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April 17, 2007 | By Kathleen Brady Shea, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chester County mother who had been reported missing with her 4-year-old daughter since Wednesday is now being sought for interfering with custody and concealing the girl's whereabouts, authorities said yesterday. State police issued an Amber Alert and asked for the public's assistance in locating Alexis Roadside, whose long brown hair was cut short and dyed black on Thursday. District Attorney Joseph W. Carroll said authorities were concerned for the child's safety. At a news conference, police said the child's mother, Veronica Faith Henry Roadside, 41, left her West Caln Township home on Wednesday night with her daughter after telling her husband, Robert P. Roadside Jr., that she was going to visit relatives in Newtown Square.
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August 26, 2010 | By Darran Simon, Inquirer Staff Writer
An 8-year-old boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert in Burlington County was located by police almost a day after he disappeared with his father. The boy, Terry Dusseault III, was unharmed. His father, Terry Dusseault Jr., who fled on Tuesday before authorities could arrest him on sexual-assault charges in Burlington County, was taken into custody. The charges did not involve his son. About 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, a motorist saw the 2001 black Hyundai Santa Fe that was being sought under the alert on Route 70 and called 911. A Medford Township patrol unit stopped the car in a ShopRite parking lot, about seven miles from where Dusseault and his brother and son lived in Lumberton.
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August 25, 2010 | Inquirer Staff Report
Terry Dusseault Jr., the 8-year-old boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert issued Tuesday, has been found safe, the Burlington County Prosecutor's Office said. He was with his father, Terry Dusseault, Sr., at the ShopRite in Medford Township, officials said. The father was taken into custody. Dusseault disappeared with the boy Tuesday as he was about to be arrested on sexual-assault charges involving three Burlington County juveniles over the past year and a half, said Joel Bewley, spokesman for the prosecutor's office.
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December 16, 2011 | ASSOCIATED PRESS
FORT MONTGOMERY, N.Y. - Police say the New Jersey man wanted for questioning in the murder of his ex-wife has apparently committed suicide in an Upstate New York motel and his two young daughters are safe. New York State Police say they found Anthony Trapp dead on a bed in his room at the Bear Mountain Bridge Motel in Fort Montgomery about an hour after the girls came out of the room on their own around 7:30 a.m. Friday. New York police wouldn't say how Trapp died, but New Jersey authorities say he apparently killed himself.
NEWS
August 25, 2011 | By Sam Wood, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A newborn baby abducted from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania has been located in Southwest Philadelphia. Police found the boy, two-days-old and in need of medical attention, at a home on the 6000 block of Kingsessing Ave. The child's mother, Tanya Dixon, took the child from the hospital about noon without permission, police said. Investigators were questioning Dixon, 39, this afternoon. The child was wearing a diaper, a one-piece outfit, and an alarm sensor attached to his umbilical cord.
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August 9, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal and John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writers
Amber Alerts are meant to be three things: rare, timely, and multiplatform. Thursday's 4 a.m. Amber Alert was all three, and it woke up a lot of people. It came to many slumbering locals via their cellphones - emitting, in many cases, that special piercing tone that accompanies emergency messages. Many are calling Thursday's alert a multimedia success - an effort at public awareness, by all media means, that paid off. After 2 a.m., the body of Christina Corrigan Belajonas, 28, was found in her Drexel Hill apartment.
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April 29, 2010 | By Darran Simon INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
New Jersey has revised its Amber Alert guidelines for cases in which relatives abduct children, because the system was not activated in February when a man allegedly snatched his 3-month-old daughter. State police now can issue the electronic broadcast alerts if there is reason to believe an abducted child may be harmed or killed, Attorney General Paula Dow said Wednesday. A family history of child abuse, custody disputes, and domestic violence also may be taken into consideration.
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August 19, 2006 | By Kathy Boccella INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Earlier this month, a 14-month-old boy was abducted from his North Philadelphia home by masked gunmen, who beat his father and uncle and locked his mother and another child in a closet. An Amber Alert was issued and within hours the child was found abandoned in a truck in Fairmount Park. But on Thursday in Ridley Township an alert went out for a teenage girl who was seen being forced into a white van with "Hell Raider" spray-painted on the side. It was later canceled because police received no reports of a missing person.
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February 19, 2010 | By Darran Simon INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A top New Jersey official ordered an inquiry yesterday into why no Amber Alert was issued in the alleged abduction of a three-month-old infant by her father, who told police he tossed her into the Raritan River on Tuesday night. According to police, Shamsid-Din Abdur-Raheem snatched his daughter from her grandmother in East Orange, N.J., around 4 p.m. Tuesday and told authorities four hours later that he threw the baby off the Driscoll Bridge on the Garden State Parkway in Sayreville.
NEWS
March 14, 2003
Elizabeth Smart is back in the loving arms of her family. And who among us wasn't at least tempted to hug a daughter, a son, or any loved one, upon hearing the good news? Police found the 15-year-old Utah girl alive and well Wednesday after receiving tips from two couples, who called authorities a minute apart after spotting Elizabeth, Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Eileen Barzee walking along a suburban Salt Lake City street. Mitchell, a drifter who had done some work for the Smart family, and Barzee were taken into police custody.
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April 2, 2016 | By Robert Moran, Staff Writer
A woman is in custody in the abduction of a baby boy who was taken from the King of Prussia Mall and later found safe after an Amber Alert set off cell phones throughout the region. Her name has not been released yet and no charges have been announced. The infant, Ahsir Simmons, was reunited with his tearful mother more than five hours he was taken from the mall Thursday afternoon. Upper Merion Police Chief Thomas Nolan said the woman befriended the infant's family and spent some time with them in the mall before they went to the food court.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2016
The escape was so traumatic that Cory Donovan remembers what day of the week it was, even though it was four years ago. It was a Tuesday. Donovan had just come home from work at the Roanoke-Blacksburg Technology Council in Virginia and, as he did every day, let his Doberman mixes Raven and Lula out to do their business in the fenced-in backyard. When he went to bring them in, he lived every pet owner's nightmare: "They weren't there. " A landscaper presumably had not secured the gate when he left that day. Raven and Lula saw opportunity.
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August 29, 2014 | BY REGINA MEDINA, Daily News Staff Writer medinar@phillynews.com, 215-854-5985
THE SANITATION worker was headed to 69th Street Station in Upper Darby to get to his Norristown job early that January 2013 morning, which he described as "very dark" and "very quiet. " The stillness in Upper Darby was interrupted as he walked past the 69th Street Athletic Field, where he heard a child's screams: "Help me! Help me! Help me!" Nelson Mandela Myers testified yesterday during the trial of Christina Regusters in Common Pleas Court that he heard the SOS come from under a slide in the field's playground and walked over to the area.
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August 9, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal and John Timpane, Inquirer Staff Writers
Amber Alerts are meant to be three things: rare, timely, and multiplatform. Thursday's 4 a.m. Amber Alert was all three, and it woke up a lot of people. It came to many slumbering locals via their cellphones - emitting, in many cases, that special piercing tone that accompanies emergency messages. Many are calling Thursday's alert a multimedia success - an effort at public awareness, by all media means, that paid off. After 2 a.m., the body of Christina Corrigan Belajonas, 28, was found in her Drexel Hill apartment.
NEWS
August 8, 2014 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
KEITH BELAJONAS ended a fight with his wife yesterday morning in their Drexel Hill duplex by stabbing her and shooting her in the head. After the savage 2:30 a.m. attack, he bragged on his Facebook page: "caught her cheating, she got violent, i won. " When police responded to neighbors' reports of gunfire, they followed a blood trail through the open door and found Christina Corrigan-Belajonas, 28, dead - and the couple's sons, ages 4 and...
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January 10, 2014 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
A 16-YEAR-OLD GIRL fled her Collingdale house with her 3-year-old sister yesterday morning, right before Delaware County Children and Youth Services workers were slated to take the siblings from their mother's home, police said. A 15-year-old cousin later joined the two, and police were still searching for all three and asking for the public's help in finding the girls, said Collingdale Police Chief Robert Adams. Adams said police had been in contact with the girls via cellphone, but the girls refused to provide their location.
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March 22, 2013 | BY DANA DiFILIPPO, Daily News Staff Writer difilid@phillynews.com, 215-854-5934
TWO HEARTLESS teenage girls carjacked an 89-year-old woman in a sleepy Delaware town, shoved her into the trunk and drove around for two days with the woman locked inside, police said Thursday. The harrowing ordeal started about 11 a.m. Monday, when Margaret E. Smith left her home in rural Lincoln to go get some lunch. Outside the Chicken Man eatery in nearby Milford, Del., the girls approached Smith and asked her for a ride to Lincoln, according to the Delaware State Police. Smith agreed, but back in Lincoln, the girls demanded her car keys, state police said.
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February 1, 2013 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey has created a task force to press for fresh leads in the case of a 5-year-old girl abducted Jan. 14 during a security breach at Bryant School in Cobbs Creek. First Deputy Police Commissioner Richard Ross said Wednesday about a half-dozen officers from the Major Crimes Unit and detective divisions would be deployed to aid the investigation led by the Special Victims Unit. "Special Victims has been working tirelessly. We need to give them some help," Ross said.
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February 1, 2013 | By Kristen A. Grahamand Allison Steele, INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
A small but motivated group of West Philadelphians vowed Thursday night to help authorities find the people responsible for kidnapping a 5-year-old from her Philadelphia public school last month. "We're going to be in the streets. We're going to knock on doors. We're going to pass out leaflets. We're going to turn this community over. We will - as of today - flush out the persons who are responsible" for the abduction and assault of the girl, said Pamela Williams, a pastor and activist.
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January 17, 2013 | BY STEPHANIE FARR, Daily News Staff Writer farrs@phillynews.com, 215-854-4225
THE AMBER ALERT system was activated Tuesday after 5-year-old Na'illa Robinson was abducted from her school, but why wasn't her picture included in the alert when it was broadcast on local TV stations? State Police received the information from local police - including a photo of Na'illa - at 7:58 p.m. Monday and activated the Emergency Alert System (EAS) at 8:28 p.m., State Police spokeswoman Maria Finn said. A limitation of the EAS system is that it isn't built to transmit images, only text and audio, which is what most people in the Philadelphia area and beyond saw come across their television that night, Finn said.
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