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OFFICER SAFETY - Portland demonstrators use rope from flag to lock cops in precinct -OFFICER SAFETY -

The front door to Central Precinct was locked from the outside with the u-lock. It had to be cut off from the outside so those inside could leave. The rope was taken by protesters from the flag pole and tied to the roll-up doors on the Southeast corner of the building. JUNE 17, 2020 Protesters in Portland, Ore. early Wednesday locked police inside ...
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20

Arraignment set over for suspected serial killer in 1974 murder case

Using DNA evidence from Martha Morrison's half-brother, sister and the exhumed body of her father, investigators were able to identify the decades-old remains July 7, 2015. January 10, 2020 Arraignment for suspected serial killer Warren Forrest, who's accused in the slaying of 17-year-old Martha Morrison in the 1970s, was set over Friday to Feb. 7....
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27

Forensic Felons: Criminals in the Oregon Crime Labs

Larsen pled guilty to tampering with evidence and theft of Schedule II type drugs through direct access to evidence in lockers while working out of Bend and Pendleton Oregon December 27, 2019 Nika Elise Larsen, a forensic scientist and crime scene investigator for Oregon State Police Crime Lab, faced a federal court on Aug. 15, 2016. Larsen pled gu...
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Former Cottage Grove police officer pleads guilty to stealing meth from evidence room

A Cottage Grove evidence coordinator first reported suspicions about Beach in May 2015, noting he would access the evidence locker more than any other officer and often for no specific reason. August 30, 2019 A former Cottage Grove police officer pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing drugs from a police evidence room. Phillip Allan Beach, 49, entered...
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MAY
11

A Tossed Cigarette Helped Solve A 1994 Cold Case Murder


They say that smoking kills. For one man, it might have handed him a death sentence after his tossed cigarette May 10, 2019 They say that smoking kills. For one man, it might have handed him a death sentence after his tossed cigarette butt helped police solve a cold case after a DNA breakthrough. According to Fox News, Oregon native Richard E. Knap...
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MAY
02

Vancouver Police Make Arrest In 25-Year-Old Cold Case (DNA / Genealogy)


Police say advancements in DNA technology – and the use of public databases of genealogies May 1, 2019 The Vancouver Police Department announced Tuesday they've charged a Fairview, Oregon, man with a 25-year-old unsolved murder. On Sunday, police arrested Richard Knapp, 57. He's been booked into the Clark County Jail on a murder charge. Police decl...
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MAR
11

Former deputy arrested in gun theft faces additional charges

He was initially arrested last June after investigators said he sold five guns that he had taken from the home of a man who died. March 9, 2019 SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A former Marion County Sheriff's deputy arrested in the theft of five guns last year now faces additional charges after investigators said they uncovered a wide range of illegal activity....
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FEB
17

Regional police records system ‘a disaster’ as costs mount for Portland police

The ambitious project, though, was beset by problems from the start, with officers complaining that the new system was too cumbersome and complicated to use Enter Article DATE HERE Seven years after it was touted as an innovative electronic records system to manage police reports from 40 police agencies for sharing, the RegJIN program now has ...
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Detectives Solve Decades-Old Cold Case Using Public DNA Database

To catch him, law enforcement agencies tapped into the increasingly popular field of consumer DNA testing; they searched a free online database where anyone can share data from at-home genetic tests to hunt for familial matches. February 1, 2019 Detectives in Oregon solved a 40-year-old cold case with the help a popular ancestry and genealogy datab...
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Portland Police Solve 40-Year-Old Cold Case Murder With DNA Match (Genealogy)


Detectives used forensic genealogy to map familial lines through DNA collected from the crime scene January 31, 2019 Portland's Cold Case Homicide Detail announced the identification of the person it says is responsible for the 40-year-old murder case of Anna Marie Hlavka. Twenty-year-old Hlavka was found dead after being sexually assaulted in her ...
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Former Cottage Grove Police officer accused of stealing drugs from evidence locker


Federal charges alleging he took drugs from the evidence locker while working as a city police officer. Enter Article DATE HERE EUGENE, Ore. – A Cottage Grove man pleaded not guilty Wednesday to federal charges alleging he took drugs from the evidence locker while working as a city police officer. The court unsealed the criminal complaint agai...
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Oregon Humane Society under investigation amid accusations of mishandled evidence


"serious allegations" that at least one officer mishandled evidence August 29, 2018 Oregon State Police have suspended the law-enforcement credentials of the Oregon Humane Society's animal-abuse officers, pending an investigation into "serious allegations" that at least one officer mishandled evidence and used improper investigative techniques in c...
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MAY
13

Audit: Oregon crime lab shakeup over rape kit testing reduces backlog

Oregon State Police's crime lab is making a significant dent — with 1,100 kits in the backlog compared to 4,900 kits in 2015. Enter Article DATE HERE wo years after passing a law requiring Oregon crime labs to process the state's growing rape-kit backlog, a Secretary of State audit found Oregon State Police's crime lab is making a significant ...
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03

Her rape kit sat untested for 22 years. Oregon police say they just found a DNA match

When a $2 million grant paid to test some of the state's 5,600 untested kits following a public outcry, police packed up the kit and sent it off to a private lab in Utah, reported The Oregonian. The kit produced a DNA match in November – 22 years after the crime. March 1, 2018 Taken in a 1996 sexual assault case, the rape kit sat untested in a Port...
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Police: Advances in DNA technology helped link 3 cold-case homicides in Eugene

Eugene Police say investigators have connected three cold-case homicides thanks to advances in DNA technolog Enter Article DATE HERE EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene Police say investigators have connected three cold-case homicides thanks to advances in DNA technology, the department said Friday. Police did not identify the cases. A press conference on t...
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NOV
06

Detectives solve 1979 murder of Salem teen

Persistence and DNA lead to the killer, who died in prison in 2002 November 6, 2017 SALEM — The persistence of a detective and the sister of a young woman who was stabbed and beaten has solved a murder in Oregon — 38 years after it happened. On March 9, 1979, Janie Landers disappeared outside the Fairview Training Center for the developmentally dis...
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NOV
02

PPB making progress in testing rape kit backlog; developing way to track kits electronically

The Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Summit of Cities Conference was held in Portland for the first time, in October. Enter Article DATE HERE PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) - The Portland Police Bureau says it's making huge strides in testing the city's rape kit backlog. Growth the bureau discussed at a sexual assault conference in Portland. The Sexual Assa...
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02

Oregon State Police detective solves 1979 cold case murder of Salem teen (DNA)

In April 2016, the crime lab confirmed a blood stain on the shirt matched a man's DNA. Enter Article DATE HERE More than 38 years after Janie Landers was brutally stabbed and beaten to death, an Oregon State Police detective was finally able to return a pair of earrings to her family and deliver the news they'd long waited to hear: He knew who...
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JUL
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Former OSP tech arrested again, police say stole thousands from evidence lockers

OSP detectives discovered Mark Matlick stole $2,577.00 in Lake County and committed additional crimes to conceal the thefts. July 14, 2017 In June, OSP detectives arrested Matlick after discovering the Klamath Falls Area Command employee stole more than $10,000 from the Klamath Falls OSP evidence locker. LAKE COUNTY, Ore. — A former Oregon State Po...
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JUN
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OSP changes monetary protocol in lieu of employee involved theft

The policy now requires our evidence technicians to deposit currency into a designated depository account rather than storing the currency in the evidence locker. Enter Article DATE HERE Klamath County, Ore. — A former Oregon State Police technician was arrested Friday and is facing a charge of aggravated theft. 57-year old Mark Matlick is acc...
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JUN
24

Former Oregon State Police evidence room worker arrested

A former evidence technician with the Oregon State Police accused of stealing more than $10,000 from a Klamath Falls evidence locker June 24, 2017 KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — A former evidence technician with the Oregon State Police accused of stealing more than $10,000 from a Klamath Falls evidence locker is facing a charge of aggravated theft. Pol...
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JUN
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Portland Police Left 3,000 Rape Kits Gathering Dust In Storage Room

Portland police also admitted they neglected thousands of rape kits that could have solved around 500 sex crimes over the past 10 years. June 16, 2017 The police identified the alleged assailant as a registered sex offender. However, they never got around to making an arrest or even submitting the evidence. In yet another example of unacceptable la...
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FEB
20

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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JAN
25

Former OSP evidence tech gets prison for $50,000 in thefts


A former evidence technician was sentenced to prison for stealing more than $50,000 while working at the Oregon State Police office in Central Point January 24, 2017 A former evidence technician was sentenced to prison for stealing more than $50,000 while working at the Oregon State Police office in Central Point. John D. Parrish, 62, was sentenced...
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OCT
03

Testing of Oregon's shelved sexual assault kits nets first 5 DNA matches


Six months after three counties in Oregon began shipping hundreds of untested DNA samples from alleged victims of sexual assault to a Utah lab, the first results are in: Five match known offenders in a criminal database. October 3, 2016 Six months after three counties in Oregon began shipping hundreds of untested DNA samples from alleged victi...
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Alleged mistress of convicted sheriff's captain pleas guilty to lying to the feds


The alleged mistress for whom a now-jailed former Deschutes County Sheriff's Office captain stole more than $200,000 pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal agents on Thursday, according to the United States Attorney's Office. September 17, 2016 The alleged mistress for whom a now-jailed former Deschutes County Sheriff's Office captain...
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JUN
25

Oregon district attorney reviewing convictions in crime-lab scandal


The number of possibly contaminated convictions grew, from one to now around 1,500 in central Oregon's Deschutes County alone. June 20, 2016 BEND, Ore. — At first, authorities in Oregon believed that the lab tech had been stealing drugs from just one batch of evidence. Then they saw that drugs were missing from other cases she had worked. And then ...
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MAR
07

Bend man’s murder trial to proceed despite missing evidence

The Oregonian, The Bulliten, bendbulletin.comBYLINE: Associated PressBend, ORNicholsA judge says missing evidence won’t prevent the trial of a Bend man accused of pushing his girlfriend off a cliff.The Oregonian reports that 40-year-old Stephen Nichols of Bend has pleaded no...
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Oregon State Police halt drug testing at Bend, Pendleton labs

The Oregonian/OregonLive, oregonlive.comBYLINE: Laura Gunderson | The Oregonian/OregonLivePendleton and Bend, OR Oregon State Police have halted drug testing at two labs in the wake of allegations that a forensic analyst stole and tampered with drug evidence. (Beth Nakamura/...
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Fired Cottage Grove police officer being investigated by FBI for improper evidence handling

The Register-Guard, registerguard.comBYLINE: The Register-GuardCottage Grove, ORFormer Cottage Grove police officer Phil Beach is being investigated for possible criminal charges by the FBI for violation of department policy regarding the handling of evidence, the Cottage Gr...
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JUN
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Investigation reveals Oregon Lt. stole drugs from evidence room, MedDrop

NBC15, nbc15.com BYLINE: Lindsey Branwall - Village of Oregon, WI Five months after an Oregon Police Lieutenant died, the department is releasing details on an investigation involving the late Karey Clark. Following his death, inconsistencies were noticed...
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JUN
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Ex-Oregon State Police staffer accused of stealing at least $10,000 from evidence

Oregon Live LLC, The Oregonian, oregonlive.comBYLINE: Everton Bailey Jr. | The Oregonian/OregonLive, Point, ORJohn Parrish, a 61-year-old Oregon State Police evidence technician, is accused of stealing at least $10,000 from the agency's evidence ...
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JUL
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Fired from Richmond, charged cop had disciplinary marks in Hebron

Northwest Herald, nwherald.comBYLINE: CHELSEA McDOUGALL - , IlHEBRON - According to Hebron Police Department records, Ryszard Kopacz twice was suspended before eventually being fired, although village officials said they were led to believe hi...
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Cornelius police complete first full evidence inventory in 18 years, chief says


The Oregonian, oregonlive.comBYLINE: Rebecca Woolington, The OregonianCornelius, ORKen Summers Cornelius Police DepartmentThe Cornelius Police Department on Tuesday completed the first full inventory of its evidence room in at least 18 years, Chief Ken Summers told the polic...
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09

Coins, porn seized in probe

The Register-Guard, registerguard.comBYLINE: Jack Moran, The Register-GuardEugene, ORThe criminal investigation into three Eugene Police Department property control employees continuesA criminal investigation of three Eugene Police Department employees appears to be deepenin...
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Beaverton police captains too slow to react to property missing from evidence room, documents say

The Oregonian, oregonlive.comBYLINE: Rebecca Woolington, The OregonianBeaverton, ORBeaverton Police Chief Geoff Spalding determined two captains violated department standards when they failed to take timely action last year after learning that property was missing from the a...
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JUN
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Newport Office Evidence Technician Arrested Following Alleged Theft Of Cash From Evidence Room

Albany Tribune, albanytribune.comBYLINE: Albany TribuneNewport, ORPaula Diane BellOregon State Police (OSP) arrested one of their evidence technicians Wednesday following the alleged theft of money from the Department’s evidence room at the Newport Area Command office. The n...
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Oregon Justice Department finds missing evidence thought lost from notorious triple murder in Polk County

The Oregonian, oregonlive.comBYLINE: Jeff Manning, The OregonianLink to ArticlePolk County, ORPhilip Scott Cannon, left, walks arm in arm with his son, Mathias, 20, after being released from the Polk County Jail, Dallas, Ore., on Friday, Dec. 18, 2009. His conviction on a tr...
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Former police clerk pleads not guilty to gun theft;

pnwlocalnews.comBYLINE: JOHNNY WALKER, North Kitsap Herald CorrespondentLink to ArticlePoulsbo, WApre-trial hearing Nov. 16POULSBO — Former Poulsbo Police Department evidence clerk Amanda M. Dixon pleaded not guilty in Superior Court Wednesday to charges she stole a handgun ...
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Former police clerk pleads not guilty to gun theft;

pnwlocalnews.comBYLINE: JOHNNY WALKER, North Kitsap Herald CorrespondentLink to ArticlePoulsbo, WApre-trial hearing Nov. 16POULSBO — Former Poulsbo Police Department evidence clerk Amanda M. Dixon pleaded not guilty in Superior Court Wednesday to charges she stole a handgun ...
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Redmond Shocker: Police Lieutenant Arrested

KTVZ.COM News Sources, ktvz.comBYLINE: KTVZ.COM News SourcesLink to ArticleOne VideoRedmond, ORLarry Prince Accused of Selling Guns From Armory, Taking FundsREDMOND, Ore. -- Since Dec. 30 Redmond Police Lt. Larry Wayne Prince, 48, has been on paid administrative leave. Now, ...
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MAR
09

Former Ore. tribal officer sentenced for theft

The Associated Press State & Local WireWarm Springs, ORA 13-year veteran of the Warm Springs tribal police force has been sentenced to three months in prison for stealing nearly $5,000 seized as evidence in a criminal case.On Monday in Portland, Senior U.S. District Judge An...
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08

FORMER TRIBAL POLICE DETECTIVE SENTENCED FOR THEFT FROM WARM SPRINGS POLICE DEPARTMENT

States News ServiceBYLINE: States News ServicePortland, ORThe following information was released by the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Oregon:Gregory A. Stinson, 40, of Madras, Oregon, was sentenced today by Senior U.S. District Judge Ancer L. Haggerty t...
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08

Ex-Warm Springs detective sentenced in evidence theft

KTVZ.COM, KTVZ.COM news sourcesWarm Springs, ORPORTLAND – A federal judge sentenced a former Warm Springs police detective Monday for stealing nearly $5,000 in cash evidence nearly three years ago.Here's a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office:Gregory A. Stinson, 40, ...
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DEC
29

Evidence files missing in Salem

kxl.comSalem, ORThe Oregon attorney general's office said Monday that an investigator's search has failed to turn up missing evidence in a triple murder case, a finding that makes it doubtful prosecutors will seek to retry the case.Philip Scott Cannon, who claimed he was wro...
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Evidence files may be lost or destroyed

StatesmanJournal.comBYLINE: Alan GustafsonPolk County, ORA man convicted of a Polk County triple murder won his freedom following a futile four-month search to find missing evidence that had been used during his prosecution in 2000, a report released Monday shows.The evidenc...
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Investigation finds that missing evidence in triple-murder case was probably destroyed

www.oregonlive.comBYLINE: Steve Beaven, The OregonianLink to ArticlePolk County, ORThe former district attorney in Polk County said he doesn't know what happened to missing evidence that led to the release of a convicted killer in a triple-murder case, according to a report ...
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DEC
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Man freed after authorities destroy evidence in 1998 homicides

The OregonianBYLINE: Helen Jung, The OregonianPolk County, ORPhilip Scott Cannon (left) walks Friday from the Polk County Jail in Dallas with his son, Mathias, 20. Prosecutors chose to drop charges against Cannon, who spent more than a decade behind bars in a 1998 triple hom...
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JAN
09

Former Coquille officer indicted

The Associated Press State and Local WireCoquille, ORA Coos County grand jury has indicted a former police officer on theft and official misconduct charges. Randy Ulmer appeared in court Wednesday for a preliminary hearing before retired Curry County Judge Richard Michelson....
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