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Popularity of CSI Shows Helping Crime Labs Gain Funding

July 31, 2008
The very shows that have inflated juries' expectations for swift justice have helped attract the resources needed to modernize crime scene units—they're getting more high-tech equipment and anchoring their staffs with career-oriented specialists. Dallas is about to hire a civilian scientist to head up its crime scene response section for the first time.

Alabama Drug Suspect Dies After Being Hit by Patrol Car

July 31, 2008

A Satsuma, Ala., police officer behind the wheel of a patrol car fatally injured a drug suspect Tuesday night when he accidentally ran over the man following a chase initiated by Baldwin County deputies on Interstate 65, officials said.

Off-duty LAPD Officer Shot by Long Beach Police

July 31, 2008

A Long Beach police officer on Wednesday shot and wounded an off-duty Los Angeles police officer who allegedly brandished a shotgun and ignored officers' orders to drop the weapon.

St. Louis Chief Under Attack in Towing Scandal

July 27, 2008

Federal investigators are examining why a towing company that does business with the St. Louis Police Department allowed the chief's daughter Aimie Mokwa and an untold number of officers to take extended "test drives" of formerly impounded vehicles.

S.C. Sheriff Proposes Tent Jail to Ease Overcrowding

July 26, 2008

A compound on county-owned property complete with razor wire, chain-link fencing, canvas tents and portable showers and toilets dubbed "Camp Beaufort" may be the county's best chance to alleviate crowding in the Beaufort County (S.C.) Detention Center, Sheriff P.J. Tanner said.

Critics Ask Maricopa County Supervisors to Rein in Arpaio, End Immigration Sweeps

July 25, 2008

Hundreds of critics of Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio packed the county chambers Wednesday to try to persuade the Board of Supervisors to put an end to his controversial immigration sweeps, to better monitor lawsuits related to his office, and to more closely examine his emergency response times and jurisdictional reach.

Dallas Detective who Apprehended Kennedy Assassin Dies

July 25, 2008

On Nov. 22, 1963, Det. Paul L. Bentley pulled a ligament in his ankle diving across rows of seats at the Texas Theatre to subdue Lee Harvey Oswald.

Badges Issued by Former California Sheriff to Civilians Will be Collected

July 25, 2008
Orange County (Calif.) Sheriff Sandra Hutchens said Wednesday that she plans to recall all the badges that her indicted predecessor handed out to a group of more than 400 civilian volunteers, many the county's most wealthy and influential residents.

Probe: San Diego Police Dog Died of Heatstroke

July 24, 2008

The San Diego police dog left in the back of his handler's patrol car last month died of heatstroke, county investigators said yesterday, and it will be up to the District Attorney's Office whether it will charge the officer.

Suspected MS-13 Gang Member Pleads Not Guilty in San Francisco Triple Murder

July 24, 2008

Edwin Ramos, 21, is accused of the June 22 shooting deaths of Tony Bologna, 48, and his sons Michael, 20, and Matthew, 16, in the city's Excelsior district. In an appearance before Judge Lucy Kelly McCabe, Ramos, who is believed to be an illegal alien who benefited from the city's sanctuary policy, spoke softly and slowly in denying each of the allegations. His attorney says that he is a legal resident.

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