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FBI Raids Rural Indiana Home Where Man Collected Thousands of Rare Artifacts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI raided the property of a 91-year-old man in rural central Indiana where he stored thousands of artifacts from Native Americans, China, Russia and other countries.

Fox News reports that the massive collection by Donald Miller spanned eight decades and also included items from Australia, Haiti, New Guinea and Peru.

“The cultural value of these artifacts is immeasurable,” Jones said while refusing to divulge details of any of the items taken from Miller’s property.

Miller said he obtained the items legally and traveled to each country to get them.

“I have been in 200 countries collecting artifacts,” he said.

It wasn’t clear whether he faces charges.

Monument at Township Hall Honors Slain FBI Agent In Indiana Township, Pa.

Slain FBI Agent Sam Hicks/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s not big – a waist-high granite stone.

But the memorial signifies so much more.

For Charlotte Carrabotta, it’s a place to reflect on her son, Agent Samuel Hicks, who was gunned down in November 2008 while trying to serve a drug warrant in Indiana Township, Pa.,  reports TribLive.com.

The memorial for the 33-year-old slain FBI agent was unveiled Tuesday at the Indiana Township Town Hall.

“For five years I’ve held it together in public. But this is going to be hard to do today, because this has been such a personal project,” Carrabotta said, reports TribLive.com. “When I lay my head on my pillow at night, I struggle for answers and I struggle for peace. But here we are, still honoring our commitment to his memory. And I think Samuel would have been so proud of that.”

DEA Agent Involved in Fatal Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A DEA agent fatally shot a man at an Indianapolis apartment complex early Thursday morning, WISHTV.com reports.

DEA agents were trying to serve a search warrant on the west-side apartment when the shooting happened.

More details weren’t available this morning.

 

 

FBI Brings Heat on Small Indiana Town over Questionable Bid Awards

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

City officials in a small Indiana town were served grand jury subpoenas as part of an investigation involving loans and grants since 2007, FOX 19 reports.

The mayor, city council president and treasurer were served in what a city councilman described as illegal bid-awarding deals.

FOX 19 wrote that state police and IRS investigators were on hand.

The news agency was unable to reach the city officials for comment.

Court: FBI Didn’t Entrap Indianapolis City Councilman in Bribery Scheme

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A member of the Indianapolis City Council and former police officer cannot argue he was entrapped by the FBI for accepting bribes from an undercover agent, the 7th Circuit has ruled, Courthouse News Service reports.

Lincoln Plowman came under scrutiny after developing a reputation for “questionable use of the power and influence he had acquired,” the court wrote last week.

An FBI agent posing as a strip club owner gave Plowman $5,000 in cash to help push through necessary licenses and a liquor license, the FBI alleges.

The amount was sufficient enough to constitute inducement, the judge said.

Plowman is appealing his 2010 conviction, which landed him a sentence of more than three years in prison, Courthouse News Services reported.

Federal Investigators Join Probe into Massive, Deadly Explosion in Indianapolis

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal, state and local investigators are trying to determine what caused a massive explosion that killed two people, injured seven, damaged or destroyed 31 homes and forced 200 people from their homes late Saturday night, the Indianapolis Star reports.

While the cause is unknown, much of the attention is on natural gas lines that have since been shut down.

Citizens Energy said it wasn’t clear Sunday whether a gas leak could have caused the explosion, the Indianapolis Star reported.

Indiana has a painful past with gas explosions. The deadliest disaster in Indianapolis history was a gas explosion that killed 74 people and injured 400 others after it tore through the State Fairgrounds Coliseum on Halloween 1963, according to the Star.

It’s unclear which federal agencies are involved.

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Dozens of Outlaws Motorcycle Club Members Arrested in Indiana

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents swept across Indiana on Wednesday in search of 43 members of the Outlaws Motorcycle Club to face charges that remain sealed, The Indianapolis Star reports.

Calling it the largest federal bust of alleged gang activity in Indiana, a task force of hundreds of agents helped arrest dozens of bikers.

Earlier in the week, U.S. marshals served arrest warrants to gang members and associates accused of racketeering and mail fraud.

The bike club has a recent history of arrests for assault, racketeering and conspiracy to commit violence.

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Breaking News: Retired FBI Agent in Indiana Charged in Child Porn Case

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A retired FBI agent has been charged with possessing and distributing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Indianapolis announced Monday.

Ex-agent Donald J. Sachtleben, 54, of Carmel, Ind., was charged in a criminal complaint, authorities said. He retired in 2008.

“The mission of our Project Safe Childhood initiative is to investigate and prosecute anyone found to engaged in the sexual exploitation of children,” said U.S. Attorney  Joseph Hogsett in a statement. “Today’s announcement underscores this serious commitment and should make clear that no matter who you are, you will be brought to justice if you are found guilty of such criminal behavior.”

The complaint, unsealed Monday, alleged that authorities first became aware that he was trading images of child pornography online in September 2010. He was arrested this past January in Illinois.

Authorities said a forensic examination of his computer equipment and emails showed that he had been actively trading such materials online with numerous other people.

The complaint alleged that an initial forensic examination of Sachtleben’s laptop computer showed about 30 images and video files containing child pornography.