Monthly Archives: October 2016

Behind the tape: A rare look into the world of a Portland crime scene investigator

PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) –

A whole criminal case can hinge on the evidence Portland’s crime scene investigators find. The group of highly specialized criminalists work relentlessly to uncover answers.

Fox 12 got a rare look behind the tape as we stepped into the world of Portland Police Criminalist Jeff Shearer. 

Some days as a crime scene investigator can be mundane. Others, haunting. For Jeff Shearer this day falls somewhere in between. 

Shearer began his day at a home in southeast Portland. The call came in as a robbery with a suspect in custody. His job now, is to collect all of the evidence in the case. 

“There are some things I will tell you I don’t collect and one of them is feces,” said Shearer to the homeowner who answered the door. 

He’s not kidding and feces really was found on the garage floor

Read more at: http://www.kptv.com/story/33541952/behind-the-tape-a-rare-look-into-the-world-of-a-portland-crime-scene-investigator

Teenage boy charged with killing his parents in Winthrop – The …

WINTHROP — A teenage boy has been charged with two counts of homicide after his parents were found dead in their Winthrop home early Monday morning.

Maine State Police and Winthrop police officers are investigating the deaths of Antonio and Alice Balcer, both 47 years old, whose bodies were found at their home at 10 Pine Knoll Road in Winthrop.

Their son, Andrew Balcer, 17, is charged in connection with the killings, according to Augusta attorney Walt McKee, who is scheduled to represent him in court.

Public Safety Department spokesman Steve McCausland said the two bodies were found inside the home overnight, and he characterized their deaths as “highly suspicious” during a morning news briefing.

By afternoon, McCausland said police had charged a teenage boy with two counts of homicide, but he would not describe the boy’s relationship to the victims, nor would he confirm his age. He did say two sons lived at

Read more at: http://www.pressherald.com/2016/10/31/two-bodies-found-inside-winthrop-home/

Triple murder investigation continues in Harvey County

HARVEY COUNTY, Kan. MONDAY UPDATE (10/31): Harvey County Sheriff T Walton says the investigation into a triple murder continues.

So far, no suspects have been identified, but Sheriff Walton says he does not believe there is any danger to the public. Sheriff Walton says they have ruled out the case being a murder-suicide. He also says there were no apparent signs of struggle.

Officers were able to locate a vehicle and the driver they said could be connected with the case, but that did not lead them to a suspect. Sheriff Walton says there is a relationship between that driver and one of the victims.

Investigators spent the night reviewing the crime scene and following up on leads.

Sheriff Walton would not identify those who were killed, but offered his condolences to the families.

He says all three victims died of

Read more at: http://www.kwch.com/content/news/Multiple-agencies-respond-to-incident-in-Harvey-County-399248331.html

Cahokia man dies in afternoon shooting – Belleville News

A Cahokia man died Monday afternoon shortly after police found him laying on the ground with multiple gunshot wounds. Cahokia Police Chief Dave Landmann said Traveon Hunter, 29, of Cahokia, was shot and killed near 152 St. James. Landmann said Hunter died as a result of his injuries at an area hospital. No motive has been given for the shooting.

Police responded to the area after receiving a shots fired call at 2:37 p.m., Landmann said. The incident took place on an unseasonably warm day just before children in the neighborhood were set to take part in Halloween night festivities.

Superman and Wonder Woman gave their best smiles as they stood on the front porch. The crime fighters were getting their picture taken before going out in the neighborhood for a little Trick or Treating fun on Halloween. The grade school-aged children were oblivious to the scene being played out no more

Read more at: http://www.bnd.com/news/local/article111658322.html

A look at ‘Halloween rapist’ Peter Braunstein and his NYC crimes

On Halloween night 11 years ago, New Yorkers were taken by storm after learning about the elaborate story of Peter Braunstein.

The high-intelligence former journalist and playwright, now 52, became known as the “Halloween rapist” after concocting a bogus scene wherein he donned smoke eater gear and entered an apartment complex — with the aim of overpowering his female victim.

The ensuing case led to a city-wide then national manhunt that ended in multiple stab wounds to Braunstein’s neck.

This is the story of that fateful October night and the ensuing “chase.”

Jailed fire fiend loses lawsuit for access to porn mag, slay book

Background

DNP; Exported.; atx;

After being on the run for seven weeks, Braunstein, 41, was arrested in December 2005 in Memphis following the crime which occurred in New York.

(Xanthos, Julia/Xanthos Julia)

Read more at: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/halloween-rapist-peter-braunstein-nyc-crimes-article-1.2849026

Paterson cop-involved shooting outside HQ injures civilian

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The Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office is investigating a shooting involving police that took place Saturday evening just outside the police headquarters in Paterson.

A civilian was injured in the incident, according to a brief statement issued by the office of Passaic County Prosecutor Camelia M. Valdes.

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Police at the scene said that no police officers were injured.

The one-paragraph statement, by Chief Assistant Prosecutor Mary Catherine Ryan, said that the office’s “Shooting Response Team has been activated for a police-involved shooting

Read more at: http://www.app.com/story/news/crime/jersey-mayhem/2016/10/30/paterson-police-station-shooting/93007372/

PICTURES: Crime scene investigators on Doncaster road as man …

These are the latest pictures from the scene in Doncaster after a man was stabbed early this morning.

A 32-year-old woman is currently in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Several police cars and crime scene investigation officers have been working at the scene today as they continue with their enquiries.

The road between Edwards Street and Burns Streets is still closed but traffic diversion are in place.

Emergency services were called to a property on The Avenue around 12.30am on Saturday morning after a man in his 50s was found with serious stab wounds.

The has been taken to Doncaster Royal Infirmary where he remains in a critical condition with ‘life-threatening’ injuries.

A South Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “A 32-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and remains in police custody.

“An investigation is underway and officers are at the scene carrying

Read more at: http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/pictures-crime-scene-investigators-on-doncaster-road-as-man-fights-for-life-after-stabbing-1-8208301

Mock murders solved at Skeleton Acres open-air lab

Peer Moore-Jansen prepared for Saturday the way a psychopath might prepare to conceal serial murders.

He buried one skeleton two and a half years ago. He buried the other five a month ago.

He dumped six bodies into those graves one by one, then filled them in, the loose soil from his shovel filling the eye sockets and the open, toothy grins of six skeletal mouths.

They are plastic skeletal mouths. For a college class at Wichita State University.

But still, there’s a creep factor here.

Welcome to crime scene investigation, Peer Moore-Jansen-style.

Like any ego-driven serial murderer, he long ago gave a name to his handiwork:

Skeleton Acres.

A school with shallow graves

Moore-Jansen teaches forensic anthropology at WSU.

Skeleton Acres is the 7.5-acre woodland prairie lab, 10 miles northeast of Leon, where he teaches hands-on crime scene investigation to professional crime detectives, to anthropology students from WSU and to others. Saturday’s

Read more at: http://www.kansas.com/news/local/article111366917.html

UPDATE: Arrest after assault leaves victim in hospital – News and Star

The victim of a serious assault was taken to Carlisle’s Cumberland Infirmary with head injuries after an attack in the early hours of the morning.

Police are currently investigating the assault, which happened between 2.30am and 5.30am on Saturday morning on Woodrouffe Terrace, Carlisle city centre.

Crime Scene Investigation police cornered off the an area of the terrace for about half an hour at 9am this morning. A local homeowner said he thought there had been blood on the pavement.

A spokeswoman from Cumbria Police said: “The 49-year-old male victim sustained a head injury and was treated in hospital. He was later released.”

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact them on 101, asking for DC Doctor on extension number 42109. Alternatively you can call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Read more at: http://www.newsandstar.co.uk/news/latest/Police-investigate-incident-in-Carlisle-70566c22-692d-4f36-a4e5-6eca1635eca0-ds

Skeleton Acres: An open-air laboratory for crime scene investigation

Peer Moore-Jansen prepared for Saturday the way a psychopath might prepare to conceal serial murders.

He buried one skeleton two and a half years ago. He buried the other five a month ago.

He dumped six bodies into those graves one by one, then filled them in, the loose soil from his shovel filling the eye sockets and the open, toothy grins of six skeletal mouths.

They are plastic skeletal mouths. For a college class at Wichita State University.

But still, there’s a creep factor here.

Welcome to crime scene investigation, Peer Moore-Jansen-style.

Like any ego-driven serial murderer, he long ago gave a name to his handiwork:

Skeleton Acres.

A school with shallow graves

Moore-Jansen teaches forensic anthropology at WSU.

Skeleton Acres is the 7.5-acre woodland prairie lab, 10 miles northeast of Leon, where he teaches hands-on crime scene investigation to professional crime detectives, to anthropology students from WSU and to others. Saturday’s

Read more at: http://www.kansas.com/news/local/article111366917.html