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Tag: U.S. Marshals Service

FBI: Accused Facebook Killer in Cleveland ‘Could Be a Lot of Places’

Steve Stephens, via Facebook.

Steve Stephens, via Facebook.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Cleveland man who posted a video on Facebook depicting him killing an elderly man in broad daylight on Sunday afternoon “could be a lot of places,” the FBI said.

The FBI and U.S. Marshals Service joined what has become a nationwide manhunt after Steve Stephens is accused of shooting a 74-year-old man and bragging about killing a dozen others on Sunday afternoon.

The FBI also is offering a $50,000 reward for information about Stephens’ whereabouts.

An aggravated murder warrant has been issued for Stephens, who has not been seen since posting the video.

“Obviously this individual is armed and dangerous, and quite frankly, at this point he could be a lot of places,” said Stephen D. Anthony, special agent in charge of the FBI in Cleveland. “He could be nearby, he could be far away, anywhere in between.”

The FBI has erected billboards of Steve Stephens as far away as Salt Lake City.

President Obama Won’t Nominate Interim ATF, U.S. Marshals Service Heads for Confirmation to Permanent Posts

ATF head Thomas Brandon.

ATF head Thomas Brandon.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama has decided he won’t nominate permanent leaders to head the ATF and U.S. Marshals Service, The Hill reports.

That means that the interim department heads will stay in their positions until the end of Obama’s administration next year, the Justice Department announced Monday.

That decision means that neither U.S. Marshals Service Acting Director David Harlow nor interim ATF head Thomas Brandon will face Senate confirmation hearings.

It was expected that confirmation hearings would be difficult and timely, “especially as scrutiny ramps up in the months ahead of next year’s presidential election,” The Hill wrote.

Together, they “have demonstrated themselves to be outstanding public servants and extraordinary partners in the work of building a stronger, safer nation,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said in a statement announcing the decision not to seek Senate-confirmed replacements.

U.S. Law Enforcement Officials in Israel Learning About Counterterrorism

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
Assistant Director Mike Prout of the U.S. Marshals Service was among a group of U.S. law enforcement officials who are currently in Israel attending seminars on terrorism.

A delegation of executives are participating in an Anti-Defamation League (ADL) National Counter-Terrorism Seminar (NCTS) from March 8-16, and meeting with security experts, intelligence analysts and commanders in the Israel National Police. There are also some law enforcement officials from other countries attending.

As part of the program, the ADL says the group will attend high-level briefings on the operational response to terrorism, border and airport security, maintaining safety and access to holy sites, the role of advanced technology in policing, and use of media during a crisis. 

“The purpose and goals of the seminar are to share best practices and lessons learned in fighting terrorism and to increase cooperation between American law enforcement and their Israeli counterparts in order to better protect the citizens of these two democratic nations, ” David Friedman, Director of National Law Enforcement Initiatives for ADL, said in a statement to ticklethewire.com.

Those participating include: the President of the  International Association of Chiefs of Police, First Vice President, International Association of Chiefs of Police, First Deputy Superintendent, Chicago Police Department; Inspector, New York City Police; ,Deputy Assistant Director, Naval Criminal Investigative Service; Director, National Operations Center, U.S. Department of Homeland Security;  Executive Associate Director, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Homeland Security Investigations;  Colonel, Austrian National Police; Lieutenant Colonel, Italian National Policel Chief of Police for the Baton Rouge Police Department; Kansas City Police Chief;  Arlington, Tex., Police Chief; and Deputy Denver Police Chief.

Ooops! U.S. Marshals Service Loses Track of at Least 2,000 Encrypted Two-Way Radios

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Here’s an embarrassing revelation about the U.S. Marshals Service.

Devlin Barrett of the Wall Street Journal reports that the agency has lost track of at least 2,000 encrypted two-way radios and other communication devices valued at millions of dollars.

The Journal cites internal agency documents, and notes that “some within the agency view as a security risk for federal judges, endangered witnesses and others.”

Barrett writes:

The problem, which stretches back years, was laid out in detail to agency officials at least as early as 2011, when the Marshals were deploying new versions of the radios they use to securely communicate in the field. Agency leaders continued to have difficulty tracking their equipment even after they were warned about the problems by an internal technology office, according to the documents, which were obtained through Freedom of Information Act requests.

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Feds Arrest Man for Threatening to Kill N.M. Fed Judge

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Emailing may be hazardous to your freedom

Brian Stacy of Los Alamos, N.M. was arrested Wednesday for allegedly sending emails threatening to murder U.S. District Judge John E. Conway in Albuquerque, the U.S. Marshals Service said.

Authorities said Stacy has prior arrests for possession of an unregistered firearm and numerous probation violations one of which was for threatening a Federal Probation Officer.

The subject line of one email, according to an FBI affidavit, was “I’m going to kill you spick.”

Some of the text included: “a little faggot midget like yourself is dead you queer!” and “I kill people like you for fun.”

Federal Agencies Praise America’s Most Wanted Day After Fox Cancels Show

Michael Kortan (left) talking to ex-FBI Dir. Louis Freeh /fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Federal agencies on Tuesday tipped their hats to America’s Most Wanted, one day after Fox announced it was canceling the show after 23 years.

“For 23 years, John Walsh and the ‘America’s Most Wanted’ team have worked tirelessly to make communities across the country safer and more secure,” Michael Kortan, chief FBI spokesman said in a statement to ticklethewire.com.

“More than 550 fugitives sought by the FBI have been arrested or located as a direct result of their hard work, including 17 individuals who were on the FBI’s “Top Ten Most Wanted” list.”

Jeff Carter/facebook photo

“Few television shows have aired for so long. Even fewer have provided such a worthy public service, or have made such a lasting impact on the American public. John and his team have always understood the power of the people in helping to bring criminals to justice. Their tenacity, their unwavering dedication to victims of crime and violence, and their commitment to law enforcement will be missed.”

Jeff Carter, a spokesman for the U.S. Marshals Service, also praised the show, saying:

“America’s Most Wanted has been a valued partner for the U.S. Marshals Service for the 23 years that it’s been airing.  We’ve worked very closely with them over the years. They’ve been a real asset to us.”

Fox said that the show had not been profitable for quite a while.

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Marshals Auction Belongings of “Unabomber”, Madoff and Dem Fundraiser


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

If you’ve got some extra doe, and you’re in to collecting things relating to legendary crime history, the U.S. Marshals Service has a deal for you.

The service is auctioning off the  belongings of “Unabomber” Ted Kaczynski, swindler Bernie Madoff and crooked Democratic Party financier Hassan Nemazee.

CNN reports that the Unabomber’s belongings up for grabs include: driver’s licenses, birth certificates and checks; academic transcripts; typewriters, and “more than 20,000 pages of written documents, including the original handwritten and typewritten versions.”  Proceeds will go to victims.

CNBC reported that Madoff”s wine collection is being sold in an online auction through Morrell Company Fine Wine Auctions, and includes a case of 1982 Chateau-Lafite-Rothschild worth about $50,000.

And CNBC reported that the Marshals Service is asking $28 million for a Park Avenue apartment seized from former Democratic Party financier Hassan Nemazee. He got 12 years after pleading guilty to a Ponzi scheme involving $300 million in fraudulent loans.

Deputy U.S. Marshals Increasingly Being Put in Harms Way


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Marshals Service has becoming increasingly involved in apprehending local and federal officials, which may explain in part why its deputies are increasingly being put in harms way, the website Talking Points Memo suggests.

In the past several weeks, two deputy U.S. marshals have been shot and killed during confrontations with wanted felons.

“The USMS has seven Fugitive Apprehension Task Forces around the country and another 75 Violent Offender Task Forces run by various regional USMS offices,” Ryan Reilly of Talking Points Memo reports.

“And the volume of state and local fugitives apprehended or cleared by the Marshals Service through a decade-old initiative has surged from just 15,412 in 2004 to 34,015 in 2007 and 73,915 in 2008. The number peaked at 101,910 in 2009 (likely due to apprehension and Fugitive Safe Surrender programs funded by stimulus funds) then dropped in 2010, when the agency captured or cleared 52,519 violent state and local felony fugitives. The USMS is planning to apprehend or clear 52,000 state and local felony fugitives in 2012.”

The website reported that up until a few weeks ago, the last deputy U.S. Marshal killed  in the line of duty was at Ruby Ridge in 1992.

Last week, deputy U.S. Marshal John Perry in St. Louis was shot and killed while trying to arrest someone. And last month, deputy U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller was killed in West Virginia.