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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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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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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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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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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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DNA from thousands of Cuyahoga County felony arrests never taken, not in CODIS crime-solving database

Officials now are trying to determine how many DNA profiles police or courts failed to collect as required by state law. It could be as many as 10,000. June 16, 2017 CLEVELAND, Ohio - DNA samples from thousands of people arrested or charged with felonies in Cuyahoga County since mid-2011 were never collected, or were not properly collected, and are...
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JUN
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19 guns were unaccounted for in Riverside police property room

guns, cash and drugs were unaccounted for Enter Article DATE HERE RIVERSIDE The Riverside Police Department's property room became a place where guns, cash and drugs were unaccounted for by the time Montgomery County Sheriff's Office officials this year declared it was "not in operational capacity," according to a Riverside police memorandum o...
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25

Ohio coroner runs out of room for bodies due to spike in opioid deaths

They have already expanded the cooler once last year because space for 36 wasn't enough. It now holds 42 bodies. Enter Article DATE HERE DAYTON, Ohio -- For the second time this year, a coroner's office in Ohio has run out of space for dead bodies due to the opioid epidemic, CBS Pittsburgh reports. The Tribune-Review reports the Montgomery Cou...
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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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MAR
01

Arrest made in 1991 cold case homicide


Licking County Sheriff's Office Detective Captain Chris Slayman announced the arrest of Gustave Sapharas, 72, of Canton March 1, 2017 NEWARK - More than 25 years after the body of 20-year-old Bonita Parker was found near Pataskala, the person police believe to be responsible for her death is behind bars. Licking County Sheriff's Office Detective Ca...
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JAN
25

Ohio BCI agents leading investigation into Campbell police sergeant


Two BCI agents did a preliminary investigation of the evidence room about three weeks ago. January 25, 2017 CAMPBELL, Ohio - State agents working for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation or BCI have taken over the investigation into a Campbell police sergeant accused of tampering with evidence. Two BCI agents did a preliminary investigation of...
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JAN
11

Butler County evidence video "edited, manipulated" after 2016 trial


We had the snowy or staticky background, then the tape resumes six minutes later," Meadows told FOX19 NOW Investigative Reporter Jody Barr, describing the version the jury saw at trial. January 11th 2017 HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - Jeff Meadows stood in his law firm's conference room watching that now-infamous Butler County Sheriff's Office dash cam vid...
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NOV
16

Hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits


Testing of backlogged rape evidence leads to hundreds of convictions Enter Article DATE HERE Hundreds of thousands of untested rape kits, also known as sexual assault kits (SAKs), languish in evidence storage facilities across the U.S. This backlog denies justice to victims and allows rapists the opportunity to continue to harm others. Based o...
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NOV
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Investigation forces changes at MVPD


Changes to how the Mount Vernon Police Department handles and disposes of evidence have been implemented in the wake of the FBI's investigation into former detective November 5, 2016 MOUNT VERNON — Changes to how the Mount Vernon Police Department handles and disposes of evidence have been implemented in the wake of the FBI's investigation into for...
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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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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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AUG
25

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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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 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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08

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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JUL
08

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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JUN
16

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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JUN
07

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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JUN
06

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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JUN
05

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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MAR
14

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 tragically) illustrative of the problem discussed l...
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MAR
03

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 announced the end of a criminal investigation into $18,...
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FEB
23

Former Worthington Deputy Marshal pleads guilty to conversion

Greene County Daily World, gcdailyworld.comBYLINE: Sabrina Westfall, EditorWorthington, OHThe former Worthington Deputy Marshal accused of taking money from an evidence locker was sentenced in Monroe County last week.Donald Richardson appeared in Monroe Circuit Court on Frid...
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JAN
23

Investigation of sheriff puts drug task force at risk

The News-Messenger, thenews-messenger.com BYLINE: Craig Shoup, Reporter, Sandusky County, OH Kyle Overmyer, Sandusky County Sheriff. (Photo: Molly Corfman/The News-Messenger) FREMONT - County police chiefs have considered pulling funding and manpower from ...
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JAN
19

Sheriff denies wrongdoing, feels 'betrayed'

The News-Messenger, thenews-messenger.com BYLINE: Craig Shoup, Reporter, cshoup@gannett,com Sandusky County, OH Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer and his sister Tracy Overmyer, Sandusky County Clerk of Courts. Photo: Molly Corfman/The News-Messenger FREMONT - Sandusky Co...
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Missing evidence items prompt state investigation into McArthur Police

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The Logan Daily News, logandaily.comBYLINE: TYLER BUCHANAN For The Logan Daily News, , OHA McArthur Police cruiser is seen in the Wild Turkey Festival Grande Parade. Courier file photoMcARTHUR – State authorities will soon be investigating ...
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NOV
19

Cops fail lie detector tests in $18K missing money probe

WXIX, FOX19 NOW, fox19.comBYLINE: Jody Barr, Investigative ReporterVideoGoshen Township, OH(FOX19 NOW)GOSHEN TOWNSHIP, OH (FOX19) - UPDATE: FOX19 NOW has obtained raw interview audio recordings of the two Goshen police officers who failed their lie detector tests. Below is t...
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OCT
27

Man faces 50 felony charges accusing him of having arsenal in car in Akron

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The Plain Dealer, Northeast Ohio Media Group, cleveland.com BYLINE: Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com October 27, 2015 Akron, OH Ryan Peltan, 30, of Doylestown. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.com AKRON, Ohio — Police confiscated nearly two dozen guns from the car of a Doylestown man who ...
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27

Man faces 50 felony charges accusing him of having arsenal in car in Akron

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The Plain Dealer, Northeast Ohio Media Group, cleveland.comBYLINE: Adam Ferrise, cleveland.comOctober 27, 2015Akron, OHRyan Peltan, 30, of Doylestown. Adam Ferrise, cleveland.comAKRON, Ohio — Police confiscated nearly two dozen guns from the car of a Doylestown man who now f...
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Retired Warrensville Heights police officer charged with stealing from evidence room

Northeast Ohio Media Group, cleveland.comBYLINE: Ida Lieszkovszky, Northeast Ohio Media GroupWarrensville Heights, OHA retired Warrensville Heights police officer and later evidence room tech was charged with stealing drugs and cash from the department. (File photo)CLEVELAND...
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Retired sergeant admits guilt


The Lima News, limaohio.com/newsBYLINE: Greg Sowinski - County, OHFormer law officer sold guns from evidence room Fred DePalma, middle, sits with his attorneys Thursday. DePalma pleaded guilty to 59 felony charges for stealing out of the Allen...
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JAN
27

State investigates missing evidence from Allen County Sheriff’s Office

Civitas Media, The Lima News, limaohio.comBYLINE: Greg Sowinski - County, OHLIMA — Sheriff Sam Crish has called in a state agency to investigate the possible theft of property from the evidence room at the Allen County Sheriff’s Office.“We can...
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JUL
25

Parma Heights police detective charged with theft of prescription drugs from department's evidence room

The Plain Dealer, cleveland.comBYLINE: James F. McCarty, The Plain Dealer, Heights, OHParma Heights Police Detective Matthew Bell was charged Thursday with four counts of theft related to stolen prescription drugs from the evidence room.CLEVELAND, Oh...
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FEB
08

Former Columbus officer admits to stealing police property

Dispatch Media Group, The Columbus Dispatch, dispatch.comBYLINE: Kathy Lynn Gray, and Allison Manning, , OHA former Columbus police officer has agreed to plead guilty to stealing surplus property from the Police Division, selli...
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JAN
22

Missing evidence prompted review of county Forensics, Crime labs

Lorain County Printing and Publishing Co., The Chronicle-Telegram, chronicle.northcoastnow.comBYLINE: Brad Dicken, County, OHEmmanuel G. de Leon shows the secure storage facility where drugs, guns, various weapons and seized drugs could cause pro...
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21

Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Captain charged with theft in office (document)

The Plain Dealer, cleveland.comBYLINE: Rachel Dissell, The Plain DealerIndictment for Grand Theft (.pdf)Cuyahoga County, OHJustice Center in downtown Cleveland - Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Capt. Michael J. Jackson faced charges he stole money from the office's evidence room. ...
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03

State investigating missing Goshen money


USA Today, Cincinnati.com, news.cincinnati.comBYLINE: Keith BieryGolickGoshen Township, OHAt least $15,000 and blank money orders are missing from the Goshen Police Department's evidence room. Township trustees recently directed the police chief to turn over the investigatio...
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Money missing from Goshen police


USA Today, Cincinnati.com, news.cincinnati.comBYLINE: Keith BieryGolickGoshen Township, OHHausermannGOSHEN — At least $15,000 and blank money orders are missing from the Goshen Township Police Department’s evidence room, according to Police Chief Ray Snyder.“There was a hand...
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05

Property Room Supervisor Accused of Theft No Stranger To Trouble


Sinclair Broadcast Group, CBS News, local12.comHamilton County, OHMichael Esposito, property room supervisor for the Hamilton County Sheriff, is accused of stealing from the property room. (Hamilton County Sheriff, WKRC-TV) The Regional Narcotics Unit and sheriff's office ha...
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03

Fayette Co. DARE Officer Resigns Amid Questions About Funds, Missing Property

WBNS-TV, 10tv.comFayette County, OHCOLUMBUS, Ohio - A DARE officer and deputy in Fayette County has resigned after being interviewed over a fund discrepancy and missing items from a property room.Deputy Dennis Cotner cited "personal reasons" when he resigned last week. He ha...
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MAR
22

OSBI investigating items missing from Bethany police property room

Ohio/Oklahoma Hearst Television Inc., KOCO-TV, koco.comBethany, OKInvestigation began March 7, agents sayPolice lightsBETHANY, Okla. — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said it is investigating allegations of missing property at a metro police department.Agents said...
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JUN
03

Police swap seized guns for new ones

Springfield News-Sun, springfieldnewssun.comBYLINE: Andrew McGinn, Staff Writer, to ArticleSpringfield & Clark County, OHA ‘right decision based on the economy.’ Other departments say confiscated weapons should be destroyed.SPRINGFIELD — In Septe...
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JAN
01

Euclid police chief ends career amid controversy

The Plain Dealer, blog.cleveland.comBYLINE: Pat Galbincea, The Plain DealerLink to ArticleEuclid, OHEuclid -- Jim Repicky has been a police officer for 32 years, but two of his worst days occurred in the past four years.Eight months after he was sworn in as police chief in F...
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