INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Narcotics officer at center of corruption case seen on camera smashing evidence

"We don't destroy potential evidence to seize evidence," Borghardt said. "You don't have the right to destroy property as police. April 23, 2021 BATON ROUGE - As the handling of evidence continues to be the focus of an internal criminal investigation at Baton Rouge Police, new video obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit captures an officer at the...

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A Happy Ending: Reuniting Missing Property With Its Rightful Owner

The college ring was found in a purse about the be destroyed in the Lancaster PD property room  APRIL 22, 2021 With two people; one a Lieutenant, the other a civilian and, a mound of property that ranges from drugs, to money, to clothes to sometimes, valuable items that could easily get lost in the mix, if a human touch isn't applied then prop...

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Ex-Chadbourn police chief stole hundreds of pills, $32K in cash, guns from evidence locker, warrants allege

The former top cop in the town of Chadbourn repeatedly raided the police department's evidence room and stole a variety of narcotics, thousands of dollars in cash, and firearms APRIL 21, 2021 CHADBOURN, N.C. (WECT) - The former top cop in the town of Chadbourn repeatedly raided the police department's evidence room and stole a variety of narcotics,...

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Fairfax seeks to dismiss 400 convictions in cases brought by one officer


A former patrol officer who is accused of stealing drugs from the police property room April 16, 2021 Fairfax County prosecutors are moving to throw out more than 400 criminal convictions based on the testimony or work of a former patrol officer who is accused of stealing drugs from the police property room, planting drugs on innocent people and st...

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BRPD narcotics detective, already facing drug charges, arrested again amid ongoing probe


The memo included specific accusations about Acree taking marijuana from the evidence room and giving it to his friend April 14, 2021 A detective with the Baton Rouge Police Department was arrested late Wednesday afternoon, his second arrest in recent weeks amid an ongoing corruption probe focused on the BRPD narcotics division. Jason Acree, 34, ha...

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Former Greenwich officer, who was addicted to heroin during employment, pleads guilty to possession of firearms

He first took five guns from the Ansonia Police Department that were seized in a state search warrant in 2018. April 16, 2021 A former Greenwich police officer who prosecutors said was addicted to heroin during his employment pleaded guilty to federal firearms charges after investigators said he illegally transferred five firearms on behalf of his ...

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Cash Goes Missing From NJ Prosecutor's Office, Investigation Underway

All of the missing cash was recovered from scenes and was being temporarily held for safekeeping. April 7, 2021 A New Jersey county prosecutor says cash being held as evidence in multiple different cases is missing, and her office is launching an internal investigation. "Various denominations of cash recovered from several separate cases have gone ...

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BPD Officer indicted after allegedly stealing $10K during drug investigation, bought girlfriend shoes with money

Glover took the cash from the home to another location where a search warrant had been executed, and then to the DEA Baltimore Office, alone in his vehicle the entire time Enter Article DATE HERE BALTIMORE — A Baltimore Police Officer has been indicted after being accused of taking $10,000 from duffel bags that contained $2.4 million in cash d...

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Missing money at LPD spurs investigation

City Attorney - funds "have went amiss" at Livingston Police Department.  April 7,2021 An investigation is underway concerning missing money at Livingston Police Department, according to Livingston City Attorney John Meadows. Meadows informed the Board of Alderman of the investigation during the Monday, April 5 monthly meeting. Meadows be...

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Dallas Sheriff’s Clerk Supervisor Umeka T. Myers Arrested After Allegedly Stealing From Evidence Vault


The Dallas County Sheriff's Office has arrested one of their own, clerical supervisor Umeka T. Myers for theft. April  7, 2021 DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Dallas County Sheriff's Office has arrested one of their own, clerical supervisor Umeka T. Myers for theft. Umeka T. Myers (credit: Dallas County Sheriff's Office) "Accountability is a core va...

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DNA cold case: Kansas ex-con charged in unsolved 1979 murder of Colorado woman

"Investigators collected several pieces of evidence in 1979, including the killer's DNA from semen found inside Day's body". March 29, 2021 GREELEY, Colo. — A Kansas man with a lengthy rap sheet has been charged with murder in the 41-year-old slaying of a Colorado college worker found sexually assaulted and strangled in her car. James Herman Dye, 6...

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3 Polk deputies accused of tampering with evidence after money goes missing

All three deputies resigned following their arrests March 23, 2021 POLK COUNTY, Fla. – Three former Polk County deputies face charges after money went missing from an arrest in December, according to the sheriff's office. John Raczynski, Jamal Lawson and Garrett Cook were all arrested Friday, according to a news release, and each resigned upon bein...

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BRPD narcotics officer arrested for dealing drugs after investigation into 'police corruption'


The arrest came after another officer witnessed Acree stealing marijuana that had been seized as evidence FEBRUARY 26, 2021 A narcotics officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department was booked into jail Friday night, accused of stealing drugs seized as evidence and giving them to his friend. The officer was identified as Corporal Jason Acree, 34, ...

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Sterling Police Department to bank money from evidence room

Lost and found cash as well as bills recovered in some criminal cases will be deposited in special account March 11, 2021 The Sterling Police Department will have a little more space in its evidence room, thanks to a decision by the Sterling City Council Tuesday night. During his report to the council, City Manager Don Saling said the SPD wanted to...

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With new law in place, Central Oregon police still going after hard drugs

Drugs still being seized and destroyed in Bend May 5, 2021 Oregon's Measure 110, one of the country's most ambitious drug decriminalization laws yet passed, has been in effect for a month, but law enforcement leaders in Central Oregon insist it hasn't greatly affected them. "I can tell you unequivocally, it's not going to affect anything that we do...

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Suspect Arrested In 1982 Cold-Case Murder Of Racine Woman In Colorado

Investigators say D-N-A evidence finally led them to take 70-year-old Alan Lee Phillips into custody this week March 5, 2021 Authorities in Clear Creek County, Colorado have arrested a suspect in the 1982 cold-case murder of a Racine woman. 29-year-old Barbara "Bobbie Jo" Oberholtzer's body was found in the Rocky Mountains almost four decades ago. ...

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Disgraced Huddersfield police worker stole dead woman's money in £120,000 store room raid

Andrew Roberts would empty sealed West Yorkshire Police exhibit bags then falsely forced that items had been destroyed March 4, 2021,  A disgraced Huddersfield police worker has been warned he faces a 'significant' jail term after he stole over £120,000, including money from a dead woman. Andrew Roberts, 51, stole the cash from a West Yorkshir...

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Santa Fe police evidence room upgraded after scathing report

The changes were spurred by a scathing report released last year that outlined issues with the police department's evidence handling policies and procedures. March 3, 2021 Mar. 4—The Santa Fe Police Department has finished upgrading and replacing locks and keys in its evidence storage area and purchased a bar-coding system for evidence management, ...

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TBI investigates fire that sparked at the Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Potter and the responding fire departments had every thing under control. March 1, 2021 MORGAN COUNTY, Tenn. — Authorities in Morgan County asked TBI to help determine the cause of a fire at the sheriff's office. There was a fire this evening in one area of the upstairs level of the Morgan County Sheriff's Office, per Sheriff Wayne Potter. ...

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Former N. Braddock police officer pleads guilty to theft

McKeesport, pleaded guilty to one count of theft, one count of tampering with evidence and one count of obstruction after being charged with stealing money March 4, 2021 A former police officer for the North Braddock and Blawnox departments pleaded guilty to stealing money that had been seized as evidence. Joseph Lynn, 34, of McKeesport, pleaded gu...

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Washington Supreme Court rules state drug possession law unconstitutional after challenge by Spokane woman

Lechich said the ruling was retroactive, and that those convicted under the state's felony drug possession statute could petition the courts for a restoration of the right to vote, own guns or receive certain government benefits as a result of the Supreme Court's ruling. It is also likely that cases pending before the court will be thrown out based...

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Charges: Narcotics investigator tested positive for fentanyl on the job

Backman did not log some seized drug paraphernalia into evidence February 24, 2021 (FOX 9) - Charges say a narcotics investigator from Fergus Falls, Minnesota was under the influence of fentanyl while driving a squad car. Otter Tail County Sheriff's Deputy Kelly Backman, 43, was charged with one count of fourth-degree DWI and one count of public of...

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Toronto cop who stole opioids from force lockers for personal use won't be charged

"The decision to not charge the officer is similar to when we don't charge individuals when we respond to drug overdoses." February 26, 2020 A Toronto detective stole opioids from evidence lockers to feed an addiction to prescription painkillers, the police force said Wednesday, noting the situation could affect some criminal prosecutions. The admi...

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Pulaski deputy detective suspended

Suspension happened after an audit of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department evidence room February 25, 2021 Feb. 25—The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department has suspended a deputy, Detective Jason Woodruff, pending a review by the merit board, according to a press release from the department. Woodruff's suspension happened after an audit of the Pu...

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Drugs seized as evidence in police investigations going missing almost once a fortnight

A Freedom of Information request by the Telegraph reveals that between the start of 2013 and May 2020, there have been more than 158 instances of drugs going missing from custody of the Metropolitan Police February 21, 2021 Drugs seized as evidence in police investigations are going missing from storage almost once a fortnight, new data suggests. A...

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Former Chattanooga officer charged with eight violations after taking firearms from dead individuals in Feb. 2020

In Feb. 2020, former Chattanooga officer Eric Brown responded to two different calls. Both calls involved someone who died and left behind a firearm. February 20, 2021 A former Chattanooga Police Department officer is under fire after a year-long investigation showed eight violations of CPD's code of conduct, including Class A misdemeanors, crimina...

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Retired PPD detective charged for allegedly letting informant raid evidence locker

Officer allegedly allowed an informant who was owed money by the department to take valuable property out of evidence in lieu of payment, including a power washer. February 18, 2021 A former Philadelphia police detective who abruptly retired less than two weeks ago is now facing multiple misdemeanor charges for allegedly letting a confidential info...

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Ex-Hazel Park detective charged with embezzling over $65,000

Enter Headline here February 16, 2021 A former Hazel Park police detective who resigned from the department more than three years ago, is facing embezzlement and other charges after authorities say he siphoned more than $65,000 in asset forfeiture funds from the department. Sean Boucher, 45, of Warren turned himself Wednesday to Michigan State Poli...

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Valentine's Day post helps Milford police reunite diamond ring with owner

department posted a notice on Facebook with the hashtag #SaveValentinesDay. February 17, 2021 MILFORD — Call it a Valentine's Day miracle — or, at the very least, the best Valentine's Day gift a man could ask for. A resident, the police department and social media helped reunite a local man and the diamond ring he had intended to give his girlfrien...

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Toronto homicide detective resigns after admitting to stealing opioids from evidence locker. OPP investigating impact on cases

"I wish he could have gotten treatment. I wish the stigma wasn't such that he couldn't have come forward and sought help, February 18, 2021 A Toronto police homicide detective has resigned after admitting he stole opioids from his force's drug evidence lockers, the Star has learned — spurring an external review by the Ontario Provincial Police and ...

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Dover probe: Ex-officer 'R.J.' Letendre took drugs, used Taser on wife


Wife, told police the former Dover Police Department officer stole marijuana from police custody five times and brought it home February 5, 2021 DOVER – An internal city police investigation states former officer Ronald "R.J." Letendre stole 18 THC-infused candies that had been seized as evidence and used a police-issued Taser on his wife. In addit...

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Sheriff makes push to return items to owners

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has started a campaign to encourage people to reclaim lost or stolen items that have been recovered. Enter Article DATE HERE The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has started a campaign to encourage people to reclaim lost or stolen items that have been recovered. Through the initiative, called "Found Prope...

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Texas has the tools to end the rape kit backlog. Let’s use them.

The rape kits collecting dust in Texas labs represent unidentified criminals that could be named and prosecuted, even halting repeat rapists February 6, 2021 That's the number of untested rape kits in Texas, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety, and more than 1,000 of them sit on lab shelves in Dallas. Each kit holds unique DNA eviden...

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Police seize $60 million of bitcoin! Now, where's the password?

German prosecutors have confiscated more than 50 million euros ($60 million) worth of bitcoin from a fraudster February 5, 2021 FRANKFURT (Reuters) - German prosecutors have confiscated more than 50 million euros ($60 million) worth of bitcoin from a fraudster. There's only one problem: they can't unlock the money because he won't give them the pas...

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‘I have no expectations of forgiveness’: A Halton cop stole opioids from an evidence vault. He’s urging officers to seek help for addictio

He was charged in May 2017 with offenses including theft and obstruction of justice amid an opioid addiction that started with painkillers prescribed after a series of knee surgeries. February 3, 2021 Brad Murray's letter is addressed to the entire Halton police service — more than 1,000 of his former colleagues and subordinates, among them cops he...

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Judge sentences former BPD officer who made false statements about drug sale

Prosecutors said the cocaine had come from a drug seizure and it had not been turned in to the BPD February 2, 2021 BALTIMORE — A former Baltimore police officer charged in connection with the Gun Trace Task Force scandal was sentenced Tuesday to more than a year in federal prison. A federal judge sentenced Victor Rivera, 48, of Nottingham, to 14 m...

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Twiggs County Major charged with stealing money from evidence room and Paste Content Here

The sheriff requested the GBI after internal audits and a search of the evidence room January 26, 2021 TWIGGS COUNTY, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation has arrested a now-former employee of the Twiggs County Sheriff's Office, and charged him with theft and violating his oath of office. According to a news release, 51-year-old Maj. William C...

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Winnemucca detective overdoses on drugs stolen from evidence

A bag with the drugs that killed him was found in his pants pocket. January 22, 2021 WINNEMUCCA, Nev. (KOLO) -Winnemucca Police Department Detective Matthew Morgan died June 25, 2020, in an evidence vault after taking drugs left in evidence storage, the Humboldt County District Attorney's Office said Friday. "The toxic levels of methamphetamine and...

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California Police Department hit with misconduct allegations

California Police Department hit with misconduct allegations. After noticing some concerning habits in the California Police Department's evidence handling process and the integrity of its leadership, a group of officers say they tried to escalate their concerns about the department's operations to their leaders in the agency and the city of Califo...

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Potential key evidence missing in case against KY lawmaker accused of assault

The Laurel County Sheriff's Office lost the recording of the interview with Ashley Goforth, January 14, 2021 Police have lost a potentially important piece of evidence in the case of a Kentucky state representative accused of strangling his wife, according to defense attorneys. The evidence at issue is a digital recording of police interviewing the...

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Former Harrison County Sheriff Deputy charged with felony of tampering with physical evidence

Lawson is accused of destroying the original evidence log with the purpose to impair or obstruct investigations related to public corruption, felony tampering, and/or felony distribution of a controlled substance. January 14, 2021 A former Harrison County Sheriff Deputy has been charged with two felony counts of tampering with physical evidence in ...

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DNA connects St. Louis man to cold cases in Arizona, more victims possible

Lance David Ray was arrested and charged with crimes from 20 years ago. He's accused of killing a man and kidnapping and sexually assaulting two teens at gunpoint December 29, 2020 ST. LOUIS — A man who most recently lived in St. Louis has been arrested and charged in several cold case crimes – including murder – from 20 years ago in Arizona. And i...

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Want your wallet back when you get out of jail? San Antonio wants $25 for holding it


"You're preying on poor people's lives," said Laquita Garcia, a San Antonio-based bail reform advocate" December 29, 2021 The San Antonio Police Department charges a $25 fee for prisoners to get their own property returned to them after leaving jail. Police Chief William McManus supports the $25 fee as a simple way to defray some of the costs of st...

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Former Huntington Beach PD investigator accused of stealing drugs from a suspect’s vehicle, driving under the influence

He stole drugs from a suspect's vehicle and drove a police vehicle under the influence of the stolen drug December 22, 2020 The Orange County District Attorney's Office has charged a former Huntington Beach Police Department crime scene investigator with three misdemeanors related to an alleged January incident in which investigators say he stole d...

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Investigation into destroyed DNA samples uncovers more problems with Seattle police evidence storage

Around the same time the DNA samples were destroyed, evidence from an unknown number of homicide investigations was also purged December 23, 2020 Plagued by a chronically full evidence warehouse that led to failed fire inspections, the Seattle Police Department wrongly destroyed more than 100 post-conviction DNA samples in 2018 as part of an effort...

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Washoe County Sheriff Announces Elimination of DNA Evidence Kit Backlog

This is a major milestone that has been years in the making Enter Article DATE HERE Washoe County Sheriff Darin Balaam has announced that the Sheriff's Office Forensic Science Division (Crime Lab) has completely eliminated the backlog of DNA evidence kits needing testing. "This is a major milestone that has been years in the making," said Sher...

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Detective high on stolen fentanyl crashes police car while on duty, Oregon cops say

Reif had unlawfully obtained and used drug evidence from an unrelated case in the course of his duties, December 15, 2020 A former detective with the Klamath Falls police was arrested Tuesday, accused of causing a crash while on duty and allegedly high on drugs he stole from the department, according to a news release from Oregon State Police. The ...

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Omaha Police are working through 1,700 untested rape kits in effort to solve cold cases

OPD received a $1.9 million federal grant two years ago to help solve these cases December 11, 2020 OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The Omaha Police Department has sent roughly a third of its untested rape kits to the lab so far. However as 6 News learned Friday, the results of these tests are just the beginning to come in. "The biggest challenge is actually ...

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Police make arrest in northern Virginia rapes from 1991

DNA evidence resubmitted for analysis by a cold case unit yielded a hit that led officers to Thomson December 2, 2020 RLINGTON, Va. (AP) - A 63-year-old man from Virginia's Northern Neck has been charged with a series of rapes and assaults that occurred nearly 30 years ago near a northern Virginia Metrorail station. Arlington County Police announce...

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Grand Junction Cold Case Murder Solved After 45 Years

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation confirmed that the newly acquired DNA profile positively identified Duncan December 2, 2020 GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Detectives with the Grand Junction Police Department have solved the 45-year-old cold case homicide of 19-year-old Deborah Tomlinson. On December 27, 1975 officers with the Grand Junction Police De...

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