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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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Cold Case Justice: Identified after 20 years

North Carolina authorities said through advances in forensic science and contacting members of the victims' family trees they were able to determine the woman was the mother of the young male victim. February 6, 2019 (WYFF/NBC News) Investigators have identified a mother and son found dead at two separate crime scenes more than 20 years ago. The wo...

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Roosevelt County sheriff: Cash missing from evidence room

The Eastern New Mexico News reports Parker announced this week an audit found the cash missing after an employee notified him. Enter Article DATE HERE ORTALES, N.M. — Roosevelt County Sheriff Malin Parker is asking New Mexico State Police for help in investigating missing cash from its evidence room. The Eastern New Mexico News reports Parker ...

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Tulsa County Sheriff's property room overflowing

The property room currently houses about 56,000 pieces of property and evidence held by the sheriff's office. JANUARY 23, 2019 Stored personal property at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office is becoming a big strain on law enforcement. The property room storing items of jail inmates belongings is running out of space to store pertinent items, like ev...

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West Virginia: Newly Elected Sheriff Arrested for Stealing Meth from Evidence Room—Second Day on Job

Williams was caught stealing methamphetamine from the evidence room for his personal consumption. January 16, 2019 Charleston, WV — To those who frequent the Free Thought Project, you will know that positions of power often attract unscrupulous individuals, who seek out this power to give themselves an advantage that doesn't come with being an aver...

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Thousands of rape kits go untested in Indiana

More than 2,500 rape kits from potentially viable cases currently sit unprocessed in police and sheriff evidence rooms across Indiana, a review of the untested kits has revealed. January 15, 2019 More than 2,500 rape kits from potentially viable cases currently sit unprocessed in police and sheriff evidence rooms across Indiana, a review of the unt...

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County officers hospitalized after exposure to fentanyl during traffic stop in Brentwood

"One of the officers started having numbness and tingling in his hand and mild dizziness and feeling lightheaded," Kurten said. January 10, 2019 UPDATED at 4 p.m. with new information, including results of tests showing substance was fentanyl. BRENTWOOD • Two St. Louis County police officers were taken to a hospital after being exposed Tuesday to f...

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UPDATE | Campbell chief placed on administrative leave

Audit found items missing from an evidence locker. December 28, 2018 CAMPBELL — Police Chief Dennis Puskarcik has been placed on leave after an internal audit found items missing from an evidence locker. Law Director Brian Macala said Mayor Nick Phillips placed Puskarcik on leave today. Macala said the audit was done at the request of the state Bur...

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Former Sugarcreek policeman David M. Strubel charged with theft of drugs, theft in office

Indicted on charges of stealing drugs from the State Highway Patrol December 29, 2018 NEW PHILADELPHIA A former Sugarcreek policeman and Garaway school resource officer has been indicted on charges of stealing drugs from the State Highway Patrol and/or the village police department. The Tuscarawas County grand jury also charged David M. Strubel, 33...

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This Maryland cop went from a decorated commander to raiding evidence room for drugs. And he's not alone.


"It's like you're putting them in the candy store" December 17, 2018 Every mile brought Lt. Dan Gosnell closer to relief. His body ached for the little white pills, though his mind shouted to turn back. "What the hell are you doing?" the young police commander asked himself out loud. His pickup cruised east through Harford County. The Aberdeen poli...

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Lincoln police chief arrested

Key had been taking prescription medicine from people under the pretense of placing it in the city's drug take-back box, according to reports. Enter Article DATE HERE LINCOLN -- State police arrested former Police Chief Brian Key on Thursday in connection with drug-related offenses. Key, 41, is accused of tampering with physical evidence and p...

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West Palm Beach officer arrested; accused of stealing cash from suspect


Officer was arrested  and is facing charges of grand theft, official misconduct, and possession of a controlled substance.​ December 1, 2018 WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - A West Palm Beach Police officer is accused of stealing more than $1,000 from a suspect she arrested in October. Officer Nicole Palladino was arrested Thursday and is facing charge...

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Victim’s Sister In 1973 Cold Case Homicide Speaks At Suspect Arraignment (DNA - Genealogy)


Arthur Getreu, 74, was arrested in Hayward on Nov. 20 after Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies found a match on his DNA through an online genealogy database November 26, 2018 Arthur Getreu, 74, was arrested in Hayward on Nov. 20 after Santa Clara County sheriff's deputies found a match on his DNA through an online genealogy database. He has been...

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How investigators cracked unsolved murder of Harvard graduate student nearly 50 years later


"We now feel confident that the man identified as Michael Sumpter entered Jane's apartment through the window, assaulted her, murdered her in her bed and then fled the apartment," Ryan told reporters Tuesday. Enter Article DATE HERE Investigators finally have cracked a cold case murder that has haunted the Boston area for almost 50 years. The ...

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Investigation underway into evidence handling within Lawrence Co. Sheriff's Office


The controversy between members of the top brass is connected to the handling of things in their evidence room. Enter Article DATE HERE LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - There's tension within the ranks of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Office. The chief of staff and operations, Cpt. Tim McWhorter, has been suspended with pay and he is fighting to c...

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Former Bella Vista Officer Sentenced For Drug Thefts


Roberts, who was given access to the evidence room in 2015, said he had an addiction and began taking pills from the narcotics room because he liked the way they made him feel. October 23, 2018 BENTONVILLE (KFSM) — A former Bella Vista police officer was sentenced Tuesday (Oct. 23) to 60 days in jail and six years probation for stealing prescriptio...

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Trump administration awards 22 law enforcement agencies with new ballistic technology


Now, that could change with a new ballistics technology being awarded to 22 state and local enforcement agencies all over the nation on Thursday. October 12, 2018 Sometimes it can be hard for police to trace gun shell casings back to the scene of a crime and it could take months for ballistic results to be returned back to investigators without the...

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Feds charge WNY police chief with drug possession


Breitnauer was taking prescription pills from the New York State Medication Drop Box located at the Kenmore Police Station October 6, 2018 A western New York police chief has been charged with drug possession. Kenmore Village Police Chief Peter Breitnauer was charged Friday with possession of hydrocodone after a federal investigation, according to ...

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Police officer charged with drug trafficking


She stole medication from a suburban Cincinnati residence while there on official business and then tried to sell it. August 23, 2018 FOREST PARK, OH (FOX19) - A veteran police officer is under arrest on felony charges she stole medication from a suburban Cincinnati residence while there on official business and then tried to sell it. Ashley Meyer,...

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Overnight fire damages KC evidence building; police assessing what it means for cases


It is unknown what caused the fire, what was damaged and how that might affect current and old cases August 23, 2018 A fire early Thursday morning damaged one of the Kansas City Police Department's property and evidence buildings. The fire was reported shortly after 12:30 a.m. at the Kansas City Municipal Services building at 5300 Municipal Ave. Th...

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Centralia Police Audit Finds Hundreds of Errors in Evidence Storage, Including 55 Lost Marijuana Plants


Chief Says Findings Were a 'Shock,' Department Took Steps to Remedy Mistakes Enter Article DATE HERE A 2018 internal audit of the Centralia Police Department's two property storage rooms uncovered a glut of errors, including missing or misplaced evidence, prompting the department to reevaluate personnel managing the intake, outtake and organiz...

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Man arrested in connection to Miami cold case murder


As the years went by and scientific advancements were developed in DNA analysis, a DNA profile of the suspect, August 16, 2018 MIAMI (CBS12) — A 50-year-old man was arrested in connection to a cold case murder from 1990, Miami-Dade police said. Lucio Leon, of Hialeah, was shot and killed Mar. 2, 1990 while walking near his restaurant, "Tuyo y Mio" ...

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Ex-Lower Swatara police officer to be sentenced over drug theft from evidence locker


An audit of the evidence locker done by the Criminal Investigation Division and the department showed that four evidence envelopes had been opened, narcotics taken from inside, and the envelopes resealed. August 15, 2018 Former Lower Swatara Township police Officer Scott M. Flowers is to be sentenced in Dauphin County Court on Sept. 28, after plead...

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Thousands of baseball cards in Libertyville police possession may go to auction


Enter Headline here Enter Article DATE HERE In 17 years as an evidence custodian, Libertyville Police Officer Wayne Kincaid has seen swords, battle-axes and assorted oddities come in under his watch. "This is a police department evidence room," he said. "We've got a lot of weird stuff here." But in all that time, Kincaid says he has never seen...

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Kannapolis officer retires after 30 years


Long time IAPE Member August 6, 2018 Kannapolis Police Officer Ruth Stewart recently retired from the department after serving the residents of the city for 30 years. Stewart served as a patrol officer, DARE officer, evidence custodian and training coordinator. "Ruth has been a very valuable employee over the years and has worn many hats for our ag...

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Sikeston DPS loses evidence in murder case


The Sikeston (Missouri) Department of Public Safety has lost surveillance video evidence in a murder case. August 4, 2018 The Sikeston (Missouri) Department of Public Safety has lost surveillance video evidence in a murder case. The video was used, in part, to establish probable cause for the arrest of Antoine Harris-Applewhite in the shooting deat...

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Kirkersville police chief overdosed on drugs he allegedly took from evidence room


James Hughes Jr., who died of a fentanyl overdose may have allegedly took the drugs from the evidence room August 1, 2018 KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio — Investigation has revealed Kirkersville Police Chief James Hughes Jr., who died of a fentanyl overdose may have allegedly took the drugs from the evidence room, officials say. Reynoldsburg police said there ...

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Ohio police chief fatally overdosed on drugs taken from evidence room, investigators say


Kirkersville Police Chief James Hughes Jr. was found unresponsive in his home May 25 and pronounced dead shortly after, August 2, 2018 An Ohio police chief died from an accidental fentanyl overdose after the drugs were removed from his department's evidence room, officials said Wednesday. Kirkersville Police Chief James Hughes Jr. was found unrespo...

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Former West Point officer pleads guilty to embezzlement


Approximately $3,904 was missing from the evidence locker. July 28, 2018 By: RYAN PHILLIPSSDN EDITOR , July 28, 2018STARKVILLE, MS A former city of West Point police officer avoided a felony conviction on Friday after entering a guilty plea to taking nearly $4,000 from the evidence locker at the police departme...

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Technician stole money from evidence division, Southern Pines police say


A former Southern Pines police employee faces dozens of charges after an audit revealed money missing from the Property and Evidence Division Enter Article DATE HERE SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (WNCN) - A former Southern Pines police employee faces dozens of charges after an audit revealed money missing from the Property and Evidence Division, offici...

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No prison for former cop who stole more than $20,000 from evidence locker, SC prosecutor says


The police department discovered the missing cash when it performed an audit of the evidence room in 2014, according to the solicitor's office. July 26, 2018 A former police officer was sentenced Thursday for stealing money from her department's evidence locker, according to a South Carolina prosecutor. Stephanie Grant Bridge stole more than $20,00...

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Sedgwick police lieutenant arrested, accused of stealing city property, officials say


He is on unpaid leave and suspended until the investigation is completed July 25, 2018 A Kansas cop was arrested and is accused of stealing city property, officials said. Lt. Brilan Marks, 26, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of felony theft of city of Sedgwick property, a Harvey County spokesman said in a release. Marks has worked at ...

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Major lapse at Amite police HQ: Drugs, weapons stolen in brazen heist; many cases affected


Ross (trusty) had been allowed to help transport drugs to the Police Department's evidence room and therefore knew where they were stored July 23, 2018 An ex-convict raided the Amite Police Department's evidence room this year and carted off a smorgasbord of prescription pills, heroin and other narcotics, internal police records show — a burglary t...

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Former NC police chief arrested for selling confiscated guns he should have returned, cops say


Arrested and faces charges of selling confiscated guns, according to law enforcement. July 25, 2018 The former chief of a North Carolina police department has been arrested and faces charges of selling confiscated guns, according to law enforcement. Eric Tinsley worked for the Biltmore Forest Police Department for 27 years, including 11 as the chie...

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Americans can legally download 3-D printed guns starting next month


 The single-shot pistol was made almost entirely out of of ABS plastic - The only metal parts were the firing pin - July 20, 2018 Fears grow over 3-D printed guns (2013) 01:34 (CNN)Gun-rights activists have reached a settlement with the government that will allow them to post 3-D printable gun plans online starting August 1. The settlement end...

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COLD CASE: Man charged with 1983 rape; victim now 88


Prosecutors say justice will finally be served against a man who raped a woman, more than 30 years after the crime. July 18, 2018 LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Testing of a backlogged rape kit resulted in an indictment more than 30 years after police say a man raped a woman in Louisville. According to a news release, Henry Crawford, age 54, was in his 2...

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Waukegan takes out loan to pay off $9.5 million wrongful conviction settlement


DNA evidence ultimately led to his exoneration in 2015, just over 20 years after he had been incarcerated Juy 18, 2018 The city of Waukegan will take out another nearly $9 million in debt — during a year when it's already on track to issue $55 million in new debt for infrastructure improvements — to cover the wrongful conviction settlement it reach...

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Former MPD officer indicted for allegedly stealing opioid pills confiscated as evidence


Former Mobile Police Officer, after he was arrested last summer on three criminal charges: tampering with physical evidence, theft of property, and possession of a controlled substance. July 19, 2018 MOBILE, AL (WALA) - A Mobile County Grand Jury has indicted Damian Colvin, a former Mobile Police Officer, after he was arrested last summer on three ...

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Virginia State Police trooper faces false entry, destruction of public record charges


Admitted to inadvertently disposing of the items on Nov. 3, 2017, according to the complaint. July 19, 2018 MARION — The destruction of seized items in a Smyth County drug case resulted in two misdemeanor charges being filed against a Virginia State Police trooper, according to court records. State Police charged Trooper Lee Testerman, 40, of Chilh...

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Coroner: Kirkersville Police Chief died from fentanyl overdose


The report from the coroner's office stated that two syringes were found and tested June 1, 2018 COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Franklin County Coroner's Office said Kirkersville Police Chief, James Hughes Jr., died from an acute intoxication by fentanyl. Hughes Jr. had only been working as the police chief for two months before his body was discovered by th...

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Deputy investigated over dead man's missing money


A Racine County Sheriff's Office lieutenant is under investigation, accused of stealing money from a dead man in 2017 Enter Article DATE HERE RACINE, WI (MetroSouce-WSAU) -- A Racine County Sheriff's Office lieutenant is under investigation, accused of stealing money from a dead man in 2017. The District Attorney is investigating about whether...

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Ex-Royalton cop who stole heroin from police evidence room gets 6 months


Police officer charged with taking heroin and other drugs from the department's evidence closet July 12, 2018 A former Royalton police officer charged with taking heroin and other drugs from the department's evidence closet in July 2017, to give to a woman he was dating, was sentenced to six months in prison on Thursday. John Breault, 31, pleaded g...

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Arrest of State Police officer could affect nearly 70 pending cases


The suspect also allegedly took methamphetamine that had been seized during an undercover operation by the FBI July 6, 2018  Select The juvenile female allegedly started receiving the messages following a June 15 traffic stop by Capehart during which he asked for personal information, including her date of birth, email address and phone number...

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DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases


Police arrested a D.J. in Pennsylvania and a nurse in Washington State this week, the latest examples of the use of an open-source ancestry site since the break in the Golden State killer case. June 29, 2018 When the Golden State Killer case was cracked in April with the help of a genealogist and an open-source ancestry site, many wondered if this ...

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Former Fremont County Sheriff's Office Detective Robert Dodd found guilty on three of four counts


The charges stem from the December 2016 discovery of evidence in the storage locker found by Cañon City resident Rick Ratzlaff, who purchased the unit. June 29, 2018 Former Fremont County Sheriff's Office Detective Robert Dodd was found guilty on three of four counts relating to the possession of murder evidence in a personal storage unit by a jury...

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10 pounds of marijuana sent to wrong address in Indiana


Police in Columbus, Ind. are having a bit of fun as they try to find the person who owns 10 pounds of marijuana that ended up at the wrong address. June 22, 2018 COLUMBUS, Ind. -- Police in Columbus, Ind. are having a bit of fun as they try to find the person who owns 10 pounds of marijuana that ended up at the wrong address. "Please help! My name ...

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Beloit Police chief regrets that ignored rape kit delayed justice

Beloit's police chief says it's regrettable that a rape kit from a 2000 child sex assault case was only recently submitted to the state crime lab, leading to identification of a suspect. June 15, 2018 BELOIT (WKOW) -- Beloit's police chief says it's regrettable that a rape kit from a 2000 child sex assault case was only recently submitted to the st...

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FBI wants to cremate remains found in Detroit body broker's warehouse


FBI evidence lockers and freezers now contain the gruesome evidence, an undisclosed number of bodies, heads, arms, legs, organs, torsos, and apparently, fetuses. June 11, 2018 By Gus Burns The FBI's description of a Detroit warehouse raided in December 2013 is reminiscent of a horror film. It was an extraordinarily unusual case inv...

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Callaway Woman Charged in Theft from Sheriff’s Office

Estergard allegedly destroyed, mutilated, concealed, removed, or altered physical evidence June 11, 2018 BROKEN BOW—Former employee of the Custer County Sheriff's Office currently faces felony charges of theft and tampering with physical evidence. Callaway woman Kelli Estergard, 58, was charged June 7 with theft by unlawful taking (class III felony...

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Called into question: Police say changes made after evidence in high profile cases compromised


Hawaii County police attribute the loss of DNA evidence in two separate high-profile 2016 criminal cases to rodents June 11, 2018 KAILUA-KONA — The safety and integrity of collected police evidence has been called into question as reports of lost and stolen evidence from storage lockers have come to light. Hawaii County police attribute the loss of...

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