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Bill Gives Cops More DNA Database Access

November 4, 2004
President Bush has signed into law a bill to give local police across the country increased access to federal DNA databases. The law epands the national DNA database by allowing states to add samples to it as well as compare their samples with the national database.

Montana Approves Medical Marijuana Law

November 4, 2004
With Tuesday’s election, Montana became one of the many Western states to approve a medical marijuana initiative, while other parts of the country haven’t even put the issue on the ballot.

Fallen Officers’ Families Eligible for Scholarships

November 4, 2004
Surviving children and spouses of police officers who died in the line of duty can apply for educational scholarships to attend undergraduate, graduate, and vocational or technical schools from a corporate-sponsored fund.

Second Chance Declares Bankruptcy

October 29, 2004
Body armor company Second Chance has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and is currently undergoing restructuring.

Police Group Sends Donations to Snipers Overseas

October 29, 2004
Originally begun by a group of SWAT snipers in the United States, Adopt a Sniper now runs a comprehensive donation program that sends much needed gear to military snipers on the front lines.

Research Helps Cops Gather Evidence From PDAs

October 28, 2004
Recent testing of the PDA forensics tools available could help law enforcement better use them by understanding the software’s capabilities and limitations.

Accidental 911 Call Results in Suspect’s Arrest

October 28, 2004
A Bay County, Fla., sheriff’s deputy stumbled on a meth lab when he arrived at a residence to investigate a disconnected 911 call, which the woman living there had inadvertently made while attempting to dial another number. The woman was arrested on drug charges.

Crown Victoria Cruisers Ruled Safe by Ill. Jury

October 21, 2004
In a class-action lawsuit filed over the safety of Ford’s Crown Victoria police cruisers, an Illinois jury ruled that the cars are safe. A judge will now decide if Ford violated state consumer fraud laws.

Court to Reconsider Capital Punishment for Juveniles

October 21, 2004
After 15 years, the Supreme Court is revisiting the issue of how old a murderer must be to receive a death sentence for his crime. The Court is reviewing the case of Christopher Simmons, who was 17 when he killed a woman in 1993 by hogtying her and throwing her into a river to drown.

Fictional Characters Sign Voter Registration Forms

October 21, 2004
A man has been arrested on a felony charge for submitting fake voter registration cards in Ohio. He is accused of using names such as Mary Poppins and Dick Tracy to fill out more than 100 such forms, all of which had similar-looking signatures.
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