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Ceremony Scheduled Today for 30th Anniversary of Bloody Florida Shootout with FBI

FBI agents Jerry L. Dove (left) and Benjamin P. Grogan were killed.

FBI agents Jerry L. Dove (left) and Benjamin P. Grogan were killed.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Today is the 30th anniversary of a bloody South Florida shootout that left two FBI agents dead and another five agents wounded.

The FBI will mark the anniversary today as Director James Comey plans to speak at a ceremony at the bureau’ office in Miramar, NBC2 reports. 

The shootout with bank robbers occurred in the Miami suburb of Pinecrest on April 11, 1986.

Agents Jerry L. Dove and Benjamin P. Grogan were killed, and so were the robber suspects, William Russell Matix and Michael Lee Platt.

The FBI agents found themselves inadequately armed to fight off the robbers’ heavy fire, prompting the bureau to begin using more powerful handguns.   

‘Adopted Son’ of John Gotti Said He Helped FBI Take Down Former Deputy Sheriff

Lewis Kasman

Lewis Kasman

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The so-called “adopted son” of John Gotti, the late Gambino crime boss, is taking credit for the FBI raiding the Florida home of a former deputy sheriff on Monday.

Lewis Kasman, 59, told The Daily News that he prompted the raid by secretly recording the ex-deputy, Mark Dougan, for the FBI.

“I did it because it was the right thing to do,” Kasman said, claiming he feared Dougan was planning to harm the current sheriff and deputy sheriff of Palm Beach.

But Dougan said “Kasman doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

“He’s a fucking whack job,” Dougan told The Daily News. “I knew he was recording me. That was seven months ago. He kept setting his phone on the table with the microphone toward me. He’s a moron.”

Doug said the law enforcement was pursuing him because someone had hacked the personal information of sheriff’s officials and dumped it on a website that he previously owned.

ATF Arrests Anti-Government Man After Finding Pipe Bombs, Firearms at His Home

ATF LogoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Tampa man who has expressed anti-government sentiments was arrested after the ATF found eight pipe bombs, firearms, ammunition and bomb-making materials in his Florida home, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Michael Ramos, 24, was taken into custody after a search warrant was executed at his home Monday.

The ATF has not yet reported charges against Ramos, who was in possession of an AK-47, a .45 caliber pistol and large amounts of ammunition.

Ramos previously expressed anti-government sentiments and said he was in possession of explosives.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Releases Suspicion Man Taking Photos Outside a High School in Florida

Lake County, Fla.

Lake County, Fla.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI was called to a Florida school after officials saw him acting suspiciously and taking photos of students outside Umatilla High School in Lake County.

But after talking with the man, who appeared to be nervous and sweating, the FBI released the photographer because there was no evidence of criminal activity, the Orlando Sentinel reports. 

The man had inconsistent stories, saying his girlfriend attended the high school, but none of the three names he gave were found in school records.

Part of his car was smeared in sunscreen, and divorce papers were found in his vehicle.

“We did everything we possibly could, to include identifying him, running him for a warrants check, interviewing him, searching his vehicle, trespassing him, and notifying the school district, FBI, and FDLE,” Lake County Sheriff’s spokesman John Herrell said. “His behavior, while extremely odd by any standard, didn’t violate any laws.”

Ex-Sheriff’s Deputy Accused of Impersonating DEA Agent to Help Friend Win Back Wife

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former sheriff’s deputy in Florida is accused of posing as a federal drug agent in a bizarre plot to help his friend win his wife back, the Orlando Sentinel reports. 

Authorities said Don Wheeler, a former Seminole County Sheriff’s deputy, called friends of his buddy’s wife, posing as a DEA agent and informing them that the woman’s new boyfriend was under investigation for drug trafficking.

Wheeler and his friend, Michael Maine, were charged with falsely impersonating an officer, conspiracy, extortion and unlawful use of a two-way communications device.

They face up to 30 years in prison.

Wheeler told investigators that he became involved because Maine loved his ex “with all his heart and just wanted her back.”

“The defendants allegedly created counterfeit DEA credentials to pass Wheeler off as a federal agent,” a news release states.

“According to court documents, Wheeler also called associates of Maine’s wife claiming she was involved in drug trafficking and that the DEA had an active criminal investigation into her involvement.”

Florida Police Officers Claims He Was Disciplined for Speaking to FBI

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Boynton Beach police officer who was placed on administrative leave after speaking to FBI agents is suing the Florida city.

The Miami Herald reports that Sgt. Leif Broberg, a 24-year-veteran of the department, alleges the department threatened to fire him for launching complaints about members of the force trying to conceal video of an arrest.

Broberg said his leave amounts to punishment for talking to FBI agents about a video that he says depicts officers beating a suspect after a high-speed chase.

Broberg has contended that high-ranking members of the department wanted to discard the video.

Other Stories of Interest

Florida Man Accused of Plotting Terrorist Attack on Sept. 11 Anniversary

fbi logo largeA 20-year-old man living with his parents in Florida is accused of encouraging a terrorist attack in Kansas City on today’s 14th anniversary of Sept. 11, the Washington Post reports. 

Joshua Ryne Goldberg was charged with distribution of information relating to explosives, destructive devices, and weapons of mass destruction.

“Hopefully there will be some jihad on the anniversary of 9/11,” Goldberg is accused of telling an FBI informant in a direct message.

The FBI said lengthy discussions occurred between Goldberg and the informant.

“The Jews are the worst enemies of Allah,” a social media post read. “When Islam conquers Australia, every single Jew will be slaughtered like the filthy cockroaches that they are.”

Goldberg is accused of offering to help detonate a bomb.

“Have you decided what kind of attack to carry out on 9/11 … I was thinking a bombing. We could make pipe bombs and detonate them at a large public event.”

Homeland Security Employee, 2 Family Members Murdered in ‘Witchcraft’ Killing

Blue Moon/Wikipedia

Blue Moon/Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Three family members in Florida, including a Homeland Security employee, were beaten with a claw hammer and their throats were slit in a triple murder that appears to be tied to “witchcraft” and the blue moon, The Washington Post reports. 

Law enforcement said the gruesome attack near Pensacola, Fla., was being investigated as a “ritualistic killing.” Killed were Voncile Smith, 77, and her sons John William Smith, 49; and Richard Thomas Smith, 47, a Homeland Security employee who also was shot in the head.

“The elements of this case are odd, at best,” Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan said at a news conference, as Reuters reported. “We have a very reclusive family. Obviously we’ve canvassed the neighborhood, spoken to people who’ve lived there for years and years. Neighbors have related to us that they’ve never met members of this family.”

Police said they have an person of interest “with ties to witchcraft.”

“Initial research has led us to believe it was a ritualistic killing,” Morgan also said, as the Pensacola News Journal reported. “The method of the murder — blunt force trauma, slit throats, positioning of bodies — and our person of interest has some ties to a faith or religion that is indicative of that. The time of the death on Tuesday also coincides with what’s referred to as a blue moon, which occurs every three years.”