Hopkinsville Grand Jury Returns Multiple Indictments for Kidnapping, Assault, and Robbery

Hopkinsville, Kentucky – A Christian County Grand Jury has handed down multiple indictments, including charges of kidnapping and assault. These serious allegations have raised concerns within the community and brought attention to the local justice system. One of the individuals indicted is Jacob Pruitt, a 25-year-old resident of Hopkinsville. He faces charges of two counts of kidnapping, second-degree strangulation, first-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree assault, and violation of a Kentucky EPO/DVO. Pruitt is accused of unlawfully restraining two minors in February, with the intention of depriving their parent or guardian of custody. Additionally, he allegedly wrapped … Read more

Portland Firefighter Convicted of Kidnapping After Trapping Pot Thief in Cargo Container, Jury Decides

A firefighter in Portland, Oregon has been found guilty of kidnapping after locking a thief in a cargo container. The jury reached their verdict in the case, which involved a stolen bag of marijuana. The incident occurred when the firefighter, whose identity has not been disclosed, discovered someone trying to steal the marijuana from his truck. In a bid to prevent the thief from getting away, he took matters into his own hands, locking the individual inside a cargo container. During the trial, the firefighter argued that he was acting in self-defense and to protect … Read more

Firefighter Convicted of Kidnapping in Cannabis Theft Retaliation, Faces City Employment Review

ESTACADA, Oregon – A Portland firefighter has been found guilty of two counts of first-degree kidnapping after locking a man inside a shipping container in a bid to recover stolen cannabis. Douglas Bourland, 48, had allegedly scared Colbey Fleishman into revealing the whereabouts of around 260 pounds of marijuana that he had stolen from Bourland’s business, the Oregon Hemp House. The trial lasted for three days before a Multnomah County jury delivered the guilty verdicts against Bourland. He has been on unpaid leave from Portland Fire & Rescue since his indictment in August 2021. The … Read more

Alabama Police Chief Advocates for Stricter Penalties after Woman Fakes Kidnapping

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – The Hoover police chief, Nick Derzis, expressed his disappointment on Thursday after Carlee Russell admitted to fabricating her kidnapping. Derzis stated that while he was happy the ordeal was over, he was disappointed that there would be no jail time for Russell. Instead, a judge sentenced her to one year of probation, 100 hours of community service, and ordered her to pay nearly $18,000 in restitution. According to Birmingham attorney Eric Guster, the punishment for Russell’s crime is appropriate. Guster noted that in a typical case, jail time would not be given. … Read more