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Archive for April 18th, 2014

Secret Service Threatened to ‘Go for Kill Shot’ if New York Mets Mascot Approached President Clinton in 1997

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service threatened to shoot the New York Mets’ mascot with a sniper if he approached then-President Bill Clinton in 1997, the New York Daily News reports.

AJ Mass, who once wore the Mr. Met costume, detailed the account in his new memoir, “Yes, It’s Hot in Here — Adventures in the Weird, Wooly World of Sports Mascots.”

The threat came after he couldn’t squeeze his costume’s dome-sized head through a metal detector at Shea Stadium, where the president was honoring Jackie Robinson.

“We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen,” the agent warned. “Like I said, do whatever it is you normally do. But approach the President, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?”

Mass said he couldn’t believe the reaction.

Feds Arrest Numerous Suspects in Case of Revenge Kidnapping in North Carolina

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI wasted no time tracking down a group of men accused of a revenge kidnapping of a North Carolina man.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that the latest suspect to be arrested plans to confess to the violent scheme that allegedly was orchestrated by Kelvin Melton, an inmate serving a life sentence for a murder plot.

According to authorities, Melton wanted revenge on Colleen Janssen, the North Carolina prosecutor in his murder trial. Two men and two women drove from Atlanta to Wake Forest to abduct Janssen’s father, Frank Arthur Janssen.

At least six people have been arrested so far in connection with the kidnapping plot.

 

Justice for Sept. 11 Victims Could Be Years Away As Terrorism Case Hits Yet Another Legal Snag

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The first – and maybe only – trial of those accused of orchestrating and financing the Sept. 11 attacks has hit yet another legal snag that could delay the case for years.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the 9/11 conspiracy case against five suspects at Guantanamo Bay is mired in controversy related to the defense team for the suspected mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed.

The defense team earlier this week accused the FBI of trying to turn one of the lawyers into an informant.

Then on Thursday, the judge in the case confirmed that the defense team is under investigation for alleged wrongdoing.

The sluggish pace of the case has frustrated victims of the terrorist attacks.

Border Patrol Agent Assaulted by Suspected Illegal Immigrant Carrying 45-Inch Stake

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent pursuing two men suspected of entering the country illegally was assaulted by one of them carrying a 45-inch wooden stake in the San Diego community of Otay Mesa, the U-T San Diego reports.

Agents spotted two men leap out of bushes and run. While one surrendered, the suspect with the wooden stake did not.

As one of the agents caught up with the fleeing suspect, a fight ensued. The man kicked the agent in the face and swung at him with fists.

Other agents caught up with the suspect and arrested him.