Valencia County dog shootings could be linked to cattle shootings

BELEN, N.M. (KRQE) – On the night of August 30, two dogs were shot in their Valencia County front yards. Unfortunately, one of those dogs died.

“He was a dog that we rescued that was homeless,” said the owner of the dog who was killed.

“Friendly,” a miniature Blue Heeler, was 2 years old. His owners came home to find him dead, lying right next to his dog house.

“I can’t believe they shot my dog for no reason,” said the owner.

The other dog, whose name is Bullseye, was shot twice. Miraculously, he survived. His owners hope he can make a full recovery.

The Valencia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shootings. Chief Deputy Gary Hall says getting a call about a dog shot is rare. However, calls of animals getting shot are becoming more common.

“We are working some cases where we have some livestock that have been shot,” said Hall.

Hall said at least five cattle were shot within the last three or four weeks. Hall believes the person who shot the cattle could be the same person who shot the two dogs.

“We hope that we can tie the livestock to this and we get two cases solved, and whoever’s doing it, we get em some time out,” said Hall.

Hall says they are currently comparing evidence from each of the scenes to see if they can make a positive connection.

Hall says if the shooter is the same person, the transition to shooting dogs is a concerning escalation.

“To have them just driving around, randomly shooting at dogs, it concerns us,” said Hall, “If they’re going to shoot at a dog, what are they going to shoot at next?”

The cattle were shot out on the East Mesa in Valencia County. Both dogs were shot in neighborhoods where neighbors share a fence.

“Now you’re shooting and you’ve got the potential of going through a building and injuring somebody,” said Hall.

Hall says they are working on a more accurate vehicle description. However, tthe owner of Bullseye told KRQE News 13 he’s positive he saw a 1970’s era blue truck.

There are posts on Facebook claiming as many as five dogs were shot on the night of August 30, but Valencia County says they only have two reports on file. The Belen Police Department and the Los Lunas Police Department did not return KRQE News 13’s calls when asked if they had reports of dogs being shot.

If you have any information, call the Valencia County Sheriff’s Office at (505) 866-2400.


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Los Gatos Video Streaming Player Pioneer Roku Seeks $100 Million in IPO

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Video streaming player pioneer Roku is going public, hoping to raise money to expand into more households and fend off competitive threats from bigger technology companies.

Roku listed a $100 million fundraising target in a Friday regulatory filing. But that figure is likely to change after its investment bankers gauge the demand for its initial public offering of stock. Companies typically complete their IPOs two to four months after filing then getting approval from government regulators.

The documents provided the first peek at Roku’s finances and other previously confidential information.

Like many young tech companies, Roku is still unprofitable. Last year, it lost nearly $43 million on $399 million in revenue. Since its 2002 inception, Roku has amassed $244 million in losses.

The Los Gatos, California, company boasted 15 million active users at the end of June, but that number doesn’t reflect the total audience that watches online video through its streaming players, which are usually connected to large-screen televisions. That’s because multiple players can belong to the same account. People streamed 9.5 billion hours of video on Roku players last year, according to its IPO documents.

Roku generates most of its revenue from selling its streaming players, but it’s increasingly bringing in money from advertising and commissions from subscriptions and other transactions made on its devices. In an attempt to broaden its audience, Roku said it may cut the prices on its players and try to increase its revenue from advertising sales.

Pursuing that strategy may require more money, one of the reasons that Roku is going public now. The company currently has about $70 million in cash.

That isn’t much to combat Amazon, Google and Apple, Roku’s deep-pocketed rivals in the video-streaming player market.

Even though it’s much smaller, Roku has emerged as the U.S. market leader in streaming players, with a 37 percent share during the first three months of this year, according to the market research firm Park Associates. Amazon Fire TV ranked second with a 24 percent market share, followed by Google’s Chromecast at 18 percent and Apple TV at 15 percent.

Most of Roku is currently owned by Anthony Wood, its founder and CEO, and Menlo Ventures, a venture capital firm. Wood, who previously invented one of the first digital video recorders, owns a 28 percent stake in Roku and Menlo Ventures has a 35 percent stake.

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Former Foster Youth Talk With The Lt. Governor

By Libby Smith

DENVER (CBS4) – As CBS4 worked on its series on “Aging Out”, reporter Britt Moreno talked to many former foster care youth who wished for changes in the child welfare system. Many said that they were going to work toward making those changes in the future. One of CBS4’s goals for the project was to be a catalyst for that change, so Moreno invited Lieutenant Governor Donna Lynne to join a conversation about what kinds of changes need to be made.

Moreno and Lynne sat down for taped conversation with Tai and Kristina, two former foster care youth. Each of them left the child welfare system at the age of 18, and both women completely opened up about the struggles they’ve faced.

“I actually ended up being homeless for a little bit, living in my car, when I was pregnant with my son, because I didn’t have anybody. But I made it through the system, so I knew I could make it through everything else,” Kristina said.

“Well, I had originally wanted to be adopted. The plan was never for me to go back home or anything like that. I think I was like 16, and I was like, ‘I really want to be adopted. That’s all I want, all I want is a family.’ But they [her caseworker and others on her case] were like, ‘You need to focus on saving up money.’” Tai explained.

The conversation turned to group homes. Tai and Kristina shared what it was like to live in that setting.

“I lived with anywhere from 3 to 8 girls at one time… a clash of personalities 100-percent. Four of us in one room, three of us in another room downstairs,” Kristina described.

CBS4 SPECIAL REPORTS: Aging Out

“The thing I disliked the most was having to ask to use the restroom or to go past a certain point in the house. So you had the living room usually and past that you had to ask to go anywhere,” Tai explained.

Lynne talked about the short supply of foster parents and families willing to adopt.

“It’s not easy to find people to do either one of those things, so the group home provides another way of doing it, than having a single family adopt or bringing you into foster care. So it could be a supply issue, versus a strategy as you say. Theoretically, you might say, ‘Hey, having all these girls together with the same problems should be great because you can empathize.’ But I can also see that there’s a lot of conflict, right?” Lynne said.

“A lot of conflict, yes,” Kristina confirmed.

“You know I get to meet these kids in foster care every week, and one of the things they tell me regularly is how challenging it is to get transferred to different schools,” said Moreno.

“Yes absolutely. From the time I was in second grade or so, I’ve been in about 7 different schools. So all the credits transferred differently. Some of them didn’t transfer so I had to just do a whole bunch of summer work sometimes,” Tai said.

As the conversation continued, the Lt. Governor addressed concerns about cuts in funding for kids in foster care.

“Governor Hickenlooper has been pretty clear that whatever happens in Washington, we’re going to preserve healthcare benefits for all the people in Colorado who were covered by what we call the Affordable Care Act Expansion. So it would include people who are on Medicaid and certainly what we call CHIP, which is the children’s health program,” Lynne said.

“How does it make you feel hearing these words?” Moreno asked.

“So good. So relieved,” both women answered.

“I’m glad that somebody is able to advocate for the little people,” Tai said.

“Do you feel it is safe to say, there really isn’t a good support network for kids who age out of foster care?” Moreno asked.

“That’s very true and it’s very unfortunate, because in foster care it’s this team of people working and trying to get you to a place they think you need to be. And then as you age out, or maybe you’re going back to your family, it becomes this thing of, “Now I have no one,’” Kristina said.

“Well, I want to adopt both of you,” Lynne said and everyone laughed.

While there were lighter moments in the conversation, it was the young women’s hope for the future that was really touching.

“I just hope that they can see that there is light at the end of the tunnel, and there is more opportunities. You aren’t just a statistic. You are more than a foster kid, and I feel like people need to tell foster youth that, and just let them know that they are humans. They deserve to be happy, and that we as people are willing to fight for them,” said Tai.

Additional Resouces

The following are helpful resources for people who are aging out of foster care and for the people who care for them.

Colorado Child Abuse and Neglect Public Awareness Campaign
Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline
1-844-CO-4-KIDS
Learn more about foster care and adoption in Colorado.
co4kids.org

United Way Bridging the Gap
helping teens live on their own after foster care
unitedwaydenver.org/bridging-the-gap
303-433-8383

Dream Makers Project
making dreams come true for former foster care youth
dreammakersproject.org

Chafee Program
life skills program provided through human services dept. of each county
denverchafee.org

CBS4 Wednesday’s Child Section
cbsdenver.com/wednesdayschild/

The Adoption Exchange
promoting adoption for foster care youth
adoptex.org
303-755-1339

Adoption Exchange’s Birthday Wishes Program
adoptex.org/get-involved/donate/birthday-wishes-program/
303-755-1339

Office of the Lt. Governor
colorado.gov/ltgovernor
303-866-2885

SOAR! Youth & Adult Choir
soaryouthandadultchoir.org 720-218-1433 (Youth)
720-989-5744 (Adults)

Libby Smith is a Special Projects Producer at CBS4. If you have a story you’d like to tell CBS4 about, call 303-863-TIPS (8477) or visit the News Tips section.

Weird-Looking Dogs Are Actually Ailing Coyotes With Contagious Condition

(CBS) — A northwest suburban police department is warning people about animals that look hairless or nearly hairless, close to the size of a large dog.

They aren’t dogs. They’re ill coyotes, and you’re asked to stay away — for your pet’s health, as well as your own.

CBS 2’s Jeremy Ross reports.

One neighbor says she’s seen one of the coyotes at least twice in the last 48 hours.

“I was nervous when he was coming towards the house. I wouldn’t want to be outside with him,” Stephanie Stojkovic says.

“I’m like, ‘Good god,’ it looks like a small deer in one way, but it’s actually that mangy coyote that I saw on the news,” she says.

Hanover Park police put out the warning to neighbors and surrounding communities to avoid the animals some might mistake as malnourished or neglected stray dogs.

Dr. Adam Conroy of South Elgin’s Animal Care Clinic says the contagious illness the animals are carrying is caused by mites biting and burrowing into the coyote.

It leads to hair loss, loss of sight and even death

“The coyote can transmit that to your pet, in which case your pet can transmit that to you,” Conroy says.

 

Mom Enraged: Teen’s New Phone Number Recycled From Escort

(CBS) — A north suburban mom was terrified because of calls from strange men soliciting sex from her 13-year-old daughter.

It was all because her daughter’s number is listed on an escort site.

How could this happen?

CBS 2’s Audrina Bigos explains.

Thirteen-year-old Kylie’s new phone is her only way to keep in touch with her mom when she’s  serving in the National Guard.

“Something that was meant to be put in place to be for safety actually put us in harm’s way,” mom Monika Takahashi says.

Instead of safety, it brought solicitation.

“My daughter called me at my office and said somebody is calling and asking for ‘Pebbles.'”

For two weeks, the calls and texts from strange men kept coming in.

Some have said: “Where are you? Where can I meet you? Where do you live?”

When it didn’t stop, Monika started her research on Google.

She found pages and pages of ads for a woman named “Pebbles.”

“Saying that she’s real and she’s live and she’s waiting and she wants to chat now,” Monika says. “She was in lingerie. She was bent over. It was just shocking.”

An escort’s page listed her daughter’s phone number.

“They’ve basically been given a direct line of communication to my children,” Monika says.

T-Mobile gave Kylie a recycled number. Now, the company has given her a new number, but her mom doesn’t think that’s enough.

She thinks the company should try to prevent the situation from happening again.

A spokesperson for T-Mobile says there’s no way to vet the recycled numbers before they’re given out, even to minors. Any number can be recycled in 60 days or less.