Accused killer arraigned in cold case murder

A 52-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing an acquaintance whose body turned up in an East County field nearly 31 years ago pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a murder charge. June 13, 2017 EL CAJON (CNS) - A 52-year-old man accused of fatally stabbing an acquaintance whose body turned up in an East County field nearly 31 years ago pleaded not guilty...

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Advanced DNA Testing Leads to Suspect's Arrest, 31 Years After Man's Fatal Stabbing

Detectives have arrested a suspect using advanced DNA testing June 12, 2017 Thirty-one years after a man's fatal stabbing in Lemon Grove, homicide detectives have arrested a suspect using advanced DNA testing, San Diego County Sheriff's deputies (SDSO) announced Monday. Stacy Littleton, 52, of San Diego, has been charged with a single count of murd...

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Pueblo attorney represents accused former sheriff's lieutenant

The evidence recovered from the storage locker included blood-soaked women's socks, a blanket, rope, hatchet and other items believed to be linked with the Hiltz homicide, which Dodd helped investigate a decade ago. June 6, 2017 CANON CITY -- Former Fremont County Sheriff Lt. Robert Dodd did not have to appear in county court Tuesday in connection ...

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Cocaine spills out of California vending machine toy, police say

150 POUNDS OF METH FOUND IN POPCORN BOXES June 7, 2017 California police discovered cocaine hidden in vending machine toys on Monday after a boy's putty ball ruptured and dumped out white powder, officials said. A mom and her son bought the toy from a vending machine for a quarter at Taqueria Los Altos restaurant in Bell Gardens, police said in a n...

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Saliva helps detectives solve double murder case

Detectives say saliva helped solve a multiple murder case that eluded investigators for six years in Southern California. May 30, 2017 LOS ANGELES — Detectives say saliva helped solve a multiple murder case that eluded investigators for six years in Southern California. CBS Los Angeles reports police arrested 32-year-old Geovanni Borjas on Tuesday ...

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This State Assembly Bill Could Help End California's Notorious Rape Kit Backlog

Assembly Bill 41, which seeks to determine exactly how much of the nation's notorious rape-kit backlog is centered in California, May 26, 2017 A bill to end the backlog of untested rape kits in California, introduced in March by San Francisco Assemblyman David Chiu, is heading to the state Senate. Assembly Bill 41, which seeks to determine exactly ...

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No one knows how many untested rape kits there are in California. This bill aims to fix that


Assembly Bill 41 would require law enforcement agencies to report to the state how many sexual assault kits they collected and have examined, and how many they haven't May 26, 2017 Tens of thousands of rape kits are sitting on shelves in police and sheriff's department evidence rooms nationwide. And no one has tested them to see what crimes they co...

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65K items cram evidence building — and Billings police are asking for more storage room

Part of what's driving the higher estimate is meeting the storage standards of the International Association for Property and Evidence, said Allen Rapacz, president of Schutz Foss, the architectural firm designing the new facility. May 9, 2017 The pungent odor of marijuana permeates Beth Gartner's workplace — a place where Gartner knows the wh...

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Evidence from hundreds of rape survivors’ bodies sat in a Fresno police freezer for years

Until the last few months, 765 rape kits – each marked with the victim's name and the date of the assault – gathered from these exams sat untested in a freezer at the Fresno Police Department March 8, 2017 Between 2000 and 2016, hundreds of women went to Fresno hospitals for sexual assault forensic exams. Many had just been raped, but they chose to...

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Familial DNA test, retired detective's tenacity, solve 1992 murder case


San Diego police homicide Lt. Mike Holden said the evidence that connected Falls was a "familial DNA" test — the first of its kind run by a San Diego County law agency. April 14, 2017 A reserve San Diego police detective, determined to make a difference while fighting cancer, took on a cold case and through DNA helped solve the horrific murder of a...

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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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The Montana Department of Justice is working to find storage and test nearly 1,400 rape kits.


The MSU Voice Center wanted to get the word out that although there is a backlog of rape kits, action is being taken to resolve the issue April 5, 2017 BOZEMAN - Wednesday at Montana State University, the Voice Center presented the efforts being made across the state to end the rape kit backlog.The MSU Voice Center wanted to get the word out that a...

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Rape kit law speeds up testing process


Gov. Gary Herbert signed House Bill 200 on March 22, which now requires local law enforcement agencies to submit sexual assault kits to state forensic labs for testing within 30 days of retrieval. March 29, 2017 Some advocates for sexual assault victims are praising Utah's new legislation regarding the processing of rape kits. Gov. Gary Herber...

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Los Angeles man pleads no contest to 1985 murder (DNA)


The case remained unsolved for three decades until it was reopened in 2013 by then Oxnard Police Department Detective Mike Young, who was assigned to the Ventura County Sheriff's Cold Case Task Force. March 23, 2017 A Los Angeles man facing criminal charges connected to the rape and murder of an Oxnard woman 30 years ago pleaded...

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Las Vegas police Evidence Vault has 1 million unclaimed items


Metro has many warehouses around the city that house recovered property March 18, 2017 Burglars stole your stuff. The police recovered it. What comes next? Enter the reason for the Evidence Vault, which isn't really a vault at all, as attendees learned at a recent First Tuesday seminar. On hand for the February talk at Northwest Area Command, 9850 ...

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Cigarette butt and a roll of tape help break 1997 rape case


Later DNA tests on a cigarette butt recovered from the teen's bedroom and a roll of tape used to bound Cox's victims ultimately led to Cox's arrest in January 2015Read more here: March 15, 2017 A man arrested two years ago in a two-decade old rape case could face up to 20 years in state prison after pleading guilty to the sexual assault Wednesday i...

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Over 700 Untested Rape Kits Found By SFPD


"While I appreciate the progress, this also doesn't account for the other 1,135 unprocessed rape kits that sit untested at the SFPD because they have passed statute of limitations." February 27, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO—In 2010, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors legislated that all rape kits, used to collect biological information from victims of se...

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Former officer sentenced for taking drugs from drug take back box

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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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Police auctions feature the weird and the mundane


Someone left a pair of prosthetic legs unattended — shoes still attached February 17, 2017 Ron Cryderman has seen some strange things in his 16 years working in the Longview Police Department's evidence room. The strangest appeared on his shelves early this year after police responded to a suspicious call.Someone left a pair of prosthetic legs unat...

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After evidence goes missing, the tech is charged


Gary Coffman, 45, has been charged with three felony counts of possession of methamphetamine while in possession of a firearm, one felony count of possession of stolen property (firearms), three misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia, and two misdemeanor counts of drug possession February 15, 2017 A police evidence technician has be...

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Glendale Police Department Solves 1993 Homicide Case


On January 20, 2017, the Glendale Police Department's Homicide unit  arrested a suspect in the murder of a 41 year old male victim who was brutally stabbed to death over 23 years ago February 1, 2017 On January 20, 2017, the Glendale Police Department's Homicide unit arrested a suspect in the murder of a 41 year old male victim who was brutall...

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Men Convicted in Yuba City Double Murder Cold Case Sentenced

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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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Decade old slaying of Righteous Brothers singer's ex solved

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Former OSP evidence tech gets prison for $50,000 in thefts


A former evidence technician was sentenced to prison for stealing more than $50,000 while working at the Oregon State Police office in Central Point January 24, 2017 A former evidence technician was sentenced to prison for stealing more than $50,000 while working at the Oregon State Police office in Central Point. John D. Parrish, 62, was sentenced...

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El Rio man pleads guilty to 1991 cold case murder - DNA


Fisher's case remained unsolved until the Ventura County sheriff's cold case homicide task force re-examined DNA evidence collected from the crime scene. A check with the Combined DNA Index System, a databank that contains DNA profiles of people arrested across the United States, came up with a match in 2002, Spillner said. January 18, 2017 An El R...

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DNA evidence helps Colorado Springs police ID dead man as being responsible for teen’s 1972 slaying


Colorado Springs police say their cold case unit has used DNA evidence to identify a dead man as the person responsible for killing a 19-year-old woman in 1972. January 19, 2017 Colorado Springs police say their cold case unit has used DNA evidence to identify a dead man as the person responsible for killing a 19-year-old woman in 1972. Craig Brame...

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Fremont Co. residents react after homicide evidence found in storage unit

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CONTACT 13: Processing sex assault test kits delayed


The AG says about 1,700 kits are on the way to be tested JANUARY 17, 2017 LAS VEGAS (KTNV) - A backlog in processing sexual assault test kits was a hot topic in the last election cycle. So what's the status now? Nevada had about 8,000 untested sexual assault kits sitting on the shelf last year.  Now, the out-of-state lab we're using to help ca...

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Former state employee arrested in theft from public safety building


Alaska State Troopers said in a Wednesday dispatch that the Alaska Bureau of Investigation on Dec. 22 began looking into thefts from the DPS building on East Tudor Road in Anchorage January 16, 2017 Two Anchorage residents, one of them a former employee at the state Department of Public Safety, have been arrested on charges that they broke into DPS...

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2006 murder evidence found in Fremont County Sheriff's Office storage unit

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Bad Day at Red Rock


Davidson, however, was not leaving without a fight. On Dec. 13, 2016 she sent a letter to Moab's mayor Dave Sakrison notifying him and the city that she was suing them for close to $2 million for firing her because, she alleged, she had "raised her concerns to the Mayor and FBI about wrongful conduct by members of the City's Police Department," Jan...

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Former Sheriff’s Office employee accused of stealing guns, drugs from evidence building


Documents which track the evidence to be legally destroyed or disposed of were also found that the investigators think was altered by Acosta, according to the release. January 5, 2017  A former Butte County Sheriff's Office employee is accused of stealing drugs and guns from the agency's evidence building, a theft discovered only after her arr...

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DA files murder charge against suspect in 2011 Barstow cold case - DNA


"During the Utah investigation a sample of Schick's DNA was collected and also submitted to the National DNA Index System," police said in a statement January 5, 2017 BARSTOW - Prosecutors filed a murder charge against a 53-year-old man serving life in prison without the possibility of parole for a 2011 rape in Utah in connection with a 2011 cold c...

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Colville police destroy evidence in kidnapping case; sex offender gets lighter sentence


"The real question for me is, who is in charge of the Colville PD? Who is in charge of the evidence?" December 18, 2016 A convicted sex offender facing life in prison for an attempted kidnapping in Colville last year accepted a plea deal for nine years – after police destroyed the evidence showing the crime was sexually motivated.  Jason Foste...

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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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DNA links Las Vegas man to two cold case murders


McGuire also accused in a 2004 sexual assault December 15, 2016 The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has arrested 42-year-old Brandon McGuire for two cold case murders after DNA testing linked him to the crimes. McGuire was already in jail after being arrested on Oct. 12 for sexual assault and kidnapping in March 2004 when he was linked to ...

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Ex-North Slope police employee gets prison time for stealing over $100K from evidence room


A former North Slope Borough Police Department evidence custodian has been sentenced to eight months in prison for stealing more than $100,000 from her employer, but prosecutors say an internal audit could not pin down the total amount of stolen money. December 1, 2016 A former North Slope Borough Police Department evidence custodian has been sente...

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Dating Game Killer' Rodney Alcala Charged with 30-Year-Old Wyoming Cold Case Murder


A smooth talker with a near-genius IQ, Alcala preyed on young attractive women, luring some of them by telling them he was a professional photographer who wanted to enter their pictures in a photography contest. After killing them, Alcala placed their bodies in grotesque poses, sometimes photographing them. November 16, 2016 Convicted California se...

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Crime lab tests pile up on cases


According to a September report from the National Institute of Justice on funding for DNA analysis, new methods are now able to yield full DNA profiles collected from old, degraded or otherwise unviable samples. November 14, 2016 In less than a decade, advancements in forensics technology have allowed scientists to "do more with less" using DNA evi...

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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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Officer Arrested, Accused Of Stealing $1,200 From Crime Scene


A Denver police officer has been arrested, accused of stealing money from a suspect. His body camera apparently caught him taking the cash from a crime scene. October 28, 2016 DENVER (CBS4)– A Denver police officer has been arrested, accused of stealing money from a suspect. His body camera apparently caught him taking the cash from a crime scene. ...

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BPD corruption case reveals flaws in evidence check-out policy


In court documents, disgraced former officers Damacio Diaz and Patrick Mara acknowledged substituting look-alike substances for drugs from the department's evidence room. October 25, 2016 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — The corruption case of two former Bakersfield Police Department officers has left the department reviewing its policy and proced...

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Probe into cash missing from State Police evidence room continues


Nearly $10,000 — including some logged as evidence against Aubrey Earl Rye, a 52-year-old Interlochen man, who was convicted of armed robbery in 2014 — vanished from the MSP Cadillac post sometime after Rye was arrested on Dec. 8, 2013. October 8, 2016 TRAVERSE CITY — A Grand Traverse County prosecutor hopes just a few weeks are left in a lengthy i...

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Death row inmate charged in 1991 San Bernardino cold case murder


NA was also the missing link detectives needed to place Dunlap at the scene of White's murder. October 4, 2016 AN BERNARDINO >> Prosecutors on Tuesday charged a man already on death row with the 1991 murder of Devore resident Cynthia "CJ" White. On May, 27, 1991, San Bernardino County Sheriff's deputies investigated a reported death at a home...

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State gets $1.1 million to process backlogged rape kits


The state of Alaska has been awarded $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Justice to process a backlog of rape kits held by the Alaska State Troopers October 4, 2016 The state of Alaska has been awarded $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Justice to process a backlog of rape kits held by the Alaska State Troopers. Amanda Price, a senior ad...

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Testing of Oregon's shelved sexual assault kits nets first 5 DNA matches


Six months after three counties in Oregon began shipping hundreds of untested DNA samples from alleged victims of sexual assault to a Utah lab, the first results are in: Five match known offenders in a criminal database. October 3, 2016 Six months after three counties in Oregon began shipping hundreds of untested DNA samples from alleged victi...

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Montana gets $2M federal grant for untested rape kits


Enter Headline here September 29, 2016 HELENA – Montana will test 1,400 rape kits dating back to 1995 that weren't submitted to the state's crime lab by local law enforcement authorities, Attorney General Tim Fox said Thursday. The state also will add personnel to track the kits, counsel victims and investigate when DNA from the kits result in rape...

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Rape Survivors Are Suing to Have Their Rape Kits Processed


Marlowe isn't alone. An estimated 400,000 untested rape kits languish nationwide, according to the US Department of Justice. Now, Marlowe and other rape survivors like her are turning to the courts, claiming that cities that ignore potential DNA evidence are violating survivors' civil rights. September 28, 2016 Heather Marlowe was raped at a party ...

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