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FBI Director Meets with Local Law Enforcement at Ribbon-Cutting for New Boston Office

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey met with about 40 local law enforcement leaders over lunch Tuesday before participating in a ribbon-cutting to announce the opening of a new headquarters for the FBI’s Boston field office in Chelsea.

The office, which covers Massachusetts, Main, New Hampshire and Rhode Island, sits on 5.1 acres and will be 220,000 square feet, eight stories and cost $100,000 to build.

Although Comey didn’t field questions from reporters, Harold Shaw, special agent in charge of the FBI office in Boston, said the director talked about drug trafficking, terrorism and gang violence. Comey sought to build a working relationship with other law enforcement agencies, the Boston Globe reports. 

“They were very insightful, the discussions about what’s concerning them most,” said Shaw.

Chelsea Police Chief Brian Kyes, who is head of the Massachusetts Major City Chiefs of Police Association, said he’s encouraged by the enhanced level of partnership between the FBI and local police.

“The FBI has been incredibly supportive of local police in terms of these issues as they pertain to gang violence, drugs, bank robberies, white collar crime and certainly terrorism,” Kyes said.

FBI Moves Office Out of Boston And into Larger Building in Chelsea

New FBI office in Chelsea, Mass.

New FBI office in Chelsea, Mass.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has moved out of the city of Boston and into a new Chelsea facility that has more room for expanded operations.

The FBI Boston Division has already started working at its new headquarters at 201 Maple St., the Boston Globe reports. The new building is 268,000 square feet.

“This new facility will give our employees and law enforcement partners better security, upgraded technologies, and provide more room for our growing task forces,” Harold H. Shaw, the special agent in charge, said in a statement.

The General Services Administration is leasing the eight-story building to the FBI.

The FBI Boston Division is responsible for federal laws in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

“We look forward to continuing to build upon the relationships we’ve established here in Chelsea while maintaining the critical partnerships we’ve developed over the years in Boston,” Shaw said. “We hope our presence in the neighborhood will have a positive impact.”

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Detroit’s Reputed Godfather Jack Tocco Dead at 87

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By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Giacomo “Black Jack” Tocco, the reputed head of the Detroit Mafia for more than three decades, who kept a relatively low profile — more so than infamous mob brothers Vito and Anthony Giacalone —  died Monday night at age 87, mob expert Scott Burnstein of the Oakland Press reported.

Tocco, who was long suspected of having ties to the 1975 disappearance of James Hoffa, died of natural causes according to Bagnasco & Calcaterra Funeral Home in Sterling Heights. The funeral will be Friday.

Raised in the upscale Windmill Pointe section of Grosse Pointe Park, Tocco earned a finance degree from the University of Detroit In 1949, according to an entry in Wikipedia.

He went on to own businesses around the state and built an impressive real estate portfolio, all while managing to maintain a fairly low profile, particularly when it came to media attention. The Giacalone brothers, who were capos, and underlings of Tocco,  had far more recognizable names in Metro Detroit.

“Jack was very low-profile, highly intelligent and business savvy and really the opposite of what people would view as a typical gangster, the kind you see in movies and on television,” retired FBI agent Mike Carone told the Oakland Press.  “I think that’s why he was able to stay under the radar for such a long time and avoid a lot of the pitfalls of being a mob boss, such as violence and long prison sentences. He was one of the last of a dying era.”

Tocco’s only felony conviction came in 1998 in a major racketeering case, which sent him off to federal prison for two years. Before that, his only previous conviction was for attending an illegal cock fight, according to a history of the Detroit mob on the FBI’s website.

Burnstein writes that Tocco owned the Hazel Park Raceway for more than four decades. Last summer, FBI agents searched former property he owned in northern Oakland County, looking for Hoffa’s body. The search set off a circus-like atmosphere — replete with an army of FBI agents, the media and curious neighbors. The feds came up empty.

The tip came from the former second in command of the Detroit mob, Anthony “Tony Z” Zerilli, a now elderly man who was Tocco’s first cousin. Zerilli, who was in prison at the time of Hoffa’s disappearance, told the feds that he was informed of what happen to Hoffa after he left prison. He fell out of favor with the mob. 

Burnstein wrote:

Prior to his passing, Tocco was considered the most-tenured mob don in the United States, having taken power in 1979 at a ceremony the FBI photographed. He ruled unchallenged until his death, said Eric Straus, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan in the United States Department of Justice. Straus spent two decades investigating Tocco.

Retired FBI agent Greg Stejskal, in an interview with Deadline Detroit Tuesday night, recalled that June 11, 1979, was the very day that it was officially announced to made-members of the Detroit Mafia that Tocco was taking over as boss, replacing Tony Zerilli, who had lost his juice in the organization.

Stejskal said he was part of an FBI surveillance team that followed some mobsters, including Tocco and Vito Giacalone, to a barber shop on Gratiot in northern Macomb County.

FBI surveillance photo at in 1979 at game farm with Tocco in the middle.

The men exited the shop and  got into a van. Stejskal and his fellow agents followed the van to a game farm north of Chelsea.

The agents saw it was a big gathering, and Stejskal recalls thinking:

 “Whatever it is, it’s a big deal. The only people there were all made guys.”

He said he and another agent quietly went behind an archery target on the property that was owned at the time by reputed mobsters Antonio and Luigi Ruggirello.

“I had my camera with a 300 mm lense and I started taking pictures,” Stejskal said.

Eventually, from intelligence, the agents learned that the gathering officially marked the start of Tocco’s long reign as Detroit’s reputed Godfather. 

Also read story:

A Detroit Mob Photo by the FBI Surveillance Squad Captures History

 

FBI Is Building New Complex in Suburban Boston

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was a long time coming, but the Boston office of the FBI is finally beginning to build a new complex in nearby Chelsea, the Boston Globe reports.

The FBI expects to move into the 200,000-square-foot building by early 2015.

The agency is moving forward with the construction after a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by a South Boston property owner who wanted to host the FBI, according to the Globe.

The FBI wouldn’t say how many employees would be assigned to the field office, the Globe reported.

FBI Move to $150M New Chelsea, Mass. HQ in Limbo

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Are sour grapes delaying construction of the FBI’s new $150 million regional headquarters in Chelsea, Massachusetts?

Slated to begin construction late last year (never happened) bid-winning developer Emerald Corporate Center LLC, a division of ACS Development Corp. is facing a lawsuit from losing-bidder Boston Harbor Development Partners, an arm of Pappas Enterprises in South Boston, the Boston Business Journal reports.

Pappas’ attorney argued that Emerald Corporate Center’s site for the FBI headquarters in Chelsea “failed to meet the minimum requirements of the bid and were ineligible for the award”… meaning the Pappas’ bid and MassPort parcel on Fargo Street in Boston should be reconsidered for the lucrative project.

Naturally Boston Mayor Thomas Menino thinks it would be better to keep the FBI HQ in town, while local Chelsea officials are still advocating the move. “It’s not a good decision to put the building in Chelsea,” Menino told the Boston Business Journal. “It makes more sense to put the FBI near the other law enforcement agencies like the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the federal courthouse.”

On the other side, Patricia Simboli said her company ACS has a signed legally binding lease with the federal government, with no escape clause. “We will be constructing the FBI building and Pappas is unhappy about that,” she said.

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Boston Globe Editorial Urges FBI to Pay Up in Case Where Agents Framed People in 1965 Mob Murder

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By The Boston Globe
Editorial Page
BOSTON — IT DOESN’T require world class investigators to figure out that the jig is up for the FBI in the case of four men framed by federal agents in the 1965 gangland murder of Edward Deegan in Chelsea. This week, a federal appeals court upheld a $101.7 million damage judgment awarded by a lower court.

The size of the 2007 award to the families of Peter Limone, Joseph Salvati, Louis Greco, and Henry Tameleo grabbed the attention of the appellate judges who found it at the “outer edge” of permissible awards.

But the court rightly wasn’t in the mood to split hairs in the wrongful conviction cases that exposed the FBI for deliberately withholding evidence of the four men’s innocence and covering up the injustice. Secret files would later reveal that Joseph “The Animal” Barboza had falsely implicated the four men while protecting one of the true killers, FBI informant Vincent Flemmi. Both men were darlings of the FBI for providing information against the Mafia.

The Justice Department could drag out this travesty by seeking an appeal to the full Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. But it only prolongs the pain of the families.

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