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Air Force staff sergeant face child porn charges

An Air Force staff sergeant stationed at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst is facing child pornography charges for allegedly sharing an image online.

Donovan Balthazor, 30, of North Carolina Trail in Pemberton Township, was taken into custody on the base and charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child for allegedly possessing and distributing child pornography and knowingly possessing an image depicting the sexual exploitation of a child, Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina and Pemberton Township police Chief David H. Jantas announced Thursday.

At his first appearance at the Burlington County Courthouse in Mount Holly via video feed from jail, Balthazor was ordered released by Superior Court Judge Mark P. Tarantino under certain conditions, including that he report monthly to court officials, not have unsupervised contact with minors, and be restricted to the government-issued computer he uses for work.

Balthazor told the

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A force for change: Coping with grief through activism and advocacy …


Every tragedy, big or small, leaves behind victims and loved ones whose lives are inalterably changed. In some cases, survivors find themselves driven to become activists or advocates, finding meaning in the tragedy by fighting whatever caused it.

There are many examples making headlines all over the country.

Chris Hurst was an evening news anchor at WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia, when his girlfriend, Alison Parker, a reporter, and her cameraman, Adam Ward, were shot and killed during a live interview one morning in August 2015.

Eventually, Hurst left his spot at the anchor desk, inspired to run for office and address some of the issues that led to Parker’s death — though he stresses he’s not a single-issue candidate, and gun control wasn’t a focus during his campaign.

On Tuesday, Hurst

Read more at: http://fox2now.com/2017/11/11/a-force-for-change-coping-with-grief-through-activism-and-advocacy/

A force for change: Coping with grief through activism and advocacy


Every tragedy, big or small, leaves behind victims and loved ones whose lives are inalterably changed. In some cases, survivors find themselves driven to become activists or advocates, finding meaning in the tragedy by fighting whatever caused it.

There are many examples making headlines all over the country.

Chris Hurst was an evening news anchor at WDBJ in Roanoke, Virginia, when his girlfriend, Alison Parker, a reporter, and her cameraman, Adam Ward, were shot and killed during a live interview one morning in August 2015.

Eventually, Hurst left his spot at the anchor desk, inspired to run for office and address some of the issues that led to Parker’s death — though he stresses he’s not a single-issue candidate, and gun control wasn’t a focus during his campaign.

On Tuesday, Hurst

Read more at: http://fox2now.com/2017/11/11/a-force-for-change-coping-with-grief-through-activism-and-advocacy/

Alleged Air Force Deserter Found 40 Years Later Living Under a New Name in Florida — with a Wife and Kids

A Florida man is facing a desertion charge after he was found allegedly living under another name more than 40 years after he vanished from his post at a North Dakota Air Force base, PEOPLE confirms.

Jeffrey Michels, 64, was arrested on Thursday and charged with military desertion, according to a spokeswoman with the Seminole County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office.

Michels was handed over to the U.S. Air Force that same day, the spokeswoman says. He remains in custody.

On July 6, 1977, Michels failed to report to the Minot Air Force Base in northwest North Dakota, McClatchy reports, citing the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

In the ensuing decades, he allegedly changed his name to Jeffrey Lantz, got married, had children and started a construction business in Florida.

Michels, originally from Ohio, was recently found living in Sanford, Florida, with his wife and four children, according to local

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/air-force-deserter-found-florida-new-name/

Air Force Academy Cadet Pleads Guilty to Porn Charges, Sentenced

An Air Force Academy cadet got 30 months in prison after he pleaded guilty Tuesday to possession of child pornography and secretly videotaping women in the shower.

The pleas were part of a deal struck between senior cadet Jacob Cook and prosecutors to spare the honor student from trial on an additional charge of groping a woman and cut years from the maximum 20-year sentence.

Prosecutors want Cook to serve five years behind bars. His defense team asked for two years in a military sex-offender treatment program. The judge split the difference at the end of the day.

Cook asked for mercy in often tearful testimony Tuesday.

“I love the Air Force, and I never wanted to bring discredit to it,” Cook said while choking up amid an apology in court Tuesday morning.

The computer science major has been honored by the school for his programming skills. But on the other side of

Read more at: http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/09/13/air-force-academy-cadet-sentenced-pleading-guilty-porn-charges.html

Attorney General’s task force investigation leads to the arrest of a Kuna man accused of a sex crime

Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden has announced an arrest from investigators with his Idaho Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Unit.

23-year-old Joseph M. Law of Kuna was arrested Tuesday and booked into the Ada County Jail. Law is charged with one felony count of sexual exploitation of a child.

The investigation started after the ICAC Unit received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Ada County Prosecutor’s Office, Boise Police Department and Ada County Sheriff’s Office assisted the ICAC Unit.

Anyone with information regarding the exploitation of children is encouraged to contact local police, the Attorney General’s ICAC Unit at (208) 334-4527 or the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-843-5678.

The Attorney General’s ICAC Unit works with the IdahoICAC Task Force, a coalition of federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, to investigate and prosecute individuals who use the internet to criminally exploit children.

Read more at: http://www.kivitv.com/news/attorney-generals-task-force-investigation-leads-to-the-arrest-of-a-kuna-man-accused-of-a-sex-crime