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Archive for March 11th, 2015

Secret Service Agents Drove Car Into White House Barrier

By Carol D. Leonnig
The Washington Post

WASHINGTON –– The Obama administration is investigating allegations that two senior Secret Service agents, including a top member of the president’s protective detail, drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late-night party last week, an agency official said Wednesday.

Officers on duty who witnessed the March 4 incident wanted to arrest the agents and conduct sobriety tests, according to a current and a former government official familiar with the incident. But the officers were ordered by a supervisor on duty that night to let the agents go home, said these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive internal matter.

The episode presents an early test for the Secret Service’s new director, Joseph P. Clancy, who was appointed by Obama last month after a string of security lapses at the White House and other embarrassing missteps and had vowed to restore the agency’s once-stellar reputation.

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Deputy U.S. Marshal Fatally Shot in a Shootout in Baton Rouge

Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Deputy U.S. Marshal Josie Wells was shot in the neck and killed Tuesday in a gun battle in Baton Rouge, La.

Wells, 27, a native of Mississippi, had been with the U.S. Marshals Service since January 2011.

Authorities said that Wells was part of a team executing arrest warrants on fugitive Jamie Croom, who was wanted for double homicide in Baton Rouge.

The team engaged in gunfire with the fugitive and Wells was shot, authorities said. He was immediately transported to Lane Regional Medical Center in Zachary, Louisiana, where he died.

The fugitive, Croom, was also shot and transported to a local hospital where he later died.

“Our deputies and law enforcement partners face untold dangers every day in the pursuit of justice in cities nationwide,” Director Stacia A. Hylton said in a statement. “The fugitive who killed Deputy Wells was extremely dangerous, wanted for double homicide and intentionally evaded justice.”

Attorney General Eric Holder issued a statement Wednesday, saying:

 “Deputy Marshal Josie Wells was a dedicated law enforcement officer, a remarkable patriot and a courageous public servant. Though he was taken from us far too suddenly and far too soon, he leaves behind an indelible legacy that will live on in the lives he touched; in the work that the U.S. Marshals Service continues to perform; and in a world that is safer because of his devoted service. His loss is a deeply tragic reminder that the work of our law enforcement officers around the nation is extremely serious, profoundly heroic and deserving of our most emphatic support. The thoughts and prayers of the law enforcement community will be with the family and loved ones of Deputy Marshal Wells throughout this difficult time. And as we go forward, the Department of Justice intends to honor his service and his sacrifice by continuing to fight for the values he protected every day, and to defend the American people for whom he gave his life.”

Jon Adler, president of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, issued a statement:

“We will always remember and honor the indomitable will of Deputy U.S. Marshal Wells, for his heroic sacrifice and his unwavering commitment to protecting the American citizenry.

“The profound loss of our brother is beyond measure, but his willingness to risk his own life in the pursuit of homicidal maniacs is his legacy to all of us. We are all now duty‐bound to bow our heads and pay tribute to a man of honor, and always remember and respect his ultimate sacrifice.”

Border Patrol Agent Arrested Following Allegations of Sexually Assaulting a Child

Luis Angel Lozada

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Police arrested a U.S. Border Patrol agent accused of sexually assaulting a child, MySanAntonio.com reports.

Luis Angel Lozada, 28, is out of jail on a $750,000 bond Saturday.

Lozada has worked for Border Patrol since 2009.

Details of the allegations weren’t immediately clear, but the crimes allegedly occurred in El Paso.

“The U.S. Border Patrol takes every allegation of misconduct seriously,” the agency said in a statement to the newspaper. “The El Paso Sector will cooperate fully with the investigation. The U.S. Border Patrol understands its responsibility to maintain the trust of the community in which we serve and does not tolerate any activity by any of its personnel that may jeopardize that trust.”

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FBI Increases Reward for Missing Retired Agent Levinson to $5M

Robert Levinson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Retired FBI Agent Robert Levinson was kidnapped eight years ago this month while traveling to an Iranian island, making him one of the longest-held U.S. residents in history.

CNN reports that the FBI has increased the reward for information on Levinson, who also turned 67 this month, from $1 million to $5 million.

“Levinson traveled to Kish Island, Iran, on March 8, 2007, working on behalf of several large corporations, and his whereabouts, well-being and the circumstances surrounding his disappearance have been unknown since that time,” it said in a statement.

Secretary of State John Kerry urged Iran to cooperate.

“He has spent more than 2,900 days separated from those who love him, and is one of the longest held U.S. citizens in history. Year after year, the family has endured the pain of his absence. It is time for him to come home,” Kerry said.

FBI Agent to Testify about Evidence Collected at Boston Marathon Bombing Site

Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The lead FBI agent in the recovery of evidence from the bomb site at the Boston Marathon is expected testify today in the jury trial of Dzhokha Tsarnaev.

FBI Special Agent Sarah DeLair began collecting evidence just hours after the blasts at the crowded finishing line on April 15, 2013, she testified Tuesday, Reuters writes.

It was a gruesome scene, she said, describing seeing “everything from human remains to bomb components to parts of backpacks.”

Today is the fifth day of the trial.

Tsarnaev is charged with killing three people and injuring 264 with a pair of homed bombs. He also is accused of fatally shooting a police officer three days later.

Tsarnaev is admitting he committed the crimes, but he wants to be spared the death penalty by showing that he was following the lead of his older brother.

 

 

 

Ferguson City Manager Resigns Following Scathing Justice Department Report

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Ferguson City Manager John Shaw announced Tuesday that he was resigning after a scathing Justice Department report that criticized him and other Ferguson officials for a culture of discrimination, The Washington Post reports.

The city called the resignation a “mutual separation agreement”

Shaw is the second person to resign following the report.

“We appreciate John’s service and commitment to the city of Ferguson for the past eight years,” Ferguson Mayor James Knowles III, who is on the council, said in a statement. “The City Council and John Shaw feel as though it is the appropriate time for the city to move forward as it begins its search for a new city manager.”

Firebombing of KFC in Reno May Be Linked to Extreme Environmental Group

subversive chicken?

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating the apparent firebombing of a KFC in Reno after authorities found the initials of an animal rights group scrawled on a drive-thru sign, The Associated Press reports. 

Investigators believe a window was broken at the restaurant, and flammable liquid was found inside, in what may be a domestic act of terrorism.

The initials – ALF – stand for Animal Liberation Front, a group of environmental advocates who have firebombed laboratories and other places linked to animal cruelty. Another KFC was firebombed in February 2014 in New Zealand, and ALF took credit.

The FBI confirmed the investigation but declined to say why the bureau is involved.

“We don’t have any additional details at this time,” Pappas told AP. “And because it is an ongoing investigation, we won’t be commenting.”