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ATF Gets Tips, Surveillance Videos in Rash of Arson Fires in Ferguson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The ATF may be closer to solving some of the fires that were set in Ferguson on the night of the grand jury decision, CBS St. Louis reports.

With a reward of $10,000 being offered for information leading to the arrest of an arsonist, the ATF has been fielding tips and has received surveillance videos.

“And all of that is very beneficial,” says John Ham, spokesman with ATF.

“Even if it’s just word of mouth, that somebody has started one of these fires, or was associated with one of these fires in any way, that’s information that we would be interested in having,” he says.

The ATF is investigating the more than 20 fires set that night.

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Case Stemming from ATF Stash House Sting Shouldn’t Be Dismissed, Appellate Court Rules

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Federal agents did not commit “outrageous” misconduct by luring suspects into a robbery of a fictitious drug house, a federal appellate panel ruled Thursday, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The decision reverses a district court judge’s earlier ruling that the suspects’ due process rights were violated when the ATF enticed them into committing a robbery.

The reversal by the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals means the suspects, Antuan Dunlap and Joseph Whitfield, still face charges.

The three-judge panel questioned the practice but said the actions didn’t raise to “extremely high standard” for dismissing cases.

“The ATF targeted individuals who had already demonstrated an interest in committing robberies, and did little more than ‘set the bait’ by inventing a fictitious cocaine stash house they could rob,” the judges wrote.

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ATF Investigates Intentionally Set Church Fire in Ferguson Where Brown’s Dad Attended

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF is investigating an intentionally set fire at a church where Michael Brown’s father regularly attended in Ferguson, Mo., the St Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

The Flood Christian Church was among dozens of buildings that were torched following the grand jury’s decision not to indict the white police officer who shot and killed a black teenager, Brown.

It’s unclear who started the fire, but the senior pastor, Carlton Lee, said he’d received more than 80 death threats because of his connection with Brown and the protests. He said his dog was poisoned and someone threatened to burn down his church.

The ATF said it’s investigating more than a dozen fires related to Ferguson.

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It Ain’t Over Yet: ATF Appeals Judge’s Ruling Favoring Ex-Agent Jay Dobyns

Jay Dobyns/his website

By Paul Giblin
The Arizona Republic

The ATF is headed back to court in a long-running legal battle with a former undercover agent who infiltrated the Hells Angels motorcycle gang.

The U.S. Department of Justice and the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives filed a notice of appeal in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C., on Friday, to overturn a judgment against the ATF earlier this year. The single-sentence notice of appeal does not explain the basis of the appeal.

An ATF spokeswoman said shed was unfamiliar with the details of the matter and unable to comment further. An attorney for the Department of Justice did not immediately return messages left late Friday afternoon.

Retired agent Jay Dobyns of Tucson sued the ATF for reneging on previous agreements to respond to death threats against him following the Hells Angels case.

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Georgia Man Accused of Shooting ATF Agent Is Indicted by Grand Jury

Steven Maurice "Stevo" McKinley

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An Athens. Ga.  man accused of shooting an ATF agent last month was indicted Tuesday by a grand jury, Online Athens reports.

The suspect, 21-year-old Steven Maurice “Stevo” McKinley, is suspected of shooting the agent during a Sept. 30 undercover operation at the Airport Mini Mart.

While planning to purchase narcotics and firearms, McKinley was attacked by a second suspect, whom the agent shot and killed.

McKinley is charged with taking the agent’s gun and shooting him in the shoulder.

The agent survived, and McKinley is charged with one cough of attempting to kill a federal officer and discharge and use of a firearm during a federal crime of violence.

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Wooden Replica of Branch Davidian Compound in Waco Keeps ATF Memories Alive

photo from Wikipedia.org

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was one of the darkest days in ATF’s history – Feb. 28, 1993.

Four agents were killed that morning, instigating what would be a 51-day standoff that ended with a raging fire and the deaths of about 80 Davidians members.

To remember that fateful day, an architectural firm donated a wooden replica of the Branch Davidian Compound in Waco, which is on display at the ATF Houston Division headquarters, the Houston Chronicle reports.

Above the replica are photos of the four agents killed that morning.

While the replica may be a painful reminder, it also serves as a way to preserve history and continue the dialogue over what happened.

ATF Badge, Gun Emerge from Drought-Dry Dam in California After 22 Years

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A fisherman’s catch in a drought-dry dam at Castaic Lake in California was quite the surprise.

Instead of pulling out a fish, the Castaic man reeled in a bag containing a gun and badge issued to an ATF agent, CBSLA.com reports.

The water line has receded 151 feet, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said.

(Correction: An earlier version of the story mistakenly said the badge was lost by an FBI agent. It was an ATF agent)

Turns out, the backpack was lost by an unidentified ATF agent who was enjoying a day at the lake in 1992 when the bag fell into the water.

“As I opened it up a gun fell out,” the fisherman said. “I opened the wallet and there was a badge. I knew that I better go find the sheriff’s and give it to them.”

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ATF Agent Wounded, Suspect Dead in Shootout in Athens, Ga.

By Rhonda Cook
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A federal agent was in critical but stable condition Tuesday night and a suspect was dead after a shooting during an undercover law enforcement operation in Athens. A second suspect has been charged in the case.

State and federal officials told reporters an Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives agent was in the intensive care unit at an area hospital recovering from his wounds.

They identified the dead man as 20-year-old Javonta Darden. The other suspect, 21-year-old Steven McKinley, was arrested.

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