COLUMBUS, OH (Toledo News Now) - Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine announced that forensic scientists working at the Attorney General's Bureau of Criminal Investigation are now processing DNA cases in a record turnaround time of 20 days. This is despite a 34-percent increase in DNA submissions from law enforcement from December 2010 to today.
In December 2010, just before DeWine took office, DNA results took approximately 125 days to complete.
"The time it took for the lab to complete DNA testing was far too long," said DeWine. "The sooner we can process the crime scene evidence, the sooner we can arrest the perpetrator."
A 'three-pronged' approach focusing on staffing, technology, and efficiency was used in the turnaround time reduction plan. A total of 21 scientists were added to the BCI laboratory staff, BCI's number of DNA testing and Combined DNA Index System robots doubled from six to 12, and a continuous quality improvement process has now been established.
"The additional work we put into this effort is well worth it," said DeWine. "It is gratifying to know that we have helped local law enforcement prevent additional crimes by getting criminals off the streets a lot faster."
BCI currently averages approximately 155 CODIS hits a month, with more than 2,000 matches in 2012.
In October, DNA evidence helped Newark Police identify a man accused of kidnapping and raping a 15-year-old girl who was walking to high school. BCI processed the DNA evidence submitted by authorities in 12 days.
"The longer an investigation takes, the more difficult it is to solve it," said Newark Police Detective Steve Vanoy. "With the decreased turnaround time it makes our job that much easier."
"I have to believe that if this suspect had not been arrested for several months while we were waiting for DNA results, he would have reoffended," added Licking County Prosecutor Kenneth Oswalt.
Monday, May 20 2013 5:35 PM EDT2013-05-20 21:35:49 GMT
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Tuesday, May 21 2013 2:01 AM EDT2013-05-21 06:01:07 GMT
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Monday, May 20 2013 10:23 AM EDT2013-05-20 14:23:02 GMT
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A 23-year-old father is charged after allowing his 9-year-old daughter to drive.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:39 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:39:58 GMT
Police are looking for the suspects who robbed the Fresh Market in Oakley. It happened just before 10 p.m. Monday night at the location on Madison Road. Initial reports are that two men with guns enteredFull Story >
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Monday, May 6 2013 1:29 PM EDT2013-05-06 17:29:07 GMT
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court. Police say 36-year-old Jason Fletcher and Laura Oditt engaged in sexual conduct in a public place. The location is not named in courtFull Story >
A man charged with public indecency is expected to appear in court.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 10:33 PM EDT2013-05-21 02:33:16 GMT
Two Ohio lawmakers want to make some changes to license plate requirements in the state, and it's all in an effort to save money. State representatives Terry Johnson and Stephen Slesnick want vehiclesFull Story >
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Monday, May 20 2013 9:15 PM EDT2013-05-21 01:15:38 GMT
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon. Starting out as a classic funnel it quickly became a giant half-mile wide wedge tornado as it proceeded east north eastFull Story >
A massive tornado touched down to the southwest of Oklahoma City Monday afternoon.Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 3:10 PM EDT2013-05-20 19:10:48 GMT
Several people are arrested after a raid at a Sycamore Township motel. Deputies raided the Drake Motel, located on Reading Road, on Monday morning. Several people were arrested at the scene but no namesFull Story >
Several people have been arrested after a raid at a Sycamore Township motel. Full Story >
Monday, May 20 2013 9:21 AM EDT2013-05-20 13:21:47 GMT
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A soldier from Wilmington returns from Afghanistan to a big surprise: a new wife, a new house and a different child.Full Story >
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