3 Baltimore County Officers Recovering After Fentanyl Exposure

Police say it took about 12 hours to decontaminate the station Enter Article DATE HERE Fentanyl is a powerful synthetic opioid that is similar to morphine but is 50 to 100 times more potent. The incident started with a traffic stop, during which narcotics were recovered. The arresting officer and another officer started to become ill after loc...

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Massachusetts District Attorney to Dismiss Thousands of Drug Cases Following Chemist Crimes

Over 6,000 charges will be dropped due to Sonja Farak's illicit actions. December 1, 2017 For the second time in recent memory, Massachusetts has announced thousands of drug convictions will be dismissed following official malfeasance in the state's labs. According to the Boston Globe, the state district attorney's office said on Thursday that more...

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Former Center Twp. officer sentenced to jail in evidence room theft

State police Sgt. Daniel Mosura, who led the audit of the evidence room, testified Stone had stolen all of the opioids and heroin in the evidence room, as well as crack cocaine and some marijuana. Stone also stole more than $22,000 in cash. November 29, 2017 BEAVER — A former Center Township police officer will serve up to two years in jail after h...

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No rape kit should go untested amid #MeToo movement

Enter Headline here Enter Article DATE HERE With each passing day, we are confronted with an increasing number of headlines that reveal the true scope and scale of sexual misconduct in our midst. As more brave survivors come forward, it is apparent that sexual assaults are committed repetitively, blatantly and too often with impunity. For year...

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Baltimore officials to appeal $15M award in wrongful conviction lawsuit

"Finally, justice has been served," Burgess said during a news conference outside the courthouse Tuesday night. "It wasn't about the money. It was about wanting the truth to come out." November 23, 2017 Baltimore City Solicitor Andre Davis said Wednesday he would appeal a $15 million federal jury award to Sabein Burgess — the Baltimore man who alle...

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Exclusive: Florida man being held in connection with 2 ‘cold case’ murders of young women in New York


Bodily fluids were recovered from the young victim, for a "John Doe" DNA profile. November 8, 2017 THE BRONX — Dora Delvalle Almontaser was just 19 years old, when her mother discovered the teen had been strangled with a phone cord in her family's Bronx apartment. Christopher Gonzalez The date was Dec. 2, 2000. Bodily fluids were recovered from the...

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Mom dies cleaning up following son’s fatal overdose

Plummer became short of breath after cleaning up her son's overdose and was taken to Conemaugh Memorial Medical Center, which is where her son was rushed just a day earlier. He died one day after his mother. November 15, 2017 A Pennsylvania coroner believes that a 69-year-old woman who died earlier this month likely came into contact with a deadly ...

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Former chief of Colebrookdale Police appeals firing

Viola failed to follow police procedures when destroying 80 marijuana plants that had been seized as evidence in two cases November 12, 2017 Colebrookdale Township, PA When former Colebrookdale Police Chief David Viola was fired in May, township officials declined to give a reason for the 16-year police veteran's termination. The reason has come to...

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Man Wanted in Cold Case Murder Arrested in Traffic Stop While Living Normal Life in Florida

Enter Headline here Enter Article DATE HERE Two cold case killings of young women in the New York area may soon be officially closed as police say they have arrested the man responsible in Florida. Christopher Gonzalez, 36, was arrested for the murder of Dora Delvalle Almontaser, who was 19 years old when she was strangled with a phone cord in...

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Aberdeen Police Lieutenant Charged, Accused Of Stealing Drugs

The officer stole the drugs from an evidence locker and a citizen prescription drop box. November 9, 2017 An Aberdeen Police lieutenant has been charged after officials say he stole and consumed drugs such as OxyContin, heroin, fentanyl and cocaine. Aberdeen Police Department lieutenant Daniel E. Gosnell, 38, has been charged with misconduct in off...

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Buckingham cops clear out evidence room by destroying old firearms


Drug paraphernalia, stolen items and firearms — some dating back to the 1980s — clogged the shelves. November 09, 2017 Buckingham police recently had 98 guns that were stored in the department's evidence room destroyed by a local company that salvages the parts. Empty space inside the Buckingham Police Department's evidence storage room was getting...

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Former Framingham cop apologizes for evidence theft, pleads guilty

Enter Headline here Enter Article DATE HERE WOBURN – A former Framingham Police officer tearfully apologized after pleading guilty Tuesday to stealing more than $19,000 from the police department's evidence room more than two years ago. Alan Dubeshter, 56, pleaded with Middlesex Superior Court Judge Jack Lu not to send him to jail. "I made a t...

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Accused cop moves closer to trial

Police officer accused of stealing heroin from an evidence locker, and then overdosing while on the job November 1, 2017 Ebensburg, Cambria County Pa. - Today a former Johnstown police officer accused of stealing heroin from an evidence locker, and then overdosing while on the job, is one step closer to trial. Police say William Slisz started steal...

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Ex-Police Officer Pleads Not Guilty to Drug Charges

A former police officer in Vermont accused of stealing heroin from a police evidence locker and giving it to an addict with whom he was having an intimate relationship has pleaded not guilty to drug charges. November 1, 2107 BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A former police officer in Vermont accused of stealing heroin from a police evidence locker and giving...

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Deputy, sergeant face hearings in Dracut evidence locker controversy


Sgt. also implicated in the evidence locker controversy, is the subject of another separate hearing. Enter Article DATE HERE DRACUT -- Deputy Police Chief David Chartrand, suspended last year for two weeks for his handling of documents in a lieutenant's personnel file, is the subject of an upcoming disciplinary hearing centered on the administ...

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Windham Police Department investigating evidence room break-in

According to Police Chief Eric Breiding, someone broke into the building sometime between 4 p.m. Monday and 7 a.m. Tuesday. October 25, 2017 WINDHAM-The Windham Police Department, along with the Portage County Sheriff's Office is investigating a break-in at the police department's evidence room that is housed in an off-site building. According to P...

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Senate Passes Cornyn, Poe Bill to Fight Nationwide Rape Kit Backlog

Across the country, there are shelves full of untested rape kits, denying victims justice," said Rep. Poe. "In 2015, the DOJ estimated there were as many as 400,000 untested rape kits in the United States. October 24, 2016 U.S. Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and U.S. Representative Ted Poe (TX-02) released the following statements after their bipartisa...

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Former Royalton Officer Indicted

Three felony charges in connection with drugs reportedly stolen from the police station's evidence locker October 20, 2017 Burlington — A federal grand jury indicted former Royalton police officer John Breault on Thursday on three felony charges in connection with drugs reportedly stolen from the police station's evidence locker over the summer. Th...

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Boston police officer indicted on charges of larceny and money laundering

Allegedly stole about $2,000 from the file of a closed bank robbery case in January while assigned to the Evidence Management Unit Enter Article DATE HERE A Boston police officer was indicted on charges of stealing money from the department's evidence room and attempting to launder it at Plainridge Park Casino in Plainville, Massachusetts. Jos...

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DA: DNA evidence solved 1995 cold cases in Schenectady County

Blood samples from Maciag's family members helped secure a search warrant October 16, 2017 SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Schenectady County District Attorney's Office announced Monday that 1995 cold cases have been solved thank to DNA matches. According to District Attorney Bob Carney, 17-year-old Suzanne Nauman's murder has been solved. The gir...

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Officer accused of taking money from evidence room

Nee is accused of stealing approximately $2,000 from the evidence related to a closed bank robbery case in January, the AG's Office said. October 12, 2017 BOSTON — Boston police Officer Joseph Nee is accused of stealing money from the department's evidence room and trying to launder it at Plainridge Park Casino. Nee, 44, was indicted Thursday by a ...

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Montague MA Police Chief Charles Dodge III was questioned in mishandling of drug dropbox while in treatment for pill addiction

Montague Police Chief Charles Dodge III, a recovering oxycodone addict Enter Article DATE HERE Montague Police Chief Charles Dodge III, a recovering oxycodone addict, was the subject of an Attorney General investigation into mishandling of the department's prescription drug drop off program last year, according to an investigation by the Green...

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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State Police Seize $1 Million Worth Of Fentanyl During Traffic Stop

​Statewide Narcotics Task Force seized one kilogram of fentanyl, with a street value of $1 million​ September 14, 2017 State troopers detectives with the Statewide Narcotics Task Force seized one kilogram of fentanyl, with a street value of $1 million, after stopping a car on I-95 in Old Lyme, police said. The officers pulled over a 2009 Honda Acco...

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Mold in Scituate police station could force temporary move, transfer of prisoners

Mold has rendered some police evidence unrecognizable Enter Article DATE HERE SCITUATE -- After fielding reports on a severe mold problem at the town's police department, Scituate town officials talked Thursday night about moving the police force to a fire station and locking up prisoners overnight in other towns. The council took up the discu...

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DNA link leads Delco investigators to N.Y. suspect 10 years later


"I think it is important to recognize how DNA plays in a case" September 7, 2017 Police found Gary Jenkins beaten, stabbed, and wrapped in a comforter inside his Sharon Hill home on May 7, 2007. Back then, no one brought up Izena Goudy as a possible suspect in the 45-year-old man's death, Delaware County District Attorney John J. Whelan said. But o...

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A DEA officer had a wild affair with a convict — letting her listen to wiretaps, roam the evidence room, and have sex in the office

Drug Enforcement Agency agent carried on an extra-marital affair with a convicted criminal, shared evidence with her, and may have left her unattended in the drug evidence room, according to a report from the Office of the Inspector General published Thursday. September 7, 2017 Drug Enforcement Agency agent carried on an extra-marital affair with a...

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Alleging 'government corruption' in drug lab, evidence room scandals, Springfield drug defendant files $5.7 million federal lawsuit


Farak reported smoking crack in the bathroom at the lab all morning and pilfered some LSD before lunch September 6, 2017 SPRINGFIELD -- A civil rights lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court combines nearly every recent high-profile law enforcement scandal in the region -- which, according to the complaint, collided to unfairly put one man behind bars...

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Alleging 'government corruption' in drug lab, evidence room scandals, Springfield drug defendant files $5.7 million federal lawsuit

A civil rights lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court combines nearly every recent high-profile law enforcement scandal in the region September 5, 2017 SPRINGFIELD -- A civil rights lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court combines nearly every recent high-profile law enforcement scandal in the region -- which, according to the complaint, collided to unf...

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Judge, lawyers: State dragging feet on Amherst drug lab scandal

Even as prosecutors scramble to address state drug laboratory misconduct that could undermine upwards of 18,000 cases statewide, a judge has lambasted law enforcement officials for their handling of the case September 2, 2017 AMHERST — Even as prosecutors scramble to address state drug laboratory misconduct that could undermine upwards of 18,000 ca...

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Ex-Police Officer Pleads In Drug Theft From Evidence Room

Prosecutors said he took a sealed envelope containing 133 stamp bags of suspected heroin valued at about $1,300 from a box in the patrol room. September 3, 2017 WASHINGTON, Pa. (AP) – A former part-time police officer has pleaded guilty to stealing suspected heroin after it was seized as evidence by a Pennsylvania police department. The (Washington...

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Editorial | No charges, but plenty of blame, for ex-city police leaders

But his crimes are the product of poor oversight of evidence at the city police department, and a failure by former department leaders to respond to repeated warnings that there were problems – including possible break-ins involving the evidence locker where drugs were stored. August 27, 2017 Former Johnstown police officer William Slisz will face ...

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Editorial Calls for Comprehensive Review of Drug Convictions Involving Amherst Crime Lab

A similar scandal in another Massachusetts crime lab, in which chemist Annie Dookhan was convicted of evidence tampering, resulted in the dismissal of 20,000 drug cases. August 27, 2017 In an editorial on Wednesday, the Daily Hampshire Gazette urged Massachusetts lawmakers to allocate funds for a comprehensive review of drug convictions based on ev...

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Md. comptroller opens vault of alcohol, tobacco to expose lucrative crime

Another warehouse holds 20 times the contraband stored in the state office building. August 27, 2017 WASHINGTON — Maryland's comptroller cracked open a vault of contraband in the basement of a government building to shine a light on what's being done to stop a common crime. In the basement of the Treasury Building in Annapolis, Maryland Comptroller...

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Charges filed against former police officer

Slisz obtained an evidence envelope that contained stamp bags of suspected heroin from a temporary locker in the Johnstown Public Safety Building August 24, 2018 JOHNSTOWN, CAMBRIA COUNTY - The district attorney has announced charges against a former Johnstown police officer, 35-year-old William Slisz of Portage, PA. Slisz is facing two counts of b...

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Man brought enough fentanyl to kill 5 million people into U.S., cops say

Boardley was arrested in March after an investigation by the new Jersey State Police Trafficking South Unit and ICE Homeland Security Investigations Cherry Hill Office found the drug was being shipped to multiple addresses in the city, Porrino said. After search warrants were issued and the drugs were found Boardley was arrested at his home, Porrin...

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Evidence in decades-old Nashua homicide cases destroyed

Evidence in two cold-case homicides in Nashua was destroyed by police more than 30 years ago, investigators said. August 21, 2017 NASHUA, N.H. — Evidence in two cold-case homicides in Nashua was destroyed by police more than 30 years ago, investigators said. The evidence involves the deaths of two women in the 1970s. Despite two investigations, off...

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