Thursday, July 26, 2007

Attempted murder charge filed in Pa.

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - A Mount Union, Pa., man was charged with attempted murder and other crimes last week, Pennsylvania State Police said.

Perry Henderson, 37, went to the McConnellsburg home of acquaintances Timothy J. Peck, 20, and his father, Alvin T. Peck, 39, on July 17 and demanded money from Timothy Peck, police said in a news release.

When Timothy Peck said he didn't have money, Henderson attacked him with a knife and said he would kill him if he didn't get money, police alleged.

Timothy Peck was wounded as Henderson stole $260, police said.

Police said Henderson also slapped Alvin Peck and punctured a tire on his 1991 Oldsmobile Cutlass Ciera.

Police have asked anyone with information about Henderson's whereabouts to call them at 717-485-3131.

The line between life and death is so thin I think you could use some back up.

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Sunday, April 29, 2007

Boccardo Jewelers was busted into from the roof after recent snow storm.

Monday, April 16, 2:50 p.m.

A burglary was discovered this afternoon at a jewelry store in Scranton.

Police said the owners of Boccardo Jewelers on Spruce Street opened late because of the snow storm. When they did they found someone had broken through the roof of the store sometime overnight. Police said a substantial amount of jewelry was stolen.

What is the proper response for the owner of this Jewelry store?
I say get some spy cameras on your roof and possible hire someone to either monitor your establishment or get high end cameras. They should have already been there and I am not saying they weren't it just wasn't part of this blurb.

Monday, April 9, 2007

The Risks, Benefit & Costs Of DNA

Recent issues regarding DNA have been of great importance. One of those issues that has caused great concern is the desire of law enforcement agencies--from local, county, state and federal levels of government--to amass a huge database of DNA for use in solving crimes.

At first this sounds like a no-brainer. Using a DNA database to catch criminals sounds just like using fingerprints. The current process of using DNA requires some reason to request a suspects DNA. However, there have been encroachments on that process in many states that have passed a DNA collection process law. Under some such laws, anyone arrested is required to submit a DNA sample, but most laws require a conviction. This, too, sounds like a no-brainer, except when we realize that there are a number of DNA processing errors, including lab misconduct and errors. But anyone aware of the DNA fiascoes involved in the O.J. Simpson case, regardless of whether they believe the outcome of that case was correct or not, realizes that DNA is not an absolute science.

When the Human Genome Project was underway there was an international conference on the ethical consequences of such a powerfully compelling science. I was fortunate to be asked to contribute via online participation in this project. I raised concerns about privacy, the extension of use under the law enforcement umbrella, and the circumvention of human rights/civil liberties. While part of raising those issues is derived from being an American and believing in a system of justice where there is a presumption of innocence, certain specific rights against self-incrimination, and an incumbent requirement that the prosecution (aka government) must prove its case beyond a reasonable doubt, another part of raising those concerns was the human error factor.

While using the Human Genome database, or any other DNA-based database, for the purposes...
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Would you give your DNA to the government? Does it do the public any good? Can this process of DNA collecting be abused?

Monday, April 2, 2007

Surveillance and recording criminals in the real world

"Police Record Calls Using Audio, Video"
State (SC) (03/25/07)
The Bluffton Police Department and Beaufort County Sheriff's Office in South Carolina have been using digital audio and video recording to capture on-the-scene evidence. Recording eyewitnesses and victim statements at the scene is one way to ensure stories do not change when a trial comes to court. Furthermore South Carolina Attorney General Henry McMaster notes that police do not have to inform suspects that they are being recorded. In some cases South Carolina police are using small microphones attached to their lapels or collars to record audio from on-the-scene interviews. Audio information can also be stored on a laptop's hard drive affixed in the patrol car, which means that audio recording devices will have copious room for recording. The Bluffton Police Department plans to spend about $18,000 on a central server to archive and track their audio recordings, according to Chief David McAllister.

"City Surveillance Cameras Will Also Transmit High-Speed Internet Access"
Buffalo News (03/22/07) P. B1; Meyer, Brian
The city of Buffalo plans to start a $4.4 million pilot project this spring involving five surveillance cameras placed in high-crime areas. The cameras will also be able to transmit broadband Internet connectivity at no cost citywide. Later in 2007, the initiative will broaden to 32 cameras installed near schools, in business districts, and near border crossings. Dorothy A. Johnson, executive director of the state control board, which endorsed the city's plan on March 22, is confident the surveillance effort will help the city dispatch its police officers more effectively. "This is a way that they can make the smartest use of their personnel," she said. The initiative is just one part of a $10 million bundle of projects advocated by Mayor Byron W. Brown and approved by the control board. Other approved projects include a 311 calling system for non-emergency problems and pay-and-display parking meters. Brown now hopes to secure $1 million in federal funds to enlarge the surveillance program to include up to 45 cameras.
"Running New Tests on Old Evidence Could Help Solve Woman's Murder"
Arizona Republic (03/23/07) P. 8; Ferraresi, Michael
Scottsdale, Ariz., police are opening some unsolved homicide cases from two decades ago in order to obtain DNA evidence and find suspected murderers. Scottsdale lead investigator of cold cases Lt. Craig Chrzanowski says the department is using new technology to harvest fingerprint and DNA evidence from a 1978 murder case. The case involves the stabbing death of Patty Kerger, then 30 years old. Police suspected it was a crime of passion, but never could solve it.

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Teen Hears Parents Being Taped Up

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Reporter: Liz Collin

Police say two men broke into a house looking for money. It happened in Lancaster County Monday morning.

The family of three were sleeping when two guys broke in.

"The suspects interacted with them. I can tell you none of them were hurt in any way, shape or form,” said Keith Kreiter, Manheim Township Police.

The 9-1-1 call came from an 18-year-old girl inside, her parents had been duct taped in their bedroom. She heard the whole thing and called for help.

Then the two men came after her, checked her cell phone and by the time they tried to get away police had surrounded the whole house.

When officers got to the home the family stayed upstairs. They made sure they were in view from a second floor window.

Then police moved in from the first floor and arrested one suspect near the garage, a second inside the home.

One of the suspects had a knife but police say it wasn't used.

Manheim Township police say this appears to be a random act.

Police charged a 17-year-old and 22-year old Jorge Chaves with robbery, burglary, attempted theft and unlawful restraint.

Both are from Lancaster County.

This goes in the file cabinet of criminal's gone wild. So with people like this running around you might want to have someone watching your back.

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Mind how you walk

mrbluze writes "The Telegraph has an opinion article about the future of the extensive CCTV network in the United Kingdom. Automated analysis of how and where people are walking or otherwise moving, and what objects they carry or leave behind, flags the attention of security staff. This is meant to preempt a crime and make suspects identifiable even by gait. The technology is of questionable public benefit since street crime has not decreased despite the presence of CCTV. 'An airport camera can be programmed to know what a departure hall should look like, with thousands of separate movements. A single suitcase left for any length of time would trigger an alarm. This technology was developed for use in hotels to alert staff to a breakfast tray left outside a room. Soon, it will be coming to a street near you. Why not go the whole hog and have microphones attached to cameras or embedded in street lights?'"

Personally I think there is a place for CCTV technology in our world. Even if a surveillance system only provides evidence that solves a crime. That is better than running completely blind. How about you? Does surveillance fit in your world?

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Hmm I wonder why I might have that opinion.

Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Do Americans have an opinion about the increased use of rapidly advancing CCTV technology?

If you walk down your local street past the pump and into your convenient store and look up and scan for 3 minutes you will most likely see the never dying eye of a security camera starring down on you. You are being monitored in the store, maybe at work, and possibly by some jerk's hidden camera in a dressing room. That's right this technology is being grossly abused by certain scum bags. Does this abuse run further than the local dirt bag who uses this tech as a peeping tom or do you think that "Big Brother" will abuse it and start regulating your every waking moment.

I personally am in the middle. I think the scum bags should be prosecuted for their misconduct and any regulation (if there should be any?) should be done to define the proper use of security cameras in the public arena. You can't give any private organization or government under the sun a free for all to do whatever they want with your privacy. Here lies the core issue, how far are we willing to allow the federal government to go, in order to insure our "safety" as if you can no longer protect yourself or your family.

Think of all the rednecks packing a nice shotgun or rifle.

If the 2nd amendment dies, we are gonna be rather helpless if a real live enemy uhmm (islamo-fascists) try to blow up or release biological pathegens on our local business' or malls. Well what can one person do to stop this? I do not know but the option should be there.

You do not think this will ever happen. Well then you obviously do not know our enemy and he wants to keep it that way. You can't fight what you do not know. If we give our currently corrupt government all the power than the "We the people" in the constitution means nothing but ink on paper.

In the search for security how far is too far? Our there any ideal solutions? Do we care enough to have this debate or will be dissolved into a Mexican Canadian stew of madness? Can cameras be used constructively on our borders? for instance Honey Well's MAV
(Micro Air Vehicle).

Share your opinions. Does American Sovereignty and security matter to anyone today?

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