Men Convicted in Yuba City Double Murder Cold Case Sentenced

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Decade old slaying of Righteous Brother singer's ex-solved


The sheriff's department said Friday that the case "was solved through the use of familial DNA, which identified the killer," but provided no other details. January 28, 2017 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators used a controversial DNA testing method to solve the decades-old killing of the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley, the Los Angel...

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Decade old slaying of Righteous Brothers singer's ex solved

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El Rio man pleads guilty to 1991 cold case murder - DNA


Fisher's case remained unsolved until the Ventura County sheriff's cold case homicide task force re-examined DNA evidence collected from the crime scene. A check with the Combined DNA Index System, a databank that contains DNA profiles of people arrested across the United States, came up with a match in 2002, Spillner said. January 18, 2017 An El R...

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Former Sheriff’s Office employee accused of stealing guns, drugs from evidence building


Documents which track the evidence to be legally destroyed or disposed of were also found that the investigators think was altered by Acosta, according to the release. January 5, 2017  A former Butte County Sheriff's Office employee is accused of stealing drugs and guns from the agency's evidence building, a theft discovered only after her arr...

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DA files murder charge against suspect in 2011 Barstow cold case - DNA


"During the Utah investigation a sample of Schick's DNA was collected and also submitted to the National DNA Index System," police said in a statement January 5, 2017 BARSTOW - Prosecutors filed a murder charge against a 53-year-old man serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for a 2011 rape in Utah in connection with a 2011 cold c...

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Crime lab tests pile up on cases


According to a September report from the National Institute of Justice on funding for DNA analysis, new methods are now able to yield full DNA profiles collected from old, degraded or otherwise unviable samples. November 14, 2016 In less than a decade, advancements in forensics technology have allowed scientists to "do more with less" using DNA evi...

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BPD corruption case reveals flaws in evidence check-out policy


In court documents, disgraced former officers Damacio Diaz and Patrick Mara acknowledged substituting look-alike substances for drugs from the department's evidence room. October 25, 2016 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The corruption case of two former Bakersfield Police Department officers has left the department reviewing its policy and proced...

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Death row inmate charged in 1991 San Bernardino cold case murder


NA was also the missing link detectives needed to place Dunlap at the scene of White's murder. October 4, 2016 AN BERNARDINO >> Prosecutors on Tuesday charged a man already on death row with the 1991 murder of Devore resident Cynthia "CJ" White. On May, 27, 1991, San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies investigated a reported death at a home...

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Rape Survivors Are Suing to Have Their Rape Kits Processed


Marlowe isn't alone. An estimated 400,000 untested rape kits languish nationwide, according to the US Department of Justice. Now, Marlowe and other rape survivors like her are turning to the courts, claiming that cities that ignore potential DNA evidence are violating survivors' civil rights. September 28, 2016 Heather Marlowe was raped at a party ...

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California may soon eliminate the statute of limitations for rape charges


California has become the latest battleground in a nationwide push to relax or eliminate the statutes of limitations on sexual-assault crimes, recently passing a bill that would make it the 17th state to allow rape victims to pursue charges at any point after an attack. Gov. Jerry Brown must approve or veto the measure by month's end. Sep...

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Serial killer who appeared on 'The Dating Game' charged in 1977 cold case


Alcala is imprisoned in California's Corcoran State Prison and is sentenced to death. He has been connected to six murders in two states, though authorities estimate he may have killed up to 130 people across the country. September 21, 2016 An imprisoned serial killer who appeared on "The Dating Game" before police threw him in jail has been charge...

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Arrests Made In Cold Case Killings Of 2 Northern California Girls


The homicide case remained an active investigation until 1976, when the case went cold following more than 60 interviews but no successful leads, authorities said. September 13, 2016 MARYSVILLE, Yuba County (CBS / AP) — Decades-old DNA led to the arrests Tuesday of two men in connection with the shotgun slayings of two girls in California more than...

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Pomona settles lawsuit over confiscation of homeless people's property


In the settlement reached with the pro bono law firm Public Counsel, the city agreed to build 388 lockers for the property of homeless people and to stop enforcing three laws that prohibit tents, personal property and overnight sleeping on public property. September 11, 2016 Homeless residents of Pomona will be provided storage for their property a...

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Fitzgerald: Vendor alleges sheriff lost slew of evidence


The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office has lost about 10,000 pieces of evidence and stored items, says the vendor who provides the software that manages the evidence room. September 3, 2016 The San Joaquin County Sheriff's Office has lost about 10,000 pieces of evidence and stored items, says the vendor who provides the software that manages the e...

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Investigators Make Arrest in 1988 Homicide

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Inspired by accusations against Bill Cosby, California lawmakers move to lift time limits on rape cases


Enter Headline here August 30, 2016 In the wake of sexual assault accusations against comedian Bill Cosby, California may soon end the statute of limitations for prosecuting rape and other felony sex crimes. The state Senate on Tuesday sent the governor a bill to end time limits for prosecuting crimes including rape and child sexual abuse. Under ex...

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Stolen medals found and returned to veteran 2,000 miles away


Police said one of their technicians did some research and tracked Pollard down. When the detective called him, he was shocked. August 27, 2016 Arthur 'Art' Pollard served nearly three decades in the Navy and was awarded a number of medals when he retired. "Loved it, went around the world, three times, been to 25 different countries and I fought in...

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Ventura County Sheriff’s deputy suspended on suspicion of stealing prescription drugs


A 22-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office was suspended in May after he was suspected of taking prescription medication from the drop-off disposal bin at the agency's Thousand Oaks headquarters, officials said Tuesday in a news release. July 05, 2016 A 22-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office was suspended in May after ...

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Clemmon named as suspect in CHP burglary probe


Former sheriff candidate to be charged in break-in that led to evidence being compromised April 4, 2016 Former sheriff candidate to be charged in break-in that led to evidence being compromised Almost a year later, California Highway Patrol is now promising to soon resolve an investigation into the burglary at its local office that resulted in acti...

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California lawmakers move toward limiting police seizures of property without a criminal conviction


Under changes to Mitchell's bill introduced Thursday, any property seizure in California worth less than $40,000 would now require a criminal conviction before police could take permanent action August 5, 2016 Major law enforcement groups and state Sen. Holly Mitchell (D-Los Angeles) have reached a deal on legislation to limit the ability of police...

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Prosecutor: Fairfield police lose evidence in drowning death of 4-year-old boy


The 10-year veteran later told the prosecutor he then booked the DVD into the department's secured evidence storage center. August 3, 2016 FAIRFIELD — Police have lost a piece of evidence in a pending murder case. The situation was described in court Tuesday by the prosecutor overseeing the case against Dawn D. Raines-Hewes, a Fairfield grandmother...

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What happens to thousands of firearms after Rancho Cucamonga steel mill melts them


7,044: total weapons melted 23: years melting guns at Gerdau Steel Mill in Rancho Cucamonga 3,000 degrees it takes to melt a weapon150 pounds of scrap metal mixed in with the weapons 5 tons of rebar created July 21, 2016 RANCHO CUCAMONGA >> Los Angeles County Sheriff Jim McDonnell stood nearby while more than 7,000 confiscated firearms became...

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Berkeley police arrest 2008 serial rape suspect


Police said Dunbar left his DNA at all three crime scenes.. July 8, 2016 BERKELEY -- Berkeley police have named a 24-year-old construction worker and suspected marijuana dealer as the person they say attacked "at least three" women in string of 2008 home-invasion sexual assaults. Johnny Dunbar, of Berkeley, was charged Friday with two counts of rap...

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Daniel Edward McDermott to face trial for 1988 cold case murder


28 years later! June 30, 2016 A man is scheduled to face trial tomorrow for the 1988 cold case special circumstances murder for strangling a woman to death during the commission of a rape.  Daniel Edward McDermott, 47, Buena Park, is charged with one felony count of special circumstances murder during the commission of a rape. Opening statemen...

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Second former Bakersfield cop pleads guilty to drug trafficking

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Nevada County Civil Grand Jury issues report on law enforcement handling of evidence


The Nevada County Sheriff's Office is out of compliance with its own written policies and procedures, and with best practices concerning audits and inventories," the report stated. June 14, 2016 The Nevada County Civil Grand Jury on Monday issued a report examining how local law enforcement agencies collect and retain evidence, which was critical o...

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Will California stop police from taking people's property without a criminal conviction?


The practice, known as civil asset forfeiture, gained currency during the height of the drug war in the 1980s as a way for law enforce ment to financially cripple drug lords and fund anti-narcotics operations. But advocates for reforming the laws say too often police officers ensnare innocent residents who are poor and have few resources ...

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Grim Sleeper serial killer sentenced to death


A serial killer who targeted women in South L.A. over the course of decades has been sentenced to death. May 2, 2016 A serial killer who targeted women in South L.A. over the course of decades has been sentenced to death. The jury announced Lonnie Franklin Jr.'s punishment in a Downtown L.A. courtroom early Monday afternoon after debating the matte...

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Former Bakersfield detective cops plea


Diaz admits to seizing some 10 pounds of meth as evidence and returning approximately one pound of it to the department. He admits that he and his criminal partner unlawfully converted the nine pounds of meth to their possession, which they later sold for profit. May 26, 2016 Damacio Diaz, a 17-year veteran of the Bakersfield Police Department, who...

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Civil grand jury: SF crime lab shouldn’t be run by police


Enter Headline here June 1, 2016 San Francisco's scandal-ridden crime lab should be an independent agency rather than a division of the police force in order to remove potential bias and better handle investigations, the city's civil grand jury said in a report released Wednesday. A six-month investigation by the government oversight panel, consist...

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Riverside police arrest prolific burglar, recover stolen property in San Diego With DNA


Suspect broke into home of sleeping family June 2, 2016 6:53 a.m. CDT RIVERSIDE – Following a multistate investigation, Riverside police charged a Chicago man with 22 priors for the May 10 burglary of a home in the 100 block of North Cowley Road, according to a Riverside Police Department news release.  James M. Ussery, 23, of the 3400 block o...

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Tulare Police Arrest Evidence Clerk


A Tulare Police Department evidence technician was arrested on suspicion of tampering, embezzlement and drugs. 8:53 a.m. PDT April 30, 2016 Police department command staff initiated an investigation into evidence logging and efficiency earlier this year. After hiring a third-party company to dig into their evidence policy and procedures, the compan...

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Grand jury reports on sheriff's property room

The Bakersfield CalifornianBYLINE: The Bakersfield CalifornianKern County, CAJan. 27--The Kern County grand jury released a report Tuesday saying it's impressed with the Sheriff's Department's property room but has recommenda...

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Stolen bronze pig found in blanket

Los Angeles TimesBYLINE: Tony PerryChula Vista, CAThe bronze pig stolen from in front of a Mexican restaurant has been returned, police said Friday. The owner of Miguel's restaurant told police he received a call from one of ...

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Officials return 12 pounds of medical marijuana confiscated from Visalia man

Visalia Times-Delta (California)BYLINE: DAVID CASTELLONTulare County, CAIt was the last thing you'd expect to see outside the Tulare County Courthouse in Visalia: a man and his lawyer carting out glass jars filled with mariju...

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Officials return 12 pounds of medical marijuana confiscated from Visalia man

Visalia Times-Delta (California)BYLINE: DAVID CASTELLONTulare County, CAIt was the last thing you'd expect to see outside the Tulare County Courthouse in Visalia: a man and his lawyer carting out glass jars filled with mariju...

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The Press Enterprise (Riverside, CA.)BYLINE: PAUL LAROCCO, THE PRESS-ENTERPRISESan Bernardino County, CAS.B. County: Court Documents Say Items Belonging To People He Arrested Were FoundThe San Bernardino County Sheriff's Depa...

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DNA cold-case pilot to launch

Ventura County Star (California)Ventura Co., CAThursday, the House of Representatives, at the request of U.S. Rep. Elton Gallegly, approved a $570,000 pilot project for a specialized unit in the District Attorney's Office ded...

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High Stakes: A Call to Legalize Marijuana

CBSNews.comOakland, CACalifornia Desperately Needs Tax Revenue, Prompting Some to See Green in Making Grass Legal(CBS)  A high-stakes political battle is underway in the cash-strapped state of California. At issue is the narr...

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Newswire

City News ServiceLos Angeles, CAThe Los Angeles Police Department has cut its DNA testing backlog by more than half, and hopes to eliminate the backlog completely by July 2011, Deputy Chief Charles Beck told the Police Commis...

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DNA Leads to Bakersfield Cold Case Arrest

www.kmjnow.comBYLINE: Margaret CarreroBakersfield, CAIt is yet another validation for modern DNA analysis - a disturbing cold case murder dating back nine years in Bakersfield has been broken wide open with the arrest of a su...

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LAPD Closing Four Evidence Rooms

City News ServiceLos Angeles, CAThe Los Angeles Police Department announced today it would temporarily close four evidence rooms because of budget cuts, a move the president of the union representing the department's officers...

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Defense lawyers kept unaware of criminal past

SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER, sfexaminer.comBYLINE: Brent Begin, Examiner Staff Writer, Francisco, CASAN FRANCISCO — Defense attorneys were kept in the dark for some two years about the criminal history of ...

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More SF drug cases dropped amid crime lab scrutiny

The Associated PressBYLINE: TERRY COLLINS (AP)San Francisco, CASAN FRANCISCO — More drug-related cases were dismissed in San Francisco courtrooms Thursday, bringing to nearly 60 the number of cases thrown out over the past tw...

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Drug trials postponed amid crime lab scruitiny

San Francisco News, KGO-TV/DT, abclocal.go.comBYLINE: Lyanne MelendezLink to ArticleRelated Videos:Drug trials postponed amid crime lab scruitinyAG Jerry Brown to launch crime lab investigationSome exit jail due to possible c...

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Gascón probes whether $7.1 million in vault is safe

The San Francisco Chronicle, FINAL Edition, Metro; MATIER & ROSSBYLINE: Phillip Matier and Andrew RossSan Francisco, CASan Francisco Police Chief George Gascón is calling in a team of auditors from the Los Angeles Police Depa...

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Lost evidence voids Parlier double slaying case

Fresno Bee (California)BYLINE: Pablo Lopez / The Fresno BeeFresno County, CAFifteen years after two men were gunned down in Parlier, the man accused of killing them is off the hook -- because authorities destroyed much of the...

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Federal court struggles with California DNA collection case

Los Angeles Times, latimes.comBYLINE: Maura Dolan, Los Angeles Times, to ArticleLos Angeles, CAState hopes DNA break in Grim Sleeper case will persuade judges to allow its program of collecting gen...

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Court OKs 'John Doe' warrants based only on DNA

The Bismarck TribuneSan Francisco, CASAN FRANCISCO (AP) - The California Supreme Court has authorized so-called "John Doe" arrest warrants that contain only a DNA profile of an unknown suspect.Police agencies are increasingly...

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