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Prisoner caught after brief escape during trip to court

Mar. 31, 2020 8:39 AM EDT

BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) — A state prisoner briefly escaped while being transported from Lincoln to Valentine for a court hearing, authorities said. A Midwest Transport Services van carrying Juan Colombe, 24, stopped at a Broken Bow convenience store around 11:30 a.m. Monday. Colombe managed to get out of his...

CAPTION ADDITION: ADDS DETAILS ABOUT WHICH PRISON HAD RIOTS: FILE - In this April 3, 2018, file photo, prisoners cut the hair of other inmates in the barber shop of a Kurdish-run prison housing former members of the Islamic State group, in Qamishli, north Syria. A spokesman for Kurdish-led forces in northeastern Syria said Monday, March. 30, 2020 they have put an end to riots by Islamic State militants in a prison there. The riots broke out late on Sunday in a prison in the town of Hassakeh and lasted several hours. Kurdish authorities run more than two dozen detention facilities scattered around northeastern Syria, holding about 10,000 IS fighters. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla, File)

Activists say IS prison riots break out again in Syria

Mar. 30, 2020 4:44 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Imprisoned Islamic State militants rioted again on Monday at a jail in northeastern Syria, hours after the Kurdish-led forces running the site said they had restored order, activists said. Gunfire could be heard in the area as ambulances rushed the wounded from inside the prison to hospitals...

Report: Mass breakout in Yakima started as jail riot

Mar. 30, 2020 11:36 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Last week's mass breakout from the Yakima County jail began with an inmate refusing to go back to his bed, leading to a riot. Reports filed by county Department of Corrections officers in court state that one inmate incited others in the jail to throw furniture and other items at...

IS militants riot in eastern Syria prison, some escape

Mar. 29, 2020 6:42 PM EDT

BEIRUT (AP) — Islamic State militants rioted inside in a prison in northeastern Syria, wrestling control from guards on an entire floor in the facility while a number of prisoners managed to escape, a Syrian Kurdish official said Sunday. Mustafa Bali, a spokesman for the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic...

Coronavirus rumors alleged to have set off Thai prison riot

Mar. 29, 2020 11:42 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Officials in Thailand say a riot at a prison in a northeastern province was set off when inmates plotting to escape spread false rumors that several prisoners were infected with the coronavirus. Fires were set in parts of Buriram Prison during a riot on Sunday in which about 100 prisoners...

South Dakota warden resigns after COVID-19 infection, escape

Mar. 25, 2020 6:29 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The warden of the South Dakota Women's Prison resigned abruptly this week after nine women escaped from the prison and another tested positive for COVID-19. Wanda Markland offered her resignation and left the position on Tuesday. There is now an interim warden running the prison....

Police: 6 of 12 Yakima County jail escapees remain on loose

Mar. 24, 2020 10:21 AM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — A search is underway for six of 12 inmates who escaped from the Yakima County jail on Monday, authorities said. The Washington State Department of Corrections said a dozen inmates escaped around 7 p.m. after using a table to break open an exterior fire door and climb over a fence to...

Jail escapee arrested in trailer in northern Michigan

Mar. 23, 2020 12:30 PM EDT

ATLANTA, Mich. (AP) — Police have captured a man who escaped from a county jail in northern Michigan. Jeffrey Markby, 34, was found Monday morning in a travel trailer behind a home in Atlanta, Michigan, according to the Montmorency County sheriff's office. He surrendered without a struggle. A motorist saw...

The Latest: South Korea raises testing of European arrivals

Mar. 22, 2020 11:59 PM EDT

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected more than 336,000 people and killed more than 14,600. The COVID-19 illness causes mild or moderate symptoms in most people, but severe symptoms are more likely in the elderly or those with existing health problems. More...

The relative of an inmate cries as she speaks on the phone outside La Modelo jail in Bogota, Colombia, Sunday, March 22, 2020. Violence broke out in the prison out of inmates' fears that authorities are not doing enough to prevent coronavirus inside overcrowded prisons. (AP Photo/Ivan Valencia)

23 inmates dead after protest over virus fears in Colombia

Mar. 22, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — A deadly riot broke out in a prison in Colombia's capital, leaving 23 inmates dead, authorities said Sunday, as tensions rise over the spread of the coronavirus in one of the most vulnerable locations: crowded, poorly kept penitentiaries. Justice Minister Margarita Cabello described...