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Convicted Felon Shows Off on Facebook with Guns, Leading to Arrests

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hollis Nunnery didn’t let the fact that he was a convicted felon get in the way of posting pictures of himself holding guns on Facebook, WoodTV.com reports.

Nunnery also happened to be the focus of an FBI investigation into bank robberies.

After spotting Nunnery holding a large handgun with a laster site, another handgun and a pistol-gripped shotgun on Facebook, an FBI task force took action.

Nunnery was charged in federal court with being a felon in possession of a firearm.

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Justice Delayed? Four U.S. Security Contractors Charged in 2007 Baghdad Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Four years after a judge dismissed the case, four former Blackwater security contractors were charged Thursday in the 2007 attack on Iraqi civilians in which 17 people were killed, Time reports.

The men, who were hired to guard U.S. diplomats, are accused of using machine guns and grenades at a Baghdad Square in 2007.

Among the victim were women and children, Time reported.

Defense attorneys said the contractors were firing on an ambush by insurgents.

FBI Honors Cleveland’s Deputy Police Chief for Helping Crack Murder Cases

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Cleveland Deputy Police Chief Ed Tomba refused to give up on a cold case involving the murder of a 14-year-old girl.

The chief even visited victim’s mother, Yvonne Pointer, assuring her that authorities weren’t throwing in the towel, Cleveland.com reports.

Sure enough, the case broke earlier this year after re-testing old DNA evidence.

“Not only is there a man behind the badge, but he is a man behind the badge with a heart,” Pointer said in nominating Tomba for the Unsung Hero award issued by the FBI Citizens’ Academy Foundation of Cleveland.

Tomba was nominated for also helping solve another murder.

 

Accused Serial Bank Robber Thanks FBI In Court

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An accused serial bank robber who led authorities on a two-hour manhunt took time out of his court appearance Wednesday to thank the FBI, the News-Democrat reports.

“The FBI has been very nice to me,” Carl Frederick Kieffer told U.S. Magistrate Stephen Williams during an initial appearance on federal bank robbery charges.

Kieffer, 49, of Spokane, confessed to six bank robberies in Illinois, Ohio, Michigan and Wyoming.

When authorities found him hiding in an Illinois cornfield, Kieffer was on the run after recently holding up a bank, the News-Democrat reported.

Charleston NAACP Asks Justice Department to Probe Excessive Force Against Black Men

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Charleston civil rights supporters are calling for an investigation into a “troubling and outrageous trend” lethal police force against black men, the Post and Courier reports.

Don Scott, president of the city’s NAACP, said Saturday’s shooting of a black man is one of four police-involved shootings since March 2012.

Scott said officers have declared “open hunting season on black men.”

Justice Department officials would not comment on the request for an investigation.

DEA Agent Involved in Fatal Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A DEA agent fatally shot a man at an Indianapolis apartment complex early Thursday morning, WISHTV.com reports.

DEA agents were trying to serve a search warrant on the west-side apartment when the shooting happened.

More details weren’t available this morning.

 

 

Justice Department Gives Agent Permission to Publish Book Critical of Agency

ATF file photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department has switched its position and said an ATF agent may publish a book about the agency’s bungled gun smuggling sting operation “Fast and Furious,”  the Associated Press reports.

The department said it was notifying the ACLU, which is representing ATF agent John Dodson, that the book could be published.

The department previously tried to stop the publication, saying federal employees are generally banned from making profits off of their work.

But for law enforcement reasons, the AP wrote, some parts of the book, “The Unarmed Truth,” will be redacted.

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Man Impersonates DEA Agent For Special Access to Clubs

Benjamin William Mejias wanted special access to Orlando-area strip clubs and nightclubs.

To do so, the 41-year-old convicted felon posed as a DEA agent, even wearing a shirt with the bureau’s initials and carrying fake badges, ABC News reports.

Meijas is in the Orange County Jail on federal charges of impersonating a federal agent and possessing a firearm.

Meijas has a criminal record of burglaries.

Meijas was arrested by Orlando police and the FBI Orlando Safe Streets Task Force.