New drug kits save police dogs from opioid overdoses

inhaling powerful opioids can be deadly, so officers have a new tool to protect their four-legged partners: naloxone, a drug that has already been used for years to reverse overdoses in humans. June 7, 2017 BOSTON — Police dogs simply follow their noses to sniff out narcotics. But inhaling powerful opioids can be deadly, so officers have a new tool...

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Cocaine spills out of California vending machine toy, police say

150 POUNDS OF METH FOUND IN POPCORN BOXES June 7, 2017 California police discovered cocaine hidden in vending machine toys on Monday after a boy's putty ball ruptured and dumped out white powder, officials said. A mom and her son bought the toy from a vending machine for a quarter at Taqueria Los Altos restaurant in Bell Gardens, police said in a n...

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Former Vt. Dispatcher Sentenced

The dispatcher will spend the next six months on house arrest after letting her boyfriend and another man into restricted areas of the sheriff's department. June 7, 2017 White River Junction — A former Orange County dispatcher will spend the next six months on house arrest after letting her boyfriend and another man into restricted areas of the she...

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Ex-Springfield police officer Kevin Burnham died before pleading guilty

Burnham allegedly stole $400,000 from evidence room June 6, 2017 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It was a tragic ending to the life of a retired Springfield Police Officer, who had been accused of stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars from the police department's evidence room. Kevin Burnham allegedly stole nearly $400,000, between 2009 and 2014. H...

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Trial underway in 1994 Pontiac murder-rape ‘cold case’ - DNA

DNA evidence was linked to a Pontiac native currently serving time for his involvement in a similar crime. June 6, 2017 Testimony began Thursday in a 1994 homicide-criminal sexual conduct case, brought to trial in Oakland County Circuit Court after DNA evidence was linked to a Pontiac native currently serving time for his involvement in a similar c...

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Dead officer’s pension in jeopardy, A.G. drops charges

The Attorney General found evidence that Burnham tainted 170 different drug cases June 6, 2017 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Former Springfield police officer Kevin Burnham died an innocent man in the eyes of the law. The Attorney General's office told the I-Team, the larceny charges against Burnham will be dropped. It's unclear whether Burnham signe...

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Police alerted to spread of deadly threat of synthetic drug fentanyl

Federal officials issued an urgent warning Tuesday to local police across the country to take added precautions in their contacts with addicts and dealers suspected of carrying the quick acting, deadly drug fentanyl. June 6, 2017 WASHINGTON – Federal officials issued an urgent warning Tuesday to local police across the country to take added precaut...

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Former Vt. Dispatcher Sentenced


She also gave Sadler the keys to the drug take-back drop box and the evidence room, the affidavit states. June 7, 2017 White River Junction — A former Orange County dispatcher will spend the next six months on house arrest after letting her boyfriend and another man into restricted areas of the sheriff's department, where the pair allegedly took pr...

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Warrant issued for ex-officer after failing to show up in court

Retired Officer Kevin Burnham was supposed to have change-of-plea hearing June 5, 2017 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A warrant has been issued for the arrest of former Springfield police officer charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars, after he failed to show up in court for a change-of-plea hearing Monday. The hearing for Kevin Burnha...

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Detective in Sanborn case turns over more files he kept at home

The lead detective who kept police files in his attic related to the investigation of Anthony H. Sanborn Jr. has turned over additional documents that include more information on that murder case as well as other cases, a new court filing reveals. June 5, 2017 The lead detective who kept police files in his attic related to the investigation of Ant...

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SPD chief asks FBI to look into gun thefts

No other excuse other than they went 17 years without auditing the vault, and we're trying to fix that." Enter Article DATE HERE Selma Police Chief Spencer Collier is asking the FBI to take over an investigation into an alleged gun mill involving a former evidence technician. Collier said he made the request because of a conflict of interest w...

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Fairfield narcotics cop accused of stealing heroin, OxyContin

"Like too many other families in Connecticut, my son and our family are facing the effects of the opioid epidemic that is sweeping our state," the mayor said." June 2, 2017 BRIDGEPORT - Investigators were preparing to arrest Fairfield Police Detective Stephen Rilling for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars in heroin and OxyContin pills from the...

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Fairfield narcotics cop accused of stealing heroin, OxyContin

Police said between June 2016 and February 2017, Rilling signed out more than 225 folds of heroin, more than 800 OxyContin pills and a few packets of cocaine from the department's evidence room on the false pretext of needing to have the drugs tested and "ultimately converted these narcotics for his personal use, and consumed them as a result of an...

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Ex-Springfield cop accused of stealing from evidence room back in court

Ex-Springfield cop accused of stealing nearly $400K from evidence room May 31 ,2017 SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A judge has denied an attorney's request for a re-continuance in the case of an ex-Springfield police officer accused of stealing nearly $400,000 from the police department's evidence room. Retired Springfield Police Officer Kevin Burnham...

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St. Lucie County Clerk of Court digs out some of the oldest, most chilling pieces of evidence

Evidence from nearly 4,000 cases sits inside two evidence vaults in the St. Lucie County Courthouse. Some have been stored there for decades. Enter Article DATE HERE Cute and ST. LUCIE COUNTY, Fla. -- They're the items behind some of the most haunting, shocking and tragic crimes in our community. Evidence from nearly 4,000 cases sits inside tw...

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Saliva helps detectives solve double murder case

Detectives say saliva helped solve a multiple murder case that eluded investigators for six years in Southern California. May 30, 2017 LOS ANGELES — Detectives say saliva helped solve a multiple murder case that eluded investigators for six years in Southern California. CBS Los Angeles reports police arrested 32-year-old Geovanni Borjas on Tuesday ...

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At least 175,000 rape kits are sitting in storage facilities around the country instead of being tested

More than 99 percent of perpetrators in rape cases don't see any jail time, and with a rape occurring every two minutes in America, that suggests a shocking number of unpunished perpetrators on the scene. May 14, 2017 A massive backlog of sexual assault kits that have yet to be tested could mean that thousands of potential serial rapists remain on ...

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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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Halton police staff sergeant charged after investigation into drug evidence tampering

Murray's arrest also raises questions about a program he ran encouraging the public to drop off unwanted medications — including prescription painkillers — at local police stations and pharmacies. May 28,2017 The former head of Halton Region's police drug squad, who once boasted of major busts and encouraged residents to drop off their unused presc...

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Investigation continues into alleged gun mill

Investigators uncovered more than 200 guns with the bulk coming from the department's evidence vault. May 25 , 2017 The Selma Police Department is cooperating with the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) in an investigation into an alleged gun mill involving a former evidence technician. Selma Po...

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This State Assembly Bill Could Help End California's Notorious Rape Kit Backlog

Assembly Bill 41, which seeks to determine exactly how much of the nation's notorious rape-kit backlog is centered in California, May 26, 2017 A bill to end the backlog of untested rape kits in California, introduced in March by San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu, is heading to the state Senate. Assembly Bill 41, which seeks to determine exactly ...

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Fairfield Police Arrest Detective After Probe Into Missing Evidence

Fairfield police said they have reviewed their policy and have implemented stricter guidelines regarding evidence. March 27, 2017 A police detective has been arrested after an investigation into missing drug evidence, police said. Detective Stephen Rilling, 40, was charged with possession of narcotics, forgery and tampering with evidence, among oth...

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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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No one knows how many untested rape kits there are in California. This bill aims to fix that


Assembly Bill 41 would require law enforcement agencies to report to the state how many sexual assault kits they collected and have examined, and how many they haven't May 26, 2017 Tens of thousands of rape kits are sitting on shelves in police and sheriff's department evidence rooms nationwide. And no one has tested them to see what crimes they co...

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Man accused of breaking into Parma PD evidence room

According to the sheriff, they found several guns that were propped against the door and a backpack containing several handguns sitting near the doors to the evidence room. May 25, 2017 NEW MADRID COUNTY, MO (KFVS) - A man is accused of breaking into the Parma Police Department evidence room on Tuesday, May 23. Anthony E. Leisure was charged with s...

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Hollywood police work to correct mismanaging of Property and Evidence Unit

More than $130,000 in cash, 1,000 pills stolen from evidence room Enter Article DATE HERE HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - The Hollywood Police Department is continuing to work on correcting its mismanagement of its Property and Evidence Unit, the Broward Office of the Inspector General reported Thursday in a news release. The OIG reported in February that H...

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Ohio coroner runs out of room for bodies due to spike in opioid deaths

They have already expanded the cooler once last year because space for 36 wasn't enough. It now holds 42 bodies. Enter Article DATE HERE DAYTON, Ohio -- For the second time this year, a coroner's office in Ohio has run out of space for dead bodies due to the opioid epidemic, CBS Pittsburgh reports. The Tribune-Review reports the Montgomery Cou...

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The Benefit Of Bicycles

the department hopes to make the donation a recurring program in which bicycles collected as evidence get new life May 25, 2017 Rainy weather Wednesday didn't keep police away from the Lucy F. Simms Continuing Education Center to donate refurbished, used bicycles to teenagers in need. The recipients are members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Harr...

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Police department gets cat to protect evidence room

Watson looks like an average house cat, but the newest member of the Moody Police Department has a special job. March 25, 2017 MOODY, Ala. - A rash of break-ins in a police department's evidence room had the department calling in a special investigator to rid it of the problem. Watson looks like an average house cat, but the newest member of the Mo...

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Police department gets cat to protect evidence room

A rash of break-ins in a police department's evidence room had the department calling in a special investigator to rid it of the problem. Enter Article DATE HERE MOODY, Ala. - A rash of break-ins in a police department's evidence room had the department calling in a special investigator to rid it of the problem. Watson looks like an average ho...

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Murder suspect arrested in 20-year-old Columbus cold case - DNA

An arrest was made this week that could help close the book on a 20-year-old unsolved murder in Columbus. May 24, 2017 COLUMBUS, MS An arrest was made this week that could help close the book on a 20-year-old unsolved murder in Columbus. Investigators with the Columbus Police Department, along with other agencies from the state and region, said Dav...

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Former Iredell deputy sentenced to probation in evidence theft case

Instead of leaving the pistols in the sheriff's office evidence room, he signed them in and took them for himself, May 24, 2017 he former Iredell deputy charged with taking two pistols he seized during an investigation pleaded no-contest Wednesday to larceny and obstruction of justice. A Superior Court judge sentenced Thomas Lane "Tommy" Adams to 2...

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Suffolk officer testifies about destruction of evidence in Bittrolff case

The department also destroyed evidence that might have linked one of its sergeants to the cases because it wasn't identified as homicide evidence March 24, 2017 The Suffolk County Police Department destroyed evidence in two murders because of a paperwork error, an officer testified Wednesday at the trial of the man charged in both cases. The depart...

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Better technology comes through for Farah family in 1974 Jacksonville cold case

Fingerprints found on a box of cake mix and a can of frosting prompted police to arrest the well-known French Quarter "human statue. May 24, 2017 Bobby Farah was a child when his father was shot and killed on May 22, 1974, in an attempted armed robbery at his Jacksonville grocery store. As the decades rolled by, the son, three sisters and Freddie F...

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DNA Leads To Arrest In 1996 Columbus Homicide

Murray became a suspect on May 16th when DNA evidence linked him to the 1996 killing of Mack Fowler May 24, 2017 COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – The man accused of killing Mack Fowler on July 8, 1996 is in the Lowndes County jail. David Murray, 52, made his first court appearance on Wednesday afternoon. Muncipal Court Judge Rhonda Hayes Ellis denied bond ...

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Dutch police plan mass dna test to find cold case killer of boy, 11

They expect that 15,000 men, mainly from Limburg, will be asked to take part in the program on a voluntary basis May 23, 2017 The public prosecution department is preparing a massive dna research project in the hunt for the killer of an 11-year boy almost 20 years ago, officials said on Tuesday. New techniques have allowed scientists to identify dn...

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Ex-Framingham Cop's Larceny Trial Scheduled For September

A 31-year veteran Framingham Police officer accused of stealing more than $20,000 in cash from the department's evidence room May 23, 2017 FRAMINGHAM, MA - A 31-year veteran Framingham Police officer accused of stealing more than $20,000 in cash from the department's evidence room nearly two years ago is scheduled for a September trial. In Middlese...

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Brampton court clerk accused of stealing evidence money identified

One employee — an exhibits clerk — has been charged with a single count of theft. May 19, 2017 Peel Regional Police say the investigation into an alleged internal theft of evidence money at the A. Grenville and William Davis Courthouse in Brampton is complete. One employee — an exhibits clerk — has been charged with a single count of theft. Police ...

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End the SAK Backlog


Sexual Assault Kit Initiative - SPREAD the WORD! Advocate to Eliminate the Evidence Room Backlog - May, 15th 2017 Help us spread the word about the rape kit backlog to your community. Tell your elected officials to prioritize rape kit reform. Urge your friends and family to learn, advocate for change and support our efforts to end th...

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Accused Shooter Allegedly Poops On His Arrest Warrant

Being accused of a crime is pretty crappy, but that's no reason to poop on a search warrant. May 18, 2017 He's accused of attempted murder, but it's what allegedly did afterwards that's raising a stink. Being accused of a crime is pretty crappy, but that's no reason to poop on a search warrant. That's what a Florida man accused of shooting at a Dee...

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Federal Funding For Reform (SAKI)

Enter Headline here May 18, 2017 Good news! For the third consecutive year, Congress has fully funded the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative (SAKI) grant program. In the FY17 spending bill signed into law earlier this month, Congress allocated $45 million for SAKI, keeping intact this much-needed funding for communities to test backlogged kits, investig...

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Wisconsin DOJ: 63 of 6,000 Sexual Assault Kits Tested So Far

May 15, 2017 MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Only about 60 of 6,000 untested sexual assault evidence kits sitting on Wisconsin shelves have been analyzed so far, state Department of Justice officials said Monday. Attorney General Brad Schimel has said the kits are sitting for a variety of reasons, including that prosecutors decided some cases were too weak to...

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Framingham Police Evidence-Room Scandal An Issue — Again

Framingham Police Department's former evidence room officer and the discovery of a "hidden key'' to the evidence room was raised in court on Tuesday by the defense attorney for a Framingham man charged with drug trafficking. Enter Article DATE HERE WOBURN, MA -- The fallout from the scandal created by the alleged theft of money by the Framingh...

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Ohio officer accidentally overdoses after touching Fentanyl during drug response

May 15, 2017 EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – An East Liverpool Police officer, while responding to a drug-involved call Friday night, accidentally touched Fentanyl and overdosed. Friday around 8:50 p.m., East Liverpool patrolman Chris Green responded to a traffic stop at the bottom of Lisbon Street at West 8th Street. According to a police report, Ea...

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12 Investigates: SPD evidence room pill theft charges to expire May 11


The highly addictive pills were discovered missing when the department's Internal Affairs Bureau conducted an in-depth audit of the facility in May 2012 May 12, 2017 Five years after 14,100 hydrocodone pills were discovered missing from the Shreveport Police Department's evidence, no arrests have been made for the theft. KSLA News 12 InvestigatesIf...

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Halton drug cases in limbo after evidence in police vault ‘may have been compromised’

An outside force has been called in to investigate after an internal police audit found dozens of drug exhibits in a secured storage bunker may have been tampered with May 12, 2017 Halton drug prosecution cases are in jeopardy after an internal police audit found dozens of exhibits stored in an evidence vault "may have been compromised," the Star h...

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Police camera expert says APD videos were edited

Angell said that five videos made the night of the shooting by police officers – one from the body camera of Tanner Tixier, one from Daniel Brokaw, and three from Sonny Molina – had been edited prior to being uploaded to Evidence.com. May 12, 2017 A former police detective and on-body camera expert said in a sworn affidavit that video recordings po...

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UPDATE: Investigation uncovers alleged gun ring involving former SPD evidence technician

Collier said the 200 plus missing guns were not noticed because the paper work was also allegedly stolen and destroyed. May 12, 2017 An investigation into a former evidence technician with the Selma Police Department has uncovered a criminal operation allegedly responsible for stealing and selling hundreds of stolen guns from evidence. Adrianne Mic...

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65K items cram evidence building — and Billings police are asking for more storage room

Part of what's driving the higher estimate is meeting the storage standards of the International Association for Property and Evidence, said Allen Rapacz, president of Schutz Foss, the architectural firm designing the new facility. May 9, 2017 The pungent odor of marijuana permeates Beth Gartner's workplace — a place where Gartner knows the wh...

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ARLENE VIOLET - ‘Monkey business’ at NP Police

found that at least 100 items, including a handgun, six green pills, crack cocaine, a ring, two necklaces, and a computer laptop are missing or misplace May 9, 2017 North Providence Acting Police Chief Christopher Pelagio has led a charmed life. He leap-frogged over three captains and was appointed by Mayor Charles Lombardi as acting deputy chief i...

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