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.
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.
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
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
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
Gloria Bolden Williams’ arrest photo after she was picked up in Walterboro, S.C., in connection with the kidnapping of Kamiyah Mobley in 1998, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office. (Walterboro Police Department)