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NTSB Gives Update on Plane Crash That Kills Three
MyHighPlainsMay 1, 2017

AMARILLO,TX - UPDATE (7:18 PM): The Amarillo Police Department released the names of the victims killed in Friday's plane crash. Pilot Robin Shaw and flight nurses Misty Nicholson and Scott Riola were killed when their plane went down shortly after ...more »

Minister reflects on three successful years at the border
Scoop.co.nz (press release)May 1, 2017

This, coupled with the modernisation and transformation of the Customs' workforce, means more Customs officers are focusing on border risks and law enforcement. “Customs officers are supported by modern technology and processes that enable ...more »

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Crimes Against Property
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St. Lucie County felony arrests: May 3, 2017
TCPalmMay 3, 2017

Karolyn Leblanc, 40, 200 block of Southwest Parish Terrace, Port St. Lucie; fraud — swindle to obtain property; crime against a person — aggravated white collar crime against 10 victims or more. Donna Morris, 57, 6500 block of Coquina Avenue, Fort ...more »

Misdemeanors
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Bail System Ruled Unconstitutional in Texas' Biggest County
GoverningMay 1, 2017

... offenses simply because they can't afford to pay bail. In a 193-page ruling released Friday, Chief U.S. District Judge Lee H. Rosenthal ordered the county to begin releasing indigent inmates as early as May 15 without posting cash bail while they ...more »

Criminal Defense
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Is it time for Trump staff to lawyer up?
PoliticoMay 14, 2017

In the past week, a Senate committee began issuing subpoenas in its investigation into Russian contacts with President Donald Trump's staff and other associates during the 2016 election campaign and transition, while the FBI continues its own criminal ...more »

Parole And Probation Violations
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Police Report: April 27-30, 2017
Houma CourierMay 2, 2017

Brandy Adams, 33, 306 Ledet Drive, Thibodaux, violation of probation or parole, two counts of contempt of court. Travonta Caine, 21, 124 W. 23rd St., Larose, violation of probation or parole. Emanuel Stringer, 31, 138 Morristown St., Raceland, four ...more »

Police Brutality
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Civil Rights Lawyers: New Bill Harms Transparency in Excessive Force Cases
Delaware Law WeeklyMay 8, 2017

A bill passed in March by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives restricting the public identification of police officers involved in violent altercations would not affect the discovery phase of police brutality cases if signed into law, but could ...more »

Fraud & Financial Crimes
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Workers' comp fraud caught on camera
7News - WSVN-TVMay 2, 2017

FORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) - Workers' compensation fraud is on the rise, and it can ultimately cost you more money. Fox 13 reports that faking injuries is a common method of attempting to cheat the system, to the point where several bills addressing ...more »

Posession Of Firearm
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Cruz has been tried and convicted twice of felon in possession of a firearm.
Pacific News CenterMay 8, 2017

Guam - The man who allegedly held a family hostage at gun point late last month could face additional prison time on top of what he's already facing for attempted murder. Vincent Siguenza Cruz is a convicted felon who had just been released from prison ...more »

Gun Charges
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Hillsborough Prosecutor Says Change in Gun Law Will Make Communities Less Safe
TB Reporter (press release) (registration) (blog)May 10, 2017

Andrew Warren says changes to the Stand Your Ground law make it harder to prosecute violent crime and cost millions. TAMPA – The Florida Legislature passed a measure last week that shifts the burden of proof to prosecutors in cases in which shooters ...more »

Robbery, Assault & Battery, Theft
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Police Report: May 1, 2017
Houma CourierMay 2, 2017

665, Montegut, simple robbery, open alcohol container in vehicle, reckless operation, resisting an officer, two counts of failure to appear. Terrebonne Parish ... Johnathan Stewart, 22, 934 East St., Houma, theft between $750 and $5,000, entering and ...more »

Homicide investigation launched after fatal Whitpain fire; victim ...
Montgomery NewspapersMay 5, 2017

WHITPAIN >> The death of a Whitpain Township man whose body was discovered May 4 when firefighters responded to a fire around 2:10 a.m. at his home was ...more »

Search & Seizure
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Sweetwater Police Department becomes 139th agency in Texas to receive accreditation
Big Country HomepageMay 9, 2017

The accreditation is based on meeting 168 standards, which include: Use of force, protection of citizen rights, vehicle pursuits, officer training, arrest, search and seizure, and property and evidence management. According to a press release from ...more »

Inmate's Rights & Prison
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Prisoners donating sperm and conjugal visits: Is this a path Kiwis want to head down?
Stuff.co.nzMay 4, 2017

Karl Teangiotau Nuku has petitioned Parliament for prisoner rights to father a child while locked up through sperm donation. Nuku is in prison for murder. ANALYSIS: A murderer who bashed his victim with a hammer wants to be a father. While not the most ...more »

Sex Crimes
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Sex crimes prosecutor accused of committing a sex crime
New York PostMay 3, 2017

A Brooklyn sex-crimes prosecutor who's been previously busted for DWI is in trouble again – for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman who gave him a lift home, law enforcement sources told The Post Wednesday.more »

Internet Offences & Computer Crimes
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Vt. Law School Preps Against Cyberattacks
Valley NewsMay 1, 2017

South Royalton — Vermont Law School has spent the past several weeks beefing up its digital defense system after a massive cyber-attack temporarily shut down the Internet and computer systems at the school. “We continue adapting,” Sean Lee, the ...more »

Solicitation & Pandering
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Gabby Giffords, congressional Dems rally gun-control activists on Capitol Hill
Washington TimesMay 3, 2017

Richard Blumenthal said Mr. Trump's “pandering” to the NRA is a “mockery” of recent deaths due to gun violence. He, too, said activists' best hope to go on offense might be somewhere other than in the Republican-controlled Congress. “Now, there is an ...more »

Juvenile Crimes
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Should minors convicted of certain sex crimes be required to register as offenders for life? S.C. Supreme Court ...
Charleston Post CourierMay 8, 2017

The teen was found delinquent for committing first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. Under state law, anyone, regardless of age, who is convicted of or found delinquent under that charge, is required to register as a sex offender and wear an ...more »

Traffic & Moving Violations
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Convicted felon stopped in Lehi reportedly with drugs, forged checks, stolen credit cards
Daily HeraldMay 26, 2017

Police reports state an officer observed an SUV driving through Lehi making several traffic violations. The officer turned on his lights and sirens, but the SUV continued moving slowly down Main Street. Police reports state that as the vehicle finally ...more »

Kidnapping; Forgery
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Obama's ICE Released Nearly 600 Sex Offenders after Countries Refused Deportation
Breitbart NewsMay 22, 2017

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled in 2001 that ICE officials cannot indefinitely jail illegal immigrants ordered deported if their countries refuse to repatriate them. The numbers reported comes from a review by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI ...more »

White Collar Crime
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Whistle-blower programs usher in a new era of fighting white-collar crime
The Globe and MailMay 28, 2017

As the efficacy of these whistle-blower programs improves, law-enforcement agencies will prosecute more white-collar crimes. On the other side, businesses that establish compliance and reporting mechanisms and cultivate and encourage a culture of ...more »

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