LIMA, Peru – A newspaper reported Monday that Joran van der Sloot, a Dutch man who is serving a 28-year-sentence for murdering a young Peruvian woman, says he is going to be a father.
His lawyer said the inmate does have a conjugal visitor, but he could not confirm she is pregnant.
The Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf said Van der Sloot, a suspect in the 2005 disappearance of U.S. teenager Natalee Holloway, told the paper in a telephone call Saturday that a test has proved the pregnancy.
Van der Sloot’s attorney, Maximo Altez, told The Associated Press that a woman named Leidy Figueroa Uceda is registered as a conjugal visitor of van der Sloot. She is registered in the visitors books of the Piedras Gordas prison in Lima.
Van der Sloot is a self-described liar, having confessed to killing Holloway and later retracting the confessions. He is the last person known to have seen her alive on the Caribbean island of Aruba.
Coloradans search for missing girl, 10
Authorities searched fields and along highways in suburban Denver on Monday for signs of a 10-year-old girl who has been missing since leaving for school Friday and whose backpack may have been found miles away.
The effort to find fifth-grader Jessica Ridgeway also focused on the area around the home in Westminster where she lives with her mother, and a neighborhood 6 miles to the north where the backpack believed to belong to her was found Sunday.
Police in the nearby suburb of Arvada said they were investigating whether the disappearance of Jessica was related to two recent child enticement cases that involved a man who tried to lure two boys about the same age as Jessica into a car. No suspects were identified in those incidents, which took place about 6 miles south of Jessica’s home.
Wedding fight gone viral yields charges
A New Jersey man was charged in connection with a large brawl that broke out among people attending two different wedding receptions in downtown Philadelphia during the weekend, police said Monday.
The fight, which was caught on video and quickly spread online, happened early Sunday at a hotel in the Society Hill neighborhood and involved dozens of people in their formal attire. Dozens of police were called in to attempt to control the melee.
The investigation is continuing and police expect more arrests, said Lt. Raymond Evers, a Philadelphia police spokesman.
Winning roach eater collapses, dies
The winner of a roach-eating contest in South Florida died shortly after downing dozens of the live bugs as well as worms, authorities said Monday.
About 30 contestants ate the insects during Friday night’s contest at Ben Siegel Reptile Store in Deerfield Beach, about 40 miles north of Miami. The grand prize was a python.
Edward Archbold, 32, of West Palm Beach became ill shortly after the contest ended and collapsed in front of the store, according to a Broward Sheriff’s Office statement released Monday. None of the other contestants became ill, the sheriff’s office said.
Suspect accused of church-attacks plot
An Illinois man with a long history of mental illness has been charged with plotting to attack dozens of churches after a hotel maintenance worker in Oklahoma spotted the makings of Molotov cocktails in a trash bin and alerted police.
Gregory Arthur Weiler II, 23, of Elk Grove Village, Ill., has been charged under a strict Oklahoma anti-terrorism law put in place after the federal building bombing in Oklahoma City in 1995. The law makes terrorism hoaxes a crime as well as any effort to plan or help plan an act of terrorism.
Miami Police Chief George Haralson said Weiler’s answers during questioning ranged from rambling to coherent. Haralson said it wasn’t clear whether Weiler posed a real threat to churches and the community.
Airline’s outage grounded flights
Alaska Airlines says flights are running close to normal after a fiber-optic outage temporarily shut down its ticketing system, causing the airline and its regional carrier to cancel 78 flights, affecting nearly 7,000 customers.
More than 130 other flights departed, but some were delayed as long as four hours.
Spokeswoman Marianne Lindsey said the airline doesn’t expect any problems today.
Assange slips up; backers told to pay
A British judge on Monday ordered supporters of Julian Assange to pay thousands of pounds they promised for his bail because the WikiLeaks founder violated the conditions for his release.
The 41-year-old Assange violated a condition to report to a police station daily when he sought refuge at the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he has been holed up since June 19 to avoid extradition to Sweden to face questioning over sex crimes allegations.
The WikiLeaks founder and his supporters claim that the Swedish sex case is part of a Washington-orchestrated plot to make him stand trial in the United States over his work with WikiLeaks, which has published thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables and other documents. Both Sweden and the U.S. reject that claim.