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Archive for August 9th, 2011

Now Here’s a Sterling Resume; 55 Defendants in Omaha Had 2,637 Previous Contacts With the Law

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Talk about sterling resumes.

ATF, along with local law enforcement in the Omaha, Neb., area announced Tuesday charges against 55 defendants who have a total of 2,637 previous contacts with law enforcement, 255 arrests, 52 felony convictions and 151 misdemeanor convictions.

ATF said the seven-month undercover investigation targeting violent crime in Omaha resulted in the seizure of more than 70 firearms and illegal drugs with a street value of over $50,000. Some of the drugs seized included PCP, methamphetamine, crack cocaine, marijuana and prescription narcotics.

“Today marks a significant step in ridding our community of felons, firearms and drugs but there is still much work to do,” said U.S. Attorney Deborah R. Gilg. “The joint federal/local task force members are to be commended for their outstanding work.”

Unabomber Auction Produces $225,000 for Victims

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The recent auction that sold off belongings of Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski –including his journals and sun glasses — is paying off for the victims of his evil deeds.

The Los Angeles Times reports that checks totaling $225,000 from the auction were sent to four victims. A federal judge in Sacramento ordered the disbursement last week.

The LA Times reported that the online government auction, which ended June 2, included the typewriter Kaczynski used to compose the manifesto he sent to the New York Times and the Washington Post. That sold for $22,003.

His hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses depicted in an FBI sketch of the Unabomber suspect sold together for $20,025, the paper reported. And his personal journals sold for $40,676.

The paper reports that Kaczynski is currently serving a life sentence in a federal prison in Colorado after mailing homemade explosives that killed three people and wounded 20.

According to the LA Times, the money was dispersed as follows:

  • Susan Mosser, widow of advertising executive Thomas Mosser, who was killed in 1994; $185,177.23.
  • Connie Murray, widow of Sacramento forester Gilbert Murray, who was killed in 1995; $33,648.05.
  • Gary Wright, who was injured by a 1987 bomb; $3,545.47.
  • Lois Epstein, the wife of University of California, San Francisco physician and researcher Charles Epstein, who was severely injured by a 1993 bomb; $3,364.81.

ATF Operation Focused on Man Who Bought More than 700 Guns

atf file photo

By Kevin Johnson
USA TODAY

When Uriel Patino walked into a Glendale, Ariz., gun store last August and placed an order for 20 handguns, federal gun agents already knew the 25-year-old man as the most prolific figure in a trafficking ring that was supplying hundreds of guns to Mexico’s brutal Sinoloa drug cartel, according to federal court documents and congressional investigators.

In the prior 10 months, the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives traced 673 area gun purchases to the Phoenix resident, congressional investigators found.

Now, Patino was back for more. And the ATF, eager for the young suspect to lead them to a bigger fish in the rich trafficking ring, was more than happy to oblige, despite concerns raised by the local gun store. Alarmed by the size of Patino’s August request, the dealer, who was cooperating with federal investigators, asked the ATF whether a special order for the weapons should be placed because there were only four in stock.

“Our guidance is that we would like you to go through with Mr. Patino’s request and order the additional firearms,” ATF Supervisor David Voth wrote the dealer in an Aug. 25 e-mail.

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FBI Probes Hacking of Rural Law Enforcement Websites

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating the hacking thefts of credit cards, email messages and other information from websites of rural law enforcement departments, the Associated Press reported.

AP reported that the hackers collective Anonymous said Saturday it attacked 70 websites of law enforcement departments in retaliation for the arrests of some of its sympathizers in the United States and Great Britain.

Some of the hacked emails contained sensitive information, including tips about suspected crimes, profiles of gang members and security training, AP reported.

The e-mail thefts were mainly from sheriffs’ departments in Arkansas, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Mississippi, AP reported.

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Pa. Man Who Bit 2 FBI Agents Pleads Guilty

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Pennsylvania man who bit two FBI agents earlier this year, and tried to promote terror attacks online,  pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court in Pittsburgh, the Associated Press reported.

Emerson Begolly, 22,  pleaded guilty to using the Internet to promote terror attacks against American military and civilian targets. He posted remarks on an Islamic extremist web forum he moderated.

AP reported that he also pleaded guilty to having a loaded pistol while biting the agents.

The agents arrested Emerson Begolly, in New Bethlehem, Pa., outside of Pittsburgh in January.

Begolly, who had posted pro-terrorist songs and statements online, was sitting in a car outside a fast food restaurant when one of the agents opened the door, AP wrote. Authorities declined to say what the agents were up to, but a criminal complaint said agents had an interest in him.

After the agent opened the door, AP reported that Begolly screamed and reached into his jacket, prompting agents to prevent him from getting what they suspected was a gun, according to the criminal complaint.

“Agents attempted to control Begolly, Begolly bit both agents and drew blood,” the complaint said, according to the AP. The complaint said agents found a 9mm handgun inside his jacket with the safety “off” and one round in the chamber.

Millenium Films Buys Rights to Ex-FBI Agent Paul Lindsay’s Book

Paul Lindsay/simon & schuster photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — Good news for ex-Detroit FBI agent Paul Lindsay.

Millenium Films has acquired the rights to “The Bricklayer”, his best-selling novel penned under the pseudonym Noah Boyd, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The publication reports that Scottish actor Gerard Butler will star in the film as a rogue former agent who’s services are needed to battle a criminal group that’s been demanding multi-million dollar ransom payments.

The Hollywood reporter said Hanna Weg (Enigma) is adapting the novel for the screen. Butler, Alan Siegel and Danielle Robinson are producing, with Erik Lindsay and Weg serving as executive producers.

Gerard Butler in "The Bounty Hunter"

Lindsay’s book was published by William Morrow in January of last year.

Lindsay published his first book in 1992 while he was still working as an agent in downtown Detroit. In all, he’s cranked out seven books.