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Minnesota Judicial Branch Website a success (0)

Posted in Criminal Courts April 7th, 2009 @ 10:54 am by Linda 

The Minnesota Judicial Branch announced that more than 1.2 million case searches were conducted during the first year’s district court records accessible over the Internet. This site’s search engine, Minnesota Public Access Remote (MPA) is one of the benefits from the new statewide court records database from the Minnesota Court Information System (MNCIS). The database took five years to complete and cost $30 million. It combines 10 databases from around the state and includes case records dating back to the 1970s.

You can look-up district court case records online and offers criminal case searches by case number, defendant name or attorney name. Name searches are limited to cases where at least one charge has resulted in a conviction. If you need more information, you can obtain it at the public service computers located in each courthouse.

This service also gives users the ability to search court calendars by party, business name, case number, judicial officer, or attorney name. Even Supreme Court and Court of Appeals court records and opinions are available on the Minnesota Judicial Branch Website.

However, court officials say that this database cannot provide information for case look-up service for criminal background checks. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension offers a criminal background check service that links prior criminal history through fingerprints to verify identification of the individual.

The Minnesota Judicial Branch is interactive because the court system staff has access in eliminating duplicate records and mistaken entries within the MPA system. If you find an error in a court record, you can notify the district court in the county that created the record so the record can be corrected. You won’t be able to modify the case records, only court administrators can authorize changes. You can view the information at the Minnesota Judicial Branch website.

Beware of Travelers scam this time of year (0)

Posted in Crime Prevention April 6th, 2009 @ 4:58 pm by Linda 

Every spring it seems that scam artists are in full bloom waiting to steal your money. The latest scam is hiring a “traveler” to do repairs on your house. Recently, the Colorado Attorney General sent out a warning about this recurring scam.

These con artists target homeowners not only in Colorado but also throughout the country. They go from place to place promising homeowners cheap repairs to their home. You can find them driving around your neighborhood or knocking on doors claiming that they have extra material from another job to use to repair your home. Of course, they ask for the money up front. If they do the repairs it is poor quality work or they may use contaminated materials like watered down paint.

They promise to fix roofs, cracked sidewalks and driveways and prey on the elderly because this group is more vulnerable to high-pressure tactics. One victim of a traveler wrote a check to have the roof fixed for only $3,000. After the victim wrote him a check, they never saw the traveler again.

These scammers are very good at what they do. Be aware and don’t get caught in their scam. If you need repairs done to your home, get a referral from a friend or neighbor or find a reputable company through the yellow pages or online. You can also check out companies by contacting the Better Business Bureau in your area.

ID thieves victimize a church (0)

Posted in Misc Crime April 1st, 2009 @ 9:12 am by Linda 

It seems that ID thieves have no shame when it comes to stealing from innocent people. Recently, a Jefferson County, Colorado investigators broke up a theft ring that stole identifications during a wedding. They stole personal information from four people who were attending a church wedding and checks from the church’s account.

Six people were arrested on charges that include racketeering, identity theft, computer crime, impersonation and possession of methamphetamine. The 53-count indictment accuses these low-life criminals of stealing more than $11,000 last November and December. They stole purses and wallets from cars, broke into mailboxes and even a hotel room.

With the charge of possession of methamphetamine, obviously these criminals stole to feed their drug habit. Good work to the investigators who broke this theft ring and took these criminals off the streets.

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