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ConversationswitCoyfee presents A Tragedy: Oklahoma Pastor Slain

In Oklahoma Pastor Slain, Uncategorized, Violence Against Women, women talk on September 2, 2009 at 11:25 am

Pastor Killed

Oklahoma Pastor Slain In “Horrific” Scene By Associated Press August 26, 2009 8:13 am The scene inside a small Pentecostal churchwhere a pastor was slain was “horrific,” an Oklahoma district attorneysaid Tuesday, calling it the most brutal he has seen in nearly 20 years as a prosecutor. Police have released scant information about the killing of 61-year-old Carol Daniels, whose body was found Sunday inside the Christ Holy Sanctified Church, a weather-beaten building on a rundown block near downtown Anadarko. A preliminary autopsy deemed Daniels’ death a homicide caused by “multiple sharp force injuries,” said Cherokee Ballard, spokeswoman for the state Medical Examiner’s office. She declined to discuss further details. “I’ve prosecuted over 50 murders,” District Attorney Bret Burns said. “This is the most horrific crime scene I’ve ever witnessed.” He declined to elaborate, saying he did not want to jeopardize the investigation. With little official word on the grisly killing, rumors in the town were swirling as people wondered what motivated the crime and who was responsible. Burns has called for a meeting of local pastors on Wednesday. State Bureau of Investigation spokeswoman Jessica Brown also would not say anything about the time of Daniels’ death, a possible motive or what evidence was collected at the scene. Authorities do not have any suspects, she said, and were offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. “Right now we have more questions than answers,” Brown said. “The few answers we do have, we want to hold on to. That might help us in the long run.” Daniels made the 60-mile trek from Oklahoma City every week to preach, even though the church had no regular congregation. Ezra Randle, Oklahoma overseer for the Christ Holy Sanctified Church, said Daniels had been traveling to Anadarko for four or five years and 85 percent of the time, she made the trip alone. “I tried to ask her why she kept doing it and she would say until God releases me, I will go down there,” said Randle, pastor of Grace Temple Christ Holy Sanctified Church in Elk City. Icey Simmons, 85, a resident of the Silver Crest Nursing Center, said she would see Daniels nearly every weekend when Simmons would go to the church for Sunday service or when Daniels would drop by. “She and I would just go down there and pray by ourselves,” she said. “I can’t believe it. “She was just as sweet as she could be, never did anything to hurt nobody.” Pastor Steve Palczynsky of the Cedar Hill Church of God in Anadarko said lack of official word is disconcerting and that he’s taken extra steps to make sure his church is secure. “The first thing I thought about, being human, was that maybe it was a serial killer and maybe he has something out for preachers, but the Lord takes care of us,” he said. Tracy Schumpert, pastor of the town’s First United Methodist Church, said members of the local clergy will meet Wednesday with Burns to discuss the case. “It’s still very new, and we don’t know what to think,” she said. “Anything that happens like that, it’s a community concern.”

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ConversationswitCoyfee presents A Tragedy: 7 found slain at Ga. mobile home, 2 badly hurt

In Mass Murder in GA on August 30, 2009 at 11:25 am

There is never a comment for senseless violence..

Coyfee signing off…

 

 

7 found slain at Ga. mobile home, 2 badly hurt

AP

The house at New Hope Mobile Home Park in Brunswick, Ga where seven people were AP – The house at New Hope Mobile Home Park in Brunswick, Ga where seven people were found slain Saturday …

By RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press Writer Russ Bynum, Associated Press Writer 1 hr 22 mins ago

BRUNSWICK, Ga. – Seven people were found slain and two critically injured Saturday at a mobile home park built on the grounds of a historic plantation in southeastern Georgia, police said.

Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering called it the worst mass slaying in his 25 years of police work in this coastal Georgia county. He wouldn’t say how the victims died.

“This is a record for us. We’ve never had such an incident with so many victims,” Doering told reporters. “It’s not a scene that I would want anybody to see.”

A family member called 911 at about 8 a.m. Saturday after discovering the bodies inside a dingy mobile home shaded by large, moss-draped oaks with an old boat in the front yard.

At an afternoon news conference, Doering declined to say whether police believe the killer was among the dead or remained at large. No arrests had been made.

Investigators were interviewing neighbors about whether they saw or heard anything unusual Saturday morning.

The two injured victims were taken to a Savannah hospital 60 miles away and were in critical condition, Doering said.

By early Saturday evening, four of the seven bodies had been removed from the crime scene. Some of the victims had been tentatively identified, but Doering would not release any names or ages.

“I really don’t know the ages,” Doering said. “There were some older-aged victims and we believe there were some in their teens.”

Located a few miles north of the port city of Brunswick, the mobile home park consists of about 100 spaces and is nestled among centuries-old live oak trees near the center of New Hope Plantation, according to the plantation’s Web site.

The 1,100 acre tract is all that remains of a Crown grant made in 1763 to Henry Laurens, who later succeeded John Hancock as president of the Continental Congress in 1777.

Laurens obtained control of the South Altamaha river lands and named it New Hope Plantation, according to the plantation’s Web site.

Lisa Vizcaino, who has lived at New Hope for three years, said the management works hard to keep troublemakers out of the mobile home park and that it tends to be quiet.

“New Hope isn’t rundown or trashy at all,” Vizcaino said. “It’s the kind of place where you can actually leave your keys in the car and not worry about anything.”

Vizcaino said she didn’t know the victims and heard nothing unusual when she woke up at 7 a.m. Saturday morning. After word of the slayings spread, she said, the park was quieter than usual.

“Everybody had pretty much stayed in their houses,” Vizcaino said. “Normally you would see kids outside, but everybody’s been pretty much on lockdown.”

ConversationswitCoyfee presents A Tragedy: Police suspect murder-suicide in Arizona family’s death

In Child abuse, Police suspect murder-suicide in Arizona family's death, Uncategorized, Violence Against Males, Violence Against Women, women talk on August 10, 2009 at 4:02 am

Well my dear friends we are back to the old and popular. Murder and suicide. Life is so precious why take anothers and why take your own?

Coyfee signing off…..

 

Police suspect murder-suicide in Arizona family’s death

updated 2:12 p.m. EDT, Fri August 7, 2009

(CNN) — Police in Scottsdale, Arizona, said Friday that they don’t know why a man fatally shot his two young sons and a woman believed to be his wife before turning the gun on himself. The bodies had been in the family’s rental home for several days before they were discovered Thursday afternoon, police spokesman Dave Pubins said in a statement. An out-of-state relative told police that the family had been out of touch and asked them to check the residence, Pubins said.

 

The father was identified Friday morning as Russell Gilman, 48, and the woman was tentatively identified as his wife, Stacey, Pubins said. He said a definite identification of the woman, thought to be 45 years old, was expected after an autopsy. The boys, who were not named, were ages 3 and 7, Pubins said. A second police spokesman, Mark Clark, told CNN affiliate KNXV-TV that a note and a weapon were found in the home, but he didn’t elaborate.

 

“They seemed to be very normal people, other than being quiet, no explanation, really,” neighbor Wayne Lehsten said. He added that the four never participated in neighborhood activities like block parties. “They kept to themselves,” he said. “We would greet them once in a while as we saw him take the children to school.” Pubins called the deaths “a tragic event” and said there was nothing to show that anyone outside the home was involved. A neighbor, who identified herself as Carrie, said she saw the commotion and police cars as she drove to her house. “I have children, and that makes me sad,” she told CNN affiliate KTVK-TV3. “This is the kind of a community — these few blocks here — [where] people are very friendly. There are potlucks and Halloween get-togethers, so why couldn’t they reach out to somebody?”

ConversationswitCoyfee presents A Tragedy:Symbol of Unhealed Congo: Male Rape Victims-In Congo

In A Man's Point Of View, Africia, Child abuse, homosexuality, Symbol of Unhealed Congo: Male Rape Victims, Uncategorized, Violence Against Males, women talk on August 8, 2009 at 2:11 pm

This story maybe one of the saddest ones that I have posted in weeks.  The issue of men being raped in a country where homosexuality is such a taboo is heartwrenching.  Please read below..

Coyfee signing off…

 

Symbol of Unhealed Congo: Male Rape Victims

Jehad Nga for The New York Times

Clockwise from top left, Kazungu Ziwa, Shabani Lufuno, Ngabu Bita and Matata Badoda. All are Congolese men who were recently raped and agreed to be photographed. More Photos >

Published: August 4, 2009
GOMA, Congo — It was around 11 p.m. when armed men burst into Kazungu Ziwa’s hut, put a machete to his throat and yanked down his pants. Mr. Ziwa is a tiny man, about four feet, six inches tall. He tried to fight back, but said he was quickly beaten down.

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Jehad Nga for The New York Times

A camp for internally displaced people in Rutshuru. More than 500,000 Congolese have been driven from their homes. More Photos »

The New York Times

For years, eastern Congo has been a reservoir of atrocities. More Photos >

“Then they raped me,” he said. “It was horrible, physically. I was dizzy. My thoughts just left me.”

For years, the thickly forested hills and clear, deep lakes of eastern Congo have been a reservoir of atrocities. Now, it seems, there is another growing problem: men raping men.

According to Oxfam, Human Rights Watch, United Nations officials and several Congolese aid organizations, the number of men who have been raped has risen sharply in recent months, a consequence of joint Congo-Rwanda military operations against rebels that have uncapped an appalling level of violence against civilians.

Aid workers struggle to explain the sudden spike in male rape cases. The best answer, they say, is that the sexual violence against men is yet another way for armed groups to humiliate and demoralize Congolese communities into submission.

The United Nations already considers eastern Congo the rape capital of the world, and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton is expected to hear from survivors on her visit to the country next week. Hundreds of thousands of women have been sexually assaulted by the various warring militias haunting these hills, and right now this area is going through one of its bloodiest periods in years.

The joint military operations that began in January between Rwanda and Congo, David and Goliath neighbors who were recently bitter enemies, were supposed to end the murderous rebel problem along the border and usher in a new epoch of cooperation and peace. Hopes soared after the quick capture of a renegade general who had routed government troops and threatened to march across the country.

But aid organizations say that the military maneuvers have provoked horrific revenge attacks, with more than 500,000 people driven from their homes, dozens of villages burned and hundreds of villagers massacred, including toddlers thrown into open fires.

And it is not just the rebels being blamed. According to human rights groups, soldiers from the Congolese Army are executing civilians, raping women and conscripting villagers to lug their food, ammunition and gear into the jungle. It is often a death march through one of Africa’s lushest, most stunning tropical landscapes, which has also been the scene of a devastatingly complicated war for more than a decade.

“From a humanitarian and human rights perspective, the joint operations are disastrous,” said Anneke Van Woudenberg, a researcher for Human Rights Watch.

The male rape cases span several hundred miles and possibly include hundreds of victims. The American Bar Association, which runs a sexual violence legal clinic in Goma, said that more than 10 percent of its cases in June were men.

Brandi Walker, an aid worker at Panzi hospital in nearby Bukavu, said, “Everywhere we go, people say men are getting raped, too.”

But nobody knows the exact number. Men here, like anywhere, are reluctant to come forward. Several who did said they instantly became castaways in their villages, lonely, ridiculed figures, derisively referred to as “bush wives.”

Since being raped several weeks ago, Mr. Ziwa, 53, has not shown much interest in practicing animal medicine, his trade for years. He limps around (his left leg was crushed in the attack) in a soiled white lab coat with “veterinaire” printed on it in red pen, carrying a few biscuit-size pills for dogs and sheep.

“Just thinking about what happened to me makes me tired,” he said.

The same is true for Tupapo Mukuli, who said he was pinned down on his stomach and gang-raped in his cassava patch seven months ago. Mr. Mukuli is now the lone man in the rape ward at Panzi hospital, which is filled with hundreds of women recovering from rape-related injuries. Many knit clothes and weave baskets to make a little money while their bodies heal.

But Mr. Mukuli is left out.

“I don’t know how to make baskets,” he said. So he spends his days sitting on a bench, by himself.

The male rape cases are still just a fraction of those against women. But for the men involved, aid workers say, it is even harder to bounce back.

“Men’s identity is so connected to power and control,” Ms. Walker said.

And in a place where homosexuality is so taboo, the rapes carry an extra dose of shame.

“I’m laughed at,” Mr. Mukuli said. “The people in my village say: ‘You’re no longer a man. Those men in the bush made you their wife.’ ”

Aid workers here say the humiliation is often so severe that male rape victims come forward only if they have urgent health problems, like stomach swelling or continuous bleeding. Sometimes even that is not enough. Ms. Van Woudenberg said that two men whose penises were cinched with rope died a few days later because they were too embarrassed to seek help. Castrations also seem to be increasing, with more butchered men showing up at major hospitals.

Last year, Congo’s rape epidemic appeared to be easing a bit, with fewer cases reported and some rapists jailed. But today, it seems like that thin veneer of law and order has been stripped away. The way villagers describe it, it is open season on civilians.

Muhindo Mwamurabagiro, a tall, graceful woman with long, strong arms, explained how she was walking to the market with friends when they were suddenly surrounded by a group of naked men.

“They grabbed us by the throat and threw us down and raped us,” she said.

Worse, she said, one of the rapists was from her village.

“I yelled, ‘Father of Kondo, I know you, how can you do this?’ ”

One mother said a United Nations peacekeeper raped her 12-year-old boy. A United Nations spokesman said that he had not heard that specific case but that there were indeed a number of new sexual abuse allegations against peacekeepers in Congo and that a team was sent in late July to investigate.

Congolese health professionals are becoming exasperated. Many argue for a political solution, not a military one, and say Western powers should put more pressure on Rwanda, which is widely accused of preserving its own stability by keeping the violence on the other side of the border.

“I understand the world feels guilty about what happened in Rwanda in 1994,” said Denis Mukwege, the lead doctor at Panzi Hospital, referring to Rwanda’s genocide. “But shouldn’t the world feel guilty about what’s happening in Congo today?”

ConversationswitCoyfee presents A Tragedy:Teens in “Theme Park Murder” Found Guilty

In Teens in "Theme Park Murder" Found Guilty, Uncategorized, Violence Against Women, women talk on August 5, 2009 at 8:33 am

Well let’s hope that the below young ladies learn their lesson and get some much needed psychiatric treatment. Not much to say about this story except but WOW..children are have become murders..

Coyfee signing off…

 

Teens in “Theme Park Murder” Found Guilty

Teegirlsns in “Theme Park Murder” Found Guilty KTLA News 10:39 PM PDT, August 3, 2009 Anna Salinas & Dayana Cordova Related links Teens Found Guilty in “Theme Park Murder” Video MURRIETA — Two teenagers have been found guilty of carjacking and murdering a 20-year-old mother so they could take her car to Knott’s Berry Farm. Anna Alejandra Salinas was found guilty of murder, carjacking, kidnapping, child abuse and a gun use allegation. She was 15 when Angelina Arias was shot to death and her baby taken to Perris and abandoned.

 

Co-defendant Dayana Cordova, who was 16 at the time of the October 2007 crimes, was found guilty earlier today of murder, carjacking and kidnapping charges. Cordova faces life in prison with no parole. Prosecutors say it was Salinas, now 17, who fired the gun that killed Arias. Because Salinas was 15 at the time of the murder, she does not face special circumstance allegations. She could be sent to prison for 53 years, according to prosecutor Daniel DeLimon. Sentencing for both defendants is set for Sept. 11. The teens allegedly killed Arias so they could take her car to Knott’s Berry Farm in Orange County for a Halloween event. Investigators believe the girls saw a Chrysler 300 and went into a restaurant to find the owner, who turned out to be Arias, and that she offered them a ride. After she stopped to pick up her 9-month-old daughter, Salinas allegedly shot the woman twice in the head, according to prosecutors.

 

The girls allegedly dumped her body on the side of the road, and Salinas then drove to Perris, where they abandoned the baby on the doorstep of a home picked at random. The baby — who was not harmed — was not found for several hours, authorities said. Cordova was arrested at her home the next day, tracked down with the help of a school resource officer and surveillance tape from a liquor store, which she entered before the shooting. Salinas was caught driving the victim’s car.

 

In the video of the girls left alone together in an interview room at the sheriff’s station, the teens ate burgers and fries and slurped sodas, while they laughed about the events surrounding the shooting. After they were informed the woman had died and they were up for prosecution for murder and kidnapping, they at first cried and then blamed the woman for giving them a ride. “Nobody told her (expletive) to give us a ride,” Cordova said on the tape. Jurors said outside court that the deciding factor in Cordova’s conviction was a candid video recording of Cordova talking with Salinas in a sheriff’s interview room after their arrests.

 “There didn’t seem to be any remorse,” said one juror, who declined to give his name. 

“They were laughing and joking … about it,” he said.

Copyright © 2009, KTLA-TV, Los Angeles

ConversationswitCoyfee presents Injustice: Woman Beaten by Tazewell County Jailers

In Uncategorized, Violence Against Women, Voilence in prison, Woman Beaten by Tazewell County Jailers, women talk on August 1, 2009 at 2:14 am

This is Coyfee. I pray everyone has a good weekend.

I will never state that if a crime is committed a person does not deserve to be jailed. However, the treatment of the inmates or prisoners is something completely different. Prisoners though they have done wrong still deserve to be treated with the upmost respect. When guards can treat prisoners any way they want ..nothing is ever done to them. The system has failed..

Read the below story and offer your comments..

This is Coyfee signing off…

Woman Beaten by Tazewell County Jailers

PEKIN, Ill. – The job description of a Tazewell County Sheriff’s Merit Commission member sounds simple, but the complexities of some cases bring pressure to bear on individual members. The Tazewell County Sheriff’s Merit Commission found Tuesday that three corrections officers were innocent of official misconduct charges in connection with the Oct. 17, 2008, excessive use of force complaint filed by Tazewell County Sheriff Robert Huston. Huston gave copies of the video of the encounter between inmate Beck Behm and corrections officers Jeffrey Bieber and Justin Piro to the media.

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 The video showed Behm being thrown into a wall, punched in the face and pepper sprayed while in custody for DUI. Corrections Sgt. Richard Johnston also was found not guilty of official misconduct charges filed against him, charging he did not properly supervise Bieber and Piro during the incident. Tazewell County Sheriff’s Merit Commission Chairman Jerry Wise, a 16-year member of the commission, said the commission cannot please everyone in its decisions. The primary focus, he said, is to be fair, impartial and logical, to focus on the weight of the evidence and to use common sense. “I think every person on this commission really feels this is a civic responsibility that has to be done,” said Wise. “It is somewhat controversial at times. “Somebody has to do this, just like people have to serve on school boards. (Commission members) are all very logical people.” Commission make up There are five members of the Tazewell County Sheriff’s Merit Commission — Wise, Pekin, a 30-year-employee of Pekin Insurance; Harvey Richmond, Pekin, a former Tazewell County Sheriff’s deputy; Don Sharp, Morton, of Cullinan Properties; Solie Meyer, Pekin, former Pekin District 108 superintendent; and Lloyd Orrick, Pekin, former Pekin City Council member and Caterpillar retiree.

 

The commission members, said Wise, are appointed by the sheriff, though terms may overlap from one sheriff to the next. The current commission has two members, Richmond and Wise, appointed by former Sheriff Ralph Hodgson. Terms are of varying length. Huston said that a sheriff has the option of appointing three members of his own political party, but at least two members must be from another party. Huston said the members of the commission whom he appointed were people he did not know or knew little about. His recommendations for Sharp, Meyer and Orrick were based on the recommendations of members leaving the commission. The sheriff’s recommendations are forwarded to the Tazewell County Board for acceptance or denial, said Huston. Wise said commission members have no requirements or restrictions for service and they receive no training at all for the position. Not all of the state’s 102 counties have merit commissions to hear promotion, discipline and termination issues. The commission has various duties — to meet quarterly for administrative duties, to screen and test officer candidates for possible employment, and to hear cases involving contested discipline of officers or charges filed by a sheriff for removal or discipline beyond the sheriff’s legal ability, said Huston. A sheriff can only suspend a deputy or corrections officer for 30 days. If an offense warrants more than a 30-day suspension, charges are filed with the commission and a hearing set, said Wise. An attorney represents the commission when hearing discipline cases. The cases are handled much like regular court proceeding.

 

 Both sides present opening statements, evidence, rebuttal and summations. The commission then votes on what discipline, if any, is warranted and whether the officer gets back pay for time off during the proceedings, said Huston. When reviewing candidates for deputies or corrections officer, said Wise, the commission requires applicants take a physical test, written test and undergo a formal interview with the commission members, said Wise. The sheriff then looks at the alphabetical list of candidates provided by the commission and subjects the candidates he chooses to a physical fitness test, psychological exam, background check, written tests, a polygraph test and an interview. The sheriff’s recommendations are then sent to the county board for approval. “We only see the most serious violations in the department,” said Wise. “The sheriff has done a great job in taking care of discipline before it gets to us. “But if people want to fight the discipline or if the violation is greater than the sheriff can discipline for, we hear the case.” All merit commission hearings are open to the public, said Wise.

 

People are welcome to come and watch the proceedings so they understand the rulings. He said the merit commission is the best system to keep politics out of hiring, firing and promotions. Jail beating case Wise said in the case of Bieber, Piro and Johnston, each member of the commission watched the tape in its entirety in slow motion. The bruises on the hands and feet of Behm, said Wise, came from kicking and pounding the metal cell door. In slow motion, he said, it can be seen that Bieber slips when Behm is slammed into the wall — there is no indication it is intentional. When Behm is hit in the face by one of the corrections officers, Wise said he saw it as an open-handed slap, not a punch, after she tried to grab his arm. “Hopefully the officers learned a lesson from this,” said Wise. “I think they are qualified young men — they were some of the best candidates we saw. “I don’t think (the corrections) officers were in any physical danger. She was a very small person. But small people can sometimes be very wiry. I feel bad this had to happen to this woman, but she was told repeatedly to settle down. It seemed like the longer she was there the drunker she got. The pictures of the bruises on her face were two or three days old.” Wise said if he had been involved in the situation he would have let Behm continue what she was doing and not have entered the cell. Huston’s take In the past, references have been made by Huston opponents that the merit commission is in his pocket.

 

 Huston said that simply is not true as is evidenced by the ruling on Bieber, Piro and Johnston. When terms expire for commission members, Huston said he has never failed to reappoint the member already serving. He said he doesn’t look for anything specific in appointing a new commission member except that he or she be well thought of in the community, successful in life and have a broad range of experiences in life. The merit commission was established by the county board in 1969 to take politics out of the sheriff’s department, said Huston. “Prior to the merit commission system, it was possible to have an entire new staff in the department when a new sheriff came in,” said Huston. “That doesn’t allow for a good level of professionalism and proficiency. “Sheriff (Jim) Donahue was sheriff when the system came in and he deserves a lot of the credit for the elimination of the old practices. The merit commission system is basically a worthy system. I do have mixed feelings about it, but I always believe in taking politics out of hiring, promotions and discipline.” Huston said that system leads to uncomfortable situations when he can only discipline an officer up to a 30-day suspension “as was just demonstrated” in the Bieber, Piro and Johnston hearings. Wise said a grand jury and the commission all heard the case and did not see any cause for criminal charges or dismissal. Huston said the investigation was done by the state police. He was never consulted during any criminal proceedings or called on to speak about jail policy in connection with use of force incidents.

ConversationswitCoyfee presents a Tragedy: Children Being Starved To Death

In Child abuse, Uncategorized, women talk on July 25, 2009 at 11:22 am

This is a hard one for me to offer any type of commentary on. I have an unusal love for children and this story brings me to tears. The below mentioned children were foster children. Which means this is their second set of parents that were unable or refused to love them.  Please understand that I much rather prefer adoption even foster care than abortion. I am not however, judging any woman that felt that she had no other choice but to abort a pregnancy.

 

I am however, extremely angry with people who will agree to foster innocence and then harm them. Why? Maybe money..or some sadistic ritual maybe. One report that I read stated that their daughter was not harmed. That is even more disturbing to me..however, read the below story. Allow it to cause you to watch your neighbors. The piece below states that the neighbors hardly ever saw the boys..pay attention to your surroundings..It might just save a life..

 

Folks, Coyfee is signing off..this one is bit much for me…

  Upstate couple sentenced for starving children 

by William Christopher on July 23, 2009

in Crime & Courts, News

A couple has been sentenced to 30 years in prison and must serve at least 17 years of that before they will be eligible for parole for starving and abusing their three foster children. A Spartanburg County jury convicted them Thursday afternoon following a two-hour deliberation.  

Scott and Molly McCurry, now divorced, received 20 years in prison for inflicting great bodily harm on a child and 10 years for unlawful conduct toward a child. The sentences will run concurrently.

Police removed the boys, then ages 5, 7 and 8, all nephews of Molly McCurry, from the McCurry home in July 2006 after they were reported by a neighbor. Testimony revealed that they were tied to their beds and had bed sores and lice.

 

Seventh-cuircuit Solicitor’s spokesman Murray Glenn says the children are now doing well, two years later, under the control of the Department of Social Services.  “Mindboggling is a good way to describe this case.  There were many tears shed in our office, as we worked through the evidence that was so well collected by the Spartanburg County Sherriff’s Office.” 

Glenn says the case shocked those who worked on it.   He says no one in his office can explain the level of abuse.  “It has been difficult to put our minds around it.  We don’t believe there’s any logical explaination for what was done to those children.”

 

Glenn says it became a blame game.  Molly McCurry said she was a victim of an abuse situation herself and couldn’t leave.  Scott McCurry said he worked long hours and wasn’t aware of the children’s condition. He said his wife had a drug problem and had wasted financial assistance for the children from the state.  He said the boys were tied to their beds to keep them from having sexual contact with each other.

 

The Department of Social Services took the children from their biological mother in 2003 due to neglect.

Officials said all three children were at risk of death. The 5-year-old, who was in the worst condition.  He weighed 19 pounds. Medical symptoms of starvation include shrinking of the stomach and severe diarrhea; reduced heart size, and ultimately, heart failure; reduced lung capacity; and in children, mental retardation.

 

 

 

ConversationswitCoyfee presents Life In Jamacia

In homosexuality on July 21, 2009 at 2:35 pm

Gays In Jamacia Live in Fear

Hey Guys! This is Coyfee and as always, I was surfing and ran across this story.  I won’t offer much comment on the topic.  Accept I do not believe in cruelty to the homosexual community because first of all they are people.

Now concerning my beliefs, those are private unless you ask me. I will not make this post about me or my beliefs.  I will offer this Biblical verse as a scriptural reference. Romans 1:20-Romans 2. 

18For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;  19Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them.  20For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:  21Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.  22Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,  23And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.  24Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves25Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen. 

 26For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections: for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:  27And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust one toward another; men with men working that which is unseemly, and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.  28And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient;  29Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,  30Backbiters, haters of God, despiteful, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents,  31Without understanding, covenantbreakers, without natural affection, implacable, unmerciful:  32Who knowing the judgment of God, that they which commit such things are worthy of death, not only do the same, but have pleasure in them that do them.

 I will however direct your attention to the post. I was shocked at the below advertisement. Read below ..Battyman(Jamacian word for homosexuals).

By Associated Press July 20, 2009 9:17 am

Even now, about three years after a near-fatal gay bashing, Sherman gets jittery at dusk. On bad days, his blood quickens, his eyes dart, and he seeks refuge indoors.

A group of men kicked him and slashed him with knives for being a “batty boy” — a slang term for gay men — after he left a party before dawn in October 2006. They sliced his throat, torso, and back, hissed anti-gay epithets, and left him for dead on a Kingston corner.

“It gets like five, six o’clock, my heart begins to race. I just need to go home, I start to get nervous,” said the 36-year-old outside the secret office of Jamaica’s sole gay rights group. Like many other gays, Sherman won’t give his full name for fear of retribution.

Despite the easygoing image propagated by tourist boards, gays and their advocates agree that Jamaica is by far the most hostile island toward homosexuals in the already conservative Caribbean. They say gays, typically those in poor communities, suffer frequent abuse. But they have little recourse because of rampant anti-gay stigma and a sodomy law banning sex between men in Jamaica and 10 other former British colonies in the Caribbean.

It is impossible to say just how common gay bashing attacks like the one against Sherman are in Jamaica — their tormentors are sometimes the police themselves. But many homosexuals in Jamaica say homophobia is pervasive across the sun-soaked island, from the pulpit to the floor of the Parliament.

Hostility toward gays has reached such a level that four months ago, gay advocates in New York City launched a short-lived boycott against Jamaica at the site of the Stonewall Inn, where demonstrations launched the gay-rights movement in 1969. In its 2008 report, the U.S. State Department also notes that gays have faced death and arson threats, and are hesitant to report incidents against them because of fear.

For gays, the reality of this enduring hostility is loneliness and fear, and sometimes even murder.

Andrew, a 36-year-old volunteer for an AIDS education program, said he was driven from the island after his ex-lover was killed for being gay — which police said was just a robbery gone wrong. He moved to the U.K. for several years, but returned to Jamaica in 2008 for personal reasons he declined to disclose.

“I’m living in fear on a day-to-day basis,” he said softly during a recent interview in Kingston. “In the community where my ex-lover was killed, people will say to me when I’m passing on the street, they will make remarks like ‘boom-boom-boom’ or ‘batty boy fi dead.’ I don’t feel free walking on the streets.”

Many in this highly Christian nation perceive homosexuality as a sin, and insist violence against gays is blown out of proportion by gay activists. Some say Jamaica tolerates homosexuality as long as it is not advertised — a tropical version of former President Bill Clinton’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy for the U.S. military.

Jamaica’s most prominent evangelical pastor, Bishop Herro Blair, said he sympathizes with those who face intolerance, but that homosexuals themselves are actually behind most of the attacks reported against them.

“Among themselves, homosexuals are extremely jealous,” said Blair during a recent interview. “But some of them do cause a reaction by their own behaviors, for, in many people’s opinions, homosexuality is distasteful.”

Other church leaders have accused gays of flaunting their behavior to “recruit” youngsters, or called for them to undergo “redemptive work” to break free of their sexual orientation.

Perhaps playing to anti-gay constituents, politicians routinely rail against homosexuals. During a parliamentary session in February, lawmaker Ernest Smith of the rulingJamaica Labor Party stressed that gays were “brazen,” ”abusive,” and “violent,” and expressed anxiety that the police force was “overrun by homosexuals.”

A few weeks later, Prime Minister Bruce Golding described gay advocates as “perhaps the most organized lobby in the world” and vowed to keep Jamaica’s “buggery law” — punishable by 10 years — on the books. During a BBC interview last year, Golding vowed to never allow gays in his Cabinet.

The dread of homosexuality is so all-encompassing that many Jamaican men refuse to get digital rectal examinations for prostate cancer, even those whose disease is advanced, said Dr. Trevor Tulloch, a urology consultant at Andrews Memorial Hospital.

“Because it is a homophobic society, there’s such a fear of the sexual implications of having the exam that men won’t seek out help,” said Tulloch, adding Jamaica has a soaring rate of prostate cancer because men won’t be screened.

The anti-gay sentiment on this island of 2.8 million has perhaps become best known through Jamaican “dancehall,” a rap-reggae music hybrid that often has raunchy, violent themes. Some reggae rappers, including Bounty Killer and Elephant Man, depend on gay-bashing songs to rouse concert-goers.

“It stirs up the crowd to a degree that many performers feel they have to come up with an anti-gay song to incite the audience,” said Barry Chevannes, a professor of social anthropology at the University of the West Indies.

Brooklyn-based writer Staceyann Chin, a lesbian who fled her Caribbean homeland for New York more than a decade ago, stressed that violence in Jamaica is high — there were 1,611 killings last year, about 10 times more than the U.S. rate relative to population — but that it is “extraordinarily” high against gays.

“The macho ideal is celebrated, praised in Jamaica, while homosexuality is paralleled with pedophilia, rapists,” Chin said. “Markers that other people perceive as gay — they walk a certain way, wear tight pants, or are overly friendly with a male friend — make them targets. It’s a little pressure cooker waiting to pop.”

In 1996, when she was 20, Chin came out as lesbian on the Kingston UWI campus. She said she was ostracized by her peers, and one day was herded into a campus bathroom by a group of male students, who ripped off her clothes and sexually assaulted her.

“They told me what God wanted from me, that God made women to enjoy sex with men,” recalled Chin, a poet, performer and lecturer who closes her just-published memoir “The Other Side of Paradise” with her searing account of the attack.

Even in New York City, anti-gay Jamaican bigots sent her hate-filled e-mails after a 2007 appearance on Oprah Winfrey’s TV talk show to discuss homosexuality.

Chin said she doesn’t know if she would have the courage to come out now as a lesbian in Jamaica.

“The tensions are higher now. People are feeling very much that they have to declare camps,” she said.

Jamaican nationalism has always been tied in deeply with bugbears about masculinity, making for a “potent brew” where those who violate accepted standards of manliness are easy targets, said Scott Long of Human Rights Watch.

Long, head of a gay rights program at the New York-based group, pointed out that most other English-speaking islands in the region have tiny populations, where gays don’t come out and visible activism is limited.

“(But) what stands out about Jamaica is how absolutely, head-in-the-sand unwilling the authorities have been for years to acknowledge or address homophobic violence,” he said. “Most notably, three successive governments have completely, utterly, publicly refused even to talk about changing the buggery law — which expressly consigns gay people to second-class citizens and paints
targets on their backs.”

Prominent Jamaican political activist Yvonne McCalla Sobers noted that social standing still protects gay islanders, especially in Kingston, where a quest for privacy and the fear of crime has driven many to live behind gated walls with key pad entry systems, 24-hour security and closed-circuit television monitoring. People with power and money who are not obviously gay are often protected, she said.

“My thought is there are far more men having sex with men in this country than you would ever think is happening,” Sobers said.

Many gays from poorer areas in Jamaica say they congregate in private to find safety and companionship. Once a month, they have underground church services at revolving locations across the island.

Sherman, meanwhile, is simply trying to move on with his life. But he said he will always remember how, after his attack, patrolmen roughly lifted his bloodied body out of their squad car when a man admonished them for aiding a “batty boy.” A woman shamed them into driving him to a hospital; they stuffed him in the car’s trunk.

“Being gay in Jamaica, it’s like, don’t tell anybody. Just keep it to yourself,” he said evenly, with a half smile.

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Conversations wit Coyfee presents A Man in the Mirror-The B-Fade Story-Part 2

In Believer who falls into sin, Black Church, Christian Hip Hop, Entertainment, Forgiveness, Spiritual healing on July 8, 2009 at 7:41 am

Greetings Family

We have been spending time with Andre Woods AKA B-Fade. He is an extraodinary person as well as a minister of the Gospel. He has been sharing with us how his life was before Christ and even of the very personal struggles he faced after he accepted Christ as his Lord. When we left off he was sharing his feelings with us about times of lonliness and the struggle to abstain from sexual immorality. B-Fade was honest to expose his life as a new convert with all of the challenges he faced with money, shelter and also in relationships.

A Man in the Mirror-The B-Fade Story-Part 2

Let’s pick up where we left off with B-Fade telling us about how his first marriage began.

ConversationswitCoyfee: So B, I know you eventually got married. Tell us about how that all came about?

B-fade: The saint, who had rented me the studio, had two daughters. One of the young ladies, would bring me food. She knew I didn’t have a stove and I was impressed with her kindness. At this time, I was still searching for the woman who had my rib. Well, she was extremely kind and I again was lonely. I longed for a women to minister to me, in and out of bed. The thoughts would open the door to a relationship of fornication.

Late one night she came over and the events of that evening changed the nature of our relationship. Now in the meantime, I was still attending services, still seeking God for direction, but sneaking around with her. We had become comfortable with our relationship and would be out in the public often. So we would come up with these elaborate tales to cover the tracks which would often lead to spouts of fornication. However, after the dust would settle she would rush to tell the Elder what we had done. I however, was still sticking to tale we created. If she wasn’t in place they would assume she was with me. She seemed to want to get closer to God but after a few of her confessions, the Elder thought that I was the deterent. That I just didn’t care about the right way to do things. I really didn’t want to disobey them or the Bible but it was so hard not do it. Almost impossible to just abstain. I mean I got most of the blame but even when I would try not to be with her; she would want to. Then afterward she would go back to the Elder and confess for both of us. Then the Elder would come straight to me, telling me to leave her alone. He thought the counsel was working but it would happen again. There would be more than a few occurrences.

The minister would come back and each time the counsel would be more stern. The ministerial staff advise that her and I should stop seeing each other. They said that we both need to get closer to God so that we could build a foundation. We couldn’t seem to stop sinning long enough to hear what they were saying. We decided to refused the church’s counsel and continue to fornicate. As time passed the sermons from the pulpit would address the issues of sex outside of marriage. This became so intense that we both decided to get married and just be done with it.

My pastor refused to marry us and so we were married by my aunt behind the church’s back. We decided to just get married so people would leave us alone. I clearly knew that I didn’t love her and I believe she wasn’t in love with me either. There were problems in our marriage almost immediately. She and I both were being attacked by a spirit of lust which would open the door for adulterous activities later in the marriage. These activities created a violate home environment which eventually pushed me back to alcohol usage. We would struggle to stay together for about two years and the marriage would finally end in divorce.

ConversationswithCoyfee: After you two finally got married, how did adultery come in?

B-fade: There was a tragedy in her family and she was away helping make arraingements. During the time she was away she was spending time with another man. She later confessed that they had kissed and told me that her and him were over. However, she continued to see him for sometime. One of the youth from our church saw her with the young man and that’s how I knew that she was still seeing him. When I would come home, things had changed; she seemed depressed. She would say things like: she didn’t want to be with me anymore and just be out right mean. She would say stuff like that I was ugly and unattractive. Her rejection wounded me and made me more susceptible to the direction that enemy was pushing me towards (adultry).

I was in a group called Christian Brothas and we were invited to do a gospel play. While rehearsing for gospel play, I had met a really pretty lady. She was just being really nice to me and my wife was the absolute opposite. This girl and I were just friends but people were accusing us of sexual immorality. Which opened a dialogue concerning the gossip. We would meet up just to talk about the gossip and what people were saying about us. The next thing we knew we doing exactly what we had been accused of. I didn’t know it then but she lived right up the street from us(my wife and I). By now my wife had stop coming home and if she came it was clear she that she didn’t want to be there.

With the stress of all of this, I was really having a difficult time with the alcohol usage. My wife and I had been arguing when the police saw us. She was talking me back to the place that my car was left at. See a guy was killed directly in front of my car and so my car was a part of the crime scene. The cops arrested me because we were fighting in the car. Plus I was drinking ..so people thought I was responsible for the guy’s murder.

ConversationswitCoyfee: Wow, a lot happened during that time. What do you believe caused you to loose focus?

B-fade: Me. My focus was on me and what I wanted. Not that what I wanted was all wrong but the manner in which I was getting it was. The relationships were not in accordance with the word. When the fire was turned up all sorts of things begin to rise up such as the continual battle with a disease called Alcoholism.

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ConversationswitCoyfee presents Bitterness to Brokeness

In Forgiveness, Spiritual healing, women talk on July 6, 2009 at 8:50 am

 

bitterness_to_brokenness200christianraphiphoparticleBitterness to Brokeness

 

Many people walk around with their hearts shattered…they attempt to act normal or rather what they “think” normal is.  How do I know? I used to be one of these people. 

Allow me to share a little bit of my life with you… It all began when I was working at a retirement community. I was really focused on my life and getting to know God better. One of my co-workers introduces me to this guy; I wasn’t particularly impressed with him because he apparently was the hottest thing at the job. All the younger women seemed to be flaunting themselves around him. Later, he shared with me that he was a minister; I thought to myself, “That’s great!”

Months went by and he eventually asked me out. I was very uncertain about going out with him because I had not been in a dating relationship in a long time. Plus I had never tried dating the “Christian way.”  So I finally accepted his offer and as faith would have it, we hit it off. It wasn’t long before we became serious and began discussing marriage. Could this be it? Could he be the man chosen by God to love me? Though I was scared I decided to give it my all. We dated for about a year and were married.

Shortly after getting married we began having problems. I had become concerned about his relationships with other women. He was a musician and the worship leader in his father’s church. I noticed he had become distant and didn’t seem to be comfortable around me. I had never been one who was jealous but just knew something was different. I began to pray for revelation. God answered my prayers quickly the following morning when this feeling came over me. I just somehow knew he had broken our marriage vows. I confronted him and he tearfully confessed to having had sex with another woman. I became overwhelmed and angry. Out of my anger, I began throwing all kinds of things.

I contacted the woman he was sleeping with, yelling and screaming obscenities into the phone. I didn’t seem to be able to control myself. I never stopped for a minute to ask God for the healing of His anointing. I just wanted to hate him and her. It was my job to make him pay for lying to me and for disrespecting me. I felt I was justified in not forgiving him (NOT TRUE). I felt like I deserved to hate him and I wore the pain as a badge of honor (NOT TRUE). I was so immersed in my own self-pity that I didn’t realize that the pain had become a covering of shame. Now, I had begun to blame him for everything…my unhappiness, my lack of joy, my failure in life, and lack of zeal for ministry. I thought my ex-husband was to blame for all of this, not the enemy, Satan. I felt as though he had single handily created a world of darkness where I had become the prisoner (NOT TRUE). The entire incident was rooted in darkness and it was Satan who was the culprit, I was his victim and my ex-husband was his tool.

Over time, my ex-husband would often plead with me to forgive him. I would often tell him, and counselors, that I had forgiven him. However, honestly I had never gotten over the pain that the lies and the infidelity had caused. As our children grew so did the vine of bitterness which I had allowed to be planted in my heart.

We would never actually heal that marriage and later divorced, as he continued to be unfaithful time and time again. Each offense would create a new shot from the seed of bitterness. I would go to the Altar for prayer, time and time again. My heart was still flooded with the poison of bitterness and it had begun to alter my perception of life and love.

Please don’t misunderstand; he was completely wrong for the behavior he displayed during our marriage. However, when someone lies to you, cheats on you, or just plain disappoints you, right then you must decide to forgive them. Don’t give it a second thought. Forgiving them allows the healing anointing of God to mend your broken heart. That is the only thing that can save you. The precious anointing of the Holy Spirit healed my broken heart and restored joy to my then miserable life.

Ephesians 4:30-32 – “And do not bring sorrow to God’s Holy Spirit by the way you live. Remember, he has identified you as his own, guaranteeing that you will be saved on the day of redemption. Get rid of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of evil behavior. Instead, be kind to each other, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God through Christ has forgiven you.”

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