FLINT (CCN) — Genesee County Sheriff Robert Pickell packed media members into his conference room Monday to reveal details of a new task force taking aim at child predators. He revealed the arrests of a Vice President at Comerica Bank, a credit union manager and two restaurant managers among 22 taken off the streets by his newly-assembled Genesee Human Oppression Strike Team (GHOST). One woman was charged with 21 men. The woman, Jennifer Beckman, is accused of trafficking her 6-year-old daughter for sex to Michael Foster.
"As a result of our investigation, Foster, 23, was also arrested for sex acts with his two-year-old daughter," Sheriff Pickell said to the gathering of media members that included representatives from a Detroit TV station and the Detroit Free Press. The event was live streamed to thousands on Facebook by the Free Press, The Detroit News, WEYI TV 25, WXYZ TV 7 and The Daily Gazette. Photos above were presented by Sheriff Pickell to identify the 23 individuals arrested. He said they are facing a combined total of more than 1,000 years in prison.
Sheriff Pickell said, "The investigation is a sobering reminder that we must be more vigilant than ever protecting our children, even when they are not in public. Predators are increasingly becoming more adept at interacting with children through various social media platforms. Law enforcement, parents, and our community as a whole must work together increasing awareness of the dangers these predators present, and continue to develop tools to identify them and remove the threat they pose to our loved ones. "
The Sheriff added that parents no longer must worry about predators when their children leave the home. "Now, we need to worry about the predators coming into their bedrooms when they're on the computer," Sheriff Pickell said. "But the next face they may see will be mine. Know this: GHOST is coming for you."
The Genesee County Board of Commissioners voted 9-0 to give the Genesee County Sheriff's Department $125,000 for Sheriff Pickell to assemble the new task force. "The only reason we don't have more than 22 is because of manpower and other crimes we need to investigate," he said. "If I get a grant for more money, we will take more predators off the streets."
ANN ARBOR (CCN) — John Beilein is leaving the Michigan Wolverines to take a job with the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers. He has been one of the most successful coaches in college basketball during the past six years by leading UM to the national championship game twice. Detroit native Dan Gilbert, who employs more than 30,000 people in Downtown Detroit, is the owner of the Cavaliers franchise and was elated at signing the man he wanted for the job.
“We could not be more thrilled to name John Beilein as the new coach of the Cleveland Cavaliers,” Gilbert said. “First, John is a great human being. He cares deeply about his players and others who work for him and around him. He defines the words class, integrity and character. He is a tireless worker who obsesses about finding better ways and the inches that will help his team and the organization grow. John is a brilliant basketball mind and last but not least, John Beilein is a winner. I also want to thank (General Manager) Koby (Altman) and his hardworking staff for turning over every rock while relentlessly searching for our new head coach since the minute this past season ended. It is no surprise that Koby and his team landed on John Beilein as great cultures attract others who hold the same values as the foundation for everything they do. I can’t wait for next season to begin.”
CHARLOTTE (CCN) — The Detroit News reported Thursday that the judge hearing a preliminary exam case against Michigan State University's former president said her review of documents indicated there is "probable cause" that Lou Anna SImon "knew what was going on" in regard to a 2014 complaint against a convicted pedophile who formerly wielded power in the gymnastic world. Wednesday was set as the day to wrap up any final testimony in the proceedings against Simon.
Simon faces felony charges on what she knew about Larry Nassar's alleged sexual assaults against MSU athletes and others. The former doctor worked with many MSU athletes and was the former team doctor for Team USA's gymnastics program. He will spend the rest of his life in prison after dozens of victims came forward to say he sexually assaulted them during exams.
TORONTO (CCN) — Kevin Durant returned to the lineup Monday night and helped spark the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of their NBA Finals series against the Toronto Raptors. The Warriors won 106-105 to stay alive and force Game 6 in the best-of-seven series to return to the west coast for a final game at Oakland's Oracle Arena. The Warriors will move next season to a new arena being built for them in nearby San Francisco.
Durant made his first three 3-point shots and scored 11 points before suffering a serious injury to the same leg he previously injured 32 days earlier. Durant, last year's NBA Finals MVP, had not played since he was hurt.
Steph Curry scored 31 points, passed out 7 assists and grabbed 8 rebounds to lead the Warriors who led nearly all the way, including by as many as 14 points in the second half. Kawhi Leonard rallied the Raptors back in front late in the game by scoring 10 straight points during a 12-2 run that gave them a 6-point lead. But Golden State, bidding for its third straight title and fourth in the past five years, rallied back behind 3-point bombs by Klay Thompson, Curry and Thompson again to win. Toronto missed a shot from the corner at the buzzer.
WASHINGTON D.C. (VOA) — U.S. President Donald Trump held up a piece of paper along the lawn at the White House Tuesday, saying it was his new immigration deal with Mexico that contains mystery provisions, even as Mexico says it has no idea what he is talking about.
"I'm going to let Mexico do the announcement at the right time," President Trump told reporters on a sun-splashed day in Washington on Tuesday. "I just give you my word. In here's the agreement." Asked if Mexico had agreed to become a safe third country to house migrants seeking asylum in the United States, Trump said, "I'm not going to say one way or the other." Earlier on Twitter, President Trump said, "Biggest part of deal with Mexico has not yet been revealed!"
But on Monday, Mexican Foreign Secretary Marcelo Ebrard held up a paper and pointed to the previously announced details, including Mexico's deployment of 6,000 troops to its border with Guatemala to thwart the surge of Central American migrants heading to the United States. "There is no other thing beyond what I have just explained," Ebrard said.
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