Cold case murder, sexual assault of 17-year-old Alaska girl solved with DNA match

Troopers interviewed Branch at his Arkansas home on Aug. 3, when he denied involvement and refused to voluntarily provide a DNA sample. A half-hour after troopers left, they said, he killed himself. August 12, 2020 ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A DNA match has solved the strangulation murder of a teenager in southeast Alaska, a case that was cold for 24 year...

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Anne Arundel County Police Officer Arrested After Firearms and Other Property Goes Missing During Death Investigation in Pasadena

When a police officer uses the authority bestowed by the badge to facilitate criminal activity of any kind, that officer is undermining law enforcement everywhere August 8, 2020 On April, 27, 2020 officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Department responded to an unattended death in the 1600 block of Wall Drive in Pasadena. On July 31, 2020, t...

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Denton Police officer charged for mishandling evidence (MD)

They have charged a Denton Police officer in connection to a reported mishandling of evidence at a crime scene. August 10,2020 DENTON, Md. – The Caroline County Sheriff's Office says they have charged a Denton Police officer in connection to a reported mishandling of evidence at a crime scene. We're told the Sheriff's Office was contacted by the De...

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How a Sacramento County investigator solved a 40-year-old cold case

Keep the faith that we are trying and we hope for the families, we can help them." April 25, 2020 SACRAMENTO COUNTY, Calif. — Sacramento County Sheriff's investigator Micki Links had been waiting to hear this news for years. "The lab criminalist from the DA's lab sent me a text. He sent me an email, he called my office line," Links said. Advertisem...

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Clerk of court’s office receives top marks in required state audit

The clerk's office has to keep up with time frames for keeping evidence and follow through with judges' orders for destruction of evidence when it no longer needs to be kept. July 31, 2020 A required internal audit by the state of the Wilkes County Clerk of Superior Court's Office during the spring showed no areas where improvement is needed. This ...

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Sheriff’s Office Says It Solved 1993 Cold Case Murder of 15-Year-Old Girl

Alan Edward Dean, 62, was arrested Tuesday in the death of Melissa Lee July 30, 2020 Law enforcement authorities in Washington State say they have solved a 1993 cold case, but their investigation is not over yet. Alan Edward Dean, 62, was arrested Tuesday in the death of Melissa Lee, 15. Authorities said they were able to link the killer to the inc...

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15 more OC sheriff’s deputies considered for criminal charges in evidence scandal

Two deputies were convicted earlier of misdemeanor charges of falsifying reports, saying they had booked the evidence when they had not. AUGUST 8, 2020 An expanded internal audit has identified another 15 Orange County sheriff's deputies who mishandled evidence to the point of potentially warranting criminal charges, Sheriff Don Barnes announced Fr...

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Utah police officer fired for mishandling evidence related to slain athlete Lauren McCluskey

The investigation concluded that the officer "mishandled sensitive evidence'' pertaining to 21-year-old Lauren McCluskey's case while he was employed with the university's police department. August 8, 2020 SALT LAKE CITY -- A police officer accused of showing off explicit images of a University of Utah student, who was a member of the school's trac...

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Ex-Gloucestershire police officer sentenced after stealing money from lost wallet

CCTV footage revealed Rollason removed the notes, which had been marked, before bringing the purse to the event's lost property area August 5, 2020 A police officer was caught in a sting operation at Cheltenham Festival by colleagues after stealing money from a lost wallet that was handed in to him, a court has heard. Matthew Rollason, 38, who serv...

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Ex-officer pleads not guilty to stealing seized cash

  At the time, then-officer Daniel Steere was temporarily serving as the department evidence custodian. August 8, 2020 BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A former Manchester police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of stealing over $2,000 seized during a police investigation. Vermont State Police say the Manchester police chief contac...

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Kingsport police solve 17-year-old cold case

With the help of a private citizen researching missing persons cases, the Kingsport Police Department has solved a 17-year-old cold case involving human remains found in the Holston River August 7, 2020 KINGSPORT — With the help of a private citizen researching missing persons cases, the Kingsport Police Department has solved a 17-year-old cold cas...

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DNA evidence leads to arrest in 1996 rape, killing of woman in Covina assisted-living home

Detectives were able to match his DNA with a specimen collected from the body of victim Mary Lindgren August 6, 2020 The state's DNA database helped investigators arrest a suspect Thursday accused of raping and killing a 67-year-old woman in her Covina assisted-living home more than two decades ago, officials said. After 46-year-old David Adolph Be...

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Former deputies plead no contest to stealing seized drugs and selling them

In March of 2015, Logan August entered the property room under the false premise of removing that marijuana for burial and destruction and took 351 pounds of marijuana. August 6, 2020 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer announced a resolution in a significant plea in a case involving the two former Kern County Sheriff...

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Investigating ‘The Mess’ : Memo jogs ex-cop’s memory


Retired MPD official says he destroyed evidence, including rape kits, in hundreds of sex crimes cases in the 1990s AUGUST 3, 2020 This article was produced in partnership with the Institute for Public Service Reporting at the University of Memphis, a nonprofit newsroom specializing in investigative and explanatory journalism. Buried somewhere in a ...

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University of Utah officer showed multiple co-workers intimate evidence photos of Lauren McCluskey

   One staffer recounted that the Officer commented specifically about getting to "look at them whenever he wants." August 4, 2020 Days before student-athlete Lauren McCluskey was killed, a University of Utah police officer showed off explicit photos that McCluskey had taken of herself to at least three of his male co-workers without a wo...

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DNA Evidence Leads to Arrest in 32-Year-Old Cold Case Homicide of San Francisco John Doe Baby

The infant's death remained a mystery until it was reopened last year and authorities used cutting edge DNA evidence to reach an arrest. August 4, 2020 A three-decade old California cold case, which involved the death of a John Doe baby, finally has an arrest thanks to DNA evidence. Lesa Lopez, 52, has been charged with killing her newborn baby boy...

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Former Doña Ana County deputy accused of hoarding evidence from unsolved sex crimes in his garage

Lopez is alleged to have failed to turn in 72 pieces of evidence from the nine unsolved sex crimes involving adults and children that he investigated while serving as a deputy and detective from 2003 to 2014. August 1, 2020 LAS CRUCES, New Mexico -- A former Doña Ana County Sheriff's deputy faces multiple felony charges after officials confirmed Fr...

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Doña Ana County Sheriff: 'We can't even speculate about a motive' in former deputy's evidence-hoarding case


72 pieces of case evidence found in a former deputy's foreclosed house was a failure of leadership. AUGUST 1, 2020 LAS CRUCES — At a press conference Friday at the County Commission Chambers in Las Cruces, Doña Ana County Sheriff Kim Stewart said the 72 pieces of case evidence found in a former deputy's foreclosed house was a failure of leadership....

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DNA, Public Genealogy Databases Lead To Arrest In 1986 Chisholm Cold Case


"This is the day Nancy Daugherty's family and all of Chisholm have waited for, for over 34 years. Enter Article DATE HERE CHISHOLM, Minn. – Three decades since the rape and murder of Nancy Daugherty in the close-knit city of Chisholm, a 52-year-old man, Michael Carbo Jr., living in that very community was arrested for the crime Wednesday on pr...

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Vallejo police union president placed on leave, under investigation for destroying evidence from controversial police shooting

His exact role in discarding the bullet-ridden windshield is not known Enter Article DATE HERE VALLEJO — The president of the Vallejo police union is one of two employees on suspension and under investigation for destruction of evidence in the police killing of Sean Monterrosa, multiple sources told this news organization. Lt. Michael Nichelin...

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Winnemucca police detective dies of drug overdose

Enter Headline here July 25, 2020 WINNEMUCCA – A detective who was found dead June 25 in the Winnemucca Police Department's evidence vault died of a drug overdose, Humboldt County Sheriff Mike Allen reported this week. A bag containing a white, powdery substances was found concealed on Matt Morgan, 47, shortly after 2 p.m. when his body was discove...

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California county’s oldest Jane Doe cold case murder solved after 52-year mystery

"After more than five decades, advances in investigative genetic genealogy did what old-fashioned police work could not: Give Jane Doe a name and identify her killer," he said. July 25, 2020 A California county's oldest Jane Doe murder has been solved through DNA and genetic genealogy. The crime-fighting technique helped identify the victim and fin...

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Video Footage May Indicate Police Evidence Was Compromised In Laurie

Evidence Room July 25, 2020 New video footage obtained by KRMS News might show that police evidence was compromised in the City of Laurie. The video was taken during an investigation of former police chief Mark Black and former assistant police chief Angela Nickerson, both suspended at the time. The video shows Laurie Mayor Alan Kimberling, and oth...

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Smart sergeant nabs crooked constable for bike theft at police station

Enter Headline here July 25, 2020 A policeman has been arrested and charged for stealing a motorcycle from a police station compound and converting the unit to his personal use. Reports reaching Loop News are that the police constable was arrested after he was caught driving the motorcycle to work. The motorcycle had been seized during a police ope...

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NYC sheriff seizes two shipping containers of illegal fireworks, arrests 127

We have made 127 arrests related to fireworks interdiction coming into New York City July 23, 2020 The city's crackdown on illegal fireworks started off with a bang — netting two shipping containers worth of pyrotechnics and nabbing 127 people for allegedly smuggling the firecrackers into the five boroughs from out of state in the last month. "We h...

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PNP to destroy billions of seized shabu--Gamboa

1 Gen. Gamboa called on the higher court to order the destruction of the drugsat the evidence room of the PNP Crime Laboratory won't be able to accommodate their forthcoming major drug hauls. July 18, 2020 PHILIPPINE National Police chief, General Archie Francisco F. Gamboa, has assured the public that billions of pesos worth of shabu currently und...

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Former Mansfield trooper acquitted of tampering, theft charges

Brooks was indicted by a Richland County grand jury on two counts of tampering with evidence July 17, 2020 MANSFIELD - A former trooper with the Mansfield post of the Ohio Highway Patrol was acquitted of all charges related to missing drug evidence on Thursday in Richland County Common Pleas Court. Preston Brooks, 32, of Arlington, was indicted on ...

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Evidence destroyed in fatal police shooting of man who was half-kneeling

The evidence was of the bullet-riddled windshield from the unmarked police truck from which the officer fired the fatal shots. July 17, 2020 Evidence was destroyed relating to a fatal officer-involved shooting in June that sparked protests for increased police accountability in Vallejo, California, the city confirmed Wednesday. The evidence was of ...

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Roosevelt County deputy accused of stealing evidence

  The sheriff says he was made aware of about $8,000 of cash missing from the evidence vault July 15,2020 NEW MEXICO (KRQE) – A Roosevelt County deputy has been fired and charged amid allegations he stole evidence. The sheriff says he was made aware of about $8,000 of cash missing from the evidence vault back in January of 2019. The sheriff as...

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Additional Charges Filed Against Retired HPD Detective in Missing Drugs Case

Detective, was initially indicted by a Kona grand jury in May 2019 after allegedly stealing cocaine from the Hilo police evidence locker in May 2016. July 15, 2020 A former Hawai'i Police Detective awaiting trial on drugs and conspiracy charges was indicted Wednesday morning on additional felony offenses for intimidating a witness. A Kona grand jur...

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Former mayor of Achille headed to prison this week

Arrested for stealing guns, drugs and cash from the police department's evidence room. July 12, 2020 "Drugs will lead you to one of two places either the graveyard or prison, and my life is a definite testament to that," Northcutt said. Northcutt will head to a federal prison in Texarkana Thursday to begin his two year prison sentence. Back in Nove...

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28 Tons Of Illegal Fireworks Seized By San Bernardino Police, County Fire

The task force also issued 245 citations resulting in $306,250 in fines Enter Article DATE HERE SAN BERNARDINO (CBSLA) — More than 28 tons of illegal fireworks were seized by San Bernardino police and county fire officials in the weeks leading up to the Fourth of July. San Bernardino County Fire was also on high alert for illegal fireworks dur...

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Virginia eliminates huge backlog of untested rape kits

2,665 rape kits have been tested, 851 new DNA profiles have been uploaded into a national DNA database and 354 "hits" have been sent to law enforcement agencies July 8, 2020 RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia has eliminated a backlog of thousands of untested rape kits, becoming only the seventh state in the country to do so, Virginia Attorney General Mark H...

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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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