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Justice Department: One in Four Women in Jail Have Serious Mental Health Issues

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Justice Department study has found that one in four women in jail have serious mental illnesses.

The Justice Department announced the findings Wednesday in what is certain to spark more debates about access to mental health care in prison.

The study also found that half of incarcerated women had received treatment for mental health or substance abuse disorders.

“The overrepresentation of women with mental illness in jails has tragic consequences for children and families. It is important that the field of criminal justice understands how mental illness, trauma, and other disorders are related to women becoming involved in the criminal justice system,” said BJA Director Denise E. O’Donnell. “The information from this study can help us develop strategies to address and respond to these issues.”

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Miami Cops Accused of Providing Protection to Gambling Ring

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

At least nine Miami police officers are the target of an FBI investigation into a scheme to protect an illegal sports-betting operation, the Miami Herald reports.

The officers are accused of protecting a Liberty City gambling ring that operated out of a barber shop.

The Miami Herald wrote that six of the officers have resigned or been suspended as part of the probe.

Arrests are expected by the end of the month.

According to the Miami Herald, one gambler saw cops so frequently that he believed the police department was running the shop.

FBI Investigates Cyber Attacks Targeting Police Accused of Mishandling Rape Case

Part of Threatening Letter/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Local police in Ohio who are accused of mishandling a rape case involving high school football players have been bombarded with cyber attacks, the Associated Press reports.

Now the FBI is trying to determine who posted a death threat to the local sheriff on Facebook and an email that shut down the computer of the Steubenville Police Department.

As a precaution, the police and sheriff’s departments shut down their websites after business hours, the AP wrote.

“The police who protect them must be executed,” the Facebook post said, with “them” referring to students at Steubenville High School, the AP wrote.

“This has got to be some crackpot sick individual out there who would put this stuff out there,” Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla said Wednesday.

Ex-FBI Agent Tapped to Help Run North Carolina Department of Public Safety

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Former FBI Agent Frank Perry was named as interim chief operating officer of the North Carolina Department of Public Safety, the News and Observer reports.

The News and Observer wrote that Perry gained popularity by leading the FBI’s Raleigh office in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks.

Perry will replace former COO and Chief Deputy Secretary Mikael Gross, who was dismissed Monday.

Perruy, who holds a doctorate in ethics and political philosophy, will oversee day-to-day operations for the Department of Public Safety, the News and Observer reported.

Special Agent in Charge of Nevada Office Retires to Head Nonprofit

Ken Favreau
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Kevin Favreau, FBI special agent in charge of the Nevada office, has retired from the bureau to take a job as head of a nonprofit youth golf leadership program, the Associated Press reports.

Favreau, 51, worked with the bureau for three decades.

“I am still only 51 years old, and the new job with the First Tee of Southern Nevada is right up my alley,” he said in an email to the AP. “It was a great career. After 29 years … I think it is just time to try something new.”

During his career, Favreau served as special agent of counterintelligence for the FBI Washington, D.C., field office and assistant director of intelligence. He arrived in Las Vegas in January 2010.

His first days in Nevada were memorable ones. A social security recipient with a shotgun killed a security guard and injured a U.S. marshal at the the Lloyd D. George U.S. Courthouse and Federal Building in downtown Las Vegas.

FBI Has Highly Trained Team to Examine Digital Evidence on Computers, Cell Phones and Cameras

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

In today’s world, digital evidence on computers, cameras and cell phones can make or break a case.

During the fiscal year 2012, the FBI’s Computer Analysis Response Team of nearly 500 trained and certified special agents and others examined more than 10,000 devices, the FBI reports.

How much data was recovered? According to the FBI, 10,500 terabytes of data were examined. That’s the equivalent of 1,050 Libraries of Congress.

The cases ranged from terrorism to corruption.

Bomb Technician: Accused Aurora Theater Shooter Set up Dangerous Explosive Device at Apartment

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Accused Aurora theater shooter James Holmes rigged his Colorado apartment with a frying pan, thermos, remote-control car and dangerous chemicals in hopes that it would blow up when law enforcement arrived, NBC News reports.

The revelation was made Tuesday during the murder the trial for Holmes, a grad-school dropout.

According to a bomb technician who took the stand, Holmes rigged the equipment so a series of explosions would have spread flames through his apartment when his door was opened, NBC New wrote.

A trip wire led from the door to a thermos, which was to spill glycerine on a frying pan filled with potassium permanganate, NBC News reported.

If the two combined, a quick-spreading fire with explosions was almost certain, the technician testified.

Wife Keeps on US Gov’t to Pressure Iran to Release Husband

Robert Levinson

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Almost six years has passed since Christine Levinson saw her husband, a former FBI agent who disappeared in Iran in 2007.

After all these years, Levinson still believes her husband, Robert Levinson, a private investigator, is alive.

Levinson is urging the U.S. government to increase pressure on Iran, which federal authorities believe played a role in the kidnapping, Fox News reports.

“I believe he is still alive,” she said in an interview Tuesday night with Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren. “I believe he is spending every waking hour making sure that he is well enough to come home to us.”

The photos show Levinson with a long beard and disheveled hair, wearing an orange jumpsuit.

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