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Deputy’s False Police Report Charge Came After Mountain of Testimony to Grand Jury

More than 30 deputies have been referred for possible charges in an evidence booking scandal that centers on alleged false police reports about evidence that was either booked late or never booked at all. September 24, 2020 A probe into false statements by Orange County sheriff's deputies escalated this summer, with a grand jury hearing testimony f...
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OC sheriff’s deputies who lied on reports testify that they didn’t know it was illegal

Sheriff's Department has placed new protocols to ensure deputies understand they must book evidence in a timely fashion September 27, 2020 Two fired Orange County sheriff's deputies convicted of lying on their police reports testified recently before a grand jury that they didn't know it was illegal to falsify the documents, transcripts show. Josep...
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JUN
12

What it can cost to get arrested at a protest

When he was finally released, the police didn't give him back any of his things — not his wallet with his bank cards and ID, not his phone, not his house keys or car keys. Instead, they kept them as evidence and sent them to the property room. June 11, 2020  When he was finally released, the police didn't give him back any of his things — not ...
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OCT
05

Evidence spared in fire that destroyed Cambridge OPP detachment


Hundreds of pieces of evidence, stored in the evidence vaults of an OPP detachment that was destroyed by fire in September, were spared from damage. October 3, 2018 Hundreds of pieces of evidence, stored in the evidence vaults of an OPP detachment that was destroyed by fire in September, were spared from damage. Open cases and investigations will p...
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SEP
16

Miami Police Employees Fired for Taking Items From Storage Units


This was police 'property' that was slated to be destroyed," - "no actual case evidence was tainted or stolen" September 12, 2018 Two civilian employees of the Miami Police Department were quietly fired this week after they were caught taking police "property" from storage lockers and placing it inside their own cars, a Miami Police spokesperson co...
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AUG
17

Former deputy accused of stealing money from evidence room


Wilson allegedly removed money orders and U.S. currency from evidence and deposited them into his bank account. August 14, 2018 BEAUREGARD PARISH, LA (KPLC) - A retired Beauregard Parish Sheriff's Deputy stole money from an evidence room while he was an active deputy, according to a news release from state police. Saul Wilson, 56, of DeRidder, was ...
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JUN
24

A killer left DNA evidence behind. But Milwaukee police destroyed it.


Joe Latta, executive director of the International Association for Property and Evidence. "The older it gets, the more difficult it gets to run it down, Enter Article DATE HERE "I want to know who killed my sister, and why did they just leave it go like she was nothing?" Bishop asked during an interview with the Journal Sentinel. "Who is accou...
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JUN
22

Hydrocodone pills, tools were allegedly stolen by Tioga County jail sergeant


Edwards allegedly stole the hydrocodone pills after he unlawfully entered a locked and secure evidence storage area June 21, 2018 A Tioga County jail sergeant is accused of stealing about 20 hydrocodone pills from a sealed evidence box, snatching tools and other supplies from the correctional facility, all while on duty. The accusations against Jon...
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JUN
22

Fremont County deputy accused of stealing from death scene


Circumstances create unsettling echoes 2016 incident in which evidence was found in deputy's storage unit June 22, 2018 Already mourning the violent death of her 77-year-old father, Jeanette Orchard now worries that a deputy may have destroyed evidence needed to solve the case by stealing from the crime scene. "The cops who were supposed to be prot...
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MAY
24

Gwinnett deputy resigns amid investigation into missing cocaine evidence

According to authorities, in at least one case three kilograms of cocaine were taken from the scene, but Riggins checked only one kilogram into evidence,e May 21, 2018 A Gwinnett County sheriff's deputy resigned last week amid an investigation that revealed two kilograms of cocaine never made it to the evidence room at the county's jail. Antoine Ri...
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MAY
20

Worker finds unsecured box of guns, evidence in trash at Harris County courthouse

"There's not an evidence room in this town that has not had problems holding onto their evidence," he said. "It happens probably more than we know." May 19, 2018 A worker stumbled across a box of guns and money sitting with the trash on Thursday at the Harris County courthouse, where a would-be thief apparently ditched the stash of decade-old evide...
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APR
13

Wardell Johnson sentenced to 5 years over actions surrounding death of fellow NOPD officer

Public Integrity Bureau investigators noticed that a box of .40-caliber ammunition from the Peace Court scene had never been logged into evidence. Enter Article DATE HERE Olander Holloway paused to wipe away tears as she sat facing the disgraced ex-cop whose botched response to a domestic violence incident may have contributed to the death of ...
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FEB
09

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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DEC
31

Police haven’t been turning over all evidence but they’re making plans to change that

Administrative Judge Steven John told all Horry and Georgetown law enforcement agencies during a Dec. 1 meeting that they had 30 days to start turning over all evidence from a case before trials begin, according to Solicitor Jimmy Richardson. December 30, 2017 Police departments in Horry and Georgetown counties will soon have to turn over more evid...
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SEP
20

Investigation fails to solve mystery of missing drug evidence

The mystery of what happened to 71 oxycodone pills that disappeared after being introduced as evidence in a Franklin County drug-possession trial remains unsolved after a sheriff's office investigation. Enter Article DATE HERE The mystery of what happened to 71 oxycodone pills that disappeared after being introduced as evidence in a Franklin C...
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AUG
25

LOPD conducts evidence destruction

"one batch of evidence had a street value of more than half a million dollars" August 25 LIVE OAK — Instead of bringing evidence in, three members of the Live Oak Police Department spent time Wednesday morning taking old evidence out. Twenty-two boxes of drugs and evidence that no longer held any evidentiary value were loaded up and taken to a priv...
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AUG
24

Investigators: BLM agent took evidence, handed valuable stones out 'like candy'

The employee told investigators he had "bad feeling" about taking them from the evidence room, but followed instructions because Love was a law enforcement officer and "scary." August 24, 2017 SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Bureau of Land Management agent who has been scrutinized for past behavior took valuable stones held as evidence and handed them out ...
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APR
03

UPDATE: Sex assault kits part of missing evidence


An audit revealed that nearly 1,800 cases had missing evidence April 3, 2017 The Ingham County Sheriff's Office is now saying it's lost track of seven sexual-assault kits. The department announced Monday those seven kits are part of the 1,756 cases in which evidence was lost dating back to the year 2000.  Prosecutor Carol Siemon is not happy. ...
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MAR
29

Ex-evidence custodian indicted on 118 counts of stealing pills from Florence police


"I am both embarrassed and disgusted by this case" March 29, 2017 A former evidence custodian for the Florence Police Department has been indicted on more than 100 charges associated with stealing narcotics from the evidence vault. Lauren Ezell, 34, of Rogersville, resigned amid an investigation into allegations she mishandled and stole evidence fr...
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MAR
23

A cop billed his department for overtime pay. He was actually watching child porn.


He was logging into a high-security evidence server to watch child pornography seized from other people. March 22, 2017 For three decades, officer Craig Wattier rose through the ranks of his police department outside Toronto - progressing from tractor-trailer thefts to some of its worst investigations, such as sex crimes against children. One day i...
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MAR
19

Man claims he owns $16K held by Pflugerville police but now missing

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FEB
23

Sunland Park city manager says audit reveals issues in police department


"Sometimes the evidence was never logged in, sometimes the evidence was found at an officer's home when we went looking for it." February 22, 2017 unland Park's city manager said a new audit may have uncovered "borderline corruption" inside the city's police department. The city had an outside firm do an audit on the department and just got got the...
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JAN
31

Body camera shows 'thieving idiot' deputy stealing money, Volusia County sheriff says


John Braman stepped down Monday after body cam video of the Aug. 1 incident clearly showed the deputy going through what appears to be a wallet and tossing something out. The wallet is put in an evidence pouch and a $100 bill is visible nearby. January 31 A central Florida sheriff's deputy has resigned after body camera video apparently showed him ...
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JAN
30

96 Iowa convictions based on hair evidence under review


One challenge for Cook and her team: tracking down the evidence used for these convictions, some of which date back a quarter of a century. Hair comparison evidence was frequently used before DNA testing became standard practice. January 30, 2017 The State of Iowa is getting a $632,000 federal grant to continue a review of convictions in Iowa court...
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JAN
05

Improper evidence handling led to firing


Johansen made the decision to fire Schmitz after finding that the things had not been documented with the department's evidence custodian.  Enter Article DATE HERE McKenzie County officials say a deputy who was fired last week had undocumented evidence from criminal investigations in his squad car when he turned the vehicle in last month....
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DEC
14

Roane sheriff-elect resigns from Spencer police


The sheriff-elect of Roane County, who was placed on leave from the Spencer Police Department after evidence went missing, has resigned from the city department. Enter Article DATE HERE The sheriff-elect of Roane County, who was placed on leave from the Spencer Police Department after evidence went missing, has resigned from the city departmen...
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NOV
17

Miami Police Chief Knew for Years About Rotting Murder Case Evidence Locker


As blogger Al Crespo revealed last month, the container rusted, letting in water and pests that destroyed evidence in more than 500 cases. November 16, 2016 Murder evidence is pretty important, so you'd think the Miami Police Department would have a good place to store all of those key items in unsolved cases. But it turns out that for years MPD ha...
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NOV
15

SBI investigating possible theft from evidence room by Davidson County deputy


The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting a criminal investigation into potential theft of evidence from the Davidson County Sheriff's Office by a deputy. November 14, 2016 DAVIDSON COUNTY, N.C. — The State Bureau of Investigation is conducting a criminal investigation into potential theft of evidence from the Davidson County Sheriff's Office...
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NOV
03

DNA Helps Cold Case Unit Solve 1977 Teen Murder


Over the years the evidence in Hurtado's unsolved murder was preserved in hopes that advances in technology might yield new results. The samples, taken from under Hurtado's fingernails in 1977, were resubmitted to the CBI Forensic Lab for additional testing along with DNA samples from known relatives of C.K. November 3, 2016 Over the years the evid...
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SEP
23

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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SEP
09

Trial date set on former BPD worker's claim


The jury will hear evidence related to Ward's claim that she was disciplined by McKinley after she raised concerns about how guns, drugs and other items were stored and who had access to the evidence room. September 10, 2016 PEORIA — A Dec. 12 trial date has been set in a federal lawsuit filed by the former supervisor of the Bloomington Police Depa...
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SEP
01

Investigation launched into destroyed drug evidence


According to investigators, the evidence was thrown out by a single deputy working in the property room after a general house-cleaning was  ordered last January. The deputy, a 14-year veteran, was fired for not following proper policies and procedures.​ September 01, 2016 HARRIS COUNTY, Texas - The Harris County Attorney confirms, in a letter ...
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JUL
16

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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JUL
01

Police backtrack on statements that no cases have been affected


Police board questions why they were not told of missing evidence June 30, 2016 he Halifax Regional Police are double-checking that no cases were affected by the loss or theft of exhibits from the evidence vaults at police headquarters. Despite Supt. Jim Perrin's assertion last week during a news conference that he "would have heard" if missing evi...
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APR
04

Clemmon named as suspect in CHP burglary probe


Former sheriff candidate to be charged in break-in that led to evidence being compromised April 4, 2016 Former sheriff candidate to be charged in break-in that led to evidence being compromised Almost a year later, California Highway Patrol is now promising to soon resolve an investigation into the burglary at its local office that resulted in acti...
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MAR
31

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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