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  • Mexican drug cartels make Phoenix #2 in world for kidnappings

    02/12/2009 10:14:11 AM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 45 replies · 1,833+ views ^ | Feb. 12, 2009 | Ed Morrissey
    According to ABC News, the use of kidnapping by Mexican drug cartels for ransom and revenge has spread beyond the Rio Grande and into Arizona — and the federal government has done nothing to stop it. Phoenix has become the second-worst city in the world for kidnappings, right behind Mexico City, with brutal dismemberments for those abductees who do not get ransomed quickly enough: In what officials caution is now a dangerous and even deadly crime wave, Phoenix, Arizona has become the kidnapping capital of America, with more incidents than any other city in the world outside of Mexico City...
  • Drug gang clash with army kills 21 in Mexico

    02/10/2009 2:10:46 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 644+ views
    Reuters ^ | Feb 10, 2009 | Julian Cardona
    CIUDAD JUAREZ, Mexico - Mexican drug gang violence near the U.S. border ended in a shootout with the army on Tuesday and killed 21 people. At least one soldier died in the clashes in Villa Ahumada, south of the border city of Ciudad Juarez, local newspapers reported, putting the death toll at 21. The attorney general's office in Chihuahua state said a gunfight between soldiers and suspected drug gangs had left 15 people dead. The killing spree began in the early hours of Tuesday when around a dozen suspected drug hitmen drove into the farming town of Villa Ahumada in...
  • DNA tests to aid families of kidnap victims[Laredo,Texas]

    02/06/2009 2:17:42 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 673+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 02/06/2009 | Todd Bensman -
    On Jan. 2, 2003, Laredo resident Sergio Ortiz told his wife he was off to meet a prospective client across the river in Nuevo Laredo and would be back in an hour. The 49-year-old former deputy sheriff was working as a private investigator on traffic accidents and divorce cases. “I’m still waiting,” said his wife, Daniella, this week,. So are dozens of other families in South Texas. There’s a chance some of them may not have to wait much longer. The FBI is trying something new with the neighboring Mexican state of Tamaulipas that may end the uncertainty. Tamaulipas prosecutors...
  • Glenn Beck Talks to Father of Girl Kidnapped in Mexico

    02/03/2009 6:16:33 PM PST · by Tarantulas · 20 replies · 1,900+ views ^ | February 3, 2009 | MsUnderestimated
    Tonight on Glenn Beck, he revisited an issue he's long been championing; and that's to make sure that all Americans are aware of the serious problem of kidnappings and killings on our Mexican border - on both sides. Watch as William Slemaker tells the story of his step-daughter, Yvette Martinez, who was reportedly stopped by a municipal police officer in Mexico after leaving a concert, then More..given to a local drug lord as a gift. She's been missing since 2004, and Glenn is proud to let Slemaker know he's finally with a network (Fox News) that has their priorities straight....
  • Men accused of Juarez kidnapping live in El Paso, officials say

    02/03/2009 1:16:26 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 773+ views
    KVIA ^ | Feb 2, 2009 | Ken Molestina
    EL PASO, Texas -- Two El Paso men are being held in Juarez, accused of a violent kidnapping. The news is making some on this side of the border wonder just how close to home the crime wave is hitting. A neighborhood in East El Paso off George Dieter and Vista Del Sol is home to thousands of El Pasoans. Juarez authorities said it's also where Leopoldo Omar Sanchez Medina lives. Medina, along with another man, Juan Manuel Rico Gonzalez, also of El Paso, are accused of kidnapping a man in Juarez at gunpoint. Police in Juarez said they found...
  • American kidnapped, business torched(brother blames U.S. agents)

    01/27/2009 9:19:53 AM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 24 replies · 1,293+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | 01/25/2009 | Todd Bensman
    NUEVO LAREDO, Mexico — Laredo businessman Alan Gamboa thought his rental property was being used to house rank-and-file workers from the U.S. Consulate. But when drug cartel hit men raided the house in October, then last month torched his nearby communications and home-security shop and kidnapped his brother, Ricardo, Gamboa figured out that the tenants weren't who they seemed to be. Ricardo still is missing and feared dead, and the Gamboa family members worry they also may be targeted by narcotraffickers who bombarded the rental house, taking computers, documents and other materials. Alan now blames all that has transpired —...
  • Ex-Neighbor Suspected in Corny Dog Heiress Kidnapping[North Texas Illegals]

    12/10/2008 4:21:33 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 17 replies · 1,015+ views ^ | December 10, 2008
    DOUBLE OAK, Texas (AP) - A man who once lived next door to the owners of Fletcher's Corny Dogs is believed to have plotted the kidnapping of a woman from the well-known family, authorities say. Amber Fletcher, 21, was shaken but otherwise unhurt after being rescued following the abduction early Monday by three men from her Denton County home in the town of Double Oak, authorities said. She was found about 12 hours later after one of the men was stopped by officers while Fletcher's mother, under surveillance by law enforcement, was driving to meet him to pay a $100,000...
  • Some in Mexico want the death penalty reinstated

    12/05/2008 5:51:23 PM PST · by SwinneySwitch · 11 replies · 461+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 5, 2008 | Tracy Wilkinson
    MEXICO UNDER SIEGE The increase in slayings and kidnappings related to the nation's war on drug traffickers has created a climate of fear. Legal experts see too many obstacles to restoring capital punishment. Reporting from Mexico City -- Anger and frustration over rampant killings and kidnappings have ignited an improbable debate here over legalizing the death penalty, a punishment that has been effectively banned in Mexico for nearly half a century. Lawmakers agreed Thursday to hear arguments next week on a proposal to amend the Mexican Constitution to allow for capital punishment in a narrow number of cases. The initiative...
  • Mexico's civil war ignites in America

    10/20/2008 11:55:00 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 19 replies · 875+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | October 20, 2008 | Roger Hedgecock
    INVASION USA Exclusive: Roger Hedgecock warns of bloodshed spilling across southern border The Mexican government and the drug cartels that operate throughout Mexico are locked in a battle over control of the country. With the Mexican army fully deployed and often fighting ex-Mexican army special forces working for the cartels, this is, in scope and casualties, truly a civil war. To date this year, some 3,500 Mexicans have died in this war. In just the first 15 days of October, there were 387 deaths in Mexico City, 178 in the state of Chihuahua and 90 in Baja California – all...
  • [South Texas:]Police: Men kidnapped woman for $200

    10/09/2008 11:24:56 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 5 replies · 343+ views
    The Brownsville Herald/Monitor ^ | October 7, 2008 | Ryan Holeywell
    PHARR - A woman entering McAllen from Reynosa was held for ransom here last week for $200, according to a probable cause complaint. Three men demanded $200 from Luz Elena Lopez on Thursday and told her she wouldn't be released from a Pharr residence until she came up with the amount, the victim reportedly told investigators. Police say after arriving in McAllen, Lopez met Antonio Medina Jr., 20, and Jose Miguel Alvarez, 17, who drove her to the residence, according to the complaint. Both Medina and Alvarez were charged with aggravated kidnapping Friday and are in jail with $100,000 bond....
  • Valley residents arrested for Reynosa kidnappings[South Texas/Mexico]

    07/16/2008 2:23:11 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 4 replies · 331+ views
    KGBT 4 ^ | July 16, 2008
    Mexican authorities arrested two Rio Grande Valley residents for their alleged involvement in a kidnapping ring that terrorized the border city of Reynosa. Tamaulipas State Police told Action 4 News that three suspects were arrested in a kidnapping case on Tuesday evening. Police recovered hundreds of thousands of dollars, jewelry and other valuables. The group was allegedly arrested following an investigation into the July 9 kidnapping of a Reynosa businessman. The suspects were identified as: Agustín Edmundo Torres Flores (San Juan, Texas) Cantalicia Cantú (McAllen, Texas) Francisca Dianey Martínez Hernández (Reynosa, Tamaulipas) Action 4 News reporter Victor Castillo will have...
  • Top Pakistan nuclear scientists in Taliban Custody

    03/08/2007 10:53:04 AM PST · by jmc1969 · 8 replies · 1,189+ views
    Zee News ^ | March 6 2007
    Two top nuclear scientists of Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) are currently in Taliban custody. The two were working at PAEC’s facility in North West Frontier Province. Zee News investigations reveal that the two scientists were kidnapped about six months ago. To avoid international embarrassment Pakistan Government has kept this information under wraps. According to information available with Zee News, nuclear scientists have been kidnapped by Taliban at the behest of Al-Qaeda.
  • [South Texas:]Illegal immigrant couple accused of trying to kidnap children

    04/26/2008 4:57:27 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 21 replies · 123+ views
    The Monitor ^ | April 25, 2008 | Sean Gaffney
    PEÑITAS | ATTEMPTED KIDNAPPING An illegal immigrant couple who allegedly attempted to kidnap three children appeared in court Friday. Honduran national Martha Amalia Gomez, 36, and Mexican national Jose Valera, 41, told police they stopped the children as they got off the school bus Thursday afternoon on Tom Gill Road to simply ask for directions. Police, however, said the couple motioned for the children to get in their car before the children's mother came out of the house. The couple then fled about 4:15 p.m., said Peñitas police Officer Emily Melendez. Later that day, someone saw a report about the...
  • Violence in Mexico deterring tourists

    04/18/2008 1:18:08 PM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 8 replies · 190+ views
    Marketplace ^ | April 18, 2008 | Jill Barshay
    In 2007, the number of Americans kidnapped while in Mexico doubled from the previous year. This has not only reduced tourism to Mexico, it is affecting the future of real estate projects, such as Donald Trump's towers in Tijuana. Jill Barshay reports TEXT OF STORY Lisa Napoli: This week, the U.S. State Department issued a travel alert for Americans heading to the northern border region of Mexico. The reason: a surge in violence and kidnappings linked to Mexican drug cartels. Marketplace's Jeff Tyler reports the violence it's starting to take its toll on the tourism industry. -------------------------------------------------------- Jeff Tyler: Last...
  • Teen missing since March 16 [Nuevo Laredo, Mexico]

    04/18/2008 10:38:31 AM PDT · by SwinneySwitch · 6 replies · 172+ views
    A 17-year-old from Laredo went missing in the Sister City on March 16, law enforcement authorities said Thursday.Ian Carlos Romo was apparently cruising with three or four friends around Paseo Colón when they were taken from the vehicle. Authorities could not confirm who the other individuals in the car were, but said they were not U.S. citizens. The family has not heard from Romo since the incident and is concerned for his safety. Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 727-8477 or the local FBI field office at 723-4021. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards of up to...
  • Taliban threatens more kidnappings

    08/06/2007 9:52:58 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 3 replies · 303+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 8/6/07 | Rahim Faiez - ap
    GHAZNI, Afghanistan - The Taliban will keep kidnapping foreigners in Afghanistan, a purported spokesman for the group said Monday, adding that the Afghan and U.S. presidents were responsible for the fate of 21 South Korean hostages. Qari Yousef Ahmadi, who claims to speak for the Taliban, said the lives of the hostages rest in the hands of Afghan President Hamid Karzai and President Bush, who are holding two days of talks at Camp David, Md. "Karzai and Bush will have responsibility for whatever happens to the hostages," Ahmadi said. An Afghan doctor who runs a private clinic said he had...
  • Mexican Drug Cartels Activity Possibly Moving North Of Border (pics)

    06/30/2007 6:36:01 PM PDT · by Ladycalif · 52 replies · 1,913+ views
    10 news ^ | 6/30/07
    SAN DIEGO -- A June 8 kidnapping in Chula Vista is raising fears that brazen crimes related to drug cartels south of the border are making their way north. Federal authorities rescued the victim earlier this month and took five people into custody, but are being especially closed-mouth about the crime because of its possible connection to drug traffickers, The San Diego Union-Tribune reported. The house where the man was held for eight days is about a mile from where Mexican-drug-trafficking suspects shot at a Chula Vista police officer in 2005 and about 3 miles from where a body was...
  • Buoyant Teheran warns of further kidnappings

    04/08/2007 9:53:09 AM PDT · by bnelson44 · 21 replies · 988+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 07/04/2007 | Gethin Chamberlain, Philip Sherwell and Tim Shipman
    Conservative parliamentarian Amir Hassankhani, a former member of the country's Revolutionary Guard and supporter of the president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, told the country's semi-official Fars news agency: "The arrest and release of the British sailors proved that if Iran's issues and demands are overlooked at the international level, the Islamic republic can create different challenges for the other side."
  • Bouyant Teheran Warns Of Further Kidnappings

    04/07/2007 4:23:37 PM PDT · by blam · 73 replies · 1,921+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-7-2007 | Gethin Chamberlain - Philip Sewell - Tim Shipman
    Buoyant Teheran warns of further kidnappings By Gethin Chamberlain, Philip Sherwell and Tim Shipman, Sunday Telegraph Last Updated: 11:56pm BST 07/04/2007 Hardliners in the Iranian regime have warned that the seizure of British naval personnel demonstrates that they can make trouble for the West whenever they want to and do so with impunity. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad: a PR bounce The bullish reaction from Teheran will reinforce the fears of western diplomats and military officials that more kidnap attempts may be planned. The British handling of the crisis has been regarded with some concern in Washington, and a Pentagon defence official...
  • Gunmen abduct two Italian aid workers in Gaza (One has Canadian passport)

    11/21/2006 12:08:48 PM PST · by Cinnamon Girl · 8 replies · 370+ views
    Reuters ^ | Tue Nov 21, 2006 2:12pm ET26 | Nidal al-Mughrabi
    GAZA (Reuters) - Gunmen abducted two Italians working for the International Committee of the Red Cross in southern Gaza on Tuesday, the latest in a spate of kidnappings of foreigners in the Palestinian coastal strip. Police said the aid workers were in a car on their way to the town of Khan Younis when they were intercepted by gunmen. "They were taken out of their vehicle and put into another car which then sped away," said one police officer at the scene. An ICRC spokesman in Jerusalem, Simon Schorno, identified the abducted men as Claudio Moroni and Gianmarco Onorato. He...