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Silly Conspiracy Theory Woven from Comey Tweet Prompts School to Cancel Event

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An innocuous tweet from former FBI Director James Comey turned into a bizarre conspiracy theory that prompted a California school to cancel its upcoming fundraiser.

The Grass Valley Charter School Foundation wasn’t taking any chances after an online conspiracy theory targeted the school.

The conspiracy began after Comey took part in a popular Twitter game, “Five Jobs I’ve Had,” in late April. A conspiracy theorist “isolated random letters and threaded them together to suggest ‘Five Jihad(s)’ involving ‘Grass Valley Charter School Foundation,’” KCRA 3 reports.

“It was everything from Comey and his people were going to come and kidnap our children to there was going to be a mass shooting,” foundation President Wendy Willoughby said.

Kathy Dotson, parent and co-producer of the fundraiser, said “you can’t help but take it seriously.”

In a letter to parents, school Principal Scott Maddock explained why the festival was canceled.

“I want to stress the fact that there was no threat made against our school,” the letter reads. “Law enforcement agencies are completely certain that this conspiracy theory poses no danger to our school or community. We are canceling the Blue Marble Jubilee because of the negative attention placed on our festival.”

Law enforcement did not consider the threat to be credible, but school officials and event organizers said they were worried about copycats.

“These theories, although they hold no basis in reality or fact, what they can do and have the power to do through social media is embolden unstable people to take action and potentially do dangerous things,” Willoughby said.

School officials moved the fundraiser online.

ATF Agent Arrested After Allegedly Brutal Assaulting Father at Football Game, Waving gun at Crowd

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ATF agent has been arrested after authorities said he brutally beat a father at a high school football game and then waved his gun at the crowd when they tried to intervene, KHOU.com reports. 

ATF Special Agent Marc Delpit now faces charges of aggravated assault after the incident at St. Thomas High School in Houston.

The father of one of the football players, Delpit allegedly approached another football player’s father and began to fight.

Marc Delpit

Marc Delpit

“ATF takes these allegations very seriously,” said Senior Special Agent Nicole Strong with the Houston Field Office of the Bureau of Alcohol Firearms and Explosives.

“Pending the outcome of the investigation, the agent in question has been placed on administrative leave with pay and has been relieved of his firearms, badge and credentials,” Special Agent Strong said.

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Mobster Snitch Testifies He was “Honorably Discharged” From High School Because “I Baseball Batted Somebody”

brooklyn-sign1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Back in 2008, Colombo mobster Michael “Mickey” Souza had had enough, according to the New York Daily News.

He was facing up to 30 years in prison on drug charges. He wanted to start singing to the feds.

” ‘Hello, John,’ ” he wrote to John Buretta, the chief of the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s organized-crime section,the Daily News reported. He wanted to help “seal up” some fed cases.

“P.S. I am so ready to go to [the witness protection program] . . . can’t do this anymore,” Souza wrote.

Last week, Souza, 42, testified as a government witness in the racketeering trial of Genovese mobster Anthony Antico in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn.

The Daily News reports that Souza was a little bit of a goof.

He once shot himself while tucking a gun in his sweatpants, got arrested for boating while drunk and injured a fellow mobster while they busted up a funeral parlor.

He testified in court that he was “honorably discharged” from high school because “I baseball-batted somebody on school property.”

And oh yes, at one point, the paper reported, “he was marked for death by his mobster father-in-law” after assaulting his wife.

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