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Weekend Series on Crime History: FBI’s Mark Felt aka ‘Deep Throat’

‘Hot Prowl Rapist’ Added to FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List

Greg Alyn Carlson

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A Los Angeles fugitive described by investigators as a “hot prowl rapist” has been added to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list.

Greg Alyn Carlson fled while on bail after being arrested for sexually assaulting a woman and is considered “armed and dangerous,” the Los Angeles Times reports. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-fbi-fugitive-predator-la-20180927-story.html

The FBI is offering a $100,000 read for information that leads to the capture of Carlson, who investigators was involved in at least three sexual assaults in the past 15 years.

Investigators warned that Carlson broke into women’s home while and sexual assaulted them at knifepoint.

“Greg Alyn Carlson joins the notorious Top Ten list because he is considered an enemy to the public, and we believe his violence may escalate,” said Paul D. Delacourt, the assistant FBI director in charge of the Los Angeles office. “My hope is that his photograph will be viewed by many on the internet, on every phone, in every newspaper and on television sets across the world until he is caught.”

Man Who Helped Special Counsel Prosecute Russians Fears for Life

Special counsel Robert Mueller

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A cooperating witness whose testimony led to the indictment of Russian nationals during the special counsel investigation of the Kremlin meddling in the presidential election says he fears for his life.

Richard Pinedo, of California, told a court that he “lives in a constant state of fear” that Russians will seek retribution, ABC News reports

Pinedo, whose sentencing guidelines call for 12 to 19 months in prison, pleaded guilty to identify fraud for his involvement in selling bank accounts to Russians.

His attorney, Jeremy Lessem, is asking the judge for a non-custodial sentence, saying he “has suffered, and will continue to suffer, in ways far beyond what anyone else convicted of a similar offense would expect.”

Republicans Balk at Bill to Protect Russia Investigation As Trump Meets with Rosenstein

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The fate of the special counsel’s Russia investigation hangs in the balance as President Trump decides today whether to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who supervises the federal probe.

The removal of Rosenstein would cause a shake-up at the top of the Justice Department, leaving open the possibility that the new deputy attorney general could end the investigation by firing social counsel Robert Mueller.

This scenario is why Democrats and some Republicans are backing a bill that would make it more difficult for Trump’s administration to end an investigation that has resulted in numerous indictments.

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refuses to bring the bill to the floor, leaving no protections in place to prevent Mueller’s removal.

The bill, the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, would allow Mueller to appeal and provide for a judicial review of any attempts to fire him.

FBI Revives Investigation into Murder of Virginia State Trooper in 1984

Trooper Johnny Rush Bowman

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The FBI is breathing new life into a long-dormant investigation of a Virginia State trooper who was stabbed 45 times at his house 1984.

The 34-year-old case has left investigators frustrated because they’ve been unable to identify the killer, who left behind a wig, sunglasses and a construction hard hat, ABC News reports

The attacker rang the doorbell at Trooper Johnny Rush Bowman’s home in Manassas, Va., and stabbed him to death while his family was inside the house.

The FBI hopes to receive tips in the cold case by announcing a $50,000 reward to find the killer.

“There are several milestones in August and September [including] the anniversary date of the murder and what would have been Trooper Bowman’s birthday and as a result, the FBI is offering a significant reward of $50,000 to bring attention to this unsolved murder,” FBI spokesperson Kadia Koroma told ABC News via email Wednesday.

“No one has forgotten Trooper Bowman — not his family, his friends, and certainly not law enforcement,” Matthew DeSarno, special agent in charge of the FBI Washington Field Office’s Criminal Division, said in a statement released by the FBI on Monday.

Veteran FBI Agent to Serve As Watchdog at Los Angeles School District

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A veteran FBI agent stationed in Europe has accepted a job as inspector general of the troubled Los Angeles school district.

William Stern, who is the chief attache to the Netherlands and to Europol, will relocate to California and begin his $179,000-a-year job on Jan. 31, the Los Angeles Times reports.

His contract runs through June 30, 2020.

“He’s well qualified for the position and we’re grateful to have him join the LAUSD team,” L.A. Unified general counsel David Holmquist said Tuesday.

Stern’s job will be to prevent and identify waste, fraud and abuse among district employees and contractors.

Stern started with the FBI in 1999, working as a special agent on white-collar crime and an attache to the United Kingdom.

Secret Service Unveils New Presidential Limo With Exterior Armor Plating

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Secret Service is using its new armored presidential limousine in New York to shuttle President Donald Trump around this week as he attends the United Nations General Assembly meetings.

The exterior armor plating of the 2018 Cadillac is reportedly eight-inches thick, with its doors weighing the same as those on a Boeing 757 aircraft, reports the website Auto Spies. The site says the bulletproof windows are 5 inches thick and its nearly bus-size tires can run-flat to keep the car in motion for some distance.

The interior is sealed to protect against a chemical attack.

Trump Less Likely to Fire Rosenstein Because of Midterm Election Fallout

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, via Justice Department.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The departure of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein seemed all but certain earlier this week, but White House officials said Tuesday it’s unlikely that President Trump will fire Rosenstein before the midterm elections.

Sources in the White House told the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post that a major shakeup in Justice Department looks less likely as Trump considers the possible fallout during midterm elections. 

Allies of Rosenstein, who set in motion the special counsel investigation of Russia with the appointment of Robert Muller in May 2017, also said he is unlikely to voluntarily resign.

Rosenstein is scheduled to meet with the president Thursday to discuss a New York Times story that said he considered secretly recording Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to force his removal from office.

According to advisers to the president, Trump has expressed a willingness to hear out Rosenstein.

Republicans have urged the president to wait until after the midterm elections to remove Rosenstein.