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FBI Probes Photo Depicting High School on Fire

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The photo at the York County Fair in Nebraska was shocking.

The manipulated image showed York High School erupting in a ball of fire with a hooded figure in the foreground.

“They never seen this coming,” is impoosed on the image, reports York Times.

Now the FBI is trying to determine whether the photo was an off-colored prank or a legitimate threat.

“We consider it an act of intimidation and extremely poor decision-making,” Superintendent Dr. Mike Lucas told the York Times. “It is unclear to me who is responsible for this or how many people were involved, but it’s a real shame that this has transpired.”

Justice Department: No Evidence for Charges Against Goldman Sachs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Federal authorities closed two investigations into mortgage deals at Goldman Sachs, the Justice Department announced in a rare statement late Thursday, Reuters reports.

Although federal prosecutors are typically loathe to publicize the closing of a case, they issued a statement announcing that no illegal activity was found.

“The department and investigative agencies ultimately concluded that the burden of proof to bring a criminal case could not be met based on the law and facts as they exist at this time,” the Justice Department said in a statement late on Thursday.

The investigation was spurred by a Congressional committee that asked prosecutors to look into several mortgage deals after Goldman sold troubled mortgage securities to investors who eventually lost a fortune, Reuters reported.

Also on Thursday, the Securities and Exchange Commission announced it ended its investigation into a $1.3 billion subprime mortgage deal.

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Ex-FBI Safe Cracking Specialist Who Misused Skills to Commit Crimes Dies at 71

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

H. Edward Tickel Jr., a notorious ex-FBI specialist and safe-cracking expert who was convicted in a jewelry theft scheme and other crimes, died without any media attention in March, Newsmax reports.

Tickel was 71 and left behind a checkered past. He was accused of breaking into the FBI headquarters credit union, stealing government property, tax evasion and selling stolen jewelry, the New York Times reported.

Tickel was sentenced to eight years in prison.

Newsmax called him “the FBIs top break-in artist.”

FBI: Temple Gunman Killed Himself; Motive Still Unknown

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Sikh Temple gunman who killed six people in a rampage outside Milwaukee died from a self-inflicted gunshot to the head, the Associated Press reports.

Wade Michael Page was wounded by police when he turned the gun on himself, the FBI said Wednesday.

Investigators still don’t know what motivated Wade Michael Page to open fire with a 9 mm pistol shortly before Sunday services.

“We have not identified anyone else responsible for the shooting and we have not identified a motive,” Teresa Carlson, FBI special agent in charge in Milwaukee, told the AP and other news agencies.

FBI May Be Required to Collect Data Soon on Hate Crimes Against Sikhs

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI would be required to collect information on hate crimes committed against Sikh Americans under an initiative between the agency and the U.S. Justice Department, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

The effort was spearheaded in April by U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY), who lives in a sizeable Sikh district. More than 90 other members of Congress endorsed the letter.

“We met with folks from Justice to discuss the letter and the possibilities are moving forward on that,” Crowley told the Journal Sentinel.

The effort comes after a gunman killed six people at a Sikh Temple in Wisconsin.

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Man Who Opened Fire on FBI Agents Sentenced to 15 Years

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A fugitive who shot at FBI agents while he was barricaded in a house his near Pittsburgh was sentenced to 15 years in federal prison Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

Frank Perez Jr. fired at least 20 shots from two pistols and a 12-gauge shotgun while an FBI SWAT team surrounded his house to take him into custody for a 1999 murder in Indiana, according to the AP.

Perez pleaded guilty in March to assaulting federal agents with a dangerous weapon and using a firearm during a crime of violence.

The defense unsuccessfully urged for leniency, saying Perez lived in a hardscrabble, gang-plagued neighborhood in Chicago. But they were unable to convince U.S. District Judge Nora Barry Fischer, who imposed a sentence five years beyond the minimum.

Indiana authorities said they don’t plan to extradite Perez until he serves his full sentence, the AP reported.

Ex-NFL Running Back Faces Up to 20 Years in Prison for Wire Fraud

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Former NFL running back Michael Antwon Bennett couldn’t run away fast enough from this problem.

Bennett faces up to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty last week to making fraudulent financial claims in order to get a $200,000 loan, the Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Bennett, 33, tried to get the loan from a financial services store equipped with FBI surveillance.

Bennett said he had $9 million in the bank when in fact he had no money, the AP reported.

 

FBI Plans New Regional Office in Metro Sacramento

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI plans to build a new FBI regional office in metropolitan Sacramento, the Sacramento Business Journal reports.

Citing officials from Roseville, where the office is to be located, the FBI settled on a 12-acre site.

The office is expected to be opened in 2015.

City officials said the FBI is beginning to solicit bids for construction.

“We’re very excited,” John Sprague, CEO of the Roseville Community Development Corp told the Business Journal. “It continues to focus on the fact that Roseville is strong economically, and helps businesses be successful.”