National News Briefs

By Jesse Call

Photo: Deadly Sirius.

In Colorado Springs, Colorado, two teenagers allegedly shined a flashlight on a man sleeping in a culvert and then shot him twice before fleeing, KRDO reports. Two of the several shots fired hit Gerald Shinkle in the leg and backside. Shinkle, wounded, said he chased after the teens before he collapsed from pain. A friend found him nine hours later and he was taken to a hospital. Now released, Shinkle said he cannot afford the medication needed to help his wounds heal and stay clean. He fears he will have to return to the hospital but is reluctant to do so because he does not “want to put a bill on somebody else when I know I can’t pay.” The perpetrators remain at large.

Albert Curtis Sanchez, 21, has been sentenced to serve the remainder of his life in prison for the 2009 murder of 48-year-old Timothy Lee Acorn in Redding, California. Sanchez was convicted of beating Alcorn to death in a plan “to kick a bum’s ass“ and rob him because he was an easy target and police would be unlikely to investigate, according to The Record-Searchlight  In a police interrogation video shown to the court, Sanchez admits it “felt good” to beat Alcorn. Two others, Jared Cory Voss and John Hadley Thompson were also convicted in the beating deaths.

Service providers and advocates of youth in New York City that are forced into homelessness when turned away from their families because they are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgendered are protesting the proposed budget of the city’s mayor, Michael Bloomberg, which calls for a funding cut that would eliminate 160 of the 250 shelter beds for these youth. In a column on HuffingtonPost.com, Carl Siciliano of the Ali Forney Center, writes: “I wonder if the mayor understands what it means to put a kid on the street. Does he know that many will be forced to resort to prostituting themselves in order to survive? Does he know that 20 percent of the LGBT kids will become infected with HIV on the streets? Does he know that 60 percent will consider or attempt suicide?” If the budget passes, Siciliano says he will lead a campout protest near Bloomberg’s home so he will see the “human wreckage of his budget.”

A veteran who once walked the streets of downtown Augusta, Georgia, without a home is now patrolling those same streets as a deputy sheriff less than one year later. The Augusta Chronicle outlines the story of Deputy Ryan Jones, his wife and two kids as they entered and then overcame homelessness through creativity and hard work. Like many families, their period of  homelessness, brought on when mold was discovered in their home and they lacked funds to make repairs, forced them to stay in separate locations until they got back on their feet. Now Jones said he is excited to have a patrol car of his own. “Walking?” he told the Chronicle,. “I think I’ve done enough of that.”

A woman who experienced homelessness in southern California has now created a 112-page resource guide for people battling homelessness and has also formed her own non-profit organization, according to the Daily News Los Angeles.  Angel Hanz For the Homeless, Inc., seeks to fill what she saw as a gap in services for homeless people with pets. Karen Hamza formed the organization which helps by providing extra food, directing people to shelters that welcome pets, and hooking people up with volunteers to foster and care for animals while people secure housing. “Their pets are everything to them,” she said, remembering the long days and nights of homelessness with her dog Tippy. “Sometimes, it’s the only thing they have.”

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