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Archive for August 22nd, 2017

Motorola Solutions Foundation Donates $40,000 to the DEA Survivors Benefit Fund

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Drug Enforcement Administration Survivors Benefit Fund (DEASBF) has received $40,000 from the Motorola Solutions Foundation, the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions, Inc., the DEA foundation announced Tuesday

The  grant will help provide educational and line-of-duty death benefits to the families of DEA’s fallen.

“The DEASBF is very appreciative for the donation by the Motorola Solutions Foundation and for providing vital assistance to the families of DEA’s fallen. Motorola Solutions Foundation has donated a future to the children of our fallen heroes,” DEASBF Chairman Richard Crock stated.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation has provided assistance to the DEASBF since 2009.

“Motorola Solutions Foundation is proud to support the work of the DEASBF,” said Matt Blakely, executive director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “As a leading technology company that supports the safety of communities worldwide, we know how important it is to educate tomorrow’s technology professionals as well as enlighten civilians and first responders on today’s safety needs.”

To donate to the Drug Enforcement Administration Survivors Benefit Fund click here.

F C. Bryan Paarmann Named SAC for Counterterrorism Division in N.Y.

C. Bryan Paarmann (FBI photo)

C. Bryan Paarmann (FBI photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

F C. Bryan Paarmann, the deputy assistant director in the FBI’s International Operations Division, has been named special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division for the FBI New York Field Office.

Paarmann joined the FBI in 1996, and was first assigned to the Denver Division, where he worked international terrorism and foreign counterintelligence matters on the Denver Joint Terrorism Task Force, a press release said.

Paarmann has held leadership positions in the Counterterrorism Division as well as in the San Juan Division and the Washington Field Office. He was also the legal attaché in Tbilisi, Georgia and in Kyiv, Ukraine.

He reports for the new job in New York next month.

Special Agent in Charge of Chicago’s FBI Office to Retire in September

Michael J. Anderson, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago office.

Michael J. Anderson, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago office.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Michael J. Anderson, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Chicago office, announced Monday that he’s retiring at the end of September and will join the private sector.

After joining the FBI in Miami in July 1995, Anderson lead a successful career by combating public corruption and overseeing the investigations of lobbyist Jack Abramoff, former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin and Louisiana Congressman William Jefferson, the Chicago Sun-Times reports

Anderson was in charge of the Chicago office since October 2015.

Anderson was among a number of special agents who were interviewed to serve as interim FBI director after President Trump fired James Comey.

Anderson will join the private sector in corporate security with Arizona Public Service in Phoenix.

“It was truly an honor and a privilege to lead the tirelessly dedicated and professional men and women of the Chicago Division, a flagship office of the FBI in both national security and criminal law enforcement,” Anderson said in a statement.

Houston Man Charged with Planning to Blow up Confederate Statue

Andrew Schneck in his high school yearbook.

Andrew Schneck in his high school yearbook.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 25-year-old accused of planning to blow up a Confederate statue in Houston has been arrested after authorities found high-powered explosives in the home he shares with his parents.

A park ranger discovered Andrew Schneck hiding in the bushes near a 112-year-old Confederate statue with explosives, the Houston Chronicle reports. 

Nearby Tony Rice University was evacuated after the explosives, which were detonated by bomb squad experts, were found inside his home.

Schmeck was charged Monday with attempting to maliciously damage property and was placed in federal custody. He faces up to 40 years in prison.

Steve Bannon Wants to Implicate Trump’s Son-in-Law in Firing of FBI Director Comey

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Steve Bannon isn’t going down without a fight.

The ousted White House chief strategist wants to implicate President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser in the decision to fire then-FBI Director James Comey, Vanity Fair reports. 

Bannon reportedly is urging former chief of staff Reince Priebus to  testify that Kushner and his wife, Ivanka, convinced the president to fire Comey, whose ousting raised questions about White House attempts to stymie the FBI’s investigation into Russia meddling in the presidential election.

According to the report, Trump took the advice of his daughter and son-in-law and quickly dismissed Comey.

Kushner also has been under fire for meeting seperately with the Russian ambassador to the U.S. and a Russian businessman in December.

Border Patrol Finds 60 Immigrants inside Refrigerated Trailer Loaded with Ice-Covered Broccoli

About 60 immigrants were found in this frigid trailer. Photo via CBP.

About 60 immigrants were found in this frigid trailer. Photo via CBP.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents found 60 immigrants in a refrigerated trailer loaded with ice-covered broccoli at a South Texas border checkpoint.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection arrested the trucker at the Falfurrias checkpoint in Texas on smuggling charges. No one was injured, according to a CBP statement.

The temperature inside the trailer was just 49 degrees.

The immigrants, who came from Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, were detained and face deportation.

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