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Texas Agent Who Shot and Killed Chihuahua Named “Sassy” No Longer With FBI

FBI Agent Shot A Chihuahua Just Like This One/istock photo
FBI Agent Shot A Chihuahua Just Like This One/istock photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Texas FBI agent who shot and killed his neighbor’s 3 pound Chihuahua named “Sassy” with a pellet rifle in the Waco, Tex. area in 2008, is no longer with the FBI.

Erik Vasys, an FBI spokesman in San Antonio, on Tuesday confirmed that agent Leslie Ledger, 41, was “no longer an employee of the FBI.”  He declined to discuss the circumstances behind Ledger’s departure several weeks ago. Ledger had been under internal investigation for the shooting, and had been  expected to face some type of discipline, in all likelihood ranging from a suspension to a firing.

“Personnel actions are matters between the FBI and the employee themselves,” Vasys said in a statement. “As such, the Federal Privacy Act prohibits any further comment by the FBI on these matters.”

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Mobster Henry Hill of “Goodfellas” Fame in Trouble Again

GoodfellasBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Henry Hill, the real life mobster turned FBI snitch who inspired the movie “Goodfellas”, is in trouble again.

Fairview Heights, Ill.  Police arrested Hill, 66, on Sunday at a hotel for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest, the Associated Press reported.

The paper reports Hill was in the area for a showing of his art work.

Hill told the Belleville News-Democrat he had  “one too many” drinks in a hotel lobby and that things “got pretty foggy after that.”

Hill, who was played by actor Ray Liotta in the movie Goodfellas, is free on bond.

The FBI got Hill to snitch on the mob after busting him for drugs. He was booted from the witness protection program after getting busted on drugs in the 1990s.

Earlier this year, in California,  Hill was sentenced to two years probation after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts of public intoxication.

Actor Ray Liotta Played Hill in This Movie

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_ff46b58Hk

Justice Dept. Considering Putting Guantanamo Inmates on Trial in Brooklyn and Other Places

brooklyn bridgeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department may end up not only holding trials for Guantanamo prisoners in a Manhattan court, but also in Brooklyn and eventually D.C. and Alexandria, according to a report in the New York Times.

The Times reported that authorities were close to deciding whether to hold trial for some Guantanamo Bay inmates in the Brooklyn federal courthouse. Justice officials have not publicly disclosed who would go on trial there.

Right now the Justice Department has plans to hold trial in lower Manhattan for Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the alleged mastermind of the 9/11 attacks, and four of his cronies.

That decision drew criticism from some people who felt it endangered the folks of New York City. They also said defendants should go before a military tribunal, not a civilian court.

A decision to hold trial in other civilian courts is likely to draw more criticism. Stay tuned.

FBI Investigating Sports Doctor Who Treated Tiger Woods

tiger woods 2

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Now comes the unwanted publicity associated with golf legend Tiger Woods.

The New York Times is reporting that the FBI is investigating a Canadian doctor, a sports medicine specialist, who has treated Woods, plus an untold number of N.F.L. players and Olympic medalists.

Investigators are looking into allegations that the doctor, Anthony Galea, provided athletes with performance-enhancing drugs, the Times reported, attributing the information to “several people who have been briefed on the investigation.”

Galea was busted at the U.S. Canada border in September after carrying a human growth hormone and Actovegin, a drug extracted from calf’s blood, in his medical bag. Actovegin is illegal in the U.S.

Canadian authorities are investigating him, the Times reported.

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Guantanamo Bay Prisoners to be Held in Illinois Prison

Thomson Correctional Center/abc7 photo

Thomson Correctional Center/abc7 photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — And the winner is … the Thomson Correctional Center in northwestern Illinois.

The Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet  is reporting that the White House will announce on Tuesday that it will use the nearly empty 1,600-cell facility in Thomson, Ill.,  more than 2 hours outside of Chicago,  to house Guantanamo Bay prisoners.

At one point, officials were considering a site in rural Michigan. The relocation of the prisoners is expected to give the area an economic boost by creating plenty jobs.

The Sun-Times reported that President Obama has directed the federal government to acquire the facility, which will house under 100 Guantanamo Bay military prisoners.

The facility currently holds less than 200 prisoners, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

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63-Year-Old Calif. Man Charged With Using NASCAR Scam to Bilk Investors out of $10 Million

nascar
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

NASCAR is often associated with the roar of the crowd and the smell of burning rubber.  In Los Angeles,  it may be associated with the roar of angry investors and the smell of a scandalous investment.

Federal authorities in Los Angeles charged Eliott Jay Dresher, 63, of Chatsworth, Calif., with allegedly taking at least $10 million from about 50 investors, including family and friends, to finance a wholesale business to distribute NASCAR merchandise to big box stores like Costco.

In return, investors were to get returns of 20 to 25 percent every six months, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Turns out, authorities said, there was no such business, and investor were paid money from what turned out to be a Ponzi scheme.

Authorities say the Ponzi scheme collapsed last year,  as did many, when he was unable to make payments to investors.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office said a federal magistrate judge  on Monday determined he was a flight risk and ordered him detained pending his Jan. 26 trial.

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Karen Loeffler Sworn in as Alaska’s First Female U.S. Attorney

Karen Loeffler/jason kohler-kttu-tv
Karen Loeffler/jason kohler-ktuu-tv

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Karen Loeffler officially became Alaska’s first female U.S. Attorney on Friday.

Loeffler was sworn in at a ceremony in the U.S. District Courthouse in Anchorage, KTUU-tv reported.

Former U.S. Attorney Robert Bundy administered the oath to Loeffler and described her as a brilliant attorney and state shooter, the tv station reported.

“Being the U.S. attorney is a big deal,” Loeffler said, according to the station. “It’s a very important office. There’s a lot of challenges that we have now. We have very good state and local partners, and we’re working very hard on addressing issues and hearing from people what the issues are.”

It Ain’t the Swine Flu, But the FBI Says it’s a Virus Worth Looking Out For

computer virus By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — It may not be the menacing Swine Flu, but this virus could cause you some pain.

The FBI has issued a consumer warning regarding a pop-up security message on the Internet.

“The messages may contain a virus that could harm your computer, cause costly repairs or, even worse, lead to identity theft,” the FBI said in a press release. “The messages contain scareware, fake or rogue anti-virus software that looks authentic.

“The message may display what appears to be a real-time, anti-virus scan of your hard drive. The scareware will show a list of reputable software icons; however, you can’t click a link to go to the real site to review or see recommendations. Cyber criminals use botnets—collections of compromised computers—to push the software, and advertisements on websites deliver it. This is known as malicious advertising or “malvertising.”

Once the pop-up warning appears, it can’t be easily closed by clicking the “close” or “X” buttons.”

To Read more click here.