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12

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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04

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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Arizona Man Originally Suspected in 1978 Cold Case Murder and Sexual Assault Arrested 42 Years Later

All evidence related to the crimes had been preserved by detectives and was stored in the department's property room Enter Article DATE HERE An Arizona man has been arrested on murder and sexual assault charges more than four decades after police discovered the two victims in the back of a pick-up truck. Glenn Williams, now 62, was the origina...
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29

N4T Investigators: Lost files may doom cold case murder investigation

The victim's family wants someone held responsible August 29, 2019 DOUGLAS, Ariz. – It was a murder that took place in Douglas 33 years ago. The victim's family wants someone held responsible, but a simple mistake in the storage of police homicide files could prevent that from ever happening. Patricia Alvarez was only 23-years old when she was murd...
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JUL
25

Court finds evidence mishandling by clerk Woodman

Woodman provided no receipt and did not have him sign for the items. July 25, 2019 SAFFORD — The second trial of Manuel Campos, 38, on multiple charges will proceed despite a Graham County Superior Court finding that evidence was mishandled. On June 13, a Superior Court jury found Campos guilty of misconduct involving weapons. Campos will be senten...
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12

Allison Feldman's family remembers daughter one year after groundbreaking arrest

Scottsdale police used familial DNA testing to match DNA found at the crime scene to 42-year-old Ian Mitcham. Enter Article DATE HERE SCOTTSDALE, AZ — One year ago, a suspect was arrested for the murder of Allison Feldman, 31, who was found dead inside her Scottsdale home in 2015. Court records said authorities found Feldman's body nude, and d...
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DEC
16

Maricopa County sheriff's deputy accused of stealing from dead person

MCSO's Professional Standards Bureau took over the matter for further investigation. Investigators reviewed the evidence and body-camera footage, officials said. Enter Article DATE HERE A Maricopa County sheriff's deputy has been arrested on suspicion of stealing money from a dead person's home after he responded to a call there, the Sheriff's...
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28

El Mirage cold case murder solved 17 years later thanks to new technology


Enter Headline here September 27, 2018 EL MIRAGE, AZ - The Arizona Department of Public Safety says they have solved a 17-year-old cold case murder in El Mirage. Richard Cacero Lucero was found dead on Dec. 20, 2001, when a family friend asked officers to conduct a welfare check on the victim. The Arizona Department of Public Safety took over the c...
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23

Ex-Quartzsite police employee pleads guilty to stealing cash


evidence technician has pleaded guilty to stealing about $25,000 from the department. August 23, 2018 A former Quartzsite police evidence technician has pleaded guilty to stealing about $25,000 from the department. State prosecutors say Christy Conley pleaded guilty to one count each of fraudulent schemes and artifices and tampering with evidence. ...
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JUN
22

Ex-Pinal cop admits taking drugs from evidence room


The agency discovered over 100 pounds of narcotics were missing, court documents show, May 17, 2018 PHOENIX — A former sergeant of the Gila River Police Department has admitted to stealing narcotics from an evidence room and bringing them back to his Casa Grande home. Michael Coomes, 48, resigned from the tribal police agency shortly after an ex-gi...
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MAY
11

Ex-Quartzsite police evidence tech accused of stealing $20K

Quartzsite police evidence technician has been indicted for allegedly stealing money she was responsible for safeguarding as evidence. May 9, 2018 PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a former Quartzsite police evidence technician has been indicted for allegedly stealing money she was responsible for safeguarding as evidence. The Arizona Attorney General...
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MAY
05

Tucson cold case solved nearly five years later

The DNA and blood matched up, linking Montano to the murder. He committed suicide back in 2014. May 5, 2018 TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - Employees at the Tanque Verde AM/PM could breath a sigh of relief Saturday afternoon, knowing the 2013 cold case of their friend and colleague, Erick Bridges, has been solved. Employees like Eloise Trevino, who ...
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New DNA Test Leads To Cold Case Arrest (Familial DNA)

FAMILIAL DNA April 12, 2108 "We have collected close to over 450 items of evidence, interviewed well over 300 people. We never stopped investigating. This was never a cold case," said Scottsdale Police Chief Alan Rodbell. Investigators with the Scottsdale Police Department and Arizona Department of Public Safety used familial DNA to make the arrest...
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06

Married detectives accused in thefts, pawning of state guns

DES Detective Maya became a suspect because she had access to the safe and her fingerprints were found inside the envelope's flap, on its tape seal and on a sticky note inside the envelope, according to a DPS probable-cause statement filed in court. April 6, 2018 PHOENIX — A married couple who worked as detectives, one for Arizona's social-welfare ...
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FEB
08

Cold Case: 29 Years Later, Suspect Charged With Murder of Anne Levee (DNA)

or 29 years, the murder of a 27-year-old woman near Lake Pleasant went unsolved. Now, there is a suspect. Enter Article DATE HERE The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that it arrested 55-year-old Donald Lee Scott for the December 10, 1988, slaying of Anne Levee, who had been shot multiple times when deputies found her. It was...
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DEC
20

Test of old rape kit leads to indictment of man on sexual assault charges

A rape kit that sat on a shelf for a dozen years just put a valley man behind bars. December 18, 2017 PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) - A rape kit that sat on a shelf for a dozen years just put a valley man behind bars. A Maricopa County grand jury indicted 28-year-old Michael Paladino on six counts of sexual assault The push to get through the county's backlo...
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OCT
12

Ex-deputy convicted of killing other officers dies in prison

Authorities said Elkins, Crow and an evidence technician surprised Hudson at the office where they went that evening because of previous thefts of drugs and guns from the facility. October 12, 2017 A former undercover narcotics officer serving life terms for killing two fellow law enforcement officers in Yuma 22 years ago has died in prison. The Ar...
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SEP
12

Fentanyl fears force policy change, testing backlog within Arizona DPS

"CAUTION! EVIDENCE CONTAINS FENTANYL or its ANALOG" September 12, 2017 A half-used sheet of fluorescent-yellow stickers at a workstation in the state's crime lab is an indicator of more than just the phrase stamped in bold, black letters: "CAUTION! EVIDENCE CONTAINS FENTANYL or its ANALOG" It's proof of an ever-intensifying and dangerous national i...
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AUG
18

Confiscated Guns Must Be Sold, Not Destroyed, Rules Arizona Supreme Court

The court said the local ordinance runs afoul of several state laws. August 18, 2017 The Arizona Supreme Court ruled the city of Tucson can no longer destroy firearms that have been confiscated by police or turned in by citizens. In an extensive ruling issued Thursday, the justices voided a 2005 Tucson ordinance that says the Police Department, aft...
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MAY
11

UPDATE: Investigation uncovers alleged gun ring involving former SPD evidence technician

Collier said the 200 plus missing guns were not noticed because the paper work was also allegedly stolen and destroyed. May 12, 2017 An investigation into a former evidence technician with the Selma Police Department has uncovered a criminal operation allegedly responsible for stealing and selling hundreds of stolen guns from evidence. Adrianne Mic...
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MAY
01

ONLY ON KOLD: Inside Tucson's crime vault

It is considered by the International Association For Property and Evidence to be the nation's best evidence and property storage facility and it's right here in Tucson. May 1, 2017 TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) - It is considered by the International Association For Property and Evidence to be the nation's best evidence and property storage fa...
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14

Page PD Tests New Burn Barrel


This unit has the potential to save the police department thousands of dollars that would have been spent to dispose of this evidence using other methods. April 14, 2017 The Page Police Department tried out its new 'burn barrel' for the first time this week. The barrel is used to dispose of evidence and other property stored in our evidence room th...
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MAR
22

Rape kits in Arizona must now be tested within 15 days of collection


"Until recently, the state didn't even know the number of untested rape kits in Arizona, which turned out to be in the thousands. Enter Article DATE HERE PHOENIX - Rape kits must be tested within 15 days of being collected, thanks to a new law just signed by Gov. Doug Ducey.The legislation establishes time limits, standards and reporting requi...
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MAR
17

DNA evidence led to arrest in killing of 84-year-old man

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FEB
15

Catapult Used to Launch Marijuana Into U.S. From Mexico Seized by Border Patrol Agents, Authorities Say


The contraption was powerful enough to sling two bundles of weed — weighing a combined 47 pounds — into the United States from Mexico. February 15, 2017 Border Patrol agents in Arizona thwarted some drug smugglers and dismantled a drug catapult used to launch marijuana into the United States from Mexico. The catapult was attached to the top of a bo...
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DEC
06

Former DPD officer given probation


a former property and evidence section sergeant for the DPD, has been accused of stealing nearly $15,000 in cash that had been lawfully placed in the DPD's property and evidence section. Dec 6, 2016 A former Douglas Police Department Sergeant has been placed on four years probation and ordered to pay $14,991.90 in restitution to the DPD after accep...
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NOV
02

AZ police departments have more than 6,000 untested rape kits


The Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Task Force concluded that there are 6,424 untested kits in the state. November 2, 2016 A special state task force has found that Arizona law enforcement agencies have more than 6,000 untested rape kits. The Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Task Force concluded that there are 6,424 untested kits in th...
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JUL
01

Phoenix Police Department to begin testing all rape kits


"We're removing the subjectivity from the decision-making process." Mary Roberts, Phoenix police assistance chief July 1, 2016 The policy change comes amid mounting pressure from victims' rights advocates, who say uniform testing may lead police to serial assailants. After the kits are tested, the DNA will be entered into the FBI's Combined DNA Ind...
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JUN
21

Law enforcement agencies across Arizona are digging up untested sexual assault kits under new efforts driven largely by Gov. Doug Ducey


The latest count of untested kits reveals Maricopa County alone has at least 4,000. June 21, 2016 PHOENIX — Law enforcement agencies across Arizona are sifting through evidence lockers looking for every last untested sexual assault kit under new efforts driven largely by Gov. Doug Ducey. It's part of a push across the country to cut the backlog of ...
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JUN
05

How Lake Havasu Police have tightened security after evidence room thefts


Ex-Lake Havasu City cop accused of stealing drugs, cash from evidence room May 29, 2016 Buried inside the Lake Havasu City Police Department evidence room are tens of thousands of crime remnants, and only a handful of people have access to them. There are guns from homicides, drugs confiscated during raids, money acquired from investigations and an...
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JUN
05

DNA leads to arrest of suspect in Phoenix woman’s bludgeoning 34 years ago


June 1st 2016, 9:45 am PDT PHOENIX (KPHO/KTVK) - A man accused of stabbing and killing an elderly woman in 1982 has been arrested after DNA samples and fingerprints connected him to the crime, police said. Larry Robinson, 56, was taken into custody on Tuesday. During an interview with Phoenix police detectives, Robinson couldn't explain why his DNA...
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MAR
29

Former Prescott Valley police officer charged


The Prescott Daily Courier, dcourier.comPrescott Valley, AZAskewPRESCOTT VALLEY - A former Prescott Valley Police Commander who was accused of taking narcotics discarded by the public as part of the "Dump the Drugs" program has been charged by the Mohave County Attorney's Of...
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JAN
18

Prescott Valley police commander accused of taking drugs from evidence room

KTVK, azfamily.comBYLINE: Christina O'HaverPrescott Valley, AZPRESCOTT VALLEY, Ariz. -- A Prescott Valley police commander has resigned amid allegations of misconduct.Cmdr. Arthur Askew has been under investigation for allegedly stealing prescription drugs from the drug stor...
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SEP
12

Former Phoenix police officer sentenced for stealing drugs

KTVK-3TV, Arizona News Headlines, azfamily.comBYLINE: Jennifer Thomas, azfamily.comPhoenix, AZWilliam McCartneyPHOENIX -- A former Phoenix police officer who pleaded guilty in the theft of drugs from the Police Department's evidence-storage room was sentenced Friday to 3 3/4...
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JUN
02

Deputy's demise causes deep problems for Arpaio

The Associated Press, KTVK-3TV, azfamily.comBYLINE: Jacques Billeaud/The Associated PressMaricopa County, AZRamon Charley ArmendarizPHOENIX (AP) -- When sheriff's deputy Ramon Charley Armendariz hanged himself, he left behind a house full of questions.Among the items at his ...
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JUL
28

Tempe police: Officer resigns after admitting to theft

The Republic | azcentral.comBYLINE: Maria PollettaLink to ArticleTempe, AZA Tempe police officer has resigned after more than seven years with the department after admitting to having stolen police property and cash, according to the Tempe Police Department.Former patrol off...
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JUL
15

Ex-Phoenix policeman accused of narcotics theft

San Francisco Chronicle, sfgate.comLink to ArticlePhoenix, AZPHOENIX (AP) — A former Phoenix police detective has been arrested for alleged evidence tampering and narcotics theft from the department's property room.Police say 37-year-old William B. McCartney was taken into c...
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MAR
30

Probe into drug-money theft in Surprise grows cold

AzCentral.com, azcentral.comBYLINE: D.S. Woodfill Link to ArticleSurprise, AZSurprise police will continue internal investigationA criminal investigation into the theft of $33,000 in drug money from the Surprise Police Department has run cold.The Phoenix Police Department, w...
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NOV
02

2 investigations involving Surprise police drag on

The Arizona Republic, azcentral.comBYLINE: D.S. Woodfill, The Arizona RepublicLink to ArticleSurprise, AZTwo internal investigations in the Surprise Police Department have gone into a second year having no clear end in sight.One case, involving former Assistant Chief Scott C...
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06

Former Tempe Cop Elliot Campbell Pleads Guilty to Stealing Evidence

Phoenix New Times, LLC., blogs.phoenixnewtimes.comBYLINE: James KingCategories: Bad cop. No doughnut.Link to ArticleTempe, AZA former Tempe cop accused of stealing evidence from the agency's evidence room -- including a refrigerator -- has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.I...
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SEP
06

Former Tempe Cop Elliot Campbell Pleads Guilty to Stealing Evidence

Phoenix New Times, LLC., blogs.phoenixnewtimes.comBYLINE: James KingCategories: Bad cop. No doughnut.Link to ArticleTempe, AZA former Tempe cop accused of stealing evidence from the agency's evidence room -- including a refrigerator -- has pleaded guilty to reduced charges.I...
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14

Pinal sex-assault DNA testing lags

The Arizona Republic, azcentral.comBYLINE: Lindsey Collom and Caitlin McGladeLink to ArticlePinal County, AZDNA evidence from more than 200 sexual-assault cases in Pinal County has been languishing in the Sheriff's Office property room, some for decades, a recent audit revea...
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JUL
31

Audit finds problems with evidence handling at Pinal County Sheriff's Office

ABC15 (KNXV-TV), abc15.comBYLINE: Corey RangelLink to ArticleOne VideoPinal County, AZAn independent audit raises some alarming concerns within the Pinal County Sheriff's Property and Evidence Unit which, according to the report, could have an impact on past, present, and fu...
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JUL
30

Pinal Sheriff's Office to improve evidence storage

The Arizona Republic, azcentral.comBYLINE: Lindsey Collom and Caitlin McGlade - The Arizona RepublicPinal County, AZAn independent audit of the Pinal County sheriff's property-and-evidence unit details years of mismanagement and overstuffed storage units with the potential t...
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JUN
06

Former Yuma police officer charged

Yuma Sun, yumasun.comBYLINE: JAMES GILBERT, SUN STAFF WRITER, , AZA former Yuma police officer remains behind bars, charged for allegedly stealing nearly $11,000 in cash from evidence storage to support an addiction to prescription drugs.A felony comp...
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JUN
01

DNA, John Doe indictment undoing of elusive ‘Rock Burglar’

Sonoran News, sonorannews.comBYLINE: LINDA BENTLEYLink to ArticleMaricopa County, AZ‘In the end, it was cutting-edge police technology used by my Fountain Hills detectives that led us to this criminal’PHOENIX – Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Robert James ...
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MAY
27

Police arrest Arizona's suspected "Rock Burglar"

Thomson Reuters, reuters.comBYLINE: David SchwartzLink to ArticleMaricopa County, AZ(Reuters) - Police arrested a suspect as Arizona's notorious "Rock Burglar" on Friday after a 17-year crime spree that netted more than $10 million in cash and other loot from affluent homeow...
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MAR
09

33K in Surprise Police Evidence Goes Missing

KSAZ FOX 10 | KUTP My45, myfoxphoenix.comLink to ArticleSurprise, AZSurprise, AZ Police - Credit: scoutnurse | Flickr.com / Creative Commons License SURPRISE - Someone within the Surprise Police Department is stealing drug money from their evidence facility, according to the...
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MAR
07

Phoenix Police Officer Accused of Tampering, Stealing Drugs

KSAZ FOX 10 | KUTP My45, myfoxphoenix.comLink to ArticleDownload VideoNarcotics stolen from evidence lockerPHOENIX - Phoenix Police announced Monday they've arrested one of their own, accused of tampering with evidence and stealing seized drugs.The announcement comes just da...
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NOV
19

UAPD Property, Evidence room holds trove of confiscated items

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Arizona Daily Wildcat, wildcat.arizona.eduBYLINE: Lucy ValenciaLink to ArticleTuscon, AZAn envelope, taped and marked, is used as an example for Officers when the submit evidence to the UA Police Department. Items are carefully preserved and cataloged to ensure it remains in...
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