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Special FBI Agent’s Brush with Death Doesn’t Slow Her Down


By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An 11-year veteran of the FBI, Special Agent Diane Wehner believed she was in good physical shape.

After all, she worked out daily at the gym at the FBI’s Charlotte Field Office and passed her required annual fit tests.

But after completing the fit test in September 2015, the 36-year-old said she “didn’t feel very well. My neck hurt, my back hurt,” she told the Charlotte Observer. 

Just when she thought she was beginning to feel better, she began to slur her speech.

“When we first met Diane, she was in the middle of having a stroke and with strokes, time is very important,” said Dr. Joe Bernard, an Endovascular Neuro Surgeon at Carolinas Medical Center where Wehner was eventually airlifted.

Likely from doing sit-ups during the fit test, Wehner dissected both parties in her neck.

The doctor wasted no time and operated to remove the clot before it was too late.

“Sometimes we have hours to be able to do this. Sometimes we just have minutes,” Dr. Bernad said.

After her near brush with death, Wehner returned to the FBI, focusing on counterintelligence, white-collar crime and terrorism.

Dr. Bernard said Wehner is alive today because she didn’t hesitate to go to the hospital.

“Diane’s unusual because most strokes happen in older patients, but part of the awareness that needs to be broadcast is strokes can happen to anybody,” Dr. Bernard said.

Gang Member Pleads Guilty to Stealing FBI Agent’s Gun, Badge, Body Armor

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI special agent in San Diego was shocked last year when he returned to his car after a morning jog and found that his vehicle had been broken into and his gun, ammunition, badges, credentials and body armor were gone.

On March 23, a suspected gang member, Hoang Minh Nguyen, was indicted and remains in jail after pleading guilty, the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. 

Nguyen, a suspected member of the Asian Crips, was captured several hours after the theft on May 31, 2016, at the Los Peñasquitos Canyon Trail, near the FBI’s San Diego headquarters. Authorities used the agent’s cellphone signal to find Nguyen.

The FBI was led to a house where Nguyen was living with his parent.

But gone were the gun, badge, armor, radios and other items. It’s not clear whether those items were ever recovered.

Secret Service Agent Who Said She Won’t Take Bullet for Trump Removed from Post

badge_of_the_united_states_secret_serviceBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Kathy O’Grady, the Secret Service special agent who said she would rather go to jail than take a bullet for President Trump, has been removed from her position.

O’Grady was the special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Denver district. Now there’s a concern she will be transferred to another federal agency, Townhall.com reports. 

O’Grady has been on paid administrative leave since making the comments about Trump on Facebook in January.

Secret Service is looking for someone to replace O’Grady.

FBI to Honor Special Agent Killed 75 Years Ago in Virginia

FBI Special Agent Hubert J. Treacy Jr.

FBI Special Agent Hubert J. Treacy Jr.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Special Agent Hubert J. Treacy Jr. was killed 75 years ago when he was shot trying to take two U.S. Army deserters into custody in March 1942.

Now the FBI is honoring Treacy with a memorial in Abington, the Virginia town where he was shot, WSET.com reports

On Monday, local law enforcement officials and family members of Treacy plan to dedicate a memorial in his honor.

Helping make the dedication possible were the town of Abingdon, the Society of Former Special Agents – Blue Ridge Chapter, and the FBI Agents Association.

Former Special Agent in Charge of Oregon Office Lands New Job

Greg Bretzing

Greg Bretzing

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former special agent in charge of the FBI’s Oregon office, Greg Bretzing, wasted no time finding a new job after retiring after 22 years with the FBI.

Willamette Week reports that Bretzing is the new director of global security and special projects for the Lake Oswego-based Greenbrier Companies. 

At Bretzing’s new job, he will involve overseeing security at the barge and railcar manufacturing operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Brazil.

“We are fortunate to have a seasoned individual of Greg’s caliber join the Greenbrier team,” Furman said in a statement. “As a proven leader in the security field, he is a valuable addition to our team as we continue to execute on our international strategy and expand our geographic footprint.”

Former DEA Agent to Write Book about Capturing ‘El Chapo’

'El Chapo' Guzman

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former DEA special agent is writing a book about his role in helping capture Mexican drug kingpin El Chapo.

The DEA agent will write under the pseudonym “Cole Merrell” as part of a book deal with HarperCollins, the Portland Press Herald reports. He will be collaborating with Douglas Century, who wrote “Barney Ross” and “Street Kingdom.”

The book, called “Hunting El Chapo,” is expected to be released on Oct. 17.

The book will provide a “cinematically” detailed perspective on the investigation and capture of Joaquin Archivaldo Guzman-Loera in 2014.

Secret Service Agent in Trouble After Saying She Wouldn’t Take Bullet for Trump

secret-service-3By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A secret agent is under fire after suggesting on Facebook that she wouldn’t take a bullet for Donald Trump.

The Secret Service said it’s “taking appropriate action,” USA Today reports. 

Special Agent Kerry O’Grady wrote, “As a public servant for nearly 23 years, I struggle not to violate the Hatch Act. So I keep quiet and skirt the median. To do otherwise can be a criminal offense for those in my position. Despite the fact that I am expected to take a bullet for both sides. But this world has changed and I have changed. And I would take jail time over a bullet or an endorsement for what I believe to be disaster to this country and the strong and amazing women and minorities who reside here. Hatch Act be damned. I am with Her.”

O’Grady removed the post several days later and said she would protect the president as required by law.

“It was an internal struggle for me but as soon as I put it up, I thought it was not the sentiment that I needed to share because I care very deeply about the mission,” she said.

FBI Special Agent Arrested After Police Say He Shot at Cop in Michigan

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI special agent was arrested after he was accused of shooting at a Grand Rapids police officer outside of a gym in Michigan.

Police said the 35-year-old agent from Las Vegas entered a Planet Fitness gym, showed off a gun and fired three shots early Tuesday morning, WZZM 13 reports. No one was injured. 

The agent is accused of shooting at an arriving police officer before being arrested at gunpoint in a parking lot north of Center Point Mall.

The FBI in Detroit released the following statement Tuesday:

“The FBI takes allegations of misconduct very seriously. We are aware of the matter involving the recent arrest of an FBI Special Agent and are fully cooperating with the Grand Rapids Police Department. This matter has been referred to the FBI’s Internal Investigations Section in Washington, DC, as well as the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General. Because this is an ongoing investigation, we will not comment further.”