Category Archives: Crime Scene Investigator

Mysteries against the backdrop of the Thompson Fire

This is the third book in a series called the “Glacier Mystery Series” by Montana author Christine Carbo; however, each book stands alone. The author stated: “The Weight of Night is more than a mystery to be solved, it is also a novel of friendship, survival, and redemption set against a stark and stunning landscape.”

By far my favorite of the three — and not because my son’s name is used for a character — “The Weight of Night” absolutely nails the author’s love of nature and of course the grandeur of Glacier Park. The fire in this story is one of the actual fires from 2015. The actual Thompson Fire started on a Sunday and by Tuesday morning it had burned 1,900 acres, growing to 5,500

Read more at: http://www.greatfallstribune.com/story/life/2017/09/22/mysteries-against-backdrop-thompson-fire/694474001/

Bellingham Police assist FBI near Fairhaven Park

Bellingham Police gathered evidence in a cul-de-sac near Fairhaven Park with the Federal Bureau of Investigation Wednesday.

Around 10:30 a.m., Bellingham police’s crime scene investigator assisted the FBI document and gather evidence involving a “suspicious circumstance,” according to Lt. Danette Beckley, a police spokeswoman.

Beckley said officers assisted the FBI for about three hours. Whether that was time on scene or included time used to write a report was unclear, Beckley said.

The FBI is the lead agency on the case.

Ayn Dietrich-Williams, public affairs officer at the FBI’s Seattle field office, said she couldn’t comment any further on Wednesday’s activity “given the ongoing nature of our investigation.”

Read more at: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/news/local/article174731616.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

Detectives testify in Nolen case about what they saw following Vaughan Foods beheading

More testimony in the first-degree murder case against Alton Nolen continued Tuesday, including the testimony of two Moore Police detectives who documented the crime scene. 

According to Moore Police Det. Jeff Griffin, who also serves as a crime scene investigator for Moore PD, testified the head of Colleen Hufford, the woman Nolen, 33, is accused of beheading Sept. 25, 2014, was found a couple of feet from her body. He also said Hufford didn’t go out without a fight. 

“There were significant cuts to Hufford’s hands that were consistent with defensive-type wounds,” Griffin said. 

Griffin said blood from the eight inch kitchen knife that is believed to be the weapon involved in the attack at Vaughan Foods had blood that matched the DNA profiles of Hufford and survivor Traci Johnson. 

Though the scene outside of Vaughan Foods wasn’t as gruesome as it was inside, Moore police officer Nathan Wells said it wasn’t any less

Read more at: http://www.normantranscript.com/news/detectives-testify-in-nolen-case-about-what-they-saw-following/article_36690a90-9d94-11e7-992d-0bcdada7a0ae.html

Detectives testify in Nolen case about what they saw following …

NORMAN — More testimony in the first-degree murder case against Alton Nolen continued Tuesday, including the testimony of two Moore Police detectives who documented the crime scene.

Moore Police Det. Jeff Griffin, who also serves as a crime scene investigator for Moore PD, testified that the head of Colleen Hufford, the woman Nolen, 33, is accused of killing Sept. 25, 2014, was found a couple of feet from her body. He also said Hufford didn’t go out without a fight.

“There were significant cuts to Hufford’s hands that were consistent with defensive-type wounds,” he said.

Griffin said blood from the 8-inch kitchen knife that is believed to be the weapon involved in the attack at Vaughan Foods had blood that matched the DNA profiles of Hufford and survivor Traci Johnson.

Though the scene outside of Vaughan Foods wasn’t as gruesome as it was inside, Moore police officer Nathan Wells said it wasn’t any less

Read more at: http://www.normantranscript.com/news/detectives-testify-in-nolen-case-about-what-they-saw-following/article_36690a90-9d94-11e7-992d-0bcdada7a0ae.html

Faith in DNA: Arrest of Gary Schara in 1992 killing of Lisa Ziegert shows evolution of science in criminal …

Long before it would ever be used to identify a suspect in her daughter’s homicide, Dianne “Dee” Ziegert said she had faith in the evolving science of DNA.

In 1995, just three years after Lisa Ziegert was found slain in Agawam, the Springfield Morning Union, a predecessor of The Republican, ran a brief story about a $1,100 donation her parents made to the Agawam High School science department.

The money was used to purchase equipment for genetics classes to study the relatively new science of DNA.

Reminded of the donation this week shortly after it was announced that DNA evidence led investigators to charge Gary Schara, 48, of West Springfield with the abduction, rape and murder of Lisa Ziegert, Dianne Ziegert smiled.

She followed developments in DNA science over the years, and said she always had faith it would help solve her daughter’s homicide.

“With science, everything is modern and it always gets better,” she said. “Forensics

Read more at: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/09/gary_schara_ziegert_dna_evidence.html

Jury poised to begin deliberations in Norman Eugene Clark retrial

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Knox County Criminal Court before Judge Steven Sword denies the Rule 29 motion to dismiss the case against Norman Eugene Clark for lack of proof.
Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel

A jury is expected Tuesday to begin deliberating the fate of a Knoxville man on trial for the second time in the slaying of his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn son.

Closing arguments are

Read more at: http://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/crime/2017/09/18/retrial-killing-norman-clark-brittany-eldridge-jury-deliberations/676317001/

Shining a light on forensics

September 18, 2017

ASU program director Kimberly Kobojek delves into the world of crime-scene analysis ahead of Tuesday event on the latest in DNA

Shows like “CSI,” “The First 48” and “Forensic Files” have captivated audiences, keying into a general fascination with murder, crime and forensics. In the world of make-believe, high-tech laboratories, fancy gadgets and instantaneous lab results solve a murder in 60 minutes (43 minutes with commercials).

But what really happens behind the scenes in a crime lab, and who are the real-world people who discover, examine and connect the clues left behind?

Kimberly Kobojek, program director of forensic science at Arizona State University’s New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences at the West campus, worked for 17 years as a forensic scientist for the Phoenix Police Department before joining

Read more at: https://asunow.asu.edu/20170918-discoveries-asu-forensics-biology-expert-dna

Deliberations near in Knox man’s retrial for slaying of pregnant girlfriend

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Knox County Criminal Court before Judge Steven Sword denies the Rule 29 motion to dismiss the case against Norman Eugene Clark for lack of proof.
Michael Patrick/Knoxville News Sentinel

A jury is expected Tuesday to begin deliberating the fate of a Knoxville man on trial for the second time in the slaying of his pregnant girlfriend and their unborn son.

Closing arguments are

Read more at: http://www.knoxnews.com/story/news/crime/2017/09/18/retrial-killing-norman-clark-brittany-eldridge-jury-deliberations/676317001/

Shooting follows Salem-area road rage incident

By BILL POWELL
bpowell@dcherald.com

SALEM — A Saturday night road rage incident near Salem ended in a shooting and all three individuals involved being treated for injury.

The Washington County 911 Center received the report of a shooting at the intersection of Delaney Park Road and East Nicholson Hollow Road near Salem at 8:37 p.m., according to Indiana State Police.

When Washington County Sheriff’s Department deputies arrived, they located Devin Roll, 24, of Salem, lying in a ditch next to the roadway with a gunshot wound to his leg. Also at the scene was Robert Abner, 52, from Vallonia and his wife, Anita Abner, also of Vallonia.

Washington County deputies contacted the state police to assist them in the ensuing investigation.

A state police crime scene investigator and detective arrived at the scene. After speaking with all the individuals there, including witnesses, police alleged Robert Abner and Roll became

Read more at: https://duboiscountyherald.com/b/shooting-follows-salem-area-road-rage-incident