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Amish Plan 'Garage Raising' for Couple Who Returned Girls

Grateful family 'won't take no for an answer'

(Newser) - Jeffrey and Pamela Stinson don't need a barn, so the Amish community plans to hold a "garage raising" for the upstate New York couple who returned two young girls who had been kidnapped and sexually abused . The couple tell the Watertown Daily Times via the AP that the... More »

Cops: Couple Lured Amish Girls With Puppy

Vaisey, Howells 'planned to make girls their slaves'

(Newser) - The upstate New York couple accused of kidnapping and sexually abusing two Amish sisters planned to make the girls their slaves, police say. At a hearing yesterday, a police officer testified that Nicole Vaisey and Stephen Howells were on what they called a "shopping trip" when they seized the... More »

Captors Sexually Abused Amish Girls: DA

Nicole Vaisey's lawyer claims she was in abusive relationship

(Newser) - The two Amish girls kidnapped from a roadside farmstand in Upstate New York were sexually abused by their captors, St. Lawrence County DA Mary Rain confirms to the Syracuse Post-Standard . Stephen Howells, 39, and 25-year-old girlfriend Nicole Vaisey have each been charged with two counts of kidnapping; it's unclear... More »

Couple Charged With Kidnapping 2 Amish Sisters

Police suspect they were planning to go after more victims

(Newser) - Police say they've caught the abductors of two young Amish sisters in northern New York, reports AP . Stephen Howells, 39, and girlfriend Nicole Vaisey, 25, are charged with kidnapping, and St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin Wells said today there was a "definite potential" that the couple would have... More »

Kidnapped Amish Girls Found 36 Miles From Home

Cops believe they were snatched from NY farm stand

(Newser) - Two Amish girls believed to have been abducted from their family's farm stand in northern New York state have been found alive a few dozen miles from where they were last seen. Delila Miller, 7, and her 12-year-old sister, Fannie, were dropped off in a town 36 miles from... More »

2 Amish Girls Missing, Believed Abducted

They were tending a roadside stand in upstate New York

(Newser) - Two Amish girls tending a roadside farm stand in upstate New York disappeared yesterday, and police think they were abducted, reports the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle . A witness says 7-year-old Delila Miller and 12-year-old Fannie Miller went to wait on a customer in a white sedan and were apparently forced... More »

Bizarre Sting: Male Cop Dresses as Amish Woman

Pennsylvania police try to trap sex predator

(Newser) - In what has to be among the weirdest police stings ever, a male cop in Pennsylvania dressed up like an Amish woman and tried to lure a sexual predator. Sgt. Chad Adams of the Pulaski Township Police Department explains that he walked up and down the town's streets over... More »

Amish Buggy Sought in Hit-and-Run

It hit a Honda, twice

(Newser) - "Hope they at least got the license plate" doesn't really apply here. State police are searching for an unlikely suspect in a western Pennsylvania hit-and-run accident—the driver of an Amish buggy. Troopers from the Mercer barracks say the buggy hit a Honda CRV at a crossroads on... More »

Amish Family Flee Forced Chemo for Daughter

Doctors warn Ohio girl could die within a year

(Newser) - An Amish family has fled their farm in Ohio after a court battle with authorities who want to force their 10-year-old daughter to resume chemotherapy treatments for her leukemia. The family, who operate a produce stand south of Cleveland, has not been seen since before an appeals court last month... More »

Why Fracking Firms Love the Amish: They Don't Sue

'New Republic' reports that energy companies are taking advantage in Ohio

(Newser) - Two things can be found in abundance in eastern Ohio: Amish farms and underground shale formations that hold oil and gas. Turns out, this odd combination is great news for energy companies, reports the New Republic . They can make a fortune extracting the oil and gas through fracking, and they... More »

Amish Leader in Beard-Cutting Attacks Gets 15 Years

Samuel Mullet, 67, says he isn't running a cult

(Newser) - The ringleader in a series of hair- and beard-cutting attacks on fellow Amish religious followers in Ohio was sentenced today to 15 years in prison. Before his sentencing, Samuel Mullet Sr., 67, denied being a cult leader but told the judge he was ready to take the punishment. The judge... More »

Amish Beard-Cutters Guilty of Hate Crimes

Bishop Sam Mullet, 15 followers face 10 years in prison for attacks

(Newser) - Prosecutors got convictions today in one of the most unusual hate-crime cases on record. An Ohio jury found an ultra-conservative Amish bishop and 15 of his followers guilty of forcibly shaving the beards and hair of their Amish enemies, reports the Cleveland Plain Dealer . In one case, the assailants shaved... More »

Drunk Buggy Driving? Amish Collide With Cop Car

4 young adults charged with illegal possession of alcohol

(Newser) - Just because they drive buggies instead of cars doesn't mean Amish kids can't get into trouble. Four were arrested and charged with illegal possession of alcohol last night after their buggy crashed—directly into a police car, NBC Philadelphia reports. At the time, police were responding to a... More »

Sheriff: Amish Girl's Death Was Freak Accident

Bullet believed to have been fired by man more than a mile away

(Newser) - The Amish girl who was fatally shot while driving her horse and buggy home from a Christmas party appears to have been killed by a man cleaning his gun more than a mile away. The local sheriff says he has been contacted by an Amish farmer whose son fired his... More »

Amish Girl Shot Dead in Buggy

Ohio shooting ruled a homicide

(Newser) - The case of a young Amish girl who was fatally shot while driving her horse and buggy home from a Christmas party has been ruled a homicide. Rachel Yoder, 15, died on Friday, a day after she was found lying on the ground outside her family's Ohio home. Relatives... More »

FBI Nabs 7 in Amish Haircutting Attacks

They face federal hate crimes charges

(Newser) - FBI agents arrested seven men in Ohio and charged them with federal hate crimes in connection with Amish haircutting attacks , the AP reports. Breakaway Amish sect leader Sam Mullet, four family members, and others were taken into custody after agents raided their compound in Bergholz. The men are charged with... More »

Amish Seek Help Over Hair, Beard Attacks

Five men arrested in hirsute crime spree

(Newser) - America's Amish have rarely gone to police for help—only over extreme cases like murder, rape, or a multi-million-dollar investment deal gone wrong. Now Amish leaders in Ohio are bending their rules and cooperating police to stop a spate of hair-cutting attacks, the AP reports. Five men from a... More »

3 Busted in Amish Beard Attacks

Beard-stealing is matter for church, says renegade bishop

(Newser) - Police in Ohio have arrested three men suspected of being involved in attacks that left several members of the Amish community beardless . The men are part of a renegade Amish sect led by apparent revenge-seeking bishop Sam Mullet, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. Two of Mullet's sons were among those... More »

Amish Battling Beard Thieves

Police probing hair-cutting spree

(Newser) - Something weird is happening in Ohio's Amish country. Police are probing several incidents in which groups of Amish men allegedly forced their way into the homes of other members of the Amish community and cut off the hair and beards of the people inside, the Wheeling News-Register reports—the... More »

5 Years Later, Mother Cares for Son's Amish Victim

She helps tend to girl paralyzed in 2006 shooting spree

(Newser) - On Oct. 2, 2006, Terri Roberts heard the shocking news: Her son, Charles Carl Roberts IV, had shot 10 Amish girls at the Nickel Mines schoolhouse, killing five of them, before fatally shooting himself. The shooting shocked Roberts’ quiet Pennsylvania community, but almost as shocking was the display of forgiveness... More »

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