Police officer charged with drug trafficking


She stole medication from a suburban Cincinnati residence while there on official business and then tried to sell it. August 23, 2018 FOREST PARK, OH (FOX19) - A veteran police officer is under arrest on felony charges she stole medication from a suburban Cincinnati residence while there on official business and then tried to sell it. Ashley Meyer,...

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Overnight fire damages KC evidence building; police assessing what it means for cases


It is unknown what caused the fire, what was damaged and how that might affect current and old cases August 23, 2018 A fire early Thursday morning damaged one of the Kansas City Police Department's property and evidence buildings. The fire was reported shortly after 12:30 a.m. at the Kansas City Municipal Services building at 5300 Municipal Ave. Th...

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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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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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Sikeston DPS loses evidence in murder case


The Sikeston (Missouri) Department of Public Safety has lost surveillance video evidence in a murder case. August 4, 2018 The Sikeston (Missouri) Department of Public Safety has lost surveillance video evidence in a murder case. The video was used, in part, to establish probable cause for the arrest of Antoine Harris-Applewhite in the shooting deat...

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Former deputy gets 30 days for pawning evidence


County deputy was convicted Thursday for pawning a gun he seized during a traffic stop last year. August 3, 2018 WAGNER—A former Charles Mix County deputy was convicted Thursday for pawning a gun he seized during a traffic stop last year. Jesse McLaughlin, 24, who now lives in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, was ordered to surrender his law enforcement cer...

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Kirkersville police chief overdosed on drugs he allegedly took from evidence room


James Hughes Jr., who died of a fentanyl overdose may have allegedly took the drugs from the evidence room August 1, 2018 KIRKERSVILLE, Ohio — Investigation has revealed Kirkersville Police Chief James Hughes Jr., who died of a fentanyl overdose may have allegedly took the drugs from the evidence room, officials say. Reynoldsburg police said there ...

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Ohio police chief fatally overdosed on drugs taken from evidence room, investigators say


Kirkersville Police Chief James Hughes Jr. was found unresponsive in his home May 25 and pronounced dead shortly after, August 2, 2018 An Ohio police chief died from an accidental fentanyl overdose after the drugs were removed from his department's evidence room, officials said Wednesday. Kirkersville Police Chief James Hughes Jr. was found unrespo...

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Sedgwick police lieutenant arrested, accused of stealing city property, officials say


He is on unpaid leave and suspended until the investigation is completed July 25, 2018 A Kansas cop was arrested and is accused of stealing city property, officials said. Lt. Brilan Marks, 26, was arrested Wednesday afternoon on suspicion of felony theft of city of Sedgwick property, a Harvey County spokesman said in a release. Marks has worked at ...

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I-Team questions sheriff over missing evidence


After looking into a case of missing evidence in Madison County, Missouri, the I-Team asked Sheriff Katy McCutcheon if this happened in other cases. Her response? "Uh, I hope not. July 22, 2018 FREDERICKTOWN, Mo. — Troubling allegations have surfaced about a Missouri Sheriff's Department losing evidence. In this case, it was a piece of rare jewelry...

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Detective accused of theft from police property room, heroin possession

Michael Lynch, 37, is suspected of stealing "various items" from the property room August 9, 2017 HARPER WOODS, MI -- A former Harper Woods police officer is accused of stealing from his own department's property room over a week-long period in February. The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said in a statement that police officer Michael Lynch, 37,...

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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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An 8-year-old Indiana girl was raped and murdered 30 years ago. Now an arrest has been made


John D. Miller, 59, was arrested Saturday outside of his home in Grabill, Indiana. July 15, 2018 FORT WAYNE, Ind. — More than 30 years after the body of 8-year-old April Tinsley was found in a northern Indiana ditch, police have made an arrest in the case. John D. Miller, 59, was arrested Saturday outside of his home in Grabill, Indiana. Fort Wayne...

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Coroner: Kirkersville Police Chief died from fentanyl overdose


The report from the coroner's office stated that two syringes were found and tested June 1, 2018 COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Franklin County Coroner's Office said Kirkersville Police Chief, James Hughes Jr., died from an acute intoxication by fentanyl. Hughes Jr. had only been working as the police chief for two months before his body was discovered by th...

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Deputy investigated over dead man's missing money


A Racine County Sheriff's Office lieutenant is under investigation, accused of stealing money from a dead man in 2017 Enter Article DATE HERE RACINE, WI (MetroSouce-WSAU) -- A Racine County Sheriff's Office lieutenant is under investigation, accused of stealing money from a dead man in 2017. The District Attorney is investigating about whether...

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Former Dickinson County officer sentenced for theft


​Pleaded guilty to one count of felony theft for stealing more than $22,000 in cash that had been seized as evidence July 11, 2018 ABILENE — Gregory R. Swanson, a former lieutenant with the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office, expressed remorse before being sentenced for felony theft Wednesday in Dickinson County District Court. In April, Swanson, 49...

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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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A killer left DNA evidence behind. But Milwaukee police destroyed it.


Joe Latta, executive director of the International Association for Property and Evidence. "The older it gets, the more difficult it gets to run it down, Enter Article DATE HERE "I want to know who killed my sister, and why did they just leave it go like she was nothing?" Bishop asked during an interview with the Journal Sentinel. "Who is accou...

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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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Warren City employee accused of taking lawnmower from evidence


Griffing is accused of taking the Troy-built push mower that was still in its box from the city Operation's Department and using it to cut his own grass. June 22, 2018 WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) - A Warren City employee is in trouble with the law, accused of stealing a brand new lawnmower that was evidence in an unrelated stolen property case. Dennis Grif...

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Beloit Police chief regrets that ignored rape kit delayed justice

Beloit's police chief says it's regrettable that a rape kit from a 2000 child sex assault case was only recently submitted to the state crime lab, leading to identification of a suspect. June 15, 2018 BELOIT (WKOW) -- Beloit's police chief says it's regrettable that a rape kit from a 2000 child sex assault case was only recently submitted to the st...

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Callaway Woman Charged in Theft from Sheriff’s Office

Estergard allegedly destroyed, mutilated, concealed, removed, or altered physical evidence June 11, 2018 BROKEN BOW—Former employee of the Custer County Sheriff's Office currently faces felony charges of theft and tampering with physical evidence. Callaway woman Kelli Estergard, 58, was charged June 7 with theft by unlawful taking (class III felony...

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Lieutenant accused of creating hostile work environment sues Columbus Police

​McFadden is now on desk duty and in the property room, according to the lawsuit, which calls the post "humiliating" and prevents her from receiving overtime pay. June 6. 2018 COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) – A Columbus Police lieutenant who's under internal investigation has sued the Columbus Division of Police on behalf of , who is the subject of an ...

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Editorial: Nearly 5,000 untested rape kits signals ongoing injustice to Missouri victims

Lawmakers who care about protecting women should give their full support to this legislation to break the logjam of rape kits sitting on shelves, gathering dust. Enter Article DATE HERE Missouri's backlog of nearly 5,000 untested rape kits represents the failure of the criminal justice system to take sexual assault seriously. Shame on law enfo...

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Ex-Deputy Pleads Not Guilty to Drug, Theft Charges

A former Burleigh County sheriff's deputy has pleaded not guilty to charges that he stole evidence from drug cases. Enter Article DATE HERE BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A former Burleigh County sheriff's deputy has pleaded not guilty to charges that he stole evidence from drug cases. Thirty-one-year-old Kerry Komrosky entered his plea Tuesday. The Bi...

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Fentanyl Bust In Nebraska Seizes 118 Pounds Of Opioid Drug Enough To Kill 26 Million People

The Nebraska State Patrol made a history-making drug bust as it seized 118 pounds of the opiate drug fentanyl last month. Enter Article DATE HERE Largest Fentanyl Seizure In Nebraska The bust is the largest fentanyl seizure in the history of Nebraska and among the largest in the United States. The drugs were seized during a routine traffic sto...

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Auction, destroy or return—RCSO clears out packed evidence room

Sheriff's deputies are working to clear out a packed evidence room where hundreds of guns and other weapons have been kept, some for the past few decades. May, 28, 2019 ROGERS COUNTY— Sheriff's deputies are working to clear out a packed evidence room where hundreds of guns and other weapons have been kept, some for the past few decades. Undersherif...

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30-year-old untested rape kit highlights massive backlog in Missouri system


30-year-old untested rape kit highlights massive backlog in Missouri system Enter Article DATE HERE Attorney General Josh Hawley says a new report shows Missouri's crime labs can't keep up with the volume of rape kits flowing through the system. According to the data released, more than 4,800 kits with suspected sexual assault evidence have no...

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Ex-Lowellville police chief guilty of theft in office, domestic violence

Police chief pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing more than $2,500 from a home while picking up a body as a coroner's investigator. Enter Article DATE HERE YOUNGSTOWN A former Lowellville police chief pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing more than $2,500 from a home while picking up a body as a coroner's investigator. A plea agreement reduced a ...

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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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Omaha man is sentenced to life in prison for 2007 slaying of his aunt (DNA)

While family — even Simmer's mother — long suspected Simmer, the homicide unit wasn't able to pin the killing on him until Schneider ordered tests in 2016 on a DNA sample found on Blanchard's doorknob Enter Article DATE HERE Rarely is a case tinged with so much irony. Consider: Joy Blanchard, 50, was a peace lover who loved to throw parties fo...

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Former DK deputy accused of theft of $25,760

Swanson is accused of taking $25,760 from the drug enforcement unit office evidence room, April 26, 2018 Former Dickinson County Sheriff's Office Lieutenant Greg R. Swanson is accused of taking $25,760 from the drug enforcement unit office evidence room, according to the affidavit filed by Christopher M. Nicholson, special agent, Kansas Bureau of I...

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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 Sheriff's Lieutenant Pleads Guilty to Felony Theft

Prosecutors accused Swanson of stealing between $1,500 and $25,000 in cash that was seized as evidence April 21,2018 ABILENE, Kan. (AP) — A former Dickinson County sheriff's lieutenant pleaded guilty to felony theft for stealing evidence from the sheriff's office. The Salina Journal reports two other charges against 49-year-old Greg Swanson were dr...

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Gibsonburg officer gives himself naloxone after seizing suspected drugs

Enter Headline here April 20, 2018 GIBSONBURG - A Gibsonburg police officer gave himself naloxone Thursday night and was taken to the hospital by EMS after handling suspected drugs seized during a traffic stop. Police Chief Paul Whitaker said Friday that Officer Michael Senyo, 34, a 10-year veteran of the department, conducted a traffic stop on Sou...

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Senate adds money for sexual assault evidence kit testing (MO)

The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative provides money to states to inventory and test kits and provide resources to victims of sexual assault. Apr 19, 2018 JEFFERSON CITY — Legislators wanting to help tackle the state's backlog of sexual assault evidence kits identified money for that purpose during a Senate Appropriations Committee this week. The commi...

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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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KBI’s Sexual Assault Kit Initiative recommends all sexual assault kits be submitted to a laboratory and tested

The efforts of the Kansas Sexual Assault Kit Initiative are supported by a federal grant awarded to the KBI by the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in 2016 April 11, 2018 The Kansas Bureau of Investigation (KBI) announced today that the Kansas Sexual Assault Kit Initiative has formally recommended all sexual assault k...

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Burleigh County deputy facing drug, theft charges

Komrosky, 31, was arrested after allegedly stealing a pound of methamphetamine valued at $10,000 and 13 cell phones from the Metro Area Task Force. April 12, 2018 A judge has set bond at $2,500 cash for a Burleigh County sheriff's deputy charged with theft and drug crimes while on the job. Kerry Komrosky, 31, was arrested Tuesday after allegedly st...

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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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Ex-Tiffin police secretary given jail time for stealing cash from evidence room

$45,000 she stole from a drug task force evidence room March 21, 2018 TIFFIN — A former Tiffin Police Department secretary has been sentenced to six months in jail and ordered to repay more than $45,000 she stole from a drug task force evidence room, the Ohio attorney general's office announced Wednesday. Holly England, 41, of Bascom, Ohio, was sen...

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Former Harper Woods officer sentenced to probation

Michael Lynch, 37, had been charged with six counts of larceny in a building, misconduct in office and possession of heroin after being accused of stealing items from the department's property room in February 2017. March 1, 2018 HARPER WOODS — A former Harper Woods Department of Public Safety officer was sentenced on Feb. 27 after being accused of...

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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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Murder charges filed in 30-year-old cold case after Wonder Lake woman's body exhumed (DNA)

In more recent years, investigators were able to rely on DNA evidence to cast a new light on circumstances surrounding Lori Bringe's death. Enter Article DATE HERE WONDER LAKE – First-degree murder charges were filed Monday in a 30-year-old cold case that led investigators to exhume the body of a Wonder Lake woman. Arizona police arrested Mark...

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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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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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Proposed Bill Would Create Database for Sexual Assault Kits

Currently, Missouri has no way of keeping track of processed sexual assault collection kits. A proposed bill hopes to fix that February 12, 2018 Currently, Missouri has no way of keeping track of processed sexual assault collection kits. A proposed bill hopes to fix that. During a hearing Monday afternoon, members of the public spoke in favor of a ...

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Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Tests Lead to 20 DNA Hits

The state Department of Justice's efforts to analyze thousands of untested sexual assault kits generated nearly two dozen DNA hits during the last half of 2017. February 9, 2018 MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel's efforts to analyze thousands of untested sexual assault kits generated a score of DNA hits during the last h...

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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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Marijuana plants outgrow evidence room

The evidence room at the sheriff's department is overflowing with more than 60 marijuana plants. Enter Article DATE HERE CHARLEVOIX COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Medical marijuana cases are creating a problem for the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office. The evidence room at the sheriff's department is overflowing with more than 60 marijuana pla...

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