NOV
20

Laurens Co. Sheriff's Office using penny sales tax for new evidence room

Enter Headline here November 21, 2020 LAURENS COUNTY, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - Laurens County Administrator John Caime is excited for the future. "Right now we are in the process of re-finalizing the entire county," he told FOX Carolina. "This sales tax is a wonderful tool for us to be able to address a lot of different things." He says quality of lif...
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Columbia Police set to destroy more than 1,300 drugs from old cases

Holbrook insisted the drugs were being disposed because the cases have closed, not because of any space issues in the evidence vault, November 11, 2020 Police departments often pay lip service to eradicating illegal drugs in the community. On Tuesday, Columbia City Council made way for the Columbia Police Department to literally eradicate at least ...
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NOV
04

Former Manning Police Chief Gets 1 Year in Prison for Stealing $80,000 in Seized Cash

Enter Headline here Enter Article DATE HERE MANNING, SC— United States Attorney Peter M. McCoy, Jr., announced today that Gary Blair Shaffer, former Chief of the City of Manning Police Department, was sentenced to a year in federal prison for stealing nearly $80,000 in seized cash in 2015. "Those who are sworn to uphold the law must lead by ex...
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SEP
22

SC cop stole $80,000 from drug money. Will he get mercy or prison?

"Shaffer knew the rules, and he held others accountable for breaking them.  September 22, 2020 A federal judge will decide Tuesday whether a former veteran South Carolina police chief, who was convicted of stealing $80,000 from his department's confiscated drug money, should get probation or go to prison. Federal Judge Bruce Hendricks is sched...
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MAR
23

Charleston Police to temporarily restrict release of property held in evidence

The only items to be released will be those items deemed in need of urgent release March 22, 2020 CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The Charleston Police Department Evidence Office will temporarily restrict the release of property during the novel coronavirus pandemic. The only items to be released will be those items deemed in need of urgent release, poli...
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DEC
01

Updated: Former Orangeburg police captain charged; audit shows $17,000 missing from evidence

A warrant accuses Shultz of removing confiscated money from the ODPS evidence room. November 20, 2019 Former Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Capt. Carl Wayne Shultz is accused of taking $17,167.58 in confiscated money while he was employed as an officer.The S.C. Law Enforcement Division has charged the 48-year-old Shultz with one count of mi...
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Officer steals counterfeit money and spends it at Dollar General stores, SC cops say

From July 5-8, the 46-year-old Bishopville resident took counterfeit $100 bills from the evidence section at her police department August 1, 2019 A police officer was behind bars after she was accused of stealing counterfeit money from her department and spending it at dollar stores, the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division said Wednesday. Salli...
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JUL
09

Deputy demoted after evidence thrown away in drug case

The drug case was also dismissed after Wes Arflin, who was then a master deputy in Greenville County, was captured on surveillance video tossing the wallet into a trash can just outside the Sheriff's Office evidence room, July 7, 2019 GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina sheriff's deputy who threw away a wallet that was evidence in drug case ha...
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JUN
21

Former deputy hit with 16 felonies

Smathers was terminated by the Sheriff's Office Aug. 30 after allegedly accessing the department's evidence room and removing items without authorization March 4, 2019 A former Haywood County Sheriff's Deputy has been indicted on several felonies, including trafficking Oxycodone. Former detective Kevin Smathers was terminated by the Sheriff's Offic...
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APR
22

DNA helps police solve 1990 'Julie Valentine' cold case; charge mother with homicide

Detectives used DNA and genealogy tracing to interview the child's father, who led detectives to the infant's mother April 20, 2019 GREENVILLE, S.C. – A 6-pound newborn girl, wrapped in newspaper and abandoned in a cardboard box in a field on a cold February, left investigators here grasping for answers for nearly three decades. On Thursday, Greenv...
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MAR
29

Jewelry returned to owner after sitting in Laurens Co evidence room for 25 years

"We had stuff here it was just packed up everywhere" he explained, walking through one of the newly organized rooms. Enter Article DATE HERE LAURENS Co., - He's been organizing evidence at the Laurens County Sheriff's Office for about 2 years, and the work still isn't over for Sgt. Kimbrell. "We had stuff here it was just packed up everywhere"...
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FEB
07

Cold Case Justice: Identified after 20 years

North Carolina authorities said through advances in forensic science and contacting members of the victims' family trees they were able to determine the woman was the mother of the young male victim. February 6, 2019 (WYFF/NBC News) Investigators have identified a mother and son found dead at two separate crime scenes more than 20 years ago. The wo...
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JUL
27

No prison for former cop who stole more than $20,000 from evidence locker, SC prosecutor says


The police department discovered the missing cash when it performed an audit of the evidence room in 2014, according to the solicitor's office. July 26, 2018 A former police officer was sentenced Thursday for stealing money from her department's evidence locker, according to a South Carolina prosecutor. Stephanie Grant Bridge stole more than $20,00...
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FEB
17

Former police chief files lawsuit against town of Atlantic Beach

"During that investigation, Defendant's (Town of Atlantic Beach) agents, officers and/or employees alleged that $650.00 was missing from the evidence room February 16, 2018 ATLANTIC BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The former police chief of Atlantic Beach has filed a lawsuit against the town stating his termination was due to false allegations of theft. Accordi...
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JAN
17

SLED investigating possible missing weapons at Seneca PD

The Oconee County Sheriff's Office states guns were taken to the Seneca Police Department by private citizens, as part of a relationship dispute January 17, 2018 SENECA, S.C. (WSPA) — State officials are looking into a report of weapons missing from Seneca Police Department. Seneca Police Chief John Covington confirmed Friday that the S.C. Law Enfo...
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DEC
31

Police haven’t been turning over all evidence but they’re making plans to change that

Administrative Judge Steven John told all Horry and Georgetown law enforcement agencies during a Dec. 1 meeting that they had 30 days to start turning over all evidence from a case before trials begin, according to Solicitor Jimmy Richardson. December 30, 2017 Police departments in Horry and Georgetown counties will soon have to turn over more evid...
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DEC
07

Sheriff’s investigator fired, arrested in theft of narcotics

Richmond County Sheriff Richard Roundtree said another investigator noticed the tablets missing from an evidence locker. December 7, 2017 A Richmond County Sheriff's Office investigator has been fired and arrested, accused ofstealing narcotics from the department and using them.... Investigator Patrick Thomas Kaney, 33, was taken into custody Wedne...
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NOV
13

Evidence audits show room for improvement in Greenwood, Laurens counties

SLED's investigators found some items had been destroyed, returned to people or sent to SLED from the evidence rooms, but the system had not been updated to show the items were gone, the report said November 13, 2017 Whenever a sheriff's office changes hands, it's customary to have the State Law Enforcement Division come in and inventory any eviden...
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OCT
06

Guns, money missing from Sheriff’s Office are described in SLED audit

"Immediately after the completed inventory, there were over 790 items of evidence listed on the evidence inventory list which were not found." October 6, 2017 During the inventory, S/A Wallace obtained documents from Sheriff Chastain, former LCSO Capt. Stephon Williams, and LCSO Sgt. Jimmy Sharpton regarding evidence which was converted to county u...
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SEP
14

Evidence mismanaged under fmr. Laurens Sheriff, says audit

SLED reported 885 pieces of evidence were found that were not even logged in the system Laurens County had set up. September 14, 2017 A 6 month audit by the State Law Enforcement Agency, revealed a gross mismanagement of the evidence department under former Laurens County Sheriff Ricky Chastain. SLED audits of evidence departments in cities and cou...
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SEP
01

Former Darlington Police officer arrested for misconduct, larceny, fraud

​Charged with official misconduct and petit larceny after $910 was allegedly discovered missing, along with a $100 dollar gift card, which were both evidence in cases September 1, 2017 DARLINGTON COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A former Darlington Police officer has been arrested and charged with misconduct in office, petit larceny, and financial transact...
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AUG
20

SPPD Fires Employee Over Money Stored in Evidence

"A comprehensive action plan has been implemented as we continue to operate efficiently" Enter Article DATE HERE An employee with the Southern Pines Police Department has been fired following a recent audit within the Property and Evidence Department, according to Cheif Robert Temme. The audit revealed irregularities that warrants a further in...
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APR
21

Justice denied: Lawsuit surrounding wrongful conviction and missing evidence


Nearly 20 years later, with the advent of DNA technology, Sledge began to write authorities letter after letter, asking that the evidence used to convict him be tested so he could prove his innocence. April 21 ,2107 BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A lawsuit filed against Bladen County by a wrongfully incarcerated man could cost the county millions of do...
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MAR
27

Former Simpsonville police officer gets 12 years for P.D. robbery


March 6, 2017 Putnam, the Simpsonville Police officer arrested Jan. 7, 2016, in connection with the November 2015 robbery of thousands of dollars as well as guns and drugs from the Simpsonville Police Department, had pleaded guilty before Shelby Circuit Judge Charles Hickman in January. Putnam made an open plea, which left the sentence up to the ju...
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MAR
08

DNA, quadruple killer's confession solves SC cold case 30 years later


"It was a case that they had absolutely no leads on," Lott said. "At that time, we didn't know what DNA was. March 8, 2017 The Richland County Sheriff's Department's cold case squad says a man already serving multiple life sentences for killing four women in 1987 has confessed to another murder, that went unsolved for 30 years. Patricia Ann Green's...
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DEC
01

Roane County sheriff-elect on leave after evidence goes missing -


"Bo" Williams, a Spencer police officer of two years and now the county's sheriff-elect, was placed on leave Friday, according to local authorities. December 1, 2016 The sheriff-elect of Roane County has been placed on leave after "evidence collected in certain criminal investigations" went missing.Matthew "Bo" Williams, a Spencer police officer of...
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NOV
15

SBI investigating possible theft from evidence room by Davidson County deputy


The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting a criminal investigation into potential theft of evidence from the Davidson County Sheriff's Office by a deputy. November 14, 2016 DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting a criminal investigation into potential theft of evidence from the Davidson County Sheriff's Office...
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AUG
20

Sex-crime evidence ignored? Several hundred Charleston-area kits remain untested


Several states have passed legislation requiring that every kit that was part of a criminal complaint be tested for DNA evidence. South Carolina lacks such a law, leaving it up to individual law enforcement agencies to decide whether testing is worth the time and expense.  August 20, 2016 he number is actually higher, since some of the more th...
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15

DNA leads to arrest in 1980 murder, sexual assault, robbery - 40 years later!


Nearly 40 years after a man was shot to death and a woman sexual assaulted and robbed in Beaufort, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office has arrested a suspect after DNA linked him to the crime. August 10, 2016 Nearly 40 years after a man was shot to death and a woman sexual assaulted and robbed in Beaufort, the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office has ...
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JUL
16

Sheriff's deputy misplaces evidence, case thrown out by judge


A breaking and entering case was thrown out by a superior court judge in Pasquotank County this week because of missing evidence. July 14, 2016 ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (WVEC) – A breaking and entering case was thrown out by a superior court judge in Pasquotank County this week because of missing evidence. The trial for a man charged with breaking into...
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JUL
04

Solicitor: Former Andrews police chief will not be charged with crime

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AUG
09

Men steal guns from Timmonsville police department


Barrington Broadcasting, WPDE NewsChannel 15, carolinalive.comBYLINE: Tracy VreelandLink to ArticleFlorence County, SCFlorence County deputies need your help to identify the three men who broke into various Timmonsville town offices.They say the men broke into the town clerk...
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APR
20

Former Florence investigator faces drug charges


Media General Communications Holdings, LLC., SC NOW, scnow.comBYLINE: Link to ArticleOne VideoFlorence County, SCSheriff’s department investigates one of its own for stealing drugs from evidenceAdam Moore Credit: FLORENCE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICEFLORENCE, SC -- A sheriff's of...
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NOV
10

SLED conducts preliminary inquiry into Horry County evidence room controversy

The Sun News, Myrtle Beach Online.com, thesunnews.comBYLINE: Brad Dickerson - to ArticleHorry County, SCOfficials with the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division have begun a preliminary inquiry stemming from a request from the Horry Coun...
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NOV
02

Ex-Police Officer Accused of Taking Money

WLTX-TV, wltx.comLink to ArticleSumter, SCSumter, SC (WLTX) - A former Sumter police officer is accused of taking over $1,200 in money that wasn't his while on the job.Alex David Williams, 58, is charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent.An affidavit filed by State...
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OCT
05

Uncertainty remains about Horry County police evidence

BYLINE: By Brad Dickerson - to ArticleHorry County, SCIn light of an anonymous letter accusing Horry County police officers of, among other things, stealing drugs and money from the department’s evidence room, some County Council members want S....
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MAY
13

BRIEF: Prosperity Police chief indicted

The Newberry Observer, South CarolinaSECTION: STATE AND REGIONAL NEWSBYLINE: Cindy Pitts, Staff Writer, The Newberry Observer, S.C.Prosperity, SCA former Prosperity police chief is now facing charges.Former Police Officer and Chief Craig Nelson will be charged with misconduc...
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FEB
11

FORMER SPARTANBURG COUNTY MAGISTRATE ENTERS GUILTY PLEA IN CLERK OF COURT DRUG CONSPIRACY CASE

States News ServiceBYLINE: States News ServiceSpartanburg, SC The following information was released by the Columbia Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation:United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that John Truman Poole, Jr, of Spartanburg, South Carolina, e...
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FEB
04

PD evidence room unsecure after Norway Town Hall burglary

WIS TV, wistv.comLink to ArticleOrangeburg County, SCNORWAY, SC (WIS) - Norway Town Hall was broken into this week, and authorities said those involved did gain access into the police department's evidence room.The incident took place sometime between 8:00pm Tuesday and 7:30...
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DEC
20

FORMER SPARTANBURG CLERK OF COURT SENTENCED IN FEDERAL COURT

US Fed News, NewswireColumbia, SC COLUMBIA, S.C., Dec. 20 -- The U.S. Department of Justice's Federal Bureau of Investigation Columbia Field Office issued the following press release:United States Attorney Bill Nettles stated today that Marcus Woodrow Kitchens, of Spartanbur...
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NOV
18

DNA tests lead to Loris man arrest

Barrington Broadcasting Group, carolinalive.comBYLINE: Continuous News DeskLink to ArticleConway, SCDarrell AlfordA Loris man is charged after DNA tests showed he broke into a Conway charity's office last year.Darrell Alford, 28, is accused of burglarizing the Churches Assis...
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JUL
01

Former Spartanburg Clerk of Court Enters Guilty Plea in Federal Court

Targeted News ServiceBYLINE: Targeted News ServiceFormer Spartanburg Clerk of Court Enters Guilty Plea in Federal CourtColumbia, SCDATELINE: COLUMBIA, S.C.The U.S. Justice Department's Drug Enforcement Administration's Atlanta Field Office issued the following news release:U...
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MAR
08

Allendale police officer pleads guilty to stealing money from evidence locker

The Hampton County Guardian, hamptoncountyguardian.comLink to ArticleAllendale, SCALLENDALE - A former Allendale Police Officer pleaded guilty this week to stealing almost $5,000 from the department's evidence locker.Juan Nevarez pleaded guilty Monday to one count of miscond...
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FEB
13

Evidence storage becomes hot topic after arrest

thestate.com, Herald-JournalBYLINE: LYNNE P. SHACKLEFORD and CRAIG PETERS - (Spartanburg) Herald-JournalSpartanburg County, SCSPARTANBURG, S.C. -- Spartanburg County officials are working to enhance security in the courthouse evidence locker after the clerk of court was char...
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12

Clearer standards would help clerks

greenvilleonline.comGreenville, SCMore oversight and standardized procedures would help clerks of courts better serve state residents and could help prevent a recurrence of recent events in Spartanburg County in which Clerk of Court Marcus Kitchens is accused of taking drugs...
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09

FORMER SPARTANBURG CLERK OF COURT INDICTED BY FEDERAL GRAND JURY

States News ServiceBYLINE: States News ServiceSpartanburg, SCThe following information was released by the Columbia Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation:Acting United States Attorney Kevin F. McDonald stated today that former Spartanburg County Clerk of Court Marc...
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04

Clerk of court resigns after drug theft, sale charges

The State (Columbia, South Carolina)BYLINE: Columbia - The StateSpartanburg, SCSPARTANBURG - The Spartanburg County clerk of court has resigned after being charged with taking drugs from an evidence room and then selling them.Marcus Kitchens was arrested this week after alle...
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03

Spartanburg clerk of court arrested

The Greenville News (South Carolina)BYLINE: Paul Alongi Staff writer, , SCThe FBI will investigate the integrity of the evidence room at the Spartanburg County Courthouse after Clerk of Court Marcus Woodrow Kitchens was accused of taking ...
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NOV
26

SC police chief resigns as SLED investigates

The Associated Press State & Local WireWIS-TV, http://www.wistv.comProsperity, SCA South Carolina police chief has resigned as state agents investigate his department.Acting Prosperity Police Chief Benji Sease told WIS-TV that Craig Nelson stepped down from his position with...
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OCT
11

The DNA backlog;

The Post and Courier (Charleston, SC)BYLINE: GLENN SMITH, The Post and CourierColumbia, SCSLED crime lab unable to keep up with demandThe robber moved through York County like a one-man crime wave, shooting four people in a string of business holdups. Investigators were stum...
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