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Man Triggers Security Scare at White House, Says He Had Nuclear Weapon

white-houseBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man who triggered a security scare outside the White House warned authorities that he had a component of a nuclear weapon and indicated it was a “threat to the president.”

Washington 4 reports that the suspect had previous run-ins with FBI.

Records indicated that Jean-Paul Gamarra, 40, was a drifter and arrested in Lafayette Park.

“Gamarra was asked if he had a bomb with him and Gamarra said no, he had a component to launch a nuclear weapon,” according to the investigator. “Gamarra said he was not there to harm President Trump.”

FBI Investigates Threats Against Pizza Shop Following Fake News about Sex Slaves

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s investigation into Russian interference during the U.S. presidential election has widened to include reviewing continuing threats against a Washington D.C. pizza shop that has been targeted by right-wing conspiracy theorists.

Comet Ping Pong Pizza has been accused, with no evidence, of operating a child sex ring out of the nonexistent basement with the help of senior members of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

Tweets alleging that Comet Ping Pong Pizza ran a sex ring – called Pizzagate – were sent out by anonymous online bots. As a result, a 28-year-old North Carolina man entered the shop with a loaded automatic rifle and shot three rounds as he searched for a nonexistent basement sex chamber.

The suspect, Edgar Madison Welch, is scheduled to be sentenced Friday.

Planning Officials Worried about Feds’ Plan for Parking at FBI’s New Headquarters

FBI's headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

FBI’s headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The search for a site for a new FBI headquarters may have hit yet another snag after the General Services Administration dramatically increased the number of parking spaces needed.

The Washington Post reports that planning officials are asking the GSA to reconsider its decision to require thousands more spaces than originally planned. 

The GSA has narrowed the location of the new headquarters to three sites – at Greenbelt, Springfield or Landover.

The GSA, after reviewing the three sites, dramatically increased the number of parking spaces and said it would not consider proximity to public transportation as a determining factor for choosing the location.

Planning officials said they’re worried about the ramifications of the new parking plan on traffic and the environment.

“I am writing to express concerns about GSA’s approach to parking for the new headquarters, which may have implications for local and regional transportation goals, environmental goals, and overall project costs,” National Capital Planning Commission Executive Director Marcel Acosta wrote to the GSA’s Mary Gibert.

Ex-Federal Prosecutor Publishes 5th Novel, This Time About a Rape on a Prestigious Michigan College Campus

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Allison Leotta

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

For 12 years, Allison Leotta, a Detroit area native and Michigan State University grad, worked as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, dealing with sex crimes and domestic violence.

These days, she’s a novelist, who writes with authority on crime.

Once described in the Providence Journal as the female John Grisham, Leotta on May 3 will officially release her fifth novel, “The Last  Good Girl,” which deals with rape at a prestigious Michigan university named Tower University. Next week, she begins a book signing tour in Metro Detroit and northern Michigan

“There’s an epidemic of sexual assaults on college campuses in America,” Leotta said Friday in a phone interview with Deadline Detroit. “One in five girls will be sexually assaulted before they graduate. What I try to do in this book is weave these shocking statistics into a compelling, fascinating thriller.”

A synopsis on her website describes the book:

Emily Shapiro has disappeared.

A freshman at a Michigan university, Emily  was last seen leaving a college bar near Beta Psi, a prestigious and secretive fraternity. The main suspect is Dylan Highsmith, the son of one of the most powerful politicians in the state. At first, the only clue is pieced-together surveillance footage of Emily leaving the bar that night . . . and Dylan running down the street after her.

When prosecutor Anna Curtis discovers a video diary Emily kept during her first few months at college, it exposes the history Emily had with Dylan: she accused him of rape before disappearing. Anna is horrified to discover that Dylan’s frat is known on campus as “the rape factory.”

“A lot of people have told me this is my strongest and best book yet,” she says.

Leotta said some people have gotten hold of the book online before the official release, including women who have been sexually assaulted.

“The response from readers has been more emotional and stronger than anything else I’ve written,” she said.

A Harvard Law School graduate, she lives in suburban D.C. with her husband and two sons.

 

Matt Gorham Named Special Agent in Charge of Counterterrorism at the Washington Field Office

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com 

Matt Gorham, deputy assistant director for the Critical Incident Response Group for the FBI, has been named special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division at the bureau’s Washington Field Office.

Gorham joined the FBI in 1995 and was first assigned to the Pittsburgh Division, where he worked a variety of cases including violent crime, drugs and on counterterrorism matters.

In 2009,  he was assigned to the International Operations Division directing all FBI operations and deployments in Iraq and Afghanistan. Since joining the bureau, he’s held leadership positions in the Criminal Investigative Division, the Pittsburgh Division, the Richmond Division and the Cyber Division, according to a press release.

He begins his job at WFO in May.

FBI Closer to Finding New Headquarters After GSA Launches Search for Builder

Current FBI Headquarters

Current FBI Headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

After numerous delays, the FBI is finally one step closer to finding a new headquarters in the Washington D.C. area.

NDTV reports that the government began a formal search for a company to build a new headquarters at one of three proposed sites – Greenbelt, Landover or Springfield. 

A request for proposals by the General Services Administration was sent to several unnamed real estate firms that the government previously vetted to determine whether they were qualified to handle the project.

“The Administration is committed to acquiring a consolidated new headquarters facility for the FBI, a member of the intelligence community,” Bill Dowd, who manages the project for the GSA, said in a news release.

“The consolidated headquarters facility will allow the FBI to perform its critical national security, intelligence, and law enforcement missions in a new modern and secure facility.”

The current headquarters, the Hoover Building, is in poor shape and not modern enough to handle today’s law enforcement missions.

FBI: Man Who Threatened to Kill Police May Have Ties to Domestic Terrorism

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI suspects that a Washington state man who is in federal custody for allegedly threatening to kill law enforcement officers has links to domestic terrorism, Q13 Fox reports. 

A judge on Monday refused to release Schuyler Barbeau from federal custody after he was charged with possessing an unregistered firearm.

The FBI believes he may have links to domestic terrorism because he threatened to kill police.

Barbeau has boasted on social media that he loves guns and dislikes the government.

According to a prosecutor, the former Marine told a woman, “I have guns and body armor and I am going to shoot and kill.”

The FBI also said there’s evidence that he hid explosives in the woods.

What Took D.C. So Long to Respond to the Problem of Synthetic Drugs?

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Washington, like a lot of other major cities, has had to deal with the plague of synthetic drugs for years. But the city  has been slow to respond, writes Jeffrey Anderson in the D.C. City Paper. 

Anderson writes about authorities charging Nebiyu Jamal Fanta, who worked at the  Benning Market & Dollar Plus in a tough section of D.C.

Anderson writes:

Until this summer, Fanta’s was one of only five cases on file in D.C. Superior Court, even as MPD Chief Cathy Lanier and Mayor Muriel Bowser cite synthetic drugs as a contributing factor to a recent spike in D.C. homicides and tout some 70 synthetic drug-related arrests this year. Overdoses among homeless persons have further elevated the issue to what is being described as a public health crisis and a threat to public safety. D.C. officials said they initially suspected synthetic drugs were a factor in the stabbing death of 24-year-old American University graduate Kevin Sutherland aboard a Metro Red Line train on July 4, then began to question the suspect’s mental state. Lanier has cited the drugs as a factor in three other unidentified homicides, and in July, the Pretrial Services Agency says 20 percent of recent violent crime suspects had tested positive for synthetic drugs.

Now, after years of dithering, and in the midst of a summer crime wave, D.C. officials have leapt into action with a series of legislative, regulatory, and investigative efforts—both civil and criminal—aimed at preventing the drugs from overwhelming a city. But in spite of the newfound urgency, the question remains: What took them so long?

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