Amber Alert Issued for Three Boys (Anthony Bermudez, Kevin Ulizes Bermudez & Elvis Bermudez) and Mother Missing Since 6/26/15 in in Prince George’s County, MD … Abducted By 34 Year Old Mario Bermudez-Chavez (Update: Found Safe)
AMBER ALERT ISSUED IN PRINCE GEORGE’S COUNTY, MARYLAND …
The Maryland State police have issued an Amber Alert has been issued for three boys and their mother in Prince George’s County, MD. The three boys are 11 year old Anthony Bermudez, 10 year old Kevin Ulizes Bermudezs. 2 year old Elvis Bermudez and their mother, 34 year old Milvian Reyes-Villatoro. The three children and their mother were last seen Friday night, June 26 at approximately 8:40 PM in the 4000 block of 36th Street in Mt. Rainier. According to the police, the children are believed to have been abducted by 34-year-old Mario Bermudez-Chavez. Chavez is described as a Hispanic male standing 6′ feet tall and 220 pounds. He may be wearing a green shirt and khaki pants. They are believed to be traveling in a silver Honda Odyssey van with Maryland tags 3AJ7515c.
Authorities are searching for 34-year-old Milvian Reyes-Villatoro and her three boys: Anthony Mario Bermudez, Kevin Ulizes Bermudez and Elvis Bermudez.
Anthony Bermudez, 11, is 5′ 6″ and weighs 100 pounds. He was last seen wearing an orange shirts and brown shorts.
Kevin Ulizes, 10, is 4 feet and weighs 80 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue shirt and blue shorts.
Elvis Bermudez, 2, is 2′ 2″ and weighs 40 pounds. He was last seen wearing a green shirt and blue jeans.
Ms. Reyes-Villatoro is 5’7″ and 150 pounds. Additional details of what Reyes-Villatoro was wearing were not immediately available.
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Police ask that anyone with information contact 911 or Prince George’s Country Police Department at 301-699-2601.
UPDATE I: 3 Missing Children, Mother Found Safe.
Three children and their mother, who had been reported missing in Maryland, have been found safe.
Saturday evening, police canceled an Amber Alert for Anthony Bermudez, 11, Kevin Ulizes Bermudez, 10, and Elvis Bermudez, 2; as well as for their mother, Milvian Reyes-Villatoro, 34.
Endangered Person Advisory Issued for Brothers, 8 Year Old Draven Tate & 6 Year Old Zack Allen Tate Missing Since 6/21/15 in Canton, MO
The Canton Police Department and the Missouri Highway Patrol has issued an Endangered Person Advisory for missing brothers, 8 year old Draven Tate and 6 year old Zack Allen Tate. The two brothers have been missing since June 21, 2015 from Canton, Missouri. The Missouri State Highway Patrol stated that Draven and Zack Tate disappeared from their home about 1:30 AM Sunday. The two boys are believed to have been taken by their father, Kyle Tate, 28. The father is believed to be armed with a gun. and headed Oklahoma. Kyle Tate has made threats against the children and their mothers.
Missing – Draven Tate, 8, and Zack Allen Tate, 6
Kyle Tate has made threats to harm himself and the children. He has also made threats towards their mothers in Hannibal, MO and in Clinton, OK.
The three are believed to be traveling in a Silver 2001 Chevrolet Impala with Missouri plates, KJ2M8H, which was last seen in Hannibal, MO at approximately 3:15am Sunday morning.
Kyle Tate is a white man, 6’1”, 220 lbs, with brown hair and hazel eyes.
If anyone has any information or sees the missing persons, suspect, or vehicle, please contact immediately the nearest law enforcement agency by dialing 911 or call the Canton Police Department at 573-288-4412.
AMBER Alert Issued For 4 Year Old Mia Olarte Missing Since 6/8/15 in the Bronx, NY (Taken by 48 Year Old Dora Olarte During Custodial Visit)(Update: Child Found Safe)
An AMBER ALERT has been issued for 4 year old Mia Olarte missing since Monday, June 8, 2015 in the Bronx New York. Police say the mother, Dora Olarte, walked off with Mia around 5 p.m. Monday during a supervised visit at a foster care center. The four-year-old Bronx girl is reported to have Down syndrome. Currently, the biological mother does not have custody of the child, who presently lives with a foster family. The mother has a mental health history and prior allegations of abuse.
Mia Olarte was last seen around 4:50 p.m. Monday with her mother during a supervised visit at a foster care center on Brown Place, police said.
Her mother, 48-year-old Dora Olarte, then left the location with her daughter, police said. Dora Olarte does not have custody of the child, who currently lives with a foster family, police said.
Detectives say the little girl has Down Syndrome and requires medication. Her mother has a history of mental health issues and there are allegations of abuse, authorities said.
Mia is 2’1? tall and weighs 48 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt and grey pants.
Dora Estella Olarte is a Hispanic female, 5’4? tall, weighs 140 pounds with brown eyes and brown hair. She was last seen wearing a white shirt and blue jeans.
Anyone with information should call 911, or 866-NYS-AMBER. Or you can contact Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.
A 5-year-old girl who had been missing from the Bronx has been found safe, and now her mother is facing charges.
Police canceled an AMBER Alert that was issued for Mia Olarte after police said she was taken by her biological mother, who does not have custody of the child.
The little girl was found in Corona, Queens Tuesday morning and was taken to Elmhurst Hospital for an evaluation. Police said her mother, 48-year-old Dora Olarte, was also located.
One Year Old Leaona Wright Missing Since 6/6/15 in Pendleton, SC (Update: Search of Waste Management of South Carolina’s Pendleton Transfer Station)(Update: Bizarre 911 Call)
A one year old Leaona Wright has been missing since Saturday morning, June 6, 2015 in Pendleton, South Carolina. The one year old little girl is about 29 pounds and was last seen wearing a long white T-shirt. Anderson County deputies told media outlets that the toddler’s mother, Kiara Sullivan, discovered her daughter gone Saturday morning. Investigators say the girl’s older sister may have opened a door and the toddler walked out and away from the Apartment building A of Edgewood Square Apartments. The boyfriend of Leona’s mother, Travis Jones (pic), was taken into custody on Saturday morning for an outstanding bench warrant unrelated to the case. The mother was not home at the time the one year old went missing. The boyfriend was watching the child at the time of the disappearance. The police searched 2 miles in every direction of the Edgewood Square Apartments with deputies, dogs and search crews from multiple jurisdictions to no avail.
It has not been determined yet whether foul play has been involved.
Leona was reported missing from the apartment complex on Saturday morning. More than 200 deputies, firefighters and other emergency personnel from Anderson and Oconee counties spent more than five hours searching a 2-mile radius around the complex without finding the child. Reverse 911 calls also were made to residents living within 2 miles of the apartments.
The child’s mother, Kiara Sullivan, told the Independent Mail that Leona was missing when she and her boyfriend woke up at 9:25 a.m. Saturday — three hours after she had last checked on the toddler. Sullivan said her boyfriend, Travis Jones, told her he saw Leona’s 3-year-old sister, A’riel, standing in an open door at the apartment. Authorities said Leona may have walked or crawled through the door that her sister opened.
Deputies arrested Jones on Saturday on a 2013 warrant for failing to appear after release on a misdemeanor charge. Skipper said the warrant stemmed from a family court case that may have involved unpaid child support. Jones is being held without bail at the Anderson County Detention Center, jail records show.
No charges have been filed in connection with Leona’s disappearance.
Sheriff’s officials investigating the disappearance of a 1-year-old girl spent Sunday morning sifting through trash from the apartment complex where the child was last seen.
Anderson County Sheriff John Skipper said he and about a dozen of his investigators failed to find anything at Waste Management of South Carolina’s Pendleton Transfer Station related to Saturday’s disappearance of Leona Wright.
A garbage truck brought the contents of a dumpster at the Edgewood Square apartment complex to the transfer station on Saturday, said Skipper, who was wearing overalls and a holding a hoe. His face glistened with sweat.
The investigation into the disappearance of one-year-old Leona Wright in Pendleton continued Sunday.
Deputies are looking for Leona two miles in all directions of Cherry Street after she was reported missing around 10 a.m. on June 6. She is described as a black female, weighing 29 pounds and was last seen wearing a white sleeper t-shirt.
Lt. Josh Payne said witnesses told deputies an unsecured door to the family’s residence was left open by a 3-year-old child and Leona may have crawled away. Apartment building A of Edgewood Square Apartments was taped off on Saturday.
K-9 officers and aviation responded to the scene to aid in the search. Deputies said they are still investigating whether or not foul play is involved.
Officials from the following agencies also assisted in the search: The Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Anderson County Fire, Oconee County Emergency Services and Technical Rescue, Zion Fire Department, Belton Fire Department, Pendleton Fire Department and EMS, CERT and Mounted Search and Rescue, Sandy Springs Fire Department, the American Red Cross and MedShore EMS.
UPDATE III: 911 Call for Missing One Year Old Pendleton, SC.
12 Year Old Autumn Shreve & 2 Year Old Sophia Rogers Missing Since 6/6/15 from Avon, OH (Update: Girls Found Safe in Elyria)(Update: 25 Year Old Demetrius Richardson Charged with Rape)
12 year old Autumn Shreve and 2 year old Sophia Rogers have been missing since Saturday, June 6, 2015 from Avon, Ohio. At the time of their disappearance, Autumn Shreve was babysitting Sophie Rogers. The were last seen on Saturday afternoon on Mulberry Lane in Timberlake at around 4 PM. The Avon Police issued a statewide endangered child advisory for the two missing girls; however, they stressed that although it was not an Amber Alert but believe the girls are in danger. The authorities say it is known that Shreve passes herself off as an adult and may possibly be presenting that the 2-year-old girl is her daughter. The police believe the pair may have stayed in the local area or traveled to Lorain.
Sophia Rogers (left) – Autumn Shreve (right) – pic via National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
The FBI and the Avon Police Department say 12-year-old Autumn R. Shreve and 2-year-old Sophia Rogers disappeared Saturday afternoon from the Timberlake Apartment Complex. Authorities say the girls were last seen on Mulberry Lane, at around 4 p.m.
Authorities say Shreve was babysitting Rogers at the time.
Autumn R. Shreve is a white female. She’s 5-feet 2-inches tall and weighs around 135 pound. She was last seen wearing dark blue jean shorts and pink Nike Sandals.
Sophia Rogers is a white female. She’s 3-feet 3-inches tall and weighs around 32 pound. The toddler was last seen wearing a pink North Face sweatshirt and grey tennis shoes with sparkles on the side.
If anyone has any information on the disappearance of Autumn R. Shreve and Sophia Rogers and/or know their whereabouts have been asked to contact the Avon Police Department at 440-934-1234.
UPDATE I: Two missing girls from Avon found safe in Elyria.
A statewide endangered child advisory was issued in the case of two missing Avon, Ohio girls, Sunday morning. The girls were found safe in Elyria.
Avon police say a citizen noticed the girls walking down the street and reported seeing them.
The family has been notified and authorities will continue to investigate where the girls have been over the last 24 hours.
Detectives went to the apartment complex and spoke to 25-year-old Demetrius Richardson, who told police that he picked up the girls in Avon on Saturday and drove them back to his apartment.
He said he met the 12-year-old through an online dating site and that she told him she was 20 years old.
Police say while the 12-year-old was at Richardson’s apartment, they engaged in sexual conduct. Both girls spent Saturday night there, according to police.
Police charged Richardson with one count of rape. Ohio law states that sexual conduct with anyone under the age of 13, regardless of consent or whether or not the offender knows the age of the person, is considered rape.
Richardson is being held on $500,000 bond at the Lorain County Jail.
Missoula, MT Police, Issue Advisory for Missing 6 Year Old Callen Cassidy-Robinson & 1 Year Old Sula Cassidy-Robinson Last seen in Twin Falls, Idaho (Update: Children Found Safe in Utah)
Missoula, Montana Police have issued a MEPA, Missing/Endangered Person Advisory, for two missing children, 6 year old Callen Cassidy-Robinson and 1 year old Sula Cassidy-Robinson. The children are believed to be in danger and were taken by their non-custodial mother Heather Lynn Cassidy. Investigators state that Callen Cassidy-Robinson and Sula Cassidy-Robinson were last seen in Twin Falls on May 3, 2015. They are believed to be traveling in a silver 2001 PT Cruiser with Montana plates BFC602.
MISSING: 6 Year Old Callen Cassidy-Robinson (left) & 1 Year Old Sula Cassidy-Robinson (right)
The MEPA poster can be seen HERE.
The Missoula Police Department requested the MEPA for Callen Cassidy-Robinson (6-year old boy) and Sula Cassidy-Robinson (1-year old girl).
The children are believed to be in danger and were taken by their non-custodial mother Heather Lynn Cassidy.
Cassidy is a white woman, 6′ tall, about 140 pounds, with red hair and hazel eyes.
They were last seen in Twin Falls, Idaho, on May 3, 2015 in a silver 2001 Chrysler PT Cruiser with Montana license plate BFC602.
If you have information on their whereabouts, you’re asked to call the Missoula Police Department at 406-552-6300, or your local law-enforcement agency.
UPDATE I: Missing Missoula children found safe in Utah.
The alert for two missing and endangered children out of Missoula has been canceled.
Authorities say Callen Cassidy Robinson, 6, and Sula Cassidy Robinson, 1, have been found in the Salt Lake City area and are doing fine.
The car involved in the incident was located in Twin Falls, Idaho on Friday morning.
The alert was issued Thursday evening by Missoula police. The children’s non-custodial mother – Heather Lynn Cassidy – is accused of taking the kids.
Officials have not said if the mother was located.
3 Months Old Janna Rivera Missing Since 5/29/15 in Indianapolis, IN (Update: Authorities Don’t Believe the Baby is Alive, Baby Placed in Dumpster)
3 month old Janna Rivera has been missing since Friday, May 29, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana. The original 911 call was placed around 8 AM Friday from a woman saying the child was missing and could be dead. Authorities searched for the missing baby on Friday within a five mile radius of the 4100 block of Candy Apple Boulevard. Sadly, the police believe that the baby is dead. WISH-TV8 is reporting that investigators questioned a person of interest in connection to the disappearance of Janna Rivera, but they said he is not cooperating. The police announced around 3:50 p.m. that the search had been suspended after a five mile radius had been combed through.
The father has been named a person of interest in the case.
Rescuers spent eight hours searching for the baby within a five mile radius of the 4100 block of Candy Apple Boulevard.
Detectives cleared the scene Friday night after spending all day gathering evidence inside of the home where they believe Janna Rivera was last seen.
“We’re looking for a three-month-old child and that’s the utmost concern for us,” said officer Christopher Wilburn, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department.
The search began when IMPD received a call from Janna Rivera’s mother early Friday morning. She told them that her daughter was missing and could be dead.
UPDATE I: A spokesperson for the police department Richard Riddle said, “At this point we’re three days out from the baby’s disappearance. Based upon that, we do not believe that baby Janna is still alive.”
IMPD Lt. Richard Riddle said that they believe the 3 month old baby is no longer alive and the father remains a person of interest, but no arrests have been made. The authorities believe the infant was placed in a dumpster on Friday.
Investigators continued their search Sunday morning at a landfill where 3-month-old Janna Rivera may have ended up after she was put into a dumpster on the northeast side of Indianapolis.
Sunday morning, a spokesperson for the police department Richard Riddle said, “At this point we’re three days out from the baby’s disappearance. Based upon that, we do not believe that baby Janna is still alive.”
Riddle said her biological father has cooperated with the department and has led police to believe the body was put into the dumpster. He expects investigators to continue searching the landfill for hours.
Dozens of officers in white gear poked through the South Side Landfill on Sunday following a day of heavy rains searching for Janna Rivera. Her mother reported her missing from their home on the city’s northeast side Friday. Indianapolis police spokesman Lt. Richard Riddle says officers spent part of Saturday searching a trash transfer station, but found nothing.
Riddle says statements made by the child’s father have led investigators to believe the child died on Friday and her body was placed in a trash container.
The Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department moved their search for missing 3-month-old Janna Rivera to a landfill on the southwest side of Indianapolis Sunday morning, but they suspended the search around 1 p.m. Sunday afternoon.
Police were prompted to look for Janna’s remains at “South Side Landfill” after the baby’s biological father tipped police that she was placed in a dumpster on the city’s east side. “We believe that the baby was placed into a dumpster on the east side of Indianapolis on Friday morning,” said IMPD Lt. Richard Riddle. “That trash from the dumpster was transferred to a transfer station out in Mount Comfort. A search was done in Mount Comfort yesterday with negative results.”
Dennis Hastert Allegedly Paid Hush Money to Conceal Past Sexual Misconduct Dating Back More Than 30 Years Ago
DRIP, DRIP, DRIP … HEAD-SHAKINGLY SAD AND SICK.
It is being reported by CBS News that the former Republican U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert allegedly agreed to pay millions of dollars in “hush money” to conceal accusations of sexual misconduct in his past. Most crimes are like an iceberg, what we see initially is only a small fraction of the actual crime. This appears to be the case as well with the accusations against former Speaker Dennis Hastert. Although Hastert is not being indicted for the alleged sexual misconduct, the misconduct mentioned in court documents refers to sexual misconduct dating back more than 30 years. Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach in Yorkville, Illinois from 1965 to 1981. The federal indictment is for tax evasion and lying to the IRS. Put 1 and 1 together and we get Dennis Hastert was paying a former student from Yorkville, IL to conceal his alleged sexual abuse of the youth that took place while Hastert was a teacher and wrestling coach at a high school.
Former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert allegedly agreed to pay millions of dollars in “hush money” to conceal accusations of sexual misconduct in his past, two law enforcement officials told CBS News.
Law enforcement sources say the misconduct mentioned in court documents refers to sexual misconduct dating back more than 30 years. From 1965-1981, Hastert was a popular teacher and wrestling coach in Yorkville, Illinois.
Hastert was indicted and charged Thursday with violating federal banking laws and lying to FBI investigators. According to the indictment, Hastert agreed to pay $3.5 million in 2010 to a person identified only as “Individual A,” in an effort to “compensate and conceal” Hastert’s “prior misconduct.”
The indictment did not reveal details of the misconduct, but it did note that Hastert and Individual A have known each other for “most of Individual A’s life” and that the individual is from the same Illinois town where Hastert was a teacher and coach.
Hastert’s former employer, the Yorkville School District, said in a statement Friday that it was “first made aware of any concerns regarding Mr. Hastert when the federal indictment was released on May 28, 2015.”
“It goes back a long way, back to then,” the official said. “It has nothing to do with public corruption or a corruption scandal. Or to his time in office.” Thursday’s indictment described the misconduct “against Individual A” as having “occurred years earlier,” noting that Hastert had known the person “most of Individual A’s life.”
When asked about the nature of Hastert’s alleged misconduct, the law enforcement official said, “It was sex.’’
Hastert has not responded to requests for comment. A representative of the lobbying firm where he had worked, Dickstein Shapiro, declined to comment.
If all this is true, it is truly despicable. The crimes for which the former GOP speaker was indicted for would pale in comparison for the ones that he was trying to keep quiet. But most likely the statue of limitations ran out on those years ago. However, I will ask the following question, isn’t it telling that you don’t see the liberal MSM trying to investigate the Clinton Foundation Scandals and the role that Hillary Clinton took part in it? The media only circles like blood thirty sharks when it is a Republican that has done wrong.
6 Year Old Jadianna Larson Missing Since 5/28/15 in Sacramento County, CA (VIDEO) (Update: Endangered Missing Advisory Issued)(Update: Body Found in Glenn County)(Update: Mother’s Boyfriend Juan Rivera Arrested)
6 year old Jadianna Larson has been missing since Thursday, May 28, 2015 in Sacramento County, California. Jadianna Larson was last seen at 11 AM on Thursday at her apartment where she lived with her mother in the 3900 block of 47th Avenue, near Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard. She is being considered an at risk missing person. The missing 6 year old was being taken care of by her mother’s boyfriend at the apartment. However, when the girl’s mother returned home at 8:30 PM, she discovered her boyfriend passed out from a seizure and her daughter was gone. Jadianna Larson is described as a light skinned African-American girl, 3 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 60 pounds. She has brown ear-length curly hair, brown eyes and a birthmark on the center of her forehead and was last seen wearing light blue Disney pajamas.
At this point there has been no AMBER ALERT issued.
The search is on for a 6-year-old girl who went missing from an apartment complex in Sacramento County.
Jadianna Larson was last seen at 11 a.m. Thursday at her apartment where she lived with her mother in the 3900 block of 47th Avenue, according to Sacramento County sheriff’s deputies.
Larson was being taken care of by her mother’s boyfriend at the apartment. When the girl’s mother arrived home at 8:30 p.m., she discovered her boyfriend passed out from a seizure, and Larson was nowhere to found, investigators said.
Larson is 3 feet 5 inches tall and weighs about 60 pounds. She has brown ear-length curly hair, brown eyes and a birthmark on the center of her forehead, officers said.
The little girl was last seen wearing light blue Disney pajamas.
UPDATE I: Search Underway For Missing 6-Year-Old Girl.
An endangered missing advisory has been issued for a 6-year-old girl in South Sacramento who has not been seen since Thursday morning. Investigators with the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department said Jadianna Larson has not been in school this week.
Detectives are calling Jadianna missing and at risk. At 10 a.m. Friday, they issued an endangered missing advisory for the girl, which means CHP then broadcasts Jadianna’s information to a larger audience in the hopes of locating the girl.
UPDATE III: Body of young girl found in Glenn County.
A county sheriff west of Chico said his office is investigating the death of a young girl whose badly burned body was found Thursday.
The girl’s body was found at about 10:22 a.m. Thursday by volunteer firefighters extinguishing a grass fire near County Road D south of County Road 33 in Glenn County, the county sheriff’s office said. The sheriff’s office said Friday that the victim was between 5 and 10 years old.
“The early indications are that this is a homicide,” the sheriff’s office said in a press release Friday. The body was sent to a forensic laboratory at California State University, Chico for identification.
The sheriff’s department said detectives have evidence to support the charge of murder against Juan Rivera, Jadianna’s mother’s boyfriend and Jadianna’s caretaker. Rivera, 25, of Sacramento, was booked into the Sacramento County Main Jail late Friday night. He is currently being held without the possibility of bail. Rivera is scheduled to be in court on June 2.
Sheriff department Sgt. Lisa Bowman said, “This mother is not being looked at as a suspect in this case.”
Anyone with information about Larson’s whereabouts is asked to call the Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department at 916-874-5115.
Chicago Bears DE Ray McDonald Arrested & Charged with Domestic Violence and Child Endangerment in California … AGAIN!!! (Update: Bears Release McDonald)
HEY NFL COMMISSIONER ROGER GOODELL, I KNOW ITS NOT SOMETHING AS SERIOUS, TERRIBLE AND VIOLENT AS DEFLATING A FOOTBALL, BUT MAYBE THIS ARREST OF RAY MCDONALD FOR DOMESTIC VIOLENCE WILL BE ENOUGH FOR YOU TO SAY THAT HE BROKE NFL RULES AND PUNISH HIM, HMM?
As Yogi Berra would say, it’s like deja vu all over again … Ray McDonald, the defensive end for the Chicago Bears was arrested Monday morning in San Jose, California for domestic violence. According to The Santa Clara Police Department, McDonald was arrested at 7 a.m. local time Monday in San Jose and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment.
Mug Shot photo of Ray McDonald released by the Santa Clara Police Department,
Monday, May 25, 2015.
Police say Chicago Bears defensive end Ray McDonald has been accused of domestic violence in California, the latest arrest for the former San Francisco 49er.
The Santa Clara Police Department confirmed that McDonald was arrested at 7 a.m. local time Monday in San Jose and charged with misdemeanor domestic violence and child endangerment. He will be booked at the Santa Clara County Jail.
According to Santa Clara police, McDonald was arrested after officers said he “physically assaulted the victim while she was holding a baby.” Police were called to an apartment in Santa Clara, California, but found that McDonald had left and was later found at a home in San Jose.
The San Jose address at which McDonald was arrested is that of a house that belongs to ex-49ers teammate Justin Smith, according to property records. Smith has not been implicated in the incident in any way.
This was not the first time that Ray McDonald finds himself in trouble with the law. The San Fransisco 49ers cut McDonald following his previous arrest for domestic violence.
The Chicago Bears rolled the dice on signing defensive end Ray McDonald after a history of domestic abuse accusations and arrests, and on Monday their gamble didn’t pay off as the team released McDonald following a domestic violence arrest.
“We believe in second chances, but when we signed Ray we were very clear what our expectations were if he was to remain a Bear,” Bears G.M. Ryan Pace said in a statement. “He was not able to meet the standard and the decision was made to release him.”
Well isn’t that something and a change of heart from the fickle Chicago Bears. Wasn’t it just back in March that Chicago Bears team chairman George McCaskey was singing the praises of Ray McDonald and that he said he was “impressed” at “how sincere he was and how motivated he is”. Remember that Mr. McCaskey? Guess what, YOU WERE WRONG!!!
McCaskey acknowledged in March that he changed his mind about McDonald after their face-to-face meeting and a phone call to McDonald’s parents.
“We have a 96-year tradition of doing things a certain way, of bringing a certain type of player into our team,” McCaskey said at the time. “And those were my concerns going into the conversation with Ray. But I think you look at every situation individually. You try to find out as much information as you can that’s reliable to make the best decision you can about whether to offer a player the privilege of becoming a Chicago Bear.
“I was impressed with how sincere he was and how motivated he is. He understands, I think, that he could have well been facing the end of his football career. And he loves football, and he wants that career to continue. So I was impressed with his motivation.”