Crime Foster mom arrested for alleged illegal adoption scheme surrounding her son
Street-racing truck driver arrested after leading police on high-speed pursuit, Bellaire police say
A man was arrested after authorities said he led police on a high-speed chase around the 610 Loop late Sunday night. Police said they tried to stop a truck that was street racing on the West Loop around 11:55 p.m. According to authorities, the truck had expired tags. The driver of the truck didn't stop, and instead, led police on a chase that lasted about 15 minutes and ended in a residential area off 288. During the chase, police said, the truck reached speeds of about 100 mph.The driver was arrested and charged with felony evading. A passenger was released at the scene without charges.Bellaire police said they've been aggressively combatting street racing on the 610 Loop.
A Florida foster mother has been arrested on charges of organizing anand allegedly used her own son as a pawn in the fraud.
Tina Scee, 45, allegedly posed as a worker for the Florida Department of Children and Families while a foster parent and created a guise that the disabled boy shein 2017 when he was 2 years old was available for adoption, according to a press release from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement.
A couple from Ohio then visited Scee, a resident of Interlachen, a town about 50 miles southwest of St. Augustine, to meet the boy, authorities said. Scee then allegedly let the boy return to Ohio with the couple but told them that they would have to return to Florida several times before the adoption could be completed.
Elected Arizona official accused of selling babies suspended
PHOENIX (AP) — An elected official in Arizona was suspended Monday after he was charged with running a human smuggling scheme that brought pregnant women from the Marshall Islands to the U.S. to give birth and then paid them to give up their children for adoption. Leaders in Arizona's most populous county suspended Assessor Paul Petersen without pay for 120 days. The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors doesn't have the power to permanently remove him from his office, which determines the value of properties for tax purposes in Phoenix and its suburbs.
Scee had the couple bring the child back to Florida multiple times in September 2017 and October 2017 to make it appear that she was was taking care of the child full time during site visits from DCF, authorities said. Meanwhile, she was receiving SNAP benefits and daycare assistance for the child while he was in Ohio, which totaled nearly $4,000.
Scee was granted adoption after ordering that the boy return to Florida on Oct. 31, 2017 for the final adoption hearing, but the boy returned to Ohio following the hearing.
The couple contacted the Florida Community Partnership for Children after they could not obtain the legal documents necessary to complete their adoption of the boy. The FDLE began investigating Scee in 2018 after receiving the complaints.
Dallas Vice Unit raids alleged illicit massage business, Southlake restaurant Dragon House
Six people were arrested and three others are wanted for their alleged roles in operating an illicit massage business in Dallas' Design District on Wednesday, Dallas police officials said. After a months-long investigation into Jade Spa, detectives with the Dallas Police Vice Unit said they confirmed prostitution was going on inside the spa, and suspected sex trafficking was occurring at the location as well. The investigation into the business at 2006 Market Center Boulevard began in February 2019, officials said.
Scee did not receive any money from the couple during the alleged scheme, authorities said. She is charged with organized scheme to defraud, grand theft, illegally placing a child for adoption and perjury.
She turned herself in and was booked into the St. Johns County Jail in St. Augustine and was later released on $20,000 bond.
ABC News could not immediately reach Scee or a representative for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for comment.
The Florida Office of the State Attorney will prosecute the case.
Elk Grove PD: 2 arrested after nearly 1,400 plants found in illegal pot grow .
Two people were arrested Friday morning after police discovered an illegal marijuana grow in Elk Grove, authorities said. Armando Tapia, 32, and Leily Urizar, 24, were arrested after detectives found a marijuana cultivation operation in the 8900 block of Mooney Road around 7 a.m. while serving a search warrant related to the grow op, the Elk Grove Police Department said. Sign up for our Newsletters Police said detectives found more than 1,380 plants and marijuana-related items in the home. Some of those items related to cultivation and sales were found in a child's room.Tapia and Urizar were arrested and taken to the Sacramento County Main Jail, police said.
Maricopa Co. Assessor charged with 61 counts in adoption fraud scheme
Officials across three states all speaking out about Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen. He's accused of running an elaborate adoption scheme.
8 Marshallese women found at Mesa apartment complex in connection to adoption scheme
Officials raided Paul Petersen's home and office Tuesday night and they also raided an apartment complex in Mesa. The complex is where 8 pregnant women ...