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Two medical examiners offered opposing views Tuesday during the murder trial of Brent Houdeshell, an Arlington man accused of killing 2-year-old Breydon Ferrell in March 2016.
by The Courier
1.17.2018
11:36am
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Charges could be filed in connection with the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history, even though the gunman responsible for killing 58 people is dead, a lawyer for Las Vegas police told a judge Tuesday.
by Ken Ritter, Associated Press
1.17.2018
11:25am
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Federal and local authorities in Puerto Rico said Tuesday that they will implement a “broken windows” policing campaign to fight a surge in killings across the U.S. territory, which has reported 46 homicides so far this month—double the number at the...
by Danica Coto, Associated Press
1.17.2018
11:21am
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Five officers involved in two Navy ship collisions last year that killed a total of 17 sailors are being charged with negligent homicide, the Navy said Tuesday.
by Robert Burns and Lolita C. Baldor, Associated Press
1.17.2018
11:14am
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Supreme Court justices will consider Wednesday if a defendant’s attorney can admit a client’s guilt to a jury—as a concession defense—against the client’s expressed objection.
by Audrey Taylor, ABC News
1.17.2018
11:01am
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The Québec Provincial Police are increasing staffing on their cold case squad from five persons to 25 detectives—and they are going to be looking at a group of roughly 750 cases full-time, trying to crack the toughest remaining mysteries in cities like...
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1.16.2018
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Occasionally, a subject will allege that he could not comply with officer commands because he was “dazed and confused” after the use of an electrical weapon. An important new study headed up by Don Dawes and Jeff Ho, published in the Journal of Forensic...
by Mark Kroll, Ph.D., FACC, FAIMBE, PoliceOne
1.16.2018
12:03pm
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A 17-year-old girl called police after escaping from her family's home where she and her 12 brothers and sisters were locked up in filthy conditions, some so malnourished officers at first believed all were children even though seven are adults.
by Associated Press
1.16.2018
10:53am
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Four law enforcement officers, including three sheriff's deputies, were shot and wounded after responding to a domestic call in South Carolina early Tuesday. The suspect, who was also wounded in a shootout, was identified as Christian Thomas McCall, 47...
by Jeffrey Collins, Associated Press
1.16.2018
10:49am
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Inventor Peter Madsen was charged Tuesday with killing Swedish journalist Kim Wall during a trip on his private submarine, with prosecutors saying he either cut her throat or strangled her before dismembering her body and dumping it into the sea.
by Jan M. Olsen, Associated Press
1.16.2018
10:42am
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The unthinkable tragedy of a lone gunman breaking into a Connecticut school and gunning down 26 innocent people, most of them small children, was one of the most challenging crime scenes in recent American history. Law enforcement lapses included...
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1.15.2018
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Since it began in March, Virtual Case Notes has been covering the events, issues and research that reflect an evolving world of highly motivated hackers and those fighting to keep up with a barrage of new threats. This week, I spoke with two...
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1.15.2018
1:06pm
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From drug smuggling to financial fraud, London’s portfolio of organised crime activities has been growing over the past decade. Organised crime groups’ main aim is to make money, and the city offers a million opportunities to accumulate and manage wealth...
by Anna Sergi, University of Essex via The Conversation
1.15.2018
11:11am
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FBI agents knew the gunman behind the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history left behind big caches of guns, ammunition and explosives when they sought warrants to search his properties and online accounts, according to court documents released...
by Ken Ritter, Associated Press
1.15.2018
10:56am
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The first technique to detect a drone camera illicitly capturing video is revealed in a new study published by Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) and Weizmann Institute of Science cyber security researchers. The study addresses increasing concerns...
by American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev
1.15.2018
10:54am
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Hundreds of investigators who work child pornography and exploitation cases nationwide must reckon with the short- and long-term psychological impact of repeatedly being exposed to images of helpless children being violated.
by Eric Heisig, The Cleveland Plain Dealer via AP
1.15.2018
10:44am
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Zaira Marina Gonzalez had never given up on her brother Christian, who went missing six years before in a rural part of Texas while trying to make his way back home. He disappeared without a trace, after his last tearful phone call with his parents on...
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1.12.2018
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Thirty-two people have been slain in Puerto Rico in the first 11 days of the year, double the number killed over the same period in 2017. If the surge proves to be more than just a temporary blip, January could be the most homicidal month on the island...
by Danica Coto, Associated Press
1.12.2018
12:46pm
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A California man gave a dramatic TV interview Tuesday confessing to a 1993 murder before going to a police station to turn himself in. Brian Hawkins, 45, went to the ABC affiliate KRCR news station in Redding, California, on Tuesday, saying he wanted to...
by Emily Shapiro, ABC News
1.12.2018
12:40pm
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The friend of a 19-year-old University of Pennsylvania student who was found dead in a Southern California park appeared nervous while speaking with authorities and had scratched up hands and dirt under his fingernails, a sheriff's investigator said.
by Associated Press
1.12.2018
12:25pm
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Searching for conservative solutions on criminal justice, President Donald Trump convened a group of governors, faith-based leaders and experts on Thursday to "break this vicious cycle" and find ways of bringing job training, mentoring and drug addiction...
by Ken Thomas, Associated Press
1.12.2018
12:21pm
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Google search history—particularly a record of who was searching for the address where a serial rapist struck—was the crucial lead that ultimately led to an arrest and pending charges against John E. Kurtz, according to the arrest affidavit acquired by...
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1.11.2018
12:41pm
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President Donald Trump signed legislation Wednesday aimed at giving Customs and Border Protection agents additional screening devices and other tools to stop the flow of illicit drugs.
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1.11.2018
12:18pm
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Recent spikes in homicide rates across the nation have been attributed to causes ranging from civil unrest to the opioid epidemic, but new UT Dallas research published in the journal Homicide Studies found a much simpler explanation: The increases follow...
by University of Texas at Dallas
1.11.2018
12:13pm
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Thai police said they have arrested a 74-year-old fugitive Japanese gang member who was recognized when photos of his full-body tattoos were circulated online.
by Kaweewit Kaewjinda, Associated Press
1.11.2018
12:02pm
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A new study explores relationships between law enforcement killed in the line of duty, fatal use of force incidents and social media activity related to the Black Lives Matter movement. The researchers wanted to know if, at the national level, there is...
by Utah State University
1.11.2018
11:54am
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Dave Toschi, the San Francisco police detective who led the unsuccessful investigation into the Zodiac serial killing a half-century ago, has died. He was 86.
by Associated Press
1.11.2018
11:37am
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An Ohio inmate who was convicted of a triple-murder and was once 13 days from execution is now suing authorities who he said withheld the checkered work history of the forensic analyst who provided crucial evidence at trial.
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1.10.2018
1:11pm
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Medical examiners at the Institute of Legal Medicine in Ovedia, Spain were soon to be performing an autopsy on a 29-year-old prisoner who had died suddenly in his cell on Sunday, or so they thought—until they heard snoring.
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1.10.2018
12:40pm
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The FBI’s Hazardous Devices School at Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville is home to a sprawling 455-acre campus complete with classrooms, explosive ranges and mock villages that include a train station, apartment complexes, a movie theater and a strip mall....
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1.10.2018
12:37pm
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Detectives said Tuesday they have cracked a 1994 rape case that an acclaimed newspaper columnist infamously claimed was a hoax. Police recently informed the victim that DNA collected after the attack on her had been matched to a serial rapist already in...
by Colleen Long, Associated Press
1.10.2018
12:20pm
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The parents of a University of Pennsylvania student who mysteriously disappeared in California last week are using drones to help find him.
by Emily Shapiro, ABC News
1.10.2018
12:08pm
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A New Jersey doctor running an illegal prescription opioid drug ring with a motorcycle gang had a member hire someone to kill his wife after she threatened to expose the scheme while trying to force him to agree to a divorce, authorities said Tuesday.
by Bruce Shipkowski, Associated Press
1.10.2018
11:23am
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A union representing New York City police officers sued the department Tuesday, saying its release of body camera footage without a court order violates a state law that makes officer disciplinary records confidential.
by Colleen Long, Associated Press
1.9.2018
11:40am
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DNA sequencing and a growing database of threatened and endangered rhino species in Africa has been improving prosecution of poachers, according to a new study.
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1.9.2018
11:28am
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Crime and terrorism prevention are just two of the far-reaching areas where a new chemical sensor could revolutionize progress. Capable of recognizing a vast range of reactive surfaces, the technology can pick up small quantities of volatile organic...
by University of Oxford
1.9.2018
11:05am
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On Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hear argument in two vehicle search cases, including one involving a rental car. The court's decision has the potential to impact, in particular, low-income Americans, a significant portion of car renters, and black and...
by Jessica Gresko, Associated Press
1.9.2018
10:46am
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Members of Harry Davidson’s family were beginning to think that an investigation into the 2016 traffic accident that claimed his life had been scrubbed by the Mississippi Highway Patrol. A spokesman for the Highway Patrol says possible action in the case...
by Kathryn Eastburn, Associated Press
1.9.2018
10:38am
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The Supreme Court is giving a Georgia death row inmate whose execution was called off last year another chance to raise claims of racial bias on his jury. The justices voted 6-3 Monday to order the federal appeals court in Atlanta to take up the case of...
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1.9.2018
10:15am
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The pressure applied from skin onto a surface is a major driver of how much trace DNA evidence crime scene technicians may find at a scene, according to a recent paper by the University College London in the journal Forensic Science International.
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1.8.2018
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