DNA leads to arrest in 1986 cold case slayings of two young women

The Fremont Police Department announced they arrested David Misch, 57, on suspicion of two counts of murder in the slayings of two young women whose nude bodies were dumped along a road, the East Bay Times reported. Fremont is southeast of San Francisco. Enter Article DATE HERE FREMONT, Calif. -- The 1986 killings of two California women who d...

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North Carolina man arrested after decades-old rape kit tested

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said at a news conference Wednesday that 56-year-old Warren Lee Caldwell was arrested March 1 and jailed in connection with the rape of an 18-year-old in 1990 and of a 17-year-old in 1994. March 7, 2018 RALEIGH, N.C. — Police in North Carolina's largest city have accused a man of two rapes of teenagers dating back more ...

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Former Harper Woods officer sentenced to probation

Michael Lynch, 37, had been charged with six counts of larceny in a building, misconduct in office and possession of heroin after being accused of stealing items from the department's property room in February 2017. March 1, 2018 HARPER WOODS — A former Harper Woods Department of Public Safety officer was sentenced on Feb. 27 after being accused of...

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Her rape kit sat untested for 22 years. Oregon police say they just found a DNA match

When a $2 million grant paid to test some of the state's 5,600 untested kits following a public outcry, police packed up the kit and sent it off to a private lab in Utah, reported The Oregonian. The kit produced a DNA match in November – 22 years after the crime. March 1, 2018 Taken in a 1996 sexual assault case, the rape kit sat untested in a Port...

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Audit shows North Carolina has 15K untested sexual assault kits

A new state law required all law enforcement agencies to report their numbers of untested rape kits to the State Crime Lab earlier this year, and 92 percent of the 563 agencies responded. March 1, 2018 RALEIGH — North Carolina has more than 15,000 untested sexual assault kits, a backlog that national advocacy group described as "significant." Attor...

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Evidence missing from Santee sheriff's station, clerk resigns amid investigation

Enter Headline here Enter Article DATE HERE A Sheriff's Department property clerk resigned in December amid a criminal investigation into missing evidence.The clerk, a nearly 10-year employee named Angela Messig, acknowledged the property room she oversaw in Santee was a mess but denied stealing any evidence.The property-theft case is the seco...

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Poulsbo police officer charged with drugs, theft

A Poulsbo police officer was charged Wednesday with theft and felony drug possession after she confessed to repeatedly taking narcotics left in city hall's prescription drug take-back box, according to court documents. Enter Article DATE HERE PORT ORCHARD — A Poulsbo police officer was charged Wednesday with theft and felony drug possession af...

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ATF investigating disappearance of cache of guns from Compton vault

The guns had been stored in a vacated building on Alameda Street which had been home to Compton's old City Hall. A vault with heavy metal doors and a large combination lock secured the cache. March 1, 2018 COMPTON, Calif. (KABC) -- Compton City officials reported a cache of 30 weapons missing and federal agents from the ATF are investigating. The d...

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Former Kane County deputy sentenced to 30 days in jail for drug crimes

Zinke was charged in April 2015 after an Illinois State Police investigation into allegations she kept medications that were meant to be delivered to her department's evidence vault. March 1, 2018 A 40-year-old woman who pleaded guilty to a drug crime she committed while working as a Kane County sheriff's deputy cried Thursday after a Lake County j...

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Former Leadville Police Chief Sentenced For Thefts From Evidence Room

The investigation revealed that Leake took several guns from the evidence room, brought them to pawn shops in Denver, and presented himself as the owner. Enter Article DATE HERE LEADVILLE, Colo. (CBS4) — A judge sentenced Michael Leake, the police chief for the city of Leadville for six years, to 15 years of probation Friday for stealing from ...

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Charges dropped in 40 cases, another dozen under review after Billings evidence tech's drug thefts

The Billings Police Department said during a press conference that it had fired the technician , on Feb. 6 after she confessed to stealing oxycodone and other opioids from evidence, affecting 138 cases. March 1, 2018 Yellowstone County will drop criminal charges in roughly 40 cases and dismiss another dozen cases under review because a Billings Pol...

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Poulsbo Police Department makes changes after thefts, audit finds

The finding identified a number of weaknesses within the department after a former employee stole two guns, $2,000 went missing from a police department fund, and a gold necklace disappeared from the evidence room. Enter Article DATE HERE By Brynn Grimley Recent thefts within the Poulsbo Police Department prompted the city to make drastic chan...

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Canterbury pleads guilty in gun mill case - possible 10 years

According to court documents, Canterbury was in possession of more than 280 guns, including pistols, revolvers, shotguns and rifles. February 28, 2018 A federal judge has accepted a guilty plea from a Valley Grande man arrested last May for his involvement in a gun mill responsible for stealing and selling guns from the Selma Police Department's ev...

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Key evidence missing in 2008 shovel beating case

According to court documents filed this month, Hansen's defense team argues crucial evidence from the attack has been destroyed by the Albuquerque Police Department, February 26, 2018 ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- He's accused of savagely beating a teenage girl within an inch of her life. The victim is still recovering from the attack. Justin Hansen was arr...

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Police Officer Faces Tribunal Over Staff Room Biscuit Theft

It's not about the biscuits, they say; it's the principle of it all February 20, 2018 A police officer is facing an internal disciplinary hearing over a classic case of inter-office political wrangling, after he was accused of taking another officer's biscuits from a cupboard. Yes, everyone waded in over that. It's not about the biscuits, they say;...

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Billings Police evidence tech fired after stealing oxycodone, which affected at least 138 cases

It is the second time in roughly three years drug cases have been affected by BPD evidence technicians stealing drugs. Enter Article DATE HERE A Billings Police Department employee was fired earlier this month after stealing prescription painkillers from the evidence locker, police said Tuesday. The revelation throws into question hundreds of ...

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Medical examiner taps DNA science to find missing persons

February 18, 2018 NEW YORK — For families who have searched years for missing loved ones, donating a sample of their DNA is often a last, desperate act to confirm their worst fears. New York City's medical examiner is leading a nationwide effort to collect genetic material and match it with unidentified human remains. It's a way to finally give fam...

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Man at center of alleged Selma gun mill pleads guilty

Adrianne Canterbury, who goes by Michelle, was accused of taking guns and jewelry out of the Selma Police Department evidence vault, the secure area where she worked. Richard Canterbury would then fix the guns so they could then be sold online. February 18, 2018 SELMA, AL (WSFA) - Richard Canterbury, one of three people accused of taking part in an...

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Murder charges filed in 30-year-old cold case after Wonder Lake woman's body exhumed (DNA)

In more recent years, investigators were able to rely on DNA evidence to cast a new light on circumstances surrounding Lori Bringe's death. Enter Article DATE HERE WONDER LAKE – First-degree murder charges were filed Monday in a 30-year-old cold case that led investigators to exhume the body of a Wonder Lake woman. Arizona police arrested Mark...

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Broken Arrow detective submits resignation amid allegations of mishandling evidence in Bever case

Wood told the World last week that Adcock collected a series of items from a local auction house, primarily electronics, that had been in the Bever home and deposited them in a locker with the intent to take them to the department's property room later but forgot to do so Enter Article DATE HERE Gayla Adcock had been scheduled for a hearing th...

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Lawrence civilian property room clerk had BAC of .22 while on the job, according to police chief

A civilian employee of the Lawrence Police Department is out of a job after being accused of being drunk on the job. Enter Article DATE HERE LAWRENCE, Ind. -- A civilian employee of the Lawrence Police Department is out of a job after being accused of being drunk on the job. The woman was the clerk of the police property room which is where ev...

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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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Ex-police corporal gets 3 months in prison for $22K theft

A former Harrisburg police official will serve three months in prison for stealing more than $22,000 from an evidence locker. Enter Article DATE HERE HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) – A former Harrisburg police official will serve three months in prison for stealing more than $22,000 from an evidence locker. Sean D. Cornick was sentenced Wednesday in f...

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Record payout approved for Simi Valley man wrongfully convicted of grisly 1978 murders (DNA)

Nearly 40 years later, the 70-year-old man has a slew of powerful voices behind him as he fights to correct the injustice of having spent more than half of his life in prison for a grisly double murder he didn't commit. Feb 15, 2018 For years, from inside a cell at Folsom State Prison, Craig Coley couldn't get anyone to listen. But his message was ...

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St. George man pleads guilty to selling evidence while working for police department

A former Southern Utah police evidence technician has entered a guilty plea in relation to allegations that he sold police evidence through his daughter's online store. February 17, 2018 ST. GEORGE — A former Southern Utah police evidence technician has entered a guilty plea in relation to allegations that he sold police evidence through his daught...

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Former evidence room employee under investigation in Weber County

An evidence audit team has now been assembled to go through every piece of evidence in the department to make sure whatever unknown substances the woman was allegedly taking weren't stolen from the room Enter Article DATE HERE OGDEN — The Weber County Sheriff's Office has launched an investigation into a former evidence room employee who may h...

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Louisiana Man Exonerated by DNA Evidence After Serving Nearly 38 Years in Prison for Rape He Didn’t Commit

Macolm Alexander, who was just 21 years old when he was wrongfully convicted of aggravated rape and sentenced to life in Louisiana State Penitentiary February 13, 2018 Malcolm Alexander, who was just 21 years old when he was wrongfully convicted of aggravated rape and sentenced to life in Louisiana State Penitentiary (Angola), was released from pri...

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N.Y. lawmakers push for preservation of rape kits

Measures would create a central storage facility where rape kits kept for 20 years February 14, 2018 ALBANY — A bipartisan group of New York lawmakers on Tuesday called for an overhaul of state laws and regulations governing the retention and handling of rape kits, including the creation of a central storage facility where the forensic evidence wou...

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Former Anne Arundel police lab tech gets 6 months in prison for stealing drugs from department

Pleaded guilty to stealing prescription drugs from drop boxes at district stations for more than two years. February 13, 2018 A former manager of the Anne Arundel police crime lab was sentenced to six months in prison Tuesday after she'd pleaded guilty to stealing prescription drugs from drop boxes at district stations for more than two years. Tues...

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Man Sues Chicago, Police for Wrongful Conviction

A man who spent nearly a quarter century in prison after being convicted of rape and murder before DNA testing prompted authorities to drop the charges has filed a lawsuit that alleges he was coerced by Chicago police detectives into confessing. Enter Article DATE HERE A man who spent nearly a quarter of century in prison after being convicted...

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Proposed Bill Would Create Database for Sexual Assault Kits

Currently, Missouri has no way of keeping track of processed sexual assault collection kits. A proposed bill hopes to fix that February 12, 2018 Currently, Missouri has no way of keeping track of processed sexual assault collection kits. A proposed bill hopes to fix that. During a hearing Monday afternoon, members of the public spoke in favor of a ...

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33 pounds of fentanyl is seized in Boston - enough to wipe out all of Massachusetts - as drugs ring with direct links to Mexico's Sinaloa cartel is disrupted

Prosecutors said the synthetic opioid was being sold on the street by a drug gang with links to Mexico's notorious Sinaloa Cartel, the drug organization once led by Joaquín 'El Chapo' Guzmán February 9, 2018 Authorities in Boston have seized more than 33 pounds of fentanyl - enough to kill millions of people - in connection with one of Massachusett...

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$10M worth of fentanyl found stuffed in fish fillets

Several slabs of fish weren't enough to keep New York City detectives from finding several kilos of the deadly drug fentanyl February 10 ,2108 NEW YORK — Several slabs of fish weren't enough to keep New York City detectives from finding several kilos of the deadly drug fentanyl. Officers tailed Johnny De Los Santos-Martinez, 35, to Leland Avenue an...

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Police: Advances in DNA technology helped link 3 cold-case homicides in Eugene

Eugene Police say investigators have connected three cold-case homicides thanks to advances in DNA technolog Enter Article DATE HERE EUGENE, Ore. - Eugene Police say investigators have connected three cold-case homicides thanks to advances in DNA technology, the department said Friday. Police did not identify the cases. A press conference on t...

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Wisconsin Sexual Assault Kit Tests Lead to 20 DNA Hits

The state Department of Justice's efforts to analyze thousands of untested sexual assault kits generated nearly two dozen DNA hits during the last half of 2017. February 9, 2018 MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Republican Attorney General Brad Schimel's efforts to analyze thousands of untested sexual assault kits generated a score of DNA hits during the last h...

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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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Ex-police officer sentenced for stealing more than $310K

Brady had been hired in August 2010 as the department's forfeiture coordinator February 6, 2018 FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A former police officer who confessed to stealing more than $310,000 in cash from his department has been sentenced to one year and four months in prison. The Sun Sentinel of South Florida reports 34-year-old Gerard Anthony B...

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Rape Kit Tracking App Created To End Back Logging Of Rape Kits

A group of engineers are aiming to use their technology skills to tackle social problems. Feb 08, 2018 MONTGOMERY, AL -- (WTVY) A group of engineers are aiming to use their technology skills to tackle social problems. They hope to help end the back log of rape kits in the criminal justice system, by using an app. The idea is that victims of sexual ...

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Police sergeant is arrested after being caught on camera 'stealing a paralyzed woman's prescription opioids and offering her hush money'

Maryland Sgt. Christopher Barnett, 45, stole three pills from a paralyzed woman after entering her home to question her about an unrelated case February 5, 2018 A Hagerstown police sergeant in Maryland has been arrested after stealing prescription opioids from a paralyzed woman, who caught him on video. Sgt. Christopher Barnett, 45, stole the woman...

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Cold Case: 29 Years Later, Suspect Charged With Murder of Anne Levee (DNA)

or 29 years, the murder of a 27-year-old woman near Lake Pleasant went unsolved. Now, there is a suspect. Enter Article DATE HERE The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday that it arrested 55-year-old Donald Lee Scott for the December 10, 1988, slaying of Anne Levee, who had been shot multiple times when deputies found her. It was...

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Man pleads to 1984 rape cases after DNA match

The evidence from both cases matched a DNA profile for Slade that was in a state database. February 6, 2018 VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- A man has pleaded guilty to two rapes in Virginia that police say he committed in 1984. The Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday that 58-year-old Rubin Carroll Slade Jr. will face up to two life terms at his sentencing...

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Former Officer to Plead Guilty to Drug Distribution

Court records indicate a former Vermont police officer accused of stealing heroin from a police evidence locker for a woman with whom he was having an intimate relationship has changed his plea to federal drug charges. February 1, 2018 Court records indicate a former Vermont police officer accused of stealing heroin from a police evidence locker fo...

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Eagle County Sheriff: Old VHS movies, unidentified bones among items in Evidence Vault (column)

Residents may remember the 7-foot-tall inflatable penguin that made its way from house to house in Eagle-Vail five years ago Enter Article DATE HERE here's a 12-pack of Corona, and let the party begin. Those must have been the words of the teens arrested for underage drinking back in 1994. If they can prove ownership, then now that they are le...

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Miami Police Blame Massive Rape-Kit Backlog on Bad Equipment, Ask for Upgrades

Now, in an attempt to clear out the shameful number of untested kits, the City of Miami is asking the U.S. Department of Justice for $264,263 to help MPD better organize itself and actually handle sex-crime cases February 2, 2018 As of 2015, the Miami Police Department reported in a statewide audit that a whopping 2,243 rape and sexual-assault kits...

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Bill requiring tracking system for sexual assault kits passes Senate committee

​ February 2, 2018 INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – A bill that would allow for the development of a sexual assault kit tracking system passed a Senate committee on WednesdayState Sen. Michael Crider (R-Greenfield) drafted the bill after an audit on sexual assault kits in Indiana was conducted last year.Results of the audit showed 5,400 sexual assault kits wer...

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Ex-Framingham police officer loses pension after evidence room thefts

A former Framingham police officer who pleaded guilty to stealing cash from police headquarters was stripped of his pension Tuesday by the Framingham Retirement Board. Enter Article DATE HERE FRAMINGHAM — Fresh off a stint in jail, a former Framingham police officer who pleaded guilty to stealing cash from police headquarters was stripped of h...

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Alpharetta police officer fired for 'mishandling evidence' during drug raid

Alpharetta police have fired a detective after an internal affairs investigation determined he "grossly mishandled evidence" during a drug raid and then wasn't truthful during that investigation Enter Article DATE HERE NORTH FULTON COUNTY, Ga. - Alpharetta police have fired a detective after an internal affairs investigation determined he "gro...

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ISP releases 2017 report regarding tracking sexual assault kits


Idaho became the first state to fully implement a state-wide sexual assault kit tracking system. January 23, 2018 TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KMVT/KSVT) In January of 2017, Idaho became the first state to fully implement a state-wide sexual assault kit tracking system. The Idaho Sexual Assault Kit Tracking System released the 2017 audit with numbers and sta...

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Former Las Vegas Metro officer arrested for 1997 cold case murder (DNA)

A former Las Vegas Metro police officer was arrested after results from a DNA kit related to a cold case homicide matched his profile, an official Metro release confirmed. January 17, 2018 LAS VEGAS (FOX5) - A former Las Vegas Metro police officer was arrested after results from a DNA kit related to a cold case homicide matched his profile, an offi...

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Marijuana plants outgrow evidence room

The evidence room at the sheriff's department is overflowing with more than 60 marijuana plants. Enter Article DATE HERE CHARLEVOIX COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Medical marijuana cases are creating a problem for the Charlevoix County Sheriff's Office. The evidence room at the sheriff's department is overflowing with more than 60 marijuana pla...

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