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Tag: North Carolina

Sen. Burr Stepping Down as Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Amid Federal Probe of Stock Sell-Off

Sen. Richard Burr

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Sen. Richard Burr is stepping down as the Senate Intelligence Committee chairman after FBI agents seized his cell phone as part of a federal investigation of his mass sell-off of stocks.

Justice Department and SEC investigators are investigating whether Bur violated a law that bars members of Congress from trading on insider information obtained from their privileged position.

“This is a distraction to the hard work of the committee and the members, and I think the security of the country’s too important to have a distraction,” Burr told reporters at the Capitol in an interview recorded by C-SPAN.

It’s not yet clear who would replace Burr, a Republican from North Carolina.

Burr sold a significant chunk of his stock portfolio on Feb. 13, when his committee was receiving daily updates on the coronavirus.

A week later, the stock market declined sharply.

No, the FBI Is Not Threatening to Arrest You Over the Phone. It’s a Scam

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI warned the public Wednesday about a phone scam in which the caller claims to be an FBI agent, and the bureau’s real phone number in its Charlotte office appears on caller IDs.

The caller demands money purportedly owed to the government and threatens arrest if they don’t make an immediate payment.

The caller often has extensive information on the target of the scam, including their full name, birthdate, family members and even cell phone number.

The FBI noted that it does not demand money or threaten arrest over the pone.

Marine Deserter Wanted for Murder Added to FBI’s Most Wanted List

Michael Alexander Brown

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A Marine accused of murdering his mother’s boyfriend in Virginia less than a month after deserting his military post has been added to the FBI’s Most Wanted List of fugitives.

Michael Alexander Brown, 22, is believed to be “armed with a high-powered rifle and may have access to other weapons,” according to the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia.

Sheriff’s officials believe he may be hiding in the woods because he frequents national parks and forests.

Authorities said Brown fled after fatally shooting his mother’s boyfriend on Nov. 9 in the man’s home in Hardy, about 10 miles east of Roanoke, Va.

Less than a month earlier, Brown deserted his post at Camp Lejeune, N.C.

The U.S. Marshals Service is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Brown’s arrest.

Earlier this month, Brown was charged with second-degree murder.

Husband of Forensic FBI Photographer Called Person of Interest in Wife’s Death

Kathleen Miller, via Facebook.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The husband of a forensic FBI photographer from Alabama is a person of interest in the drowning death of his wife.

Authorities found 60-year-old Kathleen Miller, of Huntsville, Ala., in a shallow creek in the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina on Oct. 7.

Gregory Miller called 911 and calmly reported his wife, who had no health issues, had fallen in the creek.

“I tried to call for help. I need help,” the husband said in a 911 call obtained by WAAY-TV. “My wife has fallen in the water, and I couldn’t get her out. … I wish I could be of more help.”

The couple were camping at the park when Gregory Miller said his wife disappeared after saying she wanted to check out Santeetlah Creek. Her husband said he later discovered her body face down in the creek.

Several law enforcement agencies are investigating the case.

Forensic FBI Photographer Found Dead at National Forest in North Carolina

Nantahala National Forest via Wikipedia. Photo by Notneb82.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A woman found dead in a creek in the Nantahala National Forest in North Carolina last week was a forensic FBI photographer.

Kathleen Polce Miller, of Huntsville, likely drowned, but authorities have not definitely determined the cause of death, The News And Observer reports.

Miller and her husband were camping at the park on Oct. 7 when she disappeared. Police said she told her husband that she wanted to check out Santeetlah Creek. Soon after, her husband discovered her body and called 911.

Authorities are investigating the death “from a criminal standpoint, the Graham County Sheriff’s Office said Saturday.

‘Pink Lady Bandit’ Suspects Arrested in Alleged Bank Robbery Spree

The “Pink Lady Bandit,” via Ayden Police Department.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI nicknamed her the “Pink Lady Bandit” because of the pink handbag she used while robbing multiple banks in several states.

The FBI announced Monday that two suspects have been arrested in connection with the bank robberies along the East Coast.

Police in Charlotte, N.C., arrested Circe Baez, 35, and her suspected accomplice, Alexis Morales, 38, on Sunday.

The FBI had offered a $10,000 reward for the arrest of a woman accused of robbing banks in Pennsylvania, Delaware and North Carolina between July 20 and July 26.

The suspects are being held at the Pitt County Detention Center in Greenville, N.C., on a $4 million bond.

FBI Investigates Brutal Police Beating of Black Man for Jaywalking in N.C.

Johnnie Rush was beaten, chocked and tasered after jaywalking in North Carolina.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A day after the FBI announced it was launching a criminal investigation into the brutal police beating and tasering of a black man stopped for jaywalking in North Carolina, the county’s district attorney filed felony assault charges against the white officer accused of using excessive force.

Asheville Police Officer Chris Hickman, who resigned following the bloody beating, was arrested Thursday on charges of felony assault by strangulation and misdemeanor assault inflicting serious injury and communicating threats, USA Today reports.

Prosecutors say Hickman beat, chocked and used a stun gun on Johnnie Rush, 33, of Asheville, after he was stopped on Aug. 24 for allegedly jaywalking.

Hickman posted a $10,000 unsecured bond and was free of jail at 8:45 p.m. Thursday.

The FBI’s investigation is expected to focus on potential civil rights violations.

A body camera affixed to Hickman showed him punching and chocking Rush, who could be heard multiple times saying he could not great breathe.

FBI agents from the Charlotte office interviewed Rush in January.

Former FBI Employee Charged with Stealing from Bureau

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Gus Lee Moore, a former staff member in the FBI’s Charlotte office, was indicted Thursday on charges of stealing from the bureau.

The indictment alleges Moore stole “only and other things of value” in excess of $1,000 between August 2016 and January 2017, the Charlotte Observer reports

A federal warrant was issued for Moore’s arrest.

Details behind the allegations have not yet been publicly disclosed.

In a separate case in July 2017, Moore was arrested on three counts of shoplifting in South Carolina.