Monthly Archives: September 2017

Bill Maher goes ‘CSI’ and investigates Trump’s ties to Putin

To close out Friday Night’s “Real Time” comedian Bill Maher decided to become a detective in order to breakdown how President Donald Trump is connected to Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin.

The late-night comedian used a bulletin board that was filled with pictures of various Trump administration officials, his sons, close friends and former campaign officials. The board reflected a television crime scene investigation and each picture of the subject was connected to other pictures through lots of red yard.

“The Russia scandal is complicated and that makes a lot of people shrug it off,” Maher said. He was referring to the ongoing special counsel investigation led by Bob Mueller, who is investigating the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia. But Maher was determined connect the dots between Trump and the Kremlin.

Prosecution works on motive in Patterson trial

EDINBURG — During the nearly three years that she had been his personal banker, Rocio Perez had never seen Martin Knell Sr. without his wife.

But shortly after Thelma “Penny” Knell was admitted into hospice care due to ailing health, the then-95-year-old

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Police, school district to review response to Sept. 20 shooting at MHS

MATTOON — Administrators from the Mattoon school district plan to meet with law enforcement and other emergency responders in the coming days to review their joint response to the Sept. 20 shooting at Mattoon High School.

The district and the Mattoon Police Department reported in a press release on Friday that their personnel have met together to review the emergency plans for each school building at the beginning of each academic year for 12 years now. First responders also schedule an annual practice drill with staff from each school. The 2017 emergency planning meeting was held on Aug. 31, just weeks before the shooting incident.

Police Chief Jeff Branson said in the press release that these annual reviews are helpful and were especially helpful with the implementation of the plan during the Sept. 20 incident and its aftermath. He said each emergency is unique, but having a plan, an annual review, knowledge

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Out on bail, suspected of gunplay

BELOIT – More than 30 gunshots tore through the tranquil Beloit night of Aug. 12 at a home in the 800 block of Eighth Street, leaving two people injured.

Following an intensive crime scene investigation, one of the alleged shooters was identified.

That young Beloit man previously had been arrested by police for alleged involvement in another shooting just over two years ago.

The suspect – Andy “Man Man” Davis, 24 – had been in the Rock County Jail until June of this year, when he posted a cash bond of $6,000 related to the August 2015 shooting near the Turtle Tap. After posting bond, Davis walked out of the jail.

Less than two months later he was allegedly involved in the Aug. 12 shooting.

Davis’ alleged actions have left multiple people injured, according to court records. He is scheduled for trial in the 2015 shooting beginning Jan. 29, while no complaint

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University of Indianapolis Department of Criminal Justice celebrates 45th anniversary

UIndy hosted the Indianapolis-Marion County Forensics Services Agency for a training exercise on Thursday, August 17, 2017. (Photo: D. Todd Moore, University of Indianapolis)

The University of Indianapolis Department of Criminal Justice marks an important milestone during Homecoming Weekend. The University is celebrating the department’s 45th anniversary, making it one of the longest-running criminal justice programs in the state.

An anniversary celebration will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30, 2017, at the President’s Home (4051 Otterbein Ave., Indianapolis, Ind. 46227). Register here for this event.

Guests will learn about the future Criminal Justice Education Lab, which will provide a space for training simulations for UIndy students as well as city police departments and investigators. Students, faculty and alumni are invited to enjoy special crime lab activities with long-time faculty member Dennis Williams, new faculty member Bruce Biggs and University of Indianapolis President Emeritus Gene

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Emma Stone, Steve Carell star in uneven ‘Battle of the Sexes’ (review, photos)

CLEVELAND, Ohio — Anyone who was watching television during the 1970s remembers the historic face-off between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs, a media circus masquerading as an athletic competition that was supposed to distill the whole question of women’s equality down to hitting a ball over a net.

The 1973 tennis match between women’s world champion Billie Jean King and former men’s champion Bobby Riggs was one of the most watched televised sports events of all time. That match is at the center of the biopic “Battle of the Sexes,” with Emma Stone (“Birdman,” “La La Land”) and Steve Carell (“The Big Short,” “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues”) facing off as King and Riggs.

“Battle of the Sexes” is obliged to broaden its scope to include the personal lives of King and Riggs during the run-up to the big match, resulting in an uneven plot that slows to a

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How the ‘CSI effect’ can create problems in the courtroom

The burglary call at the laundromat came in on a slow day, so Greeley police officer John Zakavec was able to work on it undisturbed for a long time.

One of the pieces of evidence he obtained from the business was security camera footage. The footage wasn’t good enough to identify the suspect, but in the video, the burglar seemed to be eating a brownie. As he watched, the burglar threw the wrapper in the laundromat’s trashcan.

That was interesting to Zakavec, a member of the police department’s six-person major crime scene investigation team. When he sorted through the trash, he found the brownie wrapper. There, as he’d hoped, preserved in the grease of the wrapper was a fingerprint. It led to the arrest of the suspect.

The incident sticks out in his mind because cases like that

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Defense deals blow to state’s case against Patterson

EDINBURG — After days of witness testimony and grueling cross-examination focusing on the procedural aspects of banking practices, a courtroom fatigued by numbers suddenly came alive Thursday when defense attorney O. Rene Flores dealt a blow to the prosecution’s capital murder case against Monica Melissa Patterson.

In the last hour before District Judge Noe Gonzalez dismissed the jury on the fourth day of a trial expected to last at least three weeks, Flores argued that there was no evidence linking Patterson, 50, to the January 2015 death of Martin Knell Sr.

“We can sum up your testimony by suggesting to the ladies and gentlemen of the jury that you have no evidence that Mrs. Patterson committed any crime?” Flores asked Sandra Rangel, a crime scene investigator for the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office.

Rangel replied, “From my evidence recovered, no.”

Her testimony came after previously being asked by the prosecution to explain numerous photos taken

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