On March 1, 1932, Charles Lindbergh III, the young son of famed aviator Charles Lindbergh, is kidnapped from the family's home in Hopewell, New Jersey. Lindbergh, who became an international celebrity when he flew the first solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927, and his wife Anne discovered a ransom note demanding $50,000 in their son's empty room.
Feb. 28, 2013 King 5 News
Just when you thought you’d seen the last of Colton Harris-Moore, he’s back, draped in drama once again.
Skagit County Prosecutor Rich Weyrich is pursuing a theft charge against Harris-Moore for stealing a plane from an Anacortes airport in 2010. However, he landed that plane in San Juan County. Prosecutors there took jurisdiction, and went along with a massive plea deal that landed the Barefoot Bandit in prison for 6.5 years.
“Fifteen prosecutors from across the country, two U.S. attorneys and two judges agreed that the sentence for this matter was appropriate,” said Harris-Moore’s attorney John Henry Brown. “The only person who disagreed was Mr. Weyrich."
Weyrich says he wasn’t aware of the San Juan plea agreement and never agreed to one himself. He wants the once notorious fugitive prosecuted locally for local crimes.
“Another county, without consulting us, took some of our charges and filed them as part of a plea bargain,” said Weyrich. “This surreptitious deal between the defense attorney and the San Juan County prosecutor turns the end of justice on its head.”
Prosecuting Colton Harris-Moore again could constitute double jeopardy. It’s quite possible the theft case will be thrown out by the judge. He could be convicted on a burglary charge connected to the airplane, but even that likely would not increase his sentence.
On February 28, 1986, Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was assassinated. Palme led the Swedish Social Democratic Party from 1969 until his death, and was a two-term Prime Minister of Sweden.
Feb. 27, 2013 Seattle Times
Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn and Chief John Diaz announced today that police have begun using new “predictive policing” software in the city’s East and Southwest precincts in an effort to reduce crime through analysis of data on crime and location.
“This technology will allow us to be proactive rather than reactive in responding to crime,” said McGinn during a news conference. “This investment, along with our existing hot spot policing work, will help us to fulfill the commitments we made in the ’20/20′ plan to use data in deploying our officers to make our streets safer.”
According to a Los Angeles Times article on predictive policing employed by the LAPD, predictive policing is rooted in the notion that it is possible, through sophisticated computer analysis of information about previous crimes, to predict where and when crimes will occur. Based on models for predicting aftershocks from earthquakes, predictive policing forecasts the locations where crime is likely to occur.
It works by entering all crime and location data dating back to 2008 into a complex algorithm that generates a prediction about where crimes are likely to take place on a certain day and time. Officers are provided with these forecasts before beginning their shifts, and are assigned to use their “proactive time” between 911 calls to patrol those areas, according to Seattle police.
Feb. 27, 2013 NBC Connecticut
A grandmother who was supposed to take her two grandsons from daycare to their birthday party at home instead killed the boys and herself, Connecticut state police said.
All three bodies were found in a car Tuesday evening, two hours after an Amber Alert went out for the 2-year-old and 6-month-old. Police have classified the case as a double murder-suicide and said all three had apparent gunshot wounds, according to state police.
The last time Alton, 2, and 6-month-old Ashton Perry had been seen alive was around 2:30 p.m. in North Stonington.
Their grandmother, Debra Denison, 47, left her Stonington home with a revolver and picked them up from daycare, according to state police.
The boys' mother, Brenda Perry, called state police around 4 p.m., when she could not find her sons and their grandmother, state police said.
She said she wanted the little boys to leave daycare early because it was Alton's birthday and they were supposed to open his presents. But the little boys and their grandmother never arrived for the party.
"I wanted him to come home and play with his new toys and have a good day," Brenda Perry said.
An Amber Alert for was issued around 7:30 p.m., according to state police, soon after a family member found a suicide note Denison had left behind.
Daniel Sickles shoots Philip Barton Key
On February 27, 1859, Daniel Sickles shoots and kills his wife’s lover Philip Barton Key II. Sickles was a colorful and controversial American politician, Union general in the American Civil War, and diplomat. As an antebellum New York politician, Sickles was involved in a number of public scandals, most notably the killing of his wife's lover, Philip Barton Key II, son of Francis Scott Key.
Feb. 26, 2013 Reuters
SANTA CRUZ, California - Two police officers were shot dead in northern California in a mostly residential area of the city of Santa Cruz on Tuesday in a shootout with a gunman who was later killed by police, authorities said.
Police did not immediately release details on what led to the shooting involving the officers in the city 60 miles south of San Francisco, other than to say the officers were conducting an investigation before they came under fire.
"Two Santa Cruz police officers were shot and are deceased," Santa Cruz County Sheriff Phil Wowak told reporters. "One suspect was involved in the shooting. That suspect was shot and is deceased at this time."
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