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Dump Truck Driver Claims He Has Bomb, Smashes into FBI Office in Pittsburgh

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A dump truck driver slammed into a security gate at the FBI offices in Pittsburgh, saying he had a bomb.

Authorities arrested the driver, Thomas Richard Ross, and found no bomb or connection to terrorism, the Associated Press reports.

The New Waterford, Ohio, man was pulled over by Pittsburgh police late Thursday after running red lights and driving erratically. While pulled over, the man said he had a bomb.

The man floored the gas pedal and smashed into the gate, but the security barriers prevented him from going far.

Ross suffered minor injuries and faces numerous charges, including recklessly endanger another person, aggravated assault and fleeing and eluding.

Authorities: Border Patrol Agent Threatens Family with Gun, Kills Dog Because Wife Wouldn’t Kiss Him

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Border Patrol agent became so enraged when his wife wouldn’t kiss him that he threatened his family with a gun, shoved his wife and then shot their dog, Las Cruces Sun-News reports.

Carmelo Diaz Jr., 44, of Las Cruces was charged with three felonies, including aggravated assault against a family member and extreme animal cruelty.

His wife told police that when she refused to kiss her husband Wednesday, he pinned her to the ground and then threatened to commit suicide with a .40-caliber handgun.

Soon after, Diaz is accused of pointing the gun at his wife and their teenage son.

When they fled, he shot and paralyzed the family’s mixed-breed dog, which had to be euthanized.

 

Violent Crimes Dropped 5.4% Nationwide for First Half of 2013, Showing More Positive Trends

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Violent crimes dropped by 5.4% in the first half of 2013, compared with the same period in 2013, the New York Times reports.

The decline is part of a long reduction in violent crime nationwide.

According to the FBI statistics, property crimes also fell.

“We have had almost 25 years of a decline in crime, but on a year-to-year basis it’s hard to come up with a story,” John Roman, a senior fellow at the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center, said, referring to efforts to pinpoint reasons for the lower numbers. “But over all, this shows how we’ve gotten smarter on policing, immigration and gentrification in the cities and elsewhere.”

Murders dropped by 6.9%, aggravated assaults by 6.6% and robberies by 1.8%, the Times wrote.