Monthly Archives: August 2011

State Budget Cuts Create 4,500-Case Backlog at SLED

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has a backlog of about 4,500 cases in its forensics lab because the agency has lost 30 people to state budget cuts over the last three years.

Houston closer to regional crime lab

Houston Chronicle
In what Mayor Annise Parker calls “a toe in the water” toward a regional crime lab, the city of Houston will start sending about a dozen DNA samples a month to the county’s forensics shop under a deal on Wednesday’s council agenda.

First DNA, Forensic lab at Salonga Law center

The Phillipines
Crime prevention and investigation got a big boost here following the dedication of the first Visayas DNA and Forensic Laboratory last Thursday at the Salonga Law Center in cooperation with the SU Chemistry Department.

Oakland County to expand crime lab to add DNA testing, bypassing state’s busy labs

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Office is considering expanding the county’s crime lab to include DNA testing, avoiding state DNA test result delays that at times stretch six to nine months.

Hunting for a Mass Killer in Medieval Graveyards

The New York Times
Beneath the Royal Mint Court, diagonally across the street from the Tower of London, lie 1,800 mute witnesses to the foresight of the city fathers in the year 1348. Recognizing that the Black Death then scourging Europe would inevitably reach London, the authorities prepared a special cemetery in East Smithfield, outside the city walls, to receive the bodies of the stricken.

State Crime Prevention Projects to Receive Federal Money

CBS 59 West Virginia
The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded more than $1.2 million to fund four crime prevention projects in West Virginia.

DNA confirms it’s Daniel

Canberra Times
Eight years after Sunshine Coast schoolboy Daniel Morcombe disappeared, DNA analysis has confirmed three bones found in bushland one week ago are those of the missing teenager.

WTC ID effort heroic

New York Post
Scientists at the city Medical Examiner’s Office have acquired state-of-the-art technology that’s allowing them to identify DNA in World Trade Center remains an incredible 10 years after the 9/11 terror attacks.

Sacramento County DA gets $1.12M in grants

Sacramento business Journal
The Sacramento District Attorney’s Office has been awarded $1.12 million grants covering forensic evidence and DNA found at crime scenes as well as for equipment and staffing for DUI enforcement.

Wrongly Convicted Man Meets Firm That Helped Set Him Free

Channel 10 News San Diego
Carlsbad-Based Life Technologies’ DNA Testing Helped Exonerate Herman Atkins.

N.J. expands DNA database for violent crimes

New Jersey Newsroom
Legislation has been signed into law which expands New Jersey’s DNA database law to require that more people charged with violent crimes submit DNA samples in an attempt to solve unsolved crimes.

Homo erectus the first cooking king

Washington – The first ancestor of modern humans to have mastered the art of cooking was likely homo erectus, which evolved around 1.9 million years ago, according to a US study.

DNA study deals blow to theory of European origins

BBC News
A new study deals a blow to the idea that most European men are descended from farmers who migrated from the Near East 5,000-10,000 years ago.

Lawyers presenting new DNA tests in Texas murder case ask judge to remove prosecutor

The Republic
GEORGETOWN, Texas — Lawyers for a Texas man behind bars for 24 years for killing his wife say new DNA evidence could free him and want a judge to appoint a special prosecutor to the case.

Shoes may still hold DNA evidence as hunt for Daniel Morcombe continues

the News Australia
DNA evidence could still be on shoes discovered last week during the search for Daniel Morcombe’s remains in the Sunshine Coast hinterland.