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FBI Agent Cited After Gun, Loaded Magazine Were Stolen from Car in Oakland

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent received a citation after his gun was stolen from a parked car in Oakland, Calif. last month.

A California state law requires law enforcement officials to secure their weapons in a lock box when leaving them in an unattended vehicle, a police department spokesperson told Mercury News on Thursday.

Police are investigating who stole the gun, a loaded .45 magazine, and an FBI jacket from the agent’s parked vehicle in Oakland on July 10. The gun was later found, according to the FBI, which declined further comment because it involves personnel matters.

“Leaving guns unsecured in unattended vehicles creates a serious danger and risk to the public,” Oakland City Council President Rebecca Kaplan said in a statement.

The FBI also requires agents to secure their weapons when left unattended.

ATF to Provide Details Today of Warehouse Fire That Killed 36 People in Oakland

ATF LogoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF announced its first phase of the investigation of the Ghost Ship warehouse fire that killed 36 people has ended in Oakland.

The ATF is expected to hold a press conference today to release more details – and potentially the cause – of the deadliest building fire in 13 years, Chicago 5 reports. 

The ATF completed its work at the site and is now analyzing its findings. Authorities said the investigation is far from over.

Friends and family of the victims began to visit the warehouse.

ATF Brings Special Teams to Site of Deadly Fire at Converted Oakland Warehouse

atf badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Still struggling to determine the cause of the deadly fire at a converted Oakland warehouse last week, the ATF has brought a special team of electrical engineers to the scene.

Today, the ATF also plans to send a team of mapping experts to the burned Ghost Ship, where 36 people were killed in the Dec. 2 fire, the East Bay Times reports. 

Prosecutors also have opened a criminal investigation and are considering charges ranging from murder to involuntary manslaughter.

Investigators believed the fire was caused by an electrical problem, but so far that is only a working theory.

Murder Charges Are Possible After Oakland Warehouse Fire Killed at Least 36

ATF LogoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A massive warehouse fire in Oakland, Calif. that killed at least 36 people Friday night was “a potential crime scene,” officials said Monday as the ATF helped investigate what caused the blaze.

Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malley said murder or involuntary manslaughter charges are among the possible consequences of the fire.

“Right now, we have just started our investigation,” she said. “And we owe it to the community, to those who perished in this fire, and those who survived the fire to be methodical, to be thorough, and to take the amount of time it takes to be able to look at every piece of potential evidence. So that if — when we get to that point of making a decision, we know that we’re making the right decision, based on the evidence that we have discovered and has been presented.”

What’s not clear, yet, is whether there is any criminal liability, O’Malley said.

“Right now, we have just started our investigation,” she said. “And we owe it to the community, to those who perished in this fire, and those who survived the fire to be methodical, to be thorough, and to take the amount of time it takes to be able to look at every piece of potential evidence. So that if — when we get to that point of making a decision, we know that we’re making the right decision, based on the evidence that we have discovered and has been presented.”

The ATF was on the scene trying to determine where the fire began. Officials believe the fire started somewhere in the back of the warehouse.

“We are no closer to finding a cause,” said Melinda Drayton, battalion chief for the Oakland Fire Department.

Suspected Gang Member Implicated in Theft of FBI Agent’s Laptop in California

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An alleged Oakland gang member accused of stealing an FBI agent’s laptop from his locked car  is expected to plead guilty soon to theft of U.S. government property, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Joey Haines, 30, is an alleged member of the Ghost Town gang in West Oakland, Calif.

Haines and a friend are accused of smashing the rear passenger side window of an FBI car parked near the bureau’s office in Oakland and stealing a backpack belonging to Special Agent Russell Nimmo.

Agents were lucky enough to reach their car just after the theft and were able to chase the burglars long enough to track down information about the driver using surveillance.

Agents delivered a message to Haines through his brother’s girlfriend that the laptop better be returned within 24 hours.

Sure enough, the laptop was found in a plastic bag placed on the hood of a police car, with a note that read: “This laptop belongs to FBI agent officer Russ. Please return to him.”

Later that day, Haines was arrested.

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FBI Agent Who Shot Todashev in Florida Is Subject of Probe Over His Annual Police Pension

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI agent who fatally shot a friend of one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects in his Florida apartment is the subject of an investigation over a $52,000 pension that he’s receiving as a retired police officer from Oakland, California.

The Boston Globe reports that Aaron McFarlane has been receiving the pension since he was 31 years old in 2004.

What’s bizarre about his pension is that he began collecting it for medical reasons, yet he managed to pass the rigorous physical requirements of the FBI when he landed the job in 2008.

The city of Oakland is investigating.

Man Recently Released After Serving 25 Years in Prison Strikes Another Bank, Is Arrested

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

John Edward Stevens, a prolific bank robber who once was on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, had just finished up a 25-year-prison sentence when police said he struck an Oakland bank and fled with a bag of cash in a stolen car, NJ.com reports.

Police said Stevens, 59, wasn’t out of prison for two weeks when he brandished a gun at a bank in Oakland and demanded money.

Stevens was arrested in a stolen car, and police found a bank bag with more than $4,000 in cash and a handgun.

Stevens served his prison sentence for robbing 25 banks in eight states.

Civic, Corporate Leader Arrested for Financial Fraud

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com
 

A corporate leader and former member of the executive committee of the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce’s board of directors was arrested by the FBI agents, the Berkeley Daily Planet reported on Tuesday.

Todd Hansen, former president of global advertising firm Posterscope and of Clear Channel Outdoors San Francisco division, has been charged with orchestrating a financial fraud  to enrich himself by inflating company earnings.

Hansen and a former colleague at Posterscope, “are accused of engaging in a five-year, $19.75 million accounting fraud scheme to make it appear that the Company was meeting certain performance targets when it was not, so that they could receive higher salary increases, bonuses, and stock options,” according to the FBI. Hansen boosted his income by $1.1 million a year for his five years at the company. He is also accused of mishandling company funds for personal purchases.

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