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Archive for March 5th, 2014

D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Demands Secret Service Loosen Up Traffic Jams from Dignitaries

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is tired of traffic jams caused by dignitaries visiting the capital.

In a stern letter sent Tuesday, Gray said the Secret Service protocols need to be changed because “significant portions of downtown Washington (are) being paralyzed by traffic,” the Washington Post reports.

The Secret Service responded that it wold review street closures and protocols.

The agency “makes every effort to minimize traffic disruptions when implementing security plans,” according to a Secret Service statement.

Los Angeles Gang Members Captured on Film Fighting Alongside Terrorists in Syria

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating two Los Angeles-based gang members who are accused of fighting alongside terrorists in Syria, CBS LA reports.

A video shows two unidentified men shooting AK-47s while apparently giving shootouts to their gangs.

“Look homie, check this out,” one man said.

The men are known as “Creeper” from G’d Up-13 and “Wino” from the Westside Armenian Power.

They were fighting alongside pro-Hizbullah and pro-Assad forces.

“The Joint Terrorism Taskforce is aware of the video and is investigating to determine any potential threats to Americans or U.S. interest,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

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AG Holder’s Budget Reflects Desire for Criminal Justice, Prison Reforms

Atty. Gen. Eric Holder Jr.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General Eric Holder’s proposed $27.4 billion budget places a priority on criminal justice and prison reform, the Washington Post reports.

The budget reflects Holder’s initiative to reduce the number of low-level drug offenders and crack down on recidivism rates with expanded drug treatment programs.

About $173 million is earmarked for criminal justice reform.

“Each dollar spent on prevention and reentry has the potential to save several dollars in incarceration costs,” Holder said in a statement.

“These wise investments can help make our criminal justice system more effective and efficient.”

Former Long Beach FBI Agent Gets Probation in Banking Scheme Tied to Gambling

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A former FBI agent with a gambling habit was sentenced to two years of probation Monday for a series of illegal cash deposits, the Fresno Bee reports.

Raymond Wilson, 38, who worked at the FBI’s Long Beach office, committed a federal crime by regularly depositing $10,000 or less of casino winnings to avoid Currency Transaction Reports.

Wilson accumulated more than $488,000 that way, the Fresno Bee reported.

From 2008 to February 2013, Wilson gambled in California, Nevada, Arizona and West Virginia.