JUL
07

Former Des Moines County chief deputy charged with theft

Investigators photographed the evidence room shelves, which did not have surveillance cameras, after the call out of concern that White may try to sneak the drone into the equipment room. July 7, 2020 DES MOINES, Co., Iowa (KWQC) - A former Des Moines County Sheriff's chief deputy accused of making improper purchases is now facing a felony theft ch...
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AUG
16

Judge Allows New Search for Missing Evidence in 1980 Iowa Slaying

Lawyers for an Iowa inmate serving a life sentence for a 1980 murder conviction will be allowed to search for missing evidence AUGUST 12, 2019 MUSCATINE, Iowa (AP) – Lawyers for an Iowa inmate serving a life sentence for a 1980 murder conviction will be allowed to search for missing evidence that they want for DNA testing. Judge Stuart Werling has ...
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MAR
27

Former Mason City police employee receives deferred judgement in drug theft plea deal

Sept. 6, a controlled delivery of prescription medication was made to the Mason City Police Department, 78 S. Georgia Ave., as it is a disposal site for unused or unwanted prescription medication. Severs is accused of stealing 7.5mg and 5mg hydrocodone tablets from the delivery. May 26, 2019 MASON CITY - A former Mason City Police Department employ...
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MAR
09

Iowa officer exposed to suspected fentanyl during traffic stop: police

"While transporting the female, the officer began feeling dizzy and lightheaded." Enter Article DATE HERE An Iowa police officer was carrying out a traffic stop over the weekend when he was exposed to an unknown substance suspected of being fentanyl, authorities said Monday. The situation unfolded after the Fort Dodge police officer pulled ove...
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DEC
21

DNA evidence leads police to charge Iowa man with 1979 murder of 18-year-old woman

Partnership with genetic genealogy has helped law enforcement across the country solve a number of years-old cold case murders and rapes. Enter Article DATE HERE Thirty-nine years to the day that a woman was killed and left in her family's car in the parking lot of an Iowa mall, officials announced Wednesday a suspect was arrested in her murde...
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OCT
17

Ex-Altoona detective charged with felonies, accused of switching seized pills with other meds


Authorities accuse Copeland of switching pills seized during criminal investigations in 2017 with over-the-counter medication. The pills were kept in temporary evidence lockers at the Altoona Police Department. October 17, 2018 A former Altoona police detective who resigned in April to avoid termination has been charged with four felonies after he ...
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OCT
10

Woman who worked for Mason City PD charged with stealing prescription drugs


Severs is accused of taking prescription medication that was dropped off at the police department – a disposal site for unused or unwanted prescription medication – and putting it in her backpack. October 10, 2018 MASON CITY, Iowa – A woman who worked as an administrative assistant with the Mason City Police Department is no longer employed after b...
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SEP
14

Rape victims in Iowa are still waiting months for evidence testing

She's called at least 10 times, only to be told there is a backlog and it's in process. September14, 2017 n late February, 42-year-old Gina Battani told her local police she was sexually assaulted by someone she knew. But nearly seven months later, analysis of the evidence collected from her case has not been completed by the state crime lab — whil...
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JAN
30

96 Iowa convictions based on hair evidence under review


One challenge for Cook and her team: tracking down the evidence used for these convictions, some of which date back a quarter of a century. Hair comparison evidence was frequently used before DNA testing became standard practice. January 30, 2017 The State of Iowa is getting a $632,000 federal grant to continue a review of convictions in Iowa court...
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DEC
22

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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DEC
19

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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OCT
07

Exclusive: Former State Trooper Opens Up About Addiction


"I loved (being an Iowa state trooper)," Haugen said. "It was very rewarding. I loved helping people." Enter Article DATE HERE "Those drugs will hook you and they will suck you right in." FOREST CITY, Iowa -- Michael Haugen has more time these days to reflect on his life as a small-town Iowa boy who grew up to be a proud lawman. "I loved (bein...
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OCT
06

Former North Iowa trooper pleads guilty to theft, records tampering


Haugen was accused of taking approximately 150 prescription pills from six criminal cases from 2014 to 2016 valued at more than $500. October 6, 2016 MASON CITY — A former Iowa state trooper has admitted to stealing pain pills from the evidence room at the agency's Mason City post and altering documents about the evidence.Michael Haugen, 32, Forest...
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AUG
03

Former trooper pleads not guilty to stealing drug evidence

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02

Former trooper pleads not guilty to stealing drug evidence


Haugen is accused of taking approximately 150 prescription pills from six criminal cases from 2014 to 2016 from the evidence room at the Iowa State Patrol post in Mason City. August 2, 2016 MASON CITY | A former Iowa state trooper accused of stealing drug evidence while stationed at the agency's Mason City post has pleaded not guilty. Michael Hauge...
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JUL
01

Auditors find no log for evidence in Decatur County Sheriff’s Office


The review faulted Muir for failing to maintain a secure evidence room - sheriff resigned June 30, 2016 The State Auditor has issued a report raising questions about operations in the Decatur County Sheriff's office. The sheriff abruptly resigned in March amid allegations he had created a hostile work environment. The auditor's review covered the l...
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JUN
21

New data show at least 3,400 untested rape kits in Iowa


There are at least 3,400 untested rape kits in storage around Iowa, according to new data, and preliminary details indicate law enforcement agencies don't have standardized rules for handling such evidence. June 19, 2016 DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - There are at least 3,400 untested rape kits in storage around Iowa, according to new data, and preliminar...
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JUN
10

Former Mason City trooper accused of stealing drug evidence


Jun 10, 2016 MASON CITY — A former Iowa State Patrol sergeant who resigned earlier this week was charged Friday with stealing drugs from the Mason City post's evidence room. Michael Haugen, 31, Forest City, was arrested about 10 a.m. Friday for one felony count of falsifying public documents and a misdemeanor charge of third-degree theft. Investiga...
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MAR
09

Firearms Stolen from MarMac Police Department During Renovations

KCRG-TV9, www.kcrg.comBYLINE: Katie Wiedemann, KCRG-TV9Clayton County, IACLAYTON COUNTY, Iowa (KCRG-TV9) -- The Clayton County Sheriff's Office is looking for some stolen guns and the person who stole them from the Mar-Mac Unified Police Department in Marquette.The police an...
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JAN
11

Burlington police arrest evidence technician

Associated Press, Times-Republican, timesrepublican.comBYLINE: Link to ArticleBurlington, IABURLINGTONBurlington police are reviewing evidence from several pending cases after the department's evidence custodian was arrested on drug charges. The Hawk Eye newspaper says Scott...
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JAN
10

Police arrest staff member

The Hawk Eye, thehawkeye.comBYLINE: JOHN MANGALONZO to ArticleBurlington, IAEvidence technician charged with drug possessionBurlington Police officials are going through every piece of evidence from several pending cases stored inside their bui...
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MAY
13

Officer pleads guilty to drug, theft charges

The Associated Press State & Local WireSECTION: STATE AND REGIONALMuscatine, IAA former police officer in Muscatine has pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and second-degree theft.Forty-eight-year old Scott Burk was arrested last August following an investigation by the Mus...
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MAY
13

Former Muscatine police officer pleads guilty to drug and theft charges

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, The Republic (Columbus, IN), therepublic.comMuscatine, IAMUSCATINE, Iowa — A former police officer in Muscatine has pleaded guilty to cocaine possession and second-degree theft.Forty-eight-year old Scott Burk was arrested last August following an invest...
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OCT
15

Former Officer Sentenced After Stealing Drugs

Link to ArticleOne VideoPleasant Hill, IADan Edwards Will Avoid Prison TimeDES MOINES, Iowa -- A former Pleasant Hill police officer appeared in court Friday morning for sentencing on three charges.Dan Edwards was charged with driving under the influence, possession of an il...
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AUG
13

Former Pleasant Hill police officer pleads guilty to drug, burglary charges

Des Moines RegisterBYLINE: REGISTER STAFF REPORTPleasant Hill, IAA former Pleasant Hill police officer who stole methamphetamine from an evidence room and crashed his squad car pleaded guilty Thursday to drug and burglary charges.Former Sgt. Daniel Hebert Edwards, 42, pleade...
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MAY
15

Pleasant Hill officer tied to drugs is fired

DesMoinesRegister.comBYLINE: JASON PULLIAM and TOM ALEX - Hill, IAA Pleasant Hill police officer suspected of stealing drugs from his department's evidence room has been fired.Sgt. Daniel Edwards, 42, was fired Friday, Pleasant Hill Police Chief Ti...
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MAY
14

Update: Pleasant Hill Officer Arrested Faces Additional Charges

Targeted News ServicePleasant Hill, IAThe Iowa Department of Public Safety issued the following news release:Today Sergeant Daniel Herbert Edwards, 42, of the Pleasant Hill Police Department turned himself in to the Division of Criminal Investigation and the Iowa State Patro...
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APR
16

Making the move

Sioux City Journal, siouxcityjournal.comLink to ArticleSioux City, IAThe Sioux City Police Department's new evidence storage system, which is similar to those used in physicians' offices, will more than double the current capacity and provide at least 25 years of service.The...
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APR
16

Evidence storage expansion

Sioux City Journal, siouxcityjournal.comBYLINE: Dolly A. Butz - to ArticleSioux City, IASioux City Police Department property and evidence clerk Jeff Paulsen is shown through a secure evidence pass-through locker holding a property bag containi...
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OCT
02

State narcotics unit suspends its use of seized drugs

Des Moines Register (Iowa)BYLINE: JEFF ECKHOFF, County, IowaAgents for Iowa's top anti-drug police agency will stop using seized narcotics to stage certain types of drug deals pending a review of their legal authority to do so, according to newly submi...
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SEP
25

Former Keokuk County Sheriff under scrutiny after state audit

www.ottumwa.comBYLINE: MATT MILNER, Courier staff writerLink to ArticleKeokuk County, IASIGOURNEY — The state auditor released a report Friday accusing former Sheriff Ron George of failing to return property after leaving the department and mishandling evidence while in offi...
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SEP
25

Audit finds problems with former Keokuk sheriff

www.chicagotribune.comLink to ArticleBYLINE: Michael J CrumbDes Moines, IAA former Keokuk County sheriff didn’t maintain a secure evidence room, and evidence and seized property were kept in unsecured locations, according to an audit released Friday.Some items were placed in...
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JUL
10

Police used DNA from a hat dropped by a Waterloo robbery suspect to make an arrest.

Associated PressWaterloo, IAWaterloo police say 17-year-old Jamar Wise of Waterloo was arrested Thursday and charged with first-degree robbery in the robbery of a Kwik Stop convenience store last November.Police say three males entered the store and threatened the people ins...
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MAY
24

Council tables termination motion

Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA)BYLINE: MICHAEL SCHMIDTGuttenberg, IAICI probing incident The Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation is looking into a case of missing cash from an evidence room at the Police Department, Iowa Department of Public Safety Spokeswoman Jessica L...
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MAY
24

Evidence manager has seen it all

Iowa City Press-Citizen (Iowa)BYLINE: Lee HermistonIowa City, IAUnfathomable amounts of drugs, countless smoking devices, thousands of weapons ranging from assault rifles and handguns to ninja swords and barbaric maces. And exactly one shrunken head.It's all part of the job ...
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