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DEA Special Agent Suffered Head Injuries, Broken Leg After Suspect’s Car Strikes Him

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A DEA special agent was seriously injured after trying to stop a drug dealing suspect in a car as it entered a gas station in Chicago’s Ashburn neighborhood, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The fleeing car struck the agent, causing head injuries and a broken leg.

The agent, whose identity has not yet been released, was in serious critical condition at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn on Sunday evening but has been improving.

Local police and the DEA were pursuing the suspect because of information that the driver was transporting cocaine.

At least one man is in custody in connection with the case.

Weekend Series on Crime: The Chicago Mob

President Obama’s Close Friend Considered a “Hostile Witness” by Justice Department

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

One of President Obama’s closest friends is not cooperating in a federal investigation, prompting the Justice Department to seek Dr. Eric E. Whitaker as a “hostile witness,” the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

Prosecutors filed the motion Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Springfield, where a Chicago businessman, Leon Dingle Jr., is on trial on charges of stealing more than $3 million in tax dollars from state grants.

Prosecutors said Whitaker, who has not been charged, benefited at least three times from the state grant money.

Whitaker incensed prosecutors when he backed off a deal to cooperate with investigators.

The cooperation ended, prosecutors said, when Whitaker was asked about his relationship with Quinshaunta R. Golden, the former state official who oversaw the grants.

Whitaker was asked whether he had a “sexual relationship” with Golden and refused to cooperate.

Prosecutors said he is “a witness clearly hostile to the government.”

Head of DEA’s Chicago Office Headed to Washington D.C. for No. 3 Job

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Jack Riley, the head of the DEA’s Chicago division, is headed to a top post in Washington D.C., the Associated Press reports.

The 56-year-old, who has shed light on the influence of Mexican cartels on the Midwest, has been named the DEA’s chief of operations. The No. 3 post at the agency means Riley will oversee all DEA activity.

Riley was previously the head of the El Paso office.

He is to begin his new job next month.

A replacement has not yet been named.

FBI Sends 65 Agents into High-Crime Areas of Chicago to Crack Down on Gangs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has dispatched 65 agents across high-crime areas of Chicago to help crackdown on gang crime, Sneed reports.

“This is a new tactic the FBI is using in fighting crime,” an FBI spokeswoman said, “by working in a concentrated area and a concentrated time on the street — although the FBI has been working hand in hand and day in and day out with the police department.”

FBI agents will work with the Chicago Police Department to go after gangs on Thursdays and Fridays for the next three to four weeks, Sneed reported.

The agents plan to conduct surveillance on drug-dealing.

“They will be going after the worst of the worst, looking for people wanted on murder warrants. The fugitives may be wanted on the South Side, but who knows where in the city they’re hiding,” a top police source said.

Chicago Gets Additional ATF Agents to Quell Outbreak in Gun Violence

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Chicago is getting seven more ATF agents to help quell an outbreak violence, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The decision was made recently by Attorney General Eric Holder, who had met with the Chicago mayor.

The Windy City now has 52 ATF agents.

“They wanted to bring more resources to Chicago to combat some of the gun violence that’s taking place here,” said ATF spokesman Tom Ahern.

“Initially we’ll have four starting out here on the 21st of the month, then we have more coming down the road,” Ahern said.

The decision comes after a bloody Fourth of July weekend in which 13 people were killed and 58 wounded in Chicago.
Ahern said the help is desperately needed.

“We welcome the new agents. We can always use more manpower,” Ahern said. “The ATF’s primary focus is firearms trafficking and stemming the flow of illegal guns into Chicago.”

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Robert J. Shields Becomes Head of FBI’s Milwaukee Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Robert J. Shields, who began his FBI career as a special agent in Chicago, is the newest head of the FBI’s Milwaukee office.

The Associated Press reports that Shields, who most recently served as chief inspector at FBI headquarters, officially began his job Monday.

He replaces Teresa Carlson, who was moved to Washington last year.

Shields began his career tackling white-collar crime and later handled computer forensics.