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DEA to Open New Office to Combat Prescription Painkiller Abuse

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA is opening if first new field office in nearly 20 years in an effort to combat prescription-opioid abuse.

The DEA’s 22nd office will be based in Louisville, Kentucky, where prescription painkillers have been especially problematic, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Wednesday.

USA Today reports that at least 90 federal drug agents will be redeployed to the Louisville office to open a new front on the battle against prescription painkiller abuse. 

“I know that this crisis is daunting,” Sessions said, referring to government estimates that 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year. “But we can, and we will turn the tide.”

FBI Veteran Amy Hess to Take Helm at Bureau’s Louisville Office

Amy Hess/fbi photo

Amy Hess/fbi photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Amy Hess, a 26-year veteran of the FBI, will be the new special agent in charge of the Louisville office beginning in October.

The Lexington Herald Leader reports she will be replacing the current head of the office, Howard S. Marshall, who is headed to FBI headquarters to become deputy assistant director of the Cyber Division.

Hess’ most recent assignment was executive assistant director of the Science and Technology Branch of the FBI. She has worked with the bureau since 1991.

Hess is originally from Jeffersonville, Indiana.

FBI Arrests Louisville Man Accused of Threatening to Blow Up Building

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Louisville man is accused of threatening to blow up an unidentified building and has been arrested, the FBI announced.

Agents arrested Robert Paul Cardwell, 30, while working with the FBI’s Detroit Division.

The FBI released the following statement:

SAC Howard S. Marshall announced today the arrest of Robert Paul Cardwell on Tuesday April 7, 2015 by FBI Agents in Louisville, KY without incident. The arrest was made in coordination with the Detroit Division of the FBI. Cardwell is charged with 18 U.S.C. 844(e), Threatening to Maliciously Destroy Building by Explosive Device.

Investigators declined to release more information or discuss the nature of the alleged bomb threat.

FBI Combats Computer Hackers with Cyber Crimes Task Force in Louisville

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The alarming increase in computer attacks has prompted the FBI to create a cyber crimes task force in Louisville, WDRB.com reports.

To combat the sophistication, the FBI is recruiting computer-savvy people.

“There’s a changing in the F.B.I. for sure,” said Michael Russo Jr., a Supervisory Special Agent with the F.B.I.

Russo said cyber attacks are a big threat and can result in people having their identities stolen within seconds.

“We are hiring special agents, computer scientists and I.T. forensic examiners,” Russo said.

It’s not easy. The FBI received more than 20,000 applications for traditional investigator positions but far fewer people expressed interest in FBI tech jobs.

 

Perrye Turner to Head FBI’s Houston Office After Stint in Louisville

Perrye Turner/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Perrye K. Turner, who most recently served as special agent in charge of the Louisville office, has been named as head of the FBI’s Houston division, Fox 26 reports.

Turner started with the FBI in 1991 and was first assigned to the Birmingham Division, Huntsville Resident Agency, and in 1995, the New Orleans Division, Monroe Resident Agency, where he worked criminal investigative matters.

In 1999, he was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigation Division at FBI headquarters and worked in the Drug Section, Mexican/Criminal Syndicates Unit.

In 2001, he became a field supervisor and was assigned to the Jackson Division’s Criminal Enterprise Squad. While in Jackson, he later worked in the FieldIntelligence Group in August 2004.

In August 2005, he was named assistant special agent in charge in the Memphis Division.

Turner also served as deputy assistant director of the Information Technology Engineering Division at FBI headquarters.

Howard S. Marshall Named New Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Louisville Office

Howard Marshall/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Howard S. Marshall, who began working with the FBI in 1997, has been named special agent in charge of the Louisville Division.

The Associated Press reports that Marshall will succeed Perrye K. Turner, who is becoming the new leader of the agency’s Houston office.

Marshall served as inspector in the Inspector Division at FBI headquarters in Washington. He began his career with St. Louis and also was assigned to Dallas, Tennessee and Memphis.

FBI Diretor James Comey made the announcements.

Authorities Charge Ex-Gun Shop Owner With Threatening Life of ATF Agent

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

What ever makes people think they can do crazy things to federal agents and get away with it?

Maybe we should ask Ted Schlenker of Louisville, a former Kentucky gun shop owner.

Authorities charged him with mailing a 9 mm pistol and a threatening letter to an ATF agent who had been investigating his activities, the Associated Press reported.

To read the full story click here.

 

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Louisville ATF Agent Injured in Car Crash; Other Driver May Have Been Drinking

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

While on duty and driving in an official bureau car, an ATF agent in Louisville was sent to the hospital Thursday afternoon after a Cadillac hit a telephone pole, spun and struck the agent’s car. The injuries are not expected to be life-threatening, a spokesman for the Louisville Metro Police told the Courier-Journal.

Alcohol may have been involved with the driver of the Cadillac, which was moving at a high speed, but citations were not issued as authorities wait for the results of a toxicology report on the driver, who was also hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries.

Though on duty, the accident did not occur during a law enforcement operation, Spokesman for the ATF Louisville division George Huffman told the paper.

To read more click here.

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