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This website showcases good deeds done by people who listen to police scanners. Info is listed by date of occurrence.

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Best stories -

2015 - Gresham Oregon - scannerist almost catches murderer

2015 - Tewksbury Massachusetts - scannerist leads police to attempted murder - February 2015

2015 - South Dakota Attorney General wants to legalize scanners - January 2015

2014 - December - 2 Chicago scannerists save 2 people from a fire

2014 - Dec 10 - even fire departments from Australia are now providing official scanner feeds

2014 - Dec 1 - big story about scannerists from Beloit Wisconsin

2014 - Chicago Police sued for illegal use of Stingray to intercept cellphone calls - Broadcastify caught radio traffic

2014 - Scranton PA - bar owner / scannerist alerts police to robber sitting in the bar

Dec 2013 - scanner comforted family in basement during EF4 tornado in Washington Illinois

2014 - scannerists find San Diego County fire radio problem

2014 - scannerist provides Ferguson MO tape
 
2002 - news media with scanners helped get the DC Snipers

2006 - Tyler Texas - scannerist leads police to 2 guys who shot a cop

April 2013 -  Watertown Mass - residents used scanners for situational awareness during search for bombers

Jan 2013 - capture of bank robber near Carson Nevada.

Feb 2014 - another bank robber busted - this time in Queens NYC.

April 2014 - shooter bagged by Wilkes Barre PA scannerist

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Please also check out the ' sonofrcma ' or ' firerad2 ' lists at yahoogroups - you can use the keyword "openness" to find many more good scanner stories there

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General Information

http://www.radiobanter.com/search.php?searchid=58897 - many openness posts here

https://sites.google.com/site/sonofrcma/ - Legalities of Scanning - Ethos of Scanning

http://forums.radioreference.com/virginia-radio-discussion-forum/191875-moral-dilema-2.html - Will online feeds kill the scanning hobby?

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Odds and Ends

Kidnapper busted by scannerist - see the public comments - http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/article.aspx?subjectid=318&articleid=20120505_78_A15_BOEROe845115

There was a tow truck driver in Scranton PA IIRC (maybe Wilkes Barre Pennsylvania) that busted a couple of people during police chases - rammed them with his truck or held them at gun point - circa 2004 - (I think he is still at it in 2014)