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  • Burglary Ends with Sock DNA

    November 16, 2012 5:17 AM

    MESA, Ariz. (AP) - Dirty socks aren't just offensive -- they can be evidence of a criminal offense. Police in Mesa, Arizona, say they've solved a home break-in -- thanks to a sock. According to authorities, DNA from the sock has been matched to 20-year-old Alberto Jose Terrazas. The Arizona... more »
  • DNA brings conviction in 1996 rape in New Orleans

    February 17, 2012 10:14 AM

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Orleans Parish district attorney says DNA from a rape 16 years ago has convicted a 35-year-old man of a sexual assault committed when he was 19. A jury in New Orleans convicted William Danastasio on Thursday of one count each of aggravated rape and aggravated... more »
  • Police Cite Privacy Concerns Over Their Own DNA

    October 16, 2011 1:31 PM

    HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - When police in southern Louisiana were investigating the deaths of eight women in 2009, the sophistication of the crimes set off rumors that the serial killer was a police officer - speculation that became so pervasive that officials ordered DNA testing of law enforcement personnel to... more »
  • No More Biological Evidence Will be Destroyed

    July 7, 2011 7:34 PM

    A new law makes it harder for law enforcement agencies to destroy biological evidence. It's one of the only types of evidence that can directly link a suspect to a crime. In the past, some of the evidence was destroyed after a suspect was convicted or plead guilty to a... more »
  • DNA Match Leads to Charges in vehicle burglary

    October 7, 2010 11:21 AM

    The Opelousas Police Dept. is glad to report that two cases have been closed as a result of efficient and dedicated investigations by members of the Special Operations Section. John Hiram Buff had been in the Opelousas Police Dept. jail since July 27, 2010, for the theft of some copper... more »
  • Suspect wanted as a result of another positive DNA match

    October 7, 2010 10:55 AM

    Opelousas Police Department detectives are searching for 47 year old Arthur Lee Jones of 265 Henry Dr . Jones is wanted the burglary at Dupuis Memorial in January of this year, in which an urn containing the remains of James Elder Sr. was stolen. They are now in need of... more »
  • DNA Exonerates a Zion Man of First-Degree Murder

    August 4, 2010 11:12 AM

    WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) - Prosecutors in northern Illinois have dropped first-degree murder charges against a Zion man who's been jailed since 2005 in the stabbing deaths of two young girls. The move came during a hearing Wednesday after DNA evidence found on one of the girls was linked to someone... more »
  • DNA Testing Still Underway In Jeff Davis Parish

    January 4, 2010 8:16 PM

    DNA testing in still underway for employees of the Jeff Davis Parish Sheriff's Office. The testing that began last week is the latest in an investigation of eight women found dead in the parish. Authorities decided to do the testing to rule out employees as possible suspects. This is after... more »
  • DNA Testing in Jeff Davis Parish

    December 29, 2009 6:59 PM

    It's been one big game of "who done it" in Jennings Louisiana. Since the murders, the fingers have been pointed towards law enforcement in the area. At least from people in town. "People are going to feel one way or the other we don't control that we're... more »
  • Officers with Jeff Davis 8 investigation to be DNA tested

    December 27, 2009 5:41 PM

    In order to squash rumors in Jeff Davis Parish officers involved in the Jeff Davis 8 investigation will have their DNA tested against evidence in the cases. The murders have baffled residents and overwhelmed law enforcement. The community has even suspected that a member of law enforcement could be... more »
  • DNA links suspect to 2007 armed robbery

    November 12, 2009 9:04 AM

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - Lafayette police have arrested a 46-year-old Shreveport man in a July 2007 armed robbery of a couple at a Lafayette motel. In a news release, Lafayette police say DNA evidence implicated Simco Wallace Cole in the July 17, 2007, armed robbery of a couple staying at... more »
  • DNA Helps Identify Suspect in Bank Robbery

    November 5, 2009 3:30 PM

    DNA evidence collected at the scene of the bank robbery has assisted authorities in identifying the suspect in the March 9, 2009, bank robbery. The suspect has been identified as Thomas L. Eugene (48) of New Orleans. Eugene is currently incarcerated in Escambia County Florida and charged with a similar... more »
  • DNA solved New Iberia attempted burglary

    November 3, 2009 1:26 PM

    A New Iberia teen has been arrested and charged with attempted simple burglary, criminal damage and criminal trespass after a DNA match was confirmed by the Acadiana Crime Lab. Joseph Touchet is accused of attempting to break in to a home in the 4500 block of Freetown Road back in... more »
  • State Crime Labs Awarded $2.4 Million in Grant Money

    October 8, 2009 2:04 PM

    Attorney General Caldwell: Grant Will Help Us As We Seek Justice for Victims of Crime WASHINGTON-Congressman Charlie Melancon (LA-03) announced today that the Louisiana State Police has been awarded two grants totaling $2,481,416 from the Department of Justice to improve its crime labs and reduce the backlog of forensic... more »
  • DNA links Louisiana, Mississippi rape cases

    October 8, 2009 8:43 AM

    LAUREL, Miss. (AP) - The rape of a woman in Louisiana woman has been linked to five rapes in Mississippi's Jones County. Maj. Robbie Suber of the Jones County Sheriff's Department says DNA evidence links the August assault on an 87-year-old woman in New Iberia, La., to five assaults on... more »
  • DNA Lifeprint for Child Safety

    September 28, 2009 8:36 AM

    Dozens of local children were the first to try a new biometric fingerprinting and DNA identification kit. They got printed at Sterling Hyundai of Lafayette. The FBI and Department of Justice hosted the DNA Lifeprint child safety event. The new identification program makes it easy for law enforcement officials nationwide... more »

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