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Judge Jails FBI Agent Who Shot at Michigan Police Officer While Drunk

Former FBI Agent Ruben Hernandez

Former FBI Agent Ruben Hernandez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who shot at a police officer in a Michigan fitness club was sentenced to 135 days in prison.

Ruben Hernandez, 35, of North Las Vegas, was in the Grand Rapids area conducting an investigation when police say he went on a drunken rampage that led to him shooting at an officer. No one was injured.

Judge Dennis Leiber ignored teams of the plea agreement, which included no jail time, and said anyone who shoots at police should be placed behind bars, the Associated Press reports. 

Hernandez, who was fired shortly after the shooting, had pleaded no contest to felonious assault.

State Senator in Michigan Accused of Misusing Payroll Funds As FBI Investigates

Michigan Sen. Bert Johnson

Michigan Sen. Bert Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities who raided the home and office of Michigan Sen. Bert Johnson are investigating claims that the state lawmaker misused Senate funds to pay an employee who never worked for him, the Detroit Free Press reports. 

Johnson has claimed that he has no idea why he is being investigated.

The FBI and Michigan State Police raided his Highland Park home and Lansing office.

“We’re going to figure it out. I’m hiring counsel,” Johnson, D-Highland Park, said outside the Senate chamber Tuesday. “I’m disappointed. I had a raid in my house. I’m very concerned for my family, for my mother, my children.”

Johnson has a spotty record, the Free Press wrote.

Johnson, 43, has a felony record for armed robbery from a conviction when he was 19. His record was widely known when he won seats in both the state House and Senate. He has had financial difficulties, as well. In 2015, a bench warrant was issued for his arrest after he failed to appear in an Illinois court in a civil lawsuit over an unpaid debt to a political consulting firm.

Johnson was sued by Chicago-based Paladian Political Group, which said he owed $21,983.37. The issue was resolved without Johnson being arrested.

He said Tuesday he doesn’t know whether his financial problems played a role in the investigation.

“That’s one of the things we’re talking over. We’ve got to figure out what it is they’re looking for,” he said. “But you know, I’m an open book. I have no problem working with anyone. I’ve worked very hard to build a reputation I think people trust.”

Body Cam Video Shows Drunk, Armed FBI Agent at Grand Rapids Police Department

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A drunk and armed FBI agent walked inside Grand Rapids Police Department headquarters after his partner was arrested for shooting at officers.

Agent John Salazar hasn’t been charged, even though he was in possession of a gun while being drunk. He also appeared to drive to police headquarters, WoodTV.com reports.

His partner, Ruben Hernandez was in custody after firing at a Grand Rapids officer outside of a gym.

Body cam footage shows Salazar acting strangely.

Records obtained by 24 Hour News 8 show that Salazar and Hernandez bought 12 beers at a steakhouse before going to Sensations Showgirls nightclub for five more drinks.

The shooting occurred after the two separated for the night.

Prosecutors are now reviewing the video to determine whether charges are appropriate.

FBI, State Police Raid Home, Office of Michigan Senator

Michigan Sen. Bert Johnson

Michigan Sen. Bert Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — The FBI and Michigan State Police on Monday raided the Highland Park home and Lansing state office of Michigan Sen. Bert Johnson.

The second-term Democrat has a history of recent financial issues, the Detroit News reports

Fox 2’s M.L. Elrick reports that a federal grand jury has been looking whether Johnson had one or more “ghost” employees on the payroll and whether he took kickbacks from those employees.

Agents emerged from the home with boxes and bagged items.

FBI spokesman Tim Wiley aid agents were “on the scene at a residence in Highland Park conducting a law enforcement activity.”

No other information was available.

Border Patrol Rescues Man Who Tried to Jump from Bridge in Detroit

The McArthur Bridge on Belle Isle in Detroit.

The McArthur Bridge on Belle Isle in Detroit.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent rescued a man who attempted to commit suicide by jumping into the icy Detroit River from the McArthur Bridge on Belle Isle in Detroit.

The agent was patrolling when they saw what appeared to be a couple in need of help, WWJ reports. 

The agent saw the man push his wife aside before trying to climb the railing of the bridge.

The Border Patrol agent quickly grabbed the man, preventing him from jumping.

The man was pulled to safety.

“The courage of the men and women of the law enforcement profession was evident in every aspect of protecting our community Monday,” said Chief Patrol Agent Douglas Harrison, in statement. “The keen eye of the off duty Park Ranger noticing something out of place and quick response by the Border Patrol made for the best possible outcome in this situation.”

Other Stories of Interest

ATF, FBI Investigate Suspicious Fire at Islamic Center in Michigan

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and ATF have joined an investigation into a fire that gutted the Islamic Center of Ypsilanti in Michigan.

No one was in the building, which also includes a mosque, when the fire broke out, ClickOnDetroit.com reports

“The FBI is currently working with the Pittsfield Township Department of Public Safety and the ATF to determine the cause of fire that occurred at the Islamic Community Center,” the FBI said in a statement. “If in the course of investigation, information is developed suggesting a hate crime or another federal crime, logical investigation will be conducted to identify the individual(s) responsible and authorities will coordinate with the United States Attorney’s Office to identify the best course of action towards prosecution.”

The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) released a statement Sunday afternoon:

“We urge state and federal agencies to use their full resources to investigate this fire to determine a cause and, if it is determined to be arson, a possible motive,” said CAIR-MI Executive Director Dawud Walid. “Anyone who has information about this fire, or saw anything suspicious at the time of the blaze, should immediately contact law enforcement authorities.”

Authorities said the fire appears to be suspicious.

Muslims have been the targets of hate crimes at increasing rates since Donald Trump became president.

FBI Agent Who Shot at Police in Michigan Has Been Terminated

Ruben Hernandez

Ruben Hernandez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who shot at a police sergeant in Michigan in December has been terminated, the bureau said in a statement Tuesday.

Ruben Hernandez, 35, is accused of firing three shots at a sergeant outside of a Planet Fitness in Grand Rapids.

Hernandez, who is a Las Vegas-based agent, was in Michigan conducting an investigation when the shooting occurred.

On Friday, he pleaded no contest to felonious assault.

“We hold our employees to the highest standards of professional conduct. Mr. Hernandez has been terminated from his position,” the FBI said in a statement.

Hernandez’s lawyer indicated that his client was likely paranoid after consuming too much alcohol.

Ex-Customs And Border Protection Officer Charged in Shooting, Wearing Body Armor

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Customs and Border Protection officer was arrested after allegedly wearing body armor from his federal job while shooting a 34-year-old suburban Detroit man in the hand on Feb. 20.

Vincent Schroeder, 32, has been charged with discharging a firearm in a building, assault with intent to do great bodily harm assault with a deadly weapon, wearing body armor in commission of a violent crime, felony firearm and possession of ecstasy, the News Herald reports. 

Schroeder was lodged in the Wayne County Jail on a $500,000 cash bond.

Schroeder was arrested after neighbors called 911 to report gunshots and a man yelling for help.

The 34-year-old victim fled to a nearby gas station and was taken to Detroit Receiving hospital for treatment.

Police found Schroeder with a gun and wearing body armor.