Links

Columnists



Site Search


Entire (RSS)
Comments (RSS)

Archive Calendar

November 2014
S M T W T F S
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
30  

Guides

How to Become a Bounty Hunter



Archive for November, 2014

FBI: American Tourists Sent Human Parts Home from Thailand

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine whether two American tourists broke any laws by shipping preserved human parts from Thailand to Las Vegas, the Associated Press reports.

Bangkok police said one of the tourists, 31-year-old Ryan McPherson, sent home an infant’s head, a baby’s foot and an adult heart because he thought it was bizarre and wanted his friends to see them. Also accused is 33-year-old Daniel Tanner.

Bankok police confiscated the body parts after finding three boxes labeled “toys.”

The AP couldn’t reach the tourists for comment.

California Man Accused of Running Over Border Patrol Agent Is Indicted

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A California man accused of trying to run over a Border Patrol agent during a high-speed chase has been charge with forcible assault with a Ford Mustang, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Ivan Nieves, 20, was indicted in the attack after he led Border Patrol agents on a chase in Imperial County, the FBI said Monday.

The incident happened after Nieves drove away from a checkpoint.

After dodging law enforcement during a pursuit, Nieves is accused of striking a Border Patrol agent with his car after the agent was removing a spike strip on the road to stop the fleeing car.

Nieves, who was captured shortly after, faces up to 20 years in prison.

Navy Veteran Fired for Posting Photos of Homeland Security Cars on Facebook

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Navy veteran who posted photos to Facebook of Homeland Security vehicles arriving near Ferguson was fired from his job and accused of being a terrorist, CNN reports.

Mark Paffrath worked for the Drury hotel chain where the federal vehicles were amassing in a parking lot when he snapped the photos.

Paffrath said his boss was furious.

“The head of security for Drury was in there, and he pretty much called me a terrorist, saying that I dishonorably served my country for posting those pictures and videos on Facebook,” Paffrath said.

Paffrath said he can’t understand what he did wrong.

“You know, it surprised me, and I was rather shocked that they were there. So I took a short video and a picture of the vehicles. I didn’t give any location out,” he said.

Paffrath, who was born and raised in Ferguson, posted along with the images: “Why are all these vehicles here, I wonder if it has anything to do with Ferguson? #Ferguson, #No justice, no peace.”

He was fired on Saturday, two days after posting the photos.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Agents Association Voices Support for Attorney General Nominee Loretta Lynch

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch seems to be getting a fair share of support from the law enforcement community.

The FBI Agents Association issued a statement after her nomination by President Obama:

“The FBIAA appreciates the importance of Attorney General leadership, and we look forward to working with Ms. Lynch, who has been a strong supporter of FBI Agents from her days as a trial attorney to her time as United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York”

DEA Investigations NFL Football Teams over Allegations of Mishandling RX Drugs

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA is investigating claims that NFL teams have mishandled prescription drugs.

Boston.com reports that agents showed up unannounced Sunday to examine the medical staffs of three away teams – San Francisco 49ers, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Seattle Seahawks.

The extent of the investigation remains a mystery, and no arrests were made Sunday.

‘‘DEA agents are currently interviewing NFL team doctors in several locations as part of an ongoing investigation into potential violations of the (Controlled Substances Act),’’ Payne said.

The investigation involves questions about NFL teams’ compliance with federal law when it comes to controlled substances. No teams were specifically targeted.

‘‘Our teams cooperated with the DEA today and we have no information to indicate that irregularities were found,’’ NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy said in an email.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York is heading up the probe.

The investigation follows complaints from former NFL players who allege violations of federal drug laws.

 

 

Justice Department Concerned About Amount of Fraud in Military

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department isn’t exactly having trouble finding fraud in the military, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Take Fabian Barrera, who made $181,000 by claiming he recruited 119 people into the military. Barrera, who was sentenced to at least three years in prison lat month, never referred any of the recruits.

With multiple conflicts worldwide, the military has a lot of money that is being questionably spent, the Justice Department has found. Cases include bribery and steering contracts to select businesses.

“The schemes we see really run the gamut from relatively small bribes paid to somebody in Afghanistan to hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of contracts being steered in the direction of a favored company who’s paying bribes,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie Caldwell, head of the Justice Department’s criminal division, said in an interview.

Over the past few months, four retired and one active-duty Army National Guard officials have been charged in connection with bribery and kickback schemes.

County Workers Find Rare Documents Signed by Famous FBI Agent Melvis Purvis Jr.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two county workers shuffling through old boxes in a northeast Ohio courthouse made a rare discovery – documents signed by famous FBI Agent Melvis Purvis Jr., who tracked down John Dillinger and other gangsters in the 1930s.

The documents inside the Summit County courthouse attic include depositions signed in 1927 by Purvis, who was a lawyer at the time.

“He’s certainly one of those interesting characters in our past,” FBI historian John Fox said.

A county worker recognized Purvis’ name from the 1973 movie “Dillinger.”

Increasing Crime Prompts FBI to Open Permanent Office in North Dakota Oil Patch

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

North Dakota’s oil boom has brought with it an upswing in crime.

To combat the rising crime, the FBI is opening a permanent office in northwest North Dakota, the Associated Press reports.

The crime is fed by a population increase and has included human and drug homicides and organized crime.

Although the FBI has offices in Bismarck, Grand Forks, Fargo and Minot, they are still a long drive to the northwest part of the state .

The last time the FBI opened a new satellite office was in New London, Conn., in 2006.

The office is expected to include four agents, an analyst and clerical staff.

“We aren’t expecting them to come and save us from anything,” said Williams County Sherriff Scott Busching. “We don’t need saving; we need help.”