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Man Who Opened Fire on FBI Agents Sentenced to 15 Years

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A fugitive who shot at FBI agents while he was barricaded in a house his near Pittsburgh was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

Frank Perez Jr. fired at least 20 shots from two pistols and a 12-gauge shotgun while an FBI SWAT team surrounded his house to take him into custody for a 1999 murder in Indiana, according to the AP.

Perez pleaded guilty in March to assaulting federal agents with a dangerous weapon and using a firearm during a crime of violence.

The defense unsuccessfully urged for leniency, saying Perez lived in a hardscrabble, gang-plagued neighborhood in Chicago. But they were unable to convince U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer, who imposed a sentence five years beyond the minimum.

Indiana authorities said they don’t plan to extradite Perez until he serves his full sentence, the AP reported.

Ex-NFL Running Back Faces Up to 20 Years in Prison for Wire Fraud

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former NFL running back Michael Antwon Bennett couldn’t run away fast enough from this problem.

Bennett faces up to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty last week to making fraudulent financial claims in order to get a $200,000 loan, the Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Bennett, 33, tried to get the loan from a financial services store equipped with FBI surveillance.

Bennett said he had $9 million in the bank when in fact he had no money, the AP reported.

 

FBI Plans New Regional Office in Metro Sacramento

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI plans to build a new FBI regional office in metropolitan Sacramento, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.

Citing officials from Roseville, where the office is to be located, the FBI settled on a 12-acre site.

The office is expected to be opened in 2015.

City officials said the FBI is beginning to solicit bids for construction.

“We’re very excited,” John Sprague, CEO of the Roseville Community Development Corp told the Business Journal. “It continues to focus on the fact that Roseville is strong economically, and helps businesses be successful.”

ATF Whistleblower Peter Forcelli Settles Retaliation Claim Against Government

By Jerry Seper
The Washington Times

WASHINGTON — A Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) agent who blew the whistle on the botched Fast and Furious gunrunning investigation and, according to lawmakers, was threatened with losing his job has successfully resolved a retaliation claim.

ATF agent Peter Forcelli settled the claim, according to Carolyn Lerner, head of the Office of Special Counsel, through an OSC-overseen mediation process in which a neutral third party — in this case an independent OSC mediator — assisted the opposing parties in reaching a voluntary, negotiated resolution.

The resolution is confidential under OSC mediation rules.

OSC is an independent agency that oversees whistleblower claims. ATF declined comment, citing an ongoing Justice Department investigation into the Fast and Furious operation.

“I commend Mr. Forcelli for his courage in coming forward, and I applaud both him and ATF for their good-faith efforts to reach resolution of these issues,” Ms. Lerner said. “This is a testament to the ability of mediation to resolve complex cases.”

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No Marital Bliss Here: Husband Accused of Burning His Wife’s FBI Car

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

And as if the agent needed another reason to get a divorce.

The Associated Press reports that authorities charged the husband of an FBI agent of setting her  bureau car on fire with her weapons inside at their Portland, Ore. home.

AP reported that authorities alleged that David Powers, 44, set fire to his wife’s 2009 Dodge Charger.

The couple is in the process of separating.

 

 

Two TSA Officers Indicted on Charges of Smuggling Cocaine Through Atlanta Airport

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Two Transportation Security Administration  officers were indicted Tuesday on charges of conspiring and attempting to smuggle cocaine through Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.

Richard C. Cook II, 27, of Henry County, Ga. and Timothy G. Gregory, 25, of DeKalb County, Ga. were indicted by a grand jury on multiple drug counts.

United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, “Our nation’s well-being depends, in part, on the security of its airports,” Atlanta U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. “Moreover, the citizens of this district are entitled to law enforcement officers who obey the laws that they have sworn to enforce. The crimes with which Cook and Gregory are charged created a breach in the security of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and betrayed the trust of millions of passengers who travel through this airport each year.”

 

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Crazed Gunman Jared Loughner Pleads Guilty to 19 Charges in Arizona Shooting

Jared Loughner/pima county sheriff photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Crazed gunman Jared Loughner was found competent to stand trial on Tuesday. He then immediately pleaded guilty to 19 charges in a shooting spree last year in Tucson that left six people dead including a federal judge, and 13 wounded including ex-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Loughner murdered U.S. District Judge John Roll and Giffords staffer Gabe Zimmerman. He also wounded Giffords employees Pam Simon and Ron Barber, the latter who succeeded Giffords as U.S. representative from Tucson, the Arizona Republic reported.

In exchange for the plea, the government agreed not to seek the death penalty.

 

Andrew Traver Who Was Nominated for Director is Named Head of ATF’s Denver Office

Andrew Traver/zerocancer.org photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Andrew Traver, whose nomination by President Obama to head up ATF seems to have gone nowhere, is the new head of ATF’s  Denver office.

Before getting this new assignment he was head of the Chicago ATF.

Traver began his ATF career in 1987 as a special agent in the Chicago Field Division and went on to other posts, including Group Supervisor in Philadelphia, New Jersey and New Orleans.

In November 2010, Traver was nominated by President Barack Obama to become director of ATF. He was subsequently re-nominated to the new session of Congress in January 2011, the first ATF career Special Agent to be so nominated.

But there seemed to be resistance on the Hill to appointing him and the nomination seemed to go nowhere.