Naperville Now 01-24-18

Amor Retrial:

The retrial began today for a Naperville man who was convicted in 1997 of arson and murder in the death of his mother-in-law. William Amor appeared in DuPage County Court today as opening statements were read. The 62-year-old was originally sentenced to 45 years in prison for setting the 1995 fire that killed Marianne Miceli, but his conviction was vacated in April after 20 years, as advances in fire science indicated that the method of setting the fire he gave his previous confession was impossible. Today the defense argued his confession was made under duress, and neither arson nor premeditation can be proved. The prosecution disagreed, and says he planned the fire in order to claim insurance money. The bench trial continues tomorrow.

Opioid Deaths in 2017:

95 people died in DuPage County from opioid overdoses in 2017, according to data released by the DuPage County Coroner’s office. That’s the same number as in 2016. The difference is that over that year’s time, there was a 23 percent increase in deaths from a mixture of heroin and fentanyl, and a 35 percent increase in deaths from prescription opioids. Officials noted that without the use of the opioid antidote naloxone, those numbers would be much higher.

Icy Commute:

More than 50 crashes were reported around Naperville today after freezing drizzle left the roads coated in ice. All non-injury accident reports can be filed at the police department – you have 10 days to do so. The winter weather advisory for our area ended today at noon.

Mustangs Take on Wildcats:

Neuqua Valley boys basketball hosted Metea Valley last night in hopes of gaining ground in the standings. The Mustangs got off to a blazing start from three-point land, building a 12-point lead in the 1st quarter. Neuqua began to chip away in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, by getting fast break layups and hitting some key shots from beyond the arc. The Wildcats took control in the 4th thanks to 20 points from senior Noah Herdman. Metea junior Ethan Helwig led all scorers with 26, but his desperation heave to tie the game sailed wide as the Wildcats hung on for the 64-61 win.

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