Monthly Archives: November 2012

Uzbekistan To Create National DNA Database

MOSCOW, November 23 (RIA Novosti) – Uzbekistan will create a national DNA database to help track and fight crime, a spokesperson for the country’s Legislative Chamber told RIA Novosti Friday.

King County sheriff to close cold-case unit

SEATTLE — The King County Sheriff’s Office is closing its cold-case unit at the end of the year, despite some notable successes, because the squad has run out of money.

St. Louis Crime Lab Now Accredited

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOX) – The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department announced that the crime laboratory successfully completed its accreditation process and has been awarded accreditation by the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors/Laboratory Accreditation Board (ASCLD/LAB) under the International Testing Program.

14th European Forensic DNA Working Group Meeting

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Wisconsin, U.S. Supreme Court Will Consider DNA at Arrest Law

Wisconsin may soon propose a law allowing police to take DNA samples from suspects at arrest. The U.S. Supreme Court may soon decide whether such laws are constitutional. This article explores the issue of DNA at Arrest laws, with insight from a criminal lawyer.

DNA testing demand delays justice

AUSTIN (KXAN) – Since July 2011, the family of Elizabeth Escobar has waited for any information that might lead law enforcement to the person who killed her and left her body burning inside an abandoned car on a lonely road in Manor.

Chief of Mass. crime lab chosen to lead Conn. lab

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — The director of the state crime lab in Massachusetts has been appointed to lead the Connecticut state crime lab, which is trying to rebuild its reputation after briefly losing its professional accreditation over problems including a huge case backlog.
The selection of Guy Vallaro as director of the state Forensic Science Laboratory in Meriden was announced Monday.

Man arrested following dna tests to solve 1999 schoolgirl murder

Police in Friesland have arrested a local man in connection with the rape and murder of a 16-year-old girl in 1999.
The man was picked up following the mass dna testing of men living close to the field where Marianne Vaatstra’s body was found.

Professor Ross Vining, chief of Forensic Science SA, killed in light plane crash in Queensland

THE state’s top forensic scientist, Ross Vining, was driving the cold-case review of hundreds of DNA crime scene samples before his death in a seaplane crash in Queensland on Thursday.

DNA leads to arrest in 1988 Buena Park killing

BUENA PARK — A man has been arrested after police say DNA linked him to the sexual assault and killing of a young woman more than two decades ago.

Crime detection in Dubai

Dubai: There’s never a dull moment for those working behind the scenes at one of Dubai’s foremost crime-fighting establishments. In the first six months of this year alone, the Department of Criminal Evidence and Criminology delved into 8,817 cases of the highest importance, collecting the tiniest clues that could make or break a case when it lands in court.

College Near Northeast Iowa Uses ‘Forensics House’ to Teach CSI

PLATTEVILLE, Wisc. – Tucked away 30 miles north of Dubuque, there’s a small white house surrounded by fields and farmland. Inside the home, a horrific unsolved crime is about to be re-lived by a group of about 15 college students.

‘It’s not like CSI’: The science of the search for Richard III

DNA testing, environmental sampling and radiocarbon dating are some of the tests being undertaken to determine whether the skeleton found in Leicester was once Richard III – and there are also plans to do a facial reconstruction.

Republika Srpska to form criminal DNA database

A proposed law in Republika Srpska (RS), which stipulates the interior ministry can form a DNA database for criminals, is raising hopes the authorities will fight crime more efficiently.

‘New’ DNA technology sheds light on cold cases

Unsolved murders are increasingly being given a second look as investigators realise a simple technique can turn tiny DNA samples into usable evidence