AUG
25

Former Trooper arrested for stealing evidence

The Alaska Bureau of Investigations stepped in to audit the evidence facility and found that five items, with a total value of $20,000, had gone missing. August 24, 2020 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Former Trooper Sgt. Jeremy Stone has been arrested on charges of scheme to defraud, theft and misapplication of property, Alaska State Trooper said. The ...
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AUG
13

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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SEP
07

Man arrested in Philippines after DNA ties him to Alaska sexual assault

Carmen Daniel Perzechino Jr., 57, is being extradited to Alaska after his DNA matched an unsolved sexual assault that happened near Sterling in January 2001 April 6, 2019 The Alaska State Troopers, with the help of the U.S. Marshals Pacific Northwest Violent Offender Task Force, have arrested a man in the Philippines after a DNA link to a sexual as...
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SEP
07

Arrest made in cold case murder of Shelley Connolly

OREGON MAN CHARGED AFTER DNA LINKS HIM TO KILLING AND SEX ASSAULT 41 YEARS AGOEnter heading here... September 5, 2019 The Alaska State Troopers made an arrest in connection to the 1978 murder and sexual assault of 16-year-old Shelley Connolly. On September 3, 2019, 62-year-old Donald F. McQuade of Gresham, OR, was taken into custody and charged wit...
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FEB
17

Auburn man charged with rape and murder in 1993 Alaska cold case

Police in Alaska said DNA evidence linked Downs to the crime. February 16, 2019 AUBURN — A 44-year-old Auburn man was arrested Friday and charged with the rape and murder of a woman in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1993. Maine State Police arrested Steven H. Downs in connection with the slaying of 20-year-old Sophie Sergie in April 1993 at the University o...
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JUN
12

No room at the precinct: Police face shortage of evidence space

The amount of evidence collected for criminal cases has been building up for decades, posing a logistical challenge for the department. June 12, 2018 Kenai police are facing a storage crunch. The amount of evidence collected for criminal cases has been building up for decades, posing a logistical challenge for the department. "Evidence storage in a...
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APR
26

Former Alaska trooper will chip away at rape kit backlog

The state has hired a sexual-assault cold-case investigator to assist in chipping away at the state's backlog of nearly 3,500 untested rape kits. April 26, 2018 FAIRBANKS — The state has hired a sexual-assault cold-case investigator to assist in chipping away at the state's backlog of nearly 3,500 untested rape kits. Retired Alaska State Trooper Sg...
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NOV
29

Audit finds over 3,000 Alaskan rape kits not tested

According to Alaska DPS, a statewide inventory of untested sexual assault kits – dating back to the year 2000 – was performed as a result of SB-55, which passed in 2017. November 28, 2017 A recently released document shows 3,484 sexual assault kits (SAK), taken as evidence by law enforcement agencies, were not submitted for serological testing at a...
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JAN
16

Former state employee arrested in theft from public safety building


Alaska State Troopers said in a Wednesday dispatch that the Alaska Bureau of Investigation on Dec. 22 began looking into thefts from the DPS building on East Tudor Road in Anchorage January 16, 2017 Two Anchorage residents, one of them a former employee at the state Department of Public Safety, have been arrested on charges that they broke into DPS...
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DEC
01

Ex-North Slope police employee gets prison time for stealing over $100K from evidence room


A former North Slope Borough Police Department evidence custodian has been sentenced to eight months in prison for stealing more than $100,000 from her employer, but prosecutors say an internal audit could not pin down the total amount of stolen money. December 1, 2016 A former North Slope Borough Police Department evidence custodian has been sente...
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OCT
04

State gets $1.1 million to process backlogged rape kits


The state of Alaska has been awarded $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Justice to process a backlog of rape kits held by the Alaska State Troopers October 4, 2016 The state of Alaska has been awarded $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Justice to process a backlog of rape kits held by the Alaska State Troopers. Amanda Price, a senior ad...
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JUL
28

Answering the nagging questions about those 3,800 untested rape kits


Our state's leaders must have the fortitude to pursue more than feel-good, no- or low-cost solutions. Our state's citizens must demand compassionate care for victims that rises to the highest-quality medical and forensic standards in anticipation of rigorously pursuing victim wellness while simultaneously laying a meticulous groundwork fo...
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JUN
20

Police employee pleads guilty to stealing from evidence room


According to court documents, Solomon took cash from evidence envelopes. She admitted to having a gambling problem at the time of the thefts and to using some of the money to pay for pull tabs and gambling online through Facebook. Jun 18, 2016 ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A former North Slope Borough Police Department employee has pleaded guilty to ste...
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JUN
18

Former North Slope police employee admits to stealing $110,000 from evidence room


During that time, Solomon took cash from evidence envelopes and, the agreement states, "sometimes even destroyed the case file associated with those evidence items." June 17, 2016 ANCHORAGE (KTUU) A former North Slope Borough Police Department employee in a plea agreement admitted to stealing at least $109,623 from a police evidence room and to des...
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MAR
06

Former State Crime Lab Employee Charged in Drug Tampering

2 KTUU-TV, ktuu.comBYLINE: Chris Klint, Senior Digital Producer, - A former employee of Alaska’s state crime lab faces 10 charges, including six felonies, after Alaska State Troopers say he tampered with drugs kept at the lab while addicted to ...
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