Evidence allegedly destroyed by officers at police precinct during George Floyd protest threatens to derail drug case

A Minnesota judge is considering whether to drop charges against an alleged drug dealer after his lawyer claimed Minneapolis law enforcement officers destroyed critical evidence in a panic prompted by a blaze and takeover of another police department during a 2020 protest over the murder of George Floyd. August 26, 2021 A Minnesota judge is co...

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Trooper exposed to fentanyl in traffic stop saved by suspect’s Narcan, reports state

The dose belonged to the suspect who also allegedly owned the illicit drug the trooper had been exposed to. June 24, 2021 KAWKAWLIN, MI — When a Michigan State Police trooper began feeling the effects of a narcotics overdose during a traffic stop, a quick dose of Narcan kept the worst at bay. The dose belonged to the suspect who also allegedly owne...

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Otter Tail County deputy to plead guilty to being on drugs during deadly chase

Backman reported finding drug-related items during his work as a narcotics officer, but some items were not logged into evidence, May 25, 2021 FERGUS FALLS, Minn. — An Otter Tail County Sheriff's deputy will plead guilty to a misconduct charge that says he was on drugs during a deadly vehicle pursuit last year in Fergus Falls, Minn. Kelly Douglas B...

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Charges: Narcotics investigator tested positive for fentanyl on the job

Backman did not log some seized drug paraphernalia into evidence February 24, 2021 (FOX 9) - Charges say a narcotics investigator from Fergus Falls, Minnesota was under the influence of fentanyl while driving a squad car. Otter Tail County Sheriff's Deputy Kelly Backman, 43, was charged with one count of fourth-degree DWI and one count of public of...

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Ex-Minneapolis officer indicted in drug theft, extortion case

Charges allege Jindra in one case confiscated heroin and meth during a reported drug overdose call, and pocketed the drugs instead of bringing them to the police evidence room November 06, 2020 A former Minneapolis police officer has been indicted on 11 counts related to abusing his position as a street cop to steal drugs, including meth, hero...

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DNA, Public Genealogy Databases Lead To Arrest In 1986 Chisholm Cold Case


"This is the day Nancy Daugherty's family and all of Chisholm have waited for, for over 34 years. Enter Article DATE HERE CHISHOLM, Minn. – Three decades since the rape and murder of Nancy Daugherty in the close-knit city of Chisholm, a 52-year-old man, Michael Carbo Jr., living in that very community was arrested for the crime Wednesday on pr...

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Hundreds of pounds of drugs, paraphernalia destroyed from Eden Prairie evidence room

680 pounds of drugs and drug paraphernalia to be incinerated May 19, 2020 On May 5, the Eden Prairie Police Department's evidence technician and a supervisor took a road trip to a waste management facility in Alexandria where they delivered 680 pounds of drugs and drug paraphernalia to be incinerated. The items transported were once evidence for ca...

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Minnesota deputy accused of stealing on job convicted of misconduct, resigns

motion-activated surveillance camera in a bedroom caught officer stuffing a phone charger into his pocket while executing a search warran February 7, 2020 ST. PAUL -- A sergeant with the Ramsey County sheriff's office was convicted of misconduct of a public officer this week and subsequently resigned from his post in law enforcement, his defense at...

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Internal audit of Minneapolis rape kit backlog highlights testing concerns

We need the BCA to be responsive to some of these kits," said audit committee Enter Article DATE HERE Updated: February 03, 2020 10:10 PM A new audit shows dozens of rape kits on the shelves of the Minneapolis Police Department have gone untested, even months after a backlog was first announced. Over the last two months, MPD said it had sent m...

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Man arrested, charged in connection to 1992 St. Paul unsolved homicide (DNA)

In 2012, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office opened a specialized unit focused on closing cold cases. December 13, 20-19 Updated: December 11, 2019 10:09 PM A man has been arrested and charged in connection to the 1992 death of Annette Seymour, according to attorneys and court records. A criminal complaint filed in Ramsey County, states John Robert...

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KARE 11 Investigates: More untested rape kits discovered in MN

Minnesota's top law enforcement agency declined KARE 11's request for an on-camera interview about the issue. August 14, 2019 ST PAUL, Minn. — Records obtained by KARE 11 reveal Minnesota has additional rape kits – potentially several thousand of them – that were never fully tested, leaving crucial DNA information out of a nationwide database meant...

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Cold-case breakthrough: Arrest made in 1993 murder based on DNA, info on genealogy site


Through additional forensic DNA testing and online genealogy website investigation, the suspect's DNA was identified as being consistent with DNA left at the crime scene, February 12, 2019 A suspect has been arrested in the 1993 murder of 35-year-old Jeanne Ann Childs in her Minneapolis apartment, based on DNA evidence and information on a genealog...

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Sleepy Eye Police Moving To Site Of Former Liquor Store


"We used to have the liquor store in the building for years and years when they first built the building in 1984. The new police station will be a much more modern facility with a dedicated interrogation room with video recording equipment, a state-of-the-art evidence room September 21, 2018 SLEEPY EYE, MN - The Sleepy Eye Police Department has bee...

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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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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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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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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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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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With a St. Paul cop's help, man's cremains are back with his family

A diligent sergeant in the property room of St. Paul Police Department reunited a family with the ashes of James Harris, which had been left abandoned at Oakland Cemetery in St. Paul May 5, 2016 James Harris was a family man; a father of nine, uncle and brother beloved by kin from Illinois to Arkansas to Minnesota. Now, more than seven years after ...

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How cops say they cracked woman’s 1987 St. Paul strangulation


The 30-year-old cold case, which led to the filing of charges against Withers on Thursday, was solved after additional DNA testing of the fingernails of the victim, March 16, 2017 In 1987, several days after pleading guilty to a string of burglaries in St. Paul's Macalester-Groveland neighborhood — and being released from jail a day later — Michael...

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Case of missing evidence unsolved in Newport; final report lists money, drugs, weapons unaccounted for


A Washington County Sheriff's Office investigation conducted last fall concluded that items missing from evidence were $2,231, narcotics from 12 cases, four handguns and a bow. In addition, a report says, drug evidence used to be flushed down a toilet to be disposed. February 14, 2017 A final investigative report on the now-disbanded Newport Police...

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Thousands of sexual assault evidence kits across Minnesota sit untested


By Minnesota law, sexual assault survivors don't have to decide whether they want to go to police when they arrive at a hospital to be examined.The reasoning: It's hard enough to decide, in those traumatic hours, to even come in for an exam. February 18, 2017 By Minnesota law, sexual assault survivors don't have to decide whether they want to go to...

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Missing police evidence in Newport can't be found, sheriff tells city


The disappearance of money, drugs and firearms from Newport's former police department remains a mystery after a lengthy law enforcement investigation ended this week. Enter Article DATE HERE The disappearance of money, drugs and firearms from Newport's former police department remains a mystery after a lengthy law enforcement investigation en...

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UPDATE: Meeker County Deputy Charged With Stealing Drugs, Toys

AM1240-WJON, wjon.com BYLINE: Jim Maurice Meeker County, MN Deputy Travis Sebring Photo:Meeker County Sheriff’s Office LITCHFIELD–The Meeker County Sheriff’s Deputy who has been accused of stealing both drugs and toys has bee...

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Drug disposal procedures tightened at Savage PD

Savage Pacer, swnewsmedia.com/savage_pacerBYLINE: ALEX HALL , MNReport from 2014 found evidence of tamperingSavage Police Department File photoThe Savage Police Department made changes to procedure...

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Sheriff resisted Strike Force audit;

Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)BYLINE: Mcenroe, Paul; STAFF WRITERRamsey County, MNBob Fletcher says he changed his mind after cash and vehicles could not be foundRamsey County Sheriff Bob Fletcher repeatedly tried to prevent ...

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St. Paul police find first DNA match solving a cold case

St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota)BYLINE: Maricella MirandaSt. Paul, MNDale Heinhold picked up a homeless man 20 years ago, took him to his St. Paul house, bought him pizza and beer, and offered him help. That night, the home...

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Capt. Rude's trial set for November

Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minnesota)BYLINE: Janice Gregorson, Post-BulletinAustin, MNJul. 17--The trial for an Austin police official accused of illegally taking prescription drugs from the department's evidence room is now s...

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Lawsuit alleges Metro Gang Strike Force officers stole property worth nearly $12,000

St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota)BYLINE: By David Hanners , MNThe lawmen of the elite Metro Gang Strike Force were supposed to uphold the law, but a civil suit filed in federal court claim...

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Arrest made in St. Paul mutilation murder from '77

www.startribune.comBYLINE: ANTHONY LONETREE and PAUL WALSH, Star TribuneLink to Articleone photoone videoSt. Paul, MNA thumb print wasn't enough, but a recent DNA match from a scissors allowed police to charge a suspect in a ...

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Austin cop testifies in theft of medication trial

Rochester, MNOne of Austin's top police officers took the stand Wednesday afternoon to defend himself against charges that he stole prescription drugs from the department's evidence room.Curt Rude is on trial for allegedly st...

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Jury selection starts in Austin police captain trial

Post-Bulletin, www.postbulletin.comLink to ArticleBYLINE: Janice GregorsonRochester, MNJury selection was to begin this morning in the case of an Austin police captain charged nearly two years ago with illegally removing a pr...

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Arguments rested on whether Rude was acting as a cop

Post-Bulletin (Rochester, Minnesota)Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Business NewsBYLINE: Janice Gregorson, Post-Bulletin, Rochester, Minn.Austin, MNNov. 6 -- ROCHESTER -- Before jurors began six hours of deliberation on Thur...

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Austin officer convicted of drug possession

Austin Daily Herald, http://www.austindailyherald.comAustin, MNAn Austin police captain has been convicted of removing prescription narcotics from the department's evidence room.A jury convicted Curt Rude late Thursday of fel...

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police pack for new building Making the big move

St. Cloud Times (Minnesota)November 8, 2009 SundayBYLINE: Kari Petrie, . Cloud, MNYellow tubs are piled up around St. Cloud Police Department, waiting to be filled and taken to their new home.The dep...

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Ramsey County sheriff's staffer fired amid gang unit inquiry

St. Paul Pioneer Press (Minnesota)BYLINE: By Mara H. Gottfried, County, MNThe Ramsey County sheriff's office has terminated an employee who was the Metro Gang Strike Force's lone administrati...

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Surprises keep coming in Strike Force inquiry

www.StarTribune.com, Minneapolis - St. Paul, MNBYLINE: RANDY FURST, Star TribuneLink to ArticleRamsey County & Minneapolis, MNAuthorities pursue reports of missing, sold or poorly tracked evidence -- from watches to furniture...

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Carver County Deputy Charged With Drug Possession

myFOX9.com, myfoxtwincities.comLink to ArticleCarver County, MNDaniel Kahlow BCA: Deputy entered narcotics evidence vaultCarver County Deputy Charged With Drug PossessionCHASKA, Minn. - A Carver County sheriff’s deputy has be...

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Carver County deputy charges with stealing drugs

The Associated Press State & Local Wire, STATE AND REGIONALCarver County, MNA veteran sheriff's deputy has been charged with taking drugs from the department's evidence room.Forty-seven-year-old Daniel David Kahlow was arrest...

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Convicted Austin police captain removed from force

The Associated Press State & Local WireAustin, MNAn Austin police captain who was convicted in November of a felony drug crime has been fired.The Austin Daily Herald reports the three-member Austin Police Civil Service Commis...

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Some goods returned from Strike Force;

Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN)BYLINE: RANDY FURST; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul)St. Paul, MNFrom cash to jewelry to a 9 mm pistol, property that was improperly seized or mishandled is sent back.When the Metro Ga...

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Metro Gang Strike Force still in hot water

Southside Pride ,southsidepride.comBYLINE: Ed FelienLink to ArticleHennepin County, MNThe controversy surrounding the Metro Gang Strike Force (MGSF) will not go away.Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman decided there was not...

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Stolen data on 3.3 million loans is found;

Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), METRO EDITIONBYLINE: PAUL WALSH; STAFF WRITER, STAR TRIBUNE (Mpls.-St. Paul)Minneapolis, MNDespite publicity about the theft, the stolen data sat in a Minneapolis police evidence room for three...

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Cop testifying in Trevino trial has infractions in other cases

Star Tribune, startribune.comBYLINE: CHAO XIONG , Star TribuneSt. Paul, MNProsecutors want to prohibit questions about the officer’s past mishandling of evidence.Ramsey County prosecutors want to prohibit questions about a St...

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Washington County sheriff's deputy charged in theft from drug takeback program

The Star Tribune, BYLINE: Kevin Giles, Reporter | East Metro, to ArticleWashington County, MNThe Oakdale man who is facing three felony counts stole prescription pills from drug takeback program, ch...

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Fake goods, stolen secrets cost Minnesota businesses billions

StarTribune, startribune.comBYLINE: JIM SPENCER, Star TribuneLink to ArticleMinneapolis, MNFake jerseys, pirated movies and counterfeit perfume, drugs and brand-name goods filled the evidence vault at the Immigration and Cust...

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Stearns County Sheriff's Office

www.sctimes.comBYLINE: Dave AeikensStearns County, MNDeposit unused, expired medications safelyA month into its prescription drug drop-off program, Stearns County is hoping to attract more business.The county sheriff’s office...

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Detective resigns, pleads guilty to drug possession

Mankato Free Press, mankatofreepress.comBYLINE: Dan Nienaber Mankato, MNPlea agreement includes drug court optionNORTH MANKATO — A North Mankato detective charged with felony theft and drug...

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Evidence lost in fire could affect court cases

Star Tribune, startribune.comBYLINE: David Chanen Star TribuneMinneapolis, MNThousands of items were destroyed or damaged in April blaze at Minneapolis property room. The small, smoky fire burned only a short time in the Minn...

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Retired sheriff deputy being investigated for possibly pawning evidence

Fox Television Stations, Inc., KMSP-TV, Fox9.com, myfoxtwincities.comBYLINE: Maury GloverVideoRamsey County, MNST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) - A former Ramsey County investigator is being looked at for possibly stealing evidence and...

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