A dedicated father tried everything to search for his children privately. Finally, on Matteo James' 12th birthday, a father went to social media to spread the word of his plight. Stephen James posted the following:
I want to say Happy Birthday to my son Matteo. He turns 12 today. I havent seen him and his little brother Zane in 80 days since they were kidnapped to Mexico by their biological mother and maternal grandmother. I miss them tremendously and
I know my sons miss me as well as being scared and confused. Please share this with as many people as possible in the hope that eventually Matteo or someone close to him will see this. Thank you.
The mother of the children was on a supervised visit when she took the children. It is alleged they ran to Mexico with the children. This case, however, takes legal twists and turns from there. The court granting sole custody to the father, Stephen James, is Bell County. CPS and law enforcement involvement from before the children became missing involves Williamson, Tarrant, and Bell Counties. The father lives in Williamson County, the mother lived in Tarrant County. All these municipalities, including the cities within have a hand in. Then, there are the higher ups, due to the nature of Mexico involvement. The issue within all of these municipalities is no one wants to issue the warrant. Every side is waiting for the side to do so. So, as Stephen waits, his children could be anywhere.
The pictures above are the last ones taken by their dad. The children have been missing for almost three months. Imagine if this were your child. Would you want people to scream it from the rooftops for you? If so, help Stephen by doing it for him! Help bring his boys back home. Zane will be celebrating a birthday in November. He needs to be celebrating it with his legal guardian, his Dad!
The only picture found of the mother, Alma Alicia Gomez James (aliases include Alicia Gomez, Alicia James), is not as recent. She's dropped weight, but facial recognition shouldn't be that difficult.
Un padre dedicado intentado todo para buscar a sus hijos en privado. Por último, en el cumpleaños 12 de Matteo James, un padre se fue a los medios de comunicación social para difundir la palabra de su difícil situación. Stephen James publicó lo siguiente:
Quiero decir feliz cumpleaños a mi hijo Matteo. Él cumple 12 años hoy. No he visto a él ya su hermano menor de Zane en 80 días desde que fueron secuestrados en México por su madre biológica y su abuela materna. Los extraño muchísimo y
Sé que mis hijos me echas de menos, además de ser asustado y confundido. Por favor, comparta esto con personas como posibles en la esperanza de que con el tiempo Matteo o alguien cercano a él, verán esto. Gracias.
La madre de los niños estaba en una visita supervisada cuando se llevó a los niños. Se alega que corrió a México con los niños. Este caso, sin embargo, toma giros legales y pasa de ahí. El tribunal otorga la custodia exclusiva al padre, Stephen James, es Bell County. CPS y la participación policial delante de los hijos se convirtió en falta implica Williamson, Tarrant, y los condados de Bell. El padre vive en el Condado de Travis, la madre vive en el Condado de Tarrant. Todos estos municipios, incluyendo las ciudades de tener una mano pulg Luego, están los altos mandos, debido a la naturaleza de la participación de México. La cuestión en todos estos municipios hay nadie quiere emitir la orden. Cada lado está esperando a que el lado para hacerlo. Así que, como Stephen espera, sus hijos podrían estar en cualquier parte.
Las fotos de arriba son las últimas tomadas por su padre. Los niños han desaparecido desde hace casi tres meses. Imagínese si se tratara de su hijo. ¿Te gustaría que la gente lo grita a los cuatro vientos para usted? Si es así, ayudar a Stephen al hacerlo por él! Ayude a llevar a sus hijos de vuelta a casa. Zane estará celebrando su cumpleaños en noviembre. Tiene que ser lo celebra con su tutor legal, su papá!
La imagen sólo se encuentran de la madre, Alma Alicia Gomez James (alias incluyen Alicia Gómez, Alicia James), no es tan reciente. Ella bajó de peso, pero el reconocimiento facial no debe ser tan difícil.
Let me say, first and foremost, that no training company will EVER be offered advertisement on my web site, save for one. While I may offer trucking schools advertisement, so people will know where to obtain their CDL, it is a conscious and moral decision Lou and I have made not to allow companies who repeatedly show unsafe training exercises space on my site, or an endorsement by us, in any form or matter.
I caught a lot of flack when I first wrote about training reform. (Click here for the full article.)
Anyone that is on the nation's highways, four-wheelers and truckers alike, observe near misses by training companies daily. If you don't, I want to run where you run. This is due to a lack of stern training guidelines. While I may be against regulation, I am for regulation on this subject matter. This is a public safety issue and an imagery issue. Every time one of these students swerves toward, cuts off, tailgates, etc someone, it leaves a bad taste toward ALL truckers, not just the name on the door.
We all know there has to be a place to learn, and training companies are supposed to be able to do this in a safe manner. Yet, when some are boasting they'll have you in your own truck within SEVENTEEN days, training with a new driver themselves, while boasting a 99.99% safety rating last I checked, how is this safe???? (For the non-truckers, safety ratings are between 1 and 100%, and the closer you are to 100, the worse.)
What will it take for the FMCSA, with Ferro claiming her "main concern is safety," to finally do something about this issue? After all, the FCC fatality and others were not enough. Will it take a loud public outcry to the Feds? I still believe so. Bringing this issue to public attention, and not just within the industry, is key to succeeding in making the roads a little more safe.
What should be the federal guidelines? I still agree with Tim Brady's ideology behind this:
The first step to improving highway safety from the trucking side of the issue is: 6 months classroom and trucking course with at least 240 hours of behind the wheel instruction.
6 months with a qualified "licensed" driver trainer (5 years 500,000 miles driving experience with no accidents and no more than 3 points on their CDL DMV report plus completing a course and exam to be a "Licensed" Driver Trainer). The driver trainer must always be in the right seat awake, observing and instructing the trainee. Under no circumstances can a driver trainer be in the sleeper while the trainee is driving.
I will go furthermore in stating that there should be a psychological evaluation of anyone wanting to pursue trainer status as a career. The reason behind this is due to the horrors of trainee abuse that happen. Lou spoke to a trainee the other day who's trainer beat him with a Qualcomm for taking the wrong highway. If you're not psychologically able to handle stress, you should be disqualified.
Would this be a costly venture for the trucking industry? Well, yes it would be, but so are wrongful death suits and suits for damage of loads and people. So, in the end, the up front cost would make it more cost effective.
Today, Werner trailer #27030 passed us, hogging the fog line while we were oversized. He almost slammed into us and our load. He was sitting with his face two inches from the windshield, with a death grip on the steering wheel. Werner informed me this was a student driver, and I told them the trainer was in the back. He was done with his observational period, so he could drive alone. I explained to Werner that based on his performance, he was still needing observational. We've had the same issues with CRST (don't call them, the person who answered seemed to not comprehend the English language when a Haz-Mat load was swerving erratically), Swift, C.R. England, Stevens, and even once with TMC. The trainees, plain and simple, need more training experience.
I think the worst is the simple fact that if the trainees claim they need more practice, the companies will either send them out on their own anyways or fire them. A major reason why is if they send them out, it's often in a lease truck, making the company more money through the flease program, or it's more cost effective to fire them and sue them for the schooling (both have happened at more than one company.
Despite if you like me, despite if you like Tim, despite if you like said companies, unite for this one. The four wheeler next on the improperly trained trainee's path may be your family!
I'm assigning three Senators to write (I guess I should've informed them first, but it's all good). Write them, ask for these reform practices to be made into law.
Click here for the petition. I will hand deliver this to lawmakers in August.
You know what to do. Write, (sound professional), like, tweet, post, repeat! Let's get this huge black eye dealt with!