Orange County probation officer charged with stealing money while executing search warrants


Rodriguez was assisting the team in serving a search warrant at a home on Edinger Avenue in Santa Ana and, prosecutors now say, stole $150 from a victim's wallet while checking for the person's identification. November 30, 2017 ANTA ANA — An Orange County probation officer faces charges because he is suspected of stealing cash while executing searc...
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Former Colorado Police Chief Pleads Guilty to Weapons Theft


A former Colorado police chief has pleaded guilty to charges of stealing weapons from his department and its evidence room and then selling them to pawn shops. December 1, 2017 LEADVILLE, Colo. (AP) — A former police chief in a small Colorado town has pleaded guilty to charges of stealing weapons from his department and its evidence room and then s...
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Audit finds over 3,000 Alaskan rape kits not tested


According to Alaska DPS, a statewide inventory of untested sexual assault kits – dating back to the year 2000 – was performed as a result of SB-55, which passed in 2017. November 28, 2017 A recently released document shows 3,484 sexual assault kits (SAK), taken as evidence by law enforcement agencies, were not submitted for serological testing at a...
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LA County Board Approves $15 Million Settlement in Wrongful Conviction Lawsuit


The settlement is the largest between the county and a single individual in at least the last decade November 21, 2017 The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $15 million payout today -- the largest single-plaintiff settlement in at least a decade -- for a man who was imprisoned for 27 years for a 1984 murder he said he didn't commit...
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Man, wrongly convicted of 1978 killings in Simi Valley, recommended for release from prison


New DNA evidence has cast doubt on the conviction of a man who has spent more than half his life in prison after being convicted in a 1978 Simi Valley double-homicide. November 20, 2017 New DNA evidence has cast doubt on the conviction of a man who has spent more than half his life in prison after being convicted in a 1978 Simi Valley double-h...
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Gypsy Hill killings: Arrest made in 1976 cold case murder of 19-year-old woman


Two years ago DNA evidence gathered decades earlier at two of the crime scenes resulted in two murder charges against Rodney Lynn Halbower, who had already been in prison for most of his adult life, most recently on an attempted murder charge in Oregon. Enter Article DATE HERE DALY CITY — For years, law enforcement officials believed the same ...
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Detectives solve 1979 murder of Salem teen


Persistence and DNA lead to the killer, who died in prison in 2002 November 6, 2017 SALEM — The persistence of a detective and the sister of a young woman who was stabbed and beaten has solved a murder in Oregon — 38 years after it happened. On March 9, 1979, Janie Landers disappeared outside the Fairview Training Center for the developmentally dis...
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Review shows evidence backlog at Casper Police Department


November 5, 2017 The Casper Police Department is accumulating evidence far more quickly than it is disposed of, which means a department that already has six evidence storage facilities will need to add storage space if things don't change. An external review of the police department conducted by the Center for Public Safety Management indicates th...
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