Links

Columnists



Site Search


Entire (RSS)
Comments (RSS)

Archive Calendar

May 2021
S M T W T F S
 1
2345678
9101112131415
16171819202122
23242526272829
3031  

Guides

How to Become a Bounty Hunter



FBI Investigating Racist Emails Sent to Jewish & Black Students at University of Michigan

MichiganBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is helping investigate who sent racist emails to students using what appeared to be a university account.

The emails, sent out Tuesday from an email account that looked like it belonged to a professor of computer science and engineering, attacked black and Jewish students, MLive reports. Professor J. Alex Halderman said he did not sent the emails.

A university spokesman said the message involves spoofing, which means someone created an email that looked like it came from another account.

M President Mark Schlissel tweeted, “I condemn the hateful messages sent tonight. DPSS & ITS are investigating as spoofing/hacking.”

FBI Investigating How Georgia Man Was Exposed to Ricin

Ricin

Ricin

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine how a Georgia man was exposed to the deadly toxin, ricin.

William Christopher Gibbs, 27, went to the hospital and said he had been exposed to ricin, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. 

On Feb. 2, Gibbs was arrested on suspicion on reckless conduct and citation of probation. According to a police report, Gibbs’ mother said her son has mental health issues, including schizophrenia.

“We have identified no evidence that any poisonous or toxic substances have been dispersed or that the public is at risk, and we are coordinating with the 4th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team of the Army National Guard and the Cherokee County Fire Department to ensure that the area is safe,” US Attorney John Horn said in a statement. 

Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby said Gibbs’ ricin was found in Gibbs’ car.

It’s unlikely that the exposure was accidental, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It would take a deliberate act to make ricin and use it to poison people,” the CDC website states. “Unintentional exposure to ricin is highly unlikely, except through the ingestion of castor beans.” 

Sen. Warren Pledges to Continue Fight Against Appointment of Sessions As AG

Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Senate narrowly confirmed Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Mass., as attorney general, but Democrats are not done fighting.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., pledged to fight the appointment, saying “this is just the beginning” of opposition from Democrats, the Washington Post reports. 

Warren, a potential 2020 presidential candidate, said she fears Sessions will bring “his racism, sexism & bigotry” to the Justice Department.

Ex-DEA Agent Who Lied About Strip Club Ties Was Spared Prison Time

dea_color_logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former DEA agent who was convicted last year of lying about operating a New Jersey strip club was spared jail time on Wednesday and given probation.

David Polos, an ex-assistant special agent-in-charge with the DEA, lied about his stake in the Twins Plus Go-Go Lounge strip club in South Hackensack, New Jersey during a national security background check.

Sentencing guidelines called for Polos, 52, to be sentenced up to six months in prison, Reuters reports

“I stand before you today as a disgraced husband, an outcast in my own profession, and ashamed to be in my own skin,” Polos told District Judge Paul Gardephe in court.

Reuters wrote:

Polos, of West Nyack, New York, was found guilty in June along with Glen Glover, a former DEA telecommunications specialist, on conspiracy and false statement charges in connection with the club, where prosecutors said they were part-owners and worked.

Jurors also convicted Polos for lying about having a relationship with any foreign nationals for not disclosing he was having an extramarital affair with a Brazilian dancer who prosecutors said entered the United States illegally.

Prosecutors said that during background checks in 2011 used to spot any outside employment that could put them near criminal activity or create risks of being blackmailed, Polos and Glover failed to disclose that they were running the club.

The club featured scantily clad and sometimes topless female dancers, including some who engaged in sexual acts with patrons and staff, and many who are illegal, undocumented immigrants, prosecutors have said.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Trying to Identify Black-Clad Rioters at UC Berkeley

University of California, Berkeley.

University of California, Berkeley.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to identify the black-clad rioters who disrupted a peaceful protest at the University of California, Berkeley last week.

About 100 to 150 people dressed in all black, with their faces covered, stormed a university plaza and chucked fireworks, rocks and Molotov cocktails at police to protest right-wing speaker Milo Yiannopoulos.

UC Berkeley officials described the rioters as a paramilitary force that had “essentially raided the campus,” Berkeleyside reports. 

The rioting caused about $100,000 in damage at the MLK student union.

“They came in a military fashion, they were well-rehearsed,” said UC Berkeley spokesman Dan Mogulof on the night of the protests. “They seemed armed and dangerous.”

UC Berkeley Professor Robert Reich believes that the rioters may have been part of a right-wing group bent on causing chaos to damage the credibility of peaceful protesters.

Senate Expected to Confirm Jeff Sessions as Attorney General Today

Jeff Sessions at the confirmation hearing.

Jeff Sessions at the confirmation hearing.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Trump’s controversial pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, is expected to be confirmed by the Senate Wednesday. 

Senate Democrats held a late-night session Tuesday to show opposition to Sessions because of concerns that he is racist.

If Sessions is confirmed today, he won’t have much time to celebrate. Among his biggest priorities is likely fighting on behalf of Trump’s immigration restrictions. He also is expected to help crack down on illegal immigration by increasing deportations.

Supporters say Sessions is highly qualified after serving 12 years as U.S. attorney in Alabama and two years as state attorney general.

Drug Trafficker Busted with Marijuana Stuffed in Bundles Resembling Limes

Marijuana was found stuffed inside bundles that resembled limes.

Marijuana was found stuffed inside bundles that resembled limes.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol officials found nearly 4,000 pounds of marijuana hidden in what looked like a large shipment of limes.

The Jan. 30 raid near McAllen revealed nearly 35,000 lime-shaped bundles inside a tractor-trailer at the Pharr International Bridge, CBP said in a press release Tuesday .

The value of the marijuana was about $789,000.

Federal authorities continue to investigate.

Former Special Agent in Charge of Oregon Office Lands New Job

Greg Bretzing

Greg Bretzing

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former special agent in charge of the FBI’s Oregon office, Greg Bretzing, wasted no time finding a new job after retiring after 22 years with the FBI.

Willamette Week reports that Bretzing is the new director of global security and special projects for the Lake Oswego-based Greenbrier Companies. 

At Bretzing’s new job, he will involve overseeing security at the barge and railcar manufacturing operations in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Brazil.

“We are fortunate to have a seasoned individual of Greg’s caliber join the Greenbrier team,” Furman said in a statement. “As a proven leader in the security field, he is a valuable addition to our team as we continue to execute on our international strategy and expand our geographic footprint.”