Kidnap claim unravels: Baby thrown down hill, mom charged

U.S. 05/10/19, 16:22

A mother's claim that her 7-week-old baby was kidnapped quickly unraveled after her infant was found at the bottom of a 75-foot ravine in the North Carolina mountains, law enforcement officials said Friday. Henderson County Sheriff Lowell Griffin announced that the child's mother, Krista Noelle Madden, 35, has been jailed on ...

Man convicted in model’s death says ‘justice was served’

U.S. 05/10/19, 07:59

A man accused of strangling a model in one of Philadelphia's affluent suburbs has been convicted of murder.Jonathan Harris told reporters that he believed "justice was served" as he was led out of the courtroom late Thursday. The verdict carries a mandatory life sentence.The 31-year-old Johnstown man was also found ...

Florida man arrested in 1972 slaying of N Carolina woman

U.S. 05/01/19, 14:45

A Florida man has been arrested in one of North Carolina's coldest cases: the 1972 slaying of a woman found bound and shot beside her 4-month-old baby.The News & Observer reports 65-year-old Larry Joe Scott was arrested Monday in Bradenton and charged with murder and kidnapping in the death of ...

Police: Man took 4-year-old, bound her, stuffed her in trunk

U.S. 04/30/19, 14:59

A 20-year-old man entered a home's unlocked front door, snatched a 4-year-old girl from her bed and bound and stuffed her into a wooden trunk at his grandparents' house, telling police he'd been scoping out children who he thought lived in "deplorable conditions," according to a criminal complaint. The child was ...

Oregon safety officer gets second life sentence

California 04/25/19, 16:52

A judge has given a former college campus security officer a federal life sentence for terrorizing a 19-year-old woman by carjacking her at gunpoint in Oregon and forcing her to accompany him to California after having killed another woman. Calling Edwin Lara an "extreme danger to the community," U.S. District Judge ...

Woman convicted on lesser charge in boy torture case

U.S. 04/11/19, 08:37

An Iowa woman charged with kidnapping for confining her boyfriend's 8-year-old son under basement stairs has been convicted of a lesser charge.A judge on Wednesday found Traci Tyler guilty of misdemeanor false imprisonment.Prosecutors say she and the boy's father, Alex Shadlow, locked the boy in the basement of their Ackley ...

US to start warning travelers about kidnapping risk abroad

Politics 04/10/19, 11:22

The risk of being kidnapped or taken hostage is being added to the travel advisories issued by the State Department. State Department advisories have until now included warnings about such things as crime, civil unrest or the potential for terrorism. The new "K" indicator for the potential to be kidnapped is ...

Uganda says arrests made for kidnapping of American tourist

World 04/09/19, 12:20

Ugandan police say they have arrested some people over the kidnapping last week of an American tourist who has since been freed. Police did not specify how many people were arrested but said they are "actively investigating" the kidnapping which took place on April 2 in a national park. The victims — ...

Report: Kidnapping of Phoenix girl scuttled by witness with handgun

U.S. 04/08/19, 22:12

An attempted kidnapping of an 11-year-old Phoenix girl on the way to school was scuttled when a witness intervened, knocked down the suspect and threatened him with a handgun, police said in a Monday report. The unidentified suspect allegedly grabbed the girl as she walked, took her arm and placed it behind her ...

Uganda police say kidnapped US woman and driver are freed

U.S. 04/07/19, 16:44

Ugandan police said on Sunday they had rescued an American woman and her driver who had been kidnapped by gunmen in a national park. The two "are in good health" and "in the safe hands" of security officials, police said in a Twitter update. Although authorities provided no details about how the ...

Philippines: 1 hostage escapes, another drowns and 3rd shot

World 04/06/19, 04:36

An Indonesian hostage held by Muslim militants in the southern Philippines swam his way to freedom but another drowned, and a Malaysian was shot in the back while escaping, officials said Saturday.The two Indonesians and the Malaysian separately escaped while Philippine marines were attempting to rescue them on Simusa island ...

Update: West Virginia mom charged after abduction tale

U.S. 04/05/19, 15:33

The Latest on criminal charges against a West Virginia mom accused of falsely reporting that an Egyptian man tried to kidnap her daughter (all times local):4:20 p.m.A West Virginia mother whose story about foiling a brazen kidnapping attempt unraveled under questioning has been criminally charged and jailed.Santana Renee Adams is ...

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