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Automated Fingerprint Analysis Now Closer To Reality

on August 14, 2017 - 10:47am

Fingerprints left at a crime scene—so-called latent prints—are often partial, distorted and smudged. Courtesy/Chugh et al., Hancek/NIST

The first big case involving fingerprint evidence in the United States was the murder trial of Thomas Jennings in Chicago in 1911. Jennings had broken into a home in the middle of the night and, when discovered by the homeowner, shot the man dead.

Letter To The Editor: Where To Find Duties Of Sheriff

on August 14, 2017 - 10:45am
By DELIA CRUZ-MURPHY
Los Alamos

I am sure concerned citizens in Los Alamos are well aware of the growing concern regarding the position of the Sheriff. It is probably in the best interest of the people in the community to know where to find where the duties of the Sheriff are outlined. They are listed in Los Alamos County Code of Ordinances, Part I – Charter, Article III, Section 304.4: 

It also is in the best interest of the community to understand that it is not up to the Sheriff to

McQuiston: School Safety Saves Lives

on August 14, 2017 - 9:53am
By ALLEN MCQUISTON
The Jemez Agency
 
It’s back to school time and  I realized how important it is to use extra caution while driving now that school is in session.
 
This is the time of the year when we say goodbye to the leisurely summer traffic, and start sharing the road with hurried parents, new teen drivers, student pedestrians, and school buses. Not only do we want to send our kids off to school safely each day, but it is equally important that each of us make it to and from work safely.
 
Why not start this school year by sharing the following safety tips from the National

AG Balderas Warns New Mexicans About Mortgage Modification Scam

on August 14, 2017 - 8:19am
Attorney General Hector Balderas
 
AG News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Attorney General Hector Balderas issued a Scam Alert regarding a new mortgage modification scam that seeks to steal money from struggling New Mexico homeowners.
 
The callers claim to be with Nationstar and ask for money to be sent to an attorney in Florida promising a loan modification on the victim’s mortgage. The calls come from Ymax or Magic Jack phone numbers and can appear to come from any area code. The scammers are asking New Mexicans to wire money upwards of $1200, money that they may never get back.
 
“Calls and

FBI: Navajo Man From Churchrock Gets 18 Years

on August 14, 2017 - 7:13am
FBI News:
 
ALBUQUERQUE  Patrick Begay, 43, an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation who resides in Churchrock, was sentenced in federal court in Albuquerque, to 216 months in prison followed by five years of supervised release for his conviction on an abusive sexual contact charge. Begay will also be required to register as a sex offender.
 
Begay was arrested in Nov. 2016, on a four-count indictment charging him with sexually abusing a child under the age of 12 years from November 2013 through December 2015, and engaging in sexual contact with a child under the age of 12 years Jan.

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