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Archive for June 24th, 2015

Man Claims He Murdered Because Voices of FBI Agents Told Him To

Karl George Sanft

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Is Karl George Sanft legally insane?

The California man said he killed two people in a meth-fueled haze because the voices of FBI agents told him to, the New York Daily reports. 

Today he is expected to find out whether an Alameda County Judge believes Sanft is mentally competent.

Sanft stabbed a security guard 22 times and then stabbed a truck driver 48 times. The men died.

Sanft said he tried to kill a witness because “God doesn’t like snitches.”

Prosecutors argue Sanft was aware of his actions.

Doctors couldn’t agree on whether Sanft was legally sane at the time of the 2010 killings.

Former Police Chief Found Dead Hours After FBI Alleges Theft

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just hours after the FBI accused a former police chief in New Mexico of stealing federal money, the suspect was found dead, possibly of a suicide.

The Associated Press reports that former Rio Grande City Police Chief Byron Piper, who retired in December, was found dead at his home with a gunshot wound.

FBI agents filed a complaint Monday, accusing Piper of stealing more than $44,000 in federal grant money that was meant for overtime pay for border security operations.

Agents conducted surveillance and discovered that Piper did very little work during the time he was collecting overtime pay.

“He stayed several hours at home; he spent several hours eating meals at various restaurants; and he completed a number of personal errands,” the complaint said.

Piper acknowledged in a meeting with the FBI that he did not work about 70% of the time he submitted OT sheets.

“I did it out of being lazy and stupidity,” Piper’s statement said. “I am very, very sorry for my actions. It is not only another stain on law enforcement but I am also hurting my family and embarrassing them.”

Head of FBI’s Philadelphia Office Plans to Retire, Take Job with Fortune 500 Company

Edward Hanko

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The head of the FBI’s Philadelphia field office, Edward J. Hanko, plans to retire next month following 29 years with the bureau, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The Pennsylvania native led the Philadelphia office since 2013, beefing up investigations of terrorism, cyber crime and public corruption.

Hanko, 55, plans to become the vice president of global security for an unidentified Fortune 500 company.

Hanko plans to leave his post on July 31, two years short of the mandatory retirement age for the FBI.

The bureau has not officially made an announcement, and Hanko didn’t return a call for comment.

State AG: NSA Officers Did Nothing Wrong by Shooting Transgender Women Outside Agency

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

NSA officers did nothing wrong when they shot and killed a transgender woman outside of a security gate at the entrance of the agency in Fort Meade, Md., the Washington Post reports.

The Maryland U.S. attorney’s office said no evidence of a crime agains the officers were was found.

“Federal prosecutors and agents reviewed the evidence from the March 30, 2015 shooting at the National Security Agency and determined that there was no crime committed by the officers,” Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein said in a statement. “Video recordings of the incident make clear that the driver ignored directions given by NSA guards, rammed a barrier at high speed and was racing toward the officer who fired at the vehicle.”

An FBI spokeswoman said the agency “does not have a case open on that matter.”

Ricky S. Hall, 27, who was driving, was killed. Her passenger, Kevin Fleming, was wounded.

The women had stolen the car, a Ford Escape.

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