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Putnam: County officials want missing evidence story to go away but should it?


At a March news conference, the sheriff called it a "colossal failure of leadership" on the part of his predecessor. August 12, 2017 LANSING – Few of us would want the assignment facing the new Ingham County sheriff last spring. A review of the sheriff office's evidence room showed widespread problems affecting 1,700 pieces of evidence. Sheriff Sco...
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Second Harper Woods police officer faces drug charge


It is alleged that Lynch stole various items from the Harper Woods Police Department property room between Feb. 4 and Feb. 10. August 11, 2017 HARPER WOODS, Mich. - A Harper Woods police officer has been charged with using a controlled substance, Judge Daniel Palmer announced. Officer John Biernat was arraigned Friday on a misdemeanor charge of con...
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Madison police change protocol to deal with fentanyl


Officers are now required to wear protective gloves, eye protection and masks when handling suspected drugs. Enter Article DATE HERE MADISON, Wis. - The Madison Police Department has changed the protocol used for dealing with suspected drugs being processed into evidence. The change is being made to improve officer safety and prevent exposure ...
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Detective accused of theft from police property room, heroin possession


Michael Lynch, 37, is suspected of stealing "various items" from the property room August 9, 2017 HARPER WOODS, MI -- A former Harper Woods police officer is accused of stealing from his own department's property room over a week-long period in February. The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement that police officer Michael Lynch, 37,...
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2 former Ellis County deputies to appear in federal court on gun theft charges


Two former Ellis County Sheriff's Office deputies have admitted to stealing and selling guns they took from the sheriff's office property room. July 12, 2017 WAXAHACHIE – Two former Ellis County Sheriff's Office deputies have admitted to stealing and selling guns they took from the sheriff's office property room. Former ECSO Lt. Philip Gary Slaught...
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Former sheriff’s office deputies set to appear in federal court for gun theft


Lt. Philip Gary Slaughter II is set to enter a guilty plea for his role an alleged gun thef Enter Article DATE HERE WAXAHACHIE — Former Ellis County Sheriff's Office Lt. Philip Gary Slaughter II is set to enter a guilty plea for his role an alleged gun theft. He allegedly stole and sold firearms from the sheriff's office property room and has ...
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19 guns were unaccounted for in Riverside police property room


guns, cash and drugs were unaccounted for Enter Article DATE HERE RIVERSIDE The Riverside Police Department's property room became a place where guns, cash and drugs were unaccounted for by the time Montgomery County Sheriff's Office officials this year declared it was "not in operational capacity," according to a Riverside police memorandum o...
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Ex-Springfield police officer Kevin Burnham died before pleading guilty


Burnham allegedly stole $400,000 from evidence room June 6, 2017 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was a tragic ending to the life of a retired Springfield Police Officer, who had been accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the police department's evidence room. Kevin Burnham allegedly stole nearly $400,000, between 2009 and 2014. H...
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