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YouTube star arrested for allegedly abusing seven adoptive children

first_imgv777999/iStock(MARICOPA, Ariz.) — A YouTube star is accused of physically abusing her seven adoptive children, who told authorities they were pepper-sprayed, beaten and deprived of food and water if they didn’t participate in her videos.Machelle Hobson, 48, whose YouTube channel “Fantastic Adventures” has garnered almost 800,000 subscribers and 250 million views since 2012, was arrested last Friday following a welfare check at her home in Maricopa, Arizona, about 35 miles south of downtown Phoenix, according to the complaint filed in Pinal County Superior Court.A 19-year-old woman told the Maricopa Police Department on March 13 that her younger adoptive stepsister disclosed being abused by her mother, Hobson.Officers then conducted a welfare check at Hobson’s residence, where they found seven children “who appeared to be malnourished, due to their pale completion, dark rings under their eyes, underweight, and they stated they were thirsty and hungry,” according to the probable cause statement.All seven children were removed from Hobson’s custody.Police interviewed two of the children and attempted to speak with a third but “she was visibly nervous, shaking, and it appeared she was too scared to answer any questions,” according to the probable cause statement. The four other children were not questioned.One child told police Hobson locked her in a closet for days at a time without food or water and made her wear a pull-up diaper, not allowing her to use the bathroom.The child alleged her adoptive mother would spray her and her six siblings with pepper spray, spank them and force them to take ice baths. She allegedly would further punish them if they resisted, according to the complaint.The child told police she was once pepper-sprayed between her legs and was in pain for several days.Another child told police, “I either get beat with a hanger or belt,” “or a brush,” “or get pepper-sprayed from head to toe,” according to the probable cause statement. He also alleged Hobson would grab his “privates” and, on numerous occasions, pinched him with her fingernails until he bled.Hobson denied the allegations, saying the only forms of punishment she uses are grounding, spanking and making the kids stand in the corner, according to the complaint.All of the kids mentioned having to partake in their mother’s YouTube series, which featured the adopted children in different scenarios, according to the complaint. The kids told police they were punished if they forgot their lines or didn’t follow Hobson’s directions.“This is one of the reasons their mom took them out of school, so they can keep filming their series and they mentioned they have not been in school for years,” the probable cause statement reads.The YouTube channel was still up on the video-sharing site as of Wednesday morning but later appeared to be taken down. YouTube will terminate accounts upon discovery of repeated violations of its community guidelines.“We work closely with leading child safety organizations and others in our industry to protect young people. When we’re made aware of serious allegations of this nature we investigate and take action,” a YouTube spokesperson told ABC News in a statement Thursday morning. “We immediately suspended monetization when notified of the arrest. In cases where there are Community Guidelines violations, we may take additional actions, including terminating the channel.”The Pinal County Attorney’s Office called the allegations “highly disturbing and alarming.”“Children are our community’s most precious resource, and this office is committed to holding those individuals who choose to harm them fully accountable for their actions,” Pinal County Attorney Kent Volkmer said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.Hobson and her two adult sons, Logan and Ryan Hackney, were taken into custody by local law enforcement at their residence on March 15, according to the complaint.Logan Hackney allegedly admitted to police that the children would be locked in the closet for long periods of time as punishment and that he had knowledge of the alleged pepper spray and ice baths. He also told police he observed physical injuries on the kids and heard them scream and cry, according to the complaint.Logan Hackney claimed he had a discussion with his brother about reporting the child abuse, and the children told police Ryan Hackney would sneak them food when they were locked in the closet.Hobson and her two sons had their initial court appearance on Saturday. Hobson’s bond was set at $200,000 secured and she remains in custody, according to the Pinal County Attorney’s Office. She was booked on two counts of child molestation, seven counts of child abuse, five counts of unlawful imprisonment and five counts of child neglect.Hobson has a preliminary hearing scheduled for March 26. The attorney appointed to Hobson did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Thursday morning.Hobson’s last name was listed as “Hackney” in the initial complaint by the Pinal County Attorney’s Office, which later changed it.Logan and Ryan Hackney, Hobson’s biological children, were booked into Pinal County Jail on seven counts each of failing to report child abuse. They were released on their own recognizance on Tuesday and are due back in court April 8.Logan and Ryan Hackney have hired a private attorney, who did not immediately respond to ABC News’ request for comment Thursday morning.Zeb and Tawny Schnorr, a couple in Scottsdale, Arizona, run their own YouTube channel starring their 10-year-old and 6-year-old sons called “Extreme Toys TV,” which has amassed over 4.1 million subscribers and over 2.1 million views since 2015.The Schnorrs told ABC News they have never met Hobson but her two adult sons contacted them about a year ago for help with filming and editing content. And just a few weeks ago, Logan and Ryan Hackney brought over Hobson’s seven adoptive children to the couple’s house to film a collaboration.The Schnorrs told ABC News they didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary with the seven children, who appeared to be well-behaved and playing normally with their two kids. The parents said they were shocked to learn of the allegations.“I just wish that there was something I would’ve seen,” Tawny Schnorr told ABC News in an interview Wednesday. “I was one-on-one with these kids, and there was no sign they were in danger.”“I had those kids in my house, twice they were here, and I just feel like it was my responsibility as a mom to help them and I feel like I could’ve saved them,” she added, in between tears. “The things those kids had gone through and were going through, my heart breaks for them because nobody deserves that.” Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

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ASIRAS airborne radar resolves internal annual layers in the dry-snow zone of Greenland

first_imgWe present data from the European Space Agency’s Airborne SAR/Interferometric Radar Altimeter System (ASIRAS), flown during the CryoVex 2004 field calibration/validation campaign, and new, high-resolution depth profiles of snow density measured in the field by neutron scattering. We combine these data to calculate the depth of internal reflecting horizons in the ASIRAS data. The high resolution density data allow us to identify annual layers in the snow density profile, and correlate their peaks with the reflecting horizons. We use the thickness of the annual layers combined with the density profile to determine the spatial and temporal pattern of snow accumulation along the radar track, for a period of 6 years from 1995–2002. Our mean-annual accumulation rate is 0.47 ± 0.09 ma−1 water equivalent, in agreement with the value determined from a core taken in this location in 1992. Similarly, our inter-annual variability shows the same trends as recent model estimates over the entire ice sheet. Because ASIRAS was designed to mimic as closely as possible the characteristics of the SAR/Interferometric Radar Altimeter (SIRAL), the principal payload of CryoSat, the detection of internal layering with ASIRAS illuminates the possibility of detecting internal layers with a space-borne radar, and thus the possible application of this technique to the dry-snow zones of Antarctica, Greenland, and smaller ice bodies.last_img read more

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Maersk Decom and Maersk Supply Service to provide Thames decommissioning

first_img Image: Maersk Decom is managing the removal, recycling and waste management of subsea infrastructure for Perenco’s Thames field. Photo: courtesy of A. P. Moller /Maersk. Maersk Decom, together with Maersk Supply Service, is project managing the removal, recycling and waste management of subsea infrastructure for Perenco’s Thames field in the UK North Sea.The project includes the cut and recovery of wellheads and wellhead protection structures, as well as end-to-end recycling and waste management. It is being delivered by an integrated team covering project management, engineering, and execution from subsea support vessel Maersk Installer.“This is an important milestone for Maersk Decom, being the first project that moves our new company from studies and project development into execution. By integrating the project team, we will be able to ensure a seamless interface between the recovery and disposal scopes. We look forward to building a strong partnership with Perenco and expanding on the decommissioning track record already established by Maersk Supply Service and Maersk Drilling,” says Lars Banke, Chief Executive Officer of Maersk Decom.The offshore phase commenced last month following the completion of ongoing decommissioning work at the Leadon field. Source: Company Press Release The project includes the cut and recovery of wellheads and wellhead protection structures, as well as end-to-end recycling and waste managementlast_img read more

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MEMO CONCERNING GENERAL ELECTION FUNDING REQUEST

first_imgMEMO CONCERNING GENERAL ELECTION FUNDING REQUESTFrom: Stucki, Debbie [mailto:[email protected]] Sent: Tuesday, July 26, 2016 3:06 PMTo: Tom Massey; David M. Shaw; Doug BriodyCc: Rob Faulkner; Wparke; Guy Sides; VanCleave, Timothy; Kevin Harrison; Debbie StuckiSubject: County Council meetingJust a reminder that the Personnel and Finance meeting with County Council is tomorrow, July 27th at 3:30 in Council’s chambers room 301. Your support would be very much appreciated. This meeting is our chance to convince County Council to approve the money we are requesting for the General Election. They will listen to us, ask questions and then vote on it at the next County Council meeting.All together I have ask for $25,018 for the General Election. When I turned in my budget last year, they cut $40,000 from line items for poll workers from my requested 2016 budget. In the primary I used 66% of some line item balances that they cut. I knew I would have to go to County Council to ask for more money even without the additional poll workers. I think the reports and your presence will help tremendously. I’ve attached the two handouts if you would like to review them again.Hope to see some of you tomorrow at the meeting.Thank you,DebbieVanderburgh County ClerkFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Shoppers shun festive decorations

first_imgRetail bakers planning to get into the festive spirit by decking their shops with gaudy tinsel and putting their Best of Christmas CD on repeat actually run the risk of alienating shoppers.That is according to new research by Nancy Puccinelli, associate fellow at Saïd Business School at the University of Oxford. She found shoppers who are feeling stressed by Christmas may avoid stores that revel in the festive season.An expert in the psychology of marketing, Puccinelli found that consumers in bad moods will avoid salespeople who are overly positive and upbeat, as well as retail outlets holding celebrations. The contrast between consumers’ negative feelings and the atmosphere in the store actually makes them feel worse and less willing to purchase.  “There are a number of things that retailers can do to overcome this phenomenon and improve the consumers’ shopping experience to produce more satisfied customers who spend more, and to foster greater long-term loyalty,” said Puccinelli:These include toning down the décor by replacing bright reds and golds with more muted blues, silvers and white. Retailers should also consider playing classical music rather than overtly festive songs such as Slade’s Merry Christmas Everybody.last_img read more

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Statement to parliament: Prison operator services framework competition

first_imgAt the Justice Select Committee on 26 June, I reaffirmed the Government’s commitment to building up to 10,000 modern and decent prison places to replace old, expensive and unsuitable accommodation, modernising parts of our prison estate.Also at the Committee, I confirmed the intention to launch a competition to appoint a framework of prison operators from which we could select the operator for the new prisons including further prisons following expiry of current private sector contracts.Today I can announce the launch of the Prison Operator Services framework competition through a notice which will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) within the coming days.Securing a framework of operators should reinvigorate the prison market by encouraging new providers to enter the custodial arena. It will also enable MoJ to more effectively and efficiently manage a pipeline of competition over the next decade. Once part of the framework, operators can choose to compete in shorter ‘call off’ competitions for the operation of individual prisons.The first of these call-off competitions will be for the operation of the new build resettlement prisons at Wellingborough and then Glen Parva. These are being built using public capital, with construction expected to begin in late 2018 and late 2019 respectively.HMPPS will not bid in the competition but will provide a ‘public sector benchmark’ against which operators’ bids will be rigorously assessed. If bids do not meet our expectations in terms of quality and cost, HMPPS will act as the provider.This competition is not about the difference between the public and private sector. It is about driving quality and innovation across the system. I am clear that through this competition we expect bidders to provide high quality, value for money bids that deliver effective regimes to meet the specific needs of prisoners. Our aim being to help them turn their lives around to prevent reoffending.This Government remains committed to a role for the private sector in operating custodial services. The competition launched today will seek to build on the innovation and different ways of working that the private sector has previously introduced to the system. The sector has an important role to play, and currently runs some high-performing prisons, as part of a decent and secure prison estate.We will ensure, through the procurement and contract management processes, that we have sufficient measures in place to have confidence in the delivery and maintenance of the contracted prisons over their lifetime.A balanced approach to custodial services provision, which includes a mix of public, voluntary and private sector involvement has been shown to introduce improvements and deliver value for money for taxpayers.The launch of the Prison Operator Services Framework underlines this Government’s commitment to reform the prison estate, build much-needed prison places, improve standards of decency across the estate, and reduce reoffending.last_img read more

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Many Stores Out Of Toilet Paper, Cleaning Products Amid Coronavirus Fears

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image by Justin Gould / WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – Some area stores are running out of products like toilet paper as public concern surrounding the Coronavirus outbreak continues.Tim Snow, manager of the Washington Street Tops in Jamestown, says the grocery store ran out of toilet paper on Thursday.“Lysol type products and hand sanitizers are all out of stock at this point in time,” said Snow. “The company is working on procuring more, but right now we don’t have any.”Snow says a truck is scheduled to arrive Friday night, but there is no guarantee on what products will arrive. The manager of Foote Avenue Tops says they are very low on toilet paper products and completely sold out of cleaning solutions. Falconer’s Tops is sold out of hand sanitizer, but still has a supply of toilet paper, Lysol and Clorox Wipes.The local Walmart is also out of toilet paper and hand sanitizer. A limited supply of cleaning products is available.Lakewood’s Wegmans, who put a limit on some products earlier this week, says as of Friday morning they have some toilet paper and hand sanitizer available.In general, all stores contacted say they have seen a higher volume of customers. They say they are working to keep up with demands by bringing new shipments in.The Chautauqua County Department of Health is reinforcing that the risk for infection by Novel Coronavirus remains low in Chautauqua County. As of last check with officials, there are zero known cases of the virus in Chautauqua County.last_img read more

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Billy Elliot’s Kiril Kulish on Derek Hough’s DWTS Advice

first_img View Comments Congrats to newest members of the @DancingABC troupe – @dennisjauch, @kirilkulish, @shannonholtz #DWTS #DancingOnGMAhttps://t.co/k2ER1oT9kJ— Good Morning America (@GMA) March 8, 2016 Kiril Kulish(Photo courtesy of Beata Mandell/Fifth Avenue Management)center_img Kiril Kulish is all grown up and heading to primetime. The Billy Elliot title role Tony winner has announced that he will take the small screen as a member of Dancing with the Stars’ dance troupe. But that hardly means he would not “Shine” on the Great White Way again if given the chance.“That is actually a big dream of mine, to choreograph [for Broadway],” Kulish told Broadway.com. “Ever since I’ve been dancing, I never really let other people choreograph for me. I always want to take control. I definitely would love to choreograph a new show on Broadway one day or absolutely be a part of one [again] too.”Lucky for the “Born to Boogie” boy, he will have the opportunity to choreograph on DWTS. “We of course are in a lot of the dancers’ numbers with the celebrities,” Kulish told us. “We get to be on the creative end a bit.” In fact, Kulish was tapped for the ABC series’ kid-version at age 13. However, he was already under contract with Billy Elliot, which would go on to win ten Tony Awards, including one for Best Musical.As for Dancing with the Stars vets Kulish looks up to, he told Broadway.com, “I can definitely relate to [Derek Hough] because he’s very versatile. Derek is a good guy. He told me to just enjoy it.” Triple threat Derek Hough has taken home the DWTS trophy six times and is Broadway-bound for producer Harvey Weinstein’s Singin’ in the Rain revival. Perhaps Kulish will follow in Hough’s fancy footsteps and take another Broadway bow? We certainly think it’d be electric.ABC’s Dancing with the Stars kicks off season 22 on March 21. In the meantime, get psyched watching Kulish bust a move below!last_img read more

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Water, bugs and space

first_imgSpringtime brings questions about gardening, and some of the most common gardening questions have to do with watering, bugs and how to grow more food in less space. Here is some basic information from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension to help answer these common questions. Question: What can I do to prevent insect pests in my vegetable garden? Answer: Plant as early in the spring as the weather will permit to get your plants established before pests arrive. Also, be sure to rotate crops to prevent buildup of pests in one area of the garden. For example, do not plant tomatoes year after year in the same spot in the garden. Rotate tomatoes with corn or beans. You can also plant vegetable varieties that have built-in tolerance or resistance to certain insect pests. And, always buy and plant fresh seeds and healthy, insect-free vegetable plants. Next year, you can till your soil in the winter to expose insects and eggs to cold temperatures and drying winds. Q: How and when should I water my vegetable garden? A: The worst possible method of watering vegetable plants is to spray water over the plants for a few minutes everyday. When you water, use a method that delivers water as directly to the soil as possible and water thoroughly to encourage plant roots to seek moisture and nutrients deep in the soil. Soak the soil to a depth of 6 to 8 inches. A thorough soaking every five to six days is usually sufficient. Of course, weather conditions, like temperature and rainfall will affect frequency of watering. Soaker hoses or drip irrigation systems provide the best results, as overhead watering is usually a very inefficient way to water. Soaker and drip irrigation systems place the water near the roots and not in the middle of the rows. They also do not wet the foliage, thus helping to reduce leaf spot and other diseases. Vegetables need moisture, but overwatering is harmful. Overwatering not only wastes water but waterlogs the soil, preventing roots from getting air. Overly wet soil is also much more likely to be attacked by root rot and fungus. Watering early in the day reduces water loss by evaporation and allows the foliage to dry quickly. Watering in the late afternoon or evening can leave foliage wet overnight and encourage diseases. Avoid watering in the middle of the day because you will loose much of your irrigation water to evaportation. Q: I have almost no space for a garden. Can I grow vegetables in containers? A: There are a number of vegetable varieties suitable for growing in containers that have small plants and produce either full-sized or miniature fruits. Containers should be large (at least 5 gallons) to prevent rapid loss of moisture and provide adequate room for root growth. One tomato plant will need a 5-gallon bucket, whereas two peppers or two cucumbers can be grown in a 5-gallon container. The biggest challenges will be to properly water and fertilize the plants. They will need more care and attention to perform well. For more information on gardening, call your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1 or visit online at www.ugaextension.last_img read more

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Burlington Attorneys Recognized in Super Lawyers Magazine

first_imgLIAM MURPHY and CATHERINE KRONK of the law firm MURPHY SULLIVAN KRONK have been named by Super Lawyers magazine as two of the top attorneys in Vermont. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are recognized by Super Lawyers. To earn this honor, lawyers are nominated by their peers and then reviewed by a research team that evaluates the nominees based on professional accomplishments and peer recognition. LIAM MURPHY maintains a broad practice grounded in all types of real estate matters, encompassing real estate transactions and litigation, land use and environmental law as well as condemnation litigation. CATHERINE KRONK maintains a practice focused on complex commercial transactions, including commercial finance transactions and real estate transactions. MURPHY SULLIVAN KRONK focuses its practice on real estate, commercial transactions and related litigation. Learn more about the firm at www.mskvt.com(link is external).last_img read more

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