Sussex Street man charged for possession of illegal firearm

first_imgA Sussex Street, Charlestown, Georgetown man who was reportedly found with a gun, along with matching ammunition, stood before Magistrate Judy Latchman on Monday charged for illegal possession.Twenty-four-year-old Steve Armstrong denied that on February 2, 2018 at Lombard Street, he had in his possession one .32 pistol, along with nine rounds of matching ammunition.The excavator operator was reportedly in a minibus, which was stopped by Police in the vicinity of GNIC wharf. When the Police descended on the minibus, Armstrong reportedly ran out and into the GNIC compound where he was apprehended with the illegal items. Armstrong, however, denied that the weapon and ammunition belonged to him, stating that he was taking them to someone.Prosecutor Arvin Moore objected to bail.The defendant was remanded to prison until February 2, 2018.last_img read more

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TV forensic crime shows not always like real life

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! WHITTIER – When a man broke into a Whittier home and viciously stabbed a woman 27 times, it was senior police forensic specialist Kurt Camp who broke the case. The suspect had left a lone fingerprint on a bottle of Pine Sol cleaner. Camp was able to identify him through the print. It was one of the most satisfying “solves” in Camp’s 24-year forensic career, simply because of the ferocity of the 1991 slaying, he said. “He broke the blade while he was stabbing her,” he said. While his work can sometimes involve high-profile crimes, Camp’s daily duties are much different than the flashy forensics work portrayed on such TV shows as “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” and “Bones.” “On the crime shows they have Hummers and are all really good looking,” Camp said. “It’s frightening that people’s perception of what we do comes from those shows. If you follow us through a normal day, you would be extremely bored.” Forensic scientists collect fingerprint evidence and take photos at the crime scene. They also analyze fingerprints to find matches with a database. Some forensic scientists collect blood and hair samples. In Los Angeles County, those samples are sent to a central lab in Los Angeles for analysis. Camp spends most of his day working at an ordinary desk on an ordinary computer, where he tediously analyzes dozens of fingerprints. Unlike on “CSI,” his computer doesn’t match fingerprints. While it can narrow down possible matches, Camp manually studies potential matches with a magnifying glass. Forensic scientists follow strict procedures at crime scenes, said Janis Cavanaugh, a forensic science professor at the La Puente Valley Regional Occupational Program’s Forensic Science Academy. “You need to segregate the criminal aspect from the investigative aspect so crime can be analyzed through the sciences,” Cavanaugh said. “Every aspect of forensics is scientific. When you walk off the stand at court and know you’ve told the truth and handled the case correctly, it’s very satisfying.” At the Tri-Cities Regional Occupational Program in Whittier, officials have expanded the forensics program. They also added high school forensic science classes at Pioneer and California high schools two years ago because of interest generated from shows like “CSI,” said Superintendent Esperanza Fernandez. Keith Chang teaches the forensic sciences class at California High. He said students are usually surprised when they enroll in his classes. “Generally, students don’t realize that you have to be strong in the sciences to do forensics – chemistry, biology, computer science and physics,” he said. Evelyn Hiatt, 18, recently graduated from La Puente Valley ROP’s Forensic Science Academy and now aims at becoming a crime scene investigator. At the academy, she studied law, report writing, fingerprint identification, forensic photography, skin comparison, courtroom procedure and collecting and securing crime scene evidence. “On those shows, crime scene investigators bust down doors, interview people and chase down suspects,” Hiatt said. “If we did that, we’d get written up. “My biggest pet peeve is their attire,” she said of the clothes TV forensic scientists wear. “When you’re going to a crime scene, you’re thinking about blood and disease. You wouldn’t wear a skirt and high heels because you wouldn’t want your legs exposed to blood.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3026last_img read more

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