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FBI Arrests Truck Driver Over Alleged Mass Shooting Plot at Memphis Church

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a truck driver accused of threatening to “shoot up” a Memphis, Tenn., church after saying he was haunted by “spiritual snakes and spiders in my bed at night.”

Federal authorities said Thomas Matthew McVicker, 38, “made credible threats to conduct a mass shooting and suicide” at the church, which he told a friend placed the snakes and spiders in his bed, The Associated Press reports.

“I’ve only seen them a couple of times but they take form and I can feel them crawling on me and under me,” McVicker said, according to an affidavit filed Monday.

FBI arrested McVicker in Indiana a week before he planned to be in Memphis to carry out the attack, authorities said in court filings.

McVicker’s friend alerted the FBI to McVicker’s alleged plans.

McVicker’s mother told the FBI her son owned a handgun, occasionally used cocaine and methamphetamine and has been treated with schizophrenia.

Lawsuit Claims Airpot Security Arrested, Assaulted Young Woman with Disabilities

Screen Shot 2016-07-05 at 3.58.01 AMBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 19-year-old woman who had an impairment from radiation and the removal of a bran tumor was assaulted by security workers at a Memphis International checkpoint, according to a lawsuit.

WREG-TV reports that Hannah Cohen was flying home to Chattanooga on June 30, 2015, after receiving treatment that limited her ability to talk, walk, see and hear.

The security alarm confused Cohen because of her condition.

“The security personnel failed to recognize that she was confused because of her obvious disability and was unable to cooperate with the search,” Cohen’s lawyers, Kelly Pearson and William Hardwick, wrote in the lawsuit.

Police ignored the mother’s explanations, she said.

“She’s trying to get away from them but in the next instant, one of them had her down on the ground and hit her head on the floor. There was blood everywhere,” Shirley Cohen said.

Other Stories of Interest

Retired Counterintelligence Expert for FBI Dies After Battle with Cancer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Joseph P. McMahon, who joined the FBI in 1967 and worked his way up as a section chief specializing in foreign counterintelligence, died at his Alexandria home earlier this month.

The Washington Post reports that McMahon died after a battle with cancer.

He was 72.

McMahon started a supervisor of the political corruption desk in New Orleans. Before focusing on national security, McMahon was assistant special agent in charge of the Memphis field office, the Post reported.

McMahon leaves behind a wife and two children.

Stephen Richardson to Head FBI’s Mobile, Ala. Office

Steve Richardson/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Stephen E. Richardson, an inspector with the Office of Inspections, is leaving the mothership at headquarters and heading south to take charge of the Mobile, Ala. FBI office.

Richardson began his career with the FBI in 1996 and was first assigned to the New Orleans Division, Lafayette Resident Agency, and later the Baton Rouge Resident Agency.

In 2002, he moved up to supervisory special agent of the Safe Street and Gang Unit, Criminal Investigative Division at headquarters.

The next year, he was assigned to the Counterterrorism Division as a program manager, where he supervised terrorism investigations throughout the eastern region of the nation. In 2004, he was promoted to unit chief of the FBI Counterterrorism Watch Center, where he oversaw threats made to the United States.

In 2005, he became a supervisory agent in the Memphis Division and in 2009 he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Richmond Division’s Criminal, Cyber, and Administrative Programs and oversaw the Roanoke, Bristol, and Lynchburg Resident Agencies. In January 2011, Richardson was promoted to his most recent position as inspector with the Office of Inspections.

Aaron Ford to Head Up FBI’s Memphis Division

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 By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Aaron T. Ford, an inspector at FBI headquarters, who has a law degree from Rutgers, has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Memphis Division.

As inspector, he oversaw field office and headquaters inspections, shooting incident review teams, audits, and special inquiries.

Ford began his career with the FBI in August 1985 and was first assigned to the St. Louis Division, where he worked violent crime and organized crime matters. He was also a SWAT team member.

In June 1989, he moved east to the Newark Division where he served as a team leader on the SWAT team. In August of that year, he was promoted to supervisory special agent on a drug squad.

Two years later, in January 2000, he became a supervisor for the public corruption/civil rights squad. In August 2005, he was assigned as supervisory special resident agent of the Red Bank , N.J. Resident Agency.

He returned to the mothership at headquarters in February 2006, as a team leader in the Inspection Division.

The following year, he returned to Newark as an assistant special agent in charge.

 

Amy Hess Named Head of FBI Memphis Office

Amy Hess/fbi photo

Amy Hess/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Amy S. Hess is leaving FBI headquarters to take the post as special agent in charge of the Memphis office, the FBI announced Wednesday.

Hess most recently served as section chief in the International Operations Division.

She joined the FBI in 1991 and was first assigned to the Kansas City field office, where she worked violent crimes, gangs and drug trafficking.

In 1999, she headed to the Louisville Division where she worked domestic terrorism. She was promoted to supervisory special agent of the counterterrorism and counterintelligence squad in 2002.

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Key FBI Official Arthur Cummings Retiring: Head of FBI Memphis Office Coming to Washington

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON —    A key FBI official,  Arthur M. Cummings II, executive assistant director for the FBI’s National Security Branch at headquarters– which includes weapons of mass destruction, counterintelligence and counterterrorism — is retiring soon to work for a financial institution in Connecticut.

Cummings, who has been an agent for 22-years, had served in his latest position since January 2008. Over the years, he held a number of posts in the FBI including special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism and Intelligence Branch at the Washington field office.  He is former Navy Seal and speaks Mandarin Chinese.  His replacement has not been announced.

In other developments in the FBI, Memphis’ top FBI agent My Harrison, who has headed the office for the past five years,  is moving to Washington to take over as as deputy assistant director for the FBI’s Security Division, which includes FBI background checks and building security, authorities said. Her replacement in Memphis has not been announced.

Guns Used in Pentagon and Las Vegas Court Shootings Came From Memphis Police and Court System

gun rugerBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Simply put: This is something you don’t want to hear: The Associated Press reports that the guns used in the recent Pentagon shooting on March 4 and the Las Vegas U.S. District Courthouse  on Jan. 4 came from the Memphis police and court system.

The AP reported that both guns had originally been seized in criminal cases in the Memphis area and ended being sold by law enforcement to gun dealers before winding up in the hands of the shooters, who were legally forbidden from possessing them. One had a felony conviction and the other suffered from psychiatric problems.

The AP quoted John Timoney, who led the Philadelphia and Miami police departments and served as New York’s No. 2 police official, as saying he doesn’t believe police departments should put guns back on the market.

“I just think it’s unseemly for police departments to be selling guns that later turn up,” he told AP.

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