Seven Wilmington first responders receive accidental dose of fentanyl through misplaced fan


​Five Wilmington firefighters and two police officers were hospitalized Thursday after they inhaled the dangerous opioid fentanyl while responding to a drug overdose, police said. September 7, 2018 Five Wilmington firefighters and two police officers were hospitalized Thursday after they inhaled the dangerous opioid fentanyl while responding to a d...

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No jail time for police officer who stole drugs from evidence locker; says he has opioid addiction


Flowers became addicted to painkilling drugs over the years because he suffered from chronic back issues and other health concerns September 28, 2019 HARRISBURG — A former Lower Swatara Township police officer who pleaded guilty to stealing drugs from the department's evidence locker will not spend any time behind bars. Scott M. Flowers, 39, of Har...

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A Powerful Database Helps Solve Gun Crimes. Only Two States Require Police to Use It.


New Jersey and Delaware have laws mandating that investigators use an innovative ballistics system called NIBIN. The other 48 states don't — and their reticence makes it harder to ID shooters everywhere. September 26, 2018 Four years ago, before collecting bullet casings became a widely hailed tool for solving gun crimes, New Jersey state legislato...

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Ex-Smith Township police chief guilty of $10k theft


Guilty on charges of theft in office and grand theft for taking about $10,000 from the police department's evidence locker Enter Article DATE HERE YOUNGSTOWN John Siranovic, former Smith Township police chief, brought shame upon not only himself but all law-enforcement officers, assistant Mahoning County Prosecutor Ken Cardinal said Wednesday....

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Bensalem police, FBI seize $1.2M in pills from alleged Lower Bucks pill ring (Stolen From Waster Disposal Facility


$1.2 million dollars worth of discarded pills stolen by employees at a Falls waste disposal facility and resold Enter Article DATE HERE It started with a small-time pot bust, and over months the investigation grew. Now Bensalem police say they and the FBI have shut down a major drug ring and seized $1.2 million dollars worth of discarded pills...

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Lawyer requests federal investigation into drug lab scandals


Enter Headline here September 21, 2018 A defense attorney has called for a federal investigation into scandals at the state's drug labs in Jamaica Plain and Amherst. The scandals, which first came to light more than five years ago, have led to the dismissal of more than 30,000 drug convictions because of misconduct by state chemists and prosecutors...

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Bushwick Man Gets 25 To Life For 2004 Cold Case Murder Of Teenager (DNA)


His DNA was entered into the national database after an arrest in 2014 for armed robbery in Florida September 10, 2018 A 40-year-old man was recently sentenced to 25 years to life for the murder of a 17-year-old Bushwick resident. Sharabia Thomas was murdered in 2004 according to a report in the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. "Thanks to DNA technology and h...

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Two Braintree Police officials named in the evidence room scandal have retired rather than face disciplinary hearings, Mayor Joseph Sullivan said.


"Chief Jenkins and Deputy Chief Foster repeatedly failed to supervise and implement the department's rules and regulations by not conducting the required the required audits and inspections of the evidence room," August 23, 2018 BRAINTREE − Two Braintree Police employees named in the investigation of the department's evidence room have retired rath...

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Man convicted of 2004 cold case murder of 17-year-old Bushwick girl


A DNA analysis of cells found on the victim's fingernails, conducted in 2016, was a match to the defendant, August 23, 2018 Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez on Tuesday announced that a 40-year-old man has been convicted of the murder of Sharabia Thomas, a teenager from Bushwick who was killed in 2004. A DNA analysis of cells found on the vi...

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Ex-Old Town cop pleads guilty to evidence room thefts, tax charges


August 13, 2018 August 18, 2018 By Judy Harrison, BDN Staff • August 13, 2018 1:34 pm Updated: August 13, 2018 2:00 pm A former Old Town police sergeant pleaded guilty Monday at the Penobscot Judicial Center to a dozen theft and tax charges. Michael J. Hashey, 47, of Old Town admitted to stealing cash from the police evidence room and the Old Town ...

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Ex-Lower Swatara police officer to be sentenced over drug theft from evidence locker


An audit of the evidence locker done by the Criminal Investigation Division and the department showed that four evidence envelopes had been opened, narcotics taken from inside, and the envelopes resealed. August 15, 2018 Former Lower Swatara Township police Officer Scott M. Flowers is to be sentenced in Dauphin County Court on Sept. 28, after plead...

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Report Faults Police Leadership in Evidence Room Scandal


Officer in charge of the room killed herself in 2016 August 9, 2018 The attorney general's investigation into oversight of the Braintree Police Department's evidence room found that guns, drugs, and cash were stolen for years, but determined no criminal charges will be filed. The report released Wednesday said the officer in charge of the room kill...

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Up for auction: Crime evidence, unclaimed lost items from West Chester’s police property room


A wide assortment of electronics, knives, tools, jewelry, even clothes — will soon be listed for sale on PropertyRoom.com, July 20, 2018 WEST CHESTER TWP. — A hodgepodge of property that was either evidence in a crime or found on the streets of West Chester Twp. will soon be available for purchase in an online auction. And starting prices are one c...

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Americans can legally download 3-D printed guns starting next month


 The single-shot pistol was made almost entirely out of of ABS plastic - The only metal parts were the firing pin - July 20, 2018 Fears grow over 3-D printed guns (2013) 01:34 (CNN)Gun-rights activists have reached a settlement with the government that will allow them to post 3-D printable gun plans online starting August 1. The settlement end...

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Man Arrested in 1992 Murder of Teacher After DNA Website Links Him to Killing


Rowe is the latest to be arrested after being identified through a genealogy July 20, 2018 Police have arrested a popular Pennsylvania DJ in the cold case killing of a young woman who was sexually assaulted and murdered in her home back in 1992. Christy Mirack was just 25 years old when she was beaten, strangled and sexually assaulted in her Greenf...

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Ex-officer sentenced on drug charges alleges discrimination


Theft of drugs from his department's evidence room July 19, 2018 FAIRFIELD, Conn. — A former Connecticut narcotics detective who pleaded guilty to reduced charges in connection with the theft of drugs from his department's evidence room has filed suit against his town. The Connecticut Post reported Stephen Rilling, 40, argued in his lawsuit filed i...

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Ex-Royalton cop who stole heroin from police evidence room gets 6 months


Police officer charged with taking heroin and other drugs from the department's evidence closet July 12, 2018 A former Royalton police officer charged with taking heroin and other drugs from the department's evidence closet in July 2017, to give to a woman he was dating, was sentenced to six months in prison on Thursday. John Breault, 31, pleaded g...

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NYPD officer indicted for drug trafficking in Harlem


Diaz received a bottle of Johnny Walker Blue Label Scotch whisky from the undercover officer in exchange for secretly removing the undercover officer's cellphone from the 34th Precinct's evidence room July 5, 2019 A New York City police officer has been indicted for allegedly transporting a kilogram of cocaine in exchange for $4,000, according to a...

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Paterson Police Officer Admits Assaulting Hospital Patient, Distributing Narcotics


Officer repeatedly distributed narcotics, including drugs he stole from a crime scene while on duty, June 26. 2018 NEWARK, N.J. – A City of Paterson police officer today admitted violating an individual's civil rights by assaulting him at a hospital and repeatedly distributing narcotics, including drugs he stole from a crime scene while on duty, U....

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Nassau County deputy accused of perjury, filing false police reports


Officer saw pills inside the car and arrested Curtiss, claiming the pills were narcotics when they were actually prescription heart medication. July 1, 2018 Cute and Paste C That resulted in at least four cases in which people stopped for traffic violations or other incidents were charged with possession of narcotics when the drugs were prescr...

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DNA and Family Trees to Crack Five More Cold Cases


Police arrested a D.J. in Pennsylvania and a nurse in Washington State this week, the latest examples of the use of an open-source ancestry site since the break in the Golden State killer case. June 29, 2018 When the Golden State Killer case was cracked in April with the help of a genealogist and an open-source ancestry site, many wondered if this ...

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Crime lab chemist charged in federal court with stealing alprazolam


The crime lab gets federal money, so stealing evidence from the lab is a federal crime. June 25, 2018 A former chemist at the Allegheny County Crime Lab has been charged with stealing alprazolam, the active ingredient in Xanax, that had been seized as evidence in a federal drug investigation. Matthew Ieraci, 28, of Baldwin Borough, was federally ch...

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Ocean County cop stole cocaine for police dog training, gets 3 years


Officer was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for stealing cocaine meant for K-9 training June 22, 2018 OMS RIVER - A U.S. Marine Corps veteran and 16-year Ocean County sheriff's officer was sentenced Friday to three years in prison for stealing cocaine meant for training the sheriff's narcotics K-9s. John Adams, 41, of Toms River, who had ...

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Hydrocodone pills, tools were allegedly stolen by Tioga County jail sergeant


Edwards allegedly stole the hydrocodone pills after he unlawfully entered a locked and secure evidence storage area June 21, 2018 A Tioga County jail sergeant is accused of stealing about 20 hydrocodone pills from a sealed evidence box, snatching tools and other supplies from the correctional facility, all while on duty. The accusations against Jon...

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FBI wants to cremate remains found in Detroit body broker's warehouse


FBI evidence lockers and freezers now contain the gruesome evidence, an undisclosed number of bodies, heads, arms, legs, organs, torsos, and apparently, fetuses. June 11, 2018 By Gus Burns The FBI's description of a Detroit warehouse raided in December 2013 is reminiscent of a horror film. It was an extraordinarily unusual case inv...

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In police dept scandals’ wake, an effort to clean up evidence rooms

Bill would require spot audits June 12, 2018 A bill up for debate today aims to clean up the state's scandal-plagued evidence rooms by ordering police departments file twice-a-year spot audits with the state, with a full accounting of all evidence every five years. The measure before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary was filed by state Rep. Mark...

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In PD scandals' wake, an effort to clean up evidence rooms.

Bill would require spot audits June 12, 2018 A bill up for debate today aims to clean up the state's scandal-plagued evidence rooms by ordering police departments file twice-a-year spot audits with the state, with a full accounting of all evidence every five years. The measure before the Joint Committee on the Judiciary was filed by state Rep. Mark...

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SJC considers tossing out 11,000 more drug cases


The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Tuesday heard arguments over dismissing up to 11,000 more cases connected to the Amherst drug lab and potential punishments in the mishandling of the drug lab case, including the possibility of substantial fines for the attorney general's office. May 11, 2018 2018 Associated press/file 2013 Former Amherst...

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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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Former South Amboy cop avoids prison for stealing drugs, money

As the custodian for the South Amboy Police Department's evidence locker, Barcheski took heroin from the locker over a period of years as his addiction worsened. May 17, 2018 NEW BRUNSWICK - A decorated former South Amboy police officer has been sentenced to five years in a state drug court program for stealing money and drugs from the police depar...

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Ex-Smith Township police chief indicted in $10K theft

Investigators accuse John Siranovic of stealing about $10,000 from the police department's evidence room while he served as the chief. May 12, 2018 YOUNGSTOWN A former Smith Township police chief has found himself on the wrong side of the law. Investigators accuse John Siranovic of stealing about $10,000 from the police department's evidence room w...

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Rape Kit Tracking Bill Goes To Gov


The bill the Senate passed Wednesday requires the implementation of kit-tracking by the Division of Scientific Services. May 9, 2018 HARTFORD, CT — The House passed legislation Wednesday designed to improve the tracking of rape kits once they are tested. The bill passed unanimously in the House by a vote of 148-0; it passed earlier this week in the...

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Connecticut Man Exonerated After Serving 16 Years for a 1991 Murder He Didn’t Commit (DNA)


Swinton, who was 51 years old and had no significant criminal record, always maintained his innocence and endured a lengthy trial in early 2001. May 5, 2018 (Hartford, CT – March 1, 2018) With the consent of Hartford State's Attorney Gail Hardy, a Connecticut judge dismissed the 1991 murder indictment against Alfred Swinton today based on new DNA a...

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Man Set To Receive Largest Wrongful Conviction Settlement In Md. History (DNA)

Locked up for more than two decades after being wrongfully convicted of a gruesome killing, and now, finally cleared by DNA evidence. May 2, 2018 BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A man wrongfully convicted of killing a woman in her southeast Baltimore home is set to receive a multi-million dollar settlement. Now, the city will pay for the botched murder case that...

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Attorney General Healey promises changes after drug lab scandal

Healey's promise comes amid ongoing litigation regarding the state's Amherst drug lab, which was shut down in 2013 following the arrest of former chemist Sonja Farak for stealing from the evidence locker. April 26, 2018 Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey has committed to measures to guard against the kind of egregious prosecutorial miscond...

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County Prosecutor Quiet About Cop Who Stole Drugs From Evidence


Theft of cash from the South Amboy Police Department (SAPD) evidence unit. April 26, 2018 SOUTH AMBOY, NJ—A cop who put dozens of people behind bars on drug charges is now trying hard to avoid a prison sentence of his own after getting caught stealing heroin from evidence. The suspended South Amboy detective, 40-year-old Matthew Barcheski, may well...

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Suspended West Springfield police captain arraigned, denies stealing from department

Spaulding is accused of taking more than $1,000 from the West Springfield Police Department evidence room between May 2016 and May 2017.​ April 26, 2018 SPRINGFIELD -- West Springfield Police Capt. Daniel Spaulding, suspended from the force in 2017, was arraigned Thursday in connection with the alleged theft of more than $1,000 from the department....

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Seized counterfeit goods give jobs to people with disabilities, DA says

Enter Headline here April 26, 2018 Fake logos on 11,000 fleece jackets will be covered and donated to needy groups under a program by Nassau District Attorney Madeline Singas. Seized counterfeit goods are creating jobs for people with disabilities and aid for struggling individuals under a Nassau County District Attorney program. On Tuesday, Distri...

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Man claiming wrongful conviction gets $10 million settlement

​ April 20, 2018 GARDEN CITY, N.Y. – A New York man who spent 17 years in prison for the slayings of his parents before a court overturned his conviction settled a civil case with Suffolk County for $10 million Thursday. He previously settled a wrongful conviction lawsuit against New York state for nearly $3.4 million. Martin Tankleff said he's "gr...

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Dracut deputy chief cleared in evidence locker controversy; Sgt. Byam gets 1 day suspension

Consultant's report that found the Police Department failed to follow numerous evidence policy requirements that led to the mishandling of property and evidence. April 5, 2017 DRACUT -- There will be no disciplinary action for Deputy Police Chief David Chartrand and Sgt. Gregg Byam will be suspended for one day without pay over their administration...

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Judge dismisses more than 7,000 Amherst drug lab cases

The order vacates an estimated 11,000 convictions in 7,700 criminal cases, the majority of them from Hampden County. April 5, 2018 On Thursday, the state's top court issued yet another sweeping dismissal order stemming from misconduct by a former chemist at the Amherst drug lab and two former state prosecutors. The order vacates an estimated 11,000...

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AG: West Springfield Police Capt. Daniel Spaulding indicted for theft from department

"Authorities further found that Spaulding later replaced all of the missing cash and returned the missing evidence bags in May 2017. Enter Article DATE HERE Attorney General Maura's Healey's office has confirmed West Springfield Police Capt. Daniel Spaulding was indicted on Friday for allegedly stealing more than $1,000 from the city's police ...

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Mayor’s son pleads guilty to stealing drugs from Fairfield PD By Daniel Tepfer


Fairfield Police Detective Stephen Rilling appears at his arraignment in Bridgeport Superior Court, in Bridgeport, Conn. June 2, 2017. Rilling, son of Norwalk Mayor Harry Rilling, is charged with third-degree computer crime, second-degree larceny by defrauding a public community, possession of narcotics, second-degree forgery, tampering with eviden...

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Fairfield narcotics cop accused of stealing heroin, OxyContin

Police said between June 2016 and February 2017, Rilling signed out more than 225 folds of heroin, more than 800 OxyContin pills and a few packets of cocaine from the department's evidence room on the false pretext of needing to have the drugs tested and "ultimately converted these narcotics for his personal use, and consumed them as a result of an...

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Police captain: Fired officer told son to delete evidence from phone

Cellphones issued by the police department are not allowed to be used by anyone other than the officers it is issued to, in accordance with policy, Bennick said. Enter Article DATE HERE SUNBURY — Sunbury Police Captain Steve Bennick testified on Monday that fired Cpl. Jamie Quinn told him that she instructed her son to deny viewing a sexually ...

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Former police officer charged after allegedly stealing from evidence locker

Enter Headline here March 22, 2018 LOWER SWATARA, Pa. — A former Lower Swatara Township Police Department officer is being charged by the Dauphin County District Attourney's Office for allegedly stealing drugs from an evidence locker at the Lower Swatara Township Police Department. Scott Flowers, 39, of Harrisburg, has been charged with four counts...

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Former Johnstown police officer sentenced to house arrest for overdose-related charges

Slisz was accused of obtaining an envelope containing 48 suspected stamp bags of heroin and six pills from a temporary evidence locker, where drugs were stored before being transferred by an evidence custodian to a secure evidence room at a later time, as outlined by the department's procedure. Enter Article DATE HERE EBENSBURG – Former Johnst...

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Medical examiner taps DNA science to find missing persons

February 18, 2018 NEW YORK — For families who have searched years for missing loved ones, donating a sample of their DNA is often a last, desperate act to confirm their worst fears. New York City's medical examiner is leading a nationwide effort to collect genetic material and match it with unidentified human remains. It's a way to finally give fam...

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Ex-police corporal gets 3 months in prison for $22K theft

A former Harrisburg police official will serve three months in prison for stealing more than $22,000 from an evidence locker. Enter Article DATE HERE HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A former Harrisburg police official will serve three months in prison for stealing more than $22,000 from an evidence locker. Sean D. Cornick was sentenced Wednesday in f...

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Former Anne Arundel police lab tech gets 6 months in prison for stealing drugs from department

Pleaded guilty to stealing prescription drugs from drop boxes at district stations for more than two years. February 13, 2018 A former manager of the Anne Arundel police crime lab was sentenced to six months in prison Tuesday after she'd pleaded guilty to stealing prescription drugs from drop boxes at district stations for more than two years. Tues...

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