NEW YORK (AP) — More than 220 inmates who broke, sneaked, climbed and crawled out of secure state prisons nationwide are on the books as being on the loose, according to a 50-state survey by The Associated Press. A look at a few cases:
FUGITIVE IN A FURNITURE CRATE
The first time Florida inmate Glen Stark Chambers escaped, he and two other inmates used bedsheets to shimmy down the side of a Sarasota jail. He was being held...
The Associated Press asked all 50 states for a current total of escapees from secure, locked state prisons where they were held full-time, not including those who walked off from work release or other unfenced settings.
States keep varying data on such escapes. Some states supplied data for all time, while others included only recent years. In states whose data reaches back to the first half of the 20th century, officials say some of the escapees are almost certainly...
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma man has been convicted of illicit sexual conduct with children at a Kenyan orphanage.
Jurors returned the guilty verdict Friday against 20-year-old Matthew Lane Durham. He was convicted on multiple federal sexual misconduct charges after a trial in Oklahoma City and faces decades in prison at sentencing.
Durham was acquitted on charges alleging he left Oklahoma with the intent to abuse children.
NEW YORK (AP) — Somewhere out there are an admitted killer who crawled through a Texas prison's ventilation ducts. A murderer who apparently escaped from an Indiana institution in a garbage truck. And a Florida convict who got other inmates to put him in a crate at the prison furniture shop and had himself delivered to freedom by truck.
The Associated Press found in a coast-to-coast survey that more than 220 state prison escapees nationwide are listed as on the loose....
NEW YORK (AP) — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's (dih BLAH'-zee-ohz) office says negotiations between the city and federal authorities over reforms at the troubled Rikers Island jail complex should reach "a successful conclusion" soon.
Press secretary Karen Hinton says details of a reform agreement are being worked through but should be concluded within days. A deadline to produce something has been set for Monday.
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A group of California farmers say they face financial ruin under orders to stop pumping river water to irrigate their crops this summer amid the state's relentless drought.
The Banta-Carbona Irrigation District in Tracy, California, filed a lawsuit on Thursday asking a judge to suspend the order issued by the state Water Resources Control Board. Last week, the state suspended pumping for more than 100 water users in California holding the some of...