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FBI to Open Office in North Dakota’s Oil Country As Crime Increases

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The boost in oil production in North Dakota has brought a lot of wealth – and crime – to the state.

The FBI is responding to an uptick in crime by opening an office in the state’s oil country, The Hill reports.

The bureau plans to fully staff the Willinston office later this year.

The office will be a “resident agency” of the FBI’s Minneapolis division.

“The office in Williston is a welcomed addition to our presence in North Dakota,” Richard Thornton, special agent in charge of the Minneapolis division that oversees the Williston office, said in a statement.

“The opening of this office is in response to the unprecedented growth in population and economic activity associated with the oil exploration and production in the Bakken region and the corresponding increase in criminal activity,” he said. “The FBI will be in a better position to effectively address these issues in this region of North Dakota through this new office.”

Mystery Behind Disappearance of Civil Rights Activist in Wounded Knee Is Revealed in FBI Records

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has finally confirmed that a civil rights activist who disappeared while supporting Native Americans in South Dakota four decades was murdered, the Buffalo News reports.

Roy Robinson went missing after arriving at Wounded Knee to support the American Indian Movement’s fight against the federal government.

The discovery wasn’t easy for his wife, Cheryl Robinson.

Two lawyers were forced to file Freedom of Information Act requests to access the information, which shows the FBI suspected AIM was behind the murder.

“They confirm the rumors that have been floating out there for years,” said Michael Kuzma, one of the Robinson family’s lawyers. “The only missing part of the puzzle is where Ray’s buried.”

State Homeland Security Director in South Dakota Announces Retirement After Leading Since 2010

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

South Dakota Homeland Security Director James Carpenter plans to retire after serving state government for 35 years, the Associated Press reports.

Director since 2010, Carpenter plans to retire June 8.

His plans? Hunting, fishing and spending time with his family, the AP wrote.

The Department of Public Safety is expected to soon refill the post.

Minneapolis FBI Moves to the Burbs

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Minnesota FBI, which also covers North and South Dakota, has moved.

The Associated Press reports that the office has moved from downtown Minneapolis to a standalone facility in the suburb of Brooklyn Center, just northwest of the city.

Features of the new facility include bulletproof glass and blast-proof walls.

 

Lawyers Want to Know About 2nd Man in 1975 Killings of 2 FBI Agents

Leonard Peltier/photo from his website

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Lawyers for Leonard Peltier, the American Indian activist convicted of killing two FBI agents in South Dakota in 1975, want answers to help clear their client, the Buffalo News reports.

They’ve filed a lawsuit in Buffalo federal court to force the release of 927 pages of FBI files.

As part of their effort, the lawyers are trying to find out why a second man who was apprehended in the shootings , Frank Blackhorse,  was never charged, the Buffalo News reported.

One of the attorneys, Michael Kuzma, thinks that Blackhorse — aka Frank Deluca—was an FBI operative posing as an Indian activist. He believes FBI documents will show that, the Buffalo News reported.

Peltier, 67, who is serving two life sentences, has maintained his innocence.

 

FBI Stats Show Banks Robbers Prefer Fridays

bank-robberyBy Matt Castello
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Most Americans look forward to Friday, the gateway to the weekend. Bank robbers, it appears, are no different.

The FBI’s bank crime statistics released Wednesday for the first quarter of 2010 — January through March — shows 241 bank crimes occurred on Friday, more than any other day of the week. Bank crimes occurred most frequently, irrespective of the day, between 9 and 11 a.m, according to the FBI statistics.

There were 1,183 bank crimes reported to the FBI during 2010’s first quarter, a drop of slightly more than 22 percent during the same period in 2009. A bank crime includes a bank robbery, burglary, or larceny, but the lion’s share of crimes reported by the FBI involved bank robberies.

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