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Archive for November 3rd, 2010

Update: FBI Says All 5 Mysterious Shootings at Military Buildings in Va. Are Linked

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI said Wednesday that all five mysterious shootings at  U.S. military facilities in Northern Virginia are linked.

Lindsay Godwin, a spokeswoman for the FBI’s Washington field office, said all indications from the FBI lab are that they are all from the same weapon.  She declined to say if the agency has a suspect.

The most recent shooting occurred late Monday or early Tuesday at a U.S. Coast Guard recruiting center in Woodbridge, authorities said. No one has been injured in any of the shootings.

In October, the gunman shot twice at the Marine Corpos museum in Quantico, at the Penatagon and the U.S. Marine recruiting facility in Chantilly.

The FBI said last week it suspects that someone with a gripe against the Marine Corps is the shooter.

California Pot Initiative (Proposition 19) Goes to Pot

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The California initiative to legalize marijuana — a law that would have complicated enforcement for federal agents — went down in defeat on Tuesday.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Proposition 19, which would have allowed pot to be sold for recreational use, failed to get the support of the state’s moderate voters.

The measure had strong support from young voters, but failed to win over voters in the very populous Los Angeles County, the Times reported.

Last month, Attorney Gen. Eric Holder Jr. vowed to “vigorously enforce” federal marijuana laws even if Californians approved Prop 19.

Holder’s comments were contained in a letter to ex-federal drug enforcement chiefs.

“We will vigorously enforce the CSA against those individuals and organizations that possess, manufacture or distribute marijuana for recreational use, even if such activities are permitted under state law,” Holder wrote in the letter.

FBI Has Mystery on its Hands: Who is Shooting at Buildings in Northern Va?


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has a mystery on its hands: Who the heck keeps shooting at buildings overnight in Northern Virginia?

The latest came either late Monday or early Tuesday when authorities discovered that someone had shot at a U.S. Coast Guard recruiting center in Woodbridge, Va., the Washington Post reports.

Authorities are trying to determine if it’s linked to a recent series of shootings at U.S. military facilities in Northern Virginia, the Post reports.

Authorities have linked the same gun to shootings at buildings at the Pentagon, Marine Corps recruiting station in Chantilly and the Marine Corps Museum near Quantico. All have taken place since mid-October.

No one has been hurt.

The FBI believes that the shooter has a gripe against the Marine Corps.

Feds Indict 3 in Cross Burning Incident at African-American Home in Ark.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Hate still burns in certain corners of the country.

The Justice Department on Tuesday announced the indictment of three men on charges of burning a cross in the backyard of an African-American resident in Saldo, Ark.

James Bradley Branscum, Tony Branscum, both of Salado, Ark., and Curtis Coffee of Batesville, Ark., were indicted in connection with the Aug. 28 incident.

Former U.S. Attorneys in Republican Party Victorious in Penn., Wyoming, Arkansas

Patrick Meehan/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former U.S. Attorneys from the Republican party sailed to victory Tuesday in Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Arkansas in an election that appeared to be a resounding referendum on the Obama administration.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Tom Corbett, a former U.S. Attorney under George H.W. Bush, won the governorship in Pennsylvania, the website Main Justice and local newspapers reported. He defeated Democrat, Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato.

Also in Pennsylvania, former Harrisburg U.S. Attorney Tom Marino, who served under President George W. Bush, won a Congressional seat, defeating Democratic Rep. Chris Carney.

And Patrick Meehan, a former U.S. Attorney under George W. Bush, captured the 7th Congressional seat in Pennsylvania, defeating Democrat Bryan Lentz.

In Arkansas, former interim U.S. Attorney Tim Griffin, who headed up the Little Rock office for a brief span from December 2006 to January 2007, defeated Democratic state Sen. Joyce Elliott for a Congressional seat.

Tom Corbett/ pa. state photo

And in Wyoming, former U.S. Attorney Matt Mead, who served under George W. Bush, won the governor’s race, defeating Democrat Leslie Petersen.