Governor Bobby Jindal and local officials marked the groundbreaking of the new North Louisiana Criminalistics Laboratory (NLCL) in Caddo Parish recently. The facility will increase forensic support to law enforcement partners in communities across North Louisiana and allow experts to process evidence more efficiently so that crimes can be solved faster.
Hamilton Scientific of De Pere, Wis., recently completed the installation of 60 fume hoods and 120 laboratory benches in the 200,000 sq. ft. lab space at the Wisconsin Energy Institute & Consolidated Forensic Lab. The new, contemporary laboratory workstation design was developed in response to the customer’s request for utility access ease while simultaneously allowing for movable laboratory benches.
Russian investigators on Monday combed through the charred fragments of a Boeing 737 jetliner as they tried to determine what caused its crash that killed all 50 people on board. The plane belonging to Tatarstan Airlines crashed Sunday while trying to land at its home port in the Russian city of Kazan, the capital of the oil-rich province of Tatarstan.
Seventeen students from Thomas Edison High School in San Antonio, Texas, were selected to participate in dual credit fire science classes for the first time. Seventy-nine students applied, and 17 were selected based on grades, attendance, an essay and an interview.
A multi-national delegation, headed by Dr. William Clark of INTERPOL, has conducted a two-day training workshop and site inspection at the DNA Forensics Laboratory at Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) headquarters in Nairobi. This was done in order to assist KWS in making the laboratory fully operational in 2014.
The ever-increasing adoption of digital surveillance technologies by local police departments may dramatically improve the efficiency of criminal investigations, but it also creates the opportunity for abuse and misuse, a Univ. of Illinois expert in criminal law and information privacy says.
From the mug shots police took of Lee Harvey Oswald to the homicide report for the president he was accused of killing, a collection of rarely seen artifacts related to the assassination of John F. Kennedy has gone on display at Dallas City Hall.
The air was thick with the stench of decay as sweating workers lowered the plastic coffins one by one into a grave the size of an Olympic swimming pool. Scores of unidentified bodies were interred together Thursday in a hillside cemetery without any ritual — the first mass burial in this city shattered by last week's Typhoon Haiyan.
The Ohio state crime lab has determined the car that ran over a 56-year-old woman riding her bicycle in October is actually silver in color. The lab determined the mid-to-late 2000s Buick Lacrosse that struck Mayo and dragged her underneath the car and then fled was silver. The car was originally believed to be a dark color. Police said the lab tested the paint that transferred from the car to the bike.
James (Whitey) Bulger, Boston’s most notorious gangster, was condemned Thursday to spend the rest of his life in prison, receiving two consecutive life sentences plus five years.
U.S. authorities will crush 6 tons of seized ivory, each piece cut from dead elephants, signaling resolve to kill a $10 billion illicit trade linked to international crime and terrorism. They've set up a blue rock-grinder near a warehouse at Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge where the ivory is kept, and Thursday will pulverize it all into chips.
Skepticism Surrounding JFK Assassination Bullet Evidence Focus of Statistician's 50th Anniversary TalkNovember 14, 2013 11:41 am | by Texas A&M Univ. | Comments
Cliff Spiegelman has no opinion about whether presumed shooter Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in the assasination of President John F. Kennedy. But the Texas A&M Univ. statistician's examination of the forensics in the 1963 slaying led him to conclude that the assertion that Oswald must have acted alone based on the comparative bullet lead evidence has been overstated.
With a law banning undetectable firearms about to expire, federal agents are focusing attention on the latest twist in high-tech weaponry: guns made entirely out of plastic. 3-D industrial printers that can create plastic models and prototypes now can make guns that can't be picked up by metal detectors.
Deputies and coroner's investigators digging through two shallow graves in Southern California's Mojave Desert found the remains of four people whose identities remain a mystery. Medical examiners planned to begin working Thursday, and possibly for the next several months, on determining who the bones belonged to.
The Canton-Stark County Crime Lab in Ohio began returning untested evidence to local law enforcement agencies in an effort to ease the strain on its depleted staff. The lab, which has been shedding employees throughout the year, soon will be down to three full-time and two part-time employees.