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Category: Amber alerts


Couple charged, to be extradited after missing Montana boy found safe in Fife Sunday

The biological parents of a 1-year-old Montana boy have been charged with custodial interference and possessing a stolen vehicle, after they were found with the child and arrested by Fife police Sunday when an AMBER alert was issued for the boy.

Bryndi Gibson, 23, and Beau Blasius, 28, are accused of taking the child from his paternal grandparents’ home near Kalispell, Mont. Saturday night and heading to Washington.

They will be extradited to Flathead County, Mont. after the Pierce County case is finished, where they face charges of kidnapping, burglary and motor vehicle theft, according to prosecutors.

According to Pierce County

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Amber alert issued for 3-year-old boy allegedly abducted by father in British Columbia

UPDATE: The alert has been called off. Child and father were found safe in Montana.

An Amber alert has been posted for 3-year-old Alvin Barnett, who according to the alert was abducted by his father Robert Barnett from Elk Valley, British Columbia this afternoon.

The Blue 2002 Subaru Outback the father is thought to be driving was seen crossing the border in Eureka, Mont. about 3:15 p.m., according to the alert.

The B.C. license plate is 347SBL.

Alvin is believed to be in imminent danger, according to the alert, and anyone who sees the pair is asked to call 911

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UPDATED: Missing Tacoma teen who prompted Amber Alert found safe

UPDATE as of 8 a.m.: Briana Troyer and Terrence Powell were found about 7:40 a.m. sleeping at a home in the North End, police spokesman Mark Fulgum said.

Detectives are interviewing them both to determine what they did after leaving the bowling alley. Briana will then be reunited with her family.

“It was a long 14 hours. Thanks for all your support and prayers,” Ed Troyer said on his Facebook page. Troyer is the Pierce County Amber Alert coordinator but didn’t want to talk about his daughter’s case while it was ongoing.

Fulghum said it was the Tacoma Police Department

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Missing 16-year-old Shelton girl found safe

A 16-year-old Shelton girl who was reported missing this morning has been found safe.

The Mason County Sheriff’s Office said she was found with someone else, but had not been abducted.

Chief Deputy Dean Byrd said this morning that the girl’s bedroom window was open and that the screen had been cut. Her room was in disarray, he said.

She was last seen in her bedroom at 9 p.m. Tuesday, and her parents discovered she was missing at 7:30 a.m. today. An Amber Alert was issued for her this morning.


Amber Alert issued for 16-year-old Shelton girl

An Amber Alert has been issued for a 16-year-old Shelton girl who disappeared from her bedroom sometime last night or this morning. Authorities fear she might have been kidnapped.

Vivian Gaspar-Guerrero was last seen about 9 p.m. Tuesday. Police say there appears to have been a struggle in her bedroom, her window was open and the screen was cut. She was discovered missing about 7:30 a.m.

The FBI and Washington State Patrol have joined the search and are canvassing nearby neighborhoods.

Authorities said they do not believe Vivian left voluntarily by herself or with anyone else.

Gaspar-Guerrero is Hispanic, 5

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Amber Alert issued for three kids missing in Marysville

An Amber Alert has been issued for three children who may have been taken by their parents in the Marysville area.

The parents have violent histories and may be headed for South Carolina in a silver 1998 Pontiac Grand AM with license plate number AGJ9693, the Seattle Times reports.

Child Protective Services requested the Amber Alert on Tuesday.

According to the Times, the children’s father, Curtis Drakeford, 33, is under investigation for striking the children with his fists in 2010. He was charged with molestation of young children from another relationship in 2010 and has had domestic-violence issues with the

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UPDATED: Deputies looking for two children taken from Burien Library


An Amber Alert has been issued for a 23-year-old man and two young children he’s suspected of abducting today from the Burien Library.

King County sheriff’s investigators believe Michael Riley III violated a court order and took his 7-month-old son, Jamier Riley, and his ex-girlfriend’s 2-year-old son, Jermiah Watkins.

Investigators say he stole his ex-girlfriend’s car while the two children were inside.

Riley is believed to be driving a green 1994 Lexus, with Washington license plate 299UOM.

Riley is described a black, 5 feet 10 and 150 pounds, with brown eyes. He’s believed to have gang

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Leaving child unattended in car unwise, illegal say police, prosecutors

If you’ve ever been tempted to leave your child in a car while you just run into a business or a friend’s home for quick errand, you could find yourself defending yourself in court.

Both state statutes and local ordinances penalize drivers who leave children unattended in a vehicle, say police and prosecutors.

A Puyallup-area mother this week learned a difficult lesson about what can go wrong when she left her 16-month-old daughter in a car seat in an idling car while she dropped off her older daughter at daycare.

The woman said her daughter, who suffers from a serious

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