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Could FBI Investigation of Fantasy Sports Extend to MLB Team Owners, Executives?

On The ShelfBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s investigation into a popular daily fantasy sports operator could extend to team owners and executives of Major League Baseball, Forbes reports. 

The investigation involve DraftKings, which has a “special business relationship” with MLB, according to Forbes.

Forbes writes:

Although rarely discussed, the story behind DraftKings’ rapid rise to prominence is inextricably intertwined with its financial relationship with Major League Baseball.

Indeed, DraftKings was a relatively small company with only $1.4 million in seed capital when 34-year old C.E.O. Jason Robins was able to land a meeting through a mutual contact with Robert Bowman and Kenny Gersh from MLB Advanced Media.  After that April 2013 meeting, everything changed for both enterprises.

More Than 50 Police Officers Murdered in Line of Duty in 2014

gunBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More than 50 police officers were murdered in the line of duty in 2014, according to new FBI statistics.

Of the 96 officers killed, 51 were killed as a result of felonious acts, the Washington Post reports. 

The average number of officers killed per year in the past decade is 50.5.

Of the 51 officers, 46 were killed by guns; four were killed by cars.

The suspects were killed in 19 of the cases.

DEA Agent Sentenced to 6.5 Years for Stealing Digital Currency from Drug Site Silk Road

250px-Silk_Road_LogoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A DEA agent who stole more than $700,000 in digital currency from online drug dealer Silk Road was sentenced Monday to 6.5 years in prison for extortion and other charges, the Associated Press reports. 

DEA Agent Carl M. Force, 46, went undercover as a drug dealer with ties to hit men.

Silk Road operator Ross Ulbricht was recently sentenced to life in prison.

Force was accused of selling information about the investigation.

Other Stories of Interest

Border Patrol Agent Accused of Fatally Shooting Her Boyfriend in Chula Vista

 

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent is accused of murdering her boyfriend in Chula Vista, Calif., the Times of San Diego reports. 

Police said Melissa Hayes-Spencer shot her boyfriend to death in their apartment complex at 8:45 a.m. Saturday.

Hayes-Spencer was taken into custody.

She claims she shot him in self defense as he tried to physically abuse her.

The shooting remains under investigation.

FBI Arrests Man Accused of Punching Flight Attendant, Threatening to Blow Up Plane

aiplane with copy space in the skyBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a 29-year-old who is accused of punching a flight attendant and threatening to blow up the plane while traveling from New York City to Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Alija Kucuk was on a Jet Blue plane when he punched an airline employee in the face and threatened to blow up the plane.

Kucuk, of Queens, N.Y., was arrested and charged with interfering with a flight attendant and threatening to blow up an aircraft.

FBI Helps Investigate Case of Suspected Cleveland Serial Killer

clevelandBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is helping investigate whether a Cleveland truck driver linked to five killings was responsible for any other slayings, the Cleveland Dispatch reports.

Robert Rembert Jr., 45, who served prison time for a 1997 shooting death, has been charged with aggravated murder in the deaths of three people this year and one in 1997.

Rembert has been dubbed a “serial killer” by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who said investigators are examining Rembert’s truck routes to determine if he was involved in any other slayings.

Rembert is accused of sexually assaulting and strangling to death two women in June. He’s also accused of fatally shooting two men in the head last month.

Former TSA Agent Accused of Helping Smuggle Marijuana Past Airport Screeners

airport-screeningBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former TSA agent is accused of allowing marijuana on flights to northern California, Fox 8 reports. 

Prosecutors allege that Deondre Smith, 33, helped co-conspirators smuggled bags of drugs past TSA screeners at Los Angeles International Airport.

Smith has been charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and bribery of a public official.

Smith is accused of accepting payments of at least $500.

Smith faces up to 15 years in prison.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI HQ is Crumbling: Why is It So Hard to Build a New One

FBI's headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

FBI’s headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

By Jonathan O’Connell
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Beneath the headquarters of America’s premier crime-fighting organization, one of the parking ramps has been condemned because corroded pieces of the ceiling were falling on cars.

Netting hangs on the Ninth Street facade to prevent broken concrete from hitting passersby 160 feet down on the sidewalk below. During a July fire drill, half of the building’s alarms didn’t go off.

For more than a decade, leaders at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have warned that the bureau needed to replace the J. Edgar Hoover Building, a concrete fortress designed as a symbol of strength that has instead come to serve as a lesson in government inaction.

“Where else in the city is there something like that? The answer is nowhere,” said Dan Tangherlini, a former administrator for the General Services Administration, which oversees federal real estate. “In the private sector you would never do this. You would just fix it up.”

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