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Investigators Say Small Plane Crash in Connecticut Appears to Be ‘Intentional Act’

East Hartford, Conn.

East Hartford, Conn.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Investigators are coming to a chilling conclusion about the small plane crash in East Hartford, Conn.: It appears to be “the result of an intentional act,” the National Transportation Safety Board said Wednesday.

The NTSB plans to hand over the case to the FBI, ABC News reports. 

Earlier Wednesday, the agency said, “If there is reason for us to believe that a criminal event has occurred, then we will take formal steps to transfer the investigation to the FBI.”

The crash killed a student pilot and seriously injured the instructor when the plane hit a utility pole and caught fire.

Investigators are looking into information that the student pilot was a Jordanian national.

“We are in touch with the relevant U.S. authorities on this matter as they undergo their investigation,” the Embassy of Jordan in Washington D.C. wrote in a statement.

The FBI has been interviewing the surviving flight instructor, Arian Prevalla, 43, who was upgraded to fair condition from critical condition Wednesday.

The family of Prevalla said they don’t have much information.

“We are all, of course, glad he survived. As of now, we have not been able to speak to him because the FBI was still questioning him.”

FBI Investigating Whether Connecticut Plane Crash Was Intentional

East Hartford, Conn.

East Hartford, Conn.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating whether the Jordanian pilot who crashed a small plane into a utility pole in East Hartford did it intentionally.

One person was killed and another seriously injured in the crashed, CBS News reports.

The pilot, Feras M. Freitekh, entered the U.S. on a temporary student visa in 2012 for flight school.

The instructor told investigators that he believed the Cesna was intentionally crashed.

The crash occurred at 4 p.m., and the Piper PA 34 twin-engine plane burst into flames.

A passenger in the plane was killed, and the pilot was rushed to the hospital with serious burns.

Homeland Security Investigates High School Student Who Substituted ‘ISIS’ in Pledge of Allegiance

ISIS flag

ISIS flag

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security is investigating a 15-year-old high school student in Connecticut who substituted “ISIS” for the “United States of America” during the Pledge of Allegiance.

The Hartford Current reports that police and school administrators said the student never posed a risk to school safety.

“The Ansonia police received a complaint from the Ansonia High School administrators on Oct. 9, 2015. The [school resource officer] completed a report and we forwarded it off to Homeland Security as we would with any case that we feel needs to be brought to their attention,” Lt. Andrew Cota said.

The boy was removed from the school out of  “an abundance of caution,” but school officials declined further comment.

“In response to press reports concerning an Ansonia student making reference to ISIS during the Pledge of Allegiance, we did not deem the incident a legitimate threat to the safety of students or staff,” Superintendent Carol Merlone said. “As far as Ansonia Public Schools is concerned, the matter is resolved.”

Governor: Connecticut to Ban People on No-Fly List from Buying Guns

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Connecticut is about to become the first state to ban people on the federal no-fly list from buying guns, Gov. Dannel P. Malloy announced today.

The New York Times reports that Mally plans to sign an executive order that would prevent people on federal terrorism watch lists from buying firearms.

“Like all Americans, I have been horrified by the recent terrorist attacks in San Bernardino and Paris,” Malloy said. “This should be a wake-up call to all of us. This is a moment to seize in America — and today I’m here to say that we in Connecticut are seizing it.”

Connecticut stiffened its gun laws after 20 children and six adults were killed in the 2013 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton.

President Obama said on Sunday that he supports a similar ban on the federal level.

“What could possibly be the argument for allowing a terrorist suspect to buy a semiautomatic weapon?” Obama said. “This is a matter of national security.”

FBI Investigates Connecticut City to Determine Whether Superstorm Sandy Funds Were Misused

Screen Shot 2015-11-11 at 8.41.51 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating whether Milford, Conn., officials misused millions of federal dollars to help clean up the damage from Superstorm Sandy, NBC Connecticut reports. 

Chairman of the Milford Republic Town Committee Paul Beckwith said the FBI Public Corruption Task Force interviewed several city employees.

“They shared with us they had been questioned about funding issues within the City of Milford concerning FEMA grants,” Beckwith said.

Agents are concerned that millions of dollars in federal funds may have been misused.

Another Bizarre Twist in 25-Year-Old Art Heist Involving Aging Gangster

Theft at Gardner Museum

Theft at Steward Gardner Museum.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The bizarre case involving the 25-year-old Steward Gardner Museum heist took another strange twist after disclosures in a federal court Wednesday that an aging Connecticut gangster lied when asked in the past whether he knew anything about the stolen paintings, the Hartford Courant reports. 

As a result, the FBI terminated its cooperation agreement with the Robert Gentile.

A polygraph administered to Gentile in the past showed that he likely lied when he denied knowing nothing about the robbery of 13 gems, including three Rembrandts and works by Manet and Degas.

A polygraph administered to Gentile in the past showed that he likely lied when he denied knowing nothing about the robbery and when he said he received none of the paintings.

While the discovery explains why the FBI has doggedly pursued Gentile for years on the robbery, investigators still don’t know what happened to the paintings.

FBI Director Comey Tells Police How to Join Dialogue about Race

Director James B. Comey

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Director James Comey met privately with Connecticut police chiefs Tuesday and encouraged them to become a part of the dialogue about policing and race, the Associated Press reports.

Comey described the discussion as productive but declined to discuss specifics.

“As you would expect in the Nutmeg State, it was a thoughtful and rich conversation,” said Comey, who still considers Connecticut home after working in the past for Westport-based Bridgewater Associates.

It was Comey’s second visit to the New Haven field office since taking the helm nearly two years ago.

Comey said he is trying to make the FBI more diverse but the bureau has struggled to get  enough applicants.

“We’re in a good place in Connecticut,” Comey said. “It was mostly a positive discussion about how they perceive law enforcement relationships to have improved particularly under the leadership I now have and have had for two years here in Connecticut, and that’s a good thing.”

 

FBI Billboards in Connecticut Urge Motorists to ‘Report Corruption Now!’

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Billboards have helped the FBI capture bank robbers, rapists and murderers.

So why not corrupt politicians?

The ctpost.com reports that the FBI has posted billboards in scandal-plagued cities in Connecticut, like Bridgeport, Waterbury and Hartford, to encourage residents to “Report corruption now!”

The FBI said the billboards were posted because advertising company Lamar provided them at no cost.

“The billboards are run as space is available in the company’s pre-sold rotation,” FBI spokesman Marybeth Miklos said.

Miklos added that the locations of the billboards were decided by the company.

“There really was no methodology to the sites,” Miklos said. “We asked for any space available and those were the (billboards) given to us.”

 

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