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Charges filed in death of woman in Sioux Falls

Jan. 27, 2020 10:52 AM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A Sioux Falls man is charged in the death of a 20-year-old woman who authorities say had been abducted from a Walmart parking lot. Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office says 19-year-old Amir Hasan Beaudion Jr. was charged Monday in the first-degree murder, according to the Argus...

Growing outcry in Ethiopia over abducted university students

Jan. 27, 2020 8:53 AM EST

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — Ethiopians are expressing anger and frustration over several university students, most of them female, who remain missing after their kidnapping two months ago. A growing social media campaign echoes the #BringBackOurGirls activism in Nigeria over the mass kidnapping there of...

Booking photos made Jan. 25, 2020 and provided by the Stutsman County (N.D.) Correctional Center show Jamey Cleasby, left, and his sister Jessica Cleasby. Authorities in North Dakota arrested Jamey Cleasby, left, and his sister Jessica Cleasby, Saturday, Jan. 26, 2020, wanted in Wisconsin for allegedly kidnapping the woman's toddler son. The two were arrested Sayurday at a motel in Cooperstown in eastern North Dakota, Griggs County Sheriff Wesley Straight said Sunday.  (Stutsman County (N.D.) Correctional Center via AP)

Sheriff: Woman, brother arrested in ND with missing toddler

Jan. 26, 2020 3:15 PM EST

COOPERSTOWN, N.D. (AP) — Authorities in North Dakota have arrested a woman and her brother wanted in Wisconsin for allegedly kidnapping the woman's toddler son. Jessica Cleasby, 34, and Jamey Cleasby, 52, were arrested without incident Saturday night after their vehicle was found at a motel in Cooperstown...

Man makes plea deal in connection with kidnapping, slaying

Jan. 24, 2020 11:02 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A 33-year-old man pleaded guilty to kidnapping and conspiracy to kidnap in a case that involved the death of a man and the kidnapping of his friend, the Albuquerque Journal reported Friday. Chase Smothermon's guilty plea came in the August 2017 case that involved the death of...

Bismarck man accused of kidnapping, terrorizing

Jan. 24, 2020 7:56 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man is accused of forcing his way into an apartment, holding another man at gunpoint and firing several shots. The Bismarck Tribune reports 39-year-old Christopher Williams is charged with kidnapping, terrorizing and reckless endangerment. Police say the incident early...

Cristen Giangarra speaks to reporters on Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, about the night in June that she says she was raped by a Lyft driver in St. Louis. Attorney Michael Gallagher is at center. (Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch via AP)

Alleged rape victim names Lyft, St. Louis driver in lawsuit

Jan. 23, 2020 3:43 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A woman who says she was raped by a Lyft driver in St. Louis has filed a lawsuit accusing the ride-sharing company of prioritizing profits over passenger safety. Cristen Giangarra's lawsuit, filed Wednesday, is the latest of several filed by women across the country who have claimed they...

Fotis Dulos, center, and his attorneys Norm Pattis, left and Chris La Tronica appear for a probable cause hearing in Stamford Superior Court, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Stamford, Conn. Dulos, the estranged husband of Jennifer Dulos, a missing Connecticut mother of five who is presumed dead, pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and kidnapping charges as a judge warned him to not violate his house arrest conditions again. (Erik Trautmann/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, Pool)

Husband in missing mom case pleads not guilty to murder

Jan. 23, 2020 1:23 PM EST

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — The estranged husband of a missing Connecticut mother of five who is presumed dead pleaded not guilty Thursday to murder and kidnapping charges as a judge warned him to not violate his house arrest conditions again. Fotis Dulos appeared in a state court in Stamford, Connecticut, a...

Man who helped kidnap storage warehouse manager gets 5 years

Jan. 23, 2020 10:20 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — One of two men who kidnapped a Public Storage warehouse manager at gunpoint, mistakenly thinking the manager had stolen their nearly 500 pounds of marijuana, was sentenced Wednesday to five years in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Robert E. Jones issued the sentence for Trent...

Woman charged in tot's death seeks to have statements tossed

Jan. 22, 2020 9:22 PM EST

BRIDGETON, N.J. (AP) — A woman accused of killing her toddler son and telling police he had been kidnapped before his remains were found buried in the yard of her New Jersey home is seeking to have prosecutors barred from using her statements to police in court. Twenty-five-year-old Nakira Griner of...

Suspect in child abduction sent for psychiatric evaluation

Jan. 22, 2020 2:21 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man charged with abducting an 11-year-old girl was ordered by a judge Wednesday to undergo a 20-day psychiatric evaluation. Miguel Rodriguez, 24, of Springfield, appeared in Springfield District Court for a hearing to determine whether he is a danger to society and...