moskowitz_arrest2Police were able to make an arrest in a cold case after a local news station aired enhanced surveillance video captured at the scene of the crime.

Earlier this year, police enhanced surveillance video of the alleged suspect in a “PITT” sweatshirt with a woman wearing distinctive glasses. After NBC4 aired the report in October, someone recognized the woman in the video and contacted police. From that information, investigators were able to make an arrest contingent on the surveillance tape evidence.

This is not the first time that this tactic has worked; this was the third in a series of high-profile cold case arrests by the District Police within the past two years. The other two arrests were in the Chandra Levy murder case and the Shakita Bell case. Airing this surveillance tape really made the difference between another cold case, and an actual arrest.

(Via NBC)

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calucagAn accused murderer who was allegedly involved with disappearance of two others is now facing further charges for identity theft. 60-year-old Henry Calucag Jr., also known as Hank Jacinto, was recently indicted by a Federal Grand Jury yesterday on multiple counts of fraud, money laundering and illegal transportation. His girlfriend Debra Anagaran, 52, was indicted on similar charges.

Originally indicted for coercing a man into signing over $200,000 worth of  promissory notes to a company that Calucag owned, the couple is at it again.  Three male victims were persuaded to travel with Calucag to the Philippines after which they disappeared and over $250,000 worth of property transferred into Calucag’s name. Calucag was finally caught and sentenced to 30 years in prison.

(Via Honolulu Advertiser)


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217-suicidalMany states are deliberating whether or not it would be worth-while for them to use GPS tracking systems to monitor the whereabouts of domestic violence offenders who have orders of protection against them. It has been argued by many state governments that often these orders of protection are violated thus resulting in the deaths of many victims.

On the other hand, some lawmakers argue that the GPS systems are likely to help in some cases, but not all. They also argue that the GPS systems would come at a significant cost to tax payers. Furthermore, some states argue that because of these high costs, the thought of using this new technology is simply a delusion of grandeur. Meanwhile countless numbers of abused women have been relating stories of the protection orders being violated by their ex-partners. In one tragic case, a woman named Leigh Ann Olson told the story of how her ex-husband violated his protection order and fatally shot their five year old daughter Makayla, before shooting himself.

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alg_raymond_clark_arrestA lab technician named Raymond Clark has been arrested for the murder of Annie Lee, the Yale student recently found murdered. Lee was a graduate student at Yale university, with her wedding just a few days away, when she was found strangled to death behind a basement wall in a Yale lab this past Sunday.

Raymond Clark was arrested at a motel he was staying at after police were able to secure an arrest warrant based on several sources of evidence.

New Haven Police Chief James Lewis stated “Based on numerous interviews, forensic evidence, and information learned from viewing video surveillance, detectives have secured the arrest warrant for Clark.”

According the police report Lee was not sexually assaulted, police said her strangulation was a case of workplace violence. Police would not say what may have triggered Clark’s attack.

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billings-pic2When a murder takes place, investigators are usually left with few clues. There is much speculation on how the murder could have occurred and who could have done it. Sadly, Byrd and Melanie Billings faced a similar fate when they were found murdered in their Pensacola, Florida home. Thankfully the Billings took precautions that left investigators with a crucial piece of evidence: a home security system video.

The video shows almost every detail of the crime, from the time the intruders broke into the home, to the murder, and the eventual removal of the family’s safe.

The police have used the surveillance video to help determine a list of suspects: Leonard Gonzalez, Jr., the alleged mastermind behind the crime, as well as Wayne Coldiron, Donnie Stallworth, Gary Sumner, Frederick Thornton, and 16-year-old Rakeem Florence, who are all considered accomplices in the robbery and murder.

With the help of the hard evidence provided by the Billings’ home security camera, the six men in this case will be help accountable for their actions. If convicted, the five adults involed are facing the death penalty, while Florence (still a minor) potentially faces life in prison.

(Via Fox10TV.com)

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liverycabshootingIn a tragic incident that underscores the need for companies and individuals to secure their vehicles, a livery cab driver was shot and killed in what was believed to be an attempted robbery Monday morning.

According to police, 46-year old Ndiaye Amadau was shot once in the chest just after 12:30 a.m. Monday by his passenger in Baychester. The police believe he was shot in an attempted robbery. After the attack, the cab slammed into a silver car waiting for a light. The gunman was able to flee, but the driver of the silver car got a got a good look at him and the NYPD are undergoing an extensive search for the killer.

Amadau’s vehicle was not properly secured at all, as it did not have either a partition (a secure barrier for protecting the driver from their passenger in a cab) or a security camera. Because he didn’t have a partition, Amadau was not protected from any dangerous or unruly passengers if an unfortunate situation were to occur. Additionally, by not having a security camera, Amadau did not have an extra pair of eyes with which to secure his vehicle and protect himself. Without these layers of security, his cab and himself were  completely vulnerable.

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