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Archive for March 25th, 2013

FBI Agent Fires Shots in Chicago During Crime

Edward Hanko To Run Philly FBI

Edward Hanko

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Edward J. Hanko has been named the special agent in charge of the Philadelphia Division.

Hanko most recently served as  special agent in charge of the Cincinnati Division and was responsible for FBI investigations in central and southern Ohio.

Hanko joined the FBI in 1986 and was first assigned to the Springfield Field Office. In 1990, he was transferred to the Newark Field Office, where he conducted organized crime and drug investigations. In October 1995, he was promoted to supervisory special agent and oversaw drug trafficking investigations, according to a press release.

Three years later, Hanko transferred to the Scranton Resident Agency, where he worked drug, organized crime, and political corruption investigations. He was promoted to supervisory senior resident agent in August 2002, the press release said.

Hanko transferred to the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., where he instructed new agents, police officers, and Command Staff College attendees.

He became an assistant special agent in charge of the Detroit Field Office in October 2007, and in October 2009, was promoted to the ranks of the Senior Executive Service.

From 2009 to 2011, he served as chief of the Operational Support Section in the Criminal Investigative Division.

He served as an officer in the Baltimore City Police Department from 1981-86.

 

FBI Probes Possible Ties Between High-Profile Killings in Texas, Colorados

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating whether two high-profile killings in Texas and Colorado are connected, Reuters reports.

A masked gunman killed Texas Prosecutor Mark Hasse in Kaufman, Tex. as he walked to his car Jan. 31, Reuters reported. On Jan. 19, Colorado Prison Chief Tom Clements was killed in El Paso County in Colorado.

“The Dallas and Denver offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are comparing the homicides of Mark Hasse and Tom Clements to determine if there is any evidence linking the two crimes,” Kaufman Police Chief Chris Aulbaugh told Reuters.

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Killed in Two-Car Collision in California


 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 26-year-old Border Patrol agent was killed in a two-car crash on his way to work Friday afternoon in California, Imperial Valley Press reports.

The Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident, which also killed a 43-year-old woman who has not been identified. 

Imperial Valley Press identifies the agent as Agent Francisco Puga.

Agents were told “that we lost one of our brothers, that he’s too young to be taken from us, that he was coming to work,” said Lombardo Amaya, union president of National Border Patrol Council Local 2554, which oversees the El Centro Sector.

“We feel really sad for his wife, for his sister, for his mother, for his brother,” Amaya said.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

Border Patrol Agent Shot, Suspect Killed After Deer Intervenes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent was shot and the suspect was killed during an unusual scene that federal authorities are investigating, Fox News reports.

The agent, whose name has not yet been disclosed, was treated and released after the gunman shot him in the leg, Fox News wrote.

Authorities said Border Patrol agents were trying to help a man in about 50 miles southeast of Laredo, Tex. whose car was hit by a deer when the man became combative and opened fire.

Turns out, the man hijacked the car, Fox News reported.

FBI Agent Opens Up About Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick’s Public Corruption Trial

Kwame Kilpatrick/deadline detroit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI opened its investigation of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick more than 8 years ago after getting a variety of tips, the leader investigator on the case told WXYZ Channel 7 reports.

Channel 7 interviewed FBI Special Agent Bob Beeckman about an investigation that included some 70 agents, 1,000 witnesses and 40,000 text messages.

“If you have public officials that betray the trust of citizens, the whole fabric of society comes apart,” Beeckman told Channel 7.

The prosecution tallied more than 30 guilty convictions against Kilaptrick, his father and contractor Bobby Ferguson in the public corruption case two weeks ago.

Beekman said the most damning evidence was probably the text messages that revealed a lot about the former mayor’s administration.

AG Eric Holder Pledges to Avoid Furlough of Prison Staffers Under Sequestration

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Attorney General Eric Holder said he’s prevented the furloughs of prison staffers nationwide to protect prison staff, inmates and the public, the Associated Press reports.

Holder prevented the furloughs of some 38,000 employees at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons by moving $150 million from from Justice Department account, the AP wrote.

The Justice Department has already been forced to cut $1.6 billion from its budget.

It’s not yet clear which department agencies will absorb the $150 million that won’t be saved from furloughs.

“I am deeply troubled by the impact the sequester will have on the department’s capacity to prevent terrorism, combat violent crime, partner with states and local law enforcement agencies and protect the judiciary and our most vulnerable citizens,” Holder wrote.