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Archive for March 8th, 2011

2 Deputy U.S. Marshals and Cop Shot and Wounded in St. Louis

UPDATE: Tuesday, 5:36 p.m. — Authorities have identified the dead suspect as Carlos Boles, 36, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The fugitive search team was trying to arrest him on a warrant for allegedly assaulting a city police officer and drug possession stemming from an October incident. Boles opened fire Tuesday morning and was shot by some in  law enforcement.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two deputy U.S. marshal along with a police officer were shot and wounded Tuesday morning around 7 a.m. while trying to make an arrest in St. Louis, according to Fox2 Now. The man suspected of shooting the law enforcement people was killed.

The Marshals Service issued an apology, saying it incorrectly stated that one of the deputy marshals was killed, the TV station reported. He is in critical condition.

It was the second time in weeks that deputy Marshals had been shot.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch  reported that the deputy marshal was listed in critical condition in the St. Louis shooting and the other was in fair condition. The paper reported that the St. Louis officer suffered a graze wound “after his bullet-resistent vest apparently turned a bullet aside.” The officer suffered additional injuries when he fell after being shot.

The paper reported that the suspect was also shot, and there appeared to be a standoff or hostage situation at the home. Fox2 Now reported around 10:30 a.m. that the suspect was dead.

On Feb. 16, one deputy Marshal was shot and killed and two others were wounded while try to serve a warrant in West Virginia.

U.S. Falling Far Short in Effort to Battle Guns in Mexico, LA Times Reports

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — America seems to be falling short when it comes to committing resources to battle the burgeoning problem of guns being smuggled into Mexico.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

“U.S. authorities in Mexico charged with stemming the flow of U.S. weapons to drug cartels have been hampered by shortfalls in staffing, agents with limited Spanish skills and the difficulty of recruiting new agents to the dangerous posting because they can’t officially carry weapons, current and former staff members say.”

Rene Jaquez, a former ATF attache in Mexico City and deputy attache in Ciudad Juarez, told the paper that agents didn’t have the resources to effectively go after gun smugglers.

“I can tell you from my perspective as the former country attache in Mexico … that ATF has not taken seriously its role in the international affairs program as far as Mexico is concerned,” Jaquez told the Times.

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NY Terrorist Suspect Said Something Mel Gibson-like

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

He may not be Mel Gibson, but terrorist suspect Adis Medunjanin might have done something sort of Mel Gibson-like after he was arrested last year in connection with an alleged al-Qaeda-sanctioned plot to blow up New York’s subway system.

The New York Daily News reports that FBI agent Aaron Spivack testified Monday at a pretrial hearing in Brooklyn federal court that Medunjanin, after his arrest, wanted to know if the agent was Jewish. He also called Judiasm “the wrong religion.”

“He began to talk religious talk . . . about how Judaism was the wrong religion . . . it was like a lecture or a speech,” Spivack said, according to the Daily News.

The suspect’s attorneys wanted the judge to toss the incriminating statements and said their client was denied access to a lawyer, AP reported.

Authorities allege that Medunjanin and co-conspirators Najibullah Zazi and Zarein Ahmedzay plotted to blow up the subway and were, in part, motivated by their hate for Israel, the Daily News reported.

As you might recall, after Mel Giblson was arrested in Malibu, Calif. on July 28, 2006, he said to the arresting officer James Mee, who is Jewish: “F— Jews…the Jews are responsible for all the wars in the world.”

Sounds like the Medunjanin, the suspected terrorist, might have been a little more polite.

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Iran Claims it Has “No Trace” of Ex-FBI Agent Robert Levinson

Robert Levinson

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It’s tough figuring out the truth here.

Bloomberg news reports that Iran’s Foreign Ministry claims it has “no trace” of ex-FBI agent Robert Levinson, who disappeared in 2007 from an Iranian island. The U.S. has said it believes he was abducted by Iranian agents.

If the U.S. has “consistent information, they can relay it to us,” Ramin Mehmanparast, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, told state TV today, according to Bloomberg. “Through collective effort, we could do a more effective search.”

The U.S. recently announced that it believed Levinson, 63, was alive and being held in Southwest Asia.

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FBI Arrests Calif. Woman Charged With Scamming Nuns Out of $285,000

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

A California woman may have to answer to a higher authority — a federal judge, that is — after being charged with scamming a group of nuns out of $285,000 and using the money to pay for items such as lingerie and pet sitting.

The FBI Monday arrested Linda Rose Gagnon, 57, of Tustin, on three counts of wire fraud for allegedly swindling a group of nuns at the U.S. Province of the Religious of Jesus & Mary Inc. in Rhode Island in a real estate scam.

Authorities say Gagnon operated the California-based Rose Enterprise Inc., a company she claimed helped clients with delinquent mortgages and real estate transactions. She had no real estate license.

According to a federal indictment, Gagnon, a former student of a boarding school operated by the Sisters of Religious of Jesus & Mary, visited the convent in Rhode Island in November 2008 and learned the organization was attempting to purchase a property in San Diego as a residence for nuns. It has residences for nuns all around the country.

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