Daily Archives: July 31, 2014

New technology helps sheriff fight crime

Lost HillsMajor crimes, such as homicides, are rare in the local area. Petty thefts and burglaries are more common occurrences, but they still require ingenuity in order to solve.
Using a collaborative criminal fingerprint and DNA processing program—and by broadening its public outreach efforts online— the Lost Hills Sheriff’s Station has increased its ability to solve local crimes.

Federal review stalled after finding forensic errors by FBI lab unit spanned two decades

FBINearly every criminal case reviewed by the FBI and the Justice Department as part of a massive investigation started in 2012 of problems at the FBI lab has included flawed forensic testimony from the agency, government officials said.
The findings troubled the bureau, and it stopped the review of convictions last August. Case reviews resumed this month at the order of the Justice Department, the officials said.

Bill aims to strengthen forensic training in sexual assault cases

CA domeCalifornia- The Defense Department must improve its procedures for investigating sexual assaults by standardizing training requirements for medical experts who examine victims and analyze rape kits, a bipartisan group of lawmakers say.

Ancient Mummies Prove Heart Disease Is as Old as We Are

OtziHeart disease is thought to be a modern-day ailment, but it turns out that the arteries of ancient men and women weren’t in great shape either. Researchers have found evidence of atherosclerosis in a number of ancient mummies from around the world. Atherosclerosis is hardening of the arteries that lead to the heart caused by a buildup of plaque.