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Archive for November 6th, 2012

Authorities Say Man They Arrested is Prime Suspect in Random I-96 Shootings

Law enforcement searches the home/ from WXYZ video

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mi. — Authorities said today that a 43-year-old man they arrested last night in Wixom, a suburb of Detroit, in connection with the I-96 shootings is a prime suspect and could be charged, possibly tomorrow.

“The arrest was the result of the information received during the investigation over the past few days,” said Donald Dawkins, a spokesman for ATF in Detroit. “The task force members arrested the suspect at this residence and potential evidence has been seized during his arrest and will be evaluated by our crime labs.”

Since mid-October, a task force has been on the hunt for a phantom shooter that has been randomly shot at 24 people, mostly in cars along the I-96 corridor in Oakland, Ingham, Shiawassee and Livingston counties. Only one person has been wounded.

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A Co-Defendant’s Plea in Mid-Trial Could Hurt Ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick

Victor Mercado

By Allan Lengel
For Deadline Detroit
DETROIT — A surprise guilty plea on Monday by former water department director Victor Mercado in mid-trial could do some serious harm to his co-defendants in the Kwame Kilpatrick public corruption trial, particularly the ex-mayor.

“It’s more likely than not to have a negative impact on the jury’s feelings toward the other defendants,” said defense attorney James W. Burdick, who does not represent any defendant in the case. “I think could say, ‘ahh, they must all be guilty.’”

Burdick said the judge will tell the jurors that Mercado is no longer part of the trial, but won’t say why, and will remind them not to read into his absence when judging the other defendants.

But Burdick, a former state prosecutor, said it’s almost impossible these days with the omnipresent media — be it TV, radio or newspapers — for jurors not to find out that Mercado pleaded guilty.

“The jurors always read the paper, watch TV,” Burdick said. “The family is watching TV. They’ll all know.”

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New Special Agent in Charge Named to FBI’s Birmingham Division

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI’s Birmingham Division has a new special agent in charge to replace Patrick J. Maley, who retired in August to become the South Carolina Inspector General, the Birmingham News reports.

Richard D. Schwein, Jr., who most recently served as a member of the FBI Counterterrorism Division, will oversee the northern judicial district of Alabama.

During Schwein’s 24 years at the FBI, he worked on criminal and national security issues and served on the SWAT team as an assaulter and tactical medic, the Birmingham News wrote.

Schwein received the FBI Director’s Award of Excellence for Outstanding Counterterrorism Investigation in 2003.

Schwein also supervised the manhunt for serial bomber Eric Robert Rudolph, who was captured.

Before joining the FBI, Schwein was an intelligence officer in the U.S. Army and served in combat in the Middle East as part of a special operations force, the Birmingham News reported.

Schwein is married with twin daughters.

Attorney: Four Men Who Intended to Blow Up Synagogues Were Entrapped By Undercover FBI Sting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Four men imprisoned for plotting to blow up two synagogues in Riverdale, N.Y. were entrapped by a paid FBI informant posing as an Islamic extremist, their attorneys told an appeals court Monday, the New York Daily News reports.

The attorneys of the men – James Cromitie, David Williams, Onta Williams and Laguerre Payan – argue the convictions and 25-year sentences should be overturned because the FBI preyed on vulnerable, poverty-stricken Muslims who otherwise would not have committed a crime, the Daily News wrote.

Prosecutor Adam Hickey argued the defendants could have walked away without intending to blow up two synagogues in 2009.

No decision has been made yet by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals.

Opinion: U.S. Is Winning the War on Drugs

By Gil Kerlikowske 
Director of White House’s National Drug Control Policy

Since March 2009, the Obama administration has placed an unprecedented amount of personnel, infrastructure and technology along the southwest border. The U.S. Border Patrol has doubled in size, we’ve bolstered operations at our ports of entry and we’ve expanded successful partnerships with the Mexican government that are cracking down on cross-border crime. These actions have improved our ability to disrupt drug-trafficking across the United States.

As drug seizures have increased due to smarter enforcement, the U.S. consumption of cocaine and methamphetamine has also plummeted. Since 2006, cocaine use has dropped by more than 40 percent, and meth use has fallen by a third. The demand for these drugs in the United States has fallen substantially, and the market for cocaine in particular is in disarray.

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Memorial Set for Border Patrol Agent Who Died on Duty

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Funeral services are set today for a 44-year-old U.S. Border Patrol agent who died while on duty in west Texas, the agency said this morning.

David Delaney died while installing a camera at Big Bend National Park.

Foul play is not suspected.

Authorities are awaiting results from an autopsy to determine exact cause of death.

Delaney’s viewing is today from noon until 2 p.m. at the Civic Center in Fort Stockton, Texas.

The memorial service begins at 2 p.m.

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