Links

Columnists



Site Search


Entire (RSS)
Comments (RSS)

Archive Calendar

May 2016
S M T W T F S
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031  

Guides

How to Become a Bounty Hunter



Archive for May, 2016

Former Aide to Pennsylvania Gov. Rendell Pleads Guilty in Pay-to-Play Scheme

Harrisburg Capitol Building.

Harrisburg Capitol Building.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former top aide to Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell pleaded guilty Tuesday in a pay-to-play scheme involving a phony company set up by the FBI.

John H. Estey pleaded guilty to one count of wire fraud after funneling illegal campaign contributions to Pennsylvania legislators to help the fake company, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports. 

Estey’s attorney said hie client was “sorry about the mistakes he has made.”

Estey is facing up to 20 years in prison but sentencing guidelines call for six months of probation.

FBI Agents Save Emaciated Puppies Dumped Along a Road in Michigan

One of the saved puppies.

One of the saved puppies.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two FBI agents from Michigan saved three emaciated puppies who were dumped along the side of the road on Mother’s Day.

Special Agent Kara Pepper and her husband, who also is an FBI agent, began feeding the little black lab mix puppies. Both work for the Jackson office.

“I’m a dog mama myself, so I became an adoptive dog mom of triplets,” Pepper told the Clarion-Ledger. “We took care of them and bathed them and fed them. Seeing those puppies emaciated and thirsty and hungry just broke my heart, and as a law enforcement officer it’s my job to take care of everyone around me, including these little puppies.” 

A family friend adopted one of the pups, and the Peppers named the other two “Socks” and “G.I. Joey.”

They are hoping to find one home for the two dogs so they can stat together.

Cell Phone App Helps Border Patrol Save Lives, Capture Undocumented Immigrants

"Grid Me Now" app.

“Grid Me Now” app.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A cell phone app is credited with saving undocumented immigrants who were in bad shape after crossing the border.

The app, “Grid Me Now,” allows residents to send precise coordinates of undocumented immigrants to Border Patrol stations.

In one case, a rancher in Texas found a man who crossed the border illegally and was having a tough time. The rancher offered the man water and then sent the coordinates to the Border Patrol, KRGV reports. 

Jon Parham, Border Patrol Search, Trauma and Rescue team member, said, “He looked exhausted. He was not severe, but he definitely would have gotten there if he’d stayed out here any longer. Luckily, he made it out the road and somebody spotted him, called us in. We responded to it and got him the medical help he needed.”

In another case, a rancher spotted a young woman who needed medical attention, and she sent out an alert on the app.

“She was left behind, you know, just after Mother’s Day,” said Thomas W. Slowinski, deputy Border Patrol agent in charge in Falfurrias. “Who leaves a woman behind in the brush? Well, the ruthless smugglers do, okay. They left her behind too tired to walk, feet completely blistered. This rancher went by, saw her, gave us the information, need help, need medical help. That information came in, and of course we responded.”

Slowinski said the phone app is a great resource.

“It’s a tool for us to better communicate with the ranch community or the community at large, to generate information, precise information, through the use of the Internet in an application… that goes on smart phones to give us a precise location of the traffic they may encounter,” Slowinski said.

DEA Executes Search Warrant at Prince’s Home As Part of Opiate Investigation

Prince, via Wikipedia.

Prince, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA executed a search warrant on Prince’s Paisley Park home Tuesday as part of a federal investigation into the untimely death of the music icon.

Hollywood Life reports that investigators are trying to determine who prescribed the medication to Prince, who died on April 21 after an apparent overdose on opiates.

Authorities are hunting down Prince’s medical records and any other related information.

 “Detectives are revisiting the scene at Paisley Park as a component of a complete investigation. No other information is available,” said the local Sherrif’s Office tweetedTuesday afternoon.

The official results of the autopsy have not yet been released.

Mexican Judge: Drug Kingpin ‘El Chapo’ Can Be Extradited to U.S.

'El Chapo' Guzman

‘El Chapo’ Guzman

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Mexican judge said Monday that the country can extradite Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman to the U.S.

The judge, who was not identified, said extradition can move forward if Mexico’s foreign ministry approves it within 20 days. The defense also has the right to appeal, Fox New reports. 

A Mexican security official said Guzman is lodged in a less-secure prison in an area controlled by his Sinaloa cartel.

“El Chapo” broke out of prison in 2001 and 2014.

Former FBI Agent Pleads Guilty to Perjury After Lying During ‘Whitey’ Bulger Testimony

Whitey Bulger

Whitey Bulger

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent who repeatedly lied during his testimony at the trial of James “Whitey” Bulger pleaded guilty Monday to six counts each of perjury and obstruction of justice.

Robert Fitzpatrick, 76, was the assistant special agent in the charge of the FBI’s Boston division during Bulger’s violent reign and was the first to testify on behalf of Bulger’s attorneys.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Hafer lied during testimony “in order to enhance his own credibility” and to bolster Bulger’s defense, ABC News reports. 

The judge said Fitzpatrick lied about his role in Bulger’s work as a criminal informant for the FBI. He also lied about recovering the gun used to assassinate Martin Luther King Jr.

Under a plea agreement, Fitzpatrick would receive two years of probation. Sentencing is set for Aug. 5.

Retired FBI Agent Recalls Notorious, Unsolved Robbery at Boston Museum in 1990

Theft at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum  in 1990.

Theft at Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Retired FBI agent and supervisor Tom Casson will never forget when he began investigating the notorious Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum robbery in March 1990, when thieves swiped artwork valued at up to a half-million dollars.

“Two individuals dressed as Boston police officers knocked on the side door of the museum, and at the time, there were two security personnel,” Casson told 22 News WWLP. “They were part-time students who had nothing else to do at night, so they took a job at the museum. 

“There were millions and millions of dollars’ worth of paintings and these two guys were the only ones who were charged with preventing what had happened to happen. They admitted what they thought were the two Boston police officers and were told there was a problem in the courtyard that they had to investigate.”

But they weren’t police officers and tied up the two security guards. They stole works by Degas, Flinck and Manet.

“Depending on who you ask, the value of the stuff taken was anywhere from $200 million to $500 million,” Cassano said. “As of the time I left (in 2001), they knew no more than they did the day it happened. We are not sure how many (suspects) there were. We know there were at least two. These two guards were put down in the basement so nobody kept track of what was happening. We know how they came in, but we don’t know how they got out.”

Casino said his office worked full-time on the case with more than 15 agents. The FBI also offered a $5 million reward for the capture of the thieves.

“Every prisoner who was incarcerated at the time knew that this was a ‘get out of jail free’ card if they could come up with these bandits,” Cassano said. “I don’t know how many calls we got. We had hundreds and hundreds of leads and none of them panned out to this day, as far as I know.”

Hillary Clinton Received Nearly $75,000 in Donations from Justice Department Employees

Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hillary Clinton raked in nearly $75,000 in political contributions from employees of the Justice Department, which will ultimately decide whether to pursue charges against the presidential candidate for using a private e-mail server, the Washington Free Beacon reports.

The donations exceed those given to rivals Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump.

Clinton received $73,437 from 228 Justice Department employees. Twelve employees donated the maximum $2,700.

Clinton collected less money from Justice Department employees when she ran for president in 2008. She received 23 contributions totaling $15,930.

Dave Bossie, president of the watchdog group Citizens United, said he’s not shocked but he donations this year.

“I’m not surprised in the least to see more evidence that shows the politicization of the Justice Department,” Bossie said in a statement to the Free Beacon. “How can Democrat political appointees fairly investigate someone who is about to become their nominee for president? That’s why last July I called on Attorney General Lynch to appoint an impartial special counsel to investigate the private Clinton email server.”