Hot Links: Kidnappings, Plane Crashes, and 15 Pounds of Meth

Two children have been safely returned to their mother after an early morning kidnapping near 27th avenue and Indian School Road. According to police, a group of men stormed the victims' house, yelling that they were police, and forcibly took the children, ages two and eleven months. Police are searching for the suspects and their vehicle, described as a white Honda or Toyota with tinted windows...A Chandler-based company called Banda Group International LLC has won a five-year contract with NASA. BGI will provide "occupational safety support services" for NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland...A small plane crashed yesterday moments after take off at the Prescott Municipal Airport, killing both people aboard. Authorities did not immediately know the names of the two victims, but said the Piper Comanche plane was registered to a Los Angeles resident...Klaus Lauterbach, the German tourist reported missing near the Grand Canyon this weekend, has been found safe. Lauterbach's father told police his son called him from his mobile phone yesterday and said he was continuing his North American tour and heading for Vancouver...The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office found 15 pounds of meth during a traffic stop yesterday. Sheriff Joe Arpaio says the car was stopped for an improper lane change. The driver, Ruben Rivera, was arrested at the scene. Arpaio said the street value of the meth was $300,000...A Valley man has been sentenced to prison for a 2007 road rage incident. Darrick Michael Burke pleaded guilty to one count of manslaughter in April, after getting into an altercation with another motorist. During the altercation, Burke punched the victim, who hit his head on the ground and never regained consciousness.


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Niki D'Andrea has covered subjects including drug culture, women's basketball, pirate radio stations, Scottsdale staycations, and fine wine. She has worked at both New Times and Phoenix Magazine, and is now a freelancer.
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