MIAMI/CARACAS (Reuters) – Venezuela on Wednesday deported an American filmmaker who was arrested in April on accusations of spying for Washington and plotting with opposition student groups to destabilize the South American OPEC nation.
“The gringo Timothy Hallet Tracy, who was captured while spying in our country, has been expelled,” Interior and Justice Minister Miguel Rodriguez Torres said on Twitter.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – The mother of Gina DeJesus is celebrating the “best Mother’s Day” ever on Sunday after her daughter was freed with three other captives last week from a long imprisonment in a Cleveland home.
DeJesus, 23, Amanda Berry, 27, and Berry’s 6-year-old daughter were welcomed into their family homes last week after an escape and rescue on Monday from the dungeon-like house.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Offers of help are pouring in from around the world for three Cleveland women who were kidnapped and held in captivity for a decade, with people offering cash, furniture and even use of a vacation home to help them rebuild their lives.
Three members of the Cleveland City Council have set up a fund to provide financial assistance to Amanda Berry, 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – DNA tests show Ariel Castro, a former school bus driver charged with kidnapping and raping three women during a decade of captivity in his Cleveland house, is the father of a 6-year-old girl born to one of the victims, the Ohio attorney general said on Friday.
The tests did not link Castro to any other state cases, Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a statement.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Puerto Ricans came to Cleveland in the 1950s, drawn to a booming post-war America. Word quickly spread back home about the well-paying jobs at the steel and auto plants that were once the backbone of this Midwestern industrial city.
The family of Ariel Castro, the man charged with kidnapping three women and raping them in captivity for nearly 10 years, was among the first wave of immigrants to settle Cleveland’s Puerto Rican community.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – An ex-school bus driver accused in the abduction ordeal of three young Ohio women was due in court on Thursday to face charges he kidnapped and raped the victims, who authorities said were held captive in the dungeon-like confines of his house for 10 years.
As two of the women received jubilant homecomings from loved ones on Wednesday and the third remained in hospital, authorities in Cleveland disclosed details of the isolation and brutal treatment the captives endured before they were freed earlier this week.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Amanda Berry and two other women were isolated, held captive and raped in a house stocked with ropes and chains for nearly a decade, and she told police her escape two days ago was her first chance to break free.
Ohio authorities on Wednesday revealed some of the grisly details of the years Berry, now 27, Gina DeJesus, 23, and Michelle Knight, 32, and a six-year old girl allegedly spent as prisoners of suspect Ariel Castro, who was charged with kidnapping and rape.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Cleveland resident Ariel Castro was charged on Wednesday with raping and kidnapping three women who were rescued on Monday after nearly a decade in captivity at his house.
Castro’s two brothers Pedro and Onil, originally arrested in the case, were not charged, said prosecutor Victor Perez at a news conference.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Two newly freed Cleveland women had family homecomings on Wednesday after a decade of captivity in a house where police said chains and ropes had been used to hold them prisoner.
Neither Amanda Berry nor Gina DeJesus spoke publicly as they were hustled past crowds of spectators and media.
CLEVELAND (Reuters) – Amanda Berry, free less than two days from a decade of captivity with two other women in a Cleveland house, arrived on Wednesday at her sister’s home, where her family pleaded for privacy.
Berry, 27, had been expected to make a statement, but she did not. She and her 6-year-old daughter, who was conceived and born in captivity, could be seen from an aerial television camera returning to her sister’s house in a convoy of vehicles and going in the back door.