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In many cases, technology has diminished the need for police sketches. But in cases where the perpetrator is not captured by surveillance systems, smartphones or identified by forensic evidence, investigators still rely on sketch artists.
by John Kopp, PhillyVoice Staff
8.23.2017
11:59am
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Police are narrowing their search for the mother of “Hope,” an infant whose body was found hanging in a plastic bag at a Virginia Beach business in 1996.
by Adrienne Marie Mayfield, Southside Daily
8.23.2017
11:55am
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A federal jury in Las Vegas refused Tuesday to convict four defendants who were retried on accusations that they threatened and assaulted federal agents by wielding assault weapons in a 2014 confrontation to stop a cattle roundup near the Nevada ranch of...
by Ken Ritter, Associated Press
8.23.2017
11:47am
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Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens on Tuesday halted the scheduled execution of condemned inmate Marcellus Williams after DNA testing raised questions about whether he actually killed.
by Jim Salter, Associated Press
8.23.2017
11:43am
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The Rapid DNA Act of 2017, signed into law by President Donald Trump on Friday, proposes lowering the turnaround rate of DNA entering CODIS to 90 minutes or less, directly at booking stations around the country in some situations – potentially speeding...
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8.22.2017
12:52pm
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Eleventh grader Kian Loyd delos Santos was “intentionally killed” with three “treacherous wounds” to the head and back while lying face down during a police operation in the government’s war against drugs, the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) bared...
by Romina Cabrera and Edu Punay, The Philippine Star
8.22.2017
12:20pm
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The accuracy of his reports have been questioned, he was arrested last year for driving drunk on the way to an autopsy, and the state is attempting to suspend or revoke his medical license. But San Luis Obispo County’s embattled medical examiner is still...
by Matt Fountain, The Tribute
8.22.2017
12:11pm
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Attorneys for a condemned Missouri inmate warn that the state is preparing to execute a potentially innocent man.
by Jim Salter, Associated Press
8.22.2017
11:39am
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In a heinous case on the Navajo Nation, an 11-year-old girl was lured into a van, sexually assaulted and killed. The man who has admitted responsibility is not facing the death penalty — and the tribe isn’t seeking it.
by Felicia Fonseca and Russell Contreras, Associated Press
8.22.2017
11:37am
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The body of a woman has been found in the Baltic Sea near where a missing Swedish journalist is believed to have died on a privately built submarine, Danish police said late Monday.
by Matti Huuhtanen, Associated Press
8.22.2017
11:35am
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Two members of the Aryan Brotherhood gang were sentenced to federal prison for a violent carjacking of a black man in Texas last year, authorities announced. Roy Ates Jr., 40, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, and Chase Ryan Smith, 32, was sentenced...
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8.21.2017
12:32pm
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The fatal stabbing of a hairstylist in Chicago was part of a sexual fantasy hatched in an online chatroom between a Northwestern University professor and an Oxford University employee, whose plan included killing someone and then themselves, prosecutors...
by Michael Tarm, Associated Press
8.21.2017
10:29am
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A 25-year-old U.S. citizen has been charged with using a drone to smuggle more than 13 pounds (5.9 kilograms) of methamphetamine from Mexico, an unusually large seizure for what is still a novel technique to bring illegal drugs into the United States,...
by Elliot Spagat, Associated Press
8.21.2017
10:27am
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The first domestic abuse policing strategy in UK history to be trialed under experimental conditions has found that an inexpensive two-day course in behavior management for first offenders resulted in 35 percent fewer men reoffending against their...
by University of Cambridge
8.21.2017
10:19am
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Police have destroyed DNA samples collected years ago from several black men in a controversial 2004 sweep in Omaha now that a suspect in a series of rapes has been charged.
by Associated Press
8.21.2017
10:13am
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Some forensic science—analysis of bite marks, latent fingerprints, firearms identification, burn patterns in arson investigations, footwear patterns and tire treads—was once considered sound, but is now being denounced by some lawyers and scientists who...
by Denise Lavoie, Associated Press
8.21.2017
9:28am
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The back-to-back vehicle attacks in Barcelona and a nearby resort had been planned for a long time by an Islamic terrorist cell—and could have been far deadlier had its base not been destroyed by an apparently accidental explosion this week, Spanish...
by Joseph Wilson, Ciaran Giles and Barry Hatton, Associated Press
8.18.2017
12:22pm
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Researchers Jonathan Lusthaus and Federico Varese, of the Human Cybercriminal Project at the University of Oxford, traveled to Romania in 2014 and 2015 to study the oft-ignored real-world aspect of cybercrime in an area known to be a hub for one specific...
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8.18.2017
12:00pm
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Researchers have determined that household cleaner OxiClean has proven scientifically to be effective in cleaning up fentanyl spills. The product contains sodium percarbonate, a chemical which, in previous research, had been shown to oxidize and break...
by Ohio Attorney General
8.18.2017
11:20am
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After a year of a multi-agency investigation, authorities finally have their man: the “Chameleon” killer was one Terry Peder Rasmussen, a U.S. Navy veteran whose wife left him and took their four children before he went on a historic killing spree across...
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8.18.2017
11:08am
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A man in prison for 45 years could be on the cusp of freedom after another man said he had no role in a 1971 murder in Detroit. A judge last week threw out Richard Phillips’ conviction and granted a new trial. Wayne County prosecutors have pledged to...
by Ed White, Associated Press
8.18.2017
9:33am
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A team of forensic linguistics experts lead by the University of Manchester’s Dr. Andrea Nini believe they have solved a longstanding mystery about a letter Abraham Lincoln may have authored.
8.18.2017
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A popular Chinese writer drafting a book about a novelist who got away with murder was himself arrested by authorities for a 1995 quadruple homicide, according to state and independent media.
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8.17.2017
1:01pm
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The Air Force Technical Applications Center will collaborate with the University of Texas at Austin to conduct research in the field of nuclear forensics. AFTAC and UTA will focus on analyzing short-lived radionuclides using gamma coincidence...
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8.17.2017
12:49pm
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Aiming to stay ahead of an evolving threat against transit systems worldwide, officials in Los Angeles are testing out airport-style body scanners that screen subway passengers for firearms and explosives.
by Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
8.17.2017
10:29am
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Researchers have demonstrated how it is possible to transform a smart device into a surveillance tool that can collect information about the body position and movements of the user. Their approach involves remotely hijacking smart devices to play music...
by University of Washington
8.17.2017
10:24am
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A bill signed by Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Tuesday makes personal-use possession of cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs a misdemeanor, not a felony. Oregon joined just a handful of other U.S. states in defelonizing drugs under the new law,...
by Andrew Selsky, Associated Press
8.17.2017
10:15am
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The father of Natalee Holloway, the American teenager who disappeared in Aruba 12 years ago, revealed that he and a private investigator recently discovered human remains behind a house on the island. The remains are being DNA tested to determine if they...
by Mary Bowerman, USA Today
8.17.2017
9:22am
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The U.S. Department of Justice has issued a search warrant for internet records possessed by web hosting service DreamHost regarding a 2017 Inauguration Day protest website, after about 200 were arrested in relation to the Jan. 20 event. DreamHost says...
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8.16.2017
12:44pm
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MH370, the flight that made a suspicious turn into the Indian Ocean three years ago with 239 people aboard and has never been located, could be discovered with further searching, contends a group of Australian scientists. High-resolution satellite images...
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8.16.2017
12:38pm
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The likelihood of a police officer identifying someone concealing a gun or bomb is only slightly better than chance, according to new research from Iowa State University. The results, published in the journal Law and Human Behavior, found officers with...
by Iowa State University
8.16.2017
12:23pm
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Prosecutors' reliance on DNA evidence and police credibility went on trial, along with a man they call murderer, kidnapper and arsonist, as a 24-year-old Mesa, Arizona cold case finally made it to court Tuesday.
by Sean Holstege, Pheonix News Times
8.16.2017
12:19pm
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When drug users go online for the first time to buy opioids, they aren't looking for the widest selection or the best prices for their illicit purchases, a new study suggests. Researchers found that first-time drug buyers who visited one marketplace on...
by Ohio State University
8.16.2017
9:21am
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The government of Uzbekistan was essentially an organized crime network that benefited the leader and his daughter for decades, according to ongoing investigations. But Western companies were complicit in assisting the schemes of President Islam Karimov...
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8.15.2017
12:41pm
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This week, scientists from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Michigan State University report that they have developed an algorithm that automates a key step in the fingerprint analysis process.
by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
8.15.2017
11:34am
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The face of a 19th century murderer has been revealed using modern forensic techniques. John Howison, known as the Cramond Murderer following a brutal killing in the Scottish village in 1831, is the subject of a new museum exhibition.
by Neil Pooran, STV News
8.15.2017
11:13am
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The state medical examiner that helped send a Natchez, Mississippi man to death row 15 years ago for reportedly shaking a baby to death testified Monday that the baby's injuries could have come from a fall. The convicted man has contended from early in...
by Cain Madden, The Natchez Democrat
8.15.2017
10:45am
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Police from Sweden assisted their Danish counterparts on Tuesday with pursuing leads in the search for a missing Swedish woman who was on an amateur-built submarine the night before it sank, while volunteers and authorities combed the countries'...
by Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press
8.15.2017
10:24am
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Police in Massachusetts are testing a new database for documenting opioid overdoses they hope will help departments share information in real time and get people into treatment. The database was developed by criminal justice experts Sean Varano at Roger...
by Jennifer McDermott, Associated Press
8.15.2017
10:10am
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An MS-13 member who is accused of brutally butchering his friend as part of a gang initiation was apprehended after four months on the FBI’s Most Wanted List. Walter Yovany Gomez, who allegedly killed his friend with an aluminum baseball bat, a knife and...
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8.14.2017
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