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Archive for April 26th, 2010

Texas Fed Prosecutors Want Convicted El Paso FBI Agent to Forfeit Weapons, Silencer and Cash

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Federal prosecutors in El Paso want FBI agent John Thomas Shipley, who was convicted this month of dealing weapons without a license and lying to ATF agents about the sales, to forfeit 17 weapons, a silencer, ammunition and $7,340 in cash found in his home.

Authorities filed a motion last week in U.S. District Court in El Paso asking for the forfeiture and listing the weapons, which includes Remington rifles and Glocks. The silencer was described  as “IAWC Systems Technology Silencer, Model Thundertrap .30.”

A federal jury in El Paso deliberated for less than three hours earlier this month before convicting Shipley.

ATF agents arrested Shipley, 40, last year after tracing back to him a .50 caliber rifle that was used in a drug cartel shootout in Chihuahua, Mexico.

Authorities charged that he sold 51 weapons between 2005 and 2008 for more than $118,000. Sentencing is set for July 8.

N.C. Authorities Arrest Armed Man Who Wanted to See Pres. Obama; Authorities Find Him Harmless and a “Cop Wannabe”

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The 23-year-old armed man who was arrested Sunday at a North Carolina airport after President Obama took off appears to be harmless and was nothing more than a “cop wannabe’, a law enforcement source told ticklethewire.com.

Airport police at the Asheville Regional Airport in North Carolina on Sunday arrested Joseph Sean McVey, 23, of Coshocton, Ohio, who was armed and showed up at the airport parking lot just after President Obama had departed, the Associated Press reported.

Authorities say the man had come to see the president and had police gear in his car including a siren and flashing lights, AP reported. He also had an invalid driver’s license.

But a law enforcement source said the man uttered no threats and was just into being a cop. He supposedly had more than two dozen antennas on his car.

AP reported that he was charged with a going armed in terror of the public, a misdemeanor.

Infamous John Hinckley Has More Freedom But Secret Service Still Has Interest

John Hinckley, who shot President Reagan in 1981,  is a still a household name after all these years. He’s got more freedom these days. But when he leaves St. Elizabeths Hospital in D.C., he carries a GPS-enabled cellphone so hospital officials and the Secret Service can keep tabs on his whereabouts, the Washington Post reports.

John Hinckley Jr. -abc news photo

John Hinckley Jr. -abc news photo

By Annys Shin
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — John W. Hinckley Jr. is a man of routine. On warm days, he likes to sit on a bench outside the John Howard Pavilion on the grounds of St. Elizabeths Hospital and work his way through a stack of newspapers and magazines. He’s often seen walking alone on the hospital grounds or ducking into Martin’s, a nearby carryout, to pick up four-packs of 9 Lives to feed to stray cats.

At 54, the onetime presidential assailant lives like a kid on perpetual spring break. The closest thing he has to a 9-to-5 job is a volunteer gig at the hospital library. He fills his free time strumming on his guitar, crafting pop songs about ideal love, or going on supervised jaunts to the beach or a bowling alley.

After 28 years at the hospital in Southeast Washington, however, the realities of middle age have begun to set in.

His father, Jack Hinckley, died in 2008, inspiring the son to pen a tribute song titled “Hero.” His mother, Jo Ann, is 84. His siblings, Scott and Diane, live in Dallas. Over the government’s steadfast objections, U.S. District Judge Paul Friedman, who oversees his case, and Hinckley’s doctors are slowly preparing him for what they see as inevitable: his release from St. Elizabeths — life on his own.

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