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Tampa Woman Faces Potential of Prison Time After Punching Homeland Security Agent in Face

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Tampa woman who punched a Homeland Security agent in the face may find herself in prison, the Associated Press reports.

Latrese Brantley, 40, faces up to 20 years behind bars after pleading guilty Wednesday to assaulting a federal agent.

Brantley was causing a disturbance on the April 30 flight and was being escorted from the plane when she punched a Jet Blue employee.

She also punched a Homeland Security employee who came to help.

The employee suffered scratches and abrasions and required medical attention.

Florida Man Impersonates Homeland Security Officer to Pull Over Tampa Police Officer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Florida man was arrested for impersonating a Homeland Security officer after he pulled over a Tampa police officer in a traffic stop, ABC Action News reports.

Police said Jonathan Charles Stevens, 24, activated flashing red-and-blue emergency lights on his white Chevy Tahoe.

Stevens even called dispatch to report the pullover.

It didn’t take long for authorities to realize Stevens was not a federal officer, ABC Action News reported.

Homeland Security Spied on Occupy Wall Street Protests in about a Dozen U.S. Cities

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A division of the Department of Homeland Security spied and kept records on the Occupy Wall Street protests, even when they were peaceful the Huffington Post reports.

More than 250 records obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund show the federal government was keeping close tabs on protesters.

“Taken together, the two sets of documents paint a disturbing picture of federal law enforcement agencies using their vast power in a systematic effort to surveil and disrupt peaceful demonstrations,” Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, said in a statement. “The federal agencies’ actions were not because Occupy represented a ‘terrorist threat’ or a ‘criminal threat,’ but rather because it posed a significant grassroots political challenge to the status quo.”

The department was watching demonstrations in Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, Denver, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Tampa, Fla.

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Retired FBI Agent Mark Stephen Jimerson Dies at Age 59

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

 Mark Stephen Jimerson, a retired  FBI supervisory special agent, died last Thursday at his home in Mitchellville, Md., from a brain-related cancer. He was was 59.

In February 1985, Jimerson  was assigned to the FBI’s Tampa office, his first posting in the agency. While in Florida, he studied intensive Russian, according to information provided by the family.

He later went on to the FBI’s San Francisco office and began his career with foreign counter intelligence.

In the spring of 1995, he went to FBI Headquarters in Washington here he helped establish an FBI office in Moscow. He also served as a team leader and senior FBI agent for the first FBI delegation that provided law enforcement training in Russia, according to the family information.

He was also assigned to inter-agency taskforce investigating criminal activities involving Russian and Eastern European immigrants.

From 1997 to 2000, he served as the Assistant Legal Attaché, to the U.S. Embassy in Tallinn, Estonia.

In 2000, he was promoted to Legal Attaché to Ukraine where he served within the U.S. Embassy as Chief of the Office of the Legal Attaché and as primary FBI representative in Ukraine.

In 2002, Jimerson and his family returned to their home in Maryland. He was promoted to Unit Chief of the Office of International Operations from 2005 to 2006, acted as an FBI Liaison Officer in the Office of International Affairs from 2002 to 2004 and again from 2006 to 2008, and lastly as Unit Chief in the Eurasian Unit of the Office of International Affairs, the family wrote in a release.

He retired on June 6, 2008.

Jimmerson was born on Aug.  7, 1953 in Madison, Ill., the son of Louise Jimerson and the late Chance Jimerson. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Wendy Jimerson; his daughter, Stephania Mahdi; son, Mark E. Jimerson; granddaughter, Yasmeen Mahdi; mother, Louise Jimerson; brothers, Alvin (Zella)Valentine and Victor (JoAnn) Valentine of Madison, Illinois, Willard (Sandra) Valentine of Portland, Oregon, and Terrence Jimerson of Madison Illinois; sisters, Autumn Ann Mitchell of Redondo Beach, CA and Shirlee Sue (Larry) Coleman of Flower Mound, TX; and a host of loving nephews, nieces, family and friends.

Jimerson was the youngest of seven children. He was very active in his youth and participated in plays, choir activities, and track and field, the family said.

In high school he showed promise in his Russian language classes and was encouraged by a Bulgarian priest, teaching at his high school, to continue his studies.

He enlisted in the U.S. Army and graduated with Honors from the Defense Language Institute, serving his country as a Russian Linguist.

He was assigned to the 856th Army Security Agency and was stationed in Germany where he was a Russian Voice Interceptor, the family said.

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian Studies from Monterey Institute of International Studies.

 

OBIT: Former Tampa FBI Agent Michael Barry Carmody Dies at 73; One of his Cases Inspired Film “Donnie Brasco”

Shoshanna Utchenik
ticklethewire.com

Barry Carmody served as an FBI agent for 33 years, retiring in 1998 having participated in some of Tampa’s most historic cases. Carmody died Wednesday of brain cancer at age 73. He is survived by his wife, two children, six grandchildren and, according to friends and family, some whopping stories.

Among his most famous cases was an FBI sting called Operation Coldwater in the late 70′s, early 80′s, reports the Tampa Bay Times, later chronicled in the film “Donnie Brasco.” Operation Coldwater resulted in the arrests of mob higher-ups including Santo Trafficante Jr. who was later acquitted.

True to the reports of Carmody being a man-of-the-people who used his humor and storytelling to get along with anybody, Carmody later visited the ailing Trafficante in his sick bed. “Dad would go check on him, stop in, probably bring him a beer, smoke a cigar and that would be it,” remembered son Roderick Carmody.

“Barry had that Irish wit, he was a good storyteller,” said retired agent Al Scudieri who worked with Carmody for more than 20 years. “We could all be in the same incident, and he would come out and tell the best story about it.”

The Tampa Bay Times quotes Robert O’Neill, U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Florida, saying Mr. Carmody was “born to be an FBI agent.”

“He loved working with law enforcement and he loved his family,” O’Neill said. “But his second family was the FBI.”

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FBI Agent Cleared in Fatal Shooting at Fla. Military Base

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A team of investigators has cleared an FBI agent of any wrongdoing in the fatal shooting of a veteran last May 19 at the MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, Fla.

In a press release, the FBI stated that the agent, whose name was not released “operated within the scope of the FBI’s deadly force policy and did not violate any state or federal laws.”

The FBI said the investigation into the shooting was conducted with the assistance of the Tampa Police Department, Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Air Force Security Forces and a deployed team of FBI investigators from the FBI’s Inspection Division in Washington.

The FBI said it found that the agent shot and killed Ronald J. Bullock, who was armed with a knife, charged the FBI agent, and ignored repeated commands to surrender his weapon.

The FBI said “the agent involved in the incident feared for his life, and in accordance with his training, fired in self-defense, resulting in Mr. Bullock’s death.”

Authorities said last year that Bullock was a guest at the base’s family camp, which is for recreational vehicles. At some point, the vet got into an altercation and then fled on his motorcycle with base security in pursuit shortly after 6 p.m. At that point, the base locked all the exits.

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Judge May Sanction Ex-Fed Prosecutor in Wild Tiff With Supervisor

tampa1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

In a case chock full of drama and wild accusations, a federal judge in Tampa is considering whether to sanction a former federal prosecutor in connection with his libel lawsuit against his former supervisor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the Tampa Tribune reported.

The paper reported that the judge is considering whether ex-prosecutor Jeffrey Del Fuoco tried to “perpetuate the pattern of harassment” and “scandalous and impertinent accusations” in his suit against former boss, assistant U.S. Attorney Robert E. O’Neill.

De Fuoco, who left his job on bad terms four years ago, sees himself as a whistleblower, the paper wrote. And O’Neill sees De Fuoco as unhinged.

The paper reported that De Fuoco has tried to derail any chances of O’Neill becoming the U.S. Attorney and has written officials accusing him of him of adultery and corruption.

At one point, the paper reported that De Fuoco accused O’Neill of being a member of the Irish Republican Army.

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Man Arrested in Fla. for Stealing FBI Car

Some how stealing an FBI car doesn’t seem like the wisest career path.

 

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By TBO.com
TAMPA – An unmarked FBI car has been found, and a Tampa man has been arrested and charged with the theft.

The 2006 silver Pontiac Grand Prix was stolen about 1:30 p.m. from the Century Buick Pontiac GMC dealership at 3308 W. Hillsborough Ave.

According to Tampa police, a mechanic was working on the car when he noticed a man loitering nearby. A short time later, when his attention was diverted, the man stole the car, police said.

Tampa police Cpl. Harold McCray was on patrol when he spotted the car being driven recklessly near North 26th Street and East Linebaugh Avenue at 11:17 p.m. Tuesday. It looked similar to the description he had heard of the stolen FBI vehicle, so he ran the Florida tag: X74IVY.

The Grand Prix turned onto the North 26th Street, and he followed it.

Soon after, the vehicle’s tag information came back as belonging to the FBI and having been stolen.

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