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Chicago Area Businessman Pleads to Assaulting FBI Agent

illinioisBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A suburban Chicago business man, who was charged with assaulting an FBI agent, has decided to stop gambling on his fate.

John Esposito, a Franklin Park businessman, agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor after a jury failed to reach a verdict on Monday on felony charges, the Chicago Tribune reported.

His attorney James Streicker told the Tribune that the jury was split in half and his client decided to go for a sure thing rather than take a chance with a new trial.

Esposito got into a a scuffle with agent Brian Etchell, who had come to his business to investigate suspected fraud. The two ended up rolling on the ground during a confrontation.

Assist. U.S. Attorney Says More Charges to be Filed in Chandra Levy Case

chandra-levyBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — An Assistant U.S. Attorney told a judge on Monday that he planned to file more charges against the suspect in the murder of intern Chandra Levy, the Washington Post reported.

But the assistant U.S. Attorney Fernando Campoamor did not specify in D.C. Superior Court what the new charges would be against suspect Ingmar Guandique. A new arraignment on a superseding indictment was scheduled for Dec. 15, the Post reported.

As a result of the new charges, the January trial has been rescheduled for Oct. 4.

The Post said while the new charges were not disclosed, prosecutors have said Guandique had threatened to kill a potential witnesses, and that they had found at least one other person who may have been attacked by Guandique.

Guandique has been serving a 10-year sentence for attacking two female joggers in Washington’s Rock Creek Park not far from where Levy’s body was discovered in 2002, a year after she was reported missing.

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Baltimore FBI Office Named After Slain FBI Agent Sam Hicks

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The FBI’s Baltimore office is now officially named after FBI Agent Sam Hicks, who was killed last year while serving an arrest warrant in the Pittsburgh area.

The name change came during a ceremony held on Monday, which was attended by his wife and three-year-old son, according to media reports.

Hicks, 33, was a Baltimore police officer from 2002 up until 2007 when he joined the FBI and was assigned to the Pittsburgh office.

Christina Korbe is awaiting trial on the shooting of Hicks, who had come to her home to arrest her husband on a drug charge. She has claimed that she thought Hicks was an intruder.

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FBI Busts NY Man in Theft of Andy Warhol Piece

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By Allan Lengel
For Sphere.com (A New AOL News Site)

In the pop art world, the provocative Andy Warhol made a big splash. On Monday, one of his classic works proved his 15 minutes are far from over.

Federal authorities announced Monday they had charged James S. Biear, 49, of Ossining, N.Y., with stealing a Warhol work — a silkscreen on a wooden crate mimicking a Heinz 57 case of ketchup — and selling it to an unwitting New York art collector for about $220,000.

Biear turned himself in to authorities Monday and faces one count of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud, authorities said. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison, although sentencing guidelines would recommend a much shorter term.

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Philly FBI Busts 5 Men of Lebanese Origin in Sting That Involved Stinger Missiles

beeBy Allan Lengel
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The Philly FBI busted five men of Lebanese origin in an international sting in which one man allegedly wanted to buy 100 Stinger missiles designed to shoot down aircraft, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The paper reported that the central figure in the sting, which was  run by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, planned to use anti-aircraft weapons and 250 machine guns in the Middle East, “and asked to have them exported to Iran or Syria for use by “the Resistance,” according to an FBI affidavit unsealed today, the Inquirer reported.  The “Resistance” group was not identified.

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8 in Minn. Charged in FBI Probe into Recruiting for Somali Terror Group

The FBI has continually sited concerns over the past several months about the recruitment of Somali men in America who have gone overseas to fight with the terrorist group Al-Shabaab. The probe has also caused serious tension between the FBI and the Somali-American community.

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By JAMES WALSH, RICHARD MERYHEW and ALLIE SHAH
Minneapolis Star Tribune

MINNEAPOLIS — Terrorism charges were filed today in Minneapolis against eight men from Minnesota in connection with an ongoing FBI investigation into the recruitment and training of up to 20 local Somali men believed to have returned to their homeland to fight for the terrorist group, Al-Shabaab.

The eight were also charged with providing financial support and fighting for Al-Shabaab, designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist group with ties to Al-Qaida.

The development, announced at a 3 o’clock briefing at the office of the U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, brings to 14 the total number of local men charged or indicted in the case, considered to be one of the most far-reaching counterterrorism probes since the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Four of the 14 already have pleaded guilty, but have not been sentenced.

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FBI Report Says Hates Crimes Up Against Blacks, Jews, Gays

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Hate apparently never goes out of style.

Hate crimes against blacks and religious groups increased in 2008 over the previous year, and hate crimes overall rose by 2 percent to 7,783 incidents, according to hate crime statistics released by the FBI on Monday. The number of victims totalled 9,691.

Still, the numbers should be carefully weighed.  The FBI noted that its Uniform Crime Reporting Program doesn’t report trends in this area because the number of law enforcement agencies that report hate crimes varies each year. In 2008, 2,145 police agencies reported hate crimes, compared with 2,025 last year.

Reported hate crimes against blacks jumped by 8 percent; against gays 3 percent and biased incidents based on religion were up 9 percent this year. It said 2/3 of the religion based hate crimes involved anti-Semitism

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Feds Bust Man at LA Airport with 15 Live Lizards Strapped to Chest

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Talk about odd traveling companions.

U.S. Customs agents busted Michael Plank of Lomita, Calif., at the Los Angeles International Airport on Friday with 15 live Australian lizards strapped to his chest, the Associated Press reported.

Plank, who was returning from Australia, violated the law by failing to have the proper permits for the animals, the AP reported.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Friday Plank had two geckos, two monitor lizards and 11 skinks, AP reported. He is scheduled to be a arraigned Dec. 21.