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Police in Southern California on Sunday finished their search of a park where the passed-out father of a missing 5-year-old boy was found over the weekend and are asking for anyone with information to come forward.
by Associated Press
4.24.2017
11:39am
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A nonprofit legal aid group is trying to re-open the books on a decades-old Baton Rouge rape conviction by tracking evidence for DNA testing. However, several items, including the rape kit, have disappeared from the evidence record since the 1980s.
by Steve Hardy, The Advocate
4.24.2017
11:29am
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A federal judge on Friday handed down the longest sentence ever imposed in the U.S. for a cybercrime case to the son of a member of the Russian Parliament convicted of hacking into more than 500 U.S. businesses and stealing millions of credit card...
by Martha Bellisle, Associated Press
4.24.2017
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Australian scientists are using specialist DNA technology to identify the remains of soldiers dating back to World War I. Bone fragments from 10 soldiers who served in France and Papua New Guinea are being tested in a process that until now was...
by Nicole Chettle, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
4.24.2017
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The desperate effort this week to find two hikers who disappeared at the bottom of the Grand Canyon represented the National Park Service's most extensive use yet of drones in a search-and-rescue mission. The Grand Canyon is the only national park with...
by Astrid Galvan, Associated Press
4.24.2017
10:05am
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While most unidentified bodies are meticulously added the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUs), only a fraction of people who disappear are ever added. One Tennessee bill, if signed into law, would require authorities to enter every...
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4.21.2017
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Yesterday, the FDA under the Trump administration formally blocked the shipment of thousands of vials of sodium thiopental, an anesthetic now banned in the U.S., that was headed to Texas and Arizona from India for the purpose of executions.
4.21.2017
10:55am
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Forensic brainwave analysis—or “brain fingerprinting”—could add a revolutionary new dimension to criminal investigations in New Zealand, a NZ Law Foundation-backed research project has found. Brain fingerprinting measures involuntary brainwave responses...
by University of Canterbury
4.21.2017
10:22am
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Acoustic sensors mounted on lampposts and telephone poles picked up the crack of gunfire and rapidly enabled police to zero in on where it was coming from. Within minutes, the alleged gunman in the deadly rampage was under arrest.
by Scott Smith, Associated Press
4.21.2017
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After being missing for more than a month, a 15-year-old Tennessee girl was found Thursday near a cabin in a remote part of northern California and Tad Cummins, the 50-year-old teacher accused of kidnapping her, was arrested, authorities said.
by Sheila Burke, Associated Press
4.20.2017
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An Ohio man pleaded guilty to circulating a “kill list” of U.S. military members—calling for jihadi violence on American soil. Terrence J. McNeil, 24, will face 15-20 years in federal prison for reposting the solicitations of violence on Tumblr.
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4.20.2017
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The Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that Colorado's practice of not automatically refunding court fees and other costs to people convicted of crimes but later exonerated violates the Constitution. The 7-1 decision sided with two people whose convictions...
by Associated Press
4.20.2017
12:18pm
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The facial reconstruction of a man whose skeletal remains were found more than 27 years ago were released Wednesday by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Justice. The man, found on July 19, 1989, is believed to have been murdered.
by The Marion Star
4.20.2017
12:11pm
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As the physical world is becoming increasingly connected to the virtual world, the lines between cybersecurity and “real” security are becoming blurred. Recent cases of interference with emergency alarms and 911 systems highlight the threat to public...
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4.20.2017
11:57am
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A man who hid in the forest under cover of night and opened fire with a sniper's rifle was convicted of capital murder on Wednesday in the ambush slaying of a state police trooper he targeted at random in hopes of sparking a revolution.
by Michael Rubinkam, Associated Press
4.20.2017
9:25am
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The Maryland governor signed a bill yesterday that will no longer require survivors of sexual assault to prove that they fought back against their assailant in order to press charges. The “no means no” bill was one of several crime-focused bills Governor...
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4.19.2017
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None of the hairs clutched in Barbara Vernieri's hand belonged to the man being charged with killing her and burning her body, a New Jersey state police forensic scientist testified Tuesday. Prosecutors allege that Daniel Rochat killed Vernieri in her...
by Andrew Wyrich and Kaitlyn Kanzler, NorthJersey.com
4.19.2017
10:18am
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Maintaining the yards of vacant properties helps reduce crime rates in urban neighborhoods, indicates a new study. The study overlaid nine years of crime statistics in Flint, Michigan, with data from a greening program where thousands of abandoned lots...
by Michigan State University
4.19.2017
9:50am
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Police are calling the death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam suspicious because there is no clear indication of suicide or criminality. An autopsy is planned for the 65-year-old appeals court judge, whose body washed up on the shore of the Hudson River last...
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4.19.2017
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Former NFL star Aaron Hernandez hanged himself in his prison cell early Wednesday while serving a life sentence for murder, authorities said. His death comes just days after he was acquitted of a double murder.
by Denise Lavoie, Associated Press
4.19.2017
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The man who randomly killed a Cleveland retiree and posted video of the crime on Facebook shot himself to death on Tuesday in Pennsylvania, police said. Authorities say officers spotted Steve Stephens and tried to pull him over, and, after a brief...
by Mark Gillispie, Associated Press
4.18.2017
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The Massachusetts Supreme Court ruled in January that all cases on which disgraced forensic scientist Annie Dookhan worked had to be reconsidered by April 18, 2017. The staggering load is 24,000 cases, according to some estimates.
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4.18.2017
12:20pm
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Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department will crack down on violent gangs. Sessions on Tuesday called out one organization, the MS-13 street gang, members of which are suspected in the killings of four people last week in Long Island.
by CBS/AP
4.18.2017
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The U.S. Supreme Court spared the life of an Arkansas inmate minutes before his death warrant was set to expire Monday, scuttling efforts to resume capital punishment after nearly 12 years in a state with an aggressive plan to carry out four double...
by Andrew DeMillo and Sean Murphy, Associated Press
4.18.2017
10:39am
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Cuyahoga County prosecutors on Monday filed a motion to vacate the 1995 murder conviction of a man who has spent 23 years in prison for killing his girlfriend. DNA tests revealed that Evin King's DNA did not match samples from the crime scene.
by Cory Shaffer, Cleveland.com
4.18.2017
10:27am
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An Ohio man who sold heroin laced with an elephant tranquilizer that caused more than two dozen overdoses in West Virginia was sentenced to over 18 years in federal prison Monday. Bruce Griggs sold the heroin mixture that sickened 28 people on Aug. 15.
by John Raby, Associated Press
4.18.2017
9:41am
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A mix of high-tech analysis of genetic markers and a keen observation of a detective who jotted a suspicious license plate on his hand led right to a suspected killer's door, authorities announced Saturday, after an arrest was made in the murder of 27-...
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4.17.2017
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Hoping to find their killers, the state is again putting the faces of victims in dozens of unsolved slayings in front of inmates on playing cards. Officials announced last Tuesday that a fourth edition of the cold case playing cards has been released to...
by Nicholas Rondinone, Hartford Courant
4.17.2017
11:23am
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Researchers have found that partial similarities between prints are common enough that the fingerprint-based security systems used in mobile phones and other devices can be more vulnerable than previously thought.
by Michigan State University
4.17.2017
10:27am
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The search for a suspected killer who posted gruesome Facebook video of a fatal Cleveland shooting put authorities in surrounding states on the lookout Monday after police said the man might have left Ohio.
by Associated Press
4.17.2017
9:26am
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The Louisiana State Police Crime Lab is preparing to expand its criminal DNA testing to include familial searching. Louisiana intends to join a growing list of states that over the past decade have cautiously adopted the controversial technique.
by Jim Mustian, The New Orleans Advocate
4.17.2017
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The bodies of four men, all described as having suffered "significant trauma," were discovered in a park in a suburban New York neighborhood that has for years contended with a growing problem of gang violence. The victims were found in a wooded area...
by Frank Eltman, Associated Press
4.13.2017
12:38pm
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Coroners in England and Wales don't seem able to agree on what caused a person's death or whether the death merits an inquest or not—despite being faced with identical case information—reveals a study published in the Journal of Clinical Pathology.
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4.13.2017
12:33pm
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Banks occupy a unique position when it comes to intercepting crimes, such as drug and human trafficking. In the past few years, artificial intelligence has emerged as a solution to help banks zero in on transactions that herald criminal activity.
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4.13.2017
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U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions disbanded the National Commission on Forensic Science earlier this week. But the “forensic overhaul” is still underway. The Organization of Scientific Area Committees for Forensic Science continues on the course set by...
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4.13.2017
12:12pm
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A Pennsylvania man who assumed the identity of a baby who died in Texas in 1972 has been arrested on charges of Social Security fraud and aggravated identity theft after the baby's aunt discovered the ruse on Ancestry.com.
by Joe Mandak, Associated Press
4.13.2017
9:10am
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Sixty-five case report errors by a Houston Police Department officer, including in 26 homicide cases and five officer-involved shootings, were reported to the Texas Forensic Science Commission today by the Houston Forensic Science Center.
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4.12.2017
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Smartphones are equipped with an ever-growing numbers of sensors, including light and motion detection. But some of the latest are so sensitive that outside hackers can determine a four-digit PIN pass code within a few tries, a new report says.
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4.12.2017
12:21pm
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The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) has launched a challenge that pits security companies and research groups against each other, in a bid to build a device that accurately captures every part of a fingerprint.
by Matt Reynolds, New Scientist
4.12.2017
11:08am
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A new report challenges the perception that eyewitness memory is inherently fallible, finding that eyewitness confidence can reliably indicate the accuracy of an identification made under certain, "pristine" conditions.
by Association for Psychological Science
4.12.2017
10:44am
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