Forensic Magazine

Combining Multiple CCTV Images Could Help Catch Suspects

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:27
NewsCombining multiple poor quality CCTV images into a single, computer-enhanced composite could improve the accuracy of facial recognition systems used to identify criminal suspects, new research suggests.Contributed Author: University of LincolnTopics: Biometrics
Categories: Law Enforcement

NYC Daycare Stabbing: 5 People, Including 3 Infants, Struck in Queens

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 11:18
NewsPolice in New York say at least five people, including three infants, were stabbed early Friday at an overnight daycare center operating in a private apartment in the borough of Queens.Contributed Author: Doug Stanglin and Dalvin Brown, USA TODAYTopics: Crime Scene
Categories: Law Enforcement

Drug Overdose Epidemic Has Been Growing Exponentially for Decades

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:59
NewsDeath rates from drug overdoses in the U.S. have been on an exponential growth curve that began at least 15 years before the mid-1990s surge in opioid prescribing, suggesting that overdose death rates may continue along this same historical growth trajectory for years to come, according to an analysis published today in Science.Contributed Author: University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health SciencesTopics: Toxicology
Categories: Law Enforcement

FBI: Solar Observatory Closed After Child Porn Case Opened

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:34
NewsThe mysterious closure of a solar observatory in New Mexico earlier this month happened after the FBI opened a child pornography investigation involving a janitor's computer found at the observatory, and agents tracked wireless signals used to access child porn, according to an FBI search warrant affidavit.Contributed Author: Russell Contreras, Associated PressTopics: Digital Forensics
Categories: Law Enforcement

4 Dead, Including Suspect, After Maryland Warehouse Shooting

Fri, 09/21/2018 - 10:25
NewsWorkers say they endured horrifying moments of wild gunfire and terror as a woman working a temporary job at a drugstore warehouse in Maryland fired on colleagues with a handgun, killing three people before fatally shooting herself, according to authorities.Contributed Author: David McFadden and Michael Kunzelman, Associated PressTopics: Firearms
Categories: Law Enforcement

DNA Database Triangulates Ivory Criminal Cartels

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 13:24
NewsDNA databases of huge ivory shipments have shown a handful of poaching and smuggling cartels that are trying to cover their tracks by separating African elephant tusks in different shipments, according to a new study in the journal Science Advances.Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: DNA
Categories: Law Enforcement

NIST Updates Forensic Standard Reference Materials

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:49
NewsNIST recently released updated versions of two forensic standard reference materials — the standard bullet and the human DNA quantitation standard.Contributed Author: National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)Topics: Crime Lab
Categories: Law Enforcement

Taiwan Tracing US Gun Company Owner Accused of Sex With 16-year-old Girl

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:43
NewsTaiwan said Thursday it is looking for the owner of a Texas company that sells blueprints to make untraceable 3-D printed guns who is wanted on an arrest warrant tied to an accusation that he had sex with an underage girl and paid her $500 afterward.Contributed Author: Associated PressTopics: Sexual Assault Investigations
Categories: Law Enforcement

'Croydon Cat Killer' Mystery Solved by Police

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:37
NewsThe Metropolitan Police launched an investigation in 2015 into reports of mutilated cats in Croydon and the surrounding area. During the probe, detectives received more than 400 similar reports of cats being mutilated across London and surrounding counties. However, all of the cases will now be recorded as "no crime."Contributed Author: BBC NewsTopics: Unsolved
Categories: Law Enforcement

US Doubles Tribal Funding to Fight Violence Against Women

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:32
NewsThe U.S. Justice Department will double the funding it gives tribes for public safety programs and crime victims as it tries to tackle the high rates of violence against Native American women, a top official said.Contributed Author: Mary Hudetz, Associated Press
Categories: Law Enforcement

Court Allows Reporters to Inspect Slain Family’s Autopsies

Thu, 09/20/2018 - 10:22
NewsReporters on Wednesday viewed preliminary autopsy reports in the still-unsolved slayings of eight Ohio family members in one of the state’s most notorious crimes, following a decision by the Ohio Supreme Court. The reports provided few new details.Contributed Author: Andrew Welsh-Huggins, Associated PressTopics: Unsolved
Categories: Law Enforcement

Genealogy Cracks 1999 Florida Rape and Murder

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 10:56
NewsThe semen left behind at the scene of a brutal rape and murder resulted in a genealogical search that captured the killer, authorities announced. The slaying of Deborah Dalzell on March 29, 1999 went unsolved for nearly 20 years.Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: DNA
Categories: Law Enforcement

Mexico Fires Morgue Director in Corpse Scandal

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 10:43
NewsThe governor of the western Mexico state of Jalisco has fired the director of the state morgue after a refrigerated truck carrying 157 unidentified bodies drew complaints from neighbors over the smell.Contributed Author: Associated PressTopics: Medical Examiner
Categories: Law Enforcement

Consultant Uncovers Host of Problems at Wisconsin Crime Labs

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 10:27
NewsWisconsin’s crime labs are suffering from multiple shortcomings, including poor morale and accepting too much evidence from police, according to a report released Tuesday commissioned by the state Department of Justice.Contributed Author: Todd Richmond, Associated PressTopics: Crime Lab
Categories: Law Enforcement

Canada Forensics Center 'Unlawfully' Keeping DNA Data of Innocent People, Suit Alleges

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 10:24
NewsA proposed class action lawsuit alleges Ontario's renowned forensic sciences center has been illegally retaining sensitive genetic data from people who voluntarily submitted bodily samples as part of a criminal investigation and were then excluded as suspects.Contributed Author: Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press via CP24Topics: DNA
Categories: Law Enforcement

Reality Show Doc, Woman Charged With California Drug Rapes

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 10:18
NewsA California physician who appeared in a reality TV dating show and an alleged female accomplice have been charged with drugging and sexually assaulting two women, and authorities said Tuesday there could be many more victims.Contributed Author: John Antczak, Associated PressTopics: Sexual Assault Investigations
Categories: Law Enforcement

Prosecutors Aim to Keep How Colorado Mom, Girls Died Secret

Wed, 09/19/2018 - 10:12
NewsColorado prosecutors want a judge to block the release of autopsy reports for a woman and two young girls who were killed and dumped at an oil work site, arguing that the cause of their deaths will be critical evidence during trial for a man charged with killing his family.Contributed Author: Kathleen Foody, Associated PressTopics: Medical Examiner
Categories: Law Enforcement

Innocence Project Sues Ex-Prosecutor on Behalf of Philly Exoneree

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 12:34
NewsThe fallout over the allegedly-bungled investigation into the death of 77-year-old Louise Talley in her North Philadelphia home on Oct. 19, 1991 continues. In June, the city settled a civil-rights lawsuit filed by exoneree Anthony Wright for $9.85 million. Now, Wright and his Innocence Project lawyers have filed an additional suit against the prosecutor who handled the 2016 retrial.Staff Author: Seth AugensteinTopics: Exonerations
Categories: Law Enforcement

Judge Throws Out Conviction in Illinois Student’s Death

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 10:35
NewsA judge threw out a man’s murder conviction Monday in the 2014 death of a Southern Illinois University student after saying that jurors could have been confused by wording in the man’s indictment.Contributed Author: Associated Press
Categories: Law Enforcement

Jury Shown Shooting Video Repeatedly at Chicago Cop's Trial

Tue, 09/18/2018 - 10:19
NewsThe last moments of Laquan McDonald's life played over and over again for the jury. The video of the Oct. 20, 2014, shooting is so central to the murder trial of white Chicago police officer Jason Van Dyke that jurors watched it at least five times during the first day of testimony Monday.Contributed Author: Don Babwin, Associated PressTopics: Police Procedure
Categories: Law Enforcement