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Archive for May 2nd, 2014

Weekend Series on Crime: The Greatest Heist You’ve Never Heard of

Authorities: Minnesota Teen Planned to Kill Family, Bomb His High School and Shoot the Survivors

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Minnesota teen, who kept a notebook critiquing school shootings, planned a massacre of his own at his high school and was found with several pressure-cooker bombs, an assault rifle and other guns, the New York Daily News reports.

John David LaDue, 17, planned to kill his family, bomb his school and shoot the surviving students, authorities said.

LaDue had weapons ready for the attack before his neighbor saw him enter a storage unit where he kept the stash of supplies, police said at a news conference Thursday

LaDue “was fully prepared and ready to go,” police said.

Authorities learned of his plot in a 180-page notebook that chronicled other school massacres, which he said was done by amateurs.

Walter R. Walsh, Former FBI Agent, Olympian and Marine Corps Sniper, Died at 106

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Walter R. Walsh chased gangsters as an FBI agent in the 1930s before becoming the longest-lived Olympian.

He died at 106 at his home in Arlington, Va., the Associated Press reports.

Walsh also trained Marine Corps snipers.

In 1934, Walsh joined the FBI and began pursuing gangsters. His efforts led to the capture of Arthur “Doc” Barker in Chicago. He also fatally shot Russell “Rusty” Gibson – one of between 11 and 17 gangsters he killed, his son said.

Walsh also joined the Marine Corps and trained snipers in North Carolina.
In the London Olympics in 1948, Walsh placed 12th in the men’s 50-meter free pistol event.

Help Wanted: CBP Looks to Hire 2,000 New Officers in 18 States

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After a hiring freeze that eroded Border Patrol’s staff, CBP is looking to hire 2,000 new officers to work in air, land and sea ports in 18 states across the nation, CBS Detroit reports.

The hirings are designed to improve security and reduce wait ties at border crossings.

CBP plans to deploy the new officers to 44 ports in locations that include New York, Los Angeles, Detroit, Buffalo, New York; Houston, Dallas, Chicago, Las Vegas, Laredo, Texas; Nogales, Arizona; and New Orleans.

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Homeland Security Crackdown Nets 600+ Arrests of Suspected Gang Members

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security arrested more than 600 suspected gang members in what is being called the largest gang crackdown ever by the agency, the Associated Press reports.

The operation, dubbed “Project Southbound,” involved Ice agents and local authorities in 179 cities, leading the arrest of 638 suspected gang members between March and April.

Of those, more than 400 had violent criminal histories and seven were wanted on murder charges.

“These are bad people with bad motives from bad organizations,” said Thomas Winkowski, the principal deputy assistant secretary for ICE.

The arrests happened nationwide in places that include Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Maryland and New Mexico.

The crackdown was part of an initiative to target gangs with ties to other countries.

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