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Border Patrol Veteran of 29 Years Takes Over Office in Maine

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol in Maine has a new chief.

Daniel Hiebert, a 29-year veteran of Border Patrol, will head up the Houlton Sector, which covers the state of Maine, Bangor Daily News reports. 

Hiebert began his Border Patrol career in 1986 in Texas.

“This is the culmination of a long career. I still have quite a ways to go,” said Hiebert after taking his oath of office at the Army National Guard Regional Training Institute in Bangor. “I’m looking forward to getting involved with the state of Maine and Houlton Sector and doing what we can do to make sure the people of Maine feel safe knowing that their borders are protected.”

Hiebert is replacing acting Chief Patrol Agent Alfredo Casillas, who will return to his position of deputy chief patrol agent.

State AG: Border Patrol Agents Used Justified Deadly Force in Maine Home Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two border patrol agents who opened fire inside a Maine home while responding to a domestic disturbance in June were justified in using deadly force, the state Attorney General’s office said Tuesday, the Bangor Daily News reports. 

Investigators said the agents, James Tierney and Chris Demanski, returned fire after the home’s 75-year-old occupant fired a shotgun blast that injured Tierney.

Turns out, Tierney and Demanski approached the house under the false belief that the alleged victim was still home and in need of help.

The agents fired their weapons because they thought they were in imminent danger, the AG concluded.

“It was reasonable for the agents to believe that unlawful deadly force was being used against them, and it was reasonable for the agents to believe that it was necessary for them to use deadly force to counter that use of deadly force,” Maine Attorney Gen. William Schneider said in a report released Tuesday, according to the paper.

 

FBI Agent Commits Suicide in Maine

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI wasn’t saying much last week about the suicide of an FBI agent, who shot himself  in the Portland, Maine area over the weekend of April 24, according to sources.

The agent was in his early 50s, one source said.

FBI agent Greg Comcowich, a spokesman for the Boston FBI Division, which includes Maine,  told the ticklethewire.com:

“The type of question which you are inquiring (about)is not something the FBI would comment on.”

Last year, an FBI agent assigned to Quantico committed suicide.

Maine Atty. Gen. Rules ATF Agents Justified in Killing Biker

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Four ATF agents who shot and killed a member of the Outlaws motorcycle gang last summer during a gun fight in Old Orchard Beach, Maine, won’t be charged criminally, the the Maine Attorney General has ruled.

In a report issued Tuesday, the Attorney General’s Office concluded  the killing of gang member Thomas Mayne, 38, was justified and in self defense. Agents had gone to his home on June 15 to arrest him.

Agents fired 20 rounds, and hit Mayne at least seven times. Mayne fired six rounds.

“The Attorney General has concluded that at the time that shots were fired at Mr. Mayne, it was reasonable for the four ATF agents who returned fire to believe that deadly force was being used against them,” the report concluded.

“In addition, the agents reasonably believed it was necessary to use deadly force to protect themselves from the use of deadly force against them. Because the agents used deadly force in self defense, no criminal action will ensue against the officers involved in this incident.

“This conclusion is based on an extensive scene investigation that was consistent in all significant respects with the interviews of over 40 individuals, the review of medical records, and other evidence.”

Mayne was one of 27 gang members indicted in federal court in Virginia on a host of charges including attempted murder.

To read the report click here.

FBI Stats Show Banks Robbers Prefer Fridays

bank-robberyBy Matt Castello
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Most Americans look forward to Friday, the gateway to the weekend. Bank robbers, it appears, are no different.

The FBI’s bank crime statistics released Wednesday for the first quarter of 2010 — January through March — shows 241 bank crimes occurred on Friday, more than any other day of the week. Bank crimes occurred most frequently, irrespective of the day, between 9 and 11 a.m, according to the FBI statistics.

There were 1,183 bank crimes reported to the FBI during 2010’s first quarter, a drop of slightly more than 22 percent during the same period in 2009. A bank crime includes a bank robbery, burglary, or larceny, but the lion’s share of crimes reported by the FBI involved bank robberies.

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Senate Confirms Maine Superior Court Justice Delahanty as U.S. Attorney

maine mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The U.S. Senate Tuesday confirmed Maine Superior Court Justice Thomas E. Delahanty II as the U.S. Attorney for Maine, the Bangor Daily News reported.

Delahanty, 65, of Falmouth, Maine, was nominated in March. He will replace Paula Silsby. He had previously served as U.S. Attorney in the early 1980s.

“I’m hoping I can get things lined up and be sworn in quickly,” Delahanty told the paper.

ATF Says Fatal Shooting of Biker By Agents Under Review

portland maine mapBy Allan Lengel and Glynnesha Taylor
ticklethewire.com

The ATF office in Boston said Tuesday’s incident in Maine in which ATF agents shot and killed a biker who was named in a 27-person federal indictment is under review.

“The shooting’s under review,” James McNally, a spokesman for the ATF office in Boston told the Boston Globe, adding that it was the only fatal shooting by New England-based agents of the bureau in his memory. “There will be a thorough review.”

ATF agents rounding up more than two dozen members of the American Outlaw Association motorcycle gang in a seven-state sweep, killed Thomas “Tomcat” Mayne, 59, the regional treasurer of the group, in a shoot out just south of Portland, Me., authorities said.

Michael Campbell, a spokesman for ATF in Washington, told ticklethewire.com on Tuesday that agents went to the home in the beachside community of Sandy Circle around 6 a.m. to arrest gang members Mayne and Kenneth Chretian, when they were met by gunfire.

Agents returned fire and shot and killed Mayne, who was wanted on a federal warrant, Campbell said. Chretian, who was wanted on a state warrant, was taken into custody, Campbell said.

The gang is a rival of the Hells Angels, authorities said.

To read more click here.

ATF Agents Shoot and Kill Motorcycle Gang Member in Shoot Out in Maine

portland maine mapBy Glynnesha Taylor
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON —  ATF agents rounding up more than two dozen members of the American Outlaw Association motorcycle gang in a seven-state sweep,  killed one of the members Tuesday in a shoot out just south of Portland, Me.,  authorities said.

Michael Campbell, a spokesman for ATF in Washington, said agents went to the home in the beachside community of  Sandy Circle  around 6 a.m. to arrest gang members Thomas “Tomcat” Mayne, 59, the regional treasurer, and Kenneth Chretian, when they were met by gunfire.

Agents returned fire and shot and killed Mayne, who was wanted on a federal warrant, Campbell said. Chretian, who was wanted on a state warrant, was taken into custody, Campbell said.

Mayne, the national president and 25 other members and associates of the American Outlaw Association motorcycle gang — a rival of the Hells Angels — were indicted by a federal grand jury on a host of charges including attempted murder, kidnapping, robbery, extortion and drug trafficking.

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