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Officials Studying Feasibility of Local Forensic Lab

April 7, 2014 12:06 pm | by Associated Press | Comments

The University of Alabama and Tuscaloosa County government leaders have been asked to assemble a panel to study the feasibility of launching a local forensic investigation lab.                     

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Heroin's Corrosive Effect in New Hampshire

April 7, 2014 10:18 am | by Jeremy Blackman, Concord Monitor | Comments

While heroin abuse has plagued the Northeast for decades, it has swelled in recent years as supply has risen and prescription pills have become more costly and more difficult to find.                   

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Opening the Black Box of NIBIN

April 7, 2014 9:53 am | by William King, William Wells, Charles Katz, Edward Maguire and James Frank, NIJ | Comments

Scientists evaluated the operations of the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN), a program of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF). Through NIBIN, firearms examiners at state and local crime laboratories compare toolmarks on fired bullets or cartridges found at a crime scene (ballistic evidence), convert them into digitized images, and enter them in a national database. 

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Solving Crimes at the Veterinarian Forensic Lab

April 7, 2014 9:32 am | by Diane Dimond, Noozhawk | Comments

As far as crime laboratories go, it is not very impressive-looking. And it is not very big, with a permanent staff of just three forensic scientists and a few interns. But the work product that comes out of the Veterinarian Forensic Lab at UC Davis is important, and it has changed the way crimes are investigated and prosecuted worldwide.

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Cleveland to Pay $1.3M to Two Men Wrongfully Convicted of Murder

April 4, 2014 12:48 pm | by James McCarty, The Plain Dealer | Comments

The city has agreed to pay $1.3 million to two men who were wrongfully convicted of killing a Slavic Village woman in 1997, for which they spent 13 years in prison.                         

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Development and Analysis of Electrical Receptacle Fires

April 4, 2014 12:24 pm | by Matthew Benfer and Daniel Gottuk, NIJ | Comments

Laboratory testing evaluated the impact of a range of variables on the formation of overheated connections in residential duplex electrical receptacles. The authors documented the damage to the receptacle, faceplate and outlet box, including any arcing, overheating or melting.

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Child Abuse Determined with Bruising Sensor

April 4, 2014 12:15 pm | by World Scientific | Comments

A research team has developed a force sensing skin that can be adapted to a child surrogate, or test dummy, to identify potential bruising locations during mock laboratory experiments of accidents and abusive events.         

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Hand-held Treatment for Overdoses is Approved

April 4, 2014 11:44 am | by Sabrina Tavernise, The New York Times | Comments

Federal health regulators approved a drug overdose treatment device that experts say will provide a powerful lifesaving tool in the midst of a surging epidemic of prescription drug abuse.                 

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Drawing Can be a Forensic Tool for Investigating Child Abuse

April 4, 2014 11:31 am | by American Friends of Tel Aviv Univ. | Comments

Research compared the results when child abuse victims were offered the opportunity to draw during questioning with victims not offered this opportunity. Findings saw a significant difference.                 

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Indiana Leads Nation in Meth Lab Seizures

April 3, 2014 1:54 pm | by News-Sentinel | Comments

Indiana has achieved the dubious distinction of leading the U.S. in methamphetamine lab seizures — a whopping 1,800 of them last year, according to state and federal statistics.                 

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Response to Boston Marathon Bombing

April 3, 2014 1:31 pm | by Harvard Univ. | Comments

One year after two homemade bombs exploded along the finish line of the Boston Marathon, jurisdictions both here and abroad remain on high alert to the possibility of similar events in their own backyard. A new white paper draws upon the marathon bombing events to provide responders with concrete and actionable steps to help improve their own emergency management planning efforts now and in the years to come. 

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Man Spent Days with Corpses in Nevada Home

April 3, 2014 12:56 pm | by Ken Ritter, Associated Press | Comments

A 30-year-old man accused of killing his mother and sister in their North Las Vegas home spent a couple of days dismembering one of the bodies and trying to clean up the bloody scene, a police official says.            

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Significance of Association in Tool Mark Characterization

April 3, 2014 12:37 pm | by L.S. Chumbley and M. Morris, NIJ | Comments

In a recent study of toolmarks produced by sequentially made screwdriver tips, the authors developed a computer algorithm that reliably separated matching toolmarks from those that do not match to increase the statistical relevance of toolmark analysis.

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Synthetic Marijuana Creating Danger for First Responders

April 2, 2014 12:14 pm | by Shaley Sanders, KTRE | Comments

When first responders receive a call, they can never be sure of what they might encounter — and when synthetic marijuana is involved, their jobs can be that much harder.                    

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Stiletto Heel Shown to Jurors in Shoe Stabbing Case

April 2, 2014 11:44 am | by Juan Lozano, Associated Press | Comments

A blue suede stiletto heel that prosecutors say a Houston woman used to fatally stab her boyfriend at least 25 times in the face and head was shown at her trial Tuesday.                       

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