Case of missing evidence unsolved in Newport; final report lists money, drugs, weapons unaccounted for

A Washington County Sheriff's Office investigation conducted last fall concluded that items missing from evidence were $2,231, narcotics from 12 cases, four handguns and a bow. In addition, a report says, drug evidence used to be flushed down a toilet to be disposed. February 14, 2017 A final investigative report on the now-disbanded Newport Police...
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Former OSP evidence tech gets prison for $50,000 in thefts

A former evidence technician was sentenced to prison for stealing more than $50,000 while working at the Oregon State Police office in Central Point January 24, 2017 A former evidence technician was sentenced to prison for stealing more than $50,000 while working at the Oregon State Police office in Central Point. John D. Parrish, 62, was sentenced...
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Testing of Oregon's shelved sexual assault kits nets first 5 DNA matches

Six months after three counties in Oregon began shipping hundreds of untested DNA samples from alleged victims of sexual assault to a Utah lab, the first results are in: Five match known offenders in a criminal database. October 3, 2016 Six months after three counties in Oregon began shipping hundreds of untested DNA samples from alleged victi...
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Alleged mistress of convicted sheriff's captain pleas guilty to lying to the feds

The alleged mistress for whom a now-jailed former Deschutes County Sheriff's Office captain stole more than $200,000 pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal agents on Thursday, according to the United States Attorney's Office. September 17, 2016 The alleged mistress for whom a now-jailed former Deschutes County Sheriff's Office captain...
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Oregon district attorney reviewing convictions in crime-lab scandal

The number of possibly contaminated convictions grew, from one to now around 1,500 in central Oregon's Deschutes County alone. June 20, 2016 BEND, Ore. — At first, authorities in Oregon believed that the lab tech had been stealing drugs from just one batch of evidence. Then they saw that drugs were missing from other cases she had worked. And then ...
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Bend man’s murder trial to proceed despite missing evidence

The Oregonian, The Bulliten, bendbulletin.com BYLINE: Associated Press Bend, OR Nichols A judge says missing evidence won’t prevent the trial of a Bend man accused of pushing his girlfriend off a cliff. The Oregonian reports that 40-year-old Stephen Nichols of Bend has plead...
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Oregon State Police halt drug testing at Bend, Pendleton labs

The Oregonian/OregonLive, oregonlive.com BYLINE: Laura Gunderson | The Oregonian/OregonLive Pendleton and Bend, OR Oregon State Police have halted drug testing at two labs in the wake of allegations that a forensic analyst stole and tampered with drug evidence. (Beth Nakamur...
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Fired Cottage Grove police officer being investigated by FBI for improper evidence handling

The Register-Guard, registerguard.com BYLINE: The Register-Guard Cottage Grove, OR Former Cottage Grove police officer Phil Beach is being investigated for possible criminal charges by the FBI for violation of department policy regarding the handling of evidence, the Cottage...
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