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Archive for August 7th, 2012

Two TSA Officers Indicted on Charges of Smuggling Cocaine Through Atlanta Airport

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two Transportation Security Administration  officers were indicted Tuesday on charges of conspiring and attempting to smuggle cocaine through Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.

Richard C. Cook II, 27, of Henry County, Ga. and Timothy G. Gregory, 25, of DeKalb County, Ga. were indicted by a grand jury on multiple drug counts.

United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, “Our nation’s well-being depends, in part, on the security of its airports,” Atlanta U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. “Moreover, the citizens of this district are entitled to law enforcement officers who obey the laws that they have sworn to enforce. The crimes with which Cook and Gregory are charged created a breach in the security of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and betrayed the trust of millions of passengers who travel through this airport each year.”

 

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Crazed Gunman Jared Loughner Pleads Guilty to 19 Charges in Arizona Shooting

Jared Loughner/pima county sheriff photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Crazed gunman Jared Loughner was found competent to stand trial on Tuesday. He then immediately pleaded guilty to 19 charges in a shooting spree last year in Tucson that left six people dead including a federal judge, and 13 wounded including ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Loughner murdered U.S. District Judge John Roll and Giffords staffer Gabe Zimmerman. He also wounded Giffords employees Pam Simon and Ron Barber, the latter who succeeded Giffords as U.S. representative from Tucson, the Arizona Republic reported.

In exchange for the plea, the government agreed not to seek the death penalty.

 

Andrew Traver Who Was Nominated for Director is Named Head of ATF’s Denver Office

Andrew Traver/zerocancer.org photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Andrew Traver, whose nomination by President Obama to head up ATF seems to have gone nowhere, is the new head of ATF’s  Denver office.

Before getting this new assignment he was head of the Chicago ATF.

Traver began his ATF career in 1987 as a special agent in the Chicago Field Division and went on to other posts, including Group Supervisor in Philadelphia, New Jersey and New Orleans.

In November 2010, Traver was nominated by President Barack Obama to become director of ATF. He was subsequently re-nominated to the new session of Congress in January 2011, the first ATF career Special Agent to be so nominated.

But there seemed to be resistance on the Hill to appointing him and the nomination seemed to go nowhere.

 

California FBI Agent ’s Death Ruled a Suicide

Stephen Ivens/police photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agent Stephen Ivens who went missing two months ago from his Burbank, Calif., home and was found dead Monday in a wooded area, committed suicide,  authorities have ruled, according to the Associated Press reports.

Ivens went missing in May, prompting a furious search.

Investigators said Ivens was despondent and had feared he might kill himself.

Fears Raised Among Faith Community After Two Attacks

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Concerned about copycat attacks, the Department of Homeland Security is urging suburban mosques to be extra vigilant for suspicious people, the Daily Herald reports.

The call comes in response to the weekend shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that killed six people and the arson of a mosque in Joplin, Mo. on Monday.

Some faith-based communities are hiring retired police for security, the Daily Herald reported.

“I don’t know if there’s any link between the two incidents,” said Dr. Mohammed Zaher Sahloul, chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. “Muslim and Sikh, and faith communities in general should be more vigilant and they should take precautions in identifying any suspicious individuals. Always when you have incidents like this, especially when you have a heightened atmosphere of Islamophobia, there is a concern of copycats.”

Foley Named to Head FBI Office in Detroit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Robert Foley III, a 16-year  FBI veteran with a background of cracking down on corruption, will take charge of the agency’s Detroit Division to replace Andrew Arena, who retired in May, the FBI announced.

Foley was named special agent in charge of an office that has been busy investigating public corruption cases, including the one against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his alleged criminal enterprise.

A former aviator in the U.S. Army, Foley worked as an agent attorney in the Office of General Counsel at FBI headquarters and handled abuse of tax dollars in the public corruption unit in the Criminal Investigation Division, the Free Press reported.

Foley’s experience also includes heading a criminal enterprise effort in Phoenix.

His appointment was first reported by Deadline Detroit and ticklethewire.com.

‘Plain Jane Bandit’ Suspect Caught in California After 8 Burglary Attempts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 She was brazen and elusive.

But now the woman that authorities call the “Plain Jane Bandit” is behind bars for allegedly robbing six banks and trying to rob two others, the New York Daily News reports.

Spotted by people who saw her on surveillance tapes, Sylvia Helen Garcia, 38, was arrested near her apartment in Downey, Calif., by FBI officials.

During a three-week period, the suspect is accused of targeting eight banks in Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

The robberies were similar. The suspect demanded money without a weapon and told tellers that a conspirator was waiting outside, according to the Daily News.

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Notorious Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger to Testify in Own Murder Trial

Updated Bulger photo/wbur

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 James “Whitey” Bulger,  the notorious Boston mobster, plans to take the witness stand in his trial in March and explain that he received immunity while helping the FBI, his attorney said Monday, the Boston Globe reports.

Prosecutors say the Justice Department offered no deal to clear Bulger of charges that he participated in 19 murders when he was a top FBI informant against the mob.

Bulger, former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, eluded capture in 1994 and wasn’t caught until last year at the age of 82.

His testimony before a jury is expected to reveal the inner workings of the FBI and life as a mobster.