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Archive for September 27th, 2013

Weekend Series on Crime History: The Westies in New York

Inspector General: FBI Used Drones Domestically Since 2006

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has been using drones domestically since 2006, longer than previously known, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The findings come from the inspector general’s audit of drones, which found that the FBI flew unmanned planes weighing less than 55 pounds to track suspects and examine crime scenes.

The FBI declined to comment on the findings.

In June, outgoing FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III revealed to Congress that the FBI had a drone program.

 

 

Man Accused of ‘Sextorting’ Miss Teen USA, Others Is Arrested

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A California man’s decision to hack the phone of the reigning Miss Teen USA turned out to be a bad one.

ABC News reports that police arrested 19-year-old Jared James Abrahams of Temecula on charges that he hacked her phone to obtained nude photos, which he threatened to reveal unless she sent him additional nude pictures or videos.

Abrahams is accused of trying to extort Miss Team USA Cassidy Wolf, 19, and other women.

“Abrahams used malicious software to disguise his identity in order to capture nude photos or videos of victims through remote operation of cameras on their home computers without their consent,” according to the criminal complaint.

Off-Duty Homeland Security Agent Arrested For Shooting at Car During Road Rage Incident

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty Homeland Security agent is accused of shooting at a car with a 2-year-old child on it during a road-rage incident in Boca Raton, NBC Miami reports.

Police disclosed the Sept. 7 arrest on Thursday, saying Angel Echevarria, 40, claimed he pulled out the gun in an attempt to shoot out a tire after a Toyota struck him and his wife.

The officer at the scene indicated Echevarria did not have a justifiable reason to discharge his gun, NBC reported.

Inside the other car were Alla Juma, 27, Mahde Juma, 18, and a 2-year-old child.

ICE: Crackdown on Crime Makes Puerto Rico, U.S. Safer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. and Puerto Rico are safer today because of an anti-crime initiative aimed at putting more federal agents in Puerto Rico, Reuters reports.

Dubbed “Operation Caribbean Resilience,” the effort started in July 2012 but increased markedly over the last three months, according to Reuters.

In the past year, the operation has netted 320 arrests and the seizure of 170 guns, drugs and ammunition.

“Through our joint efforts … we have not only made the streets of Puerto Rico much safer, but also improved security in the mainland United States,” said John Sandweg, acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The operation has begun to target drug gangs and criminal enterprises, Reuters reported.

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