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Archive for January 2nd, 2012

Whitey Bulger Prosecutor Named ‘Bostonian of the Year’

U.S. Atty. Carmen Ortiz

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. Attorney who made headlines as the lead prosecutor in  the case of the infamous crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger and his long-time girlfriend Catherine Greig, has been named “Bostonian of the Year,” by the Boston Globe Magazine, the publication announced in a press release on Friday.

The Globe, which will feature a profile of Ortiz in a special Sunday edition of the paper, called the Attorney “the fighter” due to her “long history prosecuting political corruption cases,” according to the release, beginning with an internship in 1980 with the US Department of Justice’s public integrity unit, where she worked alongside Eric Holder.

“We are excited to honor a woman who has faced, and cleared, many hurdles – she is Boston’s first female and first Hispanic US attorney – as Bostonian of the Year,” Susanne Althoff, editor of The Boston Globe Magazine, said. “Ms. Ortiz’ successful prosecutions of corruption cases have had an indelible impact on the Massachusetts political landscape.”

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FBI, ATF Join Abortion Clinic Arson Investigation in Fla.

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Federal investigators are looking into a suspicious early-Sunday blaze at a Florida abortion clinic which has seen violence in the past, reports the Associated Press.

The fire occurred at American Family Planning in the panhandle town of Pensacola, Fla. this weekend and  largely destroyed the two-story building, but no people were injured, Lt. Kevin Fiedor of the state fire marshal’s office told the AP.

The ATF and the FBI plan to join the investigation, Fiedor said. It is unknown what started the fire, which began in dry vegetation around the outside of the building. It burned underneath the building, spreading up its sides and into the attic.

“It burned for a prolonged period of time,” Fiedor said. “It was a very foggy night and the smoke blended in well with the fog.”

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John Hinckley Jr. Appeared to be Stalking Pres. Carter in 1980 — About 6 Mos. Before He Shot Reagan, Files Show

John Hinckley Jr. -abc news photo

By Dan Whittle
Murfreesboro Post

When former President Jimmy Carter came to Nashville back in October 1980, a stalker followed him with the probable intent of shooting the president, according to recently released government documents.

“John Hinckley Jr. was in Nashville the same day (Oct. 9, 1980) Jimmy Carter was at Opryland Hotel and making appearances at other sites in our city,” confirmed Smyrna resident Darrell Long, who was one of the security officers who arrested Hinckley at Nashville International Airport. “But, we nor the FBI put it together that Hinckley was actually stalking President Carter. We had nothing to connect Hinckley with stalking Mr. Carter.”

Until recently, these historic facts have never before been made public.

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FBI and Locals Search for Murder Suspect at Large in the Wild

Update: Monday, Jan. 2 The Associated Press reported that authorities believe they have found the body of the  suspect, Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24. To read more click here.
 
By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The search is on in the depths of the wilderness in Washington state for a man wanted in the shooting death of a Mount Rainier National Park guard on Sunday night, the Associated Press reported.

Margaret Anderson was responding to a radio call when she tried to pullover the 24-year-old suspect, Benjamin Colton Barnes, AP reported. When Barnes refused to pull over, Anderson used her vehicle as a blockade. That’s when Barnes stepped out of his car and fired a fatal shot at Anderson, killing the mother of two young children and the wife of another park ranger, AP reported.

Law enforcement officials said they found ammunition, body armor and survivalist gear in Barnes’ car. Police and the FBI are looking for the man within the park. “We’re talking about a subject that has an advantage,” Guy Gill, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol, told the AP.. “He’s barricaded down in the woods, armed. It puts officers at a disadvantage. It requires a lot of planning.”

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US Military Man Charged With Trying to Bring Explosives on Plane

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A member of the US military has been charged after being detained at a Texas airport over the weekend for attempting to board a plane with explosives wrapped in military-grade wrapping, the Associated Press reports.

Trey Scott Atwater was stopped by security at the Midland International Airport around 9 a.m. on Saturday. He has been charged with trying to bring explosives onto an airplane, according to FBI spokesman Mike Martinez.

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Colorado Asks DEA to Reclassify Marijuana

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Barbara Grohl, head of the Colorado Department of Revenue, has written a letter asking the DEA to loosen federal controls on marijuana and recognize its “potential medicinal value,” the Denver Post reports.

The letter, written on Dec. 22, is the result of a law passed last year; that legislation required the state to ask the feds to reschedule the drug by the end of the year.

“As long as there is divergence in state and federal law, there is a lack of certainty necessary to provide safe access for patients with serious medical conditions,” Brohl wrote in the letter.

The DEA has rejected similar requests in the past. The governors of Rhode Island and Washington also asked the DEA to reclassify the drug this year.

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Customs and Border Protection Gets New Leader

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A new leader has been named to the nation’s largest uniformed federal law enforcement agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection,  reports the website AllGov.com.

David V. Aguilar has been named the head of  the agency. The move came after after Senate Republicans refused to hold a hearing on President Barack Obama’s nomination, Alan Bersin.

Aguilar has worked on the border for 33 years, according to the news report. As of January 1, 2012, Aguilar now commands more than 20,000 border enforcement officials.

Aguilar joined the Border Patrol in June of 1978, in Laredo, Texas. He was a first line supervisor and then Assistant Patrol Agent in Charge and Patrol Agent in Charge in Laredo. From 1988 to 1996 Aguilar was a Patrol Agent in Charge for three Border Patrol Stations in Texas: Dallas, Rio Grande Valley and Brownsville. He continued moving upward in Texas and Arizona after that.

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