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Valerie Parlave to Head FBI Little Rock Division

Valerie Parlave/fbi photo

Valerie Parlave/fbi photo

By Glynnesha Taylor

WASHINGTON — Valerie Parlave, who most recently served as acting special agent in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office’s Criminal Division, has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Little Rock Division, the agency announced Thursday.

Parlave joined the FBI in 1991 and was first assigned to the Las Vegas Division, where she worked as a case agent on violent crime and fugitive investigations.

She was later assigned to the division’s violent gang and drug squad. In 2000, she was promoted to supervisory special agent in the Criminal Investigative Division at FBI Headquarters.

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D.C. FBI Agent George Piro Interviews With Saddam Hussein: To Air Sunday

Hussein Said he Wanted Iran to Think He Had Weapons of Mass Destruction

Oye! NY Man Who Lived With Orthodox Jewish Parents Was Drug Kingpin, Feds Say

staten islandBy Allan Lengel

Oye Vay.

Federal authorities in New York  are alleging that Jonathan Braun, 27, ran an international pot smuggling operation and associated with the Hells Angels while living at home with his Orthodox Jewish parents in Staten Island, the New York Daily News reported.

His bond hearing is set for Thursday in U.S. District Court in Brooklyn.

Authorities allege that he smuggled 100,000 kilos of marijuana across the Canadian border.

“He’s the real deal,” a law enforcement source told the Daily News. “He’s huge.”

The Daily News reports that Braun allegedly used “a small army of boatmen and drivers who used vehicles with hidden compartments to transport pot from Canada through the Akwesasne Native American reservations to New York, court papers say.”

Authorities allege that proceeds from street level dealers went to Braun’s Canadian bosses, and that he headed up the organization’s U.S. operation, the Daily News reported.

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Legal Fate of Times Square Car Bomber Still Unclear

Faisal Shahzad

Faisal Shahzad

By Allan Lengel

The legal fate of Faisal Shahzad, the confessed Times Square car bomb plotter, remained unclear this week.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Theodore H. Katz in Manhattan postponed a preliminary hearing that had been set for earlier this week on Tuesday, the deadline for the government to file an indictment or possibly go for a criminal information, which is normally issued when a defendant plans to plead guilty, court records show.

The judge granted a 20-day continuance on the case, which the prosecution had requested and the defense agreed to , according to the New York Times. Under that arrangement, Shahzad waived his right to be charged in an indictment or information for the time being.

Gun Charges — Including Possesion of Machine Gun — Added to Hutaree Militia Members

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

Christian Militia Hutaree patch/from website

By Allan Lengel

Gun charges have been added to four members of the Hutaree, a Michigan-based Christian militia, which is accused of plotting to kill police officers and cause a revolt against the government, the Detroit Free Press reported.

A federal grand jury added the charges Wednesday.. The charges include possession of a machine gun and a sawed off shotgun.

Some of the group members have been freed on bond pending trial

The federal judge in the case had previously expressed some skepticism about the strength of case.

Pathology Report Raises More Questions About FBI Fatal Shooting of a Detroit Imam

Luqman Ameen Abdullah

Luqman Ameen Abdullah

By Allan Lengel

The controversy over the FBI’s fatal shooting of a Detroit imam last October may not go away any time soon.

The Detroit Free Press reports that a noted pathologist Dr. Cyril Wecht, who did a pathology report at the request of the Michigan Chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR),  has raised many questions, but did not conclude whether the shooting was justified.

For one, Wecht found the Imam Luqman Ameen Abdullah was shot twice in the back, not once as the Wayne County Medical Examiner reported, the Free Press wrote. The FBI shot the imam 21 times after he shot and killed an FBI dog during a raid on a Dearborn warehouse where the imam was suspected of being involved in a stolen goods ring.

The pathologist also found that the imam had bites and claw marks from the FBI dog and that the dog fractured his jaw.

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Can Rod Blagojevich Win Jurors’ Votes in Corruption Trial?

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

Ex-Gov on NBC's Celebrity Apprentice

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

After glad-handing citizens and hustling on the campaign trail, Rod Blagojevich, the man with the trademark Beatles-style do, convinced 1.7 million Illinois voters to re-elect him governor in 2006.

Nearly four years later, the now-impeached governor hopes to win over just 12 very important votes: the jurors who will decide his fate in his highly publicized public corruption trial that begins Thursday in Chicago. This time, however, he won’t be able to chat them up or shake their hands — as badly as he may want to.

“I’m sure he’ll find it very frustrating,” Kent Redfield, professor emeritus of political studies and public affairs at the University of Illinois-Springfield, told AOL News on the eve of the trial.

What Blagojevich is expected to do is take the stand on his own behalf. How that plays out is anyone’s guess.

“He has the supreme confidence in his ability to win people over and be persuasive,” said Redfield, adding, “It’s often not very well placed.”

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Amy Hess Named Head of FBI Memphis Office

Amy Hess/fbi photo

Amy Hess/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Amy S. Hess is leaving FBI headquarters to take the post as special agent in charge of the Memphis office, the FBI announced Wednesday.

Hess most recently served as section chief in the International Operations Division.

She joined the FBI in 1991 and was first assigned to the Kansas City field office, where she worked violent crimes, gangs and drug trafficking.

In 1999, she headed to the Louisville Division where she worked domestic terrorism. She was promoted to supervisory special agent of the counterterrorism and counterintelligence squad in 2002.

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