Detectives Attend Homicide Investigations Training

first_imgThis week, detectives from around the region attended a homicide investigations training course put on by the International Homicide Investigators Association.The class to place all week at the ITT campus in Newburgh, Indiana and was hosted by the Tri-State Law Enforcement Association. Topics included: introduction to death investigations, fire and explosive death investigations, major case management, offender motivations, stress management and death notifications, blood splatter and fingerprints, social networking and crime, digital evidence, legal updates, laboratory services, as well as a variety of other specialized topics.Detectives from the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office, Evansville Police Department, Indiana State Police, Warrick County Sheriff’s Office and the Posey County Sheriff’s Office attended the course.Guest instructors included: Michael Murphy, former Coroner for Clark County (Las Vegas), Wayne Koka, who is one of four Major Case Specialists for the FBI and Dr. Susan Spencer, a forensic anthropolist from the University of Southern Indiana.Detective Sergeant Matt Hill with the Vanderburgh County Sheriff’s Office explained, “Assembling this many expert instructors for a single course is phenomenal.” Sgt. Hill added, “The ability to bring this caliber of training to Evansville truly benefits the entire region.”Thirty-five (35) detectives attended the training. FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

ND Washington Program allows students to spend a semester in D.C.

first_imgMany Notre Dame students choose to leave campus to study abroad at some point during their academic journey, typically in the fall and spring semesters or the summer months. However, Notre Dame also offers the opportunity to study and pursue an internship in Washington, D.C. during the fall or spring semesters through the University’s partnership with the University of California Washington Center (UCDC) consortium. The ND Washington Program accepts 16 students each semester and is open to students of all majors.Claudia Francis, the program’s assistant director, said the program is not only for students who are interested in all things politics.“It’s also great for students that might just have a passion or a cause that they want to act on and have some time doing that while building their resume,” Francis said. Junior Stephen Vukovits was in Washington, D.C. last spring, and said he chose the Washington Program because he wanted practical experience working in D.C. on policy issues.  “I particularly chose to do it sophomore year because I wanted to get the experience early on, so I could learn what kind of policy work I am interested in … which then allowed me to return in the summer with more knowledge and a more particular career path I would enjoy,” Vukovits said. Also in Washington, D.C. last spring was senior Kendrick Peterson, who said he wanted an experience that gave him skills he could use to enhance the activities he was already doing on campus.“I decided when I was thinking about studying abroad or going somewhere that I would pick somewhere that gave me some type of foundational value,” Peterson said. Francis said all students participate in a three-credit internship while taking classes at UCDC, but there is one seminar class and a companion course to it solely for Notre Dame students studying in D.C. “All Notre Dame students take a course [on] foundations of public policy. It actually counts as a second philosophy course,” Francis said. “The companion class to that is another three credit called Public Policy Visits.” In the companion class, students visit a different organization throughout D.C. each week, often through an alum connection of the University, Francis said. The internship, public policy seminar and companion course serve as the three core components of the program. Students then choose two elective courses to take through the UCDC consortium with students from many different universities.The internship is customizable for students. In the past, students have interned with politicians, media organizations, business hubs, museums and more, Francis said.Francis said Washington, D.C. is often attractive to applicants interested in advocating for something they are passionate about.  “Students can intern with a member of Congress, they can intern at an advocacy organization, an NGO. … They could work at a think tank, doing some research on areas that are [of] particular interest to them, either academically or personally,” Francis said.Vukovits interned with the government relations at lobbying and law firm Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck. “The experience taught me about the intersection of business, politics and policy, and how all of the different interest groups work together to enact policy change,” Vukovits said. “It really exposed me to different avenues in how congressional committees work, how cooperation and bipartisanship can happen behind the scenes to sort of make the deals needed to pass laws.”Peterson went a different route with the internship opportunity in Washington, D.C. “I worked at the Human Rights Campaign as a political organizer against hate legislation in Arkansas, Alabama and Mississippi,” Peterson said. Both Peterson and Vukovits said they enjoyed studying and living in community with students from other universities. Vukovits said hearing what people liked and didn’t like about their work provided insight into what kinds of jobs he might enjoy in the future. “I really enjoyed learning from the other students in the program because everyone had such different internships that the whole program really exposed me to the different careers,” Vikovits said. “Having everyone share that feedback within class as well in our class discussions just made the discussion even richer.”Peterson said he enjoyed connecting with students different than him. “Meeting people that were so radically different than me was amazing, and I found some of my greatest friends. We still have a texting group chat at this moment,” Peterson said. The student application deadline for fall 2020 and spring 2021 of the Washington Program is December 1.Tags: nd washington program, study abroadlast_img read more

Trojans head north to end regular season

first_imgThe USC men’s basketball team might have played its last game at the Galen Center in its victory over Arizona State last Sunday, but the season isn’t over. The Trojans (14-15, 9-7 Pac-12) will travel to Washington to face the Huskies on Wednesday and the Washington State Cougars on Saturday to finish the regular season before entering the Pac-12 championship next week.Last shot · Junior guard J.T. Terrell (above) and the Trojans have an outside shot at passing Arizona and Colorado in the Pac-12 standings. – Ralf Cheung | Daily Trojan Senior guard Jio Fontan sprained his wrist in the victory over the Sun Devils last Sunday but was cleared to play Wednesday. Fontan admitted that the wrist was still sore but that he hoped to be ready for tipoff. In preparing for the Huskies, the floor general was emphatic about starting strong, as the Trojans have done in big wins over Arizona and UCLA.“First and foremost, just get stops,” Fontan said. “Whenever we get stops and get out in transition, we’re very effective. If we can get stops early on in the game, we’ll put ourselves in a position to win later on. If we give up too many points in the first half, a lot of the baskets will have to come in the half court and [that will] slow everything down.”The importance of pace was echoed in practice by assistant coach Dieter Horton, who at one point stopped a drill to emphasize how opting for a bounce pass instead of a standard swing pass at the wings could interrupt rhythm and slow the delicately timed pacing of the half-court set.For veterans like senior forward Eric Wise, keeping up with the pace of the offense is just a matter of preparation. Wise, who is coming off a season-high 22 point outing in last week’s win over Arizona, will look to continue his strong play in finishing the season.“We just have to come out ready to play and warm up hard,” Wise said. “I know for me, I just try to come into every game focused. Hopefully [last week’s success] can carry over into this weekend.”Junior Dewayne Dedmon emphasized the importance of defensive intensity in facing the Huskies’ own brand of fast-paced offense.“We have to come out with the same intensity that we had the first time we played them,” Dedmon said. “We have to come out with energy and make sure that we get stops on the defensive end.”The Huskies (16-13, 8-8 Pac-12) are led by sharpshooting senior guard Scott Suggs and junior guard C.J. Wilcox. Wilcox leads Washington in scoring at 17.3 points per game, good for sixth in the Pac-12, and Suggs is shooting a respectable 38 percent from beyond the arc on the season. When asked what the Trojans must do to limit the Huskies’ tandem of wings offensively, USC interim head coach Bob Cantu started on the other side of the court.“Transition defense — they’re very good at home, they have a great crowd and a great environment,” Cantu said. “They like to push the ball and do a good job of getting out in the open court. We have to get back and defend the three-point line against Wilcox and Suggs, [and] we have to be able to take good shots on offense that don’t lead to long rebounds and easy baskets for them. If we can control tempo and execute, then I like our chances.”Despite a season filled with trials and difficulties, the Trojans have been surprisingly stellar in conference play, and they have an outside shot at securing a first-round bye in the Pac-12 tournament. USC owns the tiebreaker over No. 18 Arizona (23-6, 11-6 Pac-12) and is tied with Colorado (19-9, 9-7 Pac-12) who plays host to No. 19 Oregon (23-6, 12-4 Pac-12) Thursday. A loss from Colorado and Arizona would open the door to the No. 4 seed for the Trojans, who can then secure the bye with two wins to finish the season. When asked if the thought of the first round bye was on the Trojans’ mind, Fontan eschewed bravado in favor of perspective.“At this time, I think it’s just a matter of getting better,” Fontan said. “A lot of our veteran guys like Eric Wise and Dewayne Dedmon are starting to get more comfortable in the offense, and defensively getting more accustomed to what we’re trying to do.”The Trojans have steadily improved since Cantu took over for former head coach Kevin O’Neill, and they are starting to play up to the expectations that had prefaced their season. The Pac-12 has yet to see one outright dominant team, as the top-six teams in the Pac-12 are separated by three losses. All of this considered, the prospect of missing the first-round bye didn’t fluster floor leader Fontan in the least.“If we have to play four games out in Vegas, we’ll take it,” Fontan said.last_img read more


first_imgA TEENAGE girl has been awarded €15,000 in damages after a car crash two years ago.Letterkenny Circuit Court heard how the girl – then 16 – was injured in the accident in Castlefinn in August 2013.Her barrister told the court that she suffered neck, shoulder and lower back injuries in the crash and was off school for four or five days. She continued to suffer psychological effects for around a year after the incident.“Those symptoms were gone within a year of the crash,” said the barrister.Judge John Aylmer approved the settlement by the insurance company.€15,000 FOR GIRL WHO SUFFERED AFTER CAR CRASH was last modified: December 9th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:castlefincourtletterkennysettlementlast_img read more