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How spectrometers can aid crime scene investigations

Science and technology play a major role in the current criminal justice system. From crime scene to investigation to trial, police departments use an array of technology-based scientific processes for evidence collection and handling.

Today’s juries, brought up on a TV diet of “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Law Order,” expect to see detailed forensic evidence presented during a trial. While forensic technologies have traditionally been expensive and something few law enforcement agencies could include in annual budgets, the good news is that access to forensic tools such as spectrometry technology is improving.

Identifying unknown substances

On a daily basis, police agencies encounter unknown substances that require quick and accurate identification. (Photo/NIJ)
On a daily basis, police agencies encounter unknown substances that require quick and accurate identification. (Photo/NIJ)

On a daily basis, police agencies encounter unknown substances that require quick and accurate identification. Current identification methods

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UPDATE: Charges authorized in murder case

TRAVERSE CITY — A local man will be charged with murder after authorities said he killed his neighbor.

Dallas David Walker, 23, of Traverse City, is set to be arraigned on an open murder charge after his father told Grand Traverse County Sheriff’s deputies his son killed a man who lived across the street. Undersheriff Nate Alger said deputies found Christopher Allan Kleehammer, 48, dead inside his mobile home Wednesday.

A preliminary investigation — that continued Thursday — showed Walker visited Kleehammer’s home on David Place sometime after 2 a.m. on Sept. 20. Walker “made comments” to his father that led him to check on Kleehammer. Walker’s father called 911 when he realized Kleehammer was dead, authorities said.

Kleehammer had “obvious signs of blunt force trauma to the head,” according to a release from the sheriff’s department. Authorities noted his body was transported to Kalamazoo for an autopsy to determine the cause and

Read more at: http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/update-charges-authorized-in-murder-case/article_db9498c2-7931-5b2a-80e5-a27a7a3f1254.html

Los Alamos Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division Driven To Solve Cases

Los Alamos Police Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez is proud of the Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. Photo by Maire O’Neill/ladailypost.com

Los Alamos Police Department Det. Sgt. James Rodriguez remembers police officers coming to speak as guests at his high school in Loving and says he found what they had to say about the job intriguing. Even when he studied mechanical engineering at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., law enforcement was always in the back of his mind.

Rodriguez returned to New Mexico after a year and because he was still not old enough to be a police officer, he became a detention officer at the Dona Ana County Detention Center and soon went on to graduate from the Las Cruces Police Department’s Training Academy in 2004.

In 2005, Rodriguez and his wife Darlene moved to Los Alamos where they both

Read more at: http://www.ladailypost.com/content/los-alamos-police-department%E2%80%99s-criminal-investigations-division-driven-solve-cases

Police investigate fatal stabbing in Mt. Morris Township

MT. MORRIS TWP, MI — Police are investigating after a man was fatally stabbed Thursday morning along Clio Road in Mt. Morris Township.

Officers and detectives scoured over a scene at Clio Road and Florine Avenue, just south of Stanley Road, where a four-door, black Pontiac sat along the east side of the road. 

The victim was found lying outside of the vehicle along a treeline off Clio Road.

A Mt. Morris Township Police Department Crime Scene Investigation van was also at the scene where the northbound lanes of Clio Road have been closed for the investigation. 

Anyone with information on the stabbing may contact the Mt. Morris Township Police Department at 810-785-1311. 

Read more at: http://www.mlive.com/news/flint/index.ssf/2017/09/police_investigate_fatal_stabb.html

Undersheriff: Investigation indicates blunt trauma | Local News …

TRAVERSE CITY — Authorities suspect an autopsy will reveal blunt force trauma caused the “obvious injuries” that left a 48-year-old man dead in his mobile home at King’s Court.

Grand Traverse County Undersheriff Nate Alger said a 23-year-old Traverse City man soon will be arraigned on an open murder charge after deputies suspected he killed his neighbor on David Place. Alger said the two men were in the same home between 3:30 and 6:30 a.m. — a short time before the 48-year-old was found dead.

“The officers noticed there were obvious injuries but not the type or extent,” Alger said previously.

Two homes were under the “protection” of deputies as the investigation continued Thursday morning. Alger said the man’s body is en route to Kalamazoo for an autopsy which should reveal more details. Authorities hope a search will uncover additional evidence — including a murder weapon — when the results arrive.

Few additional details

Read more at: http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/undersheriff-investigation-indicates-blunt-trauma/article_97f5a182-37ee-55a3-ba61-6bafcc670b33.html

Undersheriff: Investigation indicates blunt trauma

TRAVERSE CITY — Authorities suspect an autopsy will reveal blunt force trauma caused the “obvious injuries” that left a 48-year-old man dead in his mobile home at King’s Court.

Grand Traverse County Undersheriff Nate Alger said a 23-year-old Traverse City man soon will be arraigned on an open murder charge after deputies suspected he killed his neighbor on David Place. Alger said the two men were in the same home between 3:30 and 6:30 a.m. — a short time before the 48-year-old was found dead.

“The officers noticed there were obvious injuries but not the type or extent,” Alger said previously.

Two homes were under the “protection” of deputies as the investigation continued Thursday morning. Alger said the man’s body is en route to Kalamazoo for an autopsy which should reveal more details. Authorities hope a search will uncover additional evidence — including a murder weapon — when the results arrive.

Few additional details

Read more at: http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/undersheriff-investigation-indicates-blunt-trauma/article_97f5a182-37ee-55a3-ba61-6bafcc670b33.html

Sheriff uneasy with available budget – Cleburne Times

With almost one year under his belt, Johnson County Sheriff Adam King said while he is doing his best to provide basic needs for his deputies, he doesn’t believe the budget he has to work with has been reassuring.

“I think people assume we have everything we need out here,” he said. “But, we are trying to get caught up.”

King said he has been addressing those needs when he can.

“In [Johnson County Commissioner’s Court], at the end of this budget year, we moved over any extra savings from everything whether it be vehicle maintenance, fuel, training — whatever we had money in — and we moved it to buy small line items like batteries for radios,” he said. “We bought cameras for the patrolmen because when they work cases where there has been an assault it is pretty important to have pictures of that in court.”

King said something the department unquestionably

Read more at: http://www.cleburnetimesreview.com/news/sheriff-uneasy-with-available-budget/article_723c1ff8-9e4d-11e7-8be5-2f4bb3dc4439.html

UPDATE: Death rattles King’s Court

TRAVERSE CITY — Investigators will request an open murder charge against a Traverse City man after authorities found his neighbor dead at King’s Court. But details remained scarce more than a dozen after deputies arrived on scene.

Neighbors early Wednesday awoke to flashing police lights as a team from the Michigan State Police converged on a trailer along David Place. Grand Traverse County Undersheriff Nate Alger said a daylong investigation resulted in a request for a murder charge against a 23-year-old man.

Few additional details were released from his department as the probe continued into the evening.

Neighbors closest to the scene said deputies told them it was a homicide. Alger — who declined to answer several questions Wednesday — said they were simply investigating a death before announcing the request for an open murder charge on Facebook hours later.

“The officers noticed there were obvious injuries but not the type or extent,” Alger

Read more at: http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/update-death-rattles-king-s-court/article_f4fe2647-edae-5ee8-92bc-c3342ce740a4.html

Death rattles King’s Court

TRAVERSE CITY — Investigators will request an open murder charge against a Traverse City man after authorities found his neighbor dead at King’s Court. But details remained scarce more than a dozen after deputies arrived on scene.

Neighbors early Wednesday awoke to flashing police lights as a team from the Michigan State Police converged on a trailer along David Place. Grand Traverse County Undersheriff Nate Alger said a daylong investigation resulted in a request for a murder charge against a 23-year-old man.

Few additional details were released from his department as the probe continued into the evening.

Neighbors closest to the scene said deputies told them it was a homicide. Alger — who declined to answer several questions Wednesday — said they were simply investigating a death before announcing the request for an open murder charge on Facebook hours later.

“The officers noticed there were obvious injuries but not the type or extent,” Alger

Read more at: http://www.record-eagle.com/news/local_news/death-rattles-king-s-court/article_f4fe2647-edae-5ee8-92bc-c3342ce740a4.html

Man Found Dead on Top of Semi Trailer

Police respond to discovery of dead person on Sept. 20, 2017. (LIVE! Photo/John Basquez)

Police respond to discovery of dead person on Sept. 20, 2017. (LIVE! Photo/John Basquez)

SAN ANGELO, TX — Something is up behind the Chick-Fil-A just off FM 2288 at Sherwood Way. Police responded to what sounded to us like a discovery of a body.

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