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Archive for March 13th, 2013

Fight to Land New FBI Headquarters Starts to Get Nasty with Harsh Words

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The battle to land the new headquarters of the FBI has turned ugly, NBC 4 Washington reports

In one case, a Fairfax County official took a swipe at Prince George’s County, saying it’s the place where the FBI would be busy because of criminals.

“I made that comment in the context of talking about why Fairfax County is the most appropriate location for the FBI headquarters, including our safe neighborhoods and decades-long tradition of good government,” Fairfax County Development Association President Gerry Gordon told NBC 4.

“Quite frankly, I was stunned,” Prince George’s County Deputy Chief of Economic Development Aubrey Thagard responded.

FBI’s New Special Agent in Charge of Miami Office Impressed Washington D.C.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Michael Steinbach was supposed to be the temporary head of the FBI in Miami while the bureau searched for a permanent special agent in charge.

But the 46-year-old who has fought violent crime and terrorism impressed Washington D.C. so much that he received the permanent job, the Miami Herald reports.

“I never pursued it,” Steinbach, 46, who studied aerospace engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, told the Herald.

Steinbach joined the FBI in 1995 and eventually held the top job at the bureau’s Jacksonville office, the Herald wrote.

Lawsuits Allege Pattern of Abuse at Border Patrol, Cites Freezing Holding Cells

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Detained immigrants were forced to sit in freezing holding cells without toilets and beds while their lips turned blue and cracked because of the cold, according to a series of lawsuits that makes numerous allegations of abuse against Border Patrol, the USA Today reports.

The suits were filed on behalf of 10 plaintiffs by advocacy groups that says the abuse is all too common.

“I don’t think these are isolated cases,” Melissa Crow, who is representing one of the plaintiffs and is the director of the Legal Action Center at the American Immigration Council, an immigration advocacy organization, told . “The spectrum of cases we’re presenting exemplifies the culture of impunity that has taken hold at CBP.”

CBP declined to comment on the suit but said allegations of abuse are taken seriously.

“We do not tolerate misconduct or abuse within our ranks and we fully cooperate with all investigations of alleged unlawful conduct, on or off duty, by any of our CBP employees and contractors,” Burke said in a statement.

Two City Councilmen in Georgia Were Indicted on Accusations of Taking $20,000 in Bribes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two city councilmen accused of splitting $20,000 in bribes were indicted by a grand jury Tuesday, the Macon Telegraph reports.

Forsyth City Councilmen Desi Hansford and James Calloway face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on three counts.

Hansford “admitted to receiving the previous $5,000 bribe in January. [He] stated that he paid some bills with part of the money and over $2,000 of the original bribe money was located in his residence in Forsyth,” McClendon’s affidavit reads, the Telegraph reported.

The bribes allegedly come from Travel America truck stop restaurant in Jackson, which is trying to renew its contract.

The Telegraph couldn’t reach the councilmen for comment.

Feds Want to Run eBay Sneaker Business Implicated in Massive Pot Conspiracy

photo: Baltimore City Paper

 
By Van Smith
Baltimore City Paper

BALTIMORE — The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for a pair of Nike Shox Turbo 3.2 SL running shoes is $120, but Krush NYC, an eBay seller based in a warehouse in Jessup, sells them for $79.99. That kind of markdown is what attracts the buyers that make Krush a profitable enterprise: It clears an average of almost $1.5 million annually on gross sales of nearly $2.6 million, according to court documents.

The nitty-gritty on Krush’s financial information was revealed in court because federal prosecutors want to make sure Krush remains valuable. Its principals—40-year-old Kerem Dayi of Gambrills, Md., and California, and 43-year-old Steven Neil Madden of Randallstown, Md.—are two of 18 defendants charged in January with operating a massive pot-dealing and money-laundering conspiracy in Maryland, New Jersey, and California since early 2010. The indictment includes a count to allow the government to take ownership of at least $10 million in allegedly ill-gotten gains, including a number of assets already seized: eight pieces of real estate, 22 bank accounts, 24 vehicles, and three businesses. Krush is one of them.

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