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FBI Agent Kills Knife-Lunging Man During Search

By Steve Neavling

An FBI agent executing a search warrant in an Ohio home shot and killed a man after he lunged at the agent with a knife, the Dayton Daily News reports.

Several hours into the search, Fallacy Myers grabbed a knife and started stabbing himself. When authorities tried subduing him with a Taser, the Dayton man tried to stab the agent, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Myers was under investigation for money laundering and child exploitation.

FBI: Golden State Warriors Coach Extorted Over Nude Photos of Himself

Steve Neavling

An ex-stripper and her roommate were charged this week with trying to extort money from Golden State Warriors Coach Mark Jackson by threatening to release nude photos of the married former NBA star, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The stripper’s roommate, Marcus Shaw, threatened to reveal the photos unless Adams coughed up, among other things, money “to fix his teeth and to get his car out of the impound lot,” the Chronicle reported.

After Shaw approached Jackson’s wife, the couple called authorities. A federal affidavit said the FBI monitored communication between both parties and confirmed the extortion attempt.

Prof Who Helped FBI Probe Mortgage Fraud Indicted in Mortgage Scheme

Steve Neavling

A college professor who helped the FBI investigate mortgage fraud cases was indicted Thursday for running a similar scam, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Paul Tomko, an adjunct professor Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio, faces eight counts of fraud and conspiracy and making false statements to his probation officer.

Tomko, 39, told the Plain Dealer he is innocent.

“I have no idea what they’re talking about,” he said. “We certainly plan to fight this.”

In 2007 and 2008, the FBI paid Tomko $27,000 to help agents in mortgage fraud investigations.

California Councilman Bribed Owner of Marijuana Dispensary

Steve Neavling

A Santa Fe Springs Councilman accepted $11,500 in bribes from a marijuana dispensary owner who was working as an FBI informant, according to a plea agreement released Thursday, the L.A. Times reports.

In the latest example of corruption in a Los Angeles County town, the case against Councilman Joseph Serrano Sr. alleges he sought monthly payments of up to $1,6000 in exchange for helping the pot shop survive bureaucratic threats.

Court records say Serrano was desperate to make his mortgage payments.

Under the plea agreement, Serrano will plead guilty to one felony count of bribery.


Texas Man Posing as DEA Agent Fools No One

Steve Neavling

No one knows what Ford Cummings was thinking when he walked into a Texas jail, posing as a DEA agent who needed the release of an inmate.

The 32-year-old with a gun tucked into his belt and no ID raised some eyebrows, the Houston Press reports.

Cummings was charged with third-degree count of carrying a prohibited weapon and a count of impersonating a public servant.

The FBI is helping with the investigation

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