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FBI Expected to Announce New Investigation of String of Stabbings in California in 1976

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The 1976 string of stabbings in California was horrific and never yielded much of a clue about the suspect.

Now,  the FBI is expected to announce today a possible link between the five homicides in San Mateo County and a murder in Reno during the same time period, KTVU reports.

The bureau also is expected to announce a new task force to investigate the new leads.

That’s good news for loved ones of the victims.

“I’m glad the case is not dead.  I’m glad that people are remembering Ronnie and the other women that were killed,” a friend of one of the victims told KTVU.

ATF Needs Permanent Director to Usher in Strong Leadership

Reno Gazette-Journal
Editorial

It is an article of faith among many opponents of additional restrictions on gun ownership that the U.S. “doesn’t need new gun laws; it only needs to enforce the ones we’ve already have.”

For the past year, the difficulties of enforcing the nation’s gun laws have been on full display in the Truckee Meadows, where a dispute between the Reno office of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Office of the U.S. Attorney has decimated the ATF forces and left local law enforcement agencies scrambling to pick up the slack.

The troubles of the Reno ATF office are evidence of an agency badly in need of strong leadership, so it’s ironic that some of the same members of Congress who have blocked any new gun measures also have blocked the appointment of a permanent director for the agency for nearly seven years now.

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Absence of ATF in Northern Nevada Thwarts Investigation into Guns, Other Crimes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A tiff between the ATF and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Reno has left crime-stopping teams without the proper equipment to conduct undercover gun operations and gun buyback programs in northern Nevada, the Reno Gazette Journal reports.

Since ATF agents left the Nevada office, local and regional police have been unable to access surveillance equipment, federal wiretaps and money for gun buybacks.

“Not having an active ATF office has impacted our ability to conduct gun investigations because we don’t have the resources or manpower to do them safely,” said Sgt. Scott Tracy, head of the Sparks Police Department’s Crime Suppression Unit. “And the operations the feds were doing — they were taking illegal guns off the streets.”

The ATF largely abandoned its Nevada post after Assistant U.S. Attorney Sue Fahami sad in September 2011 that her office would not prosecute anymore cases until unnamed issues were resolved.

“The whole thing was a travesty,” said Reno Police Lt. Scott Dugan, head of his department’s Street Enforcement Team. “Losing that expertise has had a great impact.”

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Editorial: Reno Dispute Between Justice Department and ATF Must End Now

Reno Gazette-Journal
Editorial

The ongoing dispute between the Reno offices of the U.S. Attorney and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives — a dispute that should have been resolved months ago in the interest of effective law enforcement — has gone from the absurd to the downright dangerous.

The rift, more than a year old, already has resulted in the near decimation of the Reno ATF office, with five of six agents transferring to other offices, the Reno Gazette-Journal’s Martha Bellisle has reported, when the U.S. Attorney’s office refused to prosecute cases prepared by the ATF. In at least one case, the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office has stepped in to prosecute.

On Sunday, Bellisle reported the ATF is no longer picking up weapons purchased by nearly three dozen people who failed to pass a background check required by federal law. The ATF doesn’t have sufficient personnel to meet its most basic responsibilities, leaving guns in the hands of people who aren’t allowed to have them, most often because they’ve been convicted of felonies.

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Lawmakers Upset Over Rift Between Reno ATF and U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nevada

Sen. Grassley/official photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Three members of Congress are increasingly putting pressure on Attorney General Eric Holder to explain the U.S. Attorney’s  dysfunctional relationship with the Reno-based ATF office, Main Justice reports.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Nevada has refused to prosecute ATF cases in the Reno office, leaving as many as a dozen cases untouched..

“The Justice Department has yet to respond to any of Congress’ questions about what happened in Reno for more than a year,” Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, said in a a statement. “It’s an abdication of responsibility on the part of the Justice Department, and if these crimes weren’t prosecuted, whether because of actions of the U.S. Attorney or the ATF, the people of Nevada should know why.”

Two Nevada lawmakers joined the call for answers.

The cause of the strained relationship remains unclear, but agents have virtually abandoned the Reno, according Main Justice.

Unusual Rift Between ATF, Justice Department Draws FBI, DEA to Help with Firearm Cases

atf file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI and DEA have stepped in to help investigate weapons cases after federal prosecutors in Nevada stopped working with the ATF, the Reno Gazette-Journal reports.

But the newspaper said neither agency is probing firearm sales or trafficking cases, leaving the state with little protection.

Gun data obtained by the Gazette-Journal shows that fewer illegal firearms were recovered last year.

In an unusual move, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Reno said it would not prosecute ATF cases until unidentified problems are resolved.

So ATF agents left the Reno office because they couldn’t get cases prosecuted, the Gazette-Journal reported.

What the Heck is Going on With ATF and Fed Prosecutors in Reno?

U.S. Attorney Dan Bogden

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
What the heck is going on in Reno, Nevada?

The Reno-Gazette Journal reports that the U.S. Attorney there have refused for nearly the past year to take any case submitted by ATF.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said the dispute has forced the transfer of four full-time agents from the Reno, according to the paper.

The paper reported that a Sept. 29, 2011 directive from the U.S. Attorney’s Office said :”We are not accepting any cases submitted by your office.”

The paper said the assistant U.S. Attorney and the U.S. Attorney Dan Bogden did not respond for comment.

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What the Heck is Going on With ATF and Fed Prosecutors in Reno?

U.S. Attorney Dan Bogden

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
What the heck is going on in Reno, Nevada?

The Reno-Gazette Journal reports that the U.S. Attorney there have refused for nearly the past year to take any case submitted by ATF.

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, said the dispute has forced the transfer of four full-time agents from the Reno, according to the paper.

The paper reported that a Sept. 29, 2011 directive from the U.S. Attorney’s Office said :”We are not accepting any cases submitted by your office.”

The paper said the assistant U.S. Attorney and the U.S. Attorney Dan Bogden did not respond for comment.

To read more click here. 

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