Arvada police use DNA evidence to track cold case sex assault suspect

A 63-year-old man was arrested Wednesday by Arvada police as a suspect in a 2002 sex assault. Enter Article DATE HERE A 63-year-old man was arrested Wednesday by Arvada police as a suspect in a 2002 sex assault. Cold case investigators used DNA evidence in the arrest of Brent W. Bloomquist, according to a news release. On May 31, 2002, a 60-ye...

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Former Des Moines County chief deputy charged with theft

Investigators photographed the evidence room shelves, which did not have surveillance cameras, after the call out of concern that White may try to sneak the drone into the equipment room. July 7, 2020 DES MOINES, Co., Iowa (KWQC) - A former Des Moines County Sheriff's chief deputy accused of making improper purchases is now facing a felony theft ch...

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2 Sheriff's Employees Charged in Case of Missing Evidence

1 Authorities in Kansas say two former Sedgwick County Sheriff's employees have been arrested and charged with theft and other counts after an audit uncovered nearly $150,000 missing from evidence  July 2, 2020 WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Two former Sedgwick County Sheriff's employees have been arrested and charged with theft and other counts, author...

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Arrested in cold case murder that took place while he was on force (DNA)


July 4, 2020 A Florida man has been accused of killing a convenience store owner 21 years ago in a home invasion robbery that took place when the suspect was working as a detective for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office and knew the victim from surveilling him for a drug investigation. William Robert Baer Jr., 64, and his ex-wife Melissa Schafer, 50...

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Nearly 1,000 Pounds Of Fireworks Seized From Homes In Aurora, Elgin

Where do i put it? July 1, 2020 CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Kane County Sheriff is responding to numerous complaints about illegal fireworks and has made arrests and seized about a 1,000 pounds of fireworks from homes in Aurora and Elgin. Three people have been arrested and charges are pending. Sheriff Ron Haine said they had what looked like r...

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‘Day of reckoning’ — Joseph DeAngelo admits guilt in Golden State Killer murders, rapes

DeAngelo, 74, admitted to a 12-year binge of murder, rapes, burglaries and other crimes from the Sacramento area to Orange County Enter Article DATE HERE Forty-five years after murdering his first victim, Joseph James DeAngelo admitted Monday he was the Golden State Killer: serial killer, serial rapist and author of one of the worst crime spre...

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OC sheriff’s investigators smuggled boxes of evidence in Golden State Killer case to book author, attorney says

The incident is described in Michelle McNamara's book and depicted in an HBO July 1, 2020 Orange County sheriff's investigators smuggled boxes of statewide evidence on the Golden State Killer to a true-crime author in 2016, foreshadowing an internal audit that showed the agency had systemic problems mishandling such evidence, court papers show. Det...

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NYC To Crack Down On Mystery Fireworks That Are Fraying Nerves And Disrupting Sleep

The police department said there were 54 fireworks complaints in the first half of last year. In the same period this year, there have been more than 11,000. June 30, 2020 As mysterious displays of fireworks continue to be set off across the country – in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles – residents in New York City say the nightly cacopho...

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Arrest made after guns, $145,000 cash, drugs stolen from Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office Property and Evidence

he employee was being investigated for not following proper procedures and policy violations June 30, 2020 WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office has arrested the former Property and Evidence Supervisor on several charges connected to cash, drugs stolen from Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office Property and Evidence. Robert White was...

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Washington state murder victim, 17, ID'd after nearly 43 years, police say

Precious Jane Doe, a woman murdered in Washington state in 1977, has been identified with the help of DNA and genetic genealogy, authorities said June 25, 2020 Precious Jane Doe, a woman murdered in Washington state in 1977, has been identified with the help of DNA and genetic genealogy, authorities said. The victim is now known to have been 17-yea...

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Ohio police say cold case murder of 8-year-old girl solved with DNA, genetic genealogy

Cold case murder of Kelly Ann Prosser was solved using DNA and genetic genealogy June 26, 2020 An 8-year-old Ohio girl was raped and killed nearly 38 years ago by a convicted pedophile who has been dead for more than two decades, police said Friday. The cold case murder of Kelly Ann Prosser was solved using DNA and genetic genealogy, Columbus polic...

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Deaths caused by fake pills continue to climb in Oklahoma, with links to North Texas

The fake pills are nothing new to local, state, or federal authorities from California to Florida. June 25, 2020 Oklahoma authorities voiced concern Wednesday that overdoses and deaths linked to fake prescription pills continue to increase throughout the state. And, some investigations have led Oklahoma authorities into North Texas. As of May, six ...

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Tennessee convict charged with killing two women in 2001

Dentures collected by investigators, in that case, had been placed in a police property room June 24, 2020 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee convict serving prison time for a 2001 rape has been charged with killing two women later that year, prosecutors said. A Shelby County grand jury has indicted Thomas Maupin, 70, on murder charges in the deaths...

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OC deputies fired in evidence scandal get leniency while their victims go to jail, public defender claims

Attorney says there are 'two sets of laws in this county — one for those who wear a sheriff's uniform and one for those who don't. June 18, 2020 Orange County prosecutors coddled two ex-sheriff's deputies who pleaded guilty to mishandling evidence but failed to consult the victims of their misdeeds before agreeing to the deputies' no-jail plea deal...

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Grayson Police Chief faces new charge of felony theft

Enter Headline here June 16, 2020 Grayson Chief of Police Mitch Bratton was booked into the Caldwell Parish Jail Tuesday on one count of felony theft. The new charge stems from an ongoing Louisiana State Police investigation and follows a June 4 arrest on two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of malfeasance in office. According to LSP,...

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‘A Bit Scary’: DEA Worried That Drugs Stolen From Pharmacies By Looters Could End Up On Streets

77 pharmacies in Los Angeles and Riverside counties the DEA said looters targeted June 17, 2020 LONG BEACH (CBSLA) ⁠— Area drug enforcement agents said they're worried that the streets are about to be flooded with a wave of stolen prescription drugs taken by looters during recent protests against police brutality. And on Tuesday, the Drug Enforceme...

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Florida Keys murder cold case from 1991 solved, sheriff says

DNA was recently compared to DNA from the Tarrant County, Texas, scene where he was killed and determined to be a match. June 17, 2020 MONROE COUNTY, Fla. – It became known as the "Valentine Jane Doe Homicide" and was chronicled on "Unsolved Mysteries" and other shows. Three decades later, the Monroe County Sheriff's Office says it has cracked the ...

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OFFICER SAFETY - Portland demonstrators use rope from flag to lock cops in precinct -OFFICER SAFETY -

The front door to Central Precinct was locked from the outside with the u-lock. It had to be cut off from the outside so those inside could leave. The rope was taken by protesters from the flag pole and tied to the roll-up doors on the Southeast corner of the building. JUNE 17, 2020 Protesters in Portland, Ore. early Wednesday locked police inside ...

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4 years after being charged with evidence theft, former Havasu cop remains at large

May be in the Boston area, sources say.  June 12, 2012 It has been four years since felony charges were brought against a former Lake Havasu City police detective accused of stealing drug evidence in multiple criminal cases from his own department. He now remains a wanted man, and authorities believe he is in the Boston area. According to inve...

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42-Year Old Cold Case Murder Solved; Real Estate Agent’s Body Was Found At Cantonment Home

DNA evidence was collected on scene, but lack of technology made it impossible to use for an arrest. June 11, 2020 On April 7, 1978, the body of 47-year-old Carolyn Cox Rose was discovered in a house in the Pine Forest Hills subdivision off Highway 297A. Rose, who was vice president of Better Homes Realty, received a call to show the empty home. Wh...

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What it can cost to get arrested at a protest

When he was finally released, the police didn't give him back any of his things — not his wallet with his bank cards and ID, not his phone, not his house keys or car keys. Instead, they kept them as evidence and sent them to the property room. June 11, 2020  When he was finally released, the police didn't give him back any of his things — not ...

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Swift action recommended by police expert to take East Precinct back from 'CHAZ'

Jim Fuda,  law enforcement expert and the Director of Law Enforcement Services for Crime Stoppers-- which works with SPD -- said the department needs to take back the precinct sooner rather than later with negotiations and more June 10, 2020 SEATTLE — Some are calling for swift action to take back the East Precinct that has been surrounded by ...

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Ex-O.C. sheriff’s deputies plead guilty in evidence booking scandal

The charges stem from a broader scandal after an internal Sheriff's Department audit found that one-third of all evidence taken in by the agency over a two-year span, June 11, 2020 Two former Orange County sheriff's deputies have pleaded guilty to criminal charges in an evidence booking scandal that could imperil thousands of criminal cases, prosec...

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SF man allegedly stole truck, guns from BIA (Bureau of Indian Affairs)

He also allegedly stole a dozen firearms from the BIA Office of Justice Services in Nambé June 9, 2020 SANTA FE – Derek Nicholas Padilla had himself a busy month. According to online court records, Padilla has been charged in nine separate cases in Santa Fe magistrate and District Court since May 4 – mostly for vehicle theft, but also for breaking ...

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Officials: Police chief in Louisiana took $4k in seized cash

"I won't debate the validity of the charge," Grayson Police Chief Mitch Bratton said as he announced his own arrest in a Facebook post on Thursday. May 5m 2020 GRAYSON, La. -- A police chief in Louisiana has been accused of taking thousands of dollars seized by officers as evidence in different cases. "I won't debate the validity of the charge," Gr...

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LAFD to inspect vape and smoke shops following downtown explosion that seriously injured several firefighters

The Los Angeles Fire Department will launch a citywide review of the way certain businesses store volatile materials after an explosion seriously injured several firefighters May 20, 2020 The Los Angeles Fire Department will launch a citywide review of the way certain businesses store volatile materials after an explosion seriously injured several ...

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Judge says Santa Fe violated law by failing to produce records requested by ex-cop

Santa Fe violated state law by failing to produce records concerning missing evidence requested by a retired police officer. Enter Article DATE HERE State District Judge Bryan Biedscheid has determined the city of Santa Fe violated state law by failing to produce records concerning missing evidence requested by a retired police officer. Biedsc...

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Phoenix police make arrest in cold case murder dating back to 1987

DNA at the scene of the crime was later matched to 52-year-old Darron Joseph Miniefield May 7, 2020 PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) -- Phoenix police have made an arrest in a cold case murder that dates back more than 30 years. On Feb. 21, 1987, 41-year-old Marilyn Johns was found in an alley near Central Avenue and Lincoln Street in the downtown area. She had ...

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Internal audit reveals $150,000 missing from Lancaster County Drug Task Force

  It is a case of internal theft as the funds would have been kept in a secured area at their headquarters. May 2 ,2020 LANCASTER COUNTY — Officials say that an internal audit of the Lancaster County Drug Task Force revealed that $150,000 has gone missing. Task Force officials say the discrepancy was discovered on April 20, 2020 and belie...

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Photo from DEA led bust in Whatcom County shows danger of touching fake opiod pills laced with Fentanyl


No agents were injured as they wear Personal Protective Equipment that includes masks and gloves. May 30, 2020 SEATTLE – A five-month investigation into a scheme to sell fentanyl-tainted counterfeit opiod pills with M-30 markings has led to the arrest of two men from Bellingham. U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran announced the arrest of 38-year-old Troy ...

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$145K cash, guns stolen from Kan. sheriff's evidence storage

We know that approximately $145,000 in money, drugs, seven guns, and power tools were stolen Enter Article DATE HERE SEDGWICK COUNTY —The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office is the victim of an internal theft at their Property and Evidence storage site, according to Sheriff Jeff Easter. An ongoing criminal investigation was initiated and began on...

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Paoli officer charged, pleads guilty in missing evidence investigation

Phillips was alleged to have taken items of evidence to his home and never placed them into evidence May 28, 2020 PAOLI, Ind. — Officials with Indiana State Police say a Paoli officer has been charged with conversion four months after an investigation. It dates to January when Chief Randall Sanders of the Paoli Police Department requested ISP to in...

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SDPD Has the Most Untested Rape Kits in the State – by Far

A state audit published this week illuminates the extent to which SDPD has treated rape kits differently than its fellow law enforcement agencies across the state. May 20, 2020 he San Diego Police Department has more untested rape kits than any other law enforcement agency in the state. And unlike virtually every other agency in California, SDPD al...

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67-year-old man arrested for Cuyahoga Falls cold case murder from more than 30 years ago


"The Cuyahoga Falls Police have never given up on this case, it's one that they've worked on tirelessly since 1987, they just didn't have the tools to catch him until now." May 28, 2020 Blatnik Cold Case By: Courtney Shaw , Joe Pagonakis Posted at 4:29 PM, May 06, 2020 and last updated 8:30 PM, May 06, 2020 CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio — After more than 30...

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How a true crime book and a DNA hit led to an arrest in Spring Hill's coldest case — and maybe more


Baldwin, a long-haul truck driver who'd traveled across 48 states May 21, 2020 About a year ago, Spring Hill Police Department patrolman Ty Hadley saw a book on a desk inside a co-worker's office and unknowingly started a life-changing conversation. The hardback, "In the Name of the Children" by retired FBI Special Agent Jeffrey L. Rinek, belonged ...

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Hundreds of pounds of drugs, paraphernalia destroyed from Eden Prairie evidence room

680 pounds of drugs and drug paraphernalia to be incinerated May 19, 2020 On May 5, the Eden Prairie Police Department's evidence technician and a supervisor took a road trip to a waste management facility in Alexandria where they delivered 680 pounds of drugs and drug paraphernalia to be incinerated. The items transported were once evidence for ca...

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Sharon police incinerate years' worth of drug evidence

With crime down temporarily, there was time for spring cleaning May 17, 2020 SHARON — With people confined to indoors because of the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Sharon Police Department had a little time on their hands. And the department has devoted that extra time to a spring cleanup of its evidence holding area. Sharon police Capt. Travis ...

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Audit reveals $27K missing from OKCPD property room

Chief Wade Gourley added more oversight, tamper-proof bags, and a video-monitored location. May 18, 2020 OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – According to city auditor, the Oklahoma City Police Department is missing at least $27,000 from its evidence room. According to the audit, $10,775 is missing from case envelopes. Another $16,296 was checked out to the Dist...

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Council Meeting Erupts Over Evidence Room Policies

Outraged to learn that despite a recent evidence room scandal, the BPD was storing evidence in a room adjacent to the city auditorium. May 18, 2020 BRADENTON — Tensions erupted during Wednesday's Bradenton City Council meeting when the council returned to the subject of a proposed charter referendum to remove mayoral oversight of the city's police ...

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Turnabout for mayor who claimed he was smeared

  The police department as a collective organization isn't responsible for jeopardizing yet another criminal case. Webber says the blame belongs to former Detective. May 16, 2020 We've heard two sides of a sad story, and almost no one is satisfied. Santa Fe Mayor Alan Webber says a now-retired police detective lost the physical evidence that h...

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Fayetteville Police employee fired after stealing marijuana from evidence

The internal investigation revealed Churchill took marijuana that was scheduled for destruction May 15,2020 FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KFSM) -- An employee with the Fayetteville Police Department's Evidence Division has been fired after stealing marijuana from evidence.On April 7, Fayetteville Police Chief Mike Reynolds became aware that Meghan Churchill,...

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Missing weapons not missing?

Firearms and a machete reported missing two months ago from an evidence room at the Sandusky County Courthouse have been found, or never were missing, or something. May 15, 2020 FREMONT — Firearms and a machete reported missing two months ago from an evidence room at the Sandusky County Courthouse have been found, or never were missing, or somethin...

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Santa Fe Police Department loses evidence in child rape case

Ytuarte said he clearly remembers turning in the sexual assault examination kit to the department's evidence room and he's "deeply offended" by attempts to pin the blame on him. May 14, 2020 Cute  Physical evidence collected during a sexual assault examination of a 4-year-old girl in a 2018 case has gone missing, Santa Fe police officials ackn...

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VSP: Former Manchester cop stole from evidence room

A Manchester, Vermont police officer faces charges of allegedly stealing money from an evidence room. May 14, 2020 Vermont State Police say officer Daniel Steere stole $2,000 from the Manchester Police Department's evidence room in 2018. The was cash seized during a police investigation in 2017. Steere was the evidence custodian during the time tha...

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Salisbury officer suspended, two employees cleared, one retires amidst four internal investigations

100% Inventory of Property Room under supervision of independent forensic auditor in partnership with Maryland State Police May 8, 2020 SALISBURY, Md. – City officials gave an update on Thursday regarding four separate investigations involving members of the city's police department. "We also want to reassure the public that their law enforcement o...

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Arrest Made in 1987 Cold Case Murder of Barbara Blatnik Thanks to Genetic Genealogy


Porchlight Project, a nonprofit that provides assistance to families of the missing and murdered in Ohio, paid for DNA testing May 7, 2020 Cuyahoga Falls police today announced the arrest of 67-year-old James Zastawnik of Cleveland for the December 1987 murder of Barbara Blatnik. Blatnik was just 17 when her nude, strangled body was found near Blos...

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After nearly 40 years, DNA evidence connects man to the murder of a 9-year-old Nampa girl

Dalrymple is currently serving 20 years to life in prison for lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor under 16. May 5, 2020 NAMPA, Idaho — Warning: Information from the probable cause affidavit is detailed and may be disturbing to some viewers. Authorities in Canyon County announced on Monday that they have charged a 62-year-old man for the unsolv...

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Delaware County cold case homicide from 1983 solved with help of DNA database

Detectives used Parabon Nanolabs, a DNA/genealogical database April 29, 2020 DELAWARE COUNTY, Ohio (WCMH) – Detectives with the Delaware County Sheriff's Office say they've solved a homicide from 1983. On October 16, 1983 the body of 15-year-old John Anthony Muncy was found by a deputy along the side of the road in northern Delaware County. Investi...

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Officials announce world’s oldest cold case solved using geneology

BE ON THE LOOK OUT April 26, 2020 JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. (KDVR) — Coloradans don't have to look far to find the world's oldest cold case to be solved using genetic genealogy. Officials in Jefferson County made that announcement Thursday involving a homicide that happened when John F. Kennedy was president. It has been almost 57 years since Margare...

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Sacramento County officials announce arrest 40 years after Rosemont woman found killed in her home

They say DNA evidence led them to her alleged killer. April 25, 2020 SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — A picture of Robin Brooks sits in the living room of retired Sacramento County Sheriff's Homicide Sgt. Micki Links. "That's one of the reasons I came back after retirement. I just had a passion to help the families," Sgt. Links told FOX40. Links was a s...

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