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Minnesota’s Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Celebrates 60 years (0)

Posted in Solving Crime September 8th, 2008 @ 11:59 am by Linda 

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension Forensic Science Laboratory just celebrated 60 years in service. Originally housed in the Shubert Building at 488 North Wabasha Street in Saint Paul, the lab occupied 350 square feet. It started as a one-person lab offering chemical analysis and microscopy.

The lab grew quickly, in 1962 moved to University Avenue and became a division of the Department of Public Safety. In 1990, the BCA became one of the nation’s first forensic laboratories to offer DNA analysis. Shortly thereafter, the BCA was the first laboratory in the country to identify a suspect based solely on DNA.

Now the Saint Paul headquarters located on Maryland Avenue is a state of the art facility housing the BCA’s Forensic Science, Investigative, CriMNet, and Criminal Justice Information Services. The building has grown to 224,000 square feet with almost 106,000 square feet occupied by the laboratory. The laboratory became one of only four laboratories in the nation selected by the FBI to serve as a regional mitochondrial DNA laboratory.

The BCA’s mission statement is committed to protecting Minnesotans by providing high quality services to the criminal justice community. Through their efforts they provide timely, personal service in partnership with law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies.

Arrest at the RNC in St. Paul, Minnesota (0)

Posted in Misc Crime September 5th, 2008 @ 10:51 am by Linda 

The RNC (Republican National Convention) four-day event in St. Paul, Minnesota ended with over 800 arrests of protestors in related incidents. The Ramsey County sheriff’s office broke down the arrests as 716 in Ramsey County and 102 arrest in Minneapolis according to the Pioneer Press . Scenes on TV showed anarchists smashing windows and turning over cement trash receptacles. On the last night of the convention, 396 people were arrested for misdemeanors and according to the Ramsey County sheriff’s department, some of those arrested on Thursday night had guns or other weapons.

When you compare the number of arrests at the DNC (Democrat National Convention) in Denver last week, police had fewer protestors and fewer arrests. During that week, Denver police arrested 150 protestors. However, just recently announced , the Denver police have found items stashed around the city before and during the Democratic National Convention. Whether these items were intentionally stashed by people planning violence or not, may have played a part in keeping the peace during the DNC.

The Denver police and public works officials disclosed that they confiscated items such as multiple bags of feces stockpiled in Lower Downtown. They also found about 200 bottles of human urine in a vacant house, 30 to 40 stakes that were about 6 feet long, broken hockey sticks near the Colorado Convention Center, and a gas can and two propane tanks chained to fences in LoDo.

Officials admit that there were more protesters in St. Paul than in Denver. Denver thought 20,000 people might show up to march. The number was more like 5,000. Denver officials and protestors agreed that Denver had a different approach to protestors than St. Paul. Denver officials began meeting with the protestors over a year ago to make it clear that they wanted to have only non-violent, peaceful protests demonstrations and that they would jail any protestors immediately.

Whether open dialogue or less protestors made for fewer arrests is hard to tell. One theory is that political protesters may have been more of a problem in St. Paul because of the Republican Party’s politics.

Thieves are advertising on Craigslist (0)

Posted in Crime Prevention September 4th, 2008 @ 12:37 pm by Linda 

You can find great deals on the very popular on-line Craigslist. But lately thieves have been robbing unsuspected buyers in the Golden Valley area.

Here’s how it works: The thieves advertise high-value merchandise on Craigslist and when unsuspecting buyers come to pick up the merchandise they are robbed. In a few instances people were injured. Most of the transactions according to an article in the Star Tribune took place in an enclosed area. The buyers came to pick up the merchandise and the thieves lured them into an area and pointed a gun at them and demanded valuables and money. This is the same type of “mo” used in other metro suburbs.

Once again, criminals are abusing a very good system that offers alternative buying during this hard economic times. But police warn that for a few dollars in savings it may not be worth the risk to your personal safety. The advise from the police is to make sure that when you pick up any merchandise from sellers off Craigslist to meet in a public place and never be lured into a private or enclosed area.

If this has happened to you, call your local police department and report this crime. Once again, we ask that you as a buyer to be aware.

RNC and protestors in St. Paul, Minnesota (0)

Posted in Misc Crime September 2nd, 2008 @ 10:27 am by Linda 

On the first day of the RNC convention in St. Paul, Minnesota the police arrested over 300 demonstrators who were violently destroying property in St. Paul. Who are these people that the police arrested?

According to reports, they were “anarchists” who were wearing black bandanas covering their faces. They slashed tires, threw glass bottles, broke windows, overturned garbage containers and created chaos. St. Paul Police Chief John Harrington said the anarchists’ “mission by their own words” had been to block the delegates from getting to the convention, “storm the gates to the convention” and to keep the convention goers from being able to leave. However, those things didn’t happen because of law enforcement intervention.

Now Americans have the right to peacefully protest. But when it turns to violence, it becomes a criminal act. Who are these anarchists and what do they believe in?

According to Wikipedia anarchists or anarchism is a political philosophy encompassing theories and attitudes which support the elimination of all compulsory government. This means that they want a society with no rules. Anarchists refuse to obey laws; want to abolish religious practices; and eliminate private property and turn everything into a collective state whereby everyone shares the wealth.

Anarchists’ idealogy is considered as radical left wing and many support the use of violence to get their message across. However, peaceful protesting is one thing but combining that what vandalism and outright impudence to civil laws makes these people criminals who should be jailed and punished.

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