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Inside the World of Crime Scene Investigation

Forensics For Dummies takes you inside the world of crime scene investigation to give you the low down on this exciting field. Written by a doctor and former Law & Order consultant, this guide will have you solving crimes along with your favorite TV shows in no time. From fingerprints and fibers to blood and ballistics, you’ll walk through the processes that yield significant information from the smallest clues. You’ll learn how Hollywood gets it wrong, and how real-world forensics experts work every day in fields as diverse as biology, psychology, anthropology, medicine, information technology, and more. If you’re interested in a forensics career, you’ll find out how to break in—and the education you’ll need to do the type of forensics work that interests you the most. Written for the true forensics fan, this book doesn’t shy away from the details; you’ll learn what goes on at the morgue as you determine cause of death, and you’ll climb into the mind of a killer as you learn how forensic psychologists narrow down the suspect list.

Crime shows are entertaining, but the reality is that most forensics cases aren’t wrapped up in an hour. This book shows you how it’s really done, and the amazing technology and brilliant people that do it every day.

  • Learn who does what, when they do it, and how it’s done
  • Discover the many fields involved in crime scene investigation
  • Understand what really happens inside a forensics lab
  • Examine famous forensics cases more intriguing than any TV show

Forensic scientists work in a variety of environments and in many different capacities. If you think television makes it look interesting, just wait until you learn what it’s really like! Forensics For Dummiestakes you on a tour of the real-world science behind solving the case.

Police: Suspect said man killed at Double Churches park was ‘touching the white’ – Columbus Ledger

Demonde Donya Dicks Jr. died with $102, a pack of Newports and a cigarette lighter in his pockets.

A cellphone, a cigarette butt and a 9 mm shell casing were on the ground beside him at the northwest corner of a basketball court in Columbus’ Double Churches Road Park, where he lay clad in a white shirt, white shorts, white socks and dark flip-flops when witnesses found him dead from a gunshot wound to the head around 3 p.m. June 15, 2016.

During a second day of testimony Wednesday in Muscogee County Superior Court, jurors in the murder trial of three alleged gang members charged in Dicks’ death learned more about how police believe he came to be there.

Much of that information came from police interviews with suspect Jacquawn Clark, who is charged in Dicks’ death along with Derain Waller and A’keveius Powell.

Investigators questioned Clark twice, once on the day of the

Read more at: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article179582661.html

Drones, dogs being used in search for missing Richardson toddler

RICHARDSON, Texas (KXAN/KXAS) — From the air and on the ground, law enforcement is using all the items in their tool belt in their search for the missing 3-year-old Richardson girl.

On Tuesday, the 10th day since Sherin Matthews has been missing, officers spent the day combing a field near Richland College in North Texas. The field where authorities were focusing on was just a mile from the child’s home.

KXAS reports at one point during the search, officers in a vehicle marked “Crime Scene Investigator” pulled up to a grove of trees

Read more at: http://kxan.com/2017/10/18/drones-dogs-being-used-in-search-for-missing-richardson-toddler/

Paul Guilfoyle to Guest on ‘Blindspot,’ Return to ‘The Good Fight’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Paul Guilfoyle will guest star on NBC’s drama “Blindspot” as well as return to CBS All Access’ “The Good Fight,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Over on “Blindspot,” Guilfoyle will portray Rossi, who the Peacock is describing as a “fixer with a mysterious past.” The network has not yet confirmed how many episodes he will appear in. “Blindspot,” which hails from Martin Gero and stars Jaimie Alexander and Sullivan Stapleton will premiere its third season Oct. 27.

When it comes to “The Good Fight,” Guilfoyle is reprising his role as Henry Rindell for an undisclosed number of episodes in Season 2, CBS has confirmed. Henry was last seen in the first season finale of Robert and Michelle King’s “The Good Wife” spinoff, fleeing the country rather than taking a plea deal which would have sent him back to prison but kept his daughter

Read more at: http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/paul-guilfoyle-blindspot-good-fight-return-exclusive-1202589899/

Columbus police investigator gives testimony in Double Churches murder trial

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Read more at: http://www.wtvm.com/story/36625644/columbus-police-investigator-gives-testimony-in-double-churches-murder-trial

A game of clue: Police Academy students study crime scenes

Investigators stared at a “body” lying face first on the floor. Three bullet casings scattered across the room and a syringe lying on a nearby nightstand. Eyes peeled, those in the room swiftly jotted down items considered potential evidence of what foul play had occurred before they arrived.

And while the scene might have looked and felt like one from the longstanding CBS drama “CSI,” the players were not seasoned detectives, but students in the Madison County Citizens’ Police Academy.

The mock crime scene set up Monday night at the Department of Criminal Justice Training campus allowed students to put into practice the principles of crime scene investigation in rooms set up like a mock apartment building.

Principles of crime scene investigation begin at one idea: the theory of transfer. According to this theory, any time two objects or things come into contact with each other, there is an exchange of material between

Read more at: http://www.richmondregister.com/news/a-game-of-clue-police-academy-students-study-crime-scenes/article_9a9bf7be-b399-11e7-9694-63cd201a933c.html

Search Intensifies in Field Near Missing Girl’s Home – NBC 5 Dallas

Search teams checked fields, creeks and wooded areas Tuesday for any sign of missing 3-year-old Sherin Mathews, more than 10 days after she was last seen.

Richardson police officers and firefighters were joined by officers from Johnson County and the Mansfield Police Department in the search, using a drone to search by air and K-9 teams to search on the ground for the missing girl.

Police said they have developed information that has led them to the areas they searched Tuesday, and they continue to investigate the girl’s disappearance.

At one point during the search, officers in a vehicle marked “Crime Scene Investigator” pulled up to a grove of trees being guarded by officers. The investigators put on gloves and removed something from beneath the trees near the intersection of South Greenville Avenue and Walnut Street and placed it in the back of their vehicle.

Read more at: https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/local/Police-Drone-Used-in-Search-Near-Richland-College-Missing-Girls-Home-451283723.html

New generation of collectors strengthens SBC arts scene

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Kris and Jason Holland talk about their art collection.
(Henrietta Wildsmith/The Times)

You could call it a renaissance.

Northwest Louisiana is experiencing growth in the number of local art collectors, and a Shreveport Regional Arts Council program is a major factor.

“Shreveport Regional Arts Council began promoting the opportunity – responsibility – to collect local art three years ago as part of CRITICAL MASS, an annual exhibition that brings professional critics to the community to match outstanding artists with collectors,” said SRAC Executive Director Pam Atchison. “There are currently almost 60 official collectors who have committed to collect works by 55 artists who were selected by

Read more at: http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/entertainment/arts/2017/10/17/new-generation-collectors-strengthens-thriving-sbc-arts-scene/764377001/

New generation of collectors strengthening SBC arts scene

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Kris and Jason Holland talk about their art collection.
(Henrietta Wildsmith/The Times)

You could call it a renaissance.

Northwest Louisiana is experiencing growth in the number of local art collectors, and a Shreveport Regional Arts Council program is a major factor.

“Shreveport Regional Arts Council began promoting the opportunity – responsibility – to collect local art three years ago as part of CRITICAL MASS, an annual exhibition that brings professional critics to the community to match outstanding artists with collectors,” said SRAC Executive Director Pam Atchison. “There are currently almost 60 official collectors who have committed to collect works by 55 artists who were selected by

Read more at: http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/entertainment/arts/2017/10/17/new-generation-collectors-strengthens-thriving-sbc-arts-scene/764377001/

Crime scene investigation: the Glasgow detective who became a legend in the 1960s

Tom Goodall made his name during the Peter Manuel enquiry in 1958. He became famous for being ‘the man who was always there’, insisting on being called out at any hour of the day or night when a major crime occurred. Such dedication took a heavy toll on his health and he died suddenly at the age of 58.

The image of Tom Goodall portrayed in the press and confirmed by those who worked with him was of a quiet man who sat smoking his pipe, deep in thought as he wrestled with the complex strands of an enquiry. “I’ve seen him… pipe-smoking his way through murder investigations with the skill and wisdom of a man dedicated to his job 48 hours of the day,” was how one commentator put it. Yet some of his most dramatic cases showed that he could also assume the role of a

Read more at: http://www.scotsman.com/news/crime-scene-investigation-the-glasgow-detective-who-became-a-legend-in-the-1960s-1-4588554

K-9 know-how

The next wave of Logansport public servants have been learning criminal justice at the career center firsthand from former and current local law enforcement officers.

Most recently, K-9 officers from the Logansport Police and Cass County Sheriff’s departments visited the Century Career Center on Friday, Oct. 13, and demonstrated how their dogs carry out daily police work — whether that’s apprehending a suspect or searching for drugs.

LPD Sgt. Travis Yike and CCSD Sgt. Pat Zeider spoke to the criminal justice students about the differences in their police dogs, Bronco and Kurby, respectively, and how the animals can outperform officers in finding people, narcotics and explosives.

Yike said a dog’s sense of smell is between 1 million and 6 million times greater than that of a human. He said, for example, while a person might think a pizza just smells like a pizza, a dog picks up scents for the crust, sauce, cheese,

Read more at: http://www.pharostribune.com/news/local_news/article_b2b9c156-7fe2-5e9e-9396-60ffcf865e61.html