Cold case solved: Woman charged for 1989 killing of teenage girl

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Outside Investigation Begins Into Missing Evidence


Enter Headline here October 20, 2016 LANSING, MI (WLMI) -- The Michigan State Police are now investigating the handling of evidence at the Ingham County Sheriff's Department. WLNS-TV in Lansing is reporting Ingham County Prosecutor Gretchen Whitmer asked for the investigation. A sewage leak in 2012 destroyed some evidence at the sheriff's departmen...

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Ingham County okays money to assist audit of sheriff’s evidence room


Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney Gretchen Whitmer has requested that the State Police audit the evidence room because an unknown amount of evidence was destroyed or damaged in a water leak several years ago. October 12, 2016 LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – The Ingham County Board of Commissioners has approved spending up to $20,000 to hire a retired Assis...

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Milwaukee Man Released After Serving 24 Years For Wrongful Conviction


Daryl Holloway Was Wrongfully Convicted Of Sexual Assault and Armed Burglary in 1993 Enter Article DATE HERE Daryl Holloway was released from Green Bay Correctional Institution Wednesday morning after serving 24 years for crimes he did not commit.  Holloway was convicted of sexual assault and armed burglary in 1993. He was sentenced to 12...

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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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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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Wrongfully convicted man sues city for $54 million


Mark Maxson, 55, was freed from Stateville Correctional Center on Tuesday after DNA testing showed another man, Osborne Wade, allegedly killed 6-year-old Lindsey Murdock on the Far South Side. September 30, 2016 A Chicago man released from prison after DNA evidence showed he was wrongfully convicted of a 1992 murder is seeking $54 million in a laws...

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Sheriff denies he misled anyone about destroyed evidence

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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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Deadly Opioid Overwhelms First Responders And Crime Labs in Ohio


Heroin isn't new in Cincinnati, but the recent surge in overdoses is being blamed on an even more potent drug called carfentanil. It's 100 times stronger than fentanyl, a more common synthetic opioid that is itself much stronger than heroin. Carfentanil is used to sedate elephants. It can be dangerous to even touch it without gloves. September 25, ...

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Prosecutor reviews cases involving questionable evidence room


A central Missouri prosecutor says she's reviewing all cases her office has handled since 2013 involving items that were kept in a sheriff's department evidence room she believes was improperly secured. September 14, 2016 LINN (AP) — A central Missouri prosecutor says she's reviewing all cases her office has handled since 2013 involving items that ...

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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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Former Reynoldsburg officer sentenced to prison for theft, civil rights charges


Former Reynoldsburg Police Officer Shane Mauger was sentenced Friday to 33 months in prison for falsifying search warrant affidavits and stealing money and property from drug trafficking investigations. September 9, 2016 COLUMBUS, Ohio Former Reynoldsburg Police Officer Shane Mauger was sentenced Friday to 33 months in prison for falsifying search ...

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Trial date set on former BPD worker's claim


The jury will hear evidence related to Ward's claim that she was disciplined by McKinley after she raised concerns about how guns, drugs and other items were stored and who had access to the evidence room. September 10, 2016 PEORIA — A Dec. 12 trial date has been set in a federal lawsuit filed by the former supervisor of the Bloomington Police Depa...

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Former employee charged with stealing $51,500 from Bothell police evidence room


King County prosecutors Wednesday charged a former Bothell Police Department evidence technician with first-degree theft for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from a police evidence room. September 7, 2016 King County prosecutors Wednesday charged a former Bothell Police Department evidence technician with first-degree theft for allegedly ste...

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Drunk driving arrest leads State Police to cold case murder suspect


On April 18, 40-year-old Nathaniel Ballard was arrested for operating while intoxicated. A DNA sample from his arrest matched the DNA sample from the crime scene September 4th 2016 ALCONA COUNTY, Mi (WPBN/WGTU)-- State Police say a drunk driving arrest led them to the suspect in a cold case murder that happened more than 16 years ago. In March of 2...

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Murder Suspect Arraigned In 16 Year Old Cold Case - DNA

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Ohio sheriff accused of stealing drugs, tampering with records


Stierwalt asked for the investigation after local police chiefs in the county expressed concerns regarding alleged unusual behavior by Overmyer in prescription drug disposal drop box collections. The scope of the investigation quickly expanded into other allegations of wrongdoing. August 23, 2016 Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer has been indic...

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Ohio sheriff accused of stealing drugs, tampering with records


Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer has been indicted on 43 counts involving drugs, theft and tampering with records following an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office announced tonight. August 23, 2014 Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer has been indicted on 43 counts invol...

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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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Ohio Attorney General Issues Sexual Assault Kit Testing Initiative Update for August


In Cuyahoga County alone, more than 515 defendants have been indicted following DNA testing conducted as part of the effort. August 9, 2016 OLUMBUS, OH — A status update on the progress of DNA testing being conducted as part of the Ohio Attorney General's Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Testing Initiative has been released. As of August 1, 2016, 294 law e...

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Gravestone mystery at Stark County Jail unsolved


The findagrave.com site lists his grave as being in West Beech Cemetery in the Alliance area. Aug. 7, 2016 CANTON Harry McDonough was born in 1898, served during World War I and died in 1953, a year after the Canton city directory listed him as an employee at U.S. Steel.Clarence O. Oswalt was just about a year old when he passed in 1911. The graves...

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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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Former trooper pleads not guilty to stealing drug evidence

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Prosecutor credits 2015 law with leading to arrest in southeast Michigan murder


Monroe County Prosecutor William Nichols says the 2015 law that allows police to collect DNA from a suspect after an arrest led them to Daniel Clay. July 27th 2016 MONROE COUNTY, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) -  A Michigan prosecutor says a new law helped to crack a disappearance in the southeastern part of the state.Monroe County Prosecutor William N...

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Drug charges against officer upheld


Alt was charged with misconduct in office, as well as multiple drug offenses, after authorities said a hidden camera caught him stealing medication from the Sauk Prairie Police Department's evidence room. Enter Article DATE HERE Despite a defense attorney's claim that prosecutors haven't made their case, a judge ruled Wednesday that charges ag...

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Kansas investigator overcome by drug in evidence room


The department says it's unclear what the substance is and that it's being tested. But the federal Drug Enforcement Administration has warned law enforcement agencies about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid said to be 50 times more powerful than heroin. July 13, 2016, WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities say a Wichita, Kansas-area sheriff's investigator was...

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Over 4,000 DNA Matches in Tested Rape Kits


The DNA matches to the Combined DNA Index System were recovered from over 11,000 previously untested rape kits July 7, 2016 Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine has announced that DNA testing done as part of his Sexual Assault Testing Initiative has resulted in over 4,000 matches of previous offenders already in the system. The DNA matc...

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Steven Avery's lawyer promises evidence 'tsunami'


Kathleen Zellner says she's 'doing more than tweeting' in her quest to free Steven Avery July 8, 2016 "Making a Murderer" fans had better get their boots on. Steven Avery's defense attorney promises an enormous wave of evidence on behalf of her celebrity client, convicted Manitowoc County killer Steven Avery. "If you think we are just tweeting...th...

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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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Ex-police chief's bid for re-certification denied


The DCI began investigating the department after Eisenbarth reported that drug money was missing from the department's evidence locker. June 23, 2016 The former police chief of the Flandreau Police Department who resigned amid a state investigation into his department won't have his lawman's certification reinstated. Mike Eisenbarth had taken a job...

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DARE officer sentenced for embezzling thousands


BROWN COUNTY, WI (KTRK) -- A former Brown County deputy who stole thousands from the DARE program has been sentenced to two years in prison and seven years on extended supervision. June 18, 2016 BROWN COUNTY, WI (KTRK) -- A former Brown County deputy who stole thousands from the DARE program has been sentenced to two years in prison and seven years...

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Offenders getting snared by DNA databank hits


The man escaped, but he left behind some critical evidence during the struggle that has now come back to haunt him. June 20, 2016 APPLETON – When a 26-year-old woman was attacked by a stranger on the College Avenue bridge in November 2010, she fought valiantly, scratching him and gouging at his eyes. The man escaped, but he left behind some critica...

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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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DEA to cops: Fentanyl can kill you too


Police warned nationwide of fentanyl poisoning after two N.J. detectives inhaled a small amount. June 16, 2016 He and his partner were overcome by the effects of the opioid, which is often prescribed to alleviate end-of-life or cancer pain. "I thought that was it. I thought I was dying," the other detective said. "It felt like my body was shutting ...

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Missing evidence highlighted by defense in Beck murder trial


The shirt went missing during the course of the investigation that spanned more than two decades, testimony at Brantner's trial revealed Wednesday. Enter Article DATE HERE June 16, 2016 Fond du Lac- A red shirt with the back cut out has emerged as a key piece of evidence in the trial of Dennis Brantner, the 62-year-old man accused of killing 1...

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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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Former Rock Falls detective pleads not guilty


6 months after son's death, mother watches accused in court June 6, 2016 MORRISON – The former Rock Falls detective sergeant accused of stealing money from an evidence vault pleaded not guilty Monday in Whiteside County Court. Veronica Jaramillo, 43, of Sterling, was arraigned on official misconduct and theft charges, both felonies.  She resig...

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The Chicago Police Department accidentally destroyed a suicide victim’s last note to her parents, depriving a grieving family of one of their last physical connections to their daughter


Not just in Chicago, but across the country, errors and mismanagement in the handling of evidence continues to dog police departments June 10, 2016 The Chicago Police Department accidentally destroyed a suicide victim's last note to her parents, depriving a grieving family of one of their last physical connections to their daughter, CBS News is rep...

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Rape charge filed against DNA profile of man who attacked girl walking home from babysitting in 1996


The DNA profile of a man has been charged in connection with the 1996 rape of a 15-year-old girl in Akron. June 05, 2016 KRON, Ohio — Prosecutors filed a rape charge against a DNA profile in a 20-year-old cold case rape of a teenage girl walking home from babysitting. Akron police sent the attacker's DNA from a rape kit to the Ohio Bureau of Crimin...

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Rape charge filed against DNA profile of man who attacked girl walking home from babysitting in 1996


The DNA profile of a man has been charged in connection with the 1996 rape of a 15-year-old girl in Akron. June 05, 2016 The DNA profile of a man has been charged in connection with the 1996 rape of a 15-year-old girl in Akron. Print Email By Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com Email the author | Follow on Twitter on June 05, 2016 at 4:01 PM, updated June ...

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Cleveland police officer arrested, accused of tampering with evidence


Thompson was hired by Cleveland police in 1994 and was most recently assigned to the property unit, Ciaccia said. She is suspended without  pay pending a conclusion of the criminal case May 20, 2016 CLEVELAND, Ohio -- A Cleveland police officer has been arrested, accused of tampering with evidence and obstructing justice in connection with a s...

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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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Ex-cop's sister, sister's boyfriend, accused of dealing drugs


Pair involved in long-running conspiracy, investigators say June 3, 2016 3:01 p.m. CDT MORRISON – The sister of a former Rock Falls detective charged with theft is among five people accused of dealing cocaine and marijuana in the Sauk Valley for more than 2 years. On May 17, members of a local drug task force seized drugs, three cars, and $17,248 i...

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Missing evidence found in sheriff's locker could free inmate in 1990 SD murder case

Capital Journal, capjournal.comBYLINE: Associated PressMcCook County, SDSIOUX FALLS — McCook County Sheriff Mark Norris says an envelope found in an evidence locker is related to the case of a South Dakota inmate trying to pr...

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Case closed in $18K missing from police evidence room

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FOX19 NOW, fox19.comBYLINE: Jody Barr, Investigative Reporter4 VIDEOS Goshen, OH(FOX19 NOW Photo/Jody Barr)CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - In a press release issued Thursday morning, Clermont County prosecutor Vince Faris annou...

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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 Un...

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DEA's Definition Of Evidence Control Apparently Doesn't Include Recording Gross Weight Of Seized Substances

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[WBNS-TV, WSYX-TV], Floor64, Techdirt, techdirt.comBYLINE: Tim CushingLINK: DEA_Audit.pdfColumbus, OHFrom the: 'controlled' substances, my-ass departmentLegal IssuesLet's start out with this story, which is graphically (and t...

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Leaked investigation reveals Flandreau police misconduct

ARGUS LEADER, argusleader.comBYLINE: Jonathan Ellis, , SDFlandreau Police Department logo(Photo: CityofFlandreau.com.)In January of 2013, several agents with the state Division of Criminal Inv...

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Former Capitol Police officer accused of stealing painting from governor's mansion

Frankly Media and WKOW Television, WKOW 27, wkow.comMaple Bluff, WIMADISON (WKOW) -- Court documents detail evidence Capitol Police have gathered to charge a former member of their department with the theft of a painting from...

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