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Tampa Bay Times - Ayana Stewart - March 31, 2016 Police artists nab criminals with pencil, paper In an age of ubiquitous cellphones and surveillance cameras, New York City police forensic artist Matthew Klein is one of a dying breed of crime fighters who helps catch bad guys with a pencil and paper.
The Sumter Item - COLLEEN LONG - March 29, 2016 Houston, Harris County officials renew calls to merge crime labs All of the members of the Harris County Commissioners Court are renewing calls for the county to take over forensic work from the city lab, and Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner said last week that he is interested in pursuing either a merger or further partnership with the county, in contrast to his predecessor.
Robert Johnson, who heads the DA's forensic services unit, said they realized that it's futile to try to retrofit the detectives for the digital age when most of them began their careers before the Internet. cops using plant DNA to fight crime DNA marking is a method of tracking property in which owners mark an item with a solution containing plant DNA, then register their names with a special serial number.- March 8, 2016 Face by DNA trace Identikits will soon be compiled, not from the unreliable memories of victims, but from the DNA left at crime scenes by the people who wronged them.Research at the University of Leuven, Belgium, shows DNA can be used to create a likeness of a person.Many current methods involve difficult or expensive steps such as a tedious lipstick removal process or examination of samples by Raman spectroscopy or X-ray diffraction.But these methods require specialized equipment and training, which are in short supply in under-funded and over-worked forensics labs.
Reading Eagle Company - Steven Henshaw - March 7, 2016 City of Deer Park, HFSC reach agreement for forensic services The City of Deer Park and the Houston Forensic Science Center (HFSC) have reached an agreement for HFSC to provide the Deer Park Police Department with forensic services. crime lab restarts DNA testing on limited basis after shutdown cast doubts over analysis The D. crime lab is resuming limited DNA testing this week but will continue to send more-complicated cases for outside testing as it recovers from a nearly 10-month suspension, officials said. Hsu - March 2, 2016 Cook County medical examiner regains national accreditation Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle this week praised the work of the county's chief pathologist as she announced that the county medical examiner's office — once plagued by a scandal involving major backlogs and improperly stored bodies — has regained full accreditation by a national forensics organization. When a stolen object — anything from a watch to a car — is recovered, investigators simply shine an ultraviolet light on the item to find the mark.