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Exigent Circumstances Existed Where a Known Felon Appeared to Have a Firearm and Neighbors Had Previously Reported Gun Shots

In early July of 2012, Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) Sergeant Jason Clark received complaints that Joseph Meidel had fired a gun in the direction of nearby houses. Sergeant Clark conducted an investigation and discovered that Mr. Meidel was a convicted felon, that Mr. Meidel’s girlfriend had recently purchased a firearm, and that Mr. Meidel had recently purchased 9mm ammunition twice. Additionally, Mr. Meidel had recently gotten into an argument with a convenience store clerk and, in the course of the argument, lifted his shirt to display the handle of a pistol. 

On July 30, 2012, Sergeant Clark and MSHP Sergeant Eric Eidson were responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle near Mr. Meidel’s home. Mr. Meidel and his girlfriend were in their yard and the officers, after identifying themselves as law enforcement officers, inquired whether the pair had seen the vehicle. Mr. Meidel engaged in polite conversation and explained that he had seen the suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood. 

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Artifact Spotlight: Lorton Prison Cells

In July 2014, the National Law Enforcement Museum acquired an important historical artifact that is a key component of the exhibit design—30 feet of steel cell doors and bars from the former Lorton Correction Complex in Lorton, Virginia.

Lorton was the primary corrections facility for the District of Columbia for nearly 100 years. Conceived in 1908 during Theodore Roosevelt’s administration, the Lorton facility was a national model for prison reform both with its dormitory style architecture and its philosophy of providing prisoners with healthy outdoor work and education. Over the years, Lorton became dangerously overcrowded and its buildings in need of extensive repair. In 2001, the prison was closed and all 1 million square feet of it was transferred to Fairfax County, Virginia.

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NIST Hosts Competition to Establish Research Center of Excellence for Forensic Science

GEICO’s Good Stuff is a column series highlighting great stuff happening in the federal community.

A competition has been launched to create a Forensic Science Center of Excellence dedicated to collaborative, interdisciplinary work.

The competition is being managed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

The center’s mission will be to establish a firm scientific foundation for the analytic techniques used in two important branches of forensic science, pattern evidence and digital evidence, according to a press release from the Commerce Department, NIST’s parent agency.

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