Evidence Rooms in the News: June 2014

Here's a quick summary of some evidence rooms making headlines across the United States in June 2014.

Former evidence room manager gets 10 months in prison;
Audit also released

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - June 23, 2014 - After pleading guilty to an embezzling charge in March 2013, William “Lee” Smith, former manager of the Asheville, N.C. police evidence room, was sentenced to 10 months in prison. The charges resulted from an audit that found a number of items missing from the property room, as well as evidence that Smith took drugs from the facility - primarily Oxycodone.

The report from the audit, conducted in 2011, was released after the sentencing. It revealed missing firearms, drug paraphernalia, and prescription medication. Buncombe County District Attorney Ron Moore told the Citizen-Times that many of the missing items may have been purged, turned over to the DEA, or simply misplaced - problems that can be accounted for by a fractured system and sloppy record keeping.

Source: citizen-times.com

Officials: Rape Kits That Sat For Years Without Testing Led To Arrests

HOLLYWOOD, Fla.- June 20, 2014 - After finding 94 sexual assault kits sitting shelved and untested, the Hollywood Police Department reported that 24 of those kits have now been tested and have resulted in two arrests. The arrests involve the 2006 rape of a 13-year-old girl and a 2011 rape of a 25-year-old woman.

Source: CBS Miami


Drug lab scandal: More details from AG report

Del. - June 20, 2014 - Jan. 1, 1970: That is the date of entry logged every time someone accessed the drug storage locker at the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner’s office in Delaware for the past 14 years. This, according to a report released by the Delaware Attorney General’s Office, is just one of many issues faced by the medical examiner’s facility.

Source: The News Journal

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