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Paterno Family Seeks Release of PSU Records to Public

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Joe Paterno’s family is urging the FBI to release all records related to the Penn State child sex-abuse scandal, saying select emails are being leaked to smear the reputation of the deceased coach, the Associated Press reports.

Those emails suggested Paterno and his coaching staff knew Jerry Sandusky took a shower with at least one boy since 2001.

Family attorney Wick Sollers says the leaked emails were used to “manipulate public opinion.”

Paterno died of cancer less than three months after he was fired.

Sandusky was convicted of 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys.

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Austrian Government Seeks FBI Help in Kidnapping Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Frustrated over the pace of an investigation into the 8-year abduction case of Natascha Kampusch, Austrian officials took the unusual step of requesting help from the FBI, The Independent reports.

The Austrian Parliament made the recommendation after spotting inconsistencies in the case that suggest an accomplice may have been involved.

Kampusch was abducted at the age of 10 off a street in Vienna in 1998. Her tormentor held her in a a specially built underground cell in his suburban home. In 2006, at age 18, she managed to escape.

Kampusch said an accomplice was in the van when she was abducted, but authorities pressured her to keep that observation quiet.

FBI’s Ten Most Wanted List Launched During Card Game

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list originated during a card game between FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover and a reporter who was curious about the most slyest of fugitives, the LA Times reports.

In 1949, Hoover gave the reporter a list of 10 names that would appear on the front page of the Washington Daily News, leading to the arrests of nine of the 10.

The fugitives were escapees, con men, accused murders and a bank robber, chosen from a list of 5,700 fugitives on the run, the LA Times reported.

A year later, the top 10 list was born and would later include Martin Luther King’s assassin, James Earl Ray; Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden; and serial killer Ted Bundy.

Column: Chicago’s U.S. Attorney Fitzgerald Will Return to Public Office: Count on It

Patrick Fitzgerald/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Once in a while a U.S. Attorney comes along and makes a mark not only locally but nationally.

U.S. Patrick Fitzgerald of Chicago was one of those guys.

Fitzgerald resigned and left office last Friday, leaving behind a legacy that included prosecuting the ever-chatty ex-Gov. Rod Blagojevich and Dick Cheney’s right hand guy Scooter Libby.

He left office, offering little reflection last week to the hungry media. He said he has no plans, but hopes to make a decision by Labor Day, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

Among the U.S. Attorney’s, he was rock star. In the public’s eye, he was a modern-day Eliot Ness.

Was he perfect? No. But he inspired faith in the system and that the good guys had a strong hand to fight crime and corruption.

He was in Chicago for 11 years as prosecutor.

Whatever he does next — even if it’s going to law firm —  ultimately it would be hard to believe that the 51-year-old won’t end up back in public service, be it as a federal judge or FBI director or governor.

Count on it.

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FBI Agent Kills Knife-Lunging Man During Search

By Steve Neavling

An FBI agent executing a search warrant in an Ohio home shot and killed a man after he lunged at the agent with a knife, the Dayton Daily News reports.

Several hours into the search, Fallacy Myers grabbed a knife and started stabbing himself. When authorities tried subduing him with a Taser, the Dayton man tried to stab the agent, according to the Dayton Daily News.

Myers was under investigation for money laundering and child exploitation.

FBI: Golden State Warriors Coach Extorted Over Nude Photos of Himself

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An ex-stripper and her roommate were charged this week with trying to extort money from Golden State Warriors Coach Mark Jackson by threatening to release nude photos of the married former NBA star, the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

The stripper’s roommate, Marcus Shaw, threatened to reveal the photos unless Adams coughed up, among other things, money “to fix his teeth and to get his car out of the impound lot,” the Chronicle reported.

After Shaw approached Jackson’s wife, the couple called authorities. A federal affidavit said the FBI monitored communication between both parties and confirmed the extortion attempt.

Prof Who Helped FBI Probe Mortgage Fraud Indicted in Mortgage Scheme

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A college professor who helped the FBI investigate mortgage fraud cases was indicted Thursday for running a similar scam, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.

Paul Tomko, an adjunct professor Cuyahoga Community College in Ohio, faces eight counts of fraud and conspiracy and making false statements to his probation officer.

Tomko, 39, told the Plain Dealer he is innocent.

“I have no idea what they’re talking about,” he said. “We certainly plan to fight this.”

In 2007 and 2008, the FBI paid Tomko $27,000 to help agents in mortgage fraud investigations.

California Councilman Bribed Owner of Marijuana Dispensary

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Santa Fe Springs Councilman accepted $11,500 in bribes from a marijuana dispensary owner who was working as an FBI informant, according to a plea agreement released Thursday, the L.A. Times reports.

In the latest example of corruption in a Los Angeles County town, the case against Councilman Joseph Serrano Sr. alleges he sought monthly payments of up to $1,6000 in exchange for helping the pot shop survive bureaucratic threats.

Court records say Serrano was desperate to make his mortgage payments.

Under the plea agreement, Serrano will plead guilty to one felony count of bribery.

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