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Charges filed against former police officer

Slisz obtained an evidence envelope that contained stamp bags of suspected heroin from a temporary locker in the Johnstown Public Safety Building August 24, 2018 JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY - The district attorney has announced charges against a former Johnstown police officer, 35-year-old William Slisz of Portage, PA. Slisz is facing two counts of b...

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Mexican troops say they seized 140 pounds of fentanyl at U.S. border

The army said the truck was heading from Mexico City to Tijuana when it was stopped at checkpoint in San Luis Rio Colorado, near Yuma, Arizona. August 22, 2017 MEXICO CITY -- Soldiers in northern Mexico say they have seized a surprisingly large stash of the powerful opioid fentanyl from a truck near the U.S. border. The Mexican Army's Second Milita...

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District attorney: Marijuana laced with fentanyl is in Tennessee

entanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid used in medical settings to treat chronic pain. On the street, it takes just a small amount for someone to overdose within minutes August 18, 2017 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Tennessee District Attorney is offering a warning about a new, deadly mix of drugs – marijuana mixed with fentanyl. DA Matthew Stowe tol...

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West Springfield Police Capt. Daniel Spaulding on paid leave amid evidence room probe

The approximately $18,000, sources agreed, remained unaccounted for from three separate drug cases. August 18, 2017 WEST SPRINGFIELD - The mayor and police chief today confirmed that the second highest-ranking official in the police department has been placed on indefinite paid administrative leave amid an investigation into "discrepancies" involvi...

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Ex-cop Alan Dubeshter indicted in Framingham Police evidence room theft


A former Framingham Police officer who was in charge of the department's evidence room is now facing criminal charges after authorities said he used his access to steal $20,000 from the department nearly a year and a half ago. January 26, 2017 FRAMINGHAM - A former Framingham Police officer who was in charge of the department's evidence room is now...

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Framingham officer accused of stealing money wants charge dropped

Police officer accused of stealing money from the department's evidence room August 10, 2017 FRAMINGHAM — With his case scheduled to go to trial next month, an ex-Framingham police officer accused of stealing money from the department's evidence room is asking a judge to drop one of the charges against him. A lawyer representing former evidence roo...

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Gun Cases are Notoriously Hard to Make Stick. New York Thinks It Has the Answer.

The city is pursuing an ambitious and expensive plan to collect and test DNA from every gun recovered by police Enter Article DATE HERE wo New York police officers were sitting in a patrol car one night last August when they saw Avree Lamar, a 19-year-old with an open arrest warrant, climb into a cab near a housing project in Red Hook, Brookly...

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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...

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How software systems can help PDs manage evidence

Evidence software manufacturers are implementing systems that save time and improve operational efficiency for both police officers and evidence personnel July 31, 2017 When it comes to managing evidence and securing chain of custody, police departments are increasingly relying on software systems. Though there may be some type of paper trail retai...

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Salt Lake City Police arrest suspect in 1991 murder cold case -DNA

Viengkeo K. Sundara, 49, faces a first-degree felony charge of murder for the stabbing death of Youthalouth Oudanonh during a dance at 120 W 1300 S in Salt Lake City back in 1991. July 10 , 2017 SALT LAKE CITY – Police have arrested a man in a Salt Lake City murder case that has been cold for 26 years. Viengkeo K. Sundara, 49, faces a first-degree ...

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FDA to step up targeting of fentanyl, other synthetic opioids at postal facilities

The Food and Drug Administration is strengthening efforts to detect opioids illegally entering the country through the mail, reflecting heightened concerns about the flood of synthetic fentanyl and similar drugs being shipped from China and elsewhere. August 4, 2017 The Food and Drug Administration is strengthening efforts to detect opioids il...

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Heather Keaton Could Face Capital Murder Trial Again - Missing Evidence

Testimony of the clerk of court that the questionnaires were placed in a box to be mailed to the court of criminal appeals in Montgomery. However, the label came off the box and the box has gone missing with all that sensitive information. August 1, 2017 MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — Heather Keaton, the woman sentenced to death for murdering the two childr...

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71 oxycodone pills go missing after jury deliberations in drug case

A Columbus defense lawyer is accusing one or more jurors of stealing 71 oxycodone pills that were discovered missing after a drug-possession trial ended last week in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. July 27, 2017 A Columbus defense lawyer is accusing one or more jurors of stealing 71 oxycodone pills that were discovered missing after a drug-poss...

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Ex-Melrose Park cop given 11 years in prison for selling stolen narcotics

What Salvi became, according to federal prosecutors, was a cop moonlighting as a drug dealer. He pleaded guilty earlier this year to a host of brazen schemes, including selling narcotics he'd stolen from an evidence room July 26, 2017 Minutes before he was sentenced Wednesday to 11 years in prison, former Melrose Park police Detective Gregory Salvi...

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Cook Co. sheriff IDs another victim of John Wayne Gacy


Decades after John Wayne Gacy killed the last of his 33 victims and was executed by the state, authorities have kept the serial killer's possessions and DNA of six unidentified victims under tight security July 21, 2017 Decades after John Wayne Gacy killed the last of his 33 victims and was executed by the state, authorities have kept the serial ki...

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How fentanyl is making deadly drugs even deadlier

"We think most incidental exposures to fentanyl happen through inhaling it by respiratory means," says Marc LaRochelle, an assistant professor at the Boston University School of Medicine's Clinical Addiction Research & Education Unit.​ July 21, 2017 It's relatively new to America's drug scene, but in the last few years, its victims have include...

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To cut risk of exposure to fentanyl, police can now test substances at state Crime Lab

he state Crime Lab will open its doors to police officers in need of safe facilities to test unidentified powders due to the rising risk of fentanyl exposure. July 20, 2017 The state Crime Lab will open its doors to police officers in need of safe facilities to test unidentified powders due to the rising risk of fentanyl exposure. Nationally, sever...

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Search warrant served at Purcell Police Department over possible missing evidencehttp://kfor.com/2017/07/20/search-warrant-served-at-purcell-police-department-over-possible-missing-evidence/

"McClain County Sheriff's Office requested OSBI's help about the possibility of some discrepancies with the Purcell Police Department's evidence room, Julty 20, 2017 PURCELL, Okla. - An Oklahoma police department is in hot water over possible missing evidence. Officer Richard Kyle Glasgow is the man at the center of the investigation. Items that we...

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Longtime DEA task force member pleads guilty to reduced charges, agrees to help DOJ

Newman also had been accused of stealing narcotics from DEA evidence lockers, and, in December 2015, of falsifying paperwork within the DEA to transfer some cocaine from an old case. July 20, 2017 A veteran lawman assigned to a New Orleans-based federal drug task force pleaded guilty Thursday to pocketing thousands of dollars seized during drug rai...

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Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrested Neptune Beach Police Officer for grand theft

Neptune Beach Police Officer Chris Ortiz was arrested on one count of grand theft after complaints came in that money had gone missing following routine traffic Enter Article DATE HERE JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- The Jacksonville Sheriff's Office arrested a one-year veteran of the The Neptune Beach Police Department. On Tuesday, July 17, Neptune Bea...

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Cleveland officer's possible fentanyl exposure highlights drug's threat to police, children

A Cleveland police officer was hospitalized Wednesday morning after coming into contact with suspected fentanyl while executing a search warrant at a home in the city's North Colinwood neighborhood. July 19, 2107 CLEVELAND, Ohio -- As heroin and fentanyl continue to kill users in record numbers, law enforcement officials in Northeast Ohio are now w...

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2 former Ellis County deputies to appear in federal court on gun theft charges


Two former Ellis County Sheriff's Office deputies have admitted to stealing and selling guns they took from the sheriff's office property room. July 12, 2017 WAXAHACHIE – Two former Ellis County Sheriff's Office deputies have admitted to stealing and selling guns they took from the sheriff's office property room. Former ECSO Lt. Philip Gary Slaught...

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Feds want 14 years for ex-Melrose Park cop who sold stolen drugs

Selling drugs stolen from his police department's evidence room in a bid to feather his nest as his retirement approached in 2015 July 12, 2017 Ex-Melrose Park cop Gregory Salvi has already admitted selling drugs stolen from his police department's evidence room in a bid to feather his nest as his retirement approached in 2015. For that, he faces m...

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Appeals court upholds officer’s theft conviction

He had taken an Apple iPhone 5 from a vacant South Toledo hotel and did not book it in the police property room. July 8, 2017 Ohio's 6th District Court of Appeals on Friday affirmed the conviction of a former Toledo police officer for theft in office. Shawn Parra, a 15-year veteran of the department, was convicted in September, 2015 of the fifth-de...

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Missouri farmer cleared in 1997 sex case by DNA evidence

Enter Headline here June 29, 2017 A Missouri farmer who spent nearly two decades in mental hospitals after entering a disputed plea in the 1997 sexual assault of a teenager has been cleared of the crime after genetic evidence was re-tested and excluded him as a suspect. The top prosecutor in southwestern Missouri's Jasper County dropped the case ag...

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Cop pleads not guilty to stealing heroin, pills

June 30, 201 MILFORD - A former veteran Fairfield Police detective pleaded not guilty Friday to stealing thousands of dollars in heroin and OxyContin pills from the police department. Stephen Rilling, the 40-year-old son of Norwalk's Mayor Harry Rilling, whose investigations put dozens of drug dealers behind bars, stood before Superior Court Judge ...

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Fired deputy faces drug charges

A former deputy with the Curry County Sheriff's Office was arrested Wednesday, accused of misappropriating drugs taken during a traffic stop June 28, 2017 CLOVIS - A former deputy with the Curry County Sheriff's Office was arrested Wednesday, accused of misappropriating drugs taken during a traffic stop and lying about it on sworn court documents. ...

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What is fentanyl? 10 things to know about the potentially deadly drug

According to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, strains of fentanyl can be 50 times more powerful than morphine. June 28, 2017 What is fentanyl? Fentanyl, also known as Actiq, Duragesic or Sublimaze in its prescription form, is an especially potent painkiller developed in the 1960s used to treat extreme pain. According to...

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State AG investigating West Springfield police evidence room procedures

The Attorney General's office is now in charge of the evidence room investigation. June 26, 2017 WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Massachusetts Attorney General's office is investigating a possible money issue in the West Springfield Police evidence room. Police Chief Ronald Campurciani told 22News that during an internal audit there were some ...

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New county drug collection van, drug dropoff boxes hit the streets

Delaware County is hitting the road with what is reported to be the first drug takeback vehicle in the state. June 23, 2017 MEDIA COURTHOUSE >> Delaware County is hitting the road with what is reported to be the first drug takeback vehicle in the state. County leaders on Friday afternoon unveiled their new drug collection van, a mobile unit t...

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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 ...

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Former SD highway patrolman arrested for grand theft

He took the cash over four years to pay his bills because he was "short on money" and that "it's been going on for quite a while." November 7, 2016 A former South Dakota highway patrolman is charged with taking nearly $70,000 from drug arrests over the past four years. Brian William Biehl, 47, of Platte, has been arrested by complaint on one count ...

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Highway Patrol receives $100,000 for new evidence room

After former trooper Brian Biehl was convicted of stealing nearly $70,000 in drug money seized by his department from 2012 to 2016, it was time to re-evaluate how evidence is managed June 22, 2017 Evidence seized by South Dakota Highway Patrol troopers will soon have a new home. After former trooper Brian Biehl was convicted of stealing nearly $70,...

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Former N.S. Mountie ordered to stand trial in theft of cocaine from evidence locker

A former RCMP officer accused of stealing 10 kilograms of cocaine from a police exhibit locker in Halifax has been committed to stand trial on a half-dozen charges. June 15, 2107 A former RCMP officer accused of stealing 10 kilograms of cocaine from a police exhibit locker in Halifax has been committed to stand trial on a half-dozen charges. A prel...

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Former Vt. Dispatcher Sentenced


She also gave Sadler the keys to the drug take-back drop box and the evidence room, the affidavit states. June 7, 2017 White River Junction — A former Orange County dispatcher will spend the next six months on house arrest after letting her boyfriend and another man into restricted areas of the sheriff's department, where the pair allegedly took pr...

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Former Vt. Dispatcher Sentenced

The dispatcher will spend the next six months on house arrest after letting her boyfriend and another man into restricted areas of the sheriff's department. June 7, 2017 White River Junction — A former Orange County dispatcher will spend the next six months on house arrest after letting her boyfriend and another man into restricted areas of the she...

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Vineland officer charged with possession of drugs from police drop-box

A local man was charged Wednesday with breaking into the prescription drug disposal box at the Police Department while on duty, officials said. June 15, 2017 VINELAND — A local man was charged Wednesday with breaking into the prescription drug disposal box at the Police Department while on duty, officials said. Richard Janasiak, 30, was accused of ...

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DNA leads to arrest in 1976 fatal stabbing of Houston man

The sheriff's statement says cold case investigators in 2014 began reviewing the death and linked DNA evidence to Edds, April 27, 2017 HOUSTON - Investigators say a review of DNA evidence in the 1976 fatal stabbing of a Houston man has led to an arrest nearly 41 years later. According to the Harris County Sheriff's Office, David Lee Edds, 61, was t...

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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...

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North Providence police audit misses deadline


Of the 26,000 pieces of evidence in the room, Lombardi said 200 pieces still need to be logged. June 12, 2015 NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. — The mayor's deadline for the completion of an audit of the evidence came and went. And more than two weeks after that May 26 deadline passed - there's still "quite a bit of work to do," Mayor Charles Lombardi said i...

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Former NC sheriff’s captain accused of taking cash from evidence safe

The arrest is a result of a State Bureau of Investigation probe into evidence that was missing from the Columbus County Sheriff's Office June 9, 2017 WHITEVILLE, N.C. (WECT) — A former captain with the Columbus County Sheriff's Office has been accused of stealing money from the evidence safe at the Columbus County Sheriff's Office. David Gerald Nob...

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New drug kits save police dogs from opioid overdoses

inhaling powerful opioids can be deadly, so officers have a new tool to protect their four-legged partners: naloxone, a drug that has already been used for years to reverse overdoses in humans. June 7, 2017 BOSTON — Police dogs simply follow their noses to sniff out narcotics. But inhaling powerful opioids can be deadly, so officers have a new tool...

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The DEA’s list of drug slang is hilarious and bizarre

Have you ever tried giggle smoke? June 7, 2017 Have you ever tried giggle smoke? How about a hit of smoochy woochy poochy? Do you know where to score some lime pillows? Or cabbage or catnip or broccoli? Maybe just a little bit of Christmas tree. Those are all synonyms for marijuana — at least, they're the ones used at the Drug Enforcement Administr...

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Ex-Springfield police officer Kevin Burnham died before pleading guilty

Burnham allegedly stole $400,000 from evidence room June 6, 2017 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was a tragic ending to the life of a retired Springfield Police Officer, who had been accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the police department's evidence room. Kevin Burnham allegedly stole nearly $400,000, between 2009 and 2014. H...

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Dutch police plan mass dna test to find cold case killer of boy, 11

They expect that 15,000 men, mainly from Limburg, will be asked to take part in the program on a voluntary basis May 23, 2017 The public prosecution department is preparing a massive dna research project in the hunt for the killer of an 11-year boy almost 20 years ago, officials said on Tuesday. New techniques have allowed scientists to identify dn...

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SPD chief asks FBI to look into gun thefts

No other excuse other than they went 17 years without auditing the vault, and we're trying to fix that." Enter Article DATE HERE Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier is asking the FBI to take over an investigation into an alleged gun mill involving a former evidence technician. Collier said he made the request because of a conflict of interest w...

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Fairfield narcotics cop accused of stealing heroin, OxyContin

"Like too many other families in Connecticut, my son and our family are facing the effects of the opioid epidemic that is sweeping our state," the mayor said." June 2, 2017 BRIDGEPORT - Investigators were preparing to arrest Fairfield Police Detective Stephen Rilling for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in heroin and OxyContin pills from the...

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At least 175,000 rape kits are sitting in storage facilities around the country instead of being tested

More than 99 percent of perpetrators in rape cases don't see any jail time, and with a rape occurring every two minutes in America, that suggests a shocking number of unpunished perpetrators on the scene. May 14, 2017 A massive backlog of sexual assault kits that have yet to be tested could mean that thousands of potential serial rapists remain on ...

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The Benefit Of Bicycles

the department hopes to make the donation a recurring program in which bicycles collected as evidence get new life May 25, 2017 Rainy weather Wednesday didn't keep police away from the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center to donate refurbished, used bicycles to teenagers in need. The recipients are members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harr...

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DNA Leads To Arrest In 1996 Columbus Homicide

Murray became a suspect on May 16th when DNA evidence linked him to the 1996 killing of Mack Fowler May 24, 2017 COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – The man accused of killing Mack Fowler on July 8, 1996 is in the Lowndes County jail. David Murray, 52, made his first court appearance on Wednesday afternoon. Muncipal Court Judge Rhonda Hayes Ellis denied bond ...

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