Man sentenced after police find loaded gun in his buttocks during strip search


Not In My Evidence Room!!! September 19, 2019 A Louisiana man chose the cheekiest of places when he needed to find a quick hiding spot for his gun. Justin Savoie, 24, pleaded guilty Friday to weapons charges after police in the town of Golden Meadow — who were arresting him late last year on a separate matter — discovered he had stashed a loaded .2...

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Audit finds MPD failed to follow procedures for seized money

A new audit found the Monroe Police Department did not follow procedures for handling seized money during the 2021 fiscal year. December 3, 2021 MONROE, La. (KNOE) -A new audit found the Monroe Police Department did not follow procedures for handling seized money during the 2021 fiscal year. The report, conducted by an independent firm, discovered ...

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Police officer fired as BRPD drug corruption investigation deepens

Acree is accused of stealing drugs out of the evidence room. July 20, 2021 BATON ROUGE - A police officer tied to the ongoing corruption investigation within the Baton Rouge Police drug squad has been fired, the WBRZ Investigative Unit learned Wednesday. Multiple sources shared details of the firing with WBRZ's Chris Nakamoto and the Investigative ...

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Former Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent and Task Force Officer Convicted of Conspiracy and Conversion of Property

June 16, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Former Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent and Task Force Officer Convicted of Conspiracy and Conversion of Property A former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) special agent and a former DEA task force officer were convicted Tuesday by a federal jury in New Orleans, Louisiana, in connection wit...

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Roughly 50 buried pill bottles discovered in backyard where retired SPD sergeant once lived

A bizarre backyard discovery in Haughton, La., now is at the center of a major investigation by narcotics detectives with the Bossier Parish Sheriff's Office. Enter Article DATE HERE On May 18 at a residence on Grapevine Lane in the Forest Hills neighborhood, the home's owner dug up a surprise. Roughly 50 old medicine bottles, buried about hal...

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Ex-BRPD narcotics detective faces third arrest, this time for lying in police reports


Acree was first arrested in February after investigators accused him of stealing marijuana from the narcotics evidence room and giving the drugs to his friend. May 17, 2021 A former detective with the Baton Rouge Police Department faces his third arrest in recent months — this time for lying in police reports — amid an ongoing corruption probe into...

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Dozens more drug charges dismissed by prosecutors due to BRPD corruption

Jason Acree's arrest for stealing drugs out of the evidence room and obstruction of justice. April 27, 2021 BATON ROUGE - Prosecutors dismissed an additional 72 drug charges against defendants with pending cases tied to corruption in the Baton Rouge Police Department's narcotics division. The charges that were dismissed involve more than a doz...

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Louisiana Man Arrested in Cold Case of 19-Year-Old Girl Whose Body Was Found In Abandoned Building: Police

Coco was last seen by her mother, Stephanie Belgrade, a few days earlier. Her body was found in an abandoned building in Winnie, Texas April 24, 2021 Courtney Coco was last seen by her mother a few days before she vanished. Her death was ruled a homicide. Her parents never gave up on getting their daughter justice. A Louisiana man has been arrested...

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INVESTIGATIVE UNIT: Narcotics officer at center of corruption case seen on camera smashing evidence

"We don't destroy potential evidence to seize evidence," Borghardt said. "You don't have the right to destroy property as police. April 23, 2021 BATON ROUGE - As the handling of evidence continues to be the focus of an internal criminal investigation at Baton Rouge Police, new video obtained by the WBRZ Investigative Unit captures an officer at the...

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BRPD narcotics detective, already facing drug charges, arrested again amid ongoing probe


The memo included specific accusations about Acree taking marijuana from the evidence room and giving it to his friend April 14, 2021 A detective with the Baton Rouge Police Department was arrested late Wednesday afternoon, his second arrest in recent weeks amid an ongoing corruption probe focused on the BRPD narcotics division. Jason Acree, 34, ha...

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BRPD narcotics officer arrested for dealing drugs after investigation into 'police corruption'


The arrest came after another officer witnessed Acree stealing marijuana that had been seized as evidence FEBRUARY 26, 2021 A narcotics officer with the Baton Rouge Police Department was booked into jail Friday night, accused of stealing drugs seized as evidence and giving them to his friend. The officer was identified as Corporal Jason Acree, 34, ...

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Disgraced Former DEA Task Force Officer Charged with Another Drug-Related Offense

admitted that he and Newman purchased fake methamphetamine from a drug dealer but then took real meth from an evidence room September 11, 2020 A 31-year-old former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) task force officer in Louisiana who pleaded guilty to federal drug charges in 2018, was arrested by federal authorities in McAllen, Texas and c...

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Grayson Police Chief faces new charge of felony theft

Enter Headline here June 16, 2020 Grayson Chief of Police Mitch Bratton was booked into the Caldwell Parish Jail Tuesday on one count of felony theft. The new charge stems from an ongoing Louisiana State Police investigation and follows a June 4 arrest on two counts of obstruction of justice and one count of malfeasance in office. According to LSP,...

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Officials: Police chief in Louisiana took $4k in seized cash

"I won't debate the validity of the charge," Grayson Police Chief Mitch Bratton said as he announced his own arrest in a Facebook post on Thursday. May 5m 2020 GRAYSON, La. -- A police chief in Louisiana has been accused of taking thousands of dollars seized by officers as evidence in different cases. "I won't debate the validity of the charge," Gr...

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State auditor: Central Police Dept's lack of paperwork leaves $7k worth of ammunition unaccounted for

Enter Headline here April 21, 2020 CENTRAL - After the Louisiana Legislature's Auditor conducted a review of the City of Central's Police Department it found evidence of disturbing errors in the department's paperwork and operations under its previous Chief of Police. According to a letter dated March 30 of this year, Central's current Chief of Pol...

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DNA cold case: Louisiana woman charged in 25-year-old murder of 'Baby Jane Doe'

​The newborn, dubbed 'Baby Jane Doe' by investigators, was found Jan. 24, 1994, in a 55-gallon drum behind Bob's Car Wash in Jeanerette, September 26, 2019 A Louisiana woman has been charged with murder after DNA evidence linked her to a newborn girl left to freeze to death in a trash can 25 years ago, authorities said. Sonia Charles, 50, of New Ib...

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Arrests made in cold case homicide reported in 1980

The Repository also assisted with the documentation of the victim's DNA profil Aufust 19, 2019 On November 5, 1980, the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office received a complaint related to the discovery of skeletal remains near Highway 28 West, in the Gardener area. The complainant reported the remains were located in a wooded area near Nichols Cemetery...

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Fetus stored in freezer for 6 years

"Nobody wants to hold that type of evidence," Sheriff Mike Waguespack said. "A proper burial needs to be done. Enter Article DATE HERE LABADIEVILLE - The WBRZ Investigative Unit uncovered disturbing details about a 16-week-old fetus that has been jammed in a freezer for the past six years in Assumption Parish. Tonight, the newly elected First ...

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Former Causeway cop gets 4 years in prison for stealing guns, cash and drugs

He was accused of stealing $6,300 in cash, cocaine, and two guns from the evidence room he supervised three years ago. June 14, 2019 A former Lake Pontchartrain Causeway police officer has been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing guns, cash and drugs from the evidence room he supervised, the North Shore DA's office said Friday (June 14)....

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Causeway police officer found guilty of stealing cash, cocaine and 2 guns from evidence room

Jones also was convicted of stealing seized guns and selling them while wearing his uniform to a Washington Parish convenience store owner. May 24, 2019 A former Causeway Police sergeant was found guilty Thursday (May 23) by a St. Tammany parish jury of malfeasance in office and two counts of theft of a firearm. William "Billy" Jones, 46, was accus...

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Convicted serial killer Samuel Little may be connected to cold case murders in Louisiana, official says


A convicted serial killer who has confessed to 90 murders and was known for sketching portraits of his victims may be linked to even more unsolved killings in Louisiana, according to the police chief of a town where two of the slayings took place. Enter Article DATE HERE A convicted serial killer who has confessed to 90 murders and was known f...

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Former Bunkie police chief to plead 'not guilty' to malfeasance charges


According to Louisiana State Police, Corner allowed multiple pieces of evidence to be unsecured, misplaced, and lost February 22, 2019 AVOYELLES PARISH, La. (KALB) - Former Bunkie chief of police, Bobby Corner, is set to plead 'not guilty' on Tuesday at the Avoyelles Parish Courthouse to charges of malfeasance in office, malfeasance in office by ta...

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Official: Someone breaks into criminal court evidence room


Morrell plans on taking inventory of the room Friday. It is unclear if anything was taken.​ November 9, 2018 NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - The evidence room at Orleans Parish Criminal District Court was broken into Thursday night, according to the clerk of court. Arthur Morrell said he is not sure what time it happened, but officials discovered a lock to th...

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Former deputy accused of stealing money from evidence room


Wilson allegedly removed money orders and U.S. currency from evidence and deposited them into his bank account. August 14, 2018 BEAUREGARD PARISH, LA (KPLC) - A retired Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Deputy stole money from an evidence room while he was an active deputy, according to a news release from state police. Saul Wilson, 56, of DeRidder, was ...

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Major lapse at Amite police HQ: Drugs, weapons stolen in brazen heist; many cases affected


Ross (trusty) had been allowed to help transport drugs to the Police Department's evidence room and therefore knew where they were stored July 23, 2018 An ex-convict raided the Amite Police Department's evidence room this year and carted off a smorgasbord of prescription pills, heroin and other narcotics, internal police records show — a burglary t...

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Council recognizes work by evidence control officer

Dee Womack, evidence control officer with the Denham Springs Police Department, receives a letter of appreciation from City Councilman Jeff Wesley April 26, 2018 DENHAM SPRINGS – A Denham Springs police officer was called to the City Council meeting on Monday under false pretenses, but there was nothing shady going on. Dee Womack, evidence control ...

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Wardell Johnson sentenced to 5 years over actions surrounding death of fellow NOPD officer

Public Integrity Bureau investigators noticed that a box of .40-caliber ammunition from the Peace Court scene had never been logged into evidence. Enter Article DATE HERE Olander Holloway paused to wipe away tears as she sat facing the disgraced ex-cop whose botched response to a domestic violence incident may have contributed to the death of ...

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Louisiana Man Exonerated by DNA Evidence After Serving Nearly 38 Years in Prison for Rape He Didn’t Commit

Macolm Alexander, who was just 21 years old when he was wrongfully convicted of aggravated rape and sentenced to life in Louisiana State Penitentiary February 13, 2018 Malcolm Alexander, who was just 21 years old when he was wrongfully convicted of aggravated rape and sentenced to life in Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola), was released from pri...

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Man pleads guilty Monday in 33-year-old Jefferson homicide (DNA)

Donnie London, 60, was arrested and booked with first-degree murder Wednesday (Jan. 20) in connection with the death of Elma Kolman, 73, after DNA testing linked him to her death 31 years later. December 11, 2017 Donnie London, 60, was arrested and booked with first-degree murder Wednesday (Jan. 20) in connection with the death of Elma Kolman, 73, ...

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Son of former Baton Rouge judge released from prison in evidence room theft case


Colvin admitted distributing the stolen cocaine for a roughly $200,000 profit and spending the money on a vehicle, jewelry and other things, court documents showed. Prosecutors said the thefts occurred between September and December 2012. More than 48 pounds of cocaine was stolen. Enter Article DATE HERE The son of a former Baton Rouge judge h...

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WDSU Investigates: New problems at NOPD property and evidence room

There are also pictures of dead rats and possums in the facility, and a picture that shows a snake slithering across a floor where stolen and confiscated bikes are stored Enter Article DATE HERE NEW ORLEANS — More problems have appeared inside the New Orleans Police Department's property and evidence room. Exclusive pictures from inside that f...

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Longtime DEA task force member pleads guilty to reduced charges, agrees to help DOJ

Newman also had been accused of stealing narcotics from DEA evidence lockers, and, in December 2015, of falsifying paperwork within the DEA to transfer some cocaine from an old case. July 20, 2017 A veteran lawman assigned to a New Orleans-based federal drug task force pleaded guilty Thursday to pocketing thousands of dollars seized during drug rai...

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Money, Drugs, Guns: Former Cop Charged With Theft

Former sergeant is charged with stealing money, drugs and guns from the evidence room for police who patrol the world's longest continuous bridge over water June 9, 2017 COVINGTON, La. (AP) — Louisiana prosecutors say a former sergeant is charged with stealing money, drugs and guns from the evidence room for police who patrol the world's longest co...

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12 Investigates: SPD evidence room pill theft charges to expire May 11


The highly addictive pills were discovered missing when the department's Internal Affairs Bureau conducted an in-depth audit of the facility in May 2012 May 12, 2017 Five years after 14,100 hydrocodone pills were discovered missing from the Shreveport Police Department's evidence, no arrests have been made for the theft. KSLA News 12 InvestigatesIf...

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Police Chief: NOPD mix-up sends key homicide evidence across lake

April 18, 2017 PEARL RIVER, LA (WVUE) - A missing man's vehicle found after a murder in the Milan neighborhood could hold evidence for New Orleans police detectives. New Orleans police found Gerald Oster Jr.'s SUV last Wednesday. It was found riddled with bullets after a shooting near the corner of Freret and Peniston. Oster went missing on March 1...

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He’s on the case after finding items lost in Katrina in an evidence vault

Imagine the surprise of a man who lost everything to Hurricane Katrina, and nearly 12 years later learned his class ring had been found April 25,  2017 Pass Christian, LA Imagine the surprise of a man who lost everything to Hurricane Katrina, and nearly 12 years later learned his class ring had been found. Chris Logan of Oxford, Alabama, lived...

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Baton Rouge DA, Innocence Project tangle over missing evidence in rape case


"the bloodstains, bed sheets, rape kit and sunglasses have disappeared from the evidence record since the 1980s" Apr 22, 2017 A nonprofit legal aid group is trying to re-open the books on a decades-old East Baton Rouge Parish rape conviction by tracking evidence for DNA testing. However, the bloodstains, bed sheets, rape kit and sunglasses have dis...

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Guns stolen from evidence room at old Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office


"We have 22 guns stolen, along with some narcotics March 7th, 2017 Livingston PARISH, LA - Livingston Parish law enforcement, like many other entities in south Louisiana, has been through the ringer thanks to the August flood. The 911 call center was flooded, as was the prison and the old courthouse building. Apparently, somebody knew not everythin...

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STPSO: Causeway police officer arrested after money, drugs goes missing from evidence room


St. Tammany Parish Sheriff's Office to investigate missing evidence, which included $6,300 and narcotics that could not be found in the evidence room of the Causeway Police Department, officials said.​ February 2, 2017 Sgt. William Jones Jr. faces one count of felony theft and malfeasance after an investigation that began at the request of Causeway...

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Judge: Turn over documents in missing pills case if no arrest by May

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Audit: Acadia Parish forfeiture thefts more than initially reported


The amount of money a former deputy is accused of stealing is a lot higher than initially reported, according to an audit released today. January 23, 2017 CROWLEY - The amount of money a former deputy is accused of stealing is a lot higher than initially reported, according to an audit released today. Last April, Maxine Trahan was fired and booked ...

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Per secret court hearing testimony, New Orleans DEA agent stole cocaine, cash, money


The State Police, after testing the officer's hair, determined he had been using methamphetamine at the time of his arrest. Nov 23, 2016 A court hearing conducted in secret this year featured startling testimony about a New Orleans-based drug task force that has come under federal investigation, including allegations that a longtime member of the g...

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State police investigate missing Welsh Police Dept. evidence


State police continue to look into how a handgun reported missing from the Welsh Police Department's evidence room nearly three years ago ended up back on the streets. Jul 21, 2016 WELSH, La. (AP) - State police continue to look into how a handgun reported missing from the Welsh Police Department's evidence room nearly three years ago ended up back...

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Arrests of 3 Grand Isle officers leave troubled department with just 3 to police town


The raiding deputies said they discovered marijuana was missing from an evidence bag and $4,000 was missing from a department cash box. They seized 32 guns, numerous items stored in the department's evidence room and police reports. June 8, 2016 Recent months have been tough for the small police force patrolling Grand Isle. It was raided in the cou...

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Acadia Sheriff's Office spokeswoman accused of stealing drug money

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The Advertiser, theadvertiser.comBYLINE: Seth Dickerson, Parish, LAMaxine Trahan (Photo: Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office)Acadia Parish Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Maxine Traha...

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Missing money and drugs:

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The Times-Picayune, NOLA.com BYLINE: Michelle Hunter, NOLA.com 2 VIDEOS Grand Isle, LAGrand Isle Police Dept. accused of sloppy evidence protocols JPSO Sheriff Newell Normand Discusses Grand Isle Police Dept. Probe Jefferson ...

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Ex-Boyce Police chief sentenced to 33 months in federal pen

Daily Town Talk (Alexandria, Louisiana)BYLINE: Abbey BrownBoyce, LAThe former Boyce Police chief was sentenced Wednesday to 33 months in a federal penitentiary for weapons charges.Claude Williams, 52, received the sentencing ...

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Vinton assistant police chief arrested

The Associated Press State and Local WireDATELINE: BATON ROUGE La.Vinton, LALouisiana State Police have arrested the assistant chief of the Vinton Police Department. Col. Michael Edmonson said Wednesday that investigators had...

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DNA solves old burglary, cops say

St. Tammany bureauBy Jeff AdelsonSlidell, LASlidell police wrapped up a 5-year-old burglary case this week when they were able to match DNA samples taken during the investigation to a suspect, authorities said Friday. In July...

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Audit rips NOPD evidence storage; State law may have been violated, it says

Times-Picayune (New Orleans)BYLINE: By Brendan McCarthy, Staff writerNew Orleans, LANew Orleans Police Department officials ran a haphazard property and evidence room from which more than $200,000 went missing, and later fail...

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