Public help sought to find autistic child

first_img Valenzuela is a sixth grade student at Rancho Vista School in Palmdale, Westside Union School District Superintendent Regina Rossall said. The district sent a mass recorded message to homes of all students district-wide requesting assistance locating the boy, Rossall said. Fliers with pictures of Valenzuela were given to all district students to take home, Rossall said. Rossall said district officials interviewed classmates seeking information about Valenzuela’s whereabouts. Rossall said she spent most of Friday morning with Valenzuela’s mother distributing fliers. “(The mother’s) doing remarkably well, but she’s certainly very worried and concerned about her son,” Rossall said. Anyone with information about Valenzuela’s whereabouts is asked to call Lancaster sheriff’s station (661) 948-8466. QUARTZ HILL – Sheriff’s deputies are seeking public assistance in the search for an autistic child with diminished mental capacity, authorities said Friday. Jason Valenzuela is 13-year-old Hispanic boy who authorities say has the mental capacity of an 8-year-old. Valenzuela is 4-foot-11 and weighs 85 pounds. He was last seen at approximately 3 p.m. Thursday riding a red BMX-style bicycle near 47th Street West and Avenue L-8 in Quartz Hill, authorities said. He was wearing a light blue t-shirt and brown shorts, and was carrying a clear plastic “air soft” style rifle. Sheriff’s deputies established an outdoor command post Friday at intersection where Valenzuela was last seen.last_img read more

Ten Indiana Red Cross volunteers responding to Flint water crisis

first_imgThe American Red Cross is supporting coordinated state and local water distribution efforts. Red Cross volunteers are distributing bottled water, water filters, replacement cartridges, home water testing kits and educational materials at Water Resource Sites (fire stations, health department, city hall, Michigan HHS office, county community action resource department offices) and now, door to door, with the help of the recently activated Michigan National Guard. The Governor of Michigan declared a state of emergency in Flint on January 5 at the request of city and county officials.About the American Red CrossThe American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross. INDIANAPOLIS, IND. – Thursday, January 13, 2016 – Six more volunteers were added to the team responding to the water emergency in Flint, Michigan, bringing the total number of Indiana Red Cross disaster workers to 10.Volunteers include:Sharon Lane and Yanna Saunders, both of Indianapolis – Lane and Saunders are scheduled to be at the Red Cross Indiana Region HQ, 1510 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis tomorrow at 10. Karen Lankton Schmidt of Zionsville – Schmidt is providing Virtual Disaster Assessment support.Volunteers already assisting in Flint are Jessica Beck of Indianapolis, and Peter Kos and Clayton Martin of Bryan, Ohio. Sam Glick of Elkhart and Bob Harkness of Winona Lake – Glick and Harkness also are driving an ERV to help with water distribution. Donald and Virginia Gorrell of Mecca – The Gorrells drove an Emergency Response Vehicle (ERV) to Flint this afternoon from Terre Haute.last_img read more