Legal troubles continue for ex-Patrol post commander

The Delaware charges stemmed from evidence found in Elschlager's home linked to missing evidence from his time as a patrolman in the northern Columbus area. December 30, 2017 After he was convicted in Delaware County of three felony theft charges earlier this month, the former commander of the Marietta Post of the Ohio Highway Patrol still faces a ...

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Former State Patrol investigator accused of stealing prescription drugs, controlled substances

Court documents indicate that Kober had previously been assigned to pick up the drop-off boxes from drug take-back events. November 15, 2017 Former Nebraska State Patrol investigator Christopher G. Kober has been accused by federal prosecutors of stealing drugs while on the job and intending to distribute them to others. The Patrol fired Kober, 44,...

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Missouri Attorney General announces audit of unprocessed sexual assault evidence kits

The Missouri attorney general's office will conduct a thorough audit of unprocessed sexual assault evidence "kits" across the state November 09, 2017 The Missouri attorney general's office will conduct a thorough audit of unprocessed sexual assault evidence "kits" across the state, Attorney General Josh Hawley announced Thursday. There is no law in...

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Tulsa Forensic Lab Sets International Example

The Tulsa Police Department Forensic Lab was recently accredited through new international standards. November 2, 2017 The Crime Lab at the Tulsa Police Department is setting the bar high for other crime labs around the world. When the Tulsa Police Department collects evidence from a scene, they are careful to preserve it before it's transported to...

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Advocates criticize handling of sexual assault evidence

Many agencies don't send evidence for testing unless a victim wants to pursue potential charges. They said testing every evidence kit would also add to Missouri's already extensive backlog. October 30, 2017 COLUMBIA, Mo. Advocates against sexual violence say Missouri's lack of evidence testing in some sexual assault cases make it harder to link rep...

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Rape Kits Tracking Funding Concurring Votes Away From Passage

The measure would set aside $4-million for the tracking software and training. October 23, 2017 State Capitol - file photo Credit Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network (MPRN-Lansing) Michigan is on its way to tracking sexual assault kits. The legislation is in response to major backlogs of sexual assault kit processing. Almost ten years ago, ...

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BCI investigating Windham police evidence room break-in

"We don't know what's missing, and I don't want to speculate," October 24, 2017 The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation, with the assistance of the Portage County Sheriff's Office, are investigating an overnight break-in at the Windham Police Department evidence room. The evidence room is not at the police station at 9621 E. Center St., but at an...

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Ex-Detroit deputy chief indicted in towing scandal

She accepted cash bribes while helping an unnamed towing company owner with permits and circumvent rules that prohibit a towing company owner from having more than one company in each police district or towing rotation, according to the indictment. Enter Article DATE HERE "If the allegations are true, it's extremely troubling," Detroit Police ...

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Sewer breaks plague Marion sheriff's office (Evidence Room)

But behind the basement evidence room's locked door are boxes piled high to the ceiling, each containing evidence from crimes long gone, evidence that sheriff's office employees are slowly picking through. October 12, 2017 MARION — The sewer system in the Marion County Sheriff's Office has been causing headaches — and not just because of the smell ...

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Nebraska State Patrol, DEA agent make state's biggest fentanyl seizure yet

This fentanyl seizure is the largest-ever in Nebraska and one of the largest in the nation October 12, 2017 The Drug Enforcement Agency and the Nebraska State Patrol made a record-setting fentanyl seizure — 15 kilos, with a potential street value of $15 million — during routine surveillance at the Amtrak train station in Omaha on Wednesday morning....

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Retired MSP sergeant headed to prison on felony gun conviction


At least 12 people had keys to the evidence room October 10, 2017 CADILLAC — A retired Michigan State Police sergeant cleared of wrongdoing in an embezzlement case was sentenced to serve two years in prison on a firearms charge Monday in 28th Circuit Court. Malcolm Lindsey Irwin, 53, of Cadillac, was told by Judge William Fagerman as he was handing...

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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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Investigation fails to solve mystery of missing drug evidence

The mystery of what happened to 71 oxycodone pills that disappeared after being introduced as evidence in a Franklin County drug-possession trial remains unsolved after a sheriff's office investigation. Enter Article DATE HERE The mystery of what happened to 71 oxycodone pills that disappeared after being introduced as evidence in a Franklin C...

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Hazel Park chief feels betrayed after detective is accused of stealing $85,000


Enter Headline here Enter Article DATE HERE HAZEL PARK, Mich. (WJBK) - Hazel Park police veteran Sean K. Boucher is accused of embezzling $85,000 from the city. "He was one of the most trusted and respected members of the police department and that's why he was in the position that he was," said Chief Martin Barner. Barner say he feels betraye...

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Assistant prosecutor knew of sheriff's office evidence trouble in 2015, reports show

In 2015, the State Police were investigating a sheriff's office employee suspected of stealing drug forfeiture money.​ Sept. 18, 2017 LANSING — An Ingham County assistant prosecutor and a Michigan State Police investigator were told of widespread problems with evidence at the Ingham County Sheriff's Office more than a year before news reports expos...

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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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DNA leads to charges in 1983 Minneapolis cold case rape, murder


DNA testing helped develop a profile of the suspect September 13, 2017 (KMSP) - A St. Louis Park man has been charged with second degree murder after DNA evidence connected him to a 1983 rape and murder case. 62-year-old Darrell Bruce Rea faces 40 years in prison. Around 10:30 a.m. April 2, 1983, officers were dispatched to the Soo Line Railroad tr...

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Ex-cop gets probation in drug theft case

A former police officer who pocketed drugs from the scene of a fatal overdose September 13, 2017 ST. JOSEPH — A former police officer who pocketed drugs from the scene of a fatal overdose told a Berrien County judge Tuesday that he has shamed himself and done great harm to his family his community. "I hope they will see that I'm going to try to do ...

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Former correctional officer charged with flushing heroin gets fined

Rather than collecting it and filing a report, prosecutors say Werner flushed it down a toilet. August 29, 2017 SAGINAW, MI -- A former correctional officer at The Saginaw County Jail who was accused of tampering with evidence by flushing heroin down a toilet was sentenced to fines and court costs after pleading to a misdemeanor. Prosecutors say on...

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Sheriff’s department obtains clean way to locally dispose of drugs

You have to destroy any kind of narcotics, you can't just throw it away Enter Article DATE HERE The Phelps County Sheriff's Department has a new way to dispose of evidence, one they are able to keep practically in their back yard. By acquiring a new incinerator, the Sheriff's Department hopes to save time and money when it comes to clearing ou...

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Clever, Miller police chief brothers worked together to steal city money, troopers say

Miller police officers reported that 11 firearms were missing from evidence storage, August 25, 2017 The chiefs of the Miller and Clever police departments — who are brothers — worked together to steal money from the city of Miller, Missouri state troopers say. Thirty-four-year-old Joshua Bruce, who was the chief of the Miller Police Department fro...

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Retired MSP Sgt. found 'not guilty' of embezzlement

King, however, focused on showing the jury there were more than 40 people who had access to the MS post after hours and at least 12 people had keys to the evidence room. He also said there was nothing that would deter that evidence room key from being copied at any business where keys could be made. August 19, 2017 CADILLAC — It only took a ju...

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Ohio first responders told OxiClean will clean up Fentanyl spills

A well-known household product figures prominently in new instructions given to Ohio's first responders on ways to avoid contact with the powerful and sometimes deadly opiate Fentanyl. August 17, 2017 COLUMBUS, Ohio - A well-known household product figures prominently in new instructions given to Ohio's first responders on ways to avoid contact wit...

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Need, opportunity focus of first day of MSP embezzlement trial

The case has been a huge embarrassment to the Michigan State Police because money was taken from the Cadillac Post's property room and he will show the post was unsecured, which gave people who shouldn't have the opportunity to be in the property room a chance to enter it. August 17, 2017 CADILLAC — The embezzlement case against retired Michigan St...

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MSP missing cash trial begins

The key used to get into the evidence room was in the hands of at least 12 people." August 16, 2017 CADILLAC — Detective Trooper Greg Hubers knew it was problematic when thousands of dollars went missing from a Michigan State Police evidence room. But he began to suspect something aside from the missing cash might have been "amiss" after the money ...

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Putnam: County officials want missing evidence story to go away but should it?

At a March news conference, the sheriff called it a "colossal failure of leadership" on the part of his predecessor. August 12, 2017 LANSING – Few of us would want the assignment facing the new Ingham County sheriff last spring. A review of the sheriff office's evidence room showed widespread problems affecting 1,700 pieces of evidence. Sheriff Sco...

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Second Harper Woods police officer faces drug charge


It is alleged that Lynch stole various items from the Harper Woods Police Department property room between Feb. 4 and Feb. 10. August 11, 2017 HARPER WOODS, Mich. - A Harper Woods police officer has been charged with using a controlled substance, Judge Daniel Palmer announced. Officer John Biernat was arraigned Friday on a misdemeanor charge of con...

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Madison police change protocol to deal with fentanyl

Officers are now required to wear protective gloves, eye protection and masks when handling suspected drugs. Enter Article DATE HERE MADISON, Wis. - The Madison Police Department has changed the protocol used for dealing with suspected drugs being processed into evidence. The change is being made to improve officer safety and prevent exposure ...

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Miller’s Ex-Police Chief Charged With Stealing Evidence

Two counts of stealing a firearm after investigators say they found the missing evidence in his home August 8, 2017 The ex-chief of police for the City of Miller is facing eight years in prison if he's convicted of stealing two guns from the department's evidence room. Court records show Joshua Bruce, who served as the chief until May 2017, was cha...

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Ex-Miller police chief arrested by Mo. Highway Patrol on gun theft charges

In the course of the search, two rifles were found that had earlier been reported missing from the evidence locker of the Miller police station. August 3, 2017 Christian County resident Bruce faces two felony counts of receiving stolen property The former chief of the Miller Police Department was arrested last Thursday at his home in the Christian ...

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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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71 oxycodone pills go missing after jury deliberations in drug case

A Columbus defense lawyer is accusing one or more jurors of stealing 71 oxycodone pills that were discovered missing after a drug-possession trial ended last week in Franklin County Common Pleas Court. July 27, 2017 A Columbus defense lawyer is accusing one or more jurors of stealing 71 oxycodone pills that were discovered missing after a drug-poss...

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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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Menasha officer's close call highlights dangers of fentanyl exposure


It was believed to be the first incident in Wisconsin involving a police officer who was exposed to fentanyl and became ill, said Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel. July 22, 2017 A Menasha police officer was heading to Oshkosh in his squad car last Sunday when he started feeling lethargic and groggy. He felt a tingling sensation in his hands ...

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Cook Co. sheriff IDs another victim of John Wayne Gacy


Decades after John Wayne Gacy killed the last of his 33 victims and was executed by the state, authorities have kept the serial killer's possessions and DNA of six unidentified victims under tight security July 21, 2017 Decades after John Wayne Gacy killed the last of his 33 victims and was executed by the state, authorities have kept the serial ki...

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To cut risk of exposure to fentanyl, police can now test substances at state Crime Lab

he state Crime Lab will open its doors to police officers in need of safe facilities to test unidentified powders due to the rising risk of fentanyl exposure. July 20, 2017 The state Crime Lab will open its doors to police officers in need of safe facilities to test unidentified powders due to the rising risk of fentanyl exposure. Nationally, sever...

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Cleveland officer's possible fentanyl exposure highlights drug's threat to police, children

A Cleveland police officer was hospitalized Wednesday morning after coming into contact with suspected fentanyl while executing a search warrant at a home in the city's North Colinwood neighborhood. July 19, 2107 CLEVELAND, Ohio -- As heroin and fentanyl continue to kill users in record numbers, law enforcement officials in Northeast Ohio are now w...

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Beloit police's evidence technician set to retire

BELOIT - CPES Beloit Police Evidence Technician Karen Thorson will be saying goodbye to the guns and drugs she tended to for 32 years. July 14, 2017 BELOIT - Beloit Police Evidence Technician Karen Thorson will be saying goodbye to the guns and drugs she tended to for 32 years. Her last day will be July 28, followed by her official retirement date ...

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The cop who said he Od'd by touching fentanyl is probably wrong

The CDC and NIOSH updated the fentanyl page on their website to remove the statement "skin absorption can be deadly." It now says that "while dermal absorption of fentanyl commonly occurs through prescribed use of the drug, inhalation of powder is the most likely exposure route for illicitly manufactured fentanyl." July 14, 2017 You may have h...

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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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Former OUPD officer sentenced for embezzlement

Two audits conducted in 2016 found that several envelopes were missing and tampered with. The envelopes contained $1,873.40, the affidavit read. Enter Article DATE HERE Cleveland County Judge Thad Balkman has sentenced a former University of Oklahoma police officer to three years probation for taking nearly $1,900 from the department's evidenc...

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Appeals court upholds officer’s theft conviction

He had taken an Apple iPhone 5 from a vacant South Toledo hotel and did not book it in the police property room. July 8, 2017 Ohio's 6th District Court of Appeals on Friday affirmed the conviction of a former Toledo police officer for theft in office. Shawn Parra, a 15-year veteran of the department, was convicted in September, 2015 of the fifth-de...

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Orwell police officer given Narcan for possible overdose after being exposed to unknown substance

Orwell police officer was given Narcan after coming in contact with an unknown substance while on patrol. July 3, 2017 ORWELL, Ohio - Orwell police officer was given Narcan after coming in contact with an unknown substance while on patrol. An officer from the Orwell Police Department was following up on a property complaint when the officer was exp...

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Where do seized guns go to die? Chesterfield company harvests parts, grinds up the rest


The process keeps weapons from building up inside evidence rooms in police departments, July 2, 2017 The remote headquarters of a Chesterfield company is where guns seized by police go to die — but, before they do, some of them give new life to others. Their first stop en route to a glorified paper shredder capable of crushing metal with ease is th...

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Missouri farmer cleared in 1997 sex case by DNA evidence

Enter Headline here June 29, 2017 A Missouri farmer who spent nearly two decades in mental hospitals after entering a disputed plea in the 1997 sexual assault of a teenager has been cleared of the crime after genetic evidence was re-tested and excluded him as a suspect. The top prosecutor in southwestern Missouri's Jasper County dropped the case ag...

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Ohio officer accidentally overdoses after touching Fentanyl during drug response

May 15, 2017 EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – An East Liverpool Police officer, while responding to a drug-involved call Friday night, accidentally touched Fentanyl and overdosed. Friday around 8:50 p.m., East Liverpool patrolman Chris Green responded to a traffic stop at the bottom of Lisbon Street at West 8th Street. According to a police report, Ea...

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Sibley County Sheriff’s Deputy Charged With Drug Possession

Deputies are checking to determine if the medication Ruehling allegedly took from the office came from the evidence room, from the prescription medication drop-off box at the sheriff's office or from some other source. June 26, 2017 A veteran Sibley County sheriff's deputy is charged with a felony count of drug possession and two counts of trespass...

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Fostoria cop treated after exposure to fentanyl drug

According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, fentanyl is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin and 50 to 100 times more powerful than morphine. The drug can potentially be lethal, even in small amounts. June 23, 2017 FOSTORIA — A Fostoria police officer who was accidentally exposed to the opioid fentanyl during an arrest Thursday afternoon is recover...

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Former SD highway patrolman arrested for grand theft

He took the cash over four years to pay his bills because he was "short on money" and that "it's been going on for quite a while." November 7, 2016 A former South Dakota highway patrolman is charged with taking nearly $70,000 from drug arrests over the past four years. Brian William Biehl, 47, of Platte, has been arrested by complaint on one count ...

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