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Vol. XXVI, No. 532 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY April 30, 2000

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
People & Places: Police K-9 is a hard bargain; 120-mile foot pursuit; hare-raising stories.
Collateral damage: Fallout from Elian Gonzalez case claims the career of Miami chief.
Enough’s enough: Prosecutors tell Feds, “Handle your own drug cases.”
Missing in action: Auditors find more cash gone from PD’s evidence room.
A cop named sue: Cleared in assault, officer takes his accusers to court.
Down on the farm: Rustling, poaching & California’s Rural Crime School.
Agony & Ecstasy: Customs Service leads the charge against growing drug fad.
Good will is priceless: Town’s police force gets a new lease on life.
High-tech hopes: Department sees advanced fingerprint device as answer to clearance concerns.
Forum: Former police lieutenant & expert witness reflects on the Diallo case.
Look, but don’t touch: Supreme Court’s new curb on luggage searches.
Ground zero: Frustrated ranchers take illegal-alien problem into their own hands.
Two-fers: Police in Michigan, Washington nab elusive serial killers.
House of horrors: Working in an NYPD station house can be hazardous to a cop’s health.

 People & Places

Hard bargain

      If a bargain seems too good to be true, then it probably is. The truth of that old adage was learned the hard way by the Snohomish County, Wash., Sheriff’s Office, after it acquired a police dog named Yukon in 1996 for a mere $1,000, or about one-fifth the usual asking price.
      But the sheriff’s office did not get the bargain it thought it was getting. In the end, the dog ended up costing the county more than $400,000 to settle a federal civil-rights lawsuit brought by a Bulgarian burglar who lost nearly half his foot to Yukon’s maw...

Road warriors

      Scores of police departments from California and elsewhere gave new meaning to the term “foot pursuit” this month when they participated in the 16th annual Challenge Cup Relay, an event known as the Baker to Vegas Run.
      The two-day, 120-mile desert race, sponsored by the Los Angeles Police Revolver and Athletic Club, started on April 15 about 19 miles north of Baker on state Highway 127. From there the runners continued northeast on Highway 178 across the California/Nevada line, then traveled east along Nevada State Route 170 before finishing at the Tropicana Hotel and Casino on the Las Vegas Strip...

Bunny tales

      When his children were young, Warwick, R.I., police officer Timothy Colgan gave them the information they needed to keep them safe in the form of bedtime stories. Now he has expanded this practice to include all youngsters, in a self-published book aimed at teaching kids about child molesters.
      The book, “Rory Stays Safe,” features three bunnies who go swimming in a lake. One of them gets tired and goes to sit on a bench. While he is sitting there, a larger bunny sits next to him, hugs him and touches his private area. The bunny, Rory, yells for him to stop, attracting the others. He tells his mother about the incident and they tell the police...