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Former LA County Sheriff Convicted of Obstructing FBI Investigation into Jail

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, via Wikipedia.

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca was found guilty Wednesday of obstructing an FBI investigation involving corrupt and violent guards.

Baca, who was facing a second trial because a jury deadlocked last year, could spend up to 20 years behind bars, the Associated Press reports. 

Baca, 74, resigned in 2014 after the corruption investigation netted arrests among rank-and-file deputies in his inner circle.

In 2011, the FBI began investigating the department after jail guards found a contraband cellphone on an inmate who was acting as an FBI mole to record jail beatings.

“When defendant Baca learned the FBI and a federal grand jury was investigating, he obstructed, and when he learned the FBI has turned its focus on him, he lied,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Lizabeth Rhodes said.

The investigation revealed that deputies hid the FBI informant from federal agents by moving him to different jails and booking him under fake names.

Paul Abbate, Head of FBI’s Washington Field Office, Going to Headquarters

Paul Abbate

Paul Abbate

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Paul Abbate, assistant director of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, is moving several blocks over to headquarters.

Abbate, who was assigned to the Washington field office in September 2015, will assume the new post of executive assistant Director for the Criminal Cyber Response and Service Branch at headquarters after  the presidential inauguration in January.

Abbate jointed the FBI in March 1996 and was assigned to the New York City Field Office, where he worked in the Criminal Division and served as a member of the SWAT team.

In December 2003, Abbate transferred to the Counterterrorism Division as a supervisory special agent in the Iraq Unit, overseeing FBI counterterrorism operations and personnel deployments in Iraq. In October 2005, Abbate deployed to Iraq, serving as senior FBI liaison officer to the U.S. Department of Defense and leading a group of FBI personnel conducting counterterrorism operations in theater, according to the FBI.

From February 2006 to December 2009, he served as a supervisory special agent within the Newark Division’s Joint Terrorism Task Force, and in February 2008, he headed to Afghanistan to serve as FBI deputy on-scene commander.

In December 2009, Abbate returned to the Counterterrorism Division as assistant section chief.

In July 2010, Abbate he served as assistant special agent in charge for counterterrorism matters in Los Angeles, and the following year, he returned to the Counterterrorism Division, where he served as section chief.  In 2012,  he was named special agent in charge of the Washington Field Office’s Counterterrorism Division. During that time, he also served as the FBI on-scene commander in Libya.

From October 2013 to September 2015, Abbate headed up the FBI Detroit Division.

FBI Investigating Imminent Terrorist Threat Against Los Angeles Metro System

Los Angeles Metro

Los Angeles Metro

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating what it’s describing as a potentially imminent terrorist threat against the Los Angeles Metro system.

Authorities received specific information about the threat, but investigators are trying to determine whether the threat is credible, ABC News reports.

The FBI received a tip from an international partner that the threat was for this morning against the red line Metro.

The international partner received an anonymous call reporting a threat.

Jamaican Gangster Tied to Quadruple Murder Added to FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List

Marlon Jones

Marlon Jones

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The newest addition to the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list is a Jamaican gangster accused of being involved in a quadruple homicide at an underground restaurant in Los Angeles.

Marlon Jones, who has been described as violent with an extensive criminal background, disappeared after the Oct. 15 shootout.

Police are still investigating the shooting, which lead to the arrests of two men.

“While attending a birthday party on October 15, 2016, Jones allegedly shot and killed a rival Jamaican gang member,” the FBI said in a statement. “The party was being held at a crowded home in the West Adams District of Los Angeles which had been temporarily converted into a restaurant, according to detectives with the LAPD’s Criminal Gangs Homicide Division who are investigating the murders. According to detectives, an exchange of gunfire took place between rival gang members, leaving four dead and ten others wounded.”

Jone has been charged with four counts of suspicion of murder.

Ads said he fled Los Angeles after the shooting to avoid prosecution.

Dan Kennedy to Head Administrative Branch for FBI LA Office

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Danny Kennedy, who most recently served as section chief of the Intelligence Branch for the International Operations Division at FBI headquarters, has been named special agent in charge of the Administrative Branch for the Los Angeles Field Office.

Kennedy joined the FBI in 1997 and began his career in the Memphis Division, Nashville Resident Agency, where he investigated organized crime, drug and criminal enterprises, and counterterrorism matters, a press release said.

During the course of his career, Kennedy has held leadership positions in the Dallas Division, the Directorate of Intelligence, the Counterterrorism Division and the Los Angeles Field Office.

He’ll assume his new role in mid-December.

John Brown Named SAC of the FBI’s Administrative Branch in Los Angeles

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

John Brown, assistant special agent in charge at the FBI’s Chicago office,  has been named special agent in charge of the Administrative Branch for the Los Angles Division, the FBI announced. He assumes the new post at the end of October.

Brown joined the FBI in 1999 and was first assigned to the Chicago Division, where he worked primarily counterintelligence matters,  a press release said.

In 2004, Brown was assigned to Iraq to support FBI Operations.

Brown has also served as a senior executive in the FBI’s Cyber Division, a unit chief in the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division and as a supervisory special agent of an international terrorism squad in Chicago.

In 2010 and 2011, he served on active duty with United States Army in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

 

Ex-L.A. County Undersheriff Sentenced to 5 Years in Prison for Obstructing FBI

Former L.A. County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

Former L.A. County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Paul Tanaka, a former Los Angeles County undersheriff, was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after he was convicted in April of conspiracy and obstructing an FBI investigation into deputy jail abuse.

Prosecutors alleged Tanaka, 57, gave deputies permission to use violence against inmates and protected them from recourse, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Tanaka also was accused of directing his underlings to intimidate the FBI during the investigation and conceal the whereabouts of an inmate working as a federal agent.

“Not only did he fail to identify and address problems in the jails, he exacerbated them,” the judge said of Tanaka.

Police: Car Traveling to L.A. Pride Parade Was Full of Weapons, Explosive Material

James Wesley Howell

James Wesley Howell

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Police arrested a man who was headed to the L.A. Pride parade with a car full of explosive material and weapons.

Kames Wesley Howell, 20, of Indiana was found with three rifles, high capacity magazines loaded with ammunition and chemicals for potential explosives, the New York Daily News reports. 

Police arrested Howell after receiving a call at 4:59 a.m. about a suspicious man banging on doors and windows.

“Our officer immediately noticed that there was a rifle in the seat of the car, which led to a further investigation, at which point, we recovered additional firearms and high-capacity magazines,” Rodriquez said.

“The suspect did make an initial statement that he was going to go to the Pride festival,” Rodriguez said. “Beyond that he did not make additional statements saying he was going to do anything further than that. We do not have any additional information as to what his intentions were.”

Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Saybrooks said Howell intended to harm a lot of people at the gay pride event.