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by Greg Leuthen and Lauren Pozen, KSPR News | March 3, 2013
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. --- Baby Harmony J. Blue is now safe and back with her family after a nine-hour search.  The search began following a car theft in north Springfield. Authorities looked for a light gray 2002 Nissan Maxima with Harmony and her 4-year-old brother, Jerry. They were in the back seat of the car.  It happened Saturday afternoon outside the Save-a-Lot on Commercial Street near National Avenue. Harmony's aunt saud her brother in-law went to the front of the Save-a-Lot for a brief second to see his mother.  In doing so, he left behind his two young children and his car keys.  Police say that's when a blonde woman got behind the wheel and took off. "He's just crying.
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by Jonah Kaplan, KSPR News and jkaplan@kspr.com | October 26, 2012
NIXA, Mo -- Nixa police officers are still on the hunt for a man they say tried to kidnap two girls. Detective Jason Hartsell says he's already gotten a half dozen calls and tips from people. He says that's the kind of proactive community that will help solve these kind of crimes. "We definitely need help in finding this guy, finding that person," Hartsell tells KSPR News. "We don't need him doing this again. Hopefully someone sees this guy on the street. " The guy Detective Hartsell refers to is a man two young Nixa girls say asked them to get in his car. They ran away, but he followed them.
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Mary Moloney, KSPR News Reporter and mmoloney@kspr.com | October 25, 2012
NIXA, Mo. -- Police want to find a man who may be behind an attempted kidnapping. Young girls in a Nixa neighborhood near S. Carriage Crossing were the targets. The girls, all under the age of 10, have different addresses, but similar stories. They described a man in a blue car tracked and chased them Friday. Nixa Police want to know why the stranger was in the neighborhood. Nine-year-old Aleixis Peterson giggled and played inside with her friends. She is inside because her mom does not trust the people outside, after a man tried to lure the girl into his car. "He rolled down his window and he said 'hi'.
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Joanna Small and Reporter | October 24, 2012
National statistics say it's one of the rarest types of abductions but it happened here in Missouri.  A registered sex offender kidnapped a 5-year-old girl from her home in Poplar Bluff; he's in custody and the girl is safe Wednesday night.   The details are still sketchy but according to police the girl was kidnapped some time after 6 a.m. Wednesday.  A woman saw suspect Jeffrey Dean Shelton and the child together at his house.  He duct-taped the woman, threatened to kill her and the girl, and made the girl expose herself before leaving with her.   the woman escaped and called police...
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September 18, 2012
HARRISON, Arkansas -- A call of a potential kidnapping in Boone County, Arkansas has led to charges against three Harrison residents. Chad Sudderth, 35, Amy Sudderth, 27, and Steven Smith, 51, are charged with manufacturing meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and false imprisonment. The Boone County sheriff's office says a 24-year -old female called the office early Sunday morning saying the Sudderths had kidnapped her and her 21-year-old boyfriend. Deputies tracked the cell phone call to a residence and found the female and her boyfriend in a vehicle behind the house.
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By Melody Pettit and mpettit@kspr.com | September 9, 2012
A Wright County woman wanted for parental kidnapping in Alaska is in jail. The US Marshals say they arrested Denise Festervand at a residence near Macomb. Marshals say Feservand, also known as Denise Ebertz, ran off with her two children in 2004. The children were aged ten and 8 at the time. Festervand is known to have moved with the children across several states including Arkansas and Missouri. Marshals say they found about 25 guns in all the doors and windows of the rural Wright County house.
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Leigh Moody and Anchor | May 24, 2012
A man charged in Barry county with parental kidnapping has pleaded not-guilty and waived formal arraignment. Thirty six year old Matthew Chapman will next appear in court on June 18th. He's charged with taking his two young daughters from their mother's home last July. About three weeks later, police arrested Chapman in Park county, Wyoming. They also found the girls who were unharmed.
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Terra Haff and News Producer | April 13, 2012
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Former kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart shares her inspirational story of recovery after being kidnapped in 2002 when she was 14 years old.  
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Posted by Chris Brewer / Digital Media Editor and Follow me on Twitter: @iamchrisbrewer | April 11, 2012
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - A man accused of raping a Springfield woman in 2009 has been charged for the crime after having been found living in Iowa. DNA evidence gathered by police in Cedar Rapids, Iowa linked Charlie K. West, 29, to a June 2009 rape of a woman near Cherry and National Avenues. West has now been charged with one count each of forcible rape, forcible sodomy and kidnapping for events that occurred June 15, 2009. According to a probable cause statement, West -- described at the time as a black male age 17-20, five and a half feet tall and weighing 140-160 pounds -- followed a woman as she was walking east on Cherry Street and wrapped his arm around her neck.
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Leigh Moody and Anchor | February 23, 2012
Formal charges have been filed against a man accused of strapping what he said was a bomb to an elderly woman's ankle and then trying to force her to rob a bank. Prosecutors today filed aggravated robbery, kidnapping and firearms charges against Paul Bradley. Investigators say in January, Bradley tried to tried to extort money from Betty Davis and her husband. Authorities say Bradley strapped what Davis thought was a bomb to her ankle. The device was fake, but no one knew that at the time.     Once at the bank, Davis told employees about the potential bomb and authorities removed it. Sheriff's deputies found her husband tied up in their home, but unharmed.
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