977 new charges filed in Ohio kidnapping case, and other national news

2013-07-13T00:00:00Z 977 new charges filed in Ohio kidnapping case, and other national newsFrom Wire Reports From Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star
July 13, 2013 12:00 am  • 


977 new charges filed in kidnapping case

COLUMBUS - Month after month, year after year, the decade-long ordeal of three Cleveland women takes shape in the charges against the man accused of imprisoning them: August 2002, kidnapping. October 2005, rape. November 2006, aggravated murder.

Christmas Day 2006, rape.

A new 977-count indictment filed Friday provides a numbing look at what prosecutors say was 10 years of captivity for the three women in suspect Ariel Castro's home in a rough Cleveland neighborhood. Among the most serious charges: that he caused the death of one of his victims' fetuses by punching and starving her.

Castro, 53, is accused of kidnapping the three women and holding them captive - sometimes restrained in chains - along with the 6-year-old girl he fathered.

The women disappeared separately between 2002 and 2004, when they were 14, 16 and 20 years old.


Saudi Consulate pays $5M bail for princess

SANTA ANA - The $5 million bail posted to free a jailed Saudi princess accused of human trafficking was paid by the Saudi Arabian Consulate, the Orange County Sheriff's Department said Friday.

Meshael Alayban was released from custody before 6 p.m. Thursday, the day after being taken into custody by Irvine police, department records show.

Alayban, 42, is reported to be one of six wives of Saudi Prince Abdulrahman bin Nasser bin Abdulaziz al Saud.

She was arrested Wednesday after a Kenyan woman reportedly being forced to work as a servant fled one of the princess's four condos in an Irvine residential complex.


Boy, 12, is arrested in bank break-in

SOUTHFIELD - A 12-year-old boy has been arrested for breaking into a suburban Detroit bank after riding his bike there in the middle of the night.

Southfield police spokesman Lt. Nick Loussia said the boy broke a window about 3 a.m. Friday to get inside the Bank of America branch. Officers found the bicycle near the front door and say the boy had "property from the bank on his person."

WDIV-TV broadcast video of the child being led out in handcuffs. The boy eventually was turned over to his mother.


Choppers that buzzed city belonged to Army

PORT ANGELES - The Army says it's responsible for the low-flying military helicopters with spotlights that buzzed around the small city of Port Angeles, Wash., late Thursday. An Army official is apologizing for the unannounced training mission.

Dozens of residents called police to ask what was going on. Mayor Cherie Kidd said Friday the choppers, in her words, "terrorized my city."

The mayor says no one had advance warning, and city officials spent hours Friday trying to determine where the helicopters came from.


Rain causes flooding in Vegas wildfire area

LAS VEGAS - Firefighters worked amid rainstorms and flash flooding Friday to contain a wildfire that has burned since July 1 near Las Vegas.

Officially, a quarter of an inch of rain fell on the nearly 44-square-mile area charred by flames and left prone to mudslides, said Larry Helmerick, a fire official from Golden, Colo.

It rained hard enough on and around Mount Charleston to create flash flooding in parts of the burn zone, Helmerick said.

Wire reports

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