Extra Extra : Crime

Prosecutors question police shooting that killed 4, decline to file charges

An investigation by WTVJ-South Florida has raised questions about a botched police sting three years ago. Officers in 2011 shot and killed four men – including their own confidential informant – during the raid. No charges were filed against the officers. Now prosecutors say they’re not sure if they deaths were justified.

Watch the station’s thee-part series, which includes video of the shootings: Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Analysis of lottery data reveals problems, prolific winners

Some lottery winning streaks in Massachusetts defy belief, according to a Boston Globe analysis of lottery data. One family claimed 340 lottery tickets in less than two years. Another man has cashed in more than 12,000 tickets worth $600 in the past decade. Statisticians doubt it's luck. The lottery suspects they are "Ten Percenters" - cashing tickets for other people for a fee. The story follows a Palm Beach Post investigation in March that found some people cashing in hundreds of tickets in the Sunshine State.

Memo details problems in the Omaha VA police department

A memo obtained by KETV-Omaha helped the station shed light on problems with the police department attached to the VA’s Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System.

The document accuses command staff of “unfair and unethical” hiring practices and describes a fight in the police squad room. The station also talked to officers with experience working in the Omaha VA police department.

Watch the story here.

Workers complain building maintenance company paid workers improperly, mishandled rape allegations

An investigation by KIRO-Seattle resulted in two stories detailing the mistreatment of workers at ABM, a company that provides janitorial, security, parking and other building maintenance services. Some workers at ABM have complained that the company improperly paid them. Others claim that after they were raped at work, the company either failed to report the incident to police or waited days before contacting law enforcement.

ABM has settled two class action lawsuits related to wages in the state of Washington. And in the past seven years, the company has been sued six times for sexual harassment.

Memphis Police Department inconsistent with rape kit testing

Newly released Memphis police records show detectives secured DNA testing within weeks of the 2003 home-invasion rape of a girl, then 12, now suing the city over its massive backlog of untested rape kits.

In a story last month exploring early missed opportunities to stop serial rapist Anthony Alliano, The Commercial Appeal reported 12-year-old Madison Graves’ kit was part of the backlog and not tested until 2011. Graves was one of seven victims sexually assaulted between 2003 and 2010 by Alliano, 43, who is serving a 178-year sentence after pleading guilty last year.

Jail Crunch: A visualization of crime in Eastern Europe

OCCRP reporters filed freedom of information requests to prison authorities across Eastern Europe. The interactive visualization is a compilation of the data received from each prison authority, organized to demonstrate similarities and differences between prison demographics and crime categories across the region.

OCCRP journalists conducted dozens of interviews with convicted criminals throughout Eastern Europe. The videos are an extension of the Jail Crunch visualization and provide a personal window into how crime works in the region.

With online solicitation cases, Attorney General Greg Abbott has a preference for Williamson County

Attorney General Greg Abbott has made his office’s prosecution of online child predators a centerpiece of his decade-long tenure as the state’s top lawyer, as well as a promotional sound bite in his run for governor this year.

But a detailed review of Abbott’s record in pursuing online solicitation cases — those in which adults try to meet children for sex using the Internet — reveals that pursuit has occurred in an oddly limited way: In recent years, the vast majority of such cases developed and investigated by his office have been brought in Williamson County, a conservative area ...

Read more ...

Extra Extra Monday: American Indian casinos, oil field fatalities, student absenteeism

Suicide rate hits 25-year high in region | Poughkeepsie (N.Y.) Journal

Craig Russell Wishnick is one of 238 residents of Dutchess and Ulster counties to die by suicide in the five years ending in 2011, 73 more than in the five years ending in 2003, according to a Poughkeepsie Journal analysis of death certificates over a 13-year period. That is an increase in harder-hit Dutchess of 62 percent and the first hike in the county rate after a quarter-century of steady and solid decline.

 

Does Utah’s air pollution increase school absences? | The Salt Lake Tribune

Health problems are a ...

Read more ...

Direct Commitment forces Florida teens to choose between juvenile or prison

The 4th Judicial Circuit, which consists of Duval, Clay and Nassau counties, dramatically leads the state in the number of juveniles incarcerated through a method called direct commitment. That’s usually a plea deal reached between a juvenile’s lawyer and the prosecutor. When juveniles agree to plea deals, they are often incarcerated without the chance to hear the evidence against them, examine police work or interview witnesses.