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Archive for June 25th, 2015

New Leader Takes Over Busy Yuma Sector of Border Patrol

Anthony Porvaznik

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol’s busy Yuma Sector has a new leader.

On Tuesday, Anthony Porvaznik was named the Yuma Sector chief patrol agent and was sworn in during a ceremony in which his mission was made clear: “Protect America.”

“I do not expect infallibility nor perfection,” Border Patrol Chief Michael Fisher said during the ceremony, the Yuma Sun reports. “Just that he accomplishes the mission: Protect America. Nothing less.”

The Yuma Sector is one of the busiest sectors of Border Patrol, covering 126 miles.

“This ceremony really brings it home to me,” Porvaznik said. “I was surprised at how much it was going to mean to me.”

Porvaznik replaced outgoing Chief Patrol Officer Steve Martin.

FBI Joins Investigation of Possible Serial Killer in Small Ohio Town

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In just over a year, six women have vanished from a small Ohio town. Four of them have been found dead, ABC News reports. 

Now the FBI is coming to help the town of Chillcothe investigate the string of disappearances and murders.

Most of the victims were mothers in their 20s and 30s and had a history of drug use.

Local police have stopped short of saying a serial killer was to blame.

“We’ve got too many women missing in our community and it’s time to get some answers,” Sheriff George Lavender said at a press briefing on Monday.

Chinese Hackers Steal Personnel Data from Alarming Number of FBI Agents

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Chinese cyber-thieves penetrated an alarming number of FBI agents’ personnel files during several bold breaches that Newsweek reports have “potentially dangerous national security implications.”

The FBI is now tasked with investigating the massive breach of federal Office of Personnel Management (OPM) computers and will be assisted by Homeland Security.

It’s not year clear how extensive the hacking was. An FBI spokesman estimated about 4 million federal employee files were breached.

James Trainor, acting assistant director for the FBI’s cyber division, said the number could be as high as 16 million.

An FBI agent told Newsweek that he was told by OPM in May that his personnel file was breached by Chinese hackers.

“This is the second notification that I’ve been breached,” the veteran agent said on the condition of anonymity. “They got me through Anthem Blue Cross, now they have me through OPM. I think of the 17 million they have on file, they’re only notifying 4 million. But I was notified last month.”

 

Gawker Wins Lawsuit Against FBI for Records on Hulk Hogan’s Sex Tape

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The online news site Gawker won a lawsuit against the FBI to obtain evidence connected to an FBI investigation of Hulk Hogan’s sex tape.

The evidence has been important to Gawker since it was sued by Hogan for posting footage of a sex tape featuring the wrestler.

The FBI was investigating a Los Angeles attorney’s attempted sale of the Hogan video but has since closed the probe.

A federal judge in Florida said the bureau is required to turn over the records.

The FBI maintained the evidence was exempt from disclosure laws because it would invite the privacy rights of Hogan and his partner.

Border Patrol Agents Attacked by Swarms of Bees; 1 Hospitalized

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Border Patrol agents have grown accustomed to dodging rocks and other projectiles.

But bees?

Action 4 reports that Border Patrol agents and other local law enforcement were stung by an untold number of bees this week.

Some agents were stung dozens of times, and one was airlifted to the hospital from an adverse reaction.

The agent was in stable condition Wednesday.

The stings happened from Penitas to Rio Grande City over a three-day period.

“This is a prime example of the many dangers Border Patrol agents and other law enfrocment officers encounter when working near the border area,” Border Patrol said.