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Former OST evidence tech admits stealing $30K from safe she was supposed to protect

Yellow Boy was hired as an evidence technician in July 2018 and had access to the evidence room that stored items such as guns, drugs and cash, August 2, 2019 A former evidence technician with the Oglala Sioux Tribe Department of Public Safety stole $30,661 in seized cash from the safe she was supposed to protect and used most of the money at a cas...

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She Was Found Strangled in a Well, and Now She Has a Name

She was finally identified through her DNA and genealogy by a nonprofit, the DNA Doe Project, Enter Article DATE HERE For 38 years, the case of the "Belle in the Well" haunted Bill Nenni, an investigator for the Lawrence County, Ohio, coroner's office. He had barely started his job when she was found in 1981—strangled and hidden inside a water...

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Officer steals counterfeit money and spends it at Dollar General stores, SC cops say

From July 5-8, the 46-year-old Bishopville resident took counterfeit $100 bills from the evidence section at her police department August 1, 2019 A police officer was behind bars after she was accused of stealing counterfeit money from her department and spending it at dollar stores, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said Wednesday. Salli...

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Former narcotics officer sues sheriff’s office following fentanyl exposure

The deputy began experiencing a Fentanyl overdose and gave himself two doses of Narcan. July 25, 2019 MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- A former narcotics deputy has filed a federal lawsuit against the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and a third-party mental health provider after suffering two overdoses of fentanyl from contaminated evidence. The deputy is no longer...

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Ronald Jones pleads not guilty in death of 78-year-old Milwaukee woman

The Milwaukee Police Department Cold Case Unit used DNA evidence to link the crime to Jones.​ Enter Article DATE HERE MILWAUKEE — A Milwaukee County judge bound over Ronald Jones for trial on Monday, July 15 — after testimony was heard during a preliminary hearing. Jones then pleaded not guilty to the single charge against him. Jones, 55, is c...

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Cash -- lots of it -- went missing from New Orleans courthouse safe, clerk says

Morrell's office said it believes that a bond clerk may have "mishandled" an envelope containing $10,000 in cash, part of a larger $30,000 cash bond paid Tuesday afternoon. July 10, 2019 New Orleans authorities have launched an investigation after a stack of cash went missing from a safe in the city's criminal courthouse between Tuesday afternoon a...

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Missing evidence in Santa Fe murder case spurs internal investigation

Santa Fe police say an internal investigation is now underway to figure out how it got lost and re-evaluate evidence policies and procedures Enter Article DATE HERE SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – An investigation is underway after evidence in a Santa Fe murder investigation went missing. Christopher Garcia was arrested in 2017 for the murder of his g...

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FDLE says Florida’s rape kit backlog cleared “for all intents and purposes"

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement says it has cleared a backlog of nearly 13,000 untested rape kits. July 5, 2019 Cute and Paste Content Here FDLE says Florida’s rape kit backlog cleared “for all intents and purposes" | In July 2015, 10Investigates exposed evidence collected from sexual assault victims had gone unprocessed for...

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Tonasket residents deserve some answers

Brown said his internal audit revealed cash, drugs and more than two-dozen firearms are unaccounted for July 2, 2019 t's time for a complete and thorough investigation into the City of Tonasket and the former Tonasket Police Department. Somebody needs to be held accountable for the shenanigans in Tonasket – once known as a quiet community that has ...

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Former MTSU Officer found guilty of stealing evidence

Burke had been set up in a sting operation after suspicions arose that he had stolen an AR-15 gun from a police locker. June 28, 2019 MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) - A former university police officer has been convicted of stealing evidence. Prosecutors used the officer's body camera as part of the proof. Former MTSU campus police officer Marco Burke was...

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High-ranking officer resigns after allegations of missing money

Flint Circuit Drug Task Force commander Maj. Chad Rosborough has turned in his badge, gun, SUV and more after agents questioned Rosborough's handling of money seized by the task force June 24, 2019 HENRY COUNTY, Ga. - Channel 2 Action News has learned the Georgia Bureau of Investigation is investigating allegations a drug task force commander misap...

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Causeway police officer found guilty of stealing cash, cocaine and 2 guns from evidence room

Jones also was convicted of stealing seized guns and selling them while wearing his uniform to a Washington Parish convenience store owner. May 24, 2019 A former Causeway Police sergeant was found guilty Thursday (May 23) by a St. Tammany parish jury of malfeasance in office and two counts of theft of a firearm. William "Billy" Jones, 46, was accus...

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Clark County clerk says judges are harassing her because she’s a woman

Enter Headline here Enter Article DATE HERE he Clark County Common Pleas Clerk of Court says court orders filed by county judges are harassment. Clark County judges have issued nine court orders against the clerk of courts since June of last year, according to online court records. A new order signed Monday by Clark County Judges Thomas Capper...

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Convicted serial killer Samuel Little may be connected to cold case murders in Louisiana, official says

A convicted serial killer who has confessed to 90 murders and was known for sketching portraits of his victims may be linked to even more unsolved killings in Louisiana, according to the police chief of a town where two of the slayings took place. Enter Article DATE HERE A convicted serial killer who has confessed to 90 murders and was known f...

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Former Utah County Sheriff's Office evidence technician being charged after reportedly taking drug evidence

The audit found 12 cases with missing evidence. MAY 17, 2019 A former Utah County Sheriff's Office evidence technician will face charges after he reportedly took drugs that were evidence in 12 cases. Brian William Smith, a 38-year-old man from Lehi, will have criminal charges filed against him by the Utah County Attorney's Office within the next fe...

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Deputy revived by Narcan after exposure to fentanyl

Florida sheriff deputy revived with Narcan, 3 others recovering after exposure to drugs May 8, 2019 A traffic stop in Florida came close to being deadly. A Florida sheriff's deputy was revived with Narcan and at least one firefighter was given the overdose reversal drug on Tuesday after exposure to what officials believe to be fentanyl during a tra...

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The Evidence In The Vaults Below The Courthouse

The oldest evidence Nicks keeps is from a murder case back in the 1970s. May 3, 2019 As you enter the San Diego Superior Court's evidence storage vaults, the sound that greets you is rushing water. Like a spa, or a relaxing fountain. Except this water runs through a pipe overhead labeled sanitary waste. "It's funny until you have to work under it a...

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Former Steelton cop gets probation for stealing money from evidence department

Rupert stole money from the Steelton Police Department evidence room from Aug. 19, 2009, until "on or about" Feb. 20, 2017. May 2, 2019 Former Steelton police officer Scott Rupert was sentenced to two years' probation in Dauphin County Court on April 4 after pleading guilty to stealing money from the department evidence room. Rupert, 47, of Newberr...

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'A leap of faith': Officials enter burned Loudon County Courthouse to retrieve

The vault, in the Circuit Court Clerk's office on the first floor, housed evidence in civil and criminal cases, including handguns and long guns identified as murder weapons April 25, 2019 LOUDON — Gripping a flashlight, Loudon County Mayor Rollen "Buddy" Bradshaw ventured into the remnants of the courthouse, stepping on fallen pieces of ceiling to...

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DNA helps police solve 1990 'Julie Valentine' cold case; charge mother with homicide

Detectives used DNA and genealogy tracing to interview the child's father, who led detectives to the infant's mother April 20, 2019 GREENVILLE, S.C. – A 6-pound newborn girl, wrapped in newspaper and abandoned in a cardboard box in a field on a cold February, left investigators here grasping for answers for nearly three decades. On Thursday, Greenv...

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DNA identifies Arkansas homicide victim 30 years after death

Last seen over 30 years ago, William C. Reed's remains were identified in Oklahoma thanks to DNA technology. April 13, 2019h OKLAHOMA CITY — (AP) - An Arkansas man whose remains were found in Oklahoma has been identified more than 30 years after his death thanks to advances in DNA technology. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said Thursday...

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Evidence missing from Homerville Police Department

"I think that the law enforcement, whoever is behind the missing evidence, should be held accountable April 11, 2019 HOMERVILLE, GA (WALB) - South Georgia residents are speaking out as the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) continues to look into missing evidence from the Homerville Police Department's evidence room. The Homerville Police Depart...

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Indictment: Warner Robins officer stole pills from evidence room

Man is accused of taking drugs from the evidence room during his time as an officer April 10, 2019 WARNER ROBINS, Ga. — A former Warner Robins Police officer faces theft and drug charges tied to his actions while he was employed by the department. An indictment returned Tuesday by the Houston County Grand Jury accuses Pratt D. Martin of theft by ta...

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Queens man, 80, is arrested over cold-case killings of two 19-year-old women who were strangled and shot in Virginia Beach 44 years ago

A police source familiar with the investigation revealed to that the case involved DNA evidence April 10, 2019 Police in New York City have arrested an 80-year-old man in connection with the brutal 1973 murders of two 19-year-old women in Virginia Beach. Ernest Broadnax, an ex-convict with a lengthy criminal record, was taken into cus...

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West Union mayor arrested

Mayor Ralph Washington arrested after he allegedly stole $272 from the locker. April 4, 2019 DODDRIDGE COUNTY, W.Va. (WDTV) -- The mayor of West Union was recently taken into custody after allegedly stealing money from a police evidence locker. According to Sheriff Michael Headley, he arrested Mayor Ralph Washington after he allegedly stole $272 fr...

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Fargo Police got calls inquiring about 'evidence raffle' after April Fools' prank

The post announced the department was hosting its "first ever" raffle April 1, 2019 The post announced the department was hosting its "first ever" raffle, and that a $20 ticket would get the buyer a box of "goodies" from the evidence room. Though the post had the hashtag #AprilFools, the Fargo Police Department said its evidence room got calls aski...

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25 guns vanish from NC town's police dept.; cops did 'whatever they wanted,' audit finds

Council members say an audit revealed 25 guns bought to outfit the department's officers were missing Enter Article DATE HERE HERTFORD, N.C. (WAVY) - Council members in a northeastern North Carolina town say an investigation into the town's police department uncovered troubling concerns. "We want to say that this council is not trying to hide ...

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Jewelry returned to owner after sitting in Laurens Co evidence room for 25 years

"We had stuff here it was just packed up everywhere" he explained, walking through one of the newly organized rooms. Enter Article DATE HERE LAURENS Co., - He's been organizing evidence at the Laurens County Sheriff's Office for about 2 years, and the work still isn't over for Sgt. Kimbrell. "We had stuff here it was just packed up everywhere"...

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Former Mason City police employee receives deferred judgement in drug theft plea deal

Sept. 6, a controlled delivery of prescription medication was made to the Mason City Police Department, 78 S. Georgia Ave., as it is a disposal site for unused or unwanted prescription medication. Severs is accused of stealing 7.5mg and 5mg hydrocodone tablets from the delivery. May 26, 2019 MASON CITY - A former Mason City Police Department employ...

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Fort Oglethorpe police working with company to properly destroy firearms

"Our department joined the International Association of Property and Evidence last year," Helton said. "It's the highest level of property and evidence persons that we know out there in law enforcement that we've become aware of at all.​ May 25, 2019 The Fort Oglethorpe Police Department has reached an agreement with a Missouri company to properly ...

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Cuyahoga County Sexual Assault Kit Task Force nears indictment in 800th victim’s case: By the numbers

The task force has opened cases connected to 7,001 rape kits. Enter Article DATE HERE CLEVELAND, Ohio — Cuyahoga County's Sexual Assault Task Force is close to an indictment in an 800th victim's case. "We will continue to diligently work through the backlog to bring justice for every sexual assault victim," Prosecutor Michael O'Malley said. Th...

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Campbell officer placed on leave after investigation into former chief

The internal investigation centers around accusations that former police chief Dennis Puskarcik took items from the evidence locker. March 15, 2019 CAMPBELL, Ohio - A Campbell police officer has been placed on administrative leave after an internal investigation into what officials say were "unfounded" allegations against the former chief. Accordin...

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Former deputy hit with 16 felonies

The indictments note that Smathers did "break and enter the Haywood County Sheriff's Office evidence room with the intent to commit a larceny or felony therein." Enter Article DATE HERE A former Haywood County Sheriff's Deputy has been indicted on several felonies, including trafficking Oxycodone. Former detective Kevin Smathers was terminated...

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DNA, genealogy used to solve cold case rapes, homicide in Rockville

Cold case detectives are investigating other crimes that Day may have committed. March 15, 2019 Montgomery County police have identified a suspect in two cold case rapes and a homicide that happened in Rockville, Maryland, in 1989 and 1994. The suspect, Kenneth Earl Day, died in March 2017 in West Virginia, at 52 years old. Investigators collected ...

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Rape Kit Tests: New York, feds join to get 100,000 sexual assault cases sent for DNA testing around US

"That backlog not only undermined justice and the perception, and reality, of equality - it also made every woman and every American less safe," he said. March 13, 2109 NEW YORK -- Languishing evidence in over 100,000 sexual assault cases around the country has been sent for DNA testing with money from a New York prosecutor and federal authorities,...

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Police make arrest in 30-year-old cold case of a murdered Philly woman

Voci says with the developments in DNA and other technologies, this case should serve as an example to families of cold case victims. March 14, 2019 PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Police have arrested the former boyfriend of a Philadelphia woman, found dead in Montgomery County 30 years ago. It was November 1, 1988 state police found the body of 3...

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South Dakota police solve 38-year-old homicide of infant

he Sioux Falls police discovered a full-term baby dead, wrapped in a blanket and abandoned cornfield ditch on Feb. 28, 1981 March 9, 2019 Police in South Dakota have finally solved the 38-year-old cold case of an abandoned baby using DNA from genealogy sites to identify the child's mother. Theresa (Josten) Bentaas, 57, was arrested Friday in the 19...

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Former Toledo officer accused of having pistol previously marked as destroyed

A former Toledo police officer is facing a federal charge after law enforcement officials say he stole a weapon and other items from an evidence room. March 8 2019 A former Toledo police officer is facing a federal charge after law enforcement officials say he stole a weapon and other items from an evidence room. While searching the home of Curtis ...

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Ex-Bartow PD employee Stacey Lee Schaufler accused of stealing cash seized, stored as evidence

Bartow Police Department detectives arrested Stacey Lee Schaufler of Eagle Lake after it was discovered that money was missing from department evidence envelopes, and computer records had been altered, according to the BPD. March 6, 2019 BARTOW — A former Bartow Police Department evidence custodian is being accused of stealing cash seized by the de...

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Galesburg police officer reunites long-lost wedding ring with family

Found a wedding ring which had sat in an evidence vault for years Enter Article DATE HERE GALESBURG, Ill. (WEEK) — The detective work of one dedicated Galesburg police officer reunited a family with their parents' long-lost wedding ring. Earlier this month, Sgt. Bryan Anderson found a wedding ring which had sat in an evidence vault for years. ...

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Ex-Detroit homicide cop found with locker of evidence

The former detective, who retired from the police force in 2012 but left the Homicide Section in 2009, was being evicted from his home Thursday when court bailiffs and moving company employees stumbled on the evidence, February 8, 2019 Detroit — Police officials have launched a criminal investigation to determine if any murder cases were tainted af...

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Twin Lakes Police captain under criminal investigation

Capt. is suspected of taking prescription medications that were turned in to the police department through a drug take-back program. February 19, 2019 The second-in-command at the Twin Lakes Police Department is under criminal investigation for illegally removing prescription medications from the department. Capt. Dennis Linn is suspected of taking...

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Regional police records system ‘a disaster’ as costs mount for Portland police

The ambitious project, though, was beset by problems from the start, with officers complaining that the new system was too cumbersome and complicated to use Enter Article DATE HERE Seven years after it was touted as an innovative electronic records system to manage police reports from 40 police agencies for sharing, the RegJIN program now has ...

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Toledo police investigating retired officer related to missing firearm

Enter Headline here February 14, 2019 Toledo police are investigating a retired officer who worked in the department's property room after a firearm — and possibly other items — went missing. The internal breach has prompted the department to spend $10,000 on "additional security technology in the department's property room and updating policy and ...

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Arkansas police officer charged with tampering with evidence, accused of stealing drugs

He had full access to the general evidence locker and was actually in charge of that and would not normally have access to the narcotics locker February 12, 21019 An Arkansas police officer was caught – on camera – stealing drugs from the evidence room, according to officials within the very same police department. Lt. Freddy Williams is charged wi...

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District Attorney never received audit outlining mismanaged evidence at Southport Police Department

Evidence was routinely stored in the trunks of officers' cars rather than in evidence lockers, auditors also reported. February 8, 2019 BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Despite evidence mishandling – described by an official as "sloppy" – Brunswick County's District Attorney's Office has not contacted the Brunswick County Defense Bar about cases that may have be...

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In Serial Rape Case That Stumped Police, Genealogy Database Leads to Arrest

For more than 10 years, his identity eluded investigators Enter Article DATE HERE About a decade ago, Fayetteville, N.C., was terrorized by a series of rapes committed on and around a major thoroughfare on the northern side of the city. From March 2006 until January 2008, the police said, a man they called the Ramsey Street Rapist assaulted vi...

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Investigators use genetic genealogy to solve 1983 cold case sexual battery on 12-year-old girl

The suspect, William Louis Nichols, had previously been charged with rape in his home state of Wisconsin Enter Article DATE HERE Authorities in Florida have linked a suspect to a 1983 cold case of sexual battery on a 12-year-old girl using genetic genealogy, an investigative technology that uses an unknown suspect's DNA to trace his or her fam...

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Former Bunkie police chief to plead 'not guilty' to malfeasance charges

According to Louisiana State Police, Corner allowed multiple pieces of evidence to be unsecured, misplaced, and lost February 22, 2019 AVOYELLES PARISH, La. (KALB) - Former Bunkie chief of police, Bobby Corner, is set to plead 'not guilty' on Tuesday at the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse to charges of malfeasance in office, malfeasance in office by ta...

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