Abigail Hernandez was reportedly held prisoner by a 34-year-old man who was arrested twice during the time he held her captive. Hernandez faced down her kidnapper in court yesterday as he was arraigned on a charge of kidnapping "with a purpose to commit an offense against her."
Nathaniel Kibby was charged with the crime but has a criminal history that was revealed in court yesterday. His record includes six criminal trespassing charges; two counts of receiving stolen property; providing false information to purchase a firearm and theft, all of which were misdemeanors and took place when he was 17 years old. However, he also had two run-ins with police while Hernandez was being held captive.
Hernandez disappeared on October 9, 2013, and Kibby was arrested and charged with marijuana possession on October 22. He appeared in court on December 3, entered a guilty plea and paid $434 to cover the fine and fees associated with the charge. Then, on March 3 of this year, he was charged with simple assault and criminal trespass. more >>
Pastor Kong Hee's City Harvest Church, one of the biggest megachurches in Singapore, has celebrated its 25th year anniversary despite the ongoing high-profile trial of Kong and five other church officials accused of misusing millions in church funds.
"Thank God for His faithfulness the past 25 years. Happy Birthday, CHC," Kong wrote on Twitter, posting a photo of himself and other CHC members, including his popstar wife, Sun Ho, blowing out candles on a large birthday cake on stage.
The Straits Times reported on Tuesday that the 2 ½ hour celebration was held at Suntec City Convention Hall, and the two services, themed "Because Of You" in honor of the church's members, attracted 18,360 people in total. more >>
Police arrested a New Hampshire man in connection with the disappearance of 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez more than nine months ago. Nathaniel Kibby, 34, was arrested at his home and charged with felony kidnapping.
Kibby told police that he took the girl, then 14, on October 9, after she left school to walk home in North Conway. Police have not revealed any other details about the case but Kibby is scheduled for arraignment Tuesday, July 29, and a press briefing will be held afterward. Details about Kibby's life will also be revealed in court on Tuesday, and the community of North Conway is eager to learn more about the man who held Hernandez hostage for nine months.
On July 20, Hernandez suddenly returned home. There was no information about why or how she was returned, and her family has insisted that the girl never ran away, which some had speculated. Now that Kibby has admitted to abducting her, those rumors have been put to rest. But there are still plenty of questions that her family and friends want answered. more >>
WWE Superstar Daniel Bryan has proven that he is as tough in real life as he is on the small screen. Bryan reportedly chased two burglary suspects he saw leaving his home and was able to use a wrestling move to subdue one of the burglars until police arrived.
Daniel Bryan, whose real name is Bryan Danielson, and wife Brianna, drove into the carport of their home in Arcadia, Arizona, when they saw a door of the house start to open. Danielson got out of the car and went into the home.
"I saw the guys running out the back," Danielson told the Huffington Post. "I chased them. I caught one of them. I kept him until police got there. Unfortunately, he wasn't in very good shape, so it didn't take much." more >>
One of the Al Jazeera journalists detained in Egypt on alleged terrorism charges will reportedly appeal his sentence, his younger brother told reporters this week.
Peter Greste, an Australian reporter working for the Al Jazeera network, will be appealing his seven-year prison sentence that he received in June, based on charges that he had reported in favor of the Muslim Brotherhood political party during the toppling of former leader Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
Greste and two other reporters, Canadian-Egyptian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian Baher Mohammed, were accused of attempting to undermine Egypt's national security by "broadcasting false information" through Al Jazeera. more >>
An associate professor of feminist studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara has pleaded no contest to criminal charges related to her assault on a group of pro-life students in March, which was partially captured on video.
The Santa Barbara Independent reported on Thursday that Dr. Mireille Miller-Young, who had been accused of stealing and destroying an anti-abortion posted during an event, as well as pushing and scratching the activist, is pleading no contest to the charges of grand theft, vandalism, and battery.
"Today's plea brings us one step closer to seeing justice done in this case," said Katie Short, mother of the 16-year-old activist that Miller-Young is accused of assaulting. "Pro-life advocates should not be subjected to intimidation and violence for lawfully exercising their right to free speech, and we are happy to see that Ms. Miller-Young is being held accountable for her actions." more >>