P&E News - May 2016

 Property and evidence rooms making headlines across the United States...

Ex-Havasu police officer allegedly stole from evidence room
May 14, 2016 — LAKE HAVASU CITY, Ariz. — A former Lake Havasu City police officer will stand trial for allegedly stealing drugs and cash from an evidence room.

Former Ansonia police officer pleads guilty to larceny, other charges
May 12, 2016 — ANSONIA, Conn. — A former 12-year veteran of the Ansonia Police Department pleaded guilty in Superior Court in New London this week, admitting to charges that he stole items from the department’s evidence room and falsified reports in 2013. 

SBI, DA looking into possible ‘irregularities’ with Harnett Co. evidence records
May 12, 2016 — LILLINGTON, N.C. — The State Bureau of Investigation and the Harnett County District Attorney’s Office are looking into possible “irregularities” with the way the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office recorded evidence.

State investigation finds shoddy police work in tiny department
May 10, 2016 — STANFIELD, Ore. — A state Justice Department investigation found that the Stanfield police chief and lieutenant — who make up half of the eastern Oregon city's tiny police force — failed to properly log evidence and did shoddy work, but their lapses didn't rise to criminal misconduct.

Auditors cataloging Hamilton County evidence files collecting dust for 30 years
May 2, 2016 — CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Hamilton County auditors are in the process of logging and documenting evidence that was discovered, un-inventoried, in the Hamilton County Medical Examiner's office in November 2015.

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