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kidnapping Scandal rocks popular tourist destination

MEXICO CITY (AP) — A scandal involving the abduction and exploitation of young children in a colonial Mexican city popular with tourists widened Wednesday when prosecutors released additional evidence that an adult apparently used other children to help kidnap a missing 2-year-old boy.

The search for Dylan Esaú Gómez Pérez led prosecutors in southern Chiapas state, on the Guatemalan border, to a house in San Cristobal de las Casas where 23 abducted children were being kept in deplorable conditions and forced to sell trinkets and handicrafts in the street.

But Dylan, who turns 3 in November, was not among them.

Reviewing surveillance cameras, state prosecutor Jorge Llaven said that a boy and a girl, both apparently around 12, were seen talking to a woman who is a suspect in the June 30 abduction. Llaven identified the woman as only as “Ofelia,” and offered a $13,500 reward for information about the location of her or the missing boy.

In photos from cameras, the boy and the girl enter the public market where Dylan’s mother worked in the colonial city. Dylan appears to follow the boy, and then the girl takes Dylan by the back of the jacket and walks out of the market with him. The girl is later seen returning alone, apparently having handed the missing boy over to someone else.

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NFL player files lawsuit against United Airlines over alleged sexual assault on cross-country flight

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An NFL player has anonymously filed a lawsuit against United Airlines over an alleged sexual assault that took place in February. In the lawsuit, which was obtained by Bleacher Report’s Master Tesfatsion, the anonymous player is seeking damages for sexual assault, intentional infliction of emotional distress, negligent infliction of emotional distress, negligence and negligent hiring, training, supervision and retention by United. 

The player used the alias of “John Doe 1” to file the lawsuit. The player was sitting next to another man, “John Doe 2,” who is also a part of the lawsuit. The alleged sexual assault took place on a red-eye flight between Newark and Los Angeles that took place on February 10. In the lawsuit, the unidentified player claims that an “intoxicated” woman grabbed his penis and ripped off a mask that he had been wearing over his mouth and nose. The player had been wearing the mask for protective measures during the early stages of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

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US pilot jailed in Singapore for breaking quarantine order

SINGAPORE (AP) — An American cargo pilot who admitted to “poor judgment” in breaking a quarantine order to buy medical supplies became the first foreigner imprisoned in Singapore for breaching its restrictions meant to curb the coronavirus, his lawyer said Friday.

FedEx pilot Brian Dugan Yeargan, 44, of Alaska, was sentenced to four weeks Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to leaving his hotel room for three hours to buy masks and a thermometer, defense lawyer Ronnie Tan said.

Singapore has one of the largest outbreaks in Asia, with 26,000 cases. More than 90% of those infected are foreign workers living in crowded dormitories, while the government recently began easing restrictions for the local population.

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Yes, you can face criminal charges, be fined, and even jailed for breaking a coronavirus quarantine

Passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19, exit a bus before boarding a chartered plane in Oakland, Calif., Tuesday, March 10, 2020. The passengers on the flight are going to San Antonio to be quarantined at Lackland Air Force Base. (Paulina Cachero) INSIDERMarch 12, 2020, 11:27 AM CDT

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  • Americans could face jail time, criminal charges, and fines if they break quarantine or isolation, according to the CDC.  
  • Federal, local, and state health officials have quarantine and isolation enforcement power within state borders. 
  • While lawful quarantine and isolation measures can be implemented, they are rarely enforced.
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Around the United States, people are being told to go into quarantine to help halt the spread of the novel coronavirus.

It’s a new experience. If a state tells you to enter quarantine, what will happen if you don’t? The father of a coronavirus patient in Missouri apparently broke the family’s quarantine to take his other daughter to a school dance, leading officials to warn that they could be quarantined “by the force of law.”

It’s not an idle threat. Depending on state and local statutes, individuals could face fines, criminal charges, and even jail time for breaking quarantines.

There’s a difference between “self-quarantine” and a legally enforced quarantine order

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Workers in protective clothing wait for passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19, to board a chartered plane in Oakland, Calif.
Workers in protective clothing wait for passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19, to board a chartered plane in Oakland, Calif.
Workers in protective clothing wait for passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19, to board a chartered plane in Oakland, California.
Workers in protective clothing wait for passengers from the Grand Princess, a cruise ship carrying multiple people who have tested positive for COVID-19, to board a chartered plane in Oakland, California.

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Customs agent took nearly 18 kilos of cocaine to Atlanta airport, feds say

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A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer tasked with intercepting drugs was indicted on federal charges after authorities found nearly 18 kilograms of cocaine in his carry-on luggage at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport, prosecutors said.

Ivan Van Beverhoudt, who was stationed in the U.S. Virgin Islands, was arrested in January after stopping in Atlanta on his way to Baltimore, the Department of Justice said Tuesday in a news release.

At the time, the 40-year-old was carrying his government-issued weapon, which allowed him to bypass normal airport screening, authorities said. When he landed in Atlanta, CPB officers inspected the passengers on his flight with a K-9 unit. The dog alerted its handler to Van Beverhoudt’s two carry-on bags. 

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‘Serial stowaway’ beaten in jail

Marilyn Hartman, the ‘serial stowaway’ has been caught trying to board another flight: AP

The “serial stowaway”, Marilyn Hartman, has been beaten up inside a Chicago jail.

Ms Hartman is currently serving time in Cook County Jail for violating her probation.

CBS 2 reports that she was assaulted on Tuesday and that the offending inmate may have been having some kind of mental health episode at the time.

The inmate repeatedly struck both Ms Hartman’s head and another inmate’s against a number of hard surfaces. They were evaluated by medical staff at Cermak Hospital and found to be uninjured.

Drunk Passenger Disrupts Ecuador-Bound American Airlines Flight

Storyful March 3, 2020, 11:37 AM CST 0:33 2:01   Drunk Passenger Disrupts Ecuador-Bound American Airlines Flight

An intoxicated passenger caused disruption on board American Airlines Flight 927 headed from Miami, Florida, to Guayaquil, Ecuador, on February 26.

Passenger Gabriela Panchana, who filmed this video, told Stortyful that the passenger allegedly “stole liquor from the plane’s kitchen, peed in the aisle, yelled, and insulted and threatened other passengers.”

Other passengers on the plane can be seen interacting with the intoxicated man and attempting to reason with him. Eventually, a flight attendant interjects, asking the other passengers to sit down and telling the man, “put that seat belt on and stay in that seat, I don’t want to hear it.” The man then approaches the cabin crew, and is pushed by a male flight attendant, who also demands that he sit down.

“The crew was unable to control the situation… I want to believe that there are better procedures to handle situations that affect the safety and well-being of the rest of the passengers on the plane,” said Panchana in a message to Storyful.

Panchana went on to say that once the plane landed in Guayaquil, Ecuadorian police boarded and escorted the drunk passenger off the plane. “He kept yelling and cursing after being released at the airport, so he was brought back inside by the police to be detained,” Panchana said. Credit: EnVozAltaEC via Storyful

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Disney characters say tourists inappropriately touched them

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ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Walt Disney World employees who portray Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck each filed police reports this month claiming they were inappropriately touched by tourists.

The woman inside the Mickey Mouse costume went to the hospital with neck injuries caused by a grandmother patting the character’s head, while the employees wearing the Minnie Mouse and Donald Duck costumes were groped by tourists, according to Orange County Sheriff’s Office reports.

The incidents come after a 51-year-old man was arrested in November after an employee portraying a Disney Princess told investigators he groped her breast while getting a photo taken.

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While the vast majority of tourists to South and Central America find nothing but a warm welcome and rewarding experiences, there are some clear risks – especially in the big cities. 

Most crime is relatively petty, involving pick-pocketing or bag-snatching. But in some locations there is a more serious threat, especially if a robbery does not go according to the perpetrators’ plan.

What is the official advice about Argentina?

The Foreign Office warns mainly about street crime.

“Keep a close eye on your personal possessions at all times. Thieves normally work in teams of two or more and tend to target small bags and pockets.

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