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FBI and Locals Search for Murder Suspect at Large in the Wild

Update: Monday, Jan. 2 The Associated Press reported that authorities believe they have found the body of the  suspect, Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24. To read more click here.
 
By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The search is on in the depths of the wilderness in Washington state for a man wanted in the shooting death of a Mount Rainier National Park guard on Sunday night, the Associated Press reported.

Margaret Anderson was responding to a radio call when she tried to pullover the 24-year-old suspect, Benjamin Colton Barnes, AP reported. When Barnes refused to pull over, Anderson used her vehicle as a blockade. That’s when Barnes stepped out of his car and fired a fatal shot at Anderson, killing the mother of two young children and the wife of another park ranger, AP reported.

Law enforcement officials said they found ammunition, body armor and survivalist gear in Barnes’ car. Police and the FBI are looking for the man within the park. “We’re talking about a subject that has an advantage,” Guy Gill, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol, told the AP.. “He’s barricaded down in the woods, armed. It puts officers at a disadvantage. It requires a lot of planning.”

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US Military Man Charged With Trying to Bring Explosives on Plane

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A member of the US military has been charged after being detained at a Texas airport over the weekend for attempting to board a plane with explosives wrapped in military-grade wrapping, the Associated Press reports.

Trey Scott Atwater was stopped by security at the Midland International Airport around 9 a.m. on Saturday. He has been charged with trying to bring explosives onto an airplane, according to FBI spokesman Mike Martinez.

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Colorado Asks DEA to Reclassify Marijuana

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Barbara Grohl, head of the Colorado Department of Revenue, has written a letter asking the DEA to loosen federal controls on marijuana and recognize its “potential medicinal value,” the Denver Post reports.

The letter, written on Dec. 22, is the result of a law passed last year; that legislation required the state to ask the feds to reschedule the drug by the end of the year.

“As long as there is divergence in state and federal law, there is a lack of certainty necessary to provide safe access for patients with serious medical conditions,” Brohl wrote in the letter.

The DEA has rejected similar requests in the past. The governors of Rhode Island and Washington also asked the DEA to reclassify the drug this year.

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Customs and Border Protection Gets New Leader

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A new leader has been named to the nation’s largest uniformed federal law enforcement agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection,  reports the website AllGov.com.

David V. Aguilar has been named the head of  the agency. The move came after after Senate Republicans refused to hold a hearing on President Barack Obama’s nomination, Alan Bersin.

Aguilar has worked on the border for 33 years, according to the news report. As of January 1, 2012, Aguilar now commands more than 20,000 border enforcement officials.

Aguilar joined the Border Patrol in June of 1978, in Laredo, Texas. He was a first line supervisor and then Assistant Patrol Agent in Charge and Patrol Agent in Charge in Laredo. From 1988 to 1996 Aguilar was a Patrol Agent in Charge for three Border Patrol Stations in Texas: Dallas, Rio Grande Valley and Brownsville. He continued moving upward in Texas and Arizona after that.

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Off-Duty ATF Agent Shot and Killed During Struggle With Long Island Robbery Suspect

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An off-duty ATF agent was shot and killed Saturday afternoon in Nassau County in Long Island, N.Y. while struggling with a robbery suspect outside a pharmacy where the agent was going to pick up his father’s cancer medication, according to authorities and the Associated Press.

Agent John Capano, a 23-year veteran of ATF, was off duty and in the Seaford, N.Y. shopping center’s parking lot at about 2 p.m. when the suspect entered the pharmacy and robbed it of OxyContin and cash, according to ATF.

Several patrons ran out of the store and pointed out the robbery suspect. ATF said agent Capano immediately confronted the suspect, began struggling with him and attempted to disarm him.

A retired Nassau County police officer and an off-duty New York City police officer who were in a deli next door were also alerted, ATF said.

Both came out of the deli and saw the men struggling and fired, killing the suspect, which AP identified as James McGoey. Agent Capano was also fatally wounded during the confrontation. It was unclear from the ATF press release and media reports as to who actually shot the agent.

Agent Capanois is survived by a wife and two children.

To honor the memory of  Capano, ATF buildings that fly the ATF flag have been authorized to lower the flag to half staff from January 1 to the  day of his interment, from sunrise to sunset.