Fridays Heroes: Good News

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The Graveyard Shift has been online for nearly one year and this is the first week we’re been able to report a safe week for police officers in U.S. There are NO deaths to report. Let’s hope for many more safe weeks to come!

The Bulletin Board

Police News

Associated Press – WELLINGTON, New Zealand — Police in New Zealand nabbed a man who was trying to crack a bar’s safe after posting security camera footage of the act on the Internet networking site Facebook.

Washington Times – WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Bush on Tuesday declared the District a federal emergency area, clearing the way for the city to receive federal money to help cover the overwhelming cost of providing security for official inauguration events.

Knoxville News-Sentinel – KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — A Knoxville Police Department officer has been credited with saving the life of a man with diabetes whom he pulled out of a burning car.

The Associated Press – NAPA, Calif. — About 50 people were evacuated from their homes after the parents of a former transit police officer charged with shooting an unarmed man found two suspicious packages on their porch.

Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles Police Department fingerprint examiners who falsely implicated at least two people in crimes have been linked to nearly 1,000 other criminal cases that authorities say must now be reviewed to ensure that similar errors weren’t made.

Chicago Tribune – CHICAGO — A Bellwood police officer shot in 1999 headed for Springfield in his squad car on Wednesday — with several other law-enforcement and public officials also making the trip — to try to halt an early release from prison for the man convicted of shooting him.

Daily Camera – BOULDER, Colo. — A foot pursuit that began Monday night with a sushi chef chasing a dine-and-dasher ended with a dog pulling a man soaked in pepper spray from under a car.

San Francisco Chronicle – OAKLAND — Johannes Mehserle, the former BART police officer arrested on suspicion of murdering an unarmed passenger on an Oakland train platform early New Year’s Day, waived extradition at a Nevada hearing and will be returned to Alameda County sometime today.

San Jose Mercury News – PALO ALTO, Calif. — Palo Alto police expect to become a lot more efficient at busting parking scofflaws and finding stolen vehicles, thanks to automatic license plate readers that instantly scan, record and cross-check the plates of every car an officer passes on the street.

Breaking News

Mystery Writers of America has just announced the 2009 Edgar nominees. Congratulations to you all!


Missing by Karin Alvtegen (Felony & Mayhem Press)
Blue Heaven by C.J. Box (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Sins of the Assassin by Robert Ferrigno (Simon & Schuster – Scribner)
The Price of Blood by Declan Hughes (HarperCollins – William Morrow)
The Night Following by Morag Joss (Random House – Delacorte Press)
Curse of the Spellmans by Lisa Lutz (Simon & Schuster)


The Kind One by Tom Epperson (Five Star, div of Cengage)
Sweetsmoke by David Fuller (Hyperion)
The Foreigner by Francie Lin (Picador)
Calumet City by Charlie Newton (Simon & Schuster – Touchstone)
A Cure for Night by Justin Peacock (Random House – Doubleday)


The Prince of Bagram by Alex Carr (Random House Trade)
Money Shot by Christa Faust (Hard Case Crime)
Enemy Combatant by Ed Gaffney (Random House – Dell)
China Lake by Meg Gardiner (New American Library – Obsidian Mysteries)
The Cold Spot by Tom Piccirilli (Random House – Bantam)


For The Thrill of It: Leopold, Loeb and the Murder that Shocked Chicago by Simon Baatz (HarperCollins)
American Lightning: Terror, Mystery, the Birth of Hollywood, and the Crime of the Century by Howard Blum (Crown Publishers)
Havana Nocturne: How the Mob Owned Cuba and Then Lost It To The Revolution by T.J. English (HarperCollins – William Morrow)
The Man Who Made Vermeers: Unvarnishing the Legend of Master Forger Hans van Meegeren by Jonathan Lopez (Harcourt)
The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale (Walker & Company)


African American Mystery Writers: A Historical and Thematic Study by Frankie Y. Bailey (McFarland & Company)
Hard-Boiled Sentimentality: The Secret History of American Crime Stories by Leonard Cassuto (Columbia University Press)
Scene of the Crime: The Importance of Place in Crime and Mystery Fiction by David Geherin (McFarland & Company)
The Rise of True Crime by Jean Murley (Greenwood Publishing – Praeger)
Edgar Allan Poe: An Illustrated Companion to His Tell-Tale Stories by Dr. Harry Lee Poe (Sterling Publishing – Metro Books)


“A Sleep Not Unlike Death” – Hardcore Hardboiled by Sean Chercover (Kensington Publishing)
“Skin and Bones” – Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine by David Edgerley Gates (Dell Magazines)
“Scratch of a Woman” – Hardly Knew Her by Laura Lippman (HarperCollins – William Morrow)
“La Vie en Rose” – Paris Noir by Dominique Mainard (Akashic Books
“Skinhead Central” – The Blue Religion by T. Jefferson Parker (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown and Company)


The Postcard by Tony Abbott (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
Enigma: A Magical Mystery by Graeme Base (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff (Random House Children’s Books – Wendy Lamb Books)
The Witches of Dredmoore Hollow by Riford McKenzie (Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books)
Cemetary Street by Brenda Seabrooke (Holiday House)


Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd (Random House Children’s Books – David Fickling Books)
The Big Splash by Jack D. Ferraiolo (Harry N. Abrams Books – Amulet Books)
Paper Towns by John Green (Penguin Young Readers Group – Dutton Children’s Books)
Getting the Girl by Susan Juby (HarperCollins Children’s Books – HarperTeen)
Torn to Pieces by Margo McDonnell (Random House Children’s Books – Delacorte Books for Young Readers)


The Ballad of Emmett Till by Ifa Bayeza (Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher, based on the story by Robert Lewis Stevenson (Arizona Theatre Company)
Cell by Judy Klass (International Mystery Writers’ Festival)


“Streetwise” – Law & Order: SVU, Teleplay by Paul Grellong (Wolf Films/NBC Universal)
“Prayer of the Bone” – Wire in the Blood, Teleplay by Patrick Harbinson (BBC America)
“Signature” – Law & Order: SVU, Teleplay by Judith McCreary (Wolf Films/NBC Universal)
“You May Now Kill the Bride” – CSI: Miami, Teleplay by Barry O’Brien (CBS)
“Burn Card” – Law & Order, Teleplay by David Wilcox (Wolf Films/NBC Universal)


The Bank Job, Screenplay by Dick Clement & Ian La Frenais (Lionsgate)
Burn After Reading, Screenplay by Joel Coen & Ethan Coen (Focus Features)
In Bruges, Screenplay by Martin McDonagh (Focus Features)
Tell No One, Screenplay by Guillaume Canet, based on the book by Harlan Coben (Music Box Films)
Transsiberian, Screenplay by Brad Anderson & Will Conroy (First Look International)


“Buckner’s Error” – Queens Noir by Joseph Guglielmelli (Akashic Books)


James Lee Burke
Sue Grafton


Edgar Allan Poe Society, Baltimore, Maryland
Poe House, Baltimore, Maryland


Sacrifice by S.J. Bolton (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
The Killer’s Wife by Bill Floyd (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
Stalking Susan by Julie Kramer (Random House – Doubleday)
A Song for You by Betsy Thornton (St. Martin’s Minotaur)
The Fault Tree by Louise Ure (St. Martin’s Minotaur)

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* Do you have news or announcements you’d like to post on The Graveyard Shift? Drop me a line with the information and we’ll get the word out. All news items must be related to police, forensics, CSI, or writing.

* Would you like to be a guest blogger on the site? Contact me and we’ll see what we can work out. All guest posts must be related to police, forensics, or CSI.

9 replies
  1. Elena
    Elena says:

    Ramble away – I’d love to hear about your dogs, I love to read your writing, and besides – It’s your Blog!

  2. Lee Lofland
    Lee Lofland says:

    Elena – I may be able to come up with a post for you since I handled two canines, one narcotics dog and a patrol dog. I’m a graduate of the Virginia State Police Academy where I attended canine handlers courses.

    Both of my dogs lived with us and I was lucky enough to get them when they retired. Actually, they left the department when I did. How’s that for loyalty? 🙂 I’ll also see if I can come up with another guest so you won’t have to listen to me ramble.

  3. Falcocop
    Falcocop says:

    That really is excellent news to finish of the week.

    Coroners Officer, England

    “I see dead people”

  4. Elena
    Elena says:


    There is a guest blogger I’d love to read, only I don’t know who s/he is. I’d love to read more about working police dogs, living with them, training them, lives of retired dogs.

  5. Elena
    Elena says:


    This is the Friday I’ve been waiting for!!!!

    May we have many many more.

    Joyce, I hate to say that I have you beat, but I do – I’ve come across at most six of the entire list.

    Popular culture “R” not me. But I’m happy.

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