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FBI Investigates Why Small Plane Crashed into Building in Anchorage


fbi-logBy Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating how a small plane ended up crashing through the third floor of a building in downtown Anchorage on Tuesday morning, BuzzFeed reports. 

The pilot, Lt. Doug Demarest, who was killed, was not authorized to fly the plane in Anchorage, the FBI said.

“What we’re trying to do is put those parts of the pieces together to see exactly how that happened and how the plane ended up where it is,” National Transportation Safety Board’s chief of aviation safety, Clint Johnson,told reporters. “We don’t know at this point.”

But federal authorities said they do not believe terrorism was a motive.

The Cessna 172S belonged to the Civil Air Patrol, which Demarest joined in 2010.

FBI Says Alaska Serial Killer Murdered At Least 11 People Before Committing Suicide

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Israel Keyes took the easy way out.

After the serial killer accused of murdering at least 11 people committed suicide in his Anchorage jail cell in early December, the FBI compiled a list of Keyes’ likely victims, Reuters reports.

Keyes was waiting trial for the murder of an Anchorage barista.

The FBI on Monday released more information about Keyes’ suspected murders, which investigators said began in 2001 and lasted until 2012.

“Right now, the best hope for solving these cases is going to come from information from the public,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin Feldis, who led the prosecution of Keyes, told Reuters.

Deirdre L. Fike to Head Up FBI’s Anchorage Division

Deirdre Fike/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Deirdre L. Fike, who most recently was an inspector for the Inspection Division at headquarters, has been assigned to head up the FBI’s Anchorage Division.

Fike began her FBI career in 1989 and was first assigned to Louisville, where she investigated violent crimes and served as a crisis negotiator and a coordinator for the Behavioral Analysis Unit.

In 1997, she headed west to the Omaha Division to investigate white-collar crime, while focusing on health care fraud on the Nebraska Health Care Fraud Task Force.

In 2002, she was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Office of Professional Responsibility at headquarters in D.C.

In 2004, she became a supervisory special agent in the Sacramento Division with oversight of the White-Collar Crime Program.

In 2011, she returned to the mothership to work in the Inspection Division.

 

Mary F. Rook Named Head of FBI’s Anchorage Office

Mary Rook/fbi photo By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Mary F. Rook, the chief in the FBI’s Training Division’s Law Enforcement Programs Section, will head the Anchorage Division, the agency announced Wednesday.

Rook began her FBI career in the laboratory as a serology technician in 1984. She became a special agent two years later and was assigned to the Milwaukee Division.

In 1990, she transferred to the Los Angeles Division where she investigated Mexican drug trafficking organizations.

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FBI Joins Hunt in Drive-by That Wounded Anchorage Cop

anchorage-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has joined local and state police in the hunt for whoever is responsible for a drive-by shooting that wounded an Anchorage police officer on Saturday, the Anchorage Daily News reported.

The officer, Jason Allen, 47, was shot five times and remained hospitalized, the paper wrote.

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Karen Loeffler Sworn in as Alaska’s First Female U.S. Attorney

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Karen Loeffler/jason kohler-ktuu-tv

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Karen Loeffler officially became Alaska’s first female U.S. Attorney on Friday.

Loeffler was sworn in at a ceremony in the U.S. District Courthouse in Anchorage, KTUU-tv reported.

Former U.S. Attorney Robert Bundy administered the oath to Loeffler and described her as a brilliant attorney and state shooter, the tv station reported.

“Being the U.S. attorney is a big deal,” Loeffler said, according to the station. “It’s a very important office. There’s a lot of challenges that we have now. We have very good state and local partners, and we’re working very hard on addressing issues and hearing from people what the issues are.”