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DNA Evidence Brings FBI Closer to Solving Decades-Old ‘Gypsy Hill Murders’ Case

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The brutal killing of five women in the San Francisco Bay Area beginning in 1976 became known as the “Gypsy Hill Murders.”

Now the FBI has a person of interest in the unsolved murders because of a cigarette butt recovered from an unrelated crime scene, the New York Daily News reports.

Halbower began serving time in prison in Nevada on a rape conviction in 1976.

But new DNA evidence suggests Halbower may have been involved in the murder of Michelle Mitchell, whose death was pinned on Cathy Woods.

Woods faces a new trial because of the latest DNA evidence.

“It’s a set of circumstances that kind of came together perfectly and that’s, a lot of the time, what breaks cases,” Reno Deputy Police Chief Mac Venzon said.

FBI Shuts Down Website That Advertised Children for Prostitution in San Francisco

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested two people accused of operating a website advertising children for prostitution, CNN reports.

Agents shut down the website – myredbook.com – in a raid in San Francisco.

The raid was part of a larger crackdown on sex trafficking of minors that led to the rescue of 168 children and the arrest of 281 accused pimps this month.

Some of those children were found through myredbook.com, CNN reports.

The FBI continues to investigate.

FBI Searches San Francisco Apartment of Ryan Chamberlain for Bomb-Making Materials

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents spent hours testing materials inside the San Francisco home of Ryan Chamberlain this week after he was charged with possessing explosives.

ABC News reports that FBI technicians used sophisticated lab equipment to test for explosive substances in the home of the well-known political and media consultant.

The FBI received a second search warrant for the house.

“The search warrant maybe focuses more on some other items that would be of interest to us, again we are still going to collect that evidence because it’s an ongoing investigation,” FBI spokesperson Peter Lee said.

Chamberlain’s arrest follows a tip that indicated he was making a bomb in his apartment.

San Francisco Political Consultant Had Enough Materials in Apartment for Improvised Bomb

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A political consultant who was the subject of a nationwide search had the necessary material for an improvised bomb in his San Francisco apartment.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the FBI found explosive powder, wires for a detonator, ball bearings and a motor in Ryan Chamberlain’s apartment.

What’s unclear is what the social media guru planned on doing with the bomb, investigators said.

Chamberlain, 42, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of possessing an illegal explosive device.

Authorities haven’t said what prompted the nationwide search, which led to Chamberlain’s arrest Monday night.

He was considered “armed and dangerous.”

Political Consultant Wanted in Nationwide Manhunt for Allegedly Possessing Explosives Is Arrested

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A San Francisco political consultant who was at the center of a nationwide manhunt because he was suspected of possessing explosives has been captured.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Ryan Kelly Chamberlin II, 42, was arrested near the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the FBI said late Monday.

Chamberlin is no stranger to the media and political scene in the Bay Area. In 2003, Chamberlin helped Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom win the San Francisco mayoral campaign.

FBI Launches Manhunt for San Francisco Man Accused of Possessing Explosives

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is searching for a man suspected of possessing explosives in San Francisco.

The USA Today reports that federal agents, police and investigators in hazmat suits were searching the apartment of Ryan Kelly Chamberlain II, 42, on Sunday.

The FBI issued a national alert for Chamberlain, who is considered armed and dangerous.

More details weren’t available this morning.

Neighbors reported nothing unusual.

“He was a pretty normal guy,” she said. “I would never ever have thought that this was a dangerous person at all.”

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Homeland Security Crackdown Nets 600+ Arrests of Suspected Gang Members

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Homeland Security arrested more than 600 suspected gang members in what is being called the largest gang crackdown ever by the agency, the Associated Press reports.

The operation, dubbed “Project Southbound,” involved Ice agents and local authorities in 179 cities, leading the arrest of 638 suspected gang members between March and April.

Of those, more than 400 had violent criminal histories and seven were wanted on murder charges.

“These are bad people with bad motives from bad organizations,” said Thomas Winkowski, the principal deputy assistant secretary for ICE.

The arrests happened nationwide in places that include Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Maryland and New Mexico.

The crackdown was part of an initiative to target gangs with ties to other countries.

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FBI Makes Arrests, Raids in Public Corruption Cases in North Carolina, California & New York

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Separate corruption investigations led to the arrests of two public officials in North Carolina and California and to the raid of the office of a New York state senator, the Washington Post reports.

Hundreds of federal agents descended on offices in the San Francisco Bay Area, arresting several people including state Democratic Sen. Leland Yee and a former head of a Hong Kong-based crime syndicate.

In the North Carolina sting, FBI agents arrested Democratic Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon, charging him with theft and bribery. He’s accused of soliciting and accepting bribes, the Post reported.

And in New York, Assemblyman William Scarborough’s offices were raided, and he was questioned in his Albany hotel room. He was questioned about per diem reimbursements, he told reporters.