Precinct 4 Deputy Accidentally Tossed Untold Amount of Drug Evidence

In any case, sounds like these defendants lucked out. August 25, 20 Thanks to the error of one Harris County Precinct 4 deputy, an untold number of accused drug offenders might be off the hook. In January, Precinct 4 Constable Mark Herman said his office discovered that the deputy, whom Herman did not name, accidentally threw away a large amount of...

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Precinct 4 Constable blames missing drug evidence on human error

The Harris County District Attorney's Office has thrown out a drug case after an employee discarded crucial evidence. August 18, 2016 HOUSTON (KTRK) -- The Harris County District Attorney's Office has thrown out a drug case after an employee discarded crucial evidence. David Bellamy, 40, was arrested in June 2015 on drug charges. This April, prosec...

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Fired Abilene police officer accused of mishandling marijuana evidence to be reinstated

City and police officials argued during the hearing that Jefferson checked out an unknown amount of marijuana from the evidence room on Sept. 3, 2009, and never returned it. They could find no record or person to validate Jefferson's claim that it was returned. August 5, 2016 A former Abilene police officer accused of taking marijuana out of eviden...

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Austin Scrambles with Fallout of Closed DNA Lab

In June, the Texas Forensic Science Commission told the department its audit had found that untrained staff and improper testing procedures raised concerns about the scientific validity of the lab's DNA test results. July 30, 2016 More than a month after the Austin Police Department was forced to abruptly shut down its DNA testing lab, it remains u...

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Ex-South Texas officer convicted in drug scheme

A former South Texas police officer has been convicted on federal drug charges for stealing cocaine and then staging a fake bust to cover up the theft. July 14, 2016 MCALLEN, Texas A former South Texas police officer has been convicted on federal drug charges for stealing cocaine and then staging a fake bust to cover up the theft.  A jury on T...

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Hearing ends for fired Abilene officer accused of taking marijuana

He is accused of tampering with evidence and violating department policy. Jul 07 2016 ABILENE, Texas - The appeal hearing for a former Abilene police officer accused of stealing marijuana from the department's evidence room ended Thursday afternoon at Abilene City Hall. Arthur Jefferson worked for the department for 12 years before he was terminate...

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Texas Rangers report reveals new details about Sullivan City Police Department scandal

Former Sullivan City police Chief Miguel Martinez didn't just watch a patrolman pocket marijuana last year -- he personally handled alcohol later mixed with the drugs, according to a Texas Rangers report. July 1, 2016 Former Sullivan City police Chief Miguel Martinez didn't just watch a patrolman pocket marijuana last year -- he personally handled ...

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Driscoll Chief of Police accused of taking drugs from evidence locker

Mike Cantu's been the chief for a year and a half. He previously served as a Corpus Christi City Marshall for several years.When reached late Monday afternoon, Cantu said the allegations are false. Jun 20, 2016 DRISCOLL - The Chief of Police in Driscoll is on administrative leave after being accused of taking drugs from an evidence locker at the de...

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Ex-South Texas cop won't serve jail time after pleading guilty to stealing pot from evidence room

On May 21, 2015, Sullivan City Police Chief Miguel Martinez saw de la Mora take handfuls of marijuana from the department's evidence room and did not stop the officer. Texas Rangers investigated the incident and Martinez and de la Mora were indicted January 27, 2016. Enter Article DATE HERE In exchange for pleading guilty, a former Sullivan Ci...

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Former Sullivan City police chief headed to trial in public corruption case

The charges against the former chief are in connection with a report in 2015 that officer Angel De La Mora had taken home remnants of marijuana from inside the department's evidence room. Jun 8, 2016 EDINBURG — Barring any last minute plea deals, a former Sullivan City police chief will take his case to a jury in less than two weeks after a hearing...

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Former sheriff's deputy accused of pawning guns from evidence locker

WFAA-TV, wfaa.comBYLINE: Brett Shipp, WFAAEllis County, TXSources say Lt. Phillip Slaughter abruptly resigned late last month. What followed shocked his co-workers.Phillip Slaughter (Photo: Courtesy - Ellis County Sheriff's D...

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Updated: After indictment, Sullivan City police chief takes 'leave of absence'

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Associated Press, CBS 4 (KGBT-TV), valleycentral.comBYLINE: Dave HendricksSullivan City, TXSullivan City police Chief Miguel Martinez4:35 p.m. Update: Sullivan City police Chief Miguel Martinez took a "leave of absence" Tuesd...

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Kemp police officer arrested

The Kaufman Herald, kaufmanherald.comKaufman County, TXKEMP - A member of Kaufman County’s law enforcement ranks has found himself on the other side of the bars.According to Kaufman County Sheriff’s Office public information ...

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Sheriffs Office Former deputy indicted for theft;

The Clay County Leader (Henrietta, Texas)BYLINE: Matt Kelton Clay County LeaderClay County, TXHamberger accused of taking firearm from evidence roomScott Alan Hamberger, a former deputy with the Sheriff's office, has been ind...

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Jefferson County Sheriff's Office property clerk indicted for felony theft

Beaumont Enterprise, beaumontenterprise.comBYLINE: Beth RankinJefferson County, TXMerisa Jones Pickens was arrested Nov. 24 and charged with felony theft after Jefferson County Sheriff's Office officials say she stole about $...

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DNA assists in arrest of Austin sex offender in Wisconsin

KVUE Television, Inc., kvue.comBYLINE: KVUE NewsLink to ArticleAustin, TXWisconsin police arrested a man accused of sexual assault in downtown Austin last year, and they did it with help of DNA evidence.APD detectives say Sha...

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Odor leaves department feeling green

Corpus Christi Caller-Times, SECTION: B; Pg. 9BYLINE: Katherine Rosenberg, / 886-3778Corpus Christi, TXThe last thing you would expect to smell in the police department is the strong odor of marijuana.Bu...

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Texas lawman charged with stealing evidence guns

The Associated Press State & Local Wire, STATE AND REGIONALHouston, TXA former Houston-area police officer has been charged with federal firearms violations after he allegedly kept weapons illegally that had been confiscated ...

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Inmates evacuated in bomb scare at city magistrate's office

San Antonio Express-News, METRO AND STATE NEWS; Pg. 2BBYLINE: Guillermo X. Garcia, STAFFSan Antonio, TXA bomb scare at the city magistrate's office triggered some anxious moments as dozens of manacled inmates were temporarily...

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Fort Worth police officer fired for falsifying report

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas)BYLINE: Deanna Boyd; Worth, TXFORT WORTH -- A Fort Worth police officer has been fired for falsifying a report to cover up for his loss of a suspect's wallet, then a...

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Former Celina PD Officer of the Year fired for alleged theft

WFAA 8 ABC, wfaa.comBYLINE: JOBIN PANICKER, , TXCELINA -- He was the Celina Police Department's Officer of the Year in 2010. He was interim chief, but then demoted to patrol.Now, he’s out of a job.The ...

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Some untested rape kits may not need lab review

YNN Your News Now, TWEAN d/b/a Your News Now (YNN) Austin, austin.ynn.comBYLINE: John A. SalazarAustin, TXWhen it comes to untested rape kits in Texas, it's not when they'll be tested, but if they can be tested.In Austin alon...

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Where's Your Evidence?

The Austin Chronicle, austinchronicle.comBYLINE: Jordan SmithPampa, TXAdvances in forensic science have made physical evidence increasingly crucial in criminal justice – but the practice of preserving and maintaining that evi...

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Michael Palmer, West Columbia Police Chief, Accused of Stealing Drugs from Ongoing Cases

Houston Press, houstonpress.comBYLINE: Casey MichelWest Columbia, TXIf found, please contact the Brazoria County DA's office.After being accused of swiping pills from his department's ongoing investigations, West Columbia Pol...

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Old Explosives Found In Property Room Of Texas Sheriff’s Office

KWTX-TV News 10, kwtx.comLink to ArticleGalveston County, TXGALVESTON (June 8, 2012) -- Several pounds of old explosives that were discovered in the property room of a Southeast Texas sheriff's department have been safely det...

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Former Stafford police officer acquitted in theft trial

ABC Inc., KTRK-TV/DT Houston, TX, to ArticleStafford, TXFormer Stafford officer Paul Germany was indicted on felony charges of theft and abuse of official capacity, according to the Stafford Police De...

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Ex-Local Police Chief Pleads Guilty To Taking Pistols From Evidence Room

BYLINE: Paul J. GatelyLink to ArticleWaco, TXRob Williams (Jail photo)WACO (April 20, 2012) -- Former Texas State Technical College police Chief Robert Ashley "Rob" Williams pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of abuse of offic...

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Jurors blamed for missing evidence

San Antonio Express-News, mySA, mysanantonio.comBYLINE: Craig Kapitan, Antonio, TXAfter sending a man to prison last Friday for burning a young boy, two jurors tried to leave the courthouse with e...

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Former Local Campus Police Chief Arrested On Sealed Indictment

Gray Television, Inc., kwtx.comLink to ArticleWaco, TXRob Williams (Jail photo)The former chief of a local campus police force was arrested on his birthday Friday after he was named in a sealed indictment that accuses him of ...

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Secure DEA Warehouse Houses Drugs Seized in Valley, krgv.comBYLINE: Camaron AbundesLink to ArticleOne VideoMcAllen, TXMCALLEN - The DEA needs a lot more space than a small Valley police department evidence locker to handle all the drugs they seize each day.Beams of l...

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Drugs, money missing from LMISD evidence room

The Daily News, galvestondailynews.comBYLINE: Christopher Smith Gonzalez, The Daily NewsLink to ArticleLa Marque, TXLA MARQUE — Drugs, money and possibly firearms all went missing from the School District Police Department’s ...

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Ex-lawman sentenced in gun case

The Houston Chronicle, chron.comBYLINE: CINDY HORSWELL, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, to ArticleLiberty County, TXJudge gives him 1-year term on federal chargeA veteran peace officer from Liberty County has ...

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Never-ending scandal: Will we ever fix HPD's crime lab?

HOUSTON CHRONICLE, chron.comLink to ArticleHouston, TXOur stomach sank when we saw the headline "More Untested Rape Kits at HPD" (August 10, Page 1). The Houston Police Department, it turned out, doesn't have a shocking 4,000...

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Storage of evidence key to exonerations;

USA TODAY, FINAL EDITIONSECTION: NEWS; Pg. 13ABYLINE: Kevin JohnsonDallas, TXHigh number of wrongly convicted people freed because of Dallas archive spurs national push to retain DNA tied to crimesDALLAS -- The exoneration of...

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DNA clears Texas man who spent 30 years in prison

<em>Cornelius Dupree Jr., center, smiles while attorney Barry Scheck, right, speaks in Dallas on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011. Dupree served 30 years for rape and robbery before being exonerated by DNA evidence.</em> (AP Photo/Mike Fuentes)

Associated Press, JEFF CARLTON, Associated PressDallas County, TX DALLAS – Prosecutors declared a Texas man innocent Monday of a rape and robbery that put him in prison for 30 years, more than any other DNA e...

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Officer Charged with Felony Theft

myfoxhouston.comBYLINE: DAMALI KEITH, ReporterLink to ArticleDownload VideoStafford, TXHOUSTON - An area police officer is finding himself on the wrong side of the law.The Stafford Police Officer is now indicted on two felony...

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Ex-Officer Accused Of Stealing From Police

KPRC, Click 2 Houston, click2houston.comLink to ArticleOne VideoStafford, TXPaul GermanyPaul Germany Charged With Theft, Abuse Of OfficeHOUSTON -- A former Stafford police officer has been accused of stealing thousands of dol...

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Justice delayed in rape cases

The Houston Chronicle, chron.comBYLINE: ANITA HASSAN, HOUSTON CHRONICLE, to ArticleHouston, TXMany assault kits untested; little progress made at HPD lab after 5 yearsFive years ago, when the troubl...

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Former Van Zandt County deputy charged with tampering with evidence

WorldNow and KYTX, 19HD KYTX, www.cbs19.tvStory courtesy of the Tyler Morning TelegraphBy KENNETH DEAN, Staff WriterLink to ArticleVan Zandt County, TXMissing evidence inside a locker at the Van Zandt County Sheriff's Office ...

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Local Police Chief Fired For Allegedly Misusing Evidence

KWTX, kwtx.comBYLINE: Eli Ross, to ArticleLink to VideoWaco, TXA Central Texas college says it has fired its police chief, after an internal investigation determined the chief may have been misusing evid...

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Amarillo police gather evidence in missing drugs probe

Amarillo Globe-News, amarillo.comBYLINE: Jim McBride, , TXSeven Amarillo police officers placed on administrative leave following an internal affairs investigation have returned to duty, but p...

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Guns found at Galveston jail facility

The Associated Press, KSAT ABC12,, ksat.comBYLINE: The Associated PressGalveston County, TXFirearms from evidence room had been marked as destroyedGALVESTON - The Galveston County sheriff's office says they discovere...

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