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Missing Austin school students, sister found safe in Florida

As the welcome news came Thursday that three missing Austin-area sisters had been found safe in Florida, questions remained about how long it took school officials to learn one child was missing and why authorities didn’t send out a statewide Amber Alert.

Two of the sisters had been in foster care since Nov. 3, when authorities learned their mother had allowed their father, 46-year-old Anthony Joseph Jordan II, to live with the family, counter to directives by state case workers. Anthony Jordan had been accused of sexually assaulting the oldest girl, 16, court records show.

Two of the girls had been missing since Tuesday, when their mother, Sarah Marcella Jordan, 38, abducted the youngest girl, 10, and a middle child, 13, authorities said. She was arrested Thursday in Pensacola, Fla., and charged with interference with child custody, officials said. Authorities didn’t say whether anyone else had been charged in the case.

Read more at: http://www.mystatesman.com/news/crime--law/missing-sisters-found-safe-but-questions-about-case-handling-remain/phHewu8fIIax38teoLXooM/

Mother of missing Austin students arrested in Florida; girls are safe, police say – Austin American

Both the teacher and the teen were holding onto the 10-year-old, when a woman, who police believe was Sarah Jordan, approached them. Jordan grabbed the teacher by the arm, “physically removed her grip” from the girl, and told the teacher, “Go ahead and stop me,” before fleeing with the girls, the affidavit said.

Read more at: http://www.statesman.com/news/local/new-info-sisters-possibly-abducted-austin-student-also-reported-missing/aL6tt9N4toNIDkkKjM3R8N/

Making A Mad Man: Florida Man Pledges To Kill Police If Steven Avery Doesn’t Get Fair Trial


MacIver News Service | Oct. 30, 2017

By M.D. Kittle

MADISON, Wis – Netflix’s hit docuseries “Making a Murderer” made a lot of people mad.

Alexander Leo Arledge was so angry he threatened to “execute” Manitowoc County law enforcement officials, according to documents obtained by MacIver News Service.

Arledge, 20, of Brandon, Fla., is set to be sentenced on Jan. 17 in Manitowoc County Court, almost two years to the day that he made multiple death threats against members of the sheriff’s department and the district attorney.

Arledge, contacted by an investigator from the Wisconsin Department of Justice, eventually admitted to making the harassing phone calls, one in which he threatened to “execute the DA and execute the Sheriff’s Department” if Steven

Read more at: http://www.maciverinstitute.com/2017/10/making-of-a-threatener-florida-man-faces-prison-time-for/

Missing Airman Found 40 Years Later in Florida – People

A Florida man is facing a desertion charge after he was found allegedly living under another name more than 40 years after he vanished from his post at a North Dakota Air Force base, PEOPLE confirms.

Jeffrey Michels, 64, was arrested on Thursday and charged with military desertion, according to a spokeswoman with the Seminole County, Florida, Sheriff’s Office.

Michels was handed over to the U.S. Air Force that same day, the spokeswoman says. He remains in custody.

On July 6, 1977, Michels failed to report to the Minot Air Force Base in northwest North Dakota, McClatchy reports, citing the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

In the ensuing decades, he allegedly changed his name to Jeffrey Lantz, got married, had children and started a construction business in Florida.

Michels, originally from Ohio, was recently found living in Sanford, Florida, with his wife and four children, according to local

Read more at: http://people.com/crime/air-force-deserter-found-florida-new-name/

Florida man charged with desertion decades after vanishing from Air …

It was July 6, 1977, and Jeffrey Michels hadn’t reported for duty at Minot Air Force Base, a remote military installation in northwest North Dakota near the Canadian border.

The base is known for its harsh, long winters and its impressive collection of nuclear missile silos. But instead of reporting for duty at the outpost, Michels disappeared — and wasn’t seen again for four decades, according to National Missing and Unidentified Persons System.

That’s because Michels had deserted, police say. He allegedly assumed the name Jeffrey Lantz, got married, had kids and started a construction business in Florida. When he was arrested in Sanford, Fla. on Oct. 12 by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office, he was charged with military desertion and was handed over to the U.S. Air Force’s Office of Special Investigations, according to an arrest report filed last week.

How was he found? The Air Force hasn’t responded to a request

Read more at: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/nation-world/national/article179376586.html

Everything to know about Florida evacuations and shelters ahead of Hurricane Irma

At least 1.3 million Florida residents are under mandatory evacuation ahead of Hurricane Irma, which is slated to strike the state as a Category 4 storm on Sunday morning.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, who declared a statewide emergency earlier this week, said additional evacuations are expected to be issued as Hurricane Irma approaches the state. Scott urged all Floridians to heed local alerts and follow the directions of local officials.

“If you’re told to evacuate, leave, get out quickly,” the governor said at a press conference Friday morning. “This storm is wider than our entire state.”

Scott said people can expect major traffic in Florida as residents and visitors adhere to evacuation orders.

“Please be patient,” he said. “Evacuations are not convenient but they are absolutely meant to keep you safe.”

“I cannot stress this enough — do not ignore evacuation orders,” Scott added. “We

Read more at: http://abcnews.go.com/US/florida-evacuations-shelters-ahead-hurricane-irma/story?id=49702181

Trial date set for Gloria Williams, charged with 1998 kidnapping of … – Florida Times





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Florida Amber Alert canceled for 4-year-old girl

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Updated: Jun 21, 2017 – 1:20 PM




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UPDATE at 1:13 p.m.: The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children confirmed that the Florida Amber Alert for a missing 4-year-old girl has been canceled. 

South Florida pet detective says Miami-Dade County is unfairly targeting her – 7News – WSVN

(WSVN) – WSVN — She’s on the hunt for lost pets, but is Miami-Dade County searching for her? 7’s Brian Entin has our special assignment report — pet detective.

When you think “pet detective,” you might think of “Ace Ventura” — Jim Carrey’s 1990s hit that was filmed right here in South Florida.

Jamie Katz, private investigator: “Like the pet detective? Like the movie? I hear it everyday.”

But Jamie Katz is the real thing. And yes, Katz is her real name.

Jamie Katz: “I’m a private investigator and I specialize in lost pets.”

She has helped hundreds in South Florida get their animals back, but now she is worried Miami-Dade County is coming after her.

Jamie Katz: “I think they are putting something together against me. That’s what it seems like, they’re trying to sue me or put a lawsuit against me.”

It’s all about these signs. They’re illegal to post on public property, but many

Read more at: http://wsvn.com/news/south-florida-pet-detective-says-miami-dade-county-is-unfairly-targeting-her/