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Pedophile Priest.
As a Roman Catholic priest, Carlos Rodriguez spent years sexually molesting children. He was eventually laicized by the Archdioceses, convicted & sent to prison for those crimes.
He's out of prison and we found him back in church serving mass.
We speak with his victims and explore how a convicted sex offender is allowed to put himself back into the same circumstance that allowed him to molest children. #PedophilePriest
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLxvauWU9_A
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They call themselves, Sisters of The Valley and they’re on a holy mission to alleviate suffering through marijuana. Sister Kate says, “We put our prayer into our medicine making. We do everything by moon cycle and we do it in a spiritual environment.” Their spiritual environment is surrounded by weed. A lot of weed. They don’t belong to any organized religion. They say they wear their outfits, simply as a devotion to marijuana. “We’re not traditional nuns. We’re not related to any contemporary male founded religion. We don’t get up every morning at the crack of dawn and pray. Our prayer goes into our work. Our prayer goes into the medicine making. Our prayer goes into the plants,” says Sister Kate. Some of those plants are grown and harvested right on their land in Central California. A location they’ve asked us not to reveal. The sisters use the plants to sell different products like salvs, creams and oils for things like headaches, anxiety and depression. But not everyone is happy with the sisters. The Catholic church isn’t thrilled they call themselves nuns and critics are often leaving nasty messages. But Sister Kate laughs it off. She says, “We think it’s kind of funny. Weed OK.. Weed Nuns— NOT! And so, we feel a bit like we’ve been called to be a decoy. They are angry at us for being nuns. At least, they’re not disputing the medicinal benefits of cannabis.”
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VxNR8RV988
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"GET OUT OF MY HOUSE!!!"
A homeowner in South LA is facing quite a battle. Laurie Horn says in the darkness of night, someone broke into her property and now they won't leave. That someone is Shanell Lathem but she denies breaking into the house. Lathem says an unknown person rented her the property and she paid $2400 in cash. When the homeowner called the police, Lathem presented a lease. Officers then told the owner they wouldn't be able to help her because it's a civil matter. Horn says, "It can happen to anybody. It can happen to you, somebody can break into your house and say, 'I have a lease, oh, we’re a victim of fraud,' and then try getting them out! So, where does it end?" We contacted the LA County Dept. of Consumer and Business Affairs and they say if anyone is facing this type of situation, they can help investigate. Watch the video to see the homeowner confront the person she calls a squatter.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7c0SwPOITIE
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LAPD Senior Lead Officer Deon Joseph has been walking the streets of Skid Row for the last 18 years.
It’s a police beat most people would never want, but Officer Joseph wouldn’t have it any other way. He has a passion for helping the people of Skid Row and keeping them safe from criminals. Within the last few years, Skid Row has become increasingly more dangerous with gang members, loan sharks, pimps and hustlers invading the area and preying on the most vulnerable. “You got to understand that every block is controlled by a gang. If you try to set up a tent, they’re gonna come to you and say, ‘Hey if you want to be here, guess what, you got to put in the work.’"
Many of these individuals owe drug debts. So they’re more than willing to cooperate with the gang members, either out of fear or to work off their drug debt and support their habit and that's why things are getting worse and worse and worse.”



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77yvWvtxGSQ
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Fox 11 News has exposed one case after another of children beaten, tortured, and left to die in abusive homes in our ongoing series, The Children Are Dying. Our sources say many of those children would be alive today if the San Bernardino County Department of Children and Family Services had done its job. We told you about a County Grand Jury investigation into these deaths, and about the whistleblowers who risked their livelihood by coming forward to tell us about their concerns. Six months later, new sources tell us that top San Bernardino County officials have been intimidating jurors and witnesses and threatening them with prosecution, if they don’t back away from investigating CFS. "They’ve infiltrated the Grand Jury and now they’re telling the Grand Jury what to investigative, what not to investigate, and that's not the purpose of the Grand Jury. The Grand Jury is supposed to be an independent oversight of county operations when concerns are made," says one of our sources. Another tells us, "The ones that were investigating the Department of Children and Family Services knew that they were on to something. They did not want to back down and, before you know it, the grand jury legal advisor has threatened them with potential lawsuits if they print something that is considered defamation." The legal advisor they are referring to is Deputy District Attorney Michael Dauber. He declined an interview with Fox 11 News, saying he couldn't answer questions because of Grand Jury confidentiality laws. San Bernardino County District Attorney Mike Ramos did sit down for an interview with us. He denied all of the allegations made against the legal advisor who reports to the D.A.’s office.  During the interview, reporter Gina Silva asked him about the new allegations, "Telling witnesses that they can not reveal information because they could be prosecuted, is that something that a legal advisor should be doing?" Ramos responded, "That’s not only something he shouldn’t be doing, but he has not done it. That has not happened in a Grand Jury proceeding."  But attorney Valerie Ross, who represents a witness who testified before the County Grand jury, says the legal advisor did interfere with the Grand Jury investigation. Ross says, "I got a call from the legal advisor who told me that if my client testified, he’d be committing a crime." Ross says the legal advisor did not elaborate, but she took the warning seriously and told her client to leave the Grand Jury immediately. "My conclusion was there was an effort to interfere. A witness doesn’t usually get in trouble for answering a Grand Jury’s question. A witness gets in trouble for failing or refusing to answer a question," says Ross. Perhaps most disturbing is the allegation that a lead juror was removed from the Grand Jury because he refused to stop investigating CFS and he was suspected of being one of our sources.  D.A. Ramos had this to say, "As far as the individual that was removed, that’s a decision that’s made by a Superior Court judge, the presiding judge." A disheartened source says, "The report will come out that the county has cleaned up its act, that there’s no more issues." Meanwhile, our sources say, the problems with CFS continue. "There hasn’t been any change. We’re still having children dying at alarming rates. We’re still having children left in homes where they should be removed." Ramos says our sources should take their evidence to him, so he can launch an investigation. "If they really want us to take a look at it, they need to come to me, come to my office," says Ramos.  But that’s not something these sources are comfortable doing. They say their only hope now is for an outside agency like the State Attorney General’s Office or the FBI to investigate San Bernardino County. #CFS
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UPDATE on our series The Children Are Dying.
Fox 11 News has learned that a San Bernardino County Grand Jury investigation into the Department of Children And Family Services has ground to a halt. Sources tell us that the very people who were supposed to help the grand jury investigate DCFS, threatened witnesses who wanted to testify and pressured grand jurors to drop the investigation. Sources say those threats are coming from the San Bernardino District Attorney's office. Tonight at 10 on Fox 11, DA Mike Ramos responds to those allegations. #CFS   #SanBernardino   #MIkeRamos   #DeadBabies  
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They hit the pavement early in the morning, running through the streets of skid row in Los Angeles with an important goal in mind. “Making a new start,” says one of the runners. That’s what all of the men in this running group want—a better life. Some have been homeless, all are recovering addicts now training to run marathons with Craig Mitchell. 
Mitchell started the Midnight Mission Running Club. When he’s not out pounding the pavement with the group, he’s behind the bench at LA’s Superior Criminal Court house. He says, “It certainly provides a great balance for me as a judge to realize that in a different setting, the same people that I sent to state prison or to county jail, with the right supportive services in a different context, their lives can be rebuilt.” Since the program started four years ago, there have been numerous success stories. Judge Mitchell says it comes down to realizing that one person’s mistake does not define them in their entirety. He says, “There are times as a judge that I have to lower the boom and it’s appropriate to protect the community to punish someone for what they did, but before I was a judge, before I entered the law, I was a high school teacher for 17 years and it instilled in me a sense of what people are capable of if they’re given the right tools set.” Most of the men in this club were not really into running until they met Judge Mitchell, since then, some have completed international marathons. This year, they plan to run the LA Marathon and another one in the Vietnam. No doubt, Judge Mitchell is making a difference.
It’s expensive to run international marathons. Judge Mitchell pays for a lot of the costs but the group keeps growing and funds are in need. If you wold like to help, you can make donations to the MidnightMission.org and specify for running program or text Run16 to 71777.
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At the Busy Bee Cafe, 44 year old Taras "Rush" Tanasson was taking a break from the pouring rain in Ventura. He asked the workers if he could come inside while the storm passed. On our way out, Rush smiled and began telling us his story. 
Rush: "For 15 years, I worked with computers, I started my IT career with IBM. I worked for Exxon Mobil and I worked for the government of Canada".
Gina: "How do you go from having a job like that to being homeless?"
Rush: "My ex found someone else and I could not cope with the idea and that slowly eroded my sanity to the brink where I was about to do something bad. 
(Rush says he left his home and began using drugs. Shortly after, he says he had a mental breakdown because he began hearing voices.)
Rush: "Yes, many at the same time."
Gina: "What are these voices saying to you?"
Rush: "All kinds of things. It’s like a feeling that starts with uneasiness. Somewhere at the edge of your consciousness and then it creeps in, to the moment that you feel that’s not you anymore. Your thoughts are overwhelmed by some thoughts coming from the outside but it's not your thoughts because you could never think of something like that."
(Rush has moments of clarity. He says most people he comes across, have no clue the kind of hardship he or any homeless person is dealing with.)
Rush: "They can try it for a weekend... just pretend they’re homeless... leave their house alone and just go outside with no money and poorer clothes to see how they are treated and maybe they'll be a little bit more compassionate next time when they see somebody, shriveling and miserable and yearning for a little bit of warmth." 
I'll have his story tonight at 10pm on Fox 11.@myfoxla‪#‎ElNiño‬ ‪#‎Homeless‬ ‪#‎mental‬ illness
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