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Vol. XXXI, No. 633 A publication of John Jay College of Criminal Justice/CUNY June 2005

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In this issue:

Around The Nation: A coast-to-coast roundup of police news.
No fueling: Weighing the options as gas prices climb.
Learning from experience: More vets needed for Mass. influx of rookies.
Knocking down barriers: Oakland PD changes fitness standard.
Small idea: Added realism for tabletop training.
Sharing the load: Pa. police get their crime-control message across.
Crash course: County is fed up with glitch-plagued CAD system.
End of an era? Autonomous housing police forces are dying off.
People & Places: Tale of the dog; playing catch-up; there ought to be a law; like father, like son; swords into plowshares; going, gone.
Short Takes: Easy-to-digest news capsules.
Giving the FBI the finger: Serial killer eludes the IAFIS database.
Keeping current: Aging posters to stay on top of long-gone fugitives.
Criminal Justice Library: Leadership lessons; problems meet solutions.
Forum: Female offenders and ‘decarceration.’
Continuing fallout: New wrinkles in Oklahoma City bombing case.
Home is where? Fake addresses to aid Nevada stalking victims.

 People & Places

Tale of the dog

     The Anchorage Police Department in March accepted a $50,000 donation to its K-9 unit from a late member of the Pythian Sisters, a fraternal group that has raised more than twice that amount for the unit over the years by selling crafts, plants and sock monkeys.

     In her will, 94-year-old Alexis Buskirk left the police department $45,000 to help buy and train dogs, according to her friends, who also presented Chief Walt Monegan with an additional check for $5,000....

Playing catch-up

     Although Ray Schultz is still catching up on what he missed during the 14 months he was retired from the Albuquerque Police Department, the agency’s new chief has still made a number of policy decisions since assuming command in April.

     Schultz, 44, left the department as a deputy chief in 2003. He returned as the top cop after Gil Gallegos, a popular chief and former police union leader, retired amid allegations that he failed to take immediate action regarding allegations that employees were pilfering the department’s evidence room....

There ought to be a law

     A plan by a British college student to break some of the weirder local laws in the United States — like not falling asleep in a South Dakota cheese factory — is the kind of idea that is so bad, it could turn out just great.

     Richard Smith, 23, said he became interested in some of our nation’s stranger prohibitions while playing the board game Balderdash with a 12-year-old neighbor. Included in the game were details of a Florida law that forbids widows from going parachuting on Sundays....

Swords into plowshares

     Newly retired as police chief of Moon Township, Pa., Tom Krance says he is going to put down his gun, pick up his Bible and see where the Lord takes him. For the past four years, his destination has been the impoverished Central African nation of Uganda.

     Members of Christ Church at Grove Farm in Sewickly, Krance and his wife joined 40 other members of the congregation last month for a three-week missionary trip. The church has made a 10-year commitment to Hoima, a western province that sits on the equator....

Going, gone. . .

     The first time East St. Louis, Ill., Acting Police Chief Marion Hubbard retired last month, it was because he said he had done everything that he had set out to do during a 27-year career in law enforcement. The second time it was to prevent Mayor Carl E. Officer from demoting him.

     Hubbard has served as chief since Jan. 21, when then-Chief Ronald Matthews was charged with obstruction of justice and perjury charges. Matthews, 55, allegedly helped an auxiliary officer with a felony record get back a pistol that was taken from him, and lied to federal agents. He faces a 30-year sentence if convicted....