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Archive for November 6th, 2013

The High-Powered Hunt For Slippery Thieves Who Steal Restaurants’ Used Cooking Oil

The Simpsons/via Baltimore City Paper

By Van Smith
Baltimore City Paper

BALTIMORE — On normal shifts working the mean streets of Baltimore’s northwest police district, officer Maunda Williams catches people engaged in typical Mobtown crimes, like shooting people. But just after midnight on Oct. 18, 2012, Williams’ shift started with something oddly amiss, right before his crime-keen eyes. It was going down right next door to the police station, at the Roost, the beautifully retro drive-in eatery that is far-famed for its deep-fried fare, especially its delectable lake trout.

Long lines of fried-food connoisseurs regularly form at the Roost, so its fryers work overtime, needing fresh oil on a regular basis—and producing huge volumes of used oil that restaurants like the Roost sell to companies that recycle it into animal feed or biofuels. That night, Williams had reason to suspect the Roost’s prodigious quantities of old fryer fat were about to go somewhere they shouldn’t, which would rob revenue from both the Roost and its used-oil recycler.

Williams, after returning to his personal vehicle to retrieve some items he needed for his shift, “observed a white Freightliner truck with a green tank on the back” as it entered the Roost’s property, he wrote in court records. Williams “began to observe the actions of the truck driver in the rear of the restaurant” as the man “extended a long blue hose” from “a vacuum pumper type of tank on the rear of his truck” to two 300-gallon tanks “that are kept in the rear of the location to store the used cooking oil of the Roost.”

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New FBI Chief Comey Picks 25-Year Veteran to Become Deputy Director

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the most important jobs at the FBI is the position of deputy director.

On Monday, FBI Director James B. Comey named 25-year bureau veteran Mark Giuliano to the job, which makes him responsible for overseeing all domestic and international investigations, the Washington Post reports.

He’ll begin his new duties when the current deputy Sean Joyce retires on Dec. 2.

Giuliano started his career as a special agent at the Washington Field Office and has plenty of experience in national security and counterterrorism, the Post wrote.

FBI Ramps Up Oversight of Tax Subsidies Under Obama’s Health Care Reform

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is preparing for the potential abuse of tax credits under Obama’s health care reform, Fox News reports.

Nearly 17 million Americans are expected to be eligible for federal tax credits to buy health insurance on the exchange. That leaves a lot of room for waste, fraud and abuse, Fox News reported.

The tax subsidies are essentially handed out on the honor system, not unlike the often abused earned income tax credits for low-income people, according to Fox News.

The federal government plans to conduct audits to detect fraud.

AG Holder Opposes Arming TSA Agents Following LAX Shooting

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Would travelers be safer if TSA agents were armed?

The answer is no, said U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who opposes the idea, UPI reports.

The question was raised again after a shooting at Los Angeles International Airport over the weekend.

Mass shootings “can’t be the new normal,” Holder said.

“Now, that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t review the measures that are in place to keep people safe from the time that they get out of their cars and go into the terminals,” he said.

Border Patrol Agent Sentenced to 15 Years in Prison for Helping Smuggle Drugs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol Agent Ivhan Herrera-Chiang had one major job – stop criminals from smuggling drugs.

But Herrera exploited his position to help smugglers bring meth, cocaine and marijuana into the U.S., the Arizona Central reports.

On Tuesday, he was sentenced to 15 years behind bars on four felony counts of bribery.

“You have done about the worst thing a law-enforcement agent could do, especially a Border Patrol agent, and that is passed confidential information” to criminal organizations, U.S. District Judge Paul Rosenblatt said during a sentencing hearing in Phoenix.

Herrara even helped smugglers find their way around underground sensors and lock combinations.

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Jay Leno Takes a Shot at Secret Service in His Monologue

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Jay Leno took a little shot at the Secret Service during his monologue Tuesday night.

Responding to reports that entertainer Justin Beiber, 19, had been spotted coming out of a brothel in Brazil, Leno said:

“Looks like he wants to be a Secret Service agent when he grows up.”