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FBI Turns Up Heat on Man Wanted in Murders of 2 Daughters in ’08

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Texas man accused of murdering his two daughters in 2008 was added to the FBI’s 10 most wanted list, and a reward leading to his arrest has increased as part of an effort to regenerate interest in the largely dormant case, Fox News reports. 

Prosecutors said Yaser Said, an Egyptian national, shot his daughters, ages 17 and 18, after becoming incensed with their increasingly Western lifestyles. They were raised in a Muslim family.

“Every time this case is pushed into the national spotlight we receive information,” FBI spokeswoman Katherine Chaumont said.

Family members expressed relief.

“I having been hoping for something like this for the past seven years,” Gail Gertrell, an aunt of the girls, told FoxNews.com. “For the sake of Sarah and Amina.”

 

FBI Steps Up Crackdown on Laser Pointer Attacks After Success of Pilot Program

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is increasing its crackdown on people who point lasers at airplanes.

CBS News reports that the bureau is offering $10,000 rewards following an increase in laser cases.

The FBI launched a pilot program at 12 offices in February, which saw a 19% decrease in the number of reported laser strikes.

The number of cases has increased 1,100% since the FBI began tracking lasers.

“The FBI hopes to build off the success of the initial launch in February and not only reduce the threat but continue to generate public awareness about the dire consequences of lasing and the understanding that it is a violation of federal law,” said Michael Kaste, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Kansas City Division.

OTHER STORIES OF INTEREST

FBI: Michigan Man Had Nothing to Do with Capture of Osama Bin Laden in 2011

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

In case you were wondering, a Michigan gem dealer had nothing to do with the capture of Osama bin Laden.

So says the FBI after Grand Rapids resident Tom Lee claimed he gave accurate information about the terrorist’s whereabouts in 2003, MLive.com reports.

Lee’s information was “not actionable” and “did not contribute” to his capture and death in Pakistan in May 2011, FBI spokesman David Porter said.

Therefore, Lee is not entitled to a $25 million reward for bin Laden’s capture, MLive wrote.

Lee made news in the past after his Chicago lawyers claimed his client provided critical information to tracking down bin Laden.

ATF Gets Involved in Protecting World-Renowned Open-Air Art Exhibit in Detriot

photo by Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — The ATF is protecting art in Detroit.

Arsonists struck the world-renowned open-air exhibit – the Heidelberg Project – at least seven times since May 2, burning down entire homes that are used as installations.

The ATF on Thursday announced it was offering a $5,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible.

“Arsons can have a devastating effect on the community, our chief concern is for families in the surrounding homes and for the lives of the firefighters who respond to these fires,” Daryl McCrary, acting ATF special agent in charge, said in a press release.

 

Family Urges FBI to Handle Fatal Shootings of Prosecutors in Texas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Family members grieving the murder of a Texas prosecutor and his wife want the FBI to take over the investigation, KMOV 4 St. Louis reports.

Family of Mike McLelland and his wife Cynthia were fatally shot in their home March 31, two months after a prosecutor from the same office was shot to death.

The family wants the FBI to investigate all three deaths.

“The family’s pretty much at the edge of its seat with some anger at this point that more was not being done,” family spokesman Chris Heisler said. “The reward money that’s out right now is $200,000. I think that’s insignificant.”

The family wants the reward to be $1 million.

FBI Announces $1 Million Reward to Help Find Ex-FBI Agent Who Vanished in Iran in 2007

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

On the five-year anniversary of his disappearance– which happens to be this week — the FBI is offering a $1 million reward and is launching a publicity campaign in Asia to try to locate and bring home ex-FBI agent Robert A. Levinson, who vanished while on business in Iran.

The FBI said that on March 8, 2007, Levinson traveled to Kish Island, Iran as a private investigator “and has not been publicly seen or heard from since his disappearance on March 9, 2007.”

“On the fifth anniversary of Bob’s disappearance, the FBI continues to follow every lead into his abduction and captivity,” James W. McJunkin, head of the FBI’s Washington Field Office said in a statement.

“We are committed to bringing Bob home safely to his family. We hope that this reward will encourage anyone with information about Bob or his captors, no matter how insignificant it seems, to contact the FBI.”

Director Mueller, seen with Robert Levinson’s wife Christine and Deputy Director Sean Joyce, announces a $1 million reward in the Levinson case./fbi photo

Authorities said a year ago Sec. of State Hillary Clinton issued a statement saying the U.S. had info that Levinson was being held captive by a group in southwest Asia.

Authorities said they were launching a publicity campaign in southwest Asia to heighten awareness of Levinson’s abduction and $1 million reward  via billboards, radio messages, and flyers. A tip line will be provided to listeners and viewers.

 

FBI Offers $5,000 Reward for Calif. Police Station Bombing

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Who would throw a Molotov cocktail at a police station?

That’s what the FBI wants to know.

The FBI is offering a $5,000 reward for help finding the person who threw two Molotov cocktails at a police outpost near University of California Santa Barbara last month and left taunting graffiti messages, the Los Angeles Times reported.

A surveillance of the the the Nov. 15 bombing was released by the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Department,the LA Times reported. No one was injured.

See video

 

Las Vegas Man Fuming He Didn’t Get Any of FBI’s $2 Mil Reward for Capture of Boston Mobster Whitey Bulger


Updated Bulger photo/wbur

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A Las Vegas man is fuming over the fact the FBI has written a $2 million reward check to an Iceland woman who reportedly tipped off authorities about the whereabouts of fugitive mobster James “Whitey” Bulger in June.

The Boston Herald reported that Keith Messina, 45, the manager of a Subway and father of three,  says he spotted Bulger on a beach in California in 2008 and tipped off authorities, but nothing happened. He said he deserves a reward.

The Herald reports that Messina said the “feds” called him about a month ago to say they were writing the check to a woman in Iceland who spotted Bulger.

“I’m peeved,” Messina said, according to the Boston Herald “I would have been happy with half. I did all the work and you give it to a person in Iceland? The FBI is hiding something.”

“The feds told me ‘We’re writing the check as I speak’ to the woman, ” Messina said in a telephone call from his Las Vegas home.

The feds nabbed Bulger in June in Santa Monica, Calif., along with his longtime companion Catherine Greig.

Messina told the Herald that he spotted Bulger in Santa Monico in 2008 reading a book near the Pacific Ocean.

“I was sitting in front of him next to the chess area. He was standing up reading a thick, brown book,” the 45-year-old Subway manager said. “I want half the money, if not all.”

The paper reported that Messina immediately reported his find  and also told the Fox show “America’s Most Wanted.”

“I want the truth for the people in Boston,” Messina said, according to the Herald. “They deserve straight answers.”