Tracy police name victim’s cousin as suspect in 2009 homicide cold case (DNA)


Authorities said Mason died in a vehicle accident in 2015, a year before he was identified as the homicide suspect. November 20, 2018 TRACY — The Tracy Police Department has closed an almost decade-old homicide cold case, but said the suspect is dead. Police announced this week that 72-year-old James Mason is the lone suspect in the killing of his ...
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Deputy accused of stealing from people he arrested sentenced to 3 years probation


Bermudez didn't book it into the sheriff's property room and tried to pocket the money. November 28, 2018 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - A sentence was handed down for Edward Bermudez, a former Kern County Sheriff's deputy accused of stealing from the people he arrested. Bermudez was sentenced to three years probation. The sheriff's office says Bermudez was...
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Washington city ends gun sales by police after AP probe


Associated Press analysis published in January 2018 found more than a dozen firearms sold by law enforcement agencies in Washington since 2010 later became evidence in new criminal investigations Enter Article DATE HERE SEATTLE — The City Council in Spokane, Washington, has passed an ordinance prohibiting police from selling confiscated firear...
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Washington city ends guns sales by police after AP Probe


AP investigation found some guns sold by law enforcement were used in new crimes November 11, 2018 SEATTLE (AP) — The City Council in Spokane, Washington, has passed an ordinance prohibiting police from selling confiscated firearms, citing an Associated Press investigation that found that some guns sold by law enforcement were used in new crimes. "...
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Former evidence tech pleads guilty to consuming contraband held for court cases in Weber County


"If the case was closed and she did not think anyone would come looking for the drugs, then that would be a case from which she would take methamphetamine." October 25, 2018 OGDEN, Utah, Oct. 25, 2018 (Gephardt Daily) — Candace Follum, a former evidence technician for the Weber County Sheriff's Office, has pleaded guilty to consuming contraband bei...
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Fake Bills Found in Lewiston Not Counterfeit, Legal to Possess


The fake money was found on the ground and is now being held as Lewiston Police investigate. Enter Article DATE HERE LEWISTON, ID — Over the weekend, someone turned in about $2,800 worth of fake bills to authorities. The fake money was found on the ground and is now being held as Lewiston Police investigate. The bills may look pretty convincin...
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Former Fremont County Sheriff's deputy gets 2 years in Department of Corrections


Pleading guilty in August to stealing from the scene of an active homicide investigation earlier this year. October 12, 2018 A former Fremont County Sheriff's deputy was sentenced Friday to two years in the Department of Corrections after pleading guilty in August to stealing from the scene of an active homicide investigation earlier this year. Dis...
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Property room protects, preserves and returns


O'Sullivan estimates that some items date to the 1950s or '60s. He's recently been asked to find items from the 1970s that relate to the Golden State Killer case. October 12, 2018 A surfboard propped up in a corner of the Ventura County Sheriff's Office property room nearly touches the ceiling. It's wedged in among shelves full of objects as varied...
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No charges to be filed in missing evidence case


The investigation identified a sworn employee as a person of interest for the missing portions of the drug, police said October 10, 2018 KAILUA-KONA — No charges will be filed in a missing drug evidence case involving a former officer with the Hawaii Police Department. "After careful review, we have decided not to file charges," the Department of t...
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Fentanyl worries have police changing the way they handle, test for illicit drugs


In less than a minute, the device, which is about the size of a Nintendo Game Boy, identified the white powder, flashing the word "methamphetamine" on its small screen. October 7, 2018 Wearing gloves and working under a hood that vents fumes from the evidence room, La Mesa police Sgt. Katy Lynch pushed a button on the scanner in her hand and shined...
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Brown signs bill to count backlogged rape kits in California


​The bill requires that the backlog be tallied and reported by July 1, 2019. ​ September 30, 2018 SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed one bill and rejected another Sunday that sexual assault survivors have long sought in hopes of forcing California law enforcement agencies to account for backlogged rape kits. Brown signed AB3118 by Assemblyman Dav...
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After the Verdict: Disposing of Evidence at the CCSO


He stands calmly, evidently accustomed to the smell, between rows of meticulously organized evidence bags. September 28, 2018 Investigator Harry Einfalt, CCSO, shows the double sided lockers used for moving evidence into the vault The smell hits you first as Harry Einfalt, Campbell County Sheriff's Office investigator, unlocks and opens the door to...
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Nevada News: AG Laxalt Announces 95 Percent of Backlogged Sexual Assault Kits Sent for DNA Testing, Resulting in at Least 13 Arrest


AG Laxalt's Office Secures Additional $1,000,000 in Sexual Assault Kit Initiative Federal Grant Funding, Securing More than $10 million in Total Enter Article DATE HERE CARSON CITY, NV – Yesterday, Nevada Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt announced that 95 percent of Nevada's previously untested sexual assault kits have been sent to labs for t...
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Kern Corruption: A look at the stolen drugs (follow-up)


According to grand jury transcripts unsealed Friday, the former deputies took 34 lbs. of processed marijuana, worth about $34,000 from a KCSO evidence room. September 29, 2019 BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - Investigators said Logan August and Derrick Penney stole marijuana from KCSO evidence September 18, 2014 -- the same day they confiscated it during a ma...
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Weber County Sheriff’s employee accused of using meth on the job appears in court


A former Weber County Sheriff's employee accused of taking methamphetamine stolen from the evidence room appeared in court. Enter Article DATE HERE Candice Follum faces 20 charges of altering a record, a third-degree felony; and 20 counts of drug possession, a class A misdemeanor. Weber County prosecutors said Follum admitted to taking drugs f...
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Colorado Springs police arrest man in connection with decades-old homicide (DNA)


Police took DNA samples from semen left by the killer and interviewed several suspects who had seen her early that morning. September 20, 2019 Colorado Springs police have taken one step closer to solving a decades-old cold case with the arrest of a 46-year-old man in connection with the alleged rape and killing of Mary Lynn Vialpondo, police chief...
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Madison County Sheriff suspended following recent felony and misdemeanor charges


Photos of the meth and pipe found on the informant were taken, but they were not in an evidence locker where they should have been and were not found in Thompson's office, either. September 11, 2018 Madison County commissioners voted to suspend Sheriff Roger Thompson for three months with pay on Tuesday following criminal charges of tampering with ...
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Former California deputy caught in corruption scandal arrested in Idaho


On at least one occasion, Penney and his partner Logan August used their keys to raid a narcotics evidence locker, before selling it, according to court documents. September 12, 2018 STAR — Ada County sheriff's deputies arrested former Bakersfield Deputy Derrick Penney in Idaho after a Kern County Grand Jury handed down more than a dozen felony ind...
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Madison Co. sheriff charged with official misconduct, perjury


Enter Headline here September 10, 2018 BOZEMAN, Mont. — Madison County Sheriff Roger Thompson has been charged with official misconduct, tampering with evidence and perjury, according to court documents filed last week in Madison County District Court. The charges stem from an incident in June of last year involving a missing evidence bag of metham...
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Centralia Police Chief Assures Council Evidence Room Troubles Are in the Past


FINDINGS: Prosecutor Rules No Evidence of Criminal Wrongdoing but Issues Letter Stating Evidence Room Mishaps Could Affect Cases​ August 30, 2018 Centralia Chief of Police Carl Nielsen appeared in front of the city council Tuesday evening to further explain the results of two internal investigations into mishandled and misplaced evidence at the dep...
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