PBUS News Update
Jul. 26, 2012

Official: Trap in Colorado suspect's home had 30 homemade grenades, gasoline
CNN
VideoBriefThe suspect in last week's deadly shooting rampage at a crowded Colorado movie theater booby trapped his apartment with more than 30 homemade grenades and 10 gallons of gasoline, a law enforcement official who viewed video from inside the apartment told CNN. The sophisticated set up at the sparsely furnished Aurora, Colo., home of James E. Holmes was meant to harm, or possibly kill, anyone who entered – and tested the skills of bomb squad members charged with clearing it.More

DNA from boxer's bloody cotton swab leads to arrest for bank robbery
ABC News
VideoBriefA boxer could be facing jail time following his most recent boxing match, thanks to a bloody nose and a resourceful FBI agent. Martin Tucker, a light welterweight, won his last boxing match, but a bloody cotton swab discarded at the ring was picked up by undercover FBI agent Robert Schmitz, who was investigating a bank robbery. Subsequent tests of the DNA collected from the bloody swab proved his hunch correct, according to court filings. Tucker, a roofer and part-time boxer, was arrested and ordered held without bail.More

Charities to play bail bondsman role in New York
WNYC-TV
Charities will soon be allowed to post bail for the poor and indigent in New York. A new law recently signed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo allows charities to be authorized and regulated by the Department of Financial Services, the same state agency that oversees bail bondsman.More

Vermont to stop sending inmates to Massachusetts jail
The Associated Press via WGGB-TV
A year after Vermont inmates at a Massachusetts jail rioted over conditions there, Vermont has discontinued the contract under which it sent inmates there. Vermont Corrections Commissioner Andy Pallito says the Franklin County Jail and House of Detention in Greenfield reduced the number of Vermont inmates it would take from about 100 to below 50. He says at that point, it didn't make sense to continue the contract, which was allowed to expire June 30.More

Bail bondsmen share their concerns over Las Vegas' shifting of inmates
Las Vegas Review-Journal
When the North Las Vegas Detention and Corrections facility in Las Vegas closed July 1, about 100 employees received pink slips, and nearly 300 prisoners got an eviction notice. The decision was handed down to save millions for the cash-strapped city, but it left a choppy wake for at least one group – north Las Vegas bail bondsmen.More

24 arrested at police protests in Anaheim, Calif.
USA Today
VideoBriefPolice in Anaheim, Calif., restored order after violent protests over police shootings caused injuries and two dozen arrests. As many as 500 protesters and 250 police were involved in a fourth night of violence. Sgt. Bob Dunn says an initially peaceful protest evolved into clusters of people who threw rocks at police, lit trash can fires, threw a Molotov cocktail at a police car and smashed windows in businesses.More

Order clarifies bond requirements for release of detainees
The Springfield News-Leader
Greene County, Mo., Circuit Court's presiding judge issued an administrative order clarifying bond requirements to help ensure that jail detainees aren't released until any and all special conditions of their release are met. Judge Thomas Mountjoy's order specifies that bond agents and defendants personally appear before a judge prior to a defendant’s release on bonds greater than $25,000. It also declares that language spelling out special release conditions must appear on any arrest warrant, any docket entry or any bond paperwork submitted for approval by a judge. More

New Orleans police, mired in scandal, accept plan for overhaul
The New York Times
The New Orleans Police Department and the United States Department of Justice announced a far-reaching agreement to overhaul the city's scandal-ridden police force and improve safety in a city that has had little of it. The 122-page agreement, known as a consent decree, calls for hundreds of new department policies governing the use of force, searches and seizures, arrests, interrogations, photographic lineups and more. More

Police embracing tech that predicts crimes
CNN
For something that predicts the future, the software is deceptively simple looking. A map of a city is marked up with small red squares, each indicating a 500-by-500-foot zone where crimes are likely to take place next. A heat-map mode shows even more precisely where cars may be stolen, houses robbed, people mugged. The program is called PredPol, and it calculates its forecasts based on times and locations of previous crimes, combined with sociological information about criminal behavior and patterns. More

Bail bonds companies compete for cash
The Daily Times
Every year, thousands of first-time offenders enter jails throughout the country. Some people have had friends or family members work their way through the justice system, but for those without savings, an alphabetized list is most often their only hope. For those without prior experience with a bail bonds company, who to call is often decided at random. For the bond agents in Wicomico County, Md., who deal with the system every day, making sure their number is called has become a source of stiff competition.More

Fewer bail bonds mean more prisoners
CalCoast News
Fewer San Luis Obispo County, Calif., arrestees are able to afford bail to get out of jail these days, causing grief for relatives and fiscal woes for local bail bond agents. One other result is an ongoing and worsening crowding of the county jail, and its growing population of persons charged with more serious felonies. And for the first time in one bondsman's memory, arrest warrants for misdemeanors are not being enforced.More

Couple accused in murder of young son return to Louisiana
The Times-Picayune
Exactly three months after being arrested in Georgia, a Reserve, La., couple accused of killing their 8-year-old son before disappearing on the eve of their murder trial have been returned to Louisiana. Errol and Tonya Victor were booked in St. John the Baptist Parish with jumping bail. The couple was being held at a correctional facility outside the parish, according to the St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff's Office.More