April 18, 2013 | Vol. 116 -- No. 52

Misconduct alleged at Cheney Crime Lab

Washington State Patrol investigators are looking into allegations the former manager of the Cheney Crime Laboratory mishandled and misrepresented work on case files stretching back possibly five years or more.

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A statement from the WSP on Tuesday indicated investigators knew of at least five cases that had been mishandled. Kevin Fortney, the crime lab manager, resigned during the Patrol’s investigation, which began back in January and is ongoing.

WSP spokesman Robert Calkins said he didn’t know if any cases from the Cheney Police Department or other area law enforcement agencies were i...

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