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34 Years After Mom's Murder in Santee, Detectives Tell Son They Found Her Killer


DNA led to the man believed to be her killer March 17, 2022 When Mark Beyer was just 2 years old, the toddler was found wandering around in his Santee apartment complex. The reason the boy was unaccompanied that day in 1988: His mother, Diane Dahn, had been murdered. When Mark Beyer was just 2 years old, the toddler was found wandering around in hi...

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Man sentenced after police find loaded gun in his buttocks during strip search


Not In My Evidence Room!!! September 19, 2019 A Louisiana man chose the cheekiest of places when he needed to find a quick hiding spot for his gun. Justin Savoie, 24, pleaded guilty Friday to weapons charges after police in the town of Golden Meadow — who were arresting him late last year on a separate matter — discovered he had stashed a loaded .2...

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Former Police Chief Faked Death to Evade Charges, Officials Say


Last spring, Mr. Spivey was charged with more than 70 felonies, including stealing or destroying evidence, embezzlement and opioid trafficking, stemming from his time as the police chief in Chadbourn Mach 1, 2022 William Anthony Spivey, who resigned last year as the Chadbourn, N.C., police chief after a misconduct investigation, has been charged wi...

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‘Why’d you take my mama?’: Cold case victim’s sons confront man sentenced in 1981 Lakeland murder


Mills became Lakeland Police Department's main suspect in 2019 after DNA submitted through an online ancestry database  February 9, 2022 BARTOW, Fla. (WFLA) — Four decades of grief, pain and loss culminated in an emotional confrontation in a Polk County courtroom Wednesday between the family of a slain young mother and the man pleading guilty ...

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Key evidence found in 40-year-old Broward murder cold case Wilton Manors police send physical items out for DNA testing

Since sitting down with police, they began looking for missing evidence. In an email, the police department said they have now located fingerprints and the physical evidence that was sent for testing. February 04, 2022 WILTON MANORS, Fla. – After a Local 10 investigation into the handling of a 40-year-old cold case, detectives are one step closer t...

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Suspect arrested in 1978 San Francisco cold case: DA

Marc Stanley Personnette, 76, has been charged with suspicion of homicide for murdering and sexually assaulting Harvey. January 27, 2022 SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. (KRON) — A 76-year-old suspect has been arrested for the 1978 sexual assault and murder of 15-year-old Marissa Harvey in San Francisco. San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin announced ...

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NA Labs International Launches the Newest Technology for Forensic Genetic Genealogy

DNA Labs International, which specializes in forensic DNA analysis including forensic genetic genealogy (FGG) for law enforcement agencies January 26, 2022 DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (PRWEB)  DNA Labs International, which specializes in forensic DNA analysis including forensic genetic genealogy (FGG) for law enforcement agencies, government forensi...

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NC man arrested in 1986 kidnapping, murder of 4-year-old girl

A North Carolina man has been arrested in the killing of 4-year-old girl who was snatched from her South Carolina home in the middle of the night 35 years ago. January 9, 2021 A North Carolina man has been arrested in the killing of 4-year-old girl who was snatched from her South Carolina home in the middle of the night 35 years ago. Thomas Eric Mc...

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Lost Christmas package in hands of Richland County Sheriff's Office


There is a good possibility the package was intended for one of the prisons — either Richland Correctional Institution (RICI December 30, 2021 If anyone is missing a Christmas package, including a large, white drone, it's in the hands of the Richland County Sheriff's Office. Tuesday, a deputy was dispatched to the 1200 block of Evergreen Avenue Wes...

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Firestone police chief retires after investigation reveals procedural issues

A number of operational issues were discovered during the investigation and included: serious deficiencies about the operations of the evidence and property room December 22, 2021  Longtime Firestone Chief of Police David Montgomery retired this year, following a months-long investigation into the police department that officials said revealed...

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Former South Coast Sheriff's deputy gets jail sentence after prosecutors say he destroyed evidence in a case

Prosecutors say the deputy threw away a drug test for a woman which showed negative results. December 22, 2021 A former deputy sheriff on the South Coast has been sentenced to jail for destroying evidence in a case. Prosecutors say Richard Charles Barrios threw away key evidence in a case. In 2019, the Ventura County Sheriff's deputy stopped a fema...

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Millions of dollars in stolen goods found in Chicago storage units

The stolen merchandise recovered by the Organized Retail Crime Task Force includes tens of thousands of products worth millions of dollars, December 10, 2021 CHICAGO, Ill. (WIFR) -The first major bust made by the Organized Retail Crime Task Force was announced on Friday. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said that the Organized Retail Crime Tas...

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Texas seized enough fentanyl to kill 200 million people this year alone, officials say

According to new data provided by the Texas DPS on Thursday, Operation Lone Star has seized 160 pounds of fentanyl within its targeted area.  December 10, 2021 The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) announced Thursday that in this year alone they have seized enough fentanyl crossing the border to kill 200 million people. The drug seizures...

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New fingerprint technology leads to arrest in 1983 Florida cold-case murder


Police found the body of Pompano Beach resident Carla Lowe, then 21, lying in the street near the Amtrak station on Nov. 13, 1983. December 6, 2021 DELRAY BEACH, Fla. — Nearly four decades after a Florida woman was found beaten to death, her body run over near a Delray Beach train station, city police have arrested a man they believe was responsibl...

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California sheriff's deputies say they didn't know it was illegal to lie about evidence on police reports: report

Two former Orange County sheriff's deputies told a California grand jury they did not know it was against the law to falsify police documents September 28, 2021 Two former Orange County sheriff's deputies told a California grand jury they did not know it was against the law to falsify police documents, an offense that led to their firing and convic...

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Officials: Bridgeport police officer resigns after being accused of stealing money during drug bust

Officials: Bridgeport police officer resigns after being accused of stealing money during drug bustNov 12, 2021, Enter Article DATE HERE A 21-year veteran of the Bridgeport Police Department has resigned after getting arrested while on the job, police say.The State's Attorney's Office says the career of former Officer Christopher Martin ended ...

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Wrongfully convicted brothers awarded more than $80 million lawsuit against Robeson County, former sheriff, SBI


The convictions were overturned in 2014 after DNA was found on a cigarette butt left near Buie's body pointed to another man already in prison for a similar crime. May 17, 2021 Raleigh, N.C. — Two men falsely imprisoned for decades for the rape and murder of a young Robeson County girl were awarded more than $80 million in compensation their treatm...

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Court filing accuses police captain of evidence mishandling

Bauserman was accused of a "lack of accountability, process failures, lack of purging, failure to hold staff accountable and failure to document or process by policy." June 14, 2021 WINCHESTER — The city's police chief and commonwealth's attorney say alleged mishandling of evidence in the police department property room for seven years didn't compr...

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Cincinnati police officer under investigation for allegedly shelving rape DNA test results, prosecutor says

The officer "is accused of doing nothing. Enter Article DATE HERE CINCINNATI (WXIX) - The Hamilton County Prosecutor's Office is investigating a veteran Cincinnati police officer for allegedly shelving rape DNA test results for years, potentially impacting hundreds of cases, according to Prosecutor Joe Deters. He identified the officer as Chri...

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Florida sheriff looking to return $2 Million in marijuana to rightful owner: 'Very least we can do'

 Sheriff Wayne Ivey has a history of using social media in a humorous way October 10,2021 A Florida sheriff has advertised on social media some 700 pounds of marijuana that authorities wanted to "return" to its rightful owner. The tongue-in-cheek post on Facebook by the Brevard County Sheriff's office argued the office was just trying to ...

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South Dakota woman convicted in her baby’s 1981 death

A South Dakota woman was convicted of manslaughter Friday in the death of her newborn son whose body was discovered in a ditch 40 years ago. October 10, 2021 SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota woman was convicted of manslaughter Friday in the death of her newborn son whose body was discovered in a ditch 40 years ago. Theresa Bentaas, 60, of Si...

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Reports detail missing items in case involving former Auburn detective

Two long guns and money amounting to $938 were discovered to be missing from the Auburn Police Department evidence room  Enter Article DATE HERE AUBURN — Two long guns and money amounting to $938 were discovered to be missing from the Auburn Police Department evidence room in the case that resulted in the arrest of retired Auburn Police D...

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Illinois coroner pleads not guilty to thefts from the dead

A Winnebago County grand jury indicted Hintz  on the charges, which accuse him of stealing about $14,500 in cash belonging to dead people from the coroner's office's evidence vault. September 22, 2021 ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois coroner pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges alleging that he stole more than $14,000 in cash from ...

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Former Sheriff's Deputy Under Investigation

Evidence missing from Starke County, special investigatory missing Enter Article DATE HERE STARKE COUNTY, Ind. -- An investigation is underway at the Starke County Sheriff's Office after evidence was reported missing from both active and closed cases. A former deputy is also under investigation, according to multiple sources. The evidence was ...

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Police seize 1,000 catalytic converters stolen from Maine vehicles

Ten people are facing charges after Maine State Police said they seized more than 1,000 catalytic converters stolen from vehicles in northern Maine. August 13, 2021 HOULTON, Maine (WMTW) — Ten people are facing charges after Maine State Police said they seized more than 1,000 catalytic converters stolen from vehicles in northern Maine. Police said ...

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Winnebago County Board asks coroner to resign


The latest indictments allege Hintz stole approximately $14,500 in cash that belonged to deceased individuals out of the coroner's office's evidence vault September 12, 2021 OCKFORD—The Winnebago County Board has called for the resignation of county coroner as he faces charges of theft, fraud and official misconduct. The county board unanimously ap...

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Boston DA charges convicted sex offender in 1988 cold case murder, rape of Judy Chamberlain

"Ms. Chamberlain's family has been waiting 33 years for answers. September 12, 2021 Massachusetts prosecutors announced Monday that a convicted sex offender in state custody has been charged with the rape and murder of a Boston woman in a cold case that went unsolved for 33 years. A grand jury returned an indictment for 50-year-old Richard Vega las...

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Former Klamath Falls officer pleads guilty to stealing drugs from evidence room

Reif reportedly entered the Klamath Falls Police Department's evidence room with an unauthorized key, removed an evidence item containing methamphetamine and fentanyl  Enter Article DATE HERE A former Klamath Falls police officer, who stole narcotics from an evidence room and caused a DUII crash last November, pleaded guilty Tuesday to mu...

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Evidence allegedly destroyed by officers at police precinct during George Floyd protest threatens to derail drug case

A Minnesota judge is considering whether to drop charges against an alleged drug dealer after his lawyer claimed Minneapolis law enforcement officers destroyed critical evidence in a panic prompted by a blaze and takeover of another police department during a 2020 protest over the murder of George Floyd. August 26, 2021 A Minnesota judge is co...

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Dallas Police Revise Policy After Accidentally Deleting Data

A police employee accidentally deleted 22 terabytes of case files when trying to migrate data between servers. August 22, 2021 In Dallas, at least one murder trial has been delayed after a police employee accidentally destroyed 8 terabytes of digital case files and materials during a routine data migration process gone wrong. A Dallas Police Depart...

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Dallas murder suspect to be released from jail while city determines if it lost evidence

Jonathan Pitts is the first defendant known to be impacted by the city's loss of police department data. August 14, 2021 Update 6:30 p.m.: This story was updated with additional details about how this could impact other court cases, a statement from Dallas police and to reflect that Pitts remained jailed. A murder suspect scheduled to go on trial t...

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Director of DC lab that processes criminal evidence resigns following accreditation loss

"We ceased using the lab, the forensic lab, and specifically the firearms examination unit, about a year ago when there were various concerns around the practice of the lab and indeed the overall management of it," May 19, 2021 WASHINGTON (7News) — The director of the DC Crime Lab has resigned, Acting Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice conf...

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Petersburg detective named in 2015 evidence room scandal retires after evidence found in ceiling, dumpster

Defense attorneys are still looking for answers. August 9, 2021 A Petersburg police detective who was banished from the department's evidence and property room six years ago amid a scandal involving missing evidence that included $13,000 has retired after he was linked to "hidden" evidence found in the ceiling of the office where he worked, in a du...

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With the future of Long Beach’s waste-to-energy plant uncertain, so are law enforcement’s options for disposing of seized drugs

The city has extended its contract to run SERRF until 2024, but beyond that date, the future of the facility remains uncertain August 1, 2021 After over three hours of driving from Wasco State Prison, a prison complex near Bakersfield that currently houses around 3,000 inmates, officers Thomas Miller and Oscar Navarro make their way up six flights ...

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Gun auction to raise money for sheriff’s office

Sheriff says he couldn't remember when the department upgraded any of their equipment, operating off of an old analog radio system for many years. July 31, 2021  A gun auction is new for Sheriff Terry Miller, but the need for new equipment isn't. "This is the first auction that we've had since I've been in office since 2015," Miller said. "[Ne...

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Judge dismisses case after DA's office says critical evidence missing


Defense attorney who said his client was unlawfully indicted, spent unnecessary time in jail and was negatively impacted by a missing videotape  July 31, 2021 LAS CRUCES - A judge dismissed a case against a man accused of beating, robbing and attempting to sexually assault a massage parlor worker. The case was dismissed without prejudice, mean...

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Police officer fired as BRPD drug corruption investigation deepens

Acree is accused of stealing drugs out of the evidence room. July 20, 2021 BATON ROUGE - A police officer tied to the ongoing corruption investigation within the Baton Rouge Police drug squad has been fired, the WBRZ Investigative Unit learned Wednesday. Multiple sources shared details of the firing with WBRZ's Chris Nakamoto and the Investigative ...

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New Illinois law provides sexual assault survivors the ability to track the progress of their rape kit processing

While the tracking system won't tell them the results of their tests, they'll know the date it was started or completed. July 1, 2021 ROCKFORD (WREX) — When a person is sexually assaulted, advocates say it takes an incredibly amount of courage for them to come forward. "It is definitely one of the most frightening times, it's the most vulnerable ti...

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Former neighbor talks about Great Falls "cold case" murder suspect (65 years later)


In 2019, DNA technology eventually led to Gould. June 24, 2021 GREAT FALLS — The Cascade County Sheriff's Office recently announced that they had closed a 65-year-old "cold case" double-murder. They say Kenneth Gould is the likely suspect in the 1956 murder of 18-year-old Duane Bogle and the rape and murder of 16-year-old Patty Kalitzke. In 1967, G...

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Locust Grove police chief admits to stealing drugs, weapons from evidence room

Williams later admitted to stealing and ingesting methamphetamine from the evidence room of the Locust Grove Police Department JUNE 22, 2021 LOCUST GROVE, Okla. — The Locust Grove police chief is now facing charges after being arrested, accused of stealing various items from the police department. Police Chief Charles Williams, 47, was arrested Fri...

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Former Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent and Task Force Officer Convicted of Conspiracy and Conversion of Property

June 16, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Former Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent and Task Force Officer Convicted of Conspiracy and Conversion of Property A former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) special agent and a former DEA task force officer were convicted Tuesday by a federal jury in New Orleans, Louisiana, in connection wit...

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Roughly 50 buried pill bottles discovered in backyard where retired SPD sergeant once lived

A bizarre backyard discovery in Haughton, La., now is at the center of a major investigation by narcotics detectives with the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office. Enter Article DATE HERE On May 18 at a residence on Grapevine Lane in the Forest Hills neighborhood, the home's owner dug up a surprise. Roughly 50 old medicine bottles, buried about hal...

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Retired Radford Police Officer pleads guilty to taking evidence room money

Radford police discovered a discrepancy in funds that were stored as criminal evidence. June 16, 2021 A former Radford police officer has been convicted after admitting he took money from the evidence room. The now-retired Lieutenant Andy Wilburn plead guilty after being charged last Friday to one misdemeanor count of Malfeasance in Public Office T...

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Otter Tail County deputy to plead guilty to being on drugs during deadly chase

Backman reported finding drug-related items during his work as a narcotics officer, but some items were not logged into evidence, May 25, 2021 FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — An Otter Tail County Sheriff's deputy will plead guilty to a misconduct charge that says he was on drugs during a deadly vehicle pursuit last year in Fergus Falls, Minn. Kelly Douglas B...

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Former Calais cop indicted on 35 charges related to stealing drugs, firearms

Former Calais cop indicted on 35 charges related to stealing drugs, firearms May 22, 2021 (BDN) -- A former Calais police officer accused of furnishing drugs to a teenager in a high school parking lot has been indicted on 35 charges, according to the state attorney general's office. Jeffrey Bishop, 53, of Cherryfield was arrested in February on dru...

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50 kilos of the drug have washed ashore this week in Matagorda County

Sheriff's Department report that 50 Kilos of what is thought to be cocaine have been found washed up on the beaches  May 31, 2021 MATAGORDA COUNTY, TX – The Matagorda County Sheriff's Department report that 50 Kilos of what is thought to be cocaine have been found washed up on the beaches of Matagorda County over the past several days. The She...

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P21 million worth of illegal drugs ‘cremated’

Include least 3,163 grams of shabu and 180 grams of marijuana seized in different operations conducted by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the Philippine National Police. June 1, 2021 CEBU, Philippines — At least P21 million worth of illegal drugs were destroyed through thermal destruction at the Cosmopolitan Funeral Homes in Cebu City ea...

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Rifle reunion: Jefferson County Sheriff’s office returns rifle stolen more than 40 years ago

"It's really crazy I never thought I'd see the gun again ever. May 31, 2021 ST. LOUIS — More than 4 decades ago, someone stole Clyde Smith's .30-06 hunting rifle. On Thursday, Smith got it back.It was stolen in 1974 from his Jefferson County home. "It's really crazy I never thought I'd see the gun again ever. We had gone on vacation to Table Rock L...

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Twiggs County Major pleads guilty to stealing money from evidence room

GBI said he stole more than $1,500 that was taken from a suspect in a traffic stop and stored in the evidence room Enter Article DATE HERE TWIGGS COUNTY, Ga. — A former Twiggs County Sheriff's Office major received a six-month sentence Tuesday after he admitted to stealing money from his department's evidence room. Twiggs County court records ...

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Former Police Officer facing federal charges for stealing drugs from evidence room

Reif is alleged to have entered the Klamath Falls Police Department's temporary evidence room using an unauthorized key and removed an evidence item containing methamphetamine and fentanyl Enter Article DATE HERE Klamath County, Ore. — A former Klamath Falls Police Officer is facing federal charges for stealing methamphetamine and fentanyl fro...

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