Cincinnati police officer under investigation for allegedly shelving rape DNA test results, prosecutor says

The officer "is accused of doing nothing. Enter Article DATE HERE CINCINNATI (WXIX) - The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office is investigating a veteran Cincinnati police officer for allegedly shelving rape DNA test results for years, potentially impacting hundreds of cases, according to Prosecutor Joe Deters. He identified the officer as Chri...

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Florida sheriff looking to return $2 Million in marijuana to rightful owner: 'Very least we can do'

 Sheriff Wayne Ivey has a history of using social media in a humorous way October 10,2021 A Florida sheriff has advertised on social media some 700 pounds of marijuana that authorities wanted to "return" to its rightful owner. The tongue-in-cheek post on Facebook by the Brevard County Sheriff's office argued the office was just trying to ...

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South Dakota woman convicted in her baby’s 1981 death

A South Dakota woman was convicted of manslaughter Friday in the death of her newborn son whose body was discovered in a ditch 40 years ago. October 10, 2021 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota woman was convicted of manslaughter Friday in the death of her newborn son whose body was discovered in a ditch 40 years ago. Theresa Bentaas, 60, of Si...

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Spaulding sentenced to probation for stealing $17,000 from evidence room

Money taken from evidence room September 29, 2021 By Stephanie Barry | SPRINGFIELD — Former West Springfield police Capt. Daniel Spaulding eluded jail time Wednesday for stealing and then returning more than $17,000 from the evidence room. Hampden Superior Court Judge Michael Callan rejected the recommendation of the state attorney...

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Former Boston Police Evidence Officer Charged in Overtime Fraud Scheme

Nee submitted false and fraudulent overtime slips for overtime hours that he did not work at the evidence warehouse October 4, 2021 BOSTON – A former Boston Police officer has been charged and has agreed to plead guilty in connection with an ongoing investigation of overtime fraud at the Boston Police Department's (BPD) evidence warehouse. Thomas N...

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Reports detail missing items in case involving former Auburn detective

Two long guns and money amounting to $938 were discovered to be missing from the Auburn Police Department evidence room  Enter Article DATE HERE AUBURN — Two long guns and money amounting to $938 were discovered to be missing from the Auburn Police Department evidence room in the case that resulted in the arrest of retired Auburn Police D...

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Illinois coroner pleads not guilty to thefts from the dead

A Winnebago County grand jury indicted Hintz  on the charges, which accuse him of stealing about $14,500 in cash belonging to dead people from the coroner's office's evidence vault. September 22, 2021 ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois coroner pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges alleging that he stole more than $14,000 in cash from ...

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NSP evidence tech, boyfriend arrested on suspicion of distributing fentanyl laced with cocaine

Through random audits, the Lincoln-Lancaster County Narcotics task force said detectives discovered large amounts of drugs missing including "significant quantities of cocaine and fentanyl."  September 24m 2021 LINCOLN, Neb. — A Nebraska State Patrol evidence tech and her boyfriend are under arrest accused of conspiring to distribute cocaine l...

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Former Sheriff's Deputy Under Investigation

Evidence missing from Starke County, special investigatory missing Enter Article DATE HERE STARKE COUNTY, Ind. -- An investigation is underway at the Starke County Sheriff's Office after evidence was reported missing from both active and closed cases. A former deputy is also under investigation, according to multiple sources. The evidence was ...

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Judge rules against dismissed police officer

September 19, 2021 WINCHESTER — A Winchester Circuit Court judge has ruled against a former city police officer who claimed he was unfairly disciplined and subsequently fired over his job performance. In a ruling filed this week, Judge Bruce D. Albertson said the Winchester Police Department was within its rights to discipline Capt. Leonard M. Baus...

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Suspended sentence, four years probation for ex-Manchester police officer pleading guilty to evidence theft

Former Manchester police officer was handed a suspended sentence and four years of probation after pleading guilty to his role in stealing $2,295 from the department evidence room in 2017. September 15, 2021 BENNINGTON — A former Manchester police officer was handed a suspended sentence and four years of probation after pleading guilty to his role ...

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Plea hearing expected for former police officer charged with evidence theft

Officer charged with stealing money that was being held by the department as evidence September 15, 2021 BENNINGTON — A change of plea hearing is scheduled for Wednesday in the case of a former Manchester Police Department officer charged with stealing money that was being held by the department as evidence. According to the court calendar and to S...

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Police seize 1,000 catalytic converters stolen from Maine vehicles

Ten people are facing charges after Maine State Police said they seized more than 1,000 catalytic converters stolen from vehicles in northern Maine. August 13, 2021 HOULTON, Maine (WMTW) — Ten people are facing charges after Maine State Police said they seized more than 1,000 catalytic converters stolen from vehicles in northern Maine. Police said ...

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1 of 2 suspects involved in theft of nearly 400 catalytic converters in northeast Houston due in court Friday, authorities say

Officers  seized as many as 400 catalytic converters  August 1, 2021 HOUSTON – One of the suspects police said was involved in the theft of nearly 400 catalytic converters is due in court Friday. Houston police officers said two men seized as many as 400 catalytic converters in northeast Houston Wednesday night. Police arrested two men in...

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Two arrested after a multiagency catalytic converter theft investigation in Sedalia

Investigators seized 107 cutoff catalytic converters that were located at locations in Sedalia and Otterville September 1, 2021 SEDALIA, Mo. (KMIZ) Multiple law enforcement agencies arrested two people Wednesday morning after investigating the theft of catalytic converters in the Sedalia area. The Sedalia police, Pettis County Sheriff's Dept. detec...

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Winnebago County Board asks coroner to resign

The latest indictments allege Hintz stole approximately $14,500 in cash that belonged to deceased individuals out of the coroner's office's evidence vault September 12, 2021 OCKFORD—The Winnebago County Board has called for the resignation of county coroner as he faces charges of theft, fraud and official misconduct. The county board unanimously ap...

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Officer is 'going to be fine' after accidental shooting at LMPD Property Room, chief says

Shields said the officer was cleaning his service revolver when he accidentally discharged the weapon, suffering a gunshot wound to the stomach area. September 8, 2021 LOUISVILLE, Ky. — A Louisville Metro Police officer was taken to the hospital after accidentally shooting himself in the stomach Wednesday afternoon in the LMPD Property Room, Chief ...

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Boston DA charges convicted sex offender in 1988 cold case murder, rape of Judy Chamberlain

"Ms. Chamberlain's family has been waiting 33 years for answers. September 12, 2021 Massachusetts prosecutors announced Monday that a convicted sex offender in state custody has been charged with the rape and murder of a Boston woman in a cold case that went unsolved for 33 years. A grand jury returned an indictment for 50-year-old Richard Vega las...

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Man indicted in cold case murder, accused of killing wife in Oregon 25 years ago

Despite several attempts to identify the woman, she remained unidentified until 2019 when a new DNA technique was used to put a name to her remains. September 13, 2021 MILL CREEK, Ore. – A 68-year-old is facing charges in a cold case murder from 1996, accused of killing his wife in Oregon after her skeletal remains were recently identified through ...

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State police decline prosecutor's request to probe Petersburg detective's misplaced evidence

It's just somebody not following the policies and procedures of their agency," police spokeswoman Corinne Geller said. "That's not criminal. That's administrative violations." September 4, 2021 State police have declined Petersburg Commonwealth's Attorney Tiffany Buckner's request to investigate misplaced evidence problems within the Petersbur...

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Update: Audit for missing evidence spurs criminal investigation

The audit, which was conducted in July, was spurred as a result of a court case having wrapped up and OPD being unable to find the related evidence — $900 in cash — that was to be to be returned to the victim. September 1, 2021 ONTARIO — A criminal investigation is underway over evidence that is missing from the Ontario Police Department. Oregon St...

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Moore presents $20K firearms auction check to police

Proceeds generated from the Office's recent unclaimed property firearms auction. September 1, 2021 FAIRMONT — State Treasurer Riley Moore this week presented a check worth more than $20,000 to the Marion County Sheriff's Department – proceeds generated from the Office's recent unclaimed property firearms auction. Moore presented the check tota...

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The City of Dallas discovered more police evidence is missing. Here’s what we know

City officials discovered an additional 15 terabytes of missing Dallas police evidence and files from the city secretary's office during its ongoing audit of a massive data deletion that occurred in April, a city spokeswoman said Monday.  August 31, 2021  City officials discovered an additional 15 terabytes of Dallas police evidence and f...

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Former Klamath Falls officer pleads guilty to stealing drugs from evidence room

Reif reportedly entered the Klamath Falls Police Department's evidence room with an unauthorized key, removed an evidence item containing methamphetamine and fentanyl  Enter Article DATE HERE A former Klamath Falls police officer, who stole narcotics from an evidence room and caused a DUII crash last November, pleaded guilty Tuesday to mu...

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Evidence allegedly destroyed by officers at police precinct during George Floyd protest threatens to derail drug case

A Minnesota judge is considering whether to drop charges against an alleged drug dealer after his lawyer claimed Minneapolis law enforcement officers destroyed critical evidence in a panic prompted by a blaze and takeover of another police department during a 2020 protest over the murder of George Floyd. August 26, 2021 A Minnesota judge is co...

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Evidence Specialist - San Marcos, TX

Salary: HAYS COUNTY JOB DESCRIPTION Job Code: 0626 Grade: 109 Date Prepared: August 2021 FLSA: Non-Exempt Safety Sensitive Phone Allocation Job Requirements: Knowledge RequiredGeneral knowledge of principles, practices, and procedures of record-keeping and evidence/property management (preferred)General knowledge of the processing, storage, and dis...

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Dallas Police Revise Policy After Accidentally Deleting Data

A police employee accidentally deleted 22 terabytes of case files when trying to migrate data between servers. August 22, 2021 In Dallas, at least one murder trial has been delayed after a police employee accidentally destroyed 8 terabytes of digital case files and materials during a routine data migration process gone wrong. A Dallas Police Depart...

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Former Cyril police chief facing charges Alvin Pickens III

Investigators said Pickens confessed to taking it from the evidence room and then bought the speaker back from the store. August 5, 2021 CYRIL, Okla. (KSWO) -The former chief of police in Cyril is facing charges, accused of taking confiscated items. Alvin Pickens III is charged with knowingly concealing stolen property and two counts of petit larce...

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California Sheriffs Make Arrest in 40-Year Cold Case Murder of a Single Mom

Earlier this month, the detectives were informed that the evidence from the crime scene they submitted for testing was a match to Glazebrook's DNA profile. August 17, 2021 Advancements in DNA technology have led to an arrest in a decades-old cold case homicide in California. Michael Scott Glazebrook of Seaside has been charged with the first-degree...

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Florida police solve 35-year-old murder cold case with advances in DNA technology

The suspect was sentenced to life in prison for a separate murder in 1999 and died in 2015 August 15, 2021 After 28-year-old Denise Marie Stafford was murdered in 1985 in Sarasota, Florida, the case went cold for decades despite investigators' best efforts at finding her killer. Now, thanks to advancements in DNA technology, the Sarasota Police Dep...

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Dallas murder suspect to be released from jail while city determines if it lost evidence

Jonathan Pitts is the first defendant known to be impacted by the city's loss of police department data. August 14, 2021 Update 6:30 p.m.: This story was updated with additional details about how this could impact other court cases, a statement from Dallas police and to reflect that Pitts remained jailed. A murder suspect scheduled to go on trial t...

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A Guide to Fentanyl Touch Overdoses, Which Do Not Exist

False police reports of secondhand fentanyl overdose are remarkably consistent. Enter Article DATE HERE Once as a paramedic student, I accidentally sprayed fentanyl in my face. It was my first time administering the medication, and a patient with a broken ankle was lying on the gurney in front of me, tensed uncomfortably, when the ambulance hi...

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Director of DC lab that processes criminal evidence resigns following accreditation loss

"We ceased using the lab, the forensic lab, and specifically the firearms examination unit, about a year ago when there were various concerns around the practice of the lab and indeed the overall management of it," May 19, 2021 WASHINGTON (7News) — The director of the DC Crime Lab has resigned, Acting Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice conf...

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Video of Officer’s Collapse After Handling Powder Draws Skepticism

Medical experts said the video promoted a false narrative and confusion about fentanyl and ways it can lead to an overdose. August 7, 2021 Update: The San Diego sheriff released new details about the video of a deputy's collapse. A dramatic video posted by the San Diego County Sheriff's Department that shows a trainee collapsing while investigating...

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Anaheim officer treated after possible fentanyl exposure

Enter Headline here August 9,2021 An Anaheim police officer suffered symptoms of a possible fentanyl exposure Monday morning, Aug. 9, as he transported a suspect accused of having possessed the dangerous drug to the city's jail for booking, authorities said. The officer arrested the suspect for possessing fentanyl for sale and collected the drugs, ...

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‘He No Longer Gets to Hold the Secret': Killer ID'd in 1980 Cold Case Murder on Boat

Hairs taken from the crime scene aboard a boat in Newport Beach revealed secrets more than 40 years after the killing of 42-year-old Judy Nesbitt. August 9, 2021 Genetic genealogy, new forensics techniques and hairs recovered at the crime scene helped investigators link the 1980 cold case murder of a 42-year-old Irvine woman to a man who died more ...

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Petersburg detective named in 2015 evidence room scandal retires after evidence found in ceiling, dumpster

Defense attorneys are still looking for answers. August 9, 2021 A Petersburg police detective who was banished from the department's evidence and property room six years ago amid a scandal involving missing evidence that included $13,000 has retired after he was linked to "hidden" evidence found in the ceiling of the office where he worked, in a du...

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Meth contamination found in Washington State Patrol crime labs

Thousands of cases may be affected by problems at Seattle facility August 6, 2021 SEATTLE — Behind the locked doors of a third-floor office in South Seattle, countertop instruments filled with dozens of tiny vials feed data to nearby monitors while performing scores of tests each day in pursuit of justice. The Washington State Patrol Toxicology Lab...

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Former West Springfield police captain convicted of taking money from evidence room

Spaulding reportedly oversaw the evidence room and detective bureau from 2011 to 2016. In October 2016, he moved to the role of administrative captain, but still had access to the evidence room.ter Headline here August 4, 2021WEST SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- A former West Springfield police captain has been convicted of taking money from the dep...

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With the future of Long Beach’s waste-to-energy plant uncertain, so are law enforcement’s options for disposing of seized drugs

The city has extended its contract to run SERRF until 2024, but beyond that date, the future of the facility remains uncertain August 1, 2021 After over three hours of driving from Wasco State Prison, a prison complex near Bakersfield that currently houses around 3,000 inmates, officers Thomas Miller and Oscar Navarro make their way up six flights ...

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Gun auction to raise money for sheriff’s office

Sheriff says he couldn't remember when the department upgraded any of their equipment, operating off of an old analog radio system for many years. July 31, 2021  A gun auction is new for Sheriff Terry Miller, but the need for new equipment isn't. "This is the first auction that we've had since I've been in office since 2015," Miller said. "[Ne...

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Wise County prosecutor drops charges in 31 cases linked to Pound Police Department

"The Town of Pound Town Council created a situation in which the preservation of evidence in numerous pending cases has been questioned," July 28, 2021 WISE — Thirty-one people facing charges connected to Pound Police Department investigations will see their cases dropped after a motion filed Wednesday by Wise County and Norton Commonwealth's Attor...

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Judge dismisses case after DA's office says critical evidence missing

Defense attorney who said his client was unlawfully indicted, spent unnecessary time in jail and was negatively impacted by a missing videotape  July 31, 2021 LAS CRUCES - A judge dismissed a case against a man accused of beating, robbing and attempting to sexually assault a massage parlor worker. The case was dismissed without prejudice, mean...

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Man, 84, convicted in 1976 ‘cold case’ homicides

DNA doesn't lie. It's a scientific fact. July 27, 2021 MARINETTE, Wis. — A jury Tuesday took only two hours to convict an 84-year-old man of murdering a Green Bay, Wis., couple at a campground in Marinette County more than four decades ago. After a nine-day trial in Marinette County Circuit Court, Raymand Vannieuwenhoven was found guilty on both co...

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More details emerge involving ex-State College police officer accused of on-duty theft of vape pen

41-year-old ex-officer Chris Tooley — who resigned before the completion of an internal review — risked his career for a purple vape pen with three voltage levels. July 28, 2021 More details are emerging surrounding a former State College police officer who faces charges after being accused of stealing a $35 marijuana-related vape pen while on duty...

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Former State College officer charged with stealing evidence

Police officer is facing charges after the department discovered he had allegedly taken evidence for his own personal use. Enter Article DATE HERE STATE COLLEGE, Pa.(WTAJ) — A former State College police officer is facing charges after the department discovered he had allegedly taken evidence for his own personal use. The Investigation from Pe...

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Audit of Ontario police evidence room unable to locate missing $900, possibly more (update)

Romero plans to ask the Ontario City Council to fund a broader audit. July 23, 2021 ONTARIO – Auditors couldn't find $900 in cash missing from the evidence room of the Ontario Police Department and found indications other evidence may be missing, according to Police Chief Steven Romero. Romero said Thursday that preliminary results shared with him ...

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Man arrested in 1988 cold case murder of 8-year-old Roswell boy

DNA evidence linked him to the death of Joshua Harmon. July 23, 2021 ROSWELL, Ga. — Roswell police have arrested a Woodstock man in the 1988 murder of an 8-year-old boy. James Michael Coates, 56, was taken into custody on July 21 and booked on multiple charges including murder after DNA evidence linked him to the death of Joshua Harmon. Joshua was ...

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Police officer fired as BRPD drug corruption investigation deepens

Acree is accused of stealing drugs out of the evidence room. July 20, 2021 BATON ROUGE - A police officer tied to the ongoing corruption investigation within the Baton Rouge Police drug squad has been fired, the WBRZ Investigative Unit learned Wednesday. Multiple sources shared details of the firing with WBRZ's Chris Nakamoto and the Investigative ...

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UPDATE: Ex-Chadbourn police chief, facing over 80 charges, given additional bond

Former top cop is accused of repeatedly raiding the police department's evidence room and stealing a variety of narcotics, thousands of dollars in cash, and firearms. July, 17, 2021 OLUMBUS COUNTY, N.C. (WECT) - Former Chadbourn Police Chief Anthony Spivey was given a $300,000 unsecured bond in court Thursday, which is in addition to his already st...

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