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Watseka Police Chief Douglas ISP Investigation - Search Warrants Issued For Officer's Bank Records - "If No One Cooperated This Will All Go Away"

Do you condone members of your police department refusing to cooperate with a criminal investigation regarding missing evidence? Enter Article DATE HERE The Watseka Police Chief Jeremy Douglas is tangled in a web of actions that raise numerous concerns for the rule of law in Watseka. The fact he is still the Police Chief makes us wonder what t...
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03

Nearly 1,000 Pounds Of Fireworks Seized From Homes In Aurora, Elgin

Where do i put it? July 1, 2020 CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- The Kane County Sheriff is responding to numerous complaints about illegal fireworks and has made arrests and seized about a 1,000 pounds of fireworks from homes in Aurora and Elgin. Three people have been arrested and charges are pending. Sheriff Ron Haine said they had what looked like r...
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MAR
12

Former Vandalia PD employee charged with misconduct and theft

She's also accused of theft for allegedly taking contraband being held as evidence from the locker that was valued over $500. March 6, 2020 FAYETTE COUNTY, IL — A former Vandalia Police Department employee has been charged in Fayette County Court with official misconduct and theft. According to court records, 29-year old Cheyenne Haxton is free on ...
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JAN
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CRIME HUNTER: DNA links 'monster' to 1976 slaying

The magic elixir for solving the case was DNA and genetic genealogy. Enter Article DATE HERE On Jan. 12, 1976, Pamela Maurer left a pal's house to get a soda from a bodega. The 16-year-old vanished into thin air and was never seen alive again. Her frozen body was found the next morning on the frozen plains outside Lisle, Illinois. She had been...
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DEC
07

Evidence tampering alleged in Eddie Johnson firing case

Officials noticed that the phone was damaged when the woman left then-Superintendent Eddie Johnson's security detail to join the evidence and recovered property unit, December 2019 CHICAGO - A female Chicago police officer who was reportedly seen on video drinking with and kissing the now-fired police superintendent the night he was found asleep be...
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OCT
08

2 Chicago officers charged with stealing drugs, cash

If convicted, the Elizondo and Salgado face a maximum prison sentence of 10 years for the embezzlement charge and five years for the conspiracy charge. October 8, 2019 CHICAGO — Two Chicago police officers have been charged with lying to judges to obtain search warrants and then stealing cash and drugs from the properties they searched, federal pro...
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MAR
01

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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NOV
09

Civilian employee for Villa Park Police Department charged with stealing drugs from evidence locker


Enter Headline here November 8, 2018 A former civilian employee of the Villa Park Police Department has been charged with stealing drugs from the department's evidence locker, DuPage County prosecutors said Wednesday. John Simons, 48, of Lombard, is facing felony counts of official misconduct, theft of government property and possession of a contro...
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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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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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JUL
07

Police fire up new drug incinerator


"It burns the material down to a dust and simply destroys any active agent in the meds," July 6, 2018 The Lincoln Police and Logan County Sheriff Departments were on hand Friday to witness the first burn of a new drug incinerator used to dispose of dangerous unused medicine in the area. Lincoln Police Chief Paul Adams said his department has collec...
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No jail time for ex-detective: Jaramillo gets probation, house arrest, must pay restitution

Enter Headline here April 26, 2018 MORRISON – A disgraced former Rock Fall Police detective will do no jail time for stealing cash from the department's evidence locker. As a result of a plea agreement, Veronica Jaramillo, 45, of Sterling, will serve 2 and a half years' probation and 6 months' house arrest. She pleaded guilty April 18 to three felo...
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MAR
01

Former Kane County deputy sentenced to 30 days in jail for drug crimes

Zinke was charged in April 2015 after an Illinois State Police investigation into allegations she kept medications that were meant to be delivered to her department's evidence vault. March 1, 2018 A 40-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to a drug crime she committed while working as a Kane County sheriff's deputy cried Thursday after a Lake County j...
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FEB
13

Man Sues Chicago, Police for Wrongful Conviction

A man who spent nearly a quarter century in prison after being convicted of rape and murder before DNA testing prompted authorities to drop the charges has filed a lawsuit that alleges he was coerced by Chicago police detectives into confessing. Enter Article DATE HERE A man who spent nearly a quarter of century in prison after being convicted...
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JUL
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Cicero To Settle After CPD Buyback Gun Ends Up On Scene Of Fatal Police Shooting

A handgun turned over to police by a Cook County judge more than a decade ago as part of a gun buyback program ended up at the scene of a police shooting in Cicero July 31, 2017 CHICAGO, IL — A handgun turned over to police by a Cook County judge more than a decade ago as part of a gun buyback program ended up at the scene of a police shooting in C...
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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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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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Ex-Melrose Park cop admits selling drugs stolen from evidence


So he sold drugs that had been stolen from the evidence room 4/25/2017 Gregory Salvi was rapidly nearing retirement from the Melrose Park Police Department in 2015, and he hoped to use the job to make as much money as possible. So he sold drugs that had been stolen from the evidence room. He offered to illegally move narcotics in "the f—in' police ...
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MAR
08

Awarded $20M for a wrongful conviction, exonerated man gives back


Juan Rivera is a $20 million man, receiving the money in a settlement for the 20 years he spent in prison before DNA evidence cleared him. October 17, 2017 CHICAGO (WLS) -- Juan Rivera is a $20 million man, receiving the money in a settlement for the 20 years he spent in prison before DNA evidence cleared him. Rivera invited ABC 7 Eyewitness News t...
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DEC
15

Evidence on Ice


​Santa Fe PD is ahead in processing rape kits—because they already cleaned out a freezer full of them -  December 16, 2016 The trouble started with a freezer, and the question of just what could be done to get rid of it and open up some space at the Santa Fe Police Department headquarters. Someone cracked the door, and found materials tied to ...
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DEC
02

Forrler pleads to destroying evidence charge


A police officer accused of destroying evidence when he was the evidence officer has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and sentenced to court costs only. December 2, 2016 ALTON — A police officer accused of destroying evidence when he was the evidence officer has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and sentenced to court costs only. Jonathan Forrler plea...
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SEP
30

Wrongfully convicted man sues city for $54 million


Mark Maxson, 55, was freed from Stateville Correctional Center on Tuesday after DNA testing showed another man, Osborne Wade, allegedly killed 6-year-old Lindsey Murdock on the Far South Side. September 30, 2016 A Chicago man released from prison after DNA evidence showed he was wrongfully convicted of a 1992 murder is seeking $54 million in a laws...
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SEP
09

Trial date set on former BPD worker's claim


The jury will hear evidence related to Ward's claim that she was disciplined by McKinley after she raised concerns about how guns, drugs and other items were stored and who had access to the evidence room. September 10, 2016 PEORIA — A Dec. 12 trial date has been set in a federal lawsuit filed by the former supervisor of the Bloomington Police Depa...
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JUN
11

The Chicago Police Department accidentally destroyed a suicide victim’s last note to her parents, depriving a grieving family of one of their last physical connections to their daughter


Not just in Chicago, but across the country, errors and mismanagement in the handling of evidence continues to dog police departments June 10, 2016 The Chicago Police Department accidentally destroyed a suicide victim's last note to her parents, depriving a grieving family of one of their last physical connections to their daughter, CBS News is rep...
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JUN
06

Former Rock Falls detective pleads not guilty


6 months after son's death, mother watches accused in court June 6, 2016 MORRISON – The former Rock Falls detective sergeant accused of stealing money from an evidence vault pleaded not guilty Monday in Whiteside County Court. Veronica Jaramillo, 43, of Sterling, was arraigned on official misconduct and theft charges, both felonies.  She resig...
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JUN
05

Ex-cop's sister, sister's boyfriend, accused of dealing drugs


Pair involved in long-running conspiracy, investigators say June 3, 2016 3:01 p.m. CDT MORRISON – The sister of a former Rock Falls detective charged with theft is among five people accused of dealing cocaine and marijuana in the Sauk Valley for more than 2 years. On May 17, members of a local drug task force seized drugs, three cars, and $17,248 i...
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JUL
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Chicago Police Dept. employee convicted of stealing cash from evidence

Chicago Sun Times, chicago.suntimes.comBYLINE: Luke WiluszChicago, ILPamela Brown Cook County sheriff's officeA Chicago Police Department employee was convicted late Thursday of stealing cash and property from police evidence storage areas.A Cook County jury found 59-year-ol...
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MAR
26

Brooklyn raid: Former cop posed with seized assault rifle;


Belleville News-Democrat, bnd.comBYLINE: Carolyn P. SmithBrooklyn, ILdrugs, ammo still missingThe Brooklyn Police Department on Wednesday was raided by state and county investigators. ZIA NIZAMI — News-Democrat BROOKLYN — Brooklyn’s Police Department on Thursday afternoon wa...
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JAN
27

Former city supervisor gets probation for selling confiscated cigarettes

Sun-Times Media Wire, Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow, myfoxchicago.comChicago, ILAbd Ayesh, 36 - A former city supervisor was sentenced to two years probation Tuesday after admitting he stole cigarette cartons from a city evidence room and sold them to his relati...
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Prosecutor: Evidence from 100 Alton cases missing

Associated Press, The Telegraph, KTVI Fox 2 News St Louis, fox2now.comAlton, ILEDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) _ Authorities in southwestern Illinois are trying to determine how and why evidence in more than 100 Alton cases has been destroyed or discarded.The (Alton) Telegraph (http...
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JUN
25

Charges possible in missing-drugs investigation

Civitas Media, Jacksonville Journal Courier, myjournalcourier.comBYLINE: Cody Bozarth Hall, ILAny charges in an investigation into the theft of prescription medication from the White Hall Police Department could be filed as early as Wednesday, ...
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MAR
05

Total disaster': Former chief describes evidence room;

Belleville News-Democrat, bnd.comBYLINE: BETH HUNDSDORFERCentreville, ILDNA evidence questionedThe evidence room at the Centreville Police Department was a "total disaster," said James Mister, the former chief, who was accused of burning evidence by an attorney representing ...
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JUL
09

Police eye better controls for evidence storage


The Pantagraph, pantagraph.comBYLINE: Edith Brady-Lunny | , ILBloomington Police Department crime scene unit technician Scott Mathewson, left, describes how the crime lab at the Bloomington Police Department works, on Friday, June 28, 2013. A...
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Coroner: 2013-06-13_Caseyville police chief facing charges kills self


KMOV.com, kmov.comBYLINE: KMOV.com staffCRIMINAL COMPLAINTCaseyville, IlCASEYVILLE, Ill.—A police chief in Caseyville facing official misconduct charges was found dead of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at his Fairview Heights home on Thursday.J.D. Roth’s body was f...
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NOV
05

New Athens police chief charged with stealing iPad, iPod from evidence room

KMOV.com, kmov.comBYLINE: KMOV.com staffLink to ArticleOne VideoNew Athens, ILBELLEVILLE, Ill. (KMOV) – New Athens Police Chief Dallas Hill is accused of stealing two electronic devices from the evidence room for personal use.Hill, 27, was charged Monday with two counts of o...
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05

Freeburg officers fired, some citizens standing by them

KSDK-TV, ksdk.comBYLINE: Casey NolenLink to ArticleOne VideoFreeburg, ILFreeburg, IL (KSDK) - Two Freeburg, Illinois police officers are out of a job for allegedly breaking at least the rules and possibly the law.The evidence against them includes an evidence locker and hidd...
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JUL
11

Audit: Tampering could affect eight McHenry cases

Northwest Herald, nwherald.comBYLINE: SARAH SUTSCHEK - to ArticleMcHenry, ILWOODSTOCK – Eight pending criminal cases may be affected by a former McHenry police officer who allegedly stole about $2,500 in seized drug money, prosecutors said.Dale A....
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MAY
26

Charges provide details to Hardin jail burglary


BYLINE: Jon Musgrave, Daily Register/Daily JournalLink to ArticleHardin County, ILHardin County Sheriff's Department Jon MusgraveELIZABETHTOWN —Three prisoners in the Hardin County Jail broke into one of the sheriff department's evidence rooms by taking the hinges off the do...
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Inmates get into Hardin evidence room

The Southern, thesouthern.comBYLINE: BECKY MALKOVICH, The Southern, to ArticleHardin County, ILSheriff calls in state policeCharges of burglary and theft have been filed against two inmates accused of taking pills and other items from a temporary evid...
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MAY
09

Charges against McHenry cop may hurt other cases

Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.comBYLINE: Robert McCoppin, Chicago Tribune reporter, to ArticleMcHenry, ILProsecutor's office notifies defense attorneys of potential evidence problemsDale Hojnacki, a former police officer for the city of McHenry, h...
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MAY
04

Our view: The costs of corruption

Northwest Herald, nwherald.comBYLINE: Northwest Herald Editorial BoardLink to ArticleMcHenry, ILThere are hidden costs to public corruption.As more details emerge in the case of a former McHenry police officer accused of stealing money from the evidence lockup in the McHenry...
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Former East St. Louis police chief gets 1 year for theft


Belleville News-Democrat, bnd.comBYLINE: CAROLYN P. SMITH - News-DemocratLink to ArticleEast St. Louis, ILMichael Baxton in a 2008 file photo. - BNDA federal judge sentenced former East St. Louis Police Chief Michael Baxton to a year in prison Friday afternoon.Baxton's sente...
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Brian Stanley: Convict sees chance to score big

Sun-Times Media, LLC., The Hearld-News, heraldnews.suntimes.comBYLINE: Brian StanleyLink to ArticleWill County, ILGary IrwinInvestigators say it was early October when Gary D. Irwin got the idea for the score of his life.Irwin, 50, had been a suspect in several burglaries, i...
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MAR
02

Ex-Cop Pleads Guilty to Misconduct, Sentenced to Probation

The Patch.org Foundation, hinsdale.patch.comBYLINE: Joe O'Donnell, to ArticleClarendon Hills, ILNumerous felony counts against Daniel Ryan were dropped in a plea agreement that led to two years' probation for official misconduct.Former Clarendon Hi...
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NOV
29

Former FBI agent gets prison term for lying about missing money

Peoria Journal Star, pjstar.comBYLINE: ANDY KRAVETZ () of the Journal StarLink to ArticlePeoria, ILPEORIA — A former FBI agent was sentenced Tuesday to five months in prison for lying to his superiors about $43,643 that came up missing during a drug invest...
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21

FBI to probe heroin theft from Will County sheriff's holding area

Chicago Tribune, WGN Radio, wgnradio.comBYLINE: Steve Schmadeke, Tribune reporter, to ArticleWill County, ILKaupas says the stealing of evidence was likely an inside jobThe FBI has agreed to take over an investigation into a large amount of heroin ...
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OCT
20

Heroin stolen from Will County sheriff's evidence locker

Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.comBYLINE: Steve Schmadeke, Tribune reporterLink to ArticleWill County, ILMissing drugs could hurt prosecutions, experts say A large amount of heroin has been stolen from a shipping container that Will County sheriff's police were using to sto...
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Peoria-based FBI agent pleads guilty to lying about missing cash

Journal Star, pjstar.comBYLINE: ANDY KRAVETZ () of the Journal StarLink to ArticlePeoria, ILA Peoria-based FBI special agent pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying about the whereabouts of more than $43,000 seized during a drug investigation.Jerry Nau, an FBI a...
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JUL
06

Yorkville cop pleads not guilty to stealing from drug collection program

Tribune Broadcasting, RADIO 720 WGN Chicago, wgnradio.comBYLINE: Art Barnum, Tribune reporter, , ILYorkville’s former deputy police chief pleaded not guilty today to charges that he stole addictive narcotic painkillers from the department’s drug c...
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12

Police say DNA helped solve 30-year-old murder

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The Chicago TribuneBYLINE: Art Barnum, Tribune reporter, to ArticleChicago, ILTrial of deaf man in girlfriend's fatal stabbing may involve up to 3 sign-language interpretersGary Albert was arrested in 2008 and charged with killing his pregnant girlfri...
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