Johnstown police officer who overdosed is identified; had hammer laying next to him


"It appeared as if he was trying to hammer himself into the secure evidence room within the police department," Callihan said during an afternoon news conference. Enter Article DATE HERE JOHNSTOWN – The Johnstown police officer who overdosed on Sept. 18 inside the Public Safety Building on Washington Street was identified Friday as William Sli...

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DA identifies officer accused of overdosing, says chief knew of evidence room problem


Callihan identified the officer who allegedly overdosed as Officer William Slisz, a multi-year Johnstown Police Department veteran and a member of the Cambria County Drug Task Force. October 8, 2016 The initial investigation into a Johnstown police officer's alleged overdose has shown that Johnstown police Chief Craig Foust knew of a potential brea...

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Chief Placed On Leave After Officer’s In-Station Overdose


A western Pennsylvania police chief has been placed on paid leave in the wake of an officer's on-duty drug overdose in the police station. October 7, 2016 JOHNSTOWN, Pa. (AP) – A western Pennsylvania police chief has been placed on paid leave in the wake of an officer's on-duty drug overdose in the police station. Johnstown solicitor Carl Beard say...

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Johnstown police chief placed on leave after officer's in-station overdose


Enter Headline here Oct. 7, 2016 Johnstown's police chief has been placed on paid leave in the wake of an officer's on-duty drug overdose in the police station. Johnstown solicitor Carl Beard says Friday that Chief Craig Foust's leave is a "precautionary measure for everybody's protection." The city planned a news conference later in the afternoon....

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Former police officer, addict to talk at East Hartford opioid forum Friday


In September 2014 Foley pleaded guilty to tampering with substances, two counts of possession of cocaine and OxyContin, and two counts of larceny of an illicit drug. He was charged in August 2013 after an internal and state police investigation found he had been stealing drugs seized from other crimes and stored in the department's evidence locker....

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Sullivan gives update on Braintree Police evidence scandal


Sullivan told the council that both a review being supervised by Town Solicitor Lisa Maki and an investigation of the evidence room by investigators from the state attorney general's office will continue. October 6, 2016 BRAINTREE – Only one town councilor asked a question as Mayor Joseph Sullivan appeared before the council Tuesday night to give a...

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Interim police chief named in Braintree


Move comes after 5 Investigates first reported missing drugs, money from department evidence room​ Oct 03, 2016 BRAINTREE, Mass. —5 Investigates has learned Paul Shastany, the former police chief in Stoughton, will be named the interim police chief in Braintree. The town has also hired retired Boston Police Superintendent-in-Chief Dan Linskey to he...

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Time to get serious about protecting evidence


The evidence room at the Braintree Police Departmentseems to have been about as well organized as a household junk drawer —an emblem of shoddy leadership by department command staff and, even more, of the sorry state of the officer left in charge. September 28, 2016 The evidence room at the Braintree Police Department seems to have been about as we...

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First Sexual Assault Survivor’s Bill of Rights Passes Congress, Obama Is Expected to Sign


The "Survivors' Bill of Rights Act" unanimously passed Congress on Wednesday and is on its way to be signedby President Obama. This is the first federal rights bill specifically provided for sexual assault survivors. September 30, 2016 The "Survivors' Bill of Rights Act" unanimously passed Congress on Wednesday and is on its way to be signed by Pre...

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Braintree deputy police chief is placed on leave in evidence room scandal


Hinds said that "what the mayor is doing is nothing more than finger-pointing and trying to cover his own" position. September 27, 2016 Braintree's deputy police chief was placed on leave Monday amid continued fallout from a department evidence room scandal that has forced prosecutors to drop dozens of criminal cases. Mayor Joseph C. Sullivan place...

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Former Fayette County policeman pleads guilty to theft


Norman Leo Howard III, 44, of Uniontown entered the plea in Fayette County court to charges of theft, tampering with evidence and obstructing the administration of law. A sentencing hearing date has not been set. September er 22, 2016 A former Redstone Township police officer pleaded guilty this week to stealing money and a computer from a police e...

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Retired Pittsburgh police officer charged with receiving stolen property


Warham then told another detective that he was in possession of the missing lights and said "that it was a stupid thing to do," according to the criminal complaint. September 26, 2016 PITTSBURGH - A retired Pittsburgh police officer was charged via summons Friday with receiving stolen property, police said. Authorities said their investigation dete...

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In Braintree evidence scandal, unheeded warnings


She wasn't doing her job and sometimes appeared hung over and "out of it." Officers couldn't get the evidence they needed for court hearings. September 24, 2016 BRAINTREE — For months, police in this suburban police department had complained about Susan Zopatti, a veteran officer who was in charge of the evidence room. She wasn't doing her job and ...

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Police officer at center of Braintree evidence room scandal exhibited strange behavior, colleagues say


The audit would reveal that over $400,000 was missing from the evidence room, as well as somewhere between 60 to 70 guns. Additionally, "thousands" of drug samples were found to be missing, or mismanaged. September 24, 2016 BRAINTREE — Colleagues of Susan Zopatti, the officer in charge of the Braintree Police Department evidence room, saw her exhib...

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Braintree police chief suggests forced retirement


Braintree Police Chief Russell Jenkins said his retirement is because Mayor Joseph Sullivan "wants new leadership" of the department. Sep 23, 2016 BRAINTREE - Police Chief Russell Jenkins has suggested he was forced into retirement by Mayor Joseph Sullivan. In an email to his officers Wednesday night, Jenkins said he wanted to stay on to resolve th...

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Lee Police Officer Resigns Amid Evidence Theft Investigation


A police officer has resigned while being investigated for allegedly stealing evidence September 23, 2016 LEE, Mass. — A police officer has resigned while being investigated for allegedly stealing evidence.  The district attorney's office says Ryan Lucy, one of two evidence officers for the Lee Police Department, resigned and entered substance...

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5 Investigates: Chief of Braintree police to retire amid evidence room scandal


Enter Headline here September 21, 2016 5 Investigates learned Wednesday Chief Russell Jenkins, who has served as chief for the past four years, will retire Oct. 7. Jenkins has been been on the department for more than 30 years. Several criminal cases have already been dropped by the Norfolk County District Attorney's office because drug evidence wa...

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Charges against Randolph man to be dropped over Braintree evidence problems


The case would be the 12th to be dismissed since Braintree officials announced that they had discovered major problems in the police department's evidence room and had hired an outside auditor. September 17, 2016 According to The Patriot Ledger , the Norfolk District Attorney's office said Friday that it will drop the charges, which dated back to 2...

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With no state standards, local police make their own rules for handling evidence


In fact, in some states, particularly on the West Coast, departments now employ civilians to manage evidence rooms because police officers find the work tedious, Latta said. September 26, 2016 Neal SimpsonThe Patriot Ledger Friday Posted at 7:21 AM Updated at 9:05 AM Share By Neal SimpsonThe Patriot Ledger BRAINTREE – The picture painted by the aud...

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Braintree police audit shows $407,998 and 60 guns missing from evidence room


  Included in a stack of slide shows and other handouts from a two-day class held in 2013 by the International Association for Property and Evidence was a survey with 21 questions about department practices on evidence and property. Whoever filled out the survey – it doesn't say – wrote down "X" marks indicating "no" next to 11 of the practice...

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Drug charges dropped amid Braintree police evidence audit


DEDHAM – Prosecutors have dropped drug charges against five defendants amid an investigation into missing evidence from the Braintree Police Department that could upend hundreds more cases. September 14, 2016 DEDHAM – Prosecutors have dropped drug charges against five defendants amid an investigation into missing evidence from the Braintree Police ...

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5 Investigates obtains police evidence room audit finding thousands of dollars unaccounted for


Enter Headline here September 14, 2016 BRAINTREE, Mass. —5 Investigates has obtained a copy of an audit of the Braintree Police evidence room, and it shows missing evidence connected to criminal cases dating back to 1999. 5 Investigates first reported that the Norfolk County district attorney's office has been reviewing cases from 2013 to the prese...

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Congress Just Passed A Sexual Assault Survivor’s Bill Of Rights, And That’s A Huge Deal


The downside is that this bill will only apply to sexual assault cases tried in federal court, and to crimes committed in national parks, tribal lands, or on federal property. September 9, 2016 On Tuesday, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a game-changing bill that could majorly impact the way sexual assault survivors are treated within the ...

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5 Investigates: Guns missing from Braintree PD evidence room found in officer's home

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Neighbor charged in 1983 cold case using DNA from neckties used to strangle victim


Saundra Adams, now 50, who had been a neighbor of Schreiber's in 1983, was arraigned Wednesday in Erie County Court on charges of second degree murder in the long unsolved killing. September 7, 2016 Thirty-three years after Edmund C. Schreiber, a slightly built, World War I veteran, was found strangled with eight of his own neckties in his Hastings...

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Amid Med Box concerns, what’s proper protocol?


Under that policy, at least two officers are assigned to be in charge of the box. The second steps in if the first is unavailable. September 2, 2016 The Northwestern District Attorney's Office decision to suspend pick-up service to the Montague Police Department's medication drop-box and its participation on a regional anti-crime task force appear ...

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After missing evidence revelation, mayor calls for changes in police policies

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Maryland’s untested rape kits, Baltimore’s sex assault investigations are shameful


Enter Headline here August 25, 2016 We know that in New Mexico, 5,409 rape victims who were swabbed, tested and examined in a hospital — holding still while strangers gathered evidence from their bodies — never got justice. In Michigan, the number was 15,217. In Virginia, 2,369 of these rape evidence kits were carefully harvested from victims and t...

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Cop who stole pills, cash gets 90 days in jail


Ex-Upper Darby Police Officer Brad Ross may have stolen as many as 3,767 pills, along with $14,220.54 in cash, cellphones, gift cards and jewelry, from the Upper Darby police evidence room, August 26, 2016 MEDIA COURTHOUSE >> A former Upper Darby police officer who pleaded guilty in June to stealing pills and money from the department's evide...

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Ohio sheriff accused of stealing drugs, tampering with records


Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer has been indicted on 43 counts involving drugs, theft and tampering with records following an investigation by the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI), Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine's office announced tonight. August 23, 2014 Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer has been indicted on 43 counts invol...

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Ohio sheriff accused of stealing drugs, tampering with records


Stierwalt asked for the investigation after local police chiefs in the county expressed concerns regarding alleged unusual behavior by Overmyer in prescription drug disposal drop box collections. The scope of the investigation quickly expanded into other allegations of wrongdoing. August 23, 2016 Sandusky County Sheriff Kyle Overmyer has been indic...

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Springfield City Councilor Timothy Allen reviews city's cash controls, citing golf course raid and missing evidence room money


Kevin Burnham, a long-time Springfield police officer who oversaw the department's evidence room for nearly two decades, was charged in January with stealing over $385,000 in cash seized during drug investigations. August 16, 2016 SPRINGFIELD -- City Councilor Timothy Allen held a review of the city's cash handling procedures Monday afternoon,...

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Cop Terminated from Mahanoy City Police Department


We do know state police are still investigating at least $10,000 dollars missing from the evidence room of the police department. August 11, 2016 MAHANOY CITY -- A cop in Schuylkill County has been fired in the midst of a scandal involving missing money. Mahanoy City borough council won't go into detail about what led to the termination of Corporal...

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Long Branch man convicted for 1988 rape exonerated by DNA evidence


Dion Harrell was officially exonerated for a 1988 rape he did not commit thanks to DNA evidence. August 3, 2016 News Long Branch man convicted for 1988 rape exonerated by DNA evidence  Dion Harrell was officially exonerated for a 1988 rape he did not commit thanks to DNA evidence. (8/3/16) FREEHOLD - A Long Branch man who served four years in ...

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DNA Evidence of Feces, Urine Found Around Albany DEC Building Leads to Arrest


They say they tested for DNA and were able to connect Davidson to the act. They also say Davidson left a National Grid bill in one of the containers. July 22, 2016 Officials have released more information about the man state police say spread urine and feces around the DEC building in May.  According to Troopers, 32-year-old Clifford Davidson ...

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Providence police officer pleads guilty in theft case


Providence Police Officer Michael McCarty pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement in connection with his 2014 arrest for taking items and cash from the Public Safety Complex evidence locker.  July 19, 2016 PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Providence Police Officer Michael McCarty pleaded guilty to one count of embezzlement in connection with his ...

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Our view: APD audit should serve as a lesson for Auburn


An audit of asset seizure funds handled by the Auburn Police Department showed that more than $300,000 hadn't been properly accounted for. July 21, 2016 An audit of asset seizure funds handled by the Auburn Police Department showed that more than $300,000 hadn't been properly accounted for.  That kind of news could come as a shock to city offi...

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Potato Leads To Arrest Of Connecticut Stripper In Arson Case


A potato stuffed into a vehicle's tailpipe helped lead them to a 19-year-old Connecticut stripper who's now charged with setting fire to a business in a dispute over money. July 13, 2016 PROSPECT, Conn. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Police say a potato stuffed into a vehicle's tailpipe helped lead them to a 19-year-old Connecticut stripper who's now charged wi...

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D.A.: Drexel cop stole money, knives from student


The confiscated goods were given to Brown to be placed in evidence, and he was supposed to write up a property receipt for the student. Prosecutors allege that Brown did not log the $500 or the knives on the receipt and did not put those items into evidence. Enter Article DATE HE...

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Deputy accused of stealing drugs pleads not guilty


Gioconodo is accused of taking prescription pain pills from his girlfriend and at least one pill from the medicine cart at the downtown jail. Detectives accuse Giocondo of stealing the narcotic drugs while on and off duty in two separate incidents, one at the Justice Center and the other in the Town of Clay. June 30, 2016 CLAY, N.Y. -- An Onondaga ...

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Investigation expands on Mahanoy City Police Dept. with new allegations


The original investigation into the missing $10,000, which is ongoing, led to the suspension with pay of borough police Cpl. Michael Dissinger on April 27 by the Mahanoy City Borough Council at a special meeting. Atthat same meeting, then police Chief John C. Kaczmarczyk had his unexpected retirement request accepted by the council. Enter Article&n...

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Arrest Made In 1987 Cold Case Murder Of Roxbury Woman


James Paige, 50, of Manchester, New Hampshire was arrested  and charged with first-degree murder in the 1987 killing of Roxbury resident Dora Jean Brimage. Enter Article DATE HERE BOSTON (CBS) — A New Hampshire man was arrested in the murder of a Roxbury woman nearly 30 years ago, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office announc...

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Attorney: Envelopes found in Framingham officer's car sparked evidence room probe.


Authorities launched a criminal investigation into money that went missing from police headquarters after discovering empty police envelopes inside the former evidence room supervisor's vehicle, according to the town's lawyer. Jun. 27, 2016 FRAMINGHAM — Authorities launched a criminal investigation into money that went missing from police headquart...

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Man Found Guilty in 1995 West Village Cold Case Rape, DA Says


A DNA profile was developed in 2002 as part of the city's Rape Kit Backlog Project and uploaded to an FBI database June 13, 2016 MANHATTAN — A man arrested last year after DNA connected him to the 1995 rape of a 25-year-old woman in the West Village was convicted for the cold case crime, the Manhattan District Attorney's Office announced Monday. Jo...

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Fired York County sheriff's deputy now facing theft trial


Troy Senft was fired last month and criminally charged with stealing more than $700 from the evidence room of the sheriff's office June 14, 2016 A longtime York County sheriff's deputy is facing trial after appearing in district court Tuesday and waiving his right to a preliminary hearing. Troy Senft was fired last month and criminally charged with...

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Former Redstone police officer charged with theft, tampering with evidence


Former officer arraigned Norm Howard, a former Redstone Township police officer, leaves Magisterial District Judge Metros' office on Friday morning after being arraigned for tampering with evidence and theft of seized property when he was still a police officer. At the beginning of this year, Howard pleaded guilty to punching a suspect in the face ...

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October trial date set for retired Springfield police officer Kevin Burnham, charged with evidence thefts


Retired Springfield Police Officer Kevin Burnham, right, arrives in court with defense attorney Charles Dolan in Hampden Superior Court on Monday afternoon in Springfield. (Dave Roback / The Republican) June 03, 2016 SPRINGFIELD — Retired city police officer Kevin Burnham was in Hampden Superior Court Thursday for a pretrial hearing in the case cha...

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DNA evidence leads to arrest in 1993 DC murder


Great Job DC! June 02, 2016 WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Twenty-three years after MPD officers discovered the body of Charlene Johnson in a Northwest, D.C. stairwell, a suspect in her brutal murder is finally behind bars. Officers and federal agents from a joint fugitive apprehension task force arrested 48-year old Therion Clyde Bryant in Baltimore on Wed...

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Police Department Implements New Evidence Room Procedures


Department makes changes to "ensure evidence's integrity" 6:29 PM EST Mar 05, 2015  COLCHESTER, Vt. —The $15,000 overhaul of the Colchester Police Department's was successfully implemented with the EvidenceOnQ evidence management system from FileOnQ, Inc., helping to make their evidence chamber one of the best in the state. "I mean there ...

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Fired FBI agent pleads guilty to theft of heroin collected as evidence


A former FBI agent in the Washington Field Office pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing heroin that had been collected as evidence, and in his first public comments, he apologized and warned against the scourge of drug addiction March 31, 2016 A former FBI agent in the Washington Field Office pleaded guilty Tuesday to stealing heroin th...

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