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Baton Rouge DA, Innocence Project tangle over missing evidence in rape case


"the bloodstains, bed sheets, rape kit and sunglasses have disappeared from the evidence record since the 1980s" Apr 22, 2017 A nonprofit legal aid group is trying to re-open the books on a decades-old East Baton Rouge Parish rape conviction by tracking evidence for DNA testing. However, the bloodstains, bed sheets, rape kit and sunglasses have dis...
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Justice denied: Lawsuit surrounding wrongful conviction and missing evidence


Nearly 20 years later, with the advent of DNA technology, Sledge began to write authorities letter after letter, asking that the evidence used to convict him be tested so he could prove his innocence. April 21 ,2107 BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A lawsuit filed against Bladen County by a wrongfully incarcerated man could cost the county millions of do...
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Standardized rape kits good idea


Standardizing the rape kits would reduce the chance of contamination and make for a faster and more efficient process, she said. Enter Article DATE HERE All rape kits are not created equal. There are multiple vendors. Some law enforcement agencies buy them off the shelf. Some of the larger departments have manufacturers customize them for thei...
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Page PD Tests New Burn Barrel


This unit has the potential to save the police department thousands of dollars that would have been spent to dispose of this evidence using other methods. April 14, 2017 The Page Police Department tried out its new 'burn barrel' for the first time this week. The barrel is used to dispose of evidence and other property stored in our evidence room th...
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Senate Sends Bill on DNA Collection to Gov. Holcomb's Desk


Last fall, a DNA sample collected in Ohio helped Indiana police link a man to the fatal shooting of John Clements, 82, in Zionsville, and two other attacks in October. Enter Article DATE HERE By DARCY COSTELLO, Associated Press INDIANAPOLIS (AP) —  Indiana senators voted Thursday to allow DNA swabs to be taken upon a person's felony arres...
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Crime-scene investigator made errors in 65 cases, DA's office says


The review of 88 cases done by the officer determined that 65 had incomplete documentation, 32 had administrative errors and in eight cases, evidence had been misplaced. April 12, 2017 HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A Houston police officer working as a crime-scene investigator made errors in 65 cases dating back to October 2015, according to a scathing audit r...
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Texas may ask drivers to help clear rape kit backlog


Texas is considering asking drivers to help it clear its huge backlog of untested rape kits, a novel approach that has been well received by cost-conscious Republican lawmakers and one that other states might consider April 5, 2017 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas is considering asking drivers to help it clear its huge backlog of untested rape kits, a no...
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Second Untested Rape Kit Backlog Found In Detroit


Prosecutors say another 555 rape kits languished in police storage after the 2009 discovery of 11,341 abandoned sexual assault kits. March 27, 2017 DETROIT, MI — Problems with forgotten rape kits persisted in Detroit after public outcry over more than 11,000 — some of them dating back 30 years — found languishing in a police warehouse in 2009, acco...
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Allegheny County crime lab employee on leave amid probe


"Right now, we're concerned about the integrity of these approximately 600 cases to ensure these people got a fair trial," he said. "We have an ethical obligation to look at all of these and notify the [defense.] "Even if we don't think there's a problem, we still have to work the files." March 29, 2017 Allegheny County crime lab employee on leave ...
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Man charged with 1998 killing of 13-year-old girl in Calif.(DNA)


"There's strong DNA evidence," he said but declined to be specific. April 6, 2017 MONTEREY, Calif. - An imprisoned rapist will be charged with killing a 13-year-old California girl who vanished while walking her dog nearly two decades ago, a prosecutor announced Thursday. Charles Holifield will be charged on April 14 with murder and kidnapping for ...
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2004 Paralympic Rings Recovered By PropertyRoom.com


Upon discovery of the ring, and the name engraved upon it, Jenny Metz, a PropertyRoom.com employee, notified her supervisor, who reached out to the Wichita Police Department. April 4, 2017 Recently, an employee at PropertyRoom.com, an online police auction website, was sorting through items received from the Wichita Police Department in Kansas to p...
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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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DNA from 36-year-old gum leads to cold case manslaughter conviction


Bell was first arrested in 1981; however, he was eventually let go due to a lack of evidence. But advances in technology provided the proof needed to bring him to justice. April 2, 2017 alk about a long-lasting piece of gum. A 60-year-old British man was convicted of manslaughter in March after investigators pulled traces of his DNA from a 36-year-...
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31

77 cases dismissed due to missing evidence at Ingham sheriff's office


Enter Headline here Enter Article DATE HERE LANSING -- A total of 77 cases were dismissed following an investigation into missing evidence at the Ingham County Sheriff's Office, according to a March 24 report from Ingham County Prosecutor's Office. The 5-page report, which will be discussed at Ingham County's law and courts committee meeting T...
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VA police officer sentenced for taking medications


Walters, 37, of Madison, was sentenced to two years of probation. He pleaded guilty on Jan. 5. Enter Article DATE HERE MADISON, Wis. - A former lieutenant with the state Department of Veterans Affairs Police Department was sentenced Tuesday for possession of a controlled substance. David Walters, 37, of Madison, was sentenced to two years of p...
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Kentucky State Police Lab becoming training ground for other state labs because of low pay, lab director says


Analysts in Kentucky are now ranked as the lowest paid in the entire United States, and KSP Forensic Laboratory System Director Laura Sudkamp told Pure Politics she is the lowest paid director in the nation, "by a long shot." March 23, 2017 Editor's note: This is part two in a two-part series on Kentucky's attempts to clear the backlog of untested ...
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Former South Dakota trooper sentenced to 5 years in theft case


admitted to stealing money from evidence March 24, 2017 A former South Dakota Highway Patrol trooper who admitted to stealing money from evidence while on the job has been sentenced to five years in the state penitentiary. In addition, 48-year-old Brian William Biehl received a $10,000 fine.  Attorney General Marty Jackley announced the senten...
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Rape kits in Arizona must now be tested within 15 days of collection


"Until recently, the state didn't even know the number of untested rape kits in Arizona, which turned out to be in the thousands. Enter Article DATE HERE PHOENIX - Rape kits must be tested within 15 days of being collected, thanks to a new law just signed by Gov. Doug Ducey.The legislation establishes time limits, standards and reporting requi...
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Trial date Monday for retired Springfield Police Detective Kevin Burnham, accused of stealing nearly $400,000 from evidence room


Monday is the trial date for retired Springfield Detective Kevin Burnham, accused of stealing nearly $400,000 from the Police Department's evidence room over four and a half years March 17, 2017 SPRINGFIELD -- Monday is the trial date for retired Springfield Detective Kevin Burnham, accused of stealing nearly $400,000 from the Police Department's e...
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How cops say they cracked woman’s 1987 St. Paul strangulation


The 30-year-old cold case, which led to the filing of charges against Withers on Thursday, was solved after additional DNA testing of the fingernails of the victim, March 16, 2017 In 1987, several days after pleading guilty to a string of burglaries in St. Paul's Macalester-Groveland neighborhood — and being released from jail a day later — Michael...
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Guns stolen from evidence room at old Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office


"We have 22 guns stolen, along with some narcotics March 7th, 2017 Livingston PARISH, LA - Livingston Parish law enforcement, like many other entities in south Louisiana, has been through the ringer thanks to the August flood. The 911 call center was flooded, as was the prison and the old courthouse building. Apparently, somebody knew not everythin...
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DNA, quadruple killer's confession solves SC cold case 30 years later


"It was a case that they had absolutely no leads on," Lott said. "At that time, we didn't know what DNA was. March 8, 2017 The Richland County Sheriff's Department's cold case squad says a man already serving multiple life sentences for killing four women in 1987 has confessed to another murder, that went unsolved for 30 years. Patricia Ann Green's...
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DA: Upper Dublin detective killed himself after stealing drugs or cash from dozens of cases


Enter Headline here Enter Article DATE HERE He was a well-respected police detective, a marathoner, a youth sports coach, and a dedicated dad to four children. Colleagues knew him as someone they could depend on. But Michael W. Gommer, an 18-year veteran of the Upper Dublin Township Police Department, kept a secret for years: He was a drug add...
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Manhattan DA Cy Vance says 70 arrests made across U.S. after old rape kits were examined


Vance's office committed $38 million in grants to 32 jurisdictions in 20 states across the U.S. starting in 2015 to eliminate backlogs of untested sexual assault evidence kits. March 2, 2017 Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr. said Wednesday that efforts to eliminate national rape kit backlogs have led to 70 arrests in cold cases. Vance's offi...
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South Amboy Detective Stole Cash From the Evidence Room, Prosecutor Says


A high-ranking South Amboy cop stole cash seized in investigations from the evidence room, the county prosecutor says. February 23, 2017 SOUTH AMBOY, NJ - A South Amboy police detective has been charged with stealing money from the evidence room, the Middlesex County prosecutor announced Thursday morning. Detective Matthew Barcheski, 39, who lives ...
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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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Ex-Blackfoot cop gets two days in jail for pills


Sentenced a former Blackfoot Police officer to two days in jail and two years of probation for stealing thousands of prescription painkillers from a drug drop box. February 22, 2017 Magistrate Judge James Barrett on Wednesday sentenced a former Blackfoot Police officer to two days in jail and two years of probation for stealing thousands of prescri...
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Concord police destroy drugs from take-back initiative, old evidence


Descending from roughly 60 feet in the air, the claw didn't miss its intended target, which wasn't a cute fuzzy toy February 20, 2017 The hovering claw, like a giant version of those in arcade games, reached down toward its mark. Descending from roughly 60 feet in the air, the claw didn't miss its intended target, which wasn't a cute fuzzy toy. Abo...
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Men Convicted in Yuba City Double Murder Cold Case Sentenced

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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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Judge: Turn over documents in missing pills case if no arrest by May

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Decade old slaying of Righteous Brother singer's ex-solved


The sheriff's department said Friday that the case "was solved through the use of familial DNA, which identified the killer," but provided no other details. January 28, 2017 LOS ANGELES (AP) — Investigators used a controversial DNA testing method to solve the decades-old killing of the ex-wife of Righteous Brothers singer Bill Medley, the Los Angel...
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Ex-cop Alan Dubeshter indicted in Framingham Police evidence room theft


A former Framingham Police officer who was in charge of the department's evidence room is now facing criminal charges after authorities said he used his access to steal $20,000 from the department nearly a year and a half ago. January 26, 2017 FRAMINGHAM - A former Framingham Police officer who was in charge of the department's evidence room is now...
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Explosion erupts in drug vault at D.C. police evidence storage facility


An explosion occurred Wednesday afternoon inside a drug vault at a D.C. police warehouse in Southwest Washington where evidence is stored, according to police and fire officials. January 25, 2017 An explosion occurred Wednesday afternoon inside a drug vault at a D.C. police warehouse in Southwest Washington where evidence is stored, according to po...
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Marlin Police officer arrested, charged with firearm theft


The officer, Tavis Cuthrell, 26, was booked into the Falls County Jail on a warrant charging theft of firearm by a public servant, a third-degree felony. January 24, 2017 MARLIN — A Marlin Police Department officer was arrested Monday on a Falls County arrest warrant that alleges he stole at least one firearm, according to the Texas Department of P...
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West Virginia Sheriff Admits He's A Meth Addict And Stole Drugs From The Evidence Files, Resigns


Bo Williams, prosecutors said, was accused of removing the drug methamphetamine from a storage area while he was still a Spencer police officer. He resigned as a police officer in December. He resigned as the county sheriff when he pleaded guilty in court. January 22, 2017 A newly elected county sheriff in West Virginia who told authorities he was ...
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With new money, state chips away at daunting backlog of rape evidence — but can't keep up


With new money, state chips away at daunting backlog of rape evidence — but can't keep up December 16, 2016 or years, hundreds of white cardboard boxes, each containing biological evidence from an alleged sexual assault, sat untouched inside the massive freezer at the Seattle Police Department's 26,000-square-foot evidence warehouse off Airport Way...
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