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June 2021


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No Marital Bliss Here: Husband Accused of Burning His Wife’s FBI Car

By Allan Lengel

And as if the agent needed another reason to get a divorce.

The Associated Press reports that authorities charged the husband of an FBI agent of setting her  bureau car on fire with her weapons inside at their Portland, Ore. home.

AP reported that authorities alleged that David Powers, 44, set fire to his wife’s 2009 Dodge Charger.

The couple is in the process of separating.



Two TSA Officers Indicted on Charges of Smuggling Cocaine Through Atlanta Airport

By Allan Lengel

Two Transportation Security Administration  officers were indicted Tuesday on charges of conspiring and attempting to smuggle cocaine through Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta.

Richard C. Cook II, 27, of Henry County, Ga. and Timothy G. Gregory, 25, of DeKalb County, Ga. were indicted by a grand jury on multiple drug counts.

United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said, “Our nation’s well-being depends, in part, on the security of its airports,” Atlanta U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates said in a statement. “Moreover, the citizens of this district are entitled to law enforcement officers who obey the laws that they have sworn to enforce. The crimes with which Cook and Gregory are charged created a breach in the security of Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and betrayed the trust of millions of passengers who travel through this airport each year.”




California FBI Agent ’s Death Ruled a Suicide

Stephen Ivens/police photo

Steve Neavling

FBI agent Stephen Ivens who went missing two months ago from his Burbank, Calif., home and was found dead Monday in a wooded area, committed suicide,  authorities have ruled, according to the Associated Press reports.

Ivens went missing in May, prompting a furious search.

Investigators said Ivens was despondent and had feared he might kill himself.

Foley Named to Head FBI Office in Detroit

Steve Neavling

 Robert Foley III, a 16-year  FBI veteran with a background of cracking down on corruption, will take charge of the agency’s Detroit Division to replace Andrew Arena, who retired in May, the FBI announced.

Foley was named special agent in charge of an office that has been busy investigating public corruption cases, including the one against former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick and his alleged criminal enterprise.

A former aviator in the U.S. Army, Foley worked as an agent attorney in the Office of General Counsel at FBI headquarters and handled abuse of tax dollars in the public corruption unit in the Criminal Investigation Division, the Free Press reported.

Foley’s experience also includes heading a criminal enterprise effort in Phoenix.

His appointment was first reported by Deadline Detroit and

‘Plain Jane Bandit’ Suspect Caught in California After 8 Burglary Attempts

Steve Neavling

 She was brazen and elusive.

But now the woman that authorities call the “Plain Jane Bandit” is behind bars for allegedly robbing six banks and trying to rob two others, the New York Daily News reports.

Spotted by people who saw her on surveillance tapes, Sylvia Helen Garcia, 38, was arrested near her apartment in Downey, Calif., by FBI officials.

During a three-week period, the suspect is accused of targeting eight banks in Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

The robberies were similar. The suspect demanded money without a weapon and told tellers that a conspirator was waiting outside, according to the Daily News.



Notorious Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger to Testify in Own Murder Trial

Updated Bulger photo/wbur

Steve Neavling

 James “Whitey” Bulger,  the notorious Boston mobster, plans to take the witness stand in his trial in March and explain that he received immunity while helping the FBI, his attorney said Monday, the Boston Globe reports.

Prosecutors say the Justice Department offered no deal to clear Bulger of charges that he participated in 19 murders when he was a top FBI informant against the mob.

Bulger, former leader of the Winter Hill Gang, eluded capture in 1994 and wasn’t caught until last year at the age of 82.

His testimony before a jury is expected to reveal the inner workings of the FBI and life as a mobster.

FBI Director Mueller to Visit Colorado and Talk to Agents Investigating Shooting Case

Robert Mueller III/ photo

By Allan Lengel

The big guy, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III is set to come to Colorado Tuesday, the Denver Post reported.

The paper reports that his mission, at least in part, will be to talk to agents working on the mass shooting at the Batman movie in Aurora and thank them for their work.



Late Sen. Byrd Got FBI Documents on Civil Rights Movement

Steve Neavling

U.S. Sen. Robert C. Byrd, who belonged to the Ku Klux Klan in the 1940s and fought against legislation protecting black people, received secret FBI records about the civil rights movement in the 1960s, the Associated Press reports.

Byrd, a West Virginia Democrat who died in June 2010, suspected Communists and others were beginning to infiltrate the civil rights movement.

Turns out, the CIA leaked the documents to Byrd, prompting a feud between the two federal agencies, the AP reported.

Although Byrd caught heat form the FBI for obtaining the records, he was an outspoken supporter of the agency’s long-time director, J. Edgar Hoover, according to the AP.