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NEWS
April 3, 2013 | By Kim Murphy
SEATTLE -- A massive manhunt along the U.S.-Canada border ended early Wednesday with the arrest of a suspected drug smuggler believed to have fired shots at U.S. border agents in a remote, mountainous valley widely used for illicit trafficking. The arrest of a man with a history of drug charges ended a search that included roadblocks, helicopters, police dogs and house-to-house interviews. It began Tuesday morning when U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents encountered gunfire as they attempted to question two men in camouflage gear with backpacks in the remote Columbia Valley, seven miles east of Sumas, Wash.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Robert J. Lopez
A Fontana police dog was evaluated for a possible brain injury or other physical damage after he was thrown out of a second-story window , allegedly by a parolee. Jaris, a 6½-year-old Belgian Malinois, was taken to a veterinary specialist Monday, The Sun reported. Authorities are waiting for test results to determine whether he suffered brain damage. "This is a first," Lt. Gary Aulis, head of the department's K-9 program, told the newspaper. "Of the dogs injured in the line of duty, we've never had something even remotely like this happen.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 1, 2013 | By Robert J Lopez
A Fontana police dog was injured after he was allegedly thrown out of a second-story window by a parolee who was resisting arrest, authorities said Monday. The dog, whose name is Jaris, was searching with officers Sunday afternoon for the parolee at a home in the 95000 block of Mango Avenue, the Fontana Police Department said. The parolee, identified by authorities as Bryan Bills, 28, refused commands to surrender to officers, who decided to send Jaris into a room where the suspect was holed up, according to police.
NATIONAL
March 14, 2013 | By Tina Susman
Police early Thursday killed a man suspected in a shooting rampage that left four people and an FBI dog dead in two small upstate New York towns.  Kurt Myers, 64, was shot hours after holing up in a building in tiny Herkimer, N.Y., population about 7,000, when police entered the building's basement. Earlier, they had sent the FBI dog into the building to search for the suspect. "He was waiting for us," trooper Jack Keller told reporters. After Myers shot and killed the dog, officers moved in. "Our teams returned fire and the suspect gets shot," said Keller.
SCIENCE
February 8, 2013 | By Amina Khan
Authorities continue to search the Big Bear mountains for Christopher Dorner, using tracking dogs to aid in the manhunt. But with fresh snow falling, how effective are those canine detectives? Officials say the former Los Angeles police officer, accused of shooting three Riverside police officers, killing one of them, and killing a young Irvine couple, appeared to have published a manifesto online indicating a long-standing grudge against the LAPD. His torched truck was found in the area with footprints leading away.
NATIONAL
November 1, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court justices spent part of their Halloween day debating whether visitors, including policemen with dogs, have a right to stand on the front porch of a house and knock on the door, or whether such unwanted visits may violate the rights of the homeowner. The question arose in a case involving whether police may use a dog to sniff for illegal drugs at the front door of a home. A lawyer defending a Florida police officer said that since trick-or-treaters can visit a front porch, so can a police officer with his trained dog. "It's well-established, we think, going back to the common law, that there is an implied consent for people - visitors, salesmen, Girl Scouts, trick-or-treaters - to come to your house and knock on the door," said Washington attorney Gregory Garre.
NATIONAL
October 31, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - Researchers at UC Davis set up a simple experiment to test police dogs and their fabled ability to detect drugs. They told 18 police dog handlers they had hidden small amounts of illegal drugs in four rooms of a church. Over two days of testing, the drug-sniffing dogs alerted their handlers repeatedly and in every room - 225 times in all. And they were twice as likely to alert on spots marked with red construction paper that the handlers had been told would indicate drugs.
OPINION
October 31, 2012
The Supreme Court has said that at the "very core of the 4th Amendment stands the right of a man to retreat into his own home and there be free from unreasonable governmental intrusion. " The court's commitment to the sanctity of the home will be tested Wednesday by a case featuring as familiar a symbol of domestic life as the family home itself - a dog. Only in this case, the dog was not the householder's best friend but the police officer's. The justices will decide whether police committed an unreasonable search when, acting on an anonymous tip, they deployed a drug-sniffing Labrador retriever named Franky at the Miami-area home of Joelis Jardines.
NATIONAL
January 6, 2012 | By David G. Savage, Washington Bureau
The Supreme Court agreed Friday to decide whether police may use a drug-sniffing dog at the front door of a house or an apartment to detect marijuana, even if the officers have no evidence of criminal conduct. The decision in a Florida case will be the latest test of the 4th Amendment's protection against "unreasonable searches" in drug cases. It also will be the third in a trilogy of rulings on drug-sniffing dogs. In the past, the court has upheld the use of dogs to sniff luggage at airports and to sniff around cars that were stopped along the highway.
WORLD
November 12, 2011 | By John M. Glionna, Los Angeles Times
In a canine experiment in better policing, the LAPD recently spent months training a pair of South Korean-bred Jindo puppies as possible new street enforcement partners. But the Jindos are in the doghouse as a replacement for more traditional European bloodlines, such as German shepherds or Belgian Malinois. The loyal but excitable Jindos, officials said, just didn't take to the exacting work of crowd control, weapons detection and drug sniffing. "We worked hard with the dogs to develop their skills of sniffing out the odor of guns for detective work," said Sgt. Doug Roller, chief trainer for the K-9 platoon of the Los Angeles Police Department's Metropolitan Division.
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