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PI Blotter: Private Investigators Find Casey Anthony's Hiding Place

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Private Investigators Find Casey Anthony's Hiding Place

ORLANDO, FL – Private investigators found the hiding place of Casey Anthony this past week, after the woman fled. Anthony has been in hiding ever since a controversial trial cleared her of the death of her toddler daughter. Zenaida Gonzalez, who is pursuing a court case against Anthony, allegedly hired Florida private investigators to find the woman. Gonzalez is trying to sue Anthony for defamation, alleging that Anthony ruined her life by falsely claiming that a woman named Zenaida Gonzalez kidnapped her daughter. The private investigators were allegedly trying to serve Anthony with legal papers related to the case but Anthony allegedly eluded them.

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Activists in Spain Lobby to Raise Money, Hire Investigators

SPAIN – In Spain, activists are organizing a fund to hire private investigators and launch a civil lawsuit against Rodrigo Rato, the former head of the bank involved in the country’s debt crisis. Activists are organizing under a hashtag on Twitter and hope that private investigators will be able to find evidence of Rato’s wrongdoing.

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Coroner Makes Homicide Ruling in Senior's Death

CHILLICOTHE, OH – A coroner has ruled that the death of 89-year old Harry Smith was a homicide.  Smith’s family had been upset with the official investigation and had hired a Ohio private investigator to look into the cause of death. Smith died after being pulled from his burning home. Family suspected that he had been assaulted and robbed before his home was burned, but were frustrated after the coroner’s report was eight months in coming.

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Motorists Claim Clampers Should be Overseen by Private Investigator and Security Guard Laws

NEW ZEALAND – Motorists have filed a complaint with the Private Security Personnel Licensing Authority as well as with other authorities, to fight their wheel clampings.  They are alleging that Daniel Clout of Egmont Security, who works as a wheel clamper at the Richmond Center, is operating illegally because he does not have a license as security guards are required to under the Private Security Personnel and Private Investigators Act 2010. Clout and his company claim that no license is needed because Clout is not a security guard. In New Zealand, clampers place devices on illegally parked cars to prevent motorists from driving away until the issue is resolved.

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Controversial Transmission Line Gets Go-Ahead for Hearings

CANADA – The controversial Heartland high-voltage transmission line may still be built and is now a step closer, with an application submitted to the Alberta Utilities Commission to build the line. The Alberta Utilities Commission has decided to continue with hearings, despite protests from landowners in the area. While some allege that the transmission line is needed for the power grid, landowners claim that the project will do more harm than good. The project has already caused controversy because private investigators were hired by the regulating authority to do surveillance work on those who objected to the line. 

Defense Costs in Police Murder Case Questioned

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, PA – Questions are being raised after it has been revealed that the defense costs for George Hitcho Jr. were $116,000. The defense claims that the cost is typical for death penalty cases. The tax payer dollars were used for three Pennsylvania private investigators, two doctors, and one professor as well as for legal costs. Despite the cost, Hitcho is still on death row for shooting police officer Robert A. Lasso.

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