How important is chain of custody?

SC acquits 2 individuals of drug charges due to broken chain of custody 01/24/24 The Supreme Court (SC) has acquitted two individuals of drug charges due to a broken chain of custody. In a 22-page decision, the SC Second Division reversed and set aside the ruling of the Court of Appeals (CA) and acquitted Francis Valencia and Ryan Antipuesto of cha...

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Lawyer: Cash accidentally burned; Ex-ODPS officer on trial for missing money

Byrd testified that during the audit, SLED discovered there were allegedly 21 files which had last been modified by Shultz which had currency missing. March 30, 2023 The attorney for a former Orangeburg officer says his client accidentally burned evidence room money. Former Orangeburg Department of Public Safety Lt. Carl Wayne Shultz is charged wit...

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Former officer convicted of taking guns, money from evidence in South Carolina

As a result, he was sentenced to 10 years in prison and suspended to one year of active time with probation afterward. The sentence was handed down by Judge Bentley Price. February 10, 2023 SUMMERVILLE, S.C. — A former South Carolina police officer has been sentenced to prison time followed by probation after an investigation found he took money an...

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Changes implemented at Summerville PD following former officer's arrest

He was accused of taking nearly $7,500 from their evidence room. February 11, 2022  SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCIV) — New changes have been implemented at the Summerville Police Department. This comes after a third audit was completed by SLED after a former officer was accused of selling evidence to a pawn shop back in 2020. "Any time someone tarnish...

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Ex-Summerville officer accused of stealing guns also accused of stealing cash from evidence

Rollings admitted to stealing $7,493 in cash after being confronted about that amount of money which was found to be unaccounted for from the police evidence room.Enter Headline here October 14, 2021 SUMMERVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - A training history report from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy shows the former Summerville Police officer char...

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SLED: Former Ninety Six police officer stole from evidence room

Warrants allege he stole $6,760 from the Ninety Six Police Department's evidence room. May 11, 2021 A week after a Ninety Six police officer was charged with domestic violence, he has found himself facing a new charge: stealing from his former employer. Agents with the State Law Enforcement Division arrested Charles Michael Waters Jr. on Monday and...

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

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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,...

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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 Atlant...

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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...

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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 ...

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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 COU...

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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 ...

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SLED conducts preliminary inquiry into Horry County evidence room controversy

The Sun News, Myrtle Beach, thesunnews.comBYLINE: Brad Dickerson - to ArticleHorry County, SCOfficials with the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division have begun a preliminary i...

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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 ...

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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 t...

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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 T...

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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...

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