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Program tracks criminal records of immigrants


Program checks immigrants' criminal records

Officials say a new program that allows Florida law enforcement agencies to check the immigration status of people arrested has found nearly 800 immigrants with serious criminal convictions in the first four months of 2009.

The program began operating in nine Florida counties in January. It allows the agencies to compare booking fingerprints against those found in Justice Department and immigration databases. Previously, local agencies could only check the Justice Department database.

Immigration officials in Miami said Friday that about 8,400 individuals have matched both lists.


Carjacker shot, killed by Miami police

The armed carjacking of a taxi that ended with a head-on collision on a causeway linking Miami Beach and downtown Miami and a shootout with officers.

Police say the taxi driver was carjacked late Thursday in South Beach by a man armed with a gun. The gunman then fled onto the Macarthur Causeway, driving west in the eastbound lanes.

The hijacker struck another car head on, then got out of the taxi and exchanged gunfire with police. He was pronounced dead at a hospital. The driver of the other vehicle was not injured.


Caylee had duct tape placed over face

Duct tape was placed over the face of toddler Caylee Anthony before her body began decomposing, and her remains were scattered among trash bags, according to an autopsy released Friday.

The autopsy says the girl was killed, though the method was unclear. The report also didn't say whether the duct tape was put on before or after her death.

Caylee's mother, Casey Anthony, has been charged in the girl's death. She has pleaded not guilty.

Associated Press

Program tracks criminal records of immigrants 06/19/09 [Last modified: Friday, June 19, 2009 9:33pm]
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