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Shattered Lives Radio host Donna R. Gore welcomes former NY Investigator and full time crime author, Denny Griffin to give listeners an update on the mysterious circumstances surrounding the death of Sgt. Patrick Rust. Working with the Rust family, Griffin has worked diligently to uncover the clues that will resolve many of the unanswered questions.
Sgt. Patrick Rust was assigned to the 10thMountain Division headquartered at Fort Drum in Watertown, New York. In January 2007, he returned from deployment to Afghanistan. Following a 30 day leave he was back on post. The then 24-year-old Rust was a local boy and was familiar with Watertown and the surrounding area. He didn’t have a driver’s license or vehicle.
On Wednesday, March 14, 2007, Sgt. Rust moved most of his personal effects from the barracks on base to share an apartment with a fellow soldier at 156 Sterling Street, Apartment 4, in Watertown.
His skeletal remains were found six months later in a farmer’s field about five miles outside of Watertown. How he got to that location is unknown and his manner of death is undetermined.
If you have information, please call the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department at 315 786-2676 or 786-2672.
Shattered Lives Radio and host Donna R. Gore welcomes Chief Marty Sumner and Shay Harger to the show to further discuss the Offender Focused DV Initiative and how communities in which it’s being utilized are having a positive impact.
A refreshing new approach to combatting intimate partner violence by becoming proactive in the early stages is an important breakthrough by High Point, NC Chief of Police, Marty Sumner.
Although traditional victim focus is still of utmost importance and resources for victims will always be needed, by curtailing offenders at the first offense there’s a likelihood that it will also restrict chronic offenders and remove the immediate danger to the victim more often.
Although it may seem that justice has been served, only a portion of the questions have been answered for the family of Alexis Murphy. One year ago a vibrant, beautiful 17 year old teen went missing, devastating a family and community with news quickly reaching national proportions. The country has united in support for the family of Alexis Murphy and will continue to search for her until she’s found.
Shattered Lives Radio welcomes the opportunity to talk with a Murphy family member. Listeners will learn how this family has coped for over a year without complete resolution, how they carry on in the name of Alexis, and what the future holds as they continue their search.
As the District Attorney for Alameda County, California, Nancy O'Malley gives much more than lip service to the issues facing citizens across the country. Working within the system in California she has diligently worked on several fronts to enhance the rights of victims of crime.
Shattered Lives Radio is honored to present a small portion of the award winning works of Nancy O'Malley.
When a sudden tragedy occurs, like homicide, many surviving loved ones go on to do great things in memory of the one they lost. Jessalyn Dorsey is one such person.
Executive Director of Crime Victims Advocacy Council in Atlanta, GA, Jessalyn Dorsey lost her only child in 1999 to a senseless murder during a teen party. Not only was she unprepared for such a loss, as any mother would be, the event was life changing.
Often we see surviving victims who find the fortitude and courage to stand up and make changes in our system regarding crime victims. Jessalyn, through CVAC has taken the challenge and has given assistance to a growing population of victims who need help. Whether it be emotional support, or guidance through the justice system, CVAC provides much needed resources to community members facing a very uncertain and confusing time.
"CVAC is dedicated to preventing crime and assisting crime victims and their families and communities in Georgia through quality education, advocacy, counseling, and legislative initiatives," says their mission statement.
Shattered Lives Radio host, Donna R. Gore and Jessalyn Dorsey have much in common in their quest to better the lives of crime victims and upholding their rights.
Jessalyn Dorsey is a Certified Victim Advocate and over the years has served in varied positions in the CVAC organization; Volunteer (2001-2004), Vice-President (2004), President (2005-2008), Advisory Board Member (2009-2012), Support Groups Facilitator/Volunteer Coordinator (2013-present), and most recently was appointed Executive Director. In addition, she facilitates two support groups each week to educate victims on their rights and to help them cope and heal from the grief after a homicide.
Shattered Lives Radio Guest: Marcus "Strider" Dent:
"Our team can help pull communities together to let them see what we already have and what we still need. Then we go from there. And as Guardian Angels, we always do what we can, where we can to give back. When we get involved and involve the community, the crime rate is going to drop. Drugs, gangs, shootings. It's going to drop. And we're here to help communities make that happen."
In 2009, Strider was awarded the honor of Chapter Commander of the Year by Curtis Sliwa, founder of the Guardian Angels.
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Shattered Lives Radio will talk with Amy Susan Crohn, a survivor of her brother Steve Crohn’s suicide in August, 2013.New York Magazine gives the best description of the full, but often turbulent life of Steve Crohn, a man of many huge talents and best known as “The Man Who Was Immune to AIDS.” Although, like many suicide victims, he had his ups and downs, those closest to him didn’t see it coming.
Returning guest, therapist Duane Bowers, will share with listeners his expertise in grieving and healing, even in these seemingly impossible situations.
Unlike the theme song to M.A.S.H. suicide is painful, especially to those left behind feeling like they’ve been sucker punched and left with questions that take years of searching for answers, and finding none.
The gaping hole in one’s life left by the suicide of a loved one is unique in that commonly there isn’t any warning, at least ones that are easily recognized. Survivors tend to re-live every moment of every day leading up to the event, and question themselves endlessly. Often professional help is needed to assist in moving away from the event itself, and to properly grieve and heal in a healthy manner.
Bexley, Ohio Police Chief Larry Rhinehart joins Shattered Lives Radio to discuss his role in domestic violence prevention and advocacy. Currently serving as the board president for Choices, a direct service provider to victims of violence in central Ohio, Rhinehart has a personal stake in the prevention of intimate partner violence and homicide after losing his sister. Chief Rinehart was the recipient of the 2004 Choices Peacemaker award for his efforts against domestic and relationship violence.
All across the country law enforcement agencies are called during hostage situations, whether hostages being held for demands, political purposes, or more commonly relationship disputes. None of the described situations tend to end well. Either the perpetrators or the hostages are harmed, physically, mentally and emotionally.
But what about the ripple effect these situations have on not only the immediate victims and family, but the law enforcement and other personal, as well as those who put endless hours negotiating for a safe resolution?
Shattered Lives Radio welcomes hostage negotiators, Derek Gaunt and Sandy Hein.
They will talk about a real life case from Alexandria, Virginia, the set up of the circumstances, how terms were negotiated, and the outcome. Listeners will be taken inside to what goes on during a hostage situation and how if affects so many.
The legacy of Morgan Harrington, and the significance of her short life can not easily be forgotten when Gil and Dan stand side by side with other families whose children are lost or murdered, or give attention to whole villages that depend upon their generosity for substance.
Shattered Lives Radio is proud to be a part of sharing Morgan Harrington's legacy with listeners, and presenting information they can take away from the show, share, and become involved in service within their own community. Gil and Dan Harrington will be the guests for the hour to talk about the many things they do to honor the memory of their daughter.
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Shattered Lives Radio guests, Christine and Daniel, bring listeners the latest information on their healthy salon experience:
Products to protect hair and scalp for summer
Keratin treatments, what is it good for?
Do's and don'ts of hair coloring
How to choose a stylist and salon that his right for you
What are the ingredients in your hair products and why it makes a difference
Modern Elements products, what's the difference?
Changing your hair color/style changes your outlook, builds self-esteem, and and so much more
Whether looking for a more "edgy" look with bright strips of color, or re-doing a current style, Modern Edge Salon is committed to combining art with chemistry within the hair care industry to develop exactly what the client wants and needs.
December 5, 2007, 39 year old Patrick Smith was killed in a traffic accident in Mansfield, CT. This was not just a routine accident, the driver of a truck ran a stop light and plowed into Patrick's vehicle which was legally stopped at the light and then left the scene. Although some deadly traffic accidents are just that, an accident, with a driver who may have been at the wrong place at the wrong time, this accident is unusual as the driver was found to be in diabetic shock, his glucose level such that he didn't know what he was doing.
Michael Smith joins Shattered Lives Radio to help bring more awareness to, not only the public, but those who suffer with diabetes and the consequences of not taking control of the management of the disease. Joining Michael is Dr. Steven Edelman, author of "Taking Control of Your Diabetes" who has testified in court to the nuances of the disease and how it should be properly managed. As a diabetic, Dr. Edelman has not only clinical experience with the disease, but his own personal experiences in managing the disease properly.