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Imam pleads guilty in kidnapping, money laundering plot

Jan. 28, 2020 10:54 AM EST

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky Islamic leader accused of involvement in a murder for hire plot pleaded guilty Monday to some of the charges against him. Mahmoud Shaker Shalash entered guilty pleas in federal court to conspiring to kidnap someone and two counts of money laundering, according to court...

Man accused in assault of four women, teen, out of jail

Jan. 27, 2020 7:35 PM EST

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man accused of kidnapping and assaulting four women and a teenage girl was released from jail on Monday after a judge changed his bond status. Michael Dean Myers, 33, of High Point, had been in the Guilford County jail since 2018 on a $5.5 million secured bond, the...

In this Jan. 8, 2020, photo, Amir Hasan Beaudion Jr. walks to court at the Minnehaha County Jail in Sioux Falls, S.D. The Minnehaha County Sheriff's Office says Beaudion was charged Monday, Jan. 27, in the killing of a 20-year-old woman who authorities say was abducted from a Walmart parking lot in Sioux Falls, the Argus Leader reports. (Abigail Dollins/The Argus Leader via AP)

Charges filed in death of woman in Sioux Falls

Jan. 27, 2020 7:30 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A man was charged Monday in the death of a 20-year-old woman who authorities say was abducted from a Sioux Falls Walmart parking lot, strangled and left along a gravel road. Amir Hasan Beaudion Jr., 19, was charged with 15 counts, including first-degree murder, aggravated...

Colorado police arrest man suspected in officer's shooting

Jan. 27, 2020 4:53 PM EST

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — Police arrested a man suspected of shooting a Colorado Springs police officer earlier this month, authorities said. Randy Bishop, 35, was arrested Sunday and charged with first degree attempted murder of a peace officer, assault, child abuse, and second-degree kidnapping,...

3rd person convicted in 2009 killing gets life sentence

Jan. 27, 2020 2:47 PM EST

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A third person involved in the 2009 kidnapping, robbery and killing of a suspected drug dealer in Connecticut was sentenced to life in prison on Monday, federal prosecutors said. Terrell Hunter, 38, of Hartford, who according to authorities goes by the nickname...

Deputies shoot at SC man who fired into girlfriend's home

Jan. 27, 2020 2:30 PM EST

INDIAN LAND, S.C. (AP) — A man who fired a gun into his girlfriend's home and briefly held her, her mother and young son hostage was wounded by police officers who shot him during a gunbattle, authorities said. Joshua James Hendricks III was released from the hospital less than a day after he was wounded,...

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...