Property & Evidence Headlines - July 2015

Here are some headlines about law enforcement property and evidence rooms from across the United States.

Former Colorado deputy gets probation for selling gun from evidence room

July 13, 2015 - DENVER, Col. - A former Lake County (Colorado) deputy was sentenced Friday to three years of supervised probation for selling a gun from the sheriff's office evidence room last year. He was also sentenced to serve three years concurrent probation and 100 hours of community service. The former deputy was convicted in May of embezzlement and official misconduct after a four-day trial. Prosecutors announced the sentence in a news release Friday.

PCSO destroys unneeded evidence

July 10, 2015 - NEW LEXINGTON, Ohio - The Perry County Sheriff’s Office recently removed a large quantity of drugs seized during investigations or eradication efforts from its evidence room.

Fairfield PD janitor accused of stealing weapons

July 10, 2015 - FAIRFIELD, Ala. - Federal authorities say the Fairfield Police Department's janitor has been arrested and is accused of stealing weapons from the department's evidence room. The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives says the 69-year old man has already been charged at the state level and could face a number of federal charges as well.

Greene County Sheriff's Department may run out of space to store evidence

June 29, 2015 - SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - The Blancharde murder case is causing a room full of evidence at the Greene County Sheriff's Department to become even more crowded than before. Investigators were on scene collecting evidence at the Blancharde house north of Springfield for five days. Their main property room is near the detectives' offices at the sheriff's department's offices. As crime rates climb over the years, it's becoming more and more crowded.

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Court Case Update

FINGERPRINT EVIDENCE went through a nearly three-year ordeal in the New Hampshire court system, but eventually emerged unscathed. On April 4, 2008, the New Hampshire Supreme Court unanimously reversed the decision of a lower court to exclude expert testimony regarding fingerprint evidence in the case of The State of New Hampshire v. Richard Langill. The case has been remanded back to the Rockingham County Superior Court.