Millions of dollars in stolen goods found in Chicago storage units

The stolen merchandise recovered by the Organized Retail Crime Task Force includes tens of thousands of products worth millions of dollars, December 10, 2021 CHICAGO, Ill. (WIFR) -The first major bust made by the Organized Retail Crime Task Force was announced on Friday. Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul said that the Organized Retail Crime Tas...

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Illinois coroner pleads not guilty to thefts from the dead

A Winnebago County grand jury indicted Hintz  on the charges, which accuse him of stealing about $14,500 in cash belonging to dead people from the coroner's office's evidence vault. September 22, 2021 ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A northern Illinois coroner pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges alleging that he stole more than $14,000 in cash from ...

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Winnebago County Board asks coroner to resign


The latest indictments allege Hintz stole approximately $14,500 in cash that belonged to deceased individuals out of the coroner's office's evidence vault September 12, 2021 OCKFORD—The Winnebago County Board has called for the resignation of county coroner as he faces charges of theft, fraud and official misconduct. The county board unanimously ap...

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New Illinois law provides sexual assault survivors the ability to track the progress of their rape kit processing

While the tracking system won't tell them the results of their tests, they'll know the date it was started or completed. July 1, 2021 ROCKFORD (WREX) — When a person is sexually assaulted, advocates say it takes an incredibly amount of courage for them to come forward. "It is definitely one of the most frightening times, it's the most vulnerable ti...

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Genetic genealogy leads to arrest in 1972 murder of teen girl

Police identified the suspect through his DNA left at the crime scene, using genetic genealogy June 5, 2021 Nearly a half-century after a teenage girl was viciously stabbed to death in a Chicago suburb, genetic genealogy has led to an arrest. Barry Lee Whelpley, 76, was arrested Wednesday at his home in Minnesota for the 1972 murder of Julie Ann Ha...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Ex-policeman pleads innocent to charges he stole guns in evidence

The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois)BYLINE: Kevin Barlow;, ILCLINTON - A former Clinton police officer accused of taking guns last year from an evidence room at the Clinton police station pleade...

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Ex-cop accused of taking guns from evidence room

The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois)BYLINE: By Kevin Barlow;, ILCLINTON - A former longtime Clinton police officer was arraigned Wednesday afternoon on charges that he took guns last year from a...

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Ex-cop faces bench trial in guns case

The Pantagraph (Bloomington, Illinois)BYLINE: By Kevin Barlow;kClinton, ILCLINTON -- A former police officer has waived his right to a jury trial and will have a bench trial this summer.   Jerry Bristow, 55, waived his right ...

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Theft from chief's desk possibly an inside job; About $4,000 taken, former cop contends

Belleville News-Democrat (Illinois) May 10, 2009BYLINE: GEORGE PAWLACZYKAlorton,ILNearly $4,000 in cash in the police chief's desk should have been in the department's safe. After all, it was evidence from a robbery that occu...

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Ford Heights evidence leaves sheriff with mess

Chicago TribuneBYLINE: By Lolly Bowean, TRIBUNE REPORTERCook County, ILThere were chrome handguns, revolvers, Uzis and broken down rifles held together with duct tape. There were machetes, swords and rusted kitchen knives.Whe...

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Ex-police officer sentenced to probation in theft

news-gazette.comBYLINE: Tim MitchellClinton, ILCLINTON — A former Clinton police officer was sentenced on Thursday to 30 months of probation after he pleaded guilty to stealing evidence from the Clinton police station.- - - -...

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FORMER ALTON POLICE OFFICER RESENTENCED

States News ServiceBYLINE: States News ServiceFairview Heights, ILThe following information was released by the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois:A. Courtney Cox, United States Attorney for...

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Ex-Alton policeman sentenced to prison

www.wrex.comEast St Louis, ILEAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A former Alton police officer who stole money from an evidence vault and lied to investigators has been resentenced to a decade in federal prison.A federal judge in Eas...

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Officer's conviction jeopardizes 1,300 cases;

Belleville News-Democrat (Illinois)BYLINE: BETH HUNDSDORFER, News-Democrat, , ILAn Alton police officer's federal conviction for stealing and lying put into jeopardy the prosecution of 1,300 pending M...

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Gaps in DNA banks lead to tragedy

AP Enterprise: - KansasCity.comBYLINE: TODD RICHMOND, Associated Press WriterMilwaukee, ILDuring what police say was a 20-year killing spree in Milwaukee, Walter Ellis left his DNA behind all along the way - everywhere but th...

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ATF offers reward for guns stolen from Harvey police range

chicagobreakingnews.comBYLINE: Kristen Schorsch and William LeeLink to ArticleChicago, ILThe federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is offering up to $5,000 for information that helps police recover the r...

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Most weapons stolen from Harvey shooting range recovered

ChicagoTribune.comBYLINE: Kristen Schorsch and Matthew Walberg, Tribune reportersLink to ArticleHarvey, ILThieves tried to bury guns in wooded area, officials sayMost of the weapons stolen from a Harvey shooting range were re...

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Mold-covered kit found in Ford Heights evidence room links inmate to 2006 rape

Chicago Sun-Times, SUN-TIMES MEDIA WIREFord Heights, ILA convicted felon eligible for release next week may spend more time behind bars after a mold-covered criminal sexual assault kit from four years ago was discovered in an...

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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 Po...

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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 Fairvi...

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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...

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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,...

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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...

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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 stea...

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