on his role as the Joker in "Batman."
HARTFORD — State agencies have developed a “toolkit” for foreign-born residents living here without legal permission, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced Wednesday, stressing that as many as 22,000 children could be forced into foster care if their parents are captured and deported.
A bill to require domestic violence training for professional third-party mediators authored by state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa will advance to the house for consideration after it was voted out of the senate Wednesday, according to a news release.
“SB 539 requires mediators that handle child custody cases to complete four hours of domestic violence training,” the release states.
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A Virginia businessman convicted of international parental kidnapping and conspiracy for his role in a same-sex couple's child custody fight was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison.
Judge suspended again for actions in child custody case
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky judge was suspended without pay Tuesday for the second time in about six months for violating judicial rules in a child custody case.
Along with the new 30-day suspension, the state Judicial Conduct Commission also ordered Judge Kathy W. Stein to complete training on "substantive and procedural due process."
Stein, a former state lawmaker, is a family court judge in Fayette County.
DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A suspended defense attorney in Pennsylvania has been convicted of defying a court-ordered custody arrangement by taking her 5-year-old daughter on the run for more than a month.
The Bucks County Courier Times reports (http://bit.ly/2mQiEdS ) jurors convicted 49-year-old Holly Dobrosky, of Middletown, on Monday of charges including interfering with child custody, a felony.
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Supreme Court says a custody petition involving children from Alaska was transferred erroneously to a Texas court.
The case involved the children of John C. McDonald, a Fairbanks man who pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide in the death of his wife in 2016. The couple had three young children.
Bill would change how courts look at parents’ disabilities in child custody cases
Artificial insemination parenting bill draws LGBT criticism
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Tennessee lawmakers want to do away with a 40-year-old state law granting legitimacy to children conceived through artificial insemination. Critics say the bill is aimed at gay couples and their children.
The bill would remove a single sentence applying to child custody when artificial insemination is involved, one that's been interpreted to make no distinction between same-sex and heterosexual couples.
Man sentenced for shooting man over child custody dispute
BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A man who fatally shot another man during a fight stemming from a child custody dispute is now headed to state prison.
Cumberland County prosecutors say Errick Young recently received a 22-year sentence. The 23-year-old Millville man had pleaded guilty in October to an aggravated manslaughter charge stemming from the March 2014 shooting of 29-year-old Benjamin Broughton.
First DeSoto County homicide of 2016 tied to custody dispute
HERNANDO, Miss. (AP) — A dispute over child custody apparently has led to DeSoto County's first homicide of the year.
Lt. Chris Shaver of the DeSoto County Sheriff's Department says "domestic ties" were identified between the victim, identified as Shareca Fair, and 54-year-old Bobby Adams, the suspect in Fair's Monday shooting death.
The Commercial Appeal reports (http://memne.ws/2hzwMph ) family members told media outlets Adams was the father of Fair's child and was fighting her over custody.
Laredo police said they are looking for a woman who never returned custody of her son to his father.
Authorities identified the mother as Anna Idalia Barrera, 35, and her son as Diego Jesus Santos Barrera, 5.
Barrera never returned the boy to his father, according to police.
The child was last seen Tuesday at the McDonald's on McPherson Road and Del Mar Boulevard.
LPD said Barrera has a warrant out for her arrest.