Retired MSP sergeant headed to prison on felony gun conviction

At least 12 people had keys to the evidence room October 10, 2017 CADILLAC — A retired Michigan State Police sergeant cleared of wrongdoing in an embezzlement case was sentenced to serve two years in prison on a firearms charge Monday in 28th Circuit Court. Malcolm Lindsey Irwin, 53, of Cadillac, was told by Judge William Fagerman as he was handing...

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Bedford Police Officer Arrested Saturday

The investigation stems from Eddie Allen mishandling evidence - the theft of cash October 9, 2017 (BEDFORD) - A Bedford Police Department officer was arrested Saturday on warrants charging him with theft and official misconduct. Indiana State Police arrested 42-year-old Edward Allen, of 1329 Peerless Rd., Saturday at 8:55 a.m. He posted a $755 cash...

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The Latest: Some concertgoers’ belongings being returned

Deputy Clark County Fire Chief John Steinbeck announced Sunday that items are being returned to people at a Family Assistance Center in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. October 8, 2017 LAS VEGAS — The Latest on the mass shooting in Las Vegas (all times local): 10:15 a.m. Officials say they're beginning to return personal belonging...

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Laconia police prepare to destroy old guns

The weapons include shotguns, pistols and bolt-action rifles. October 6, 2017 LACONIA — Police have asked a judge to allow them to destroy about two dozen guns, some used in crimes, some used in suicides and others simply found on land or in a river. The weapons include shotguns, pistols and bolt-action rifles. Police Chief Matt Canfield said the d...

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Washington state gets $3M to ease backlog of 6,000 untested rape kits

Washington state is getting $3 million in federal grant money to continue analyzing forensic evidence in previously untested rape kits. Some of the money will go to creating a cold-case team to investigate sexual assaults that may have occurred years, even decades, ago. Enter Article DATE HERE The state's ongoing efforts to analyze DNA from th...

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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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Duggan: Dracut Police Dept. evidence locker audit 'disturbing'

"It is clear from the audit, that the appropriate steps contained within the training material were never implemented or followed." October 6, 2017 DRACUT -- Although the Middlesex District Attorney's Office has found no indication that the integrity of any evidence within the Dracut Police Department has been compromised, former interim Chief Neil...

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Even deadlier form of fentanyl reaches San Diego County

Carfentanil is 100 times stronger than the synthetic opioid fentanyl and is typically used to sedate massive animals like elephants October 6, 2017 Imagine a substance so potent that a few specks — the size of a few granules of table salt — can kill you. If you didn't think the stakes could get any deadlier in the emerging fentanyl crisis, it has. ...

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Murray County Sheriff's deputy charged with stealing from evidence room

Miles says more than $10,000 worth of material was missing from the evidence room Enter Article DATE HERE MURRAY COUNTY, Ga. — The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) is charging a deputy with the Murray County Sheriff's Office (MCSO) with stealing more than $10,000 worth of items from an evidence room. GBI spokeswoman Nelly Miles says agent...

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Prosecutors slammed for ‘lack of moral compass,’ withholding evidence in widening Mass. drug lab scandal

In the first case, after five years, the Massachusetts supreme court eventually forced state prosecutors to compile a list of affected defendants and ultimately dismiss 98.5 percent of the cases involved, with more than 21,000 drug convictions erased.Enter Headline here October 4, 2017 Twice in recent years, chemists used by the state of Massachuse...

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FBI evidence teams provide expertise to local law enforcement

Teams are typically made up of a team leader, photographer, sketcher, evidence custodian, evidence collectors or searchers and specialists. Specialists have epxertise in hazardous materials, structural engineering, anthropology, botany, entomology and more. October 4, 2017 While it's not as glamorous a job as the TV show "CSI" makes it seem, invest...

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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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Fentanyl-detecting laser could save lives, help officers

The device was developed as part of the Fentanyl Detection Project -- a joint effort between the St. Petersburg Police Department and Pinellas County Sheriff's Office. October 4, 2017 LARGO (FOX 13) - Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid 50 times more potent than heroin that was once used to treat terminally ill cancer patients. But drug dealers have fou...

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Former police officer headed for court

Former Johnstown police officer accused of stealing heroin from an evidence locker October 3, 2017 Ebensburg, Cambria County Pa. - A former Johnstown police officer accused of stealing heroin from an evidence locker, and then overdosing while on the job will be in court today. William Slisz allegedly started stealing drugs in the fall of 2015. Then...

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Former Morganfield Police Chief Sentenced

Craig Bolds was sentenced to three years in prison for abuse of public trust and theft. October 3, 2017 The former chief of the Morganfield Police Department in Union County is sentenced after admitting to stealing evidence. Craig Bolds was sentenced to three years in prison for abuse of public trust and theft. Bolds was charged for taking money an...

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NIBIN Links Drive by Shooting Investigations with Homicide Investigation

By: Joyce Riba & Jan Schmitt ​As an instructor for IAPE, I always try to mingle with the students and learn some of the systems and processes they are using which have been successful for them when handling or storing evidence.It was during one of these classes that I met Evidence Identification Supervisor Jan Schmitt from the Yuma Police Depar...

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City Attorney Pushes to Have Backlog of Untested Rape Kits Cleared in San Diego

San Diego has approximately 2,500 rape kits that have yet to be analyzed Enter Article DATE HERE San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott appealed to Governor Jerry Brown to sign bills that will help bring justice to rape survivors through rape kits. In 2014 state auditors found collections of up to 40,000 untested rape kits in various California ...

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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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Decades after pregnant woman’s nude body found on California beach, sex offender arrested (37 years later)

New technology and an "innovative technique" for looking at DNA evidence linked Yniguez to the crime scene in 2013 October 1, 2017 LOS ANGELES – More than 37 years after the nude, lifeless body of a young pregnant newlywed was found along the coast of Palos Verdes Estates, investigators on Friday announced the arrest of a convicted rapist whose all...

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Battling the backlog: More than 1,100 potentially untested and unsolved sexual assault kits in KC

Some of those sexual assault kits date back nearly 40 years. October 1, 2107 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - More than 1,000 potentially untested sexual assault kits are on an evidence room shelf here in Kern County. Some of those sexual assault kits date back nearly 40 years. 23ABC's I-Team investigated why there are so many that are poteniatlly untested an...

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Hazmat cleaning crew offers glimpse inside former fentanyl lab in Sturgeon County

Edmonton police announced they had made the largest fentanyl pill seizure in Canadian history. September 29, 2017 Dean May, owner and president of Mayken Hazmat Solutions, said his Calgary-based hazardous cleaning and remediation company got the contract to clean up the house at 306-26023 Township Road 544 roughly three weeks ago. He and two other ...

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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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MD lawmakers tackle sexual assault laws

Senate Bill 349 prevents that from happening by prohibiting police from destroying rape kits within 20 years of collection Enter Article DATE HERE This year Maryland lawmakers focused on sexual assault. The General Assembly approved several new pieces of legislation. One of those laws says police must retain rape kits for 20 years, another rec...

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Houston faces class action lawsuit from sexual assault victims

The Houston Forensic Science Center took over the police department's forensic operations in 2014 and said it eliminated a backlog dating to the 1980s that it inherited from the police department. October 1, 2017 Current and former Houston officials are facing a class action lawsuit from sexual assault victims who said the delay in testing their ra...

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DNA tech breaks Florida killer clown cold-case, leads to woman’s arrest 27 years later

Authorities tracked down witnesses, re-interviewed them and examined evidence using DNA technology not available in 1990​ September 27, 2017 (CNN) — Marlene Warren was finishing breakfast with her son and his friends on May 26, 1990, when a white Chrysler LeBaron pulled into the driveway of her home outside West Palm Beach, Florida. Someone dressed...

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Skeletal remains found in septic tank ID'd as woman who vanished in 2004 (DNA)

The remains, which were found on July 26 in a tank in Weslaco, were positively identified as Johnson through DNA, according to the Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office. September 27, 2017 HIDALGO COUNTY, Texas -- Skeletal remains discovered in a southern Texas septic tank have been identified as a woman reported missing more than a decade ago, reports C...

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Evidence in several criminal cases destroyed by Harvey

That water also flooded the property room, which contained 15,000 pieces of evidence September 27, 207 HOUSTON (KTRK) -- We know the havoc Harvey wreaked on the court system here in Harris County, but it also did a number on evidence in a handful of criminal cases. The Courthouse Annex on Cypresswood in northwest Harris County flooded in Harvey's t...

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Police announce arrest in Palm Desert 1993 cold case murder

Remains were identified more than two decades later through DNA September 27, 2017 PALM DESERT, Calif. - A Northern California man is awaiting trial on charges of murdering another man's romantic rival from Palm Desert, whose remains were identified more than two decades later through DNA, which was also used to link the accused killer-for-hire to ...

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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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Deputy accused of theft had not booked items into property room for months

Deputy is accused of stealing from people he arrested Deptember 25, 2017 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Court records reveal new details in a case where a Kern County sheriff's deputy is accused of stealing from people he arrested. Deputy Edward Bermudez -- who is out on bail -- made his first court appearance at the beginning of September and pleaded not g...

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Charge stands in Framingham police evidence room case

The former supervisor of the police department's evidence room remains on track to face trial on two felony charges after a judge refused to dismiss allegations he abused his position for personal gain. Enter Article DATE HERE Middlesex Superior Court Judge Thomas P. Billings last week denied a request to drop the charge, finding a grand jury ...

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Former Royalton Police Officer Charged With Giving Heroin From Evidence Room to His Girlfriend

Former Royalton police officer John Breault was charged on Thursday with taking heroin from the department's evidence closet this summer and giving it to an opioid addict, Enter Article DATE HERE Burlington — Former Royalton police officer John Breault was charged on Thursday with taking heroin from the department's evidence closet this summer...

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City leaders look at police department over missing weapons

Tupelo's police department cannot locate some of its firearms inventory September 26, 2017 TUPELO – Tupelo's police department cannot locate some of its firearms inventory, but Chief Bart Aguirre said the problem dates back to previous administrations and more stringent controls are now in place. A cache of weapons were identified as missing by the...

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Inside CSPD's evidence locker - guns, furniture, baseball bats and cake

Already the unit is running out of room in its combined 16,000 square-foot facilities, forcing the Police Department to purchase Conex containers to hold the overflow. September 25 The most bizarre objects you can think of probably have been stored in the Colorado Springs Police Department's evidence facilities at one point or another. Some of the ...

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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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Drug testing part of new Braintree police contracts

The town council approved a three-year contract with its police unions that includes a provision for random drug testing. September 22, 2017 BRAINTREE – New contracts with town police unions call for officers to undergo random drug testing. The contracts, with the Braintree Police Superior Officers Association and the Braintree Police Officers Asso...

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Cops corral unused drugs

Marcoux thinks more departments would install the drop-off containers if the drugs weren't clogging up their evidence rooms September 21, 2107 Half a ton: That's the weight of prescription drugs that Lamoille County Sheriff Roger Marcoux and his deputies have picked up from other police departments in the last month. Marcoux is the point man for a ...

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Jury finds man guilty in Tulsa cold-case murder solved through DNA

DNA evidence, testing leads to conviction in 23-year-old case September 21, 2017 A jury recommended Thursday that a man spend the rest of his life in prison for the beating death of a woman inside her north Tulsa residence more than 23 years ago, which he was linked to in 2014 through upgraded DNA testing. The jury deliberated about 4½ hours before...

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Untested rape exam kits number thousands in Indiana

September 20, 2017 Like many states, Indiana has a problem — mountains of untested rape exam kits in local law enforcement agencies that contain DNA evidence potentially identifying sex offenders. Indiana's backlog of untested kits is certainly in the thousands. Victim advocates say the question is, how many thousands? No one can accurately answer ...

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Investigation fails to solve mystery of missing drug evidence

The mystery of what happened to 71 oxycodone pills that disappeared after being introduced as evidence in a Franklin County drug-possession trial remains unsolved after a sheriff's office investigation. Enter Article DATE HERE The mystery of what happened to 71 oxycodone pills that disappeared after being introduced as evidence in a Franklin C...

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Orange County deputy charged with grand theft

A deputy with the Orange County Sheriff's Office is accused of grand theft after stealing items from a crime scene, including cash, and possibly using stolen credit cards in another county, i September 19, 2017 A second deputy came to the address on Heming Way to handle the drug case, which resulted in Shehata's arrest, officials said. When Shehata...

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Insane amount of fentanyl seized in record-breaking bust

NYPD and DEA agents recovered 64 kilograms of the lethal drug from a residential  as part of a broader pair of stings that netted $30 million worth of narcotics. Enter Article DATE HERE Law enforcement agents seized a record haul of street-grade fentanyl from a Queens building — ​marking ​the largest ​such bust ​in New York City history, ...

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Assistant prosecutor knew of sheriff's office evidence trouble in 2015, reports show

In 2015, the State Police were investigating a sheriff's office employee suspected of stealing drug forfeiture money.​ Sept. 18, 2017 LANSING — An Ingham County assistant prosecutor and a Michigan State Police investigator were told of widespread problems with evidence at the Ingham County Sheriff's Office more than a year before news reports expos...

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Harrisburg police corporal to plead guilty to $22K theft

A former supervisor of the Harrisburg police vice unit plans to plead guilty to charges he stole more than $22,000 from an evidence locker September 15, 2017 HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A former supervisor of the Harrisburg police vice unit plans to plead guilty to charges he stole more than $22,000 from an evidence locker, according to court document...

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After lab closure, daunting questions on DNA-based convictions remain

Thousands of people — defense attorneys estimate 4,000 to 5,000, while prosecutors say fewer than 3,600 — were convicted using evidence processed by the Police Department's forensics lab between 2004 and 2016, Enter Article DATE HERE The shuttering of the Austin Police Department's forensics lab after an audit found unscientific protocols and ...

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"We got you": Arrest in 1992 cold case slaying of Mass. teacher's aide Lisa Ziegert

Last year, Gulluni released a computer-generated rendering of a suspect using new technology that analyzed the DNA to predict the suspect's physical characteristics. September 18, 2017 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Massachusetts prosecutors say they've made an arrest in the slaying of a middle school teacher's aide 25 years ago. A court on Friday issued an...

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Hazel Park chief feels betrayed after detective is accused of stealing $85,000

Enter Headline here Enter Article DATE HERE HAZEL PARK, Mich. (WJBK) - Hazel Park police veteran Sean K. Boucher is accused of embezzling $85,000 from the city. "He was one of the most trusted and respected members of the police department and that's why he was in the position that he was," said Chief Martin Barner. Barner say he feels betraye...

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Former MPD Officer To Be Arraigned Monday

Allegations that he stole evidence Enter Article DATE HERE MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG/ AP) – A 44-year-old former Mobile Police officer is scheduled to enter a plea in court Monday morning following his arrest last month on a drug charge and allegations that he stole evidence. Corporal Damian Colvin was arrested after an internal investigation that be...

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Officer charged with stealing meds will enter program

A Vineland police officer who allegedly helped himself to drugs from the Project Medicine Drop box while on duty September 14, 2017 BRIDGETON - A Vineland police officer who allegedly helped himself to drugs from the Project Medicine Drop box while on duty has been authorized to enter the Cumberland County Pretrial Intervention Program. Back in Jun...

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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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