Thursday, February 21, 2008

I still cannot believe that this has happened...

Recently Bryleigh and I were relaxing at home when I noticed the sound of a helicopter hovering above the house. I stepped out onto the back patio and saw a news helicopter going in circles above my house. A bit freaked out, I turned on the news as well as checked the local news internet sites. Could not find anything. So, I called my father. He was not aware of anything going on either. His advice was to stay inside with the doors locked and the phone beside me.

Bry and I ended up falling asleep and woke up a couple of hours later...just in time to see our house on the local news channel...Pretty freaky, huh! I about passed out. Good thing the focus was not on my house, but my neighbor's. Apparently Mr. Neighbor was in the process of being arrested for having an inappropriate relationship with a minor and his house was being searched! Looking out my front window, the street was lined with police cars, news vehicles, and reporters!

When I left a short time later to pick up Kyla from school, a couple of the reporters started to walk over to me...probably hoping for a comment. I hurried to put Bryleigh into the vehicle, scramble into my seat, lock the doors, and back out of the driveway.

My heart breaks for his wife and family. She is such a sweet lady and the kids seem so well-behaved. I had only seen him a few times, but he was the person that Brad talked with about the neighborhood when we were first looked at the house. I cannot even begin to fathom how he could do such a thing to destroy his family...

Not sure what is going on now in their household and I don't think I want to know. My prayers have been for her and the kids. I have tried to pray for him...but I cannot. He is a grown, married man and should know better than to take advantage of an under aged minor! He has bonded out of jail and is currently awaiting his trial...and back to living in the house across from me.

While he is not my idea of the perfect neighbor, at least I know the situation. I can be on the alert now. But what about all the other "predators" that could be in the area.

My father recently sent me the following link. He said that it will help in identifying the creeps that are living and working in the surrounding area. I could not believe how many are close is frightening.

I have listed the link below for you all to check the areas surrounding your homes.
When you visit this site, enter your address and a map will pop up with your residence denoted as a small icon of a house. There will be red, blue and green dots surrounding your entire neighborhood. When you click on these dots a picture of a criminal will appear with his or her home address and the description of the crime he or she has committed.

The best thing is that you can show your children the see pictures and see how close these people live to your home or school.

Side Note - Just last night, I was coming home after having dinner with my parents. As I rounded the corner by my house, my headlights revealed a body laying half in the road and half on the grass directly across from my driveway. I slammed on my brakes and could not breathe. The body sat up, looked at was the neighbor, talking on his cell phone. It was just creepy.