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Authorities Made Alarming Finding at Home of Homeland Security Analyst

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The case against a Homeland Security analyst continues to get more alarming.

After Jonathan Wienke tried to walk into a Homeland Security building with a gun, knife, infrared camera, handcuffs and pepper spray in his backpack, authorities have found more weapons at his West Virginia home, the Charleston Gazette-Mail reports.

Investigators found sawed-off plastic pipes, glue, walkie-talkies with extra wiring, tools and 10 boxes of magnesium shavings, oxidizers and thermite in the 45-year-old’s house.

The ATF said the weapons could be used to make explosives but not in their current form.

Wienke, who faces up to 10 years in prison on the original charges, pleaded not guilty to firearms charges last month.

Former DEA Task Force Member Indicted for Allegedly Stealing Cash, Drugs

DEALetterHatBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A veteran narcotics officer who was member of a DEA task force in New Orleans has been indicted on federal charges of allegedly stealing drugs and seized cash.

The Advocate reports that former Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff’s Office Deputy Karl E. Newman is the second member of the DEA task force to charged criminally.

Newman’s attorney declined to comment on the case.

Newman has been in jail since May 13 on a federal detainer.

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Second Homeland Security Employee Arrest in Month for Possessing Gun

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Homeland Security employees have been arrested in the past month for taking a handgun inside the secured grounds of the department’s headquarters.

Security officers arrested Thomas Pressley for allegedly possessing a 9-millimeter handgun in a leather handbag while inside the complex, News4 reports. 

Pressley, who has been jailed, is a contractor for information technology. He is charged with carrying a pistol without a license.

“The weapon appeared to be fully functional, capable of being fired by a single hand, and designed to expel a projectile by the action of an explosive,” according to a police report.

About a month ago, another Homeland Security was accused of carrying a loaded .22-caliber handgun with five hollow point bullets.

Former Secret Service Agent Accused of Stealing More Bitcoins

bitcoin_bigBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Secret Service agent who stole money seized during the Silk Road investigation is now accused of stealing money in two other cases.

Fortune reports that former agent Shaun Bridges is accused of stealing about $700,000 worth of bitcoin from a Secret Service account.

The theft appeared to occur three months after the agency was told to block the agent’s access to the bitcoin account.

Bridge was sentenced to nearly six years in prison in December for stealing more than $800,000 in bitcoins during the Silk Road investigation.

The department was told to move the funds somewhere else.

“Unfortunately, the U.S. Secret Service did not do so and the funds were thereafter stolen, something the U.S. Secret Service only discovered once it was ordered by a court to pay a portion of the seizure back to affected claimants,” a team of prosecutors wrote in an accompanying motion.

Man Charged After Pointing Blinding Laser at Border Patrol Helicopter

laserBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A helicopter pilot for the Border Patrol was forced to take evasive action when a blinding laser was pointed at him in South Texas

Another member of the aircraft crew spotted the source of the light.

Authorities arrested Juan Peralez, 57, late Thursday, KURV.com reports. 

Peralez faces up to five years in federal prison if convicted.

Laser pointers have become big problems for aircraft pilots.

Maryland Man Crashes into CIA’s Headquarters Because of Anger Over Orlando Shooting

CIA headquarters

CIA headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Maryland man was so distraught and troubled by the Orlando shootings that he crashed his car through a gate at CIA headquarters in Langley early Monday, his mother said.

NBC News reports that Thomas Luu, 35, of Rockville, crashed through the gate in a Ford Focus just after 2 a.m.

Investigators said Lue told agents he wanted to get the CIA’s attention but wouldn’t say why.

Luu’s mother said he was angry about the shooting and disappeared overnight.

Investigators wrote in their court filing, “The chain link fence is approximately eight feet tall with another one-and-a-half feet of barbed wire, and covers the two outbound lanes of travel. The gate is clearly marked with a sign that notifies visitors that it is closed; there also are ‘no trespassing’ signs in the immediate area.”

Lou is being held in federal custody while he faces a federal charge of damaging government property.

Judge Dismisses Charge Against FBI Worker Accused of Tipping Off Husband of Probe

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A judge dismissed a charge against an FBI worker in Idaho accused of tipping off her husband about a child pornography investigation.

Local News 8 reports that 6th District Magistrate Judge Rick Carnaroli dismissed the charge, saying the state didn’t meet its burden of proof.

Prosecutors alleged Jennifer Barnett, head of building security at the FBI office in Pocatello, informed her husband about the investigation before it was completed.

Because the charge was dismissed without prejudice, the state could refile charges against Barnett.

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FBI Employee Charged After He Allegedly Pointed Gun at Woman’s Head in Restaurant

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI employee accused of pointing a handgun at a woman’s head in a restaurant in Massachusetts was charged Wednesday with firearms violations and disorderly conduct.

The Boston Globe reports that James M. Boyle, 55, appeared to be under the influence when police arrived at the restaurant in Hingham.  

“The FBI takes allegations of misconduct very seriously,” Harold H. Shaw, special agent in charge of the Boston bureau, said in a statement. “We are aware of the matter involving the recent arrest of an FBI employee and are fully cooperating” with local investigators.

When police arrived at the restaurant, Doyle was at the bar with a gun in his holster. Police said Doyle knew the woman, who was unharmed.

It wasn’t immediately clear where Doyle worked in the FBI.