Evidence in the West Memphis Three case 'likely lost or destroyed'

Attorneys said evidence recently needed for DNA testing is missing.  July 13, 2021 WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. — It's a case that caught national attention for decades, the West Memphis Three. Attorneys said evidence recently needed for DNA testing is missing. Patrick Benca, one of Damien Echols's attorneys, said he fears missing this evidence will nev...

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Ontario Police Department triggers audit after $900 found missing from evidence room (Oregon)

Romero said he didn't know how long it had been since the evidence room had last been audited, but that this audit would bring the police department into compliance with a policy requiring annual reports. July 13, 2021 ONTARIO – The Ontario Police Department is undergoing an audit by the Oregon Association Chiefs of Police and two employees have be...

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Former Boston police sergeant pleads guilty in overtime fraud scheme

Sergeant has pleaded guilty in connection to an ongoing investigation of overtime fraud at the Boston Police Department's evidence warehouse July 3, 2021 BOSTON — A former Boston police sergeant has pleaded guilty in connection to an ongoing investigation of overtime fraud at the Boston Police Department's evidence warehouse, officials announced Fr...

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Retired Radford Police Officer pleads guilty to taking evidence room money

chief Jeff Dodson said he knows situations like this endanger public trust, but he wants the public to know this was an isolated incident June 15, 2021 A former Radford police officer has been convicted after admitting he took money from the evidence room. The now-retired Lieutenant Andy Wilburn plead guilty after being charged last Friday to one m...

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Former Altoona police officer pleads guilty to stealing pills from police evidence lockers

On at least two occasions he switched seized pills being held as evidence with over-the-counter medication, writing false documentation for the seizures. Enter Article DATE HERE A former Altoona police officer has pleaded guilty to charges related to the theft of pills from police evidence lockers and possession of methamphetamine. Joshua Cope...

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O.C. Sheriff had investigator probe into evidence mishandling even though he had mishandled evidence

LeFlore is one of the subjects of the widely reported evidence mishandling scandal July 1, 2021 Even after the Orange County Sheriff's Department discovered one of its investigators mishandled evidence and lied about it, the department still tasked him with probing into widespread evidence mishandling of his peers, according to a recent court motio...

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Legislation to increase sexual assault kit regulations signed into law

A tracking system will be made accessible to those who have been assaulted, and provide them updates on their kits and their case July 1, 2021 TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Gail's Law, a bill that would ensure all sexual assault kits are tracked and recorded in Florida, is now law. The bill was named after longtime sexual assault advocate Gail Gardner...

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New Illinois law provides sexual assault survivors the ability to track the progress of their rape kit processing

While the tracking system won't tell them the results of their tests, they'll know the date it was started or completed. July 1, 2021 ROCKFORD (WREX) — When a person is sexually assaulted, advocates say it takes an incredibly amount of courage for them to come forward. "It is definitely one of the most frightening times, it's the most vulnerable ti...

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Unsecured weapons, unserved warrant, unpaid bills, missing police dog: Pound police chief outlines problems

The town's evidence situation may have contributed to a mistrial in Wise County this week June 29, 2021 POUND — Even before getting into budget matters on Tuesday, the Pound Council got a hard look at what its police department left in its wake after disbandment almost two months ago. Interim Police Chief Chris Wilcox, in his report to the council,...

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Scappoose police officer faces 13-count indictment, accused of taking drug evidence, official misconduct

JUNE 28, 2021 A Scappoose police officer was arraigned on a 13-count indictment Monday charging him with nine counts of official misconduct, two counts of unlawful delivery of Oxycodone and one count each of tampering with physical evidence and attempted delivery of Oxycodone. Troy Alan Gainer, who joined the police department in August 2004, is ac...

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Trooper exposed to fentanyl in traffic stop saved by suspect’s Narcan, reports state

The dose belonged to the suspect who also allegedly owned the illicit drug the trooper had been exposed to. June 24, 2021 KAWKAWLIN, MI — When a Michigan State Police trooper began feeling the effects of a narcotics overdose during a traffic stop, a quick dose of Narcan kept the worst at bay. The dose belonged to the suspect who also allegedly owne...

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Former neighbor talks about Great Falls "cold case" murder suspect (65 years later)


In 2019, DNA technology eventually led to Gould. June 24, 2021 GREAT FALLS — The Cascade County Sheriff's Office recently announced that they had closed a 65-year-old "cold case" double-murder. They say Kenneth Gould is the likely suspect in the 1956 murder of 18-year-old Duane Bogle and the rape and murder of 16-year-old Patty Kalitzke. In 1967, G...

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Locust Grove police chief admits to stealing drugs, weapons from evidence room

Williams later admitted to stealing and ingesting methamphetamine from the evidence room of the Locust Grove Police Department JUNE 22, 2021 LOCUST GROVE, Okla. — The Locust Grove police chief is now facing charges after being arrested, accused of stealing various items from the police department. Police Chief Charles Williams, 47, was arrested Fri...

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Suspect charged in 25 year old cold case murder of Beaumont teacher now jailed in Jefferson County

Investigators say DNA links Foreman to the killing. June 16, 2021 JEFFERSON COUNTY — Clayton B. Foreman, 61, is now in the Jefferson County Jail after he was extradited from Ohio and brought back to face a murder charged in the cold case killing of a Beaumont teacher more than 25 years ago. He was brought back Tuesday. Foreman had been held in Fran...

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Man charged in cold-case murder of Mitchell County teen

A search warrant was obtained to collect Adkins' DNA, which led to his arrest in connection to Dunn's murder. June 18, 2021 MITCHELL COUNTY, Texas -- A man has been charged in the murder of Mitchell County teen Hailey Dunn -- over 10 years after she was last seen alive. Shawn Casey Adkins, 35, of Big Spring, TX , was arrested Monday and charge...

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Former Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent and Task Force Officer Convicted of Conspiracy and Conversion of Property

June 16, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Former Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent and Task Force Officer Convicted of Conspiracy and Conversion of Property A former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) special agent and a former DEA task force officer were convicted Tuesday by a federal jury in New Orleans, Louisiana, in connection wit...

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Roughly 50 buried pill bottles discovered in backyard where retired SPD sergeant once lived

A bizarre backyard discovery in Haughton, La., now is at the center of a major investigation by narcotics detectives with the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office. Enter Article DATE HERE On May 18 at a residence on Grapevine Lane in the Forest Hills neighborhood, the home's owner dug up a surprise. Roughly 50 old medicine bottles, buried about hal...

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Retired Radford Police Officer pleads guilty to taking evidence room money

Radford police discovered a discrepancy in funds that were stored as criminal evidence. June 16, 2021 A former Radford police officer has been convicted after admitting he took money from the evidence room. The now-retired Lieutenant Andy Wilburn plead guilty after being charged last Friday to one misdemeanor count of Malfeasance in Public Office T...

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Two Montana Sweethearts Were Fatally Shot in 1956. The Case Was Just Solved.

Kadner said he believed it was the oldest homicide case in the United States to be solved with genetic genealogy JUNE 11, 2021 When Detective Sgt. Jon Kadner of the Cascade County Sheriff's Office in Montana was told in 2012 that he was being put in charge of the investigation into a long-unsolved double homicide, the case was already more than 50 ...

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Former Anne Arundel County Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Felony Theft

The witness believed that Miskill was returning to the residence to submit the property to the Anne Arundel County Police Department  JUNE 11, 2021 Anne Arundel County State's Attorney Anne Colt Leitess announced today that former Anne Arundel County police officer Jacob Miskill, 27, of Linthicum Heights pled guilty to one count of felony thef...

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She will always be 19': Arrest in 1980 cold case murder brings some relief, more grief to family of Barbara Tucker


June 11, 2021 A year ago, Susan Pater and Alice Juan were packing up their parents' home in Southeast Portland when they stumbled upon photos of their beloved sister, Barbara. Forty years had passed since Barbara Tucker was murdered at Mt. Hood Community College. In the family photos, Barbara never ages past 19. She was almost 6 feet tall, strong a...

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Washburn admitted to taking the methamphetamine evidence from the locker and ingesting it. June 8, 2021 The former police chief of Iron Mountain Lake was sentenced last week to probation on five charges related to a police pursuit outside of his jurisdiction that led to the discovery of missing drug evidence from his department. John Washburn, 52, ...

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Genetic genealogy leads to arrest in 1972 murder of teen girl

Police identified the suspect through his DNA left at the crime scene, using genetic genealogy June 5, 2021 Nearly a half-century after a teenage girl was viciously stabbed to death in a Chicago suburb, genetic genealogy has led to an arrest. Barry Lee Whelpley, 76, was arrested Wednesday at his home in Minnesota for the 1972 murder of Julie Ann Ha...

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Otter Tail County deputy to plead guilty to being on drugs during deadly chase

Backman reported finding drug-related items during his work as a narcotics officer, but some items were not logged into evidence, May 25, 2021 FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — An Otter Tail County Sheriff's deputy will plead guilty to a misconduct charge that says he was on drugs during a deadly vehicle pursuit last year in Fergus Falls, Minn. Kelly Douglas B...

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Former Calais cop indicted on 35 charges related to stealing drugs, firearms

Former Calais cop indicted on 35 charges related to stealing drugs, firearms May 22, 2021 (BDN) -- A former Calais police officer accused of furnishing drugs to a teenager in a high school parking lot has been indicted on 35 charges, according to the state attorney general's office. Jeffrey Bishop, 53, of Cherryfield was arrested in February on dru...

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50 kilos of the drug have washed ashore this week in Matagorda County

Sheriff's Department report that 50 Kilos of what is thought to be cocaine have been found washed up on the beaches  May 31, 2021 MATAGORDA COUNTY, TX – The Matagorda County Sheriff's Department report that 50 Kilos of what is thought to be cocaine have been found washed up on the beaches of Matagorda County over the past several days. The She...

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P21 million worth of illegal drugs ‘cremated’

Include least 3,163 grams of shabu and 180 grams of marijuana seized in different operations conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Philippine National Police. June 1, 2021 CEBU, Philippines — At least P21 million worth of illegal drugs were destroyed through thermal destruction at the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes in Cebu City ea...

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Rifle reunion: Jefferson County Sheriff’s office returns rifle stolen more than 40 years ago

"It's really crazy I never thought I'd see the gun again ever. May 31, 2021 ST. LOUIS — More than 4 decades ago, someone stole Clyde Smith's .30-06 hunting rifle. On Thursday, Smith got it back.It was stolen in 1974 from his Jefferson County home. "It's really crazy I never thought I'd see the gun again ever. We had gone on vacation to Table Rock L...

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Sheriff’s office upgrades evidence room with grant

Money was used to complete ventilation work in the department's evidence room for the health and safety of the evidence custodians. May 31, 2021 The Hardin County Sheriff's Office updated its evidence room thanks to a grant from the Kentucky Association of Counties. Sheriff John Ward said the association recently awarded the department a $1,000 saf...

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Twiggs County Major pleads guilty to stealing money from evidence room

GBI said he stole more than $1,500 that was taken from a suspect in a traffic stop and stored in the evidence room Enter Article DATE HERE TWIGGS COUNTY, Ga. — A former Twiggs County Sheriff's Office major received a six-month sentence Tuesday after he admitted to stealing money from his department's evidence room. Twiggs County court records ...

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Hot potato: Who will accept the keys to Pound’s police evidence room?

"Council, without taking into account responsibilities in maintaining a police department, has eliminated its police department,"  May 19, 2021 POUND — There were no takers on Wednesday for a court order to put Pound's police evidence room key in the custody of a Virginia law enforcement officer. Wise County and Norton Common- wealth's Attorne...

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Former Police Officer facing federal charges for stealing drugs from evidence room

Reif is alleged to have entered the Klamath Falls Police Department's temporary evidence room using an unauthorized key and removed an evidence item containing methamphetamine and fentanyl Enter Article DATE HERE Klamath County, Ore. — A former Klamath Falls Police Officer is facing federal charges for stealing methamphetamine and fentanyl fro...

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Va. town votes to fire ‘every officer in its police department,’ including chief

The town has demanded that the police chief hand over the keys to the evidence storage room May 24, 2021 By Suzie Ziegler POUND, Va. — The town of Pound, Virginia, has removed its police chief and terminated all other police officers, reported WYMT. According to a petition filed earlier this week, town officials voted on Tuesday to fire "every...

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KERN COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE PROPERTY & EVIDENCE FACILITY Due for an Upgrade

No fire inspection report, poor ventilation in the narcotics storage areas, lack of adequate security cameras throughout the facility, and an aging building that is near capacity that lacks stand-by power, has minimal air conditioning and an outdated elevator. May 10, 2021 Summary: On February 2, 2021, the 2020-2021 Kern County Grand Jury (Grand Ju...

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Arrest made in 1983 cold case murder in Montgomery County

38 years later to the day, and collected a known DNA sample from Darnell. May 19, 2021 MONTGOMERY COUNTY, Texas – An arrest has been made in a decades-long cold case of a Houston woman who was found dead in 1983 in Montgomery County, according to the Sheriff's Office. On March 17, 1983, a deputy who was patrolling in the 4000 block of Interstate 45...

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Coconino County Sheriff's Office Arizona man charged in connection with cold case rape in Cedar City thanks to familial DNA

The big break in the case came when police in Arizona used familial DNA testing to identify a possible suspect in a rape case in Flagstaff that investigators believed was committed by the same man nine months earlier. May 4, 2021 CEDAR CITY — The Iron County Attorney's Office has filed charges in a nearly 17-year-old cold case rape investigati...

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Brothers wrongfully convicted of rape and murder get $75 million in compensation decades later

In 2014, both Brown and McCollum were exonerated and released from prison after DNA from a cigarette collected at the crime scene was tested and ultimately tied another person to the crime. May 17, 2021 A federal jury has awarded $75 million to two brothers in North Carolina, decades after they were convicted of rape and murder they did not commit....

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Ex-BRPD narcotics detective faces third arrest, this time for lying in police reports


Acree was first arrested in February after investigators accused him of stealing marijuana from the narcotics evidence room and giving the drugs to his friend. May 17, 2021 A former detective with the Baton Rouge Police Department faces his third arrest in recent months — this time for lying in police reports — amid an ongoing corruption probe into...

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Former Beverly Hills police chief indicted, arrested on theft charge

A grand jury indicted Schmidt on charges that he stole money and firearms from the Beverly Hills Police Department  May 11, 2021 Former Beverly Hills Police Chief Thomas Eugene Schmidt was arrested Monday morning by Texas Rangers on a charge of theft by a public servant. According to an indictment unsealed Monday, a grand jury indicted Schmidt...

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SLED: Former Ninety Six police officer stole from evidence room

Warrants allege he stole $6,760 from the Ninety Six Police Department's evidence room. May 11, 2021 A week after a Ninety Six police officer was charged with domestic violence, he has found himself facing a new charge: stealing from his former employer. Agents with the State Law Enforcement Division arrested Charles Michael Waters Jr. on Monday and...

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Ex-police chief indicted on 88 counts in evidence theft case

The indictment shows that several firearms were stolen by Spivey from the evidence locker  May 7 , 2021 WHITEVILLE, N.C. — A former North Carolina police chief who resigned last month amid an investigation into missing evidence has been indicted on 88 felony counts, authorities announced Friday. William Anthony Spivey was indicted by a Columbu...

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Families in shock after homicide victims identified in 1980 San Bernardino County cold case


The San Bernardino County case remains under review by the District Attorney's Office as to whether new charges will be filed against Neal. Enter Article DATE HERE In 2018, Chrissy Salley was ready to figure out what happened to her estranged mother. In 1980, the Virginia resident was taken from her mother's custody at 2 months old, and even a...

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Albuquerque's rape kit backlog cleared

Years ago, an audit revealed more than 5,400 rape kits statewide were untested May 2, 2021 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller announced Friday that the city cleared it's decades-old rape kit backlog. Keller said the backlog was actually cleared in March 2020. "I remember it was during COVID when we sent the last one out," Keller said. ...

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San Angelo Police make arrest in 2008 cold case murder of Jordan Holden

DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a Katy man in connection to a 2008 San Angelo cold case April 27, 2021 SAN ANGELO — DNA evidence has led to the arrest of a Katy man in connection to a 2008 San Angelo cold case, according to a police news release. Just before 3 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, 2021, police announced an arrest had been made in the shoot...

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Dozens more drug charges dismissed by prosecutors due to BRPD corruption

Jason Acree's arrest for stealing drugs out of the evidence room and obstruction of justice. April 27, 2021 BATON ROUGE - Prosecutors dismissed an additional 72 drug charges against defendants with pending cases tied to corruption in the Baton Rouge Police Department's narcotics division. The charges that were dismissed involve more than a doz...

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Ex-Boston cop pleads guilty in overtime fraud scheme

Carnes and eight other Boston Police officers were charged in an overtime scheme that federal prosecutors allege bilked more than $200,000 from shifts at the evidence warehouse between May 2016 and February 2019. April 26, 2021 A former Boston cop pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to ripping off overtime during shifts at the department's evid...

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9 current, former Boston police officers arrested in connection with $200,000 overtime scheme

One overtime shift, called "purge" overtime, was scheduled from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m and focused on reducing the inventory of the evidence warehouse, authorities said. September 2, 2020  Nine current and former police officers in Boston were arrested and charged in connection with an overtime scheme that collectively netted them more than $200...

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In Chico, California an Alleged Serial Sex Assailant Nabbed Through Familial DNA Search, Butte County District Attorney Reports

The familial search process involves searching the assailant DNA against the state's convicted offender database to identify potential relatives in the database April 27, 2021 In Chico, California an Alleged Serial Sex Assailant Nabbed Through Familial DNA Search, Butte County District Attorney Reports April 27, 2021 - The Butte County District Att...

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Louisiana Man Arrested in Cold Case of 19-Year-Old Girl Whose Body Was Found In Abandoned Building: Police

Coco was last seen by her mother, Stephanie Belgrade, a few days earlier. Her body was found in an abandoned building in Winnie, Texas April 24, 2021 Courtney Coco was last seen by her mother a few days before she vanished. Her death was ruled a homicide. Her parents never gave up on getting their daughter justice. A Louisiana man has been arrested...

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DNA profiling wasn’t known to police when crime was committed in 1985

Enter Headline here April 24, 2021 A Florida man has been charged with murder more than three decades after the brutal kidnapping and rape of an elderly woman who died several days after she was dumped on the side of a road. Richard Lange, 61, of Boynton Beach was taken into custody Thursday after cold case detectives with the Palm Beach County She...

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