Daily news briefs: Dec. 30


Judge denied bond for a man accused of abducting and sexually assaulting a woman

On Dec. 29, a Clayton County judge denied bond for Robert Giles, a man accused of abducting and sexually assaulting a woman, according to Channel 2 News. The police said Giles allegedly kidnapped a woman in Hapeville on Dec. 28 and attacked her in an adult entertainment store parking lot. Giles demanded the woman call her boyfriend so he could listen to the assault but she called 911 instead, police said. The dispatcher pretended to be her boyfriend while officers were sent to the scene of the crime. Giles is facing rape, false imprisonment and obstruction charges.



‘Affluenza’ teen from Texas found in Mexico with his mother

“Affluenza” teen Ethan Couch and his mother were caught by police in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico on Dec. 28 according to CNN. U.S Marshals issued a warrant for his arrest after Couch fled the country for allegedly violating his probation. A girl tweeted a video of Couch, who is not allowed to drink alcohol while on probation, near a beer pong table during a party, according to Gawker. In 2013, the then 16-year-old Couch received 10 years of probation after a drunk driving accident killed four people. A psychologist famously claimed Couch suffered from “affluenza,” a term that described Couch as a rich kid who is unable to understand the consequences of his actions due to his wealthy upbringing. Couch could face 120 days in jail, according to Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson.



Guinea is declared Ebola-free after two years

The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Guinea free of Ebola on Dec. 29, marking a major victory in the world’s largest Ebola outbreak, according to the Associated Press. The Ebola virus has a death toll of more than 11,300 people worldwide as of August 2015, according to The Economist. The biggest Ebola outbreak emerged in Guinea two years ago then later spread to Liberia and Sierra Leone. On Nov. 7, Sierra Leone was declared free from transmissions and Liberia is expected to become Ebola-free on Jan. 14. No new cases have been reported in the world in at least 21 days, according to WHO.