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2 DEA Agents, 8 Sheriff’s Deputies Taken to Hospital for Fentanyl Exposure in Ohio

File photo of pills laced with fentanyl.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Two DEA agents and eight sheriff’s deputies were taken to a hospital in Ohio early Wednesday after they were exposed to the powerful opioid, fentanyl.

The agents and Cuyahoga County Sheriff’s deputies were raiding a home in Rocky River around 5:30 a.m. when they came in contact with fentanyl.

Fentanyl is an increasing danger to law enforcement as more drug dealers use the potentially lethal opioid to make heroin and painkillers more potent.

The deputies and agents were examined and determined to be OK, Cleveland.com reports

During the raid, two young children were at the home, where one man was arrested.

FBI Targets Ex-Ohio House Speaker in Bribery, Kickback Probe

Former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Former Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger is the target of an FBI investigation into potential bribes and kickbacks.

Agents, armed with subpoenas and a search warrant Monday, seized records as part of an investigation that led to the Republican’s sudden resignation in April, the Associated Press reports

The FBI is searching for evidence of extortion, bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery and extortion.

Agents seized hundreds of pages of documents and other records.

Rosenberger’s attorney, David Axelrod, said his client “has nothing to hide” and is cooperating with investigators.

Appeals Court: Border Patrol in Ohio Didn’t Target People Who Looked Hispanic

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

File photo of a Border Patrol agent.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents in Ohio did not racially discriminate several Hispanic people who were stopped by the Sandusky Bay Station, according to a federal appellate court.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in Cincinnati upheld a lower court’s ruling that the complainants failed to prove people were targeted because they look Hispanic, the Toledo Blade reports

the Farm Labor Organizing Committee and Immigrant Worker Project claimed in a lawsuit that agents targeted Hispanics for stops and detention and uttered racist terms.

The Blade wrote:

o prove that the agency has such a policy, the plaintiffs needed to show that there was a formal policy, that there was a policy of inadequate training or supervision, that decision makers allowed illegal actions, or that it has a custom of “tolerating violations of federal law.”

The plaintiffs didn’t argue that there was a formal policy or inadequate training. But the court also ruled that high-ranking decision makers testified that they do not allow racial profiling. A pair of agents testified that they could use race as a factor, but not the only consideration for a stop.

“Neither of these agents, however, testified that he ratified anyone else’s use of race as a factor in determining whom to approach,” the court wrote.

The court also ruled that four encounters by Hispanic persons with Border Patrol agents were allowable, because other factors were used besides race to initiate the stop. 

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Tracking Down People Seen with James Field Before Fatal Charlottesville Attack

Suspect James Fields

Suspect James Fields

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to track down people who saw or talked with James Fields before he drove his car into a crowd of anti-racist demonstrators in Charlottesville on Aug. 12, killing one person and injuring many more.

Surveillance video from a gas station near the crash site show Fields with several people, reports Daily Progress

A worker at a nearby Wendy’s told the FBI that she had witnessed a group of neo-Nazis attack a man in the restaurant’s parking lot before the fatal crash.

Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when Fields’ car slammed into the crowd.

FBI Raids Home of Driver Who Slammed into Anti-Racist Protesters

Suspect James Fields

Suspect James Fields

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI raided the home of the white supremacist charged with driving his car into a crowd of anti-racists protesters in Charlottesville, Va., killing one person and injuring more than a dozen others.

FBI agents searched the Oak Hill Apartments complex, where James Alex Fields Jr.’s lives in a one-bedroom flat about 19 mile southwest of Toledo.

The FBI also interviewed Fields’ mother, the Toledo Blade reports

The FBI told Lucas County Sheriff John Tharp that the bureau was “take the lead in this,” he told the Blade. “They contacted me to let me know they were in the area, that they were going to talk to the mother, which they already have. What the conversation was, I don’t know.”

The Justice Department launched a civil rights investigation after Fields was charged with second-degree murder.

Ohio Man Indicted After Ramming Truck Through Gate at FBI’s Pittsburgh Office

Thomas Ross

Thomas Ross

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Ohio man who rammed a dump truck through a security gate at the FBI’s Pittsburgh field office over the summer was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday.

Thomas Ross is charged with willfully injuring or committing degradation again property of the U.S., the Associated Press reports. 

The Ohio man damaged property but fortunately didn’t injure anyone.

Ross claimed he had a bomb in the truck, but police didn’t find one.

FBI Raids Apartment of Suspected Ohio State University Attacker

Abdul Razak Ali Artan

Abdul Razak Ali Artan

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents raided the apartment of the Somali-born student accused of carrying out an attack Monday on Ohio State’s campus.

Dozens of agents swarmed the apartment of Abdul Razak Ali Artan at about 7 p.m., Cleveland.com reports. Agents also were investigating a Facebook declaration that may have been written by the Ohio State University student.

The attack, which included a car and a butcher knife, injured 11 people and left the suspect dead.

Cleveland.com wrote:

Agents carried briefcases, large equipment and evidence boxes into the Havenwood Townhome Community complex on Nationwide Boulevard while Franklin County deputies blocked off the street and stood guard outside the building.

It is unknown what the agents found inside. Residents said Franklin County sheriff’s deputies showed up at the home shortly after the attack. Federal agents arrived about 7 p.m. and began searching the apartment. The search was ongoing as of 9:45 p.m. 

A neighborhood business owner, Jack Ouham, said Artan visited his store daily. He described Artan as a good kid who loved going to Ohio State and who worked at a nearby Home Depot.

“He loved doing what he was doing,” said Ouham, who owns Home Town Market less than a half-mile from Artan’s apartment. “I’m shocked. He was very respectful. He was the nicest kid in the neighborhood.” 

Ohio Man Arrested at Airport for Allegedly Trying to Join ISIS

Aaron Travis Daniels was charged with trying to join a terrorist organization.

Aaron Travis Daniels was charged with trying to join a terrorist organization.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 20-year-old Ohio man is accused of trying to board a flight to join ISIS.

Aaron Travis Daniel was arrested at the Columbus airport Monday, NBC News reports. 

The FBI said the Columbus man admitted he sent money to an ISIS recruiter and planed to travel to Libya “for the purpose of joining” the terrorist group.

“He’s accused of paying money that was intended to go to a foreign terrorist organization — in this case [ISIS],” U.S. Attorney Benjamin C. Glassman said in a brief news conference outside court Monday. “And then further, he was accused of attempting to provide himself as a fighter” for ISIS.

Daniels, who was held without bond, was charged with knowingly providing and attempting to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization.

If convicted, he could be sentenced up to 20 years in prison.