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FBI’s Recovery of Deleted Surveillance Leads to More Hazing Charges at PSU Frat

Timothy Piazza

Timothy Piazza

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s discovery of deleted surveillance video from the basement of a Penn State University frat house has prompted a slew of new charges tied to the hazing death of 19-year-old Timothy Piazza.

Prosecutors on Monday charged 12 more members of the now-defunct Beta Theta Pi fraternity, including Braxton Becker, 20, who is accused of deleting the video recovered by the FBI, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports

According to the new footage, Piazza was a fraternity pledge in February when he consumed 18 alcoholic drinks in one hour and 22 minutes.

Five fraternity members – Ryan Liam Burke, 21, Aidan O’Brien, 20, Jonathan Kanzler, 19, Joshua Kurczewski, 19, and Bo Han Song, 19, were charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor involuntary manslaughter. They’ve also been charged with misdemeanor counts of simple assault, recklessly endangering another person, hazing and furnishing liquor to a minor.

Others charged with misdemeanor hazing and furnishing alcohol to minors include oseph Ems, Brian Gelb, Patrick Jackson, Reggie Goeke, Donald Prior and Mike Fernandez.

Braxton Becker, whose previous charge was dismissed, now faces a  misdemeanor counts tampering with evidence, obstructing administration of law and hindering apprehension. 

Fraternity members told State College police Detective David Scicchitano that the surveillance camera in the basement wasn’t working. But the FBI was able to recover the deleted footage.

FBI Supervisor’s Gun Stolen After Night of Heavy Drinking at Hotel

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An internal investigation is underway after an FBI counterterrorism supervisor was allegedly so drunk after a night of heavy drinking that a woman stole his gun at a Westin hotel in Charlotte, N.C.

Robert Manson, a unit chief in the FBI’s international terrorism section, and other agents were in Charlotte for training and ended up drinking with women who described themselves as exotic dancers, the New York Times reports.

A woman who went back to Manson’s hotel room stole his Glock .40-caliber handgun, a $6,000 Rolex watch and $60 in cash.

“Investigators determined that the victim, Robert Manson, met a woman in the hotel bar the prior night and took her back to his hotel room,” Robert Tufano, a spokesman for the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, said in a statement.

Another agent filed a police report at 6:30 a.m. the next morning because Manson was allegedly incapacitated because of alcohol. The items were reportedly stolen between 2 a.m. and 5 a.m.

Body Cam Video Shows Drunk, Armed FBI Agent at Grand Rapids Police Department

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A drunk and armed FBI agent walked inside Grand Rapids Police Department headquarters after his partner was arrested for shooting at officers.

Agent John Salazar hasn’t been charged, even though he was in possession of a gun while being drunk. He also appeared to drive to police headquarters, WoodTV.com reports.

His partner, Ruben Hernandez was in custody after firing at a Grand Rapids officer outside of a gym.

Body cam footage shows Salazar acting strangely.

Records obtained by 24 Hour News 8 show that Salazar and Hernandez bought 12 beers at a steakhouse before going to Sensations Showgirls nightclub for five more drinks.

The shooting occurred after the two separated for the night.

Prosecutors are now reviewing the video to determine whether charges are appropriate.

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Homeland Security Pressured to Adopt Strict Rule about Employee Behavior Abroad

visasBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security officials have been caught drinking, using drugs and soliciting prostitutes while working outside of the country.

Now the inspector general wants Homeland Security to adopt specific policies to prevent such behavior while abroad, the Federal Times reports. 

The inspector general examined the departments policies for the 1,5000 employees who work outside the country and discovered very few guidelines for off-duty behavior.

“To minimize the risk of misconduct and its potential negative effect on the Department’s ability to accomplish its mission, DHS should ensure it has comprehensive policies specifically addressing off-duty conduct abroad and make certain all employees traveling and working abroad are adequately trained and acknowledge and understand these policies,” the report said.

Federal Transportation Officials Want States to Lower Legal Blood-Alcohol Levels to 0.05

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

States are considering whether to lower legal blood-alcohol levels from 0.08 to 0.05 in an effort to curb car accidents, CBS 13 in Sacramento reports. 

The National Transportation Safety Board is pushing for the change for the second time, saying the reduced limit would save nearly 1,000 lives.

“Alcohol remains the No. 1 killer on our roadways,” said Chris Cochran with the California Office of Traffic Safety.

All lowered states their legal limit to 0.08 in 2013.

“Individual states can change it if they want to, but there is an incentive not to. They’ll lose federal dollars,” he said.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Employee Continued Working for Bureau Months After Admitting He Raped Teenaged Babysitter

James Luttinen

James Luttinen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI Employee in the bureau’s Chicago office has been charged with raping a teenage babysitter in his Indiana home.

ABC7 reports that James Luttinen, 33, is accused of raping the teenage relative in July while he was drunk and his family was in the next room at his home in northwest Indiana.

Although court records indicate he admitted sexually assaulting the girl in July, he continued working at the FBI field office until an arrest warrant was filed two weeks ago.

The computer systems specialist for the FBI had high security clearance and worked at the office since 2009.

According to a police affidavit, Luttinen gave the girl alcohol and said he was “three sheets to the wind”  and there was this “young, good-looking girl, rubbing up against him” so  “I decided to just go with it.”

Drunken Brawl Breaks Out at National Border Patrol Council Meeting

Border PatrolBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A drunken brawl broke out at a National Border Patrol Council meeting in San Diego, resulting in nine civil harassment restraining orders being filed by four agents, ABC 10 News reports.

The fight at Local 1613 broke out during the June 9 meeting as union members were drinking.

The union’s meeting at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Mission Valley included an open bar tab “in order to foster a sense of brotherhood and boost morale.”

It appears the bar fostered some ill-will when an altercation broke out among intoxicated members, according to ABC News.

Former Local 1613 President Robert Harlan complained that a union member “started kicking me in the head, and then he straddled me and started wailing me with both fists on the sides of my head and my ears repeatedly, and there was nothing I could do to defend myself.”

The San Diego Police Department investigated the brawl and handed the case over to the prosecutor for potential charges.