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2 Arkansas Juvenile Detention Officers Plead Guilty to Assaulting Youth Inmates

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI said it is “appalled” after discovering that two former juvenile detention officers at an Arkansas facility conspired to assault youth inmates.

Investigators said the two officers peppers-sprayed inmates who posed no threat.

Those officers, former White River Juvenile Detention Center supervisors Capt. Peggy Kendrick, 43, and Lt. Dennis Fuller, 40, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to assault juvenile inmates in U.S. District Court. Kendrick also pleaded guilty to falsifying a report by trying to cover up that she pepper-sprayed a 16-year-old girl.

“In some instances, they then shut the compliant juveniles in their cells after pepper spraying them to ‘let them cook,’ rather than immediately decontaminating them,” a news release said. “Kendrick also encouraged the juvenile detention officers, who unjustifiably assaulted juveniles, to falsify their incident reports to cover up the assaults.”

The cause remains under investigation by the FBI in Little Rock.

The officers have been fired.

Diane Upchurch Has Been Named Head of FBI’s Little Rock Office

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Diane Upchurch, who was most recently section chief of International Terrorism Operations Section 1 in the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters, has been named special agent in charge of the Little Rock Division.

Upchurch joined the FBI in 1995 and was first assigned to  the Dallas Division, where she focused primarily on gang, organized crime and drugs,  according to an FBI press release.

She was then assigned to the North Texas Joint Terrorism Task Force, where she worked on international and domestic terrorism investigations. 

Later, she was off to the Los Angeles Field Office and was assigned to a drug squad as part of the Southwest Border Initiative.

In the course of her career, she has held leadership positions in the Investigative Technologies Division, Counterintelligence Division, Los Angeles Field Office and the Counterterrorism Division.

FBI Unsure Whether It Can Unlock iPhone in Arkansas Murder Case

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Arkansas prosecutor suggested this week that FBI agents would help hack into a locked iPhone and iPod of two teenagers accused of killing a couple.

The FBI responded that it’s unsure it can crack the devices, backing away from the prosecutor’s statements, ABC News reports.

While the FBI said it’s not ruling out the possibility, the bureau said it hasn’t learned enough about the devices to know definitively whether it can help.

At issue is whether the FBI can use the technique it employed to access a locked iPhone of one of the San Bernardino shooters.

“At the time of the request, no information was provided regarding the device models or operating systems, so FBI Little Rock was not able to state if they would be able to provide assistance. The FBI does not currently have possession of the devices,” the agency wrote. “The FBI’s handling of this request is not related to the San Bernardino matter.”

The FBI has not divulged how it opened the San Bernardino phone.

FBI to Help Arkansas Prosecutors Unlock iPhone, iPad in Murder Case

Apple-iphoneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is helping prosecutors open an iPhone 6 and an iPod linked to a murder case in Arkansas after successfully hacking an iPhone belonging to one of the San Bernardino shooters.

The FBI’s Little Rock field office has agreed to help gain access to the locked devices, which belong to suspects in the slayings of Robert and Patricia Cordell, the Los Angeles Times reports. 

It’s not yet clear how the FBI plans to open the phone or if its plans to use the same method it used to unlock Syed Rizwan Farook’s phone.

The Arkansas case involves four suspects, ages 14 to 18, who have been charged in the killings.

“The iPod had just come into our possession a couple of weeks ago,” Cody Hiland, prosecuting attorney for Arkansas’ 20th Judicial District, said Wednesday. “Obviously when we heard that [the FBI] had been able to crack that phone we wanted to at least ask and see if they wanted to help.”

FBI Warns of Alleged ISIS Threat to Blow Up Bridge Over Mississippi River

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating an anonymous threat that ISIS plans to blow up the Memphis-Arkansas Bridge over the Mississippi River sthis month, FOX13 News reports.

The FBI sent a letter of warning to local law enforcement.

“According to an anonymous complainant, as of December 2014, ISIS instructed an ISIS member, a presumed USPER (U.S. person) in Memphis, with a direct order to blow up the Memphis-Arkansas bridge on an unknown date, activating ISIS terror cells in the United States,” the warning reads.

The FBI said there’s no evidence yet that the threat is legitimate.

“Although we received an anonymous threat, there is no actionable intelligence regarding an attack on the bridge. We take every threat seriously and whenever we receive a threat like this we take steps to inform all of our law enforcement partners,” Supervisory Special Agent Joel Siskovic, spokesman for the FBI Memphis Division, told FOX13 News.

About 56,000 cars and trucks use the bridge daily.

FBI Raids Arkansas Company That Licenses, Digitizes Images from Newspapers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the largest collections of photos from newspapers nationwide is the target of an FBI investigation in North Little Rock, Arkansas, UALR Public Radio reports.

FBI agents were seen removing boxes from Roger Photo Archive, known for digitizing photos from newspapers.

“I saw a number of FBI agents milling around,” said Arkansas Business reporter Mark Friedman.  “I could see a lot of the agents had the tee shirts that said ‘Evidence Response Team,’ and it looked like they were looking for something.”

The FBI declined to discuss the investigation.

The attorney for the owner of the photo archives said his client has not been informed of being under investigation.

David T. Resch Heads Up FBI’s Little Rock Division

David Resch/FBI photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

David T. Resch, who most recently served as chief of the Tactical Operations Section in the FBI’s Operational Technology Division in Quantico, Va., has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Little Rock, Ark. office.

Resch became an agent in 1996, and was first assigned to the Houston Division, where worked criminal matters and served as the crimes against children coordinator and the kidnapping coordinator, the FBI said in a press release.

In 2003, he was promoted to the Crisis Management Unit in the Critical Incident Response Group and then transferred to the Behavioral Analysis Unit in 2004, the FBI said.

In 2006, he was promoted to lead the unit in 2006 and directed the FBI’s response to complex and time sensitive crimes involving acts or threats of violence and terrorism.

He transferred to the Richmond Division in 2008 as the supervisory special agent of the Gangs, Violent Crimes, and Cyber programs and subsequently as the Joint Terrorism Task Force supervisor.

In 2012, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge and was responsible for all criminal and administrative programs in the division, the press release said.

 

FBI, ATF Probe Attacks on Arkansas’ Power Grid

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and ATF are investigating what appears to be three attacks on Arkansas’ power grid over the past six weeks, THV 11 reports.

“We believe that anyone that intentionally brings down power lines could potentially put themselves at risk and certainly the public at risk,” said FBI Supervisory Special Agent Kimberly Brunell. “Though we remain confident that we will identify the person or persons responsible for these incidents we are enlisting the public’s help to be our eyes and to be our ears. We take threats to our power grid very seriously.”

In one incident, the scofflaws cut down two power poles, knocking out power to roughly 10,000 people, THV reported.