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FBI Investigating Mysterious Death of Border Patrol Agent in Texas

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Was a Border Patrol agent killed or did he fall? What about his partner, who is in critical condition at a hospital?

The FBI is investigating what happened to the agents on a treacherous stretch of west Texas late Saturday night.

“There are a number of possible scenarios, but right now we are going to pursue it as an assault on a federal agent,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Emmerson Buie Jr. said during a Tuesday briefing in El Paso, the Los Angeles Times reports. “This is the most important investigation in the El Paso division of the FBI. We will be aggressively investigating all leads.” 

Here’s what the FBI knows: Angelo Rogelio “Roger” Martinez, who was responding to a triggered sensor, was found with “traumatic head injuries” and broken bones. He died early Sunday from head injuries.

His partner, who has not been identified, also was found with head injuries. As of Tuesday evening, he was in critical but stable condition.

The union representing Border Patrol officers insist they were attacked with rocks.

“There’s no way he fell,” Chris Cabrera, a union spokesman and veteran agent based in McAllen, Texas, said of the agent who died. “Border Patrol agents are like mountain goats. They don’t fall. Especially two at the same spot.”

The FBI isn’t so sure. The agents were found at the bottom of a 9-foot-deep culvert in a treacherous area.

The death is still be investigated as a homicide.

Man Accused of Threatening, Stalking FBI Agent to Appear in Court in Pittsburgh

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Ron Bergrin bragged in an e-mail that he could easily destroy an FBI agent for her role in getting his cousin convicted and then sentenced for racketeering and homicide, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

“She thinks she’s living in a safe place, a place where nobody can find out where she lives and where nobody could get to her,” the e-mail says. “I’m going to teach her that I could crush her like the bug she is, if I wanted to. She will never sleep at night again. She will have nightmares. I’m going to investigate her neighbors — like she did to mine.”

Bergrin is scheduled to appear in court today on accusations of threatening the lead investigator in the case, FBI Agent Shawn Brokos, who was transferred to the Pittsburgh office from the Neward office.

Bergrin’s cousin is Paul Bergrin, a former assistant U.S. attorney who got six life terms for arranging to have a witness murdered, among other charges.

Apart from writing the e-mail, Bergrin is accused of repeatedly calling Agent Brokos at her office and sending her Easter cards.

Police Kill Civilians At Much Higher Rate Than Is Reported by Federal Agencies

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Police killings are underreported and occur more often than federal agencies have reported, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Between 2007 and 2012, more than 550 homicides by cops were not included in federal statistics.

The Journal examined figures from the nation’s 105 largest police departments to find that at least 1,800 deaths occurred in the six-year timeframe. That’s a 45% increase from the FBI’s tally of 1,242.

The problem, the newspaper reported, is that law enforcement agencies aren’t reporting all of the killings by police officers.

The discovery comes as protests have broken out across the country following the deaths of several black people at the hands of white police officers.

Suspected Cop Shooter Eric Frein Is Added to FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives List

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s newest addition to the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list is Eric Matthew Frein, who is the lone suspect in the delay ambush of two Pennsylvania state troopers, the Huffington Post reports.

The FBI said it’s not messing around.

“When law enforcement officers are violently targeted, we take it seriously — and personally,” Edward J. Hanko, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia Division, said Thursday in a press release.

The ambush of Alex Douglass and Byron Dickson happened at 10:50 p.m. during a shift change. Dickson was killed, and Douglass remains hospitalized.

The 31-year-old suspect was charged Tuesday with homicide of a law enforcement officer.

Authorities warned that Frein is a weapons enthusiast and survivalist.

“All of law-enforcement is committed to apprehending Frein, and we are dedicated to making sure that the danger to the public ends with his arrest,” Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan said Thursday.

Two Suspects in Shooting Death of Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Were Illegal Immigrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two illegal immigrants from Mexico have been charged in the shooting death of an off-duty Border Patrol agent while he was on vacation with his family in Texas, Fox News reports.

The defendants have been arrested and deported several times in the past.

They are Gustavo Tijerina, 30, and Ismael Hernandez, 40. After being arraigned Tuesday inside the Willacy County jail library, the men were ordered held without bond. They have been charged with capital murder of a peace officer, attempted murder and other lesser charges.

The pair were living in Texas illegally when Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr. was with his family fishing in Santa Monica.

The men confessed to the robbery and other crimes, Fox News reported.

“They claim to have been involved in other incidents, this means you’ve got stolen vehicles going into Mexico,” Santa Monica, Sheriff Larry Spence said. “Everything is going to be cartel-related, there’s a connection somehow.”

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Shot, Killed During Robbery While On Vacation

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty Border Patrol agent vacationing with his family was shot and killed during a robbery in Texas, the Border Patrol said Sunday.

“Another one of these typical robbery things,” Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence said. “People fishing, people drive by, turn around, come back, pull weapons and rob them.

“In this case, someone got shot.”

Investigators combed the area overnight into this morning.

“If this is the scene, we’re just going to babysit it until daylight,” Spence said in the southeaster part of the county.

The agent has not been identified.

Families of 19 Homicide Victims Want to Speak Out During ‘Whitey’ Bulger Sentencing

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Although notorious mobster James “Whitey” Bulger was convicted of 11 murders, the victims of 19 homicide victims want to be heard during sentencing in November, The Boston Globe reports.

Bulger’s attorney, J.W. Carney Jr., initially considered opposing the request but acknowledged there’s not much he can do.

“Federal law permits family members of alleged victims to speak at sentencing, even if the government was unable to prove that the defendant was responsible for their loved ones’ death,” Carney told reporters outside the federal courthouse in Boston.

Each family speaker will be given 5 to 10 minutes to talk during sentencing.

Massachusetts Prosecutors Mull State Charges Against Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger, His Former Associates

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It might not be over yet for notorious mobster and convicted killer James “Whitey” Bulger and his former associates.

Prosecutors in Massachusetts are exploring whether they can charge Bulger and others with murder and other crimes now that the federal trial is over, the Boston Globe Press reports.

One associate that faces potential criminal charges is Patrik Nee, who was named as an accomplice in several murders but never charged.

Bulger was convicted Monday on murder and racketeering counts in federal court.

“We’re always looking for evidence that can help us investigate and prosecute Suffolk County homicides,” Jake Wark, a spokesman for Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley, told the Globe in a statement.