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Journalist’s Guide to Firearms Identification

by on Aug.10, 2014, under Crime, Education, Media, Weapons

Even though they report on crimes involving guns, most journalists don't know anything about firearms. gun_safety_kid So they've come up with a pictorial guide to help describe the guns they're talking about. journalist_firearm_id Below: A kid holding an AK-47 Assault Rifle handmade_gun
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Hands Up

by on Jun.12, 2012, under Crime, History, Media, Weapons

When someone yells, "Hands up!" how will you react?

What will you do to avoid being a victim?

With this modern innovation from the pages of Modern Mechanics Magazine, you can be a hero!

May 1919

Since 1919 the idea has been refined. Here's a more modern version.

Tony Stark shows his new machine gun vest.

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The Good Shepherd

by on Aug.10, 2011, under Animals, Crime, Family, Nature, Weapons

Vernon Swart was in the house on Saturday morning when the neighbors called to  tell him that his dog was running around in the street with a massive knife in her head. Swart said he feared the worst when he saw the knife sticking out of her skull following the attack at his home in South Africa. "The neighbors said they had caught intruders trying to enter their home and  they must have then tried to get into my place when Bella attacked them in our  garden," said Swart. "One of them had stabbed her right in the head and the end of the knife was  poking out between her eyes. I feared the worst and assumed she was going to die, but incredibly she was  running around as if nothing had happened." Mr Swart, a professional artist from Stellenbosch near Cape Town, said he rushed Bella to the vet for surgery after the stabbing. "She obviously couldn't feel anything as she was acting normally, but it looked  horrific. The vet couldn't believe what he was seeing and said he had no idea how Bella  had survived. He put her under an anaesthetic and then pulled the blade out. It was imbedded so far into her skull that he had to put his knees up against  Bella's head and lever it with his arms. When we saw the size of the knife we were absolutely shocked. The vet said it must have missed her brain by fractions of a centimetre and  otherwise she would have been dead."
Police are searching for the suspected thieves, while Bella is recovering at home.
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Hot Tip

by on Jan.12, 2011, under Animals, Crime, Drugs, Technology

British police have begun using thermal imaging cameras in parts of London in an effort to detect indoor marijuana gardens. The hand-held devices detect and reveal the heat created by the powerful lighting systems used to grow weed indoors. Police reported patrolling residential streets in the capital's Haringey neighborhood looking for grow op heat signatures and seizing "a significant amount" of marijuana last week as a result.

Thermal imaging gained popularity in American drug war law enforcement circles in the early 1990s, but faded as an investigative tool after the US Supreme Court ruled in 2001 that a thermal imaging scan of a house constituted a search under the Fourth Amendment. Under that interpretation of US law, warrantless thermal image scans like those being done now in London are an unconstitutional violation of the right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.

London police were understandably enthused. "This latest technology has allowed us to quickly identify houses in Haringey which have been turned into cannabis factories," said Sgt. Alan Pyles of the St. Ann's station. "The equipment means we can covertly film a line of properties and identify the factory when the thermal image glows white-hot," he told the Press Association. http://stopthedrugwar.org/chronicle-old/429/ukimaging.shtml Officers were alerted when a police helicopter picked up a hotspot on the roof of a garage, and assumed it was a marijuana growing operation. Six officers, in three vehicles, descended on Pam Hardcastle's home and the 42-year-old was surprised to receive a call from her mother telling her the police were asking her to return from work. Pam, a primary school learning mentor, was forced to return home to Bradford after officers from West Yorkshire Police obtained a search warrant believing they had uncovered a special lighting system designed to grow cannabis. She said: 'The officer said they wanted me to go home. He said my garage lit up when the police helicopter was out and they believed I could be growing  cannabis. 'He said they had a warrant and they wanted to search my premises.

Pam Hardcastle

'It was unbelievable. My mum told them I had guinea pigs in the garage and would have a heater in there to keep them warm. But they cut a bolt off my  neighbour's gate to gain entry. 'My neighbours told me police were everywhere. Everybody was asking what I had done wrong. It is embarrassing.' There was no marijuana and police discovered Simon and Kenny, guinea pigs that belong to her ten year old son Jack. They lived in the garage the past three months and had a heater inside to keep them warm.


The embarrassed police issued an apology and replaced the broken lock on the neighbors' gate.

Hardcastle hamster habitat

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