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FBI Agent Joshua Skule Named Special Agent In Charge of Intelligence at Washington Field Office

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

FBI agent Joshua Skule has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Intelligence Division at the Washington Field Office (WFO). He most recently served as a deputy assistant director (DAD) in the Counterterrorism Division (CTD) at FBI headquarters.

Skule began his career as a special agent with the FBI in 1998. He was first assigned to the Chicago Division, where he investigated violent crimes and public corruption, the FBI said in a press release.

In 2008, he was promoted to a unit chief in CTD, where he was responsible for counterterrorism investigations within the United States.

A year later, he was selected as assistant section chief in CTD. In 2011, he was appointed to serve as assistant special agent in charge of the Criminal Division at the Washington Field Office.

In 2012, he was appointed to serve as a section chief in CTD, and one year later, he was promoted to DAD.

 

Justice Department’s Top Prosecutor to Leave After Successful Fights with Wall Street

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Wall Street won’t be sad to see Tony West go.

The highest-ranking prosecutor who gained more than $30 billion in settlements from Wall Street banks plans to leave the public sector, the New York Times reports.

West, who is the No. 3 Justice Department officials, plans to leave Sept. 15.

The New York Times reports that West is headed to the private sector, but it wasn’t immediately clear what he’ll be doing.

West, 49, hired Robert B. Barnett, a career counselor with a remarkable client list that includes President Clinton and Bob Woodward, to help him land a job.

“Over the years, Tony’s efforts have made a tremendous and lasting difference in the lives of millions of people across the country,” Mr. Holder said in a statement. “And although I wish him the best as he opens an exciting new chapter in his career, I will miss his leadership, his many contributions, and his steadfast commitment to the cause of justice.”

Police: Ex-FBI Director Louis Freeh Likely Fell Asleep Before Serious Car Crash

Louis Freeh

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Before his car drifted across the road and crashed last week, former FBI Director Louis Freeh likely fell asleep and won’t be cited.

ABC News reports that Freeh can’t recall why his car crashed in Barnard, VT.

Investigators said they won’t know for sure what caused the accident, but evidence points to him falling asleep. Drugs and alcohol were not a factor, investigators said.

No brake or swerve marks were spotted on the road.

Freeh, 64, was seriously injured in the crash and was airlifted to Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire.

The hospital declined to release his condition Wednesday.

DOJ Inspector General Finds No Evidence of Cruel Treatment for Migrant Children

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Rumors of substandard treatment of migrant children caught crossing the border have been overstated, according to federal inspectors.

The Arizona Republic reports that no evidence was found of children being forced to sleep in freezing-col holding cells without blankets.

The government was unable to confirm other reports, including that toilets ere filthy and food and drinking water was hard to come by.

Several groups, including the ACLU and National Immigrant Justice Center, launched numerous complaints about the conditions.

But investigators couldn’t substantiate those conditions, according to Homeland Security’s Inspector General.

Justice Department to Launch Broad Civil Rights Investigation into Ferguson PD

 

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is launching a broad civil rights investigation into the Ferguson Police Department after an unarmed black teen was shot, leading to protests, unrest and more abuse from local cops.

The Washington Post reports that the investigation is expected to be announced as early as today by Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.

The Justice Department civil rights division, which has investigated excessive force in other police departments, will lead the probe.

The investigation will also include police departments in St. Louis County.

Investigators will be determining whether the department adopted polices and practices that led to civil rights violations.

Utah Man Accused of Threatening to Blow Up FBI Office After Making 112 Calls

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Utah man really wanted the FBI’s attention.

Robert Zickella, 49, is accused of calling the FBI in St. George at least 112 times over several days, threatening agents and threatening to blow up the bureau’s office, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Zickella is being held in the Purgatory Correctional Facility on a $10,000 bond

What remains unclear is why Zickella threatened the FBI and hounded agents.

FBI Investigates String of Fake Ransom Calls Targeting Doctors with Daughters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is joining Reno Police to investigate a string of fake ransom calls targeting doctors with daughters.

KTVN reports that someone has been calling doctors in the area, saying their daughter has been kidnapped and will be mutilated or killed if ransom wasn’t paid.

“That was the worst experience of my life,” said Dr. Louis Bonaldi, who received one of the calls at his office. “For somebody else to go through that, to have that feeling, I couldn’t work after that. I was an emotional basket case.”

The caller even placed a girl on the phone who sounded like his daughter.

Police began to get similar complaints from other Reno-area doctors.

“Today, the Reno office of the FBI, along with the Reno Police Department received several reports from some local physicians who had indicated they received a phone call,” said Special Agent Christopher Johnson of the FBI. “Looking into this matter, we were able to learn that all the daughters of these physicians are safe and accounted for.”

 

Former Indiana Police Chief Accused of Buying Weapons with Badge, Selling Them Privately

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former police chief in Indiana is accused of using his badge to buy police-issued guns and sell them privately, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The FBI and ATF are investigating, local police confirmed.

“We have been fully cooperating with federal agencies over the last month,” Acting Chief Tony Frencl said.

Police in early July leveled allegations against Police Chief Steven Sibbrell, saying he was responsible for a variety of misconduct, including watching pornography on his PD computer.

Other grievances included using foul language, conducing traffic stops in unmarked cars and sleeping in his office.