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New Enhancements Added to Kentucky Offender Online Lookup System

In a press release issued on July 1, 2013, the Kentucky Department of Corrections announced the launching of a new and improved version of the Kentucky Offender Online Lookup system, known as KOOL. These improvements are the result of criminal justice reform legislation (House Bill 463) that the Kentucky General Assembly approved in 2011.

The old website provided basic information such as the names of inmates, conviction information, sentence lengths, photos, and parole eligibility dates. The new and enhanced version provides a lot more detail and includes information on the expected time to serve, “good-time” release date, maximum expiration … Read More

Portland Restaurant Inspection Reports Go Online

In a press release issued on June 4, 2013, the City of Portland’s Department of Health and Human Services Public Health Division announced that food service inspection reports for local restaurants and other food service providers are now available online. Providing the public with easy access to these reports is a part of the city’s continuing effort to improve its environmental health and safety programs. In addition to the inspection results, information on how to interpret the data included in the inspection report is also provided on their website.

“With Portland’s growing reputation as a foodie destination, it is important … Read More

Millions of New Records Added to New York State Transparency Website

In a press release issued on May 1, 2013, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the addition of millions of government records to the state’s new data transparency website, which launched during Sunshine Week in March of this year. The website was created in an effort to provide citizens with user-friendly, one-stop access to government data from New York State agencies, localities, and the federal government. Information on a variety of subjects such as food safety inspections, state jobs data, daycare facilities, economic development, crime data, and medical conduct discipline records were included in the initial launch of … Read More

Public Documents from the Weld County Clerk and Recorder’s Office Go Online

It was announced yesterday in the Greeley Tribune that public records from the Weld County, Colorado Clerk and Recorder’s Office are now available online. Word has apparently already spread, according to Weld County Clerk and Recorder Steve Moreno, who noted that there was just one person researching inside his office yesterday morning. This was a far cry from the long lines of oil and gas workers, property owners, title companies and attorneys typically found outside his office before it even opened. His office has been very busy scanning in the hard copy records for nearly two years, at a cost … Read More

Pennsylvania Department of State Announces Disciplinary Actions

In a press release issued yesterday, Pennsylvania Secretary of the Commonwealth Carol Aichele stated that the Department of State has taken disciplinary actions against 99 licensed or commissioned professionals and organizations during the month of February.

The complete list of sanctions imposed by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Professional and Occupational Affairs is available online and can be accessed here. Each entry includes the name of the respondent, license number, last known business address registered with the board, sanction imposed, a brief description of the basis for the disciplinary or corrective measure, the effective date, and whether the action has … Read More

Ramsey County Launches Online Warrant Database

In a press release issued on January 31, 2013, Minnesota’s Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office announced the launching of its Online Warrant Search (OWS). This web-based application was designed to allow citizens, crime victims, community members, and partner organizations to search for and view public information about people who have active Ramsey County arrest warrants.

“The Online Warrant Search should help improve community safety by providing arrest warrant information online and encouraging citizens to share knowledge with law enforcement,” said Sheriff Matt Bostrom. “An informed and engaged community is central to public safety.”

An arrest warrant calls for the immediate apprehension … Read More

Controversy over Published Gun Permit Records Continues

A newspaper in suburban New York has received nationwide attention and criticism after publishing an interactive map that lists the names and addresses of gun permit holders in Rockland and Westchester counties. The Journal News sought this information following the horrific school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut and was obtained legally under New York’s Freedom of Information Law.

The release of these records has ignited heated debates all across the country. While some readers appreciated the information, others believe that it was an invasion of privacy and fear it could also endanger gun permit holders. In an article titled “The Journal … Read More

Arkansas Death Certificates Go Online

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If you are interested in researching your Arkansas family history, you will happy to learn that death records are now accessible online. In a press release submitted to Business Wire on December 3, 2012, the Arkansas Department of Health announced the launching of a brand new online death certificate search and ordering service. This new service makes genealogical research more convenient than ever. Previously, death certificates could only be obtained by requesting them in person at the Department of Health or by submitting a paper request form.

Death certificates from 1935 to 1961 are currently available, but in the … Read More

Arlington National Cemetery Burial Database Goes Online

The Arlington National Cemetery has launched a new online database that includes over 400,000 burial records. This massive new public database, called ANC Explorer, is now available online and as a mobile application. This search tool and mobile application allows family members and the public to locate a specific gravesite, view photos of a headstone or monument, and receive detailed driving and walking directions to these locations.

Cemetery officials built this database in an effort to verify the accuracy of their records brought into question in 2010 by reports of graves with no headstones, double burials, misidentified graves and other … Read More

Augusta Releases New and Improved Property Map

The City of Augusta, Georgia’s Geographic Information System Department has recently made some wonderful new updates to its online property mapping application. The updated map has been designed to make searching for property records and other features as simple as possible. Additionally, the site provides users access to several new features. One of the site’s new features include a community tool to access neighborhood-level information such flood zones, parks, hospitals, schools, solid waste pickup days, and voter information. The map also features aerial photos, parcel street maps views, and property sales records dating back as far as 2003.

In an … Read More