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California FBI Agent ’s Death Ruled a Suicide

Stephen Ivens/police photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agent Stephen Ivens who went missing two months ago from his Burbank, Calif., home and was found dead Monday in a wooded area, committed suicide,  authorities have ruled, according to the Associated Press reports.

Ivens went missing in May, prompting a furious search.

Investigators said Ivens was despondent and had feared he might kill himself.

Fears Raised Among Faith Community After Two Attacks

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Concerned about copycat attacks, the Department of Homeland Security is urging suburban mosques to be extra vigilant for suspicious people, the Daily Herald reports.

The call comes in response to the weekend shootings at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin that killed six people and the arson of a mosque in Joplin, Mo. on Monday.

Some faith-based communities are hiring retired police for security, the Daily Herald reported.

“I don’t know if there’s any link between the two incidents,” said Dr. Mohammed Zaher Sahloul, chairman of the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago. “Muslim and Sikh, and faith communities in general should be more vigilant and they should take precautions in identifying any suspicious individuals. Always when you have incidents like this, especially when you have a heightened atmosphere of Islamophobia, there is a concern of copycats.”

Foley Named to Head FBI Office in Detroit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Robert Foley III, a 16-year  FBI veteran with a background of cracking down on corruption, will take charge of the agency’s Detroit Division to replace Andrew Arena, who retired in May, the FBI announced.

Foley was named special agent in charge of an office that has been busy investigating public corruption cases, including the one against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his alleged criminal enterprise.

A former aviator in the U.S. Army, Foley worked as an agent attorney in the Office of General Counsel at FBI headquarters and handled abuse of tax dollars in the public corruption unit in the Criminal Investigation Division, the Free Press reported.

Foley’s experience also includes heading a criminal enterprise effort in Phoenix.

His appointment was first reported by Deadline Detroit and ticklethewire.com.

‘Plain Jane Bandit’ Suspect Caught in California After 8 Burglary Attempts

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 She was brazen and elusive.

But now the woman that authorities call the “Plain Jane Bandit” is behind bars for allegedly robbing six banks and trying to rob two others, the New York Daily News reports.

Spotted by people who saw her on surveillance tapes, Sylvia Helen Garcia, 38, was arrested near her apartment in Downey, Calif., by FBI officials.

During a three-week period, the suspect is accused of targeting eight banks in Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

The robberies were similar. The suspect demanded money without a weapon and told tellers that a conspirator was waiting outside, according to the Daily News.

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Notorious Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger to Testify in Own Murder Trial

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Steve Neavling
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 James “Whitey” Bulger,  the notorious Boston mobster, plans to take the witness stand in his trial in March and explain that he received immunity while helping the FBI, his attorney said Monday, the Boston Globe reports.

Prosecutors say the Justice Department offered no deal to clear Bulger of charges that he participated in 19 murders when he was a top FBI informant against the mob.

Bulger, former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, eluded capture in 1994 and wasn’t caught until last year at the age of 82.

His testimony before a jury is expected to reveal the inner workings of the FBI and life as a mobster.

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FBI Director Mueller to Visit Colorado and Talk to Agents Investigating Shooting Case

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By Allan Lengel
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The big guy, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III is set to come to Colorado Tuesday, the Denver Post reported.

The paper reports that his mission, at least in part, will be to talk to agents working on the mass shooting at the Batman movie in Aurora and thank them for their work.

 

 

Former US Attorney Probes University Response to Shooter

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Robert Miller, former U.S. Attorney for Colorado, has begun conducting an internal review of the University of Colorado’s actions and procedures related to the deadly Aurora Theater shootings, according to the Denver Business Journal.

James Holmes dropped out of the school’s graduate neuroscience program June 10.

Holmes’ school counselor, Dr. Lynne Fenton, tried to discuss the student with campus officials, according to the

“We are committed to evaluating every step in the process to ensure it worked properly,” Chancellor Donald M. Elliman Jr. said in a statement, according to the Denver Business Journal. “We want the community — especially the loved ones of those who lost their lives and the individuals injured in this senseless tragedy — to know our resolve rests with understanding all the facts so we can assist law enforcement and other authorities in ensuring that justice prevails.”

University president Bruce Benson pledged to cooperate with the independent probe.