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13

Former Enfield officer indicted for embezzlement, evidence tampering

The indictments in which the case is based involve sheriff's office investigators finding multiple items of unsealed evidence belonging to the Enfield Police Department in Murphy's home Septmeber 12, 2020 A former Enfield police officer has been indicted on numerous counts of embezzlement and evidence tampering and an investigation into possible ch...
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05

Former Enfield police officer indicted on embezzlement, other charges

Search of home - They found multiple items of unsealed evidence belonging to the Enfield Police Department, as well as marijuana and paraphernalia. September 4, 2020 Enfield, NC - A former Enfield police officer has been indicted on embezzlement and other charges following an investigation that began after allegations of sexual exploitation of a ch...
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08

Clerk of court’s office receives top marks in required state audit

The clerk's office has to keep up with time frames for keeping evidence and follow through with judges' orders for destruction of evidence when it no longer needs to be kept. July 31, 2020 A required internal audit by the state of the Wilkes County Clerk of Superior Court's Office during the spring showed no areas where improvement is needed. This ...
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FEB
19

Former deputy pleads guilty to evidence theft, trafficking charges

Charges that included 16 counts of breaking and entering and one count of trafficking opium or heroin February 18,  A former Haywood County Sheriff's Deputy charged in 2018 with several felonies related to the theft of evidence, including narcotics, will be spending at least the next seven years behind bars. Kevin Smathers pleaded guilty to al...
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DEC
07

Greenville (NC) police lose evidence in 1975 Looper murders amid review of the case

Greenville Police Department has been unable to find the evidence after searching investigator work stations, case files, and storage areas. December 5, 2019 A recently discovered letter that could implicate a former Greenville County sheriff and members of his team in the 1975 murder of a deputy and his father is missing. Greenville police found t...
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OCT
05

Thousands of rape kits logged, tracked one year after N.C. starts tracking system

More than 2,000 new kits and 8,000 old kits were entered into the system, according to the North Carolina Department of Justice. Enter Article DATE HERE RALEIGH, N.C. (WMBF) - More than 10,000 sexual assault kits were logged into North Carolina's online tracking system in the first year. Last October, the state introduced the statewide system ...
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07

Do-it-yourself rape evidence kit will hurt effort to prosecute rapists, AG warns

Attorneys general issue warnings September 6, 2019 A do-it-yourself evidence kit for rape survivors being marketed by a New York company won't actually help prosecutors convict rapists, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein warned Wednesday. Creators of the MeToo Kit say the evidence collection process is so simple, anyone can do it. Following...
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MAY
02

Arrest Made in 1972 Cold Case Murder of Woman Shot While Holding Baby in Her Arms

Bizzell said the new test returned a DNA match for Scott, who has been charged with single counts of first-degree murder and kidnapping. May 2, 2019 Authorities in North Carolina have arrested a 65-year-old Florida man and charged him in the 1972 murder of a 33-year-old mother, alleging newly tested evidence links him to the cold case. Bonnie Neigh...
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MAR
31

25 guns vanish from NC town's police dept.; cops did 'whatever they wanted,' audit finds

Council members say an audit revealed 25 guns bought to outfit the department's officers were missing Enter Article DATE HERE HERTFORD, N.C. (WAVY) - Council members in a northeastern North Carolina town say an investigation into the town's police department uncovered troubling concerns. "We want to say that this council is not trying to hide ...
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MAR
18

Former deputy hit with 16 felonies

The indictments note that Smathers did "break and enter the Haywood County Sheriff's Office evidence room with the intent to commit a larceny or felony therein." Enter Article DATE HERE A former Haywood County Sheriff's Deputy has been indicted on several felonies, including trafficking Oxycodone. Former detective Kevin Smathers was terminated...
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FEB
08

District Attorney never received audit outlining mismanaged evidence at Southport Police Department

Evidence was routinely stored in the trunks of officers' cars rather than in evidence lockers, auditors also reported. February 8, 2019 BRUNSWICK COUNTY — Despite evidence mishandling – described by an official as "sloppy" – Brunswick County's District Attorney's Office has not contacted the Brunswick County Defense Bar about cases that may have be...
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FEB
08

In Serial Rape Case That Stumped Police, Genealogy Database Leads to Arrest

For more than 10 years, his identity eluded investigators Enter Article DATE HERE About a decade ago, Fayetteville, N.C., was terrorized by a series of rapes committed on and around a major thoroughfare on the northern side of the city. From March 2006 until January 2008, the police said, a man they called the Ramsey Street Rapist assaulted vi...
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SEP
07

HCSO Deputy terminated for alleged theft from evidence room


Sheriff Christopher added that this is the first time since he's been Sheriff that something like this has happened. September 7, 2018 A Haywood County Sheriff's Deputy has been terminated for allegedly accessing and removing items from the department's evidence room without authorization. According to a press release sent out by the sheriff's offi...
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07

Suspect In Decade-Old Serial Rapes Arrested, With Help Of Genealogy Database


"We were able to obtain his DNA and get it off to the state crime lab, and we got a match yesterday," years later!! August 23, 2108 John Somerindyke of the Fayetteville Police Department couldn't stop smiling. "We made an arrest," he told a roomful of reporters on Wednesday. "Finally." For more than 10 years, police In Fayetteville, N.C., had been ...
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11

Kannapolis officer retires after 30 years


Long time IAPE Member August 6, 2018 Kannapolis Police Officer Ruth Stewart recently retired from the department after serving the residents of the city for 30 years. Stewart served as a patrol officer, DARE officer, evidence custodian and training coordinator. "Ruth has been a very valuable employee over the years and has worn many hats for our ag...
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JUL
27

Technician stole money from evidence division, Southern Pines police say


A former Southern Pines police employee faces dozens of charges after an audit revealed money missing from the Property and Evidence Division Enter Article DATE HERE SOUTHERN PINES, N.C. (WNCN) - A former Southern Pines police employee faces dozens of charges after an audit revealed money missing from the Property and Evidence Division, offici...
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JUL
24

Former NC police chief arrested for selling confiscated guns he should have returned, cops say


Arrested and faces charges of selling confiscated guns, according to law enforcement. July 25, 2018 The former chief of a North Carolina police department has been arrested and faces charges of selling confiscated guns, according to law enforcement. Eric Tinsley worked for the Biltmore Forest Police Department for 27 years, including 11 as the chie...
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MAY
07

Former Gates Co. Sheriff’s Office sergeant charged with stealing firearms, drug possession

A federal grand jury indicted a former sergeant for the Gates County Sheriff's Office Monday with stealing firearms and possessing a significant amount of controlled substances with the intent to distribute them. May 7, 2018 RALEIGH – A federal grand jury indicted a former sergeant for the Gates County Sheriff's Office Monday with stealing firearms...
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MAR
10

North Carolina man arrested after decades-old rape kit tested

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said at a news conference Wednesday that 56-year-old Warren Lee Caldwell was arrested March 1 and jailed in connection with the rape of an 18-year-old in 1990 and of a 17-year-old in 1994. March 7, 2018 RALEIGH, N.C. — Police in North Carolina's largest city have accused a man of two rapes of teenagers dating back more ...
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MAR
03

Audit shows North Carolina has 15K untested sexual assault kits

A new state law required all law enforcement agencies to report their numbers of untested rape kits to the State Crime Lab earlier this year, and 92 percent of the 563 agencies responded. March 1, 2018 RALEIGH — North Carolina has more than 15,000 untested sexual assault kits, a backlog that national advocacy group described as "significant." Attor...
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JAN
04

Former deputy pleads guilty to embezzlement

The key to the evidence room was in an unlocked desk drawer January 4, 2018 Former Davidson County Sheriff's Deputy Andrew Eads has plead guilty and has been sentenced to 16 to 29 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction for multiple counts of embezzlement and illegally accessing a government computer on Thursday morning. During a hear...
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JAN
03

Police apologize for lost rape kits

Police reach out to survivors about discarded evidence January 1, 2018 When Veronica was raped more than 13 years ago, she says neither the police nor the hospital staff believed her story that a longtime friend attacked her while his mother was in the next room. "I was treated like a female crying wolf," said Veronica, who says the man raped her w...
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NOV
29

Reality Check: How Asheville Police Department solved their evidence room issues

Resolving the issue has spanned three different police chiefs. However, Chief Tammy Hooper reports the evidence room is cleaned up and fully inventoried. November 29, 2017 ASHEVILLE, N.C. (WLOS) — The criminal justice system relies on evidence, yet Asheville Police Department's (APD) own evidence room was once investigated for a crime. Resolving th...
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NOV
21

Greenville police officer arrested after $60 stolen from car he searched (body cam)

November 21, 2017 GREENVIILLE, NC – A Greenville police officer was arrested Tuesday afternoon after $60 was stolen from a car he searched. Officer Alec Smith, 23, was charged with misdemeanor larceny. Greenville police officers were called to the Rodeway Inn on Greenville Boulevard on November 5 to investigate potential drug activity. Officers rec...
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JUN
09

Former NC sheriff’s captain accused of taking cash from evidence safe

The arrest is a result of a State Bureau of Investigation probe into evidence that was missing from the Columbus County Sheriff's Office June 9, 2017 WHITEVILLE, N.C. (WECT) — A former captain with the Columbus County Sheriff's Office has been accused of stealing money from the evidence safe at the Columbus County Sheriff's Office. David Gerald Nob...
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MAY
25

Former Iredell deputy sentenced to probation in evidence theft case

Instead of leaving the pistols in the sheriff's office evidence room, he signed them in and took them for himself, May 24, 2017 he former Iredell deputy charged with taking two pistols he seized during an investigation pleaded no-contest Wednesday to larceny and obstruction of justice. A Superior Court judge sentenced Thomas Lane "Tommy" Adams to 2...
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APR
21

CMPD’s Lost and Found: a ham and a tombstone


Shotguns, bikes, drugs, a ham and a coffin: just a few of the items at CMPD's Property Control Room when this story was written in 1982. The department was responsible for the safekeeping of evidence, lost items and recovered stolen things. April 21, 2017 By John Monk, Observer Staff Writer This is where Charlotte's lost things wind ...
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FEB
14

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police to eliminate backlog of untested rape kits by summer


Like most police agencies across the country, the department found itself with a large backlog of untested kits, "as best practices and the department's policies for testing sexual assault evidence evolved," the city of Charlotte said this week in announcing the planned near-elimination of backlogged kits. February 14, 2017 The Charlotte-Mecklenbur...
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28

Columbus Co. Sheriff enlists SBI to help find missing evidence

WorldNow and WECT, WECT 6, wect.com BYLINE: Justin Smith Columbus County, NC Columbus County Sheriff Lewis Hatcher has asked the State Bureau of Investigation to help find evidence missing from his department. (Source: WECT) COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WECT) - Columbus County Sheri...
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21

Audit: Police in North Carolina city destroyed 333 rape kits to make space in evidence room

FOX NEWS, foxnews.comBYLINE: Associated PressFayetteville, NC FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. – A North Carolina police department says an audit by the department shows that more than 300 rape kits from cold cases were destroyed to make more space in the evidence room.Local news media ou...
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JUL
24

Police Make Few Changes in Year Since Evidence Audit

WLOS ABC 13, News 13, wlos.comBYLINE: Jon Ostendorff, News 13, , NCASHEVILLE, N.C. -- City leaders got a copy of an audit that showed a Police Department evidence room in disarray a year ago but officials didn’t start on many of the fixes it cal...
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JAN
17

SBI: Former East Spencer officer accused of taking evidence

The Salisbury Post, salisburypost.comBYLINE: Shavonne Walker, Spencer, NCEAST SPENCER — State investigators say former East Spencer Officer Alan Bridges is accused of taking evidence from the East Spencer Police Department nearly two mon...
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20

Evidence lost, murder case dismissed

The News Herald, Morganton, NC, morganton.comBYLINE: JESSICA ISAACS, County, NCTimothy Paul BumgarnerThe superior court case involving a Morganton man charged with his stepfather’s 2010 murder was dismissed Monday after a key piece of evidence went...
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JUN
20

D.A. Ron Moore releases APD evidence-room audit

Mountain Xpress, Asheville Citizen-Times, Carolina Public Press, mountainx.comBYLINE: Jake FrankelAsheville, NCDistrict Attorney Ron Moore released a 2011 audit of the Police Department Evidence Room June 19, revealing more details about missing drugs, guns and money that ca...
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JUN
18

Ex-Asheville evidence room manager gets 10 months

The Associated Press, The Daily Reflector, reflector.comBYLINE: The Associated PressAsheville, NCASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A former manager at the Asheville police evidence room has been sentenced to 10 months in prison for taking government property.William Smith pleaded guilt...
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Seven Durham police employees disciplined for keeping gun parts

The News & Observer, The Durham News, thedurhamnews.comBYLINE: Jim Wise, , NCDURHAM — Seven Durham Police Department employees, including six sworn officers, have been disciplined for keeping parts of confiscated firearms that had been ordered des...
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11

Former Randleman Police employee indicted for larceny

FOX8 WGHP, myfox8.comRandleman, NCSharon Ledbetter HardisonRANDLEMAN, N.C. – A Randolph County Grand Jury has returned a True Bill of Indictment for larceny by an employee on a former Randleman Police Department employee, Sharon Ledbetter Hardison.According to a press releas...
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JAN
31

$9,800 stolen from Kernersville police evidence room; ex-employee charged

Winston-Salem Journal, journalnow.comBYLINE: John Hinton / Winston-Salem Journal, -employee chargedWendy Vance Kernersville Police DepartmentA former employee of the Kernersville Police Department was arrested Friday in connection with $9,800 missing f...
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JUN
05

Evidence handling focus of Asheville rape trial


The Citizen Times, citizen-times.comBYLINE: Clarke MorrisonAsheville, NCAndrew Davis listens while seated beside public defender, LeAnn Melton, during his trial in Buncombe County Superior Court Wednesday. Davis is charged with first-degree rape, first-degree kidnapping, fir...
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MAY
17

Investigation under way after evidence tampering reported at police department

Team 5 Investigates, WCVB-TV, wcvb.comBYLINE: Kathy CurranAshland, NCProbe continues into Ashland Police Department, former chiefASHLAND, Mass. — Team 5 Investigates has uncovered new allegations of evidence tampering and missing evidence at the Ashland Police Department.Thi...
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MAR
28

More evidence-room documents released by sheriffs


Carolina Public Press, carolinapublicpress.orgBYLINE: Jon Elliston, , Haywood, McDowell and Polk County’s, NC‘Unannounced’ inspections in Haywood uncover discrepancies, missing itemsIn the two weeks since Carolina Public Press published ...
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MAR
18

Former APD evidence room manager pleads guilty to embezzling drugs

Mountain Xpress, mountainx.comBYLINE: David ForbesAsheville, NCWilliam Lee Smith, the former evidence room manager, showing citizens around the room in 2009.Former Asheville Police Department evidence room manager William Lee Smith has pleaded guilty to a federal charge for ...
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06

Former Greenville Police Chief Dealing With Major Evidence Room Mess In Asheville

Gray Television, Inc., WITN, witn.comLink to ArticleAug 06, 2012Former Greenville Police Chief Dealing With Major Evidence Room Mess In AshevilleAsheville, NCAsheville police are still trying to sort through problems in the department's evidence room with a new chief at the ...
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06

Asheville police evidence room remains a mess

North Carolina Lawyers Weekly, nclawyersweekly.comBYLINE: The Associated PressLink to ArticleAsheville, NCASHEVILLE (AP) — Asheville police are still trying to sort through problems in the department’s evidence room.The agency has spent $175,000 since the problems first came...
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JUL
27

Unanswered questions about APD evidence room mess


MountainXpress, mountainx.comBYLINE: David ForbesLink to ArticleAsheville, NCAn image of the lack of order in the APD evidence room found by auditor Mike Wright. Photos by Max Cooper“I'm not going to talk about that,” Asheville police Chief William Anderson told Xpress after...
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MAY
25

Officer accused in drug theft makes court appearance

Freedom Communications, Inc., The Daily News, jdnews.comLink to ArticleNew Bern, NCNew Bern police Officer Frances Sutton appeared in Craven County District Court Thursday morning in connection with the theft of the prescription painkiller Oxycodone from the department's evi...
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OCT
29

Asheville police audit room inventory completed

www.citizen-times.com, citizen-times.comBYLINE: Romando DixsonLink to ArticleAsheville, NCDistrict attorney to get report soonASHEVILLE — Blueline Systems & Services exhausted nearly all money budgeted for an audit of the Police Department evidence room and is in the final s...
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OCT
27

SBI investigates missing evidence

The Robesonian, robesonian.comBYLINE: Matt ElofsonLink to ArticleRed Springs, NCRED SPRINGS - The State Bureau of Investigation is trying to determine how evidence in two separate cases disappeared from the Red Springs Police Department.District Attorney Johnson Britt reques...
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22

Asheville police evidence room audit nearing end

CITIZEN-TIMES.COM, citizen-times.comBYLINE: Romando DixsonAsheville, NCCompany has billed city about $130KASHEVILLE — A Police Department evidence room audit has cost the city about $130,000, keeping the project under budget so far.The company Blueline Systems & Services has...
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22

Asheville police evidence room audit nearing end

CITIZEN-TIMES.COM, citizen-times.comBYLINE: Romando DixsonAsheville, NCCompany has billed city about $130KASHEVILLE — A Police Department evidence room audit has cost the city about $130,000, keeping the project under budget so far.The company Blueline Systems & Services has...
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