Contamination threatens St. Louis County crime lab evidence

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on January 28, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Updated Tuesday, Jan 28 at 7:20 PM

CLAYTON, Mo. -- Workers at the new St. Louis County crime lab in Clayton say a flawed ventilation system threatens to contaminate key evidence.

The police headquarters lab opened in November under controversy and an FBI conflict-of-interest investigation requested by County Police Chief Tim Fitch over a $3.7 million subcontract awarded to a company owned by a former police commission chairman.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that crime lab employees described “hurricane-like conditions” and leaky air ducts that damaged part of ballistics testing area.

The general contractor and a public works official insist the problems were glitches expected in any major construction project, and are being fixed.

 

 

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