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Beaver native, forensic criminologist to present on cold cases at Geneva College

BEAVER FALLS — Beaver native and forensic criminologist Laura Pettler will be speaking at Geneva College on Thursday on cold case investigations involving domestic violence homicide.

Pettler, a 1997 graduate of Geneva, will speak at 7 p.m. in the Skye Lounge in the student center. The public is invited to her presentation, “The American Cold Case Epidemic: Crime Scene Staging in Domestic Violence Homicide.”

“I hope the community will join me on this special occasion at Geneva, my alma mater, to open discussion about where we are as a country in cold case investigation and how we as citizens can support our law enforcement agencies and families of murdered victims,” Pettler said.

Pettler’s area of expertise is crime scene staging, specifically cases involving domestic violence homicide.

“It is an exciting time for LPA because we are currently in discussion with potential stakeholders about opening a branch of Laura Pettler

Read more at: http://www.ellwoodcityledger.com/news/20180212/beaver-native-forensic-criminologist-to-present-on-cold-cases-at-geneva-college

SPECIAL REPORT: Cold cases part 5: Forensics and cold cases

*Editor’s note: The following is the final installment of a five-part series about the many unsolved, or cold, cases in the Twin Counties.

For New York State Police Senior Investigator Peter Kusminsky, a case is not closed until an arrest is made and a conviction is delivered.

Until those goals are accomplished, Kusminsky — and his fellow investigators from the state police Troop F barracks in Greene County — examines every lead, processes every piece of evidence and works with other law enforcement agencies to bring a perpetrator to justice.

“If there’s an open lead, we’ll leave the case open until we can close it,” Kusminsky said.

But in some cases, leads dry up and the trail goes cold, sometimes for weeks, months or even years. Kusminsky said a number of factors contribute to a case going cold.

“A key part of our investigation process is crime scene investigation,” Kusminsky said. “Sometimes, there may be a crime,

Read more at: https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/special-report-cold-cases-part-5-forensics-and-cold-cases

SPECIAL REPORT: Cold cases part 5: Forensics and cold cases …

*Editor’s note: The following is the final installment of a five-part series about the many unsolved, or cold, cases in the Twin Counties.

For New York State Police Senior Investigator Peter Kusminsky, a case is not closed until an arrest is made and a conviction is delivered.

Until those goals are accomplished, Kusminsky — and his fellow investigators from the state police Troop F barracks in Greene County — examines every lead, processes every piece of evidence and works with other law enforcement agencies to bring a perpetrator to justice.

“If there’s an open lead, we’ll leave the case open until we can close it,” Kusminsky said.

But in some cases, leads dry up and the trail goes cold, sometimes for weeks, months or even years. Kusminsky said a number of factors contribute to a case going cold.

“A key part of our investigation process is crime scene investigation,” Kusminsky said. “Sometimes, there may be a crime,

Read more at: https://www.hudsonvalley360.com/article/special-report-cold-cases-part-5-forensics-and-cold-cases

Warren police release new details on weekend cases

Published: 7/10/17 @ 09:46

WARREN — While police begin to investigate an early-morning homicide today on Burton Street Southeast, they have released a separate police report identifying the victim of Saturday afternoon’s stabbing death as Michael J. Krevas, 31, of Washington Street Northwest.

The report says when police arrived to the parking lot of the apartment at 438 N. Park Ave., they found Krevas bleeding from the chest. Ambulance workers transported him to ValleyCare Trumbull Memorial Hospital.

The report doesn’t mention Arteum Brodeur, 24, of North Park Avenue, but Brodeur is in the Trumbull County jail, charged with murder in the case.

In the Burton Street killing, police said they responded to a home in the 2700 block at about 5:30 a.m. regarding gunshots being heard and found a male laying in the front yard who was unconscious. Ambulance personnel arrived a short time later an determined that the man was deceased. His

Read more at: http://www.vindy.com/news/2017/jul/10/warren-police-release-new-details-weekend-cases/?mobile

Crime-scene investigator made errors in 65 cases, DA’s office says – KTRK

A crime-scene investigator made errors in 65 cases dating back to October 2015, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

A press release from the DA’s office says the findings were a result of a recent audit of work done by a Houston Police Department officer who was assigned to conduct crime scene investigations under the supervision of the Houston Forensic Science Center.

The audit was ordered after mistakes were noticed in several cases investigated by that officer.

“Defense lawyers are going to have a chance to determine for themselves the relevance of these errors or omissions,” Tom Berg, first assistant for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office, said in the press release. “Because most of these cases have not yet been fully adjudicated, we won’t speculate on the possible impact, if any.”

RELATED: 15,000 pieces of evidence to be scrutinized after HPD sprinkler mishap

The review of 88 cases done

Read more at: http://abc13.com/news/das-office-investigator-made-errors-in-65-cases/1864444/

Errors in 65 cases lead to transfer of crime scene… – Click2Houston

HOUSTON – A crime scene investigator in the Houston Police Department was transferred after investigators found dozens of errors in case reports.

The Houston Forensic Science Center on Wednesday reported to the state’s forensic oversight commission on the errors made by a crime scene investigator that required final case reports to be amended.

In auditing the officer’s cases dating back to October 2015, HFSC found 65 cases with incomplete documentation, according to an HFSC release. Thirty-two had additional administrative errors, and evidence had been misplaced in eight instances.

The affected cases include 26 homicides and five officer-involved shootings. The district attorney has been notified of all the incidents.

HFSC amended all 65 case reports.

The crime-scene officer was reassigned to a patrol position in the Houston Police Department, according to the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.

The problems were found during an audit of 88 cases on which the investigator worked after a few issues were

Read more at: http://www.click2houston.com/news/errors-in-65-cases-lead-to-transfer-of-crime-scene-investigator-authorities-say