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Archive for December 23rd, 2010

Cleveland ATF Agent Pleads Guilty to Stealing Money During Raid

ATF Agent Steven Campbell/u.s. marshals service photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

As expected, an AFT agent pleaded guilty Wednesday in Cleveland federal court  to stuffing his pants with money he was stealing during a drug raid in suburban Cleveland, the station WEWS reported.

Agent Steven Campbell, 32, was accused of hiding $46,785 in cash that he was stuffing his pocket when he was confronted by other agents at the scene.

According to a court affidavit by Nicholas Candela, a special agent with the Justice Department Inspector General, on Oct. 18, ATF agent Campbell was part of a task force that raided a home in Lyndhurt, Ohio shortly after 7 a.m.

Agents confronted the drug suspect, who after being read his Miranda Warning, confessed that he had a couple pounds of marijuana in a blue bag in the garage and between $45,000 and $50,000 under a dresser.

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Man’s Car Hops Curb; Gets Unexpected Greeting From Secret Service Protecting Pres. Bush

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A motorist tooling around an upscale Dallas neighborhood Wednesday night got an unexpected greeting from U.S. Secret Service agents when his muscle car accidentally hopped the curb and ended up on the lawn of a certain prominent person.

Ed Donovan, a Secret Service spokesman, said the man was driving sometime around 7:30 p.m. to visit a friend in the Preston Hollow neighborhood in Dallas when he apparently lost control of the car, which jumped onto the lawn of former President George W. Bush.  Donovan said it appeared the gas pedal was stuck.

Secret Service agents, who are on the scene 24/7, quickly responded, as did the Dallas police, Donovan said. The man was interviewed and was allowed to go. Donovan said there was no indication the man intended to harm the President and his wife Laura, who were home at the time. There was no damage to the home.

Media reports indicated the car was a Mercury Cougar.

Senate Confirms New U.S.Marshal Stacia Hylton

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved Stacia A.  Hylton as the new U.S. Marshal by unanimous consent.

Authorities said Hylton returns to the U.S. Marshals Service after operating her own consulting company, Hylton Kirk & Associates.

She served in federal law enforcement for 29 years, including as the Federal Detention Trustee from 2004-2010 and in a number of leadership positions in the Marshals Service from 1980-2004, including Acting Deputy Director, Assistant Director of Prisoner Operations, Chief Deputy in the District of South Carolina and Chief of Judicial Security Programs.

“I am pleased that Stacia Hylton will return to the U.S. Marshals Service to build upon 29 years of distinguished service at the department,” said Atty. General Eric Holder Jr.

Jeff Carter, a spokesman for the Marshals Service told ticklethewire.com that the current Marshal John Clark will step down Jan. 3 to enter private industry.  Later in the morning, Clark issued a statement saying has accepted a position  at Lockheed Martin as director of security operations for information systems and global solutions.

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U.S. Marshals Investigator in Trouble Over Expenses

By Allan Lengel,
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — An investigator for the the U.S. Marshals Service in Washington finds himself in trouble and on administrative leave just days before Christmas.

Maria Glod of the Washington Post reports that investigator Peter F. Rouse has been charged with making more than $1,000 in unauthorized charges between August and December of 2009.

The Post reports that Rouse has been with the Marshals Service for about 11 years and recently worked in Washington and previously in Arizona. He’s been on administrative leave since Tuesday.

A court affidavit said authorities became suspicious of Rouse’s charges, which appeared to stand out among other employees, the Post wrote.

An examination of his expenses showed he made charges on weekends and holidays when he wasn’t working “and quantities of gas pumped that exceeded the capacity of the Crown Victoria assigned to Rouse,” the Post wrote.

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