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Cincinnati Man Who Amassed Collection of Fake Law Enforcement Badges Pleads Guilty

Investigators found fake law enforcement badges and documents at David Lomache’s home. Photo: U.S. Attorney’s Office.

By Steve Neavling

A Cincinnati man pleaded guilty Monday to making counterfeit IDs to impersonate federal law enforcement officers. 

David Lomache, 61, used fake IDs to claim he was a special agent with  Homeland Security and an employee of the Defense Logistics Agency. To impersonate a civilian contractor for the Defense Logistics Agency, he fraudulently obtained a U.S. Federal Contractor badge, federal prosecutors said.  

He faces up to 15 years in prison. 

When federal agents searched Lomache’s home, they found 26 law enforcement badges. They included local police department badges and federal agency badges.  

He amassed the badge collection while on parole for felonious assault and impersonating a police officer. According to prosecutors, he pulled over a vehicle using flashing lights in 2014 and then beat the motorist with a baton when he asked Lomache if he was a real officer. 

Lomache had been free of prison since 2019. 

FBI’s Washington Field Office Has Five New Special Agents in Charge

FBI’s Washington Field Office. Photo: FBI.

By Steve Neavling

Four new special agents in charge have been appointed to the FBI’s Washington Field Office, and a fifth has shifted to another leadership position within the office. 

Michael H. Glasheen was named special agent in charge of the Counterterrorism Division. Glasheen, who joined the FBI in 2001, was most recently working at FBI headquarters as a section chief in the Counterterrorism Division. 

Jeffrey L. Cannon was named special agent in charge of the Mission Services Division. Cannon, who joined the FBI in 1999, began serving as deputy assistant director of the Security Division at the bureau’s headquarters in 2020. 

Wayne A. Jacobs was appointed to serve as special agent in charge of the Criminal/Cyber Division. Jacobs began working at the FBI in 2003 and was promoted to a section chief in the Counterintelligence Division at headquarters in 2020. 

Anthony T. Riedlinger was named special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division. He began his career at the FBI in 1996 and was selected as a section chief of the Counterintelligence Division at headquarters in 2018. 

Stacey Moy, who was serving as special agent in charge of the Counterintelligence Division at the Washington Field Office, was named special agent in charge of the Intelligence and Incident Response Division. Moy joined the FBI in 2004. 

In a separate move, Nicholas Boshears was named special agent in charge of the Operations Support Division of the New York Field Office. Boshears joined the FBI in 1999. 

Border Patrol Agent Discover Nearly 30 Pounds of Heroin, Meth inside Car Tires

Border Patrol agents found drugs inside the tires of a car. Photo: CBP.

By Steve Neavling

Border Patrol agents in Southern California found nearly 30 pounds of heroin and meth inside the tires of a car. 

Agents from the San Diego Sector pulled over a “suspicious” Dodge Charter at 10:45 a.m. Wednesday on Interstate 15 in Temecula and received permission from the driver to perform a canine search, CBP said in a news release. The dog alerted agents to the wheels of the car. 

The agents sought help from a mechanic to search the tires. After one of the tires was removed from the wheel, agents discovered a compartment bolted to the wheel. They cut open the compartment and found several packages of drugs. 

After the remaining tires were removed, a total 12 packages of drugs were found. Eight of them contained more than 19 pounds of meth. Ten pounds of heroin were in the other packages. 

“These substances de-stabilize our communities by fueling addiction and ruining lives,”  Chief Patrol Agent Aaron Heitke said in a statement.  “I’m proud of our agents’ continued efforts to interdict these smuggling attempts and protect our nation.”

And the Cutest TSA Canine is … Alona, a Bilingual Golden Retriever Out of Las Vegas

Alona was named cutest TSA canine.

By Steve Neavling

Put your paws together for the cutest TSA canine – Alona, a 4-year-old golden retriever. 

Alona was voted the cutest canine that works for the Transportation Security Administration. 

More than 131,000 people voted in the annual contest on TSA’s social media platforms. 

Alona is an explosives detection canine out of McCarren International Airport in Las Vegas. She was named in honor of Alona Abraham, an Israeli woman who was on United Airlines Flight 175, which crashed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

Alona beat out Lexi, a Belgian Malinois from Dallas – Fort Worth International Airport (DFW); Badger, a Belgian Malinois from Chicago O’Hare International Airport; and Lexa, a German Shepard from DFW.

Alona is bilingual and responds to command in English and Spanish. When not protecting travelers, she loves listening to pop music and playing fetch in parks. 

The TSA has more than 1,000 canines paired with handlers. 

“TSA’s Explosives Detection Canines are an integral part of our mission, and training is no easy task,” the agency said in a news release. “Conventional Explosives Detection Canine teams undergo a 12-week training course, with passenger-screening canine teams undergoing an additional 4 weeks of training. Even after graduating, teams are continually assessed to make sure they can still sniff out any threats to our transportation systems.”

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Biden’s Dog Major Bit Members of Secret Service 8 Days in a Row, Emails Show

Stock photo by Secret Service.

Bad boy, Major.

For eight days in a row in early March, President Biden’s German shepherd bit members of the secret Service, according to emails obtained by The New York Post

That’s seven more times than the White House acknowledged. 

Although the White House said Major was taken back to Delaware as part of a prearranged visit with family friends, emails suggest his removal was because of the attacks. 

After three “minor incidents where Major nipped/brushed up and nudged” agents, Secret Service agents were urged to protect themselves in an email: “Panicking or running with only embolden animals so stand your ground and protect your hands/fingers by placing them in your pockets or behind your back.”

On March 8, an email from a Secret Service employee said “an Agent or Officer has been bitten every day this week (3/1-3/8) causing damage to attire or bruising/punctures to the skin.”

A day later, a Secret Service members wrote in an email, “Family Pets are back in Del., if you hadn’t seen the headlines.”

Capitol Police Officer Speaks Out about Fatal Shooting of Ashli Babbitt

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By Steve Neavling

The Capitol police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during the Jan. 6 siege said he pulled the trigger to “save the lives of members of Congress and myself and my fellow officers.”

For the first time, Lt. Michael Byrd spoke publicly about the Capitol attack and his reasons for firing his weapon during an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt on Thursday night. 

Byrd, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran, said he’s been threatened, and some of the attacks have been racist. 

“They talked about killing me, cutting off my head,” Byrd said. “It’s all disheartening, because I know I was doing my job.”

The interview comes several days after an internal investigation cleared Byrd of wrongdoing, saying he followed department policy, which allows deadly force when there’s a reasonable expectation of serious physical harm to themselves or others. 

“If they get through that door, they’re into the House chamber and upon the members of Congress,” Byrd told NBC, saying Babbitt had been “posing a threat to the United States House of Representatives.” 

Byrd said he saved lives: “I know members of Congress, as well as my fellow officers and staff, were in jeopardy and in serious danger. And that’s my job.”

Also on Thursday, seven other Capitol police officers filed a lawsuit against former President Trump and others, including right-wing extremists groups, accusing them of conspiring to promote groundless claims of widespread fraud that fueled the riot.

Four-Legged ‘Special Agent’ Honored at Retirement Ceremony at FBI’s Newark Field Office

Roxy, a Belgian Malinois, was honored for her work at the FBI. Photo: FBI.

By Steve Neavling

She was a brave, dedicated crime-fighter for the FBI. 

After more than seven years at the Newark Field Office, Roxy, a Belgian Malinois who turned 9 in June, retired with her handler Special Agent Scott Nawrocki on Dec. 26, 2020. 

But the canine’s well-deserved retirement ceremony was delayed because of COVID-19. On Wednesday, she was finally honored for her work. 

“K9 Roxy has been an indispensable member of the FBI team,” George M. Crouch, Jr., special agent in charge of the Newark Field Office, said in a statement. “Her hard work and dedication have helped protect her fellow agents and the community at-large and have assisted in the apprehension of criminals. We are in her debt and wish her a healthy retirement with our gratitude.”

Roxy joined the bureau in 2013 after becoming the youngest cadet to graduate from the New Jersey Police Canine Academy at the age of 1.

 “We knew Roxy would be a great working dog as she pushed her way in front of her brothers and sisters when it came time to eat,” Nawrocki said. “She wasn’t afraid of anything and, at just four weeks old, she was already bounding up and down the stairs.”

During her career, Roxy responded to active shootings, searched for explosives, worked on protective details of three attorneys general and two FBI directors, helped secure the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., and even dressed as a cheerleader.