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Border Patrol Agent Accused of Fatally Shooting Her Boyfriend in Chula Vista

 

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Border Patrol agent is accused of murdering her boyfriend in Chula Vista, Calif., the Times of San Diego reports. 

Police said Melissa Hayes-Spencer shot her boyfriend to death in their apartment complex at 8:45 a.m. Saturday.

Hayes-Spencer was taken into custody.

She claims she shot him in self defense as he tried to physically abuse her.

The shooting remains under investigation.

FBI Arrests Man Accused of Punching Flight Attendant, Threatening to Blow Up Plane

aiplane with copy space in the skyBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a 29-year-old who is accused of punching a flight attendant and threatening to blow up the plane while traveling from New York City to Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Alija Kucuk was on a Jet Blue plane when he punched an airline employee in the face and threatened to blow up the plane.

Kucuk, of Queens, N.Y., was arrested and charged with interfering with a flight attendant and threatening to blow up an aircraft.

FBI Helps Investigate Case of Suspected Cleveland Serial Killer

clevelandBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is helping investigate whether a Cleveland truck driver linked to five killings was responsible for any other slayings, the Cleveland Dispatch reports.

Robert Rembert Jr., 45, who served prison time for a 1997 shooting death, has been charged with aggravated murder in the deaths of three people this year and one in 1997.

Rembert has been dubbed a “serial killer” by Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty, who said investigators are examining Rembert’s truck routes to determine if he was involved in any other slayings.

Rembert is accused of sexually assaulting and strangling to death two women in June. He’s also accused of fatally shooting two men in the head last month.

Former TSA Agent Accused of Helping Smuggle Marijuana Past Airport Screeners

airport-screeningBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former TSA agent is accused of allowing marijuana on flights to northern California, Fox 8 reports. 

Prosecutors allege that Deondre Smith, 33, helped co-conspirators smuggled bags of drugs past TSA screeners at Los Angeles International Airport.

Smith has been charged with conspiracy to distribute marijuana and bribery of a public official.

Smith is accused of accepting payments of at least $500.

Smith faces up to 15 years in prison.

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FBI HQ is Crumbling: Why is It So Hard to Build a New One

FBI's headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

FBI’s headquarters is called the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

By Jonathan O’Connell
Washington Post

WASHINGTON — Beneath the headquarters of America’s premier crime-fighting organization, one of the parking ramps has been condemned because corroded pieces of the ceiling were falling on cars.

Netting hangs on the Ninth Street facade to prevent broken concrete from hitting passersby 160 feet down on the sidewalk below. During a July fire drill, half of the building’s alarms didn’t go off.

For more than a decade, leaders at the Federal Bureau of Investigation have warned that the bureau needed to replace the J. Edgar Hoover Building, a concrete fortress designed as a symbol of strength that has instead come to serve as a lesson in government inaction.

“Where else in the city is there something like that? The answer is nowhere,” said Dan Tangherlini, a former administrator for the General Services Administration, which oversees federal real estate. “In the private sector you would never do this. You would just fix it up.”

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FBI Investigates Unregulated Fantasy Sports Industry That Is Exploding in Popularity

sports bettingBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has opened an inquiry into daily fantasy sports websites amid complaints about insider information and predatory lending, the New York Times reports. 

The focus, according to players contacted by the FBI, was on Boston-based DraftKings, where an employee won $350,000 at a rival site.

The FBI also wants to know whether money was involved in states that prohibited betting on fantasy games.

Fantasy sites have become part of a billion-dollar industry that is unregulated but exploding in popularity.

FBI Agents Angry That President Obama Tried to Downplay Clinton’s Email Scandal

obama-official-photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama incensed FBI agents when he downplayed the classified information from Hillary Clinton’s personal email before an investigation was even complete, the New York Times reports.

“I don’t think it posed a national security problem,” Mr. Obama said Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” “This is not a situation in which America’s national security was endangered.”

Trouble is, the FBI is still trying to determine the contents of the email and whether the information posed a national security risk.

“Injecting politics into what is supposed to be a fact-finding inquiry leaves a foul taste in the F.B.I.’s mouth and makes them fear that no matter what they find, the Justice Department will take the president’s signal and not bring a case,” said Ron Hosko, a former senior F.B.I. official who retired in 2014 and is now the president of the Law Enforcement Legal Defense Fund.