Efforts to clear California’s rape kit testing backlog fall short


California doesn't know how many rape kits are on the shelves," said Assemblyman David Chiu, D-San Francisco. Enter Article DATE HERE The case of an Antioch man accused of murder who evaded capture while a rape kit implicating him years earlier sat on a shelf has caught the attention of lawmakers and activists. But chances are, he's not the on...

Continue reading
1248 Hits

DNA leads to arrest in 1986 cold case slayings of two young women

The Fremont Police Department announced they arrested David Misch, 57, on suspicion of two counts of murder in the slayings of two young women whose nude bodies were dumped along a road, the East Bay Times reported. Fremont is southeast of San Francisco. Enter Article DATE HERE FREMONT, Calif. -- The 1986 killings of two California women who d...

Continue reading
1162 Hits

Evidence missing from Santee sheriff's station, clerk resigns amid investigation

Enter Headline here Enter Article DATE HERE A Sheriff's Department property clerk resigned in December amid a criminal investigation into missing evidence.The clerk, a nearly 10-year employee named Angela Messig, acknowledged the property room she oversaw in Santee was a mess but denied stealing any evidence.The property-theft case is the seco...

Continue reading
1291 Hits

ATF investigating disappearance of cache of guns from Compton vault

The guns had been stored in a vacated building on Alameda Street which had been home to Compton's old City Hall. A vault with heavy metal doors and a large combination lock secured the cache. March 1, 2018 COMPTON, Calif. (KABC) -- Compton City officials reported a cache of 30 weapons missing and federal agents from the ATF are investigating. The d...

Continue reading
1180 Hits

Record payout approved for Simi Valley man wrongfully convicted of grisly 1978 murders (DNA)

Nearly 40 years later, the 70-year-old man has a slew of powerful voices behind him as he fights to correct the injustice of having spent more than half of his life in prison for a grisly double murder he didn't commit. Feb 15, 2018 For years, from inside a cell at Folsom State Prison, Craig Coley couldn't get anyone to listen. But his message was ...

Continue reading
1230 Hits

Sentencing put on hold for former Tulare PD evidence technician

They say they know of many crimes he committed while working as an evidence technician for the Tulare Police Department. Enter Article DATE HERE VISALIA, Calif. (KFSN) -- The Gary Coffman case was a frustrating one for the Tulare County District Attorney's Office. They say they know of many crimes he committed while working as an evidence tech...

Continue reading
1801 Hits

California 'weed fortress' had 35,000 marijuana plants inside, cops say

Where do you put it? December 16, 2017 Southern California police seized 35,000 marijuana plants from a weed "fortress" and shut down an operation they believed was bringing in millions of dollars a month. San Bernardino Police said they detained eight people Wednesday when police and federal agents raided a warehouse that was converted into a mult...

Continue reading
1825 Hits

Antioch police say DNA tech helped solve city's oldest open cold case

For nearly four decades Antioch police searched for a 14-year-old girl's killer. The suspect is in custody Monday. Thanks to advances in DNA technology, police say Antioch's oldest unsolved murder has been solved. December 11, 2017 ANTIOCH, Calif. (KGO) -- For nearly four decades Antioch police searched for a 14-year-old girl's killer. The suspect ...

Continue reading
2046 Hits

Orange County probation officer charged with stealing money while executing search warrants


Rodriguez was assisting the team in serving a search warrant at a home on Edinger Avenue in Santa Ana and, prosecutors now say, stole $150 from a victim's wallet while checking for the person's identification. November 30, 2017 ANTA ANA — An Orange County probation officer faces charges because he is suspected of stealing cash while executing searc...

Continue reading
2293 Hits

LA County Board Approves $15 Million Settlement in Wrongful Conviction Lawsuit

The settlement is the largest between the county and a single individual in at least the last decade November 21, 2017 The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved a $15 million payout today -- the largest single-plaintiff settlement in at least a decade -- for a man who was imprisoned for 27 years for a 1984 murder he said he didn't commit...

Continue reading
1507 Hits

Man, wrongly convicted of 1978 killings in Simi Valley, recommended for release from prison

New DNA evidence has cast doubt on the conviction of a man who has spent more than half his life in prison after being convicted in a 1978 Simi Valley double-homicide. November 20, 2017 New DNA evidence has cast doubt on the conviction of a man who has spent more than half his life in prison after being convicted in a 1978 Simi Valley double-h...

Continue reading
1749 Hits

Gypsy Hill killings: Arrest made in 1976 cold case murder of 19-year-old woman


Two years ago DNA evidence gathered decades earlier at two of the crime scenes resulted in two murder charges against Rodney Lynn Halbower, who had already been in prison for most of his adult life, most recently on an attempted murder charge in Oregon. Enter Article DATE HERE DALY CITY — For years, law enforcement officials believed the same ...

Continue reading
2408 Hits

Bakersfield Police Officer under investigation for embezzlement and use of controlled substance

A city owned gun that was "misappropriated" without the city's permission. November 1, 2017 BAKERSFIELD, CA - Bakersfield Police are investigating one of their own. Investigators confirm they served a search warrant on a fellow officer. The warrant, written by a Bakersfield Detective says they're investigating the possibility of a fellow city emplo...

Continue reading
3066 Hits

California law enforcement agencies will have to count and preserve all of their untested rape kits

The three measures are part of ongoing efforts in Sacramento to tackle rape kit backlogs at law enforcement agencies and to increase the number of victims who report sexual assault and seek treatment. October 12, 2017 California law enforcement agencies will have to preserve and count all of their untested rape kits and ensure they inform sexual as...

Continue reading
1643 Hits

Deputy accused of theft had not booked items into property room for months

Deputy is accused of stealing from people he arrested Deptember 25, 2017 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Court records reveal new details in a case where a Kern County sheriff's deputy is accused of stealing from people he arrested. Deputy Edward Bermudez -- who is out on bail -- made his first court appearance at the beginning of September and pleaded not g...

Continue reading
1284 Hits

Even deadlier form of fentanyl reaches San Diego County

Carfentanil is 100 times stronger than the synthetic opioid fentanyl and is typically used to sedate massive animals like elephants October 6, 2017 Imagine a substance so potent that a few specks — the size of a few granules of table salt — can kill you. If you didn't think the stakes could get any deadlier in the emerging fentanyl crisis, it has. ...

Continue reading
1605 Hits

Police announce arrest in Palm Desert 1993 cold case murder


Remains were identified more than two decades later through DNA September 27, 2017 PALM DESERT, Calif. - A Northern California man is awaiting trial on charges of murdering another man's romantic rival from Palm Desert, whose remains were identified more than two decades later through DNA, which was also used to link the accused killer-for-hire to ...

Continue reading
1658 Hits

City Attorney Pushes to Have Backlog of Untested Rape Kits Cleared in San Diego

San Diego has approximately 2,500 rape kits that have yet to be analyzed Enter Article DATE HERE San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott appealed to Governor Jerry Brown to sign bills that will help bring justice to rape survivors through rape kits. In 2014 state auditors found collections of up to 40,000 untested rape kits in various California ...

Continue reading
1286 Hits

Decades after pregnant woman’s nude body found on California beach, sex offender arrested (37 years later)

New technology and an "innovative technique" for looking at DNA evidence linked Yniguez to the crime scene in 2013 October 1, 2017 LOS ANGELES – More than 37 years after the nude, lifeless body of a young pregnant newlywed was found along the coast of Palos Verdes Estates, investigators on Friday announced the arrest of a convicted rapist whose all...

Continue reading
1960 Hits

Battling the backlog: More than 1,100 potentially untested and unsolved sexual assault kits in KC

Some of those sexual assault kits date back nearly 40 years. October 1, 2107 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - More than 1,000 potentially untested sexual assault kits are on an evidence room shelf here in Kern County. Some of those sexual assault kits date back nearly 40 years. 23ABC's I-Team investigated why there are so many that are poteniatlly untested an...

Continue reading
1294 Hits

Former Novato policeman accused of evidence mishandling

The alleged crimes included various drug and alcohol violations, threats of violence and vehicle offenses. September 15, 2017 A former Novato police officer repeatedly lost or mishandled key evidence and statements, potentially jeopardizing a series of criminal cases he was involved in, prosecutors said. Christopher Gamboa resigned from the Novato ...

Continue reading
1752 Hits

Law enforcement can now scan your DNA in 90 minutes, but should they?

A small machine that can unravel DNA code in less than two hours. August 25, 2017 PLEASANTON — At the IntegenX Inc. headquarters on Stoneridge Drive, employees are hard at work developing upgrades to their product: a small machine that can unravel DNA code in less than two hours. The company is a leader in the market for what is known as rapid DNA ...

Continue reading
1434 Hits

'We found who killed your sister.' 48 years later, a cold case is solved (DNA)

The mystery of her murder lingered for nearly half a century, outlasting several detectives and potential suspects. August 27, 2017 It should have been an ordinary errand: a trip to a Mid-Wilshire drug store to buy a hair dryer. Wendy Jo Halison drove her prized green Thunderbird down Fairfax Avenue on that Sunday afternoon in 1968, stopping at the...

Continue reading
1973 Hits

Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits On The Agenda When Lawmakers Return To State Capitol

Estimates suggest thousands of rape kits remain untested across California, containing DNA evidence from survivors of sexual assault. But the state does not require law enforcement agencies to track why or how many. April 17, 2017 California lawmakers will debate how to address a backlog of untested rape kits, when they return to work at the state ...

Continue reading
1328 Hits

Backlog Of Untested Rape Kits On The Agenda When Lawmakers Return To State Capitol

Enter Headline here August 17, 2017 California lawmakers will debate how to address a backlog of untested rape kits, when they return to work at the state Capitol on Aug. 21. Estimates suggest thousands of rape kits remain untested across California, containing DNA evidence from survivors of sexual assault. But the state does not require law enforc...

Continue reading
1160 Hits

17 News Investigation: $50,000 of cocaine unaccounted for in KCSO property room

A 17 News investigation revealed $50,000 of cocaine is missing from the Kern County Sheriff's Department property room. Enter Article DATE HERE BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A 17 News investigation revealed $50,000 of cocaine is missing from the Kern County Sheriff's Department property room. Sheriff's spokesman Ray Pruitt says 1.9 pounds of cocaine i...

Continue reading
2858 Hits

At least there’s space for evidence

The additional work brings the overall evidence building project up to $1,555,000 Enter Article DATE HERE Manteca Police may have cramped headquarters but at least there should be adequate room for evidence storage.The City Council this week approved spending $120,000 that will buy shelving for the new 2,200-square-foot evidence building as we...

Continue reading
1315 Hits

Former sheriff's deputies sentenced to probation for conspiring to sell drugs they stole

Two former Kern County sheriff's deputies, Logan August and Derrick Penney, who conspired with another law enforcement officer to sell drugs they stole from evidence lockers, were sentenced August 7, 2017 FRESNO — Two former Kern County sheriff's deputies, Logan August and Derrick Penney, who conspired with another law enforcement officer to sell d...

Continue reading
1602 Hits

Police: Man left DNA in toilet during burglary

Andrew David Jensen, 42, "did his business and didn't flush it," Detective Tim Lohman of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office told the Associated Pres August 8, 2017 When you gotta go, you gotta go. A California man accused of burglary left DNA evidence in the toilet of the home he robbed last October, Associated Press reported Tuesday. Andrew ...

Continue reading
1420 Hits

Kern County deputy could have stolen upwards of $4,000, sheriff says

Two weeks ago, the Sheriff's Office used an undercover officer from an agency outside Kern County to report a purse found with $1,000 cash inside, Youngblood said. The officer handed the purse over to Bermudez, who didn't even ask the officer his name or other standard questions. Enter Article DATE HERE A Kern County sheriff's deputy is believ...

Continue reading
1348 Hits

San Diego police, council clash over rape kit testing

Council members want police to test nearly 2,000 kits — used to gather and preserve evidence in rape cases — sitting in the Police Department evidence room that date back as far as the 1990s. Enter Article DATE HERE San Diego police say confusion about rape kits has left them with $500,000 set aside to do tests that are highly unlikely to help...

Continue reading
1679 Hits

Rape kit testing lags, so lawmakers want California taxpayers to donate

At least 175,000 have been documented by advocates, while the federal Department of Justice put its estimate at 400,000 several years ago June 21, 2017 Hundreds of thousands of rape kits are sitting untested at crime labs and law enforcements agencies across the country. That figure – at least 175,000 have been documented by advocates, while the fe...

Continue reading
1591 Hits

Feds seize nearly 100 pounds of fentanyl, deadly synthetic opiate, in unprecedented drug bust

44.14 kilograms — represents the largest fentanyl seizure sent to a DEA lab nationwide," the U.S. Attorney's Office said Monday June 20 , 2017 Federal authorities said Monday that a narcotics probe has resulted in the seizure of nearly 100 pounds of fentanyl, or enough of the drug to kill more than a million people. Drug Enforcement Administration ...

Continue reading
1422 Hits

Ex-sheriff’s employee gets jail, probation for evidence theft

Sheriff's officials have said an investigation revealed the items taken were not items of evidence in any open criminal cases. June 20, 2017 Oroville >> A former Butte County Sheriff's Office evidence technician was ordered Tuesday to serve nearly a year in jail for stealing guns, drugs and money from the department's evidence facility. Butte...

Continue reading
1631 Hits

Fitzgerald: The grand jury’s half-right report

The software vendor who computerizes inventory in the sheriff's evidence room alleged a year ago that 10,000 pieces of evidence are missing. June 16, 2017 The software vendor who computerizes inventory in the sheriff's evidence room alleged a year ago that 10,000 pieces of evidence are missing. A serious charge. The Goddess of Justice wears that bl...

Continue reading
1580 Hits

Accused killer arraigned in cold case murder

A 52-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing an acquaintance whose body turned up in an East County field nearly 31 years ago pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a murder charge. June 13, 2017 EL CAJON (CNS) - A 52-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing an acquaintance whose body turned up in an East County field nearly 31 years ago pleaded not guilty...

Continue reading
1494 Hits

Advanced DNA Testing Leads to Suspect's Arrest, 31 Years After Man's Fatal Stabbing

Detectives have arrested a suspect using advanced DNA testing June 12, 2017 Thirty-one years after a man's fatal stabbing in Lemon Grove, homicide detectives have arrested a suspect using advanced DNA testing, San Diego County Sheriff's deputies (SDSO) announced Monday. Stacy Littleton, 52, of San Diego, has been charged with a single count of murd...

Continue reading
1288 Hits

Cocaine spills out of California vending machine toy, police say

150 POUNDS OF METH FOUND IN POPCORN BOXES June 7, 2017 California police discovered cocaine hidden in vending machine toys on Monday after a boy's putty ball ruptured and dumped out white powder, officials said. A mom and her son bought the toy from a vending machine for a quarter at Taqueria Los Altos restaurant in Bell Gardens, police said in a n...

Continue reading
1451 Hits

This State Assembly Bill Could Help End California's Notorious Rape Kit Backlog

Assembly Bill 41, which seeks to determine exactly how much of the nation's notorious rape-kit backlog is centered in California, May 26, 2017 A bill to end the backlog of untested rape kits in California, introduced in March by San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu, is heading to the state Senate. Assembly Bill 41, which seeks to determine exactly ...

Continue reading
2552 Hits

Saliva helps detectives solve double murder case

Detectives say saliva helped solve a multiple murder case that eluded investigators for six years in Southern California. May 30, 2017 LOS ANGELES — Detectives say saliva helped solve a multiple murder case that eluded investigators for six years in Southern California. CBS Los Angeles reports police arrested 32-year-old Geovanni Borjas on Tuesday ...

Continue reading
1753 Hits

No one knows how many untested rape kits there are in California. This bill aims to fix that


Assembly Bill 41 would require law enforcement agencies to report to the state how many sexual assault kits they collected and have examined, and how many they haven't May 26, 2017 Tens of thousands of rape kits are sitting on shelves in police and sheriff's department evidence rooms nationwide. And no one has tested them to see what crimes they co...

Continue reading
1257 Hits

Evidence from hundreds of rape survivors’ bodies sat in a Fresno police freezer for years

Until the last few months, 765 rape kits – each marked with the victim's name and the date of the assault – gathered from these exams sat untested in a freezer at the Fresno Police Department March 8, 2017 Between 2000 and 2016, hundreds of women went to Fresno hospitals for sexual assault forensic exams. Many had just been raped, but they chose to...

Continue reading
1720 Hits

Familial DNA test, retired detective's tenacity, solve 1992 murder case


San Diego police homicide Lt. Mike Holden said the evidence that connected Falls was a "familial DNA" test — the first of its kind run by a San Diego County law agency. April 14, 2017 A reserve San Diego police detective, determined to make a difference while fighting cancer, took on a cold case and through DNA helped solve the horrific murder of a...

Continue reading
1606 Hits

Man charged with 1998 killing of 13-year-old girl in Calif.(DNA)


"There's strong DNA evidence," he said but declined to be specific. April 6, 2017 MONTEREY, Calif. - An imprisoned rapist will be charged with killing a 13-year-old California girl who vanished while walking her dog nearly two decades ago, a prosecutor announced Thursday. Charles Holifield will be charged on April 14 with murder and kidnapping for ...

Continue reading
1406 Hits

Cigarette butt and a roll of tape help break 1997 rape case


Later DNA tests on a cigarette butt recovered from the teen's bedroom and a roll of tape used to bound Cox's victims ultimately led to Cox's arrest in January 2015Read more here: March 15, 2017 A man arrested two years ago in a two-decade old rape case could face up to 20 years in state prison after pleading guilty to the sexual assault Wednesday i...

Continue reading
2017 Hits

Los Angeles man pleads no contest to 1985 murder (DNA)


The case remained unsolved for three decades until it was reopened in 2013 by then Oxnard Police Department Detective Mike Young, who was assigned to the Ventura County Sheriff's Cold Case Task Force. March 23, 2017 A Los Angeles man facing criminal charges connected to the rape and murder of an Oxnard woman 30 years ago pleaded...

Continue reading
1493 Hits

Over 700 Untested Rape Kits Found By SFPD


"While I appreciate the progress, this also doesn't account for the other 1,135 unprocessed rape kits that sit untested at the SFPD because they have passed statute of limitations." February 27, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO—In 2010, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors legislated that all rape kits, used to collect biological information from victims of se...

Continue reading
1434 Hits

After evidence goes missing, the tech is charged


Gary Coffman, 45, has been charged with three felony counts of possession of methamphetamine while in possession of a firearm, one felony count of possession of stolen property (firearms), three misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and two misdemeanor counts of drug possession February 15, 2017 A police evidence technician has be...

Continue reading
1381 Hits

Glendale Police Department Solves 1993 Homicide Case


On January 20, 2017, the Glendale Police Department's Homicide unit  arrested a suspect in the murder of a 41 year old male victim who was brutally stabbed to death over 23 years ago February 1, 2017 On January 20, 2017, the Glendale Police Department's Homicide unit arrested a suspect in the murder of a 41 year old male victim who was brutall...

Continue reading
1603 Hits

Cold Case Cracked on 1976 Murder


In a case cracked through the use of "familial" DNA, law enforcement officials Monday identified a man believed to have committed the 1976 murder of Karen Klaas, the ex-wife of singer/songwriter Bill Medley of The Righteous Brothers. Enter Article DATE HERE In a case cracked through the use of "familial" DNA, law enforcement officials Monday i...

Continue reading
1316 Hits

Blotter - Latest News

News by Date

Search IAPE

This login form is for IAPE Staff ONLY!