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DNA from Cigarette Connects Hellertown Man to 2011 Mischief: Police

Lower Saucon Township police say DNA collected from a piece of crime scene evidence—a discarded Newport cigarette—has connected a Hellertown man to a July 2011 criminal mischief case.

Lower Saucon Township police say DNA collected from a discarded Newport cigarette has connected a Hellertown man to a July 2011 criminal mischief case.

In a news release issued Friday, police said Frank Deen Hazeltine Jr., 30, of the first block of E. High Street, has been charged with criminal mischief-tampering with property after DNA from a cigarette found in a vehicle was allegedly linked to him by the Pennsylvania State Police's Forensic Services team.

Police accuse Hazeltine of illegally entered the vehicle in the 2300 block of Black River Road during the early-morning hours of July 30, 2011.

A non-traffic citation was filed Monday with the office of District Judge David Tidd of Lower Saucon, online court records say.

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RealityCheck January 15, 2014 at 08:37 PM
You have GOT to be kidding me. DNA testing was utilized for the issuant of a non-traffic citation!! Do you realize how many tax-payers dollars were spent on this incredibly stupid decision to utilize this type of testing for a criminal mischief case???? Not to mention adding to the backlog of DNA testing needed to be completed to solve REAL crimes like homicide, rape, etc?? Absolutely a shame.
law man January 16, 2014 at 12:49 PM
What if you were the victim? The police should be using everything at their disposal.

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