Are you ready to take the plunge into the world of private investigations, but aren't quite sure how to start?
Then you might want to take part in a training institute being held by the Professional Private Investigator Association of Colorado (PPIAC) on February 26 and 27.
Called the Colorado Investigative Development Institute, the training event will be free for PPIAC members and $200 for guest.
If you join the PPIAC by February 1, you can take part for free.
“Invest some time in your career to hear from seasoned private investigators that have learned the best ways to operate in this industry,” says the institute flier.
“Classes are all online and include Q&A time to ask questions.”
Some of the topics covered include:
· PI Business Basics/Marketing
· The Law & The P.I.
· Background Investigations
· Ethics and Qualities of an Investigator
· Public Records
· Case Management & Data Security
· Financial Investigations
· Subcontracting: Client or Colleague
· Properly Vetting a Case
· Report Writing and Invoicing
Attendees will have access to resources including the CIDI Magazine, access to investigative experts, and will receive a certificate of completion.
Go to this link to register: https://ppiac.org/event-4098740
A private investigator hired to look into supposed voter fraud has been arrested in Texas for running an air conditioner repairman off the road.
Mark Aguirre, a former Houston police captain, believed the repairman, David Lopez-Zuniga, was transporting 750,000 fake ballots. In fact, all he had in his truck was air conditioner parts and tools.
The 63-year-old PI was hired to investigate supposed voter fraud by a conservative nonprofit group.
The incident took place on October 19 just after Lopez-Zuniga left home for his early morning commute, when he noticed an SUV driven by Aguirre behind him.
Moments later, the SUV swerved alongside the passenger’s side, striking the truck and forcing Lopez-Zuniga to the side of a highway.
There, he said, Aguirre feigned an injury before ordering Lopez-Zuniga to the ground at gunpoint.
“I was very scared,” Lopez-Zuniga told The Washington Post. “I didn’t know who this person was.”
A subsequent investigation led to Aguirre’s arrest on December 15. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon and plead not guilty. His lawyer says the case is politically motivated.
Despite repeated allegations of widespread voter fraud by President Trump in the 2020 presidential election, campaign lawyers have failed to overturn the election result.
Texas lawmakers have been relentless in their bid to stop Joe Biden becoming president.
The U.S. Supreme Court recently declined to consider a Texas case claiming election irregularities, saying Texas did not have legal standing to sue battleground states Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, over their handling of the election.
In the annals of true crime, the case of missing Salida mother, Suzanne Morphew, has recently captured the national imagination. America’s whodunnit sub-culture, a diverse collection of amateur sleuths and crime story geeks, is snooping around the intriguing case and is determined to figure out what really happened.
Not since JonBenet Ramsey’s 1996 death, in an upmarket Boulder home, has the internet rumor mill been so focused on a Colorado mystery. How, the true crimers agonize, could an everyday, suburban mom just up and vanish. And of course, they ask, who, if anyone, might know where Suzanne is?
The 49-year-old mother of two was last seen on Mother’s Day, May 10, 2020, when it is speculated she disappeared while taking an innocent bike ride. Later that evening, a neighbor alerted authorities when didn’t return home.
A search turned up Suzanne’s bicycle along with an additional “personal item.” Investigators have not described the personal item or released information about the condition of the bike.
Authorities also scoured a nearby body of water while investigators searched for clues and removed bags of evidence at the Morphew family home, where she lived with her husband and two teenage daughters.
True crime junkie, Jill Miller, better known by her YouTube moniker, Jill the Private Investigator, told this blog the case caught her attention because it seemed very odd that a mother would go missing on Mother’s Day.
“It just seemed so sinister,” says Miller who has made several videos about Suzanne’s disappearance. “A lot of information has been coming out. That’s what kind of drew me to it. I wanted to find out the when, where and why to this case.”
Miller, who is based in Kentucky and is currently studying to get her PI license, said her fascination with the case had driven her to contact several of Suzanne’s friends.
“From what I understand, Suzanne was just the sweetest, most passive, soft-spoken human being.”
But as the search continues, scuttlebutt about the case has gripped Salida’s bars and art galleries, and, at the same time, generated endless chatter across the country on true crime websites and podcasts such as True Crime Daily, True Crime All The Time, Stitcher and Murder Murder News.
The case has also drawn national coverage in tabloid outlets including People magazine, the New York Post and the Daily Mail.
Former Colorado Springs police lieutenant, Joe Kenda, star of Investigation Discovery show, Homicide Hunter, says true crime resonates for a number of reasons.
“For thousands of years, people have gathered around the fire and said, ‘Tell me a story,’” he says. “If you tell it well, they’ll ask you tell another one. If you can tell a story about real people involved in real things, that draws their interest more.”
As in the infamous Laci Peterson case, the pregnant woman whose remains washed up on the shore of San Francisco Bay in 2002, much of the gossip about Suzanne’s disappearance has focused on the husband: in this case, Barry Morphew.
In the days after Suzanne went missing, Barry, who says he has been interviewed for more than 30 hours by law enforcement, posted an emotion video on Facebook where he pleaded for his wife’s safe return.
“Oh, Suzanne. If anyone is out there that can hear this, that has you, please, we'll do whatever it takes to bring you back. We love you. We miss you. Your girls need you. No questions asked, however much they want. I will do whatever it takes to get you back.”
While this blog does not suggest Barry is responsible for Suzanne’s disappearance – authorities say they have no suspects – many others have, joining the dots with speculation and colorful tidbits.
They think Barry’s alibi is curious – he was far away in Broomfield on a Mother’s Day Sunday to carry out a minor landscaping job. The hotel room he stayed in on the trip smelled of chlorine. And construction noise was heard in the middle of the night, the day before Suzanne went missing, at a property connected to Barry.
Says Jill the Private Investigator, “Every time he came out on the news it was to defend himself against people like myself. He says the media is making him out to be a bad guy. But I’m sorry, it’s his words and actions causing it.”
For their part, the Chaffee County Sheriff, the FBI and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, have released little information about their joint six-month-old investigation. The white noise has prompted criticism about their commitment to bringing Suzanne home.
“While the public may not see all of the effort being put forth in this case,” said a defensive local sheriff, John Spezze, in a recent press release. “I can assure the community that this investigation continues to move forward.”
The sheriff continued by listing data points to make his case – 1,123 tips received, 180 interviews conducted in Colorado and other states, 130-plus searches conducted and 4,000 hours spent by investigators on the case.
But, so many lament, still no sign of Suzanne.
A law that will allow Coloradans to have documents notarized remotely is a step closer to becoming permanent now that Secretary of State Jena Griswold has adopted amendments to Colorado Notary Program Rules, including remote notarization rules to implement Senate Bill 20-096.
The rules will become temporarily effective on December 31, 2020, and then permanently effective 20 days after publication in the Colorado Register.
In the interim, the emergency remote notarization rules adopted on October 15, 2020, will continue to enable Coloradans to have access to notary services without in-person contact up to December 31, 2020.
For the Notice of Permanent and Temporary Adoption for the Colorado Notary Program Rules (8 CCR 1505-11), please click here. The notice includes the adopted rules, a statement of basis, and statement of justification. For an unofficial copy of the notary rules as adopted December 1, 2020 and effective December 31,2020, please click here.
For the Provider Protocols (December 1, 2020 version), standards that are incorporated by reference in the proposed rules, please click here.
The provider application will be available here. On December 15, 2020, the remote notary application, training and exam information, and updated FAQs will also be available on the Notary Program webpage. To access the remote notary application, notaries may login to their notary accounts.
To have questions answered on rulemaking, email email@example.com.
For general notary public inquiries and questions concerning implementation of the new rules, contact the notary program at 303-894-2200 and firstname.lastname@example.org.
This blog first reported on the new remote notary law in June, reversing the long-standing practice of requiring people to be in a notary’s physical presence.
“This legislation provides certainty to Colorado’s people and businesses that remote notary services will continue to be available in the future,” says Jena Griswold, Colorado Secretary of State, said at the time.
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