November 12th, 2008
10:11 AM ET

360 Crime Blotter: Meet the Ladies

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Compiled by Gabriel Falcon
AC360 Writer

Welcome to the 360 Crime Blotter.

Some of the best crime writing comes from cops on the beat. But it’s not fiction. It’s fact, put down on paper in incident reports. We’re going to bring you their first-hand accounts. Taken from police department web sites, the official submissions run the gamut from mundane misdemeanors to the most serious of felonies. They all show what police officers across the country face 365 days a year. So let’s get started:


Ashville Police Department.

Recent arrests for solicitation of prostitution: View mugshots

Division of Public Safety, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign:

Catering staff members at the Illini Union, 1401 W. Green St., U. reported Oct. 30 that an unknown man had alarmed and disturbed three female employees with inappropriate comments and had entered the women’s locker room while one woman was dressing. The suspect, who was not apprehended, was described as a thin college-aged white male about 5 ft. 6 in. tall with unkempt short brown hair and a beard who spoke with a foreign accent.

Burlington Police Department:

The Burlington Police Department and the University of Vermont Police Services are investigating reported incidents of a white male subject in his mid 30s, peering into windows of female residents both on and off campus in Burlington. A previous incident reported on Saturday, October 18, revealed that the subject may have attempted to gain entry in to a residence through a closed window.


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Gabe Falcon
November 12th, 2008
08:57 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Bailouts and Kumbayas

Penny Manis
AC360 Senior Producer

69 days till President-Elect Obama takes office and he is hashing out his new Administration with a transition team behind closed doors. Apparently, he is also calling the crème de la crop of world leaders to express his appreciation for their congratulations.

We were told that yesterday alone he spoke to 2 Presidents (Kenya/Brazil), a King (Jordan), and the Pope-quite a roster of names and faces in just one day!

Obama made it clear to Bush earlier in the week that he’d like a second stimulus package approved before he takes office in the next couple of months, and some of the bailout money should go to the auto industry which is seen as the backbone of the US economy.

Today we will be working our sources regarding the calls for a bailout for domestic automakers, and keeping a close eye on Treasury Secretary Paulson's news conference at 10:30amet to update us on the bailout. Where has this money gone so far? What has worked/what hasn’t? We’ll have answers tonight.

Meanwhile, there’s a GOP kumbaya in Miami today, the Republican governors Association hosts its Annual Conference- a 2 day event to review the 2008 elections and discuss the future of the party. These folks have some soul searching to do. While we’re sure they won’t sit around in a circle holding hands amidst lit candles, w/ Feng Shui specialists clearing their space, they will most certainly try to cook up ideas for a fresh new identity.


Filed under: The Buzz
November 12th, 2008
08:02 AM ET

An 8 year old kills, we are to blame

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Lisa Bloom
AC360° Contributor
In Session Anchor

In a new low point for the American criminal justice system, an 8-year-old boy accused of killing his father and another man living in his home faces two counts of premeditated murder in Arizona. Authorities are seeking to try him as an adult.

Police say the child confessed to shooting the two men with a .22 caliber rifle kept in his home.

The lawyer for the 8-year-old says police questioned the boy without a parent or attorney present and failed to notify the boy of his rights.

As if an eight year old would understand his Miranda rights.

Police are also investigating possible abuse of the boy, which they think may have lead to the shooting.

Hm. You think?


Filed under: Crime & Punishment • Lisa Bloom
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