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FBI Agent Jarrod Petrelli Dead at 34

Jarrod M. Petrelli/funeral home photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Jarrod M. Petrelli died young, and he died suddenly.

The St. Louis FBI agent, who was 34, about to turn 35, died at a training conference in Florida, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The paper reported that he died last week of natural causes.

He worked violent gangs during his four year career.

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FBI Raids Indiana Home of Former Jets Offensive Lineman

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

FBI agents raided the home of former Jets offensive tackle Jason Fabini last Thursday morning, the New York Daily News reports.

Fabini, 38, denied any wrongdoing after agents were seen removing boxes from his home in Fort Wayne, Ind.

“I am not the target of the investigation and I was not involved in any criminal activity,” Fabini said in a statement released through his attorneys, the Daily News reported. “I have not been charged, nor do I expect to be charged with a crime.”

Fabini pledged to cooperate with agents.

“My first concern is obviously with my brother and the rest of my family, but I want to reaffirm my commitment to the community and to those who believe in me as a role model, volunteer, professional and athlete,” Fabini said. “I have always made service to others a priority and I will continue to do so even during this challenging time for my family.”

FBI Expands Corruption Investigation of Trenton Mayor Tony Mack

Mayor Tony Mack

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Trenton Mayor Tony Mack, who was arrested in September for allegedly extorting bribes from a parking garage developer, is now under fire for carpeting contracts in former city libraries, the Trenton Times reports.

The FBI became suspicious of the carpeting contract after questions were raised in newspapers about Mack’s decision to bypass city council and convert several closed libraries into learning centers, the Trenton Times reported.

“They just wanted to know what was going on. They saw the stuff in the paper,” said Roy Summers, who owns Justin’s Furniture & Carpet, which won a $17,000 contract to re-carpet  a library. “The gist of it was, they were fed up, frustrated with what’s going on in the city of Trenton.”

Summers said Mack’s aide, Anthony Roberts, hand-picked vendors instead of taking bids.

Experts: Reductions to Border Patrol Budget Could Weaken Border from Drug Smugglers


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Officials worry that cuts to the Border Patrol budget will weaken protection from drug smugglers and human traffickers, the Kansas City Star reports.

The cuts will go into effect unless President Obama and Congress can reach a compromise soon to avert the so-called fiscal cliff, the Star wrote.

Some experts said the cuts would have little impact on an agency that has grown wildly over the past two decades.

“The notion that a small cut in the budget of ICE or CBP will result in a flood of unauthorized immigration is ludicrous, said Alex Nowrasteh, the immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute, a libertarian research center in Washington.

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano disagrees and said the money is needed for strong border protection.

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Suspect in U.S. Consulate Attack Demands Lawyer During FBI Interrogation

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A suspect in custody in the deadly attack on the U.S. Consulate in Libya said he wants his attorney present during FBI interrogations, the Associated Press reports.

Tunisian Ali Harzi is “strongly suspected” of being involved in the assault by armed men in the Libyan city of Benghazi, the AP reported. That attack killed U.S. Ambassador Chris Stephens and three other American diplomats.

Authorities believe Islamic extremists were behind the attack.

FBI Investigating Whether Buffalo Police Accepted Bribes from Tow Truck Operators

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating whether Buffalo police accepted bribes and dished out work to select tow truck operators, the Buffalo News reports.

FBI agents searched Jim Mazz Auto Inc. in connection with an city-initiated probe into towing truck contracts.

The Buffalo News wrote that other operators are under investigation.

Competition between operators is so intense that fights sometimes break out.

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Suspected Serial Killer Photographed Victim’s Body for Ransom, Then Cut Her Up

Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.xom 

A self-described serial killer who committed suicide in an Alaskan jail went on vacation for two weeks after he sexually assaulted an 18-year-old woman, strangled her and stored her body in a shed, the FBI revealed Tuesday in hopes that new information will help investigators find more victims, the Associated Press reports.

After returning from the cruise, the AP wrote, Israel Keyes photographed the body of Samantha Koenig as if she were still alive, cut up her body and tossed her remains in a frozen lake where Keyes cut a hole in the ice with a chain saw.

Keyes sent a photo of Koenig’s body to her family, demanding $30,000 to release the woman, the AP reported.

Keyes, 34, who was arrested after using the victim’s ATM, was awaiting trial for her murder in March.

Keyes said he killed seven other people across the country over the past decade.

FBI: Border Patrol Agent Busted Smuggling Marijuana While on Duty

Steve Neavling
ticklthewire.com

 A U.S. Border Patrol agent is accused of smuggling bundles of marijuana with his patrol vehicle while he was on duty, the Associated Press reports, citing a complaint filed in federal court earlier this week.

Authorities says Aaron Anaya stopped along the international border and picked up about 147 pounds of marijuana that had been dropped over the fence from Mexico, the AP wrote.

Anaya was caught taking the pot by the Southwest Border Corruption Task Force.

Anaya was charged with possession with intent to distribute marijuana and carrying a firearm while committing a crime, the AP reported.

The FBI was part of the task force.

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