$27K of seized cash missing from Tennessee police department, other issues found


Both the evidence custodian and the former captain stated they had, at times, "borrowed" cash for personal purchases and would later pay back the "borrowed" funds. nJune 2, 2022 LIVINGSTON, Tenn. (WZTV) — The Tennessee Comptroller's Office has reported that $27,000 is missing from an evidence room at the Livingston Police Department. An investigati...

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Investigation Finds Questionable Cash-Handling Within Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit


"State law requires that municipal funds be deposited no later than three working days after they are received," April 01, 2022 An investigation by the Tennessee Comptroller's Office focuses on the activities of a Jackson Police Captain who has managed the administrative aspects of the Jackson-Madison County Metro Narcotics Unit's (JMCMNU) seizures...

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Missing money at LPD spurs investigation

City Attorney - funds "have went amiss" at Livingston Police Department.  April 7,2021 An investigation is underway concerning missing money at Livingston Police Department, according to Livingston City Attorney John Meadows. Meadows informed the Board of Alderman of the investigation during the Monday, April 5 monthly meeting. Meadows be...

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TBI investigates fire that sparked at the Morgan County Sheriff's Office

Sheriff Potter and the responding fire departments had every thing under control. March 1, 2021 MORGAN COUNTY, Tenn. — Authorities in Morgan County asked TBI to help determine the cause of a fire at the sheriff's office. There was a fire this evening in one area of the upstairs level of the Morgan County Sheriff's Office, per Sheriff Wayne Potter. ...

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Former Chattanooga officer charged with eight violations after taking firearms from dead individuals in Feb. 2020

In Feb. 2020, former Chattanooga officer Eric Brown responded to two different calls. Both calls involved someone who died and left behind a firearm. February 20, 2021 A former Chattanooga Police Department officer is under fire after a year-long investigation showed eight violations of CPD's code of conduct, including Class A misdemeanors, crimina...

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Knox County Criminal Court Clerk asks judge to remove chemicals from Joel Guy Jr. trial evidence

Criminal Court Clerk Mike Hammond asked Judge Steve Sword to remove the hazardous chemicals currently stored in evidence, November 6, 2020 KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE)- Joel Guy Jr., who was convicted of murdering and dismembering his parents over Thanksgiving weekend in 2016, was back in a Knox County courtroom Friday for a hearing related to evidence ...

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Criminal Court Clerk discusses ‘human error’ in property room mix-up


"human error" when a clerk in her office's property and evidence room mistakenly grabbed evidence from another murder case and gave it to attorneys working on the death row case of Pervis Payne. October 18, 2020 Shelby County Criminal Court Clerk Heidi Kuhn said it was "human error" when a clerk in her office's property and evidence room mistakenly...

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Investigating ‘The Mess’ : Memo jogs ex-cop’s memory


Retired MPD official says he destroyed evidence, including rape kits, in hundreds of sex crimes cases in the 1990s AUGUST 3, 2020 This article was produced in partnership with the Institute for Public Service Reporting at the University of Memphis, a nonprofit newsroom specializing in investigative and explanatory journalism. Buried somewhere in a ...

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Tennessee convict charged with killing two women in 2001

Dentures collected by investigators, in that case, had been placed in a police property room June 24, 2020 MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee convict serving prison time for a 2001 rape has been charged with killing two women later that year, prosecutors said. A Shelby County grand jury has indicted Thomas Maupin, 70, on murder charges in the deaths...

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How a true crime book and a DNA hit led to an arrest in Spring Hill's coldest case — and maybe more


Baldwin, a long-haul truck driver who'd traveled across 48 states May 21, 2020 About a year ago, Spring Hill Police Department patrolman Ty Hadley saw a book on a desk inside a co-worker's office and unknowingly started a life-changing conversation. The hardback, "In the Name of the Children" by retired FBI Special Agent Jeffrey L. Rinek, belonged ...

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Missing narcotics funds the fault of poor record-keeping, State audit says


In addition, investigators found that the unit did not keep inventory records of drug evidence and seized property. May 22, 2017 An audit of Cheatham County's government spending for the 2016-2017 fiscal year by the Comptroller found that the narcotics unit of the Sheriff's Office had "questionable expenses with confidential funds" and missing evid...

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Deputy fired for having sex in Rutherford County Sheriff's Office evidence room

The deputy who lost her job and the on-duty patrol deputy had sex in the evidence room two or three times this year, November 17, 2019 A deputy lost her job recently after Rutherford County Sheriff Mike Fitzhugh discovered she had sex in an evidence room. The deputy, who had the rank of corporal, "engaged in sexual intercourse while on duty in her ...

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Tennessee ex-sheriff worker charged with evidence room theft

A former sheriff's department employee in Tennessee is facing charges of stealing from the office's evidence room September 21, 2019 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former sheriff's department employee in Tennessee is facing charges of stealing from the office's evidence room. According to a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation news release, 53-year-old Ton...

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Former narcotics officer sues sheriff’s office following fentanyl exposure

The deputy began experiencing a Fentanyl overdose and gave himself two doses of Narcan. July 25, 2019 MEMPHIS, Tenn.-- A former narcotics deputy has filed a federal lawsuit against the Shelby County Sheriff's Office and a third-party mental health provider after suffering two overdoses of fentanyl from contaminated evidence. The deputy is no longer...

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Former MTSU Officer found guilty of stealing evidence

Burke had been set up in a sting operation after suspicions arose that he had stolen an AR-15 gun from a police locker. June 28, 2019 MURFREESBORO, TN (WSMV) - A former university police officer has been convicted of stealing evidence. Prosecutors used the officer's body camera as part of the proof. Former MTSU campus police officer Marco Burke was...

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'A leap of faith': Officials enter burned Loudon County Courthouse to retrieve

The vault, in the Circuit Court Clerk's office on the first floor, housed evidence in civil and criminal cases, including handguns and long guns identified as murder weapons April 25, 2019 LOUDON — Gripping a flashlight, Loudon County Mayor Rollen "Buddy" Bradshaw ventured into the remnants of the courthouse, stepping on fallen pieces of ceiling to...

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Former Tennessee officer arrested in Panama on theft charge


The TBI says agents began investigating a theft from the Sweetwater Police Department's evidence room in September 2007 Enter Article DATE HERE CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Authorities in Tennessee say a former police officer accused of stealing money from an evidence room 10 years ago has been arrested in Panama. The Tennessee Bureau of Investig...

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Man, 20, sprinkles COCAINE over Nashville police officer's head 'to destroy the evidence'


He removed a clear bag of cocaine from the same pocket, crushed the bag in his hand, and sprinkled the drug over the head of Officer Ryan Caulfield and into the air June 29, 2018 A Nashville man has been arrested after he sprinkled cocaine over the head of a police officer in an attempt to dispose if the evidence. Antonio Freeman was stopped on a d...

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Lawrence County sheriff, deputy arrested

The investigation also revealed that Brown violated multiple laws in his handling of a confiscated still and moonshine. Enter Article DATE HERE LAWRENCEBURG, TN (WSMV) - The Lawrence County sheriff and one of his deputies have been arrested after being indicted on Thursday by the Lawrence County Grand Jury. Lawrence County Sheriff Jimmy Brown,...

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Plaintiffs suing Memphis for untested rape kits hope to be considered ‘class action

Among other benefits, it would allow them to be awarded up to $10 million in damages rather than $700,000. May 10, 2018 MEMPHIS, Tenn. — Rape victims are still waiting to get justice as the lawsuit against the City of Memphis for the thousands of untested rape kits moves forward. Valencia Woodin is one of those victims. She was raped at a hotel fiv...

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State audit reveals 'number of problems' in Mountain City Police Dept.'s property, evidence room


"In some instances, evidence bags had been cut open and drugs were missing. Investigators were unable to determine what happened to the seized property because it was not clear who had accessed the evidence room," said an audit report." March 29, 2018 MOUNTAIN CITY, TN (WJHL) - State auditors and Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents revealed to...

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Botched investigation: Body overlooked for 49 days in van on police property

"It is absolutely embarrassing," said Mike Collins, a retired Shelby County Sheriff's deputy. February 8, 2018 MEMPHIS, Tenn. - FOX13 has new information about what happened the night Memphis police officers overlooked a shooting victim. Investigators told FOX13 no one has came forward to identify the body found. MPD hopes that a loved one, family ...

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He was wrongly convicted and spent 31 years in prison. Now he's asking the state for $1 million (DNA)

Lawrence McKinney, 61, was convicted in Memphis in 1978 and spent more than 31 years in prison before new DNA evidence led the court to overturn the conviction in 2009 December 28, 2018 Days after Gov. Bill Haslam exonerated a Wilson County man who was wrongfully convicted of rape and burglary, his lawyers have asked the state for $1 million in dam...

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Metro narcotics sergeant charged with pocketing $5,000 in sting set up by department

Authorities says he pocketed thousands of dollars in cash during a sting set up by the department. Enter Article DATE HERE A Metro Nashville Police Department sergeant was arrested Wednesday after authorities says he pocketed thousands of dollars in cash during a sting set up by the department. James Landon Dunaway, 42, a narcotics sergeant in...

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Former Memphis police lieutenant testifies about negligence, cover-up in sex crimes unit

A former Memphis Police Lieutenant testified on Wednesday that detectives intentionally closed sexual assault cases without sending victim's rape kits out for testing or following up on leads first November MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Shocking new details are coming out of a lawsuit against the City of Memphis for the backlog of untested rape kits. A former ...

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Rutherford County Sheriff's Office Achieves IAPE Accreditation

The International Association for Property and Evidence, Inc. (IAPE) announced today  that the Property and Evidence Section of the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office has been awarded full accreditation status as of September 15, 2017 October 4 , 2017 The International Association for Property and Evidence, Inc. (IAPE) announced today (Wednesd...

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Memphis wins federal grant to process rape kits

Out of the 12,000 kits, laboratories have finished testing 8,944. October 1, 2017 Memphis will receive a $1.07 million grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to finish processing untested rape kits, Congressman Steve Cohen announced Friday. As of August, the Memphis Police Department had processed and analyzed about 73 percent of a backlog that ...

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Ex-Smith County deputy accused of stealing drugs from evidence room

Marshall, who is from Gordonsville, is being held at the Smith County Jail on $10,000 bond September 27, 2017 CARTHAGE, TN (WSMV) - A former Smith County deputy is now facing charges after allegedly stealing drugs from the sheriff department's evidence room. Brandon McKae Marshall is charged with two counts of official misconduct, two counts of the...

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Sheriff calls for evidence room investigation after audit

The report outlined problems, including missing drugs, present guns and drugs that weren't recorded in the inventory and disconnected security cameras. Enter Article DATE HERE ERIN, Tenn. (AP) - A Tennessee sheriff is calling for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to look into irregularities of his department's evidence room and the former ...

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Drugs missing, guns mishandled in Houston County evidence room

"Officials failed to perform an annual inventory." September 25, 2017 A state investigation has found serious problems with the Houston County Sheriff's Office property and evidence room, including drugs that were missing, guns and drugs in the room that weren't in the inventory and security cameras that weren't connected. The Tennessee Office of t...

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District attorney: Marijuana laced with fentanyl is in Tennessee

entanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid used in medical settings to treat chronic pain. On the street, it takes just a small amount for someone to overdose within minutes August 18, 2017 NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A Tennessee District Attorney is offering a warning about a new, deadly mix of drugs – marijuana mixed with fentanyl. DA Matthew Stowe tol...

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A rapist left his dentures behind at the crime scene. His name was written inside. But no one looked.

Enter Headline here July 31, 2017 The 2001 attack was vicious. In August, a 31-year-old Memphis woman was walking along Thomas Street, an empty stretch of road drilling through an industrial area north of downtown. A man approached, forced her off the road, and stabbed a metal object up under her chin so hard it stuck to the roof of her mouth. Then...

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Former Calhoun police chief, officer arrested in TBI extortion case

Agents developed information that the Tanksley, the department's former chief, and Godsey, an officer, extorted two arrestees by seizing personal property until the arrestees contributed money to the police department's drug fund. May 19, 2017 CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation have obtained indictmen...

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DNA results from rape kit backlog in Memphis reveal possible serial killer

Authorities say they've managed to connect a rape suspect in Memphis to other rapes and murders in Missouri and South Carolina Enter Article DATE HERE MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- A new development in the DNA rape kit backlog in Memphis is linking one suspect to multiple horrendous crimes across different states. Authorities say they've managed to connec...

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Dickson County Woman Allegedly Took Evidence From Patrol Car


An investigation began on April 3 after the disappearance of money and drugs from a patrol car DICKSON, Tenn. - A Dickson County woman has been charged with bringing contraband into a jail and tampering with evidence.Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said an indictment was obtained for 31-year-old Tasha Naydean Corlew. ...

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Rape Kit Backlog Testing to Finish This Year


More than 12,000 untested rape kits were discovered in evidence lockers and other places throughout the MPD in 2013. Some of the oldest kits dated back to 1976. January 17, 2017 The final, untested rape kits from the city's backlog of more than 12,000 should be sent to labs for review in a few months, Memphis City Council members were told Tuesday....

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Former cop who stole money, drugs sentenced to six years in prison


Admitting he used his position to steal money and narcotics from the department's property room, was sentenced today to six years in prison. November 3, 2016 A former Mount Vernon Police Department detective who pleaded guilty in March to a federal extortion charge, admitting he used his position to steal money and narcotics from the department's p...

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New Tazewell police officer arrested for stealing drug evidence


A New Tazewell police officer has been arrested after investigators allege he stole previously seized narcotics collected as evidence by the police department. October 26, 2016 NEW TAZEWELL (WATE) – A New Tazewell police officer has been arrested after investigators allege he stole previously seized narcotics collected as evidence by the police dep...

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Dickson officer to face hearing over inmate drinking incident


Enter Headline here September 9th 2016, DICKSON, TN (WSMV) - At least three inmates in Dickson County caused quite the stir when they used a bathroom break to steal Kentucky Deluxe whiskey, syringes and a knife from an officer's locker. It all happened at their holding cell area while they were waiting to go into Municipal Court. The inmates were s...

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Dickson inmates found drunk in cell


Officers quickly realized the inmates had gotten into one of the officer's lockers, taken a half-gallon of whiskey and drank it. August 17, 2016 DICKSON, TN (WSMV) - Police are investigating after several Dickson County inmates were found drunk in their cells and one had to be taken to the hospital. Tuesday was court day for inmates in Dickson. Off...

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Former police pleads guilty to official misconduct

The Daily Post-Athenian, http://dpa.xtn.netAthens, TNA former Athens police detective has been sentenced to two years of unsupervised probation and ordered to pay the city $11,600 for taking money from a police evidence room....

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Ex-officer avoids jail in missing cash case

Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tennessee)BYLINE: Todd SouthAthens, TNA former Athens Police Department detective will avoid prison but will have to pay back $11,600 he took from the police evidence locker, a judge said Thursda...

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Sheriff's audit has revealed stolen Rx;

The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)BYLINE: Yolanda Jones, County, TNPrescription drugs were taken from evidence roomDeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco confirmed Friday that an internal audit revea...

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New Information: Old Arson Evidence Remains Stored In Metal Container

MyEyeWitnessNews.comBYLINE: Jeni DiPrizio, to ArticleOne VideoMemphis, TNMEMPHIS, TN -- Evidence from several arson cases remains sitting in metal storage containers more than six months aft...

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Levy's misconduct changes way evidence is handled

The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee)SECTION: MAIN NEWSBYLINE: Brian HaasNashville, TNA small amount of marijuana found in a Mississippi hotel room has forced big changes in the way Nashville's medical examiner stores and han...

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Former medical examiner Bruce Levy pleads guilty to official misconduct

<em>Former state and Davidson County Medical Examiner Bruce Levy has been charged with official misconduct, according to court records. Levy, 60, will be in court Tuesday morning in connection with the new charge.</em> File / The Tennessean

The Tennessean, tennessean.comBYLINE: Brian Haas • THE TENNESSEAN • November 24, 2010 Nashville, TNBruce Levy pleaded guilty to a misconduct charge regarding the removal of marijuana from evidence closets. JOHN PARTIPILO / TH...

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Pentagon gun traced to Memphis police

msnbc.msn.comThe Associated Press, MSNBC Link to ArticleMemphis, TNSome departments sell or trade weapons seized in criminal casesWASHINGTON - Two guns used in high-profile shootings this year at the Pentagon and a Las Vegas ...

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Memphis Police Director Godwin: We obey gun-resell law

The Commercial Appeal, Scripps Interactive Newspapers Group www.commercialappeal.comBYLINE: Richard Locker, to ArticleMemphism, TNBut director doesn't like losing optionsNASHVILLE -- Memphis Po...

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TBI investigates Metro medical examiner Bruce Levy

The Tennessean (Nashville, Tennessee)BYLINE: By, Chris EchegarayNashville, TNThe Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is probing whether Dr. Bruce Levy took marijuana and any other items from the medical examiner's evidence room...

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Confiscated-gun law is truly unfortunate

The Jackson Sun, jacksonsun.comJackson, TNWe fail to see the advantage of a new state law forcing police agencies to sell confiscated weapons, putting them back on the street. Many law enforcement officials don't like the ide...

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