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FBI Agents may have averted gun violence when they arrested a 66 year-old Kansas City man allegedly buying shotguns in the parking lot of a home improvement store in Liberty.
Gamers point to "swatting" as the cause of an officer involved shooting the Wichita, Kansas. Story by Nicole Manna
Former Manhattan City Attorney sentenced for child pornography. Kansas City Star article, by Tony Rizzo
Tucked in a corner of the Independence, MO police headquarters, an office hums with activity. Computers are on, evidence bags with DVD's, CD-ROM's, and computer hardware line the desks and shelves. It's not your normal office of detectives. It's the reorganized Special Victim's Unit. And it's working.
Child-exploitation investigators found something unsettling when they recently took a 30-day snapshot of files being shared through computers in Missouri. More than 7,000 computers were trading known images of child pornography. The Kansas City area accounted for more than 700 of those computers, which used peer-to-peer software similar to that used to trade music.
As digital media play an increasingly prevalent role in everyday life, gathering evidence for criminal cases has become even more challenging for investigators. That's where the individuals at the Heart of America Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory come in. Investigators at the lab, located in an office building near Briarcliff Village, are trained to analyze computers, cell phones and other media for clues that might produce leads in criminal cases. The investigators represent 18 law enforcement agencies from the local, state and federal levels, including the Platte County Sheriff's Office and the Kansas City Police Department.
A robber grabbed a convenience store's video surveillance tape and cut it to pieces. An FBI laboratory in Kansas City last year put it back together. A Kansas burglar's face didn't give him away on video, but the tattoos on his neck and arms did. The FBI lab froze the frames, photographed the tattoos and identified the man. As more surveillance cameras appear worldwide, police use them more and more to mine evidence and catch criminals. Even more and better cameras are on the way, and so are more technicians called video forensic experts. Kansas City police want to spend $4 million to upgrade their patrol car cameras to higher-quality digital equipment. Police in both Kansas Citys hope to install cameras in high-crime neighborhoods. And some officers on both forces are being trained in forensic video.
You may be surprised by exactly how much information about yourself is stored on your cell phone or computer. Now, law enforcement agencies across Kansas are using those clues to fight crime and accessing forensic evidence, right from their desktops. "Everything from terrorism to child pornography to identity theft to complex theft schemes," says Corporal Thad Winkleman of the types of crimes they work on at the Heart of America Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- KMBC's Jim Flink reported that when video images are fuzzy, local law enforcement brings the video to the Heart of America Regional Computer Forensic Lab. This week alone, there have been several high-profile cases in which video has been central to the case. More than 22 tapes in the Richard Davis and Dena Riley case are in the hands of the FBI.