California law enforcement agencies will have to count and preserve all of their untested rape kits


The three measures are part of ongoing efforts in Sacramento to tackle rape kit backlogs at law enforcement agencies and to increase the number of victims who report sexual assault and seek treatment. October 12, 2017 California law enforcement agencies will have to preserve and count all of their untested rape kits and ensure they inform sexual as...
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As crime lab cases climb, Montana aims to make sex assault evidence kits more efficient


"With DNA technology moving in the direction it's moving, we're able to get DNA from things we couldn't in the past," October 10, 2017 The state crime lab is in the preliminary stages of reconfiguring the sexual-assault evidence kits used by doctors and nurses to collect samples from women who have been raped. Since 2011, the number of cases the la...
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The Latest: Some concertgoers’ belongings being returned


Deputy Clark County Fire Chief John Steinbeck announced Sunday that items are being returned to people at a Family Assistance Center in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. October 8, 2017 LAS VEGAS — The Latest on the mass shooting in Las Vegas (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Officials say they're beginning to return personal belonging...
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Washington state gets $3M to ease backlog of 6,000 untested rape kits


Washington state is getting $3 million in federal grant money to continue analyzing forensic evidence in previously untested rape kits. Some of the money will go to creating a cold-case team to investigate sexual assaults that may have occurred years, even decades, ago. Enter Article DATE HERE The state's ongoing efforts to analyze DNA from th...
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Even deadlier form of fentanyl reaches San Diego County


Carfentanil is 100 times stronger than the synthetic opioid fentanyl and is typically used to sedate massive animals like elephants October 6, 2017 Imagine a substance so potent that a few specks — the size of a few granules of table salt — can kill you. If you didn't think the stakes could get any deadlier in the emerging fentanyl crisis, it has. ...
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City Attorney Pushes to Have Backlog of Untested Rape Kits Cleared in San Diego


San Diego has approximately 2,500 rape kits that have yet to be analyzed Enter Article DATE HERE San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott appealed to Governor Jerry Brown to sign bills that will help bring justice to rape survivors through rape kits. In 2014 state auditors found collections of up to 40,000 untested rape kits in various California ...
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Decades after pregnant woman’s nude body found on California beach, sex offender arrested (37 years later)


New technology and an "innovative technique" for looking at DNA evidence linked Yniguez to the crime scene in 2013 October 1, 2017 LOS ANGELES – More than 37 years after the nude, lifeless body of a young pregnant newlywed was found along the coast of Palos Verdes Estates, investigators on Friday announced the arrest of a convicted rapist whose all...
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Battling the backlog: More than 1,100 potentially untested and unsolved sexual assault kits in KC


Some of those sexual assault kits date back nearly 40 years. October 1, 2107 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - More than 1,000 potentially untested sexual assault kits are on an evidence room shelf here in Kern County. Some of those sexual assault kits date back nearly 40 years. 23ABC's I-Team investigated why there are so many that are poteniatlly untested an...
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