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Are you ready for the most dangerous driving season? (0)

Posted in Law Enforcement News June 29th, 2010 @ 9:32 am by Linda 

While most people believe that winter provides the most dangerous driving conditions, a survey found that summer is the most dangerous. In fact, the survey says that the Fourth of July weekend is the most deadly time for highway accidents.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, crowded rural roads and holiday-related drinking are among the many factors contributing to more accidents during the Fourth of July weekend. The U.S. Census figures show that about one out of five (21 percent) Americans live in rural areas. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) has found that about six out of 10 (57 percent) percent of highway deaths occur on roads that it considers rural.

Some of the reasons include lighter traffic and pleasant scenery on rural roads that can lull drivers into a false sense of security. This can lead to unsafe speeding, distracted driving, unbelted or impaired driving and fatigue. These reasons can increase the likelihood of a crash.

In addition, after a crash, emergency response time to a rural areas and hospital transport times can be lengthy and jeopardize survival rate. Crash victims are five to seven times more likely to die from their injuries unless they arrive at a trauma center in the first half-hour following the crash.

The University of Minnesota’s Center for Excellence in Rural Safety (CERS) released the Top 100 Summer Rural Hot Spots, or the rural areas that have experienced the most fatalities over the past eight years during the summer months. While 32 states have rural areas in the Top 100, the states with the most “hot spots” are Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia

If you are traveling this Fourth of July weekend, don’t forget to buckle up and don’t drink and drive.

Another stupid criminal makes you say, “what was he thinking”? (0)

Posted in Stupid Criminals June 28th, 2010 @ 9:27 am by Linda 

What would you do if you lost your job, your wife and heard that your father had prostrate cancer? This stupid criminal went on a four day drinking binge and crashed his car. But that isn’t the end of the story. While he was waiting for help, he popped open another beer and was drinking it until help came.

Paul Nigel Sneddon age 47 of New Zealand plead guilty to careless driving and drunken driving . His blood alcohol was three times over the legal alcohol limit. His attorney claims that when Sneddon crashed his car and overturned his car he found he could not open the doors, so naturally he decided to have another beer and wait for help.

The judge fined him NZ$1,100 (US$780) and disqualified him from driving for 10 months. It was his first offense. It is sad that this man had all those troubles all at once, but what was he thinking when he decided to drink another beer at the scene of the accident?

Will “medical marijuana” laws pose problems for law enforcement? (0)

Posted in Illegal Drugs June 25th, 2010 @ 12:04 pm by Linda 

Many states have approved selling “medical marijuana” but have the legislators really thought out the consequences? When the new “medical marijuana” law goes into effect in Colorado in July, police, attorneys and lawmakers are finding out that there are dozens of problems that could hinder regulation and enforcement.

According to law enforcement, investigating compliance and correct dosages for distribution are unknown right now. In addition, it is difficult to locate potentially dangerous growing operations. Plus, the fact the marijuana is still an illegal drug under federal law raises questions for banks who accept money from marijuana businesses.

Sorting out all of these problems may take years for both lawmakers and courts.

Outlaw bikers indicted on felony charges (0)

Posted in Gangs June 16th, 2010 @ 11:15 am by Linda 

According to the Post Chronicle, the leader of a national biker gang and 26 of his underlings have been indicted in Virginia on felony charges including extortion. These lowlives received a twelve-count federal grand jury indictment to the American Outlaw Association president, Jack Rosga also known as Milwaukee Jack of Milwaukee. Other members include the Pagans and Motorcycle Club.

They are charged with attempted murder, kidnapping, assault, robbery, witness intimidation, narcotics distribution, illegal gambling and weapons violations. The U.S. Attorney, Neil H. MacBride said the arrests are part of an aggressive attempt by the Department of Justice to dismantle the gangs who live in a world of violence.

The Outlaws were picked up in several states including Wisconsin, Maine, Montana, North Carolina, Tennessee, South Carolina and Virginia. The leader of the Outlaws, Rosga, was trying to take territory from Hell’s Angels; their rival bikers.He was planning multiple attacks along with the Pagans to show force to the rival biker gangs.

Madison, WI police giving out report cards to drivers (0)

Posted in Crime Prevention June 10th, 2010 @ 10:34 am by Linda 

Police in Madison, WI have been giving out report cards to drivers. The police are on the lookout for people who leave items in their cars. Any type of item may potentially be an invitation for thieves to break into a car and steal the item.

The item may be spare changes left in vehicles, GPS devices, iPads, or purses. The report card rates drivers on their vulnerability to theft. Of course, cars with unlocked doors or unattended valuables fail.

Even though auto theft has decreased, vehicle break-ins are on the increase. According to Crime in the United States, a report published by the U.S. Department of Justice this past September, shows car thefts were down 13.5% in 2008 from 2007, while thefts of items from vehicles increased 6.2% during the same period.

The best advice police are giving is “Hide it, lock it or lose it.” Break-ins are also costly to repair. Use common sense and don’t leave valuable items in your car. Be safe and hide or take all of your personal items out of your car.

Is a Seattle Seahawk rookie a doughnut criminal? (0)

Posted in Stupid Criminals June 9th, 2010 @ 10:40 am by Linda 

Beware in Seattle! A doughnut thief is lurking. A recent Fox Sports article tells the tale of the stolen maple bar doughnuts.

It seems that rookie wide receiver Golden Tate and a buddy decided they were hungry for fresh doughnuts at 3:00 a.m. in the morning – this is the time of day that most bakers begin to bake doughnuts for the upcoming day. Tate lives in a building that has a gourmet doughnut shop at the bottom of the building. The smell of freshly baked doughnuts must have been too much for Tate and his friend to resist.

According to the story, he and his friend went to the bakery, found an unlocked door and helped themselves to several maple bar doughnuts without paying. When the baker found out that the doughnuts were gone he called the police. The story doesn’t explain how the police and baker figured out that Tate was the thief. Maybe the police followed the crumbs up to Tate’s apartment.

Of course, Tate is very embarrassed about the whole situation and no charges will be pressed. He said that next time he has the urge for freshly baked doughnuts he’ll send a friend to buy some from the bakery. Thank goodness, the police caught the criminal doughnut thief. Seattle is safe once again from a stupid criminal story.

Cold Case closed by DNA evidence (0)

Posted in Solving Crime June 8th, 2010 @ 10:52 am by Linda 

Once again, DNA evidence helped to solve several murders and to give closure to some victim’s families. However, a Colorado prison inmate, Roy Allan Melanson age 73, may never stand trial for the murders he committed in Louisiana and California decades ago.

Melanson was a drifter and a serial killer. He conned many people in believing that he was something that he wasn’t. But his DNA has linked him to murders that took place in 1974. In 2000, a federal DNA data bank was established and his DNA was submitted. His DNA proved that he was the murderer of 24- year-who was beaten, strangled and slashed across her neck in Walker, La., in 1988.

His DNA also placed him in Napa, Calif., on July 10, 1974. Here he murdered a 51-year-old woman who was closing up her family’s lounge. He raped her and slashed her throat. Two months later, Melanson was in Crested Butte, Colorado and soon after, another woman was found dead.

His string of murder and rape continued fourteen years later in a small town east of Baton Rouge, La. Melanson dragged a young woman with a strap around her neck, beat her to death and slashed her throat.

Law enforcement has been trying to connect him to other murders but Melanson is smug, taunting, and uncooperative. He will die in prison for a 1988 murder that took nearly twenty years to solve. Unfortunately, the families of the victims he killed may never have justice to their love ones deaths.

The number of juvenile criminals has decreased substantially (0)

Posted in Misc Crime June 7th, 2010 @ 11:04 am by Linda 

According to the Winona Daily News , fewer young criminals are being incarcerated causing many state institutions to close. The reason for the closing is lower juvenile arrests, softer treatment policies and of course state budgets.

In Ohio, the number of juvenile offenders is nearly half over the last two years. This has caused the closing of three facilities. California has closed a youth institution near Los Angeles that has operated for nearly 115 years. In Texas a facility is closing, that was once a World War II era training base.

The juvenile arrest rate has dropped 33 percent between 1997 and 2008 according to the latest U.S. Justice Department data. Justice Department also reported that the number of juvenile offenders declined 26 percent between 2000 and 2008, from about 109,000 to 80,000.

In Wisconsin, state corrections officials are considering closing the Ethan Allen School, a former tuberculosis sanitarium near Wales, about 25 miles west of Milwaukee. The school’s population has dropped from 460 in 1998 to 195 in May.

Criminologists aren’t sure why fewer kids are getting in trouble. Some believe more kids are avoiding drug trafficking. Others think programs such as group homes, halfway houses and after-school tutoring closer to kids’ homes have reduced recidivism.

Don’t fall for this ATM phishing scam (0)

Posted in Scams June 2nd, 2010 @ 11:43 am by Linda 

Recently, in Colorado there has been an ATM phishing scam going on. Here is how it works. You receive an automated phone call telling you that your ATM card has been canceled or deactivated due to fraudulent activity. The message then tells you to enter your credit card information or other personal information so the bank can investigate and reactive the card or reverse any charges.

This should be the first indication that this phone call is a scam. A bank will never use an automated call to contact you about fraudulent activity. The normal process is that you receive a letter from the bank about fraudulent use then a follow up letter that includes new ATM card(s). If you still don’t trust this, go to your bank and personally talk to a banker.

Finally, never provide your personal or financial information to anyone over the phone unless you can verify that the person is with your bank or credit union. However, personally going to your bank or credit union to verify this situation is the best way to make sure that you are not part of a phishing scam.

Minnesota drivers one of the most knowledgeable about the rules of the road (0)

Posted in Law Enforcement News June 1st, 2010 @ 2:40 pm by Linda 

Recently, a GMAC Insurance survey found that most people are clueless about the rules of the road. This may be the reason why the highways are as dangerous as they are. The insurance company conducted an online survey posing 20 questions taken from driver’s license exams. The results showed that many respondents flunked the test.

Eighty-five percent of respondents did not know how to react to a traffic signal when the light is yellow. Others showed confusion on other questions or even admitted to driving with unsafe habits like texting while driving. The survey also found if the test results were averaged out nationally, that nearly 20% of licensed drivers — some 38 million motorists — may be unfit for roads and wouldn’t pass a state-issued written exam if taken today. The national average score was 76.2%, falling from 76.6% in 2009 and 78.1% in 2008.

The nation’s worst drivers are from New York followed by drivers in New Jersey, Washington, California and Rhode Island. The best drivers are from Kansas, Oregon, South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa. The survey found that drivers from the Midwest seem to be the most informed about the rules of the road while drivers in the Northeast aren’t.

Men over age 45 scored the highest as well as men overall outscoring women. Women did admit that they engage in more distracting behavior while behind the wheel. Women tend to talk more with passengers or select songs on an IPod or CD or adjust the radio, read, talk on a cell phone, eat and even apply makeup while driving.

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