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Sep 08, 2006

High-tech lab fights crime of digital age: FBI's $1.5 million facility can recover data, zero in on such offenses as child pornography

Imagine a laboratory filled with equipment advanced enough to locate deleted child pornography on a hard drive, recover old e-mails sent on a cell phone and trace the owner of a camera used to download photographs onto a laptop.

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Sep 08, 2006

High-tech Crime Lab Officially Opens in Buffalo

A lot has changed over the years when it comes to criminal investigations. Nowadays, digital evidence can be just as important as physical evidence when it comes to solving a case. A brand new, state-of-the-art forensics lab has just opened in Buffalo...providing high-tech crime fighting techniques to law enforcers throughout Western New York. The Ralph Phillips case could be one that they've been working on.

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Sep 08, 2006

High-tech Crime Lab Officially Opens in Buffalo

A lot has changed over the years when it comes to criminal investigations. Nowadays, digital evidence can be just as important as physical evidence when it comes to solving a case. A brand new, state-of-the-art forensics lab has just opened in Buffalo...providing high-tech crime fighting techniques to law enforcers throughout Western New York. The Ralph Phillips case could be one that they've been working on. .

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Aug 31, 2006

Press Release

The FBI’s Operational Technology Division (OTD) in partnership with the FBI’s Buffalo Division, Erie County Central Police Services, and several other local law enforcement agencies, commemorated the opening of the Western New York Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (WNYRCFL) in Buffalo. The WNYRCFL is the 12 th laboratory to join the RCFL national network—providing digital forensics expertise and training to law enforcement agencies throughout 17 counties in Western New York. With the opening of the WNYRCFL, the RCFL program is now available to approximately 3,600 law enforcement agencies in 15 states. - Read the press release

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Jun 02, 2006

Sex-Murder Case

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.

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Feb 01, 2006

Northland lab helps solve major crimes: Computer forensics used to crack high-profile cases throughout area

A quick question: What do Dennis Rader, the BTK serial killer, Lisa Montgomery, the lady arrested on suspicion of murdering Bobbie Jo Stinnett and removing an unborn baby from her womb, and Thomas Murray, the former Kansas State University professor convicted of murdering his wife, all have to do with Kansas City?

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Mar 31, 2005

Press Release

The FBI is poised to expand the country's premier computer forensics laboratory network starting in May, according to Assistant Director Kerry E. Haynes, Operational Technology Division. - Read the press release.

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Mar 16, 2005

Press Release

The FBI's Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory (RCFL) initiative was chosen as one of the "Top 50" programs in the 2005 Innovations in American Government Awards competition ... Over 1,000 government organizations submitted applications to the annual competition-now in its 18th year - Read the press release.

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Nov 01, 2003

Article in the Forensic Technology Magazine on the RCFL program

This FBI-backed program is the cutting edge for collecting evidence from digital devices ...and it is totally free of charge to law-enforcement agencies in selected regions.

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Jul 17, 2003

Porn perv tells feds he's guilty

During a tour held for the opening last week of the new regional cyber-crime lab in Clay County, Platte County Prosecutor Eric Zahnd, far right, looks over big-screen monitors in the lab's training room. Platte plans to pursue state charges that he sodomized 4-year-old daughter. A Buffalo, N.Y. man blew the whistle after finding his wife used their then 5-year-old son for pornography supplied to a Northland man. The hotline call started an investigation by Platte City Police Sgt. Dennis Trabue, the department's only investigator on the case, on Aug. 4, 2000.

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Oct 11, 2002

KC to get computer crimes unit, forensics lab, Ashcroft announces

Ashcroft said Kansas City will be one of 13 U.S. districts to get federal money for a special computer crimes unit and will soon be among five cities to have a forensics laboratory for computer investigations.

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