Charges against former Auburn detective dismissed


Sexton said he has maintained his innocence throughout the course of the case August 11, 2022 ALBION — The criminal case involving a former Auburn Police Department detective was dismissed Monday. Stacy Sexton of Waterloo faced charges of theft and official misconduct, both Level 6 felonies, which originally were filed in DeKalb County in September...

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Former Vincennes police chief arrested, accused of stealing $35K from evidence vault


According to ISP, the criminal investigation began back in July 2019 after the money went missing. May 25, 2022 A former law enforcement figure in Vincennes, Indiana was arrested on several felony charges Wednesday, according to the Indiana State Police. ISP says former Vincennes Police Chief Dustin Luking, 48, was arrested on several criminal char...

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Pulaski officer charged with embezzlement of $17,000; takes plea agreement

Woodruff allegedly embezzled more than $5,000 in currency that belonged to the department. February 4, 2022 PULASKI COUNTY, Ind. (WNDU) - A former detective with the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department has been charged with theft. During January and February of 2021, Jason Woodruff allegedly embezzled more than $5,000 in currency that belonged to t...

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Reports detail missing items in case involving former Auburn detective

Two long guns and money amounting to $938 were discovered to be missing from the Auburn Police Department evidence room  Enter Article DATE HERE AUBURN — Two long guns and money amounting to $938 were discovered to be missing from the Auburn Police Department evidence room in the case that resulted in the arrest of retired Auburn Police D...

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Former Sheriff's Deputy Under Investigation

Evidence missing from Starke County, special investigatory missing Enter Article DATE HERE STARKE COUNTY, Ind. -- An investigation is underway at the Starke County Sheriff's Office after evidence was reported missing from both active and closed cases. A former deputy is also under investigation, according to multiple sources. The evidence was ...

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Pulaski deputy detective suspended

Suspension happened after an audit of the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department evidence room February 25, 2021 Feb. 25—The Pulaski County Sheriff's Department has suspended a deputy, Detective Jason Woodruff, pending a review by the merit board, according to a press release from the department. Woodruff's suspension happened after an audit of the Pu...

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Auburn police officers disciplined

McCoy said he does not believe the weapons were stolen from the evidence room, but rather that their destruction by the department was not properly documented August 27, 2020 AUBURN — Two Auburn police officers were handed unpaid suspensions Thursday after an internal investigation involving cash and weapons missing from the department's evidence r...

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Auburn Police chief resigns over reported internal theft

McCoy said his resignation was the fallout from an incident involving evidence stolen from the police department's evidence room August 28, 2020 AUBURN, Ind. (WANE) — The longtime chief of the Auburn Police Department has resigned amid an ongoing criminal investigation. Chief Martin McCoy submitted his resignation during Thursday's Board of Public ...

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Auburn police missing cash evidence (Indiana)

  "I'm p—-ed off," McCoy said. "I am upset. You don't expect this from a police department. I wouldn't have guessed this would happen in a thousand years." August 6, 2020 AUBURN — Cash and weapons are missing from the Auburn Police Department evidence room, Police Chief Martin McCoy said in a news conference Tuesday at Auburn City Hall Council...

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What it can cost to get arrested at a protest

When he was finally released, the police didn't give him back any of his things — not his wallet with his bank cards and ID, not his phone, not his house keys or car keys. Instead, they kept them as evidence and sent them to the property room. June 11, 2020  When he was finally released, the police didn't give him back any of his things — not ...

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Paoli officer charged, pleads guilty in missing evidence investigation

Phillips was alleged to have taken items of evidence to his home and never placed them into evidence May 28, 2020 PAOLI, Ind. — Officials with Indiana State Police say a Paoli officer has been charged with conversion four months after an investigation. It dates to January when Chief Randall Sanders of the Paoli Police Department requested ISP to in...

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Fort Wayne Police make arrest in cold case stabbing

Her case ran cold until detectives spent nearly a year reviewing evidence, conducting forensic testing, and interview multiple witnesses in several states including the suspect. March 25, 2020 FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) - Fort Wayne Police homicide detectives made an arrest in a cold case stemming from a 2002 stabbing that left a 17-year-old girl de...

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Thousands of rape kits go untested in Indiana

416 were from victims who didn't want to proceed, 1,669 were identified as false reports, and 751 were from cases that had already gone through the court system where the suspect might have confessed. Enter Article DATE HERE More than 2,500 rape kits from potentially viable cases currently sit unprocessed in police and sheriff evidence rooms a...

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Nearly $900 found in Lawrenceburg returned to rightful owner thanks to man's good deed

The Lawrenceburg Police Department knew when they posted about it on Facebook, they needed to be vague yet specific December 15, 2020 LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (WKRC) - Nearly $900 found in downtown Lawrenceburg is back with its rightful owner. The Good Samaritan who discovered the cash only hesitated for a moment before turning it over to police. Decorat...

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IMPD officer stole 'lucky gold coin' from property room, investigators say

In an interview with detectives, a civilian supervisor said Crooks was "always looking for coins" in the property room. September 20, 2019 An Indianapolis police lieutenant is disputing criminal charges filed against him Thursday after investigators say he stole a suspect's "lucky gold coin" from the police department's property room. Lt. George Cr...

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Police identify killer in 47-year-old cold case murder of ISU student (DNA)


In 2009, familial DNA testing was requested, but it was never approved. May 3, 2019 INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — After nearly 47 years, police say they have identified the killer of an Indiana State University student. Pam Milam was 19 when her body was found in the trunk of her car on campus back in 1972. She was tied up and strangled.  Clothesline ...

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Former Grant Co. Detective Pleads Guilty to Stealing Drugs

Taylor was charged after being accused of stealing painkillers from the evidence room nearly 20 times over the last three years Enter Article DATE HERE MARION, Ind. -- A former sheriff's detective from Grant County admitted to stealing drugs from the department's evidence room, but he insists he was not the only thief on the force. Shelby Tayl...

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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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Former Grant County detective accused of stealing prescription drugs from evidence room


Enter Headline here October 16m 2018 GRANT COUNTY, Ind.– A former detective in the Grant County Sheriff's Office is facing charges following an Indiana State Police (ISP) investigation. Veteran Det. Lt. Shelby Taylor resigned in August after more than 20 years on the job. State police initially said their investigation was about misconduct and thef...

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Ex-Indiana State Police Evidence Clerk Charged With Theft


Enter Headline here September 12, 2018 BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — A former Indiana State Police evidence clerk is accused of stealing money from the evidence room at the agency's Bloomington police post. Fifty-five-year-old Vera Gardner of Bloomington was charged Monday in Monroe County with one count of theft. Online court documents indicate the cha...

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Kokomo Police Officer Suspended For Mishandling Child Pornography Evidence


An internal investigation found Officer Tye Darlin didn't process evidence per department policy and procedures. August 16, 2018 KOKOMO, Ind. -- A 15-year veteran with the Kokomo Police Department is on a month suspension without pay amid accusations he improperly handled evidence in a child pornography investigation. The City of Kokomo Board of Pu...

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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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Sheriff's department packs up the pills, to be destroyed

Officers loaded up a semi with 500 boxes all full of prescription medication. May 4, 2018 FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - The Allen County Sheriff's Department made a lot of progress Thursday on getting rid of unwanted medication collected during drug take-back days over the last two years. Officers loaded up a semi with 500 boxes all full of prescriptio...

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Former police officer won't go to prison in missing guns case

The case involves missing guns from evidence storage. Enter Article DATE HERE PULASKI COUNTY — A former police officer will not spend time in prison. A Pulaski County judge sentenced Ron Patrick to 18 months for obstruction of justice, but suspended it and placed him on probation. The former Pulaski County Sheriff's Deputy pleaded guilty to th...

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How Indiana's largest police department tests rape kits

Enter Headline here April 6, 2018 Now, the state is closer to a rape kit database thanks to a bill Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law. A statewide audit done late last year found thousands of rape kits were sitting in evidence storage at law enforcement agencies. Back in December, Republican State Sen. Michael Crider, from Greenfield, promised to do...

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Lawrence civilian property room clerk had BAC of .22 while on the job, according to police chief

A civilian employee of the Lawrence Police Department is out of a job after being accused of being drunk on the job. Enter Article DATE HERE LAWRENCE, Ind. -- A civilian employee of the Lawrence Police Department is out of a job after being accused of being drunk on the job. The woman was the clerk of the police property room which is where ev...

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Bill requiring tracking system for sexual assault kits passes Senate committee

​ February 2, 2018 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A bill that would allow for the development of a sexual assault kit tracking system passed a Senate committee on WednesdayState Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield) drafted the bill after an audit on sexual assault kits in Indiana was conducted last year.Results of the audit showed 5,400 sexual assault kits wer...

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Bedford Police Officer Arrested Saturday

The investigation stems from Eddie Allen mishandling evidence - the theft of cash October 9, 2017 (BEDFORD) - A Bedford Police Department officer was arrested Saturday on warrants charging him with theft and official misconduct. Indiana State Police arrested 42-year-old Edward Allen, of 1329 Peerless Rd., Saturday at 8:55 a.m. He posted a $755 cash...

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Untested rape exam kits number thousands in Indiana


September 20, 2017 Like many states, Indiana has a problem — mountains of untested rape exam kits in local law enforcement agencies that contain DNA evidence potentially identifying sex offenders. Indiana's backlog of untested kits is certainly in the thousands. Victim advocates say the question is, how many thousands? No one can accurately answer ...

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Indiana to conduct audit of untested sexual assault kits

Local officials said there are many reasons a kit may not have been tested, the most common being that the victim did not cooperate or declined to move forward with the case. April 22, 2017 INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana State Police plan to conduct an audit of untested sexual assault kits that may have lingered for years in evidence collection rooms acros...

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Senate Sends Bill on DNA Collection to Gov. Holcomb's Desk


Last fall, a DNA sample collected in Ohio helped Indiana police link a man to the fatal shooting of John Clements, 82, in Zionsville, and two other attacks in October. Enter Article DATE HERE By DARCY COSTELLO, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) —  Indiana senators voted Thursday to allow DNA swabs to be taken upon a person's felony arres...

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Former officer avoids prison time


Enter Headline here Enter Article DATE HERE A former Columbus Police Department narcotics division supervisor who admitted taking drugs from the department's evidence room will not be going to prison. Jeremy R. Coomes, 39, was given a nine-year sentence Wednesday afternoon in Bartholomew Circuit Court on a Level 3 felony, possession of methamp...

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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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Former CPD narcotics supervisor pleads guilty as part of plea bargain


Coomes, who resigned from CPD Oct. 22, 2015, was accused of obtaining narcotics out of the police department's evidence room under the guise of using them in educational programs. November 3, 2016 A former Columbus Police Department narcotics division supervisor pleaded guilty Thursday to felony possession of methamphetamine, felony official miscon...

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Former Fayette County policeman pleads guilty to theft


Norman Leo Howard III, 44, of Uniontown entered the plea in Fayette County court to charges of theft, tampering with evidence and obstructing the administration of law. A sentencing hearing date has not been set. September er 22, 2016 A former Redstone Township police officer pleaded guilty this week to stealing money and a computer from a police e...

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North Vernon woman like to evidence room thefts


A former North Vernon police officer linked to thefts from the department's property room was arrested Monday afternoon on a Jennings Circuit Court warrant for official misconduct and forgery, police said. September 13, 2016 Brandy Blevins, 43, of North Vernon faces those Level 6 felony charges along with a Class A misdemeanor count of theft. Accor...

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Ex-deputy gets home detention for ammo theft


A retired Delaware County sheriff's deputy was sentenced to six months of home detention Thursday after admitting to stealing county-owned ammunition. August 11, 2016 INDIANAPOLIS – A retired Delaware County sheriff's deputy was sentenced to six months of home detention Thursday after admitting to stealing county-owned ammunition. "I want to apolog...

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Lost Case File May Have Allowed Alleged Child Molester Free To Offend Again


(Aurora, Ind.) – An alleged child molestation in 2015 may have never happened, if it weren't for a case file going missing from a local police department nearly a decade ago June 03, 2016 Michael Mathews was 24-years-old in 2007 when he lived in Aurora. That February, he came under investigation by the Aurora Police Department for allegedly molesti...

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State Troopers Investigating Incident Involving Columbus Police Department's Property Storage Room And Narcotics

1340 AM WBIW, wbiw.comBYLINE: WBIW » News » stateColumbus, IN(COLUMBUS) - A Columbus police officer has resigned and the Indiana State Police are investigating an incident involving the Columbus Police Department's property s...

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State Troopers Investigating Incident Involving Columbus Police Department's Property Storage Room And Narcotics

1240 AM WBIW, wbiw.com BYLINE: WBIW » News » state Columbus, IN (COLUMBUS) - A Columbus police officer has resigned and the Indiana State Police are investigating an incident involving the Columbus Police Department's propert...

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Ind. gaming investigator faces felony charges

The Associated Press State & Local WireVevay, INFormer Indiana state gaming investigator has been arrested after he was accused of misusing counterfeit money that had been confiscated by authorities.State police say 46-year-o...

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Zionsville police chief subject of ISP probe

LIN Television Corporation, WTSHTV8, wishtv.comBYLINE: Gene Rodriguez Link to ArticleZionsville, INZIONSVILLE, Ind. (WISH) - Another central Indiana law enforcement official is under investigation. But 24-Hour News 8 has lear...

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Police Chief Places Himself On Paid Leave

TheIndyChannel.com, 6 News On Your Sidehttp://www.theindychannel.com/news/25909446/detail.htmlLink to ArticleLink to VideoZionsville, INZionsville Police Chief Rick DowdenDowden's Actions Under MicroscopeZIONSVILLE, Ind. -- Z...

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Excise officer fired;

The Journal Gazette, journalgazette.netBYLINE: Jeff Wiehe | The Journal Gazette | Wayne INBishopnamed in evidence-room theftsFORT WAYNE – An Indiana State Excise Police officer was locked up and lost his ...

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Controversial Marion County check fraud investigator resigns

Fox59.comLink to ArticlePerry Township, INOne of prosecutor Carl Brizzi's right hand men is out of a job. Check fraud investigator Dan Constantino has resigned.INDIANAPOLIS - Constantino is under investigation for providing f...

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Haubstadt Town Marshal bonds out

www.wfie.comBYLINE: Nicole DiDonato Posted by: Noah Stubbs Link to ArticleOne VideoHaubstadtm, IN GIBSON CO., IN (WFIE) – Gibson County prosecutor Rob Krieg filed five charges against Haubstadt Town Marshall Micha Rulli.The c...

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Ex-cop charged with felonies

South Bend Tribune (Indiana), Mars EditionBYLINE: ANDREA HOWE, Princeton (Ind.) Daily ClarionGibson County, INEditor's note: Micah Rulli is a former Lakeville police officer. He resigned in 2007, signing a legal agreement wit...

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County, city spar over seized guns


The Journal Gazette, journalgazette.netBYLINE: Holly Abrams, The Journal Gazette, Wayne, INSheriff says parts salable; chief favors total destructionFort Wayne officials are still undecided on what to do wi...

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IMPD Officer David Bisard trial date set for Oct. 15th

WorldNow and WTHR 13, wthr.comIndianapolis, INDavid BisardNDIANAPOLIS - Suspended Indianapolis Metro Police Officer David Bisard will go on trial for his role in a deadly 2010 crash in October.An Allen County judge set the tr...

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IMPD deputy chief cleared in Bisard evidence mix-up, back on the job

WXIN-TV, fox59.comBYLINE: Russ McQuaidLink to ArticleIndianapolis, INTop-ranking policewoman cleared in Bisard evidence mix-upVal Cunningham (May 1, 2012)Indianapolis - Deputy Chief Val Cunningham has returned to work at the ...

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