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Chesterfield crime spree prompts police warning

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. — Chesterfield Police have issued a warning to neighbors after thieves broke into around 20 unlocked vehicles parked in and around the Michaux Creek subdivision this week.

Items taken from the car include money, computers, jewelry, and even guns. In one instance, police said, an entire car was stolen because someone left their keys inside the unlocked vehicle.

“There is a sense of violation. I’ve had my car broken into before and you do lose a sense of security,” neighbor Greg Brown said.

Another neighbor – who asked not to be identified – noticed her husband’s truck and their garage were broken into Friday morning.

She immediately texted other neighbors with a warning.

“It raised everybody’s awareness level,” neighbor Mark Beck said. “But I am very surprised about that happening here. Need to lock your cars in your driveway.”

In a message posted on the department’s Facebook page, Chesterfield Police offered

Read more at: http://wtvr.com/2017/10/06/michaux-creek-break-ins/

New DNA evidence prompts new trials for 2 who have been jailed …

PATERSON — Two city men who have spent 24 years behind bars for the 1993 murder of a video store clerk will get new trials after DNA and other evidence raised questions about their guilt, a judge ruled Friday. 

Eric Kelley and Ralph Lee say they made bogus confessions under pressure from police questioning them about the killing, a knifepoint robbery gone wrong. The pair quickly recanted but were found guilty at separate trials based in large part on those confessions. 

Superior Court Judge Joseph Portelli on Friday overturned their convictions after two legal groups uncovered evidence contradicting the signed statements and performed DNA testing that pointed to another suspect.

The judge’s ruling renews concerns over how the Paterson Police Department handled their investigation into the death of the 22-year-old clerk, Tito Merino, decades ago. It also raises new questions about whether county prosecutors turned a blind eye to evidence suggesting the real killer walked away a free man. 

The dramatic

Read more at: http://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2017/09/judge_rules_in_1993_paterson_murder.html

Fascination with unsolved mysteries prompts detective to form cold case group

WILLIAMSPORT – Cold cases have intrigued Kenneth L. Mains since he was a young boy.

“Back then it was the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot,” said the Lycoming County detective and former Williamsport police officer.

“Then as I grew older my curiosity for what happened grew to DB Cooper, Jimmy Hoffa and Amelia Earhart. It continues today with cases such as Jon Benet Ramsey, Dr. Jeffery McDonald, JFK assassination, Dr. Samuel Sheppard, The Zodiac Killer, Black Dalia Case and other less prominent unsolved cases.”

It’s that curiosity that this spring prompted Mains to organize The American Investigative Society of Cold Cases, a non-profit professional organization  he said that will review cold cases involving homicides or disappearances in hopes of finding new leads to follow.

“I continue to educate myself every chance I get as it relates to cold case investigations, Mains said. “I love helping people and I love investigating and reconstructing cold cases.”


Read more at: http://www.pennlive.com/midstate/index.ssf/2013/10/cold_cases_intrigue_lycoming_c.html