No Charges in Evidence Room Investigation

After nearly five years, a Virginia State Police criminal investigation into the Hopewell Police Department's property and evidence room has resulted in no charges in the case. State police agents say the probe "revealed no criminal violations of state law."

The investigation was initiated in August 2007 at the request of then-Chief James Stanley. A private company's review and inventory of the department's evidence room led to the discovery of missing property and evidence. The state police was called in to determine if any criminal misconduct was associated with the missing items.

The extensive and lengthy investigation by State Police revealed multiple problems in the agency's administrative policy and procedure for the storage, maintenance, security and disposal of property and evidence by agency employees. State police investigators identified 122 missing or misplaced items from 96 separate cases from 1989 to 2005. Except for one case, the thorough examination and analysis conducted on each of the 96 cases did not yield or result in any commonalities or criminal intent among agency employees.

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Court Case Update

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