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Federal Investigators Join Probe into Massive, Deadly Explosion in Indianapolis

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal, state and local investigators are trying to determine what caused a massive explosion that killed two people, injured seven, damaged or destroyed 31 homes and forced 200 people from their homes late Saturday night, the Indianapolis Star reports.

While the cause is unknown, much of the attention is on natural gas lines that have since been shut down.

Citizens Energy said it wasn’t clear Sunday whether a gas leak could have caused the explosion, the Indianapolis Star reported.

Indiana has a painful past with gas explosions. The deadliest disaster in Indianapolis history was a gas explosion that killed 74 people and injured 400 others after it tore through the State Fairgrounds Coliseum on Halloween 1963, according to the Star.

It’s unclear which federal agencies are involved.

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FBI Agent Robert Allan Jones Who Served on FBI’s bin Laden Unit to Head Indianapolis Division

Robert Allan Jones

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Robert Allan Jones, who served on the Osama bin Laden unit, and eventually moved up to his latest post as FBI section chief in the Counterintelligence division at headquarters, has been named head of the FBI Indianpolis division.

Jones joined the FBI in September 1996 and was first assigned to the Kalamazoo, Mi. office.

In 2002, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Osama bin Laden Unit of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division. He provided oversight and guidance into FBI probes in to Sunni extremism matters and was made unit chief the next year.

In 2004, he was promoted to supervisory senior resident agent in the Rochester Resident Agency of the Buffalo Division,and in 2007 was assigned to a classified, one-year tour in Balad, Iraq, with the United States Special Operations Command.

The next year, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Cleveland Division, and in 2009 was named the Legal Attaché in Afghanistan.

After returned to state side, he was promoted to section chief in the Counterintelligence Division.

 

Indiana FBI Agents Get New Home

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents in Indiana have a new home.

A new, $40 million, three-story, 90,000-square foot building on Indianapolis’ northeast side was dedicated Thursday, the Indianapolis Star Tribune reported.

The building sits on a 14-acre site and includes a parking garage and maintenance facility.

Up until now, the office has been located downtown in the Minton-Capehart Federal Building.

“GSA is an experienced leader providing federal agencies with modern, efficient and sustainable buildings,” said Ann P. Kalayil, Regional Administrator for GSA’s Great Lakes Region in a statement. “We’re building on that experience here to provide the men and women of the FBI with a workspace that reduces energy costs and consumption and helps them to work more efficiently, so they may continue to ensure the safety of our nation.”

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Indianapolis Fed Judge Drops Suit Against FBI Agents

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A federal judge in Indianapolis has tossed a lawsuit by a local attorney who claimed FBI agents conspired with the former Delaware County prosecutor to frame him for a crime — namely bribing a witness in a client’s case, according to the Muncie Star Press

In July 2010, attorney Michael J. Alexander filed the lawsuit alleging FBI agents Neal Freeman and James Randall Howard and others “entered into a conspiracy to falsely accuse (Alexander) of a conspiracy to commit bribery,” the paper reported.

It all began in February 2008 when Alexander was charged with bribing the witness. The following year, a local jury deliberated for an hour before finding him not guilty, the Star Press reported. In a separate trial, Alexander’s client and an an investigator for Alexander were convicted of bribing a witness.

Last April, U.S. District Court Judge Richard Young dismissed the case against the county prosecutor. Last week, he dismissed the suit against the agents, the Star Press reported.

The paper reported that the the judge ruled that Alexander “failed to sufficiently allege a constitutional violation.”

“Alexander had claimed that after sending Adrian Kirtz, the alleged recipient of the bribe, to Alexander’s law office wearing ‘electronic monitoring equipment,’ the FBI agents “hid, manipulated or destroyed the recordings” that showed the attorney was not aware of the bribery conspiracy,” the paper reported.

It said Alexander claimed he was targeted because of his public criticism of the Muncie-Delaware County Drug Task Force.

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Thieves Break into FBI Agent’s Indianapolis Car and Steal Weapons

gunBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Here’s one burglary that will probably get a little more attention from law enforcement than most.

The Indianapolis police reported that thieves broke into an FBI agent’s car on the city’s northwest side Thursday morning and stole a submachine gun, a semiautomatic rifle, .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun and two sets of body armor, according to the Associated Press. AP initially reported that burglars broke into the agent’s home.

The news agency reported that the agent, a member of the SWATT team, had stored the weapons in a chained lockbox.

The AP reported the agents home was among a number of  homes, garages and vehicles that were broken into.