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Fighting Crime

Home Theft Scams Rampant In Philadelphia

Councilman proposes mandatory Instant Background Checks on sellers.

You wouldn’t think something as big as a house would be easy to steal, but Philadelphia City Councilman William Greenlee says 124 homes were stolen in that city alone in 2006. The city now sees that many reports of stolen homes in a single month . . .


Allegations of Official Misconduct

Sheriff Accused of Running Sex-Slave Operation from Jail

Mike Burgess, the Sheriff of Custer County Oklahoma resigned shortly before state prosecutors filed 35 felony charges against him for running a sex-slave operation out of the county jail . .


10 Ways To Delegate More Effectively
By Ramona Creel

Delegation can be a tricky business. You don't want to simply "dump" distasteful work on someone else -- but you need to make sure the job gets done, and it doesn't need to be done by you . . .


Offbeat, Shocking, Bizarre or Just Plain Interesting


Teacher Tells Students To Beat-up Tardy Classmate

School officials say a young teacher has resigned and is now facing child abuse charges after he instructed classmates to beat a tardy classmate ...


Feds Reverse Position on Mortgage Guarantee Swaps

In an unprecedented move the President Bush, Treasury Secretary Paulson and the Federal Reserve have reversed their position on helping homeowners at risk . . .


Border Security and Illegal Aliens Index

Terrorist's Training Camps Along Texas / Mexico Border

Mexican drug cartels have established military-style training camps in at least six locations along the Texas border to train new recruits ranging from Mexican army deserters to American teen-agers - who then carry out killings and other acts of terror on both sides of the border . . .


Border Security and Illegal Aliens Index

INS Agent Accused Of Demanding Sex For Green Card

Did a U.S. Immigration agent trade sex for a chance at citizenship? The agent appeared in court on felony charges Wednesday. He says he's not guilty, but as CBS 2 HD has learned, his accuser has proof and some of it is revealed in this video. Watch Video


Eminent Domain Insurance

by Robert Franco

Reprinted with permission March 27, 2008

 I read an article today about a company that is offering an insurance property to protect property owners against losses incurred as a result of the state's power of eminent domain. I had to check my calendar to see if it was April Fool's Day . . .


America's Foreclosure Epidemic


Foreclosure's Furry Victims

Much has been said about the thousands of homeowners forced into foreclosure, but what about the tiniest victims of the foreclosure epidemic . . . CBS video


Political Ads -- Parodies, Fakes and Funnies

Political satire has been used throughout history as a tool for political change and the electronic age is no exception. Today it's the video ads of candidates and their supporters that deliver either chuckles or outrage.


Fighting Crime

The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear arguments in a challenge to District of Columbia's controversial ban on hand guns. The case is likely to produce the most important firearms ruling in decades and could have repercussions for gun control laws nationwide. Video report


Indiana County Recorder Takes Plea Deal In Stalking Case

Former Terre Haute Police Chief and current Vigo County Recorder Ray Watts pleaded guilty this morning . . .

America's Foreclosure Epidemic

Government's Poor Judgment Making Things Worse

by Robert A. Franco 


There is an interesting New York Times article, Bush and Fed Step Toward a Mortgage Rescue, that describes what appears to me to be a series of bad moves that will threaten the viability of Freddie Mac, Fannie Mae, and the FHA . . .


Allegations of Official Mistakes, Misconduct and Corruption

Oregon City Recorder Arrested for Alleged Theft

Sandra Wodarczak, who has acted as the city recorder and treasurer for Yamhill for the last eight years, was arrested by Yamhill's sheriff's department . . .


Allegations of Official Mistakes, Misconduct and Corruption Practical Obscurity and Public Records

Scott Perry - Active Rain

It used to be that if you wanted to obtain a copy of the deed to your house, you had to make a trip to your local courthouse . . .  However, the advent of the Internet and the availability of Public Records for worldwide consumption have changed all that . . .


Understanding Eminent Domain: Texas Landholder’s Bill of Rights

By Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott


Since Stephen F. Austin first helped settlers establish new roots west of the Sabine River, Texas has always been a place that respects private property rights. With three times more privately owned land than any other state, Texas leads the nation in private property ownership. From the Panhandle to the Piney Woods, Texas is a place where citizens – not the government – own the land.  . .


Border Security and Illegal Aliens

Local Governments Can Stop Businesses from Hiring Illegals

In a landmark decision, U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber issued a summary judgment in favor of the City of Valley Park Missouri. The ruling clears the path  for cities and states nationwide to pass laws designed to discourage illegal immigration...


Offbeat, Shocking, Bizarre or Just Plain Interesting

Texas Town for Sale on eBay

It’s amazing what you can buy on eBay. Some lucky bidder is about to own the entire town of Albert Texas. The whole town is being auctioned off...


Fighting Crime

Governor Wants to Seize Sheriff's $7 Million Reserve Fund

The Governor of Massachusetts wants to take control of the Nantucket sheriff's $7 million reserve fund . . .


Forensic Software Developer Offers Free Program to Police

A West Virginia software developer that specializes in instant message monitoring and control software for home users, businesses, and police agencies is providing special versions of their products to law enforcement agencies for free to help catch online predators. . .


Mexico's President Tours U.S. Lobbying for Weak Immigration Policies

There's another political campaign taking place across the United States this year, as Mexico’s President Calderon and Mexican Consulates in cities across America attempt to influence U.S. Immigration Policy... Mexican President's Tour


Voter Issues

Register to Vote with Your Cell Phone

Now you can register to vote with a text message thanks to a new service from The National Youth Political Action Coalition ... Learn how


Fraud Alerts

Scammers Taking Advantage Of New Federal Economic Stimulus Package

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbot is warning everyone to be aware of a scam that has emerged in connection with the proposed federal economic stimulus package.



Mistrial In Micro-waved Baby Trial

A judge in Ohio has declared a mistrial in the case of a woman accused of killing her one-month-old daughter by burning her to death in a microwave. The mother claimed she was too drunk to remember...Video report


County Stats and Stories

America's Best Rural Counties For Quality Living

Many Americans has a growing interest in escaping urban sprawl and the hectic pace of big city life for the clean air and wide open spaces of rural counties. But which county offers a better life so many Americans long for?


Illinois County Offers ID Theft / Public Records Monitoring Service

The McHenry County Recorder's office recently entered into a contract with Fidlar Technologies that will allow the county's residents to receive an alert when their personal information is viewed in the Public Records database. For an annual fee...


How Candidate's Emotions Win and Lose Elections

U.S. News and World Report highlights lessons from the past and present about public displays of emotion . . . Watch Video


Cities / Counties Leading the Way to Alternative Energy

Ralph Cavanaugh of the Natural Resources Defense Council talks about which cities and counties are doing the most to switch  to alternative fuels and how that helps the environment and saves taxpayer's money. Watch the Wall Street Journal Video


The First Time Since The Great Depression

by Robert Franco


Those of us in the title industry certainly know that things have been slow. Well know we now just how bad things are...


Is "Big Title" Outsourcing YOUR Security?

Most of us think of outsourcing in terms of manufacturing jobs lost to low-wage workers in places like Mexico or China.  You may be surprised to find out, however, that the latest corporate trend in outsourcing isn't taking place at companies like Wal-Mart or Microsoft...


Great Comebacks from American Patriots

In a world where too many people think it's cool to bash America, these responses from American patriots will leave many in the hate America crowd speechless...


HIPAA Enforcement Heats Up In 2008

CMS Audits, Court Rulings & New Regulations Up The Risks  

Since the enactment of the HIPAA Privacy rule over 5 years ago and the enactment of the Security rule  over 3 years ago, a great deal of discussion has focused on the topic of "HIPAA enforcement".  In fact, the amount of discussion has far outpaced the level of enforcement....


Whose Side Are You On?

National Title Associations  and County Government square off over bulk sale of your records

Ten years ago, when most county records were only available in hard-copy by physically visiting the court house no one complained that the records were not "publicly available." And, that has not changed. ... Whose Side Are You On


It's Time to Stop Identity Theft At The Source


Would you give your sister's address to a stalker or your brother's bank account number to strangers on the Internet? Would you post your neighbor's Social Security number on the Web or tell thousands of sex offenders the age of your children and where they live? Well someone is, and you're paying for this "public service"... Learn more


Allegations of Official Mistakes, Misconduct and Corruption

County Web Site Helped Thieves Steal Identities of Victims in Five States

Police in Worthington Ohio say hundreds of people in five states are the latest victims of identity theft that has resulted from county officials publishing sensitive information about their citizens over the Internet. They've asked the U.S. Secret Service to investigate the link between the county Web site and online identity theft...


Fraud Alert

The Certified Copy Racket

You may have heard of National Deed Service. They are the outfit that sends very official looking letters to homeowners offering to provide them with a certified copy of their deed for around $70. A copy which is available from the county for just a few dollars...


Official Mistakes, Misconduct and Corruption

County Clerk Indicted on Multiple Felony Charges

Following a six-month investigation by the Illinois Attorney General’s office, a county clerk has been indicted on multiple felony charges stemming from the purchase of a mobile voting trailer by the clerk's office...




Standing Up To Cyber Smears

Businesses, political candidates, public figures and private individuals have become victims of so-called cybersmears, online defamation, flamers and cyber bullies. Here are resources to stop the bullies in their tracks.


Environmental Issues

Hundreds Protest Plan to Pump Well Water Into Rio Grande River

A plan to pump up to 17 billion gallons of water a year from the San Agustin aquifer has drawn fire from hundreds of Catron and Socorro County residents who say the plan to dump the underground aquifer into the Rio Grande River is ludicrous... Full story


Cook County Poised to Shut Down Cabela's Superstore Over Gun Law

Just weeks after its gala grand opening, the Cabela's superstore in Hoffman Estates, IL is facing closure by the Cook County (IL) Board...


Muslim sues county for head scarf removal

A Muslim woman is suing San Bernardino County in California alleging her religious rights were violated when she was forced to remove her head scarf...


Border Security and Illegal Aliens

New Tech for Policing Immigrants

A new homeland security program equips police and sheriff departments with the ability to detect illegal immigrants... NBC Video report



Survey: Quarter of US Workers Commute Via Web – 62% Wish They Could

 “Web Commuters Can Take Their Online Jobs with Them Wherever They Go


Take My Health Data “Off the Market”

Did you know?  Your prescription data -- including your name, address, date of birth and drug regimen is FOR SALE...


Fighting Crime

Computer Security Consultant Infected PC’s Nationwide with ID Theft Botnets

In the first prosecution of its kind in the nation, a well-known member of the “botnet underground” was charged today with using “botnets” – armies of compromised computers – to steal the identities of victims ...


Government Officials Doing Things Right

Sheriff Joe Arpaio's Animal Protection Shelter

Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, famous for doing things like constructing a "tent city" jail in the middle of the Arizona desert and making his prisoners wear pink underwear, has turned his attention to animals held in his custody and arrested a fellow lawman for animal cruelty....


Security Freezes Now Available Nationwide

According to Privacy Rights Clearing House, beginning this month, the three credit bureaus -- Equifax, Experian and TransUnion – are providing security freezes nationwide. A security freeze is stronger and more effective...


The Real Cost of Immigration

 (Washington, D.C.) --    The PBS program, To The Contrary has announced it will offer, free of charge, DVD copies of its three-part series on immigration’s impact on various aspects of US life...This educational product is distributed free of charge to those looking to learn more about the true impact of immigration, as it is rarely covered elsewhere by US media....Learn more and get your free copy of this important video


Fighting Crime

Deputies Nab "Courthouse Bandit"

Most criminals will do everything they can to avoid going to trial, but authorities in Allegheny County Pennsylvania say they have caught a woman who posed as a student to rob people attending a murder trial.... Video report


Fighting Crime

911 call may keep tipster from getting reward in deputy's shooting

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - He helped catch a suspected killer, but one of the men who alerted authorities to Michael Mazza's location Wednesday afternoon may not see any reward money - because he called the wrong number... Full report


Inmate meals fattened sheriff's pay

Although the breakfast service at the Hubbard County jail had captive customers and big profits before it ended, the  Sheriff's attorney says this isn't a case of "scam and eggs"...
HS Principal, Dressed in Drag, Charged With Prostitution Loitering

A male High School principal was caught on tape wearing women's clothes complete with  fishnet stockings and phony breasts in a high-crime area claimed he was on his way to a Halloween party but the officer didn't buy it.... Dash cam video


US Immigrants Ripped Off by Phone Cards

Many immigrants are being ripped off to the tune of millions of dollars a year when they call home ....Video report


Border Security and Illegal Aliens

Border Security Funding Stripped In Conference Committee

Wednesday, the conference committee on the Department of Defense Appropriations bill (H.R. 3222) stripped two critical provisions aimed at securing the border...


Mortgage Reform and Anti-Predatory Lending Act of 2007

Not surprisingly, there are some provisions in the bill that have stirred up some controversy - mainly with mortgage brokers. But, there is no doubt that this is an extremely consumer friendly bill....


Texas Officials Caught With Fake Degrees,  Illegal Diplomas

It sounds incredible: trusted Texas officials with phony, even illegal diplomas. But it is true... KHOU investigative video report


Illegal Immigration / Border Security

Drug Smugglers Use Fake Government Trucks

By U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX)

The drug smugglers have gotten smarter. They now disguise vehicles they are using to smuggle drugs into America to look exactly like Texas State transportation trucks...


Allegations of Official Misconduct

Former Court Clerk Indicted for Theft of Drug Evidence

Following a 17-month investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation, former court clerk Lisa Austin Brickhouse has been indicted for allegedly stealing drugs from the Dare County North Carolina evidence vault.


Illegal Immigration

New Report: More than 13 Million Illegal Aliens Reside in the U.S.

2007 Figures Represent an 88 Percent Increase Since 2000

(Washington, D.C.) According to a new report from the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), How Many Illegal Aliens?, the illegal immigrant population of the United States now exceeds 13 million...


Offbeat, Fun, Bizarre or Just Plain Interesting

Nebraska's Answer to the Face on Mars

While gathering space images for The 100 Loneliest Counties in America, we were surprised to find a gigantic cowboy staring back at our satellite cameras from the twelfth least populated county in America... Take a look



Online Records Could Become Less Reliable

by Robert Franco


Can you imagine trying to search a title when only the property owner's initials appear in the online index? ...


Military Service Members and Other Overseas Voters Face Hurdles to Casting Ballots

New Web Site to Provide Crucial Assistance in Registering to Vote

WASHINGTON, Oct. 25  -- The Pew Charitable Trusts and Overseas Vote Foundation (OVF) announced new Web-based voter services to help the more than six million Americans ...


Offbeat, Shocking, Bizarre or Just Plain Interesting

Website Offers Fake Doctor Notes

Feeling like playing hooky, but nervous about getting caught? The Excused Absence Network has got your back. For about $25, students and employees can buy excuse notes that appear to come from doctors or hospitals...Video


Two years ago, a Judge's Family was murdered in their Chicago home resulting in 100 judges in Allegheny County demanding their  their own names be removed from the county website. Now private citizens will have the same protection ...


Rolling Up The Welcome Mat on Illegal Immigration

Prince William County in Virginia is the latest government entity to cut off benefits to those who aren't citizens or legal residents...Full Article


County Clerks protecting our borders

by Diana West

Reprinted with permission October 23, 2007

... with illegal immigration out of control and our border a shambles — the very baseline of the interplay of nations — it is our neighbors, our local representatives, who are increasingly taking charge of this crucial chunk of national policy. City Hall, the local planning commission and the county clerk’s office are where the action is... Get the full article


Illegal Immigration

Driver’s Licenses for Illegal Aliens Compromises Homeland Security

Washington DC — In testimony submitted to the Standing Committee on Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs and the Standing Committee on Transportation...


America's First Wind Powered County

Officials in Montgomery County Penn. announced last month the county will power all county facilities with 100 percent wind energy. Equal to the electric consumption of 2,700 typical homes ...


Fraud Alert

Jury Duty Scam Just Another ID Theft Trick

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott - Oct-22-07

The FBI and other law enforcement agencies around the country have reported the resurgence of an old trick known as the jury duty scam...


Officials Stopped Short By Red Light Camera Lawsuits

Officials in Cleveland and Dayton Tennessee have joined a growing list of officials to stop short of red light camera contracts after petitions objected to them and lawsuits popped up around the country...


ID Thief Takes Vet's Place in Grave

Annie Hayes was still mourning the death of her son when a veteran's cemetery told her another man with her son's name, social security number and military credentials had been in her son's grave since 2003... Video report


County Clerk Promises to Defy Governor, Report Illegal Aliens


Standing firmly with other New York County Clerks in their rebellion against Governor Spitzer’s directive, Cortland County Clerk Elizabeth Larkin says she will not only disobey Spitzer’s order, she will report applications from illegal immigrants to the sheriff...


Kentucky Counties Sue Makers of "Hillbilly Heroin"

Several Kentucky counties filed suit on Thursday against the makers of the potent painkilling drug OxyContin, charging that abusers of "hillbilly heroin" have filled state jails and treatment centers. Full Reuters report


Illegal Immigration and Homeland Security

NY County Clerks Rebel Against Governor's Plan to License Illegals

New York's County Clerks say they will not cooperate with Governor Spitzer's plan to issue driver's licenses to illegal aliens and will not issue the licenses from their offices... Video Report


Judge Finds County Recorder in Contempt
Jarrod A. Clabaugh, Source of Title
Reprinted with permission

Nearly a year after the issuance of a mandamus order requiring her office to comply with Pennsylvania law, Judge Keith Quigley of Perry County, Pennsylvania, found Ellie Antoine, the recorder for Berks County, in contempt of court and ordered her to pay... Learn More


Ex-Cop Arrested on 30 Identity Fraud Charges

Michael Daubert of Sandy Hook, Connecticut was arrested on September 28, 2007 on a warrant charging him with identity theft in the first degree, larceny in the first degree, 28 counts of forgery in the second degree, and one count of criminal impersonation....


Degrees of Deceit: Officials Could Face Charges

Adding unearned titles like "Dr." or "PhD" to your name is deceptive and unethical at the least but for two county officials in Texas it may also have been criminal....full report


Protecting the Texas Pledge of Allegiance

By Greg Abbott

Attorney General of Texas


... Full Article



Federal Bribery Sting Nets State and Local Officials

NEW JERSEY -- Sept-13-07


Atascosa County Clerk's Body Found In Ditch

The Atascosa County Clerk has been found dead, in a ditch. Fayette County Sheriff's Department announced Monday that Laquita Hayden's body was discovered by deputies near Highway 95 more than 100 miles from her home...


Essential Tools For Foreclosure Buyers

The foreclosure crises creates an incredible opportunity for foreclosure buyers but having the right tools and information is essential ....



Military Planners Google Earth

A new version of BAE Systems' image analysis and mapping software enables analysts to evaluate and share intelligence data more effectively by integrating with Google Earth™ ... Full report



Plastic Strip Could Prevent Bridge Disasters

Networks of small, permanently mounted 'smart' sensors could soon check continuously for the formation of structural defects in I-beams and other critical structural supports of bridges and highway overpasses...


Fighting Crime

Couple Robs Five Banks in a Single Day Without Guns


America's Foreclosure Epidemic

Osama The Mortgage Broker

According to a survey by the National Association of Business Economists, the biggest threat to the economy is no longer terrorism and the Middle East ... continue reading


Taxes, Jobs, and the Economy


America's Foreclosure Epidemic

A License to Sell Loans
By Peter G. Miller - Reprinted with permission

If we're going to have uniform regulation nationwide that limits mortgage competition, then the public should get something in return.


America's Foreclosure Epidemic

The best and worst states for buying foreclosures


America's Foreclosure Epidemic

Before You Buy a Foreclosure Property, Do Your Homework!
Online tools allow you to evaluate potential purchases from the comfort of your home...


America's Foreclosure Epidemic

US Homes Hit Online Auction Blocks


HIPAA: A Minefield for School Districts

Recent Cases Highlight Potential Exposure


County Bars Contractors from Using Illegal Workers

Anne Arundel County is the first county in the Maryland to ban companies from using illegal aliens to perform tasks involving contracts with the county. Contractors doing business with the county will be required to certify they have no illegal immigrants on the payroll.


Second Jefferson County Clerk Quits Amid State Probe

Jefferson County, Arkansas -- Circuit Clerk Annette Branch has left her job in the middle of a state police investigation into unauthorized withdrawals from a county fund.


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