NOV
03

Former Cumru Township police lieutenant sentenced to 9 years in prison on child pornography offenses

He had been an evidence custodian for Cumru police. November 3, 2020 A former Cumru Township police lieutenant was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court in Easton to nine years in federal prison for transporting 257 child pornography images to his home computer. Timothy Woll, a 29-year veteran township police officer, was also ordered by District...
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09

Massachusetts drug lab scandal tied to Sonja Farak and Hinton Lab jeopardizes nearly 10,000 convictions: District Attorney

Middlesex DA Marian Ryan — who in a letter to state officials said 1,621 Middlesex cases have been called into question — is now pushing the Office of the Inspector General for answers on the OIG's lab investigation. Enter Article DATE HERE A judge's ruling that tossed out a defendant's conviction because of a drug lab scandal has now jeopardi...
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Former deputy charged with six felonies


Other items retrieved included multiple evidence bags from the Plymouth County Sheriff's Office which were either ripped open or left unsealed September 24, 2020 PLYMOUTH CO. — A total of 11 charges, including six felonies, were filed into the Iowa District Court for Plymouth County against former Plymouth County Sheriff's Deputy Aaron Leusink, on ...
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Stockton Springs man indicted for 1984 murder pleads not guilty

Damon was 20 years old at the time of Burke's murder. Enter Article DATE HERE BELFAST, Maine — A Stockton Springs man was been arrested and indicted on Tuesday for a murder that has been a cold case for 36 years. Kirt Damon Sr., 57, was indicted by the Waldo County Grand Jury for the 1984 murder of Dorothea Burke. Damon was arraigned Wednesday...
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Ex-officer charged with stealing from Blawnox, North Braddock police

State police learned of a report of missing cash from North Braddock Police Department evidence Enter Article DATE HERE A former police officer is charged with stealing from the North Braddock and Blawnox police departments while he was employed at both agencies. Joseph Andrew Lynn, 34, of McKeesport, is facing multiple charges including theft...
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Police: Arrest made in Wendy Jerome cold case from 1984

With today's technology, police were able to match the DNA to a family member, September 11, 2020 ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — Rochester Police have made an arrest in a 35-year-old cold case murder investigation in Rochester. Police arrested Timothy Williams, 56, on Sept. 9 in the case of 14-year-old Wendy Jerome. The Rochester native, who was living i...
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State Police lost thousands of e-mails related to trooper overtime fraud case

The lack of evidence could put the prosecution of the high-profile criminal case in jeopardy. August 14, 2020 An attorney for a former Massachusetts State Police lieutenant charged with overtime pay fraud says the law enforcement agency has lost tens of thousands of e-mails related to the high-profile criminal case, pointing to records that suggest...
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Anne Arundel County Police Officer Arrested After Firearms and Other Property Goes Missing During Death Investigation in Pasadena

When a police officer uses the authority bestowed by the badge to facilitate criminal activity of any kind, that officer is undermining law enforcement everywhere August 8, 2020 On April, 27, 2020 officers from the Anne Arundel County Police Department responded to an unattended death in the 1600 block of Wall Drive in Pasadena. On July 31, 2020, t...
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Denton Police officer charged for mishandling evidence (MD)

They have charged a Denton Police officer in connection to a reported mishandling of evidence at a crime scene. August 10,2020 DENTON, Md. – The Caroline County Sheriff's Office says they have charged a Denton Police officer in connection to a reported mishandling of evidence at a crime scene. We're told the Sheriff's Office was contacted by the De...
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AUG
07

Ex-officer pleads not guilty to stealing seized cash

  At the time, then-officer Daniel Steere was temporarily serving as the department evidence custodian. August 8, 2020 BENNINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A former Manchester police officer has pleaded not guilty to charges accusing him of stealing over $2,000 seized during a police investigation. Vermont State Police say the Manchester police chief contac...
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JUL
22

NYC sheriff seizes two shipping containers of illegal fireworks, arrests 127

We have made 127 arrests related to fireworks interdiction coming into New York City July 23, 2020 The city's crackdown on illegal fireworks started off with a bang — netting two shipping containers worth of pyrotechnics and nabbing 127 people for allegedly smuggling the firecrackers into the five boroughs from out of state in the last month. "We h...
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JUN
30

NYC To Crack Down On Mystery Fireworks That Are Fraying Nerves And Disrupting Sleep

The police department said there were 54 fireworks complaints in the first half of last year. In the same period this year, there have been more than 11,000. June 30, 2020 As mysterious displays of fireworks continue to be set off across the country – in Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston, Los Angeles – residents in New York City say the nightly cacopho...
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JUN
03

Internal audit reveals $150,000 missing from Lancaster County Drug Task Force

  It is a case of internal theft as the funds would have been kept in a secured area at their headquarters. May 2 ,2020 LANCASTER COUNTY — Officials say that an internal audit of the Lancaster County Drug Task Force revealed that $150,000 has gone missing. Task Force officials say the discrepancy was discovered on April 20, 2020 and belie...
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MAY
19

Sharon police incinerate years' worth of drug evidence

With crime down temporarily, there was time for spring cleaning May 17, 2020 SHARON — With people confined to indoors because of the COVID-19 pandemic, members of the Sharon Police Department had a little time on their hands. And the department has devoted that extra time to a spring cleanup of its evidence holding area. Sharon police Capt. Travis ...
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MAY
15

VSP: Former Manchester cop stole from evidence room

A Manchester, Vermont police officer faces charges of allegedly stealing money from an evidence room. May 14, 2020 Vermont State Police say officer Daniel Steere stole $2,000 from the Manchester Police Department's evidence room in 2018. The was cash seized during a police investigation in 2017. Steere was the evidence custodian during the time tha...
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MAY
08

Salisbury officer suspended, two employees cleared, one retires amidst four internal investigations

100% Inventory of Property Room under supervision of independent forensic auditor in partnership with Maryland State Police May 8, 2020 SALISBURY, Md. – City officials gave an update on Thursday regarding four separate investigations involving members of the city's police department. "We also want to reassure the public that their law enforcement o...
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APR
25

SI 'bishop' arrested for 1980 cold-case murder of Brooklyn teen Lorraine Snell


Chief of the District Attorney's Forensic Science and Cold Case unit, worked closely with the NYPD to utilize enhanced DNA technology. March 12, 2020 STATEN ISLAND — The mother of a Flatbush murder victim who was just 19 when she was strangled in 1980 sobbed tears of relief Thursday when PIX11 showed her photographic evidence that the long-time per...
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A Man Awaiting Trial for Murder Is the First COVID-19-Related Death Connected to the DC Jail (Missing Evidence)

Trial was delayed due to federal prosecutors' failure to immediately notify the defense about missing body camera evidence. April 13, 2020 Delayed justice may have cost Deon Crowell his life. The 51-year-old was transported from the DC Jail to a hospital on April 7 after he tested positive for COVID-19. Less than a week later, he died of complicati...
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MAR
25

Justice Department watchdog finds flaws in how FBI handles missing firearms and keeps track of explosives

The Justice Department's internal watchdog found flaws in the ways that the FBI keeps track of its firearms, ammunition, nonlethal weaponry, and explosives, including those seized as evidence March 24, 2020 The FBI has "strong physical controls over its weapons, munitions, and explosives," DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz found. But a report ...
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MAR
01

Rape kits sit in labs, untested as required

As of August 2019, over 1,500 kits were still in the possession of State Police Enter Article DATE HERE ALBANY — Hundreds of rape kits are sitting untested in New York State Police crime laboratories as standards are being skirted, a situation that's left law enforcement officials also questioning whether the labs can keep up with new pre-tria...
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FEB
17

1991 Asbury Park Homicide Cold Case Solved After 28 Years

DNA profiles from the victim's body, stockings, slip, and dress were retained and tested Enter Article DATE HERE FREEHOLD– A 1991 Asbury Park murder has been solved after new DNA evidence testing provided a crucial break in the case, announced Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni. On the morning of March 27, 1991, the Asbury P...
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FEB
16

DNA ties 24-year-old cold case murder to suspect named in ‘Serial’ podcast

Committed suicide while serving time in Louisiana on an unrelated charge in 2008 February 15, 2020 North Myrtle Beach police have solved a 24-year-old murder using DNA evidence, naming a man tapped as a possible suspect in the 1999 death of Hae Min Lee by the podcast "Serial," according to WPDE. Ronald Lee Moore, who had also been named in a series...
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FEB
15

Salisbury Police employee accused of stealing from evidence facility

Enter Headline here February 15, 2020 SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury Police Department and the Wicomico County State's Attorney released details on Friday about an investigation into a police department employee, accused of stealing items from the department's evidence facility. The Salisbury Police Department (SPD) recently began an audit of its p...
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FEB
01

Orange police cruiser contaminated with fentanyl

  Police Department paid for a bio-hazard remediation team from Trauma Services LLC, based in Mansfield, to decontaminate the vehicle, due to the substance's extreme potency. January 28, 2020 ORANGE — A police cruiser was contaminated with fentanyl following an arrest in Orange. A person arrested Monday tried to conceal fentanyl, which ended u...
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JAN
19

Philadelphia To Pay $4.15M To Man Over Wrongful Conviction

"It's a happy moment for me. It's been a long hard fight," January 3, 2020 PHILADELPHIA (AP) – The city of Philadelphia has agreed to pay $4.15 million to a man who spent 24 years in prison for a murder he didn't commit, one of the largest such payouts in city history. City officials agreed last week to settle a civil rights lawsuit filed by Shaurn...
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JAN
01

Trump signs bill to help eliminate backlog in rape kit testing

More than 100,000 rape kits remain untested. January 1, 2020 President Donald Trump has signed into law legislation that provides funding to help states eliminate backlogs in rape kit testing. The measure, signed Monday, will help deal with the more than 100,000 rape kits across the country that remain untested. Advocates say that, without proper f...
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DEC
29

Police search for owners of caged lizards found on Massachusetts street: 'This is not a misprint'

​Got Something - Your may not want! December 29, 2019 Police in Massachusetts are searching for the owner of several lizards that were found abandoned in cages on a street. The Stoughton Police Department posted photos of the reptiles on its Facebook page and asked for the owners to claim them. "Have you ever walked down the street carrying your li...
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DEC
20

Old Town Police Department Receives High Honors From The State

At the Old Town Police Department, is something of a Cinderella story December 18, 2019 In some ways, the scene at the Old Town Police Department, is something of a Cinderella story. They've gone from probably their lowest point ever, to as high a point as a police department can go. And it seems from here, the sky's the limit. Just a few years ago...
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DEC
20

Surveillance Footage of Jeffrey Epstein's First Suicide Attempt Has Gone Missing (Missing Evidence!)

"We want to be sure that all the evidence is preserved to show that Nick behaved appropriately and even admirably that evening, December 18, 2019 The New York Post has learned that the surveillance footage taken outside the cell of Jeffrey Epstein during his first alleged suicide attempt at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in New York has gone ...
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DEC
15

Alleged drug dealer throws loose fentanyl powder at cop’s face

"The officer exhibited fentanyl-related symptoms, including nausea and shortness of breath and was treated by emergency responders," December 15 An alleged narcotics dealer tossed a handful of deadly fentanyl powder at a cop investigating a Bronx drug packaging mill, authorities said Thursday. Members of the New York Organized Crime Drug Enforcemen...
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DEC
14

More than half of police, prosecutors miss N.Y. rape kit deadline

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and state lawmakers approved a law last year requiring the timely testing of rape kits, which contain physical evidence collected from the body and clothing of a victim in a possible sexual assault. December 13, 2019 ALBANY, N.Y. — More than half of New York's police agencies and prosecutors to report the number of untested sexual...
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DEC
14

Convicted killer charged in grisly 1980 killing of teen mom (DNA)

Charges come after DNA match in cold case December 13, 2019 Nearly 40 years after a 19-year-old mother was raped and killed in a Boston hotel room, the man authorities believe is responsible for her death has been charged, the Suffolk District Attorney's office announced Thursday. Steven Fike, a convicted rapist and murderer currently imprisoned in...
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NOV
27

Wrongful conviction: 3 Baltimore men freed after spending 36 years in prison for teen's murder

Lawyers involved in the case said they were "horrified" to see the amount of exculpatory evidence that was hidden from the defense team and jury. November 26, 2019 Three Baltimore men who spent 36 years in prison were released Monday after authorities say they were falsely convicted of a 1983 murder. Alfred Chestnut, Ransom Watkins and Andrew Stewa...
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NOV
21

No jail time for Elizabeth Boro ex-police chief who stole heroin from evidence room

Butler explained he became addicted after taking prescribed Vicodin (opioid painkillers) for neck and back pain and blamed the doctors Enter Article DATE HERE Former Elizabeth Borough police Chief Timothy Butler will not serve any jail time after pleading guilty to emptying his department's evidence room of thousands of packets of heroin to fe...
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NOV
16

Lawsuit by former Fairfield cop convicted of stealing drugs heads to trial

Police said 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 pretext of needing to have the drugs tested. November 13, 2019 BRIDGEPORT — A former Fairfield police detective will be allowed to sue the town over his resignation, a judge has ruled. A Superio...
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NOV
11

State criminal reform law could cost NYPD close to $100M, O'Neill says

O'Neill said, cops will effectively have to turn over lab reports and other evidence to prosecutors within about seven or eight days of a person being charged. November 6, 2019 Changes in the law governing criminal evidence as part of a package of New York State crime reform bills are expected to cost the NYPD close to $100 million, outgoing Police...
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NOV
01

Maryland approves $9 million settlement for five wrongly convicted men

The settlement covers money for each year the men served after sentencing, not their pretrial detention. November 2, 2019 The state of Maryland on Wednesday approved payments of about $9 million to five wrongly convicted men, including about $3 million — the state's largest-ever such settlement — to a man who spent 39 years in prison for a crime he...
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OCT
24

This groundbreaking DNA testing method solved a 1981 cold case

Clippings from Brown's fingernails were kept on file — and OCME experts used their newly developed technique to see if she'd captured some of her attacker's DNA when they grappled. October 21, 2019 The city's Office of the Chief Medical Examiner on Tuesday will teach labs across the country about a groundbreaking forensics procedure that helped sol...
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OCT
07

Allegheny County DA’s Office Collects About 700 Guns In Annual Gun Turn-In Day

Local police departments who don't need to keep guns in their evidence room can turn them in to the district attorney's office. October 8, 2019 SCOTT TOWNSHIP, Pa. (KDKA) – About 700 guns from local law enforcement departments were collected by the Allegheny County District Attorney's office. The Allegheny County DA's Twitter account shared a photo...
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OCT
05

Narcotics cop busted for using confiscated Porsche on stepdaughter’s school prom day

Police said Coolen seized the Porsche Cayenne SUV on April 16 during a drug investigation that resulted in an arrest and placed it on a department property receipt,​ October 5, 2019 A 24-year veteran of the Philadelphia Police Department assigned to the Narcotics Field Unit was arrested Thursday and charged with using a 2018 Porsche he confiscated ...
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Seized guns, OT piling up for some sheriffs' offices

Valley officials support the law, which is meant to remove weapons from the hands of domestic abusers, Enter Article DATE HERE More than 1,200 seized weapons may be in the hands of the Valley's five county sheriffs offices at any given time, according to department officials. That number has been rising so much since a new state law was enacte...
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Beaver County Commissioner Sandie Egley questioned why the county has to take responsibility for seized weapons.

Enter Headline here September 4, 2019 BEAVER — A county commissioner is questioning why the county has to hold firearms surrendered as part of final protection-from-abuse orders. Commissioner Sandie Egley questioned Sheriff Tony Guy, who has been working with Beaver County Public Works to expand the size of his evidence room, about the requirements...
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Ex-Police Chief Admits to Stealing Heroin From Evidence Room

Authorities say Butler became addicted to heroin after he was prescribed Vicodin for neck and back pain. Enter Article DATE HERE ELIZABETH, PA. (AP) — A Pennsylvania community's former police chief has admitted stealing thousands of small bags of heroin and fentanyl from his department's evidence room. Timothy Butler pleaded guilty Wednesday t...
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JUL
21

Border protection stored enough fentanyl to kill 794 million, but isn’t doing enough to protect its agents

CBP said it has trained more than 4,500 officers in how to recognize the signs of an overdose, deployed 3,300 dual-use Narcan kits in the field and outfitted its storage vaults with safety equipment such as gloves, masks and Tyvek suits. July 20, 2019 (NEW YORK) — U.S. Customs and Border Protection has stored enough fentanyl in the past year to kil...
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JUL
19

More than 30 years later, a break in the death of a R.I. 10-year-old

A forensic scientist at the Rhode Island Department of Health determined on Wednesday that DNA from blood stains on the crotch of Christine's pants "was consistent" with the DNA profile of a man who was living above Saints Market when she stopped to buy milk on Jan. 6, 1988 July 18, 2019 PAWTUCKET, R.I. — A man who had lived above a market where a ...
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JUL
16

Audit: New Jersey Police Agencies Need Uniform Policies For Rape Kits


Establishing formal procedures for the handling of kits by local law-enforcement officials could help ensure that cases are handled uniformly across the state, but the audit found more than half of local law-enforcement agencies lacked written policies in critical areas. July 12, 2019 New Jersey does not have a backlog for processing rape kits at s...
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JUL
12

Audit: New Jersey Police Agencies Need Uniform Policies For Rape Kits


"The lack of policies and procedures, or the reliance on informal policies and procedures, can lead to inconsistent sexual assault investigations among various (law-enforcement agencies)," the report states. July 12, 2019 No backlog, but questions persist about why results of some exams were never processed at state forensic labs New Jersey does no...
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JUN
20

West Side police to dispose of drugs with incinerator

The device, which cost $4,500, will be available to the 27 police departments on the West Side that belong to the association. June 20, 2019 KINGSTON TWP. — Police on the West Side of Luzerne County now have a new way to dispose of drugs and paraphernalia: burn them up in an incinerator. The Back Mountain Police Association on Wednesday unveiled th...
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20

Feds seize over $1 billion of cocaine in historic bust in Philadelphia, officials say

Federal officials made a massive cocaine bust in Philadelphia Tuesday, seizing an estimated 16.5 tons of the drug from a ship there June 20, 2019 Federal officials made a massive cocaine bust in Philadelphia Tuesday, seizing an estimated 16.5 tons of the drug from a ship there -- with a street value of over $1 billion, officials said. The historic ...
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JUN
15

DNA evidence exonerates man who spent 35 years behind bars for murder, lawyers say

"For the last 35 years, he has been confined to a prison cell, without family, without friends for a crime he didn't commit," said Radha Natarajan, of The New England Innocence Project. May 31, 2019 MILFORD, Mass. — Lawyers for a Taunton man who has spent 35 years in prison for the murder of his great aunt are asking for a new trial to vacate his c...
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