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West Virginia Homeland Security Officer Critically Shot at Home Near Charleston

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The training coordinator for the West Virginia Division of Homeland Security was shot in the chest and was in critical condition as of late Monday, the West Virginia Gazette reports.

Frank Kennedy was found at his home near Charleston where he apparently shot himself intentionally.

Kennedy underwent surgery Sunday night and remained in critical condition, hospital officials said.

State Homeland Security Director Jimmy Gianato said he couldn’t confirm whether the shooting was intentional.

“At this point he’s in the hospital,” Gianato told the Gazette. “The last we heard he was in the ICU.”

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Border Patrol Agents Continue to Work With Less Pay

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol agents will begin receiving smaller paychecks because of the government shutdown, the Monitor reports.

“It’s going to have a severe negative impact because people still have to pay bills,” said Agent Paul Perez, president of National Border Patrol Council Local 3307, the sector union. “Unless their creditors are willing to work with them individually, it’s going to create havoc for their household finances.”

Despite the paycheck cuts, the agents are still required to work full-time.

The agents were receiving whole paychecks because of reserves, but those have run out.

Other federal employees have already felt the pinch.

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FBI Increases Number of Digital Billboards Along Highways Nationwide

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s digital billboard program started as a one-city pilot in Philadelphia in 2007 and exploded into 3,200 locations nationwide today, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

The increase is due to the program’s success, the FBI said.

“We reach a wider audience,” said FBI Special Agent Barbara Woodruff, a spokeswoman for the Newark field office. “We have access to these billboards in times of extreme importance, to include national emergencies, fugitive-related cases and kidnappings.”

The idea is to reach millions of motorists who could help locate dangerous criminals and kidnap victims.

The digital billboards generally feature a photo of a fugitive, the crime and a phone number to call, the Dispatch reported.

Secret Service investigates Increasing Number of Credit Card “Skimming” Cases

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

When you hand over your credit card, be careful what happens to it.

The Secret Service is reporting an increasing number of cases of credit card “skimming,” or thieves copying information on the card, the South Jersey Times reports.

The information, such as the name, card number and expiration date, often is sold to someone else, who uses it to make purchases.

“Sometimes in a restaurant, or at a gas station, an employee takes that card, and they’re paid by someone else for the information on it,” said Cynthia Wofford, Special Agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Philadelphia field office.

Feds Bust Underage Sex Slave Operation in Houston Area

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A federal investigation has broken up an alleged sex slave operation involving girls as young as 14 and 15 years old in the Houston area, ABC 13 reports.

Several people are in custody after agents raided Houston bars that doubled as brothels Thursday, according to feds.

An indictment recently obtained by ABC 13 accuses the suspects of running an underage sex slave operation since 1999.

The victims were women and girls from Mexico, according to ABC 13.

“I think most of you will agree that nowhere in the world, especially right here in Houston, in our United States, should any human being be trafficked for profit or used as a reusable commodity,” said FBI special-agent-in-charge Stephen Morris.

Book: Johnny Carson Helped FBI Arrest Man Who Made Threats with a Grenade

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

We knew Johnny Carson was a comedian? But a brazen cowboy?

In the mid-1970s, Carson found a live grenade with a threat demanding $250,000 in cash. If he didn’t deliver it, a note read, his family would be harmed, Showbizz 44 reports.

So with the help of the FBI, Carson, who carried his .38 revolver with him, delivered the money – “cut up paper stacked and wrapped in 125 bill sized bundles,” according to the recently published book, “Johnny Carson.”

The FBI arrested 26-year German national and his wife. Ended up the grenade wasn’t real.

Issa and Grassley Concerned About ATF Blocking Book by Whistleblower on “Fast and Furious”

John Dodson

By TAL KOPAN
Politico

WASHINGTON — Rep. Darrell Issa and Sen. Chuck Grassley sent a letter to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives on Thursday demanding more information about the agency’s decision to prohibit the agent who blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious from publishing his book.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman and Senate Judiciary Committee ranking member, who have been outspoken critics of the failed gun-walking operation, wrote to the director of the ATF that the rejection of Special Agent John Dodson’s book was “disconcerting.”

“We find it disconcerting that ATF denied Special Agent Dodson’s request merely because the content of his book might be uncomfortable and embarrassing to some within your organization,” the lawmakers wrote. “This position does not reflect the commitment you made in your confirmation hearing to be supportive of whistleblowers in your role as director of the ATF.”

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Friend of Ex-Detroit Mayor Gets 21 Years

Bobby Ferguson at sentencing/Deadline Detroit sketch by Jerry Lemenu

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Painting him as a bully, extortionist and violent criminal who hid assets, a Detroit federal judge on Friday sentenced Bobby Ferguson, the city contractor and good buddy of ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, to 21 years.

“Bobby Ferguson was the catalyst at the center of an historic and unprecedented criminal scheme,” said U.S. District Judge Nancy G. Edmunds.

“Mr. Ferguson was bold and outspoken in his extortion activities,” she said.

Edmunds said Ferguson strong-armed companies to get city contracts, some in which he did no work for. He threatened to kill contracts with the help of Kilpatrick if people didn’t give him a cut of the action.

Along with sentencing, the government asked that Ferguson forfeit $6,284,000 in cash and some property.

The sentencing fell short of the 28 years Kilpatrick received Thursday. Kilpatrick was convicted of 24 counts compared to Ferguson’s 9. Kilpatrick’s status as an elected official influenced his sentence.

Ferguson sat looking at a bible, and sometimes turned to his attorneys and talking while Edmunds was building up to announcing the sentence.

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