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Free after 22 years: Man visits UIS to thank those who exonerated him – The State Journal

A 61-year-old man who spent more than 22 years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit said he doesn’t see any reason to be angry.

“I’m overwhelmed. I don’t think being bitter is going to help me,” William “Bill” Amor said Friday during an interview at the University of Illinois Springfield, home of the Illinois Innocence Project.

Amor was convicted of arson and murder in connection with a Sept. 10, 1995, fire in Naperville that killed his mother-in-law. The fire occurred in an apartment that Amor and his wife shared with his wife’s mother.

Attorneys at the Illinois Innocence Project say Amor gave a false confession after 15 hours of questioning.

Larry Golden, founding director of the Innocence Project, said that in the false confession, Amor said he poured vodka on newspapers and then used a cigarette to light the fire.

“At

Read more at: http://www.sj-r.com/news/20180223/free-after-22-years-man-visits-uis-to-thank-those-who-exonerated-him

Malcolm Alexander Case: Exonerated and Released After 38 Years, He Leaves Prison With a Puppy

A wrongfully convicted man has finally walked free, 38 long years after he was sentenced to life in prison for a rape he did not commit, and he didn’t leave alone.

Innocent, a 9-month-old black Lab he raised while behind bars, was also set free by the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

“I named her Inn because I was innocent and she was innocent,” Alexander said. Asked what he planned to do with his four-legged friend now they were both free, the former inmate replied, “We going to the park and we’re going to chase birds. She likes to chase birds.”

Alexander was 21 when he was sentenced to Angola. His case was hampered by incompetent legal counsel, according to the Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization that helps exonerate those wrongfully imprisoned by reopening their cases and conducting DNA tests on evidence from their trials.

In Alexander’s case, genetic testing eliminated him as a suspect. Innocence

Read more at: http://nbc4i.com/2018/02/23/malcolm-alexander-case-exonerated-and-released-after-38-years-he-leaves-prison-with-a-puppy/

Malcolm Alexander Case: Exonerated and Released After 38 Years …

A wrongfully convicted man has finally walked free, 38 long years after he was sentenced to life in prison for a rape he did not commit, and he didn’t leave alone.

Innocent, a 9-month-old black Lab he raised while behind bars, was also set free by the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

“I named her Inn because I was innocent and she was innocent,” Alexander said. Asked what he planned to do with his four-legged friend now they were both free, the former inmate replied, “We going to the park and we’re going to chase birds. She likes to chase birds.”

Alexander was 21 when he was sentenced to Angola. His case was hampered by incompetent legal counsel, according to the Innocence Project, a nonprofit organization that helps exonerate those wrongfully imprisoned by reopening their cases and conducting DNA tests on evidence from their trials.

In Alexander’s case, genetic testing eliminated him as a suspect. Innocence

Read more at: http://nbc4i.com/2018/02/23/malcolm-alexander-case-exonerated-and-released-after-38-years-he-leaves-prison-with-a-puppy/

Silver Alert discontinued after man last seen driving in Azle is found

The Parker County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Loyad Frederick Scott, 78, who was last seen at 10:50 a.m. Friday on Reynolds Drive in Azle. He was driving a silver 2014 Subaru Forester with Texas license plate number CMP3067. 

Scott is described as a white male with gray hair and blue eyes. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds, authorities said. He was last seen wearing two hats, a blue button-down shirt, a blue jacket and beige pants.

Officials said they believe Scott’s disappearance is a threat to his health and safety.

Anyone with information about Scott’s location should contact the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at 817-594-3213.

Read more at: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/missing-person/2018/02/23/silver-alert-issued-man-last-seen-driving-azle

Silver Alert discontinued after man last seen driving in Azle is found …

The Parker County Sheriff’s Office is looking for Loyad Frederick Scott, 78, who was last seen at 10:50 a.m. Friday on Reynolds Drive in Azle. He was driving a silver 2014 Subaru Forester with Texas license plate number CMP3067. 

Scott is described as a white male with gray hair and blue eyes. He is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs 200 pounds, authorities said. He was last seen wearing two hats, a blue button-down shirt, a blue jacket and beige pants.

Officials said they believe Scott’s disappearance is a threat to his health and safety.

Anyone with information about Scott’s location should contact the Parker County Sheriff’s Office at 817-594-3213.

Read more at: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/missing-person/2018/02/23/silver-alert-issued-man-last-seen-driving-azle

Indiana man found after he went missing in New Orleans during …

Update: Michael Stanley was found in good condition Wednesday evening (Feb. 21), according to an 8:13 p.m. alert from New Orleans police.

The relative of a 27-year-old Indiana man said he went missing last week in New Orleans while in town for Mardi Gras. New Orleans police received a missing person’s report on Michael Stanley, of Plainfield, Ind., on Tuesday night (Feb. 20), NOPD spokeswoman Ambria Washington said Wednesday.  

Elaine Reeder, Stanley’s aunt, said in an email her nephew was with friends in New Orleans for Mardi Gras, got separated from the friends and then did not return to Indiana with them. He was last seen Feb. 12 in New Orleans, she said.

A missing person flier provided by Reeder says Stanley is 5-foot-10, weighs about 190 pounds, and has brown hair and brown eyes. The flier, which lists a contact at his hometown sheriff’s office, says he was last spotted about 11:40 p.m. Feb. 12 at

Read more at: http://www.nola.com/crime/index.ssf/2018/02/indiana_man_missing_new_orlean.html

Jackson man arrested after MSP investigation – WILX

JACKSON, Mich. (WILX) – A Jackson man has been arrested after being investigated by Michigan State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

41 year-old Paul Ruggles Jr. has been charged with one count of child sexually abusive activity, one count of use of a computer to commit a crime, one count possession of child sexually abusive material and one count of accosting a child for immoral purposes.

Ruggles Jr. was arraigned on all counts on Tuesday and was issued a cash or surety bond of $100,000.

If convicted of all charges, he faces up to 48 years behind bars.

The investigation stemmed from a cyber tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

Further investigation led to locating the residence in Jackson, multiple devices and evidence were found after a search at the home.

Read more at: http://www.wilx.com/content/news/Jackson-man-arrested-after-MSP-investigation-474762933.html

Naperville Man Acquitted in Retrial 22 Years After Arson Murder Conviction

Bill Amor speaks with media after being acquitted in his retrial Wednesday. (Illinois Innocence Project / Facebook)

Advances in fire science and arson investigations first gave Bill Amor a shot at freedom a year ago. Now after 22 years behind bars, he’ll have a chance to start over with a clean slate.

A DuPage County judge on Wednesday found the 61-year-old Naperville man not guilty in a new trial held more than two decades after he was first convicted and sentenced to 45 years in the arson death of his mother-in-law.

“This is the end of a nightmare for me,” Amor said in a statement Wednesday. “I have fought to clear my name for the last 22 years and I am so grateful that I was able to have my day in court for the truth to be heard. I am looking forward to starting the next phase of my

Read more at: https://chicagotonight.wttw.com/2018/02/21/naperville-man-acquitted-retrial-22-years-after-arson-murder-conviction

Police: Man wanted after woman was slashed in assault incident in Salisbury

Police: Man wanted after woman was slashed in assault incident in Salisbury

Police: Man wanted after woman was slashed in assault incident in Salisbury

SALISBURY, Md. – A man is wanted after police say a woman was slashed in an assault, in Salisbury.

The Salisbury Police Department says on Monday, at 10:00 PM, officers responded to the 1000 block of Fairground Drive for a reported stabbing. Once on scene, officer say they encountered a 52-year-old woman, who was suffering from slash

Read more at: http://www.wmdt.com/news/maryland/police-man-wanted-after-woman-was-slashed-in-assault-incident-in-salisbury/704779884

Friends Say Missing Lyft Driver Found in Hospital After Police Located His Car in Koreatown

An Uber and Lyft driver who went missing more than a week ago after dialing 911 has been found alive after a Nissan Altima linked to him was located in Koreatown, police confirmed Tuesday.

The car’s location, in the 100 block of South Kingsley Drive, was about 3 miles from where police say 29-year-old Joshua Thiede was last seen on Feb. 11 leaving his apartment in the 1000 block of Wilshire Boulevard in downtown Los Angeles.

Joshua Thiede is seen in an undated photo released by his family on Feb. 17, 2018.

Joshua Thiede is seen in an undated photo released by his family on Feb. 17, 2018.

The 29-year-old’s family says phone records show his last call was to 911 the next afternoon, but the caller hung up and no information was relayed to the operator.

Around 11 p.m. on Monday night, friends told KTLA

Read more at: http://ktla.com/2018/02/19/car-belonging-to-missing-lyft-driver-last-seen-in-downtown-l-a-found-in-koreatown-police/