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Madison, Wisconsin
Press Release
Gov. Doyle: Signs Malinda's Act
March 26, 2009
Press Release
Gov. Doyle: Signs Malinda's Act
3/26/2009
Contact: Carla Vigue, Office of the Governor,
608-261-2162

MADISON—Governor Jim Doyle today signed into law legislation that will protect traveling sales crews from abuse by employers and sets regulations that also protect consumers and homeowners. Malinda’s Act, SB4, is a response to the tragic traveling sales crew van crash on March 25, 1999 in Janesville, which killed 7 people, including 18-year-old Malinda Turvey from Verona, and severely injured 5 others.

“Today is bittersweet,” Governor Doyle said. “Ten years ago, almost to the date, a tragic van crash killed seven young people and severely injured five more – all part of a traveling sales crew. What happened that night in Janesville shed light on an industry that was unregulated, and left unchecked, often abusive to its employees. Today, I will sign Malinda’s Act. Malinda was an 18-year-old young lady starting out in life when she was tragically killed. And it is people like Malinda, Amber, and Monica who we intend to protect by signing this law.”

The Governor was joined at the bill signing by Phil Ellenbecker, the father of Malinda Turvey, Bonnie Lettman, the mother of Amber Lettman, a 16-year-old from Oregon who was also killed in the crash, and Monica Forbes, who was left paralyzed by the Janesville crash.

In 1999, then Attorney General Doyle prosecuted those responsible for the crash including Y.E.S., a subscription sales company based in DeWitte, Iowa. He also advocated for legislation regulating the traveling sales industry in Wisconsin.

The Act sets multiple protections for employees on traveling sales crews. In part, the Act:

· Requires at least semi-monthly payment of all wages earned;

· Requires all vehicles used to transport workers to be certified for all safety codes, including having a seat belt for all passengers;

· Prohibits an employer from abandoning employees because they are sick, injured or have been arrested;

· Prohibits an employer from taking away a worker’s money, ID, phone or any other personal property during the course of employment with the traveling sales crew; and

· Prohibits an employer from restricting communication between the worker and family or friends.

The Act also protects consumers from scams and homeowners from dangerous criminals knocking on their doors. In part, the Act:

· Requires employers who utilize traveling sales crews in Wisconsin or who recruit crewmembers in Wisconsin to obtain a certificate of registration from the Department of Workforce Development (DWD) prior to entering the state. The information collected as part of the registration process will include any prior conviction record of all crewmembers;

· Requires traveling sales crew workers to carry a DWD-issued ID badge and a copy of the certificate of registration with them at all times;

· Requires the employer to request a registration stamp from a local municipality. The stamp must be placed on the certificate of registration prior to selling door-to-door in any community;

· Requires the notification of local law enforcement of planned sale activities; and

· Limits the times of day salespersons on a traveling sale crew can engage in sales activities to between 9:00 a.m. and 9:00 p.m.

This bill does not apply to fundraising sales by a nonprofit organization, such as the Girl Scouts, or schools and does not preempt a county, city, village, or town from enacting a local ordinance regulating the sale of goods or services to consumers from house to house, on any street, or in any other place that is open to the public.

Governor Doyle thanked Senator Jon Erpenbach and Representative Sondy Pope-Roberts for their work on the bill.
Contact: Carla Vigue, Office of the Governor,
608-261-2162
WISPOLITICS.COM
wispolitics.com
Madison, Wisconsin
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March 26, 2009: Wisconsin Passes 'Malinda's Act'

On March 24, 2009 Malinda's Traveling Sales Crew Protection Act (SB-4)
was passed by the Wisconsin Senate (27-6)
and by the Wisconsin House of Representatives (68-30)
On March 26, 2009 Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle signed the bill into law.

For more information please contact Wisconsin State Senator Jon Erpenbach

Web Site: http://www.legis.state.wi.us/senate/sen27/news
Senator Jon Erpenbach
8 South, State Capitol
P.O. Box 7882
Madison, WI 53707-7882
(608)266-6670 or toll-free (888) 549-0027
Fax: (608) 266-2508
E-mail: Sen.Erpenbach@legis.wi.gov

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More information on the new legislation can also be found on this web site.


Bethesda, Maryland
Woman attacked near Bethesda school
May 13, 2009

Woman attacked near Bethesda school
by Bradford Pearson | Staff Writer
Maryland Community Newspapers Online
Gazette.net
Wednesday, May 13, 2009

A woman was attacked and nearly raped near Bethesda's Sumner neighborhood Friday evening, police said. At approximately 6:50 p.m. Montgomery County Police responded to a call for an attempted rape of a 19-year-old woman near the intersection of Sangamore Road and Westpath Way in Bethesda, said Officer Meghan Duffey, a police spokeswoman. The woman was selling magazines door-to-door when she first encountered the suspect, Duffey said. The two spoke for a moment about what the woman was selling and then she continued on her way. About 15 minutes later, the victim heard someone running toward her, and turned to see the suspect. She ran to the nearby Washington Waldorf School where he knocked her to the ground, assaulted her, and attempted to remove her pants. The victim fought off her attacker and ran to The Shops at Sumner Place, a shopping center, where she located a police officer. She was then taken to a hospital for facial injuries, Duffey said. "It's very bold for some to do this," at this time of day, Duffey said. "However it was getting close to 7 o'clock, the school was probably empty and kind of deserted, and it was getting darker." The suspect was described by the victim as a white male, 35 to 45 years old, 6 feet to 6 feet 4 inches tall and has a short brown hair and a goatee. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call police at 240-773-5070.

by Bradford Pearson | Staff Writer
Maryland Community Newspapers Online
Gazette.net
Gaithersburg, Maryland
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Montgomery County, Maryland
Police Seek Suspect in Attempted Rape
May 12, 2009
Press Release
Police Seek Suspect in Attempted Rape
Contact: Media Services Division
Phone: 240.773.5030
5/12/2009


Detectives from the Montgomery County Police Major Crimes Division – Homicide/Sex Section are investigating an attempted rape that occurred on Friday, May 8, 2009, in the area of Westpath Way and Sangamore Road in Bethesda.

At approximately 6:50 p.m., officers responded to the area for the report that a male suspect had just attempted to rape a 19-year-old female. The preliminary investigation revealed that the female victim was soliciting magazines door-to-door in the area. The victim stated that she had seen the suspect repeatedly as she was walking in the area. The suspect approached her and engaged her in conversation about what she was doing. After explaining she was selling magazines, she continued on her way.

About fifteen minutes later, she heard someone approaching her from behind. She looked behind her to observe the same suspect running toward her. She ran to the Washington Waldorf School when the suspect knocked her to the ground. The suspect assaulted the victim and attempted to remove her pants. She was able to fight off the suspect and run to the Little Falls Mall where she located a police officer. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries she sustained in the assault.

The suspect is being described as a white male, 35 to 45 years old, 6’ to 6’4” tall, has short brown hair, and a goatee. He was last seen in the area of the Washington Waldorf School.

Anyone with information about this incident or the suspect is asked to call the Major Crimes Division – Homicide/Sex Section at 240-773-5070 or the police non-emergency number at 301-279-8000. Callers may remain anonymous. Contact: Media Services Division
Phone: 240.773.5030
montgomerycountymd.gov
Montgomery County, Maryland


St. Cloud, Florida
Magazine Sales Attempted Abduction !!!
February 6, 2008
Police: 3 Men Sought After Trying To Abduct Teen Selling Magazines
18-Year-Old Manages To Escape, Calls Police
Local 6 News
local6.com
POSTED: 9:36 am EST February 6, 2008
UPDATED: 12:21 pm EST February 6, 2008

ST. CLOUD, Fla. -- Three men attempted to abduct an 18-year-old woman who was selling magazines in St. Cloud on Tuesday night, police said. According to St. Cloud police, the teen was walking in the area of 8th Street and Georgia Avenue at about 8:15 p.m. when she was approached by three men inside a green Mercury Grand Marquis. The men asked the teen what she was selling, so she walked toward their vehicle and the front passenger grabbed her jacket and attempted to pull her toward the vehicle, St. Cloud police said. One of the other men got out of the vehicle's back seat and tried to push the teen into the vehicle, but she was able to break away and call 911, police said. The victim described the driver of the vehicle as a black man and the front-seat passenger as a light-skinned black or Haitian man about 20 years old, who is about 5 feet 10 inches tall and 225 pounds. He has a Haitian accent and was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and white Nike Air Force shoes. He was also wearing a long gold chain with a cross on it. The culprit who attempted to push the woman into the vehicle was described only as a white man. The vehicle was last seen driving northbound on Georgia Avenue with a partial Florida tag of J72. Anyone with any information about the incident is urged to call CrimeLine at 800-423-TIPS. Watch Local 6 News for more on this story.

Local 6 News
local6.com
Orlando, Florida
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St. Cloud, Florida
Magazine Sales Attempted Abduction !!!
February 6, 2008
Teen Girl Escapes Abduction Attempt In St. Cloud Neighborhood
WFTV
POSTED: 3:19 pm EST February 6, 2008

ST. CLOUD, Fla. -- A St. Cloud community is on alert after an 18-year-old woman selling magazines south of East Lake Toho said three men tried to kidnap her. People who live in central St. Cloud, an area known as the grid, were unaware of what happened near the corner of 8th Street and Georgia Avenue. "She stopped here, knocked on the door. She wasn't even here for five minutes and then she left," said neighbor Joe Poplowski. An 18-year-old woman selling magazines was nearly abducted by three men in a green Mercury Grand Marquise. According to the victim, the front passenger, described as a light-skinned Haitian male, asked what she was selling. When she approached the car, he grabbed her jacket and pulled her toward him. The guy in the back seat climbed out and tried to push her in the car. She broke away and ran in the opposite direction. "I've been here for seven years. There's never been a problem," said neighbor Nancy Kislowski. The abduction attempt happened around 8:15pm Tuesday. The victim ran four blocks to a supermarket and used a pay phone to call police. Two store employees were sitting on a bench taking a break. "We tried to over hear what she was saying, 'cause she kept looking around like someone was following her," said eyewitness Sandee Samuelson. St. Cloud police said the victim works for Sun Signs Subscriptions based in Deerfield Beach. The frightened victim managed to get a partial Florida tag number from the green Mercury Grand Marquise, J-7-2. If you see it, call police.

WFTV
wftv.com
Orlando, Florida
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