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TSA Agents Find Gun-Shaped Toilet Paper Holder at New Jersey Airport

Photo via TSA.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

TSA agents believed they had discovered a gun in a passenger’s carry-on at Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey.

But this item was meant to hold toilet paper, not bullets.

Upon closer inspection last week, TSA agents found a gun-shaped toilet paper holder, the agency said in a news release.

TSA prevents travelers from boarding planes with real or replica firearms. So the traveler was given a choice: Surrender the gun or place it in a checked bag.

The traveler forfeited it to the TSA.

Racist, Former New Jersey Police Chief Found Guilty of Lying to FBI

Bordentown Township Police Chief Frank Nucera.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A racist, former New Jersey police chief was found guilty Wednesday of lying to the FBI after he allegedly assaulted a handcuffed black teenager at a hotel and denied playing a role in the arrest.

The jury, however, remained deadlocked on federal civil rights and hate crime charges and were asked to continue deliberating.

Former Bordentown Township Police Chief Frank Nucera, 62, was the first law enforcement officer charged with a federal hate crime in at least a decade.

Nucera’s fellow officers secretly recorded him dozens of times using racial slurs. He said Donald Trump, who was a presidential candidate at the time, was the “last hope for white people.” He compared black people to ISIS and animals, said they should “stay the fuck out of Bordentown” because they had “no value,” and even suggested a firing squad should kill black people.

Nucera could be sentenced to up to five years when he is sentenced Feb. 6 for lying to the FBI.

The jury is still deliberating on two counts of hate-crime assault and deprivation of civil rights, The Trentonian reports.  Each of those charges carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison.

“We’re gonna wait and see what happens tomorrow,” defense attorney Rocco Cipparone Jr. said outside the courtroom. “Of the three counts, this is the lesser of three evils. That doesn’t mean I’m happy with it. But it is what it is and I have to accept it at this point.”

Fellow officers said Nucera slammed a handcuffed black teenager’s head into a door jam after he was falsely accused of swimming in a hotel pool without paying for a room.

Nucera insisted to FBI agents that he was not involved in the arrest.

FBI Arrests Former Trenton Cops Accused of Repeatedly Using Excessive Force

Chanzie Washington’s arrest was caught on a cop’s body cam.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a Trenton police officer as part of an excessive force investigation involving several alleged victims.

Officer Drew Inman was arrested at gunpoint at his hime at 6 a.m., “terrorizing” his wife and children, the officer’s attorney Jerome Ballarotto told the Trentonian.

The FBI also is investigating a former and current officer who was involved in the arrest.
This isn’t the first time Inman has been accused of using excessive force. After repeated allegations, he was fired last summer. Three excessive force lawsuits have been filed against him and the department.

Inman and another former officer, Anthony Villanueva, have been charged in a six-count indictment filed in U.S. District Court in Trenton last week. They’ve been chased with deprivation of civil rights under color of law and falsifying police records.

They face up to 20 years behind bars.

One of the cases involves the April 2017 arrest of Chanzie Washington, who was pummeled by cops.

FBI Revives 42-Year-Old Case Involving 2 Missing School Children

Steven Anderson, 17, and David Williams, 12, went missing 42 years ago. Composites of what the boys would look like now provided by the FBI.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two boys with developmental disabilities went missing from their school in New Jersey more than four decades ago and were never found.

Now the FBI is searching a wildlife refuge area about 25 miles from the New Lisbon State School in Burlington County in hopes of solving the 42-year-old case, the Asbury Park Press reports

The FBI declined to comment on the search, which the bureau termed as “investigative activity.”

The search comes one month after the FBI added the two boys, Steven Anderson, 17, and David Williams, 12, to its website as “missing persons.”

According to the FBI, “Both boys lived at the 1,898-acre (New Lisbon) center located off Route 72 in the New Jersey Pinelands. They had diagnosed developmental disabilities and were unable to care for themselves without supervision. The boys, who were roommates, were last seen at approximately 4:15 p.m., walking towards their residence from a nearby ball field where they had been playing with staff members.”

Other Stories of Interest

Drug Smugglers Face Stiff Penalties for Trying to Smuggle Meth in Penis-Shaped Candles

Penis-shaped candles were stuffed with crystal meth.

Penis-shaped candles were stuffed with crystal meth.

A group of drug smugglers was arrested Wednesday and face stiff sentences after trying to hide crystal meth in penis-shaped candles.

Five suspects, including three Mexicans who were in the country illegally, were arrested after authorities found 1,300 pounds of candles stuffed with drugs in a New Jersey warehouse, the New York Daily News reports

“It’s kind of a cross between ‘Breaking Bad’ and a ‘Sex in the City’ case,” mused one law enforcement source.

They face up to five years in prison.

The sting was a joint operation by the DEA, Homeland Security and NYPD.

“DEA has seen drugs smuggled in numerous ways: concealed in puppies, lollipops, furniture and produce. But secreting a million dollars’ worth of methamphetamine in wax candles of various shapes is shocking,” said DEA Special Agent in charge James Hunt. “This seizure signifies that drug trafficking organizations are determined to create a stronghold of meth users in the Northeast.”

Secret Service to Test Drone to Protect Trump at His Golf Course

drone-1142182_960_720By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As the Secret Service looks for new ways to protect President Trump while he is vacationing at his New Jersey golf club, the agency will test a security drone.

Reuters reports that the Secret Service plans to test a small tethered unmanned aircraft system this month while the president is visiting the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster. 

The testing comes as the president is expected to spend an extended period at the golf course this month.

While the Secret Service declined to discuss specifics of the drone, the agency said the idea was to determine the vehicle’s potential for protecting the president.

FBI Recovers Norman Rockwell Painting Stole 40+ Years Ago

The stolen Norman Rockwell painting.

The stolen Norman Rockwell painting.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than 40 years after someone stole a Norman Rockwell painting from a family home in New Jersey, the artwork is back in the owners’ possession thanks to the FBI.

The painting of a chubby boy resting against a tree was a pized possession of the Grant family. Robert Grant paid just $50 or $100 for the painting, the New York Times reports. 

On Friday, one of Robert Grant’s sons, John, picked up the painting from an FBI agent at federal building in Philadelphia.

“It’s unbelievable,” Grant said. “The dream came true, and my dad would be so happy.”

On the 40th anniversary of the painting’s theft, the FBI issued a press release about the stolen painting, generating fresh attention.

It worked. An anonymous antique dealer turned over the painting. The dealer is not believed to be a suspect.

Other Stories of Interest

Syrian Refugees Alarmed by Recent Calls from FBI

fbi-hq-signBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Syrian refugees in New Jersey are alarmed by phone calls they are receiving from the FBI.

The immigrants have declined to meet with the FBI because of their fear of law enforcement, NJ Spotlight reports. 

But FBI officials said the refugees have nothing to worry about.

There is “nothing covert about what we’re doing in this operation,” said special agent in charge of the FBI’s office in Newark, Timothy Gallagher. “When they’re ready to sit down, we’d be happy to sit down. This is outreach. This is not surveillance.” 

Refugees are afraid of contact with federal law enforcement, immigrant advocates said.

“They come from a police dictatorship where speaking to government agencies can make people disappear, sometimes for years, so they’re definitely very afraid,” said Mohamed Khairullah, a Syrian-American and the mayor of Prospect Park, NJ.

In Syria, refuges often had bad encounters with law enforcement.