Kidnapping

FILE - This undated photo provided by the Salem, Oregon, Police Department shows Karissa Alyn Fretwell and her 3-year-old son William "Billy" Fretwell. Yamhill County District Attorney Brad Berry said Monday, June 17, 2019 that “really good detective work” led authorities to find the bodies of Karissa and Billy Fretwell Saturday in a wooded area northwest of Salem. They hadn’t been heard from since May 13. The boy’s biological father Michael Wolfe has been charged with kidnapping and aggravated murder. (Salem Police Department via AP, File)
June 17, 2019 - 5:45 pm
SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The bodies of an Oregon mother and her 3-year-old son have been found more than a month after they vanished, hidden in a forest where the boy's father cut wood, authorities said Monday. "Really good detective work" led authorities to find the bodies of Karissa and Billy Fretwell...
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June 15, 2019 - 7:31 am
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenyan officials say at least 10 police officers are dead after their vehicle struck an improvised explosive device near the Somali border in a suspected extremist attack. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to share the...
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This undated photo provided by the University of Illinois Police Department shows Yingying Zhang. The parents of the visiting University of Illinois scholar who disappeared two years ago have arrived in Illinois from China for the murder trial of the man accused of abducting and killing her. Former Illinois student Brendt Christensen is charged with Zheng, whose body hasn't been found. He pleaded not guilty and his trial is set to begin Monday, June 3, 2019. (Courtesy of the University of Illinois Police Department via AP)
June 12, 2019 - 12:29 am
CHICAGO (AP) — Opening statements are set for a federal death-penalty trial of a former University of Illinois graduate student charged with kidnapping and killing a visiting Chinese scholar. After opening remarks to jurors Wednesday morning in Peoria, in central Illinois, federal prosecutors will...
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FILE - In this July 3, 2014 file photo, former Illinois Gov. George Ryan speaks at his home in Kankakee, Ill. The trial of an ex-University of Illinois grad charged with killing a Chinese scholar is the first federal death-penalty trial in Illinois since it abolished the death penalty and some activists aren't happy about it. Former Gov. George Ryan, who took the first step toward abolishing the state's death penalty by placing a moratorium on executions in Illinois in 2000, a year after the state's last execution, said the federal decision to hold a death penalty trial there subverted the will of the majority of the residents. The trial in which openings are set for Wednesday, June 12, highlights the rarity of such cases. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
June 10, 2019 - 6:30 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A perplexed prospective juror at the trial of a former graduate student charged with kidnapping and killing a University of Illinois scholar from China said during jury selection last week that she didn't understand how a conviction could carry the death penalty in Illinois when the...
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June 06, 2019 - 7:58 am
ACCRA, Ghana (AP) — Authorities in Ghana say two Canadians on an exchange program have been abducted. Police and local media say the two were attending Kumasi Technical University in the West African country's second-largest city. Guillaume Berube, spokesman for Global Affairs Canada, told The...
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This undated photo provided by the University of Illinois Police Department shows Yingying Zhang. The parents of the visiting University of Illinois scholar who disappeared two years ago have arrived in Illinois from China for the murder trial of the man accused of abducting and killing her. Former Illinois student Brendt Christensen is charged with Zheng, whose body hasn't been found. He pleaded not guilty and his trial is set to begin Monday, June 3, 2019. (Courtesy of the University of Illinois Police Department via AP)
June 03, 2019 - 6:45 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge began vetting would-be jurors Monday in the death-penalty trial of a former University of Illinois physics student charged with kidnapping, torturing and killing a visiting Chinese scholar. Brendt Christensen, 29, looked on in a dress shirt from a defense table as the...
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Paul Whelan, a former U.S. Marine, who was arrested in Moscow at the end of last year, waits for a hearing in a court in Moscow, Russia, Friday, May 24, 2019. The American was detained at the end of December for alleged spying. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
June 03, 2019 - 6:13 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The arrest of a Michigan corporate security executive on espionage allegations in Russia seemed to his family like a horrible mistake, a misunderstanding that could be quickly resolved with help from the U.S. government. But it hasn't worked out that way. Six months later, and...
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FILE - In this Feb. 4, 2012 photo, Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo, aka "Marrufo", is escorted by police officers during his presentation to the media in Mexico City. Marrufo, accused of running a wing of the violent Mexican border cartel led by convicted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman has been extradited to Texas to face charges. faces an initial court appearance Wednesday, May 29, 2019, in El Paso on charges of conspiracy to commit murder, kidnapping, money laundering and drug distribution. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte File)
May 29, 2019 - 10:39 pm
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Mexican man accused of running a death squad for convicted drug lord Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman was due in a Texas courtroom on Wednesday to face a raft of charges. U.S. prosecutors announced Tuesday that Jose Antonio Torres Marrufo had been extradited to Texas on 2012...
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May 29, 2019 - 7:28 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a Utah man charged with killing his 5-year-old niece (all times local): 5:10 p.m. Police say they have found a body believed to be a 5-year-old Utah girl taken from her home and killed by her uncle five days ago. Logan Police Chief Gary Jensen said Wednesday that...
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Jake Patterson walked into court for his sentencing in the murder of James and Denise Closs at the Barron County Justice Center in Barron, Wis., on Friday, May 24, 2019. Barron County District Attorney Brian Wright told a judge during Jake Patterson's sentencing hearing Friday that Patterson would never stop trying to find and possibly kill Jayme Closs if he gets out of prison.(Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP, Pool)
May 24, 2019 - 10:37 pm
BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin man was sentenced Friday to life in prison for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents after the girl told the judge she that wanted him "locked up forever" for trying to steal her. Jake Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of...
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