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Texas A&M football reporter who feared she was being followed is found safe in Houston

Courtney Roland, 29, was reported missing to authorities after leaving home in her car on Saturday afternoon.

Earlier that day, she had attended football camp for Team Texas Elite. Her roommate said Roland made it home and then left in her Jeep. 

The roommate last heard from Roland, who is a sports reporter for AggieYell.com, around midnight when she sent a text saying she was worried she was being followed from a Walgreens by a man in a blue truck, KPRC-TV reported..

On Sunday, Roland’s mother told the station that she received a text that said, “hello the owner of this phone Courtney. I am buying an iPad.”

Read more at: https://www.dallasnews.com/news/missing-person/2018/01/07/texas-am-football-reporter-feared-followed-last-seen-houston

Woman Exonerated After Being Convicted Twice in Killing

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada woman who was twice convicted of a 2001 murder and sexual mutilation that she maintained happened while she was more than150 miles away was exonerated Friday by a state judge in Las Vegas.

However, Kirstin Blaise Lobato, whose cause drew an online following and backing from advocates including the New York-based Innocence Project, was not immediately freed.

The 35-year-old Lobato was instead taken to a county jail in Las Vegas to serve a one-year sentence for a misdemeanor conviction in a 2007 prisoner sexual contact case, state Corrections Department spokeswoman Brooke Keast said.

Keast and a Lobato attorney said Lobato was unlikely to be released before next week.

“We hope Ms. Lobato will be released soon. It’s just a matter of time,” said Vanessa Potkin, a chief lawyer in Lobato’s case for the Innocence Project.

Potkin said she will challenge Lobato’s

Read more at: http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2017/12/29/judge-orders-woman-set-free-after-wrongful-conviction-claim/

17 Years After Being Convicted of a Grisly Murder in Vegas, Kirstin …

On December 29, more than a decade after she was first sent to prison in Nevada for a murder she did not commit, Kirstin Blaise Lobato saw the charges against her dismissed. “It is the end to her nearly 17-year nightmare,” said Vanessa Potkin, director of post-conviction litigation for the Innocence Project, which took on Lobato’s case. “It’s over.”

Lobato was twice convicted of the gruesome murder of a 44-year-old homeless man named Duran Bailey, whose body was found behind a dumpster off the Las Vegas Strip just after 10 p.m. on July 8, 2001, covered in a thin layer of trash. Bailey’s teeth had been knocked out and his eyes were bloodied and swollen shut; his carotid artery had been slashed, his rectum stabbed, and his penis amputated. It was found among the trash nearby.

Despite a crime scene rich with potential evidence, Las Vegas detectives Thomas Thowsen and James LaRochelle

Read more at: https://theintercept.com/2017/12/29/las-vegas-murder-kirstin-lobato-wrongful-conviction/

Woman exonerated after being convicted twice in killing

A Nevada woman who was twice convicted of a 2001 murder and sexual mutilation that she maintained happened while she was more than150 miles away was exonerated Friday by a state judge in Las Vegas.

However, Kirstin Blaise Lobato, whose cause drew an online following and backing from advocates including the New York-based Innocence Project, was not immediately freed.

The 35-year-old Lobato was instead taken to a county jail in Las Vegas to serve a one-year sentence for a misdemeanor conviction in a 2007 prisoner sexual contact case, state Corrections Department spokeswoman Brooke Keast said.

Keast and a Lobato attorney said Lobato was unlikely to be released before next week.

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“We hope Ms. Lobato will be released soon. It’s just a matter of time,” said Vanessa Potkin, a chief lawyer in Lobato’s case for the

Read more at: http://www.newsobserver.com/news/politics-government/national-politics/article192174589.html

Woman exonerated after being convicted twice in killing

A Nevada woman who was twice convicted of a 2001 murder and sexual mutilation that she maintained happened while she was more than150 miles away was exonerated Friday by a state judge in Las Vegas.

However, Kirstin Blaise Lobato, whose cause drew an online following and backing from advocates including the New York-based Innocence project, was not immediately freed.

The 35-year-old Lobato was instead taken to a county jail in Las Vegas to serve a one-year sentence for a misdemeanor conviction in a 2007 prisoner sexual contact case, state Corrections Department spokeswoman Brooke Keast said.

Keast and a Lobato attorney said Lobato was unlikely to be released before next week.

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“We hope Ms. Lobato will be released soon. It’s just a matter of time,” said Vanessa Potkin, a chief lawyer in Lobato’s case for the

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‘Please help me find my child’: Family concerned for well-being of missing Toronto woman

“Please help me find my child.”

The mother of a missing 24-year-old Toronto woman is pleading for the public’s help in finding her daughter who hasn’t been seen in over a week.

Toronto police Det. Mansoor Ahmad said Cheyanna Cooper was last seen Dec. 14 in the Eglinton Avenue West and Gilbert Avenue area, at Horizons Youth Centre where she had been staying.

Cooper’s mother, Michelle Walker, spoke to reporters Sunday afternoon and said she last saw her daughter a few days before her disappearance after she dropped her off at Convenant House, another youth shelter in the city.

Walker said it is unlike her daughter to not be active on her social media or to not check in with family. Her brother’s birthday was Dec. 22, and her mother said she would never miss saying ‘Happy birthday’ to him.

“We used to call ourselves the three musketeers.”

Ahmad said police confirmed Cooper stayed

Read more at: https://globalnews.ca/news/3933416/missing-24-year-old-toronto-woman/

Girl, 14, found safe after being reported missing on South Side – Chicago Sun

A 14-year-old girl reported missing earlier this week after she was last seen in the Princeton Park neighborhood on the South Side has been found, police said.

Talia Moore was last seen about 10 a.m. Monday in the 200 block of West 91st Street, according to a missing person alert from Chicago Police.

Police said Moore was located and safe Wednesday evening, but did not provide additional information.

Read more at: https://chicago.suntimes.com/news/missing-14-year-old-girl-last-seen-in-princeton-park-neighborhood/

3 PM UDPATE: Sonar being used to search local waterway

The Daily News will go live via video and story updates as often as possible throughout the search to bring you the latest news updates as quickly as we receive them.

5 PM UPDATE: Today’s search did not turn up ‘items of interest’

“I am overwhelmed by the amazing response today.”

Onslow Sheriff Hans Miller opened Friday afternoon’s press conference by thanking the 730 total volunteers who came out to search for missing 3-year-old Mariah Woods on Friday morning. He said the number of people who showed up was “phenomenal.”

Unfortunately, although there were items tagged as being “of interest” by the volunteers, FBI Supervisory Special Agent Stanley Meador said it doesn’t appear any of the items found are related to Mariah’s case. They are still sending the items to be processed and looked at, Meador added.

“This is all about Mariah,” Miller said,

Read more at: http://www.gastongazette.com/news/20171201/3-pm-udpate-sonar-being-used-to-search-local-waterway