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West Virginia Sheriff Admits He's A Meth Addict And Stole Drugs From The Evidence Files, Resigns


Bo Williams, prosecutors said, was accused of removing the drug methamphetamine from a storage area while he was still a Spencer police officer. He resigned as a police officer in December. He resigned as the county sheriff when he pleaded guilty in court. January 22, 2017 A newly elected county sheriff in West Virginia who told authorities he was ...

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Florida Police Claim They’ve Cracked a 25-Year-Old Cold Case Murder and Sexual Assault


The shooting and sex assault went unsolved for decades. But in 2010, it was assigned to a detective who resubmitted several pieces of evidence for forensic analysis. A DNA profile was developed from the evidence and, in 2012, the data was entered into CODIS, the national database for DNA. January 19, 2017 Florida investigators say they have at last...

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Fremont Co. residents react after homicide evidence found in storage unit

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Roane sheriff pleads guilty in meth theft, resigns


Williams had been charged with grand larceny, for stealing more than $1,000 in evidence, including methamphetamine. January 18, 2017 Newly-elected Roane County Sheriff Matthew "Bo" Williams admitted in court Wednesday that he stole methamphetamine from an evidence locker at the Spencer Police Department while he was an officer there.  Williams...

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Improper evidence handling led to firing


Johansen made the decision to fire Schmitz after finding that the things had not been documented with the department's evidence custodian.  Enter Article DATE HERE McKenzie County officials say a deputy who was fired last week had undocumented evidence from criminal investigations in his squad car when he turned the vehicle in last month....

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Lawyer: Donora cop's heroin use is 'American tragedy'


Investigators wrote in court paperwork that he admitted to the crime and said he took the drugs for his personal use. January 12, 2017 James B. Johnson V's arrest exemplifies what his attorney says is a modern "American tragedy" — an injury leads to painkiller addiction which, in turn, leads to heroin use. "Local kid gets injured, gets hooked on op...

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Bad Day at Red Rock


Davidson, however, was not leaving without a fight. On Dec. 13, 2016 she sent a letter to Moab's mayor Dave Sakrison notifying him and the city that she was suing them for close to $2 million for firing her because, she alleged, she had "raised her concerns to the Mayor and FBI about wrongful conduct by members of the City's Police Department," Jan...

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Ex-South Texas officer sentenced for role in drug scheme


A jury in July found him guilty of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and possession with intent to distribute cocaine. December 22, 2016 McALLEN, Texas (AP) — A former South Texas police officer has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for stealing cocaine and then staging a fake bust to cover up the theft. Former Mission police offic...

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Police Drug Lab Head Charged with Multiple Narcotics Offenses


The woman who heads the Anne Arundel County Police drug lab is accused of stealing dangerous drugs; federal authorities will investigate. December 21, 2016 MILLERSVILLE, MD — Potent and potentially addictive prescription narcotics, including Hydrocodone and Tramadol, were apparently taken by the manager of the Anne Arundel County Police Department ...

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Iowa woman arrested in 2012 cold case


The Omaha Police Department's Cold Case Unit is a recipient of the 2014 Solving Cold Case with DNA Grant from the National Institute of Justice December 22, 2016 OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) - Omaha Police have announced an arrest in a cold case murder from 2012.The Pottawattamie County Sheriff's office arrested 41-year-old Shanna Golyar in the murder of Car...

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Update: Former North Iowa state trooper tells judge he's 'ashamed' of stealing drugs


He said he stole the pills because he became addicted to opioid painkillers after he was prescribed the drugs for painful intestinal disorders. Haugen said the last three and a half years "have been absolute hell," noting addiction affects the frontal lobe, the part of the brain that controls judgment. December 19, 2016 MASON CITY | A former state ...

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Unwanted gun, who are you gonna call? For police, it’s Gunbusters


The St. Louis-based business destroys approximately 2,000 guns a year October 10th, 2016 (KTVI) Guns from cities across the United States are ending up in the St. Louis area. And while it might sound unusual, police are pleased. "The departments want to get rid of them," Scott Reed, Vice-President of Gunbusters said.Gunbusters is exactly what the n...

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Miami Police Chief Knew for Years About Rotting Murder Case Evidence Locker


As blogger Al Crespo revealed last month, the container rusted, letting in water and pests that destroyed evidence in more than 500 cases. November 16, 2016 Murder evidence is pretty important, so you'd think the Miami Police Department would have a good place to store all of those key items in unsolved cases. But it turns out that for years MPD ha...

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DNA evidence led to arrest from 1991 killing


A lone cigarette butt found in the impounded auto sat for years in an evidence locker, but it was worthless at the outset of the probe. October 22, 2016 nvestigators were right on target in 1991 when they looked to Myrtle McGill's abandoned car for clues that would lead to her killer. A lone cigarette butt found in the impounded auto sat for years ...

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Crime lab tests pile up on cases


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

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Former SD highway patrolman arrested for grand theft


Highway Patrol officials, discovered $1,540 was missing from another evidence bag 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 of grand theft by law enforcement of seized proper...

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Investigation forces changes at MVPD


Changes to how the Mount Vernon Police Department handles and disposes of evidence have been implemented in the wake of the FBI's investigation into former detective November 5, 2016 MOUNT VERNON — Changes to how the Mount Vernon Police Department handles and disposes of evidence have been implemented in the wake of the FBI's investigation into for...

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AZ police departments have more than 6,000 untested rape kits


The Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Task Force concluded that there are 6,424 untested kits in the state. November 2, 2016 A special state task force has found that Arizona law enforcement agencies have more than 6,000 untested rape kits. The Sexual Assault Evidence Collection Kit Task Force concluded that there are 6,424 untested kits in th...

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State police crime lab loses evidence in Laynee Wallace murder investigation


Less than a month after being sent for analysis, the T-shirt went missing and is not likely to be recovered. Oct 13, 2016 GLASGOW — In early April of this year, an infant-size blue T-shirt linked to a murder investigation was sent to the Kentucky State Police Central Lab in Frankfort for forensic analysis, about seven months after the murder suspec...

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JCSO under investigation after audit

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Interim police chief named in Braintree


Move comes after 5 Investigates first reported missing drugs, money from department evidence room​ Oct 03, 2016 BRAINTREE, Mass. —5 Investigates has learned Paul Shastany, the former police chief in Stoughton, will be named the interim police chief in Braintree. The town has also hired retired Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Dan Linskey to he...

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Montana gets $2M federal grant for untested rape kits


Enter Headline here September 29, 2016 HELENA – Montana will test 1,400 rape kits dating back to 1995 that weren't submitted to the state's crime lab by local law enforcement authorities, Attorney General Tim Fox said Thursday. The state also will add personnel to track the kits, counsel victims and investigate when DNA from the kits result in rape...

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In Braintree evidence scandal, unheeded warnings


She wasn't doing her job and sometimes appeared hung over and "out of it." Officers couldn't get the evidence they needed for court hearings. September 24, 2016 BRAINTREE — For months, police in this suburban police department had complained about Susan Zopatti, a veteran officer who was in charge of the evidence room. She wasn't doing her job and ...

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A searing new report claims opioid drugmakers spent 8 times as much as the NRA on lobbying


The opioid epidemic has already claimed more than 165,000 American lives September 19, 2016 A searing new report from the Associated Press claims that the makers of opioid painkillers, the dangerous drugs at the center of the tragic overdose crisis, outspent the US gun lobby on lobbying and campaign contributions by 8:1. The report looked at the pe...

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Seminole deputy arrested on drug theft charges


Seminole County Sheriff's deputy was arrested Thursday on charges he stole prescription pain medication from a storage safe. August 26, 2016 Seminole County Sheriff's deputy was arrested Thursday on charges he stole prescription pain medication from a storage safe. Lt. Jason Bender, who is assigned to the Sheriff's Office City County Investigative ...

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Petersburg PD files $20K insurance claim after money 'stolen' from evidence room


Enter Headline here August 25th 2016 PETERSBURG, VA (WWBT) - NBC12 is uncovering new details concerning the missing money in the Petersburg Police evidence room. Through an open records request, we've uncovered an insurance claim filed by the Petersburg Police Department for $20,000. It was filed with VACorp Risk Management several weeks after we s...

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Dickson inmates found drunk in cell


Officers quickly realized the inmates had gotten into one of the officer's lockers, taken a half-gallon of whiskey and drank it. August 17, 2016 DICKSON, TN (WSMV) - Police are investigating after several Dickson County inmates were found drunk in their cells and one had to be taken to the hospital. Tuesday was court day for inmates in Dickson. Off...

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NIJ - Best Practices on Assault Kits


Public Comment Period on the DRAFT "National Best Practices for Sexual Assault Kits: A Multidisciplinary Approach" Aug 1st, 2016 Under the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Reporting Act of 2013, NIJ convened an expert working group to develop recommendations for the accurate, timely and effective collection and processing of sexual assault evidence...

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Gravestone mystery at Stark County Jail unsolved


The findagrave.com site lists his grave as being in West Beech Cemetery in the Alliance area. Aug. 7, 2016 CANTON Harry McDonough was born in 1898, served during World War I and died in 1953, a year after the Canton city directory listed him as an employee at U.S. Steel.Clarence O. Oswalt was just about a year old when he passed in 1911. The graves...

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Indictments for 56 cases handed down by grand jury include Aragon PD theft cases


Among those indicted are two Aragon Police Officers accused last year of stealing handguns from the evidence room in separate incidents in 2013 and 2015. July 19, 2016 Polk County's Grand Jury convened to hear dozens of cases and decide whether to move them on to trial and came back with 56 true bills of indictment in the Tallapoosa circuit courts....

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Federal prosecutors get 7 requests to verify evidence in Halifax drug cases

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Rape charge filed against DNA profile of man who attacked girl walking home from babysitting in 1996


The DNA profile of a man has been charged in connection with the 1996 rape of a 15-year-old girl in Akron. June 05, 2016 The DNA profile of a man has been charged in connection with the 1996 rape of a 15-year-old girl in Akron. Print Email By Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on June 05, 2016 at 4:01 PM, updated June ...

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Springfield pays more than $50,000 to defendants to cover missing police evidence room money

The Republican, MassLive, masslive.comBYLINE: Stephanie Barry | to Article2015-10-23_Springfield pays to cover missing evidenceSpringfield pays more than $50,000 to defendants to cover missing police evid...

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HRP officer faces charges after allegedly stealing from evidence locker

Global News, globalnews.ca BYLINE: Heide Pearson, Online Producer/Reporter, Global News Halifax, Nova Scotia A Halifax Regional Police officer faces charges after substances stolen from an HRP evidence locker. The Canadian Pr...

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Police theft: Missing drugs, missing answers

Cayman Compass, compasscayman.comBYLINE: Cayman Compass Editorial BoardGeorge Town, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands, British West IndiesOn July 13, someone, or “someones,” broke into a police evidence locker and absconded with 2...

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Ex-Hebron police officer sold drugs from squad car, department, testimony reveals

Northwest Herald, nwherald.comBYLINE: CHELSEA McDOUGALL - , ILRyszard T. KopaczWOODSTOCK – Testimony at a sentencing hearing for a former Hebron police officer revealed he sold marijuana while on...

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Police evidence facilities running out of space

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Lawrence Journal World, ljworld.comBYLINE: George DiepenbrockLink to ArticleDouglas County, KSLawrence Police Chief Tarik Khatib peers into the mountains of cardboard boxes lining the main evidence storage room on the second ...

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Audit suggests improvement to Portland police evidence storage system

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, The Republic, therepublic.comPortland, ORPORTLAND, Ore. — An audit of the Portland police evidence storage system found it's run pretty well but there is some room for improvement.The Oregonian reports t...

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Salisbury Police employee placed on leave

Post Publishing Company, Inc., salisburypost.comtrongSalisbury, NCSALISBURY — The Salisbury Police Department has placed its evidence and property custodian on paid administrative leave as authorities investigate “cash accoun...

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