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Prevent property crime by locking doors
Edmond SunApril 1, 2017

Neighbors can be a great ally to fight against property theft. Residents can share information on a Facebook page or apps similar to NextDoor. The goal is to inform those in close proximity of any suspicious activity. The National Institute of Justice ...more »

Students speak out against 'affirmative action' themed bake sale and ...
The Denver ChannelApril 1, 2017

DENVER -- At the private Jesuit college Regis University, some students have questions outside of the classroom. Two students, Junior Kiara Long and Senior ...more »

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Crimes Against Property
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Property crime accomplice receives maximum sentence
The ColumbianApril 10, 2017

Kitsap Superior Court Judge Kevin Hull says he gave Albert Smith the maximum sentence for property crime based on major economic offenses. The main suspect of the latest case against him is his wife Sharyl Smith. The 47-year-old is accused of writing ...more »

Kidnapping; Forgery
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Indecent contact case ends with plea bargain
OttumwacourierApril 5, 2017

Herrarte also faces trial on a kidnapping charge later this spring. • A hearing has been set for April 17 for any post-trial ... Charges of willful injury and forgery against Casey Arter have been dismissed. Arter reached a plea bargain in a separate ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Time Pressure in Williams Case Justified, Lawyers Say
The Legal IntelligencerApril 13, 2017

"The biggest implication is that it puts a lot of pressure on both sides of the case," said David Axelrod, a white-collar criminal defense attorney and former assistant U.S. attorney in Philadelphia. And for small-firm lawyers like Burke, who lack the ...more »

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Mother's Day bail out event highlights pretrial issue
The Commercial AppealApril 14, 2017

The Washington-based Civil Rights Corps has brought about 20 class-action lawsuits around the country “trying to eradicate the notion that whether a person is in a jail cell or not should depend on how much money they have,” said Alec Karakatsanis, a ...more »

Police Brutality
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Dozens of cases involving officers in brutality case thrown out
WSB AtlantaApril 14, 2017

Gwinnett Solicitor dismissed 63 cases involving officers fired in police brutality case. She says cases depended ... We're talking EXCLUSIVELY with the lawyer of the officer involved in the case, on Channel 2 Action News at 5 and 6. The two Gwinnett ...more »

Fraud & Financial Crimes
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Can Analytics Help Disrupt Vicious Cycles of Drugs, Child Abuse & Crime? (press release) (registration) (blog)April 3, 2017

Organizations armed with SAS® Visual Investigator can uncover hidden trends and behaviors that flag danger to a child, drug abuse and trafficking, fraud, financial crimes and insider threats and point organizations toward answers. Part of the SAS® Viya ...more »

Posession Of Firearm
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Wagoner man sentenced in federal court for illegal firearm possession
Tulsa WorldApril 7, 2017

A Wagoner man was sentenced in federal court this week after being found guilty of three separate illegal firearm possession charges, the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Oklahoma announced Wednesday. William Henry Craig, 27, ...more »

Grand Jury Proceeding
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Portsmouth judges recuse themselves in fraud, forgery case against Councilman Mark Whitaker
Virginian-PilotApril 28, 2017

Whitaker, an assistant pastor at New Bethel Baptist Church, was indicted last week by a special grand jury impaneled to hear evidence about his church, its development company and its defunct credit union. He faces 11 counts of forgery, seven counts of ...more »

Robbery, Assault & Battery, Theft
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Keaton Taylor's attorneys say he'll testify in co-defendant's trial for murder of Douglas Harwell
MagnoliareporterApril 7, 2017

Keaton Taylor appeared for capital murder, aggravated residential burglary, aggravated robbery, and theft of property valued under $25,000. ... Angelina M. Mark appeared for battery in the first degree upon a law enforcement officer, fleeing by vehicle ...more »

Gun Charges
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Arkansas to Limit Guns at Sports Events After Expanding Concealed-Carry Law
New York TimesApril 1, 2017

The gun law would take effect Sept. 1, but Arkansas residents probably would not be allowed to carry concealed weapons into the expanded locations until early next year. The law gives state police until January to design the additional training that ...more »

Search & Seizure
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Our View: State asset seizure law helps prevent abuse
Today's News-HeraldApril 10, 2017

The arguments against asset forfeiture law rest on Constitutional protection against unreasonable search and seizure. So far, most forfeiture law rulings have valued the public's need for crime protection higher than the individual's right to hold onto ...more »

Man Shot In Hartford Is City's 10th Homicide Of 2017
Hartford CourantApril 5, 2017

The victim, who police have not named, was taken to Hartford Hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 1:30 a.m. He is the city's 10th homicide victim this year. Detectives from the Major Crimes Division have taken over the investigation. Police had ...more »

Sex Crimes
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Man faces 10 years for sex crimes
Zanesville Times RecorderApril 6, 2017

On Dec. 22, 2016, a parent reported to authorities that they had discovered messages on a tablet between the 12-year-old daughter and Palmer, Gerald Anderson, assistant Muskingum County prosecutor, said in court. The messages were of a sexual nature, ...more »

Inmate's Rights & Prison
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Inmates say they're on hunger strike to protest Leakesville prison conditions
Jackson Clarion LedgerApril 4, 2017

Wendy Houston said her husband, Derrick, who is serving a 21-year sentence for armed robbery, and 22 other inmates in the Area 2 maximum security unit at the Leakesville prison are protesting. “Everyone we have turned to for help,” she said, “cannot ...more »

Traffic & Moving Violations
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Police Reports 4/24/17: Kane man jailed after alleged attempted break-in
Olean Times HeraldApril 24, 2017

Sunday, 2:08 a.m., Cara L. Skye, 30, of Steamburg, was charged with aggravated driving while intoxicated, driving while intoxicated, aggravated second-degree unlicensed vehicle operation and several moving violations. Skye is being held pending ...more »

Internet Offences & Computer Crimes
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Marietta Police hold internet safety seminar for parents
WXIA-TVApril 14, 2017

The Marietta Police Department has been holding a series of seminars for parents about internet safety. The next one is scheduled for April 26. "While our focus is on finding ways to fight and prevent crime we are also dedicated in finding ways to ...more »

White Collar Crime
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As A White-Collar Criminal, All I Want Is A Second Chance
Huffington PostApril 7, 2017

Three years ago, I made a colossal mistake that changed my life forever. I stole merchandise from the company that employed me for over 20 years. The immense remorse I felt (and still feel) is indescribable. My actions not only affected me but my ...more »

Juvenile Crimes
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Despite state decriminalizing truancy, Austin students can still get charged for skipping
Austin MonitorApril 13, 2017

It was aimed at addressing this rising fear of juvenile crime. Dallas, Houston and San Antonio also have daytime curfews. Back then, juveniles made up 12 percent of all arrests in Austin. That number has since dropped to three percent. When it started ...more »


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