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Former Minnesota Twins star arrested after domestic assault

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

Chuck Former Minnesota Twins star arrested after domestic assaultRetired Major League Baseball player and former Minnesota Twins favourite Chuck Knoblauch, 46, has been arrested on suspicion of domestic violence.

The former Twins baseman, who now resides in Houston, was charged with assault on a family member and interfering with police duties.

According to a police report, he assaulted his wife, leaving her a large bruise on her arm, a larger scratch on the left side of her face and a knot on her forehead.

Knoblauch’s wife, Cheri, told police her husband was upset that she had spent the night in another bedroom sleeping next to her child rather than next to him.

He allegedly grabbed her and hit her head against a wall before throwing a humidifier at her.

She is reported to have then run to her sister-in-law, who was also in the house with them, for help but that didn’t stop Knoblauch. Instead, he allegedly hit her in the arm and chest and continued screaming at her.

Knoblauch’s sister took Cheri back to her home, where they called the police.

Knoblauch was arrested after the incident and later released on bond, agreeing to appear in court on July 31st.

Knoblauch played baseball for his college A&M, before playing for the Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees and Kansas City Royals in the MLB.

The Minnesota Twins, who had been planning to induct the former AL Rookie of the Year and four-time world champion into their team hall of fame in August, immediately cancelled the ceremony and the induction following the news.

Warning Signs of Domestic Violence

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Violence Warning Signs of Domestic ViolenceIn the past month alone, authorities say that three women have been killed by their boyfriends or husbands. The victims are a pregnant National Guard member, a teenage girl, and a Mall of America store manager.

Experts in the area of domestic violence say that the batterers usually appear to be on control on the outside, but they are raging on the inside. They tend to terrorize their households.

A suspect in a recent murder, Roger Holland, is an Army National Guard member. Unfortunately, military members that have a tendency to become violent do so as the result of post-traumatic stress and the transition back home. They may have no previous violent incidents, but they suddenly snap and they hurt the ones that they love. Experts say that the vertical society of the military in which members follow orders is much different than the horizontal society of a relationship. If it is noticed that a member of the military is acting out, it is important to try and get them help as soon as possible. It is especially helpful if they recognize that they need help.

With that said, here are the warning signs of domestic violence:

  • Threats
  • Stalking behavior
  • Put-downs and name calling
  • Controlling behavior
  • Physical abuse
  • Isolating the partner

Some individuals think they have not been abused because they haven’t been hit. However, the other forms of domestic violence are just as damaging. Each sign should be taking seriously because they could lead to physical violence or worse.

The good news is that the number of women murdered due to domestic violence dropped in 2012 from 2011 levels, but the bad news is that the number has already increased for 2013.

There is a 24-hour hotline for individuals who may be the victims of domestic violence. Women can call 866-223-1111 and men can call 866-379-6367. Victims are also encouraged to call their attorney to obtain an order for protection and take steps toward getting out of the abusive relationship.

Three Die in Domestic Violence Incident

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

A woman herded her four grandchildren to the neighbor’s apartment to then pound on the door screaming that there were individuals killing each other in a domestic violence incident that ended in death.

The neighbor then called 911 so that the St. Paul police would arrive. When they did, they found the bodies of Chue Lor, 31; his wife Panhnia Yang, 27; and Yang’s brother Kong Meng Lee, 18.

There were no suspects being sought in the case, said a spokesman from the St. Paul Police Department. He said the police were not giving details on whether the incident was a suicide or a homicide.

Chue Lor was the neighbor of Chue Vue, who said that Lor told him Panhia Yang had left their home a week ago. The neighbor was not aware of why she had left, but said Chue Lor had been very upset about it.

The couple had four children ranging from ages 3 to 9. Fortunately, the children did not see the deaths, as their grandmother had gotten them away from the situation. They are now in the care of relatives.

When the grandmother came to Chue Vue’s apartment with the children, she told Vue that her son was begging and crying to his wife that he didn’t want her to leave and that they would take care of their children.

There had been a call to the apartment just days before when a man who lived across the hall from Lor saw Lor outside the apartment with one of his daughters and heard the girl shouting at her father to not do something. The man said he did not know why the little girl was saying what she did, but Lor seemed very nervous.

The man then went to his apartment, heard some bumping noises, and the police arrived approximately 10 minutes later.

So far in 2013, one man and seven women have been killed in partner homicides in Minnesota. According to the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women, two men and four women had been killed by this same time last year.

Chue Vue said he has lived in the apartment building for several years and never heard the couple argue in the past. He knew that Lor took care of the small apartment building and saw him as a friendly man who shared home grown vegetables with Vue’s family.

Chue Lor had told his neighbor that Yang had gotten a restraining order against him, but there was no order for protection record found. Vue then told Lor that he simply needed to stay away from Yang.

HIV Positive Infant Subject of Custody Battle

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

A family is fighting to get custody of their baby after they earned the attention of the court system and the medical community.

Rico Martinez Nagel, 3 months old, has HIV. Court documents say that the county became involved after his parents didn’t take the baby to a medical appointment.

For two months, John Martinez and Lindsey Nagel have been making a 45-minute drive to see their son in a hospital room as he is the subject of a court fight that is focusing on his care.

The story begins three years ago when Steve and Cheryl Nagel adopted what they believed to be a completely healthy little girl from Romania. Tests in the United States would show that the little girl had HIV. The little girl was Lindsey and her parents said that the doctors told them she would only have a 20 percent chance of seeing two years old.

With this news, the parents began Lindsey on antiretroviral drugs. Every month, they would watch Lindsey lose weight, struggle to eat, and she would be in pain. It took two years for them to decide to stop the drugs. After stopping the drugs, Lindsey acted like a normal child.

In December 2012, the family was ready for a new chapter and that was the welcoming of Rico into the world. Right after he was born, doctors and social workers said that Rico needed to be placed on the same medication that Lindsey was when she was a baby. The family resisted at first, but they complied after they were told that Rico would be taken if they did not allow him to have the medication.

After a number of medical issues, Rico was able to come home after a month, but he was only home for a week.

Court documents in Mower County state that the problem involves two cancelled doctor’s appointments and an out-of-state trip. Instead of going to the nutritional appointments, the Nagels stated they were making plans to drive to Washington to meet with another doctor who could give them a second opinion on Rico’s diagnosis. The family then decided to head home once they were in North Dakota. The county CPS took the baby the following day.

Within hours of being in foster care, Rico was taken to the emergency room because he would not take his bottle.

Currently, Lindsey and John are allows to spend as much time with Rico as they want at the hospital, but they are not considered his legal guardians. The decision to give custody back to the parents is in a judge’s hands on April 1 in an ordeal that has cost the family approximately $50,000 so far.

Grandparents’ Rights in the Twin Cities

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

In the Twin Cities area, it is common for grandparents to rely on the law to make sure they are involved in the lives of their grandchildren. Grandparents feel a responsibility to ensure the safety and well-being of their grandchildren, as watching grandkids grow up to be healthy adults is something that gives a great deal of pleasure.

Fortunately, Minnesota is a state that has grandparents’ rights laws so that grandparents can ensure they are able to watch their grandkids grow, but even gives grandparents the right to petition for custody if the need arises.

Minnesota law also allows for grandparent visitation, which means a grandparent can be given the legally enforceable right to see their grandchild. If grandparents are kept away from the grandchildren, they have the right to ask the court for visitation of their minor grandchild as long as the parent of the child (the grandparents’ child) is deceased, the parents of the child are divorced, or the child has resided with the grandparents for a year or more and was later removed from the home by the parents.

If the Minnesota court finds that grandparent visitation is in the best interest of the child and that such visitation will not interfere with the child’s relationship with their parents, visitation can be granted. When making this decision, the court will consider a number of factors, such as previous contact with the child, what the child wants, and anything else the court feels is relevant.

There are times when the grandparent may feel that custody is not enough. Custody involves legally managing the child’s everyday activities, as well as making decisions for the child. In Minnesota, grandparents may seek custody if the grandparent has had de facto custody or the grandparent can show that the child will experience harm if they continue to live with their parents.

De ‘facto custody is when the child has lived with the grandparent for a certain amount of time, while the parent has not actively participated in the child’s life. The court will look at why the parent is absent, how involved the parent is with the child, and why the parents placed the child with the grandparent in the first place.

Meeting the definition of a de facto custodian or seeking custody as an interested third party is just the first challenge when seeking custody. The priority of the court is what is in the best interest of the child. The grandparents will only be able to secure a favorable custody decision if they are able to show the court that there is good reason for them to seek custody.