Stolen guns that went unnoticed at BRPD show gap in oversight, retired police officer says


"Someone dropped the ball," Dewey said. June 20, 2022 Benjamin Zeringue was arrested Monday charged with injuring public records, malfeasance in office and theft of firearms. He posted an $18,000 bond. Arrest records show on two different occasions in 2018 and once in 2019, the former officer seized three different firearms during traffic stops. "I...

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NAKAMOTO: Police chief denies taking missing money from evidence room


The missing money involves a homicide case, according to Iberville Parish Sheriff  June 20, 2022 ST. GABRIEL - St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau is denying any wrongdoing after search warrants were executed on his home and the police department this week.The warrants were done in conjunction with the Iberville Parish Sheriffs Office and th...

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Brothers arrested by disgraced narcotics officer get reduced sentences amid investigation into corruption at BRPD


 The allegations against Acree include accusations of stealing drugs from an evidence locker June 16, 2022 Deandre Robertson and Darryl Robertson were previously sentenced on drug charges in December 2019 and February 2020, respectively, related to the same case dating back to 2016. Darryl was serving a 15-year sentence, while Deandre was sent...

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Deputies seize cellphones from St. Gabriel police chief's home and office


"they noticed that $3,500 that was supposed to be locked away in evidence June 17, 2021 ST. GABRIEL - The Iberville Parish Sheriff's Office executed search warrants at St. Gabriel Police Chief Kevin Ambeau's home and office Wednesday afternoon. According to Iberville Sheriff Brett Stassi, search warrants were issued in connection to missing evidenc...

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Police chief says it could take 2 years to fully reconcile evidence


'Infrastructure in dire need' June 11, 2022 ONTARIO — Security updates to the evidence room at Ontario Police Department are expected to take place sometime in the next couple of months. However, it could be up to two years to get fully reconciled on processing evidence. That was the latest update delivered from Police Chief Michael Iwai to the Ont...

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Seized guns sold to buy police cruiser, says Newton County sheriff


"I read this law. I thought I was in the right". June 4, 2022 Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said he thought he was following state law when he sold 103 seized guns to a Kansas gun dealer for $12,150 and had him cut a check to the Harrison Toyota dealer so the sheriff's office could buy a vehicle. "I read this law. I thought I was in the right...

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$27K of seized cash missing from Tennessee police department, other issues found


Both the evidence custodian and the former captain stated they had, at times, "borrowed" cash for personal purchases and would later pay back the "borrowed" funds. nJune 2, 2022 LIVINGSTON, Tenn. (WZTV) — The Tennessee Comptroller's Office has reported that $27,000 is missing from an evidence room at the Livingston Police Department. An investigati...

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Former Iowa deputy sentenced to 40 years in prison for stealing pain meds


Leusink was accused of stealing prescription pain medication and other property from the evidence room at the sheriff's department Headline here June 2, 2022 A former Plymouth County Deputy Sheriff has been sentenced to up to four decades in prison on theft and burglary charges. Forty-three-year-old Aaron Leusink was accused of stealing prescr...

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More than $200,000 collected during drug raids goes missing from a police station safe, sparking an internal investigation as one officer takes stress leave


It's believed a senior officer has taken stress leave while investigation continues June 1, 2022 More than $200,000 in cash has allegedly gone missing from a police station, leading to one senior officer reportedly taking sick leave. An investigation has been launched into the alleged disappearance of the cash from a safe at western Sydney station....

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DNA testing, genealogy tools help solve 1980 Pa. cold case murder


Enter Headline here May 31, 2022 WOLF CREEK, Pa. - Pennsylvania state police say they have solved the slaying of a Chicago man whose burning body was found 42 years ago near Interstate 80 in a northwestern Pennsylvania town. Edwin Rodriguez was identified through the use of DNA testing and genealogy tools. He was 18 when he and a family friend...

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Salt Lake City Cold Case Murder Linked to Stolen Gas Dispute Was Solved After 48 Years Because Two Retired Detectives Had Lunch


Detectives then requested the Salt Lake City Police Department's Crime Lab to run Toone's DNA against two latent fingerprints collected at the scene from 1974 May 31,2022 James Bednarik was 39 years old when he was shot to death at his own home in 1974. Now, almost half a century later, police in Salt Lake City say they've finally solved the long-p...

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Former Vincennes police chief arrested, accused of stealing $35K from evidence vault


According to ISP, the criminal investigation began back in July 2019 after the money went missing. May 25, 2022 A former law enforcement figure in Vincennes, Indiana was arrested on several felony charges Wednesday, according to the Indiana State Police. ISP says former Vincennes Police Chief Dustin Luking, 48, was arrested on several criminal char...

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Galt 34-year-old cold case murder solved after DNA match on fingernail scrapings, officials say


DNA match on the victim's fingernail scrapings has identified Hultgren's killer, a transient and sex offender who lived under a bridge on Highway 99 until his death in 2011, May 18, 2022 GALT, Calif. — For more than three decades, the killing of 79-year-old Lucille Hultgren in her home in Galt has gone unsolved. It's been the small Sacramento ...

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‘A nightmare’: family says they discovered ecstasy inside toy box ordered online


Lakewood Police say they tested the pills, and they came back positive for ecstasy. May 13, 2022 at 6:08 pm PDT PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — A Pierce County family opened up a gift for their 4-year-old's birthday, but instead of a toy inside, the family says they found a package full of drugs. Lakewood Police say they tested the pills, and they came back...

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‘A Frail Old Man’: Former Mass. Corrections Officer Charged in 1988 Cold Case Murder of 11-Year-Old Girl Whose Body Was Left on Train Tracks


An Alabama man facing charges in Massachusetts over a cold case murder from 1988 was denied bail on Friday. May 14, 2022 Marvin "Skip" C. McClendon Jr., 74, stands accused of stabbing 11-year-old Melissa Ann Tremblay to death and then leaving her body in the path of an oncoming train in Lawrence, Mass. Her body was found in the Boston & Maine R...

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APD running out of space for seized guns in evidence room


"I was asked to basically restart this program of destroying the firearms, because we had thousands of firearms in our evidence room, and we were running out of space to store more based on the number of guns being seized by the department," he said. Enter Article DATE HERE Sergeant William Flannery with the Austin Police Department's (APD) fi...

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Augusta City Council gives police approval to sell some guns in evidence locker, destroy those used in crimes


Augusta Police Department to sell 62 guns and destroy 57 it has acquired over the years. May 5, 2022 AUGUSTA — The Augusta Police Department plans to sell 62 guns it has acquired over three decades and destroy another 57 that have been involved in crimes or used in suicides. All but one member of the City Council recently told police Chief Jared Mi...

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Sudbury OPP sergeant accused of stealing from evidence locker


OPP Sgt. Straun Frederiksen was charged with theft and breach of trust May 1, 2022 A 27-year veteran of the Ontario Provincial Police has been suspended with pay in Sudbury after being accused of stealing from the evidence vault. "An investigation by the Professional Standards Unit, part of the OPP's Office of Professionalism, Respect, Inclusion an...

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Who is Marvin C. McClendon Jr ( Former Massachusetts corrections officer arrested ) Wiki, Bio, Age, Crime, Arrest, Incident details, Investigations and More Facts


April 29, 2022 Melissa Ann Tremblay disappeared on a Sunday night in 1988 at the age of 11 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and was found the next day after being stabbed and hit by a train. More than three decades later, his alleged killer was arrested in Alabama and will be returned to Massachusetts to face justice, Essex County District Attorney Jona...

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29-Year Old Cold Case Solved


In 2019, cold-case detectives at the Sheriff's Office partnered with the DNA Doe Project t (the Project) to see if DNA and genealogy could be used to uncover a name. April 20, 2022 Some 29 years after the body of an unknown homicide victim turned up on California State Route 152 in unincorporated Gilroy, the County of Santa Clara Office of the Sher...

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Alberta medical examiner's office in disarray, former ME testifies in lawsuit


Dr. Anny Sauvageau alleges theft of drugs and weapon from homicide scenes and workplace fraud April 20, 2022 Alberta's former chief medical examiner has told a judge that her office uncovered problems with firearms seized at homicide scenes going missing, staff members allegedly taking drugs from evidence lockers, fabricated overtime claims and bod...

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OSBI: Missing drugs lead to arrest of Weatherford detective


The OSBI was requested Sept. 9, 2021, when a substantial quantity of drugs, namely Fentanyl, was discovered missing from the evidence room of the Weatherford Police Department. April 20, 2022 WEATHERFORD, Okla. (KFOR) – The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation says a Weatherford Police Department detective is facing charges following an investiga...

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Two SFPD Officers Arrested for Destroying Evidence, Ex-Officer Arrested for Swiping Machine Gun From Evidence Room


Retired officer Mark Willams "was working, part-time, in the gun destruction unit of the Property Control Division at SFPD April 20, 2022 Two separate SFPD scandals hit the fan at the same time, as two current officers were arrested for destroying evidence (including meth, allegedly) and a former officer was arrested for relieving the evidence room...

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Alabama auditors cite chaotic evidence room, missing guns in Brookside


"Nineteen firearms listed on the Police Department's evidence log were not found during the inventory," April 15,2022 Alabama auditors today issued a scathing report on the town of Brookside, detailing haphazard treatment of evidence, missing guns, unexplained extra guns, an unmarked trash bag filled with prescription medicines, undocumented s...

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Honolulu cold case murder mystery solved?


Police said the 57-year-old suspect died in 2013 April 14, 2022 HONOLULU (KHON2) — On November 3, 1994, a female was found dead in her Waikiki apartment. Reports indicated that 37-year-old Lisa Fracassi was strangled to death. Download the free KHON2 app for iOS or Android to stay informed on the latest news But who was responsible for this tragedy...

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Former lieutenant of the South Boston Police Department indicted


State police initiated the investigation in August after discrepancies were discovered within the department's evidence room and inventory. April 11, 2022 SOUTH BOSTON, Va. (WSET) — A former lieutenant of the South Boston Police Department was indicted Thursday Tiffaney N. Bratton was indicted for one felony count of embezzlement and one felony cou...

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Investigation Finds Questionable Cash-Handling Within Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit


"State law requires that municipal funds be deposited no later than three working days after they are received," April 01, 2022 An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office focuses on the activities of a Jackson Police Captain who has managed the administrative aspects of the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit's (JMCMNU) seizures...

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Mold issues force Hampden D.A. to evacuate staff from courthouse


"For too long, this courthouse has not been safe," Gulluni explained. August 25, 2021 SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -- The Roderick Ireland Courthouse in downtown Springfield was forced to close Wednesday afternoon due to environmental safety hazards. Employees said mold is a growing issue, along with ventilation and air quality concerns that have pl...

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Mold found on evidence from previous cases, old docket books in Springfield Courthouse


Employees are now searching for a new location for the evidence, but they need action from the Trial Court. April 10, 2022 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB/WSHM) -The toxic mold found inside the Roderick Ireland Courthouse was found on evidence from previous cases and on old docket books. Employees are now searching for a new location for the evidence, but...

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Convicted murderer charged in 1982 cold case murder of Fort Benning soldier


In 2020, the GBI created a cold case unit with retired GBI investigators to look into unsolved murders like Blackmore's. April 10, 2022 COLUMBUS, Ga. — A convicted murderer serving a life sentence is now the suspect in the 1982 death of Fort Benning soldier who disappeared 40 years ago. A Chattahoochee County grand jury indicted Marcellus McCluster...

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Two years of undercover drug-case evidence goes missing at Fall River PD


"This loss of evidence is inexcusable and an embarrassment to the Fall River Police Department" Chief Paul Gauvin April 6, 2022 FALL RIVER, Mass. (WPRI) – Fall River police have lost at least two years of drug-case evidence, a revelation its interim chief has called "an embarrassment" and one that deals another blow to the embattled department's re...

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Man charged 35 years after Roxanne Wood found dead in her Niles Township home


DNA CIGARETTE BUTT March 22, 2022 NILES TOWNSHIP, Mich. – An Indiana man has been sentenced to decades in prison in connection with a 1987 murder in Southwestern Michigan, effectively closing what was once a cold case. Patrick Gilham, 67, has been sentenced to at least 23 years in prison in connection with the slaying of Roxanne Leigh Wood, 30, who...

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Burglary of Little Rock police evidence facility unlikely to affect pending cases, Pulaski County prosecutor says


It estimated the value of stolen evidence to be $20,000. March 22, 2022 After an unknown number of items were stolen last week from a Little Rock Police Department evidence-storage facility, a Pulaski County prosecutor was informed that the break-in did not affect cases pending with his office. John Johnson, the chief deputy prosecuting attorney fo...

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34 Years After Mom's Murder in Santee, Detectives Tell Son They Found Her Killer


DNA led to the man believed to be her killer March 17, 2022 When Mark Beyer was just 2 years old, the toddler was found wandering around in his Santee apartment complex. The reason the boy was unaccompanied that day in 1988: His mother, Diane Dahn, had been murdered. When Mark Beyer was just 2 years old, the toddler was found wandering around in hi...

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Misleading changes to search warrant kicked off investigation that revealed $200k in missing drug money: AG


Criminal theft and forgery charges were filed Tuesday against Burkhart, 56, March 18, 2022 Retired Lancaster police officer John Burkhart had "carte blanche" as the officer in charge of the county's drug task force, according to court records filed Tuesday. And that's why no one noticed $200,000 of seized money had vanished over five years under hi...

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Little Rock police property room broken into, assistant chief says


Officials were taking inventory to identify everything that was taken.  March 18, 2022 A property room used by Little Rock police was broken into between Sunday night and early Monday morning, Assistant Chief Heath Helton said during a weekly news briefing Wednesday at Little Rock City Hall. Helton described the facility as "kind of a holding ...

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Former police chief charged with stealing from city


Jason Cross, of Columbia, is accused of stealing more than $25,000 from the police department's evidence locker and drug purchase fund March 12, 2022 BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) — A former police chief in Kentucky has been charged with stealing from the city where he worked. A federal grand jury on Thursday indicted Jason D. Cross, 44, of Columbia, all...

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DNA cold case: California man convicted of woman’s murder 42 years after crime


On Wednesday, which was Wilson's 73rd birthday, a Sacramento County jury found him guilty of Brooks' murder, with the special circumstances because it occurred in the course of a sexual assault. March 11, 2022 By Crystal Bonvillian, Cox Media Group National Content Desk SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California deputies came for Phillip Lee Wilson 40 years t...

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Man sentenced after police find loaded gun in his buttocks during strip search


Not In My Evidence Room!!! September 19, 2019 A Louisiana man chose the cheekiest of places when he needed to find a quick hiding spot for his gun. Justin Savoie, 24, pleaded guilty Friday to weapons charges after police in the town of Golden Meadow — who were arresting him late last year on a separate matter — discovered he had stashed a loaded .2...

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Burglar busted thanks to Cheeto dust on her teeth: cops


Evidence Fun March 5, 2022 She was caught orange-handed! A woman was busted for a home invasion in Oklahoma — thanks in part to "Cheeto dust" found in her teeth, authorities allege. Sharon Carr was arrested on a first-degree burglary charge after allegedly committed the dangerously cheesy act Friday at a home in Tulsa, police said. Cops say they ar...

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13 saddles found in Boulder County


Boulder County Sheriff's Office attempting to locate owners March 4, 2022 Along the side of the road one Boulder County Sheriff's deputy spotted a strange sight, yesterday, a pile of 13 worn horse saddles. According to Carrie Haverfield, public information specialist for the Boulder County Sheriff's office, not much is currently known about the sad...

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Former Police Chief Faked Death to Evade Charges, Officials Say


Last spring, Mr. Spivey was charged with more than 70 felonies, including stealing or destroying evidence, embezzlement and opioid trafficking, stemming from his time as the police chief in Chadbourn Mach 1, 2022 William Anthony Spivey, who resigned last year as the Chadbourn, N.C., police chief after a misconduct investigation, has been charged wi...

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Changes implemented at Summerville PD following former officer's arrest

He was accused of taking nearly $7,500 from their evidence room. February 11, 2022  SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) — New changes have been implemented at the Summerville Police Department. This comes after a third audit was completed by SLED after a former officer was accused of selling evidence to a pawn shop back in 2020. "Any time someone tarnish...

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WVTM 13 Investigates: Work to erase huge rape kit backlog continues in Jefferson County

Nearly 4,000 rape kits went untested for decades February 7, 2022 BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A special team of investigators, prosecutors and advocates are helping eliminate a large rape kit backlog in Jefferson County. So far, more than a third of the untested sexual assault kits have now been sent to a state forensics lab. Learn more in the video above. ...

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Crescent City to sell guns from police evidence locker

Griffin said he wanted guidance from the council before moving forward. February 7, 2022 Crescent City will soon begin selling guns it has been storing in the police evidence locker. The city council voted unanimously to authorize the police department to sell the guns, some that were used in crimes, but many simply left behind over the last few de...

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Jury awards 3 KSP troopers $900K in whistleblower case

"This gentleman thought it was a good idea — if, for whatever reason — to steal this evidence from an open case," Burton said. "And then stamp the property form, evidence form, destroyed by fire when in fact they weren't destroyed by fire." February 11, 2022 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A jury awarded three Kentucky State troopers nearly $1 million as...

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‘Why’d you take my mama?’: Cold case victim’s sons confront man sentenced in 1981 Lakeland murder


Mills became Lakeland Police Department's main suspect in 2019 after DNA submitted through an online ancestry database  February 9, 2022 BARTOW, Fla. (WFLA) — Four decades of grief, pain and loss culminated in an emotional confrontation in a Polk County courtroom Wednesday between the family of a slain young mother and the man pleading guilty ...

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Cold case murder of girl, 9, in 1964 finally solved, police said (57 years later)


A Pennsylvania State Police DNA lab was able to develop a suspect profile based on a DNA sample left on Marise's jacket February 8, 2022A 57-year-old cold case involving the brutal sexual assault and murder of a 9-year-old girl was solved using genetic genealogy, police in Pennsylvania announced. Marise Ann Chiverella was killed on March 18, 1964, ...

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O.C. sheriff’s sergeant may have perjured himself in court, assistant public defender says

Larson allegedly played roles in two of the biggest scandals to rock the Orange County Sheriff's Department in recent years — the evidence mishandling and snitch scandals.  Enter Article DATE HERE An Orange County sheriff's sergeant may have perjured himself in court when speaking about his role in two high-profile scandals, according to ...

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Key evidence found in 40-year-old Broward murder cold case Wilton Manors police send physical items out for DNA testing

Since sitting down with police, they began looking for missing evidence. In an email, the police department said they have now located fingerprints and the physical evidence that was sent for testing. February 04, 2022 WILTON MANORS, Fla. – After a Local 10 investigation into the handling of a 40-year-old cold case, detectives are one step closer t...

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