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Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: admin ()
Date: February 25, 2005 08:12PM

Although the interface is pretty crappy right now I am making the arrest search live.
I am reading up on perl and getting some good outside help to make this better.
Try searching for your street name or something and see what it pulls up. Goes back about 2 years.

*click the link below to go to the arrest list:
http://www.fairfaxunderground.com/arrests

Any comments or suggestions? Let me know.

- Admin

edit: i guess this doesn't have to be sticky anymore



Edited 4 time(s). Last edit at 04/01/2005 03:30AM by Cary.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: admin ()
Date: February 26, 2005 08:45PM

I got some questions about this so I'll answer them.
Yes, this database has all traffic tickets and arrests.
One of the really cool features is to search by street name. I, for example, didn't know my neighbor got a DUI. You can also search for last name, first name, etc. Let me know if there are any more questions.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: anonymous coward ()
Date: February 28, 2005 07:15PM

wow very cool but when i search for my last name (charles) i get so many matches that i can't even see my speeding ticket. please get the new search up soon this is so cool.
- some slashhead

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: admin ()
Date: February 28, 2005 10:50PM

Yeah I know common names will overflow the list. Try searching for your street name instead. I wrote a perl script to do individual field matching (like search last name: charles) but it took so freaking long to go through the file that it wouldn't work. i'm trying it now with c++. if anyone has more skills than me please let me know. - admin

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: March 02, 2005 11:36PM

new feature added to count the amount of results found. this way if you search for something like "dwi" you will get a number of how many are found. unfortunately due to bandwidth constraints you will still only be able to see the first 100 matches. i am working on a way to make it so you can search for "dwi" and "vienna" and display the list that matches both. of course i would still love to be able to search each field individually, but this will have to do for now. questions? comments? throw em' at me



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/16/2006 07:55AM by Cary.

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List UPDATED!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: March 05, 2005 03:52PM

You can now search for up to 3 strings at a time to narrow down your search. For example you can search for DWI and McLean to see the DWI arrests from McLean. Results are still limited to 100 lines.

Yes this is the same thing it says on the page because I'm lazy. Go click the link up top and go check it out.

- Cary

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: BK ()
Date: March 05, 2005 04:02PM

hey good job man this is awesome.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: March 06, 2005 03:28PM

i've gotten some questions as to how up-to-date this list is. the answer is very up-to-date. this list automatically updates itself every wednesday night at 8:00pm EST. incidents occuring within the last week are usually reported. more serious incidents in which an investigation follows may take an additional week for the paperwork to go through and the arrest to appear on this list.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: johnyfitz ()
Date: March 08, 2005 10:31PM

just wondering, what do the R and T mean in the 3rd field and what does the number after that mean?

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: March 08, 2005 10:39PM

the third field is middle initial
the fourth is age at the time of arrest
the rest are pretty self explanatory
enjoy

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Fairfax County - Out of Control!
Posted by: Chip ()
Date: March 09, 2005 10:07AM

Fairfax County spending is out of control. I can't believe more individuals are not concerned with the amount of money they want for us for little services. Fairfax County has become a WELFARE DUMP and we are asked to pay for it. Connolly can only talk about affordable housing at our expense.

I would like to get your feed back.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: sk8chik ()
Date: March 15, 2005 01:40PM

holy crap someone on my little court has a rape charge! i thought they had to register as a sex offender and tell us or something

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Nik ()
Date: March 18, 2005 11:12AM

thats just scary, sk8chik.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Nik ()
Date: March 18, 2005 11:55AM

hey, how about a different font? something a little easier on the eyes?

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: March 18, 2005 04:46PM

i wish it was that easy. not sure how much you know about html but right now the raw text just gets dumped out with the < pre > tags. i need a little script to parse the output and display it nicely but haven't found one that's good enough yet.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Nik ()
Date: March 18, 2005 10:49PM

that sucks. do you have any upcoming changes up your sleeve?

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: March 18, 2005 11:17PM

yeah all sorts of shit up my sleeve. just need the time for it. made the sight a little prettier earlier today, getting ride of that big ugly frame at the bottom and putting in new sections up top. any ideas?

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Nik ()
Date: March 19, 2005 01:56PM

How about a section of the forum devoted to events going on in FFX, like Halo 2 LAN parties and other fun stuff not involving drinking or hookah, so underage people like myself have somewhere to turn to find something to do.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: ben ()
Date: March 19, 2005 02:11PM

You're all about the Halo 2, aren't you?

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Nik ()
Date: March 19, 2005 03:27PM

Damn straight.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: March 19, 2005 03:52PM

hahaha. start one! click New Topic on the forum list page and say like Halo 2 Lan party or something as the subject. I'm gonna change "New topic" to "Post new message" or something pretty soon so it's more clear.

post it here or it western fairfax.

of course be careful who you meet on this board, i'm sure there are some unsavory characters.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: ben ()
Date: March 19, 2005 03:55PM

Yeah, like Cary. I wouldn't want to be alone with him in a dark alley.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: March 19, 2005 04:04PM

lol me neither.
i wouldn't want to have to rob him.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Nik ()
Date: March 19, 2005 06:50PM

Of course I'll be careful.

*stashes rubber band gun in pocket*

/got nothing

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: April 01, 2005 03:30AM

de-stickyed this thread.
if you have any questions about anything post it here.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: mikehunt ()
Date: April 01, 2005 06:56PM

why dont i show up do you have to be 18 or something?

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: mike ()
Date: April 03, 2005 09:59PM

how do i search for someones record

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: sam ()
Date: April 03, 2005 10:02PM

click the ticket search up top foo

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: mike ()
Date: April 03, 2005 10:18PM

what if im searching by name

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: April 05, 2005 01:05PM

wow, stupid aol users. i think it's pretty clear. read the text at the top of the arrest search page. it will answer everything for you.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: infinitcash ()
Date: April 05, 2005 08:56PM

lol

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: April 08, 2005 03:15AM

Arrest list database updated! I dug up some weekly arrest lists from various machines around my house and filled in some gaps. In total 6 new weeks worth of arrests were added to the database. The database will continue to automatically update every wednesday night at 8:00pm with the latest information. This now brings the total number of arrests on file to 266,005!

There are still a few scattered holes in the database from the past several years, but I am actively trying to fill those as well. If you have any weekly arrest lists archived for some reason please run a couple names on it against the list on this site. If you think you have found a plug to one of the holes please let me know! Mad props is all I can offer. Thanks.

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taking it in another direction
Posted by: jk ()
Date: April 20, 2005 02:44PM

It'd be interesting to map violations to identify where what types of violations occur. Might illustrate particular police tactics used in various spots to target specific violations.

Something like http://www.buzztracker.org but with a menu letting you choose which violations.

Just a thought. Awesome project as it is.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: April 20, 2005 02:56PM

Interesting thought jk.
Unfortunately the addresses on the ticket list show the place of residence, not the location of where the crime occured.
It would still be interesting to get a breakdown on where the majority of offenders live.
I'd have to create a map of the county with every street name embedded and figure out a way to transpose the arrests onto it.
Anyone work at mapquest and want to hook me up with your database? :)

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: pgens ()
Date: April 21, 2005 07:27AM

Don't worry about street, zip code would be easier.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Matt ()
Date: April 21, 2005 06:23PM

Great feature for your site! I was pointed here form Live Journal- I'd love to be able to set the amount of results I see, or even see all 4,000 results on multiple pages. It'd be great for research purposes.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: April 21, 2005 06:44PM

I agree. Previously the only limitation was bandwidth, but now bandwidth is virtually unlimited. I will look into expanding the search result capability.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: barry ()
Date: April 22, 2005 12:16AM

xxx

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: MrDoctor ()
Date: April 24, 2005 01:04PM

anyody know a good lawyer for possession charges in prince william county

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: rstidman ()
Date: April 24, 2005 05:10PM

kevin wilson did some good work for me last year on a serious reckless charge in PWC

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: MrDoctor ()
Date: April 24, 2005 09:44PM

nice, thanks ill pass the info along

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: April 25, 2005 12:14AM

kelly dennis never let me down in fairfax, and he's cheap! probably does pw too.
you might want to start a new thread, there's at least two lawyers that read this board that might be able to help

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: dlee ()
Date: April 25, 2005 04:51PM

John O'Neill
703.807.5800

If I needed a criminal lawyer, he's the one I'd call.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Layman ()
Date: May 27, 2005 09:39AM

Awesome tool.

Searching by zipcode would be a nice addition, and not too difficult to add.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: pgens ()
Date: May 27, 2005 01:06PM

Layman: this would be a bit difficult to add because the arrest listings don't list zip code.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Victoria ()
Date: May 30, 2005 02:14PM

I am doing a project for school and need to cite your arrest/ticket search thingy in the bibliography... but first i need to make sure it's credible. how do you get your information about the tickets and arrests? where do you get it from? how accurate is it?

thanks

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: May 30, 2005 03:03PM

Victoria Wrote:
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> I am doing a project for school and need to cite
> your arrest/ticket search thingy in the
> bibliography... but first i need to make sure it's
> credible. how do you get your information about
> the tickets and arrests? where do you get it from?
> how accurate is it?

Victoria -
Very accurate. All information is pulled directly from the Fairfax County police website. You can always view the current weekly arrest list at on the official website at http://www.co.fairfax.va.us/ps/police/reports/Arrest.txt
All I have done is simply pull down this weekly arrest list once a week for the last couple years and made it into a database.
If you have any other questions let me know.



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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Tim ()
Date: June 01, 2005 10:21PM

This tool is extremely cool. It's a little creepy that someone can pull down your unlisted home address if you've even gotten a speeding ticket. But it's cool to see that people I remember from long ago are still in the area.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: rstidman ()
Date: June 01, 2005 10:37PM

this tool is good but the VA pilot website has a much more advanced tool. You can look up by jurisdiction for the entire state. Cary has a link to it somewhere on here.

Cary's tool has the easy functionality that I wish the pilot website had. On the reverse, the pilot website obviously has a ton more data. Despite what that site may say, it has data going back to 98 for just about all jurisdictions listed.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: darkfusion ()
Date: June 05, 2005 11:08AM

It would be nice to have the fields seperated and the data cleaned up a bit so I wrote a python script to do it. I hope the admin takes and uses it. If you need any help post back to this thread and I will see what I can do.

#!/usr/bin/python
import urllib
import re
import datetime
import time

data = urllib.urlopen("http://www.co.fairfax.va.us/ps/police/reports/Arrest.txt")

expr = re.compile("^\"(?P.*)\",\"(?P.*)\",\"(?P\w*)\s*\",\"(?P\d+)\",\"\s*(?P.*)\",\"(?P.*)\",\"(?P\w*)\s*\",\"(?P.*)\",\"(?P\w*)\s*\",\"(?P.*)\",\"(?P.*)\".*")

cleaned = []
for line in data:
m = expr.match(line)
firstName = m.group('First').strip().title()
middleInitial = m.group('MI').strip()
lastName = m.group('Last').strip().title()
if (middleInitial):
print "Name: %s %s. %s" % (firstName, middleInitial, lastName)
else:
print "Name: %s %s" % (firstName, lastName)
age = int(m.group("Age"))
print age
streetNumber = m.group("StNum").strip()
street = m.group("Street").strip().title()
streetPostfix = m.group("STP").strip().title()

city = m.group("City").strip().title()
state = m.group("State").strip()

print "Address: %s %s %s\n %s, %s" % (streetNumber, street, streetPostfix, city, state)

offenseDate = datetime.datetime.fromtimestamp(time.mktime(time.strptime(m.group("Date"),"%m/%d/%Y")))
offense = m.group("Violation").strip()

cleaned.append([(firstName, middleInitial, lastName), (city, state), offenseDate, offense])

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: June 06, 2005 04:41PM

Nice. Thank you very much darkfusion, this will make the display much prettier. What I REALLY need is a script to search through the master text file by individual field instead of just grepping for strings like I do now. I whipped up something in perl a couple months ago but it was so god-awfully slow that I decided to keep this interface for now.
Anyway, I tried to run your code and got some errors:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "./python.py", line 4, in ?
import datetime
ImportError: No module named datetime

commented out that line for the hell of it and got:

Traceback (most recent call last):
File "./python.py", line 9, in ?
expr = re.compile("^\"(?P.*)\",\"(?P.*)\",\"(?P\w*)\s*\",\"(?P\d+)\",\"\s*(?P.*)\",\"(?P.*)\",\"(?P\w*)\s*\",\"(?P.*)\",\"(?P\w*)\s*\",\"(?P.*)\",\"(?P.*)\".*")
File "/usr/lib/python2.2/sre.py", line 178, in compile
return _compile(pattern, flags)
File "/usr/lib/python2.2/sre.py", line 228, in _compile
raise error, v # invalid expression
sre_constants.error: unknown specifier: ?P.

Is my version of python too old? I'm running python-2.2.1-17
thanks again

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Nik ()
Date: June 08, 2005 10:32AM

If there's an update to Python available, I'd guess that's the case. But what the hell do I know?

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: darkfusion ()
Date: June 08, 2005 09:37PM

As for the field thing you probably want to use this script to get all of the data into a database. That should make it quicker and allow for searches on any of the fields. MySQL is the free database which I prefer. Interfacing the script should not be much work at all.

As for the python thing I thought datetime was a standard module. The version of python that I am running is 2.3 and that is actually a release behind. I would try upgrading it if you can. You should be able to run the script on your local machine without having to install it on the server.

If you run windows there is a great setup program available at: http://www.python.org/ftp/python/2.3.5/Python-2.3.5.exe

I breifly thought about an interface of the search results to google maps. I am not sure how people would feel about that.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: johnnye ()
Date: June 13, 2005 08:31PM

I'm not sure where you're pulling your data from, but this is the site I use for my searches. Its all of VA, done by county, active and inactive.

http://208.210.219.132/vadistrict/select.jsp;jsessionid=00002LG1PYWOHNQ3KO2KQ3FEP3Y:ulnfn1uq

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: June 14, 2005 05:55AM

The VA courts lookup is very useful. It's in the links section above.

The data for this list comes from: http://www.co.fairfax.va.us/ps/police/reports/Arrest.txt (warning 500k text file) which is released by the fairfax county police department every week.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Quentusrex ()
Date: June 14, 2005 05:36PM

If you want to make searching easier, and queries much easier and faster set up a MySQL server. Then you can write a python script that downloads all the lists, and enters them into the database. The advantage is that you can query the MySQL database by certain values, like last name only, or street name only. And having the MySQL database would make it easy to add other attributes, like zip codes to the area the arrestee lives.

If you want more info about it just take an old computer with a decent hard drive, and use the Debian Net-Installer and tell it to set up a MySQL server(and workstation is advised for easy admin purposes). And that whole process would only take maybe 4-10 hours depending on how familiar you are with linux and your download rate.

Let me know if I can be of more help. I can code and I have experience as a Linux Admin.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: jim ()
Date: July 13, 2005 02:10PM

It looks like you may be going to a MySQL database. I would like to offer my (free) services to help you build the database and create a web interface to query the database. Please cotact me if you would like my help

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: The Drake ()
Date: July 14, 2005 03:57PM

I think it's important for people to remember that these are only arrest details, not convictions. How would you feel if people were judging you without knowing the facts? BTW - no I am not saying this because I am on there! :-)

As far as worring about privacy, if you bought a home that's public domain and your address is available. I went to something as simple as WP.com and found tons of pro athletes addresses based on a buyer search.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Gravis ()
Date: July 16, 2005 07:42AM

The Drake,

> "I think it's important for people to remember that these are only arrest details, not convictions. How would you feel if people were judging you without knowing the facts?"

but the system does judge you without knowing the facts... so why can't we? :)


"the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."095042938540

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: darkfusion ()
Date: July 24, 2005 02:28PM

Hey Cary,
It was sweet meeting up at the party last night. I know you said you still had problems getting the python parsing script to run. If you post the output I might be able to try to figure it out.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: FourFingerFreddy ()
Date: July 27, 2005 08:58PM

How come they ain't got don geranimos arrest for pot on here

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: kklare ()
Date: July 27, 2005 09:30PM

here ya go, dummy:

"FERMAN ","GERONIMO ","B","037"," 6330","PHYLLIS ","LN","ALEXANDRIA ","VA","11/12/2001","FAIL PAY FULL TIME & ATTENTION "

by the way, what the hell kind of ticket is that? geez, if failing to pay attention warrants a citation, everyone would be ticketed!

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: rstidman ()
Date: July 27, 2005 10:19PM

don's pot and coke arrests happened before 1997, Cary does not have the records for that far back AFAIK. If you look at the Virginia Courts Case information website, you can find his convictions there.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: kklare ()
Date: July 27, 2005 10:34PM

i know he was busted for pot, but when did they get him for coke?

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: rstidman ()
Date: July 27, 2005 10:40PM

According to this article, just a year before the pot bust. Amazing he didn't do real time.


http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/sports/redskins/longterm/1998/camp98/articles/geronimo7.htm



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/27/2005 10:41PM by rstidman.

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ticket for radar detector not received from officer
Date: July 29, 2005 07:54PM

A fairfax county officer had me sign a ticket for having a not activated radar detector on the dash in my car. But after and I quote Educated Me and having me sign the tickett he failed to give it to me. What do I do now?

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: rstidman ()
Date: July 29, 2005 11:19PM

Once you have signed it you are responsible for it. I have had this happen and the ticket was sent to me in the mail.

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Re: ticket for radar detector not received from officer
Posted by: SWweeman ()
Date: July 30, 2005 12:32PM

raymond c. obertone Wrote:
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> A fairfax county officer had me sign a ticket for
> having a not activated radar detector on the dash
> in my car. But after and I quote Educated Me and
> having me sign the tickett he failed to give it to
> me. What do I do now
Call the courthouse and find out if it has posted. In VA, a radar retector does not have to be plugged in to get a summons. You must ensure the device is in a location of your car that it cannot access a power source. In other words, put it in your trunk, not the glovebox.





Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 07/30/2005 12:32PM by SWweeman.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: jjjames ()
Date: August 15, 2005 09:07PM

Is the arrest/ticket search feature offered on any sites for other jurisdictions, ie.Arlington,Alexandria,Prince William?

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: August 15, 2005 09:21PM

No. Currently only fairfax county posts arrest information on their website.
you can find information about any VA criminal case on http://www.courts.state.va.us

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: jjjames ()
Date: August 15, 2005 09:39PM

Thank You Cary! Unfortunately Alexandria and Prince William don't show up, but maybe it will soon.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: TJ Stevens ()
Date: August 18, 2005 09:53AM

Will this application find violations for minors under 18? I know that my daugther's friends have multiple moving violations, but they are not here.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: August 18, 2005 05:42PM

No. Minors have no public records.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: TJ Stevens ()
Date: August 19, 2005 03:21PM

Even for moving violations? I know that a few of them have had pretty serious tickets and it would be great to know who the irresponsible drivers are and what they were charged with. Maybe it is not a surprise, but just about every one of them got a new car for the one they wrecked, even after causing their parents to spend multiple weekend days in driver improvement school.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cm ()
Date: August 19, 2005 05:08PM

Simply because they are under 18, you will most likely never see their ticket records on a public site.

<sarcasm>
That's because kids under 18 are so innocent and must be protected.
</sarcasm>

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: DCH ()
Date: August 19, 2005 06:00PM

There ARE some records for arrests under age 18, but it looks like they're cases where the minor was charged as an adult...the offenses listed go all the way down to age 14, and include:

"DRUNK IN PUBLIC" (" I was drunk in a BAR.....I was thrown INTO publick!")
"PTY LARC"
"SIMPLE ASSAULT"
"FORCIBLE SODOMY"
"ALCH POSS"

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: ben ()
Date: August 19, 2005 06:07PM

DCH Wrote:
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> "DRUNK IN PUBLIC" (" I was drunk in a BAR.....I
> was thrown INTO publick!")

I love Ron White.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: wanusmaximus ()
Date: September 13, 2005 05:00PM

Yo Cary, I'm working on this project for my database class. Do you think it would be possible to grab the arrest lists from you, or for you to point to me where past ones are archived? I only see the weekly arrest list, and I think they used to archive the previous weeks, but I couldn't find it. Basically, I just need a shitload of data to process and play around with. Help me out. Thanks! W_

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: John ()
Date: October 07, 2005 04:47PM

How were you able to pull down data from previous weeks?

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: wanusmaximus ()
Date: December 12, 2005 03:52PM

I got inspired by all the arrests made by FCPD, and made this website for class:

http://cs4604.cs.vt.edu/~wchiang

Check out the mapped query section. The amount of data in the database is probably about 4 weeks worth. W_

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: RESton Peace ()
Date: December 12, 2005 06:59PM

cool work, someone did a similar thing for DC, needless to say there are more than few buildings there you should stay away from if you don't enjoy rape and murder

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FUCK THE POLICE
Posted by: Fairfax Pete ()
Date: January 26, 2006 11:06PM

"DAVEY ","PETER ","R","018"," 3614","DURADO ","CT","FAIRFAX ","VA","08/16/2005","FAIL STOP PRIOR ENT HWY FRM

THIS IS BULLSHIT. ...i dont have the best reputation in fairfax but honestly. i just pulled this up under tickets and this shit reminds me how gay fairfax is. I turned into a two lane road and there was a car in the lane nearist me. so we got in an accident. that fucker could have moved into another lane... so when the cops asked who's fault it was. i said NOT MINES. w/o even telling me the fucker gave ME a ticket. i was about ready to argue that shit in court.

i fucked up my pop's car in this accident, which was a week after i totalled my own.
after the "minor collision" me and my buddies went to their house and got belligerently drunk.

fuck driver improvement courses and the police

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: shitehead ()
Date: January 27, 2006 08:39AM

Hey Fairfax Pete,

I have just awarded you loser of the day. Not only did you just post your address but admitted to the fact that you suck as a driver.
Fucking tard.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: PaperPusher ()
Date: January 27, 2006 10:20AM

TOTAL IDIOT. There's a lot folks can figure out about this pete guy. anyone care to guess which type of people would say "NOT MINES"?

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: § ()
Date: January 27, 2006 11:06AM

Vanilla Ice -- Eminem -- House of Pain

- §




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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: PaperPusher ()
Date: January 27, 2006 11:11AM

exactly!

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: RESton Peace ()
Date: January 27, 2006 07:05PM

what's wrong with house of pain? shamrocks and shenanigans and such

That Everlast sure can rap.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: RESton Peace ()
Date: January 27, 2006 09:15PM

Genevieve would like me to add he just admitted to drinking underage also...

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Nik ()
Date: April 15, 2006 05:10PM

Has this been in place for a while, and I just didn't know about it?

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12 matches for wiedemann and cary, up to first 100 displayed
Top Secret clearance required
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WHERE'S THE BEEF

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: April 19, 2006 10:17PM

Nik -
I'm still on there, you just can't search by my last name. And yes, it has been in place forever.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: April 19, 2006 10:19PM

Just a quick note. Previously the arrest list updated every wednesday night at 8:00pm. However for the past 3 weeks the new arrest list has not been available until Thursday. Therefore, I am changing the script to grab the newest arrest list and update the search utility every Thursday at 8:00pm.

I know a lot of researchers flood to it every wednesday night to get the latest scoop. You will have to wait until Thursday now.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: RESton Peace ()
Date: April 19, 2006 10:21PM

care to give us numbers? what is the flood like on those nights?

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: amazed ()
Date: May 08, 2006 07:00PM

WOW! what a great tool! thanks!

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Nik ()
Date: August 28, 2006 08:12PM

Suggestion:

I'd like to be able to pin my search to a specific field.

Example: If I search for Newport (the street I live on - Newport Dr), it'll pull up everything from Newport Dr and Newport News, VA. Is there any way you might be able to add on a feature to search by a specific field?

I don't know any Python, but I'll see if I can translate it into Java pseudo-code.

String search1 = [user's search in the first box];
int field1 = [fields are assigned numbers - last name, first name, etc];
int recsFound = 0;
//if this hits 100 inside for-loop, the loop is cut off

for(int x = 0; x < numRecordsInDatabase; x++)
{
//assume each full line is parsed into String "record"
String thisField = record.substring(*,*);
//makes thisField equivalent to the chunk of text between the starting and ending "s of a field, since they're all a constant length


if(thisField.indexOf(search1) < -1)
//if the user's search is found within the field
{
System.out.println(record);
//spit out the record on the console window - probably different for the intarnets
recsFound++;
//increment records found number to limit at 100
}
if(recsFound == 100)
break;
}

This would need to be converted to Python, of course, but hopefully I've put the algorithm together well enough that you get it.

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WHERE'S THE BEEF

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: August 29, 2006 06:18PM

The arrest list has grown to the point where a lot of garbage data gets matched for a street name search. I cooked up a perl script to do field matching about a month ago but it was far too slow for production (~25 seconds for query execution as opposed to the current ~0.5 seconds).

In the next month or so I'll be bringing the whole database into MySQL and allowing specific field searching.

In the meantime, you can cut out all the crap by searching for "newport" and "chantilly" or similarly "street name" and "street's city" for any other location.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: pgens ()
Date: August 29, 2006 06:57PM

Cary, do you keep an archive of past text files? I'm missing one.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Paul ()
Date: September 23, 2006 06:07PM

In the arrest database, what merits the charge of "RUNNING AT LARGE DOGS"?

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Cary ()
Date: September 26, 2006 09:00PM

Paul Wrote:
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> In the arrest database, what merits the charge of
> "RUNNING AT LARGE DOGS"?

It should read "Running at large, dogs"

It means there was a leash violation.

I'll add this to the Ticket/Arrest search wiki



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 09/26/2006 10:05PM by Cary.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: September 26, 2006 09:16PM

"RUNNING AT LARGE DOGS"

"You mess with the large dogs, you'll get the horns."
Attachments:
gleasonnew1.jpg

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Gravis ()
Date: September 27, 2006 05:24AM

"Running at large, dogs"

that reminds me of the title Geraldo At Large. lol.


"the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."095042938540

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Jester ()
Date: December 01, 2006 04:24PM

Hi Cary,

Thanks for such a great site. I was wondering if you could sort the displayed arrest results in date order from new (top) to old.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: The Economist ()
Date: February 29, 2008 05:05PM

hey I don't think it's working very well, did FCPD just recently clear out the database or something?

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: February 29, 2008 05:44PM

BUMP

Definitely something wrong with it. The search isn't finding things that I've seen on there in the past.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: pgens ()
Date: March 01, 2008 07:39AM

The Economist Wrote:
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> hey I don't think it's working very well, did FCPD
> just recently clear out the database or something?


It doesn't search with a FCPD-sourced data, it uses data periodically offloaded from FCPD so there isn't a clearing out the FCPD could do intentionally or accidentally that would affect stuff that was searchable here before.

I put in "Smith" and it returned records from different years so there is still stuff in there that goes back for some period of time. Not sure what the issue is.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 03/01/2008 07:39AM by pgens.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: March 01, 2008 08:50AM

There are definitely records missing. Occassionally I type my street name into the search to see if anything new pops up. I just did that again now, and the list is only like 1/4 the size that it normally is.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: Gravis ()
Date: March 01, 2008 03:45PM

TheMeeper Wrote:
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> There are definitely records missing.
> Occassionally I type my street name into the
> search to see if anything new pops up.


G Money?


"the wisdom of the wise will perish, the intelligence of the intelligent will vanish."095042938540

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: TheMeeper ()
Date: March 01, 2008 04:39PM

Gravis Wrote:
>> G Money?

LOL, I meant the name of the street that I live on.... not my "street name".

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: ClintJCL ()
Date: January 22, 2010 04:17PM

I simply cannot find info on the drunk driver that destroyed the pole on Braddock Rd on 01/16/2010. THey said he was arrested, but I can't find it...

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: LuLu ()
Date: March 11, 2010 08:30PM

I really do not think it has updated since early January. That needs to be corrected!

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: John T. Rick ()
Date: March 12, 2010 06:52PM

No wonder why no prostitution arrests are showing up for 2010.

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Date: August 12, 2014 01:34AM

Criminal record

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: L4LLc ()
Date: August 12, 2014 03:28PM


dear cary, legal suggestion

disclaim the accuracy is "as-is" possibly flawed

do not sell it



why ? see lexus nexus lawsuits : they lost

they advertised not only false or null litigation preventing people from being hired. they ADDED false information (someone found a way to). when someone was told by an employer - yea i didn't hire you due to your record: they lost in court big time, en-mass litigation

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Re: Arrest/Ticket search now active!
Posted by: ChYjH ()
Date: August 12, 2014 03:29PM

i was awarded money in that suit

i inquired and searched to find out why and if i should sue for more

i still cannot find out what they might have done to me

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