Miu Luu(NEW YORK) — The mother of a missing 16-year-old Pennsylvania girl who is believed to have run away with a 45-year-old man sent a message to her daughter in an interview with ABC News.“Amy, I love you, can you come back?” Miu Luu of Allentown, Pennsylvania, said Friday, addressing her daughter, Amy Yu.Yu along with Kevin Esterly, 45, have been missing since March 5, and police believe the teen left with the man willingly.When the girl did not return home from school that night, her mother reported her missing, the Allentown Police Department said.Two days later, police received information indicating that on the night of March 5, Yu and Esterly took a one-way flight from Philadelphia to Cancun, police said.Luu reported to police after her daughter’s disappearance that money, jewelry and Yu’s personal documents were also missing, according to a police report.The mother told ABC News she doesn’t care if her daughter has spent her money, she just wants her to come home to her and her brother.The girl’s brother, 15-year-old John Yu, added, “I hope you come home safely. Please don’t get into any trouble, and just get home safely.”An Amber Alert has been issued in Mexico for Amy Yu.“Prior to the Amber Alert in Mexico, the information that Amy Yu and Kevin Esterly were likely in Mexico was not released as it is believed that Kevin Esterly and/or Amy Yu are monitoring media reports,” police said in a news release Friday.Allentown police issued a message to the teen Friday, “Amy, if you are uncertain how to come home or who to contact for help, you may simply reach out to a law enforcement official, a resort staff member, or contact your mom via text message, email or social media, and we will work to reunite you with your family right away.”Esterly, who is married, met the teen at church, and Amy Yu appears to have been friends with one of Esterly’s daughters, said Gary Hammer of the Colonial Regional Police, which has jurisdiction over Amy Yu’s school, Lehigh Valley Academy.When Amy Yu was asked by members of the Leigh Country Child Advocacy Center whether she was having a relationship with Esterly, she denied it, Hammer said.However, Amy Yu altered her school records and listed Esterly as her stepfather, Hammer added. At least 10 times between December and Feb. 9, Esterly signed her out of school early, he said.Feb. 9 was the day when Luu came to the school to pick up her daughter, “and the school said her stepfather already signed her out of school,” Hammer told ABC News last week.“The mom explained she is a single mother,” Hammer said. “There is no stepfather.”Lehigh Valley Academy confirmed that Esterly has been on school grounds before and was last there on Feb. 9.“After that date, due to circumstances we cannot disclose pursuant to student privacy constraints, he was prohibited from entering school grounds, and the police were to be notified if he returned,” the school said in a statement last week.The school said in its statement, “Due to federal and state privacy constraints, the school is prohibited from releasing any additional information about the student or the facts and circumstances surrounding the situation unless the parent provides express consent for the school to do so.“We are, however, working closely with the Colonial Regional Police and the Allentown Police and are providing whatever information and assistance we can to assist them and Amy’s family during this difficult time,” the school added.The school called the Colonial Regional Police immediately and it started investigating. The department found video of Esterly signing the teen out and leaving with her, Hammer said.On March 7, a family member of Esterly reported him as missing or endangered, and that same day, an arrest warrant for Esterly was issued, charging him with interference with the custody of children, the police said.Amy Yu is about 4 feet 11 inches tall and 90 pounds, and Esterly is 5 feet 9 inches tall and 185 pounds, according to police.Authorities believe they may be in a 1999 red, two-door Honda Accord with the Pennsylvania plate KLT 0529.Anyone who sees either of them is asked to call 911, local police or the Allentown Police at 610-437-7751.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
manonallard/iStock(MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Md.) — After more than 54,000 citations were issued last year in to drivers who blew past school buses with stop signs extended in Montgomery County, Maryland, all buses this year will be outfitted with safety cameras.Negligent drivers may see fines of up to $500, too, officials said.The Montgomery County Department of Police on Friday released footage of a dozen such incidents in the wake of releasing a video showing a 16-year-old girl being struck by a car as she made her way toward a school bus.The teen girl is seen being tossed onto the hood of the car, which reverses back toward the scene of the accident after the girl picked herself up and sprinted back toward the vehicle that dropped her off.Capt. Thomas Didone told ABC News the videos are being distributed in part to “warn and alert drivers, parents and school children of dangers.”“The failure by drivers to stop for school buses can result in catastrophic consequences,” the department said in a statement. “There is absolutely no reason to hurry and drive impatiently that is worth the loss of or injury to any of our children.”Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Grenada’s Prime Minister, Dr Keith Mitchell, has praised the “attitudinal change” of the new Ricky Skerritt-led Cricket West Indies administration, and says it is a “fundamental” departure from “arrogance” which marked the previous Dave Cameron leadership. While conceding there “may have been mistakes made” early in Skerritt’s tenure, Mitchell said the new willingness to engage with stakeholders and commitment to inclusiveness meant critical building blocks were being put in place for the future success of West Indies cricket.“The attitudinal change has been the most fundamental. In anything you’re doing in life, I always [say] in the politics I’m involved in, humility is a major plus – a major part of success,” Mitchell said during an interview on popular radio cricket show, Mason and Guest, here earlier this week.“We get lost easily as politicians by demonstrating arrogance in power and if you’re in business and you demonstrate arrogance you will suffer. Similarly in sport. I think there was a level of arrogance that I saw displayed by the previous administration and I’m not afraid to say it. “Some people may not like it but I saw it first hand because I was supportive of the change when it took place, but I became lost early when I saw the behaviour patterns that ‘I’m the boss’. There are no bosses in this thing; West Indies cricket is about all of us. “The players are supposed to be treated as they’re supposed to be, the board must be respected, the governments must be respected – we all have a role. But the level of arrogance that I saw displayed by the previous administration, that’s what got me on the wrong side of them.”While serving as chairman of CARICOM’s subcommittee on cricket, Mitchell often found himself at odds with CWI especially after throwing his full support behind the CARICOM-commissioned Barriteau Report on Governance back in 2015, which called for “the immediate dissolution” of the board and resignation of the administration. After receiving considerable opposition to the move from Cameron, Mitchell, along with Vincentian Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves and Trinidad and Tobago counterpart, Dr Keith Rowley, became highly critical of the administration, leading to a well-publicised impasse.Last March, however, Skerritt defeated three-term incumbent Cameron in CWI elections staged in Jamaica, promising to restore dialogue with stakeholders and transparency in decision-making.Mitchell, who has already met with Skerritt, said he was pleased with the early signs being sent from the administration in all the key areas. “I notice now, and I must say this, the present president and his team, I saw the willingness to reach out,” he pointed out.“I like the tone. They are not perfect – they may have been mistakes made in the initial stages but that’s life. As long as we are prepared to work together and build this thing, West Indies cricket will get back.”He continued: “I have seen some of our [regional] leaders at this point not happy with some of the actions of the present aboard about some of the initial decisions but I have never seen … the president or members of the board attacking a prime minister for his or her opinion and to me that is a fundamental change. “The prime ministers have the feeling and interest of cricket because it affects their countries. They express an opinion – they may be right or wrong – but for you as a board member or president to be attacking a prime minister publicly for his opinion, for how he seeings things, does not make sense. “I see that as a fundamental change with Skerritt’s leadership and the present [CWI administration] and to me that will flow over to how he treats the players.”Going forward, Mitchell said once Skerritt remained open to dialogue and inclusivity, he believed the animosity that existed between regional leaders and CWI would be replaced with cooperation.“I believe the regional leaders they all will want to see improvement in West Indies cricket and they will work with the present board and work with the players and the ex-players to move West Indies cricket forward,” he stressed. “I’m really hopeful in 2020. I don’t expect to see a massive change overnight but I [hope to] see progressive change and success over [a] period of time.”