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Man pleads not guilty in missing child hoax

Apr. 19, 2019 3:07 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 23-year-old man authorities say impersonated a long-missing child pleaded not guilty Friday to lying to federal agents. Brian Michael Rini, of Medina, Ohio, was arraigned after his indictment this week on those charges and charges of aggravated identity theft. He was initially arrested...

Coroner: 5 Illinois warehouse victims shot multiple times

Apr. 16, 2019 5:50 PM EDT

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Autopsies on the five employees killed when a gunman opened fire in February at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant have determined that all of them were shot more than once. The (Aurora) Beacon-News reports that the reports released on Tuesday by the Kane County Coroner's Office...

The Latest: No bond for man accused of impersonating child

Apr. 9, 2019 2:11 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on an Ohio man accused of impersonating a missing child (all times local): 2:05 p.m. A federal magistrate has ordered that a 23-year-old man charged with lying to federal agents about being a missing child from Illinois continue to be held without bond. U.S. Magistrate Karen...

Prosecutor: Authorities skeptical early of man's abuse claim

Apr. 5, 2019 8:25 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on the investigation of a man who allegedly claimed to be a long-missing child from Illinois (all times local): 12:35 p.m. A federal prosecutor says a man who claimed to be a long-missing boy raised immediate suspicions after he declined to be fingerprinted. Benjamin Glassman...

Ex-convict charged with pretending to be long-missing boy

Apr. 5, 2019 7:42 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A 23-year-old ex-convict accused of pulling a cruel hoax by pretending to be a long-missing Illinois boy was charged Friday with making false statements to federal authorities. The FBI said Brian Rini had made false claims twice before, portraying himself as a juvenile sex-trafficking...

Family of missing boy was elated, then devastated by hoax

Apr. 5, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — Eight years after an Illinois boy disappeared, his family began to think that their nightmare might be over at last. A young man found wandering the streets of a Kentucky town claimed he had just escaped from two men in the Cincinnati area who held him captive for seven years. And he...

Feds: man jailed after claim has twice made similar claims

Apr. 5, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on the investigation of a man who allegedly claimed to be a long-missing child from Illinois (all times local): 11:15 a.m. An FBI affidavit says an Ohio man who authorities say falsely claimed to be an Illinois boy missing for eight years has made similar claims twice before....

The Latest: False ID is 'like reliving the day,' family says

Apr. 4, 2019 10:30 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Latest on efforts to confirm the identity of a person who told police he is Timmothy Pitzen, an Illinois boy who has been missing since 2011 (all times local): 6:05 p.m. The family of an Illinois boy missing since 2011 says they are heartbroken after police determined that a person...

FBI rejects young man's claim to be long-missing boy

Apr. 4, 2019 8:55 PM EDT

CINCINNATI (AP) — A young man's claim to be an Illinois boy who disappeared under tragic circumstances eight years ago was disproved by DNA tests and pronounced a hoax Thursday, dashing hopes that the baffling case had finally been solved. For a day and a half, a breakthrough seemed to be at hand when a...

'Ripper Crew' ex-con: I'm willing to 'change my ways'

Apr. 4, 2019 1:46 PM EDT

AURORA, Ill. (AP) — A convicted killer who has settled in a Chicago suburb said he's "willing to work hard to change my ways" and won't be a threat to area residents, decades after he was accused of being part of a satanic cult that killed women in the 1980s. "I want no contact with the families," Thomas...