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Todd A. Wickerham Heads Up FBI’s Cincinnati Office

Todd A. Wickerham (Linkedin photo)

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Todd A. Wickerham, who served as a special assistant for the FBI’s associate deputy director since 2017,  has been named special agent in charge of the Cincinnati Field Office.

Wickerham, who joined the FBI in 1997,  has held a variety of investigative, operational, and management positions in the bureau. He was first assigned to the Pittsburgh Field Office, where he investigated violent crime and criminal enterprises. He also served on the SWAT team and as a special agent bomb technician, according to a press release.

On Sept. 11, 2001, he responded to and worked the scene of the United Airlines Flight 93 crash site in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

In 2006, Wickerham was promoted to the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters, where he served as a supervisory special agent in the Strategic Planning Unit.

In 2008, he became the supervisory senior resident agent of the Akron Resident Agency where he managed all FBI investigative programs in the Akron area.

During that stretch, he also completed a four-month temporary assignment in Kabul, helping to establish the Major Crimes Task Force – Afghanistan.

In 2013, he was  appointed as assistant special agent in charge of FBI Cleveland’s criminal branch.

Before joining the FBI, he served as a deputy sheriff for the Richland County Sheriff’s Department in South Carolina, an investigator for the Ohio Attorney General’s Office, and a combat engineer with the Ohio Army National Guard.

He began his new post last month.

FBI Is Investigating Cincinnati Metropolitan Sewer District Over Contracts

cincinnatiBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating Cincinnati’s Metropolitan Sewer District over the hiring of outside contractors.

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports that agents are examining whether money was properly spent on vendors to provide goods and services.

Those contacts have reached as high as $35 million.

“This is highly disturbing,” County Commissioner Chris Monzel said of the FBI investigation. “It calls into question how the city of Cincinnati is operating the Metropolitan Sewer District.”

City Manager Harry Black recently expressed concerns about the contracts.

FBI Director Comey Offers to Help Cities Deal with Escalation of Violence

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Director James Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey expressed an urgency Wednesday in cracking down on a surge in violent crimes in inner cities.

Comey said he’s committed to helping local agencies with investigations and other tools, The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. 

The violence, he said, was affecting “younger men of color killing each other … and there are no lives that do not matter.”

Comey noted an escalation of violence in Cincinnati, Columbus, Chicago and Washington D.C.

“There are cities with nothing in common where this is happening,” said Comey, who was appointed to a 10-year term in 2013. “We have hit historic lows for violent crime recently, and if we let it slide back, we will need to explain to those who come after us what we did or didn’t to let that happen.”

Comey called for cooperation among law enforcement agencies.

“I’m not here announcing any big initiative or program … but we have a lot of smart people who we brought on board after 9/11 who may be able to help look at the issue differently,” Comey said. “We definitely need to bring more folks to bear.”

Body Cam Leads to Murder Charge Against Cincinnati Cop Who Shot Unarmed Motorist

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Who knows what would have happened if a University of Cincinnati cop wasn’t wearing a body cam.

But he was, and on Wednesday he was indicted on a murder charge for shooting an unarmed black man in the head during a minor traffic stop, the New York Times reports. 

Prosecutors called it “a senseless, asinine shooting.”

The video showed that Officer Ray Tensing was lying when he said he was being dragged by Samuel Dubose’s car.

A grand jury indicted the officer Wednesday on a murder charge, which is punishable by up to life in prison.

“This doesn’t happen in the United States, OK?” The Hamilton County prosecuting attorney, Joseph T. Deters, said. “This might happen in Afghanistan. People don’t get shot for a traffic stop.”

He added: “This office has probably reviewed 100 police shootings, and this is the first time we’ve thought, ‘This is without question a murder,’” he said.

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FBI’s New Special Agent in Charge of Cincinnati Office is Angela Byers

Angela Byers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The new head of the FBI’s Cincinnati Field Office has a rare opportunity.

Angela Byers, who recently became the new agent in charge of the office, joined the bureau in 1986, just 14 years after the bureau began to allow women to become agents.

When J. Edgar Hoover was the director, he asked the bureau’s first female special agent to resign.

“I would think there were men who wanted this job,” Byers told WKRC Cincinnati. “Yes, there were and I’m sure a lot of men who haven’t worked for a woman in charge may be unsure what that means.”

Byers is the second woman to lead the Cincinnati office.

Byers said she likes her location.

“I lived in Washington D.C. everyone was so transient and I didn’t get warmth from the people like I do here,” said Byers.

FBI Names Angela Byers As New Special Agent in Charge of Cincinnati Office

Angela Byers

Angela Byers

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Cincinnati’s FBI office has a new leader.

Angela Byers, who was chief of the financial crimes section of the Criminal Investigation Division at FBI headquarters, was named as the new special agent in charge of the Cincinnati division, The Biz Journal reports.

Byers is replacing Kevin Cornelius, who led the office from May 2013 until December, when he left for a job in the private sector.

Byers started working for the FBI in 1986.

FBI: Unemployed Ohio Man Planned to Attack U.S. Capitol with M-15 Rifles

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI has monitored 20-year-old Christopher Lee Cornell for months because of troubling posts he made on social media about violent jihad. 

Then agents swept in Wednesday, arresting him in Cincinnati on allegations that he was about to hatch a horrifying attack at the U.S. Capitol, detonating pipe bombs and then shooting the lawmakers as they scurried, CNN reports.

Authorities said he planned to have a partner and bought two M-15 rifles with 600 rounds of ammunition. But the man he thought was his partner was actually an FBI informant.

Agents arrested Cornell after he bought the weapons.

Alcohol Played Role in Boat Crash That Killed 2 FBI Employees Near Cincinnati

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Alcohol played a role in a boat crash that killed two FBI employees on the Ohio River near Cincinnati in September, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

The off-duty employees, Bryce Eastlick, 28, and John Stack II, 29, were killed after their 19-foot boat smashed into a massive barge on Sept. 25.

“The toxicology report did confirm that it was alcohol related,” an official at the coroner’s office said Wednesday.

The coroner didn’t divulge details, such as the men’s blood alcohol content.

The men were dead when rescuers arrived and likely died on impact.

“I don’t believe there was any suffering,” Cincinnati District Fire Chief Lou Arnold said.