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Archive for January 5th, 2010

Las Vegas Fed Courthouse Shooter Had Violent Criminal Past

nevada1By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Perhaps it should come as no big shock that Johnny Lee Wicks, the man who killed one court security officer and wounded a deputy Marshal in the Las Vegas federal courthouse on Monday, had a violent criminal past.

The Associated Press is reporting that Wicks, 66, served 12 to 15 years after being convicted of  killing his brother Leo Wicks in Memphis in 1974. He was paroled in 1981.

The AP also reported that he served time after pleading no contest to domestic battery in Sacramento in 1995.

Court records show Wicks, an African American, complained of racial discrimination “and lost a federal lawsuit last year challenging a $286 cut in his $974 monthly Social Security benefits after moving from California to Las Vegas,” the AP reported.

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Arizona Border Patrol Agent Shoots and Kills Illegal Immigrant

arizona-mapBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A U.S. Border patrol agent in southern Arizona on Monday shot and killed an illegal immigrant who allegedly threw rocks at the agent, the Associated Press reported.

Attributing information to Border Patrol spokesman Omar Candelaria, AP reported that the incident happened when the agent and his dog encountered the illegal immigrant outside of Douglas, Az. and the man started throwing rocks.

The agent fired his gun and killed the man, the AP reported. The incident is under investigation by the Border Patrol, Cochise County Sheriff’s Department and FBI.

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Head of Newark FBI Weysan Dun to Take Charge of Omaha Division

Dun Weysan/fbi photo

Weysan Dun/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Weysan Dun, who has headed the FBI’s Newark office, is leaving the east coast for the Midwest where he’ll take charge of  the Omaha Division, the FBI announced Monday.

Dun started out with the FBI in 1982 and worked in the San Francisco, Omaha, and Chicago Divisions, where he specialized in national security, high technology theft, extremist, and violent crime investigations, the FBI said.

In 1988, he came to the mothership in D.C. as a supervisory special agent of the National Security Division.

In 1991, he became a supervisory senior resident agent in the Hartford, Conn. office.

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A Third White House Party Crasher Found at Party that Has Become the Secret Service’s Ongoing Nightmare

Mark Sullivan/s.s. photo

Mark Sullivan/s.s. photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Famous White House party crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi have opened what continues to be a public relations nightmare for the U.S. Secret Service and its director Mark Sullivan.

The latest is that a third uninvited guest was at the now infamous state dinner, according to media reports including Newswmax.com’s Ronald Kessler, author of a book highly critical of the Secret Service.

According to Newsmax.com, a member of the Indian diplomatic delegation invited someone to the Nov. 24 event “without the knowledge or consent of the White House.”

“As with the Salahis, the Secret Service ignored the fact that the man was not on the guest list and failed to conduct a background check on him,” Newsmax wrote.

The publication said the man’s presence came to light while the Secret Service was investigating the Salahi incident.

Carlos Allen/hushgalleria photo

hushgalleria photo

Politico reported on Monday that the party crasher Carlos Allen, a D.C. party promoter, denied attending the dinner.

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Ex-Army Ranger Pleads to Hiring Undercover FBI Agent to Kill Seattle Fed Prosecutor Who Sent Him to Prison

seattleBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Fair to say that former Army Ranger Luke Sommer has some issues.

Sommer,  who is serving a 24 year sentence for masterminding a 2006 bank robbery in Washington state, pleaded guilty Monday in U.S. District Court in Seattle  to trying to hire an undercover FBI agent to kill a Seattle assistant U.S. Attorney who helped send him to prison, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

He also pleaded guilty to attacking his co-defendant in prison with a knife.

The U.S. Attorney Office said, according to a press release, that” on two occasions in March 2009, SOMMER offered an undercover FBI task force officer as much as $20,000 for murdering an Assistant United States Attorney. Law enforcement was alerted to SOMMER’s interest in hiring a hit man in January 2009, barely a month after SOMMER was sentenced. SOMMER moved forward with the plot in March 2009, when he tried to hire the undercover officer telling him he wanted news reports of the hit to reflect that it was ‘murder not an accident.'”

Under a plea agreement, the 22-year-old will get an additional 20 years — certainly enough time to work on some of his issues.

“Any attempt to harm those working in law enforcement, is an attack on the justice system — a pillar of our democracy,” Seattle  U.S. Attorney Jenny A. Durkan said in a statement. “We take all threats and violence against law enforcement and court staff very seriously, and will fully prosecute those responsible. As we have in this case, we will seek significant punishment.”

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